Monday, December 26, 2011

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books

Charles Dickens; edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
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A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of the holiday season as is mistletoe or Santa's reindeer. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future--it is impossible to go anywhere during the month of December and not hear these names, time and again.

Now comes a wonderful new collection of Dickens' Christmas stories, graced with many of the original drawings that appeared in the first edition. Pride of place goes to A Christmas Carol, of course, but the book also includes four other marvelous tales: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man. All five stories show Dickens at his unpredictable best, jumbling together comedy and melodrama, genial romance and urgent social satire, in pursuit of his aim "to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land." The volume also features an excellent introduction by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, who offers invaluable background to the Christmas stories, illuminating the social questions they set out to address, outlining their reception and the enduring popularity of A Christmas Carol, and highlighting how their style and themes resonate in more complex ways in his major fictions. In addition, the book includes two appendices containing Dickens's article, "What Christmas Is As We Grow Older," and facsimile pages from Dickens's reading version of A Christmas Carol.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

尋找心中那把尺

熊秉元 著
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「我們應該想辦法讓每一個人心中的那把尺的『品質』愈高愈好,即使每個人的「心中之尺」有不同的刻度和長短」。本書為經濟學者的散文集,內容在介紹一個「經濟學的世界觀」。

作者以經濟學的基本觀念分析人類行為的各個面相,用以解釋一個正常人生活呼吸的世界裡的各種面貌。這些觀察和分析不在於顯現作者個人的想法,而在說明一件事可以「怎麼去想」:可以由正面來看,可以由反面來看,可以由正面的反面來看,也可以由反面的反面來看,更可以由不正不反的角度來看……

(摘錄自博客來網路書店) 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Making the Good Life Last: Four Keys to Sustainable Living

Michael A. Schuler
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The Sustainable Life Is the Good Life

In our materialist culture, the idea of "the good life"--fancy cars, designer clothes, once-in-a-lifetime vacations--leaves even those few who can afford it feeling anxious, empty, and dissatisfied. Michael Schuler deconstructs the assumption that consumption and constant stimulation equal happiness. He shows how, by applying the principles of sustainability to our personal lives, we can discover treasures of perennial value: a beautiful and healthy earth home, enduring relationships, strong communities, work that contributes to the common good, and play that restores our bodies and lifts our souls.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

我負丹靑: 吳冠中自傳

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早已名聞遐邇,近年更像巨星般受到全世界藝壇矚目的吳冠中,一點一滴,一筆一劃將自己八十多年來的經歷、思考和感悟,毫無保留地交給讀者。

全書分三部份:第一部份是〈生命之流〉;主要記載畫家思想感情的成長、發展、 轉變和興衰,「這生命之流如繪了一幅《清明上河圖》,著力於長河的全貌與主要轉折,而許多局部細節須用放大鏡觀察。」第二部份〈此情此景〉;便是局部放大圖,這裡包括有關生活的、文藝觀的,其中還有不少引起過強烈反響和爭議的文章。第三部份是畫家親定的年表。

作者用誠懇真摯、發自內心的筆觸,帶領讀者走過他對比強烈、色彩斑斕的一生。

書中配上代表作和生活照,既可賞心悅目又能啟迪思索。

(摘錄自香港書城)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision

David duChemin
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Within the Frame is a book about finding and expressing your photographic vision, specifically where people, places, and cultures are concerned. A personal book full of real-world wisdom and incredible images, author David duChemin (of pixelatedimage.com) shows you both the how and the why of finding, chasing, and expressing your vision with a camera to your eye. Vision leads to passion, and passion is a cornerstone of great photography. With it, photographs draw the eye in and create an emotional experience. Without it, a photograph is often not worth—and can’t capture—a viewer’s attention.

Both instructional and inspirational, Within the Frame helps you on your photographic journey to make better images of the places and people you love, whether they are around the world or in your own backyard. duChemin covers how to tell stories, and the technology and tools we have at our disposal in order to tell those narratives. Most importantly, he stresses the crucial theme of vision when it comes to photographing people, places, and cultures—and he helps you cultivate and find your own vision, and then fit it within the frame.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

梵谷傳 (Lust for Life: The Story of Vincent Van Gogh)

伊爾文.史東 (Irving Stone) ; 余光中 譯
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梵谷用畫寫人生,史東以小說還原梵谷破畫而出的生命故事,余光中典雅的譯筆感動半世紀來的藝術心靈。

從告別初戀,告別倫敦開始,到荷蘭奧為結束悲苦狂熱的一生,作者細繪梵谷在宗教,藝術,愛情中熊熊燃燒的靈魂。

身為牧師之子的梵谷,二十歲時在倫敦的古伯畫店當店員,向房東的女兒愛修拉求婚遭拒,自此開始一生坎坷的情路:妓女,表姊,鄉村女孩,他們是梵谷與旅程中的過客,也是他繪畫中的光影。

愛情受挫,傳道之路也因與礦工打成一片被開除。然而宗教的狂熱卻造就他筆下卑微人物的臉譜。

史東藉由梵谷與弟弟西奧往來的三卷書信,考證藝術史,寫出藝術家的心靈吶喊。 並並勾勒出當時印象派與後期印象派的主要畫家:羅特列克、高敢、秀拉、賽尚、盧梭……等。畫家們的聚會熱鬧非凡:盧梭高興地報告收到畫迷小姐來信;塞拉又想到新理論,正把塞尚困在窗前;一會笑聽高敢講的黃色笑話;一會又陪盧梭猜他那女朋友是誰;一會又和羅特列爭論……而梵谷與高敢兩大畫家的故事,更令人動容:高敢個性外傾,自負而專橫,常挖苦梵谷。梵谷性情內向,不擅言詞,他把高敢當作師兄來請教,卻也堅持自己的信念,據理力爭。

才如江海命如絲,梵谷一生受盡貧困、病痛、屈辱、孤寂,但追求完美藝術的意志從不動搖。他的畫,生前沒人看得起,死後沒人買得起。梵谷一生失意,全靠弟弟西奧對他不離不棄,照顧他資助他,不斷地鼓勵他。

全書可見梵谷對宗教與創作的狂熱,與十八世紀巴黎名畫家的往來的景況,精彩繽紛。梵谷從教會的傳道者變成藝術的傳道者,最後慷慨成仁,做了藝術的殉道者。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

By Wassily Kandinsky
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A pioneering work in the movement to free art from its traditional bonds to material reality, this book is one of the most important documents in the history of modern art. Written by the famous nonobjective painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), it explains Kandinsky's own theory of painting and crystalizes the ideas that were influencing many other modern artists of the period. Along with his own ground-breaking paintings, this book had a tremendous impact on the development of modern art.

