Monday, September 18, 2017

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

Phil Knight
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In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Young, searching, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it’s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. Now, in a memoir that’s surprising, humble, unfiltered, funny, and beautifully crafted, he tells his story at last. It all begins with a classic crossroads moment. Twenty-four years old, backpacking through Asia and Europe and Africa, wrestling with life’s Great Questions, Knight decides the unconventional path is the only one for him. Rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, something new, dynamic, different. Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors, the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes. Above all, he recalls the foundational relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.

Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the redemptive, transformative power of sports, they created a brand, and a culture, that changed everything.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

太古之道 : 太古在華一百五十年

鍾寶賢
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香港出版雙年獎 商業及管理類最佳出版獎

在中國內地和香港,到處可以聽到「太古」這個名字:三里屯太古里、太古匯、太古城、太古糖等,但較鮮為人知的是,這個集團由施懷雅(Swire)家族擁有,創辦人約翰.施懷雅(John Swire)於1816年成立約翰.施懷雅父子公司(John Swire & Sons),其子約翰.森姆爾.施懷雅(John Samuel Swire)於1866年遠赴中國成立太古洋行。

現時領導太古的已是約翰.施懷雅的第六代曾孫,多年來太古業務不斷繁衍,從最初單單經營航運業務,到後來興辦船塢、建立全球知名的國泰航空、取得可口可樂的專營權等,這一切不但見證太古在落戶中國一百五十年間的變化和發展,也見證著幾代家族成員的默默耕耘。本書記載的就是太古由小型進出口公司演變為環球企業的發跡故事。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

Monday, September 11, 2017

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Edward B. Burger, Michael P Starbird
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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself--revealing previously hidden opportunities.

The book offers real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change. No matter who you are, the practical mind-sets introduced in the book will empower you to realize any goal in a more creative, intelligent, and effective manner. Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential--including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners.

Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will inspire and guide you on your way.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

我是街道觀察員 : 花園街的文化地景

郭斯恆
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香港出版雙年獎 生活及科普最佳出版獎

花園街是一條社區匯聚和生命舞台的街道

從排檔(攤販)的空間規劃看社區網絡的運作

花園街是一條充滿著生氣和活力的街道,因為她讓不同階層的人找到生存空間,他們能日復日地參與地方意義建築和編織花園街社區關係網。

內容先從城市和街道空間理論出發,然後再微觀花園街各樣元素和關係。之後,會剖析排檔三尺乘四尺的神奇空間,如何變身、如何運用細微配件擴展展示空間;此外,也會介紹排檔的十大武器等。另外,也會透過花園街排檔檔主的口述歷史細說花園街的變遷,以及觀察檔主以外,其他街道寄生者所扮演的角色。綜合各項分析,可全面了解街道作為社會區網絡是如何運作。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Ashlee Vance
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In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius' life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: Can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk - one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history - is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists, including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

香港好走系列

陳曉蕾
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香港出版雙年獎 心理勵志類最佳出版獎

《香港好走》系列包括《香港好走 怎照顧?》、《香港好走 有選擇?》、《平安紙》。

《怎照顧?》檢視香港現時的醫療和護理服務,老病死沒法避免,可是得到的治療和護理,是和所處的社會有關的。香港的醫院、院舍、寧養院、社區究竟提供了怎樣的支援?香港病人可否待在家中,甚至在家離世?而社區的基層醫療、社福機構正在編織一張怎樣的安全網?是否可讓香港人放心老去,平安好走?

《有選擇?》報導人生最後一程在香港的不同選擇:預設醫療指示、預設照顧計劃、不作心肺復甦法文件、持久授權書等等,深入探討病人、家人、醫護人員在各種醫護決定背後的想法和分歧。報導亦從病人自主權,梳理「安樂死」、「醫助死亡」、「終止無效治療」、「拒絕治療」等在香港的討論和實踐。

《平安紙》是一本教人寫遺書的著作,不過,它不是硬生生的那種,而是充滿溫度,因為它會細說自己一生如何度過,葬禮想怎樣安排,想哪些人出席,給他們什麼遺言,要不要用入侵性醫療等等,都一一考慮周全,並為使用者提供人生的指引,淡淡的。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Sellout: A Novel

Paul Beatty
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Winners of the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens―on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles―the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.

Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

王實味 : 文藝整風與思想改造

魏時煜
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榮獲「香港出版雙年獎」文學及小說類別的「最佳出版獎」

王實味是五四運動中成長起來的第一代人,因為一篇雜文〈野百合花〉,使他成為延安整風的重點批判對象,有人稱他為共產黨文字獄首位有姓名的犧牲者。本書作者自2008年開始,訪談了十多位與王實味同時在延安、親歷整風的老人;這些受訪者大多是近代歷史的見證者,並且對經歷過的一連串的政治運動都有反思。 本書透過口述筆錄、檔案資料、文本解讀,以及作者新發掘的材料,比較不同的聲音和視點,了解和記錄未能被成功改造思想的王實味的意義。作為珍貴的歷史材料,本書還首次全文附錄王實味1930年發表在「托派雜誌」《展開》上的中篇小說〈三代〉,以及他轉譯並加了按語的〈列寧遺囑〉,以伺讀者。

(摘錄自香港城市大學出版社網站)

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Elizabeth Kolbert
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes

Over the last half-billion years, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

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真希望我 20 歲就懂的事 : 史丹佛大學的創新 x 創意 x 創業震撼課程 (What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20)

婷娜.希莉格 (Tina Seelig)
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作者希莉格主持「史丹佛科技創業計畫」(STVP)多年,是非常成功的創意與創業導師,專門教導大學生(特別是以當工程師為志向)如何規畫未來及創業。幾年前當她的兒子快要上大學時,她回想起自己讀大學和初入社會的挫折與經驗,不禁希望當年20歲時有人能提點她,於是與兒子分享這些寶貴心情。後來她對一群史丹佛學生分享這些觀察和領悟,把演講題目訂為「真希望我20歲就懂的事」,引發熱烈迴響與共鳴,並應邀到全球發表演講,最後決定將她的豐富經驗和創意課程寫成這本激勵人心的精采著作。

希莉格說,每個人20歲時都會有茫然面對未來、不知何去何從的強烈焦慮感,其實你應該欣然接受這種不確定,不確定才是激發創新的火種,也是向前邁進的重要力量。最有趣的經驗往往發生在偏離既定道路、挑戰傳統假設、從失敗錯誤中看出全新契機的時候!

誰說南極不能賣比基尼?誰說餐廳不能賣蟑螂壽司?蘋果電腦的賈伯斯就會告訴你,被開除是他這輩子最棒的一件事,讓他展開人生最富創造力的一段時光!其實不管你是20歲、30歲、40歲甚至50歲,只要願意跳脫人生框架、勇敢嘗試失敗、以健康的心態挑戰所有「不可能」、把握每個大放異彩的機會,就會帶來無窮的可能性!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results

Stephen Guise
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What's A Mini Habit?

A mini habit is a very small positive behavior that you force yourself to do every day; its "too small to fail" nature makes it weightless, deceptively powerful, and a superior habit-building strategy. You will have no choice but to believe in yourself when you're always moving forward. The barrier to the first step is so low that even depressed or "stuck" people can find early success and begin to reverse their lives right away. And if you think one push-up a day is too small to matter, I've got one heck of a story for you!

Mini Habits is a strategy to create permanent healthy habits. Some categories include: exercise, writing, reading, thinking positively, meditating, drinking water, eating healthy foods, etc.

Mini Habits combines Stephen's life-changing experience above with science, logic, and humor. It rejects common self-help and habit formation advice in favor of smarter strategies that work with a modern, hectic lifestyle. Having mini habits enables you to move forward consistently, even on your worst days.

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坐看雲起時 : 一本香港人的教協史 = A People's History of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union

陸鴻基
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香港電台第十屆 「香港書獎」獲獎書籍 

本書作者,前香港教育學院(二○一六年正名為「香港教育大學」)副校長陸鴻基教授花了五年時間搜集資料、閱讀文獻、訪談及編撰,奉獻了不少時間和心力,最後完成了三卷有關香港教育史的重要著作,以深度和廣度而言,仍屬首次。

全書共分三卷:

• 卷一戰後的香港與教協崛興的背景:從二戰說起,探討戰後香港的政治、社會、教育發展與變遷,闡述促使教協成立的因由;


• 卷二爭取教師權益與教育改進:詳述教協成立後,對香港教育界, 包括學校、教師、學生等所作出的貢獻;

