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By Ray Robertson. 2020
“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live,” writes Montaigne in Essais, and in How to… Die: A Book on Being Alive, Ray Robertson takes up the challenge. Though contemporary society avoids the subject and often values the mere continuation of existence over its quality, Robertson argues that the active and intentional consideration of death is neither morbid nor frivolous, but instead essential to our ability to fully value life. How to Die is both an absorbing excursion through some of Western literature’s most compelling works on the subject of death as well as an anecdote-driven argument for cultivating a better understanding of death in the belief that, if we do, we’ll know more about what it means to live a meaningful life.
By Susan Doherty. 2019
For the past ten years, some of the people who cycle in and out of the severely ill wards of… the Douglas Institute in Montreal, have found a friend in Susan, who volunteers on the ward, and then follows her friends out into the world as they struggle to get through their days. With their full cooperation, she brings us their stories, which challenge the ways we think about people with mental illness on every page. The spine of the book is the life of Caroline Evans (not her real name), a woman in her early sixties whom Susan has known since she was a bright and sunny school girl. Caroline has given Susan complete access to her medical files and her court records; through her, we experience what living with schizophrenia over time is really like. She has been through it all, including the way the justice system treats the severely mentally ill: at one point, she believed that she could save her roommate from the devil by pouring boiling water into her ear ... Susan interleaves Caroline's story with vignettes about her other friends, human stories that reveal their hopes, their circumstances, their personalities, their humanity. She's found that if she can hang in through the first ten to fifteen minutes of every coffee date with someone in the grip of psychosis, then true communication results. Their "madness" is not otherworldly: instead it tells us something about how they're surviving their lives and what they've been through. Winner of the 2019 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction (QWF). 2019.
By Penelope Quest. 2007
Best known as a gentle, hands-on healing technique for physical ailments, Reiki is also a holistic system that can be… used for healing body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This accessible overview of Reiki addresses a wide range of topics, including the origins and development of Reiki as a healing system; what to expect when receiving a Reiki treatment; how Reiki treats both the symptoms and the causes of illness; and how to use Reiki for self-healing as well as for healing other people, animals, plants, and the environment. Practical exercises and visualizations designed to encourage relaxation and develop insight and energy awareness are also provided.
By Elizabeth Partridge. 2018
<p>America's war in Vietnam. In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American… soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad. <p>The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it's the personal stories of eight people—six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee—that create the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground. From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic helicopter rescues and harrowing escapes, each individual experience reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us of all that was happening at home during the war, including peace protests, presidential scandals, and veterans' struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam. <p>With more than one hundred photographs, award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge's unflinching book captures the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.</p>
By Patrician Mccarthy. 2007
Discover someone's true personality by looking at their face Have you ever wondered if the person you are about to… hire is a natural leader? What if you can measure a person's ambition by the bridge of their nose? Did you know that you can determine a person's fidelity by the markings around their eyes? Mien Shiang, the ancient practice of Chinese Face Reading, gives you answers to all of these questions- and more. Fully illustrated with examples of each technique, The Face Reader is a fascinating look at how this practice can be applied at home, in the workplace, and throughout our lives.
By Nancy Fish, Deborah Coady. 2011
Millions of Women Suffer from sexual and pelvic pain in America today, yet it is frequently misdiagnosed-or not diagnosed at… all. In Healing Painful Sex, Deborah Coady, MD, and Nancy Fish, MSW, MPH, use their combined professional expertise as a doctor and therapist to provide readers with an understanding of the many causes of sexual pain and how to treat it from both a physical and psychological standpoint. Book jacket.
Stop Biting the Tail You're Chasing: Using Buddhist Mind Training to Free Yourself from Painful Emotional Patterns
By Anyen Rinpoche, Allison Choying Zangmo. 2018
How to be free from bondage to your emotions a practical and powerful Buddhist teaching for training the mind… to be content in any circumstance Are emotions our friends or our enemies Is it possible to free ourselves from emotional conflict The Buddhist practice of lojong is a way of letting go of attachment to both positive and negative emotions and leads to profound insight and compassion unbounded by our habitual reactions This book provides a set of tools that you can apply in daily life to gradually relieve your own suffering and extend that relief to everyone you encounter
By Kevin Dann. 2018
The acclaimed author of Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau traverses on foot from Manhattan… to Walden Pond, retracing Thoreau's steps and unlocking the practical principles of the mystic's life in the woods.When Henry David Thoreau launched his experiment in living at Walden Pond, he began by walking beyond the narrow limits of his neighbors, simply by putting himself at a mile remove from Concord's bourgeois epicenter - and a thousand-mile remove from stasis, complacency, and conformity. Kevin Dann emulates and extends Thoreau's experiment in radical self-education. Alternating between personal anecdotes from his spring 2017 walking pilgrimage and other "traveler" encounters and episodes told by Thoreau, Dann structures his book around 12 "injunctions"--distillations of seminal stories about overcoming convention and stasis. In this essential reading for every Thoreau enthusiast, naturalist and historian Kevin Dann brings to life an essential American icon in refreshing and modern way.
