Joshua Waitzkin is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. The film “Searching for Bobby Fischer” is based on his early life.

  • A Fighter’s Heart

    In 1999, after a series of wildly adventurous jobs around the world, Sam Sheridan found himself in Australia, loaded with cash and intent on not working until he???d spent it all. It occurred to him that, without distractions, he could finally indulge a long-dormant obsession: fighting. Within a year, he was in Bangkok training with the greatest fighter in muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) history and stepping through the ropes for a professional bout. That one fight wasn???t enough. Sheridan set out to test himself on an epic journey into how and why we fight, facing Olympic boxers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu stars, and Ultimate Fighting champions. Along the way, Sheridan delivers an insightful look at violence as a career and a spectator sport, a behind-the-pageantry glimpse of athletes at the top of their terrifying game. ??An extraordinary combination of gonzo journalism and participatory sports writing, , is a dizzying first-hand account of what it???s like to reach the peak of finely disciplined personal aggression, to hit???and be hit.

  • A Moveable Feast

    Hemingway’s memories of his life as an unknown writer living in Paris in the twenties are deeply personal, warmly affectionate, and full of wit. Looking back not only at his own much younger self, but also at the other writers who shared Paris with him – James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald – he recalls the time when, poor, happy, and writing in cafes, he discovered his vocation. Written during the last years of Hemingway’s life, his memoir is a lively and powerful reflection of his genius that scintillates with the romance of the city.

  • Born to Run

    The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.,An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?,Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America???s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall???s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

  • Chuang Tsu

    Chuang Tsu/ Inner Chapters is a companion volume to Gia-fu Feng and Jane English’s translation of Tao Te Ching, which has enjoyed great success since its publication in 1972, and is having a 25th anniversary edition published in 1997.Very little is known about Chuang Tsu and that little is inextricably woven into legend. While the other philosophers were busying themselves with the practical matters of government and rules of conduct, Chuang Tsu transcended the whang cheng, the illusory dust of the world- thus anticipating Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on a state of emptiness or ego transcendence. With humor, imagery and fantasy, he captures the depth of Chinese thinking.

  • Dancing Wu Li Masters

    With its unique combination of depth, clarity, and humor that has enchanted millions, this beloved classic by bestselling author Gary Zukav opens the fascinating world of quantum physics to readers with no mathematical or technical background. “Wu Li” is the Chinese phrase for physics. It means “patterns of organic energy,” but it also means “nonsense,” “my way,” “I clutch my ideas,” and “enlightenment.” These captivating ideas frame Zukav’s evocative exploration of quantum mechanics and relativity theory. Delightfully easy to read, , illuminates the compelling powers at the core of all we know.

  • Dreaming Yourself Awake

    Some of the greatest of life???s adventures can happen while you???re sound asleep. That???s the promise of lucid dreaming, which is the ability to alter your own dream reality any way you like simply by being aware of the fact that you???re dreaming while you???re in the midst of a dream. There is a range of techniques anyone can learn to become a lucid dreamer???and this book provides all the instruction you need to get started. But B. Alan Wallace also shows how to take the experience of lucid dreaming beyond entertainment to use it to heighten creativity, to solve problems, and to increase self-knowledge. He then goes a step further: moving on to the methods of Tibetan Buddhist dream yoga for using your lucid dreams to attain the profoundest kind of insight.

  • Eleven Rings

    A ,bestseller.,During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the ???Zen master??? half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players??? nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.,This is the story of a preacher???s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head.

  • Ernest Hemingway on Writing

    An assemblage of reflections on the nature of writing and the writer from one the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.,Throughout Hemingway???s career as a writer, he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing???that it takes off ???whatever butterflies have on their wings and the arrangement of hawk???s feathers if you show it or talk about it.???,Despite this belief, by the end of his life he had done just what he intended not to do. In his novels and stories, in letters to editors, friends, fellow artists, and critics, in interviews and in commissioned articles on the subject, Hemingway wrote often about writing. And he wrote as well and as incisively about the subject as any writer who ever lived???,”This book contains Hemingway???s reflections on the nature of the writer and on elements of the writer???s life, including specific and helpful advice to writers on the craft of writing, work habits, and discipline. The Hemingway personality comes through in general wisdom, wit, humor, and insight, and in his insistence on the integrity of the writer and of the profession itself.” ???From the Preface by Larry W. Phillips

  • Essentialism

    Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?,Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?,Are you often busy but not productive?,Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people???s agendas?,If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the ,???,The Way of the Essentialist isn???t about getting more done in less time. It???s about getting , done. ??It is not ??a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a , for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. ,By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy ??? instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.,Essentialism is not one more thing ??? it???s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn who to do less, but better, in every area of their lives, Essentialism ??is a movement whose time has come.,Often we get caught up in the busyness of life and lose focus on the things we want to do. ,???s , is a book that I think everyone should read. It focuses on an idea It is an idea whose time has come: do less. , clears your judgement and gives you permission to focus on what really matters instead of trying to do everything.??,In applying McKeown???s advice and defining strict criteria for what is essential in your life, you???ll reclaim invaluable time, energy and focus. McKeown calls this ???the disciplined pursuit of ,.???

