Monday, November 13, 2017

Before the Fall

Noah Hawley
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Winner of the 2017 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL and the 2017 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? A storm of media attention brings Scott fame that quickly morphs into notoriety and accusations, and he scrambles to salvage truth from the wreckage. Amid trauma and chaos, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy grows and glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, morality, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

Kristin Hannah raves, "Noah Hawley really knows how to keep a reader turning the pages... a complex, compulsively readable thrill ride of a novel."

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

零秒思考力 : 全世界最簡單的腦力鍛鍊

赤羽雄二
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一個主題、一張A4紙、一分鐘、一天10張
短短三週就能達到95%的腦力開發。
確實鍛練出連麥肯錫都無法實現的瞬間思考力。

只要把浮現於腦海中的想法,逐一寫在A4紙上,
就能夠鍛鍊你的腦力與領導力!

猶疑困惑的時間為零、
煩惱憂慮的時間為零、
瞬間掌握現狀的時間為零、
釐清問題的時間為零、
想出解決方案的時間為零、
做出行動決策的時間為零……
思考重「質」也重「速度」,
將兩者同時達到極致,正是「零秒思考力」的威力!

零秒思考,是一場意識與行動的改革。
為何明明提案在即,思緒卻毫無進展?!

對組織來說,人才的戰鬥力將大幅影響著公司的未來,
但不論是學校教育或工作訓練,都不曾教導我們「如何深入思考」?

本書作者活躍於麥肯錫顧問公司十數年,
親自驗證上萬張A4筆記後,所創造的獨一無二「零秒思考力」,
是最簡單、且最有效的腦力鍛鍊方法。

到目前為止,已成功傳授上千名商務人士驗證,
對於掌握現狀、釐清問題或實際行動,都能立即浮現想法。
即使是人生突如其來的變化,也能面對及預測未來。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings

Jean Wyrick
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Writing well is just a step away! Join the thousands of students who have learned to write well with Jean Wyrick's clear, thoughtful advice. STEPS TO WRITING WELL WITH ADDITIONAL READINGS, 10th Edition, is the ultimate step-by-step guide to writing effective academic essays. Wyrick offers friendly, practical guidelines for composing different types of essays, with discussion of everything from choosing a topic to developing an essay to polishing your prose. This 10th edition includes new "Visualizing the Process" flowcharts that provide at-a-glance summaries of the steps for completing each of the major assignments in the text; many new professional readings and sample essays that offer useful models for academic writing and also touch on engaging topics intended to spark ideas for your own writing; and a wealth of exercises, group activities, and longer assignments that provide additional essay topic ideas and opportunities to apply and review what you are learning.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

讀書便佳

董橋
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本書《讀書便佳》是作者2017年最新作品,全書未曾發表。

作者說,為了寫這本新書他翻看了箱子裏許多陳年筆記,補讀了許多沒有細讀的舊書,也重讀了許多偏愛的老書。作者愛零零星星寫些隨筆札記,記錄讀書的一慮和一得。這樣的寫法不是新穎的嘗試,明清筆記文學前代啟發後代,代代相傳,煥然成風,雲蒸霞蔚。十八十九世紀英國不少散文名家都偏愛這樣瑣碎的寫法,匯之成書,裁之成篇。二十世紀初葉英國出版界出過袖珍送禮的小書裁錄著名散文家文集裏的雋語警句。

作者總覺得中國文化的精髓離不開幽情,閑適:「英國人只在下午茶座上才追求幽情和閑適,不夠的。」我們說「東平云為善最樂,紫陽曰讀書便佳。」為善講機緣,讀書是本份,這本新寫的書取名《讀書便佳》,企盼的不是名成也不是利就,塵世喧囂,爭逐齷齪,一卷在手,字裏徘徊,悠忽間一個回眸的欣喜一次促膝的交會,那才是佳趣。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, October 30, 2017

The Great Escape : Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality (財富大逃亡)

Angus Deaton
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Angus Deaton was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare in 2015.

The world is a better place than it used to be. People are healthier, wealthier, and live longer. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many has left gaping inequalities between people and nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, beginning 250 years ago, some parts of the world experienced sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's disproportionately unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind.

Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He examines the United States, a nation that has prospered but is today experiencing slower growth and increasing inequality. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He suggests alternative efforts--including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions--that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape.

Demonstrating how changes in health and living standards have transformed our lives, The Great Escape is a powerful guide to addressing the well-being of all nations.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

不當行為 : 行為經濟學之父教你更聰明的思考、理財、看世界 (Misbehaving)

理查.塞勒 (Richard H. Thaler)
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2017年諾貝爾經濟學獎得主,行為經濟學之父,理查‧塞勒半自傳性代表作!

‧ 美國亞馬遜、《紐約時報》暢銷書排行榜冠軍
‧ 《經濟學人》年度選書
‧ 《金融時報》、麥肯錫年度最具影響力 6 本書之一
‧ 諾貝爾經濟學獎得主 丹尼爾‧康納曼、羅伯‧席勒 共同推薦
‧ 台大經濟系副教授馮勃翰 審定.導讀

人類會做出不符經濟學預測的行為?當我們談到經濟時,真該把自己擺進算式裡!