(Excerpt from books.google.com)



藝術的故事 (The Story of Art)

宮布利希 (E.H. Gombrich))
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《藝術的故事》出版以來,以三十種語言發行五百多萬冊,是討論藝術的著作中最知名也最暢銷的一本。四十五年來,其地位依舊無可取代,成為世界藝術史的最佳入門書,涵蓋的範圍,始自史前的洞穴繪畫以至當代的實驗藝術。

全世界的讀者,不論年齡與背景都會發現宮布利希教授是一位真正的大師,他結合了知識、智慧與特殊的天份,將讀者直接帶入他所描繪的藝術世界之中。《藝術的故事》之備受推崇,在於其直接、簡潔的語言與明確的敘述。宮布利希教授清晰地闡釋了藝術潮流與藝術概念,他讓我們看到藝術史是在傳統中不斷重組與變化的過程,每一件作品都與過去相關,又涉及未來,這一個生生不息的傳承仍然連結著當代世界與金字塔。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation

Ryan W. Quinn and Robert E. Quinn
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Just as the Wright Brothers combined science and practice to finally achieve the dream of flight, Ryan and Robert Quinn combine research and experience to demonstrate how we can elevate ourselves and the situations and people around us to greater heights of integrity, openness, and achievement to achieve the psychological equivalent of aerodynamic lift.

Solidly based in social science literature with a special focus on recent advances in the study of positive psychology and strengths based leadership, as well as Robert Quinn’s groundbreaking work on organizational effectiveness Lift identifies four mindsets that will enable us to become a consistently positive influence in every aspect of our lives: being purpose centered, internally directed, other focused, and externally open. Separate chapters explore each of these components in depth, analyzing the psychological and social factors that keep people from applying them and what we can do to overcome those obstacles.

Although exercises and tools are included throughout to help you understand and apply the authors’ lift framework as well as compelling stories of personal and professional applications of lift this is not a book about tactics. Instead, the Quinns challenge you to ask, “What can I do to be a positive influence, rather than simply try to wield influence in a positive way?”

(Excerpt from amazon.co.uk)

駕馭時間的藝術 (How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life)

阿倫.萊肯 (Alan Lakein)
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在這本簡單而實用的時間管理的指南書中,作者阿倫.萊肯向我們介紹了如何制定自己的近期和長遠目標,如何設置事情的優先級別,如何安排工作日程和如何更好地實現自己意願的技巧。本書甚至還揭示了增強意志,為自己創造安靜的時間,完成令人不愉快的事務和實現自己人生的秘訣……

(摘錄自書中[前言])

Monday, November 21, 2011

Academic Discourse: English in a Global Context

Ken Hyland
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Academic discourse is a rapidly growing area of study, attracting researchers and students from a diverse range of fields. This is partly due to the growing awareness that knowledge is socially constructed through language and partly because of the emerging dominance of English as the language of scholarship worldwide. Large numbers of students and researchers must now gain fluency in the conventions of English language academic discourses to understand their disciplines, establish their careers and to successfully navigate their learning.

This accessible and readable book shows the nature and importance of academic discourses in the modern world, offering a clear description of the conventions of spoken and written academic discourse and the ways these construct both knowledge and disciplinary communities. This unique genre-based introduction to academic discourse will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying TESOL, applied linguistics, and English for Academic Purposes.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

沒有名片, 你是誰?: 感受真實的自我, 創造有力的存在價值 (The Other Side of the Card)

邁可・莫里森 (Mike Morrison)
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塞茲.史蒂文斯這位屆退的執行長有一個最後的機會來重申他的領導主張。他的最後一個任務是對一群新上任的經理上課,而這也是絕佳的機會讓人得以從他精彩的領導故事中體驗到永恆的真理。

這個動人的故事也是形成本身真正領導主張的個人旅程。透過生動的討論和實地演練,作者介紹了「我」和「我們」這兩項領導發展途徑的基本原則與做法。「我∕我們」途徑的6個漸進式步驟可以讓你找出自己在生活及組織中的目的。你可以促成有意義的改變,並靠這個關鍵來發揮擔任領導人的真正潛力,並建立一個滿意度、參與度和生產力都很高的工作環境。如此一來,你就能回答這些跟自己有關的基本問題:

• 要是不看名片上的工作稱職和聯絡方式,你是誰?
• 在我們的真實身分岌岌可危的混亂世界裡,你變成了什麼?
• 最重要的是,在形成真正領導主張的個人旅程中,你走到了哪裡?

作者的強效處方清楚證明了,信守承諾和為人服務等無形資產是如何為組織帶來成功的果實。準備去聽這個故事,它將改變你的生活以及你看待領導的方式。現在就去了解一下,「你」的名片另一面有什麼。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Optimism Advantage : 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results

Terry L. Paulson
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Sharpen your skills and shape attitudes to achieve high levels of success personally and professionally.

The Optimism Advantage offers tangible, proven techniques for turning life's obstacles into opportunities with confidence and competence. Today's economy offers plenty of reasons to feel powerless and frustrated. But why would you, when it offers just as many reasons to be optimistic, resourceful, and persistent? After all, adversity is everywhere...but it's how you handle adversity that makes the difference in your personal and professional life.

