The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
Publisher: Knopf Group E-Books
ISBN: 9780307454836
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 146
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In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of “locked in syndrome.” Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.In a voice that is by turns wistful and mischievous, angry and sardonic, Bauby gives us a celebration of the liberating power of consciousness: what it is like to spend a day with his children, to imagine lying in bed beside his wife, to conjure up the flavor of delectable meals even as he is fed through at tube. Most of all, this triumphant book lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly


Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
Publisher: Fourth Estate (GB)
ISBN: 9780007308835
Category: Cerebrovascular disease
Page: 132
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At the age of 42, Bauby suffered a massive stroke. Paralysed from head to toe, he was left imprisoned inside his body, his mind intact, but unable to speak or move anything except his left eyelid. This is his story.

The Diving-bell and the Butterfly


Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007139845
Category: Cerebrovascular disease
Page: 143
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"After suffering a massive stroke, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, found himself completely paralysed, speechless and able to only move one eyelid. With his eyelid he 'dictated' this remarkable book."--BOOK JACKET.

Only The Eyes Say Yes

A Love Story
Author: Philippe Vigand,Stephane Vigand
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1611456770
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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On a July morning ten years ago, Philippe Vigand, a young, vigorous, handsome publishing executive, was walking to work when he heard "a gigantic explosion." Strangely, nobody else seemed to have heard it ... for the simple reason that it was in his head. For two months he lay in a coma. When he awoke, he was completely paralyzed, but his mind was intact. He was suffering from locked-in syndrome. After months of hospital care, Philippe was brought home where an infrared Camera enabled him to "speak" and "write" by blinking his eyes. Written in two parts, the first by Philippe using the magic camera, the second by his wife, Stephane, this moving work traces the evolution of the illness and their relationship and shows how love and devotion can overcome almost anything.

The Diving Bell


Author: Todd Strasser
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595344917
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 160
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During the Spanish colonization of Mexico, a young girl invents a diving bell to save her brother and her people.

The Power of Computational Thinking

Games, Magic and Puzzles to Help You Become a Computational Thinker
Author: Paul Curzon,Peter W McOwan
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN: 1786341867
Category:
Page: 232
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From the team behind Computer Science for Fun (cs4fn), The Power of Computational Thinking shows that learning to think can be fascinating fun. Can you become a computational thinker?Can machines have brains?Do computers really see and understand the world?Can games help us to study nature, save lives and design the future?Can you use computational thinking in your everyday activities? Yes, and this book shows you how. Computational thinking has changed the way we all live, work and play. It has changed the way science is done too; won wars, created whole new industries and saved lives. It is at the heart of computer programming and is a powerful approach to problem solving, with or without computers. It is so important that many countries now require that primary school children learn the skills. Professors Paul Curzon and Peter McOwan of Queen Mary University of London have written a unique and enjoyable introduction. They describe the elements of computational thinking — such as algorithmic thinking, decomposition, abstraction and pattern matching — in an entertaining and accessible way, using magic tricks, games and puzzles, as well as through real and challenging problems that computer scientists work on. This book gives you a head start in learning the skills needed for coding, and will improve your real life problem solving skills. It will help you design and evaluate new technologies, as well as understand both your own brain and the digital world in a deeper way. Request Inspection Copy

Running Free

Breaking Out from Locked-in Syndrome
Author: Kate Allatt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1682991040
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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Can you imagine being trapped inside your own body? Able to see and hear everything going on around you but unable to move or speak - the blink of an eye your only way of communicating. Fell-runner and fun-loving mother-of-three Kate Allatt's life was torn apart when what appeared to be a stress-related headache exploded into a massive brainstem stroke leading to locked-in syndrome. Totally paralysed, she became a prisoner inside her own body. Doctors warned her family she would never walk, talk or swallow or lead a normal life again. But they didn't know Kate. The words no and never were not in her vocabulary. With the help of her best friends and family she drew on every ounce of her runner's stamina and determination to make a recovery that amazed medical experts. Using a letter chart, Kate blinked the words "I will walk again". Soon she was moving her thumb and communicating with the world via Facebook. Eight months after her stroke, Kate said goodbye to nurses, walked out of hospital and returned home to learn how to run again. This is the story of her incredible journey.

In the Hand of Dante

A Novel
Author: Nick Tosches
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780759527362
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Deep inside the Vatican library, a priest discovers the rarest and most valuable art object ever found: the manuscript of "The Divine Comedy," written in Dante's own hand. Via Sicily, the manuscript makes its way from the priest to a mob boss in New York City, where a writer named Nick Tosches is called to authenticate the prize. For this writer, the temptation is too great: he steals the manuscript in a last-chance bid to have it all. Some will find it offensive; others will declare it transcendent; it is certain to be the most ragingly debated novel of the decade.

No One Belongs Here More Than You

Stories
Author: Miranda July
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743299418
Category: Fiction
Page: 205
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Presents a collection of short works featuring sympathetic protagonists whose inherent sensitivities render them particularly vulnerable to unexpected events.

