The Happiness Project [Audiobook]

The Happiness Project [Audiobook]

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun [Audiobook] by Gretchen Rubin
Harper Audio | 2009 | ASIN: B0032COUXQ | MP3 VBR V4 | 9 hrs 53 mins | 375.87MB

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia, The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

Rubin didn't have the option to uproot herself, nor did she really want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts, from Epicurus to Thoreau to Oprah to Martin Seligman to the Dalai Lama to see what worked for her-and what didn't.

Her conclusions are sometimes surprising-she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent wisely; that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that "treating" yourself can make you feel worse; that venting bad feelings doesn't relieve them; that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference-and they range from the practical to the profound.

Written with charm and wit, The Happiness Project is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable. Gretchen Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Happier at Home and The Happiness Project--accounts of her experiences test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project,, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness.

Rubin is an enthusiastic proponent of using technology to engage with readers about ideas, and she has a wide, active following. Not only that--“The Happiness Project” was even an answer on the game-show Jeopardy!

A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, Rubin started her career in law, and she was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She has written several books, including three novels that are safely locked in a desk drawer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Shooting Cowboys and Indians

Shooting Cowboys and Indians

Shooting Cowboys and Indians: Silent Western Films, American Culture, and the Birth of Hollywood by Andrew Brodie Smith
University Press of Colorado | 2004 | ISBN: 0870817469 | PDF | 13.92MB

Academics have generally dismissed Hollywood’s cowboy and Indian movies—one of its defining successful genres—as specious, one-dimensional, and crassly commercial. In Shooting Cowboys and Indians, Andrew Brodie Smith challenges this simplistic characterization of the genre, illustrating the complex and sometimes contentious process by which business interests commercialized images of the West.

Tracing the western from its hazy silent-picture origins in the 1890s to the advent of talking pictures in the 1920s, Smith examines the ways in which silent westerns contributed to the overall development of the film industry.

Focusing on such early important production companies as Selig Polyscope, New York Motion Picture, and Essanay, Smith revises current thinking about the birth of Hollywood and the establishment of Los Angeles as the nexus of filmmaking in the United States. Smith also reveals the role silent westerns played in the creation of the white male screen hero that dominated American popular culture in the twentieth century.

Illustrated with dozens of historic photos and movie stills, this engaging and substantive story will appeal to scholars interested in Western history, film history, and film studies as well as general readers hoping to learn more about this little-known chapter in popular filmmaking.

The Complete Home Bartender's Guide: Revised and Updated

The Complete Home Bartender's Guide: Revised and Updated

The Complete Home Bartender's Guide: Revised and Updated by Salvatore Calabrese
Sterling Epicure | 2012 | ISBN: 1402786263 | EPUB | 6.91MB

This beautifully illustrated edition of the home-bartending bible by world-renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese includes 50 new recipes along with instructions for preparing virtually any cocktail. With encyclopedic information about every liquor, here are 830 of Salvatore's personal favorites, from classics like the Negroni to exotic modern reinventions like the Cosmopolitan. Stir in a sparkling blend of insider info and gorgeous color photos, garnish with live-action pictorials of dozens of techniques, and you've got everything necessary to become a master of mixology.

Dr. Mao's Secrets of Longevity Cookbook

Dr. Mao's Secrets of Longevity Cookbook

Dr Mao's Secrets of Longevity Cookbook: Eating for Health, Happiness, and Long Life by Mao Shing Ni
Andrews McMeel Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 144942761 | EPUB | 4.57MB

Best-selling author Dr. Mao, known in Hollywood as Doctor to the Stars, offers more than 75 easy-to-prepare, even-better-to-enjoy recipes to bolster health and increase longevity.

Known as “Doctor to the stars,” Mao Shing Ni, M.D. extends the thoughts presented inside his international best-seller Secrets of Longevity and translates those ideas into kitchen-friendly palate-pleasing recipes that promise to improve health, happiness, and longevity.