Each chapter provides new ways to sharpen your own skills and help others to face ever-present organizational and personal challenges with the kind of positive attitude that leads to resilience and results.
• Presents important truths for maintaining your sanity and effectiveness during times of economic or organizational turmoil
• Shows you how to turn yourself into a valuable, recyclable asset, rather than a disposable "employee"
• Author Terry Paulson is a preeminent expert on the human side of optimism and a powerful, renowned professional speaker

The Optimism Advantage offers much needed relief, hope, and practical tools for everyone who feels trapped and powerless in the face of current economic conditions.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

演講的藝術 (The Art of Public Speaking)

史迪芬. E. 盧卡斯 (Stephen E. Lucas)
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《演講的藝術》被稱為“演講全球第一書”,是全美高校同類課程的首選教材,自1983年出版以來,發行超過五百萬冊。

該書極為全面系統。三大部分——演講的流程設計(話題選擇、聽眾分析、資料搜集、論點支持、內容設計等),演講的表達原則(道德標準、表述語言、傳達方式、輔助材料、傾聽技巧等),各類演講的技巧(告知型演講、說服型演講、特殊場合演講、小團體演講等),都在書中得到了充分且翔實的論述。

實用、操作,是本書經久不衰的另一原因。在全書18章上百小節中,都是通過實際案例來闡述演講原則。這些案例一些來自于課堂,更多的取自全真的社會情境。每章後精心設計的案例分析、批判性思考題、情境模擬等輔助材料則致力于提升學生的實戰能力。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature

Tom Siegfried
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Millions have seen the movie and thousands have read the book but few have fully appreciated the mathematics developed by John Nash's beautiful mind. Today Nash's beautiful math has become a universal language for research in the social sciences and has infiltrated the realms of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and even quantum physics. John Nash won the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics for pioneering research published in the 1950's on a new branch of mathematics known as game theory. At the time of Nash's early work, game theory was briefly popular among some mathematicians and Cold War analysts. But it remained obscure until the 1970's when evolutionary biologists began applying it to their work. In the 1980's economists began to embrace game theory. Since then it has found an ever expanding repertoire of applications among a wide range of scientific disciplines. Today neuroscientists peer into game players brains, anthropologists play games with people from primitive cultures, biologists use games to explain the evolution of human language, and mathematicians exploit games to better understand social networks. A common thread connecting much of this research is its relevance to the ancient quest for a science of human social behaviour, or a Code of Nature, in the spirit of the fictional science of psychohistory described in the famous Foundation novels by the late Isaac Asimov. In "A Beautiful Math", acclaimed science writer Tom Siegfried describes how game theory links the life sciences, social sciences, and physical sciences in a way that may bring Asimov's dream closer to reality.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

美麗心靈: 納什傳 (A Beautiful Mind)

西爾維婭.娜薩 (Sylvia Nasar)
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在這本感人至深的生動傳記中,西爾維婭.娜薩逼真地再現了一個數學天才的一生。他的生涯被精神分裂症所打斷,但是在經受30年毀滅性的精神疾病困擾後,竟奇蹟般地康復,並因年輕時在博弈論方面的奠基性工作,獲得1994年諾貝爾經濟學獎。本書追溯了小約翰.福布斯.納什在30歲以前短暫而輝煌的傳奇生活,他解決了一系列數學界公認的難題,成為一顆璀璨的明星。

在盛名的頂峰,納什遭受了災難性的精神崩潰,陷入可怕的精神錯亂。他辭去在麻省理工學院的教職,沉浸在一系列奇怪的幻想之中,最後成為普林斯頓一個在黑板上亂塗數字命理學瘋話的夢幻般幽靈人物。他幾乎被世界所遺忘—直到他從癲狂中甦醒並重新獲得世界的關注。本書作為一本出色的傳記,同時引人入勝地描述了天才們傑出而又脆弱的本性。

本書獲1998年美國書評界傳記獎,2000年美國數學聯合政策委員會傳播獎。

(摘錄自haotushu.com)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World

Don Tapscott
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Chances are you know a person between the ages of 11 and 30. You've seen them doing five things at once: texting friends, downloading music, uploading videos, watching a movie on a two-inch screen, and doing who-knows-what on Facebook or MySpace. They're the first generation to have literally grown up digital--and they're part of a global cultural phenomenon that's here to stay.

The bottom line is this: If you understand the Net Generation, you will understand the future.

If you're a Baby Boomer or Gen-Xer: This is your field guide. …

A fascinating inside look at the Net Generation, Grown Up Digital is inspired by a $4 million private research study. New York Times bestselling author Don Tapscott has surveyed more than 11,000 young people. Instead of a bunch of spoiled “screenagers” with short attention spans and zero social skills, he discovered a remarkably bright community which has developed revolutionary new ways of thinking, interacting, working, and socializing.

Grown Up Digital reveals:
• How the brain of the Net Generation processes information
• Seven ways to attract and engage young talent in the workforce
• Seven guidelines for educators to tap the Net Gen potential
• Parenting 2.0: There's no place like the new home
• Citizen Net: How young people and the Internet are transforming democracy

Today's young people are using technology in ways you could never imagine. Instead of passively watching television, the “Net Geners” are actively participating in the distribution of entertainment and information. For the first time in history, youth are the authorities on something really important. And they're changing every aspect of our society-from the workplace to the marketplace, from the classroom to the living room, from the voting booth to the Oval Office.

(Excerpt from amazon.co.uk)

蘇格拉底之道: 最充分地運用你的智慧的 7 把萬能鑰匙 (Socrates' Way)

羅納德・格羅斯 (Ronald Gross)
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無知並不是真正的幸福。哲學家約翰.穆勒說︰做一位不滿足的人總比做一頭滿足的豬好做一位不滿足的蘇格拉底總比做一個滿足的傻瓜好。如果讓智慧的蘇格拉底做你的導師,如果能用他的思想方法來指導你的事業、你的教育,以及你的生活,你將會獲得多大的成就?