行為經濟學無所不在,諸如國家政策、企業管理,以及逛超商要不要買「第二件半價」等思考模式,皆與這門學科有密不可分的關係。英美各國政府、世界頂尖大學、金融界已將行為經濟學應用在政策執行與規畫管理上。

傳統經濟學假設經濟人是理性的,以追求最大利益為前提,但是行為經濟學之父塞勒博士指出,人類並非完全理性,我們不如愛因斯坦聰明,也沒有苦行僧的自制力,而是有熱情有偏見有衝動的人類。我們會在發薪日去大血拚,還會因為股市短期獲利而影響判斷,所做的決定反而與經濟學家假設的標準性模型相去甚遠,更有甚者,這種不合理行為會造成嚴重的後果。因此,經濟的核心是人──可預測卻易犯錯的個人,我們需要的是以真實人類為主體的經濟模型,才能幫助個人、企業,以及政府做出更好的決定。

本書行文幽默風趣,塞勒博士的研究貼合現實,能夠引導讀者在日趨複雜難懂的世界中做出更聰明的決定,並且將行為經濟學應用在生活各個層面中,包括理財、購物、投資等,將會徹底改變讀者對經濟學、自己,以及整個世界的看法。

我們每一天都在應用行為經濟學:

◎ 300元購入的紅酒現增值為3,000元,收藏家不願賣出,只偶爾開一瓶來喝,也不想花3,000元買酒。為何他寧願喝現值3,000元的酒,卻不想花同樣金額買酒或賣掉原先的收藏?

→ 這就是「機會成本」。無論喝掉藏酒或買新酒,機會成本是一樣的,可是一般人很難在機會成本和掏出現金之間畫上等號。放棄賣出賺錢的機會,感覺不像從皮夾裡拿出錢來那麼難受,相較於親手奉上實實在在的現金,機會成本既模糊又抽象。

◎ 黎妮雅願意開十分鐘的車去買原為500元,折價後少100元的鬧鐘,卻不願意為了定價5萬元的電視機,開十分鐘的車買折價100元的同樣商品。

→ 儘管這十分鐘都價值100元,但是我們較願意為了定價500元的鬧鐘多跑一趟,正是因為電視機省下的錢算不上是「最小可覺差異」。一般人對於獲得和損失皆呈現敏感度遞減,面對獲得,我們抱持著風險規避態度,面對損失,卻抱持風險偏好態度。

◎ 文斯付了3萬元的室內網球場會員費,他罹患網球肘後依然忍痛繼續打了三個月,只因不想浪費已繳的會員費,直到疼痛變得完全無法忍受才決定放棄。

→ 繼續打球對財務有助益嗎?或只是覺得「浪費錢」而有罪惡感?傳統經濟學家認為應該忽略沉沒成本,偏偏人們無法忘懷。如果花錢買了卻沒用,感覺很像實際損失那些錢。我們應該要知道忽略沉沒成本是完全符合理性,甚至是必要的。

◎ 學校在數學大考前五天傳簡訊通知家長,此作法提升數學測驗成績的程度相當於額外多上一個月的課。家長與學生們都說他們希望該作法能持續下去,顯然他們挺樂意被輕輕推一把。

→ 「推力」是吸引我們注意力和影響行為環境的某些小功能。人會犯下可預測的錯誤,如果我們能夠預期這些錯誤,就能先想辦法以減少錯誤發生,或提醒人們可能會忽略的事情,發簡訊就是方法之一。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, October 23, 2017

A Strangeness in My Mind

Orhan Pamuk
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From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red: a soaring, panoramic new novel—his first since The Museum of Innocence—telling the unforgettable tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life.

Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he’d hoped, at the age of twelve he comes to Istanbul—“the center of the world”—and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father’s trade, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, and hoping to become rich, like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut’s side. As he watches his relations settle down and make their fortunes, he spends three years writing love letters to a girl he saw just once at a wedding, only to elope by mistake with her sister. And though he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have, he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. His sense of missing something leads him sometimes to the politics of his friends and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic religious guide. But every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and wondering at the “strangeness” in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for.

Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk’s finest achievements.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

我是馬拉拉 : 一位因爭取教育而被槍殺的女孩 (I Am Malala)

馬拉拉.優薩福扎伊 (Malala Yousafzai)
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2014年 諾貝爾和平獎得主

馬拉拉,一位年輕的女孩,為了倡導受教育的基本權利,發出了連子彈都無法穿透的堅定力量。

本書是一部卓越非凡的故事,關於一個家庭因全球恐怖主義而遭到連根拔除的內容;一個奮力爭取女孩受教育權利的過程;一個關於一位父親,他身為學校校長,倡導並鼓勵他的女兒寫作和參與學校事務;與一對勇敢的父母親,在當地重男輕女的傳統社會之下,珍愛他們的女兒如同兒子。這將會讓你相信由一個女孩所發出的聲音,這個力量將激發改變全世界。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

Chris Bailey
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A fresh, personal, and entertaining exploration of a topic that concerns all of us: how to be more productive at work and in every facet of our lives.

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen. Among the experiments that he tackled: Bailey went several weeks with getting by on little to no sleep; he cut out caffeine and sugar; he lived in total isolation for 10 days; he used his smartphone for just an hour a day for three months; he gained ten pounds of muscle mass; he stretched his work week to 90 hours; a late riser, he got up at 5:30 every morning for three months—all the while monitoring the impact of his experiments on the quality and quantity of his work.

The Productivity Project—and the lessons Chris learned—are the result of that year-long journey. Among the counterintuitive insights Chris Bailey will teach you:
· slowing down to work more deliberately;
· shrinking or eliminating the unimportant;
· the rule of three;
· striving for imperfection;
· scheduling less time for important tasks;
· the 20 second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions;
· and the concept of productive procrastination.
In an eye-opening and thoroughly engaging read, Bailey offers a treasure trove of insights and over 25 best practices that will help you accomplish more.

