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.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

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)