Bite-sized tips are offered alongside easily prepared, flavorful recipes that describe the health benefits of each dish. With a focus on using fresh foods that have specific health benefits and longevity properties, Dr. Mao highlights signature ingredients specific to each dish and provides an overview discussing the food’s particular health benefits. Recipes such as Dr. Mao’s Honey-Glazed Masala Chicken with Apricots to Dr. Mao’s Immune Boost Borscht with Porcini Mushrooms, or Spicy Tri-color Pepper Beef with Himalayan Gojiberry, and Dr. Mao’s signature Anti-Aging Brain Mix and Brain Tonic, are presented alongside beautiful four-color photographs and easy-to-follow directions. In addition, a simple list of life-extending foods is also included, along with a list of in-season bounty and a handy health glossary created especially for this book by Dr. Mao. With such bragging rights, it’s easy to consider Dr. Mao’s Secrets of Longevity Cookbook the ultimate cooking companion and a flavorful resource for living a longer, healthier, and more enjoyable life.

The Everything Nordic Cookbook

The Everything Nordic Cookbook

The Everything Nordic Cookbook: Includes: Spring Nettle Soup, Norwegian Flatbread, Swedish Pancakes, Poached Salmon with Green Sauce, Cloudberry Mousse and hundreds more by Kari Schoening Diehl
Adams Media | 2012 | ISBN: 1440531862 | EPUB | 3.03MB

The new Nordic cuisine--simple, healthy, and fresh

Do you want to cook rich and flavorful Scandinavian fare, such as Lobster Salad with Nobis Dressing or Danish Coconut Dream Cake, but don't know where to start? With this collection of recipes, you can craft unique dishes inspired by the natural world anytime. From simple breakfasts to elaborate smorgasbords, this comprehensive cookbook introduces you to the delightful tastes and healthful benefits of the Nordic lifestyle with more than 300 easy-to-make recipes, including:

  • Gingersnap Meatballs
  • Savory Pear Soup
  • Norwegian Eggs Benedict
  • Spring Chicken Salad with New Asparagus and Pickled Rhubarb
  • Smoked Trout with Summer Vegetables
  • Swedish Apple Cake

Whether you're looking to simplify your diet, want to try home preserving, or can't get enough of Scandinavian products like smoked salmon and lingonberry jam, The Everything Nordic Cookbook has all the tips and recipes you need to reap the rewards of the Nordic lifestyle!

Remembrance [Audiobook]

Remembrance [Audiobook]

Remembrance [Audiobook] by Theresa Breslin
Random House Audio | 2007 | ISBN: 1856868605 | MP3@128 kbps | 7 hrs 20 mins | 403.76MB

1915: Scotland. It begins with a group of teenagers from two families, friends despite their social differences, on a picnic on a beautiful sunny day. Mostly romance is on their minds, but the peace of the day is shattered by the sound of a plane flying overhead, an omen of how the reality of the war across the Channel is soon to tear them away from such youthful pleasures.

All too soon the horror of what is to become known as The Great War engulfs them, their friends, and the whole village. From the horror of the trenches, to the devastating reality seen daily by those nursing the wounded, they struggle to survive. They are luckier than some -- all but one return home -- but they know that nothing will ever be the same again.

Remembrance is a powerful and engrossing novel about love and war, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin.

I am a High School English teacher in Brisbane. My father (who served at sea in WW 2) was named after his uncle, an Australian artillery officer who served in Gallipoli and in France. He was killed in action in the Somme region in 1917. I discovered this novel, "Remembrance" by Theresa Breslin after my family had visited his grave in France during 2001. Breslin's account of seeing British students (my own children were upper primary school age and truly affected), visiting a similar war cemetary struck a chord with me as many Australians and New Zealanders suffered and died in this area (along with British, French, Canadian and US troops and Germans in this region). It inspired me to use it as the focus of a unit on war, using the play, "Journey's End" by R.C. Sherriff, set in the trenches, plus WW1 war poetry by women & men, allied and German (e.g. Owen & Sassoon & Trakl). The students love the novel with its mix of both female and male perspectives on the war (and a little romance) and the social history of the period. The students have also studied the period in History, so it has proved a valuable inter-disciplinary unit. I recommend the novel whole-heartedly to anyone interested in the period including young people who wish to explore the mood and many social changes of the period in Britain. Also on the Hyperion CD label, and on Chandos are CD's either featuring composers of WW1 or music appropriate to listen to in conjunction with "Remembrance". There are few authors and novels that I have taught that have enthused both teacher and student as deeply. A must read novel!
By Alec M. Raymond

The Bridge [Audiobook]

The Bridge [Audiobook]

The Bridge [Audiobook] by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Books in Motion | 2012 | ASIN: B001AF1FGM | MP3@40 kbps | 6 hrs 47 mins | 116.54MB

In the early 1960's, a young woman and her infant son are thrown into a cold Montana mountain river after their car plunges from an unstable wooden bridge. In the terrible moments that follow, Anna Conway and a stranger who attempts to help both lose their lives. Through their heroism the child is miraculously spared. Nearly forty years later, unexpected events bring New Yorker Jared Conway back to the river with his own son in tow. Crushed by a disappointing end to his marriage and the numbing pace of his business, Jared finds himself yearning for something he cannot define. Yet before he can discover the thing that will bring him inner peace, he must first come to terms with the mysteries of his traumatic past.

