WW Norton Can books be dangerous, elegant, or sad? Can books be tempting, or smokin', or double-d-daring? Can they compel you to hitchhike to the middle of Mexico, fall in love with snakes, or question your sanity? Of course they can. Writers including Jonathan Lethem, Haven Kimmel, Charles Frazier, and Bebe Moore Campbell tell us why in this eye-opening anthology. Tapping classic works such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Cat in the Hat as well as obscure novels such as Karel Capek's The War of the Newts, they reveal how literature tempts, enchants, and changes us. Each of these essays, which first appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer, reminds us that reading is not a passive pastime but an action sport that seizes and shapes, renews and remakes us. Insightful and heartfelt, humorous and accessible, Remarkable Reads will delight anyone who has ever loved a book.
Baker & Taylor A fascinating collection of personal essays by writers who were inspired to sometimes life-altering actions through the written word includes contributions from Jonathan Lethem, Haven Kimmel, Charles Frazier, and Bebe Moore, among others. Original. 12,500 first printing.
Norton Pub Poor executive function (EF) in the brain can mean behavioral and attentional problems in school. This book explains to professionals and parents how EF develops in kids, what EF difficulties look like, and what creative and effective interventions can meet their needs.Executive functions involve mental processes such as:Working memory–holding several pieces of information in mind while we try to do something with them–for example, understand and solve a problem or carry out a task.Response inhibition–inhibiting actions that interfere with our intentions or goals.Shifting focus–interrupting an ongoing response in order to direct attention to other aspects of a situation that are important for goal attainment.Cognitive flexibility–generating alternative methods of solving a problem or reaching a goal.Self-monitoring–checking on one's own cognitions and actions to assure that they are in line with one's intentions.Goal Orientation–creating and carrying out a multi-step plan for achieving a goal in a timely fashion, keeping the "big picture" in mind. In personal essays that read like short stories, writers describe their life-altering encounters with books.