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By Lise Bourbeau. 1987
By Sara Quin. 2019
High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, growing… up in the height of grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents' divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's point of view and Sara's, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another. 2019.
By Neil Young, Phil Baker. 2019
Neil Young took on the music industry so that fans could hear his music—all music—the way it was meant to… be heard. Today, most of the music we hear is com-pressed to a fraction of its original sound,while analog masterpieces are turning to dustin record company vaults. As these record-ings disappear, music fans aren’t just losing acollection of notes. We’re losing spaciousness,breadth of the sound field, and the ability tohear and feel a ping of a triangle or a pluckof a guitar string, each with its own reso-nance and harmonics that slowly trail off intosilence. The result is music that is robbed of its original quality—muddy and flat in sound compared to the rich, warm sound artists hear in the studio. It doesn’t have to be this way, but the record and technology companies have incorrectly assumed that most listeners are satisfied with these low-quality tracks. Neil Young is challenging the assault on audio quality—and working to free music lovers from the flat and lifeless status quo. To Feel the Music is the true story of his questto bring high-quality audio back to musiclovers—the most important undertaking ofhis career. It’s an unprecedented look insidethe successes and setbacks of creating thePono player, the fights and negotiationswith record companies to preserve master-pieces for the future, and Neil’s unrelentingdetermination to make musical art availableto everyone. It’s a story that shows how muchmore there is to music than meets the ear. Neil’s efforts to bring quality audio to his fans garnered media attention when his Kickstarter campaign for his Pono player—a revolutionary music player that would combine the highest quality possible with the portability, simplicity and affordability modern listeners crave—became the third-most successful Kickstarter campaign in the website’s history. It had raised more than $6M in pledges in 40 days. Encouraged by the enthusiastic response, Neil still had a long road ahead, and his Pono music player would not have the commercial success he’d imagined. But he remained committed to his mission, and faced with the rise of streaming services that used even lower quality audio, he was determined to rise to the challenge. An eye-opening read for all fans of Neil Young and all fans of great music, as well as readers interesting in going behind the scenes of product creation, To Feel the Music has an inspiring story at its heart: One determined artist with a groundbreaking vision and the absolute refusal to give up, despite setbacks, naysayers, and skeptics.
By Alan Walker. 2018
A comprehensive look at the life and work of Fryderyk Chopin. Based on ten years of research and a vast… cache of primary sources located in archives in Warsaw, Paris, London, New York, and Washington, D.C., this is a corrective work intended to dispel the many myths and legends that continue to surround Chopin, and an intimate look into a dramatic life. Of particular focus are Chopin's childhood and youth in Poland, which are brought into line with the latest scholarly findings; his oftentimes troubled romantic life with George Sand, with whom he lived for nine years; and his untimely death at age thirty-nine, which inspired three thousand people to flock to the Madeleine Church in Paris for his funeral. 2018.
By Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz. 2018
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop… superstardom. Adam "ADROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture. Features a collection of voices reminiscent of your favorite mixtape. Bestseller. 2018.
By Michel Legrand, Stéphane Lerouge. 2013
Michel Legrand est l'un des compositeurs français les plus célèbres au monde. Pour la première fois, il se raconte. Avec… humour, gravité et liberté. Entremêlant présent et passé, il réveille des souvenirs enfouis, des images intimes : l'enfance, la guerre, le Conservatoire, la révolution du be-bop, les débuts chez Philips, la Nouvelle Vague, Hollywood. Au détour du récit, des invités surgissent : Maurice Chevalier, Jacques Brel, Bill Evans, Jacques Demy, Louis Aragon, Françoise Sagan, Steve McQueen, Natalie Dessay... Tous prennent part au destin d'un créateur avide de musique au pluriel, dont l'identité doit autant à Bach, à Stravinski qu'à Dizzy Gillespie. Entre swing, lyrisme et comédie musicale, entrez dans l'univers d'un pulvérisateur de frontières, d'un monstre sacré qui a réussi, selon le mot de Malraux, à être plusieurs dans une même existence. 2013.
By Margarita Engle. 2019
As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If… she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too-the Civil War. Still, Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous as the talented Piano Girl who could play anything from a folk song to a sonata-so famous, in fact, that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House! Yet with the country torn apart by war, could Teresa's music bring comfort to those who needed it most?
