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The Aspirational Investor

by Ashvin B. Chhabra

Why are otherwise smart and competent people such lousy investors? Individual investors give up as much as two-thirds of their potential investment returns in misguided efforts to beat the market--and most don't even realize it.Ashvin B. Chhabra, chief investment officer of one of the world's largest wealth management firms, explains that an important idea has gotten lost amid the relentless pursuit of investment returns. Rather than trying to beat the market, your primary goal should be to construct an investment strategy that creates a solid safety net and enables you to pursue your dreams and aspirations.With no more guarantee of lifelong jobs or pensions, all of us bear the burden of investing wisely. But many of us focus on the wrong set of investment activities, such as identifying the next great start-up or star fund manager, or simply beating a market benchmark. Even the standard framework for investing, modern portfolio theory, offers an incomplete solution. Meanwhile, the grand debates in finance, such as indexing versus active management, prioritize the wrong set of issues.We need a framework that shifts the focus of investment strategy from portfolios and markets to individuals and the objectives that really matter: protection against unexpected financial crises or retirement planning. Whatever matters most to you--paying for your kid's education, starting your own business, endowing your favorite charity, or traveling the world--you need a road map to help you achieve both your essential and aspirational goals.In The Aspirational Investor, Ashvin B. Chhabra outlines a groundbreaking yet intuitive approach to managing wealth, based on the identification of key goals and the careful allocation of resources and risks. The Wealth Allocation Framework will help you connect your investment portfolio with your life's goals, and accommodate the three seemingly incompatible objectives that must underpin every sound wealth management strategy: the need for financial security in the face of unknowable risks, the desire to maintain current living standards despite inflation, and the opportunity for life-changing wealth creation.Chhabra's pioneering work illuminates some surprising facts about how people get very wealthy, and reinterprets the success formulas of investing greats such as Warren Buffett and David Swensen. Chhabra also offers a novel perspective: If the markets don't really care about you, as surely they do not, then why should you spend all your time and effort trying to beat them?Raising the bar for what we should expect from our investment portfolios--and from our investment advisors--The Aspirational Investor is a thoughtful, practical guide for any investor, regardless of income or wealth level.

The Sweet Spot

by Stephanie Evanovich

From New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich comes another rollicking, sexy story of just how far a couple will go to find true love--and keep it sizzling!When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets restaurateur Amanda Cole, it's love at first sight. But while Amanda can't help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god build, he doesn't have a chance of getting to first--or any other--base with her. A successful entrepreneur who's built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn't need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. But Chase has charm and heart, as well as hunky good looks, and he isn't about to strike out in this courtship. His hopes rally when Amanda discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pregame rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on--and into his number one fan.Then a tabloid and a hidden camera threaten to turn the love of a lifetime into just another late-night punch line. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase's stardom force them to call it quits?

Challenger Deep

by Neal Shusterman Brendan Shusterman

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images.Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.Caden Bosch is torn. Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today's most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep "a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."

Destiny's Captive

by Beverly Jenkins

In national bestselling author Beverly Jenkins' Destiny series, the Yates men play hard and live hard. And when they find that special woman, they fall hard . . .Noah Yates fully believes in the joys of a happy family and a good wife. But that's not the life for him. No, he would much rather sail the wild seas in search of adventure, not tied down. But then the unthinkable happens . . . he finds himself literally tied down. To a bed. By a woman.And Pilar isn't just an ordinary woman. She's descended from pirates. And after giving him one of the worst nights of his life, she steals his ship! Now Noah is on the hunt, and he'll stop at nothing to find this extraordinary woman . . . and make her his.

