“I've long been a devotee of Nikki Moustaki's poetry. Now, her keen eye, deft language, and startling voice shine just as brilliantly in her memoir, The Bird Market of Paris, a work of remarkable honesty, proving the power and exuberance of her prose. The wisdom of an exceptional grandfather, a passion for birds, and the darkness of addiction—all spun together by Moustaki's gift for finding just the right words, at the right time—give life to this epiphany-provoking gem of a story, skillfully crafted, vivid and rich with feeling.” —Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and author of The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood
In eloquent and sometimes devastating prose, award-winning literary poet and life-long bird lover Nikki Moustaki reveals the deeply personal story of her alcohol addiction and her remarkable relationship with her grandfather in The Bird Market of Paris.Moustaki, an only child growing up in 1980s Miami, spent most of her time with her grandfather, Poppy—a successful evening-gown designer, riveting storyteller, and bird expert—who was her mentor and dearest companion.
As a young girl, Moustaki attended the ballet, classical concerts, and “grown-up” parties with Poppy where she met the who’s who of Miami society: Walter Cronkite complimented her wildly curly hair, and Dionne Warwick wondered if she wanted to become a singer. She walked in Poppy’s runway shows in miniature versions of his signature designs and was doted on by rail-thin models. But Moustaki most cherished the moments at home with Poppy and his birds.
Poppy’s affection for birds was contagious. He taught Moustaki to hypnotize chickens, care for baby birds, and regaled her with stories of the famed bird market in Paris. By the time she was a young adult, Moustaki’s flock had ballooned to more than 120 birds, many of which she hand-raised; however, by that time her attachment to alcohol had taken hold as well.
In raw and harrowing detail, Moustaki recounts how her obsession with booze overtook her obsession with birds and left her living on the fringe where ice cream and Kahlua for breakfast, port wine for lunch and dinner, blackouts, and trips to the emergency room were routine. While in graduate school in New York City, Poppy died, which only sent her deeper into an alcoholic spiral.
After one particularly traumatic blackout, Moustaki vows to seek help and get sober. Her descriptions of the unraveling addicted mind are poignant and honest, and we join her, through relapse and recovery, as she travels to Paris to find the bird market in an attempt to honor her beloved Poppy—and where she experiences a surprising, redemptive outcome.
About the Author:
Nikki Moustaki is the author of twenty-five books on the care and training of exotic birds. She holds an MA in creative writing, poetry, from New York University, an MFA in creative writing, poetry, from Indiana University, and an MFA in creative writing, fiction, from New York University. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, as well as many other national writing awards. She splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach.
About the Introducers:
Richard Blanco is one of the most beloved and influential poets and storytellers writing today. As a historic inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist, he continues to invite audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. Through the power of his words and presence, Blanco taps into out unspoken dreams, hopes and frustrations. He captures the human spirit and condition, in all of its complexities, opening up our minds and encouraging us to see beyond our differences to share in the universal experience of our humanity. Just as Carl Sagan brought cosmology into our living rooms, Blanco is appealing to audiences everywhere and inspiring a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day, making it an accessible, inclusive and transformative part of our everyday lives.
Caridad Moro-McCormick is the recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship for poetry. Her work has appeared in The Comstock Review, Crab Orchard Review, MiPoesias, The Seattle Review, CALYX, Spillway, The Pedestal, The Sun, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and others. Her chapbook, Visionware is available from Finishing Line Press
During the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804, arguably the most radical revolution of the modern world, slaves and former slaves succeeded in ending slavery and establishing an independent state. Yet on the Spanish island of Cuba barely fifty miles distant, the events in Haiti helped usher in the antithesis of revolutionary emancipation. When Cuban planters and authorities saw the devastation of the neighboring colony, they rushed to fill the void left in the world market for sugar, to buttress the institutions of slavery and colonial rule, and to prevent "another Haiti" from happening in their own territory. Freedom's Mirror follows the reverberations of the Haitian Revolution in Cuba, where the violent entrenchment of slavery occurred at the very moment that the Haitian Revolution provided a powerful and proximate example of slaves destroying slavery. By creatively linking two stories - the story of the Haitian Revolution and that of the rise of Cuban slave society - that are usually told separately, Ada Ferrer sheds fresh light on both of these crucial moments in Caribbean and Atlantic history.