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優質大學生的學習指導書 : 第一本由學生寫給學生的學習教戰守則 (How to Become a Straight-A Student)

卡爾.紐波特 (Cal Newport) 
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學習,並不需要精疲力竭,也並非只有天才和書呆子才能拿最高分!
本書幫助你在不犧牲健康、快樂、社交生活的前提下快樂學習、得高分,讓你的大學四年生活更加豐富、多彩。
學習習慣決定你的學習成就!
掌握學習技巧,你便能開始超越大多數競爭者。
送給大學新鮮人、想要提升學習效率的學生們最完美的禮物。
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學習並不只是意味著反復閱讀筆記和作業;
寫論文也不一定要在電腦鍵盤上進行熬夜馬拉松,
請立即拋棄書呆子似的學習習慣,因為效率低得驚人;
也不必當個可憐蟲蜷縮在圖書館裡,熬通宵K書,隔天雙眼視線模糊,
本書個案研告訴你如何根據自己的實際情況調整學習方法,
是一本提供詳盡的、高效率學習方法的指導書,
教你繪製聰明學習的路線圖,
讓你找到更有效、耗時更少的方法。
當你將這些觀念應用於實踐,並開始感受它們的好處時,
你就能在學習過程中如魚得水、怡然自得。

絕大部分現存的學習指導書中的建議,大都由「專家」所撰寫,
因此往往不切實際,太費時間。
而本書是第一本以大學生經驗為基礎的指導書,
可滿足大學生日常學習生活所需要的原創策略,
不僅簡單易行,並且行之有效。
更棒的是,
只要你開始實踐、應用書中的策略,
就能感受到立竿見影的效果。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro 石黑一雄
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Mr. Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017.

From one of the most preeminent writers of our times comes The Buried Giant, an extraordinary new novel that poses powerful questions about love, loss, and mortality. The novel centers around an elderly couple, Beatrice and Axl, who set out on an epic journey through war-torn lands in hopes of finding their son. As they contend with the physical hardships of their journey, they also encounter danger from a variety of mystical elements: ogres, demons, and an ever-present fog that makes memory elusive. With the help of a brash yet determined knight and a mysterious young boy, they travel across lands familiar and strange, ever closer to learning their son’s fate. What they end up discovering along the way, though, leads them in surprising directions that will forever alter the fabric of their relationship—as well as the history of their embattled homeland.

At once both brutal and affecting, Ishiguro’s novel is a fresh take on the hero’s journey. With unforgettable characters and a pace that rivets, The Buried Giant is sure to resonate as a classic for years to come.

(Excerpt from knopfdoubleday.com)

星際效應 : 電影幕後的科學事實, 推測與想像 (The Science of Interstellar)

基普.索恩 (Kip S. Thorne)
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作者基普.索恩 (Kip S. Thorne) 與萊納·魏斯 (Rainer Weiss) 及巴里·巴里什 (Barry Barish)共同獲得2017年諾貝爾物理學獎。

所有讓你瞠目結舌的宇宙奇景,
所有推動劇情的天文物理理論,
解開劇情設計與時空旅行之謎!

◎世界頂尖物理學家寫給大家的天文學通識課!
◎電影幕後,科學家的「裡」設定大公開!

《星際效應》導演──克里斯多福.諾蘭:
本書繽紛展現了基普生氣蓬勃的想像力,以及他想提高科學親和性的不懈努力,讓我們這群不具備他那般高強智慧或淵博學識的普通人,也都能親近科學。

《星際效應》科學顧問──基普.索恩:
電影一開始就根植於現實科學:位於人類知識的最前端,或稍微超前一些的科學……這是部從導演、編劇到製片,所有人都尊重科學的電影,而且整個劇情徹頭徹尾從科學擷取靈感,將之編織融入電影的素材中……帶領觀眾稍事領會物理定律可以與可能在我們的宇宙創造出哪些奇妙現象……

美國加州理工學院知名天文物理學家基普.索恩 ╳ 好萊塢大導演克里斯多福.諾蘭
動員眾多科學家+好萊塢頂尖電影人,打造世上第一部忠實呈現宇宙間各種天體現象的電影
從校園到會議室,從網路到小酒館,掀起全世界前所未有的物理學討論熱潮

● 最簡明清晰的時間與空間理論入門讀本
本書中,原本艱澀的天文物理知識,在索恩以淺白易懂的文字下依著電影劇情的推展娓娓道來,一一破解劇中所有設定之謎,還為讀者就內容的真實性將書中的科學知識大致分為三種:嚴謹科學、有根據的推測、想像臆測,並在各章節前標示出該章或該節的內容屬於何者,使本書成為最簡明清晰的太空科學入門讀本!

● 科學理論與電影工藝完美結合
索恩是當今世上研究重力、宇宙學、廣義相對論的權威,為《星際效應》架構科學基礎,也在本書中竭力以最鮮明的手法生動解釋電影中涉及的科學,並揭露所有相關人士如何經過多少努力,使科學理論與電影工藝完美結合,令事實的呈現比虛構與幻想更令人覺得離奇與驚豔。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, October 2, 2017

How Will You Measure Your Life? (你要如何衡量你的人生?)

Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon
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From the world’s leading thinker on innovation and New York Times bestselling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen, comes an unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life. Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma, notably the only business book that Apple’s Steve Jobs said “deeply influenced” him, is widely recognized as one of the most significant business books ever published. Now, in the tradition of Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture and Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Life is with a book of lucid observations and penetrating insights designed to help any reader—student or teacher, mid-career professional or retiree, parent or child—forge their own paths to fulfillment.

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被討厭的勇氣 : 自我啟發之父「阿德勒」的教導

岸見一郎 (Ichirō Kishimi), 古賀史健 (Fumitake Koga)
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★榮獲日本2014年商業書大賞第三名,作者古賀史健榮獲評審特別獎!
★與佛洛依德、榮格齊名,並稱「心理學三巨頭」。阿德勒除了是心理學發展承先啟後之人,更堪稱自我啟發之父!


所謂的自由,就是被別人討厭。
有人討厭你,正是你行使自由、依照自己的生活方針過日子的標記。

為什麼人們一直無法改變?
為什麼自卑感總是揮之不去?
為什麼我們總是活在別人的期待之下?
為什麼現在無法真實感受到幸福?
或許是因為,我們缺少了被別人討厭的勇氣!

一名憤世嫉俗的年輕人來到哲學家的小屋。
當他聽聞哲學家主張「世界無比單純,人人都能幸福」,便決心前來推翻這種謬論。
這個世界明明複雜混亂,哪裡單純了?
如果幸福真的這麼容易,為什麼他還會過得這麼痛苦?

他們開始了你來我往的思考與論辯。
年輕人原以為哲學家不過是昧於現實的昏庸老頭,
但是一夜又一夜過去後,年輕人反而陷入沉思:這世界到底是什麼樣子?
「所謂的自由,就是被別人討厭。」哲學家說。
怎麼會這樣?怎麼會有人想被別人討厭?
想得到真正的自由,又為什麼非得被別人討厭不可呢?
這個世界,究竟是單純,還是複雜?人,到底能不能得到幸福?……

問題不在於「世界」是什麼樣子,而在於「你」是什麼樣子。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, September 25, 2017

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Adam Grant, with foreword by Sheryl Sandberg
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2016 NAUTILUS AWARD Gold Winner

The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option B

Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?

Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

紫禁城100

趙廣超
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香港出版雙年獎 藝術及設計最佳出版獎

《紫禁城100》講述紫禁城一百個關於建築空間、宮廷生活等故事,成功把中華文化的普遍意義,帶給廣大的海內外觀眾。

紫禁城(故宮)這個空間內建築的變化,其功能的演變,以及建築背後的思想、設計、藝術、功能等方面的因素,都在作者的關注範圍之內。書中圖片,全部是作者團隊繪製,精彩呈現故宮每一個元素美妙的細節之處。大到全景的地圖,小到瓷器上的一個紋理,無不在生花妙筆下活靈活現,精彩動人。圖片與文字結合,從肌理到內核,從紋樣到思想,一一深入剖析,細節呈現。

紫禁城(故宮)不僅是空間,也是人生活於其中的地方。這裏有前朝事,宮院事,花園事,心靈故事等等,事事非同尋常。人在空間內居住,也受空間的約束,這裏上演的既有帝王豪情,也有無奈辛酸,把一個文化中的活力、可能性和自身弱點,通過這些人物折射出來,引人深思。

此書內容不止如此,呈現的也不僅是紫禁城(故宮)的一百個細節,而是涉及方方面面,並且對文化的思考貫穿其中。正如作者所說:「歷史給我們留下這座六百年前的天下和宇宙的中心,明月清風,與我們一起見證這悠長的文化如何無有間斷。」文化的基因嵌入我們每一個人的行為之中,在有意無意之間,都會表露出來。而通過這本書,我們更能明白紫禁城(故宮)的基因,傳統文化的基因,看到文化如何不間斷地成長,看到故宮以及每一個人,如何更好地走向未來,走向下一個六百年。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

Phil Knight
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In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Young, searching, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it’s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. Now, in a memoir that’s surprising, humble, unfiltered, funny, and beautifully crafted, he tells his story at last. It all begins with a classic crossroads moment. Twenty-four years old, backpacking through Asia and Europe and Africa, wrestling with life’s Great Questions, Knight decides the unconventional path is the only one for him. Rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, something new, dynamic, different. Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors, the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes. Above all, he recalls the foundational relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.

Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the redemptive, transformative power of sports, they created a brand, and a culture, that changed everything.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

太古之道 : 太古在華一百五十年

鍾寶賢
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香港出版雙年獎 商業及管理類最佳出版獎

在中國內地和香港,到處可以聽到「太古」這個名字:三里屯太古里、太古匯、太古城、太古糖等,但較鮮為人知的是,這個集團由施懷雅(Swire)家族擁有,創辦人約翰.施懷雅(John Swire)於1816年成立約翰.施懷雅父子公司(John Swire & Sons),其子約翰.森姆爾.施懷雅(John Samuel Swire)於1866年遠赴中國成立太古洋行。

現時領導太古的已是約翰.施懷雅的第六代曾孫,多年來太古業務不斷繁衍,從最初單單經營航運業務,到後來興辦船塢、建立全球知名的國泰航空、取得可口可樂的專營權等,這一切不但見證太古在落戶中國一百五十年間的變化和發展,也見證著幾代家族成員的默默耕耘。本書記載的就是太古由小型進出口公司演變為環球企業的發跡故事。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

Monday, September 11, 2017

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Edward B. Burger, Michael P Starbird
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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself--revealing previously hidden opportunities.

