Identifying and naming our own feelings can help us understand the feelings of others. This is an important life skill. Children with Aspergers and other autism spectrum disorders (ASD) need repeated encouragement and assistance to identify and name the feelings that they experience. This colorfully illustrated, welcoming children's picture book presents an opportunity for parents and caregivers to open conversations with children with Aspergers or ASD, or any child who might benefit.
Things No One Knows
Author: Alessandro D'Avenia
Publisher: Open Road Media
A father who breaks his promise. Two teenagers running from themselves. A teacher who is too young for the task at hand. Margherita is fourteen and about to step across a magical threshold into her first year of high school. Secure in the knowledge that she can rely on her loved ones for support, Margherita sees high school as a new world to be explored and conquered. But one day when she gets home from school, she receives a voicemail; it is her father letting her know he won’t be coming home again. As she overcomes her sadness, Margherita gradually matures into a woman, the way a pearl forms despite the ocean’s tides. As she travels the difficult path through adolescence, Margherita receives encouragement from her mother, her lively younger brother, and her grandmother Teresa, who knows about love and has wonderful stories to share. Then there is Marta, her cheerful classmate, and Giulio, the somber, handsomest boy in the school. But the most important figure in Margherita’s life is her teacher, a young man still struggling to make his way, yet sensitive to the lessons that literature has to teach his students, who are just beginning to grapple with life’s uncertainties. When he draws Margherita’s attention to the courage of Telemachus in the Odyssey, she sets out on a journey in search of her father. This adventure, though she does not know it yet, will completely change her destiny.
Women of the Word
Author: Judith Reesa Baskin
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Jewish women writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries lived with a sense of painful connection to a culture that rejected their aspirations. Raised in a Jewish environment wary of female aspirations and in a wider world that was only marginally more sympathetic to their ambitions, this diverse group often found that a life devoted to literary expression required sacrifices and painful choices. Writing, however, enabled them to reclaim and explore their Jewish heritage. Responding to a variety of Jewish women's voices in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, and Spanish, this collection of seventeen essays surveys the achievements of Jewish women writers from the Middle Ages to the present. Scholars of Jewish literature chronicle the Jewish encounter with modernity and document female strategies for constructing intellectual and emotional identities amidst the competing demands of traditional norms, familial obligations, and economic survival. The themes of repression and equivocal liberation resonate throughout, as the authors reflect on the silencing of the female voice in a traditional Jewish culture that most often denied women the education and the empowerment requisite for recording their thoughts and feelings. While individual essays reveal literary discoveries of self and forgings of identity by women rising to the opportunities and challenges of drastically altered Jewish social realities, a significant number also show the sad decline of women writers upon whom silence was reimposed. Several chapters consider how Jewish women were depicted by male writers from the Middle Ages through the mid-nineteenth century. A final essay documents the ways in which memory, testimony, and survival affect the writing of women who survived the Holocaust, a perspective frequently marginalized in studies of Holocaust literature. Women of the Word is part of an emerging effort to listen to the voices of Jewish women both past and present. Written in a period when Jewish women writers internationally are creating a wealth of diverse literary works, these essays take note of the short time during which Jewish women's writing has flourished and inspire readers with the richness of the literature that such writers have already produced.
Skin in Psychoanalysis is an important theoretical contribution, revising several authors starting with Freud in whose writing we can now discover multiple direct or indirect references to the skin. It adopts a decidedly complex point of view regarding the skin here: the skin as source, the skin as object, the skin as protection and as a way of entrance, as contact and as contagion, the skin 'for two' within the relationship with the mother, the skin as envelope and as support, as a shell presented as 'second skin', as demarcation of individuality, as a place of inscription of non-verbal memories, toxic envelops and so on. Also, being the result of more than fifteen years of work with dermatologists and patients with skin diseases, psoriasis in particular, the book can be seen as a serious proposal for interdisciplinary work between dermatologists and psychoanalysts.'The hospital is a place where both tragedies and miracles occur, where many people go to heal but many others go in search for punishment. It is a place where patients cannot, and should not, question treatment, because doing that will be interpreted as being "on the side" of disease.'This is perhaps the reason why Jorge Ulnik has devoted his entire professional life to psychosomatics, trying to understand diseases as singular experiences which are inscribed as chapters in the vital history of people. By chance, or due to some unconscious determination, his interest in psychosomatics led him to the dermatology ward, where doctors asked for interconsultations with greater frequency. And in the same way as the skin is the erogenous zone par excellence, it is also the entrance and the exit door for many emotions and situations which mark us.'- From the Introduction
Author: Francesco D'Adamo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master's promises, he plans on keeping them as his slaves indefinetely. But it is also Iqbal who inspires the other children to look to a future free from toil...and is brave enough to show them how to get there. This moving fictionalized account of the real Iqbal Masih is told through the voice of Fatima, a young Pakistani girl whose life is changed by Iqbal's courage.
Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear. “Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose . . . The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island.” — Jeanette Winterson
Writing Down the Bones
Author: Natalie Goldberg
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
For more than thirty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice—"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind." This thirtieth-anniversary edition includes new forewords by Julia Cameron and Bill Addison. It also includes a new preface in which Goldberg reflects on the enduring quality of the teachings here. She writes, "What have I learned about writing over these thirty years? I’ve written fourteen books, and it’s the practice here in Bones that is the foundation, sustaining and building my writing voice, that keeps me honest, teaches me how to endure the hard times and how to drop below discursive thinking, to taste the real meat of our minds and the life around us."
Renee is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with society's expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Renee: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renee lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turn moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007 with sales of over 900,000 copies to-date.
The Longevity Project
Author: Howard S. Friedman Ph.D., Leslie R. Martin Ph.D.
Watch a video Watch a Fox News segment on The Longevity Project. This landmark study--which Dr. Andrew Weil calls "a remarkable achievement with surprising conclusions"--upends the advice we have been told about how to live to a healthy old age. We have been told that the key to longevity involves obsessing over what we eat, how much we stress, and how fast we run. Based on the most extensive study of longevity ever conducted, The Longevity Project exposes what really impacts our lifespan-including friends, family, personality, and work. Gathering new information and using modern statistics to study participants across eight decades, Dr. Howard Friedman and Dr. Leslie Martin bust myths about achieving health and long life. For example, people do not die from working long hours at a challenging job- many who worked the hardest lived the longest. Getting and staying married is not the magic ticket to long life, especially if you're a woman. And it's not the happy-go-lucky ones who thrive-it's the prudent and persistent who flourish through the years. With questionnaires that help you determine where you are heading on the longevity spectrum and advice about how to stay healthy, this book changes the conversation about living a long, healthy life.
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever he the same...
Author: Anne Frank
A young girl's journal records her family's struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.
Author: Fabio Volo
Publisher: Open Road Media
Our house is full of candles that have never been lit. Like the two of us. . . . We don’t live together; we’re killing time together. Elena is unsatisfied with her life. Her marriage drags on wearily without passion. Then one day, something changes. Feelings of love and desire spring up within her, and Elena realizes that she deserves more; she deserves happiness. I wondered how many men it took to prepare me. . . . Actually, I realized that the question was wrong—how many women did I have to wear in order to prepare myself? Told in the voice of a supremely real and honest woman, Daybreak will inspire readers to look at their lives with a renewed sense of independence, fearlessness, and optimism.