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When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi

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English

Pages

231

Publication Date

January 12, 2016

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • <b><b><b>For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, this inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question <i>What makes a life worth living?</i></b></b></b></b><br /><br /> <b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br /> <b><i>The New York Times Book Review • People • </i>NPR<i> • The Washington Post • Slate • Harper’s Bazaar • Time Out New York • Publishers Weekly • BookPage</i></b><br /><br /> <b>Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir</b><br /><br />At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. <i>When Breath Becomes Air</i> chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.<br /><br /> What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.<br /><br /> Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” <i>When Breath Becomes Air</i> is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
by Jordan B. Peterson

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

January 23, 2018

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<b><b>#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER </b><br />#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br />What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.</b><br /><br />Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. <br />     What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. <i>12 Rules for Life</i> shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in th...
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

October 06, 2008

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<b><i>Fooled by Randomness </i>is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are <i>The Black Swan, Antifragile, Skin in the Game, </i>and <i>The Bed of Procrustes</i>.</b><br /><br /><i>Fooled by Randomness</i> is the word-of-mouth sensation that will change the way you think about business and the world. Nassim Nicholas Taleb–veteran trader, renowned risk expert, polymathic scholar, erudite raconteur, and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Black Swan</i>–has written a modern classic that turns on its head what we believe about luck and skill.<br /><br /> This book is about luck–or more precisely, about how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill–the world of trading–<i>Fooled by Randomness</i> provides captivating insight into one of the least understood factors in all our lives. Writing in an entertaining narrative style, the author tackles major intellectual issues related to the underestimation of the influence of happenstance on our lives.<br /><br /> The book is populated with an array of characters, some of whom have grasped, in their own way, the significance of chance: the baseball legend Yogi Berra; the philosopher of knowledge Karl Popper; the ancient world’s wisest man, Solon; the modern financier George Soros; and the Greek voyager Odysseus. We also meet the fictional Nero, who seems to understand the role of randomness in his professional life but falls victim to his own superstitious foolishness.<br /><br /> However, the most recognizable character of all remains unnamed–the lucky fool who happens to be in the right place at the right time–he embodies the “survival of the least fit.” Such individuals attract devoted followers who believe in their guru’s insights and methods. But no one can replicate what is obtained by chance.<br /><br /> Are we capable of distinguishing the fortunate charlatan from the genuine visionary? Must we always try to uncover nonexistent messages in random events? It may be impossible to guard ourselves against the vagaries of the goddess Fortuna, but after reading <i>Fooled by Randomness</i> we can be a little better prepared.<br /><br /> <b>Named by Fortune One of the Smartest Books of All Time<br /><br /> A Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year</b>
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
by Anne Lamott

Language

English

Pages

206

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b><b>From Anne Lamott, the <i>New York Times</i>-bestselling author of <i>Help, Thanks, Wow, </i>comes the book we need from her now: How to bring hope back into our lives. <b>A perfect gift to give this holiday season.</b></b></b><br /><br />"I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen," Anne Lamott admits at the beginning of <i>Almost Everything</i>. Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest--when we are, as she puts it, "doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated"--the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. "All truth is paradox," Lamott writes, "and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change." That is the time when we must pledge not to give up but "to do what Wendell Berry wrote: 'Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.'" <br /><br />In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward. <br /><br />Candid and caring, insightful and sometimes hilarious, <i>Almost Everything </i>is the book we need and that only Anne Lamott can write.
A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

May 04, 2011

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?<br /><br />Told in language we all can understand, <i>A Brief History of Time</i> plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene

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English

Pages

452

Publication Date

September 01, 2000

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<b>Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy <i>New York Times </i>bestseller<i> </i>is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control – from the author of <i>The Laws of Human Nature. </i></b><br /><br /> In the book that <i>People </i>magazine proclaimed “beguiling” and “fascinating,” Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.<br />  <br /> Some laws teach the need for prudence (“Law 1: Never Outshine the Master”), others teach the value of confidence (“Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness”), and many recommend absolute self-preservation (“Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally”). Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination. In a bold and arresting two-color package, <i>The 48 Laws of Power </i>is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game.
The Systems Thinker: Essential Thinking Skills For Solving Proble...
by Albert Rutherford

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

September 22, 2018

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<h2>Find the optimal solutions to your problems. Gain a deep understanding of the “what, why, how, when, how much” questions of your life. </h2><br />Become a <i>Systems Thinker</i> and discover how to approach your life from a completely new perspective.<br /><br />What is systems thinking? Put it simply, thinking about how things interact with one another. <br /><br />Why should this matter to you? Because you are a system. You are a part of smaller and larger systems – your community, your country, your species. Understanding your role within these systems and <b>how these systems affect, hinder, or aid the fulfillment of your life can lead you to better answers about yourself and the world.</b><br /><br />Information is the most precious asset these days. Evaluating that information correctly is almost priceless. Systems thinkers are some of the bests in collecting and assessing information, as well as creating impactful solutions in any context.<br /><br /><i>The Systems Thinker</i> will help you to <u>implement systems thinking at your workplace, human relations, and everyday thinking habits. </u><br /><br />Boost your observation and analytical skills to find the real triggers and influencing forces behind contemporary politics, economics, health, and education changes. <br /><br />Systems thinking <b>clears your vision</b> by teaching you not only to find the differences between the elements but also the similarities. This bi-directional analyzing ability will give you a more complex worldview, deeper understanding of problems, and thus better solutions.<br /><br />The car stopped because its tank is empty – so it needs gas. Easy problem, easy solution, right? But could you explain just as easily why did the price of gas raise with 5% the past month? After becoming a systems thinker, you’ll be able to answer that question just as easily.<br /><br /><h2>Change your thoughts, change your results.</h2> <br />•What are the main elements, questions and methods of thinking in systems?<br />•<b>The most widely used systems archetypes, maps, models, and analytical methods.</b><br />•Learn to identify and provide solutions even the most complex system problems.<br />•<b>Deepen your understanding about human motivation with systems thinking.</b><br /><br />The past fifty years brought so many changes in our lives. The world has become more interconnected than ever. Old rules can’t explain the new world anymore. But systems thinking can. Embrace systems thinking and <b>become a master of analytical, critical, and creative thinking. </b><br />
The Art of Living: The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, an...
by , Sharon Lebell

Language

English

Pages

138

Publication Date

February 05, 2013

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<p>Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up <em>The Art of Living</em>, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.</p>
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into ...
by Ryan Holiday

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English

Pages

202

Publication Date

May 01, 2014

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<p><b><i>The Obstacle is the Way</i> has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do. <br /></b><br />Its many fans include a former governor and movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a hip hop icon (LL Cool J), an Irish tennis pro (James McGee), an NBC sportscaster (Michele Tafoya), and the coaches and players of winning teams like the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Cubs, and University of Texas men’s basketball team.<br /><br />The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they <i>can</i> control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” <br /><br />Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.<br /><br />If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era.</p><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Letting Go
by David R. Hawkins

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

August 01, 2013

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The present work describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to Enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author's clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all its many forms. The letting go technique (surrender) was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.

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