Overcoming Resistance: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Integrated Approach (Albert Ellis)

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Overcoming Resistance: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Integrated Approach

“‘Albert Ellis has written many books on his favorite topic Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Although he writes on that topic very well, he often does not write about generic psychotherapy. REBT is an integrative form of psychotherapy. Following this model, psychotherapists can incorporate many diverse techniques and strategies to change clients’ dysfunctional behaviors and emotions. Much of what Al identifies as good REBT in this book is just good psychotherapy. Because people so universally identify Al with REBT, people may generally overlook his wisdom as a clinician. Continue reading…

Mindfulness (Ellen J. Langer)

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Mindfulness

“Ellen J. Langer, Harvard professor of psychology, determines that the mindless following of routine and other automatic behaviors lead to much error, pain and a predetermined course of life. In this thought-provoking book, her research has been ‘translated’ for the lay reader. With anecdotes and metaphors, Langer explains how the mindless—as opposed to the mindful—develop mindsets of categories, associations, habits of thought born of repetition in childhood and throughout schooling. To be mindful, she notes, stressing process over outcome, allows free rein to intuition and creativity, and opens us to new information and perspectives. Continue reading…

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Anonymous)

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The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

“Curious book created in Russia and published at the beginning of the 20th century. The book describes a plan to achieve global domination by the Jewish people. Following its publication, a series of articles printed in The Times in 1921 revealed that much of the material was directly plagiarized from earlier works of political satire unrelated to Jews.”

New Books Playground says: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a book we don’t know what to think of. Continue reading…

The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry (Harry Stack Sullivan)

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The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry

“Harry Stack Sullivan’s classic and groundbreaking synthesis of psychoanalysis, psychology and social science.

This book contains the fullest statement of Sullivan’s developmental approach to psychiatry, showing in detail how Sullivan traced from early infancy to adulthood the formation of the person, opening the way to a deeper understanding of mental disorders in later life.”

New Books Playground says: The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry is an amazing book giving a particular perspective on how we grow up and how that may shape us. Continue reading…

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer (Roy Peter Clark)

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Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

“Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America’s most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of fifty short essays on different aspects of writing. In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available.

Organized into four sections, ‘Nuts and Bolts,’ ‘Special Effects,’ ‘Blueprints for Stories,’ and ‘Useful Habits,’ Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature. Continue reading…

Warren Buffett’s Three Favorite Books: A Guide to The Intelligent Investor, Security Analysis, and The Wealth of Nations (Preston George Pysh)

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Warren Buffett’s Three Favorite Books: A Guide to The Intelligent Investor, Security Analysis, and The Wealth of Nations

“Did you know Warren Buffett, the world’s wealthiest stock investor, is quoted as saying three books have shaped his investment philosophy? For more than half a century, he used the information provided in these three books to go from nothing—to a massive $39 billion net worth. The three books that gave him this wisdom are: The Wealth of Nations (pub. 1776) by Adam Smith, Security Analysis (pub. Continue reading…

The Elements of Style (William Strunk)

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The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., is a prescriptive American English writing style guide comprising seven ‘elementary rules of usage,’ eleven ‘elementary principles of composition,’ ‘a few matters of form,’ a list of sixty-two ‘words and expressions commonly misused,’ and a list of sixty-five ‘words often misspelled.’ In 2011, TIME magazine listed The Elements of Style as one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English.”

New Books Playground says: The Elements of Style is what we always love having handy (and always wish we consulted more often). Continue reading…

The Science of Being Great (Wallace D. Wattles)

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The Science of Being Great

“The author of The Science of Getting Rich brings you The Science of Being Great. Wallace D. Wattles introduced the world to the power of positive thinking. He was a profound influence on Michael Losier and James Arthur Ray. Without Wattles’ science of books there never would have been books such as The Laws of Attraction, The Power of Positive Thinking, and The Secret. Now you can go directly to the source! Continue reading…

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky)

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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

“An intellectual dissection of the modern media to show how an underlying economics of publishing warps the news.”

New Books Playground says: Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media is one of greatest studies on how governments even in western countries influence the media and, with that, public opinion. Continue reading…

Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach (Margarita Madrigal)

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Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach

“Learn the basics of the Spanish language with this easy-to-use guide by one of America’s most prominent language teachers.

Anyone can read, write, and speak Spanish in only a few short weeks with this unique and proven method, which completely eliminates rote memorization and boring drills. With original black and white illustration by Andy Warhol, Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish will provide readers with a solid foundation upon with to build their language skills.”

New Books Playground says: Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach is the first language book we feature and we do that because it offers such a great start into the Spanish language. Continue reading…