The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon
Author: Andrew Solomon
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 688
Release: 2015-05-19
ISBN 10: 1501123882
ISBN 13: 9781501123887
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Noonday Demon Book Review:

The author offers a look at depression in which he draws on his own battle with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, researchers, doctors, and others to assess the complexities of the disease, its causes and symptoms, and available therapies. This book examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations, around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. He takes readers on a journey into the most pervasive of family secrets and contributes to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition.

The Noonday Devil

The Noonday Devil
Author: Dom Jean-Charles Nault
Publsiher: Ignatius Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2015-11-11
ISBN 10: 1681496879
ISBN 13: 9781681496870
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Noonday Devil Book Review:

The noonday devil is the demon of acedia, the vice also known as sloth. The word “sloth”, however, can be misleading, for acedia is not laziness; in fact it can manifest as busyness or activism. Rather, acedia is a gloomy combination of weariness, sadness, and a lack of purposefulness. It robs a person of his capacity for joy and leaves him feeling empty, or void of meaning Abbot Nault says that acedia is the most oppressive of demons. Although its name harkens back to antiquity and the Middle Ages, and seems to have been largely forgotten, acedia is experienced by countless modern people who describe their condition as depression, melancholy, burn-out, or even mid-life crisis. He begins his study of acedia by tracing the wisdom of the Church on the subject from the Desert Fathers to Saint Thomas Aquinas. He shows how acedia afflicts persons in all states of life— priests, religious, and married or single laymen. He details not only the symptoms and effects of acedia, but also remedies for it.

The Noonday Devil

The Noonday Devil
Author: Dom Jean Nault,Jean-Charles Nault
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 205
Release: 2015-03-10
ISBN 10: 9781586179397
ISBN 13: 158617939X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Noonday Devil Book Review:

The noonday devil is the demon of acedia, the vice also known as sloth. The word “sloth”, however, can be misleading, for acedia is not laziness; in fact it can manifest as busyness or activism. Rather, acedia is a gloomy combination of weariness, sadness, and a lack of purposefulness. It robs a person of his capacity for joy and leaves him feeling empty, or void of meaning Abbot Nault says that acedia is the most oppressive of demons. Although its name harkens back to antiquity and the Middle Ages, and seems to have been largely forgotten, acedia is experienced by countless modern people who describe their condition as depression, melancholy, burn-out, or even mid-life crisis. He begins his study of acedia by tracing the wisdom of the Church on the subject from the Desert Fathers to Saint Thomas Aquinas. He shows how acedia afflicts persons in all states of life— priests, religious, and married or single laymen. He details not only the symptoms and effects of acedia, but also remedies for it.

A Stone Boat

A Stone Boat
Author: Andrew Solomon
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 255
Release: 2013-06-04
ISBN 10: 1476710910
ISBN 13: 9781476710914
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Stone Boat Book Review:

A young gay pianist is stunned when his mother blames her cancer on his homosexuality, anguishes over her slow decline, and struggles to define himself and his relationship with his family.

The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon
Author: Kathleen Norris
Publsiher: Lion Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9780745953663
ISBN 13: 0745953662
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Noonday Demon Book Review:

RELIGION & BELIEFS. A memoir that resurrects the ancient term acedia, or soul-weariness, and explores its relevance to the modern individual and culture.

Far and Away

Far and Away
Author: Andrew Solomon
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2016-04-19
ISBN 10: 1476795061
ISBN 13: 9781476795065
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Far and Away Book Review:

From the winner of the National Book Award and the National Books Critics’ Circle Award—and one of the most original thinkers of our time—“Andrew Solomon’s magisterial Far and Away collects a quarter-century of soul-shaking essays” (Vanity Fair). Far and Away chronicles Andrew Solomon’s writings about places undergoing seismic shifts—political, cultural, and spiritual. From his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter. A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures. Ranging across seven continents and twenty-five years, these “meaty dispatches…are brilliant geopolitical travelogues that also comprise a very personal and reflective resume of the National Book Award winner’s globe-trotting adventures” (Elle). Far and Away takes a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences: “You will not only know the world better after having seen it through Solomon’s eyes, you will also care about it more” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