• 卷三教協與公民社會的形成和互動:闡釋在社會、政治及教育的巨變下,教協多年來參與的社會活動,並推動公民社會的發展。

本書為香港的教育史填補空白及留下了客觀紀錄,特別適合對香港的歷史及政治轉變、社會運動與教育發展有認識和感興趣的讀者。

(摘錄自香港城市大學出版社網站)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? (正義 : 一場思辨之旅)

Sandel, Michael J.
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International Youth Day 2017 (12 August) is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

 "For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard course―Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a more robust and thoughtful public discourse. "In terms we can all understand," wrote Jonathan Rauch in The New York Times, Justice "confronts us with the concepts that lurk . . . beneath our conflicts."

Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets―Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise―an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.

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第3選擇 : 解決人生所有難題的關鍵思維 (The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems)

史蒂芬.柯維 (Stephen R. Covey)
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2017年國際青年日(8月12日)旨在慶祝青年人在阻止衝突、實現變革以及包容、社會正義、可持續發展中的貢獻。

「第3選擇」,解決人生所有難題的關鍵思維。即使在衝突不斷的年代,我們仍能瞥見美好的未來!

人生充滿難解、看似無解的問題。於是我們失望、決定放棄,或勉強接受一些最終還是會讓自己覺得很糟的妥協。

面對任何問題,大家慣用的第1選擇就是照「我」的方式,第2選擇就是照「你」的方式來進行。衝突點往往就在於,到底是你的選項比較好,還是我的。因此,不論選擇哪一方,都會有人覺得受傷或犧牲。柯維指出,這時不妨考慮第3選擇:超越你的或我的方式,設法找到更高明、更好的方法,讓雙方都能從衝突中找到一條出路,稱之為「第3選擇」(The 3rd Alternative),而這正是解決人類所有問題的鑰匙。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, July 31, 2017

SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient

Jane McGoniga
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A remarkable life plan based on the game the author herself and hundreds of thousands of others have used to leap from trauma and setbacks to recovery and personal growth

You are stronger than you know. You are surrounded by potential allies. You are a hero to others. These three qualities are all it takes to become more resilient in the face of any challenge. SuperBetter will show you that accessing this power is as easy as playing a game.

In 2009, game designer and author Jane McGonigal got a bad concussion that wouldn't heal. She became anxious and depressed, even suicidal--a common symptom for concussion sufferers. But rather than let herself sink further, she decided to get better by doing what she does best: she turned her recovery process into a game. The game became a blog. The blog became a digital game, then an online portal and a major research study, then a TED talk with 4.5 million views. Today more than 250,000 people have played SuperBetter.

But the ideas behind SuperBetter are much bigger than the game: we can cultivate the same powers of recovery and resilience simply by applying its core concepts in everyday life, by being "gameful" in the face of stress. Being gameful means bringing the psychological strengths you naturally display when you play games--such as optimism, creativity, courage, and determination--to real world situations.

SuperBetter the book integrates seven basic rules into challenges the reader can undertake while reading, and explains the science behind the benefits. Playing by the seven rules begins to yield life-changing benefits in a matter of days, and eventually they become an ingrained skillset.

As inspiring as it is down-to-earth, SuperBetter is self-help for the rest of us. Grounded in rigorous research and powered by game design, it is nothing less than an accessible, real-time guide to living a better life.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

宮崎駿動畫的「文法」:在動靜收放之間

游珮芸 著
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日本文化研究者酒井信曾說:「宮崎駿是當代日本唯一的「國民」作家……不論男女老幼,只要是以日文為母語的人,都認得出其作品,並且透過此人的作品,回溯其記憶的思路,就能回顧「時代」的氛圍」,一語道破了宮崎駿在日本人心目中的地位。

宮崎駿作品不只在日本受到喜愛,在西方、東亞世界中,也獲得一致的肯定。與日本僅僅一海之隔的台灣當然也不例外,「龍貓」、「魔女宅急便」……,是許多台灣人成長過程中不可或缺的回憶。但除了娛樂之外,台灣觀眾又是如何看待宮崎駿的作品呢?
  
