A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language(s) - and those who speak, study and invent them - by the best-selling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers. Is vocabulary destiny? Why do clocks ´talk´ to the Nahua people of Mexico? Will AI researchers ever produce true human-machine dialogue? In this mesmerizing collection of essays, Daniel Tammet answers these and many other questions about the intricacy and profound power of language. In Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing, Tammet goes back in time to explore the numeric language of his autistic childhood; in Iceland he learns why the name Blær became a court case; in Canada he meets one of the world´s most accomplished lip readers. He chats with chatbots, contrives an ´e´-less essay on lipograms, studies the grammar of the telephone, contemplates the significance of disappearing dialects and corresponds with native Esperanto speakers - in their mother tongue. A joyous romp through the world of words, letters, stories and meanings, Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing explores the way communication shapes reality. From the art of translation to the lyricism of sign language, these essays display the stunning range of Tammet´s literary and polyglot talents. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Tammet. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001215/bk_hodd_001215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says ´´knows all of [Anonymous´s] deepest, darkest secrets.´´ Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption. She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book. The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters - such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu - emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little-understood facets of culture in the Internet age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavia Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007051/bk_tant_007051_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the pink ribbons to the chat rooms to the web sites that sell related accessories and stuffed animals, breast cancer has morphed from a disease into an experience. And at every step of the way, society tells women that this experience can teach them profound lessons, transform them into wiser, more insightful people, and maybe even give them a peek at the meaning of life. But what if it doesn´t? Five Lessons I Didn´t Learn from Breast Cancer is Shelley Lewis´ thoroughly modern, slightly contrarian take on ´´doing´´ breast cancer in an epiphany-free zone, where the goal is simply to get through it and get the hell back to your life. Proving chemotherapy can eradicate everything except a sense of humor. Lewis shares her five strategies for coping, and then reveals the real, not-so-meaningful insights learned from breast cancer, including ´´If you honestly think breast cancer is a gift, you can´t come to my birthday´´ and ´´Lie to yourself (it´s sooo helpful)´´. A wonderful interweaving of the author´s personal story, interviews with breast cancer survivors, and a sharp-eyed journalist´s look at the breast cancer ´´community´´, Five Lessons is full of unconventional wisdom, unexpected advice, and hilarious observations about life inside the pink bubble. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Judith West. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/live/000271/bk_live_000271_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory: despair and regret, humor and wonder, courage and connection. A heartbroken and humiliated Ricky Graves took the life of a classmate and himself. Five months later, the sleepy community is still in shock and mourning. Ricky´s sister, Alyssa, returns to confront her shattered, withdrawn mother and her guilt over the brother she left adrift. Mark McVitry, the lone survivor of the deadly outburst sparked by his own cruelty, is tormented by visions of Ricky´s vengeful spirit. Ricky´s surrogate older brother, Corky Meeks, grapples with doubts about the fragile boy he tried to protect but may have doomed instead. And Jeremy Little, who inadvertently became Ricky´s long-distance Internet crush despite never having met, seeks to atone for failing to hear his friend´s cries for help. For those closest to the tormented killer, shock and grief have given way to soul searching, as they´re forced to confront their broken dreams, buried desires, and missed opportunities. And in their shared search for meaning and redemption, Ricky´s loved ones find a common purpose: learning to trust their feelings, fighting for real intimacy in a world grown selfish and insincere, and fearlessly embracing all that matters most...before it´s gone from their lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Daniels, Lauren Ezzo, Jesse Lee, Kate Rudd, Emily Sutton-Smith, Sandra Burr, Will Ropp, Jake Mate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009639/bk_brll_009639_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around. When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. Even an attractive married neighbor offers herself to him. The problem is that Edward doesn´t feel available. He´s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad in The New York Review of Books on his behalf. Soon the letters flood in, and Edward is torn between his loyalty to Bee´s memory and his growing longing for connection. Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating (´´dating after death,´´ as one correspondent puts it), and his encounters are variously startling, comical, and sad. Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it´s least expected. With wit, warmth, and a keen understanding of the heart, An Available Man explores aspects of loneliness and togetherness, and the difference in the options open to men and women of a certain age. Most of all, the novel celebrates the endurance of love, and its thrilling capacity to bloom anew. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader´s Circle for author chats and more. ´´Funny, wise and touching.´´-The Washington Post ´´Wonderful . . . [Hilma] Wolitzer´s vision of the world, for all its sorrow, is often hilarious and always compassionate.´´-The New York Times Book Review ´´Smart and poignant, An Available Man explores some universal truths-that the past is never past, life is for the living, and dating is really, really hard.´´-O: The Oprah Magazine ´´Charming . . . Wolitzer is a champ at the closely observed, droll novel of manners.´´-NPR ´´[Hilma Wolitzer is an] American literary treasure.´´-The Boston Globe ´´A deeply satisfying story of love lost and found.´´-Bookreporter