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📝The Opposite of Loneliness Book Synopsis : The instant New York Times bestseller and publishing phenomenon: Marina Keegan’s posthumous collection of award-winning essays and stories “sparkles with talent, humanity, and youth” (O, The Oprah Magazine). Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. Marina left behind a rich, deeply expansive trove of writing that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. Her short story “Cold Pastoral” was published on NewYorker.com. Her essay “Even Artichokes Have Doubts” was excerpted in the Financial Times, and her book was the focus of a Nicholas Kristof column in The New York Times. Millions of her contemporaries have responded to her work on social media. As Marina wrote: “We can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over…We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.” The Opposite of Loneliness is an unforgettable collection of Marina’s essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to impact the world. “How do you mourn the loss of a fiery talent that was barely a tendril before it was snuffed out? Answer: Read this book. A clear-eyed observer of human nature, Keegan could take a clever idea...and make it something beautiful” (People).
📝The Opposite of Loneliness Book Synopsis : This hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate who died tragically five days after graduation details the struggle that we all face as we figure out what we want to be and how we can positively impact the world.
📝The Opposite of Loneliness Book Synopsis : Marina Keegan's star was on the rise when she graduated from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. As her family, friends and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, 'The Opposite of Loneliness', went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord. Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina's essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.
📒The Opposite Of Loneliness Enhanced Edition ✍ Marina Keegan
📝The Opposite of Loneliness Enhanced Edition Book Synopsis : An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation. Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her deeply affecting last essay for The Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. Even though she was just twenty-two years old when she died, Marina left behind a rich, deeply expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, capture the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. Her short story, “Cold Pastoral,” was published in NewYorker.com just months after her death. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories, which, like The Last Lecture, articulate the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be, and how we harness our talents to impact the world.
📒Loneliness And Its Opposite ✍ Don Kulick
📝Loneliness and Its Opposite Book Synopsis : Few people these days would oppose making the public realm of space, social services and jobs accessible to women and men with disabilities. But what about access to the private realm of desire and sexuality? How can one also facilitate access to that, in ways that respect the integrity of disabled adults, and also of those people who work with and care for them? Loneliness and Its Opposite documents how two countries generally imagined to be progressive engage with these questions in very different ways. Denmark and Sweden are both liberal welfare states, but they diverge dramatically when it comes to sexuality and disability. In Denmark, the erotic lives of people with disabilities are acknowledged and facilitated. In Sweden, they are denied and blocked. Why do these differences exist, and how do both facilitation and hindrance play out in practice? Loneliness and Its Opposite charts complex boundaries between private and public, love and sex, work and intimacy, and affection and abuse. It shows how providing disabled adults with access to sexual lives is not just crucial for a life with dignity. It is an issue of fundamental social justice with far reaching consequences for everyone.
📒The Opposite Of Me ✍ SARAH PEKKANEN
📝The Opposite of Me Book Synopsis : Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her devestatingly beautiful twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being names creative vice president of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus hour weeks, migraines and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey's carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated and desperate, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents' Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her prince charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin, while she furtively tries to put her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be.
📒The Lonely City ✍ Olivia Laing
📝The Lonely City Book Synopsis : SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 GORDON BURN PRIZE CHOSEN AS 'BOOK OF THE YEAR' BY Observer Guardian Telegraph Irish Times New Statesman Times Literary Supplement Herald When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between the works and lives of some of the city's most compelling artists, Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.
📒The Loneliness Cure ✍ Kory Floyd
📝The Loneliness Cure Book Synopsis : "A guide intended to help readers become less lonely"--
📒A History Of Loneliness ✍ John Boyne
📝A History of Loneliness Book Synopsis : The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to "the good." Forty years later, Odran's devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people's faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed, and grows nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insults. At one point, he is even arrested when he takes the hand of a young boy and leads him out of a department store looking for the boy's mother. But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church, and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation, within both the institution and his own family. A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation.
