Monday, October 27, 2014

Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure's On

Sharon Melnick 
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From overflowing priority lists to power-hungry colleagues to nagging parental guilt, stress is the defining characteristic of most of our lives. Real help is here-an all-encompassing, stress-busting tool kit that goes far beyond breathing exercises and visualization techniques. Such one-size-fits-all methods are no match for the stressors we experience daily in our overcomplicated lives. Whether you have too many projects, your confidence is flagging, or you are clashing with a coworker, Success Under Stress provides a flexible array of strategies. You will learn how to: adjust your perspective to see opportunity instead of obstacles; alter your physiology to get focused when overwhelmed, energized when exhausted, and calm when wired; and change the problem to prevent the stress from returning. All in all, Success Under Stress offers a veritable arsenal of "magic bullet" solutions-hundreds of situation-specific, quick-acting tips for defusing stress and boosting productivity. Complete with quizzes, examples, exercises, and more, this practical book helps you gain control, exude calmness and confidence amidst everyday chaos, and achieve the success you richly deserve.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


非暴力溝通 (Nonviolent Communication)

馬歇爾・盧森堡 (Marshall B. Rosenberg)
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生活在充斥著比較與論斷的社會文化中,我們習於判斷他人的是非對錯,話語中也往往充滿指責、嘲諷、批判的意味,這些思考和溝通模式帶來了情感和精神上的創傷,導致人與人之間的關係愈加疏離、冷漠,人際衝突也就在所難免。

馬歇爾.盧森堡博士早年深受言語和肢體暴力之苦,使他不禁開始思索:「究竟是什麼,使人們難以體會到心中的愛,以致互相傷害?又是什麼,讓有些人即使在充滿敵意的環境中,也能心存愛意?」最後,他發現了一種愛的語言,依此來談話和傾聽,能使人們心意相通、和諧共處,這就是「非暴力溝通」。

作者深信在一切衝突的表面下,反映出人心深處尚未得到滿足的種種需要。透過非暴力溝通,我們不但能誠實地表達自己,又能深入地傾聽他人,建立心與心之間的聯繫,使雙方毋須委曲求全就能滿足彼此的需要,和平地化解衝突。

非暴力溝通的功能:
→突破那些引發爭論、憤怒和焦慮等負面情緒的思維方式。
→和平地化解人際衝突,諸如發生在家庭、學校、職場或種族間的衝突。
→培養彼此尊重、互愛互助的人際關係。
→療癒人際關係中的傷痛,建立和諧的生命體驗。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)



Monday, October 20, 2014

Ukiyo-e

Dora Amsden and Woldermar von Seidlitz 
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Ukiyo-e (‘pictures of the floating world’) is a branch of Japanese art which originated during the period of prosperity in Edo (1615-1868). Characteristic of this period, the prints are the collective work of an artist, an engraver, and a printer. Created on account of their low cost thanks to the progression of the technique, they represent daily life, women, actors of kabuki theatre, or even sumo wrestlers. Landscape would also later establish itself as a favourite subject. Moronobu, the founder, Shunsho, Utamaro, Hokusai, and even Hiroshige are the most widely-celebrated artists of the movement. In 1868, Japan opened up to the West. The masterful technique, the delicacy of the works, and their graphic precision immediately seduced the West and influenced greats such as the Impressionists, Van Gogh, and Klimt. This is known as the period of ‘Japonisme’. Through a thematic analysis, Woldemar von Seidlitz and Dora Amsden implicitly underline the immense influence which this movement had on the entire artistic scene of the West. These magnificent prints represent the evolution of the feminine ideal, the place of the Gods, and the importance accorded to landscape, and are also an invaluable witness to a society now long gone.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

浮世繪的故事

宮竹正 著
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華美令人心折的浮世繪,是西方人在廢紙堆中掘出的寶藏。那些古老優雅的流暢線條和抽象迷濛的二維空間,觸發了印象派大師記錄視覺瞬間的衝動。人們難以想像如此醉人的藝術在日本僅僅意味著市井和歡場文化,也無從知曉浮世繪竟能漸漸蠶食幕府的勢力,推動一場驚天動地的社會變革。

本書緊扣日本德川幕府時期錯綜複雜的社會背景和日本民族特有的性格與文化,深入並全方位地闡釋浮世繪這一傳奇生動的東方藝術,同時結合歷史上各個時期、不同流派的大師名作及故事性的敘述手法,使您在最短的時間內輕鬆、直觀地把握浮世繪藝術魅力的精髓。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)



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Monday, October 13, 2014

Patrick Modiano

Alan Morris 
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Patrick Modiano is the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature and winner of some of France's most prestigious literary prizes. Patrick Modiano is considered one of the most fascinating French novelists alive today. This is the first English literary critique of this best-selling French author, whose works are found increasingly in translation throughout the world and who is attracting considerable critical attention outside France.

In this lucid study, Alan Morris explores Modiano's fifteen major novels. He also traces Modiano's development as a writer and the tragedies which have influenced his works: the death of his younger brother, the neglect of his father and the horrors of the German occupation. Morris delves into Modiano's themes of time, memory, identity and the past, clearly demonstrating this intriguing writer's key place in French writing today.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


暗店街 (Missing Person)

帕特里克・莫迪亞諾 (Patrick Modiano)
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為尋找自己真實的身份,患失憶症的私家偵探開展一段尋找前半生經歷的過程。四十七個片段,跨越二十年時間,回溯至佔領時代,再現這黑暗時期法國社會生活的某些側面。簡易的鋪陳中,蘊含濃郁的生命憂傷。

本書榮獲國龔古爾文學大獎,並經《今日法國》推薦為一百部必讀的。  

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Diversity and Occasional Anarchy: On Deep Economic and Social Contradictions in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong
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The world economic landscape has experienced seismic changes in the fifteen years after restoration of sovereignty over Hong Kong from Britain to China. Fortunately the Hong Kong economy has remained steadfast and is still making progress, but public confidence in the governance of the SAR government has declined, and economic and social dissatisfaction have flared. Where should Hong Kong go from here in the face of all kinds of contradictions? Economist Yue Chim Richard Wong provides an analysis of the origins of these contradictions and shares his insights on these issues. All those concerned about Hong Kong’s future should not miss this collection of essays how indigenous artists in turn manipulated Western visual languages.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


民主的模式 (Models of Democracy)

戴維・赫爾德 (David Held)
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我們正生活於民主的時代,而甚麼是民主?民主生活的含義是甚麼?今天民主對我們來說意味著甚麼?本書將針對這些問題探究具有可行性之不同的民主模式,思索懸而未決的議題,以及當代民主進行思考的若干替換方式。本書更針對原著中擱置的問題,收錄兩篇作者重要的新論文,完整地呈現民主在民族間與國家間的意涵和互動關係。本書更針對原著中擱置的問題,收錄兩篇作者重要的新論文,完整地呈現民主在民族間與國家間的意涵和互動關係。

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