Probably the most popular book in the history of the Far East, this classic sixteenth century novel is a combination of picaresque novel and folk epic that mixes satire, allegory, and history into a rollicking adventure. It is the story of the roguish Monkey and his encounters with major and minor spirits, gods, demigods, demons, ogres, monsters, and fairies. This translation, by the distinguished scholar Arthur Waley, is the first accurate English version; it makes available to the Western reader a faithful reproduction of the spirit and meaning of the original.
As a customer service agent, Olivia has been trained to handle irate customers in a calm, professional manner. But one day she loses control and yells back. Terrified that she’ll be fired, she seeks out Isabel, the call center’s sage. The advice she receives from her wise mentor changes her life: SODA (Stop. Observe. Decide. Act)—a sure-fire formula for remaining calm in any situation; Unplugging—a centuries-old practice to reduce anxiety and promote creativity; and Aha!s—22 practical insights that become the framework for living a happy life. This modern-day fable shows us that the best way to reduce stress is to cultivate mindfulness. While we cannot control much of what happens, we can get better outcomes if we stop to see situations clearly and calmly. This book serves as both a powerful resource for business professionals looking for practical, easy-to-use tools for dealing with difficult people and an inspirational tale for those who want better relationships and a happier life.
Monkey Beach combines both joy and tragedy in a harrowing yet restrained story of grief and survival, and of a family on the edge of heartbreak. In the first English-language novel to be published by a Haisla writer, Eden Robinson offers a rich celebration of life in the Native settlement of Kitamaat, on the coast of British Columbia. The story grips the reader from the beginning. It is the morning after the narrator’s brother has gone missing at sea; the mood is tense in the family house, as speculations remain unspoken. Jimmy is a prospective Olympic swimmer, seventeen years old and on the edge of proposing to his beautiful girlfriend Karaoke. As his elder sister, Lisa, faces possible disaster, she chain-smokes and drifts into thoughts of their lives so far. She recalls the time when she and Jimmy saw the sasquatch, or b’gwus – and this sighting introduces the novel's fascinating undercurrent of characters from the spirit world. These ghostly presences may strike the reader as mysterious or frightening, but they provide Lisa with guidance through a difficult coming of age. In and out of the emergency room as a child, Lisa is a fighter. Her smart mouth and temper constantly threaten to land her in serious trouble. Those who have the most influence on her are her stubbornly traditional, machete-wielding grandmother, and her wild, passionate, political Uncle Mick, who teaches her to make moose calls. When they empty fishing nets together, she pretends she doesn’t feel the jellyfish stinging her young hands – she’s Uncle Mick’s “little warrior.” We watch Lisa leave her teenage years behind as she waits for news of her younger brother. She reflects on the many rich episodes of their lives – so many of which take place around the water, reminding us of the news she fears, and revealing the menacing power of nature. But Lisa has a special recourse – a “gift” that enables her to see and hear spirits, and ask for their help. Monkey Beach, Eden Robinson’s first novel, was nominated for Canada’s two largest literary prizes: the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. The book was also published in Great Britain, the United States and Germany, and was a Canadian bestseller for many weeks. Monkey Beach is beautifully written, in prose that is simple and subtle, bold and vivid, and pervaded by humour. Robinson fills her novel with details of Haisla culture and the rich wildlife surrounding Kitamaat. She uses traditional elements of storytelling – such as dreams, and people’s ties to nature – but also demystifies Native beliefs, simultaneously peeling away and intensifying the mystery surrounding spirits. Ancient rituals are shown as part of the reality of a modern Native community, along with Kraft Dinner and TV soaps and the legacy of residential schools. Robinson’s previous book of stories, Traplines, was remarked upon for being brutally honest, featuring rapists and drunks and drug dealers, psychopaths and sadists – proving to The New York Times that “Canadians are as weird and violent as anyone else.” Monkey Beach is just as honest, but only hints at the darker elements. In the words of the author, “None of the characters are bad. They’re just reacting like anyone else to situations of loss and death.” From the Trade Paperback edition.
Kinder sind einfach Kinder, egal, woher sie kommen, und es sind Manfred's Freunde aus anderen Kulturen, die ihm dazu verhelfen, dass er sich in seiner Haut so richtig wohlzufühlen beginnt, weil er endlich nicht mehr heimlich tun muss, was ihm am meisten am Herzen liegt ... aber um herauszufinden, was das ist, dazu müsst ihr euch auch mit Manfred anfreunden. Seine Geschichte wird euch daran erinnern, dass ihr sicher auch Talente habt, die ihr einmal so richtig ausleben solltet.