About the Author:
Ada Ferrer is Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Her first book, Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898, (which appeared in French and Spanish translation) won the 2000 Berkshire Book Prize for the best first book by a woman in any field of history. Her recent article "Haiti, Free, Soil and Atlantic Antislavery" (2012) won the John Hope Franklin Prize from the Law and Society Association and the Paul Vanderwood Prize from the Conference of Latin American History. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the Fulbright Commission, among others. Freedom's Mirror was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2015 PROSE Award for European and World History by the Association of American Publishers.
La práctica del Ho’oponopono nos hace cambiar a través de los años. Con ella, comenzamos a percibir y a ver las cosas en forma diferente. Nos mantenemos más presentes y más en cero, lo cual nos permite reaccionar menos y utilizar nuestra energía mental, emocional y física para concentrarnos en lo que verdaderamente deseamos en la vida. El Ho'oponopono nos vuelve más pacientes, menos temerosos y más felices. Gracias a él, tomamos más conciencia de quiénes somos, por qué estamos aquí, y sobre todo, entendemos que la gente y los eventos aparecen en nuestra vida para darnos otra oportunidad. La realidad es lo que nos ocurre y lo que se nos presenta siempre es una bendición, incluso aunque no lo parezca.
Cuando empezamos a confiar más en nosotros mismos, nos damos cuenta de que no estamos solos y entendemos que la vida no tiene por qué ser difícil. Descubrimos que hay una parte dentro de nosotros que sabe lo que es mejor para nosotros y solo está esperando que le demos permiso para actuar.
Sobre la autora:
Mabel Katz es una oradora, autora y líder de seminarios internacionalmente aclamada y reconocida como autoridad principal de Ho’oponopono, un antiguo arte hawaiano para conseguir mayor claridad en los objetivos, atraer más felicidad y paz y para vivir y trabajar con mayor eficacia. Creó una serie de conferencias, charlas y seminarios para corporaciones, empresas e individuos –incluyendo seminarios para niños- que aplican las prácticas de Ho’oponopono para que las empresas alcancen todo su potencial y para que las personas obtengan éxito en su trabajo y en todas las áreas de su vida.
Sus presentaciones, basadas en 100% de la responsabilidad, el perdón y la gratitud, se enfocan en modos prácticos para alcanzar lo que ella denomina Zero Frequency®, estado en el que nos liberamos de memorias restrictivas y de reflexiones limitadoras. Desde la claridad de Cero, surgen soluciones maravillosas y podemos tomar excelentes decisiones.
The instantNew York Timesbestseller that theChristian Science Monitordeclared "an important book, much the wayThe Feminine Mystiquewas, because it offers parents a common language, an understanding that they're not alone"
Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents?
In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior analyzes the many ways children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear. Recruiting from a wide variety of sources—in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology—she dissects both the timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around the country. The result is an unforgettable series of family portraits, starting with parents of young children and progressing in later chapters to parents of teens. Through lively and accessible storytelling, Senior follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood's deepest vexations—and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards.
Meticulously researched yet imbued with emotional intelligence, All Joy and No Funmakes us reconsider some of our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives. By focusing on parenthood, rather than parenting, the book is original and essential reading for mothers and fathers of today—and tomorrow.
About the Author:
Jennifer Senior is a contributing editor at New York magazine, where she writes profiles and cover stories about politics, social science, and mental health. Her work has been anthologized four times in THE BEST AMERICAN POLITICAL WRITING, and she's been a frequent guest on NPR and numerous television programs, including Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthews Show, Morning Joe, Washington Journal, Anderson Cooper 360, GMA, and Today. All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is her first book. It spent six weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and appeared on the Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe, SF Chronicle, and Denver Post Best Seller lists as well. In March of 2014, she spoke both at TED's annual conference and at the Sydney Opera House. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her son.
Nosotros, los padres, somos acompañantes de esas almas que son nuestros hijos; nuestra responsabilidad es conocerlos, caminar con ellos a lo largo de sus vidas. Si logramos ver la grandeza de sus espíritus, si nos volvemos verdaderos compañeros, daremos el primer gran paso: construir una relación sana.
