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In 1577, the Jesuit Priest Matteo Ricci set out from Italy to bring Christian faith and Western thought to Ming dynasty China. To capture the complex emotional and religious drama of Ricci's extraordinary life, Jonathan Spence relates his subject's experiences with several images that Ricci himself created--four images derived from the events in the bible and others from a book on the art of memory that Ricci wrote in Chinese and circulated among members of the Ming dynasty elite. A rich and compelling narrative about a remarkable life, The Memory Palace Of Matteo Ricci is also a significant work of global history, juxtaposing the world of Counter-Reformation Europe with that of Ming China.
Ever forget where you put your car keys? Or forget a name five seconds after meeting someone? Forgetting is normal but not inevitable. Now, Scott Hagwood's Memory Power provides the solution. His amazingly easy-to-master guide shows you how to develop a great memory, no matter how weak you think yours is. Scott was just an average guy with a below-average memory who nevertheless went on to become a four-time National Memory Champion. The brain changes physically as memory skills improve, as Scott Hagwood knows firsthand. His astonishing transformation from mediocre student to international memory champion led Wake Forest Medical Center to perform brain scan tests on him with amazing results. The tests showed how certain memory exercises actually change your brain to make remembering easier and more efficient. Hagwood shares the secrets that unleash this inner genius within us all -- everything from remembering car keys to training the mind to juggle multiple bits of information at the same time, thus improving practical and creative ability. At age thirty-six, Hagwood developed thyroid cancer and was warned that severe radiation therapy might cause memory loss. He soon learned that simple, daily memory exercises could restore and even boost his ability to remember faces, numbers, and text. Complete with tips on keeping a memory journal, Memory Power uses techniques of sight, sound, smell, color, conversation, face recognition, and more to sharpen memory association and information retrieval. Through step-by-step instruction you'll learn the basics: how to connect items together in your memory banks; how much to absorb before a review needs to take place; how to relieve the pressure of remembering facts in social situations. Students who encounter endless facts to memorize, professionals who make presentations, salespeople who need to put names to faces -- all require the asset of a strong memory. Luckily, as Hagwood proves, memory is a muscle and needs only a little stretching to produce powerful results. You will discover the truth that an astonishing memory can be learned and is not reserved for the few gifted at birth.
Poldarn went home and felt his life would come back together again but it did not. Betrayals by friends and enemies alike occur in this final book of the trilogy, things must come together, perhaps?
In Emily Colin's exquisite debut novel, perfect for the fans of Kristin Hannah, one man's vow to his wife sparks a remarkable journey that tests the pull of memory and reaffirms the bonds of love. Before Madeleine Kimble's mountaineer husband, Aidan, climbs Mount McKinley's south face, he makes her a solemn vow: I will come back to you. But late one night, Maddie gets the devastating news that Aidan has died in an avalanche, leaving her to care for their son--a small boy with a very big secret. The call comes from J.C., Aidan's best friend and fellow climber, whose grief is seasoned with survivor's guilt . . . and something more. J.C. has loved Maddie for years, but he never wanted his chance with her to come at so terrible a cost. Across the country, Nicholas Sullivan wakes from a motorcycle crash with his memory wiped clean. Yet his dreams are haunted by visions of a mysterious woman and a young boy, neither of whom he has ever met. Convinced that these strangers hold the answers he seeks, Nicholas leaves everything behind to find them. What he discovers will require a leap of faith that will change all of their lives forever. "Dazzlingly original and as haunting as a dream, Emily Colin's mesmerizing debut explores the way memory, love, and great loss bind our lives together in ways we might never expect. From its audacious opening to its knockout last pages, I was enthralled."--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You"In The Memory Thief, love itself is a character, able to transcend all natural boundaries to find its way home, or learn to let go. Emily Colin writes about loss with heartbreaking conviction, and yet there is a knowing sweetness at the core of this richly emotional tale. Here is a lovely, self-assured debut from a writer to watch."--Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of A Grown-Up Kind of PrettyFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Intellectual historian Michael S. Roth has spent more than two decades exploring the way we make meaning out of the past. This collection features his most influential essays, in which he uses psychoanalysis to build a richer understanding of history, and then takes a more expansive conception of history to decode the cultural construction of memory. His collection consists of five sections. The first examines the development in nineteenth-century France of professional criteria for diagnosing memory disorders--criteria that signal fundamental changes in the understanding of present and past. The second section explores links between historical consciousness and issues relating to the psyche, including trauma and repression and hypnosis and therapy. Roth next examines the work of postmodern theorists in light of the philosophy of history. Then he considers photography and its capturing of traces of the past, which propose connection while acknowledging otherness. Roth focuses on piety and how it turns us to the past, or how we strive to be faithful to the past without necessarily getting it right or using it well. Roth concludes with essays on the promises and risks of liberal education, calling for a pragmatic and reflexive approach to thinking and learning. Drawing on his vast experiences as a teacher and academic leader, Roth speaks of living with the past without being dominated by it and of remaining open to the possibility of sharing our lives with others.