Dear Life: Stories [Audiobook]

Dear Life: Stories [Audiobook]

Dear Life: Stories [Audiobook] by Alice Munro
Random House Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 0307939367 | MP3@96 kbps | 10 hrs 05 mins | 415.29MB

What can be said about Alice Munro's luminous writing that hasn't already been said? What unused plump adjectives might be bandied about to describe her way with words? What turn of phrase or simile might once again skirt the edge of capturing her unparalleled ability to so aptly describe those quiet moments in life that can change everything in a flash? Crossroads, they are called. A lightning bug trapped inside a jar, now free. Her latest collection, DEAR LIFE, is all of those flashy adjectives and overextended metaphors. It's everything you want it to be, and more.

Munro has written 12 other short story collections as well as a few volumes of selected previously published stories and one novel. You'd think with this many published stories in her back pocket that maybe she'd retrace her steps, write the same story but with different characters, rely on a well-tread formula or two for some of the "filler" in the book. But such is not the case. While many reoccurring themes are explored, DEAR LIFE is as fresh and illuminating as any of her previous collections, if not more so. As another reviewer so fittingly put it, "there are no clunkers here."

"To Reach Japan," the first entry in the collection, finds Greta and her young daughter Katy on a train to Toronto to housesit a friend's home for a month while Greta's husband --- and Katy's father --- begins a new job elsewhere. While on the journey, the normally quiet and contained Greta gets too deep in the drink with a younger fellow they meet on the train and, in a moment of lusty abandon, loses track of Katy. Of course, mother and daughter are reunited, but not without Greta feeling the full weight of what might have happened. Still, it doesn't stop her from kissing back when a newspaper columnist she met at a party a few months earlier greets her on the platform in Toronto. As the pins line up, there's plenty to noodle over in this brief glimpse into the life of a subconsciously unhinged mother possibly unhappy in her marriage, definitely looking for a change.

In "Leaving Maverley," Morgan, a half-curmudgeonly small town movie theater projectionist, and his doting wife take a wayward girl named Leah under their wing who, not long after, runs off with the minister's son. As is often the case in Munro's stories, time isn't kind to any of the three, doling out tragedy in droves. Leah's marriage fails, causing her to lose her children. But it's Morgan's loss of his wife (to cancer) that stings the most. "But the emptiness in place of her was astounding.... What he carried with him, all he carried with him, was a lack, something like a lack of air, of proper behavior in his lungs, a difficulty that he supposed would go on forever."

Tackling loss --- and blame --- from a different angle, "Gravel" is the story of two sisters who live in a ramshackle trailer by a water-filled quarry after their mother left their sturdy, boring father for a younger, wilder man. When one sister drowns in the gravel pit on the other's watch, there's no question who is to blame. Their mother, a little too wild? The boyfriend, too stoned to jump in and save her? Or the narrator who stood by, watching her sister drown? As you might expect, it's the dead sister's voice that calls out the strongest here: "Caro keeps running at the water and throwing herself in, as if in triumph, and I'm still caught, waiting for her to explain to me, waiting for the splash."

Death. Love. Loss. Guilt. Shame. Lust. Loneliness. It's all poured over the coals in the stories throughout DEAR LIFE. But here's the kicker. There's an unprecedented finale tacked on at the book's end. Here, 81-year-old Munro writes, "The final four works in this book are not quite stories. They form a separate unit, one that is autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact. I believe they are the first and last --- and the closest --- things I have to say about my own life." [!!!] While these selections show none of the careful kneading and precise crafting so present in her fiction, it's perhaps just that raw, messy stream-of-consciousness that makes them so interesting to read.