本書從七個方面介紹了掌握蘇格拉底思想方法的關鍵︰了解你自己,學會正確提問,自己思考,敢于反常規,與朋友切磋,講真話,提升靈魂。掌握了這些關鍵點,也就是掌握了蘇格拉底的思想方法,就可以在同學、同事和朋友間開展蘇格拉底式的談話,就可以改進你的生活、工作和教育,就能在你身上找到蘇格拉底的精神。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Brain Storm: Tap Into Your Creativity to Generate Awesome Ideas and Remarkable Results

Jason R. Rich
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Business people, entrepreneurs, artists, entertainers, parents, students, teachers, and people from all walks of life can improve their lives by learning how to brainstorm. Successfully implementing an idea is what generates success and results, whether it's a business or personal challenge. Here is a fun, easy-to-read, upbeat book designed to help people boost creativity by learning how to brainstorm and transform their best ideas into reality. Starting with the basics, this book discusses the anatomy of ideas and how they're generated. Focusing on various brainstorming techniques, it offers step-by-step directions for using these techniques as an individual or in a group situation. It helps readers analyze their ideas, pick out the best ones, and implement those ideas to produce positive and measurable results. This book also features in-depth interviews and profiles of a handful of well known people whose brainstorming skills have led them to incredible success.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

重塑心靈: NLP--一門使人成功快樂的學問

李中瑩 著
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《重塑心靈:NLP--一門使人成功快樂的學問》全面地介紹了NLP的歷史、理論框架、基本概念等基礎理論;共分為10章,每章都有其獨立的主題。書中提供了少量NLP技巧,既安全又容易產生實效的技巧,以及更多與時代同步發展的新觀點與新案例;同時本書的概念與技巧也可為所有人在面對人生時提供啟迪。

(摘錄自卓越亞馬遜)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Learning, Work and Social Responsibility: Challenges for Lifelong Learning in a Global Age

Karen Evans
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The political consensus on lifelong learning which marked the end of the 20th century fundamentally reshaped discourses on the role of lifelong learning. In ‘knowledge-based’ economies, we are engaged in a lifelong competition for livelihoods; learning for a living as part of a global learning revolution.

The argument (of the author), put simply, revolves around social justice, and active and engaged citizenry. Policies to encourage lifelong learning are based on the view that individuals must learn new things primarily to secure employment in an ever-changing world. The result of these policies has been to open up unsustainable inequalities which ordinary people are unlikely to tolerate for much longer. For politicians, bringing politics closer to the world and aspirations of ordinary people will mean seeking solutions based on broader and fairer forms of meritocracy and bringing work and the pursuit of broader social purposes into a better balance at all levels of the social world.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

全球財富創造大師比爾蓋茲: 微軟總裁經營成功十大祕訣 (Business the Bill Gates Way)

戴斯. 狄洛夫 (Des Dearlove)
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比爾.蓋茲年方四十三,便已是全世界最富有的人。他從二十歲起便是微軟的老闆,據信他的身價高達五百億美元之譜!他成為世人艷羨、好奇的目標。

蓋茲崛起的歷程證明了企業界已出現嶄新的秩序,由迥異於以往的創業家和經營領袖主導。對於未來世界,他們看得出「端倪」,我們則否。這樣一位人物的經營技巧和領導風格,在任何一所商學院裡,卻找不到蛛絲馬跡可以依循。說實在的,管理學的教授甚至宗師,一踫上微軟的董事長兼總執行長怎麼會這麼成功的問題,就突然三緘其口,沈默得出奇了。或許他們也自覺渺少吧!蓋茲畢竟是哈佛大學法律系的輟學生呢!

那麼,我們到底該向誰去取經,以了解一些這位不世出的英才是怎麼呼風喚雨的呢?

此時,唯有將虛實夾纏的事實和傳聞,一分為二,我們才可能開始認清楚蓋茲其人。這本書不只寫出了過人的科技才華和龐大財富,更寫出了超凡的經營遠見和超強好勝心,以及企業界前所未見的獨特領導風格。比爾.蓋茲為未來的企業領袖建立起了新的典範,他所結合的特質和技能,也是迎向二十一世紀的挑戰所需之憑介……

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience

Carmine Gallo
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s wildly popular presentations have set a new global gold standard—and now this step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to use his crowd-pleasing techniques in your own presentations. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs is as close as you’ll ever get to having the master presenter himself speak directly in your ear. Communications expert Carmine Gallo has studied and analyzed the very best of Jobs’s performances, offering point-by-point examples, tried-and-true techniques, and proven presentation secrets that work every time. With this revolutionary approach, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to sell your ideas, share your enthusiasm, and wow your audience the Steve Jobs way.

Watch Carmine Gallo describe how you can inspire, motivate, and lead your team to do "insanely great" things.

(Excerpt from amazon.co.uk)

第一次就說對話: 讓你有效溝通, 輕鬆領導 (Say It Right the First Time)

羅莉塔.瑪蘭多 (Loretta Malandro)
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有人以為說話就跟呼吸、吃飯一樣自然,是與生俱來的能力,然而卻有許多人常因不善言語而身陷說錯話的泥沼中,以致於無法有效達到溝通目的,獲得應有的對話成果。因此,若能掌握開誠公的說話技巧,在第一時間就說對話,並且承擔話說出口的責任,那麼將會得到截然不同的溝通效果與意想不到的滿意收穫

您希望第一次就成功地把話說到別人的心坎裡嗎?《第一次就說對話》條理清晰、涵蓋面廣、實用性高,幫助您深入了解蘊藏在遣詞用句中的情緒層面,並善用對話中的情緒觸媒,與他人互動相處。此外,書中共有超過200個深具威力的用詞與對句,再加上各章條列出來的溝通要領和行動秘訣,將有效協助您:
成為善於溝通的領導高手、高效率經理人與激勵人心的教練級人物。
激發他人的傑出表現、鼓舞團隊的士氣與正面行動。
有效回應難以應對的人與意外的衝突或危機。
避免使用會偏離團隊合作目標的負面字句。
學會掌控你的力量,創造具有高度影響力的成果。

……總結來說,本書能幫助您修練自我的領導能力,慎選遣詞用句,改掉無效率、反射式或習慣性的說話模式,讓您能有效激勵他人、攀上職涯高峰,並能游刃有餘地處理任何順境或逆境。本書是您不可或缺的最佳說話指導指南。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Creativity 101

James C. Kaufman
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What is creativity and how can we measure it?

