Friday, May 9, 2008

Kyra eBook Edition, This One Will Surprise You...

Have you ever had the experience of reading a book that you aren't even sure you like, but somehow can't but it down?

Kyra by Carol Gillian was like that for me.  Part of my brain kept thinking, "why am I reading this, it is boring and painful".  But I still couldn't put it down.  I actually read the whole thing in one long lazy Saturday afternoon.

On the face of it, there isn't a reason that I should have even picked the book up, much less been unable to put it down.  I know almost nothing about architecture or urban planning and possibly less about opera.  I am not in the habit of analyzing cultures, music or art.  Mainly, I am not big on suffering for love.  Yet with all of those strikes against it, Kyra was a strangely compelling book.

Gilmore is a graceful and fluent writer.  She has a tremendous grasp of her subject matter -- architecture, opera and therapy.  Somehow (against all odds), she seamlessly weaves these complex themes into a kind of love story.  Interestingly enough, a love story with a "happily ever after" end.

The characters, Kyra and Andreas, are complex and have extremely complicated lives.  They are both sophisticated, brilliant and creative.  Their careers serve as the ballast for the emotional life.  As they work together and fall in love, everything they believe begins to morph into something different. 

This story of how they fall in love is strangely academic and cerebral.  It shouldn't work, but somehow it does.

Kyra is more than a love story but less than a romance.  Difficult to explain.  This is a book you need to experience.

I suspect that urban planners and opera fans would find this book a treasure trove of ideas and sensations.  Psychologist and people familiar with psychotherapy would find it challenging.  And yet it also works for the casual reader.  Certainly, it is not everyone's cup of tea.

This is a great book club selection.  The story and themes are great discussion material.  And yet, you don't need to belong to a book club to read and enjoy this book.

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Here is the publishers synopsis:

An unforgettable novel about love–and the first work of fiction by the author of the groundbreaking nonfiction bestseller In a Different Voice

Kyra is an architect, involved in a project to design a new city. Andreas, a theater director, is staging an innovative production of the opera Tosca. Both have come through political upheaval and personal loss. Neither wants to fall in love. Yet when she asks him, “What is the opposite of losing?” and he says, “Finding,” it galvanizes a powerful attraction, and they risk opening themselves to love once again.

When their love affair leads to a shocking betrayal, Kyra’s fierce determination to see under the surface, to know what was true and real, brings her to Greta, a remarkable therapist. As the therapy itself repeats the themes of love and loss, Kyra challenges its structure, and the struggle that ensues between the two women opens the way to a larger understanding.

Passionate and revolutionary, Kyra is an exquisitely written love story, imbued with gentle humor. This is an extraordinary work of fiction by one of the most brilliant writers of our time. Tags: ebook,e-book,book review,Kyra,architecture,opera,psychotherapy

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Study And Learn. This Stuff Is Good


'Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine' by Kasper Hauser, Braunwald Longo, Fauci Jameson. Well... what do I say about the "BIBLE" of medicine...Its getting better every time. Having said that, the eBook is mainly written as a resource for internal medicine doctors, that is docs that focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. So if you're in the medical profession, deal with adults, and are looking for a good reference book on adult medical conditions and treatments, this huge and comprehensive volume is probably just what you're looking for.

'Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine' by Stephen J. McPhee. This is an excellent pathophysiology book available in the market. This incredible blend of Physiological and Pathological concepts beautifully integrates the two subjects. This book highlights the important concepts in various student friendly ways, utilising tables and diagrams that corresponds with the essential information given in the text. It is excellent for review and preparing for exams. Use the Coupon Code Below to receive a Discount on one or both of these eBook Titles.

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HUNDREDS OF DIAGRAMS AND CLINICAL PHOTOS INTEGRATED INTO THE TEXT – FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FULL COLORA step ahead of everyday practice, the practice of medicine is unthinkable without Harrison's. From opening presentations of hot topics in medicine to its popular 55-chapter section on the cardinal signs of illness to comprehensive coverage of all major diseases in all organ systems, Harrison's is the internal medicine reference of choice
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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Know, Learn, And Live


'The Lonely Patient' by Michael Stein. This is a must-read for doctors, medical students, caregivers, people living with pain/disease, and people who know someone living with pain/disease. Having lived with varying degrees of pain daily for the past fifteen years or so, I found this eBook to be an accurate representation of what living with pain is like. Michael Stein, in his research and interviews, has been able to capture in words the experience of pain - from both the insider and outsider's points of view. This is a wonderfully readable eBook for anyone who has been a patient or has provided care for them.