By Gary Thomas, Juli Slattery. 2018
This ground-breaking resource challenges and equips Christians to think and act biblically and compassionately in matters of sexuality.Sexual abuse, sex… addiction, gender confusion, brokenness, and shame plague today's world, and people are seeking clarity and hope. By contesting long-held cultural paradigms, this book equips you to see how sexuality is rooted in the broader context of God's heart and His work for us on earth. It provides a framework from which to understand the big picture of sexual challenges and wholeness, and helps you recognize that every sexual question is ultimately a spiritual one. It shifts the paradigm from combating sexual problems to confidently proclaiming and modeling the road to sacred sexuality. Instead of arguing with the world about what's right and wrong about sexual choices, this practical resource equips you to share the love and grace of Jesus as you encounter the pain of sexual brokenness--your own or someone else's.
By Fredrik Logevall. 2012
The struggle for Vietnam occupies a central place in the history of the twentieth century Fought over a period… of three decades the conflict drew in all the world s powers and saw two of them--first France then the United States--attempt to subdue the revolutionary Vietnamese forces For France the defeat marked the effective end of her colonial empire while for America the war left a gaping wound in the body politic that remains open to this day How did it happen Tapping into newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations and making full use of the published literature distinguished scholar Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to lose their way in Vietnam Embers of War opens in 1919 at the Versailles Peace Conference where a young Ho Chi Minh tries to deliver a petition for Vietnamese independence to President Woodrow Wilson It concludes in 1959 with a Viet Cong ambush on an outpost outside Saigon and the deaths of two American officers whose names would be the first to be carved into the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial In between come years of political military and diplomatic maneuvering and miscalculation as leaders on all sides embark on a series of stumbles that makes an eminently avoidable struggle a bloody and interminable reality Logevall takes us inside the councils of war--and gives us a seat at the conference tables where peace talks founder He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France s final years in Indochina--and shows how from an early point a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history Harry Truman s fateful decision to reverse Franklin Delano Roosevelt s policy and acknowledge France s right to return to Indochina after World War II Dwight Eisenhower s strenuous efforts to keep Paris in the fight and his escalation of U S involvement in the aftermath of the humiliating French defeat at Dien Bien Phu and the curious turnaround in Senator John F Kennedy s thinking that would lead him as president to expand that commitment despite his publicly stated misgivings about Western intervention in Southeast Asia An epic story of wasted opportunities and tragic miscalculations featuring an extraordinary cast of larger-than-life characters Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another This book will become the definitive chronicle of the struggle s origins for years to come Advance praise for Embers of War Fredrik Logevall has gleaned from American French and Vietnamese sources a splendid account of France s nine-year war in Indochina and the story of how the American statesmen of the period allowed this country to be drawn into the quagmire --Neil Sheehan author of A Bright Shining Lie winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award Fredrik Logevall is a wonderful writer and historian In his new book on the origins of the American war in Vietnam he gives a fascinating and dramatic account of the French war and its aftermath from the perspectives of the French the Vietnamese and the Americans Using previously untapped sources and a deep knowledge of diplomatic history Logevall shows to devastating effect how America found itself on the road to Vietnam --Frances FitzGerald author of Fire in the Lake winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
By Stephen Cope. 2012
From the director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living at the famed Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health comes an… incisive and inspiring meditation on living the life you were born to live In this fast-paced age the often overwhelming realities of daily life may leave you feeling uncertain about how to realize your life s true purpose--what spiritual teachers call dharma But yoga master Stephen Cope says that in order to have a fulfilling life you must in fact discover the deep purpose hidden at the very core of your self In The Great Work of Your Life Cope describes the process of unlocking the unique possibility harbored within every human soul The secret he asserts can be found in the pages of a two-thousand-year-old spiritual classic called the Bhagavad Gita--an ancient allegory about the path to dharma told through a timeless dialogue between the fabled archer Arjuna and his divine mentor Krishna Cope takes readers on a step-by-step tour of this revered tale and in order to make it relevant to contemporary readers he highlights well-known Western lives that embody its central principles--including such luminaries as Jane Goodall whose life trajectory shows us the power of honoring The Gift Walt Whitman who listened for the call of the times Susan B Anthony whose example demonstrates the power of focused energy John Keats who was able to let his desire give birth to aspiration and Harriet Tubman whose life was nothing if not a lesson in