Creativity 101 serves as a brief, engaging introduction to the field of creativity. Dr. Kaufman presents the cutting-edge research and analyzes new and emerging theories in the field. This book investigates the many definitions of creativity, as well as how it is manifested and measured in schools, the workplace, business, art, media, and more.

Key topics discussed:
• The "Four P's" of creativity: person, product, process, and press
• How creativity influences personality, motivation, intelligence, and talent
• The dark side of creativity: the remarkable relationship between creativity and mental illness
• Emerging directions in creativity research, with discussions on neuroscience, the media, and literature

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

幸福的方法 (更快樂 / Happier)

泰勒.本-沙哈爾 (Tal Ben-Shahar)
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《幸福的方法》旨在幫助你了解幸福的真相,並幫助你過得更幸福。全書共分為三篇。第一篇分為五章,介紹了什麼是幸福,以及幸福生活的重要方面;第二篇裡的第6章到第8章中,討論如何把這些想法應用到教育中、工作上以及家庭生活裡。最後一篇則包括了七個冥想練習,提供了一些關於幸福的本質,以及它在我們生活中位置的洞見。

……有關“幸福”的研究表明,人的幸福感主要取決於三個因素:遺傳基因、與幸福有關的環境因素,以及能夠幫助我們獲得幸福的行動。本書用積極心理學的最新科學研究成果和傳統智慧精華,教給你提升幸福指數和獲得持久滿足感的方法!…… 讀這本書,並按書中的方法去思考和堅持練習,你便開始踏上了獲得持久快樂、幸福和滿足感的旅程。

(摘錄自卓越亞馬遜)


……每個人都在追尋快樂,希望擁有快樂。為此,許多心理學家、社會學家以及哲學家投注畢生心力,試圖了解這個有著複雜面貌的簡單道理。儘管每個人對快樂的定義不同,快樂確實可以透過學習獲得。

《更快樂》作者融合在正向心理學方面的研究心得,以及傳統智慧的思想,幫助讀者了解快樂的本質,並且透過一套輕鬆易學的方法,讓大家能夠活得更快樂、更滿足。

全書共分三個部分,第一部先討論快樂是什麼,以及能讓生活快樂的元素;第二部談的是如何在教育、職場以及感情上應用快樂;最後,作者提出七個值得思考的問題,並提出自己的觀點。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Skilful Time Management!

Peter Levin
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'I was getting badly behind with my work ' missing deadlines and not covering essential ground. Peter's practical suggestions have helped me prioritize my tasks, make much better use of my time, and get back on track.'
BSc Economics student

Are you, like many other students, faced with complex and often conflicting demands on your time? Do you feel as though you're constantly under pressure to make difficult decisions about what task to get on with next? Do you find having irregular deadlines superimposed on top of your weekly timetable a headache to deal with?

This book is designed to help you cope with academic demands in a way that makes best use of your time, and puts you in control of your life. It is based on the principle that an ounce of organization can save you a ton of struggle. It shows you, among other things, how to

• Create a time-use strategy and put it into practice
• Plan your weekly routine
• Prioritize tasks, and manage two or more tasks at once
• Use your time productively
• Overcome blocks to getting started on tasks
• Make sure you meet deadlines

(Excerpt from mcgraw-hill.co.uk)

走出思維的誤區 (Asking the Right Questions)

M.尼爾.布朗 (M. Neil Browne) , 斯圖爾特.M.基利 (Stuart M. Keeley)
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《走出思維的誤區》是你對何去何從做出選擇的良好嚮導,是你標新立異的良師益友;《走出思維的誤區》是批判性思維方式和技巧的集萃,目的在於構築創造性思維模式;有助於你在缺乏正規思維訓練的情況下增進做出理性決策的能力;力求將思維技能與豐富實例相結合,並強調將思維技巧應用到爭論和寫作中;適用於教育背景不同、思維能力各異的各層次讀者,是任何一位精於思考的朋友的思維指南。

(摘錄自當當網)

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Colin Neville
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Why is accurate referencing important?
How do I reference sources correctly?
What must I do to avoid plagiarism in my written work?
How can I use referencing to assert my own ideas?

This excellent new edition of The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism continues to demystify the referencing process and provide essential guidance to make sure you are not committing plagiarism. It provides clear guidelines on why and when to reference as well as how to correctly cite from a huge range of sources.

Tackling all the main forms of referencingHarvard, APA, MLA and Numerical referencing stylesin an accessible and comprehensive manner, you'll want to dip into this book time and again. A unique feature of the book is the comparisons it makes between different referencing styles, which are shown side-by-side. This provides a useful guide, particularly for students on combined studies courses who may be expected to use two, and sometimes three, different referencing styles.

This new edition offers:
• A detailed guide to referencing electronic sources and choosing reliable internet sites
• Additional ‘frequently asked questions’ and answers
• Research findings of student perceptions of referencing
• Cases of referencing in practice by real students
• Examples of referencing in action
• Exercises and quizzes to test your knowledge
• Advice on the use of referencing management software

The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism is essential reading for all students and professionals who need to use referencing in academic writing to reflect their own ideas, constructively apply the work of others, and to avoid plagiarism.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

社會硏究方法基礎 (The Basics of Social Research)

艾爾. 巴比(Earl Babbie)
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《社會研究方法基礎》是《社會研究方法》(第八版)的精簡本,是為沒有時間系統研讀《社會研究方法》的讀者準備的。 《社會研究方法》自1975年第一版出版以來,不斷修訂,始終是所有社會科學專業最受歡迎的教材,《社會研究方法基礎》一書更加簡練地展示了社會科學研究的理念與方法。

本書主要以具備初步社會科學知識的讀者為對象,採用最常見的例子,運用幽默的語言,深入淺出,循序漸進地展現了社會科學研究的多種實用方法,使讀者不會如何區別日常生活中的觀察和科學研究,進而實踐科學研究的理念。

任何希望了解社會、學習社會科學研究的人都應該閱讀本書,只要讀本書,就一定能從中獲益良多,甚至從此改變你對人、對事和對社會的看法。

(摘錄自中國圖書網)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Writing at University: A Guide for Students

Phyllis Creme and Mary R. Lea
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Writing at University offers guidance on how to develop the writing you have to do at university along with a greater understanding of what is involved in this complex activity. Writing is seen as a tool for learning as well as a product to be assessed. The importance of what you yourself can bring as a writer to your academic writing is stressed throughout the book.

