Listening Between the Lines
Author: Anna Deavere Smith
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Anna Deavere Smith, the award-winning playwright and actor, has spent a lifetime listening—really listening—to the people around her. As a child in the segregated Baltimore of the early 1960s, Smith absorbed the words of her parents, teachers, neighbors—even train conductors—and realized that there was something more being communicated than the actual words: The conductor's voice had a mild kind of grandeur that was a cousin to the vocal tones I had heard at funerals—"Ashes-to-ashes"—and at christenings and weddings. These are words that have been said many times, but the person who speaks them understands that each time it must be said as if it matters, because it does matter. We never know what lies ahead, and we never know what just happened, and all words must house respect of those two unknowns. In Talk to Me, Smith looks back at a singular career as a seeker and interpreter of language in America, revealing the methodology behind her extraordinary search for the truth and nuances of verbal communication. For thirty years, the defining thesis of Smith's work has been that how we speak is just as important in communicating truth and identity as what we say. Everything from individual vocal tone to grammar, Smith demonstrates, can be as identifiable and revealing as a fingerprint. Her journey has taken her from the rarefied bastions of academia to riot-torn streets; she has conducted hundreds of interviews with subjects ranging from women prisoners to presidents of the United States. In 1995, her ongoing investigation led her to Washington, D.C. After all, what better place to wage an inquiry into the power of language and the language of power than in the city where "message" is a manufactured product? What happens when we as citizens accept—which we seem to be doing more and more—our chosen leaders' failure to tell the truth? And how can we know that we are hearing what Washington really has to say when everything we receive is filtered through the media? Armed with a blazing intellect and a tape recorder, Smith tackled these questions head-on, conducting more than four hundred interviews with people both inside and outside the power structure of Washington. She recorded these sessions in her trademark verbatim transcripts, which include every tic and verbal utterance of her subjects. More than thirty of these remarkable documents appear in this book, including interviews with Bill Clinton, Anita Hill, Studs Terkel, George Bush, Mike McCurry, and Helen Thomas. After five years of searing investigation into the world of the politicians, spin doctors, and power brokers who are steering the course of our country from inside the beltway, Smith has come away with a revelatory assessment—by turns devastating and hopeful—of the lexicon of power and politics in America. Talk to Me is a landmark contribution from a woman whose pioneering insights into language speak volumes.
Author: Jan Freed
By the Year 2000: CELEBRATE! What have you resolved to do by the year 2000? Talk! Pillow talk. Small talk. Double talk. Baby talk. Can we talk? Kara Taylor has a few questions when it comes to men. Why won't they talk about their feelings? Why can't they admit they're wrong? And what is it about The Three Stooges? Travis Malloy has some things he'd like to know, too. Why do women go on about emotions? Can't they see that actions speak louder than words? And since when is shopping a sport? Maybe if they'd had some answers nine years ago, their marriage wouldn't have ended in disaster on their first anniversary. Sure, Kara and Travis were crazy about each other, but that wasn't enough. They were mismatched from the start. They still are. But now it's time for Kara and Travis to start talking—because everything's at stake if they don't….
Stories of the Southwest
Author: H. Lee Barnes
Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
These stories are best described as rites of passage. The rest are tales of people at crossroads, seekers and troubled souls, finding compassion in themselves or others or for some finding it nowhere. The stories emerge out of the writer's life long love affair with the Southwest where he grew up and in which he's lived his adult life. In the backdrop of the stories is the landscape of the harsh urban world of the desert Southwest. These are tough honest stories about believable people and situations, stories true to the environment that created them. This is his fourth book."Talk To Me, James Dean is a vividly presented collection of individual gems which are showcased under one cover and engagingly entertaining, quite thought-provoking, and very highly recommended reading. H. Lee Barnes is one of those rare authors who seems able to touch the minds, invoke the emotions, and stroke the imaginations of his readers with a quite remarkable consistency from beginning to end." --Midwest Book Review
Author: PETE WILLIAMS
Category: Family & Relationships
“...Talk to Me, Dad, a deeply troubling novel of child abuse, brutalization and revenge...this novel... has been a particular pleasure to read; we’ve been touched by many of its components, particularly your courage in telling a story of this disturbing nature. You manage to effectively combine relentlessness with sensitivity in your presentation, and that’s no small feat.” The Scott Meredith Literary Agency “I’ve read literally thousands of books and I can safely say that it reads like a dream. What a beautiful job you’ve done! I couldn’t put it down and was sad when it ended. All good books leave me sad because you become invested in the people, in their lives.” Jeanna “After reading your book, I could close my eyes and it was just like a movie playing in my mind.” Jeff “When will there be a sequel?” Peggy I began this book some 23 years ago, before child abduction and abuse were reported in newspapers. Without the confidence of Maye, the encouragement of Peggy, and the time given by many other reviewers, I would have been hard pressed to continue this project. My special thanks go to each of them. The Author
