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|Author||: Sarah Bakewell|
|Editor||: Random House|
How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love? How to live? This question obsessed Renaissance nobleman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), who wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. Into these essays he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, events in the appalling civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller, and over four hundred years later, readers still come to him in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment - and in search of themselves. This first full biography of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty years relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.
|Author||: Sarah Bakewell|
|Editor||: Other PressLlc|
Examines the essays of Michel de Montaigne that explored the search for the meaning of life, and profiles the philosopher using the questions he posed and the answers he explored.
|Author||: Sarah Bakewell|
|Editor||: Other Press, LLC|
Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? How do you do the good or honorable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Monatigne, perhaps the first truly modern individual. A nobleman, public official and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them “essays,” meaning “attempts” or “tries.” Into them, he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog’s ears twitched when it was dreaming, as well as the appalling events of the religious civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller and, over four hundred years later, Montaigne’s honesty and charm still draw people to him. Readers come in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment—and in search of themselves. This book, a spirited and singular biography, relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored. It traces his bizarre upbringing, youthful career and sexual adventures, his travels, and his friendships with the scholar and poet Étienne de La Boétie and with his adopted “daughter,” Marie de Gournay. And we also meet his readers—who for centuries have found in Montaigne an inexhaustible source of answers to the haunting question, “how to live?”
|Author||: Stephen Levine|
In his new book, Stephen Levine, author of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us how to live each moment, each hour, each day mindfully--as if it were all that was left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his followers to practice dying as the highest form of wisdom. Levine decided to live this way himself for a whole year, and now he shares with us how such immediacy radically changes our view of the world and forces us to examine our priorities. Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off, or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. It is an exercise that gives us the opportunity to deal with unfinished business and enter into a new and vibrant relationship with life. Levine provides us with a year-long program of intensely practical strategies and powerful guided meditations to help with this work, so that whenever the ultimate moment does arrive for each of us, we will not feel that it has come too soon.
|Author||: The School of Life,Hugo Macdonald|
|Editor||: Pan Macmillan|
Building a relationship with a city is a lot like building a relationship with another person - just as cities can be intoxicating, generous and inspiring, so they can also be dangerous, fickle and impenetrable. How to Live in the City is a book for navigating and nurturing this important relationship. Hugo Macdonald believes you need to feel a city to understand it. He won't tell you how wide the perfect pavement should be but he will show you how to walk down a pavement with eyes wide open. This is a book to help you feel human in an inhuman environment.
|Author||: Jonathan Fields|
|Editor||: Hay House|
Seriously . . . another book that tells you how to live a good life? Don't we have enough of those? You'd think so. Yet, more people than ever are walking through life disconnected, disengaged, dissatisfied, mired in regret, declining health, and a near maniacal state of gut-wrenching autopilot busyness. Whatever is out there isn't getting through. We don't know who to trust. We don't know what's real and what's fantasy. We don't know how and where to begin and we don't want to wade through another minute of advice that gives us hope, then saps our time and leaves us empty. How to Live a Good Life is your antidote; a practical and provocative modern-day manual for the pursuit of a life well lived. No need for blind faith or surrender of intelligence; everything you'll discover is immediately actionable and subject to validation through your own experience. Drawn from the intersection of science, spirituality, and the author's years-long quest to learn at the feet of masters from nearly every tradition and walk of life, this book offers a simple yet powerful model, the "Good Life Buckets " --spend 30 days filling your buckets and reclaiming your life. Each day will bring a new, practical yet powerful idea, along with a specific exploration designed to rekindle deep, loving, and compassionate relationships; cultivate vitality, radiance, and graceful ease; and leave you feeling lit up by the way you contribute to the world, like you're doing the work you were put on the planet to do. How to Live a Good Life is not just a book to be read; it's a path to possibility, to be walked, then lived.
|Author||: Massimo Pigliucci,Skye Cleary,Daniel Kaufman|
A collection of essays by fifteen philosophers presenting a thoughtful, introductory guide to choosing a philosophy for living an examined and meaningful life. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL Socrates famously said "the unexamined life is not worth living," but what does it mean to truly live philosophically? This thought-provoking, wide-ranging collection brings together essays by fifteen leading philosophers reflecting on what it means to live according to a philosophy of life. From Eastern philosophies (Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism) and classical Western philosophies (such as Aristotelianism and Stoicism), to the four major religions, as well as contemporary philosophies (such as existentialism and effective altruism), each contributor offers a lively, personal account of how they find meaning in the practice of their chosen philosophical tradition. Together, the pieces in How to Live a Good Life provide not only a beginner's guide to choosing a life philosophy but also a timely portrait of what it means to live an examined life in the twenty-first century.