📒What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite ✍ David Disalvo
📝What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite Book Synopsis : This book reveals a remarkable paradox: what your brain wants is frequently not what your brain needs. In fact, much of what makes our brains "happy" leads to errors, biases, and distortions, which make getting out of our own way extremely difficult. Author David DiSalvo presents evidence from evolutionary and social psychology, cognitive science, neurology, and even marketing and economics. And he interviews many of the top thinkers in psychology and neuroscience today. From this research-based platform, DiSalvo draws out insights that we can use to identify our brains’ foibles and turn our awareness into edifying action. Ultimately, he argues, the research does not serve up ready-made answers, but provides us with actionable clues for overcoming the plight of our advanced brains and, consequently, living more fulfilled lives.
📒 ✍ 瑪麗娜‧基根（Marina Keegan）
📝 Book Synopsis : 《紐約時報》、亞馬遜書店暢銷書 超過140萬人點閱、耶魯畢業生紅遍全球網路的最後演講 以精準文字探索人性最深處的孤寂，道出年輕世代的困惑與理想 知名作家王浩威、王聰威、朱宥勳、郝譽翔、孫梓評、蔡素芬、鍾怡雯深情推薦 「我們找不到一個詞來表達孤獨的相反意義。 如果有的話，我得說，那就是我此生所追求的； 那就是我衷心感激耶魯帶給我的感受， 也是我害怕明天一早醒來、畢業離開之後，即將失去的感受。」 才華洋溢的耶魯女大生，畢業後五天因意外驟逝 生前發表的最後一篇文章，吸引超過140萬人點閱 慧黠的文字詩意、大膽而力道十足 充分捕捉到年輕世代的希望、徬徨、孤寂、摸索與掙扎…… 耶魯大學畢業生瑪麗娜‧基根，立志用生命當一個真正的作家，年僅22歲，已在身後留下豐富的創作，《孤獨的反義詞》這本書集結了她的短篇故事及隨筆共18篇，道出各種人物及形式的孤獨：猝逝的曖昧情人、空巢期的父母、駐守伊拉克的軍官、暗藏刺青的老婦、失聯潛艇的船員、擱淺的鯨魚……等，全然不落俗套，篇篇撼動人心。 2012年5月，瑪麗娜以優異成績畢業，前途一片光明燦爛。她創作的音樂劇即將在紐約國際藝穗節上演，知名雜誌《紐約客》也有一份工作等著她赴任。不幸的是，畢業後五天，一場車禍驟然奪走了這個才華洋溢的年輕生命。瑪麗娜畢業前夕發表的最後一篇文章〈孤獨的反義詞〉，在網路上被熱烈分享轉載，不僅是因為文中洋溢的無限可能性與現實的對比過於令人震驚惋惜，更在於她說中了廣大同代人的心聲，宛如《最後的演講》（The Last Lecture）：什麼才是屬於我的志向與夢想？如何善用自己的才能為世界帶來改變？瑪麗娜的生命永遠停駐在2012年，而她遺留給世人的文字，將讓人心頭無可迴避地重重一震。 ※ 得獎紀錄 入圍水石書店2014年度選書決選 《紐約時報》非小說暢銷榜#11 美國亞馬遜書店暢銷書 ※ 國外知名作家推薦 安‧法第曼（Anne Fadiman），美國國家書評獎得主、作家、耶魯大學寫作課講師 哈洛・卜倫（Harold Bloom），《西方正典》作者、著名文學教授暨評論家 J. R. 莫林格（J. R. Moehringer），《溫柔酒吧》作者、普立茲獎得主 ※ 國內名家推薦 朱宥勳──專文導讀 王浩威、王聰威、孫梓評、郝譽翔、蔡素芬、鍾怡雯──深情推薦（姓名排列按筆畫順序） ※ 媒體名人書評 以瑪麗娜・基根22歲的表現來看，毫無疑問可視為「頂級新秀」。她的小說毫不掩飾自己年輕的、對生命的熱望，但她卻也足夠聰慧，總是憂患著美好的一切將何時、如何消逝。如果她的人生是一篇小說的話，我會說，這是一篇很有幽默感的「預知死亡紀事」。 ──朱宥勳，台灣知名作家、文學書評刊物《秘密讀者》編輯委員 在她的短暫生命中，瑪麗娜‧基根展現了早慧的文字掌控力。她略帶嘲諷、睿智又熱情奔放的語調令人難忘，而她生氣勃勃的精神，強烈地提醒我們要珍惜當下。儘管每一個句子都隱隱讓人想起她來不及實現的未來，這本卓越的作品集讀來仍令人深感愉悅、受到鼓舞，因為它讓大家知道，作者本人就是個奇蹟。 ——J. R.莫林格（J. R. Moehringer），普立茲獎得主，紐約時報暢銷書《溫柔酒吧》（The Tender Bar）作者 我永遠不會停止哀悼我所鍾愛的學生──瑪麗娜‧基根。瑪麗娜原本前途不可限量，本書就是部分證明，只可惜隨著她的逝去，這份希望也跟著殞落。綜觀全書，她展現了逼真且張力十足的敘事技巧。除此之外，她更對這一代人大聲疾呼：不要為了區區職場浪費了才華，應該把青春的尊嚴與活力投資於自我提升、改善這個紛紛擾擾的社會。 ——哈洛・卜倫（Harold Bloom），耶魯大學人文與英國文學教授，著名文學教授暨評論家，《西方正典》（The Western Canon）作者 說出每一個社會新鮮人的樂觀與精神症狀……在此千禧時代，反諷已晉升成了藝術型態；基根為這一代人的集體不安全感帶來覺醒，然而，她的精準描述，唯有同樣深處於不安全感的人才寫得出來。她永遠無法得知讀者從她的作品中得到的幫助，何其遺憾！ ──《出版人周刊》
📒The Chosen ✍ Aaron Posner
📝The Chosen Book Synopsis : THE STORY: A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation from the award-winning novel is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities--five blocks and a world apart--in Williamsburgh,
