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Playing Dead

Author : Elizabeth Greenwood
ISBN : 9781476739342
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear--but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks. Greenwood tracks down a British man who staged a kayaking accident and then returned to live in his own house while all his neighbors thought he was dead. She takes a call from Michael Jackson (no, he's not dead--or so her new acquaintances would have her believe), stalks message boards for people contemplating pseudocide, and gathers intel on black market morgues in the Philippines, where she may or may not obtain some fraudulent goodies of her own. Along the way, she learns that love is a much less common motive than money, and that making your death look like a drowning virtually guarantees that you'll be caught. (Disappearing while hiking, however, is a way great to go.) Playing Dead is a charmingly bizarre investigation in the vein of Jon Ronson and Mary Roach into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to give up their lives--and their families--to start again. "Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you're hoping for." --NPR "A lively romp." --The Boston Globe "Grim fun." --The New York Times "Brilliant topic, absorbing book." --The Seattle Times "The most literally escapist summer read you could hope for." --The Paris Review

Do Less Get More

Author : Sháá Wasmund
ISBN : 9783423431262
Genre : Self-Help
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Leichter leben Viele von uns setzen sich selbst enorm unter Druck, um unterschiedlichsten Ansprüchen zu genügen. Für das, was uns wirklich am Herzen liegt, finden wir kaum Zeit. Stress ist unausweichlich, aber steuerbar, daher empfiehlt Sháá Wasmund: Schluss mit den To-do-Listen, Schluss damit, immer möglichst viel auf einmal tun zu wollen. Sie zeigt, an welchen Stellschrauben man drehen muss, um beruflich wie privat gesünder und zufriedener durchs Leben zu gehen – indem man sich fokussiert, die richtigen Prioritäten setzt und Prozesse verschlankt. Weniger ist mehr: Das ist eine wohltuend entlastende Erkenntnis. Mit Handlungsanleitungen, Achtsamkeitstechniken und Übungen, ansprechend illustriert.

Hoax A History Of Deception

Author : Ian Tattersall
ISBN : 9780316503709
Genre : True Crime
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An entertaining collection of the most audacious and underhanded deceptions in the history of mankind, from sacred relics to financial schemes to fake art, music, and identities. World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Ian Tattersall, a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, has teamed up with Peter Névraumont to tell this anti-history of the world, in which Michelangelo fakes a masterpiece; Arctic explorers seek an entrance into a hollow Earth; a Shakespeare tragedy is "rediscovered"; a financial scheme inspires Charles Ponzi; a spirit photographer snaps Abraham Lincoln's ghost; people can survive ingesting only air and sunshine; Edgar Allen Poe is the forefather of fake news; and the first human was not only British but played cricket. Told chronologically, HOAX begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world in 2800 BC and winds its way through controversial tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as the Thomas Jefferson's ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores bald-faced lies in the worlds of art, science, literature, journalism, and finance.

Becoming A Yoga Instructor

Author : Elizabeth Greenwood
ISBN : 9781501199936
Genre : Business & Economics
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The must-have book for any yogi or yogini who’s curious about taking the next step and becoming a yoga instructor. Choosing a profession begins with imagining yourself in a career. Whether you see yoga as a side gig or your life calling, Becoming a Yoga Instructor is the perfect resource to help you figure out how to get there—and what it’ll really be like once you do. Journalist Elizabeth Greenwood has been practicing yoga for over twenty years. Now, she takes you along as she studies with teachers across the country to figure out how these women and men rose to the top of their profession—and how they stay there. In these pages, you’ll take a private lesson with Abbie Galvin, a rock star instructor whom other yoga teachers fly around the world to learn from. You’ll visit a small business owner as she opens up her very first studio, and meet newbies hustling as they figure out how to stand out from the competition, whether by leading yoga retreats to Costa Rica, helping veterans struggling with PTSD, or teaching classes over YouTube. Bursting with inside information about the yoga industry, and the spiritual, physical, and psychological benefits that daily practice can bring to your life, Becoming a Yoga Instructor is a perfect virtual internship for anyone contemplating turning their love of yoga into a career.

The Illustrated London News

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ISBN : ONB:+Z255613305
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The Literary World

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The Illustrated London News

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Theatre Record

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105007096337
Genre : Theater
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Harry Mathews

Author : Warren Leamon
ISBN : UOM:39015033110076
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Although his published work covers more than three decades, Harry Mathews until recently was known only among a relatively small coterie of readers. The author of four novels, several collections of poetry, and a number of short stories, Mathews has made a significant contribution to contemporary literature. His work has been compared with such better-known European writers as Italo Calvino, Raymond Queneau, Raymond Firbank, and Georges Perec. Mathews's novels are distinguished by a sense of playfulness that embraces both his language and his narrative structures. His fiction is filled with puns, puzzles, word games, foreign languages, and literary parodies. His stories and plots are resonant but ambiguous, often operating on several levels at once. Mathews himself has said that he does not wish to mirror external reality; rather he seeks to provide the means by which the reader performs the act of creation. As Warren Leamon characterizes it, Mathews's fiction "though erudite, is very entertaining - fast paced, witty, humorous - and deserves a much wider audience." This book is the first full scale critical study of this American writer. Warren Leamon places Harry Mathews firmly within the context of the various currents in contemporary American and European fiction. He traces the significant links between Mathews's work and a number of important modernists - Joyce, Eliot, Firbank, and Graves among them. Leamon's work provides an important introduction and critical assessment of a heretofore neglected writer, as well as providing readers already familiar with Mathews with useful, detailed information and perceptive analysis of individual works.

The New York Times Book Review

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