Related to: 'Language at the Speed of Sight'

Da Capo Press

The Thorn Necklace

Francesca Lia Block
Authors:
Francesca Lia Block

For devotees of Bird by Bird and The Artist's Way, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing A cinematic exploration of the writing life by Francesca Lia Block, the bestselling author of the Weetzie Bat series of magical-realism novels, The Thorn Necklace offers visceral insights and healing exercises for the writer who creates as a way to process pain and adversity. Gently guiding the reader down the write-to-heal path, Block offers guideposts of awareness for writers, such as how to find a muse, channeling agony into art, putting chaos into order, ignoring the inner critic, fostering personal perseverance, and thriving as an artist in a troubled world. The author also addresses the intrinsic value of channeling our experiences into the written word and provides compassionate support to the reader for his or her own write-to-heal process.

Basic Books

The Biological Mind

Alan Jasanoff
Authors:
Alan Jasanoff
Robinson

Good For Nothing

Abigail Marsh
Authors:
Abigail Marsh

Titled The Fear Factor in the USA'A riveting ride through your own brain' - Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of OriginalsWINNER of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's book prize for 'The Promotion of Social and Personality Science'If humans are fundamentally good, why do we engage in acts of great cruelty? If we are evil, why do we sometimes help others at a cost to ourselves? Whether humans are good or evil is a question that has plagued philosophers and scientists for as long as there have been philosophers and scientists.Many argue that we are fundamentally selfish, and only the rules and laws of our societies and our own relentless efforts of will can save us from ourselves. But is this really true? Abigail Marsh is a social neuroscientist who has closely studied the brains of both the worst and the best among us-from children with psychopathic traits whose families live in fear of them, to adult altruists who have given their own kidneys to strangers. Her groundbreaking findings suggest a possibility that is more optimistic than the dominant view. Humans are not good or evil, but are equally (and fundamentally) capable of good and evil.In Good for Nothing Marsh explores the human capacity for caring, drawing on cutting edge research findings from clinical, translational and brain imaging investigations on the nature of empathy, altruism, and aggression and brings us closer to understanding the basis of humans' social nature.'You won't be able to put it down' - Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness'[It] reads like a thriller... One of the most mind-opening books I have read in years' - Matthieu Ricard, author of Altruism

Black Dog & Leventhal

Get Ready for School Writing Skills

Heather Stella
Authors:
Heather Stella
Robinson

The Power of Different

Gail Saltz
Authors:
Gail Saltz

The Power of Different is an illuminating and uplifting examination of the link between brain differences and aptitude. Psychologist and bestselling author Gail Saltz presents the latest scientific research and profiles famous geniuses and lay individuals who have been diagnosed with all manner of brain 'problems' - including learning disabilities, ADD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism. Saltz shows that the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths. Rooted in her experience as a professor and practicing psychiatrist, and based on the latest neurological research, Saltz demonstrates how specific deficits in certain areas of the brain are directly associated with the potential for great talent. She also shows how the very conditions that can cause difficulty at school, in social situations, at home or at work, are bound to creative, disciplinary, artistic, empathetic and cognitive abilities.In this pioneering work, readers will find engaging scientific research and stories from historical geniuses and everyday individuals who have not only made the most of their conditions, but who have flourished because of them. Enlightening and inspiring, The Power of Different shows how the unique wiring of every brain can be a source of strength and productivity, and can contribute to the richness of our world.

Robinson

Improve Your Written English

Marion Field
Authors:
Marion Field

It will enable you to approach any written task - whether it be letters, essays, reports, job applications, filling in forms, even short stories - with confidence. Part One deals with the basic rules of grammar and punctuation, identifying the various punctuation marks and showing how each is used. It also covers parts of speech and demonstrates their uses. Part Two uses practical tasks and exercises to help you put Part One into practice. This easy-to-follow reference book is ideal for students, school-leavers, foreign students, and all employees at work - in fact for anyone who needs help in improving his or her written English.

Robinson

Improve your Punctuation and Grammar

Marion Field
Authors:
Marion Field

Written in an easy-to-read style, this book takes you through the basics of English grammar. It shows you how to improve your writing and speaking by choosing the right words and the right sentence structure.Learn about sentence constructionAvoid common mistakes, e.g. in the use of apostrophes Make sense of punctuation Discover how to write dialogueImprove your writing style Written in a simple style this book is for anyone of any age who wishes to improve the standard of his or her English. '

Robinson

Who's in Charge?

Michael Gazzaniga
Authors:
Michael Gazzaniga

The prevailing orthodoxy in brain science is that since physical laws govern our physical brains, physical laws therefore govern our behaviour and even our conscious selves. Free will is meaningless, goes the mantra; we live in a 'determined' world.Not so, argues the renowned neuroscientist Michael S. Gazzaniga as he explains how the mind, 'constrains' the brain just as cars are constrained by the traffic they create. Writing with what Steven Pinker has called 'his trademark wit and lack of pretension,' Gazzaniga ranges across neuroscience, psychology and ethics to show how incorrect it is to blame our brains for our behaviour. Even given the latest insights into the physical mechanisms of the mind, he explains, we are responsible agents who should be held accountable for our actions, because responsibility is found in how people interact, not in brains.An extraordinary book, combining a light touch with profound implications, Who's in Charge? is a lasting contribution from one of the leading thinkers of our time.