The book looks at an array of writing projects, including essays, reports and dissertations, and analyzes what is expected of each form of assignment. The authors provide examples of student writing and reflections on writing by both tutors and students.

This edition includes new sections on:
• Making an argument and persuading your reader
• Using sources creatively
• Avoiding plagiarism
• Writing online
• Further sources of information about academic writing

Writing at University is an essential resource for all college and university students, including postgraduates, who wish to develop their academic writing. It will also be an invaluable aid for tutors in supporting their students.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

讀書的樂趣 = The Joy of Reading

编者白素平, 胡衛星, 任文閣; 任朕 主編
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本書有四個優點。一是所有文章短小精悍,語言規範地道,生動活潑,瑯瑯上口,便於誦讀。二是題材貼近生活,與生活的重要方面息息相關,洋溢著生活氣息與時代氣息。三是所有文章所討論的主題都是永恆不衰的,其中許多論題富有哲理,富有教育意義,令人很受啟發。四是英漢對照,便於理解,適用性強,應用性廣。
這樣一本書不但能使讀者學到生動優美的語言,提高語言能力,而能讓讀者增長知識,陶冶情操,提高文化修養,更重要的是,讀者可從書中學到許多寶貴無價的東西―讀書的方法 ……

(摘錄自書中“序”)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Critical Thinking : A Concise Guide

Tracy Bowell and Gary Kemp
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Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is a much-needed guide to argument analysis and a clear introduction to thinking clearly and rationally for oneself. Through precise and accessible discussion this book equips students with the essential skills required to tell a good argument from a bad one.

Key features of the book are:
• Clear, jargon-free discussion of key concepts in argumentation
• How to avoid common confusions surrounding words such as ‘truth’, ‘knowledge’ and ‘opinion’
• How to identify and evaluate the most common types of argument
• How to spot fallacies in arguments and tell good reasoning from bad
• Chapter summaries, glossaries and useful exercises

This third edition has been revised and updated throughout, with new exercises, and up-to-date topical examples, including: ‘real-world’ arguments; practical reasoning; understanding quantitative data, statistics, and the rhetoric used about them; scientific reasoning; and expanded discussion of conditionals, ambiguity, vagueness, slippery slope arguments, and arguments by analogy.

The Routledge Critical Thinking companion website, features a wealth of further resources, including examples and case studies, sample questions, practice questions and answers, and student activities.

Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is essential reading for anyone, student or professional, at work or in the classroom, seeking to improve their reasoning and arguing skills.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


治學方法與論文寫作 = An Approach to Academic Studies and Thesis Writing

徐有富 著
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本書旨在培養創新意識與科研能力,共分十講︰怎樣選題、怎樣查資料、怎樣作社會調查、怎樣讀書、怎樣寫讀書筆記、怎樣判斷資料的價值、怎樣鑒別資料的真偽、治學方法舉要、論文寫作方法、治學態度。本書注意用實例分析問題。每講之後均附作業題與思考題,並附錄了一些參考資料,不少參考資料是學生們的作業。書中還附有《參考書目舉要》。注重實用、不尚空談為本書顯著特點。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)



Monday, August 29, 2011

Effective Study Skills

Geraldine Price and Pat Maier
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This is a high-quality, rigorous academic skills textbook providing essential guidance to the core areas of practical, aspirational and transferable skills needed by a student both to achieve success on any academic course and to secure improved grades. It will also develop key workplace skills that will enable them to achieve success in their onward career.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

實用思考指南: 批判性思考及創造性思考的訓練 (The Art of Thinking)

芮基洛 (Vincent Ryan Ruggiero)
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……在美國的大專院校中,有關批判性思考的課程已被列入必修學分。也由於這些提倡者及其擁護者的堅持與努力,一個新的知識領域開始成形與茁壯。作者便是基於上述思潮撰寫本書,希望能活用讀者的思考能力,同時具有批判能力與創發力。

作者以四個前提來組織本書:
1. 著重做什麼,而不是不該做什麼。
2. 引導讀者了解創造性思考的原則與技巧。
3. 教導讀者批判自己的想法,一如對別人想法的批判。
4. 教導讀者如何說服別人。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, August 22, 2011

How to Get a Good Degree: Making the Most of Your Time at University

Phil Race
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• How can I ensure my hard work pays off?
• How should I integrate new technologies into my study habits?
• How can I study strategically and avoid going off at a tangent?

Are you motivated to succeed at university but unsure how to achieve your full potential? This book will help to unlock the secrets to getting a good degree and all the benefits that can come from it. A strong degree opens up career choices and enhances earning potential. The world is your oyster! More than anything else, a good degree brings freedom to choose, to change direction, and to follow up exciting options. Whether you go on to further study or not, people will still look at whether your first degree was a good one.

…If you are an undergraduate, this book will help you to reap the rewards for the time and investment you expend while studying for your degree.