By Rachel Tomlinson. 2020
As a parent, you want the best for your child, and one of your greatest hopes is that your child… will grow up to be a good person. So, what makes a good person? Generally, we think about good people as being kind: compassionate, empathetic, generous. However, it seems that, in our fast-paced, individual-driven society, kindness is fading and the pressure on parents to raise socially conscious, empathetic, and caring children can seem overwhelming at times. In Teaching Kids to Be Kind, Rachel Tomlinson draws from her professional experiences to provide 365 inspiring strategies to help children and families practice kindness every day of the year, including daily tips like these: - Taking your child shopping around the holidays to select a new toy to donate to another little boy or girl their age. - Leaving little notes in their lunch box or school bag for them to find. This models unconditional love and consideration for others. - Baking a cake together to teach patience and teamwork and to build on their ability to delay gratification. An essential tool for parents, Teaching Kids to Be Kind will help children develop empathy, regulate their emotions, and improve their general well-being as well as support families in strengthening their overall relationships
By Jim Davies. 2019
We don't think of imagination the way that we should. The word is often only associated with children, artists, and… daydreamers-viewed as something separate from everyday adult life. However, imagination is an integral part of almost every action and decision that we make. Simply put, imagination is a person's ability to create scenarios in his or her head: this can include everything from planning a grocery list to honing a golf swing-and even to having religious hallucinations. And while imagination has positive connotations, it can also lead to more pernicious outcomes, including decreased productivity and cooperation and, much worse, the continuous reliving of past trauma. The human brain is remarkable in its ability to imagine?to create worlds and situations outside of its reality. We can use our imaginations to make us relaxed or anxious, and the most impressive feat of human imagination may be our ability to use it in creative endeavors. Sitting in a chair we can imagine what the world might be and construct elaborate plans. With such power, we have an obligation to use it for good. People have been fascinated with the machination of the human brain and its ability to imagine for centuries, but until now, there have been no popular science books that are dedicated to imagination. With chapters ranging from hallucination and imaginary friends to how imagination can make you happier, Imagination will help us explore the full potential of our own mind
By Raffi. 1998
By Dean Keith Simonton. 2018
What it takes to be a genius: nine essential and contradictory ingredients.What does it take to be a genius? A… high score on an IQ test? Brilliant physicist Richard Feynman's IQ was too low for membership in Mensa. Suffering from varying degrees of mental illness? Creativity is often considered a marker of mental health. Be a child prodigy like Mozart, or a later bloomer like Beethoven? Die tragically young, like Keats, or live to a ripe old age like Goethe? In The Genius Checklist, Dean Keith Simonton examines the key factors in creative genius and finds that they are more than a little contradictory. Simonton, who has studied creativity and genius for more than four decades, draws on both scientific research and stories from the lives of famous creative geniuses that range from Isaac Newton to Vincent van Gogh to Virginia Woolf. He explains the origin of IQ tests and the art of estimating the IQ of long-dead historical figures (John Stuart Mill: 200; Charles Darwin: 160). He compares IQ scores with achieved eminence as measures of genius, and he draws a distinction between artistic and scientific genius. He rules out birth order as a determining factor (in the James family alone, three geniuses at three different birth-order positions: William James, firs-tborn; Henry James, second born; Alice James, born fifth and last); considers Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule; and describes how the "lone" genius gets enmeshed in social networks.Genius, Simonton explains, operates in ways so subtle that they seem contradictory. Genius is born and made, the domain of child prodigies and their elders. Simonton's checklist gives us a new, integrative way to understand geniuses?and perhaps even to nurture your own genius!
By Matthew Walker. 2018
"Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating bookWalker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person… on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you." Bill Gates A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this "stimulating and important book" (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. With two appearances on CBS This Morning and Fresh Air's most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in lifeeating, drinking, and reproducingthe purpose of sleep remains more elusive. Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity. In this "compelling and utterly convincing" (The Sunday Times) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night's sleep every night. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is "recommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense" (The New York Times Book Review).
By Jo Marchant. 2016
Have you ever felt a surge of adrenaline after narrowly avoiding an accident? Salivated at the sight (or thought) of… a sour lemon? Felt turned on just from hearing your partner's voice? If so, then you've experienced how dramatically the workings of your mind can affect your body. Yet while we accept that stress or anxiety can damage our health, the idea of "healing thoughts" was long ago hijacked by New Age gurus and spiritual healers. Recently, however, serious scientists from a range of fields have been uncovering evidence that our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can ease pain, heal wounds, fend off infection and heart disease and even slow the progression of AIDS and some cancers. In Cure, award-winning science writer Jo Marchant travels the world to meet the physicians, patients and researchers on the cutting edge of this new world of medicine. We learn how meditation protects against depression and dementia, how social connections increase life expectancy and how patients who feel cared for recover from surgery faster. We meet Iraq war veterans who are using a virtual arctic world to treat their burns and children whose ADHD is kept under control with half the normal dose of medication. We watch as a transplant patient uses the smell of lavender to calm his hostile immune system and an Olympic runner shaves vital seconds off his time through mind-power alone. Drawing on the very latest research, Marchant explores the vast potential of the mind's ability to heal, lays out its limitations and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives. With clarity and compassion, Cure points the way towards a system of medicine that treats us not simply as bodies but as human beings.
