When Ramón Salazar swims into an underwater cave in a deserted lagoon, he discovers the black pearl, the Great Pearl of Heaven. As the son of a pearl merchant, Ramón knows that this is the rarest and most valuable pearl in the world. He quickly scoops it up and brings it home to his father. Ramón's father believes the pearl is a blessing from the sea, but others in their tiny seaside town do not agree. They think Ramón has brought a curse upon his family.
"A great book for my son and myself"
Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A. O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight and warm humor, Scott shows that while individual critics - himself included - can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn't, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative and urgent activities of modern existence.
In recent years, the advent of MRI technology seems to have unlocked the secrets of the human mind, revealing the sources of our deepest desires, intentions, and fears. As renowned psychiatrist and scholar Sally Satel and psychologist Scott O. Lilienfeld demonstrate in Brainwashed, however, the explanatory power of brain scans in particular and neuroscience more generally has been vastly overestimated.
"The Overall Message..."
All of your favorite Christmas stories in one fantastic collection. From heartfelt stories such as O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" to tales of mystery from G. K. Chesterton and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Here is a treasure trove of tales from some of the best writers in the world, narrated by the voice of the Classic Tales: B.J. Harrison. Each story is presented unabridged.
"Like a Christmas Stocking"
Ten superbly narrated stories that help explain America by America's best writers.
"An outstanding collection of classics"
She entered popular culture as a princess in peril and endures as something much more complicated and interesting. Many things, really: a rebel commander; a witty internal critic of the celebrity machine; a teller of comic tales, true and embellished; an inspiring and cautionary avatar of excess and resilience; an emblem of the honesty we crave (and so rarely receive) from beloved purveyors of make-believe.
Guiding students from understanding to application, Psychology: A Framework for Everyday Thinking provides an accessible and personalized framework upon which they can build their knowledge and use of the science of psychology.
"easy to understand"
It is the autumn of 1999. A year has passed since Lucy Darby’s unexpected death, leaving her husband David and son Whitley to mend the gaping hole in their lives. David, a trauma-site cleanup technician, spends his nights expunging the grisly remains of strangers, helping their families move on, though he is unable to do the same. Whitley—an eleven-year-old social pariah known simply as the Kid—hasn’t spoken since his mother’s death.
"Super heavy, but it pays off in the end."
"Review: ‘Snowden,’ Oliver Stone’s Restrained Portrait of a Whistleblower" is from the September 15, 2016 Entertainment section of The New York Times. It was written by A.O. Scott and narrated by Caroline Miller.
Tonight on the program, guest host Jeff Glor leads a discussion of the ongoing battle for Aleppo, Syria, with Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for New American Security, and James Jevvrey of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
We continue with an examination of Theranos, the biotech startup currently under federal criminal investigation. Glor is joined by John Carreyrou and Michael Siconolfi of The Wall Street Journal.
We conclude with guest host A. O. Scott and actor Amy Adams, discussing Adams' new movies "Arrival" and "Nocturnal Animals."
"Can Shame Be Useful?" is from the Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"'In the Shadow of Women': A Triangle, as Viewed by the Women" is from the Arts section of The New York Times. It was written by A.O. Scott and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
Stories of love and romance in 23 varieties.... From the very first lovers - Adam and Eve - to what romance might be like in the future, this collection sparkles with whimsy and goodold fashioned romance. A veritable box of chocolates without the calories!
A charming, heart-felt collection of Christmas stories and poems that will delight the entire family. Includes F. Scott Fitzgerald's "A Luckless Santa Claus", "A Christmas Dinner" by Charles Dickens, O. Henry's classic Christmas story "The Gift of the Magi", the hilarious "Reginald on Christmas Presents" by Saki (H.H. Munro), and a tender scene exerpted from Little Women.