在本書中,作者以台灣研究者的觀點,探究宮崎駿動畫的獨特性和跨越文化疆界受到台灣觀眾喜愛的根源;從其創作精神與日本傳統文化的關連、動畫角色的設定與動畫演出及動畫類型的連動性切入,窺見宮崎駿動畫的「文法」。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

第19屆香港動漫電玩節由7月28日至8月1日在香港會議展覽中心舉行。


Monday, July 24, 2017

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Tim Ferriss
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The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

"Tools of Titans...is the perfect read for obsessives wanting to boost their new year productivity." —Financial Times

 "A Poor Richard's Almanack for the 21st century, Tools of Titans is a practical and inspiring guide to being your best." —BookPage


時間教會我們的事:給年輕的你,我們用30年歲月驗證的人生

丘美珍
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以時空膠囊的概念,書中每篇文章的啟始都源自於正值青春期的孩子對生命的疑問,再由99位自高中畢業已屆30年的大人們,以他們真切的人生故事,將自己的感悟與歷程化作文字。當中有得失與取捨、工作的意義、無限的夢想、面對挫折的勇氣,以及如何成為支持他人的無私力量。

期許正站在人生旅程起點的你,不論未來如何讓人不知所措,都不要遺失了造夢與感動的能力。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dear Life : Stories

Alice Munro
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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013
A New York Times Notable Book 
A Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction 
A Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, AV Club 

In story after story in this brilliant new collection, Alice Munro pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate. Her characters are flawed and fully human: a soldier returning from war and avoiding his fiancée, a wealthy woman deciding whether to confront a blackmailer, an adulterous mother and her neglected children, a guilt-ridden father, a young teacher jilted by her employer. Illumined by Munro’s unflinching insight, these lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. And while most are set in her signature territory around Lake Huron, some strike even closer to home: an astonishing suite of four autobiographical tales offers an unprecedented glimpse into Munro’s own childhood. Exalted by her clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, Dear Life shows how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

生活在廢墟 : 你所不知道的考古學家與他們的一百種生活 (Lives in Ruins)

瑪莉蓮・強森 (Marilyn Johnson)
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本書作者是愛好考古學的業餘者,她前往祕魯、日本、澳大利亞、英國、德國、荷蘭、以色列和辛巴威,去見形形色色的考古學家。書中記述她與十四位考古學家上山下海,忍受炙熱的沙漠氣候、毒蛇肆虐的林地,與危機四伏的沼澤地,從加勒比海到印加帝國遺跡進行考古發掘,聽他們講述在中國發現五千年前的女神廟,美國獨立戰爭沉入海底的戰艦,印地安人的木乃伊,曼哈頓黑人墳場,以及一萬八千年前的印尼矮人族。考古學家在一堆廢墟中觀察到什麼?一件陶罐碎片或一顆古老牙齒如何拼湊過去?他們可以如何幫助我們保存歷史?

透過本書通俗又不失專業的記述,我們可以了解考古學的樂趣與使命,考古學家如何在廢墟中解開人類早年的生活與智慧。下一次看到考古隊在田野發掘時,不要以為他們是在挖寶,其實是在解讀深埋地洞的史書!

(摘錄自三民網路書店)

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World

Robert Waxler
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The Risk of Reading is a defense of the idea that deep and close readings of literature can help us to understand ourselves and the world around us. It explores some of the meaning and implications of modern life through the deep reading of significant books. Waxler argues that we need "fiction" to give our so-called "real life" meaning and that reading narrative fiction remains crucial to the making of a humane and democratic society.

Beginning by exploring the implications of thinking about the importance of story in terms of "real life", The Risk of Reading focuses on the importance of human language, especially language shaped into narrative, and how that language is central to the human quest for identity. Waxler argues that we are "linguistic beings," and that reading literary narrative is a significant way to enrich and preserve the traditional sense of human identity and knowledge. This is especially true in the midst of a culture which too often celebrates visual images, spectacle, electronic devices, and celebrity. Reading narrative, in other words, should be considered a counter-cultural activity crucial on the quest to "know thyself." Reading literature is one of the best opportunities we have today to maintain a coherent human identity and remain self-reflective individuals in a world that seems particularly chaotic and confusing.

