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Akhtar, Miriam. Positive psyhology for overcoming depression : self-help strategies for happiness, inner strength and well-being / Miriam Akhtar. – London : Watkins Publishing, 2012. – 248 p.
Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression is aimed at the millions suffering mild-to-moderate depression and those who want to protect themselves against persistent low moods. The book explains key strategies to help you overcome depression and reduce the chances of it recurring. As you practise the simple yet highly-effective exercises, you will find your mood lifts naturally, your confidence, resilience, positivity and strength grow and your outlook becomes more optimistic. These strategies come from the author’s professional practice as a positive psychologist and coach, her background as a journalist and as someone who has suffered from depression herself.
Carnegie, Dale. The leader in you : now to win friends, influence people and secceed in a changing world / Dale Carnegie ; Stuart R. Levine. – New York : Poket Books, 1993. – 245 p.
For nearly a century, the words and works of Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc., have translated into proven success—a claim verified by millions of satisfied graduates; a perpetual 3,000-plus enrollment roster per week; and book sales, including the mega-bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People, totaling over thirty million copies.
Now, in The Leader In You, coauthors Stuart R. Levine and Michael A. Crom apply the famed organization’s time-tested human relations principles to demonstrate how anyone, regardless of his or her job, can harness creativity and enthusiasm to work more productively.
With insights from leading figures in the corporate, entertainment, sports, academic, and political arenas—and encompassing interviews and advice from such eminent authorities as Lee Iacocca and Margaret Thatcher—this comprehensive, step-by-step guide includes strategies to help you: identify your leadership strengths; achieve your goals and increase your self-confidence; eliminate an “us vs. them” mentality; become a team player and strengthen cooperation among associates; balance work and leisure; control your worries and energize your life; and much more!
Collins, Paul. Not even wrong : adventures in autism / Paul Collins. – New York : Bloomsbury, 2004. – 245 p.
In Not Even Wrong, Paul Collins melds a memoir of his son’s autism with a journey into this realm of permanent outsiders. Examining forgotten geniuses and obscure medical archives, Collins’s travels take him from an English churchyard to the Seattle labs of Microsoft, and from a Wisconsin prison cell block to the streets of Vienna. It is a story that reaches from a lonely clearing in the Black Forest into the London palace of King George I, from Defoe and Swift to the discovery of evolution; from the modern dawn of the computer revolution to, in the end, the author’s own household.
Not Even Wrong is a haunting journey into the borderlands of neurology – a meditation on what „normal” is, and how human genius comes to us in strange and wondrous forms.
Covey, Stephen R. The seven habits of highly effective people : Restoring the character ethic / Stephen R. Covey. – New York : A Fireside Book, 1990. – 360 p.
„The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” is a comprehensive program based on developing an awareness of how perceptions and assumptions hinder success–in business as well as presonal relationships. Here’s an approach that will help broaden your way of thinking and lead to greater opportunities and effective problem solving.
Be Pro-Active: Take the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen.
Begin With an End in Mind: Start with a clear destination to understand where you are now, where you’re going and what you value most.
Put First Things First: Manage yourself. Organize and execute around priorities.
Think Win/Win: See life as a cooperative, not a comprehensive arena where success is not achieved at the expense or exclusion of the success of others.
Seek First to Understand: Understand then be understood to build the skills of empathetic listening that inspires openness and trust.
Synergize: Apply the principles of cooperative creativity and value differences.
Renewal: Preserving and enhanving your greatest asset, yourself, by renewing the physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional dimensions of your nature. Stephen R. Covey is the most respected motivator in the business world today. Learn to use his „7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” –and see how they can change your life.
Editor, Feldman, S. Shirley; Editor, Elliott, Glen R. At the Threshold : The developing adolescent ; edited by S. Shirley Feldman and Glen R. Elliott. – Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1990. – 642 p.
Adolescents embody the best hopes of American society. Their vital role in shaping our future lends particular significance to their success in negotiating the passage from childhood to adulthood, while their intensity and visibility often make them barometers of social change. It is all the more remarkable, then, that this critical period has only recently captured the full attention of researchers. At the Threshold presents the long-awaited findings of the Carnegie Foundation study on adolescence. It offers a comprehensive overview of what investigators are learning about normal development and provides an interdisciplinary synthesis of research into the biological, social, and psychological changes occurring during this key stage in the life span. While focusing on the contexts of adolescent life – social and ethnic, family and school, leisure and work-it also addresses how researchers are doing in the effort to understand the intersection of processes that initiate and sustain adolescent development and to characterize the extraordinary changes that occur during these years. Contrary to popular belief, large numbers of young people continue to mature into productive members of society. At the Threshold seeks to allow professionals and nonprofessionals alike important access to the reality of normal adolescent experience. The authors recognize that only if we begin to understand and clearly articulate the parameters of successful adolescent development can we hope to intervene with those individuals whose lives seem aimed toward unsatisfactory futures.
Holroyd, Mary Mayesky. Remembering Mrs. O’Donald : Growing, learning, and teaching / Mary Mayesky Holroyd. – New York : Vantage Press, 2007. – 149 p.
A former Duke University professor, teacher, principal, and daycare director, Holroyd offers insights into the challenges and joys of teaching. Remembering Mrs. O’Donald is a unique collection of personal stories with universal appeal sure to uplift and touch the heart.
Krause, Mark. Psychological science : modeling scientific literacy / Mark Krause. – Upper Saddle River : Pearson Education, 2012. – 651 p.