Fighting the Noonday Devil and Other Essays Personal and Theological

Fighting the Noonday Devil   and Other Essays Personal and Theological
Author: R. R. Reno
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2011-02-01
ISBN 10: 080286547X
ISBN 13: 9780802865472
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fighting the Noonday Devil and Other Essays Personal and Theological Book Review:

In this stirring volume R. R. Reno a thoughtful, literate writer with a zest for physical and theological adventure looks back on his time working in the oil fields of Wyoming, his quests to the heights of Yosemite and the ice cliffs of the French Alps, his daughter s bat mitzvah, and more, rendering seven diverse fragments of life in energetic prose. Fighting the Noonday Devil resounds with Reno s depth of feeling and regard for the tangible things of life. Through these narratives, vignettes, and reflections he shows that it is the real-life manifestations of love and loyalty far beyond intellectual abstractions or theories that train us for true piety. Whether defending Jack Kerouac, describing work on a drilling rig, or narrating his reception into the Roman Catholic Church, Rusty Reno brings a writer s eye and a theologian s heart to the essayist s labors. Many rewards await the reader of this book. Alan Jacobs author of Wayfaring and The Narnian R. R. Reno s essays are intellectually stimulating, and some even possess cinematic possibilities. I find their Augustinian ethos deeply appealing in their consistent combination of wisdom and eloquence. David K. Naugle author of Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness In this smart and sparkling collection R. R. Reno applies his consummate literary skills to subjects as diverse as acedia, mountain climbing, religious conversion, Jack Kerouac, and interfaith marriage, uniting them under a single glorious banner, that of reclaiming the essential function of culture, the cultivation of the soul. A bravura performance. Philip Zaleski coauthor of Prayer: A History Fighting the Noonday Devil is the work of a pious intellect in all the best senses of the term. . . . Reno reads his life in parables in a way that provokes us to see our own lives anew. In him we find a voice and style in the best tradition of Newman incisive, affecting, wise, inviting. I was captivated by this book. James K. A. Smith author of The Devil Reads Derrida and Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts

Mary s Last Dance

Mary s Last Dance
Author: Mary Li
Publsiher: Penguin Group Australia
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2020-11-03
ISBN 10: 0143789724
ISBN 13: 9780143789727
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mary s Last Dance Book Review:

The highly anticipated memoir of Australian ballerina Mary Li – and the long-awaited sequel to her husband Li Cunxin's bestselling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer. Mary’s Last Dance is a powerful and uplifting memoir about chasing an impossible dream, and sacrificing one’s own ambition for the love of a child. It is a moving and unforgettable story of passion, dedication and devotion – and the highly anticipated sequel to one of the world’s most beloved books. Mary Li is an international ballet star and a mother like no other. She became a household name when her husband Li Cunxin published his bestselling memoir, Mao’s Last Dancer – but that book told only half the story. Growing up in a rambunctious family in Rockhampton, Mary discovered an extraordinary early passion for ballet. It saw her move to London at age sixteen, to study at the Royal Ballet School and dance at the London Festival Ballet with the likes of Nureyev, and later to Houston Ballet, where as Principal Dancer she fell in love with the acclaimed dancer Li Cunxin. The couple became the darlings of the dance world, and were happier than they could have imagined at the arrival of their firstborn daughter, Sophie. Then right at the height of her international career, Mary seemingly disappeared from view. What could have happened to cause a woman so committed, so talented, to give it all away in a heartbeat? Now, almost twenty years on, we learn what happened next to this inspiring family, and why it is Mary’s turn to tell a truly remarkable tale. 'Full of love and hope, Mary’s Last Dance is an honest and profound look into the enchanting life of Mary Li. Facing everything with ambition and drive, Mary writes about her life in beautiful detail, from hardships to hope. The essential companion to Mao’s Last Dancer, and an outstanding read!’ BETTER READING

