Monday, December 10, 2018

This Is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters

by Drew Dudley
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Based on his TEDx talk "Everyday Leadership (the Lollipop Moment)"--voted one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time--This Is Day One is leadership expert Drew Dudley's guide to cultivating the behaviors that will help you to succeed and empower those around you.

If you're intimidated by the mystique surrounding leadership, this book is for you. Dudley simplifies leadership without denying its complexity, demonstrating that leadership in all its forms begins at the same clear and accessible place for everyone: what he calls "Day One."

Day One is when you discover, define, and start to consistently deliver on your foundational leadership values. Living that day over and over is what creates leaders, and Dudley provides the key tools necessary to craft and commit to your own personal Day One, including:
  • A step-by-step process designed to surface your core leadership values and embed them into your daily behavior
  • A roadmap to behavioral changes proven to increase commitment, pride, productivity, and happiness
  • Insights into key leadership values that drive performance and impact

Sharing the process that led him through battles with alcohol, obesity, and personal tragedy, Dudley shows you how to develop a relentless commitment to the daily behaviors that will make you a better executive, coach, or teacher, and how you can inspire others to do the same.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

橡皮擦計畫 : 兩位天才心理學家, 一段改變世界的情誼 (The Undoing Project)

麥可.路易士 (Michael Lewis)
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《橡皮擦計畫》是麥可‧路易士備受好評的作品,講述這兩位重要心理學家之間,如何長期緊密合作、探究人類心智秘密的故事。

這兩位科學史上最偉大的夥伴,有人形容他們是心理學界的「約翰‧藍儂與保羅‧麥卡尼」。兩人雖然合作無間,但卻擁有鮮明的人格特質──特沃斯基(Amos Tversky)絕頂聰明、極度自負,生性好鬥,個性外向,無論走到哪裡,必定是所有人注目的焦點;康納曼(Daniel Kahneman)小時候為了逃離納粹而成了難民,個性內向,習慣自我懷疑。如此之天差地遠,為這個故事增添趣味,也帶來淚水......

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, December 3, 2018

The Literature Review : Six Steps to Success

Lawrence A. Machi, Brenda T. McEvoy
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From daunting to doable in six steps

The process of literature search and composing a formal literature review can be intimidating. But masters and doctoral candidates in Education and related fields have found academic argumentation to be seamlessly intuitive with the six-step process pioneered by this book. This updated third edition features a wealth of all-new content including:
  • A flowchart that graphically illustrates Machi and McEvoy’s process.
  • Reflective Oversight boxes in each chapter, prompting readers to direct metacognitive activities.
  • Links to online guides and resources.
  • Expanded examples illustrating theoretical concepts.
(Excerpt from amazon.com)

情緖勒索 : 那些在伴侶、親子、職場間, 最讓人窒息的相處

周慕姿
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2017誠品書店銷售總冠軍;

明明是最愛的家人、伴侶,與信任的朋友、同事,
但為什麼我們卻總是感到委屈、想逃?

你未曾覺察的「情緒勒索」,正在你的日常裡,一步步逼你就範。
眼淚與憤怒,往往就是一種情緒勒索!
6道關鍵練習,擺脫被情緒勒索,重新掌握人生!

情緒勒索是一種操控,只會讓彼此的關係崩壞。
因為當對方一再屈服與退讓,那是因為懼怕,而不是因為親密、信任與愛。

‧媽媽:「我把這輩子希望都放你身上。你怎麼忍心讓我失望?」
‧婆婆:「你把孩子給保母帶。你真自私,你會毀了孩子的一生。」
‧女友:「如果你敢回公司加班,我們就分手。」
‧上司:「我看你資質不錯,才想讓你多做一點事,栽培你。別忘了,你試用期還沒過。」

以上這些例子,你是否非常熟悉?這些我們習以為常、不以為意的對話,其實就是緩緩掐住我們脖子,讓我們無法呼吸的「情緒勒索」......

周慕姿心理師以精準且層次分明的角度,剖析情緒勒索的面貌,以及何種人最容易陷入情緒勒索的困境,並且針對華人文化,提出提升「自我價值感」為避免情緒勒索的最主要關鍵。此外,適時建立情緒界限,搭配練習,重新掌握自己的人生,因為,這是你的人生,你不該為滿足別人的需求而活。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, November 26, 2018

The Lean Startup : How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Eric Ries
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Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

謝幕 : 中區警署建築群

梁家泰
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建於十九世紀的中區警署、中央裁判司署、域多利監獄組成了香港的「執法鐵三角」,隨着香港城市發展和人口膨脹,其他地區新的設施取代了這組中區警署群。中區警署群於一九九五年列為法定古蹟,未來將受保護地翻新為一文化商業綜合場所。本攝影集的照片轉眼之間已成為消失的場景,再不可尋。

本攝影集是著名攝影師梁家泰二零零六年在中區警署群停用後,深入、走遍每一個角落,全面地拍攝了整群建築的裏裏外外,並盡可能地訪問了曾在那裏工作過的警員和懲教署人員,甚至釋囚,這是香港難得一見的集體回憶。攝影集追尋的不只是史實和年份,而是在那裏工作、生活或者被囚禁時的感覺。

"These are not boring black-and-white photographs with no people in them but images that are subtly evocative of former denizens and their stories." ― May Holdsworth, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong

(摘錄自oupchina.com.hk)


Monday, November 19, 2018

Future-Ready Leadership: Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Chris R. Groscurth
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Provides executive leadership teams with the information, tools, and advice they need to lead their organizations into the "future of work," characterized by transformative, smart, and connected technologies already under way, including artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and automation.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

猶太人 : 世界史的缺口, 失落的三千年文明史──追尋之旅(西元前1000-1492)(The Story of the Jews)

西蒙‧夏瑪 (Simon Schama)
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閱讀《猶太人》,彷彿在享受這個星球最閃耀的文化歷史盛宴。

