The Names of the Stars: A Life in the Wilds


The Names of the Stars: A Life in the Wilds
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Heme Biology: The Secret Life Of Heme …

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Diet, Life Expectancy, And Chronic Disease: Studies …

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Michael Foot: A Life by Kenneth O. Morgan

Michael Foot: A Life by Kenneth O. Morgan
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Overview: The authorised but not uncritical life of one of the great parliamentarians and orators of our times, the former Labour Party leader, who was also an eminent man of letters.

Michael Foot was a controversial and charismatic figure in British public life, political and literary, for over sixty years.

Emerging from a famous west-country Liberal dynasty, he rose as a crusading left-wing journalist in the late 1930s: ‘The Guilty Men’ (his book on the pre-war appeasers of Nazi Germany) is one of the great radical tracts of British history. He was the voice of libertarian socialism in parliament, an international socialist and government minister, and was Labour leader for two-and-a-half years between 1980 and 1983.

His political friendships with people like Beaverbrook, Cripps, Aneurin Bevan and Barbara Castle were passionate and profound, but he also had a remarkable and quite different career as a man of letters, with Dean Swift, Tom Paine, Hazlitt, Byron, Wordsworth, Heine, Wells and Silone amongst his heroes. Foot’s two-volume life of Aneurin Bevan is a triumph of political biography.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > British Politics

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
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Overview: In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America’s founders helped define our national character.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies

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Philosophy in a Meaningless Life by James Tartaglia

Philosophy in a Meaningless Life: A System of Nihilism, Consciousness and Reality by James Tartaglia
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Overview: Philosophy in a Meaningless Life provides an account of the nature of philosophy which is rooted in the question of the meaning of life. It makes a powerful and vivid case for believing that this question is neither obscure nor obsolete, but reflects a quintessentially human concern to which other traditional philosophical problems can be readily related; allowing them to be reconnected with natural interest, and providing a diagnosis of the typical lines of opposition across philosophy’s debates.

James Tartaglia looks at the various ways philosophers have tried to avoid the conclusion that life is meaningless, and in the process have distanced philosophy from the concept of transcendence. Rejecting all of this, Tartaglia embraces nihilism (‘we are here with nothing to do’), and uses transcendence both to provide a new solution to the problem of consciousness, and to explain away perplexities about time and universals. He concludes that with more self-awareness, philosophy can attain higher status within a culture increasingly in need of it.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Philosophy in a Meaningless Life by James Tartaglia

Philosophy in a Meaningless Life: A System of Nihilism, Consciousness and Reality by James Tartaglia
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Overview: Philosophy in a Meaningless Life provides an account of the nature of philosophy which is rooted in the question of the meaning of life. It makes a powerful and vivid case for believing that this question is neither obscure nor obsolete, but reflects a quintessentially human concern to which other traditional philosophical problems can be readily related; allowing them to be reconnected with natural interest, and providing a diagnosis of the typical lines of opposition across philosophy’s debates.

James Tartaglia looks at the various ways philosophers have tried to avoid the conclusion that life is meaningless, and in the process have distanced philosophy from the concept of transcendence. Rejecting all of this, Tartaglia embraces nihilism (‘we are here with nothing to do’), and uses transcendence both to provide a new solution to the problem of consciousness, and to explain away perplexities about time and universals. He concludes that with more self-awareness, philosophy can attain higher status within a culture increasingly in need of it.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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A Decent Life by Todd May

A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us by Todd May
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Overview: You’re probably never going to be a saint. Even so, let’s face it: you could be a better person. We all could. But what does that mean for you?

In a world full of suffering and deprivation, it’s easy to despair-and it’s also easy to judge ourselves for not doing more. Even if we gave away everything we own and devoted ourselves to good works, it wouldn’t solve all the world’s problems. It would make them better, though. So is that what we have to do? Is anything less a moral failure? Can we lead a fundamentally decent life without taking such drastic steps?

