Monday, February 23, 2015

The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life

Tal Ben-Shahar
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We're all laboring under our own and society's expectations to be perfect in every way-to look younger, to make more money, to be happy all the time. But according to Tal Ben-Shahar, the New York Times bestselling author of Happier, the pursuit of perfect may actually be the number-one internal obstacle to finding happiness.

Applying cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology-the scientific principles taught in his wildly popular course at Harvard University-Ben-Shahar takes us off the impossible pursuit of perfection and directs us to the way to happiness, richness, and true fulfillment. He shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us.

In The Pursuit of Perfect, Tal Ben-Shahar offers an optimal way of thinking about failure and success--and the very way we live. He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and “Time-Ins” to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.

Praise for Tal Ben-Shahar's Happier:
“This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is embedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today.”
-Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

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人性的弱點全集 (How to Win Friends and Influence People)

戴爾・卡耐基 (Dale Carnegie)
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Humour in Chinese Life and Culture: Resistance and Control in Modern Times

Edited by Jessica Milner Davis and Jocelyn Chey 
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This book investigates the use of humor in the public sphere and in personal life in China. The contributors cover modern and contemporary forms--comic films and novels, cartooning, pop-songs, internet jokes, and humor in advertising and education. The second of two multidisciplinary volumes designed for the general reader as well as academic audiences, the book explores the relationship between political control and popular expression of humor, including the mutual exchange of comic stereotypes between China and Japan, and draws out important methodological implications for psychological and cross-cultural studies of humor.

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趙廣超 著
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Monday, February 9, 2015

The Four Loves

C.S. Lewis
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"We need others physically, emotionally, intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves."

We hear often that love is patient and kind, not envious or prideful. We hear that human love is a reflection of divine love. We hear that God is love. But how do we understand its work in our lives, its perils and rewards? Here, the incomparable C. S. Lewis examines human love in four forms: affection, the most basic, general, and emotive; friendship, the most rare, least jealous, and, in being freely chosen, perhaps the most profound; Eros, passionate love that can run counter to happiness and poses real danger; charity, the greatest, most spiritual, and least selfish. Proper love is a risk, but to bar oneself from it--to deny love--is a damning choice. Love is a need and a gift; love brings joy and laughter. We must seek to be awakened and so to find an Appreciative love through which "all things are possible."

"The Four Loves deserves to become a minor classic as a modern mirror of our souls, a mirror of the virtues and failings of human loving." —New York Times Book Review

"Lewis has a keen eye, a large measure of human sympathy, wit, and a command of simple words." —Times Literary Supplement 

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霍亂時期的愛情 (Love in the Time of Cholera)

加.馬爾克斯 (Gabriel García Márquez)
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講述了一段跨越半個多世紀的愛情史詩,窮盡了所有愛情的可能性︰忠貞的、隱秘的、粗暴的、羞怯的、柏拉圖式的、放蕩的、轉瞬即逝的、生死相依的……再現了時光的無情流逝,被譽為“ 人類有史以來最偉大的愛情小說”,是20世紀最重要的經典文學巨著之一。 馬爾克斯曾說︰“這一部是我最好的作品,是我發自內心的創作。”


Monday, February 2, 2015

149 Paintings You Really Need to See in Europe: (So You Can Ignore the Others)

Julian Porter 
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Visit some of Europe’s greatest museums and galleries in the company of a knowledgeable tour guide.

"Who can resist an art critic with attitude?"
– Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, Ian Binnie

"It was wonderful! Julian shared his enormous knowledge of the world’s best art with a panache that is irresistible."
– Justice Stephen Goudge, Ontario Court of Appeal

This essential companion to all the major European museums and galleries discusses some of the world’s greatest paintings from Giotto through to Picasso. Julian Porter’s passion for art began with the seven years he spent as a student tour guide in Europe. Since then, he has conducted countless tours of Europe’s famous galleries – The Louvre, The Prado, The Hermitage, The Rijksmuseum, the Sistine Chapel, and many others.

In the usually pretentious arena of art connoisseurs, Porter’s voice stands out as fresh and original. He finds the best of the best, which he describes with entertaining irreverence, and spares you hours of sore feet and superfluous information.

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