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The Story of San Michele (a villa built on the ruins of a Roman Emperor's villa in Capri) is a series of overlapping vignettes, roughly but not entirely in chronological order. It contains reminiscences of many periods of the author's life. He associated with a number of celebrities of his times, including Jean-Martin Charcot, Louis Pasteur, Henry James, and Guy de Maupassant, all of whom figure in the book. He also associated with the very poorest of people, including Italian immigrants in Paris and plague victims in Naples, as well as rural people such as the residents of Capri, and the Nordic Lapplanders. He was an unabashed animal lover, and animals figure prominently in several stories, perhaps most notably his alcoholic pet baboon, Billy. The stories cover a wide range in terms of both how serious they are and how literal. Several discussions with animals and various supernatural beings take place, and the final chapter actually takes place after Munthe has died and includes his discussions with Saint Peter at the gates of Heaven. At no point does Munthe seem to take himself particularly seriously, but some of the things he discusses are very serious, such as his descriptions of rabies research in Paris, including euthanasia of human patients, and a suicide attempt by a man convinced he had been exposed to the disease. Several of the most prominent figures in Munthe's life are not mentioned in Story of San Michele. His wife and children do not figure in the narrative; very little of his time in England is mentioned, even though he married a British woman, his children were largely raised in England, and he himself became a British citizen during the First World War. His decades-long service as personal physician and confidante to the Queen of Sweden is mentioned only in the most oblique terms; at one point, while naming her only as "she who must be mother to a whole nation", he mentions that she regularly brings flowers for the grave of one of her dogs buried at Villa San Michele, at another point, one of his servants is out walking his dogs, and encounters the Queen, who mentions having given the dog to Munthe. Munthe published a few other reminiscences and essays during the course of his life, and some of them were incorporated into The Story of San Michele, which vastly overshadows all his other writing both in length and popularity. Notably, his accounts of working with a French ambulance corps during the First World War are not included. World wide, the book was immensely successful; by 1930, there had been twelve editions of the English version alone, and Munthe added a second preface. A third preface was written in 1936 for an illustrated edition
Deciding what to get for her gnomes for their first Xmas was Abby's main concern, until the little buggers tricked her into animating the snow warriors that they had created in her yard.
The new creatures rampage throughout the neighbourhood and molest the quiet homes of Sargent in an effort to strip away their holiday magic. Abby and the others must stop the snowmen while keeping the magic hidden from the average populace. When Yeti arrive to help, Abby is more than willing to accept whatever they will offer to stop the holiday horror of a giant Snow Beast created for the purpose of world domination. All this, and she still has to shop for the holidays, what is a Nexus to do?
Dana thinks country means quilts from cozy boutiques, and Faith can't imagine a town without hot pretzel vendors... But they find themselves home with Shelley in Iowa for the last weeks of summer, and small-town life is anything but humdrum! One of Shelley's brothers, Jeff, falls hard for Dana, and she wonders if she's always going to attract country types. Everyone is getting ready for the County Fair when Faith is suddenly, shockingly ill. The best doctors in Pine Bluff can't figure out what's wrong. Dana and Shelley stand helplessly by, worried that for Faith, small-town care simply isn't going to be enough.
Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Lucas Monroe dropped out of college only to become a multi-billionaire and tech world God. He can have any woman he desires in his bed, but the only woman he's ever wanted is off limits and always has been. When Maxie Sullivan finds herself in dire straights, the only man she can turn to is the one she’s always secretly loved: her childhood best friend. Can they trust their hearts and make a future, or will their complicated pasts stand in the way? This bad boy is going down fast … And going down fast has never felt so right. The second stand-alone novel in the Billionaire Bad Boys series by New York Times Bestseller Carly Phillips.
Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here. In the eighteenth century, medicine underwent a mutation. For the first time, medical knowledge took on a precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics.
The body became something that could be mapped. Disease became subject to new rules of classification. And doctors begin to describe phenomena that for centuries had remained below the threshold of the visible and expressible. In The Birth of the Clinic the philosopher and intellectual historian who may be the true heir to Nietzsche charts this dramatic transformation of medical knowledge. As in his classic Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault shows how much what we think of as pure science owes to social and cultural attitudes — in this case, to the climate of the French Revolution. Brilliant, provocative, and omnivorously learned, his book sheds new light on the origins of our current notions of health and sickness, life and death.