By Brene Brown. 2017
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating… true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK "True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives-experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging. Brown argues that we're experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, "True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts." Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, "The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand."
By Stephen Holmes, Gloria Origgi, Noga Arikha. 2018
A compelling exploration of how reputation affects every aspect of contemporary life Reputation touches almost everything, guiding our behavior and… choices in countless ways. But it is also shrouded in mystery. Why is it so powerful when the criteria by which people and things are defined as good or bad often appear to be arbitrary? Why do we care so much about how others see us that we may even do irrational and harmful things to try to influence their opinion? In this engaging book, Gloria Origgi draws on philosophy, social psychology, sociology, economics, literature, and history to offer an illuminating account of an important yet oddly neglected subject. Origgi examines the influence of the Internet and social media, as well as the countless ranking systems that characterize modern society and contribute to the creation of formal and informal reputations in our social relations, in business, in politics, in academia, and even in wine. She highlights the importance of reputation to the effective functioning of the economy and e-commerce. Origgi also discusses the existential significance of our obsession with reputation, concluding that an awareness of the relationship between our reputation and our actions empowers us to better understand who we are and why we do what we do. Compellingly written and filled with surprising insights, Reputation pins down an elusive subject that affects everyone. Author bio: Gloria Origgi, a Paris-based philosopher, is a senior researcher at the Institut Jean Nicod at the National Center for Scientific Research. Her books include one on trust and another on the future of writing on the Internet. She maintains a blog in English, French, and Italian at gloriaoriggi.blogspot.com.
Le conte, par son côté imaginaire et projectif, rejoint linconscient. En touchant à la fois le cœur et la tête,… il fait appel à toute la sensibilité de la personne et favorise sa transformation. Dans ce recueil de 18 contes, le parent, le thérapeute, léducateur ou tout autre intervenant , verra un bel outil pour amener, via des personnages et des contextes traditionnels propres au conte, lenfant (ou même ladulte, très souvent !) à reconnaître certains mécanismes ou fonctionnements qui lempêchent de satisfaire des besoins fondamentaux et, par le jeu de la métaphore, les pistes visant à laider à sortir de ces comportements insatisfaisants. -- 4e de couv
By Jean-Yves Girard, Claudette Dion. 2017
Ce livre donne la parole à une femme authentique, sereine, pétillante et attachante qui sait son privilège de s'appeler Dion,… tout en portant fièrement son prénom. Avec humour et tendresse, elle révèle ce que c'est que d'être la soeur de... Entre une mère très médiatisée et une petite soeur devenue mégastar, au milieu de treize frères et soeurs, Claudette a su trouver sa place au soleil. 2017.
By Gabrielle Lebeau. 2017
Cette biographie vous invite à la découverte du petit bum de la rue Sanguinet, fasciné par Anthony Quinn et le… docteur Chénier, qui décide à sept ans d'être chanteur. Ces pages vous entraînent sous les néons de la polyvalente Gérard-Filion, où la créativité de l'adolescent se déploie, puis au Patriote, dont il devient le chansonnier attitré à dix-sept ans. A Paris avec ses chansonniers, à Los Angeles et ses couleurs psychédéliques, à Londres et ses Wailers, où le hippie aux cheveux longs vit, intense et libre, au rythme de ses rêves, mais longtemps déchiré entre partir et rester, révolte et amour, poésie et rock. Ce livre est un hymne au " réchappé " du Bas de la ville, au " Ti-Claude " du trucker, au Dubois de tous les Québécois. 2017.
By Dan Bigras. 2017
Avec 'Le Temps des seigneurs', Dan Bigras offre le récit cru, touchant et passionnant de ces vues sur le monde… qui ont fait de lui le porte-parole des oubliés, des brisés. Façonné dans la violence et la douleur, mais aussi dans l'amour, c'est avec tendresse qu'il retrace le fil de son long chemin vers la réconciliation. 2017.