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With an introduction by award-winning novelist Tessa Hadley In January 1895 Henry James anticipates the opening of his first play, Guy Domville , in London. The production fails, and he returns, chastened and humiliated, to his writing desk. The result is a string of masterpieces, but they are produced at a high personal cost. In The Master Colm Toibin captures the exquisite anguish of a man who circulated in the grand parlours and palazzos of Europe, who was astonishingly vibrant and alive in his art, and yet whose attempts at intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. It is a powerful account of the hazards of putting the life of the mind before affairs of the heart.
F: AVOIR LE COURAGE DE NE PAS ÊTRE AIMÉ : COMMENT ACCÉDER À LA VÉRITABLE LIBERTÉ POUR TRANSFORMER SA VIE ET ATTEINDRE LE BONHEUR GUY TRÉDANIEL/02/18 HOW TO FREE YOURSELF, CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND ACHIEVE REAL HAPPINESS THE JAPANESE PHENOMENON THAT TEACHES US THE SIMPLE YET PROFOUND LESSONS REQUIRED TO LIBERATE OUR REAL SELVES AND FIND LASTING HAPPINESS.
THE COURAGE TO BE DISLIKED SHOWS YOU HOW TO UNLOCK THE POWER WITHIN YOURSELF TO BECOME YOUR BEST AND TRUEST SELF, CHANGE YOUR FUTURE AND FIND LASTING HAPPINESS. USING THE THEORIES OF ALFRED ADLER, ONE OF THE THREE GIANTS OF 19TH CENTURY PSYCHOLOGY ALONGSIDE FREUD AND JUNG, THE AUTHORS EXPLAIN HOW WE ARE ALL FREE TO DETERMINE OUR OWN FUTURE FREE OF THE SHACKLES OF PAST EXPERIENCES, DOUBTS AND THE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS. IT'S A PHILOSOPHY THAT'S PROFOUNDLY LIBERATING, ALLOWING US TO DEVELOP THE COURAGE TO CHANGE, AND TO IGNORE THE LIMITATIONS THAT WE AND THOSE AROUND US CAN PLACE ON OURSELVES.
B>'De Botton is a national treasure.' - Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black/b>b>With an introduction by Sheila Heti/b>b>A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind./b>Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood.With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book - one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.
- 13 Juillet 2017
Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, Siri Hustvedt is also highly regarded as a writer of non-fiction whose insights are drawn from her broad knowledge in the arts, humanities, and sciences. In this trilogy of works collected in a single volume, Hustvedt brings a feminist, interdisciplinary perspective to a range of subjects. Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Susan Sontag and Knut Ove Knausgaard are among those who come under her scrutiny. In the book's central essay, she explores the intractable mind-body problem and in the third section, reflects on the mysteries of hysteria, synesthesia, memory, perception, and the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard. With clarity, wit, and passion, she exposes gender bias, upends received ideas, and challenges her reader to think again.
A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us.
His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?
On his travels through time and space, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
- 22 Août 2019
'A groundbreaking book that redefines what it means to be in a relationship.' - John Gray, PhD., bestselling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking book, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Pioneered by psychologist John Bowlby in the 1950s, the field of attachment explains that each of us behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways: Anxious people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner's ability to love them back. Avoidant people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness. Secure people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving. With fascinating psychological insight, quizzes and case studies, Dr Amir Levine and Rachel Heller help you understand the three attachment styles, identify your own and recognize the styles of others so that you can find compatible partners or improve your existing relationship. An insightful look at the science behind love, Attached offers readers a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections.
- Orion publishing group
- 17 Novembre 2016
How can we be our strongest selves in life's most challenging situations? We often approach these situations - job interviews, difficult conversations, speaking up for ourselves - with anxiety and leave them with regret. Moments that require us to be genuine and powerful instead cause us to feel phoney and powerless, preventing us from being our best selves. Harvard professor Amy Cuddy shows us we need to stop worrying about the impression we're making on others, and instead change the impression we're making on ourselves. Cutting-edge science reveals that if we adopt behaviours reflecting power and strength, we liberate ourselves from the fears and doubts that obstruct us. By redirecting our thoughts, actions, and even physiology, we free ourselves to be our best. Amy Cuddy galvanised viewers around the world with her TED talk on 'power poses'. Now she explains the science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use this science to become self-assured in high-pressure moments. Impassioned, beautifully researched, and accessible, PRESENCE is filled with stories of individuals facing real obstacles, and succeeding against the odds. Every reader will learn how to approach stress-filled challenges without fear and leave them without regret.
NO. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A timely and important book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection Dont miss the hourlong Netflix special Brené Brown: The Call to Courage ! HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK True belonging doesnt require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are. Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives--experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging. Brown argues that were experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture thats rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, its easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; its a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. Its a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts. Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and its the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.
Janet Drummond does a tally of her three children: Wade spent the night in jail again; suicidal Bryan; and Sarah - the star of the next shuttle mission. But even an astronaut has personal problems, and with Janet's ex-husband coming to town, Janet contemplates where it all went wrong. Or did it?