'The Bullet's Yaw' by Dustin W. Ballard. A quick and powerful read full of thought-provoking, intriguing and galvanizing facts, reflections, and anecdotes. Anyone who is concerned about the state of health care today and increasing gun violence in our schools and communities should read this book and pass it on to others. I will pass on a Discount on either or both of these eBook Titles by using the Coupon Code below at checkout.

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When someone is diagnosed with a serious illness, he or she is taking the first step on an overwhelmingly challenging and confusing journey. For many, it is as if they are traveling to someplace entirely new and they must go there alone, with only faded directions back to their old lives. Often, even their loved ones can only guess at what they must be experiencing.
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During a vengeful rampage, a deranged former security guard had fired a hollow point bullet into Mains' truck. The bullet's path through steel slowed its velocity, causing it to tumble sideways when it collided with Mains, a phenomenon that ballistics experts call the "bullet's yaw." The bullet's impact and ensuing yaw were over in a blink, but the effects were profound.
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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Complex And Dirty


'Dirty' by Meredith Maran. This eBook is not an "erotic romance". It is a deeply felt novel about fractured families, dark, miserable secrets, how those secrets mold our adult lives in ways we cannot imagine or frequently manage. Dirty not only weaves a complex character and story line but pulls it all off while putting into print some of your steamiest fantasies.

'Are You Crazy?' by Andrew M. Williams. Williams takes a serious subject and presents it in an entertaining way without doing insult to the seriousness of the matter at hand. He has culled questions from a variety of psychological tests and you are encouraged to answer these questions, score yourself, and analyze your responses based on certain criteria. These "quizzes" are generally "subjective" in nature, that is, they deal with what is called the "affective" domain rather than the "cognitive" domain of human existence. Did I just say all that? I retained more than I thought or Knew… Use the Coupon Code below to receive a Discount on either of these two eBook Titles.

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Venturing into uncharted territory, mother and award-winning journalist Meredith Maran takes us inside teenagers' hearts, minds, and central nervous systems to explore the causes and consequences of our nation's drug crisis.
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Are You Crazy? (Mobipocket) eBook edition by Williams, Andrew M.
There is a fine line between quirky and out-and-out crazy. With 18 scientifically based quizzes, Andrew N. Williams helps readers decipher whether they're "normal," toeing the line, or far past it. Developed by psychologists to analyze human behavior, the quizzes allow readers to discover if they (or their friends and family) are:
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Me, Myself, And I...


'The Evolving Self' by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I found this book interesting, thought provoking, and at times disturbing and even depressing. What is most significant about this work is its exploration of the veils that our culture and its members live with, and what could be beyond them. It summarizes the concept of Flow and then takes us beyond into what we can actually do in communities to make a difference in the evolutionary epic. I find this book to be very practical.

'Thoughts From The Heart Of The Soul' by Gary Zukav. I keep a copy of this eBook on my computer. Almost every single day I randomly flip to another page and read its message. I am amazed to find how many times I end up flipping to the same page! I am convinced that this book is helping me to face life's issues every time I look at it. A very inspirational book! This book is an excellent meditative companion for those who have read Gary Zukav's other books--"Seat of the Soul," "The Heart of the Soul," and "The Mind of the Soul" as well as "Soul Stories" and "The Dancing Wu Li Masters." If you have read any of theses eBook Titles then ad this to your collection. Below is a Coupon Code to receive a Discount on either of these two eBook Titles.