Design and the Communication Between People and Objects
Author: Paola Antonelli
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Talk to Me thrives on an important late 20th-century cultural development in design: a shift from the centrality of function to that of meaning. From this new perspective, objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance, providing access to complex systems and networks and acting as gateways and interpreters. Whether openly and actively, or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us, and designers write the initial script that lets us develop and improvise the dialogue. Talk to Me focuses on objects that involve direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, communication devices, and projects that establish a practical, emotional or even sensual connection between their users and entities such as cities, companies, governmental institutions, as well as other people. The featured objects range in date from the early 1980s beginning with the first Graphic User Interface, developed by Xerox Parc in 1981 with particular attention given to projects from the last five years and to several ones currently in development. Included are a diverse array of examples, from computer and machine interfaces to websites, video games, devices and tools, and installations. Organized thematically, Talk to Me features essays by Paola Antonelli, Jamer Hunt, Alexandra Midel, Kevin Slavin, and Koi Vinh. By introducing design practices that are becoming increasingly crucial to our world, the book presents a highly distilled sample of todays best design production that uses technology in creative and unexpected ways, showing how rich and deep designs influence will be on our future.
Relationship Repair in a Flash
Author: Nancy Dreyfus, Psy.D.
Category: Family & Relationships
“The most crucial relationship advice book since Men Are from Mars.”—Erin Meanley, Glamour.com A groundbreaking, interactive relationship tool that literally places in the hands of couples the power to transform chronically frustrating relationship dynamics. We've all been there. A conversation with a loved one escalates into conflict. Voices rise to a fever pitch and angry, accusative words fly through the air. At times like these, it seems impossible to find the magic words that will lead to healing. Enter Talk to Me Like I'm Someone You Love. A psychotherapist with decades of experience in counseling couples, Nancy Dreyfus hit upon the revolutionary practice outlined in this book during a couples-therapy session in which a wife’s unrelenting criticism of her husband was causing him to become emotionally withdrawn. In the midst of this, Dreyfus found herself scribbling on a scrap of paper, “Talk to me like I'm someone you love,” and gestured to the husband that he should hold it up. He did and within seconds the familiar power differential between the two shifted, and a gentler, more genuine connection emerged. Dreyfus was startled, then intrigued, and then motivated to create a tool that could help others. This book features more than one hundred of Dreyfus's "flash cards for real life," written statements that express what we wish we could communicate to the person we love, but either can't find the right words or the right tone in which to say it. The statements include: • Taking responsibility: "I realize I'm overreacting. Can you give me a minute to get sane again?" • Apologizing: "I know I've really hurt you. What can I do to help you trust me again?" • Loving: "You are precious, and I get that I haven't been treating you like you are." A one-of-a-kind, practical relationship tool, Talk to Me Like I'm Someone You Love will help couples to stop arguing and begin healing.
Author: John Kenney
From New Yorker contributor and the Thurber Prize-winning author of Truth in Advertising comes a wry yet tenderhearted look at how one man's public fall from grace leads him back to his family, and back to the man he used to be. It's a story that Ted Grayson has reported time and time again in his job as a network TV anchor: the public downfall of those at the top. He just never imagined that it would happen to him. After his profanity-laced tirade is caught on camera, his reputation and career are destroyed, leaving him without a script for the first time in years. While American viewers may have loved and trusted Ted for decades, his family certainly didn't: His years of constant travel and his big-screen persona have frayed all of his important relationships. At the time of his meltdown, Ted is estranged from his wife, Claire, and his adult daughter, Franny, a writer for a popular website. Franny views her father's disgrace with curiosity and perhaps a bit of smug satisfaction, but when her boss suggests that she confront Ted in an interview, she has to decide whether to use his loss as her career gain. And for Ted, this may be a chance to take a hard look at what got him to this place, and to try to find his way back before it's too late. Talk to Me is a sharply observed, darkly funny, and ultimately warm story about a man who wakes up too late to the mess he's made of his life... and about our capacity for forgiveness and empathy.