- Orion publishing group
- 28 Décembre 2017
How positive thinking can change your life and help you reach your goals, by the bestselling authors of THE DEFINITIVE BOOK OF BODY LANGUAGE. Allan and Barbara Pease are the internationally renowned bestselling authors of THE DEFINITIVE BOOK OF BODY LANGUAGE and WHY MEN DON'T LISTEN AND WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS, and have sold over 27 million books. In THE ANSWER, international bestselling authors Allan and Barbara Pease share all of the tips and wisdom they have learned on their own journey to success, and show readers how it is possible to achieve their goals. You will learn how to: - Set and action clearly defined goals - Overcome obstacles, regardless of what others think, do or say - Take responsibility for your life circumstances - Apply the art of visualisation and the power of affirmation - Deal with stress, fear and worry - Never give up. This accessible and practical guide will help readers take control of their life, become the person they want to be, and deal with obstacles and challenges no matter how difficult they may seem.
- Harper collins uk
- 6 Février 2020
A TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2019 An intimate and compelling exploration into the unique psyche of the heart surgeon, by one of the profession''s most eminent figures. Although Professor Stephen Westaby was born with the necessary coordination and manual dexterity, it was a head trauma sustained during university that gifted him the qualities of an exceptional heart surgeon: qualities that are frequently associated with psychopathy. His thirty-five-year career has been characterised by fearlessness and ruthless ambition; leaving empathy at the hospital door as thousands of patients put their lives in his hands. For heart surgeons, the inevitable cost of failure is death and in The Knife''s Edge, Westaby reflects on the unique mindset of those who are drawn to this exhilarating and often tragic profession. We discover the pioneers who grasped opportunities and took chances to drive innovation and save lives. Often difficult, uninhibited and fearless, theirs is a field constantly threatened by the risk of public failure. Like those before him, Westaby refuses to draw the line in his search of a lifetime solution to problems of the heart. His determination is unerring - a steadfastness underpinned by his unusual mind. But as we glimpse into the future of cardiac surgery, for all its remarkable scientific advancement, one question remains: within the confines of socialised medical healthcare systems, how can heart surgeons - individuals often hardwired with avoidance of self-doubt, a penchant for glory and a flagrant disregard for authority - truly flourish?
"Renault's best historical novel yet.... Every detail has solid historical testimony to support it."- New York Review of Books After Alexander's death in 323 B.C .his only direct heirs were two unborn sons and a simpleton half-brother. Every long-simmering faction exploded into the vacuum of power. Wives, distant relatives, and generals all vied for the loyalty of the increasingly undisciplined Macedonian army. Most failed and were killed in the attempt. For no one possessed the leadership to keep the great empire from crumbling. But Alexander's legend endured to spread into worlds he had seen only in dreams.
The publication of Darwin's The Origin of Species in 1859 marked a dramatic turning point in scientific thought. The volume had taken Darwin more than twenty years to publish, in part because he envisioned the storm of controversy it was certain to unleash. Indeed, selling out its first edition on its first day, The Origin of Species revolutionized science, philosophy, and theology. Darwin's reasoned, documented arguments carefully advance his theory of natural selection and his assertion that species were not created all at once by a divine hand but started with a few simple forms that mutated and adapted over time. Whether commenting on his own poor health, discussing his experiments to test instinct in bees, or relating a conversation about a South American burrowing rodent, Darwin's monumental achievement is surprisingly personal and delightfully readable. Its profound ideas remain controversial even today, making it the most influential book in the natural sciences ever written--an important work not just to its time but to the history of humankind.
The story of an independent young woman whose life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a childhood friend. This exciting new edition includes exclusive content, such as an interview with the author, in-depth background information on the book, recommended books if you liked this one, and much more. Pilar is an independent and practical young woman who is feeling bored and frustrated by the daily grind of her university life. Looking for a deeper meaning to her existence, she happens to meet an old childhood friend, now a handsome, mesmerizing spiritual teacher - and a rumoured miracle worker. As he leads her on a magical journey through the Fench Pyrenees, Pilar begins to realize that this chance encounter is going to transform her life forever. With Paulo''s trademark blend of mysticism, magical realism and folklore, Pilar''s story is a poignant and deeply inspiring tale
The bestselling author of Awakenings and Musicophilia
- 2 Février 2017
UNLOCK THE KEY TO SUCCESS WITH JP MORGAN'S BEST SUMMER READ OF 2018 In this must-read for anyone seeking to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth takes us on an eye-opening journey to discover the true qualities that lead to outstanding achievement. Winningly personal, insightful and powerful, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that - not talent or luck - makes all the difference.
'Impressively fresh and original' Susan Cain
In 1979, a secret unit was established by the US Army. Defying all known military practices and the laws of physics, they believed that a soldier could adopt a cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and kill goats just by staring at them. They were the First Earth Battalion.
- Alfred knopf
- 15 Février 2004
From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? Greene has set himself a daunting task: to explain nonintuitive, mathematical concepts like String Theory, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and Inflationary Cosmology with analogies drawn from common experience. From Newton’s unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute, to Einstein’s fluid conception of spacetime, to quantum mechanics’ entangled arena where vastly distant objects can instantaneously coordinate their behavior, Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Behavioral economist and New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely returns to offer a much-needed take on the irrational decisions that influence our dating lives, our workplace experiences, and our general behaviour, up close and personal.
Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey. But Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with news that the Chileans require the services of English officers. And then an urgent despatch arrives, ordering Jack to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.