Monday, July 30, 2012

In Pursuit of Excellence: How to Win in Sport and Life Through Mental Training

Terry Orlick
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Written in an easy-to-understand, instructive style, this second edition of In Pursuit of Excellence is the supplemental text for courses that cover basic sport psychology techniques. It covers the psychological concepts of concentration, winning, losing, and competing successfully. This sport performance book by internationally recognised sport psychologist Terry Orlick has undergone a complete revitalization. Better organized for easier reading, the second edition includes dozens of new examples taken from Orlick's real-life experiences with champion athletes and their coaches.

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倫敦的叫賣聲: 英國隨筆選譯

約瑟夫。阿狄生 (Joseph Addison) 等著;劉炳善譯
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十六篇英國散文作品 ,橫跨新古典時期至現代主義時期的14位名家,喜愛英美文學的讀者一定不感陌生。透過劉炳善的譯注與介紹,帶領讀者一起潛入文人內心世界。


本書特色 1.本書精選英國散文16篇,多是出自18-20世紀文學大師的佳作,從斯威夫特到吳爾夫的二百年間14位英國作家。 2.按英國文學分期來看,本書囊括了新古典、維多利亞與現代主義時期作品。 3.由專研英國文學劉炳善教授翻譯並專文介紹作者與其作品特色。 4.作品皆能反映出文人們豐富的情懷,或幽默略帶譏諷的語調,值得細細品味。


Monday, July 23, 2012

Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life: A Fable of Self-discovery

Stefan Swanepoel
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As a brutal business environment meets a soft economy, business leaders and managers are looking for sources of both inspiration and survival. This compelling new fable offers a riveting tale of life in Africa's Serengeti and what lessons it holds for today's beleaguered business people and struggling society.

The 1.5 million wildebeest rely on stubborn endurance and support from the herd to survive; the crocodile is opportunistic; the cheetah ruthlessly effective; the giraffe embodies grace, the lion a master strategist, the mongoose is a risk-taker, the elephant is an excellent communicator.

7 Questions This Book Tackles
1. Experiencing a challenge you wish to overcome?
2. Want to discover your hidden survival skills?
3. Still have a goal not yet achieved?
4. Interested to discover your instinctive strengths?
5. Can benefit from problem-solving thinking?
6. Know someone that has potential to excel?
7. Looking for a positive message to share?

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笑忘錄 (The Book of Laughter and Forgetting)

米蘭・昆德拉 (Milan Kundera)
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Monday, July 16, 2012

The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems

Billy Collins
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Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy Collins. With his distinct voice and accessible language, America’s two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people for whom it might otherwise remain closed.

Like the present book’s title, Collins’s poems are filled with mischief, humor, and irony, “Poetry speaks to all people, it is said, but here I would like to address / only those in my own time zone”–but also with quiet observation, intense wonder, and a reverence for the everyday: “The birds are in their trees, / the toast is in the toaster, / and the poets are at their windows. / They are at their windows in every section of the tangerine of earth–the Chinese poets looking up at the moon, / the American poets gazing out / at the pink and blue ribbons of sunrise.”

Through simple language, Collins shows that good poetry doesn’t have to be obscure or incomprehensible, qualities that are perhaps the real trouble with most “serious” poetry: “By now, it should go without saying / that what the oven is to the baker / and the berry-stained blouse to the drycleaner / so the window is to the poet.”

In this dazzling new collection, his first in three years, Collins explores boyhood, jazz, love, the passage of time, and, of course, writing–themes familiar to Collins’s fans but made new here. Gorgeous, funny, and deeply empathetic, Billy Collins’s poetry is a window through which we see our lives as if for the first time.

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一首詩的故事: 100篇中國詩詞的動人故事

王盈雅 編著
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從先秦時代到晚近清朝,傳頌下來那精采動人的詩詞故事,讓你低詠讚嘆詩詞意境的優美時 還能一探詩人的親身經歷,與隱含在其中那時間流沙輕瀉下仍清晰可聞的真摯情誼。



Monday, July 9, 2012

Bach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History As It Ought to Be Taught

David W. Barber
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David W. Barber has delighted readers around the world with Accidentals on Purpose, When the Fat Lady Sings and other internationally bestselling books of musical humor. His bestselling Bach, Beethoven and the Boys chronicles the lives of the great (and not-so-great) composers as you’ve never read them before — exploring their sex lives, exposing their foibles and expanding on our understanding of these all-too-human creatures. Filled with information, interesting facts and trivia, this hilarious history covers music from Gregorian chant to the mess we’re in now. From Bach’s laundry lists to Beethoven’s bowel problems, from Gesualdo’s kinky fetishes to Cage’s mushroom madness, Barber tells tales out of school that ought to be put back there. (Think how much more fun it would be if they taught this stuff.)

As always, Dave Donald had provided witty and clever cartoon illustrations to accompany the text.
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李歐梵 著
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Monday, July 2, 2012

Hong Kong Culture: Word and Image

Edited by Kam Louie
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This book contains thirteen essays on post-1997 Hong Kong culture by some of the world's best authorities on this topic today. The majority of the essays are on literature and film. As well as these two genres, some essays also explore new types of texts such as protest art.

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香江法政縱橫: 香港基本法學緒論

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