📒Letting Loose The Hounds ✍ Brady Udall
📝Letting Loose the Hounds Book Synopsis : Eleven stories set in the small towns of Utah and Arizona consider the idea of letting loose in all its forms and include "Buckeye the Elder," "The Opposite of Loneliness," "Purple Hearts," "Vernon," and "Junk Court"
📒At Large And At Small ✍ Anne Fadiman
📝At Large and At Small Book Synopsis : In At Large and At Small, Anne Fadiman returns to one of her favorite genres, the familiar essay—a beloved and hallowed literary tradition recognized for both its intellectual breadth and its miniaturist focus on everyday experiences. With the combination of humor and erudition that has distinguished her as one of our finest essayists, Fadiman draws us into twelve of her personal obsessions: from her slightly sinister childhood enthusiasm for catching butterflies to her monumental crush on Charles Lamb, from her wistfulness for the days of letter-writing to the challenges and rewards of moving from the city to the country. Many of these essays were composed "under the influence" of the subject at hand. Fadiman ingests a shocking amount of ice cream and divulges her passion for Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip and her brother's homemade Liquid Nitrogen Kahlúa Coffee (recipe included); she sustains a terrific caffeine buzz while recounting Balzac's coffee addiction; and she stays up till dawn to write about being a night owl, examining the rhythms of our circadian clocks and sharing such insomnia cures as her father's nocturnal word games and Lewis Carroll's mathematical puzzles. At Large and At Small is a brilliant and delightful collection of essays that harkens a revival of a long-cherished genre.
📒The Promise Of A Pencil ✍ Adam Braun
📝The Promise of a Pencil Book Synopsis : The riveting story of how a young man turned $25 into more than 200 schools around the world and the guiding steps anyone can take to lead a successful and significant life. Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who after being asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “A pencil.” This small request led to a staggering series of events that took Braun backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving one of the world’s most prestigious jobs to found Pencils of Promise, the organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 200 schools around the world. The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey to find his calling, as each chapter explains one clear step that every person can take to turn your biggest ambitions into reality, even if you start with as little as $25. His story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and village chiefs, world-famous celebrities and hometown heroes. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give you the tools to make your own life a story worth telling. *All proceeds from this book will support Pencils of Promise.
