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A Country Called Childhood

Author : Jay Griffiths
ISBN : 9781619024038
Genre : Family & Relationships
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From the anthropologist and award-winning author of Wild: “an ardent, discursive, lyrical . . . paean to the lost paradise of childhood freedom in nature” (The New Republic). While traveling the world to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths began to observe the stark differences in childhood as it is experience in various cultures. One central riddle in particular captured her imagination: why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy – and why do children in traditional cultures seem happier? Griffiths locates the answer in the ways we have chosen to deny our children the freedoms of space, time and wilderness. Visiting communities from West Papua to the Arctic and the UK, and delving into history, philosophy, language and literature, she contends that children’s affinity for nature is an essential and universal element of childhood. A Country Called Childhood is a journey deep into the heart of what it means to be a child, one that “will make you rethink not only your life as a parent, but also your childhood” (The New York Times).
Category: Family & Relationships


Author : Jay Griffiths
ISBN : 9781619028043
Genre : Medical
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The author of A Country Called Childhood delivers “a glimpse of madness from inside the eye of the storm” (The Guardian). Tristimania is a stark and lyrical account of the psyche in crisis. It tells the story of a devastating year-long episode of manic depression, culminating in a long solo pilgrimage across Spain. The book is rare in recording the experience of mania and shows how the condition is at once terrifying and also profoundly creative, both tricking and treating the psyche. In exploring its literary influence, Griffiths looks at Shakespeare’s work, and examines the Trickster role, tracing its mercuriality through the character of Mercury. An intimate, raw journey, the book illuminates something of the universal human spirit. “Her book—which recounts a bruising year of being held captive by bipolar disorder . . . is an education in the history, mythology and poetics of madness, in all its wildness and glaring neon. Griffiths is a high-wire writer who performs the difficult trick of taking you into the depths of her madness while managing to remain a completely reliable guide . . . This is self-exposure of a higher order.” —The New Statesmen “Art and madness have always shadowed each other. Tristimania traces the shadow to its source and watches as it grows long. This is one of the bravest books I’ve read in a long time.” —Paul Kingsnorth, Man Booker Prize finalist and author of The Wake “A book of terrible beauty: a dazzling testament to the moral and literary power of brokenness.” —Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast
Category: Medical

Holocaust Literature Lerner To Zychlinsky Index

Author : S. Lillian Kremer
ISBN : 0415929849
Genre : Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
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Review: "This encyclopedia offers an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the important writers and works that form the literature about the Holocaust and its consequences. The collection is alphabetically arranged and consists of high-quality biocritical essays on 309 writers who are first-, second-, and third-generation survivors or important thinkers and spokespersons on the Holocaust. An essential literary reference work, this publication is an important addition to the genre and a solid value for public and academic libraries."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.
Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

International Handbook Of Early Childhood Education

Author : Marilyn Fleer
ISBN : 9789402409277
Genre : Education
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This international handbook gives a comprehensive overview of findings from longstanding and contemporary research, theory, and practices in early childhood education in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The first volume of the handbook addresses theory, methodology, and the research activities and research needs of particular regions. The second volume examines in detail innovations and longstanding programs, curriculum and assessment, and conceptions and research into child, family and communities. The two volumes of this handbook address the current theory, methodologies and research needs of specific countries and provide insight into existing global similarities in early childhood practices. By paying special attention to what is happening in the larger world contexts, the volumes provide a representative overview of early childhood education practices and research, and redress the current North-South imbalance of published work on the subject.
Category: Education

The Wander Society

Author : Keri Smith
ISBN : 9781846149153
Genre : Medical
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You are electing to join a secret underground movement. Membership will require you to conduct research on your immediate environment and complete a variety of assignments designed to creatively disrupt your everyday life. That is all you need to know for now. All else will be revealed in time. Society wants us to live a planned existence. The path of the wanderer is not this! The path of the wanderer is an experiment with the unknown. To be idle, to play, to daydream. The Wander Society offers us all a way to experience the joys and possibilities of unplanned time.
Category: Medical

A Disease Called Childhood

Author : Marilyn Wedge
ISBN : 9781101639634
Genre : Psychology
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A surprising new look at the rise of ADHD in America, arguing for a better paradigm for diagnosing and treating our children In 1987, only 3 percent of American children were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. By 2000, that number jumped to 7 percent, and in 2014 the number rose to an alarming 11 percent. To combat the disorder, two thirds of these children, some as young as three years old, are prescribed powerful stimulant drugs like Ritalin and Adderall to help them cope with symptoms. Meanwhile, ADHD rates have remained relatively low in other countries such as France, Finland, and the United Kingdom, and Japan, where the number of children diagnosed with and medicated for ADHD is a measly 1 percent or less. Alarmed by this trend, family therapist Marilyn Wedge set out to understand how ADHD became an American epidemic. If ADHD were a true biological disorder of the brain, why was the rate of diagnosis so much higher in America than it was abroad? Was a child's inattention or hyperactivity indicative of a genetic defect, or was it merely the expression of normal behavior or a reaction to stress? Most important, were there alternative treatments that could help children thrive without resorting to powerful prescription drugs? In an effort to answer these questions, Wedge published an article in Psychology Today entitled "Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD" in which she argued that different approaches to therapy, parenting, diet, and education may explain why rates of ADHD are so much lower in other countries. In A Disease Called Childhood, Wedge examines how myriad factors have come together, resulting in a generation addictied to stimulant drugs, and a medical system that encourages diagnosis instead of seeking other solutions. Writing with empathy and dogged determination to help parents and children struggling with an ADHD diagnosis, Wedge draws on her decades of experience, as well as up-to-date research, to offer a new perspective on ADHD. Instead of focusing only on treating symptoms, she looks at the various potential causes of hyperactivity and inattention in children and examines behavioral and environmental, as opposed to strictly biological, treatments that have been proven to help. In the process, Wedge offers parents, teachers, doctors, and therapists a new paradigm for child mental health--and a better, happier, and less medicated future for American children
Category: Psychology

Savage Grace

Author : Jay Griffiths
ISBN : 9781619025110
Genre : Nature
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Jay Griffiths is a tour guide for anyone who has ever wished to commune with the side of our human psyche that remains in touch with the wild. Equally at home among the “sea gypsy” Bajo people who live off the coast of Thailand and forage their food from the ocean floor, drinking the psychedelic ayahuasca plant with Amazonian shamans, or joining an Inuit whale hunt at the northern tip of Canada, Griffiths takes readers on an adventure both charted and un-chartable. She divides her meditations on these travels into sections named after the ancient elemental properties of the universe—Earth, Air, Fire, Ice, and Water—because her subject matter is not merely the places traveled to but the depths of mind and the cultural narratives revealed by place. It is a universal story told of far-flung groups of humans, with vastly different ways of life, connected through the varied wilderness that sustains them. By describing the ways in which human societies and the human mind have developed in response to the wilder elements of our homelands, Savage Grace reveals itself as a benediction for the emotional, intellectual, and physical nourishment that people continue to draw from the natural world. Under the sway of Griffiths’ charisma, her poetic prose, and her deeply learned and persuasive case for the wild roots of our shared human being, we learn that we are all, each and every one of us, a force of nature.
Category: Nature

A Country Childhood

Author : Leone Lillian Healy
ISBN : 9780646500089
Genre : Country life
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"My life in rural NSW last century, and comparisons with life to-day."--Provided by publisher.
Category: Country life

Not A War

Author : Daniel Duffy
ISBN : UOM:39015049572251
Genre : Vietnamese Americans
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Category: Vietnamese Americans