¿En qué lugar quedamos cuando regañamos a nuestros hijos? ¿Cuántas veces nos hemos sentado con ellos realmente a escucharlos, a mostrarnos curiosos por lo que están viviendo sin tratar de imponernos? ¿Cuál es nuestro lenguaje corporal frente a ellos y cómo nos perciben? Éstas y muchas otras preguntas nos hace Alejandra Llamas a lo largo de su libro para que reflexionemos acerca de nuestra postura y para que aprendamos a desarrollar nuevas herramientas que nos enseñen a ser padres que nutren. El arte de educar pone en tus manos la responsabilidad de crear niños sanos, seguros, creativos, empáticos con sus necesidades y las de otros. Éste es el propósito: convertirnos en padres-guía y maestros de nuestros niños, pero también en sus alumnos para tener la capacidad de aprender lo que nos vienen a enseñar. Este libro, en pocas palabras, puede ser el gran regalo para que tú y tus hijos aprendan nuevas maneras de ser.
Sobre la autora:
Alejandra Llamas se define como una persona comprometida en generar experiencias de vida que transformen la manera en que las personas interpretan su mundo y a ellas mismas. Por ello, su trabajo tiene como objetivo ayudar a otros a encontrar la luz, la fuerza y la magia que emanan de lo profundo de nuestras almas, liberando todas las cargas innecesarias. Discípula de Tias Little, uno de los maestros de yoga más reconocido internacionalmente, cuenta con el grado de Maestra de Yoga y Meditación, estudios que cursó en Nuevo México. También se ha certificado como Coach Ontológico, una disciplina en la que el lenguaje recupera su capacidad para transformar el mundo y nuestra conciencia de él, en Minneapolis, Minnesota. También es coach certificado por el International Coach Federation. Esta preparación la ha llevado a dictar seminarios en "Tecnología del pensamiento", pero también a convertirse en directora y CEO de Ontologik Group, Centro de Yoga, Arte y Coaching, con sede en Miami. Actualmente dirige e imparte, personalmente y en línea, la "Certificación MMK" de Coaching, a través del Instituto Manomayakosha de Coaching del Ser, también aprobada por el ICF. Su interés por provocar el despertar espiritual de las personas se ha traducido también en la publicación de libros: Una vida sin límites (Debolsillo), El arte de conocerte (Debolsillo) y, en coautoría con Gloria Calzada, Maestría de vida. Reflexiones para vivir en excelencia, se han convertido en éxitos editoriales. Asimismo, esta mexicana radicada en Estados Unidos dicta conferencias por todo el mundo y recibe constantes invitaciones a programas de televisión y radio.
Presentado por Gloria Calzada:
Gloria Calzada comenzó su carrera conduciendo programas musicales y muy pronto, con Video Éxitos, se posicionó como una de las mejores conductoras de México. Siempre en Domingo, Hoy, Cuéntamelo, en Univisión, Esta Mañana, en Telemundo, han sido sus trabajos más importantes en la televisión. Ha hecho radio y fue publisher de Tv y Novelas USA. Es traductora simultánea en eventos especiales como Miss Universo y los premios Grammy en Televisa. Es conferenciante, productora de cine y televisión, así como creadora de series de televisión. Más activa que nunca en sus más de 25 años de trayectoria profesional, es muy feliz en el programa Netas Divinas, de Unicable. Su primer libro publicado es Maestría de vida.
The Naked CEO's guide to achieving your dream, starting now
From suspended schoolboy to disruptive CEO, Alex Malley, TheNaked CEO, has led a life rich in successes and mistakes. Throughit all he has learned a lot about what it takes to successfullybuild not only a big career, but also a big life.
Gain insights from a successful CEO who's lived a big life. Beinspired by his unabashed real-life stories. Learn how to dream bigand have the courage to pursue your passions and be willing to failin that quest. Take the practical tips and apply them to your owncareer.
Whether you're a student, jobseeker, professional, new to theworkforce or just stuck in a rut, this book is your guide throughthe hurdles of the career journey to a big life. As a father ofseven, Alex knows that this is the perfect book for parents ormentors looking to inspire the next generation.
