Monday, May 26, 2014

A Journey into Matisse's South of France

Laura McPhee 
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For more than 50 years the passionate pursuit of color led Henri Matisse to visit some of the most enchanting villages in southern France. Travelers and art lovers will delight in this mix of art, history, biography, and travel guide that covers southern France and explores the teal skies, emerald hills, red soil, and indigo seas beloved by the artist. The journey begins in Paris and then moves to the fashionable port of St. Tropez, the fishing village of Collioure, chic and voluptuous Nice, and the rustic refuge of Vence, and ends in the luxurious resort of Cimiez. The author identifies the villas and studios where Matisse lived and worked in each location and discusses how his art responded to the palette and ambience of each local landscape.

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Henri Matisse
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蔣勳 著
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Monday, May 19, 2014

East Asian Cinema and Cultural Heritage: From China, Hong Kong, Taiwan to Japan and South Korea

Edited by Yau Shuk-Ting Kinnia 
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How do East Asian cultural heritages shape film? How are these legacies being revived, or even re-created, by contemporary filmmakers? This collection examines the dynamic interactions between East Asian cultural heritages – “traditional” elements including martial arts, music, landscape, aesthetics, stage performances, and legends – and cinemas in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.

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怎樣看電影 (How to Read a Film)

詹姆斯.莫纳科 (James Monaco)
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Monday, May 12, 2014

The 50th Law

50 Cent and Robert Greene 
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In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a “bible” for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing the 50th Law, this deeply inspirational book is perfect for entrepreneurs as well as anyone interested in the extraordinary life of Curtis Jackson.

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李天命 著
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo 
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Why do the poor borrow to save? Why do they miss out on free life-saving immunizations, but pay for unnecessary drugs? In Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two practical visionaries working toward ending world poverty, answer these questions from the ground. In a book the Wall Street Journal called “marvelous, rewarding,” the authors tell how the stress of living on less than 99 cents per day encourages the poor to make questionable decisions that feed—not fight—poverty. The result is a radical rethinking of the economics of poverty that offers a ringside view of the lives of the world’s poorest, and shows that creating a world without poverty begins with understanding the daily decisions facing the poor.

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感悟母愛: 震撼億萬心靈的親情故事

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《感悟母愛: 震撼億萬心靈的親情故事》記載了數十個不一樣的母愛故事,但一樣的是閱讀時的感動。讀完這一篇篇感人的文章,請你輕輕地拭去眼角的淚吧。生命是如此短暫,希望藉由這些故事帶給你的心靈震撼,能讓你領悟到如何珍重自己的人生,珍重那個深深愛著你的母親。震撼心靈的故事感動一生的親情!母愛是一部震撼心靈的巨著,讀懂了它,你也就讀懂了整個人生。總有一個人,默默將我們支撐;總有一種愛,讓我們淚流滿面。這個人就是母親,這種愛就是母愛。常常,我們感動於“春蠶到死絲方盡”的無私和“蠟炬成灰淚始乾”的奉獻。但人世間沒有任何一種無私和奉獻能與母愛相提並論。即使再冷酷無情和鐵石心腸的人,也能體會到母親的關愛給予我們的心靈慰藉與情感撫摩。