** As a reviewer's side note, here's a tip: If you have access to the Winter 2012 issue of Granta, pick it up. Why? Aside from the fact that it's a well-curated journal that highlights the latest and greatest stories from Literary Greats such as Munro, this particular issue includes a story entitled "In Sight of the Lake" that is also included in DEAR LIFE. Here, an aging woman who seems to be losing her memory embarks on a drive in search of an "Elderly Specialist." As one might expect, she loses her way and has difficulty finding the doctor's office. I won't spoil the ending, but suffice it to say, the ending in DEAR LIFE and the ending in Granta *aren't the same!* I'm not sure I've ever had the pleasure of being treated to two slightly dissimilar endings that resonate very differently on the palate. It's an exercise that not only shows readers the myriad paths a story could follow, but also Munro's writing process as well.
Reviewed by Alexis Burling

Clean [Expanded Edition]

Clean [Expanded Edition]

Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself [Expanded Edition] by Alejandro Junger
HarperOne | 2012 | ISBN: 0062209523 | EPUB | 2.44MB

A Life-Changing Medical Breakthrough

Clean is an M.D.'s program designed to be easily incorporated into our busy schedule while providing all the practical tools necessary to support and rejuvenate our bodies. The effect is transformative: nagging health problems will suddenly disappear, extra weight will drop away, and for the first time in our lives, we will experience what it truly means to feel healthy.

Expanded Edition Includes:
New Introduction • New Recipes • How to Become Clean for Life

How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III

How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III

How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III by Ron Rosenbaum
Simon & Schuster | 2012 | ISBN: 1416594221 | MOBI | 952.79KB

In this startling book, now in paperback, the bestselling author of Explaining Hitler warns that a nuclear World War III is not only the most massive and imminent threat to existence as we know it, but also one of the most ignored.

While Russian aggression grows and North Korean nuclear ambitions increase unabated, tensions continue to escalate between India and Pakistan and in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Iran remains committed to developing its nuclear program despite international sanctions.

No other writer has assembled the extraordinary array of sources and experiences that Ron Rosenbaum calls on to inform his examination of nuclear war. While working from both historical and contemporary perspectives to explore the people and events that could shape the form of a third world war, he suggests humans have never before been so close to annihilation. In this book, Rosenbaum examines both the paranoia and very real set of possibilities that informs our view of nuclear war and asks whether we can “undream” the nightmare.

The Shakespeare Wars

The Shakespeare Wars

The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups by Ron Rosenbaum
Random House | 2011 | ISBN: 0307807924 | EPUB | 3.13MB

In The Shakespeare Wars, Ron Rosenbaum gives readers an unforgettable way of rethinking the greatest works of the human imagination. As he did in his groundbreaking Explaining Hitler, he shakes up much that we thought we understood about a vital subject and renews our sense of excitement and urgency. He gives us a Shakespeare book like no other. Rather than raking over worn-out fragments of biography, Rosenbaum focuses on cutting-edge controversies about the true source of Shakespeare's enchantment and illumination--the astonishing language itself. How best to unlock the secrets of its spell?

With quicksilver wit and provocative insight, Rosenbaum takes readers into the midst of fierce battles among the most brilliant Shakespearean scholars and directors over just how to delve deeper into the Shakespearean experience--deeper into the mind of Shakespeare.

Was Shakespeare the one-draft wonder of Shakespeare in Love? Or was he rather--as an embattled faction of textual scholars now argues--a different kind of writer entirely: a conscientious reviser of his greatest plays? Must we then revise our way of reading, staging, and interpreting such works as Hamlet and King Lear?

Rosenbaum pursues key partisans in these debates from the high tables of Oxford to a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in a strip mall in the Deep South. He makes ostensibly arcane textual scholarship intensely seductive--and sometimes even explicitly sexual. At an academic "Pleasure Seminar" in Bermuda, for instance, he examines one scholar's quest to find an orgasm in Romeo and Juliet. Rosenbaum shows us great directors as Shakespearean scholars in their own right: We hear Peter Brook--perhaps the most influential Shakespearean director of the past century--disclose his quest for a "secret play" hidden within the Bard's comedies and dramas. We listen to Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, as he launches into an impassioned, table-pounding fury while discussing how the means of unleashing the full intensity of Shakespeare's language has been lost--and how to restore it. Rosenbaum's hilarious inside account of "the Great Shakespeare 'Funeral Elegy' Fiasco," a man-versus-computer clash, illustrates the iconic struggle to define what is and isn't "Shakespearean." And he demonstrates the way Shakespearean scholars such as Harold Bloom can become great Shakespearean characters in their own right.