夏瑪勳爵是一個很會講故事的人,他的故事深厚而博遠、史料豐沛、幽默而極具其個人魅力。──《紐約客書評》

夏瑪勳爵筆下的歷史起源於底層,在中間擴散並以意想不到的視角,重現那些被人們遺忘的過去。他通過解構社會、文化,使其筆下的人物和事件復活。──《紐約時報》

哥倫比亞大學歷史學家、獲獎作家西蒙‧夏瑪勳爵,帶給我們一部廣博深邃、精雕細琢的史詩。他的《猶太人》歷經三千年歷史,橫跨數大洲、涉及眾多國度,令你在閱讀中目不暇給、酣暢淋漓。──《出版人週刊》

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, November 12, 2018

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

理性思考的藝術

余錦波
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以淺白文字、配以漫畫及圖表,助你輕鬆掌握理性思考法。

在紛擾雜亂、訊息爆炸的時代,眾說紛紜,事件瞬息萬變,要求現代人有更高的判斷力,方能保持腦筋清醒。而要增進個人的判斷力,可通過有效的理性思考訓練。

本書以簡明及實用為宗旨,附以不少出自日常生活的真實例子,扼要地解釋理性思考的基本概念及原理。每章開首的熱身練習,加上章末的練習題及摘要,讓讀者輕鬆學會最基本的理性思考技藝,既可作進一步追求真知實學的準備,又可有一技旁身,提防受人愚弄或誤導。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, November 5, 2018

Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World

by Andrew Ervin
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An acclaimed critic argues that video games are the most vital art form of our time

Video games have seemingly taken over our lives. Whereas gamers once constituted a small and largely male subculture, today 67 percent of American households play video games. The average gamer is now thirty-four years old and spends eight hours each week playing--and there is a 40 percent chance this person is a woman.

In Bit by Bit, Andrew Ervin sets out to understand the explosive popularity of video games. He travels to government laboratories, junk shops, and arcades. He interviews scientists and game designers, both old and young. In charting the material and technological history of video games, from the 1950s to the present, he suggests that their appeal starts and ends with the sense of creativity they instill in gamers. As Ervin argues, games are art because they are beautiful, moving, and even political--and because they turn players into artists themselves.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


CREATE! - Guest Lecture 1.0: On Screen.play()

by Mr Ip Yuk-Yiu
6 Nov 2018 12:30-13:15
Run Run Shaw Library, City University of Hong Kong

Why do we play on screen? Why do we play with the screen? The Talk is a personal exposition aiming to explore video game as a new form of Screen.Play(), a creative hybrid of ludic forms, screen practices and digital media, via examples of the speaker's own creative projects as well as works by other practitioners.

香港當代作家作品選集. 金庸卷

李以健
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一本全面呈現金庸多種寫作題材的文集。本書收入了金庸的武俠小說(節選)、社評、影評、專欄文章、翻譯小說、政論文章及史學研究論文。從數以千萬言的金庸的多種話語寫作中擷取代表性作品結為一集,並附有對其寫作的導讀、生平及寫作年表。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, October 29, 2018

Doing Research in the Real World

David E Gray
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This helpful book takes a pragmatic, real-world approach to research methods that gives readers the tools and confidence to carry out their own research in and out of the classroom. Expertly weaving quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods together, it encourages readers to be open-minded in choosing the most appropriate methods for their projects.

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雪球速讀法:累積雜學資料庫,達到看書十倍速,大考小考通通難不倒

宇都出雅巳 
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「速讀怎麼可能深入了解內容?」
「讀艱深的書沒辦法利用速讀技巧!」

其實,只要累積「雜學資料庫」,你就能短時間讀懂任何書!
要如何迅速累積資料庫呢?
讓高速大量循環[雪球速讀法]為你指一條明路!

★如果你是下列幾種人之一,請你一定要翻閱本書
一直覺得速讀是種「相當可疑」的方法,而不願接觸的人
曾試著看過速讀教本,但看到一半便放棄的人
曾參加過速讀課程,卻覺得很難應用在平時閱讀上的人

★什麼是「雜學資料庫」?
我們在讀任何讀物的時候,會用到我們從前所累積的所有知識、資訊、經驗,這就是「雜學資料庫」。閱讀速度的快慢,與雜學資料庫的質與量息息相關。
換句話說,擁有愈多讀書經驗,瞭解愈多相關領域的資訊,表示你的資料庫愈豐富。
比如說你是否有發現:
。讀過一次的書,第二次讀會讀比較快
。歷史系畢業的人,讀歷史類的書會讀比較快
→因為他們的「雜學資料庫」中,已經累積相關的知識與經驗

★什麼是高速大量循環[雪球速讀法]?
那麼,擁有雜學資料庫的人才有辦法學會速讀嗎?
錯!即使不具備與書籍內容相關的資料庫,只要利用雪球速讀法,也能達到速讀目的。
藉由「高速大量循環」的速讀技巧,
→快速讀過之後,可以累積一些資料庫
→累積一些資料庫之後,使閱讀速度提升
→閱讀速度提升後,使累積資料庫的效率也跟著提升
你就能像滾動雪球一樣,一步步累積扎實的資料庫

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, October 22, 2018

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Carl Safina
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I wanted to know what they were experiencing, and why to us they feel so compelling, and so-close. This time I allowed myself to ask them the question that for a scientist was forbidden fruit: Who are you?

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity's place in the world.

