Monday, October 17, 2016

Chronicles: Volume One

Bob Dylan (winner of the 2016 Nobel prize in literature)
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The celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the United States, Bob Dylan.

"I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else."

So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities -- smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With the book's side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.

 By turns revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)




諾貝爾獎得主的大學時代

李臻 主編
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如果把諾貝爾獎得主的人生比作一條奔馳的跑道,那麼這本書就是一本“尋找起點”的書。書中的人物,在每一章的故事裡所做的,就是找到自己人生的起點。毫無疑問,他們往後的成就證明,他們在大學時代找到的起點是異常正確的。可是,他們尋找的過程呢?是否一帆風順,還是充滿了傳奇,這些都會在這書中找到完整的答案。

(摘錄自書中前言)


書中精選的40位諾貝爾得主包括:
知恥而後勇——格林尼亞
最幸福的時光——薩特
快樂成長——費米
交了一個重要朋友——塞格雷
喜歡給名人寫信——羅蘭
恐懼課堂——愛因斯坦
輸了愛情,贏了世界
——川端康成
打工狂人
——弗里德曼
鋼鐵是這樣煉成的——瑪麗·居里
求學“陰謀”——巴甫洛夫
輟學的諾貝爾獎得主——馬爾克斯
舞台上的鬥士——加繆
不做筆記的學生——哈耶克
覺醒的力量——倫琴
為自己吶喊——奧斯特瓦爾德
100美元闖美國——丁肇中
這不是“師生戀”——鮑林
科學需要實踐
——波施
四處上學——玻恩
永不完美的實驗——玻爾
師生間的智力競賽——崔琦
他想到的,別人沒想到——范特霍夫
大學兄弟會——費曼
耶魯小天才——蓋爾曼
搭上了“人才快車”——海森堡
太陽的溫度也得親自去算——李政道
獲得最高榮譽——盧瑟福
勤奮的天才——艾略特
劍橋是個新世界——羅素
堅持自己的原則——麥克林托克
努力不是件羞恥的事——梅達沃
片刻也不休息——繆勒
一切通過實驗——摩爾根
丑小鴨變成天鵝——納什
他與眾不同——薛定諤
修行靠個人——楊振寧
以後幹點什麼——約里奧·居里
未雨綢繆——湯川秀樹
把握成功的學習方法——福井謙一
身在美國,心在中國——賽珍珠


Monday, October 10, 2016

A Little History of Philosophy

Nigel Warburton
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An easy-reading tour of Western thought in 40 short chapters (from Plato to Turing and Singer).

“This book is a little classic, invaluable for the man or woman in the street who would like to know more about philosophy. . . . [It] suggests that philosophy is ‘not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose’, but a thoroughly enjoyable way to stretch your mind.”—Merryn Williams, Oxford Times (Merryn Williams Oxford Times 2011-10-06)

'A primer in human existence: philosophy has rarely seemed so lucid, so important, so worth doing and so easy to enter into. It's refreshing to see the subject presented in terms of the history of ideas rather than of timeless concepts. A wonderful introduction for anyone who's ever felt curious about almost anything.' - Sarah Bakewell, author of How To Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (Sarah Bakewell)

‘A lively and eye-catching book, written in an easy style which should have splendid appeal for a young audience.’ - Peter Cave, author of Can a Robot be Human?: 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles (Peter Cave)

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

教你讀懂文學的 27 堂課 (How to Read Literature Like a Professor)

湯瑪斯・佛斯特 (Thomas C. Foster)
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★長據紐約時報暢銷排行榜兩個月。

當小說主角啟程旅行代表什麼意思?和人共享一頓飯代表什麼意思?被突如其來的大雨淋成落湯雞又代表什麼意思?小說或是詩歌其中蘊含的意思,其實遠超過表象所看到的......

在這部既實際又有趣的文學閱讀指南中,作者湯瑪斯.佛斯特教授要告訴我們如何解開這些潛藏的秘密,邁向文學探索之路,是多麼容易又有成就感。旅程的目的絕對不是表面上看來這麼單純,吃一頓飯也不只是為了填飽肚子,下雨下雪永遠不是天氣預報的問題。這本書涵括了文學作品典型的幾個重要主題、敘事技巧及形式,在閱讀的路上指引你,使你的閱讀經驗更加豐富有趣,同時代來滿足。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
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The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should KnowFollowing the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.

Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition—with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business—Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to "lean in". Instead, they offer the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

挺身而進 (Lean In : Women, Work, and the Will to Lead)

雪柔・桑德伯格 (Sheryl Sandberg)
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Lean In : Women, Work, and the Will to Lead ★英美日法中5國Amazon.com暢銷排行榜Top 1
★《紐約時報》暢銷排行榜Top 1
★TED演講吸引330萬人觀看
★全球銷售超過200萬冊、售出37國語言版權
★《時代》雜誌、《財星》雜誌、《富比世》雜誌、《紐約時報》、英國《金融時報》、《衛報》、美國ABC、CNN、英國BBC 等專題報導

  你可能不知道,你限制了自己。
  如果你毫無畏懼,你會怎麼做?

  你是不是也曾質疑自己的能力、壓抑自己的表現,
  在該積極進取時反而退縮?
  你是否也因要兼顧工作與家庭感到分身乏術?

  生涯,從來不是只有上下的單向道階梯!
  這本書將幫助你,
  看到壓抑自己的盲點、突破限縮自己的內心障礙,
  讓你自信表現,挺身而進!

桑德伯格是臉書營運長,自2007年起連續6年獲選為《財星》雜誌50大最有權力的商業女性,並榮登2012年及2013年《時代》雜誌全球百大影響力人物。2010年12月,她在TEDTalks發表激勵人心的演說,談到很多女性在無意間縮限了自己的工作生涯。她鼓勵女性「往桌前坐」、接受挑戰、積極追求各種目標。這場精彩演講掀起了一股風潮,至今累積330萬次的點閱。

桑德伯格從她自己二十年工作經歷,問了一個最關鍵的問題:為什麼到了今天,位居高階領導位置的女性,還是如此稀少?在已開發國家中,包括台灣在內,女性大學畢業生早已超過50%,在競爭最激烈的法學院的比例也超過男性,但女性在全球議會、企業高層、董事席次所佔的比例都不到20%,除了一些社會制度因素、女性生育的生理條件之外,女性是不是自己限制了自己?

在本書中,桑德伯格延續她在TEDTalks掀起的話題,首度完整公開從成長背景、哈佛求學經驗、世界銀行助理、麥肯錫顧問、美國財政部幕僚長、谷歌副總裁到臉書營運長,一路觀察、體驗到的職場問題,並點出關鍵應對心態,同時旁徵博引扎實的研究資料,釐清職場女性在生活與各種選擇中所面臨的層層迷霧和偏誤。桑德伯格詳述個人的選擇與錯誤,大方分享她為自己、事業及家人做抉擇所面對的日常交戰、掙扎。此外,她也針對談判技巧、尋找人生導師,以及如何打造令人滿意的工作生涯等議題提出實用的建議。桑德伯格鼓勵女性設下界線,別再相信「兼顧一切」的迷思。對於女性如何結合事業成就與自我實現,桑德伯格提供了具體的建議,並證明男性如果支持女性同事和伴侶,也能跟著受惠。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)