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A Slap In The Face

Author: William B. Irvine
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190665041
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Insults are part of the fabric of daily life. But why do we insult each other? Why do insults cause us such pain? Can we do anything to prevent or lessen this pain? Most importantly, how can we overcome our inclination to insult others? In A Slap in the Face, William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them. He examines not just memorable zingers, such as Elizabeth Bowen's description of Aldous Huxley as "The stupid person's idea of a clever person," but subtle insults as well, such as when someone insults us by reporting the insulting things others have said about us: "I never read bad reviews about myself," wrote entertainer Oscar Levant, "because my best friends invariably tell me about them." Irvine also considers the role insults play in our society: they can be used to cement relations, as when a woman playfully teases her husband, or to enforce a social hierarchy, as when a boss publicly berates an employee. He goes on to investigate the many ways society has tried to deal with insults-by adopting codes of politeness, for example, and outlawing hate speech-but concludes that the best way to deal with insults is to immunize ourselves against them: We need to transform ourselves in the manner recommended by Stoic philosophers. We should, more precisely, become insult pacifists, trying hard not to insult others and laughing off their attempts to insult us. A rousing follow-up to A Guide to the Good Life, A Slap in the Face will interest anyone who's ever delivered an insult or felt the sting of one--in other words, everyone.

Take Your Soul To Work

Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147674341X
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Daily meditations for business and nonprofit leaders focus on different qualities, emotions, and aspirations, from discipline and compassion to impermanence and callousness, sharing uplifting quotes and stories by business figures and artists of diverse faiths.

Political Insults

Author: Karina Valentinovna Korostelina
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199372810
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This title proposes a theory of international insult that focuses on interrelations between social identity and power. The book analyses conflicts between the US and North Korea, sovereignty contestations around islands in the Japanese sea, Pussy Riot in Russia, veterans in Ukraine, and Nagorno-Karabakh.


Author: William B. Irvine
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199338876
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Draws on expertise from psychology, neurology and evolutionary psychology to illuminate the process of spontaneous flashes of human insight, surveying engaging examples from the fields of religion, science, math and art.

Born Of Fury

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466840943
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The war is on... Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk's enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren. Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn't execute. So when she's assigned Hauk, she believes it'll be a quick and easy mission.But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better skilled than any she's faced before, in Born of Fury from #1 Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon.


Author: David Lozell Martin
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
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The tragically mismatched marriage between a brutal man with a deep need for stability and a romantic woman given to erratic mood swings slowly destroys their son, who rejects their conflicting claims on him


Author: Elaine Slavens
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company
ISBN: 9781550287905
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Discusses the aggressive behavior known as bullying, covering causes, types of bullying, and ways to respond to a bully.

Barefoot Guerrillas

Author: Harumi Wanasita
Publisher: Indra Publishing
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Melati's journey took her from a cloistered Swiss boarding school to the guerrilla camps of a scorched earth. Her own personal growth from a naive school girl to an independent young woman closely parallels the struggle for independence of her reclaimed homeland. Harumi Wanasita tells the story of one woman - Melati. She also tells the story of a generation. The Dutch-Indonesian descent people at the time of Indonesia's declaration of independence on 17 August 1945 were the last generation of their culture. This is Harumi's generation, Harumi's culture. Her character, Melati, has a unique story. But it is an important story, an essential part of the Dutch-Indonesian culture.