Author: Joe Dunthorne
Kate and Albert have always lived on the secluded communal farm run by their father. But now, after twenty years, the community is disintegrating, taking their parents' marriage with it. To escape, Kate, at seventeen, flees to a suburbia she knows only through fiction; and Albert, at eleven, dives into preparations for the end of the world that he is sure is coming. Don- the father of the family, leader, and maker of elaborate speeches- is faced with the prospect of saving his community, his marriage, his son from apocalyptic visions, ad his daughter from impending men. He convinces himself that the only way to save his world is... to throw the biggest party of his life. But will anyone show up?
Author: Melissa Febos
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Named One of the Best Books of the year by: Esquire, Refinery29, LitHub, BookRiot, Medium, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Largehearted Boy, The Coil and The Cut. Winner of the Lambda Literary Jeanne Cordova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction Finalist, Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography Finalist, Publishing Triangle's Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction An Indie Next Pick For readers of Maggie Nelson and Leslie Jamison, a fierce and dazzling personal narrative that explores the many ways identity and art are shaped by love and loss. In her critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, Melissa Febos laid bare the intimate world of the professional dominatrix, turning an honest examination of her life into a lyrical study of power, desire, and fulfillment. In her dazzling Abandon Me, Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection -- with family, lovers, and oneself. First, her birth father, who left her with only an inheritance of addiction and Native American blood, its meaning a mystery. As Febos tentatively reconnects, she sees how both these lineages manifest in her own life, marked by compulsion and an instinct for self-erasure. Meanwhile, she remains closely tied to the sea captain who raised her, his parenting ardent but intermittent as his work took him away for months at a time. Woven throughout is the hypnotic story of an all-consuming, long-distance love affair with a woman, marked equally by worship and withdrawal. In visceral, erotic prose, Febos captures their mutual abandonment to passion and obsession -- and the terror and exhilaration of losing herself in another. At once a fearlessly vulnerable memoir and an incisive investigation of art, love, and identity, Abandon Me draws on childhood stories, religion, psychology, mythology, popular culture, and the intimacies of one writer's life to reveal intellectual and emotional truths that feel startlingly universal.
Urs von Balthasar, le fameux théologien, disait que l'époque mystique tout entière - d'Eckhart à Fénelon en passant par Saint Ignace - était concentrée dans ces pages, offertes à toute spiritualité future. Rédigé dans les années 1740, le Traité où l'on découvre la vraie science de la perfection du salut a été publié pour la première fois en 1861 sous le nom d'auteur Jean-Pierre Caussade, jésuite, dont il fit la fortune. En réalité, ce texte n'est pas du Père Caussade. Nous le devons à une dame inconnue, de l'aristocratie de Nancy. Caussade s'imaginait en avoir fait sa disciple, il en était le protégé. Elève des mystiques et fille du siècle des lumières, elle invite son lecteur à déposer le joug des méthodes mystiques. Elle lui montre ce que c'est que le moment présent, et comment il contient ce que Dieu a de meilleur à nous donner. Ce texte d'une liberté merveilleuse, considère l'idéal du dévot, que le XVIIe siècle avait mis à l'ordre du jour et qui a dominé le christianisme français jusque dans l'entre deux guerres. Il en promulgue le déclin.
Author: Éric Baret
Publisher: Les Deux Océans
Nourri de la tradition non-dualiste du shivaïsme cachemirien, Éric Baret renvoie les auditeurs à l'observation du ressenti de leurs émotions, à l'écoute. La vision libératrice qui en découle, que l'origine de nos souffrances est illusoire, nous mène à l'abandon de nos prétentions à savoir. Les entretiens consignés dans ce livre sont une invitation à célébrer la vie dans l'instant, sans la peur d'un imaginaire futur.
Succès, bonheur et, si possible, à perpétuité ! Voilà quelques aspirations bien légitimes. Pourtant, personne n'est à l'abri de l'adversité et des fruits amers des abandons douloureux. Quand le malheur prive des sécurités humaines, vers quelle direction faut-il tendre pour retrouver l'équilibre ? Fuir la rencontre et continuer à vivre dans l'illusion ? Ou partir à la rencontre et grandir en profondeur ? Par un témoignage rempli de foi en la vie, Lise Boivin répond à ces questions en démontrant que faire l'expérience de l'abandon sur le plan humain n'est pas un terme définitif à la joie de vivre. Elle prouve que c'est plutôt le début d'une quête spirituelle ancrée dans l'authenticité. A travers ce livre, elle s'adresse aux personnes blessées par la vie, qui n'en gardent pas moins l'espérance en des jours meilleurs. Elle le destine aussi aux lecteurs et aux lectrices qui cherchent un sens à leurs épreuves. Elle leur propose donc un voyage vers un pays où se trouve un bonheur comblant et, cette fois, fidèle : l'abandon de sa vie entre les mains d'un Dieu qui vient à la rencontre.
The Virtues of Abandon
Author: Charly Coleman
Publisher: Stanford University Press
France in the eighteenth century glittered, but also seethed, with new goods and new ideas. In the halls of Versailles, the streets of Paris, and the soul of the Enlightenment itself, a vitriolic struggle was being waged over the question of ownership—of property, of position, even of personhood. Those who championed man's possession of material, spiritual, and existential goods faced the successive assaults of radical Christian mystics, philosophical materialists, and political revolutionaries. The Virtues of Abandon traces the aims and activities of these three seemingly disparate groups, and the current of anti-individualism that permeated theology, philosophy, and politics throughout the period. Fired by the desire to abandon the self, men and women sought new ways to relate to God, nature, and nation. They joined illicit mystic cults that engaged in rituals of physical mortification and sexual license, committed suicides in the throes of materialist fatalism, drank potions to induce consciousness-altering dreams, railed against the degrading effects of unfettered consumption, and ultimately renounced the feudal privileges that had for centuries defined their social existence. The explosive denouement was the French Revolution, during which God and king were toppled from their thrones.
Happier at Home
Author: Gretchen Rubin
In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place. One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick—why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her, and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks. Also, while Rubin wanted to be happier at home, she wanted to appreciate how much happiness was there already. So, starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicated a school year—September through May—to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love. In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. Here she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. How can she control the cubicle in her pocket? How might she spotlight her family’s treasured possessions? And it really was time to replace that dud toaster. Each month, Rubin tackles a different theme as she experiments with concrete, manageable resolutions—and this time, she coaxes her family to try some resolutions, as well. With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives.
Abandon the Old in Tokyo
Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Abandon the Old in Tokyo continues to delve into the urban underbelly of 1960s Tokyo, exposing not only the seedy dealings of the Japanese everyman but Yoshihiro Tatsumi's maturation as a storyteller. Many of the stories deal with the economic hardships of the time and the strained relationships between men and women, but do so by means of dark allegorical twists and turns. A young sewer cleaner's girlfriend has a miscarriage and leaves him when he proves incapable of finding higher-paying work. When a factory worker loses his hand on the job, the parallels between him and his pet monkey prove startling and significant.
During the 20th century, lake research has become an internationally recognised field of scientific activity, improving our understanding on physical, chemical and biological processes, on fresh water ecology, and water resources among others. The interdisciplinary approaches mainly developed in historical research, as performed by archaeologists and earth scientists, to reconstruct the environmental and climate history of the continents, of human settlements and culture, and to evaluate human impact on the local and global environments. The Geological Society of Switzerland publishes in this volume a selected number of contributions presented during a scientific conference on "Lake Systems from Ice Age to Industrial Time" at Yverdon from 17 to 20 October 2001.