* A witty combination of clear-cut down-to-earth words of wisdom and comical humor, Follow Your Dreams reminds us with refreshing simplicity not to take ourselves and all of life's little absurdities too seriously.
Cheryl Caldwell pairs lively humorous illustrations and satirical humor with to-the-point observations on life to ensure readers maintain a laughing perspective:
"I may not know karate, but I know crazy."
"What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?"
"It has been lovely but I have to scream now."
* Follow Your Dreams is sure to have everyone smiling, laughing, and appreciating this quest called life.
* Monkton, perhaps better known as the U.K.'s top-selling living poet Giles Andreae, pairs a fresh narrative style with simple yet elegant illustrations to create this modern-day fable.
* In the tradition of Jonathan Livingston Seagull comes The Pig of Happiness-a philosophizing porcine fellow with a penchant for spreading good cheer.
Edward Monkton's philosophical piglet aspires to elevate the spirit and become the Pig of Happiness. His happiness is so big it seeps from inside him to all the other pigs and then to all the other animals in the barnyard.
* Monkton, perhaps better known as the U.K.'s top-selling living poet Giles Andreae, pairs a fresh illustrative style with simple yet profound prose to create this modern-day parable.
* Monkton's greeting cards and book titles have been a big hit in the U.K. His gift books are presented to the U.S. market by Andrews McMeel exclusively, while a complementary card line from Sunrise will be introduced in the summer of 2007.
* The perfect, any-occasion gift book for every woman in your life.
With beauty magazines boasting circulations in the millions and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recording more than 10 million elective cosmetic procedures within the last calendar year, it's pretty obvious that women across the nation are in need of a little pick-me-up. Edward Monkton delivers an empowering sense of self in The Lady Who Was Beautiful Inside by reminding readers that beauty from deep within "is the most beautiful beauty of all."
* Monkton, perhaps better known as the U.K.'s top-selling living poet Giles Andreae, pairs a fresh, lyrical narrative style with simple yet elegant illustrations to create this modern-day fable.
Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi ("the leading researcher into ‘flow states’" —Newsweek) demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness, unlock our potential, and greatly improve the quality of our lives.
"Explores a happy state of mind called flow, the feeling of complete engagement in a creative or playful activity." —Time
Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally—to think, that is, like a Freak.
Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria.
Some of the steps toward thinking like a Freak:First, put away your moral compass—because it’s hard to see a problem clearly if you’ve already decided what to do about it. Learn to say “I don’t know”—for until you can admit what you don’t yet know, it’s virtually impossible to learn what you need to. Think like a child—because you’ll come up with better ideas and ask better questions. Take a master class in incentives—because for better or worse, incentives rule our world. Learn to persuade people who don’t want to be persuaded—because being right is rarely enough to carry the day. Learn to appreciate the upside of quitting—because you can’t solve tomorrow’s problem if you aren’t willing to abandon today’s dud.
Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing—and so much fun to read.