(Excerpt from amazon.co.uk)



輕鬆自在交朋友 (Making Friends)

安德魯・馬修斯 (Andrew Matthews)
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人際關係,是生活中大部分喜怒哀樂的來源。有了友誼,生活就充滿了喜悅。

雖然快樂與否取決於個人的態度,但快樂方程式中卻有一個重要變數--他人。

而本書主要就是在討論「他人」--那些與我們一同歡笑、吃苦、喧鬧、立誓、哭泣、工作、玩耍、辯論、計畫未來的人,那些我們關愛、信賴、容忍、責備,有時卻想要避開的的人。雖然對待不同的人需要採取不同的方式,但是我們仍由衷地盼望能與各階層的人和平相處。

作者基於本身的生活體驗,於本書中提供了一些觀念和策略,希望藉此與讀者分享,並穿插作者自繪的幽默插畫,希望閱讀後能多些歡笑、少些煩惱。

(摘錄自香港書城)



Monday, August 15, 2011

Windows on Japan: A Walk through Place and Perception

Bruce Roscoe
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In Windows on Japan a New Zealander walks across rural Japan and ponders centuries-old perceptions about the country that is still prisoner to an isolationist past. In a deeply insightful commentary, the author surveys cultural, social and political mores, explores the wellspring of racial perception and the problem of the memory of war. Windows on Japan alternates chapters of physical travel with travel through perception about Japan, and challenges the logic of much Western thought about the country that perplexes as much as it pleases. The author walked a route that connects the ports of Niigata and Yokohama and from these windows on the world considers perceptions of people and place. He also assesses the effect of Japan on writers from Jonathan Swift to Oscar Wilde, Shirley MacLaine and Paul Theroux with surprising results. The trading entity that wraps its tentacles around the globe, converses in most languages and understands most customs, is perceptive and urbane and none appears more capable or cosmopolitan. Yet the individuals who inhabit these islands take refuge in their language as a private habitat, resent intrusions, and are captured by a cultural particularism that distances them from others. The author discusses this paradox, as well as environmental and linguistic issues and topics of history and literature. Along the way, he lifts a veil on the life of a snow country geisha, discusses current events with a priest and a reporter, and takes advice on becoming a Japanese. Though he is understood, it is only on return visits to places he has come to love that he wins acceptance. Notes on music delightfully enrich the narrative.
(Excerpt from amazon.com)



陌生的阿富汗

班卓 著
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在阿富汗那片土地上,災難還遠未結束,人們依舊生活在貧困和饑荒之中,可是他們如同你我一樣,渴望生活,熱愛生活。

在那漫長的路途中,作者學會了熱愛那些褐色的看似貧瘠的溝壑,熱愛那些仿佛永遠也走不出去的道道深梁與沉默山丘,因為那裏的人們,用他們的生活,他們的災難和他們的歡樂,教會了作者熱愛他們那堅忍的世界和作者自己的世界。

(摘錄自中國圖書網-台灣)



Monday, August 8, 2011

A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome

From St. Peter’s Basilica to the Capitoline Hill, this unique resource—part biography, part history, and part travel guide—provides an intimate portrait of the relationship between Michelangelo and the city he restored to artistic greatness. Lavishly illustrated and richly informative, this travel companion tells the story of Michelangelo’s meteoric rise, his career marked by successive artistic breakthroughs, his tempestuous relations with powerful patrons, and his austere but passionate private life. Providing street maps that allow readers to navigate the city and discover Rome as Michelangelo knew it, each chapter focuses on a particular work that amazed Michelangelo’s contemporaries and modern tourists alike.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

威尼斯日記

阿城 著
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威尼斯像「賦」,鋪陳雕琢,滿滿蕩蕩的一篇文章。華麗亦可以是一種壓迫。

如威尼斯的一條小巷是不通的,那麼在巷口一定沒有警告標誌。你只管走進去好了,碰壁返回來時不用安慰自己或生氣,因為威尼斯的每一條小巷都有性格,或者神祕,或者意料不到,譬如有精美的大門或透過大門而看到一個精美的庭院。遺憾的是有些小巷去過之後再也找不到了,有時卻又會無意中

走進同一條小巷,好像重溫舊日情人。

應該為威尼斯的每一條街巷寫傳。

作者1992年獲義大利Nonino國際文學獎,並應邀旅居威尼斯兩個月,寫成《威尼斯日記》。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization

Akbar Ahmed
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Globalization, the war on terror, and Islamic fundamentalism-followed closely by a rise in Islamophobia-have escalated tensions between Western nations and the Muslim world. Yet, internationally renowned Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed believes that through dialogue and understanding, these cultures can coexist peacefully and respectfully. That hope and belief result in an extraordinary journey. To learn what Muslims think and how they really view America, Ahmed traveled to the three major regions of the Muslim world the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization is the riveting story of his search for common ground. His absorbing narrative and personal photos bring the reader on a tour of Islam and its peoples. Ahmed sought to understand the experiences and perceptions of ordinary Muslims. Visiting mosques, madrassahs, and universities, he met with people ranging from Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to prime ministers, princes, sheikhs, professors, and students. He observed, listened, and asked them questions. For example, who inspires them? What are they reading? How do the Internet and international media impact their lives? How do they view America, the West, and changes in society? Ahmed's anthropological expedition enjoyed extensive access to women and youths, revealing unique information on large yet often misunderstood populations. Lamentably, he found high levels of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism and a widespread perception that Islam is under attack from the West. But he also brought back reason for hope. He returned from his groundbreaking travels both impressed with the concerned, kind nature of the individuals he encountered and invigorated with the vitality and passion they displayed. Journey into Islam makes a powerful plea for forming friendships across religion, race, and tradition to create lasting peace between Islam and the West.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

薔薇島嶼

安妮寶貝
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《薔薇島嶼》,安妮寶貝的第四本書。以在上海,北京,香港,越南,柬埔寨的行走經歷為線索,關於旅行,愛和生死。書中有作者在旅途中拍攝的唯美清淨的照片及近二十篇如流水通透綿延的作品。

清淨。淡定。美至詭異。意像,氣味,幻覺,往事……場景和意識交叉開展,展現安妮寶貝文體飄忽的鏡頭變幻感。從容清冷的敘述,美至詭異的語言,深化作品一貫保持的美感和靈性。記錄一個行走的人,對生命和時光路途的沉著觀察及提煉……

(摘錄自Hudong互動百科)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Invisible China: A Journey Through Ethnic Borderlands

Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson
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In this eloquent and eye-opening adventure narrative, Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson, two Americans fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Uyghur, throw away the guidebook and bring a hitherto unexplored side of China to light. They journey over 14,000 miles by bus and train to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples who dwell there, talking to farmers in their fields, monks in their monasteries, fishermen on their skiffs, and herders on the steppe.