Winner of the 2010 Story Prize, Memory Wall is the acclaimed collection of stories from Anthony Doerr.
A classic Western romance from beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller.<P> In the wilderness of 1880s Oregon, beautiful Tess Bishop was captivated by the most fascinating stranger ever to drift into her small lumber town--a man as handsome and cultured as he was mysterious.<P> Soon she discovered he was really Keith Corbin--torn by a terrible grief, fleeing his memories and the rich privilege of his former life. Bravely, Tess helped him hide his identity, and willingly, she joined him on his flight. She vowed to make him forget the sorrow that kept him on the run...and free his soul at last for the sweet fullness of her love!
This book examines why only one in four men in battle seem to fire their guns, and offers means by which the number of active soldiers can be increased.
Jonathan Lethem's new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new readers--nine fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles, as Lethem samples high and low culture to create fictional worlds that are utterly original. Longtime readers will recognize echoes of Lethem's novels in all these pieces--narrators who can't stop babbling, hapless would-be detectives, people with unusual powers that do them no good, hot-blooded academics, and characters whose clever repartee masks lovelorn desperation as they negotiate both the stumbling path of romance and the bittersweet obligations of friendship. Among them: "The Vision" is a story about drunken neighborhood parlor games, boys who dress up as superheroes, and the perils of snide curiosity. "Access Fantasy" is part social satire, part weird detective story. Evoking Lethem's earliest work, it conjures up a world divided between people who have apartments and people trapped in an endless traffic jam behind The One-Way Permeable Barrier. "The Spray" is a simple story about how people in love deal with their past. A magical spray is involved. "Vivian Relf" is a tour de force about loss. A man meets a woman at a party; they're sure they've met before, but they haven't. As the years progress this strangely haunting encounter comes to define the narrator's life. "The Dystopianist, Thinking of His Rival, Is Interrupted by a Knock on the Door" is a Borgesian tale that features suicidal sheep. (This story won a Pushcart Prize when first published inConjunctions. ) "Super Goat Man" is a savagely funny exposé of the failures of the sixties baby boomers, and of their children. Sparkling with the off-beat humor and subtle insights,Men and Cartoonsis a welcome addition to the shelf of the writer "whose bold imagination and sheer love of words defy all forms and expectations and place him among his country's foremost novelists. " --Salon
When Hannah Legare was 11, her father went on a fishing trip in the Charleston harbor and never came back. And while most of the town and her family accepted Buzz's disappearance, Hannah remained steadfastly convinced of his imminent return. Twenty years later Hannah's new life in San Francisco is unraveling. Her marriage is on the rocks, her business is bankrupt. After a disastrous attempt to win back her husband, she ends up back at her mother's home to "rest up", where she is once again sucked into the mystery of her missing father. Suspecting that those closest are keeping secrets--including Palmer, her emotionally closed, well-mannered brother and Warren, the beautiful boyfriend she left behind--Hannah sets out on an uproarious, dangerous quest that will test the whole family's concepts of loyalty and faith.
Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in: they forgot they were from different planets. Based on years of successful counseling of couples and individuals, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus has helped millions of couples transform their relationships. Now viewed as a modern classic, this phenomenal book has helped men and women realize how different they really are and how to communicate their needs in such a way that conflict doesn't arise and intimacy is given every chance to grow.
The authors, a husband and wife team, invite couples to join them on a journey of laughter and discovery of the unique gifts God has given to each gender. Find practical ideas for honoring each other and help to solve the long-standing fights that many marriages experience. Find out why men are like waffles and why they still go well with the women who are like spaghetti.
A Young Dwarf's Dream Corporal Carrot has been promoted! He's now in charge of the new recruits guarding Ankh-Morpork, Discworld's greatest city, from Barbarian Tribes, Miscellaneous Marauders, unlicensed Thieves, and such. It's a big job, particularly for an adopted dwarf. But an even bigger job awaits. An ancient document has just revealed that Ankh-Morpork, ruled for decades by Disorganized crime, has a secret sovereign! And his name is Carrott... And so begins the most awesome epic encounter of all time, or at least all afternoon, in which the fate of a city--indeed of the universe itself!--depends on a young man's courage, an ancient sword's magic, and a three-legged poodle's bladder.
Published to the accolades of critics and sportswriters and the raves of thousands of readers everywhere, this phenomenal coast-to-coast bestseller is an incisive, intelligent and always fascinating analysis of America's favorite pastime. Will gives a unique look at this intricate sport, including in-depth profiles of Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripkin, Jr., Tony LaRussa, and Orel Hershiser.
In Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit takes on the conversations between men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't. The ultimate problem, she shows in her comic, scathing essay, is female self-doubt and the silencing of women.Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of fourteen books about civil society, popular power, uprisings, art, environment, place, pleasure, politics, hope, and memory, most recently The Faraway Nearby, a book on empathy and storytelling. She is a Harper's Magazine contributing editor.
Textbook in military history traces the development of warfare and relates it to the development of Western society. This edition (fourth, 1979) revises previous editions and updates the text to 1990.
The truth may be out there--but sometimes it comes too close for comfort. That's when the men and women of a supersecret organization swing into action. Their job is to monitor the Earth for alien infestation--and send them back where they come from. Be warned: The less you know, the better. This is their story. The Grazer Conspiracy. The scum of the universe had been asked specially. Imagine being really, really mad. Imagine deciding to blow up the host of that party--in this case, Earth. Thousands of alien warships are massing above the planet right now for just that reason. Someone on Earth asked the Grazers--the most hated aliens in the galaxy--to dinner. As if the threat of annihilation wasn't enough for Agents Jay and Elle to deal with, the Grazers are big, dumb, and very hungry, and they're stripping the entire planet of grass and trees. But the worst is yet to come. For Jay and Elle are determined to find out who invited these alien parasites to Earth in the first place... and the trail leads straight to MiB. Who at MiB would want to betray the organization--and all of humankind? And even more troubling, why? This time the truth isn't out there someplace. It's so close that Jay and Elle may not see it until it's too late. And by then, Earth just might be one big, empty salad bar.
By citing examples of previous rulings by the Supreme Court; pointing at certain judges and justices; uncovering scandals; and criticizing the supreme court's Liberal/Democratic attitude for abortion, the Pledge of Allegiance, and several more issues including homosexual marriages, "Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America" explicitly points out areas where the Court needs improvement, from a conservative's standpoint.
W. E. B. Griffin's bestselling series, THE CORPS and BROTHERHOOD OF WAR, have captured the pride and glory of the military community. Now he reveals a city police force with the same unique blend of realism, drama, and action. Here are the brave men and women behind the badge as you've never seen them before--their hopes and fears, their courage and heroism, sparked by a single, shocking event: the killing of a cop in the line of duty. .