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“ANiMAL: Art Science Nature Society” exhibition is being staged at the City University of Hong Kong until 30 December 2018. ANiMAL: Art Science Nature Society is a storytelling exhibition about the animal world seen through the lenses of Art, Science, Nature and Society. READ MORE

回首香港七十年 : 我們有過的歡笑和唏噓

周永新
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「回顧香港經過的歲月,我想起香港電台拍攝的劇集《獅子山下》,其中主題曲講到港人走過的路,是歡笑多,還是唏噓多?二次大戰結束到現在的七十年裏,港人嘗過的艱苦日子數之不盡,但歡笑的時刻也是有的。……要明白港人的唏噓和歡笑,首先得回到港人當時所處的環境。在這書裏,我希望透過這個懷舊旅程,重新的把港人走過的路,如實的顯現在港人面前,雖然只是吉光片羽,個人的感受也難有什麼微言大義,但只要是港人的真實故事,箇中必有你和我的苦與樂。」
——周永新

周教授特為香港人而寫的三部曲——《真實的貧窮面貌》、《香港人的身份認同和價值觀》、《回首香港七十年》,有如上了一課戰後香港社會發展史。周教授深切感到,港人今天的苦惱,追根究底,還是我們不知香港的前路往哪裏走:我們讚許香港原有的制度,認為這個制度造就了今天香港的成就,但同一時間,我們故步自封,不變的制度將會令香港沉淪下去。但一旦明白我們過去走過的路,我們就會知道,什麼才能使我們開創未來。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, October 15, 2018

The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World

William D. Nordhaus
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The 2018 Nobel laureate for economics analyzes the politics and economics of the central environmental issue of today and points the way to real solutions.

Climate change is profoundly altering our world in ways that pose major risks to human societies and natural systems. We have entered the Climate Casino and are rolling the global-warming dice, warns economist William Nordhaus. But there is still time to turn around and walk back out of the casino, and in this essential book the author explains how.

Bringing together all the important issues surrounding the climate debate, Nordhaus describes the science, economics, and politics involved—and the steps necessary to reduce the perils of global warming. Using language accessible to any concerned citizen and taking care to present different points of view fairly, he discusses the problem from start to finish: from the beginning, where warming originates in our personal energy use, to the end, where societies employ regulations or taxes or subsidies to slow the emissions of gases responsible for climate change.

Nordhaus offers a new analysis of why earlier policies, such as the Kyoto Protocol, failed to slow carbon dioxide emissions, how new approaches can succeed, and which policy tools will most effectively reduce emissions. In short, he clarifies a defining problem of our times and lays out the next critical steps for slowing the trajectory of global warming.

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渺小一生 (A Little Life)

柳原漢雅 (Hanya Yanagihara)
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2015年曼布克獎決選小說 (A MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST)
榮獲2015年科克斯評論文學獎 (THE KIRKUS PRIZE)
入選2015年3月美國獨立書商協會選書
Goodreads 讀者討論排行榜的文學小說第一名
Buzzfeed 2015年春季 14 本話題熱門書冠軍
廣受各大媒體好評:Vogue時尚雜誌、紐約時報、紐約客、華盛頓時報、全國公共廣播電台網書評、華爾街日報、科克斯評論、出版人週報

四個大學好友,畢業後來到紐約闖蕩,
在這個花花世界各擅勝場,也嘗盡了傷痛與歡愉……

從青春年華到人生終曲,在生命最深的那個黑洞,
纏人的回憶是吸音的彈簧,而友誼是上方唯一的光亮,與垂下的救命索。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, October 8, 2018

The Sun and Her Flowers

by Rupi Kaur
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The World Mental Health Day (WMHDAY) is celebrated throughout the world on the 10th of October. Regular readers for pleasure report fewer feelings of stress and depression. The Sun and Her Flowers, filled with heartfelt and beautiful poetry, is one of mood-boosting titles.

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

你的善良必須有點鋒芒:36則讓你有態度、不委曲,深諳世故卻不世故的世道智慧

慕顏歌
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善良,是一種選擇
但善良不該等同妥協或吃虧
缺乏標準的善良
會為難自己,又慣縱了他人
就因為你很善良,底線應該更高
你當善良,且有力量

作者慕顏歌是一名心理諮詢師,她慧黠又有態度的觀點與文字,經常一語道破世道困境,為千萬人指引迷津,屢屢成為網路瘋傳的金句語錄。她最直指人心的觀點,就是在這時代,為「善良」寫下新的定義,破解許多人心中長久的兩難糾結。她認為,想要讓別人看見你的良善,你得用自己的光彩照亮自己。善良是一種選擇,不要習慣了容忍和退讓,結果慣縱他人,為難自己。

本書收錄36段人生場景,層層剝開36種隱藏在內心深處的心理與生活真相。作者在這些情境中,或苦口婆心、或當頭棒喝,解析引導,讓我們看穿人際的困境,重拾力量,找到適切的出口 ......

她提醒大家,越是善良的人,待人底限要越高。散發出鋒芒的人,才能兼顧人情與智慧,真正活得自在!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, October 1, 2018

To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

Mark O'Connell
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**Winner of the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize**
**Shortlisted for the 2017 Baillie-Gifford Prize for Nonfiction**
**Finalist for the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize**

“This gonzo-journalistic exploration of the Silicon Valley techno-utopians’ pursuit of escaping mortality is a breezy romp full of colorful characters.” —New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

Transhumanism is a movement pushing the limits of our bodies—our capabilities, intelligence, and lifespans—in the hopes that, through technology, we can become something better than ourselves. It has found support among Silicon Valley billionaires and some of the world’s biggest businesses.

In To Be a Machine, journalist Mark O'Connell explores the staggering possibilities and moral quandaries that present themselves when you of think of your body as a device. He visits the world's foremost cryonics facility to witness how some have chosen to forestall death. He discovers an underground collective of biohackers, implanting electronics under their skin to enhance their senses. He meets a team of scientists urgently investigating how to protect mankind from artificial superintelligence.