The book offers real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change. No matter who you are, the practical mind-sets introduced in the book will empower you to realize any goal in a more creative, intelligent, and effective manner. Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential--including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners.

Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will inspire and guide you on your way.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

我是街道觀察員 : 花園街的文化地景

郭斯恆
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香港出版雙年獎 生活及科普最佳出版獎

花園街是一條社區匯聚和生命舞台的街道

從排檔(攤販)的空間規劃看社區網絡的運作

花園街是一條充滿著生氣和活力的街道,因為她讓不同階層的人找到生存空間,他們能日復日地參與地方意義建築和編織花園街社區關係網。

內容先從城市和街道空間理論出發,然後再微觀花園街各樣元素和關係。之後,會剖析排檔三尺乘四尺的神奇空間,如何變身、如何運用細微配件擴展展示空間;此外,也會介紹排檔的十大武器等。另外,也會透過花園街排檔檔主的口述歷史細說花園街的變遷,以及觀察檔主以外,其他街道寄生者所扮演的角色。綜合各項分析,可全面了解街道作為社會區網絡是如何運作。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Ashlee Vance
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In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius' life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: Can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk - one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history - is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists, including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

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香港好走系列

陳曉蕾
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《香港好走》系列包括《香港好走 怎照顧?》、《香港好走 有選擇?》、《平安紙》。

《怎照顧?》檢視香港現時的醫療和護理服務,老病死沒法避免,可是得到的治療和護理,是和所處的社會有關的。香港的醫院、院舍、寧養院、社區究竟提供了怎樣的支援?香港病人可否待在家中,甚至在家離世?而社區的基層醫療、社福機構正在編織一張怎樣的安全網?是否可讓香港人放心老去,平安好走?

《有選擇?》報導人生最後一程在香港的不同選擇:預設醫療指示、預設照顧計劃、不作心肺復甦法文件、持久授權書等等,深入探討病人、家人、醫護人員在各種醫護決定背後的想法和分歧。報導亦從病人自主權,梳理「安樂死」、「醫助死亡」、「終止無效治療」、「拒絕治療」等在香港的討論和實踐。

《平安紙》是一本教人寫遺書的著作,不過,它不是硬生生的那種,而是充滿溫度,因為它會細說自己一生如何度過,葬禮想怎樣安排,想哪些人出席,給他們什麼遺言,要不要用入侵性醫療等等,都一一考慮周全,並為使用者提供人生的指引,淡淡的。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Sellout: A Novel

Paul Beatty
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Winners of the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens―on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles―the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.

Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

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王實味 : 文藝整風與思想改造

魏時煜
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榮獲「香港出版雙年獎」文學及小說類別的「最佳出版獎」

王實味是五四運動中成長起來的第一代人,因為一篇雜文〈野百合花〉,使他成為延安整風的重點批判對象,有人稱他為共產黨文字獄首位有姓名的犧牲者。本書作者自2008年開始,訪談了十多位與王實味同時在延安、親歷整風的老人;這些受訪者大多是近代歷史的見證者,並且對經歷過的一連串的政治運動都有反思。 本書透過口述筆錄、檔案資料、文本解讀,以及作者新發掘的材料,比較不同的聲音和視點,了解和記錄未能被成功改造思想的王實味的意義。作為珍貴的歷史材料,本書還首次全文附錄王實味1930年發表在「托派雜誌」《展開》上的中篇小說〈三代〉,以及他轉譯並加了按語的〈列寧遺囑〉,以伺讀者。

(摘錄自香港城市大學出版社網站)

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Elizabeth Kolbert
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes

Over the last half-billion years, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

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真希望我 20 歲就懂的事 : 史丹佛大學的創新 x 創意 x 創業震撼課程 (What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20)

婷娜.希莉格 (Tina Seelig)
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作者希莉格主持「史丹佛科技創業計畫」(STVP)多年,是非常成功的創意與創業導師,專門教導大學生(特別是以當工程師為志向)如何規畫未來及創業。幾年前當她的兒子快要上大學時,她回想起自己讀大學和初入社會的挫折與經驗,不禁希望當年20歲時有人能提點她,於是與兒子分享這些寶貴心情。後來她對一群史丹佛學生分享這些觀察和領悟,把演講題目訂為「真希望我20歲就懂的事」,引發熱烈迴響與共鳴,並應邀到全球發表演講,最後決定將她的豐富經驗和創意課程寫成這本激勵人心的精采著作。

希莉格說,每個人20歲時都會有茫然面對未來、不知何去何從的強烈焦慮感,其實你應該欣然接受這種不確定,不確定才是激發創新的火種,也是向前邁進的重要力量。最有趣的經驗往往發生在偏離既定道路、挑戰傳統假設、從失敗錯誤中看出全新契機的時候!

誰說南極不能賣比基尼?誰說餐廳不能賣蟑螂壽司?蘋果電腦的賈伯斯就會告訴你,被開除是他這輩子最棒的一件事,讓他展開人生最富創造力的一段時光!其實不管你是20歲、30歲、40歲甚至50歲,只要願意跳脫人生框架、勇敢嘗試失敗、以健康的心態挑戰所有「不可能」、把握每個大放異彩的機會,就會帶來無窮的可能性!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results

Stephen Guise
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What's A Mini Habit?

A mini habit is a very small positive behavior that you force yourself to do every day; its "too small to fail" nature makes it weightless, deceptively powerful, and a superior habit-building strategy. You will have no choice but to believe in yourself when you're always moving forward. The barrier to the first step is so low that even depressed or "stuck" people can find early success and begin to reverse their lives right away. And if you think one push-up a day is too small to matter, I've got one heck of a story for you!