Modeling Scientific Literacy helps students view psychology as a practical, modern science-and gives them the tools to better understand their world. Organized around a scientific literacy model, the text’s content and features encourage scientific inquiry, prompting students to ask a series of scientific-minded questions about each topic. All aspects of the book-the topics covered, learning objectives, quizzes, even the modular format-have been developed to enable students to categorize the overwhelming amount of information they encounter, and to ignite their interest in psychological science. To ensure that scientific literacy is at the core of the book, content and features are organized around a scientific literacy model asking students: o What do we know about this? o How can science help to explain this? o Can we critically evaluate the evidence? o Why is this relevant?
Seligman, Martin E.P. Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being / Martin E.P.Seligman. – New York : Free Press, 2011. – 350 p.
Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life—for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about.
With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism.
Sicile-Kira, Chantal. Autism spectrum disorders / Chantal Sicile-Kira : the complete guide to understanding autism, Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, and other ASDs. – New York : Perigee Book, 2004. -360 p.
Comprehensive and authoritative, Autism Spectrum Disorders explains all aspects of the condition, and is written for parents, educators, caregivers, and others looking for accurate information and expert insight. Newly updated to reflect the latest research, treatment methods, and DSM-V criteria, this invaluable book covers:
- The causes of autism spectrum disorders
- Getting an accurate diagnosis
- Treatments based on behavioral, psychological, and biomedical interventions
- Coping strategies for families and education needs and programs
- Living and working conditions for adults with ASD
- Community interaction and teaching strategies and resources for educators and other professionals
Yau, Alan. Autism / Alan Yau : a practical guide for parents. – Lexington, KY : Autism Sparks, 2012. – 116 p.
Theory is great, but as a busy parent of a young child with autism, what you would really like is a practical guide: with ideas, tips and strategies that you can use right away.
Oh, and you want a book that is concise and easy to understand, right?
This book is what you’re looking for.
Think of this book as a collection of sparks. Real sparks ignite fires. The sparks in this book will ignite ideas in your head about how to teach your child with autism. Every child is different, so I can’t give you a recipe that will work for your child, but what I can give you are some of the ingredients for you to create your own individual recipe.
We invite you to read!
Bryson, Bill. In a sunburned country / Bill Bryson. – S.I.: Anchor, 2001. – 360 p.
“A predictably funny and fascinating diary of his excursions in and around the Australian Outback. Old fans starved for more Bryson misadventures in exotic climes will be charmed: first-time readers will understand what all the fuss is about.”
Butler, Robert Olen. A good scent from a strange mountain / Robert Olen Butler. – New York: Grove Press, 2001. – 269 p.
Robert Olen Butler’s lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Now Grove Press is proud to reissue this contemporary classic by one of America’s most important living writers, in a new edition of ‘A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain’ that includes two subsequently published stories – „Salem” and „Missing” – that brilliantly complete the collection’s narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam.
Butcher, Tim. Blood river: a journey to Africa’s broken heart / Tim Butcher. – London: Vintage Books, 2008. – 363 p.
A compulsively readable account of a journey to the Congo — a country virtually inaccessible to the outside world — vividly told by a daring and adventurous journalist. Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s, the Congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent. However, its troubles only served to increase the interest of Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher, who was sent to cover Africa in 2000. Before long he became obsessed with the idea of recreating Stanley’s original expedition — but travelling alone. Despite warnings Butcher spent years poring over colonial-era maps and wooing rebel leaders before making his will and venturing to the Congo’s eastern border. He passed through once thriving cities of this country and saw the marks left behind by years of abuse and misrule. Almost, 2,500 harrowing miles later, he reached the Atlantic Ocean, a thinner and a wiser man. Butcher’s journey was a remarkable feat. But the story of the Congo, vividly told in Blood River, is more remarkable still.
Carey, Peter. Theft: A love story / Peter Carey. – London: Faber and Faber, 2006. – 304 p.
”A humane, gloriously Australian book of grand passion, bad breath and high mischief. It is a rudely brilliant, infuriatingly beautiful, belligerently profane work of art.”
Patrick Ness, Guardian
Rice, Anne. Memnoch the Devil: The vampire chronicles / Anne Rice. – New York: Ballantine Books, 1996. – 447 p.
Memnoch the Devil (1995) is a horror novel by American writer Anne Rice, the fifth in her Vampire Chronicles series, following The Tale of the Body Thief. Many of the themes of this novel and in large part the title are re-borrowed from the 19th Century gothic novel Melmoth the Wanderer by Irish author Charles Maturin. In this story, Lestat is approached by the Devil and offered a job at his side.
Roberts, Gregory David. Shantaram / Gregory David Roberts. – London: Abacus, 2006. – 936 p.
Shantaram is a 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts, in which a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Pentridge Prison flees to India. The novel is commended by many for its vivid portrayal of tumultuous life in Bombay. The novel is reportedly influenced by real events in the life of the author, though some claims made by Roberts are contested by others involved in the story.
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Brown, Dan. The lost symbol / Dan Brown. – New York: Doubleday, 2009. – 509 p.
Blockbuster perfection… A gleefully erudite suspense novel. Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them trough hoops.
New York Times
Fitzerald, Francis Scott. Tender is the night / Francis Scott Fitzerald. – New York: Penguin Books, 1997. – 392 p.
Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick’s harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, Tender Is the Night is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative…
Irving, John. In one person: A novel / John Irving. – London: Doubleday, 2012. – 425 p.
This tender exploration of nascent desire, of love and loss, manages to be sweeping, brilliant, political, provocative, tragic and funny – it is precisely the kind of astonishing alchemy we associate with a John Irving novel…
Scott, Walter. Ivanhoe / SirWalter Scott. – London: Penguin Books, 1994. – 527 p.
Caught at the right age, or in the right mood, it is hard to imagine a reader finding any book more exciting or more delightful…a wonder of suspense
A. N. Wilson
Rowling, Joanne Katheline. The casual vacancy / Joanne Katheline Rowling. – New York, 2012. – 503 p.
The Casual Vacancy is a complete joy to read…A stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today.