Each chapter takes up a well-known work of nineteenth- or twentieth-century literature in order to discuss more fully these issues, exploring, in particular, the notion of life as a journey or quest and the crucial relationship between language and our contingent everyday existence. Of particular interest along the way is the question of what literary narrative can teach us about our mortality and how stories offer opportunities to reflect on the ambivalent and profound meaning of mortal knowledge.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

香港的抒情史 (Hong Kong in Its History of Lyricism)

陳國球 著
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《第十屆香港書獎》獲獎圖書

香港就是文學:從海上孤島到世界都會,從帝國殖民地到社會主義特區,香港經驗比傳奇更傳奇。從駐節香港的殖民地大員,到心繫勞工大眾的左翼文學家;從求全責備的香港文學大系,到活潑精要的各式選本;從先鋒的現代詩、人間小說與話題電影,到蒼涼南音和悲情粵劇;從彌敦道上的詠嘆,到維多利亞港邊的回想……無數的香港故事,如何說? 作者為我們述說文學香港的前世今生,揭示香港對整個華人文化圈的意義,思考香港的未來。地區、中國、政治、殖民、現代性等等這些看起來如「三尺青鋒」般冷硬的議題,經作者娓娓道來,化為寫給香港的一部抒情史。

 (摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New

Annie Dillard ; foreword by Geoff Dyer
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A landmark collection of prose from pulitzer prize winner Annie Dillard, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work

The Abundance includes the best of Annie Dillard’s essays, delivered in her fierce and muscular prose. Intense, vivid, and fearless, her work endows the true and seemingly ordinary aspects of life with beauty and irony. These essays invite readers into sweeping landscapes, to join her in exploring the complexities of time and death, often with wry humor. On one page, an eagle falls from the sky with a weasel attached to its throat; on another, a man walks into a bar.

Marking the vigor of this powerful writer, The Abundance highlights Annie Dillard’s elegance of mind.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

古龍散文集

陳舜儀 編
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武俠小說家古龍身兼多種身份,一生宛如流星劃過天際,卻屢屢突破自我,以其西方文學素養,為武俠文學開創出新境界,最知名的作品是《楚留香》、《絕代雙驕》、《多情劍客無情劍》、《蕭十一郎》、《陸小鳳》和《流星.蝴蝶.劍》等等。

如同編者序中所言,昔日《女性》雜誌如此盛讚:「海外有很多讀者,看過古龍的雜文,就曾經說過,古龍的雜文第一,武俠小說第二。」就讓這部《古龍散文集》帶我們走進古龍眼中的江湖、創造的世界、舉過的酒杯、說過的與吃過的小吃!

 (摘錄自《亞洲週刊》)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art from the Underground

Matthew Chojnacki
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This second volume of cinematic eye candy further documents the quickly burgeoning underground film poster movement, a group of artists who challenge Hollywood's marketing machine by bringing clever artwork and design back to movie posters. 

Nearly 100 emerging artists, with a dozen returning favorites, present their newly produced images.  Cinematic visual masters Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin, Akiko Stehrenberger, Randy Ortiz, Brandon Schaefer, Gabz, Dave Perillo, Chris Garofalo, Anthony Petrie, Godmachine, Tracie Ching, Clark Orr, Orlando Arocena, Steve Dressler, Paul Shipper, Tom Hodge, Luke Insect, and more additionally provide commentary and behind-the-scenes information. 

Movies illustrated include classics like Vertigo, Rosemary's Baby, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, more recent hits such as Her and Drive, cult favorites Dazed and Confused and Donnie Darko, and childhood staples Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Labyrinth.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

Chinese Cultural Artifacts Exhibition – Curated Items from the Library Special Collection” is being staged at Run Run Shaw Library of City University of Hong Kong until 30 July 2017. The exhibition showcases a selection of rare items from three categories: Chinese Shadow Puppets, Nuo Masks, and Movie Posters 1950s-1980s.


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中國文化傳統的六個面向 (Six Facets of Chinese Cultural Tradition)

李歐梵 著
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對於專業或非專業的讀者來說,李歐梵教授的這本新書都是了解中國文化不可錯過的精彩讀本。他選擇了心目中最能代表中國文化傳統的六個面向─英雄本色、政教道統、江河歲月、飲食男女、魑魅魍魎、魂兮歸來,並在每一面向中選取一二篇代表性的古今經典文本,從文學、音樂、電影、藝術等角度暢談他對中國文化理解與感受。