Mini Habits is a strategy to create permanent healthy habits. Some categories include: exercise, writing, reading, thinking positively, meditating, drinking water, eating healthy foods, etc.

Mini Habits combines Stephen's life-changing experience above with science, logic, and humor. It rejects common self-help and habit formation advice in favor of smarter strategies that work with a modern, hectic lifestyle. Having mini habits enables you to move forward consistently, even on your worst days.

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坐看雲起時 : 一本香港人的教協史 = A People's History of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union

陸鴻基
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香港電台第十屆 「香港書獎」獲獎書籍 

本書作者,前香港教育學院(二○一六年正名為「香港教育大學」)副校長陸鴻基教授花了五年時間搜集資料、閱讀文獻、訪談及編撰,奉獻了不少時間和心力,最後完成了三卷有關香港教育史的重要著作,以深度和廣度而言,仍屬首次。

全書共分三卷:

• 卷一戰後的香港與教協崛興的背景:從二戰說起,探討戰後香港的政治、社會、教育發展與變遷,闡述促使教協成立的因由;


• 卷二爭取教師權益與教育改進:詳述教協成立後,對香港教育界, 包括學校、教師、學生等所作出的貢獻;

• 卷三教協與公民社會的形成和互動:闡釋在社會、政治及教育的巨變下,教協多年來參與的社會活動,並推動公民社會的發展。

本書為香港的教育史填補空白及留下了客觀紀錄,特別適合對香港的歷史及政治轉變、社會運動與教育發展有認識和感興趣的讀者。

(摘錄自香港城市大學出版社網站)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? (正義 : 一場思辨之旅)

Sandel, Michael J.
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International Youth Day 2017 (12 August) is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

 "For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard course―Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a more robust and thoughtful public discourse. "In terms we can all understand," wrote Jonathan Rauch in The New York Times, Justice "confronts us with the concepts that lurk . . . beneath our conflicts."

Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets―Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise―an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

第3選擇 : 解決人生所有難題的關鍵思維 (The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems)

史蒂芬.柯維 (Stephen R. Covey)
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2017年國際青年日(8月12日)旨在慶祝青年人在阻止衝突、實現變革以及包容、社會正義、可持續發展中的貢獻。

「第3選擇」,解決人生所有難題的關鍵思維。即使在衝突不斷的年代,我們仍能瞥見美好的未來!

人生充滿難解、看似無解的問題。於是我們失望、決定放棄,或勉強接受一些最終還是會讓自己覺得很糟的妥協。

面對任何問題,大家慣用的第1選擇就是照「我」的方式,第2選擇就是照「你」的方式來進行。衝突點往往就在於,到底是你的選項比較好,還是我的。因此,不論選擇哪一方,都會有人覺得受傷或犧牲。柯維指出,這時不妨考慮第3選擇:超越你的或我的方式,設法找到更高明、更好的方法,讓雙方都能從衝突中找到一條出路,稱之為「第3選擇」(The 3rd Alternative),而這正是解決人類所有問題的鑰匙。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, July 31, 2017

SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient

Jane McGoniga
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A remarkable life plan based on the game the author herself and hundreds of thousands of others have used to leap from trauma and setbacks to recovery and personal growth

You are stronger than you know. You are surrounded by potential allies. You are a hero to others. These three qualities are all it takes to become more resilient in the face of any challenge. SuperBetter will show you that accessing this power is as easy as playing a game.

In 2009, game designer and author Jane McGonigal got a bad concussion that wouldn't heal. She became anxious and depressed, even suicidal--a common symptom for concussion sufferers. But rather than let herself sink further, she decided to get better by doing what she does best: she turned her recovery process into a game. The game became a blog. The blog became a digital game, then an online portal and a major research study, then a TED talk with 4.5 million views. Today more than 250,000 people have played SuperBetter.

But the ideas behind SuperBetter are much bigger than the game: we can cultivate the same powers of recovery and resilience simply by applying its core concepts in everyday life, by being "gameful" in the face of stress. Being gameful means bringing the psychological strengths you naturally display when you play games--such as optimism, creativity, courage, and determination--to real world situations.

SuperBetter the book integrates seven basic rules into challenges the reader can undertake while reading, and explains the science behind the benefits. Playing by the seven rules begins to yield life-changing benefits in a matter of days, and eventually they become an ingrained skillset.

As inspiring as it is down-to-earth, SuperBetter is self-help for the rest of us. Grounded in rigorous research and powered by game design, it is nothing less than an accessible, real-time guide to living a better life.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

宮崎駿動畫的「文法」:在動靜收放之間

游珮芸 著
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日本文化研究者酒井信曾說:「宮崎駿是當代日本唯一的「國民」作家……不論男女老幼,只要是以日文為母語的人,都認得出其作品,並且透過此人的作品,回溯其記憶的思路,就能回顧「時代」的氛圍」,一語道破了宮崎駿在日本人心目中的地位。

宮崎駿作品不只在日本受到喜愛,在西方、東亞世界中,也獲得一致的肯定。與日本僅僅一海之隔的台灣當然也不例外,「龍貓」、「魔女宅急便」……,是許多台灣人成長過程中不可或缺的回憶。但除了娛樂之外,台灣觀眾又是如何看待宮崎駿的作品呢?
  