Where is our obsession with technology leading us? What does the rise of AI mean not just for our offices and homes, but for our humanity? Could the technologies we create to help us eventually bring us to harm? Addressing these questions, O'Connell presents a profound, provocative, often laugh-out-loud-funny look at an influential movement. In investigating what it means to be a machine, he offers a surprising meditation on what it means to be human.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

暗時間

劉未鵬
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劉未鵬說:「寫博客這件事情給我最大的體會就是,一件事情如果你能夠堅持做8年,那麽不管效率和頻率多低,最終總能取得一些很可觀的收益。而另一個體會就是,一件事情只要你堅持得足夠久,『堅持』就會慢慢變成『習慣』。原本需要費力去驅動的事情便成了家常便飯,雲淡風輕。」 

這本《暗時間》便是從劉未鵬8年的博客文章中精選出來的,主要關於心智模式、學習方法和時間利用,《暗時間》的書名便來自於此。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, September 24, 2018

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates

by Mike Wallace, Alison Wray
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Reading critically, and writing using critical techniques, are crucial skills you need to apply to your academic work. Practical and engaging, Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates is bursting with tools for analysing texts and structuring critical reviews, helping you to gradually build your skills beyond undergraduate level and gain confidence in your ability to critically read and write.

New to this 3rd edition:
  • Introduces a technique for developing critical thinking skills by interrogating paper abstracts
  • Additional diagrams, exercises and concept explanations, enabling you to more easily understand and apply the various approaches

A glossary, to help with understanding of key terms. Also new for this edition, a Companion Website provides additional resources to help you apply the critical techniques you learn. From templates and checklists, access to SAGE journal articles and additional case studies, these free resources will make sure you successfully master advanced critical skills.

If you need to engage with published (or unpublished) literature such as essays, dissertations or theses, research papers or oral presentations, this proven guide helps you develop a reflective and advanced critical approach to your research and writing.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

大退潮:全球化的終結與歷史的回歸 (Grave New World)

史帝芬‧金恩 (Stephen D. King)
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在《大退潮》這本挑動人心的新書中,英國經濟學家史帝芬.金恩以赫胥黎的反烏托邦名著《美麗新世界》(Brave New World)借喻,敲響全球化或將終結的警鐘。他融合經濟、歷史、地理、政治哲學與當前國際局勢(包括美國退出TPP、中國推行一帶一路、俄羅斯併吞克里米亞),解釋全球化倘若告終,世界經濟秩序將陷入何種境地。

—誰的全球化?區域整合的贏家與輸家
金恩認為,就政治和經濟而言,西方版本的全球化正接近極限。全球化似乎讓所有船隻都水漲船高,即使某些船隻內部的所得與財富分配愈來愈不平均。金融危機爆發之前,許多西方決策者和經濟學家過於自滿,認為全球的經濟大餅已經增長,卻沒有留心其分配情況。現實是:大部分的經濟收益都由強國與頂尖富人捧走,他們還占了優勢之便不斷累積財富。經濟危機的爆發更顯示全球經濟與市場之間有落差,而且國與國之間有根本的利益衝突。

—孤立主義與保護主義死灰復燃
只要經濟長期衰退,人們就會在失望中探究原因,進而產生孤立心態。英國脫歐、川普高喊「美國優先」當選,顯示西方與全球化的蜜月期已經結束,世界銀行、國際貨幣基金、北約、歐盟等跨國組織已成沉重的政治負擔。全球經濟重心正由西方轉移到東方,加上西方國家遭遇了一連串的困難,使其政治基調產生變化,導致民粹主義和孤立主義的勢力抬頭。

—「我們」與「他們」,排外情緒湧現
收入與財富不平等日益擴大,更加深民眾「不在同一艘船」的感覺,認為外來者會瓜分福利,因此排斥外國人、移民和菁英。政治氛圍愈來愈傾向於保護主義,各國在經濟、財政乃至於軍事上容易爆發全面衝突,全球化的進展遭遇愈來愈嚴峻的考驗。

—全球化浪潮退後,誰坐收漁翁之利?
既然不是人人都能得到好處,這個世界為何不能「去全球化」呢?試想,倘若希臘、義大利、西班牙等國的經濟長期停滯,德國這些強國持續繁榮,歐元就可能無法存續;假使世界強權日漸擁抱民族主義,跨國組織將受到打壓,國際貿易可能崩盤;如果物價礙於央行的措施而逐漸遭到扭曲,資本市場就可能無法發揮功能;毫無效率的資金配置將使得生產及收入雙雙下滑,各國便得付出慘痛代價。

—各國發展環環相扣,沒有人是局外人
最可怕的是,西方民主國家變得只想追求狹隘的自身利益,某些極權國家就會趁機填補空缺。美國經濟長期表現不佳,它既不願、也無力持續擔任領頭羊;但美國退縮之後,全球局勢更加混亂了。未來,歐盟如果瓦解、歐洲分裂,如何抵擋隔壁張牙舞爪的俄羅斯?那些威脅解散北約的人若不能建立可靠的替代機構,如何繼續維護集體利益?國與國之間的糾紛,由誰主持公道仲裁?與其擔憂國內日漸增加的移民,協助那些較貧窮的地區發展經濟,不是更能從根本上解決問題嗎?

—不確定的時代,我們的義務從現在開始
放任贊成孤立與保護主義的思想流竄,當他們的觀點成為主流的那一天,我們就必須面臨黯淡無望的新世界。對此,史帝芬.金恩在本書最後寫了一則寓言:西元2044年,川普的某個女兒成為共和黨候選人,她在演說中強調將繼續奉行孤立主義,禁止外國人進入美國;彼時歐盟已經瓦解,北約不復存在,俄羅斯趁機坐大,中國掌握整個東亞和太平洋,曾經有主權爭議的島嶼都歸它所有。這樣的新世界,是我們樂見的嗎?

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, September 17, 2018

How to Do Your Research Project : A Guide for Students

by Gary Thomas
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How to Do Your Research Project continues to lead the way as an essential guide for anyone undertaking a research project in the applied social sciences. The new Third Edition of this best-selling title now includes further advice on concluding, writing, and presenting research, using social media and digital methods, and understanding how to effectively work with supervisors. Setting out a clear and detailed road map, author Gary Thomas guides the reader through the different stages of a research project, explaining key steps, and processes at each level in refreshingly jargon-free terms.