Career-readiness is a skill that people need. It can be learnedthe hard way, after years on the job and many potentially seriousmissteps, or it can be learned ahead of time by listening to thosewho have been there. The Naked CEO helps graduates,jobseekers, and professionals learn the lessons and limit theirmistakes.
Learn how to:
Become a leader
Successfully stand out and get noticed
Harness the power of being yourself
Network and create a profile
Establish rapport with colleagues and turn around anunder-performing team
Get organised, spot opportunities, and learn how to say no
Set priorities, build confidence, learn how to delegate, andmore
The Naked CEOis the truth you need to build a biglife.
About the Author:
Alex Malley FCPA is the CEO of CPA Australia and is responsible for 19 offices globally with more than 150,000 members in 121 countries.
Alex was born in Sydney, Australia, to immigrant parents. From the time he and his family remember, he was a disruptive boy - ever curious about all around him.
His life and career have been extremely diverse with experiences that include banking, sports management, university lecturing, media commentary as well as CEO, board director and chairmanship roles.
Tackling leadership and mentoring matters is something he has always taken very seriously. As host of the television series The Bottom Line, screened nationally on the Nine Network Australia, Alex brings these issues into sharp focus through interviews with fellow leaders from business, politics and the community. The interview he conducted with the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, was the most substantive ever filmed. News surrounding it reached an unprecedented global audience.
Alex fronts CPA Australia'sthe online mentoring community for students, thenakedceo.com. Approximately 2 million young people have visited the site to date. The extraordinary engagement achieved on the website was the inspiration behind his book - The Naked CEO: From suspended schoolboy to disruptive CEO.
He writes a regular blog for The Huffington Post and is a business commentator on the nationally syndicated programs The Money News on 2GB and Sky News Business.
Alex serves on a number of councils, boards and government sector committees including the Prince of Wales' Accounting for Sustainability Project and the International Integrated Reporting Council domiciled in London.
In recent times, Alex was invited to become a Linkedin Influencer: an exclusive group of global leaders, which includes the likes of Richard Branson, Bill Gates and US President Barack Obama. Via regular blog posts, Alex shares his leadership insights with Linkedin's network of more than 300 million professionals around the globe.
From suspended schoolboy to disruptive CEO, Alex always does what he believes in.
Coming of age in an Orthodox Jewish family in New York, Susan Reimer-Torn yearned for independence and the opportunity to express her love of dancing and beauty. She fled her home and community for France, certain that the rupture with her family and faith would never heal. When an unexpected event drew her back to New York after more than two decades, a mystifying attraction to her neighborhood synagogue blossoms into a multi-textured, spiritual journey and fresh meaning in the complexities of Jewish heritage. "This is a lovely book about two powerful human instincts: breaking away and coming back. Susan Reimer-Torn writes about both in a smart, poignant and engaging way." -Ari L. Goldman, The Search for God at Harvard "In this passionate memoir, Susan Reimer-Torn tells of a history of alienation - pain, rage, recoil - from her Jewish identity, and of the difficult epiphanies that provoke return. Intensely felt and eloquently written, her book reaches out to the reader with its sense of unfurling life and of the desire to write that life for a blessing to others." -Avivah Zornberg, The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious
About the Author:
The dissident daughter of an Orthodox Jewish family, Susan Reimer-Torn spent 22 years raising a family in France, avoiding communal life and writing for the International Herald Tribune on dance, culture, and spiritual undercurrents in a self-consciously secular Europe.
Since her return to the Upper West Side in 2001, she has become a life-coach and hypnotherapist while writing about social and religious tensions within Judaism for a variety of publications.
In a time of self-questioning and renewal, Susan delights in probing conversations and leading workshops and about self-realization for women within an evolving and always challenging Jewish world.
Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.
In "Redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died." In "After Action Report", a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming.
Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.
About the Author:
Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His story “Redeployment” was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere.
In 2014 Klay’s short story collection Redeployment was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize and won the National Book Award for Fiction. He was also named a National Book Foundation ’5 Under 35′ honoree in 2014.