Fodor's Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada, including rich Celtic and Acadian culture, gorgeous hikes, and rugged coastal beauty. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Halifax to the Bay of Fundy PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes USEFUL FEATURES on seafood, walking tours, and history VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts Maps and color photos to guide and inspire your tripgion. SPECIAL FEATURES: The revised Experience chapter includes features on Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada today, and how visitors can make the most of the various provinces when traveling with kids. Throughout the guide, fun boxes cover topics such as local dialects, surfing, seafood, and the legacy of Anne of Green Gables. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Planners and road-trip itineraries for every chapter help travelers make the most of their time in this vast area with so much to see, while a handy French vocabulary guide makes ordering those unmissable Canadian langoustines simple and easy, no matter where you are. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of the national parks of the West, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion, and Rocky Mountain. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Old Faithful to Crater Lake PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on geysers and rafting the Colorado VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Rich full-color features help travelers make the most of top experiences, from white-water rafting on the Colorado River and understanding Yellowstone's geothermal features to choosing a historic lodge and stargazing. The illustrated field guides to wildlife and geology make identification a snap. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: A must for summer travel, this book is not only indispensible on the ground; it also makes choosing a park simple. Thirty-six western U.S. national parks and two Canadian parks are divided by state in the What's Where section so it's easy to decide which parks to see together. The Best of the National Parks section breaks down the parks by themes, such as parks for day trippers, for spotting wildlife, and for inspiration. The Outdoor Adventures section lists the best parks for hiking, rafting, rock climbing, and camping. Everything needed to plan a visit is here, from information on discount park passes and what to pack to tips for families and photographers. Each park has a convenient overview with highlights and practical advice for getting around, plus information on activities, dining, and lodging in and around the park. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's National Park of the West offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help park visitors make the most of their trip. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to activities, while "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable park insights. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Venice

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Venice, including the Basilica San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, the Gallerie dell'Accademia, and top events. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from the Giudecca to the Lido PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on food and the Grand Canal VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your tripand recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ADDED VALUE PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map of Venice gives travelers essential information about top attractions and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Prague

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Prague, including the city's baroque Old Town Square, historic Jewish Quarter, towering St. Vitus Cathedral, and lively pubs. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Prague Castle to the Vltava River PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on the Charles Bridge and beer culture VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your triptions, from St. Vitus's Cathedral to Old Town Square, are highlighted with full-color photos. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Top Experiences and Top Attractions features help travelers prioritize their trips; the Great Itineraries feature gives a platform for vacation plans; and the city walk, covering Old Town's greatest hits, gives readers a tool for sightseeing on the ground. Best bets charts for restaurants and hotels; easy-to-read color regional maps; and tips for attending concerts or booking tours provide more useful at-a-glance travel resources. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Prague offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Barcelona

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Barcelona, including the medieval Gothic Quarter, Barceloneta's beach life, and Gaudí's distinctive architecture. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from the Boqueria market to Park Güell PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on Spanish wine and the Sagrada Família VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip walk that connects several major monuments. A seven-page illustrated feature on Spanish wine gives travelers a primer on great sips. Spotlights throughout the guide featuring tapas, wine bars, and the city's best beaches give travelers an unparalleled sense of Barcelona. Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Tips on when to visit each neighborhood and the city's major monuments, how and where to order the best Spanish wine, and which beaches are best for sunbathing versus surfing all help our readers navigate the city. City walk leads travelers from the well-trafficked Rambla to the little gourmet counter of Quim de la Boqueria. Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's Barcelona offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. Pullout Map: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions, walking tours, and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Germany

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Germany, including Berlin's hippest neighborhoods, Munich's famous beer gardens, and great scenic drives and wineries. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Bavaria to the Rhineland PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on Oktoberfest and castles VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your tripop varieties by region, so travelers know what and where to sip. Themed spotlights on the regions' foods, markets, and history help readers get delve deeper into German culture. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Fodor's Germany makes trip planning easy with Top Attractions, Top Experiences, Great Itineraries, and a map with travel times by train. There are also short one-to-two day scenic drives, bike rides, and river cruises. Each chapter also has a helpful planning section with a color orientation map. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Germany offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Scotland