The Shakespeare Wars offers a thrilling opportunity to engage with Shakespeare's work at its deepest levels. Like Explaining Hitler, this book is destined to revolutionize the way we think about one of the overwhelming obsessions of our time.

The American Civil War

The American Civil War

The American Civil War and the Wars of the Industrial Revolution by Brian Holden Reid
Cassell | 1999 | ISBN: 0304352306 | MOBI | 5.99MB

The Civil War was the bloodiest in America's history, comprising 149 engagements of importance and 2200 skirmishes. The author narrates the history of the war and also describes how such factors as generalship, staff work, organization, intelligence and logistics affect the shape and decisions of the battlefield. He looks at the strengths, and weaknesses of the opposing sides - the North's industrial strength and the South's material shortages, for example - and the effect of new weapons on tactics. He explores the crucial role of the industrial revolution on the course of 19th-century warfare, first in the Crimean War, then in Prussia's wars with Austria and France, and most dramatically in the American Civil War.

Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us

Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us

Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us by John Quiggin
Princeton University Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0691145822 | EPUB | 272.1KB

In the graveyard of economic ideology, dead ideas still stalk the land.

The recent financial crisis laid bare many of the assumptions behind market liberalism--the theory that market-based solutions are always best, regardless of the problem. For decades, their advocates dominated mainstream economics, and their influence created a system where an unthinking faith in markets led many to view speculative investments as fundamentally safe. The crisis seemed to have killed off these ideas, but they still live on in the minds of many--members of the public, commentators, politicians, economists, and even those charged with cleaning up the mess. In Zombie Economics, John Quiggin explains how these dead ideas still walk among us--and why we must find a way to kill them once and for all if we are to avoid an even bigger financial crisis in the future.

Zombie Economics takes the reader through the origins, consequences, and implosion of a system of ideas whose time has come and gone. These beliefs--that deregulation had conquered the financial cycle, that markets were always the best judge of value, that policies designed to benefit the rich made everyone better off--brought us to the brink of disaster once before, and their persistent hold on many threatens to do so again. Because these ideas will never die unless there is an alternative, Zombie Economics also looks ahead at what could replace market liberalism, arguing that a simple return to traditional Keynesian economics and the politics of the welfare state will not be enough--either to kill dead ideas, or prevent future crises.

The Economist Audio Edition [February 02, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [February 02, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [February 02, 2013] English | MP3@48 kbps | 8 hrs 46 mins | 183.28MB

The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.

The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.

The aim of The Economist is "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress."Subjects covered include international news, economics, politics, business, finance, science, technology, and the arts. The publication is targeted at the high-end "prestige" segment of the market and counts among its audience influential business and government decision-makers.

It takes a strongly argued editorial stance on many issues, especially its support for free trade and fiscal conservatism; it can thus be considered as a magazine which practises advocacy journalism.

Although The Economist calls itself a newspaper and refers to its staff as correspondents, it is printed in magazine form on glossy paper, like a newsmagazine.

The Economist belongs to The Economist Group. The publication interests of the group include the CFO brand family as well as the annual World in..., the lifestyle quarterly Intelligent Life, European Voice and Roll Call (known as "the Newspaper of Capitol Hill"). Another part of the group is The Economist Intelligence Unit, a research and advisory company providing country, industry and management analysis worldwide. Since 1928, half the shares of The Economist Group have been owned by the Financial Times, a subsidiary of Pearson PLC, and the other half by a group of independent shareholders, including many members of the staff. The editor's independence is guaranteed by the existence of a board of trustees, which formally appoints him and without whose permission he cannot be removed.

The Ellington Century

The Ellington Century

The Ellington Century by David Schiff
University of California Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0520245873 | EPUB | 552.66KB

Breaking down walls between genres that are usually discussed separately--classical, jazz, and popular--this highly engaging book offers a compelling new integrated view of twentieth-century music. Placing Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the center of the story, David Schiff explores music written during the composer's lifetime in terms of broad ideas such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. He shows how composers and performers across genres shared the common pursuit of representing the rapidly changing conditions of modern life. The Ellington Century demonstrates how Duke Ellington's music is as vital to musical modernism as anything by Stravinsky, more influential than anything by Schoenberg, and has had a lasting impact on jazz and pop that reaches from Gershwin to contemporary R&B.