In ''Monkey Grip'', Helen Garner charts the lives of a generation. Her characters are exploring new ways of loving and living - and nothing is harder than learning to love lightly. Nora and Javo are trapped in a desperate relationship. Nora's addiction is romantic love; Javo's is hard drugs. The harder they pull away, the tighter the monkey grip. A lyrical, gritty, rough-edged novel that deserves its place as a classic of Australian fiction
Gut dreitausend Jahre in der Zukunft: Perry Rhodans Vision, die Milchstraße in eine Sterneninsel ohne Kriege zu verwandeln, lebt nach wie vor. Der Mann von der Erde, der einst die Menschen zu den Sternen führte, möchte endlich Frieden in der Galaxis haben. Unterschwellig herrschen immer noch Konflikte zwischen den großen Sternenreichen, aber man arbeitet zusammen. Das gilt nicht nur für die von Menschen bewohnten Planeten und Monde. Tausende von Welten haben sich zur Liga Freier Galaktiker zusammengeschlossen, in der auch Wesen mitwirken, die man in früheren Jahren als "nichtmenschlich" bezeichnet hätte. Besucher aus anderen Galaxien suchen Kontakt zu den Menschen und ihren Verbündeten; dazu zählen auch die Thoogondu aus der Galaxis Sevcooris. Einst waren sie in der Milchstraße beheimatet und haben nun den Wunsch geäußert, erneut Kontakt aufzunehmen. Gegenwärtig hält sich Rhodan in ihrem Goldenen Reich auf, wo er auch auf ein Splittervolk der Menschheit gestoßen ist: das Zweite Solare Imperium der Gäonen. Dieses ZSI agiert auch in der Milchstraße, angetrieben von der Überlegung, der dortigen Menschheit wieder ihren politischen "Platz an der Sonne" zurückgeben zu müssen. Dabei versuchen die Gäonen zunächst, die USO zu neutralisieren – ein Plan, der zum Scheitern verurteilt ist. Entscheidend tragen dazu bei MONKEY UND[...]
Vegan Monkey ist ein Ohne-Wörter-Buch, ein Zeigebuch für vegane Reisende. Vegan Monkey hilft auf der ganzen Welt! Mit zahlreichen, leicht verständlichen Abbildungen zeigt man, was man essen möchtest und was auf keinen Fall in den Teller soll. Es ist vielleicht noch einfach, wenn man die Dinge siehst, die gegessen werden. Aber wie ist es bei einem vorgekochten Gericht? Kein Problem. Mit dem Vegan Monkey hat man immer die richtigen Zeigebilder dabei. Und natürlich wollen Veganer nicht nur essen, sondern brauchen auch mal eine Unterkunft, ein Mietwagen oder sonstige Alltagsgegenstände. Vegan Monkey ist ein Komplettpaket für die vegane Reise, egal wohin. Die Autorin Eliane Hougée begann schon in frühen Jahren weite und lange Reisen zu unternehmen. Im Jahr 2015 unternahm sie mit ihrem Ehemann und Ihren gemeinsamen Kindern, damals ein und drei Jahre alt, eine mehrmonatige Weltreise. Die vegan lebende Familie merkte bald, wie schwer es ist, sich in kleinen Restaurants oder auf Märkten zu verständigen, wenn man keine tierischen Produkte isst. Aus dieser Erfahrung heraus entstand Vegan Monkey, das veganes Zeigebuch für Veganer.
Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity….I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.
Unlikely Friendships is a phenomenon. It’s a runaway New York Times bestseller with more than 260,000 copies in print in less than half a year; a book with its compelling message of hope and friendship and differences overcome. Temple Grandin called it “. . . amazing. It shows the power of friendship.” Now Unlikely Friendships is rewritten for younger readers: Unlikely Friendships for Kids, a series of hardcover chapter books for children, ages seven and up. Here are three collections each with five of the clearest, most interesting stories from the original book, like the monkey and the dove or the leopard and the cow. Chapter books give young readers a strong sense of accomplishment, and these heartwarming animal stories, with their incredible photographs and inexplicable mysteries of attraction, their focus on friendship, love, and the ways that creatures of all different species can find common bonds of affection, will keep kids turning the pages to find out about the unusual ways animals help each other and discover the love of new friends. Each is a perfect gift for young animal lovers, and a lovely subject to help kids get reading.
After losing their parents, Tee and her brother Toddan are taken in by their exuberant aunt Tantie, but when Tee wins a scholarship and moves in with Aunt Beatrice, she finds herself challenged by race and class conscious middle class values.
Symbolic Transformations in Japanese History and Ritual
Author: Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney
Publisher: Princeton University Press
This tripartite study of the monkey metaphor, the monkey performance, and the 'special status' people traces changes in Japanese culture from the eighth century to the present. During early periods of Japanese history the monkey's nearness to the human-animal boundary made it a revered mediator or an animal deity closest to humans. Later it became a scapegoat mocked for its vain efforts to behave in a human fashion. Modern Japanese have begun to see a new meaning in the monkey--a clown who turns itself into an object of laughter while challenging the basic assumptions of Japanese culture and society.
Dudley presents an intriguing evolutionary interpretation to explain the persistence of alcohol-related problems. Providing a deep-time, interdisciplinary perspective on today's patterns of alcohol consumption and abuse, Dudley links the fruit-eating behavior of arboreal primates to the evolution of the sensory skills they use to identify ripe and fermented fruits that contain sugar and low levels of alcohol. In addition to introducing this new theory of the relationship between humans and alcohol, the book discusses the supporting research, implications of the hypothesis, and the medical and social impacts of alcoholism. The Drunken Monkey is designed for general readers, scholars, and students in comparative and evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, medicine, and public health.
Read her name! B. Monkey. You can still see it, emblazoned on the cars, the trains, the writing on the wall. Now she's Beatrice. Steady job, steady man, off the drugs, on the level. But going straight can't compare with the heady thrill of life on the edge. Not when the past keeps hooking in to the present. Not when Alan, her love, her rescuer, her future, can never hope to understand...