The pace of modern life is accelerating. To keep up, we must keep on moving and adapting - constantly striving for greater happiness and success. Or so we are told. But the demands of life in the fast lane come at a price: stress, fatigue and depression are at an all-time high, while our social interactions have become increasingly self-serving and opportunistic. How can we resist todays obsession with introspection and self-improvement? In this witty and bestselling book, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and stand firm. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner self but in coming to terms with yourself in order to coexist peacefully with others. By encouraging us to stand firm and get a foothold in life, this vibrant anti-self-help guide offers a compelling alternative to life coaching, positive thinking and the need always to say yes! Svend Brinkmann was living the relatively sedate life of a professor of psychology at Aalborg University when Stand Firm was published. The book was an overnight sensation in Denmark and catapulted him into the media limelight as a leading public intellectual and cultural critic. Svend now travels widely to host events and lecture on the big questions of modern life. He has featured in several documentaries, and presented Live Fast on Danish television and the Meaningful Life series on national radio.
When Krista catches her boss doing the unthinkable, the only thing she can do is run - straight into the arms of the eye candy she´s been trying not to flirt with on her lunch break. But whose side is he on? Ryan´s security firm is having a hard time getting off the ground, and this may be just the job to help the company out. But pseudo-bounty hunter isn´t really what Pierce Securities is trying to get a name for. When he finds out their target is the classy lady from the park, all of Ryan´s senses go on high alert. What do these men want with her? Krista is forced into Ryan´s sanctuary in the woods, where she realizes just how wild he is, but she doesn´t want to tame him. He may feel his methods of protection endangered her, but without Krista in his life, Ryan is crazed. This is book number one in Pierce Securities, a romantic suspense series by Anne Conley, author of Stories of Serendipity and The Four Winds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah Grant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049769/bk_acx0_049769_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the adventurous - even revolutionary - A&R man and music publisher who saw the universal power locked in regional roots music and tapped it, changing the breadth and flavor of popular music around the world. It is the story of the life and 50-year career, from the age of cylinder recordings to the stereo era, of the man who pioneered the recording, marketing, and publishing of blues, jazz, country, gospel, and Latin music. The book tracks Peer´s role in such breakthrough events as the recording of Mamie Smith´s Crazy Blues (the record that sparked the blues craze), the first country recording sessions with Fiddlin´ John Carson, his discovery of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family at the famed Bristol sessions, the popularizing of Latin American music during World War II, and the postwar transformation of music on the airwaves that set the stage for the dominance of R&B, country, and rock n´ roll. But this is also the story of a man from humble Midwestern beginnings who went on to build the world´s largest independent music publishing firm, fostering the global reach of music that had previously been specialized, localized, and marginalized. Ralph Peer redefined the ways promising songs and performers were identified, encouraged, and promoted; rethought how far regional music might travel; and changed our very notions of what pop music can be. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dom Flemons, Ketch Secor, Barry Mazor, Marty Stuart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007778/bk_blak_007778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.