Readers will learn:
  • How to choose your research question 
  • Project management and study skills 
  • Effective literature reviews 
  • Methodology, theory, and research design frames 
  • Ethics and access 
  • Data collection tools 
  • Effective data analysis 
  • Discussing findings, concluding, and writing up
(Excerpt from amazon.com)

創意天才的蝴蝶思考術 (The Net and the Butterfly)

奧麗薇亞‧福克斯‧卡本尼 (Olivia Fox Cabane), 朱達‧波拉克 (Judah Pollack)
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創意像蝴蝶,讓人心生嚮往,卻難以捉摸。
學習像天才一樣思考,訓練你的大腦,
就能讓靈感源源不絕,盡情爆發你的絕妙好點子!

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創意不是與生俱來,突破並非純屬意外,
你要如何讓大腦產生突破,進而獲得創意?

創意來自突破,突破是什麼?
突破就是你的知識或理解突然躍進,讓你通過障礙,
進而出現解決問題的全新方法,與看待世界的全新方式。

你將可以在本書學到:
如何在短時間產生新想法,提升神經可塑性
如何從清醒前狀態獲得靈感,解決問題
如何透過不花腦筋的活動,增進創意表現

你知道愛因斯坦、賈伯斯、達利,這些改變世界的傑出者,
都是以同樣的流程獲得突破性思考嗎?
你知道你可能跟他們一樣,產生相同的創意突破經驗嗎?
趕緊跟著書中的練習,一步步提升你的創意思考力吧!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, September 10, 2018

Expand Your English: A Guide to Improving Your Academic Vocabulary

by Steve Hart
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Writing academic prose in English is especially difficult for non-native speakers, largely because the standard vocabulary used in this genre can be quite different from colloquial English. Expand Your English A Guide to Improving Your Academic Vocabulary is a unique and invaluable guide that will enable the reader to overcome this hurdle. It will become the favourite go-to reference book for both beginners and for intermediate learners struggling with the complexities of English-language academic writing.

Steve Hart covers 1,000 vocabulary items that are essential for good academic writing. The first section describes 200 key terms in detail, grouping them into logical sets of 10. Through careful repetition, the reader will find it easy to retain, retrieve, and reuse these essential phrases. The second section explains a further 800 terms, grouping them according to function, meaning, and the areas of an essay where they are likely to be used. The expansive scope of Expand Your English gives non-native speakers all the vocabulary tools they need to master this difficult style of writing.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

Deep Work深度工作力 : 淺薄時代,個人成功的關鍵能力

卡爾‧紐波特 (Cal Newport)
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★ AMAZON 2016年度最佳商業/領導書

在這個淺薄時代,人們紛紛擁抱分心,每天將大把時間浪擲於紛亂的電子郵件和社群媒體上,失去了深度思考、深度工作的能力,不知道自己其實能以更好的方式生活。
也因此,一種極有價值的技術變得越來越稀有、甚至成為當今最具價值的能力之一,正是——
DEEP WORK深度工作力!

卡爾.紐波特教授在本書中暢談連線時代的種種影響,從自身經驗告訴所有人:
專注力和生產力,是可以有系統地解決的科學問題!
擁有深度工作力,是擁有美好深度生活的必要條件!

「深度工作力」是專注於高認知需求任務而不分心的能力,它能讓你快速學習,以更少的時間創造更好的成果。本書融合理論根據與實踐技巧,協助所有想在專業領域中成功的人,學會高效工作,成為新經濟中的贏家。

別再以為忙碌代表生產力,區別深度工作與淺薄工作,聰明的規畫深度工作的時間,培養專注的習慣與能力,你將能改變習於淺薄、容易分心、無法忍受無聊的心智。培養深度工作力,才是達成生活與工作平衡,並維持高品質的最好方法。

培養深度工作力,用最少時間創造最高價值的18個策略:
  1 確立你的工作哲學
  2 建立深度工作的儀式
  3 大動作投入深度工作
  4 別獨自工作
  5 像經營企業般執行
  6 要懶惰
  7 別逃避分心,要逃避專注
  8 學老羅斯福那樣工作
  9 練習生產性冥想
  10 練習記憶一副牌
  11 根據「重要少數法則」選擇網路工具
  12 利用「斷線實驗」篩選社群媒體
  13 別用網際網路來娛樂自己
  14 安排工作日的每一分鐘
  15 量化每一種活動的深度
  16 確認淺薄工作的時間比率
  17 在五點半前結束你的工作
  18 讓自己難以連絡

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Novel Cure : An A-Z of Literary Remedies

by Susan Elderkin & Ella Berthoud
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Are you weary in Brain and Body?
Do you desire a Positive Cure for your Pessimism?
Do you require Bronte to re-boot your Broken Heart?
Do you despair of your Nose?
Can Fielding open your Flood Gates?
Or Pynchon purge your Paranoia?
May we administer Austen to curb your Arrogance?
Hemingway for your Headache?
An injection of du Maurier for your low Self-Esteem?
Are you Shy, Single, Stressed or Sixty?
Are your Vital Statistics in need of some Spark?
May we massage you with Murakami?
Ease your pain with Woolf or Wodehouse?
Do you require the Very Book to lessen your Loneliness?

The Novel Cure is a medical handbook, with a difference. Whether you have a stubbed toe or a severe case of the blues, within these pages you'll find a cure in the form of a novel to help ease your pain. You'll also find advice on how to tackle common reading ailments - such as what to do when you feel overwhelmed by the number of books in the world, or you have a tendency to give up halfway through. When read at the right moment, a novel can change your life, and The Novel Cure is an enchanting reminder of that power.

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為什麼讀書?偉大讀者的必然與非必然 ( Pourquoi Lire?)