Take a walk on the wild side with three hot cops who lay down the law--and make women's most sensual fantasies come true. . ."The Hard Way" by Devyn Quinn How to nab a thug? Try his girlfriend--it's a good thing that Mara Luce is drop-dead gorgeous. Undercover officer Drew Hardage has a plan that starts with Mara's seduction and goes all the way to erotic ecstasy. . . "Saturday Night Special" by Myla Jackson Honolulu police officer Mano Kekehuna goes undercover to find a deadly temptress who's seducing male strippers--and gets down to a G-string and nothing else. Show me! Rachel Grant can't take her eyes off his hot, sleek body. Just one jolt of the explosive after-hours passion between them has her screaming for more. . ."Cuffed Heat" by Delta Dupree To protect and to serve. Supercop Thaine McDuff is ready to do both for his beautiful fellow officer Raegan Crosby. He's tough as they come and hotter than sin. And Thaine can take her to the ultimate climax and beyond. . .
At a mystery conference in Manchester, Katie Williams makes her move on a burly Scotsman...and winds up falling in love before the night is over...
This collection of men's sweater projects presents classic designs and trendy fashion-forward pieces, forgoing the stereotypical Mr. Rogers and Bill Cosby variety of sweater. Offering tips for overcoming men's reluctance to wear sweaters, this book provides the tools needed for making the right choices in fit, color, texture, and style to create beautiful, masculine knitted sweaters. Explored are how to understand his personal style and which colors and textures flatter particular physiques so that the sweater will be both enjoyable to knit and a favorite to wear. Patterns for Arans, Argyle, basket case, and cable rib are included for knitting cardigans, pullovers, V-necks, vests, and accessories such as scarves and gloves. Although intended for men, these sweaters have great unisex appeal and were developed for both new and seasoned knitters.
Friday uses examples of men's fantasies to reveal a conflict of love and rage at the core of men's emotions.
Vivian Gornick, one of our finest critics, tackled the theme of love and marriage in her last collection of essays, The End of the Novel of Love,a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In this new collection, she turns her attention to another large theme in literature: the struggle for the semblance of inner freedom. Great literature, she believes, is not the record of the achievement, but of the effort. Gornick, who emerged as a major writer during the second-wave feminist movement, came to realize that "ideology alone could not purge one of the pathological self-doubt that seemed every woman's bitter birthright." Or, as Anton Chekhov put it so memorably: "Others made me a slave, but I must squeeze the slave out of myself, drop by drop." Perhaps surprisingly, Gornick found particular inspiration for this challenge in the work of male writers--talented, but locked in perpetual rage, self-doubt, or social exile. From these men--who had infinitely more permission to do and be than women had ever known--she learned what it really meant to wrestle with demons. In the essays collected here, she explores the work of V. S. Naipaul, James Baldwin, George Gissing, Randall Jarrell, H. G. Wells, Loren Eiseley, Allen Ginsberg, Hayden Carruth, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth. Throughout the book, Gornick is at her best: interpreting the intimate interrelationship of emotional damage, social history, and great literature. Praise for The End of the Novel of Love:"[Gornick] is fearless.... Reading her essays, one is reassured that the conversation between life and literature is mutually sustaining as well as mutually corrective." --Elizabeth Frank, New York Times Book Review "Reading [Gornick] is a thrilling, invigorating, challenging experience." --Barbara Fisher, Boston Sunday Globe "Vivian Gornick's prose is so penetrating that reading it can be almost painful.... [This book] stands out as a model of luminous clarity." --Susie Linfield, Los Angeles Times Praise for The Solitude of the Self:"I love writers who treat thinking as a dynamic process. Ms. Gornick does--here and in all her books. Imagine a photographer of the psyche. She studies her subject from all angles. Whether in close-up or on a landscape crowded with political and religious movements, she explores the public and private selves.... What a potent book this is!" --Margo Jefferson, New York Times A Boston Review Book
This book contains a novella as well as several short stories by the prominent Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani.