Recommended Books June 2020

2020-05-15 08.38.23
1.”The Chiffon Trenches” (by André Leon Talley)- is a bestseller that provides a “behind the scenes” look at the intrigues of the fashion industry. It reveals the dark sides of working with Anna Wintour. Anna Wintour is fear and trembling. Wintour is the absolute authority of the fashion world. Wintour is indeed similar to the character of Miranda Priestly from the drama The Devil Wears Prada. For the character of Miranda Priestly, Wintour was reportedly the inspiration. André Leon Talley portrayed Anna Wintour as callous and cold in his memoirs. Talley is one of her closest associates and a former editor at the American magazine Vogue. The book The Chiffon Trenches was published in May 2020. The book describes (among other things) the painful memories of working closely with Anna in detail. Betrayals, humiliations, even racist and homophobic outbursts are a piece of the world that Talley portrays in a new bestseller. For all lovers of fashion and fashion events, this book should be at the top of the mandatory list of fashion literature.
2. “Ichigo-ichie” (by Héctor García (Kirai) and Francesc Miralles)-The books “Ikigai – a Japanese secret for a long and happy life” and “Ikigai in practice” have been translated into 42 languages. In these books, the authors share simple recipes for a happy life, Héctor García (Kirai) and Francesc Miralles discover a new concept of ancient origin. That concepts will change the lives of millions of readers. The authors emphasize that each person possesses a key that opens the door to attention, harmony with others, and love of life.
The term ichigo-ichie in Japanese means “for this moment” (or “once in a lifetime”). Such a popular Japanese way of thinking and living has spread around the world. He says that every encounter, everything we experience, is a unique treasure. That treasure will never happen the same way again. So, if we let it slip away from us and not enjoy it, that moment will be lost forever. Once we become aware of our own “ichigo-ichie”, every morning, every day, every thought, and every moment we spend with friends, family, and ourselves will be infinitely valuable. We will know that he deserves our full attention.
This ancient Japanese method of the art of living (the moment the book is based on) teaches us how to free ourselves from the past and the future in order to make every moment unique; how to bring to life the Zen that Steve Jobs learned from the Japanese teacher and that was key to his success; how to create unforgettable meetings in business and private environment; how to improve relationships using a new way of achieving focused mindfulness; how to open the passage to the creative flow when we need it.
Héctor García (Kirai) was born in Valencia and has lived in Tokyo since 2004. His website , has more than a million views a month. It is a world reference page on popular Japanese culture. He is the author of the book “Geek in Japan”, which has sold more than 100,000 copies.
Francesco Miralles lives in Barcelona. Miralles is a journalist. He deals with topics in the field of psychology and spirituality. He publishes regularly in the weekly supplement El País Semanal and in personal development magazines. He is currently working on developing a method that combines logo-therapy with ikigai culture. For the purpose of studying Japanese culture, the authors were in the field in Ogimiwa (Okinawa), a centenarian village. There they conducted interviews with hundreds of old people who revealed to them the secrets of a long and happy life.
3.’Ho’oponopono’ ( by Ulrich Emil Duprée)- is an ancient practice for conflict resolution, self-healing and personal development. There are four magic sentences I’M SORRY. PLEASE FORGIVE ME. THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU.
This concise and very powerful guide gives a brief overview of the philosophy and practice of the ancient Hawaiian ritual of forgiveness. It offers methods that can immediately achieve positive effects in everyday life. Exploring the concept according to which we are deeply connected – despite our sense of singularity and separation – the author singles out four principles by practicing which we can achieve peace with others and ourselves. These principles are reflected in these four sentences: I am sorry. Please, forgive me. I love you. Thank you. With practical and short exercises, this simple four-step method encourages us to focus on conflicts within ourselves and relationships with others and to heal the past. In that way, we turn unhealthy and painful situations from the past into experiences from which we have learned a lot. The final chapters of the book are devoted to issues of love, health, career, and our relationship to nature. Ho’oponopono focuses on practice. By reading the book, we can begin to unravel the Gordian knot of our heart and prepare to reshape our world.
Ulrich Emil Duprée was born in 1962. He is a spiritual seeker and teacher, writer and seminar leader. He studied Christianity and Far Eastern philosophies. Ulrich, among other things, lived in a Hindu monastery. If you ask him about his profession, he will probably answer that he is a bridge builder who experienced an encounter with an angel.
4.’How To Think Less’ ( by Christel Petitcollin)- this book is a world bestseller. It is an ideal book for people who like to analyze to infinity.
The title of the book is associated with whom it is intended. We all seem to be obsessed with different thoughts at times. Those thoughts make us restless. Thoughts make us try to understand ourselves and the world around us. Christel Petitcollin believes that there are two types of people related to thinking.
People who think too much are people with a dominant right hemisphere of the brain. These people make up a little over 10% of the population. For people with a dominant left hemisphere (90 percent of the population) there is one type of intelligence: their own intelligence. It is that intelligence that can be measured by intelligence tests. Too much thinking is considered an anomaly, even as a curse for those who live with it. It will probably take quite some time before this type of complex thinking is studied as a neurological specialty. This peculiarity is neither a disease nor a handicap.
In her rich therapeutic practice, the author often came across such statements: “Thoughts are constantly swarming in my head. They don’t give me peace, even at night. My family and relatives tell me I am too emotional, oversensitive, over-complicated. People tell me I ask myself too many questions. I do not understand this world. I have a feeling that I am from another planet… “. She decided to study the phenomenon. She was collecting data. Eventually, she gathered material for the book. In the book, the author does not talk about giftedness but about complex thinking and hypersensitivity. People who think too much hate the term “gifted.” Most authors consider excessive giftedness to be trouble. This book is decidedly positive and optimistic. Being different does not mean being flawed. Complex thinking and hypersensitivity hide great power.
In the minds of “normal” people (with a dominant left hemisphere of the brain) thoughts are sequential, they follow logically, like a train car. In the minds of people who think constantly, thoughts are like a tree – branched. Each new thought creates ten others. That is why the river of their thoughts never stops. People who think constantly cannot turn off their thoughts. New thoughts keep popping up. Every new thought opens the door to new ideas. This can cause a lot of headaches and sleepless nights. The author succeeded in her intention because the book is a big world hit.

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