📒Loneliness As A Way Of Life ✍ Thomas L. Dumm
📝Loneliness as a Way of Life Book Synopsis : "What does it mean to be lonely?" Dumm asks. His inquiry, documented in this book, takes us beyond social circumstances and into the deeper forces that shape our very existence as modern individuals. The modern individual, Dumm suggests, is fundamentally a lonely self. This book challenges us, not to overcome our loneliness, but to learn how to re-inhabit it in a better way.
📒The Tender Bar ✍ J. R. Moehringer
📝The Tender Bar Book Synopsis : The New York Times bestseller and one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2005. In the tradition of This Boy's Life and The Liar's Club, a raucous, poignant, luminously written memoir about a boy striving to become a man, and his romance with a bar. J.R. Moehringer grew up captivated by a voice. It was the voice of his father, a New York City disc jockey who vanished before J.R. spoke his first word. Sitting on the stoop, pressing an ear to the radio, J.R. would strain to hear in that plummy baritone the secrets of masculinity and identity. Though J.R.'s mother was his world, his rock, he craved something more, something faintly and hauntingly audible only in The Voice. At eight years old, suddenly unable to find The Voice on the radio, J.R. turned in desperation to the bar on the corner, where he found a rousing chorus of new voices. The alphas along the bar--including J.R.'s Uncle Charlie, a Humphrey Bogart look-alike; Colt, a Yogi Bear sound-alike; and Joey D, a softhearted brawler--took J.R. to the beach, to ballgames, and ultimately into their circle. They taught J.R., tended him, and provided a kind of fathering-by-committee. Torn between the stirring example of his mother and the lurid romance of the bar, J.R. tried to forge a self somewhere in the center. But when it was time for J.R. to leave home, the bar became an increasingly seductive sanctuary, a place to return and regroup during his picaresque journeys. Time and again the bar offered shelter from failure, rejection, heartbreak--and eventually from reality. In the grand tradition of landmark memoirs, The Tender Bar is suspenseful, wrenching, and achingly funny. A classic American story of self-invention and escape, of the fierce love between a single mother and an only son, it's also a moving portrait of one boy's struggle to become a man, and an unforgettable depiction of how men remain, at heart, lost boys.
📒My Year With Eleanor ✍ Noelle Hancock
📝My Year with Eleanor Book Synopsis : “I honestly loved this book.” —Jim Norton, New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Your Guts “Eleanor taught Noelle that, first and foremost, Courage Takes Practice. Her yearlong quest to face her terrors, great and small, is moving, enriching, and hilarious—we readers are lucky to be along for the ride.” —Julie Powell, bestselling author of Julie & Julia In the tradition of My Year of Living Biblically and Eat Pray Love comes My Year with Eleanor, Noelle Hancock’s hilarious tale of her decision to heed the advice of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and do one thing a day that scares her in the year before her 30th birthday. Fans of Sloane Crosley and Chelsea Handler will absolutely adore Hancock’s charming and outrageous chronicle of her courageous endeavor and delight in her poignant and inspiring personal growth.
📒The Rosie Project ✍ Graeme Simsion
📝The Rosie Project Book Synopsis : Now in paperback, the international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love. The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).
📒The Stone Gods ✍ Jeanette Winterson
📝The Stone Gods Book Synopsis : The Stone Gods is one of Jeanette Winterson's most imaginative novels about love. On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet - pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie and Spike are falling in love. What will happen when their story combines with the world's story, as they whirl towards Planet Blue, into the future? Will they - and we - ever find a safe landing place? Jeanette Winterson OBE, whose writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and the E.M. Forster Award, is the author of some of the most purely imaginative and pleasurable novels of recent times, from Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit to her first book for children, Tanglewreck. She is also the author of the essays Art Objects. Visit her website at www.jeanettewinterson.com
📒The Pursuit Of Loneliness ✍ Philip Elliot Slater
📝The Pursuit of Loneliness Book Synopsis : Examines today's middle-class society to reveal the social and psychological factors undermining the American Dream