李教授在中外古今的廣闊視野之下講解中國經典,融匯數十年眼見學識,旁徵博引、不落窠臼,加上他性情中人的風趣痛快,使講稿豐富多元,趣味盎然。他還邀請香港中文大學的專家學者一同講授與對話,並在數講之後增寫「續論」,進一步闡發講稿中的精彩之處。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

香港城市大學邵逸夫圖書館現正舉行「中國傳統文化藝術品-圖書館精選館藏展覽」,展品共分三個專題,包括中國皮影戲戲偶、儺面具、及50至80年代電影海報,展期至7月30日。


Monday, June 19, 2017

101 Secrets For Your Twenties

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Every twenty-something needs a little black book of secrets. Our twenties are filled with confusion, terrible jobs, anticipation, disappointment, cubicles, break-ups, transition, quarter-life crisis, loneliness, post-college what the heck, moderate success sandwiched between complete failure. We need a worn and weathered guide stashed somewhere close by to help shed some light on this defining decade.

That guide is this book.

Expanded from the blog post "21 Secrets for Your 20s" that spread like Internet wildfire with nearly a million readers in 190 countries, 101 Secrets for Your Twenties will encourage, inspire, prompt a plethora of LOLs, and kick-start your life forward with its witty, honest, and hilarious wisdom-stuffed pearls to help you rock life in your twenties.


(Excerpt from amazon.com)

小王子的領悟

周保松 著
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小王子為什麼要離開玫瑰?狐狸的教導,為什麼能令小王子走出危機,明白馴服的道理?小王子最後選擇將命運交託給毒蛇,真的是明智之舉嗎?

這是許多《小王子》的讀者都會有的困惑。在《小王子的領悟》中,周保松教授用他的哲思和童心,對這些問題作出深刻解讀 ,並帶領讀者進入小王子的世界,尋找那美麗的思想綠洲。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

「《小王子的領悟》助我們記起成人都曾是獨一無二的孩童,任其成長、成熟,毋庸離棄本真。」——陳冠中

「哲學家追問人生的意義,竟然有著偵探小說般的嚴謹、綿密,也有著詩人的溫柔嘆息和深切祝福。」——崔衛平

「......雖說是哲學,其實是娓娓而談一些人生道理,講夢想,講童真,講生命,講愛,講孤獨,講選擇,從《小王子》的文本,去思考書中的哲學問題。 」——李怡

Monday, June 12, 2017

Japan Journeys: Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan

Andreas Marks
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Presenting classic Japanese woodblock prints, Japan Journeys offers a unique perspective on the country's most famous travel destinations.

This stunning art book gathers together approximately two hundred Japanese woodblock prints depicting scenic spots and cultural icons that still delight visitors today. Many of the prints are by masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Utagawa Kunisada, and currently hang in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Katsuhika Hokusai, the artform's most celebrated artist, is also well represented, with many prints from his "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road" series and "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series, including his world-renowned "Great Wave" print.

In addition to prints showcasing Japan's natural beauty, this carefully curated selection depicts roads and railways; favorite pastimes, such as blossom viewing and attending festivals; beloved entertainment, such as kabuki theater; the fashions they wore, and the food they ate. Author Andreas Marks is a leading expert on Japanese woodblock prints, and his Illuminating captions provide background context to the scenes depicted.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

尋找天堂:北極圈裡的難民營

陳琬淋 著
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琬淋是個即將離開校園、步入職場的台大準畢業生,面對夢想與現實的拉扯,她決定藉著在丹麥當交換學生的地利之便,造訪傳說中最像天堂的挪威羅浮敦群島。

她要去尋找她心目中無比安靜、平和的天堂……

然而,她沒料到的是,她竟在她的天堂裡遇上來自許多國家、尋求庇護的難民......

琬淋以尋找天堂為起始,卻在人間仙境結識了來自伊索比亞的難民,當地甚至還有一所難民營。於是,這衝突的組合,便在羅浮敦群島想當然耳的美景之外,賦予旅者出乎意料的感受。-李濠仲/挪威文化觀察作家

《尋找天堂》是旅人與難民相遇的故事,是透過旅人敏銳的心靈和社會學式抽離的觀察,對現實世界的多重矛盾所提出的隱喻。這是來自不同世界的人如何相處,學著相互了解的故事。-林國明/台大社會系教授

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, June 5, 2017

Writers In Paris: Literary Lives in the City of Light

David Burke
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No City has attracted so much literary talent, launched so many illustrious careers, or produced such a wealth of enduring literature as Paris. From the fifteenth century through the twentieth, poets, novelists, and playwrights, famed for both their work and their lives, were shaped by this enchanting place. From the natives such as Moliere, Genet, and Anais Nin to expats like Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, and Gertrude Stein, author David Burke follows hundreds of writers through Paris's labyrinthine streets, inviting readers on his grand tour.

