Monday, May 29, 2017

All the Birds in the Sky

Charlie Jane Anders 
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The novel was generally well received by critics. It won the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 2017 IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award; it was also a 2017 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel finalist and was nominated for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go war as the world from tearing itself. To further complicate things, each of the groups’ most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering “wunderkind”) may just be in love with each other.

As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.

In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

旅行與讀書

詹宏志
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讀不一樣的書、走不一樣的路   

這本書裡有:被一本托斯卡尼食譜指南引路的攤牌考驗;有盡信書而驚險萬分的瑞士登山行;有念誦著魯拜集的哲思高明的印度商人;有被旅行社誆騙卻皆大歡喜的廚房體驗;有南非草叢中充滿生命體驗的薩伐旅;有爆炸後讓旅人一路矛盾的峇里島行;有阿拉斯加天地獨行般的行跡;有土耳其街攤羊頭的滋味;也有京都東京夢幻美食的紀行……30年來台灣最勇於作夢文化人詹宏志,與你分享他私密的旅行與思考。

《旅行與讀書》並不是充滿智慧形象的詹宏志作讀者的旅行提案,而是他用作家朱天文推崇的明朗文字 (「詹宏志是當代極少數能寫明朗文章的人之一。明朗的魅力。絕不抽象,將複雜的來龍去脈說得有趣、帥勁,令人神往。 」),將他在旅行中的挫折或驚喜、決定與徬徨一一紀錄下來。

全書中,詹宏志除了展現他那百科全書般的知識配備與無線電望遠鏡似的敏銳觸角,更多時候,他像是熱情洋溢的說書人,急切地把異鄉的不同說給身邊的人聽,每個光景和人物都沾染他對未知世界少年般的好奇,聽眾們除了身歷其境感受那新鮮的景象,也得以窺見這位穿梭文化與商界的「台灣第一才子」勇敢闖蕩各界、源源不絕的熱情來源。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American CityWINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION

In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

為了活下去 : 脫北女孩朴研美 (In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom)

朴研美 (Yeonmi Park) 著
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In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom 一個長於北韓黑市世代的女孩,歷經苦難終於逃離家鄉, 卻在人口販子的掌控下,度過兩年生不如死的歲月。
這是一則為了活下去的故事。

在黑暗的隧道裡看到微光/阿潑
在見到真正的脫北者之前,我讀了不少北韓相關的書,幾乎如出一轍地,會談論金氏領導人的權威,談到洗腦教育,談到飢餓,談到各種不堪,還有逃亡。或許因為如此,當那個清瘦束著頭髮的女孩說著自己的故事時,我有些心不在焉,因為我知道她簡短的談話裡會出現的詞彙、句子,也約莫猜得到逃亡路線:進中國,往中南半島逃,再到南韓。在這種南北韓交界區旅行,脫北者的故事分享與北韓罪惡的介紹影片,絕對是套裝行程之一,短短十分鐘,滿足大家獵奇的眼光 ......《為了活下去》作者朴研美或許是極少數願意以真名,且站在大眾面前訴說經歷的人。逃到南韓後,為了尋找姐姐,她上了電視,而後,到國外演講分享,被北韓當局視為眼中釘,公開抨擊她,並對付她在北韓的親人。但朴研美無所畏懼......

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lean In for Graduates

Sheryl Sandberg
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Lean In for GraduatesThe #1 best seller, expanded and updated exclusively for graduates entering the workforce

This extraordinary edition of Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B, with Adam Grant, includes a letter to graduates from Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job; résumé writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating your salary; listening to your inner voice; owning who you are; and leaning in for millennial men.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

做自己的生命設計師 : 史丹佛最夯的生涯規畫課, 用「設計思考」重擬問題, 打造全新生命藍圖 (Designing Your Life)

比爾・柏內特 (Bill Burnett) , 戴夫・埃文斯 (Dave Evans)
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Designing Your Life本書作者比爾‧柏內特(Bill Burnett)與戴夫‧埃文斯(Dave Evans)讓我們瞭解,如何透過設計思考,創造出有意義又快樂的人生。不管是誰,身處何方,現在或先前的工作是什麼,目前多老或多年輕,都可以藉著那些帶來世上美妙科技、產品、空間的設計思考,打造專屬於自己的事業與生活,活出圓滿、有趣、創意無限、生產力十足、永遠有驚喜等在前方的人生。

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