Joshua Waitzkin is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. The film Searching for Bobby Fischer is based on his early life.
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Deep Water Blues
A tropical island in the Bahamas is the setting for a deadly private war in this thrilling tale inspired by true events. Bobby Little, a charismatic expat who built his own paradise on the island of Rum Cay, finds himself in a power struggle against a ruthless entrepreneur. When tragedy strikes, simmering tensions boil over, and the cobalt blue waters of the Bahamas run red with blood. But what happened to Bobby's beloved island paradise? Find out in this page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Since I was a child, the desolate out islands of the Bahamas have been a home, none more dear than the shark-infested, storm-ravaged, cursed utopia of Rum Cay. . . . Deep Water Blues churns with the beauty, desperation, violence, and yearning of those fighting to survive on a speck of land in an eternal sea. As a reader, I am on fire. As a son, I could not be more proud – source
The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Discover the secret to outstanding achievement with "Grit", the instant New York Times bestseller by celebrated researcher and professor, Angela Duckworth. Through eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, Duckworth reveals that talent is not the key to success, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. Drawing on insights from history and modern experiments in peak performance, Duckworth shares valuable strategies for cultivating tenacity, triggering lifelong interest and achieving your goals. A personal, insightful and life-changing book about the power of persistence.
Incredibly important…There is deeply embodied grit, which is born of love, purpose, truth to one's core under ferocious heat, and a relentless passion for what can only be revealed on the razor’s edge; and there is the cool, patient, disciplined cultivation and study of resilience that can teach us all how to get there. Angela Duckworth's masterpiece straddles both worlds, offering a level of nuance that I haven’t read before. – source
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The Psychology of Creative Writing
Explore the mysteries behind the art of creative writing with this scholarly and engaging book. Offering a psychological perspective, it delves into various aspects of the craft, such as the writer's personality, the creative process, and the link between creativity and mental illness. With chapters on the text itself, the writer's development, and even how to teach creative writing, this book has something for everyone, including people who simply enjoy reading or writing. From bestselling authors to aspiring bloggers, The Psychology of Creative Writing is a must-read.
An outstanding collection of provocative essays. Psychologists, writers, and anyone who likes to read, think, and learn will enjoy this profoundly revealing window into the creative process. – source
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
An Inquiry into Values
Explore the art of living through Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Follow the story of a father and his young son on a transformative journey across America's Northwest. This meditative examination of our daily lives offers insightful guidance on improving the way we live.
One of the most important books in the world to focus on quality than inequality, learning to find art in anything, deeply, deeply brilliant, philosophical book. – source
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Escapee Lin and his guide Prabaker dive headfirst into the seedy underworld of contemporary Bombay. Amidst beggars, gangsters, and soldiers of all backgrounds, Lin discovers love and a sense of purpose while running a clinic in a rough slum. But it's only a matter of time before Lin's ties to mafia godfather Khader Khan and the enigmatic, alluring Karla thrust him into a world of violence and betrayal. Based on the author's own experiences, this debut novel is a thrilling, epic exploration of human experience and love for India.
One of the most beautiful novels I ever read by Gregory David Roberts, is one I've gotten to know very well, just an ecstatically beautiful book. – source
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Tao Te Ching
A timeless classic of spiritual literature, this Taoist text speaks to the qualities of an enlightened leader and a balanced, harmonious life. Written over two thousand years ago, it offers insights helpful not only for personal growth but also in leadership, business, and politics today. A remarkable English translation by a leading scholar, this compact and portable edition is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series, featuring short, accessible teachings from renowned figures that distill wisdom from over 50 years of Shambhala Publications.
Hugely just unbelievable deep. – source
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On the Road
Embark on a journey of self-discovery with a group of friends as they explore the open highways of America in this timeless Beat classic by Jack Kerouac. Soon to be a major motion picture with a star-studded cast, this revolutionary masterpiece captures the essence of the Beat Generation and will leave a lasting impact on readers.
Jack Kerouac has a huge impact on my life, On the Road, Dharma Bums. His books were initially tapped me into the idea that life could be ecstatically beautiful. – source
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