The Irony Tower

The Irony Tower
Author: Andrew Solomon
Publsiher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Total Pages: 310
Release: 1991
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015021517910
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Irony Tower Book Review:

Describes how glasnost has improved the fortunes of formerly obscure, Soviet avant-garde artists, and changed Russian life in general

First We Make the Beast Beautiful

First  We Make the Beast Beautiful
Author: Sarah Wilson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-04-24
ISBN 10: 0062836803
ISBN 13: 9780062836809
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

First We Make the Beast Beautiful Book Review:

The New York Times bestselling author of I Quit Sugar transforms cultural perceptions of the mental health issue of our age—anxiety—viewing this widespread condition not as a burdensome affliction but as a powerful spiritual teacher that can deepen our lives. While reading psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison’s groundbreaking account of bipolar disorder An Unquiet Mind, Sarah Wilson discovered an ancient Chinese proverb that would change her life: To conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful. Wilson, a bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur, had spent years struggling with her own beast: chronic anxiety. And the words of this proverb would become the key to understanding her condition. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful charts Wilson’s epic journey to make peace with her lifetime companion, and to learn to see it as a guide, rather than as an enemy. With intensive focus and investigatory skills, Wilson examines the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experiences. Pulling at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, she unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission, and re-frames it as a divine journey—a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters. Practical and poetic, wise and funny, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad souls who dance with this condition to embrace it as a part of who they are, and to explore the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon
Author: John Blackwell
Publsiher: Crossroad Carlisle
Total Pages: 165
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780824521363
ISBN 13: 0824521366
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Noonday Demon Book Review:

In these elegant and thoughtful essays, Dr.Blackwell takes us on a spiritual journey through the Bible.

Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon

Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon
Author: Donald Grayston
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-05-19
ISBN 10: 1498209378
ISBN 13: 9781498209373
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon Book Review:

How did Thomas Merton become Thomas Merton? Starting out from any one of his earlier major life moments--wealthy orphan boy, big man on campus, fervent Roman Catholic convert, new and obedient monk--we find ourselves asking how by his life's end he had grown from who he was then into a transcultural and transreligious spiritual teacher read by millions. This book takes another such starting point: his attempt in the mid-1950s to move from his abbey of Gethsemani, in Kentucky--a place that had become, in his view, noisy beyond bearing--to an Italian monastery, Camaldoli, which he idealized as a place of monastic peace. The ultimate irony: Camaldoli at that time, bucolic and peaceful outwardly, was inwardly riven by a pre-Vatican II culture war; whereas Gethsemani, which he tried so hard to leave, became, when he was given his hermitage there in 1965, his place to recover Eden. In walking with Merton on this journey, and reading the letters he wrote and received at the time, we find ourselves asking, as he did, with so much energy and honesty, the deep questions that we may well need to answer in our own lives.

Dan England and the Noonday Devil

Dan England and the Noonday Devil
Author: Myles Connolly
Publsiher: Pickle Partners Publishing
Total Pages: 122
Release: 2018-09-03
ISBN 10: 1789122244
ISBN 13: 9781789122244
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dan England and the Noonday Devil Book Review:

A joyous gent who sings of the glory of the true realities of life, Dan England chose “talking” as his vocation in life. This he did, joyously and beautifully. He talked to the poets without dreams, actors who couldn’t act, and writers who couldn’t write who came to his house for an evening to listen and stayed on for months...years. Not a few found new hope as they heard him capture the poetry of living in his talk of saints, and in stories about his greatness of God’s gifts (among which was the wine that gave added sparkle to his words). There was Briggs, the religion editor without religion to become a fearless “defender of the faith” under Dan’s influence. And Tim, the janitor who “exposed” the corruption of the Match Industry when in an idle hour’s count of a box of matches he found “four” missing. For the glorious length of a Dan England discourse the retiring little janitor became a tiger for reform. This is the latest troubadour of life-beautiful to come from the pen of the author of the classic Mr. Blue.