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Scotland, including Edinburgh's Royal Mile and famous festivals, Glasgow's museums and shops, and lakes from Loch Lomond to Loch Ness. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from St. Andrews to the Isle of Skye PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes USEFUL FEATURES on castles, whisky, and golf VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts maps and COLOR PHOTOS to guide and inspire your tripxes in regional chapters with many distilleries offer comparisons of the experiences at key stops so time-pressed travelers can choose well. NEW COLOR SECTION: An 8-page color insert at the start of the guide contains a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Scotland. SPECIAL FEATURES: Selected features focus on helping travelers experience the essence of Scotland, including choosing the best castles to see, planning a whisky distillery visit, and discovering great local fare in the cities or countryside. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Features such as Top Experiences (in the NEW color insert), Great Itineraries, and best bets for hotels and restaurants in Edinburgh and Glasgow make planning simple; "If You Like" in Experience Scotland highlights where to find the best of eight top Scottish experiences from festivals to island havens. Convenient chapter overviews present each region and its highlights, and chapter planning sections have expert advice for making the most of your time. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Scotland offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Toronto

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Toronto, including superb museums and art galleries, outstanding global cuisine, and the edgy spirit of Queen West. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from the CN Tower to Casa Loma PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes USEFUL FEATURES on local festivals and family fun VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your tripided for every neighborhood, give practical advice on traveling around Toronto and when to go to each region. Best bets charts for restaurants and hotels; easy-to-read color maps; and a calendar of Toronto's top festivals give readers more tools to plan their visit. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Toronto offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Turkey

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Turkey, including Istanbul's bazaars and mosques, Cappadocia's underground cities, and superb Mediterranean beaches. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from the Blue Mosque to Ephesus PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on Topkapı Palace and Turkish cuisine VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip easy using Top Attractions, Top Experiences, and Great Itineraries. Convenient overviews show each region and its highlights, and chapter planning sections have savvy advice for making the most of your time and for getting around Istanbul and the rest of the country. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Turkey offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Colorado

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Colorado, including majestic Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver's cultural riches, and the mountain resort towns of Aspen and Vail. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Boulder to Mesa Verde PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes Useful FEATURES on food, hiking, and wildlife VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts MAPS and Color photos to guide and inspire your tripnew photo-rich section on Colorado's varied wildlife, as well as features on Colorado's top outdoor adventures and its ever-changing culinary trends. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Top Attractions and Great Itineraries make it easy to plan a vacation to Colorado. A mountain-finder chart and guide helps travelers pick the right ski slope. This guide also has useful tips for outdoor enthusiasts who are seeking the best hiking, biking, rafting, and fishing excursions that the state has to offer. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Colorado offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ADDED-VALUE PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along Colorado map provides added value. This essential road-trip tool includes inset maps for Denver and Rocky Mountain Park, so visitors can travel with confidence. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

by Dacher Keltner

"A landmark book in the science of emotions and its implications for ethics and human universals."--Library Journal, starred review In this startling study of human emotion, Dacher Keltner investigates an unanswered question of human evolution: If humans are hardwired to lead lives that are "nasty, brutish, and short," why have we evolved with positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and cooperative societies? Illustrated with more than fifty photographs of human emotions, Born to Be Good takes us on a journey through scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy. Positive emotions, Keltner finds, lie at the core of human nature and shape our everyday behavior--and they just may be the key to understanding how we can live our lives better.

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

by Neil Degrasse Tyson

The New York Times bestseller: "You gotta read this. It is the most exciting book about Pluto you will ever read in your life." --Jon Stewart When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on page one, "Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York." Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto's planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning author and director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto's demotion, and consequently Plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third-graders. With his inimitable wit, Tyson delivers a minihistory of planets, describes the oversized characters of the people who study them, and recounts how America's favorite planet was ousted from the cosmic hub.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