The authors of "The Conscious Exploration of Dreaming" make a good job at painting a picture of their own lucid experiments and drawing tentative conclusions that may be of use to other lucid dreamers.
Especially their suggestion theory of dreaming may be judged as the most progressive and promising theory of dream creation. This suggestion theory of dreaming proposes that dreams bear no psychological insight whatsoever and goes so far to state that dreams are of no use at all: They are just by-products of other sleep processes that may be responsible for the storage of experiences in long-term memory or a like. The authors explain this proposal with the fact that after making sure dreams couldn't be acted out by creating sleep paralysis, there was no evolutionary gain in further limiting this activity. If there is no purpose in dreaming, why do we still do it? The explanation given in the book is that our dreams are the result of a mind not confronted with sensatory perception anymore: The mind simply creates imagery to fill this hole and to make this imagery fitting it draws on several so-called suggestion factos such as random activation of neurons in the brain, knowledge about the last percepted situation, momentary real-world perceptions breaking through the barrier of sleep and much more. The revolutionary thing about the suggestion theory of dreaming is that it accounts for all the experiences of all dreamers and that it also is able to explain why nearly every other dream theory has numerous experienced dreamers stating it to be true: If you believe in a dream theory, according to the suggestion theory of dreaming, this belief is enough to make it come true, because the belief is one of the several suggestion factors. Having shown that there theory of dreaming is a promising candidate for solving the mystery of dream creation, the authors set out to explain the conclusions they drew from it: They deal with the fact that most advice on why and when (not) to control dreams is based on superstitions and false notions of the dream state and state that there is no damage done in doing whatever you like in a dream. Probably the best thing about this book is the insights that are waiting around every corner in this book, ranging from dream control to what to expect from your memory in dreams. The next part of the book deals with common dreams and explains how they are not the result of certain neurosis or psychological illnesses, but rather are to be expected if one believes in the suggestion theory: They are the result of suggestion factors such as going to bed naked - if you go to bed naked and find yourself naked in a dream, the reason should be obviously far more simple than having an obsession with nakedness or something alike. For people really interested in the theories of dream creation, the chapter entitled "The Functions of Sleep and Dreaming" is a real treasure trove, dealing in depth with ideas such as the activation-synthesis argument and giving an overview on the possible psychological and physiological reasons of sleep. If you have a more practical interest in the topic, this chapter could make you a bit tired. The reason I am subtracting a star from the rating of this book, follows in the form of the chapter with the most promising title, namely the "Uses of Lucidity": Having read only Stephen LaBerge's opinion on the topic, I expected the authors to explain that now, with their suggestion theory of dreaming, they have more or less scientifically proven that anything is possible in a lucid dream - as long as you remember it's just a dream and still are able to believe in the possibility of achieving your goal. But instead they focused on how lucid dreaming really is not a good goal to have as it's not "cost-effective" and benefits will not transfer to your waking life. I agree with the authors' opinions on most of the matters discussed in the chapter (how can anyone believe in mutual dreaming?), but the very way they are talking about them makes me sad: Having fun in dreams happens sometimes, but might do more damage and will certainly don't do any good, and most lucid dreams are dull anyway. That's just not a way to talk about lucid dreams, because according to their own theory of dream creation the very fact of people reading about dull lucid dreams will make them dull. This chapter is so much of a desillusion, which I'd normally welcome, but it is kind of a forced desillusion, because it will most certainly have influence on the lucid dreams of the readers - if it has, that influence won't be positive. In a nutshell, Janice E. Brooks and Jay A.
Vogelsong did what no author before them was able to do to such an extent: They have lucid dreaming a scientific basis and created a theory of dreaming that seems to encompass all the different phenomena connected with lucid dreaming and nonlucid dreaming. Most unfortunately, in their endeavour to propose a scientific sound theory of dreaming, they overdid it: The suggestion theory of dreaming may be right, but the conclusions the authors draw from it are certainly biased. So as a finaly comment on the book, I'd like to quote J. K.
Rowling: "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"