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Maria Popova is a Bulgarian-born, American-based writer of literary and arts commentary and cultural criticism that has found wide appeal, both for its writing and for the visual stylistics that accompany it.
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The Truth About Trust
How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning, and More
David DeSteno - 2014-01-30
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“This one’s worth reading. Trust me.” —Daniel Gilbert, PhD, bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness Issues of trust come attached to almost every human interaction, yet few people realize how powerfully their ability to determine trustworthiness predicts future success. David DeSteno’s cutting-edge research on reading trust cues with humanoid ...
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Absolutely fascinating read on the psychology of trust in work and love      source
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The Story of Ferdinand
Munro Leaf - 2011-03-31 (first published in 1936)
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Ferdinand is the world's most peaceful--and--beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. Leaf's simple storytelling paired with Lawson's pen-and-ink drawings make The Story of Ferdinand a true classic. Commemorate the 75th a...
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The bittersweet story of the real-life Spanish Civil War bull that inspired one of the most beloved children's* books of all time and its larger invitation, so needed in our present world *All great children's books are miniature works of philosophy.      source
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Why Love Hurts
A Sociological Explanation
Eva Illouz - 2013-09-23 (first published in 2011)
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Neues Buch der preisgekr�nten Soziologin Eva Illouez �ber die moderne Liebe, das der Frage nachgeht, warum Liebe so schmerzhaft, die Suche nach Liebe so beschwerlich und Liebe oft so entt�uschend ist, und als Antwort ein radikal neues Beziehungsmodell postuliert....
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Why love hurts – fascinating read on the biggest source of romantic agony in modern life, and what to do about it:      source
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A Responsibility to Awe
Rebecca Elson - 2018-09-27 (first published in 2001)
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Rebecca Elson's A Responsibility to Awe reissued as a Carcanet ClassicA Responsibility to Awe is a contemporary classic, a book of poems and reflections by a scientist for whom poetry was a necessary aspect of research, crucial to understanding the world and her place in it, even as, having contracted terminal cancer, she confronted her early death...
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"Sometimes as an antidote To fear of death, I eat the stars." Astronomer Rebecca Elson died on this day in 1939, not yet forty, leaving behind 56 scientific papers and a slender, stunning book of poems. Here is her best:      source
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Kenny's Window
Maurice Sendak - 2002-11-26 (first published in 1956)
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Kenny dreams of a fabulous land where he would like to live always, and in his search for it discovers many things about himself and about growing up. ‘An unusual, imaginative story . . . in which reality blends with make-believe.' 'SLJ. 1956 Children's Spring Book Festival Honor Book (NY Herald Tribune) Kenny dreams of a fabulous land where he wou...
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Remembering "Where the Wild Things Are" creator Maurice Sendak, who died 9 years ago today, with his superb little-known debut – a philosophical "children's" book about knowing what you really want      source
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The Paper-Flower Tree
Jacqueline Ayer - 2017-06-20 (first published in 1962)
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A passing old peddler gives a little girl a “seed” to grow a paper flower tree, and though the other villagers scoff, her faith is rewarded. This is a beautiful book, set in a lush and colorful Thailand, about a community and a girl whose dreams become reality.Jacqueline Ayer was a Jamaican-American, born in New York City in 1930. She began her edu...
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Lovely philosophical children's book about the courage to defy cynicism and the generative power of the imagination by the pioneering Jamaican-American designer, artist, and author Jacqueline Ayer, born on this day in 1930      source
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The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - 2000-05-15 (first published in 1943)
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Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry's unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as clo...
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As a child, in Bulgaria, my mother read "The Little Prince" to me. I didn't realize it then, but it was my first exposure to philosophy and poetic literature. I still read this "children's" book once a year every year. Here is its bittersweet origin story:      source
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Dusk, Night, Dawn
On Revival and Courage
Anne Lamott - 2021-03-02
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"Anne Lamott is my Oprah." -Chicago Tribune From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow comes an inspiring guide to restoring hope and joy in our lives.In Dusk Night Dawn, Anne Lamott explores the tough questions that many of us grapple with. How can we recapture the confidence we once had as we stumble through the dark times that seem increas...
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There is a new soul-salve of a book by @ANNELAMOTT, "Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage." While I savor slowly, the way one takes potent medicine, hasten and fill your own prescription for this existential tonic:      source
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Michael Bedard - 2002-10-08 (first published in 1992)
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A young girl who lives across the street from the reclusive Emily Dickinson gets her chance to meet the poet when her mother is invited to play the piano for Emily. The girl sneaks up to Emily's room and exchanges a small gift for an authentic poem, which is included in the book. A young girl who lives across the street from the reclusive Emily Dic...
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A children's book about Emily Dickinson? Yes, please!      source
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The Rabbit Box
Joseph Pintauro - 1970-01-01
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The Rainbow Box, consisting of the box itself, four books—A Box of Sun, The Peace Box, The Rabbit Box and The Magic Box plus “The Peace Poster”, honors in art and poetry the four seasons plus the times of life. The idea was to present these four different subjects in individual books that were then put together in as colorful and as exciting a mann...
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The Rabbit Box – absolutely wonderful and unusual vintage children's book for grownups about the mystery of life and the magic, difficult and beautiful, of falling in love      source
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The Biggest Bluff
Maria Konnikova - 2020-06-23
Little Panic by Amanda Stern
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
On the Move by Oliver Sacks
Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
The Republic by Plato
A Life of One's Own by Marion Milner
The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861 by Henry David Thoreau
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
On science, necessity, and the love of God; by Simone Weil