What Is Visible

A Novel
Author: Kimberly Elkins
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455528978
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Bookpage Best Books of 2014 Woman's Day "Most Inspirational Book of 2014" Women's National Book Association Great Group Reads Pick for 2014 A vividly original literary novel based on the astounding true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person who learned language and blazed a trail for Helen Keller. At age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age twelve, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age twenty, she was considered the nineteenth century's second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance. Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly has a book proven so profoundly moving in illuminating the challenges of living in a completely unique inner world. With Laura-by turns mischievous, temperamental, and witty-as the book's primary narrator, the fascinating kaleidoscope of characters includes the founder of Perkins Institute, Samuel Gridley Howe, with whom she was in love; his wife, the glamorous Julia Ward Howe, a renowned writer, abolitionist, and suffragist; Laura's beloved teacher, who married a missionary and died insane from syphilis; an Irish orphan with whom Laura had a tumultuous affair; Annie Sullivan; and even the young Helen Keller. Deeply enthralling and rich with lyricism, WHAT IS VISIBLE chronicles the breathtaking experiment that Laura Bridgman embodied and its links to the great social, philosophical, theological, and educational changes rocking Victorian America. Given Laura's worldwide fame in the nineteenth century, it is astonishing that she has been virtually erased from history. WHAT IS VISIBLE will set the record straight.

Jung and the Story of Our Time


Author: Laurens Van der Post
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0394721756
Category: Psychology
Page: 276
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Recounts the life and career of the great psychiatrist, his conversations with the author, a longtime friend, and the importance of his theories and writings to contemporary humanity

Cine-Ethics

Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship
Author: Jinhee Choi,Mattias Frey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113674603X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 266
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This volume looks at the significance and range of ethical questions that pertain to various film practices. Diverse philosophical traditions provide useful frameworks to discuss spectators’ affective and emotional engagement with film, which can function as a moral ground for one’s connection to others and to the world outside the self. These traditions encompass theories of emotion, phenomenology, the philosophy of compassion, and analytic and continental ethical thinking and environmental ethics. This anthology is one of the first volumes to open up a dialogue among these diverse methodologies. Contributors bring to the fore some of the assumptions implicitly shared between these theories and forge a new relationship between them in order to explore the moral engagement of the spectator and the ethical consequences of both producing and consuming films

A Very Easy Death


Author: Simone De Beauvoir
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307832198
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 112
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A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother’s death “shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence” (The Sunday Telegraph). Powerful, touching, and sometimes shocking, this is an end-of-life account that no reader is likely to forget. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Brain Control

Developments in Therapy and Implications for Society
Author: D. Linden
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137335335
Category: Psychology
Page: 193
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Interest in techniques to control the brain and thereby improve its function has surged, yet how realistic are these expectations and what are the ethical implications? This book reviews the main techniques of controlling brain processes for medical purposes, situating them within ethical and legal debates on autonomy and fairness.

Mean Little Deaf Queer

A Memoir
Author: Terry Galloway
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807073318
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 230
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Running with Scissors meets The Liar's Club in this edgy and wickedly hilarious memoir about one irrepressible mean, little, deaf queer. When Terry Galloway was born on Hallowe'en, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system. After her family moved from Berlin, Germany, to Austin, Texas, hers became a deafening, hallucinatory childhood where everything, including her own body, changed for the worse. But those unwelcome changes awoke in this particular child a dark, defiant humor that fueled her lifelong obsession with language, duplicity, and performance.

The Class


Author: Francois Begaudeau
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 158322940X
Category: Fiction
Page: 175
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Winner of the Prix France Culture/Télérama prize, The Class explores timely issues of race, class, identity, colonial history, immigration, and education, "suspend[ing] judgment and liberat[ing] the raw words of kids in a deconsecrated classroom" (Le Monde). The novel's eponymous film version, directed by Laurent Cantet, starring author Bégaudeau as himself, won the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Ghost Boy

The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
Author: Martin Pistorius
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1400205840
Category: Religion
Page: 288
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They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years. In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live. Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents’ marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought. Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy’s return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent’s resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin’s mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body. We also see a life reclaimed—a business created, a new love kindled—all from a wheelchair. Martin's emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

Julian Schnabel


Author: Julian Schnabel
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 0810946335
Category: Art
Page: 370
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A collection of more than three hundred definitive pieces, many previously unpublished, demonstrates the artist's range and is complemented by text drawn from interviews, essays, and notes that offer insight into his views about art and life. 20,000 first printing.

The Memory Chalet


Author: Tony Judt
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101484012
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year "It might be thought the height of poor taste to ascribe good fortune to a healthy man with a young family struck down at the age of sixty by an incurable degenerative disorder from which he must shortly die. But there is more than one sort of luck. To fall prey to a motor neuron disease is surely to have offended the Gods at some point, and there is nothing more to be said. But if you must suffer thus, better to have a well-stocked head." -Tony Judt The Memory Chalet is a memoir unlike any you have ever read before. Each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Tony Judt's prodigious mind. His youthful love of a particular London bus route evolves into a reflection on public civility and interwar urban planning. Memories of the 1968 student riots of Paris meander through the divergent sex politics of Europe, before concluding that his generation "was a revolutionary generation, but missed the revolution." A series of road trips across America lead not just to an appreciation of American history, but to an eventual acquisition of citizenship. Foods and trains and long-lost smells all compete for Judt's attention; but for us, he has forged his reflections into an elegant arc of analysis. All as simply and beautifully arranged as a Swiss chalet-a reassuring refuge deep in the mountains of memory.

The Body Silent


Author: Robert Francis Murphy
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393320428
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 242
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Drawing on his own experiences with a deepening quadruplegia, the author examines the society's fears of and misunderstandings about the disabled while discussing the victim's own loss of self-esteem. Reprint.