Robinson

The Optimism Bias

Tali Sharot
Authors:
Tali Sharot

Psychologists have long been aware that most people tend to maintain an irrationally positive outlook on life. In fact, optimism may be crucial to our existence. Tali Sharot's original cognitive research demonstrates in surprising ways the biological basis for optimism. In this fascinating exploration, she takes an in-depth, clarifying look at how the brain generates hope and what happens when it fails; how the brains of optimists and pessimists differ; why we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy; how anticipation and dread affect us; and how our optimistic illusions affect our financial, professional, and emotional decisions.With its cutting-edge science and its wide-ranging and accessible narrative, The Optimism Bias provides us with startling new insight into how the workings of the brain create our hopes and dreams.

How To Books

Quick Solutions to Common Errors in English 4th Edition

Angela Burt
Authors:
Angela Burt

Designed to help resolve most common English language problems and queries, this book has an accessible reference format with examples and explanations of mistakes regarding sentence construction, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

How To Books

How To Write Essays 2nd Edition

Don Shiach
Authors:
Don Shiach
How To Books

Learning To Read Music 3rd Edition

Peter Nickol
Authors:
Peter Nickol
How To Books

How to Set Up A Freelance Writing Business 2e

Jason Deign
Authors:
Jason Deign

A useful guide for anyone who wants to make copywriting a business - either as a part-time or full-time career. For practising copywriters, find out how to build and extend your business into related areas.Contents: Acknowledgments; Preface; Note from the Author; 1. Why become a Copywriter?; 2. Getting Started; 3. Getting Kitted Out; 4. Where to Work; 5. Book Keeping for Copywriters; 6. How to Find Work - and Keep it; 7. Getting Help; 8. Delivering Great Copy; 9. Things to Watch Out For; 10. Writing for Advertising; 11. Writing for Direct Mail; 12. Writing for Internal Communications; 13. Writing for the Internet; 14. Writing for the Press; 15. Writing for Public Relations; 16. Writing for Sales and Sales Promotion; 17. Writing for Other Media; 18. Beyond Copywriting; Sources and Reference; Index

Da Capo Press

The Science of Happiness

Stephen Lehmann, Stefan Klein
Authors:
Stephen Lehmann, Stefan Klein

Clinical psychologists have been dealing with miserable feelings since their discipline was established. In the last 30 years, neuroscientists have made major headway in the understanding of the sources of anger, depression, and fear. Today, whole industries profit from this knowledge,producing pills for every sort of pathological mood disturbance. But until recently, few neuroscientists focused on the subject of happiness. Now, in The Science of Happiness, leading German science journalist Stefan Klein ranges widely across the latest frontiers of neuroscience and neuropsychology to explain how happiness is fostered in our brains and what biological purpose it serves (and, importantly, how we can control our negative feelings and emotions). In addition, he explains the neurophysiology of our passions (the elementary rules of which are hardwired into our brains), the power of consciousness, and how we can use it. In a final section, Klein explores the conditions required to foster the "pursuit of happiness." A remarkable synthesis of a growing body of research that has not heretofore been brought together in one accessible book, The Science of Happiness will ultimately help each of us understand our own quest for happiness,and our fostering of it, as well.

Francesca Lia Block

Francesca Lia Block is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books of stories, nonfiction, and fiction, including the Weetzie Bat books, her series of magical-realism novels. She has received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award, and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association, the New York Times Book Review, and Publisher's Weekly.

Gail Saltz

A Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, Dr. Gail Saltz is a psychoanalyst, columnist, bestselling author, television commentator, and contributing editor for Health magazine. She has been featured in print and on television in places like The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline, Fox News, Anderson Cooper, Today Show, Good Morning America, Parade, Redbook, Women's Day, the New York Times, and others.

Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month, co-founder of the literary journal 101 Word Story, co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective, and the author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Prompts to Boost Your Creative Mojo (Chronicle Books).

Heather Stella

Heather Stella is a teacher and holds a masters degree in elementary/special education. She has written more than a dozen of the Get Ready for School titles. A mom of two boys, Heather lives in Warwick, NY.

Mark Seidenberg

Mark Seidenberg is the Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a cognitive neuroscientist who has studied language, reading, and dyslexia for over three decades. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tali Sharot

TALI SHAROT has a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from New York University. She is currently the director of the Affective Brain Lab at University College London. Her research on optimism, memory and emotion has been featured in leading scholarly journals and media outlets, including Newsweek, the BBC, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Time, New Scientist, Nature, Science, and many others. Her website is www.theoptimismbias.com