Author: Oliver Sacks
Awakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world.
Author: Edward Lazellari
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
A New York City cop and a washed-up photographer who have nothing in common but a retrograde amnesia that has stolen all memories older than thirteen years find their lives upended by otherworldly, murderous beings who know the truth about their pasts.
The Story of the Kate Chopin Revival
Author: Bernard Koloski
Publisher: LSU Press
Category: Literary Collections
One of the most often repeated anecdotes about the direction of literary studies over the past three decades concerns a graduate student who complained of reading Kate Chopin's The Awakening in three classes and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick in none. But Chopin has not always been featured in the literary curriculum. Though she achieved national success in her lifetime (1850--1904) as a writer of Louisiana "local color" fiction, after her death her work fell into obscurity until 1969, when Norwegian literary scholar Per Seyersted published The Complete Works of Kate Chopin and sparked a remarkable American literary revival. Chopin soon became a major presence in the canon, and today every college textbook surveying American literature contains a Chopin short story, her novel The Awakening, or an excerpt from it. In this unique work, twelve prominent Chopin scholars reflect on their parts in the Kate Chopin revival and its impact on their careers. A generation ago, against powerful odds, many of them staked their reputations on the belief -- now fully validated -- that Chopin is one of America's essential writers. These scholars energetically sponsored Chopin's works in the 1970s and 1980s and encouraged reading, studying, and teaching Chopin. They wrote books and articles about her, gave talks about her, offered interviews to newspapers and magazines, taught her works in their classes, and urged their colleagues to do the same, helping to build a network of teachers, students, editors, journalists, librarians, and others who continue to promote Chopin's work. Throughout, these essays stress several elements vital to the revival's success. Timing proved critical, as the rise of the women's movement and the emergence of new sexual norms in the 1960s helped set an ideal context for Chopin in the United States and abroad in the 1970s and 1980s. Seyersted's biography of Chopin and his accurate texts of her entire oeuvre allowed scholars to quickly publish their analyses of her work. Popular media -- including Redbook, New York Times, and PBS -- took notice of Chopin and advanced her work outside the scholarly realm. But in the final analysis, as the contributors point out, Kate Chopin's irresistible writing itself made her revival possible. Highly personal, at times amusing, and always thought provoking, these revealing recollections and new critical insights offer a fascinating firsthand account of a decisive moment in American literary history.
Conversations with History (Large Print 16pt)
Author: Harry Kreisler
As a kid, Noam Chomsky handed out the Daily Mirror at his uncle's newsstand on 72nd Street, inadvertently finding himself in a buzzing intellectual and political hub for European immigrants in New York. Iranian human rights Nobelist Shirin Ebadi and her husband signed their own legal contract, attempting to restore equality to their marriage after the Iranian Revolution effectively erased the legal rights of women. Elizabeth Warren set out to expose those frauds declaring bankruptcy and taking advantage of the system-only to discover, in her research, a very different story of hard-working middle-class families facing economic collapse in the absence of a social safety net. While studying at Oxford, a young Tariq Ali made a bet with a friend that he could work the Vietnam War into every single answer on his final exams. In this rousing, thoughtful, often funny, and always inspiring volume, a diverse and impressive group of thinkers reflect on those formative experiences that shaped their own political commitments. A fascinating new window into the revealing links between the personal and the political, Political Awakenings will engage readers across generations.
The Racial War Saga:
Author: A.J. O'Connell
Publisher: Author House
Fuming with rage and bitterness six friends band together to avenge the destruction of a small human settlement. Through sheer determination and stoic resolve they succeed, though at what cost? Because of their actions, one of them will fall to the enemy and Velthanjantle, the demonic avatar of Kargonis is resurrected. Though weak, the demon breaks free to reign havoc once again upon the world. Fifteen years later, the demon is fully healed and searching for the mysterious Three Chains of Gold; relics from the War of the Gods, when united, will bring about new balance among the Greater Realms. If Velthanjantle is able to find the chains the dark god could be free once more to walk among mortals. It falls on those who released the demon to gather their forces, train their armies and prepare their guilds to stop the end of the world. Together or separated, six mortals must set in motion the events necessary to save Reality from ultimate doom. From demonic plots and greedy dragons to hardened assassins and pious priests, the demon Velthanjantle quickly becomes the least of their problems.