在本書中,作者以台灣研究者的觀點,探究宮崎駿動畫的獨特性和跨越文化疆界受到台灣觀眾喜愛的根源;從其創作精神與日本傳統文化的關連、動畫角色的設定與動畫演出及動畫類型的連動性切入,窺見宮崎駿動畫的「文法」。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

第19屆香港動漫電玩節由7月28日至8月1日在香港會議展覽中心舉行。


Monday, July 24, 2017

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Tim Ferriss
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The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

"Tools of Titans...is the perfect read for obsessives wanting to boost their new year productivity." —Financial Times

 "A Poor Richard's Almanack for the 21st century, Tools of Titans is a practical and inspiring guide to being your best." —BookPage


時間教會我們的事:給年輕的你,我們用30年歲月驗證的人生

丘美珍
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以時空膠囊的概念,書中每篇文章的啟始都源自於正值青春期的孩子對生命的疑問,再由99位自高中畢業已屆30年的大人們,以他們真切的人生故事,將自己的感悟與歷程化作文字。當中有得失與取捨、工作的意義、無限的夢想、面對挫折的勇氣,以及如何成為支持他人的無私力量。

期許正站在人生旅程起點的你,不論未來如何讓人不知所措,都不要遺失了造夢與感動的能力。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dear Life : Stories

Alice Munro
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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013
A New York Times Notable Book 
A Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction 
A Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, AV Club 

In story after story in this brilliant new collection, Alice Munro pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate. Her characters are flawed and fully human: a soldier returning from war and avoiding his fiancée, a wealthy woman deciding whether to confront a blackmailer, an adulterous mother and her neglected children, a guilt-ridden father, a young teacher jilted by her employer. Illumined by Munro’s unflinching insight, these lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. And while most are set in her signature territory around Lake Huron, some strike even closer to home: an astonishing suite of four autobiographical tales offers an unprecedented glimpse into Munro’s own childhood. Exalted by her clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, Dear Life shows how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

生活在廢墟 : 你所不知道的考古學家與他們的一百種生活 (Lives in Ruins)

瑪莉蓮・強森 (Marilyn Johnson)
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本書作者是愛好考古學的業餘者,她前往祕魯、日本、澳大利亞、英國、德國、荷蘭、以色列和辛巴威,去見形形色色的考古學家。書中記述她與十四位考古學家上山下海,忍受炙熱的沙漠氣候、毒蛇肆虐的林地,與危機四伏的沼澤地,從加勒比海到印加帝國遺跡進行考古發掘,聽他們講述在中國發現五千年前的女神廟,美國獨立戰爭沉入海底的戰艦,印地安人的木乃伊,曼哈頓黑人墳場,以及一萬八千年前的印尼矮人族。考古學家在一堆廢墟中觀察到什麼?一件陶罐碎片或一顆古老牙齒如何拼湊過去?他們可以如何幫助我們保存歷史?

透過本書通俗又不失專業的記述,我們可以了解考古學的樂趣與使命,考古學家如何在廢墟中解開人類早年的生活與智慧。下一次看到考古隊在田野發掘時,不要以為他們是在挖寶,其實是在解讀深埋地洞的史書!

(摘錄自三民網路書店)

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World

Robert Waxler
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The Risk of Reading is a defense of the idea that deep and close readings of literature can help us to understand ourselves and the world around us. It explores some of the meaning and implications of modern life through the deep reading of significant books. Waxler argues that we need "fiction" to give our so-called "real life" meaning and that reading narrative fiction remains crucial to the making of a humane and democratic society.

Beginning by exploring the implications of thinking about the importance of story in terms of "real life", The Risk of Reading focuses on the importance of human language, especially language shaped into narrative, and how that language is central to the human quest for identity. Waxler argues that we are "linguistic beings," and that reading literary narrative is a significant way to enrich and preserve the traditional sense of human identity and knowledge. This is especially true in the midst of a culture which too often celebrates visual images, spectacle, electronic devices, and celebrity. Reading narrative, in other words, should be considered a counter-cultural activity crucial on the quest to "know thyself." Reading literature is one of the best opportunities we have today to maintain a coherent human identity and remain self-reflective individuals in a world that seems particularly chaotic and confusing.

Each chapter takes up a well-known work of nineteenth- or twentieth-century literature in order to discuss more fully these issues, exploring, in particular, the notion of life as a journey or quest and the crucial relationship between language and our contingent everyday existence. Of particular interest along the way is the question of what literary narrative can teach us about our mortality and how stories offer opportunities to reflect on the ambivalent and profound meaning of mortal knowledge.

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香港的抒情史 (Hong Kong in Its History of Lyricism)

陳國球 著
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《第十屆香港書獎》獲獎圖書

香港就是文學:從海上孤島到世界都會,從帝國殖民地到社會主義特區,香港經驗比傳奇更傳奇。從駐節香港的殖民地大員,到心繫勞工大眾的左翼文學家;從求全責備的香港文學大系,到活潑精要的各式選本;從先鋒的現代詩、人間小說與話題電影,到蒼涼南音和悲情粵劇;從彌敦道上的詠嘆,到維多利亞港邊的回想……無數的香港故事,如何說? 作者為我們述說文學香港的前世今生,揭示香港對整個華人文化圈的意義,思考香港的未來。地區、中國、政治、殖民、現代性等等這些看起來如「三尺青鋒」般冷硬的議題,經作者娓娓道來,化為寫給香港的一部抒情史。

 (摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New

Annie Dillard ; foreword by Geoff Dyer
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A landmark collection of prose from pulitzer prize winner Annie Dillard, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work

The Abundance includes the best of Annie Dillard’s essays, delivered in her fierce and muscular prose. Intense, vivid, and fearless, her work endows the true and seemingly ordinary aspects of life with beauty and irony. These essays invite readers into sweeping landscapes, to join her in exploring the complexities of time and death, often with wry humor. On one page, an eagle falls from the sky with a weasel attached to its throat; on another, a man walks into a bar.