The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon
Author: Andrew Solomon
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 571
Release: 2003
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:1150944088
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Noonday Demon Book Review:

The noonday demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms.

How to Make a Slave and Other Essays

How to Make a Slave and Other Essays
Author: Jerald Walker
Publsiher: Mad Creek Books
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 9780814255995
ISBN 13: 081425599X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Make a Slave and Other Essays Book Review:

Personal essays exploring identity, work, family, and community through the prism of race and black culture.

Surrounded by Psychopaths

Surrounded by Psychopaths
Author: Thomas Erikson
Publsiher: St. Martin's Essentials
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-10-06
ISBN 10: 1250763894
ISBN 13: 9781250763891
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Surrounded by Psychopaths Book Review:

#1 internationally bestselling author Thomas Erikson shows readers how to identify and avoid the psychopaths around them. Charming, charismatic, and delightful or manipulative, self-serving, and cunning? Psychopaths are both and that’s exactly what makes them dangerous. Bestselling author of the international phenomenon Surrounded by Idiots, Thomas Erikson reveals how to identify the psychopaths in your life and combat their efforts to control and manipulate. Using the same simple four-color system of behavior classification that made Surrounded by Idiots so popular, Surrounded by Psychopaths teaches readers how to deal with psychopaths in their lives by becoming aware of their own behavior and their weaknesses. Vivid example stories illustrate ways that psychopaths can take advantage of various behavior types, helping readers identify their own weaknesses and be proactive about protecting themselves. Erikson outlines some of the most common forms of manipulation used by psychopaths—and others—to influence those around them. Since manipulation can often be a feature of ordinary, non-psychopathic relationships, the book also includes practical methods and techniques to help readers confront controlling people and rehabilitate negative relationships into mutually respectful ones. By understanding your behavior as well as the tendencies and strategies of psychopaths, Surrounded by Psychopaths will teach you to protect yourself from manipulative influence in your workplace, social life, and family.

Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree
Author: Andrew Solomon
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 962
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0743236726
ISBN 13: 9780743236720
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Far From the Tree Book Review:

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families. 150,000 first printing.

Sightlines

Sightlines
Author: Terry Osborne
Publsiher: UPNE
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9781584650836
ISBN 13: 1584650834
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sightlines Book Review:

A powerful personal account of outer exploration and inner discovery.

Against Depression

Against Depression
Author: Peter D. Kramer
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2006-07-25
ISBN 10: 1101201142
ISBN 13: 9781101201145
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Against Depression Book Review:

In his landmark bestseller Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer revolutionized the way we think about antidepressants and the culture in which they are so widely used. Now Kramer offers a frank and unflinching look at the condition those medications treat: depression. Definitively refuting our notions of "heroic melancholy," he walks readers through groundbreaking new research—studies that confirm depression's status as a devastating disease and suggest pathways toward resilience. Thought-provoking and enlightening, Against Depression provides a bold revision of our understanding of mood disorder and promises hope to the millions who suffer from it.

Families And How To Survive Them

Families And How To Survive Them
Author: John Cleese,Robin Skynner
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-05-04
ISBN 10: 1407011030
ISBN 13: 9781407011035
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Families And How To Survive Them Book Review:

What makes a family happy? Why do some marriages 'succeed' and others end in divorce? How can we free ourselves from the legacy of past mistakes and bring about positive change? Love, sex and marriage and parenthood, depression and sadness, independence and experience are just a few of the many issues explored in conversation by family therapist Robin Skynner and his former patient and comedian, John Cleese. Guiding us through the daily issues that confront us all, FAMILIES AND HOW TO SURVIVE THEM offers vital advice in helping each of us to maintain a happy, healthy family life. Looking candidly at everything from our relationships with our parents to why and how we choose our partners, no emotional stone is left unturned: jealousy, rage, fear, envy, love, obsession, hope and despair - all are featured-with practical advice on how to turn round a negative situation and bring about change for the better.