Author: Oliver W. Sacks
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Category: African trypanosomiasis
Documentary deals with the aftermath of the encephalitis outbreak which occurred following World War I. Describes and depicts the symptoms of the condition and the initially dramatic and beneficial effect of l-dopa treatment. Includes interviews with Oliver Sacks.
A Translation of Marcel's Autobiography En Chemin, Vers Quel Éveil?
Author: Gabriel Marcel
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Annotation French intellectual Marcel's (1889-1973) autobiography /En chemin, vers quel was published in 1971 by Gallimard, Paris. An English translation by Peter S. Rogers is being brought out in light of the impact his work has had on postmodern thought. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
Author: Leslie Fieger
Publisher: Leslie Fieger
This book was written to be a bedside reader. It is collection of ideas, insights, tips, tools and techniques that will empower you to realize your dreams. Read one of the short chapters before going to sleep each night and you will be inspired and empowered to create the successful and fulfilling life you both desire and deserve.
Defining Moments in a Young Man's Life
Author: J. Terry Johnson,Pat Boone
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Who am I? What career path is right for me? Where do I look for a compatible mate? These are the questions that haunted a college freshman struggling with crucial decisions regarding his future, while sinking deeper into the black hole of fraternity life. He thought he was on the right track, attending the college of his dreams and being initiated into the frat brotherhood. But after an unsettling spring break trip to Mexico-the first of many Awakenings-his life course turned in an unexpected direction as he made the daring move to transfer schools, leaving the prestigious private university in north Dallas for a small, unknown college in Oklahoma City. Join in the adventure, tragedy, and romance that transform an unsettled adolescent into a confident, keenly directed adult. See the puzzle of a young man's life come together as a series of defining moments make the future crystal clear. You will come away with an enlightened sense of what it means to be living in the providential care of a loving God.
Author: Sharon Bolton,S. J. Bolton
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Clara Benning, a veterinary surgeon in charge of a wildlife hospital in a small English village, is young and intelligent, but nearly a recluse. Disfigured by a childhood accident, she generally prefers the company of animals to people. But when a local man dies following a supposed snakebite, Clara's expertise is needed. She's chilled to learn that the victim's postmortem shows a higher concentration of venom than could ever be found in a single snake—and that therefore the killer must be human. Assisted by a soft-spoken neighbor and an eccentric reptile expert, Clara unravels sinister links to an abandoned house, an ancient ritual, and a fifty-year-old tragedy that has left the survivors secretive. But for someone the truth must remain buried in the past—even if they have to kill to keep it there. Awakening is a disturbing tale of dark secrets and insidious rituals that will have readers unable to stop for a breath until they've reach the stunning climax of this extraordinary read from the author of the acclaimed debut novel Sacrifice.
A Journey to the Center of Human Belief
Author: Tom Baker
It had all started out as just a game, and then "It" had come, and their world was never the same again. Was there actually any truth to the information being related to them from beyond? Was it an actual presence that brought them together, or was it all in their minds? Four misfits from a college in the Midwest are seemingly thrown together into a strange series of occurrences by the mysterious intelligence known only as "Zem". Author Tom Baker, his four cohorts, and the mysterious writer "John Pickman" take you on a strange, harrowing journey into the great dead heart of the haunted backroads of rural Indiana, and comb the antique buildings of a historic college campus in search of strange and elusive truths. A mind-shattering book, a tragic examination of human foibles, an intense and piercing examination of the human will to believe. Awakenings open your eyes, and join us. If you dare!
Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan
Publisher: Japan Society Gallery
Transmitted from China to Japan in the 13th century, Zen Buddhism not only introduced religious practices but also literature, calligraphy, philosophy, and ink painting to Japanese disciples. This elegant book discusses these fields as they combined to encompass the evocative practice of figure painting within Zen Buddhism in medieval Japan. Focusing on forty-seven exceptional Japanese and Chinese paintings from the 12th to the 16th centuries––which together illustrate the story of the “awakening” of Zen art––the book features essays by distinguished scholars that discuss the life and art within Zen monastic and lay communities. The authors explore the ideology underlying the development of Zen’s own pantheon of characters created to imagine the Buddha’s wisdom and offer fresh insights into the role of the visual arts within Zen practice as it developed in Japan in close dialogue with the Asian continent.
Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have (Gift Edition)
Author: Mark Nepo
Publisher: Conari Press
The Book of Awakening, a cult favorite since its original publication in 2000, catapaulted to fame in 2010 after it was chosen as one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things. This gift edition with sewn binding and a ribbon marker reflects the book’s odyssey as a well-beloved daily companion. Mark Nepo wrote the book more than a decade ago, in response to his journey through cancer a decade before that. That experience led him to create a day book not only for people going through life-threatening situations but for everyone. Nepo calls it, “a book to help people meet their days and inhabit their lives. I had a commitment to create a book that could serve up inner food, that could be turned to as a spiritual first-aid kit.” That this book continued to find its readers affirms its quality as a life affirming companion. Again, in Nepo’s workds, “I think it confirms the yearning of people everywhere for meaningful and humble work that invites readers on a journey together. The premise of the book is that people everywhere have a wisdom of their own and the book is there to guide them to their own wisdom.” The Book of Awakening is a modern classic, speaking to the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. It’s a daily guide for living in hard times and good times, all the time reminding us that the life we’re living is the life we have. Lived authentically it can--and does--become the life we want. This hardcover edition features a ribbon marker and a subject index that allows the reader to search for quotes and inspiration pertinent to his or her life not only by day but my category.
Author: Matt Cardin
Publisher: Mythos Books LLC
In "Dark Awakenings," author and scholar Cardin explores the ancient intersection between religion and horror in seven stories and three academic papers.
The Essential Guide to Metaphysics
Author: Steve Tackett
Awakenings: The Essential Guide to Metaphysics came about as a result of the many questions people have asked me in classes and private consultations. The same questions kept occurring over the years, which led to the creation of an eight-week class and eventually this book. Awakenings: The Essential Guide to Metaphysics is a reference guide to the basic concepts of metaphysical/New Age philosophy that continues to attract new people. The book is designed to familiarize the reader with the ideas behind areas of highest interest to those seeking an understanding of this philosophy as well as to expand the knowledge of those who may be more advanced in their learning. Awakenings: The Essential Guide to Metaphysics takes the sometimes "mystical" concepts and explains them in simple, easy to understand terms. Within these pages, you will find your answers as well as new questions to stimulate you to further study. If you only read one book about metaphysics, this is it.
Author: Tara Larson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Sean Morgan is wealthy, good-looking, and smart, so the world should be his oyster, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Sean’s the one stuck in the tiny shell his rich, conservative family forced him into. He’d love to break away from law school—and his girlfriend—to pursue life as a maybe-gay photographer, but he doesn't have the guts... until he meets sexy bartender-slash-artist Adam while on vacation with Lindsey.
A Shamanic Odyssey
Author: Rak Razam
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
"A personal account of drug tourism and the business of twenty-first-century hallucinogenic shamanism in South America"--
an anthology of new Speculative Fiction
Author: Alison Buck,Neil Faarid,Gingerlily,Robin Moran,PR Pope,Alexander Skye,Peter Wolfe
Publisher: Elsewhen Press
Expect a life-changing experience[Re]Awakenings are the starting points for life-changing experiences; a new plane of existence, an alternate reality or cyber-reality. This genre-spanning anthology of new speculative fiction explores that theme with a spectrum of tales, from science fiction to fantasy to paranormal; in styles from clinically serious to joyfully silly. As you read through them all, and you must read all of them, you will discover along the way that stereo-typical distinctions between the genres within speculative fiction are often arbitrary and unhelpful. You will be taken on an emotional journey through a galaxy of sparkling fiction; you will laugh, you will cry; you will consider timeless truths and contemplate eternal questions.All of life is within these pages, from birth to death (and in some cases beyond). In all of these stories, most of them specifically written for this anthology, the short format has been used to great effect. If you haven'¿¿t already heard of some of these authors, you soon will as they are undoubtedly destined to become future stars in the speculative fiction firmament. Remember, you read them here first!
Author: Diane Bolding
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Diane is an innately happy person, but beginning in 1991, a series of events would turn her life upside down. Most devastating was the loss of her son for ten years, experiencing firsthand the cruelty of humans. This opened her eyes to a wide variety of injustices. After getting her son back in her life in 2004, she entered the military and this began another series of events that would open her eyes and allow her to see the world without the rose-colored glasses. The book Awakenings is a compilation of short stories and poems that reflect her internal journey, and her eventual triumph over adversity. Diane is now living with her family in Mississippi and working on her degree in Anthropology.