Tuesday, 30 September 2014
When a major Parisian modern art event gets unexpected attention on live TV, Chief of Police Nico Sirsky and his team of elite crime fighters rush to La Villette park and museum complex. There, renowned artist Samuel Cassian is inaugurating the first archeological dig of modern art, twenty-seven years after burying the leftovers of a banquet. In front of reporters from around the world, excavators uncover a skeleton. Could it be the artist’s own son? And does that death have anything to do with the current string of nightclub murders by the “Paris Butcher”? On the site of the French capital's former slaughterhouses, the investigation takes Nico and France's top criminal investigation division from artists' studios to autopsy theaters and nightclubs in hopes of tracking down the murderer who has turned this Paris park into a city of blood.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Packed with real-life stories and everyday problem-solving ideas, this book has given many tens of thousands of parents the facts they need about high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger syndrome. The authors are leading experts who describe ways to work with these kids' unique impairments and capabilities so they can grow into happy, self-sufficient adults. Parents learn practical strategies for helping their son or daughter relate more comfortably to peers, learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and succeed in school. The book also discusses what scientists currently know about ASD and how it is diagnosed, as well as what treatments and educational supports have been shown to work. Updated with the latest research, resources, and clinical strategies, the second edition clearly explains the diagnostic changes in DSM-5.
Monday, 22 September 2014
Ireland’s Abbey Theatre opened in 1904. Under the guidance of W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory, it became instrumental to the success of many of the leading Irish playwrights and actors of the early twentieth century.
Conventional wisdom holds that the playwright Sean O’Casey was the first to offer a new vision of Irish authenticity in the people and struggles of inner-city Dublin in his groundbreaking trilogy The Shadow of a Gunman, The Plough and the Stars, and Juno and the Paycock. Challenging this view, Mannion argues that there was an established tradition of urban plays within the Abbey repertoire that has long been overlooked by critics. She seeks to restore attention to a lesser-known corpus of Irish urban plays, specifically those that appeared at the Abbey Theatre from the theatre’s founding until 1951, when the original theatre was destroyed by fire. Mannion illustrates distinct patterns within this Abbey urban genre and considers in particular themes of poverty, gender, and class. She provides historical context for the plays and considers the figures who helped shape the Abbey and this urban subset of plays. With detailed analysis of box office records and extensive appendixes of cast members and production schedules, this book offers a rich source of archival material as well as a fascinating revision to the story of this celebrated institution.
Monday, 15 September 2014
Saturday, 6 September 2014
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
“Have you ever had one of those experiences when the light bulb just went off? You thought to yourself, ‘Now, I get it! That was the lesson I was supposed to learn in all of this!’” Light Bulb Moments is a collection of 75 lessons learned through everyday life. In each chapter, author, life purpose coach, and speaker Talayah Stovall shares personal stories and anecdotes to help guide us through life’s ups and downs. Discovering your purpose and passion; developing persistence, hope, patience, faith, and forgiveness; setting clear and actionable goals for the future; and understanding the value of friendship and love are among the many treasures found in this wise little book. Key messages include: Your passion can become your livelihood Successful people often fail their way to success Whatever you don’t control, controls you Distinguish between your goals and your wishes or dreams Lighthearted, warm, and compassionate, Light Bulb Moments will inspire you to pursue your greatness and create a vision for your life as you want it to be. “Everyone wants more love, light, joy, and energy in their lives. Occasionally, all we need is to drink deeply of someone else’s story to reignite ours. Here is just such a book.” —Mark Victor Hansen, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series