夏爾.丹齊格 (Charles Dantzig)
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法國重量級作家丹齊格說:「讀書毫無用處,正因為如此,它才是一件偉大的事情。」

為什麼不讀書?為了思考;閱讀維繫了我們超然於現實的姿態,有利於思考。如何讀書?熱情是最合情合理的方法。當世界從虛榮虛假到虛無虛脫,當我們對信用信心與信念信息混淆不清時,讀書,不需要理由,再充實不過了。

【閱讀的理由】書中七十多篇,總有一篇屬於你的閱讀的理由。
● 因愛而讀書 ● 為書名而讀書 ● 為了自我反駁而讀書 ● 為了學習而讀書
● 為了自我安慰而讀書 ● 為了健康而讀書啊啊 ● 為了享樂而讀書
● 為了孤立自我而讀書 ● 為了知道閱讀並不能改善什麼而讀書
● 為了已經讀過而讀書 ● 為了不逃避而讀書

■ 在功利主義的世界裡,人們為維繫著獨立思考的超然姿態而讀書。
讀書是人類與時間和死神對抗的終極途徑,我們在閱讀中令沉睡的思想重生,而圖書館是墳墓的唯一競爭對手。

文學是摻雜了感性的文字,儘管如此,我們仍對它寄予信任。在這種反理性的信任之下,是讀者未泯的童心。正是這樣的讀者締造了文學魅力。作者將他們引為知己,對他們傾訴衷腸。如果你曾在閱讀中遇見那個孤僻冷傲、貪婪自私、吹毛求疵而又欲罷不能的自己,那麼你將樂於讀到這本書,你會在其中得到最深刻的諒解、安慰和共鳴。

《為什麼讀書》作者夏爾.丹齊格分享了他精闢獨到而又體貼入微的閱讀心得,其中有切實的建議、甜蜜的讚美、尖刻的諷刺,還有新鮮的閱讀觀念:閱讀是文學的姊妹,讀者借助他們展開與死亡和時間的拉鋸戰。

作者精英主義立場鮮明,語多機鋒,善以金句箴言道出各種微妙的閱讀智慧。幽默的文字透露親切與率直,卻並不流於浮泛,文字密緻,耐人回味。對閱讀的思考充滿機鋒與創意,獨到的見解讀來令人興奮、暢快。帶給我們一種令人嘆服傾倒、大呼過癮的閱讀哲學,也有對作家作品精彩絕妙的討論、不留情面的諷刺和令人發噱的比擬。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, August 27, 2018

Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life

Avinash K. Dixit, Barry J. Nalebuff
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The international bestseller―don't compete without it!

A major bestseller in Japan, Financial Times Top Ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club bestseller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneuvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken from business, sports, the movies, politics, and gambling. It outlines the basics of good strategy making and then shows how you can apply them in any area of your life.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

拖延心理學:為什麼我老是愛拖延?是與生俱來的壞習慣,還是身不由己?(Procrastination Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now)

珍‧博克 (Jane B. Burka) , 萊諾拉‧袁 (Lenora M. Yuen)
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診斷你的拖延類型,根治你的拖延毛病
35年讀者口碑 ╳ 拖延症自助經典
關於拖延症最全面的心理解析、最精準而持續的12種克服技巧

從學生到科學家,從祕書到總裁,從家庭主婦到業務員,
拖延問題幾乎影響了每個人。

本書由兩位傑出心理學家以他們備受好評與創新的拖延治療課程為基礎,擷取他們豐富的諮詢經驗,以詳盡且幽默的方式, 深入檢視與探索拖延的心理,並找出讓我們擱著事情不做的真正原因, 像是對失敗、成功、控制、疏遠、依附的恐懼, 以及我們的時間觀念和大腦神經科學等因素, 教我們了解拖延的衝動,以及如何以全新的方式採取行動。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, August 20, 2018

How to Succeed at University: An Essential Guide to Academic Skills, Personal Development & Employability

Bob Smale & Julie Fowlie
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How to Succeed at University provides straightforward, practical advice for anyone experiencing university life. Introducing the personal, academic and life skills you need to succeed - both at university and in today’s competitive job market – you’ll find help with managing your time and budget, and guidance on a range of study skills including skills for research and examination success. You’ll also learn how to identify and develop key transferable skills that will stay with you throughout your professional life.

Discover how to:
* Improve your employability prospects and give yourself the advantage in the job market
* Benefit from other students′ experience, with top tips and insider advice on succeeding in your studies
* Explore the uses of digital technologies in learning and assessment
* Use what you learn right away, with handy downloadable checklists and worksheets.
Pragmatic, up-front and sympathetic, this is an essential companion for all undergraduate students, as well as anyone preparing for study at university.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

曹雪芹風箏藝術

孔祥澤, 孔令民, 孔炳彰
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《曹雪芹風箏藝術》被評為2006年度「世界最美的書」

文學巨匠曹雪芹及其《紅樓夢》,早已是家喻戶曉,盡人皆知。 但很少有人知道,曹雪芹還寫過一部名為《南鷂北鳶考工志》的書,專門講述了風箏的「紮、糊、繪、放」四藝,從而創立了「曹氏風箏」這一民間工藝品。 《曹雪芹風箏藝術》,第一次向世人介紹了作為演出者的曹雪芹和「曹氏風箏」藝術。

曹雪芹是中國最偉大的文學家之一,也是一位傑出的演出者。 他的佚著《南鷂北鳶考工志》和他創制的曹氏風箏藝術是曹雪芹留給後人的珍貴的藝術遺產。

(摘錄自中國人民大學新聞學院)


Monday, August 13, 2018

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

by Peter Frankopan
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Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts.

Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.

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0.8的生活哲學

張笑恆
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《0.8的生活哲學》是你在人生中尋得平衡的密碼。本書以故事和理論相結合的形式,讓您在百忙之中,能夠靜下心來細細審視自己、沉澱自己、關愛自己,猶如夏日午後的那杯綠茶,清淡而沁人心脾,教你享受和諧的人生、健康的生活、活著的快樂。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, August 6, 2018

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Nick Bostrom
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Superintelligence asks the questions: what happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful—possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence.

But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed Artificial Intelligence, to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation?