learning to walk by faith This essential guide also includes everyday stories about following the path to dharma which illustrate the astonishingly contemporary relevance and practicality of this classic yogic story If you re feeling lost in your own life s journey The Great Work of Your Life may provide you with answers to the questions you most urgently need addressed--and may help you to find and to embrace your true calling Advance praise for The Great Work of Your Life Stephen Cope is a national treasure He is an incredibly rare combination of brilliant spiritual thinker elegant prose stylist and empathic grounded teacher The dharma stories threaded throughout The Great Work of Your Life are moving and instructive Keep a pen and paper handy as you read this remarkable book It s like an owner s manual for the soul --Dani Shapiro author of Devotion I am moved and inspired by The Great Work of Your Life the clarity and beauty of the lives lived in it and the timeless dharma it teaches --Jack Kornfield author of A Path with HeartFrom the Hardcover edition
By Ari Shavit. 2013
P WINNER OF THE NATAN BOOK AWARD P An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of… the State of Israel by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today P Not since Thomas L Friedman s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis P Ari Shavit draws on interviews historical documents private diaries and letters as well as his own family s story illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts both personal and national both deeply human and of profound historical dimension P We meet Shavit s great-grandfather a British Zionist who in 1897 visited the Holy Land on a Thomas Cook tour and understood that it was the way of the future for his people the idealist young farmer who bought land from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s to grow the Jaffa oranges that would create Palestine s booming economy the visionary youth group leader who in the 1940s transformed Masada from the neglected ruins of an extremist sect into a powerful symbol for Zionism the Palestinian who as a young man in 1948 was driven with his family from his home during the expulsion from Lydda the immigrant orphans of Europe s Holocaust who took on menial work and focused on raising their children to become the leaders of the new state the pragmatic engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel s nuclear program in the 1960s in the only interview he ever gave the zealous religious Zionists who started the settler movement in the 1970s the dot-com entrepreneurs and young men and women behind Tel-Aviv s booming club scene and today s architects of Israel s foreign policy with Iran whose nuclear threat looms ominously over the tiny country P As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions Why did Israel come to be How did it come to be Can Israel survive Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present The result is a landmark portrait of a small vibrant country living on the edge whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today s global political landscape
By Alexander Rose. 2006
P Basing his tale on remarkable original research historian Alexander Rose reveals the unforgettable story of the spy ring… that helped America win the Revolutionary War For the first time Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses covert operations and code breaking and unmasks the courageous flawed individuals who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors--including the spymaster at the heart of it all George Washington P b A New York Times Bestseller b
By Dean King, John B. Hattendorf. 1997
Twenty-two enthralling stories of the Royal Navy bringing to vivid life the greatest battles and daily struggles of seafaring… in the Napoleonic era At the dawn of the nineteenth century the British Navy was the mightiest instrument of war the world had ever known The Royal Navy patrolled the seas from India to the Caribbean connecting an empire with footholds in every corner of the earth Such a massive Navy required the service of more than 100 000 men--from officers to deckhands to surgeons These are their stories The inspiration for the bestselling novels by Patrick O Brien and C S Forester these memoirs and diaries edited by Dean King provide a true portrait of life aboard British warships during one of the most significant eras of world history Their tellers are officers and ordinary sailors and their subjects range from barroom brawls to the legendary heroics of Lord Horatio Nelson himself Though these iron men on wooden ships are long gone their deeds echo through the centuries
Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian
By Dean King, John B. Hattendorf. 2000
A fascinating and comprehensive collection of maps of the streets, seas, and coasts of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-MaturinseriesThe tall-masted sailing ships… of the early nineteenth century were the technological miracles of their day, allowing their crews to traverse the seas with greater speed than had ever been possible before. Novelist Patrick O'Brian captured the thrill of that era with his characters Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, who visited exotic locales in the service of the Royal Navy. From frigid Dieppe to balmy Batavia, they strolled the ports of the world as casually as most do the streets of their hometown. Packed with maps and illustrations from the greatest age of sail, this volume shows not just where Aubrey and Maturin went, but how they got there. An incomparable reference for devotees of O'Brian's novels and anyone who has dreamed of climbing aboard a warship, Harbors and High Seas is a captivating portrait of life on the sea, when nothing stood between man and ocean but grit, daring, and a few creaking planks of wood.