Marking the vigor of this powerful writer, The Abundance highlights Annie Dillard’s elegance of mind.

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古龍散文集

陳舜儀 編
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武俠小說家古龍身兼多種身份,一生宛如流星劃過天際,卻屢屢突破自我,以其西方文學素養,為武俠文學開創出新境界,最知名的作品是《楚留香》、《絕代雙驕》、《多情劍客無情劍》、《蕭十一郎》、《陸小鳳》和《流星.蝴蝶.劍》等等。

如同編者序中所言,昔日《女性》雜誌如此盛讚:「海外有很多讀者,看過古龍的雜文,就曾經說過,古龍的雜文第一,武俠小說第二。」就讓這部《古龍散文集》帶我們走進古龍眼中的江湖、創造的世界、舉過的酒杯、說過的與吃過的小吃!

 (摘錄自《亞洲週刊》)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art from the Underground

Matthew Chojnacki
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This second volume of cinematic eye candy further documents the quickly burgeoning underground film poster movement, a group of artists who challenge Hollywood's marketing machine by bringing clever artwork and design back to movie posters. 

Nearly 100 emerging artists, with a dozen returning favorites, present their newly produced images.  Cinematic visual masters Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin, Akiko Stehrenberger, Randy Ortiz, Brandon Schaefer, Gabz, Dave Perillo, Chris Garofalo, Anthony Petrie, Godmachine, Tracie Ching, Clark Orr, Orlando Arocena, Steve Dressler, Paul Shipper, Tom Hodge, Luke Insect, and more additionally provide commentary and behind-the-scenes information. 

Movies illustrated include classics like Vertigo, Rosemary's Baby, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, more recent hits such as Her and Drive, cult favorites Dazed and Confused and Donnie Darko, and childhood staples Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Labyrinth.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

Chinese Cultural Artifacts Exhibition – Curated Items from the Library Special Collection” is being staged at Run Run Shaw Library of City University of Hong Kong until 30 July 2017. The exhibition showcases a selection of rare items from three categories: Chinese Shadow Puppets, Nuo Masks, and Movie Posters 1950s-1980s.


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中國文化傳統的六個面向 (Six Facets of Chinese Cultural Tradition)

李歐梵 著
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對於專業或非專業的讀者來說,李歐梵教授的這本新書都是了解中國文化不可錯過的精彩讀本。他選擇了心目中最能代表中國文化傳統的六個面向─英雄本色、政教道統、江河歲月、飲食男女、魑魅魍魎、魂兮歸來,並在每一面向中選取一二篇代表性的古今經典文本,從文學、音樂、電影、藝術等角度暢談他對中國文化理解與感受。

李教授在中外古今的廣闊視野之下講解中國經典,融匯數十年眼見學識,旁徵博引、不落窠臼,加上他性情中人的風趣痛快,使講稿豐富多元,趣味盎然。他還邀請香港中文大學的專家學者一同講授與對話,並在數講之後增寫「續論」,進一步闡發講稿中的精彩之處。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

香港城市大學邵逸夫圖書館現正舉行「中國傳統文化藝術品-圖書館精選館藏展覽」,展品共分三個專題,包括中國皮影戲戲偶、儺面具、及50至80年代電影海報,展期至7月30日。


Monday, June 19, 2017

101 Secrets For Your Twenties

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Every twenty-something needs a little black book of secrets. Our twenties are filled with confusion, terrible jobs, anticipation, disappointment, cubicles, break-ups, transition, quarter-life crisis, loneliness, post-college what the heck, moderate success sandwiched between complete failure. We need a worn and weathered guide stashed somewhere close by to help shed some light on this defining decade.

That guide is this book.

Expanded from the blog post "21 Secrets for Your 20s" that spread like Internet wildfire with nearly a million readers in 190 countries, 101 Secrets for Your Twenties will encourage, inspire, prompt a plethora of LOLs, and kick-start your life forward with its witty, honest, and hilarious wisdom-stuffed pearls to help you rock life in your twenties.


(Excerpt from amazon.com)

小王子的領悟

周保松 著
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小王子為什麼要離開玫瑰?狐狸的教導,為什麼能令小王子走出危機,明白馴服的道理?小王子最後選擇將命運交託給毒蛇,真的是明智之舉嗎?

這是許多《小王子》的讀者都會有的困惑。在《小王子的領悟》中,周保松教授用他的哲思和童心,對這些問題作出深刻解讀 ,並帶領讀者進入小王子的世界,尋找那美麗的思想綠洲。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

「《小王子的領悟》助我們記起成人都曾是獨一無二的孩童,任其成長、成熟,毋庸離棄本真。」——陳冠中

「哲學家追問人生的意義,竟然有著偵探小說般的嚴謹、綿密,也有著詩人的溫柔嘆息和深切祝福。」——崔衛平

「......雖說是哲學,其實是娓娓而談一些人生道理,講夢想,講童真,講生命,講愛,講孤獨,講選擇,從《小王子》的文本,去思考書中的哲學問題。 」——李怡