|Author||: Daniel Mayhew|
|Editor||: Quick Brown Fox Publication|
Writing successful novels about music or bands is a notoriously difficult thing to do, and something that rarely succeeds. Step forward Daniel Mayhew to prove the exception to the rule with his debut, which tells the tale of Serpico, the band formed by flatmates, Reilly and Jacob, and the adventure that ensues when Reilly takes a week off work sick, and binging on cheap alcohol, writes what could just turn out to be the best album of all time.
|Author||: Sarah Lynn Scheerger|
|Editor||: Millbrook Press|
Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she'll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like dodging trains and jumping off cliffs with her boyfriend. When Cayenne receives a series of video messages her mother made for her before dying, she isn't sure she wants them. Her aunt Tee has been her true mother figure. But then Aunt Tee tests positive for a BRCA gene mutationthe one that doomed Cayenne's momand decides to get a mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing cancer. As Cayenne helps her aunt prepare for the surgery, she finds herself drawn to her mother's messages, with their musings on life, love, and perseverance. For the first time, Cayenne starts to question what it truly means to live life to the fullest, even when death might be written into her DNA.
|Author||: Josh Cohen|
|Editor||: Random House|
'This is a really beautiful book...It's a genuinely therapeutic read - it takes your particular sorrows and by sharing them seems to halve them' Nick Laird From the truths and lies we tell about ourselves to the resonant creations of fiction, stories give shape and meaning to all our lives. Both a practicing psychoanalyst and a professor of literature, Josh Cohen has long been taken with the mutual echoes between the life struggles of the consulting room and the dramas of the novel. So what might the most memorable characters in literature tell us about how to live meaningfully? In How to Live. What to Do, Cohen plots a course through the various stages of our lives, discovering in each the surprising and profound insights literature has to offer. Beginning with the playful mindset of Wonderland's Alice, we discover the resilience of Jane Eyre, the rebellious rage of Baldwin's Johnny Grimes and the catastrophic ambitions of Jay Gatsby, the turbulence of first love for Sally Rooney's Frances, the sorrows of marriage for Middlemarch's Dorothea Brooke, and the regrets and comforts of middle age for Rabbit Angstrom.
|Author||: Ernest Svendsen|
A Practical Guide to Living Life in the Present Moment "This moment is it. It is everything. It is all there is, and the solution to any difficulty in your life is to be found here and here alone..." Based on more than 25 years of experience, bestselling author and facilitator Ernest Holm Svendsen takes you on the most important journey of your life. The journey from the prison of your mind to the vitality and aliveness of the present moment. In his down-to-earth style and using practical exercises and experiments, Ernest shows you exactly how to change your life by shutting down your autopilot and waking up to the spontaneous joy of being in the present moment. Through clear explanations and step-by-step guidance, How to Live In the Now offers a practical path to living life in the present moment which is available to anyone, no matter their life circumstances. Learn how to be in the present moment Learn how to let go of anxiety and worried thoughts Learn how to create deep connections with others Learn how to stop seeking approval and be yourself "I loved this book and how it taught me to live life in the present! From the precise and easy-to-understand explanations to the simplicity of the practices it has made such a difference for me." "It was as if I could weave your instructions as a thread through my (very busy) life as a working parent. I have spent so much time not living in the present and I can't begin to express what getting better at living now has brought to my marriage, the relationship to my children and my work life." "I've read so many books on how to live in the present. Being present in the moment is the most important topic in life but it is so often misunderstood. Your book really clears it up and the training program is just perfect. Thank you for this little gem making everyone better at living in the now!"
|Author||: John Vorhaus|
|Editor||: Bafflegab Books|
Life is a problem -- a problem you can solve! All you need are some simple, insightful ways of looking at yourself and your world, plus frank, straightforward tools for developing your philosophy, addressing your feelings and clarifying your goals. And they’re all here for you – in abundance – in John Vorhaus’s down-to-earth guide to lofty concerns, How to Live Life. Using the plain-spoken, exercise-driven approach of his many successful writing books, How to Live Life offers no magic solutions, just practical strategies for advancing your self-awareness, acquiring self-acceptance and closing the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. If spiritual matters matter to you, if you want to make your life rise, and if you wish to gain a better grasp of the questions that confront us all, this little book will have a great big impact on you.
|Author||: John Farndon|
|Editor||: Hungry Tomato ®|
At the age of five, Takeshi joins the other youngsters in a samurai's castle to train as a noble fighter. Join him in action as he fires arrows while riding on horseback and defeats three foes in bare-handed combat. Take on the samurai's "way of the warrior" lifestyle and it will make you strong—but always remember that honor can be more important than life.