Unique in scope and approach, Writers in Paris crosses from the Right bank to the Left and on to the Ille de la Cité as it explores the alleyways and haunts frequented by the world's most storied writers. Burke focuses not only on their writing, but on their passions, ecstasies, obsessions, and betrayals. Equally appealing to Francophiles and serious readers, this engaging book includes maps and more than one hundred evocative photographs.

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“The Roofs of Paris” Exhibition at City University of Hong Kong
- An unforgettable visual journey through views of Paris from high above

Date: 26 May to 23 July 2017
Time: 10am to 7pm daily. Closed on Mondays
Venue: CityU Exhibition Gallery, City University of Hong Kong
Admission: Free admission

樓上風光 : 香港天台窩 = Portraits from Above : Hong Kong's Informal Rooftop Communities

鄔南薰 (Rufina Wu) , 斯特凡・坎漢 (Stefan Canham)
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大半個世紀以來,在高樓大廈天台自建的住房,已成為香港歷史不可或缺的一部分。天台屋的規模,可以簡單如貧窮戶的簡陋居室,又或複雜如多層建築組成,並備有現代化設計和設施的房子。鄔南薰和斯特凡‧坎漢透過文字故事、建築繪圖和高解像照片,記錄五個座落於九龍舊區(現亦成為香港市區重建局選定進行重建的地方)大廈的天台戶,敘述二十多個天台屋居民的故事,展現一個嶄新的香港天台屋視野。

這個書冊為讀者展示基層市民根據生活需要而自建的建築及其生活點滴。

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香港城市大學舉行「在巴黎屋頂的邊緣」展覽,透過展示巴黎美輪美奐的屋頂,刻劃巴黎如何從中世紀的幽暗城鎮,蛻變成今天​的「花都」,從而為觀眾帶來一次難忘的藝術之旅!展覽由城大與法國五月合辦,5月26日至7月23日在香港城市大學展覽館舉行。




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.

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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。

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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。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, May 8, 2017

My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel

Elizabeth Strout 
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

The relationship between mother and daughter, in all its thorniness and intricacy, is at the heart of Elizabeth Strout’s new novel.

In the 1980s, Lucy, an aspiring writer, ends up spending nine weeks in hospital when she develops complications following what was supposed to be a routine operation. During this time, she is visited by the mother she hasn’t seen for many years and this short visit – five days out of both their lives – becomes the episode around which the rest of the story hangs.

My Name Is Lucy Barton encompasses Lucy’s marriage and her path to becoming a writer, but it is in the intimacy of these five days, with Lucy’s mother taking catnaps in the chair beside her bed, that we come to understand the nature of the bond between them ...

(Excerpt from theguardian.com)

 “A short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds . . . It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.”—Marion Winik, Newsday

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給母親的短柬

李碧華 主編
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這是李碧華小姐在博客上的一個徵文比賽作品結集。意念源於她一次在日本看到一些掌中書的內容,短柬書寫對母親的愛或懷念,言簡意賅但情意濃厚。

把不敢、不忍、不好竟思、從沒想過、難以開口向母親說的話,寫出來。一切要“及時”。用字純樸,發自真心。

小思、王安憶、陸川、陳果、小克、陳顧方、田沁鑫、侯小強、李碧華等擔任評審、分別在香港及中國大陸出版,版稅捐助中國的孤兒院,讓失去母愛的小孩受惠。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, May 1, 2017

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Thomas L. Friedman
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A New York Times Bestseller

A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers

We all sense it―something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once―and it is dizzying.

In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman’s original analysis...

Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of accelerations. It’s also an argument for “being late”―for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we’re passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers. To amplify this point, Friedman revisits his Minnesota hometown in his moving concluding chapters; there, he explores how communities can create a “topsoil of trust” to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations.