Todd May has answers. He’s not the sort of philosopher who tells us we have to be model citizens who display perfect ethics in every decision we make. He’s realistic: he understands that living up to ideals is a constant struggle. In A Decent Life, May leads readers through the traditional philosophical bases of a number of arguments about what ethics asks of us, then he develops a more reasonable and achievable way of thinking about them, one that shows us how we can use philosophical insights to participate in the complicated world around us. He explores how we should approach the many relationships in our lives-with friends, family, animals, people in need-through the use of a more forgiving, if no less fundamentally serious, moral compass. With humor, insight, and a lively and accessible style, May opens a discussion about how we can, realistically, lead the good life that we aspire to.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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“Light of My Life” by James D. Hardy Jr, Ann Martin

"Light of My Life": Love, Time and Memory in Nabokov’s Lolita by James D. Hardy Jr, Ann Martin
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Overview: Vladimir Nabokov, one of the 20th century’s greatest novelists, is particularly remembered for his masterwork Lolita. This critical work examines the enduring themes of Lolita and places the novel in its proper biographical, social, cultural and historical contexts. Of particular interest are questions of love in all of its manifestations, the central problem of time in the book, and memory as it is explored in fictional memoir or, in this case, the central protagonist’s "confession."
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Literary Theory

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Life Behind the Mask by Didier Mouturat, Roger Lipsey

Life Behind the Mask: Theater Practice as an Instrument of Self-Knowledge by Didier Mouturat , Roger Lipsey
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Overview: "You had to decide to let yourself be turned upside down, you had to accept to see the idea you had forged about yourself progressively shatter." In the summer of 1969, at 19 years old, Didier Mouturat gave up on college, shattering his parents’ hopes that he follow a safe and conventional course. Fresh from the wild Parisian student revolt of 1968, with its street battles and slogans, he set out to find a life that would be truly alive, deciding to be a classical actor. When he met Cyrille Dives, however, the universe of masks quietly turned his world upside down. This book describes Mouturat’s apprenticeship to a unique theater artist. In the 1970s and early ’80s, Dives created a theater of masks, a Western parallel to Japanese Noh. Dives was a true bohemian artist, a sculptor of masks, a painter and theatrical director. Cyrille Dives was also a spiritual master. Mouturat’s apprenticeship encompassed everything from walking in a way that brings a mask to life to cultivating a beginner’s mind. Slowly and subtly, the theater apprenticeship became an encounter with the deeper truth of his own being. "I am speaking of an intimate, progressive discovery that we are not masters of our own being – that it is only the result of a system of reactions that tyrannize us." Mouturat becomes Dives’s right-hand man, helping establish a theater and a school of masks. That work is evident here in enchanting illustrations, as well as words. Yet as translated by the scholar and author Roger Lipsey, Mouturat also offers a pithy chronicle of a search for meaning and inner being.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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My Shit Life So Far by Frankie Boyle

My Shit Life So Far by Frankie Boyle
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Overview: Frankie’s outrageous, laugh-out loud, cynical rant on life as he knows it is presented here in all its outrageous glory. From growing up in Pollockshaws, Glasgow-it was an aching cement void, a slap in the face to childhood, and for the family it was a step up”-to his rampant teenage sex drive-in those days if you glimpsed a nipple on T.V. it was like porn Christmas”-and first job working in a mental hospital, nothing is out of bounds. Outspoken, cynical, and always outrageous, Frankie Boyle, the dark heart of Mock the Week, says the unsayable as only he can. From the TV programs he would like to see made (Celebrities On Acid On Ice-just like Celebrities Dancing On Ice, but with an opening sequence where Graham Norton hoses the celebrities down with liquid LSD”), to his native Scotland and the Mayor of London, nothing and no one is safe from Frankie’s fearless, sharp-tongued assault. Sharply observed and full of taboo-busting, we-really-shouldn’t-be-laughing-at-this humour, My Shit Life So Far shows why Frankie Boyle really is the blackest man in show business.
Genre: Autobiography

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Hammarskjold: A Life by Roger Lipsey

Hammarskjold: A Life by Roger Lipsey
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Overview: After his mysterious death, Dag Hammarskjöld was described by John F. Kennedy as the "greatest statesman of our century." Second secretary general of the United Nations (1953 – 61), he is the only person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously. Through extensive research in little explored archives and personal correspondence, Roger Lipsey has produced the definitive biography of Dag Hammarskjöld. Hammarskjöld: A Life provides vivid new insights into the life and mind of a truly great individual. Hammarskjöld the statesman and Hammarskjöld the author of the classic spiritual journal Markings meet in this new biography and the reader will meet them both in these pages. A towering mid-twentieth-century figure, Hammarskjöld speaks directly to our time.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared [Audiobook]

Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared [Audiobook]

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