Personal Growth books

Leave Your Mark

Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.


LEAVE YOUR MARK isn't an advice book -- it's a mentorship in 288 pages. 

Aliza Licht-global fashion communications executive, AKA fashion's favorite 'PR girl' and former Twitter phenomenon-is here to tell her story, complete with The Devil Wears Prada-like moments and insider secrets.

Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk in LEAVE YOUR MARK. She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers and for people who are well on their way. With a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, something she knows a thing or two about, Aliza is your sassy, knowledgeable guide to the contemporary working world, where personal and professional lines are blurred and the most important thing you can have is a strong sense of self.

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 A depressive illness or a passing feeling? Mental detachment or a precursor to genius? Melancholy is a critical part of what it is to be human, yet everything from Prozac to self help psychology books seems intent on removing all signs of sadness, depression, or, quite simply, low moods from contemporary existence. Complex and contradictory, melancholy's presence weaves through the histories of both science and art.A Field Guide to Melancholy surveys this ambivalent concept and takes a journey through its articulation in a variety of languages, from the Russian toska of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, to kaiho - which is expressed in the dancing of the Finnish tango. Melancholy is found in the historic traditions of death's presence in paradise, the tears of nature, along with nostalgia, pathos, and melancholy's presiding god, Saturn. In contemporary society, melancholy becomes a fashion statement in the subculture of the Emo whilst shelves are rife with self help books encouraging readers to overcome depression.

By drawing on a range of disciplines from psychology and philosophy to architecture and design, and by examining the work of creative figures as different as Ingmar Bergman, Albrecht Dürer, WG Sebald and Tom Waits, Jacky Bowring provides an original perspective on one of the most elusive, enigmatic and fascinating of human conditions.


'Sadness is good for you'
- The Guardian [read the full review]

'an important and timely contribution to the study and culture of melancholy'
- Emotion, Space and Society [read the full review]

'a worthy introduction to Cioran, and that is but one of its merits.'
- San Francisco Guardian [read the full review]

'This quietly elegant book is a piercing lexicon of the enigmatic and elusive human condition known as 'melancholy''
- New Zealand Listener, Best Books of 2009 [read the full review]

'immediate and pensive, taking an identifiable approach to a feeling that we all indulge in'
- Metro [read the full review]

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