  • Flow

    Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called ,. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. , teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from “the good fight,” For Whom the Bell Tolls.,The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan’s love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo’s last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. “If the function of a writer is to reveal reality,” Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, “no one ever so completely performed it.” Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author’s previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

  • Gandhi

    Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.,In a new foreword, noted peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi’s “attitude of experimenting, of testing what will and will not bear close scrutiny, what can and cannot be adapted to new circumstances,”in order to bring about change in our own lives and communities.,All royalties earned on this book are paid to the Navajivan Trust, founded by Gandhi, for use in carrying on his work.

  • Grayson

    is Lynne Cox???s first book since , (???Riveting??????,; ???Pitch-perfect??????,). In it she tells the story of a miraculous ocean encounter that happened to her when she was seventeen and in training for a big swim (she had already swum the English Channel, twice, and the Catalina Channel).

  • Green Hills of Africa

    The most intimate and elaborately enhanced addition to the Hemingway Library series: Hemingway???s memoir of his safari across the Serengeti???presented with archival material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library, and with the never-before-published safari journal of Hemingway???s second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer.,First published in 1935, Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway???s lyrical account of his safari in the great game country of East Africa with his wife Pauline. Hemingway???s fascination with big-game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative narrative of his trip. In examining the poetic grace of the chase, and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway looks inward, seeking to explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent that comes alive on the plains of Africa. Green Hills of Africa is also an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape, and of the beauty of a wilderness that was, even then, being threatened by the incursions of man. Hemingway???s rich description of the land and his passion for hunting combine to give Green Hills of Africa the immediacy of a deeply felt individual experience that is the hallmark of the greatest travel writing.,This new Hemingway Library Edition offers a fresh perspective on Hemingway???s classic travelogue with a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, the author???s sole surviving son, who, himself, spent many years as a professional hunter in East Africa; a new introduction by Se??n Hemingway, grandson of the author; and published for the first time in its entirety the African journal of Hemingway???s wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, which provides new insight into the experiences that shaped her husband???s craft.

  • Grit

    In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.,Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.,Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius, but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own character lab and set out to test her theory.,Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers; from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of , to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.,Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, , is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that not talent or luck makes all the difference.,, as defined by author ,, is the combination of passion and perseverance towards long-term goals. According to Duckworth, grit matters more than talent in the long-run and is a predictor of success measured in success stories.,We???d like to believe in hard work more than in talent, but we???re conditioned to believe in the opposite. , describes what goes into incredible personal achievements across various fields and what you can do to cultivate it in your own life. Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.

  • Inner Revolution

    The New York Times calls him “America’s number one Buddhist.” He is the co-founder of Tibet House New York, was the first American Tibetan Buddhist monk, and has shared a thirty-five-year friendship with the Dalai Lama. Now, Robert Thurman presents his first completely original book, an introduction to Buddhism and “an inspiring guide to incorporating Buddhist wisdom into daily life” (USA Today). Written with insight, enthusiasm, and impeccable scholarship, Inner Revolution is not only a national bestseller and practical primer on one of the world’s most fascinating traditions, but it is also a wide-ranging look at the course of our civilization–and how we can alter it for the better. “Part spiritual memoir, part philosophical treatise and part religious history, Thurman’s book is a passionate declaration of the possibilities of renewing the world” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • Invisible Cities

    “Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his.” So begins Italo Calvino’s compilation of fragmentary urban images. As Marco tells the khan about Armilla, which “has nothing that makes it seem a city, except the water pipes that rise vertically where the houses should be and spread out horizontally where the floors should be,” the spider-web city of Octavia, and other marvelous burgs, it may be that he is creating them all out of his imagination, or perhaps he is recreating fine details of his native Venice over and over again, or perhaps he is simply recounting some of the myriad possible forms a city might take.

  • Lila

    In this best-selling new book, his first in seventeen years, Robert M. Pirsig, author of ,, takes us on a poignant and passionate journey as mysterious and compelling as his first life-changing work.,Instead of a motorcycle, a sailboat carries his philosopher-narrator Phaedrus down the Hudson River as winter closes in. Along the way he picks up a most unlikely traveling companion: a woman named Lila who in her desperate sexuality, hostility, and oncoming madness threatens to disrupt his life.,In , Robert M. Pirsig has crafted a unique work of adventure and ideas that examines the essential issues of the nineties as his previous classic did the seventies.

  • Mastery

    Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, bestselling author George Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives.Whether you’re seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose and achieve success in all areas of your life.

  • Mindset

    After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a ,???those who believe that abilities are fixed???are less likely to flourish than those with a ,???those who believe that abilities can be developed. , reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.,In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love???to transform their lives and your own.