Conversation Strategies for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum or with Speech and Language Impairments
Author: Heather Jones
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Category: Family & Relationships
If your child finds talking to people a struggle, this is the book to get the conversation started. In this hands-on guide, Heather Jones offers practical advice, born of experience with her own son, which will help you teach your child the principles of communication. Full of strategies and examples, it shows how you can allay fears, build confidence and teach your child to enjoy conversation. Once a child gets used to talking with other people, many life skills can develop more easily as they grow up – from making friends and shopping for themselves, to being interviewed and eventually getting a job. This handy book provides guidance and inspiration to parents, teachers and anyone else who cares for a child who finds language and comprehension difficult.
Author: Mohorosh of Heichal Hakodesh Breslov
Publisher: j rosenberg
SOME SOLID IDEAS ON PRAYERAND HOW TO HAVE A REALLY INTIMATECONVERSATION WITH G-D***BASED ON THE TEACHINGS OFRABBI NACHMAN OF BRESLOVAND OF HIS STUDENTRABBI NOSSON OF BRESLOV
Bridging the Gap Between the Hearing and Silent Worlds
Author: Roger E. Hoffmann
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Growing up with deaf grandparents, Roger E. Hoffman learned early on the challenges faced by the deaf community. Valuing his grandparents, he prioritized a relationship with them, even when encountering prejudice from his peers. Drawing from his early experiences, Roger shares touching stories of his childhood and the compassion that motivated him to become a therapist for children with speech impediments. In addition to working one-on-one with children, Roger developed several creative ways to educate the community on sign language, bridging the gap between the silent and hearing worlds. This moving memoir speaks to all who have felt alienated or set apart. Talk to Me will encourage you to reach out to those around you and communicate more clearly.
A Therapist's Guide to Breaking Through Male Silence
Author: Kris Rosenberg
Category: Interpersonal communication.
Offers women a series of unique tools they can use to improve verbal communication and intimacy with men and outlines the cultural, psychological, and family factors that make it hard for men to talk about their feelings.
(A Love Story in Any Language)
Author: Pat Simmons
Publisher: Pat Simmons
Despite being deaf as a result of a fireworks explosion, CEO of a St. Louis non-profit company, Noel Richardson, expertly navigates the hearing world. What some view as a disability, Noel views as a challenge—his lack of hearing has never held him back. It also helps that he has great looks, numerous university degrees, and full bank accounts. But those assets don’t define him as a man who longs for the right woman in his life. Deciding to visit a church service, Noel is blind-sided by the most beautiful and graceful Deaf interpreter he’s ever seen. Mackenzie Norton challenges him on every level through words and signing, but as their love grows, their faith is tested. When their church holds a yearly revival, they witness the healing power of God in others. Mackenzie has faith to believe that Noel can also get in on the blessing. Since faith comes by hearing, whose voice does Noel hear in his heart, Mackenzie or God's?
When the Dead Speak to the Living
Author: Jimahl Di Fiosa
Publisher: Logios Publishing
Can anyone communicate with the spirits? Or do you have to be born with these abilities? The answer to both questions is yes. Yes, anyone can communicate with the spirits of those who are no longer incarnate. And yes, we have to be born with the ability to speak with spirits. If this appears to you as a contradiction in terms, I can assure you it is not. The greatest mystery surrounding spirit communication is that there is no mystery. We all are born with our psychic centers fully intact. We are all originally wired to enable us to function as effortlessly in the world of spirits as we do in the world of form. And there are no exceptions. What you do with this ability is entirely up to you. The dead are often just as unhappy because from their perspective it is the living who disconnect. And in response the spirits begin to speak a mantra of their own - I am still here. I can see you. I can hear you. Talk to me.
Round Pen Work From the Horse's Point of View
Author: Tammy Marsh with Shari Koval
Publisher: Balboa Press
I was so proud of our progress that I made my husband watch one ride. He really wasn’t impressed and my mouth got the better of me. “I don’t think you understand. I can now get Hugsy to stop on a dime anytime I want to!” Larry walked away from me, took a dime out of his pocket, and threw it on the ground. “Show me”. I swear Hugsy understood the whole conversation, We trotted up to Larry, and I asked for a whoa. Her left front foot covered the dime. “Crap, you did it. Bet you can’t do it again.” “We already proved we can do it.” Hugsy and I walked away, both of us smiling.
Have You Ever Wanted To Get God's Attention?
Author: Ken McDonald
Publisher: Every Word Publishing
Have you ever wanted to get the attention of God? This book is a simple Bible study on four people in the Bible who desired to get God's attention. Who got His attention? Who didn't, and Why? This is a book that will comfort, convict, and minister to you. It is a book that you will not soon forget.