By Richard Snow. 2016
From acclaimed popular historian Richard Snow who writes with verve and a keen eye The New… York Times Book Review the thrilling story of the naval battle that not only changed the Civil War but the future of all sea power No single sea battle has had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbor at Hampton Roads Virginia in March 1862 The Confederacy with no fleet of its own built an iron fort containing ten heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate named the Merrimack The North got word of the project when it was already well along and in desperation commissioned an eccentric inventor named John Ericsson to build the Monitor an entirely revolutionary iron warship--at the time the single most complicated machine ever made Abraham Lincoln himself was closely involved with the ship s design Rushed through to completion in just 100 days it mounted only two guns but they were housed in a shot-proof revolving turret The ship hurried south from Brooklyn and nearly sank twice on the voyage only to arrive to find the Merrimack had arrived blazing that morning destroyed half the Union fleet and would be back to finish the job the next day When she returned the Monitor was there She fought the Merrimack to a standstill and saved the Union cause As soon as word of the battle spread Great Britain--the foremost sea power of the day--ceased work on all wooden ships A thousand-year-old tradition ended and the path to the naval future opened Richly illustrated with photos maps and engravings Iron Dawn is the irresistible story of these incredible intimidating war machines Historian Richard Snow brings to vivid life the tensions of the time explaining how wooden and ironclad ships worked maneuvered battled and sank This full account of the Merrimack and Monitor has never been told in such immediate compelling detail
By Earl Swift. 2003
Where They Lay melds an account of an elite military team s high-tech high-risk search for a Vietnam War… pilot s remains with a remarkably immediate and poignant retelling of his final intense hours In far-flung rain forests and its futuristic lab near Pearl Harbor the Central Identification Laboratory CILHI strives to recover and identify the bodies of fighting men who never came home from America s wars Its mission combines old-fashioned bushwhacking and detective work with the latest in forensic technology Earl Swift accompanies a CILHI team into the Laotian jungle on a search for the remains of Major Jack Barker and his three-man crew whose chopper went down in a fireball more than thirty years ago He interweaves the story of the recovery team s work with a tense account of Barker s fatal attempt to rescue trapped soldiers during the largest helicopter assault in history Swift is the first reporter ever allowed to follow a recovery mission as these unique archaeological digs are called in its entirety and he got his hands dirty combing the jungle floor for clues amid vipers monsoons and unexploded bombs Where They Lay resounds with admiration for those who fell and those who seek them But Swift also raises hard questions about these recovery missions Is it worth 100 million a year to try to bring home the lost from old wars Is it worth the lives of today s soldiers Seven Americans died in the line of duty just months before Swift went in country And is the effort compromised by the corruption among native officials overseeing missions in their countries As new conflicts draw our attention Where They Lay throws brilliant light on war s cost to soldiers and to those they leave at home
By Helen Thorpe. 2014
From an award-winning meticulously observant The New Yorker and masterful Booklist… writer comes a groundbreaking account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and how their military service affected their friendship their personal lives and their families America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001 This has been a matter of bitter political debate of course but what is uncontestable is that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women The experience in the American military is it s safe to say quite different from that of men Surrounded and far outnumbered by men imbedded in a male culture looked upon as both alien and desirable women have experiences of special interest In Soldier Girls Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military overseas to combat and back home and then overseas again for two of them These women who are quite different in every way become friends and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated We see their families their lovers their spouses their children We see them work extremely hard deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones and struggle to stay connected to their families back home We see some of them drink too much have illicit affairs and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road blowing it up She survives but her life may never be the same again Deeply reported beautifully written and powerfully moving Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking
Women are not small men Stop eating and training like one Because most nutrition products and training… plans are designed for men it s no wonder that so many female athletes struggle to reach their full potential ROAR is a comprehensive physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women This book teaches you everything you need to know to adapt your nutrition hydration and training to your unique physiology so you can work with rather than against your female physiology Exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist Stacy T Sims PhD shows you how to be your own biohacker to achieve optimum athletic performance Complete with goal-specific meal plans and nutrient-packed recipes to optimize body composition ROAR contains personalized nutrition advice for all stages of training and recovery Customizable meal plans and strengthening exercises come together in a comprehensive plan to build a rock-solid fitness foundation as you build lean muscle where you need it most strengthen bone and boost power and endurance Because women s physiology changes over time entire chapters are devoted to staying strong and active through pregnancy and menopause No matter what your sport is running cycling field sports triathlons this book will empower you with the nutrition and fitness knowledge you need to be in the healthiest fittest strongest shape of your life
By Henning Mankell. 2016
A stunning and poignant autobiographical look at the myriad experiences that shape a meaningful life, by the bestselling author of… the Kurt Wallander mysteries. In January 2014, Henning Mankell received a diagnosis of lung cancer. Quicksand is a response to this shattering news—but it is not a memoir of destruction. Instead, it is a testament to a life fully lived, a tribute to the extraordinary but fleeting human journey that delivers both boundless opportunity and crucial responsibility. In a series of intimate vignettes, Mankell ranges over rich and varied reflections: of growing up in a small Swedish town, where he experiences a startling revelation on a winter morning as a young boy; of living hand-to-mouth during a summer in Paris as an ambitious young writer; of his work at a theater in Mozambique, where Lysistrata is staged in the midst of civil war; of chance encounters with men and women who changed his understanding of the world. Along the way, Mankell ponders the meaning of a good life, and the critically important ways we can shape the future of humanity if we are fortunate enough to have the choice. Vivid, clear-eyed, and breathtakingly beautiful, Quicksand is an invaluable parting gift from a great man.