"The brilliant mind behind Party of One examines the striking social trend: people are stuck and they want to change, but..." (San Francisco Chronicle) In this book, Anneli Rufus identifies an intriguing aspect of our culture: Many of us are stuck. Be it in the wrong relationship, career, or town, or just with bad habits we can't seem to quit, we even say we want to make a change, but . . . Merging interviews, personal anecdotes, and cultural criticism, Stuck is a wise and passionate exploration of the dreams we hold dearest for ourselves-and the road to actually achieving them. When faced with the possibility of change, our minds can play tricks on us. We tell ourselves: I can't make it. Or, It's not worth the effort. How is it that in a time of unprecedented freedom and opportunity, so many of us feel utterly powerless and unsure? In this book, Rufus exposes a complex network of causes for our immobilization- from fear and denial to powerful messages in popular culture or mass media that conspire to convince us that we're helpless in the face of our cravings. But there can be a light at the end of the tunnel: Rufus also tells the stories of people who have managed to become unstuck and of others who, after much reflection, have decided that where they are is best. After all, she writes, "what looks to you like a rut, others might say is true absorption in a topic, a relationship, a career, a pursuit, a place. What looks to you like boredom, others call commitment. And even contentment." A brilliant glimpse into what truly motivates-or doesn't motivate-us, Stuck will inspire you to take a look at yourself in an entirely new light.
George Leon is a hip, hardworking magazine publisher and quite the ladies man, too. On a pretty March morning, he is driving merrily down Interstate 75 in South Florida, when a fuel tanker blows up right in front of him. Almost killed in the ensuing fire and chaos, he wants to know why, exactly, the truck erupted. An investigative journalist at heart, he soon discovers the explosion was no accident but rather part of an elaborate plot, targeting tankers along the same stretch of highway. In concert with a rookie reporter on his staff, and while courting a beautiful Latina barmaid, George closes in on a very dangerous culprit, only to end up taking a harrowing death ride - in a tanker on I-75.
Zen and the art of getting unstuck . . . Perennial favorites, Charlotte Kasl’s If the Buddha Dated, If the Buddha Married and If the Buddha Had Kids have inspired readers with their empowering balance of spiritual and psychological wisdom. This wise yet lighthearted book extends on Dr. Kasl's trademark insight to speak to anyone who's ever experienced being stuck in life. With her signature clarity, wisdom, and wit, she presents seven simple yet profound steps on the path to change: Notice Where You're Stuck; Show Up; Pay Attention; Live in Reality; Connect with Others, Connect with Life; Move from Thought to Action; and Let Go. Full of insight from Buddhist and other teachings that emphasize the joy that comes with letting go of fears and attachments, If the Buddha Got Stuck is an inspirational and practical roadmap to a happier, more peaceful, and more fulfilling life. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Young people are transforming the global landscape. As the human population today is younger and more urban than ever before, prospects for achieving adulthood dwindle while urban migration soars. Devastated by genocide, hailed as a spectacular success, and critiqued for its human rights record, the Central African nation of Rwanda provides a compelling setting for grasping new challenges to the world's youth. Spotlighting failed masculinity, urban desperation, and forceful governance, Marc Sommers tells the dramatic story of young Rwandans who are "stuck," striving against near-impossible odds to become adults. In Rwandan culture, female youth must wait, often in vain, for male youth to build a house before they can marry. Only then can male and female youth gain acceptance as adults. However, Rwanda's severe housing crisis means that most male youth are on a treadmill toward failure, unable to build their house yet having no choice but to try. What follows is too often tragic. Rural youth face a future as failed adults, while many who migrate to the capital fail to secure a stable life and turn fatalistic about contracting HIV/AIDS. Featuring insightful interviews with youth, adults, and government officials, Stuck tells the story of an ambitious, controlling government trying to govern an exceptionally young and poor population in a densely populated and rapidly urbanizing country. This pioneering book sheds new light on the struggle to come of age and suggests new pathways toward the attainment of security, development, and coexistence in Africa and beyond. Published in association with the United States Institute of Peace
Maybe you have a great idea for a movie, and you're thinking to yourself, "Man, if I only knew how to write a screenplay." Maybe you've started your screenplay already, but you get to a certain point where you JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT! Or maybe you've already finished your screenplay, printed it out, read it over again, hated it, and burned it in your trash can (but you saved a backup). Don't give up on your dreams just yet--not until you've read this book. Over the course of his successful career as a writer and producer, Josh Miller has learned plenty about the art of screenwriting. There are no fancy tricks or shortcuts to making a great screenplay, just time-honored techniques, fundamental story elements, and one secret ingredient: you. Josh will show you how to craft a compelling story and deploy advanced techniques used by professional screenwriters, but most importantly, he'll teach you how to harness your unique voice, experience and perspective to give your screenplay real substance. Get this book, and get yourself unstuck.
Are You STUCK in a Broken Relationship?We've all been stuck: stuck in traffic, stuck in the mud,stuck in the middle...But getting stuck in a broken relationship is one of the worst places to be stuck. It leaves you hurt and confused: not knowing what to do next. If that's where you find yourself today, then STUCK may be the book to help you get unstuck. A Practical Guide to Broken RelationshipsF. Remy Diederich goes beyond anger management and provides his readers with practical, spiritual insight into how to overcome anger. He offers helpful analysis of the question, What is anger? and then carefully suggests approaches, often step-by-step, to help you navigate the process of letting go of your anger and getting your life back on track.A Bible-based Approach on How to ForgiveF. Remy Diederich's writing is rich in biblical thought and counsel but not simplistic in its application or blind to the realities of human weakness. Issues of anger management, grief, boundaries, and how to forgive are carefully looked at from a spiritual perspective. He also includes a special section on how to forgive yourself.A Compassion, Realistic Approach to Reconciliation While encouraging reconciliation, the author is also aware that reconciliation is not always possible and offers alternatives. Because of STUCK's helpful "how-to" nature, you will want to highlight key thoughts and return to them again and again. What will you learn from STUCK? The answer to the question: what is anger? Seven reasons why those closest to you often tick you off How to take control of your anger and let it work for you Seven reasons you stay stuck in broken relationships Why grieving is so important after you lose a relationship A practical guide on how to forgive others How to help others forgive you and achieve reconciliation How to forgive yourself How to move on from your past and reclaim your life If you are "stuck" in a broken relationship, do yourself a favor and read this book. It could be just the thing you need to help you get unstuck and move on with your life. Still not sure? Go back to the top of this page and check out the "Look Inside The Book" feature to take a glance at how this book can help you "Mend and Move on From Broken Relationships"
South Africa's ongoing incorporation into the international political economy as a global middle-power--a "bridgebuilder" between the global hegemons and those reluctant to follow their lead--has created in it a post-apartheid foreign policy that has been a bundle of contradictions and ambiguities. Through case studies of interaction with multilateral groupings and organizations, Taylor examines South African foreign policy during its ambivalent re-entry into the globalized neo-liberal political economy.