In Invisible China, they engage in a heated discussion of human rights with Daur and Ewenki village cadres; celebrate Muhammad’s birthday with aging Dongxiang hajjis who recount the government’s razing of their mosque; attend mass with old Catholic Kinh fishermen at a church that has been forty years without a priest; hike around high-altitude Lugu Lake to farm with the matrilineal Mosuo women; and descend into a dry riverbed to hunt for jade with Muslim Uyghur merchants. As they uncover surprising facts about China’s hidden minorities and their complex position in Chinese society, they discover the social ramifications of inconsistent government policies--and some deep human truths as well.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

留徳十年

季羨林 著
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1935年,青年學子季羨林赴德留學,開始了十年羈旅生涯。數十年後,學術泰斗季先生已近耄耋之年,憶及往昔,遂寫下一部《留德十年》。

本書循時間的脈絡,記述了先生當年拋家傍路赴德求學的經過。在赫赫有名的哥廷根大學,先生幾經輾轉選定印度學為主修方向,遂對其傾注熱情與辛勞,最終獲得博士學位,也由此奠定了畢生學術研究的深厚根基。在此過程中,先生飽嘗了第二次世界大戰的陰霾帶來的戲劇性苦難,而于苦難之外,又更難忘學長深思,友人深情。

先生雖言“自傳”只述事實,不及其余,然“詩與真”並行不悖,洋洋十數萬言,生命之詩性本已蘊集期間。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)



Monday, July 18, 2011

The Ice Cave: A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic

Lucy Jane Bledsoe
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For Lucy Jane Bledsoe, wilderness had always been a source of peace. But during one disastrous solo trip in the wintry High Sierra she came face to face with a crisis: the wilderness no longer felt like home. The Ice Cave recounts Bledsoe’s wilderness journeys as she recovers her connection with the wild and discovers the meanings of fear and grace.

These are Bledsoe’s gripping tales of fending off wolves in Alaska, encountering UFOs in the Colorado Desert, and searching for mountain lions in Berkeley. Her memorable story “The Breath of Seals” takes readers to Antarctica, the wildest continent on earth, where she camped out with geologists, biologists, and astrophysicists. These fresh and deeply personal narratives remind us what it means to be simply one member of one species, trying to find food and shelter—and moments of grace—on our planet.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

寫給你的日記

鍾文音
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波西米亞般迷人的貓樣風格女子,天生有著流浪性格的書寫才華,驚人的筆觸與觀察,加上說故事的平易近人,使得鍾文音不論小說或散文,皆表現出一派自然通俗風味,讓我們可以很快進入她所描述的曲折情節,是繼三毛之後,唯一讓我們在旅遊文學裡,看到一絲絲人的味道和孤獨寂寞況味真性情的作者。

《寫給你的日記》,是鍾文音在紐約放逐兩年的真實日記本。一個單身女子離開家人與愛人、朋友,置身紐約的動盪與陌生不安,生活裡五味雜陳的酸甜苦辣,以〈游牧生活〉、〈信箱〉、〈畫室〉、〈柴米油鹽〉、〈街頭〉、〈邂逅〉五個部份架構脫軌的真實人生。

讓你真切體會一個人在異地都會的掙扎與找尋自我的喜悅,你翻開日記本,就跟著鍾文音走入大紐約的陷阱、驚豔與新奇,在中國城巧遇艾爾帕西諾、在蘇活區看見馬友友、中央公園揀狗大便的人口袋裡放著莎士比亞舞台劇節目單;當然你更看到隻身追求夢想的辛苦,支票被盜用、艱苦打工、搬家更換無數次地址……動盪的生活經驗,卻更深入一個城市的真實面貌。

還喜歡紐約嗎?喜歡呢,才開始初戀而已。一個單身女子放逐異國的生命日記,在巨大的塵囂中,不斷反覆驅動、行走,以寂寞為調味;以相思為節氣;以自語為形式。真實的日記本,與你終宵共舞,讀出旅者孤獨悲傷的況味。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon

Philip Graham
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A dispatch from a foreign land, when crafted by an attentive and skilled writer, can be magical, transmitting pleasure, drama, and seductive strangeness.

In The Moon, Come to Earth, Philip Graham offers an expanded edition of a popular series of dispatches originally published on McSweeney’s, an exuberant yet introspective account of a year’s sojourn in Lisbon with his wife and daughter. Casting his attentive gaze on scenes as broad as a citywide arts festival and as small as a single paving stone in a cobbled walk, Graham renders Lisbon from a perspective that varies between wide-eyed and knowing; though he’s unquestionably not a tourist, at the same time he knows he will never be a local. So his lyrical accounts reveal his struggles with (and love of) the Portuguese language, an awkward meeting with Nobel laureate José Saramago, being trapped in a budding soccer riot, and his daughter’s challenging transition to adolescence while attending a Portuguese school—but he also waxes loving about Portugal’s saudade-drenched music, its inventive cuisine, and its vibrant literary culture. And through his humorous, self-deprecating, and wistful explorations, we come to know Graham himself, and his wife and daughter, so that when an unexpected crisis hits his family, we can’t help but ache alongside them.

A thoughtful, finely wrought celebration of the moment-to-moment excitement of diving deep into another culture and confronting one’s secret selves, The Moon, Come to Earth is literary travel writing of a rare intimacy and immediacy.

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山居歲月: 普羅旺斯的一年 (A Year in Provence)

彼德.梅爾(Peter Mayle)
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法國南部的普羅旺斯地區,自古以來是歐美人心目中的福地仙鄉。那兒盛產美酒美食,人民熱情樸實,生活舒緩愜意。作者,一位曾任國際大廣告公司主管的名作家,在他生命與事業的巔峰時刻,自紐約與倫敦的絢爛都會光圈中淡出,,偕愛妻與愛犬,豹隱普羅旺斯山區,追求恬淡閒適的生活原味。洞燭世情的他,以機智風趣的筆觸,精確刻畫山鄉居民的生活面貌,描繪山村時序的推移、景物的變換,甫出版即獲英國書卷獎(English Book Awards)選為「年度最佳旅遊書」。泰晤士報形容它「是一齣高級喜劇」,讚許它「機鋒百出」、「讓人愛不釋手」。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)