by Daniyal Mueenuddin

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction: a major literary debut that explores class, culture, power, and desire among the ruling and servant classes of Pakistan. Passing from the mannered drawing rooms of Pakistan's cities to the harsh mud villages beyond, Daniyal Mueenuddin's linked stories describe the interwoven lives of an aging feudal landowner, his servants and managers, and his extended family, industrialists who have lost touch with the land. In the spirit of Joyce's Dubliners and Turgenev's A Sportsman's Sketches, these stories comprehensively illuminate a world, describing members of parliament and farm workers, Islamabad society girls and desperate servant women. A hard-driven politician at the height of his powers falls critically ill and seeks to perpetuate his legacy; a girl from a declining Lahori family becomes a wealthy relative's mistress, thinking there will be no cost; an electrician confronts a violent assailant in order to protect his most valuable possession; a maidservant who advances herself through sexual favors unexpectedly falls in love. Together the stories in In Other Rooms, Other Wonders make up a vivid portrait of feudal Pakistan, describing the advantages and constraints of social station, the dissolution of old ways, and the shock of change. Refined, sensuous, by turn humorous, elegiac, and tragic, Mueenuddin evokes the complexities of the Pakistani feudal order as it is undermined and transformed.

The Millionaires: A Novel

by Inman Majors

A brilliant novel of new money and old manners, crossing The Great Gatsby with the spirit of Tom Wolfe. Meet the Cole brothers, charismatic country boys with more money than God--half moonshine and half martini. Roland, the younger, is running for governor of Tennessee, while J.T. maneuvers to bring a full-fledged world's fair to the small city of Glennville. All that stands between them and grander ambitions is an investigation into how their bank made all that money so damn fast.

In the Yucatan: A Novel

by Earl Shorris

In this stark, unsettling novel, set in a Mexican prison, present-day events resonate with the ancient history and wisdom of the Maya. Graham Greene meets Carlos Castaneda. In the central Yucatan a group of Maya Indian workers revolt against the corrupt oligarchy of government, business, the official union, and the press. Two young men--a traditional Maya leader and a Mexican-American lawyer--are drawn into ever deeper commitment to the struggle. When they are caught in a trap and thrown into jail, the lawyer declares a hunger strike. The story of the Maya workers, and of their village, is narrated in a series of vivid flashbacks that alternate with the grim deprivations and interrogations in the prison. Day by day, the young lawyer approaches death, and in his discussions with his friend and cell mate, there emerge two different definitions of love, loyalty, and courage, each man's version determined by the culture from which he springs. One of the chief delights of this rich, intense storytelling is the introduction it provides to the Maya understanding of time, medicine, and proper behavior. Although everything that happens in the novel could have appeared in the latest news stories out of Mexico, nothing happens quite as expected, and the startling conclusion could only have taken place in the Yucatan.

The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center

by Charles R. Morris

"Insightful and filled with verve...electrifying."--Wall Street Journal Hailed as "an astute book of enormous importance" (Sherwin Nuland), The Surgeons follows the team at one of the world's premier cardiac surgery and transplant centers. Given unprecedented access, Charles R. Morris recounts in thrilling detail a late-night against-the-clock "harvest run" to secure a precious transplantable organ, the heartbreaking story of a child's failed transplant, and more. Along the way, Morris reflects on how doctors really think, rising health care costs, and the future of health care in America.

From Axons to Identity: Neurological Explorations of the Nature of the Self (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

by Todd E. Feinberg

A leading neuroscientist offers an intriguing scientific journey to understanding the neurobiology of the self. What can dementia, delusions, and other neurological disorders teach us about how the brain creates personal identity and a unified sense of self? Here, a leading neurobiologist offers an intriguing scientific approach to understanding the neurobiology of the self. Drawing on both the latest neuroscientific research, as well as the author's decades of experience with neurological patients, From Axons to Identity examines the link between brain and identity in fascinating new ways. Dr. Feinberg presents case studies of individuals with brain pathologies and unusual psychiatric syndromes that cause them to deny parts of their bodies or believe in the presence of mysterious imposters or imaginary friends, and then presents a groundbreaking new theory of these conditions that relates them to the normal course of psychological development. By examining what goes wrong in individuals with these conditions, Dr. Feinberg presents an engaging new theory with far-reaching implications for the link between brain and identity. From Axons to Identity proposes a new view of the processes of the brain and the self that is unique and revelatory.

Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths

by Robin Waterfield

A revisionist account of the most famous trial and execution in Western civilization--one with great resonance for American society today. Socrates' trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. In 399 BCE, the great philosopher stood before an Athenian jury on serious charges: impiety and "subverting the young men of the city." The picture we have of it--created by his immediate followers, Plato and Xenophon, and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since--is of a noble man putting his lips to the poisonous cup of hemlock, sentenced to death in a fit of folly by an ancient Athenian democracy already fighting for its own life. But an icon, an image, is not reality, and time has transmuted so many of the facts into historical fable. Aware of these myths, Robin Waterfield has examined the actual Greek sources and presents here a new Socrates, in which he separates the legend from the man himself. As Waterfield recounts the story, the charges of impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens were already enough for a death sentence, but the prosecutors accused him of more. They asserted that Socrates was not just an atheist and the guru of a weird sect but also an elitist who surrounded himself with politically undesirable characters and had mentored those responsible for defeat in the Peloponnesian War. Their claims were not without substance, for Plato and Xenophon, among Socrates' closest companions, had idolized him as students, while Alcibiades, the hawkish and notoriously self-serving general, had brought Athens to the brink of military disaster. In fact, as Waterfield perceptively shows through an engrossing historical narrative, there was a great deal of truth, from an Athenian perspective, in these charges. The trial was, in part, a response to troubled times--Athens was reeling from a catastrophic war and undergoing turbulent social changes--and Socrates' companions were unfortunately direct representatives of these troubles. Their words and actions, judiciously sifted and placed in proper context, not only serve to portray Socrates as a flesh-and-blood historical figure but also provide a good lens through which to explore both the trial and the general history of the period. Ultimately, the study of these events and principal figures allows us to finally strip away the veneer that has for so long denied us glimpses of the real Socrates. Why Socrates Died is an illuminating, authoritative account of not only one of the defining periods of Western civilization but also of one of its most defining figures.

What Do You Want from Me?: Learning to Get Along with In-Laws

by Terri Apter

Breaking new ground in family psychology, an exploration of the intricacy, friction, and love in the bonds between in-laws. When we marry, we believe the bond is between only two individuals. Few of us realize the power that inlaws will exert over our lives. But the in-laws we acquire when we marry affect our quality of life--our marriage, family, personal comfort, and long-term well-being--for better or worse. What Do You Want From Me? takes a fresh look at the age-old problem of managing conflict with in-laws, offering practical help for dealing with problems that are both immediate ("How do I deal with my in-laws now?") and strategic ("How can I change the nature of my in-laws' demands?"). Terri Apter, a psychologist whose books on family dynamics have received international acclaim, draws on nearly two decades of psychological research to pinpoint the sources of tension between in-laws and explore the ways in which we can build healthy relationships with the in-laws in our lives.

Unreliable Memoirs

by Clive James

A best-selling classic around the world, Clive James's hilarious memoir has long been unavailable in the United States. Before James Frey famously fabricated his memoir, Clive James wrote a refreshingly candid book that made no claims to be accurate, precise, or entirely truthful, only to entertain. In an exercise of literary exorcism, James set out to put his childhood in Australia behind him by rendering it as part novel, part memoir. Now, nearly thirty years after it first came out in England, Unreliable Memoirs is again available to American readers and sure to attract a whole new generation that has, through his essays and poetry, come to love James's inimitable voice.

I Loved a Rogue

by Katharine Ashe

In the third in Katharine Ashe's Prince Catchers series, the eldest of three very different sisters must fulfill a prophecy to discover their birthright. But if Eleanor is destined to marry a prince, why can't she resist the scoundrel who seduced her?She can pour tea, manage a household, and sew a modest gown. In short, Eleanor Caulfield is the perfect vicar's daughter. Yet there was a time when she'd risked everything for a black-eyed gypsy who left her brokenhearted. Now he stands before her--dark, virile, and ready to escort her on a journey to find the truth about her heritage.Leaving eleven years ago should have given Taliesin freedom. Instead he's returned to Eleanor, determined to have her all to himself, tempting her with kisses and promising her a passion she's so long denied herself. But if he was infatuated before, he's utterly unprepared for what will happen when Eleanor decides to abandon convention--and truly live . . .

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