With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations―if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. Thank You for Being Late is Friedman’s most ambitious book―and an essential guide to the present and the future.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

責任與判斷 (Responsibility and Judgment)

漢娜.鄂蘭 (Hannah Arendt)
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本書集結鄂蘭生前最後十年未出版的文章與演講稿,她在其中針對道德哲學提出幾個問題,尤其是關於「惡的本質」與「道德抉擇」。

沒有人比鄂蘭更了解二十世紀的政治危機可以從道德崩潰的角度視之。勢如瓦解,顯而易見。鄂蘭看到那具爭議性、挑戰性以及困難的核心,不是由於人的無知或邪惡,未能辨識道德的「真相」,而是由於道德的「真相」竟不足以作為標準,去對人已經可能做到的事情下判斷。鄂蘭允許自己提出的唯一的概括結論,反諷地指向一種大幅變革的無所不括,即西方思想傳統原本引以為神聖之事全盤改變了。道德思想的傳統斷了,不只由於政治觀念,也由於二十世紀的政治事實,傳統斷裂,再也無法復原。

鄂蘭既非虛無主義者,也非道學家;而是思想家,追隨其思考的指引。然而要跟上她,卻是讀者的艱鉅任務——主要並不是對於讀者的智力或知識的挑戰,而是對思考能力的挑戰。她提出的並非理論的解決,而是豐富的刺激,刺激你自己去思考。她覺得托克維爾(Alexis de Tocqueville)的洞見無比深刻,亦即,危機時刻或在真正的轉戾點,「過往無法給未來帶來啟示,人心徘徊在晦暗之中。」她認為在這種時刻(此時對她正是),心靈的晦暗就是最清明的指示,指示我們需要重新思考人類責任的意義,以及人類判斷的力量。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, April 24, 2017

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth
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In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

In Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Among Grit’s most valuable insights:
*Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
*How lifelong interest is triggered
*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
*Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards
*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

當呼吸化為空氣 : 一位天才神經外科醫師最後的生命洞察 (When Breath Becomes Air)

保羅.卡拉尼提 (Paul Kalanithi)
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這本書會像一個紙鎮,令我們想起生命的重量。 ~~蔡康永

2016年全球最受矚目的書
*Amazon暢銷總榜第1名(超過3000名讀者5顆星評價)
*《紐約時報》非文學類暢銷書排行榜第1名

2014年,36歲的保羅醫師即將完成十年之久的神經外科醫師訓練,科學研究並獲得美國神經外科學會最高研究獎,即將獲得史丹福醫學院外科教授職位並主持自己的研究室。他的人生正邁向生命的高峰,卻被診斷出患有第四期肺癌。頭一天他是醫生,還在治療瀕死的病人,第二天他是病人,掙扎求生。他跟妻子原先設想的未來,就此完全蒸發。

保羅醫生原本醉心文學,取得史丹福文學碩士,因想探索生命本質,轉而學醫,念完耶魯醫學院後,他選擇成為神經外科醫生,在人類身分、意義認同的最關鍵部位--大腦從事手術。

在確診自己罹患末期疾病後,這位才華洋溢的年輕神經外科醫師從醫師、病人、兒子、伴侶、父親等不同身分,審視自己37年的生命歷程,思索生命與死亡的意義。面對未知與隨時可能降臨的人生終點,保羅醫師寫著:

*我逐漸了解,面對我終將死亡的事實,就某種意義上來說,什麼也沒有改變,也改變了一切。作家貝克特所寫的七個字,開始不斷縈繞於我的腦中:「我沒有辦法繼續下去。我會繼續下去。」(I can’t go on, I’ll go on.)

*死亡永遠是贏家。不過你仍然可以繼續奮鬥,你永遠無法觸及完美,但是你可以相信那條漸近線,永不止息地朝它努力。

*如果我不知道自己想要什麼,我起碼已經學到一件事,一件希波克拉底、奧斯勒都沒提到的事情:醫師的職責不是峻拒死亡,也不是使病人回復舊有生命,而是敞開雙臂擁抱生命已經分崩離析的病人及家屬,而且努力使他們重新站起去面對、去弄清楚他們本身存在的意義。

即便最後身體極度不適,保羅醫師仍奮力寫作,最後他於2015年3月過世,留下這本深刻且令人感動的書。《當呼吸化為空氣》飽含文學、醫學、哲學的省思,將引領我們思考自己的價值與有限的生命。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)