This profoundly ambitious and original audiobook breaks down a vast track of difficult intellectual terrain. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom's work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

郭鶴年自傳

郭鶴年
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榮獲亞洲週刊2017十大好書

郭鶴年,首次親身述說最真實的故事!

郭鶴年是香港以及馬來西亞企業家,出生於柔佛新山,以經營白糖業起家,有「亞洲糖王」之稱。書中講述他創立以亞洲為基地的郭氏集團故事,是一部多姿多彩的家族歷史,當中亦包括郭鶴年童年的成長回憶,以及與其父母及兄弟於亂世中的生活。此外,書中亦有詳述其管理企業和做生意的獨特見解──從1949年開始,如何帶領郭氏集團發展成為當今多元經營的跨國企業。讀者從書中了解華人移民東南亞,在英國殖民統治下的生活,在第二次大戰時期日軍鐵蹄下經歷的歲月,也可了解中國和亞洲經濟騰飛的歷程。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, July 30, 2018

The Stolen Bicycle

Ming-Yi Wu
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Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

 A writer embarks on an epic quest in search of his missing father’s stolen bicycle and soon finds himself ensnared in the strangely intertwined stories of Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, the soldiers who fought in the jungles of South-East Asia during World War II, and the secret world of butterfly handicraft makers in Taiwan. The result is both a majestic historical novel and an intimate meditation on memory, family and home. Wu’s writing has been compared to that of Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, W.G. Sebald and Yann Martel.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

歐洲的心臟:德國如何改變自己

林育立
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資深駐德記者深入德國的肌理
從政治、能源政策與轉型正義三大面向
剖析統一後的德國如何在困境中擁抱改變
重返歐洲的中心 

二戰結束,戰敗的德國在美蘇兩大陣營的角力下一分為二,東、西德隔著柏林圍牆各自發展;直到一九八九年,受東歐民主化浪潮影響,柏林圍牆倒塌,一九九〇年,兩德正式統一。然而慶祝的氛圍尚未退去,在國內,德國要面對東、西德整併問題;國際上,因二戰時的種種罪行,德國仍需反省與尋求和解。統一後的德國會怎麼走,全世界都在看。

二十多年過去,繼受過往傲人文化與罪愆的德國,奮力擁抱改變、面對轉型:人口組成變得繽紛多元;原本破敗的前東德區成為最受歡迎的居住地點;率全球之先推動能源轉型,讓世界看見非核家園的實踐可能;直面過往之不義,認真處理納粹與東德時期對於人權的迫害……統一後的德國再次變得強大,不過不再以軍國主義的姿態,而是以自身的政治經濟實力、科技與產業創新以及人道關懷重返世界舞臺,成為驅使歐盟持續向前的心臟。

本書由駐德資深記者林育立歷經多年採訪而成,以冷靜而熱情的視角,講述的是一個遭遇各種極端困境卻始終勇於面對的國家,從廢墟中重建,重返榮耀的故事。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, July 23, 2018

City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World

by Catie Marron
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In this important collection, eighteen renowned writers, including David Remnick, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Rory Stewart, and Adam Gopnik evoke the spirit and history of some of the world’s most recognized and significant city squares, accompanied by illustrations from equally distinguished photographers.

Over half of the world’s citizens now live in cities, and this number is rapidly growing. At the heart of these municipalities is the square—the defining urban public space since the dawn of democracy in Ancient Greece. Each square stands for a larger theme in history: cultural, geopolitical, anthropological, or architectural, and each of the eighteen luminary writers has contributed his or her own innate talent, prodigious research, and local knowledge.

Divided into three parts: Culture, Geopolitics, History, headlined by Michael Kimmelman, David Remnick, and George Packer, this significant anthology shows the city square in new light. Jehane Noujaim, award-winning filmmaker, takes the reader through her return to Tahrir Square during the 2011 protest; Rory Stewart, diplomat and author, chronicles a square in Kabul which has come and gone several times over five centuries; Ari Shavit describes the dramatic changes of central Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square; Rick Stengel, editor, author, and journalist, recounts the power of Mandela’s choice of the Grand Parade, Cape Town, a huge market square to speak to the world right after his release from twenty-seven years in prison; while award-winning journalist Gillian Tett explores the concept of the virtual square in the age of social media.

This collection is an important lesson in history, a portrait of the world we live in today, as well as an exercise in thinking about the future. Evocative and compelling, City Squares will change the way you walk through a city.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

旅行是為了放大生命的極限 : 出走不是為了逃避現實, 而是想讓人生更加精采 (Vagabonding)

羅夫‧帕茲 (Rolf Potts)
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你的生命因為旅行而有無限可能

流浪旅行不是一種逃避,而是一場冒險和一份熱愛,能夠幫助你克服自身的恐懼,活出最豐富的人生。

流浪旅行 Vagabonding
詞性:名詞
(1)拋開遵行常規的世界,獨自出發旅行一段較長的時間。
(2)一種對個人特別有意義的旅行方式,強調的是創造力、冒險精神、覺察力、簡單化、發掘力、獨立、現實感、依靠自我,以及靈魂的成長。
(3)一種刻意為之的生活方式,讓人能夠隨時出發旅行。

為什麼我們需要流浪旅行?為什麼我們想要去流浪旅行?

這不是什麼流行趨勢,我們只是用一種少見的方式看待生活,不斷探索與學習、不斷面對恐懼與改變習慣、不斷開發所有人和地點的新魅力。

流浪旅行的意義在於抽離你的常規生活,離開六個禮拜、四個月,甚至是兩年,用你自己的方式去探索體驗這個世界。只要你擁有獨立自主的精神,隨時都能出發旅行,不是幾天的小旅遊,而是長時間體驗流浪的感覺。這本書提供你必要的資訊,例如:
  ◎旅行中的經濟來源
  ◎決定目的地
  ◎適應旅途中的生活
  ◎到海外工作或當義工
  ◎應付旅途中的不順利
  ◎重新適應普通生活

流浪旅行不只是一種旅行的形式,而是一種生活型態;一旦你選擇這樣的生活,旅行就不再是閒暇時的娛樂,而是你人生的一部分。

「作者將自己多年的旅行經驗彙整而成這本不同凡響的旅行指南,這不只是一本不限定目的地的旅行教學手冊,還蘊含啟發人心的哲思,作者運用他的機智、精闢見解和才華教你如何將人生活得像一趟冒險旅程。如果你曾經考慮過要休一段長假,這本書將開拓你的眼界。」──《全球郵報》

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, July 16, 2018

Home Fire: A Novel

Kamila Shamsie
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WINNER OF THE 2018 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

“Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” —The New York Times

The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences

Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.

Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

愛的進化論 (The Course of Love)

艾倫‧狄波頓 (Alain de Botton)
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◎一本誠實的愛情奮鬥史,探索長長久久的關係,以及背後的酸甜苦辣。狄波頓將試圖回答史上最難的兩性問題:愛了,然後呢?

愛,才不是什麼一頭栽進去的「熱情」,而是緩慢地、苦痛地學會的「生存技能」。

愛丁堡的拉畢與柯絲汀相愛了。他們結婚生子,但絕對不是那種「從此過著幸福快樂的生活」的簡單結局。然而所有的愛情故事,只會停在這裡,之後的彆扭、包尿布、外遇、婚姻諮詢,一概省略。

當愛情誕生,經歷一連串的驚喜與無聊之後,要如何保持浪漫的鮮度?在生存的壓力之下,愛的面貌會如何幻化(請注意:不是幻滅)?從哲學與心理學的細膩洞察,狄波頓告訴我們,浪漫主義總是幫倒忙,現實裡極少有任何事物能夠達到完美。度過人生需要極大的勇氣,即使再平庸的人生也不例外,這時身邊若有個人,是否就能給予我們足夠力量面對人生的種種要求?

等了20年的續集,繼全球2百萬暢銷《我談的那場戀愛》,艾倫‧狄波頓全新力作!當年的英倫才子,華麗轉身變人夫人父,一樣的犀利風趣,不一樣的人生體悟。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


由香港貿易發展局主辦的第 29 屆香港書展將於7月18至 24日於香港會議展覽中心舉行,年度主題為"愛情文學"


Monday, July 9, 2018

Less : A Novel

Andrew Sean Greer
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A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (New York Times Book Review).

WINNER OF THE 2018 PULITZER PRIZE--Fiction

Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world...

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微塵記

張婉雯
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榮獲第十一屆「香港書獎」

本書十二個短篇小說以香港為背景,以寫實的風格,反映市民日常生活,還原他們立體的面貌,從中折射社會變遷。〈陌路〉、〈拘捕〉、〈周年誌〉以雨傘運動為題材;〈明叔的一天〉、〈老貓〉、〈打死一頭野豬〉、〈離島戀曲〉、〈鳥〉、〈禮芳街的月光〉呈現基層的悲歡;〈使徒行傳〉由宗教角度探討複雜的人性;〈玫瑰誄〉、〈回家的路上〉則重塑一代精神貴族的形象與消逝。全書立足於本土生活,以「小敘事」刻劃香港人的情與愛。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, July 2, 2018

The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

Michael J. Puett, Christine Gross-Loh
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For the first time, an award-winning Harvard professor shares his wildly popular course on classical Chinese philosophy, showing you how ancient ideas—like the fallacy of the authentic self—can guide you on the path to a good life today.

Why is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at Harvard? Because it challenges all our modern assumptions about what it takes to flourish.

Astonishing teachings emerged two thousand years ago through the work of a succession of Chinese scholars exploring how humans can improve themselves and their society. And what are these counterintuitive ideas? Transformation comes not from looking within for a true self, but from creating conditions that produce new possibilities. Good relationships come not from being sincere and authentic, but from the rituals we perform within them. A good life emerges not from planning it out, but through training ourselves to respond well to small moments. Influence comes not from wielding power but from holding back. Excellence comes from what we choose to do, not our natural abilities.

In other words, The Path “opens the mind” (Huffington Post) and upends everything we are told about how to lead a good life. Its most radical idea is that there is no path to follow in the first place—just a journey we create anew at every moment by seeing and doing things differently. “With its…spirited, convincing vision, revolutionary new insights can be gleaned from this book on how to approach life’s multifarious situations with both heart and head” (Kirkus Reviews).

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20世紀中國知識分子精神史三部曲

錢理群
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榮獲第十一屆「香港書獎」

「20世紀中國知識分子精神史」三部曲,是錢理群教授橫跨二十年歲月寫成的當代知識分子精神歷史,分別寫共和國建立前、毛澤東時代及之後知識分子的命運與選擇,呈現「起承轉合」結構,將知識分子的個體命運與中華人民共和國的整體歷史交錯在一起,是首部無刪減作品。

一九四八年,正是兩個中國—所謂「新中國」與「舊中國」生死大決戰的時刻,同時,也是中國知識分子必須在歷史的大轉折中作出決定自己命運的關鍵時刻。

《1948:天地玄黃》就是記錄了一九四八年,圍繞各類知識分子的不同選擇而發生的極其複雜也極其豐富的社會、思想、文化、心理現像。

「改造」與「堅守」,這是建國後中國知識分子命運的兩個關鍵詞,也構成了本書的歷史敍述的兩個中心詞,寫成中國知識分子精神史上最沉重的一頁。是屈從抑或抵抗、要低頭抑或昂首?毛澤東時代的中國知識分子如何在黑夜裏前行,盡錄在《1949-1976:歲月滄桑》

毛澤東逝世後,知識分子從絕地對裏重生。錢理群教授肩負起知識分子之名,用自身的經歷和反思,為整代中國知識分子精神史作一個總合,冀歷經滄桑後也守望著知識分子的本分。《1977-2005:絕地守望》,是錢教授留給年輕一代和後人的思想結晶和祝福。

(摘錄自香港城市大學出版社網站)