Monday, April 24, 2017

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth
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In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

In Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Among Grit’s most valuable insights:
*Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
*How lifelong interest is triggered
*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
*Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards
*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

當呼吸化為空氣 : 一位天才神經外科醫師最後的生命洞察 (When Breath Becomes Air)

保羅.卡拉尼提 (Paul Kalanithi)
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這本書會像一個紙鎮,令我們想起生命的重量。 ~~蔡康永

2016年全球最受矚目的書
*Amazon暢銷總榜第1名(超過3000名讀者5顆星評價)
*《紐約時報》非文學類暢銷書排行榜第1名

2014年,36歲的保羅醫師即將完成十年之久的神經外科醫師訓練,科學研究並獲得美國神經外科學會最高研究獎,即將獲得史丹福醫學院外科教授職位並主持自己的研究室。他的人生正邁向生命的高峰,卻被診斷出患有第四期肺癌。頭一天他是醫生,還在治療瀕死的病人,第二天他是病人,掙扎求生。他跟妻子原先設想的未來,就此完全蒸發。

保羅醫生原本醉心文學,取得史丹福文學碩士,因想探索生命本質,轉而學醫,念完耶魯醫學院後,他選擇成為神經外科醫生,在人類身分、意義認同的最關鍵部位--大腦從事手術。

在確診自己罹患末期疾病後,這位才華洋溢的年輕神經外科醫師從醫師、病人、兒子、伴侶、父親等不同身分,審視自己37年的生命歷程,思索生命與死亡的意義。面對未知與隨時可能降臨的人生終點,保羅醫師寫著:

*我逐漸了解,面對我終將死亡的事實,就某種意義上來說,什麼也沒有改變,也改變了一切。作家貝克特所寫的七個字,開始不斷縈繞於我的腦中:「我沒有辦法繼續下去。我會繼續下去。」(I can’t go on, I’ll go on.)

*死亡永遠是贏家。不過你仍然可以繼續奮鬥,你永遠無法觸及完美,但是你可以相信那條漸近線,永不止息地朝它努力。

*如果我不知道自己想要什麼,我起碼已經學到一件事,一件希波克拉底、奧斯勒都沒提到的事情:醫師的職責不是峻拒死亡,也不是使病人回復舊有生命,而是敞開雙臂擁抱生命已經分崩離析的病人及家屬,而且努力使他們重新站起去面對、去弄清楚他們本身存在的意義。

即便最後身體極度不適,保羅醫師仍奮力寫作,最後他於2015年3月過世,留下這本深刻且令人感動的書。《當呼吸化為空氣》飽含文學、醫學、哲學的省思,將引領我們思考自己的價值與有限的生命。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店) 


Monday, April 17, 2017

All the Light We Cannot See : A Novel

Anthony Doerr
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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

少, 但是更好 (Essentialism)

葛瑞格・麥基昂 (Greg McKeown)
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★《紐約時報》、《華爾街日報》暢銷書!

獻給被工作與生活壓得喘不過氣的你。

你是否曾發現自己忙到分身乏術?你是否曾覺得工作過度又未能充分發揮實力?你是否曾發現自己專做不重要的事?你是否覺得忙碌不堪卻缺乏生產力?就像你總是在移動,卻從未到達任何地方一樣?

作者以「少,但是更好」做為本書的核心概念,闡述為什麼讓生活化繁為簡如此重要。一旦有「事事都重要」、「有沒有辦法做好所有事」的想法,不管什麼請託、要求都攬在身上,結果就是自己愈繃愈緊,焦頭爛額,反而工作生活兩頭落空。

為了達到「專準主義」(Essentialism)的狀態,作者在書中以三步驟來解釋:第一,精挑:要判斷出目前什麼事情才是首要,先問問自己,「現在所做的事情,是否值得投入?」如果不是,應該要勇敢拒絕。要成為「I choose to」,而不是「I have to」的人。第二,簡化:如何刪除瑣碎無謂的枝節。第三,準確執行:如何移除障礙,讓執行過程減少阻力與痛苦。

本書不是教你如何在最短的時間內完成最多事情,而是教你如何只做正確的事。本書談論的並非時間管理或提升生產力的策略,而是提供一個系統性的方法,教你如何在個人和專業領域中變得更有效率、更有生產力和更有影響力。

最終,你會過忠於自己的生活,而不是別人期待你過的生活。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success

Wendy Laura Belcher
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"This book is a wonderful addition to a graduate course on professional writing, to a writers' group in need of some structure, or even to the lone writer who needs assistance becoming an academic writer."
―Chronicle of Higher Education

Wendy Laura Belcher's Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success is a revolutionary approach to enabling academic authors to overcome their anxieties and produce the publications that are essential to succeeding in their fields. Each week, readers learn a particular feature of strong articles and work on revising theirs accordingly. At the end of twelve weeks, they send their article to a journal. This invaluable resource is the only guide that focuses specifically on publishing humanities and social science journal articles.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

從段落到篇章 : 學術寫作析論技巧

蔡柏盈 著
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目前市面可見的論文寫作書籍,均以研究為主軸,寫作為輔,從選擇研究方向、資料蒐集的方法、圖書館與工具書的使用,乃至論文格式等,無所不包。然而,大部分人即使參考了這些論文寫作書,甚或上過研究方法課,依然有「不知如何下筆」,或是「不知這樣寫好不好」的困擾。

其實,寫作是用來表達自我思想感受的方式,是用語言文字去闡述自我與世界的關連,表現對世界的理解。因此,在進入寫作的世界時,我們應先認識四種寫作上最常用的表達類型:描寫、敘述、說明、議論。雖然這四種類型是最基本的寫作方法,但在意念組織、行文局、陳述修辭上,卻各有不同的重點與寫作技巧,值得玩味再三。

除了基本的描寫、敘 述外,本書還特別針對說明、議論兩種類型,再細分 為分析、比較對照、定義、分類、舉例、評論等幾 種析論方式,說明寫作概念、寫作策略,輔 以討論練習。讀者在書寫學術報告及論文時,可端視自己所要論述的中心意念及文章架構,選擇適合的析論方式,或是單以一個段落、數個段落乃至一個篇章,加以交互運用這些析論技巧組織成文,相信更能寫出條理分明、絲絲入扣的絕佳文章。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


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