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The author of the bestselling Flow (more than 125,000 copies sold) offers an intelligent, inspiring guide to life in the future.
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In the national bestseller The Heart of the Soul, Gary Zukav and Linda Francis joined together to help us to develop a new emotional awareness that is central to our spiritual development.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Mind Is A Wonderful Thing


'The Family That Couldn't Sleep' by D.T. Max. This eBook was so fascinating, I was compelled to email the author and congratulate him on his work. The Family That Couldn't Sleep tells the thought provoking story of an emerging medical mystery that is likely to affect all of us in our lifetime. Woven into the story are fascinating details regarding the history, politics and evolving research of a potential health related epidemic in our country. Max is able to communicate a complex disease phenomena in a gripping fashion that is also accessible to lay people such as myself...medical degree not required!
'The Emotion Machine:' by Marvin Minsky. Humans can of course think in multiple domains. Indeed, a good human chess player can also be a good mathematician or a good chef. The ability to think in multiple domains has been christened as "commonsense" by many psychologists and professional educators, and those skeptical of the possibility of machine intelligence. It is thought by many that in order for a machine to be considered as truly intelligent or even indeed to possess any intelligence at all, it must possess "commonsense", in spite of the vague manner in which this concept is frequently presented in both the popular and scientific literature. On a lighter note, below there is a Coupon Code so you can receive a Discount on these two eBook Titles.

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D. T. Max was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Harvard in 1984. He has been an editor at Washington Square Press, Houghton Mifflin, and The New York Observer. For the past eight years, he has reported mostly for The New York Times Magazine. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and Chicago Tribune. He lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife, their two young children, and a rescued beagle named Max.
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"In this mind-expanding book, scientific pioneer Marvin Minsky continues his groundbreaking research, offering a fascinating new model for how our minds work. He argues persuasively that emotions, intuitions, and feelings are not distinct things, but different ways of thinking. By examining these different forms of mind activity, Minsky says, we can explain why our thought sometimes takes the form of carefully reasoned analysis and at other times turns to emotion. He shows how our minds progress from simple, instinctive kinds of thought to more complex forms, such as consciousness or self-awareness.
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Friday, October 26, 2007

The Nose Knows


'Scent of Desire' by Rachel Herz. ... The nose knows. Pity olfaction, the least celebrated of the five senses: In one poll, people ranked smell as the sense they'd mind losing the least. But, says Herz (Psychology/Brown Univ.), one of a handful of researchers doing groundbreaking work on the psychology of smell, the ability to smell the world around us shapes and informs every part of our lives-particularly our emotional existence. When robbed of a sense of smell-whether through head injury, severe depression or other cause-we lose a vital connection to the material world and its sensual pleasures. In thoughtful and accessible writing, Herz explains why it is that smells act as such direct conduits to emotional memories. Herz explains "why we smell" is perhaps the most fascinating. Smell not only underlies the ability to tell which meat is rotten and which is fresh, but also potently affects sexual attraction, and not as Coco Chanel might have thought (the grand dame of fashion once said, "Without perfume, women have no future."). Before you apply deodorant tomorrow morning, consider that it is in fact the natural body odors we spend so much time trying to cloak informs us of who we will choose to mate with and who we will avoid. A delightfully unexpected blend of personal anecdotes, pop-cultural erudition and scientific understanding.
'Shyness' my Bernardo J. Carducci. This is the first book I've read on shyness and it's written very well. It seems that books like this are either written for an audience of Ph.D's who perform social research for a living, or for an audience with an 8th grade education. This book is neither - it delivers straight forward content in an articulate fashion that is both easy to grasp and enjoyable to read. I have tried several of the techniques described in the book and so far have had some pretty good luck. Those of you who know me don't know that I'm pretty shy. I guess my secrets out. Be sure to check below for the Discount Code to receive a Discount on these two eBook titles.

Scent of Desire, The eBook edition by Herz, Rachel
The first and definitive book on the psychology of smell, The Scent of Desire traces the importance of smell in our lives, from nourishment to procreation to our relationships with the people closest to us and the world at large. Smell was the very first sense to evolve and is located in the same part of the brain that processes emotion, memory, and motivation. To our ancestors, the sense of smell wasn't just important, it was crucial to existence and it remains so today. Our emotional, physical, even sexual lives are profoundly shaped by both our reactions to and interpretations of different smells.
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Shy Facts Shy children are not destined to be shy adults. Shyness does not equal low self-esteem. Shyness is not a "disease," personality deficit, or character flaw. Humans aren't the only species to experience shyness. Scientists have been studying shy cattle aswell as shy cats, shy fish, and shy dogs. Some of the world's most famous, richest, smartest and bravest people are shy.
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