Some of the chaos of this existence is replicated in the structure of Prochnik’s chapters, which tend to begin at a specific place and moment and then wander — or scurry — backward and forward in time, crossing and recrossing the Atlantic, the Alps and the English Channel.
An immensely readable and rewarding book that will challenge and inspire readers to make their workplaces hotbeds of creativity.
...though it’s a bit rich when she criticizes the media for chasing viral stories, this is otherwise an excellent guide for individuals aspiring beyond the rat race or businesses seeking to elevate employee morale and well-being.
A genre-crossing, pensive, peripatetic novel...Rich, lyrical, philosophically dense—not an easy work to take in but one that repays every effort.
This book's strength is mixing research and anecdote in a lively, accessible way, with a reporter's eye for detail.
Even truly accomplished worriers should be cheered that the author...has wrapped his arms around a vast body of science and intellectual history to gain useful perspective on his own agonizing experiences. The result is a work that sheds light not just on a particular disorder but on the human condition that gives rise to it.
...a lively account of his experiences with the joys of weightlessness as well as the discomfort of leaving the ship for a space walk. A page-turning memoir of life as a decorated astronaut.
Watts shows how particularly attuned Carnegie was to the psychological needs of Americans beaten down by the Great Depression, who needed to hear that positive thinking would garner positive results.
This is an entertaining book. But it teaches little of general import, for the morals of the stories it tells lack solid foundations in evidence and logic.
..."I speak of the anguish of dying, of loss, of fear, of loneliness, of being desperately beside oneself, of the sense of futility." The Novel Cure is at its best when it tackles these fundamental questions, and many of its titles will be added to my bibliotherapy list.
King excels at the psychological realism of his characters, and Dan’s psychic wounds, shame, and self-hatred make him the man that allows this second, newer story to happen.
...Levels of Life...is a book that levels with us only up to a point. Its resonance comes from all it doesn't say, as well as what it does; from the depth of love we infer from the desert of grief.
I am saddened to say that even though the story did indeed make for tender and poignant reading with some whimsical dialogue and scenes, I found it a battle to read and felt almost relief when I came to the final page.
...underlying all this commentary simmers her articulate challenge to the medical profession: to reconsider its reflexive postponement of death long after lifesaving acts cease to be anything but pure brutality.
I didn’t really learn anything new about myself from this fairly basic test; you can learn a lot more about yourself doing your numerology.
His book becomes a lashing critique of how society, and the police, let these young women down. He is particularly good on the case of Ms. Gilbert...
In the memoir, Girl, Interrupted, Kaysen divides the material chronologically, with frequent references to related incidents that happened earlier in her life. She describes the day of her hospital admission in 1967 to her release in 1969.
Captivating and astute study.
With this deeply affecting book, he has...shared their tales with a wider world.
The absence of characterization and overall blandness suggest authorship by a committee of self-improvement pundits--a far cry from The Little Prince: that flagship of the genre was a genuine charmer because it clearly derived from quirky sensibility