|Author||: Dolly Freed|
|Editor||: Tin House Books|
After being out of print for decades, Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and (Almost) No Money is being reissued with an afterword by an older and wiser Dolly Freed. In the late seventies, at the age of eighteen and with a seventh-grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Livingabout the five years she and her father lived off the land on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia. At the time of its publication in 1978, Possum Living became an instant classic, known for its plucky narration and no-nonsense practical advice on how to quit the rat race and live frugally. In her delightful, straightforward, and irreverent style, Freed guides readers on how to buy and maintain a home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy, save money, and be lazy, proud, miserly, and honest, all while enjoying leisure and keeping up a middle-class façade. Thirty years later, Freed's philosophy is world-renowned andPossum Living remains as fascinating, inspirational, and pertinent as it was upon its original publication. This updated edition includes new reflections, insights, and life lessons from an older and wiser Dolly Freed, whose knowledge of how to live like a possum has given her financial security and the confidence to try new ventures.
|Author||: Homer Halsted|
|Editor||: Courier Dover Publications|
"You may take to the woods to dodge the sheriff or hunt buried treasure, for all I care; my interest is in your preparation for the excursion," declares Homer Halsted, author of this compact guide to camping. With Halsted as your advisor, you'll have everything you need for a successful expedition, whether it's an overnight hike or an extended outing that involves travel by canoe or even dog sled. Halsted outlines all the essentials, from preparing the right type of clothing and equipment to organizing shelter and bedding to assembling first aid and repair kits. Timeless suggestions include how to find drinking water and safely build and extinguish campfires as well as camp kitchen recipes and tips on the preparation of fish and game. Halsted's encouraging, supportive, and humorous tone inspires confidence in readers of all experience levels, assuring you that you'll emerge from the woods happier than when you went in.
|Author||: Anthony Ekanem|
|Editor||: Anthony Ekanem|
Many people speak about their problems in life. In fact, this is one of the hottest topics of conversations. It doesn't really matter where you meet someone, all it takes is a friendly smile to start pouring out your life's woes to them. Everyone does the same. The result is that no one really knows how happy one is. Since everyone is talking about their miseries, it does seem that no one around is leading an optimal life. This is where the problem lies. We think that the term 'optimal life' should have a definition. We think that we should be able to peg down someone's life entirely and say, "Ah, now his is an optimal life!" But it doesn't happen that way. You might think that someone with a lot of money or someone with a beautiful wife must have an optimal life. But when you get to know them better, you begin to see the problems that lie behind the exterior façade of theirs and you realize that their life is not what you thought it to be. There's a great saying that "If everyone were to throw their problems in a pile, and see everyone else's, they would grab their own right back". This is true. We think the neighbours are always happier than we are. We think they are leading a more optimal life than we are. But if we were really to sit down and make comparisons, quite likely, we would find our problems to be the least. So, where are we heading with this? The point here is that our lives are only as optimal as we want them to be. We have it entirely in our hands how beautiful we want to make our lives. If we want to sit and brood that life is toying with us in every way possible, it is. But if we plan to take things in our hands and not let life jerk us around, it won't. We have to plan just how much control we want to give our lives. An optimal life is a very individualistic thing. For us, an optimal life would be one in which we are completely contented and satisfied with whatever we have.
|Author||: Elizabeth Ziegelbein|
We live in a culture of waste: landfills are overflowing and consumer purchases are at record levels. With each new purchase, the old junk gets tossed out. But is it really junk? How To Live Off Other People's Junk shows us that there is still plenty of potential in the so-called junk items that are purged from households everyday. From books to kitchenware to clothing to electronics, there is great potential in what other people deem to be junk. Learn how to take action and create an environmentally friendly small business that will be able to provide all the household items you could possibly need and a steady source of income from the excess, all while working at a part-time level, leaving more time for yourself and your family. How To Live Off Other People's Junk walks through the process of finding junk, processing junk, and how to turn that junk into dollars, with almost no small business start-up cost. You will learn how and where items are selling for top dollar, how to stay organized, and how to turn someone else's junk into your bread and butter!
|Author||: Harry Gaze|
|Editor||: Health Research Books|
1904 the science and practice. Contents: is Life Worth Perpetuation; the Science of Living Forever; Eternal renewal; the Delusion of Age; Life Living Forever; Eternal Renewal; the Delusion of Age; Life a Union of Birth & Death; Conscious Evolut.
|Author||: Georgie Lewis and Julie Lewis|
|Editor||: Troubador Publishing Ltd|
Our time on Earth is meant to be not only a great deal of fun, but also a period of learning and growth. In modern life it is easy to become distracted and these aims can fall by the wayside. How to Live Your Life brings readers back to a place of understanding, demonstrating what we were put on Earth to achieve, how it can be done and how it is possible to live an enjoyable and fulfilled life. Channelled from Georgie, in spirit, How to Live Your Life provides an insight into the reasons readers were brought to Earth, how to recognise those reasons and how to make the best of your time in this world. The authors demonstrate how readers should focus first on improving their own life and reaching an understanding of themselves and in doing so, they will then be able to help improve the lives of others.