Psychology Book Reviews (page 2)

BETTER THAN BEFORE by Gretchen Rubin
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 17, 2015

"The airy, conversational writing style makes this a quick but not terribly substantial read."
A slight twist on the happiness message that made Rubin (Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life, 2009, etc.) famous, with few new insights.Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 17, 2015

"Bond renders a worthwhile subject into entertaining, informative reading."
London-based writer Bond wades into the murky reaches of the human psyche in this exploration of how other people's opinions shape our behaviors and attitudes. Read full book review >

A TASTE FOR CHAOS by Randy Fertel
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 17, 2015

"A smart blend of psychology, philosophy and literary history, well-written if sometimes obscure; of broad interest to students of contemporary literary theory."
An inquisitive examination of the impulse that yields literary improvisation—which is to say, literature itself. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 13, 2015

"A valuable contribution to the national dialogue on health care and education, told through the voices of the mothers whose children's futures should be of concern to all of us."
Blum (Sociology/Northeastern Univ.; At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States, 1999 etc.) addresses how demands on women have escalated and increasing numbers of maladjusted children are diagnosed with mental disabilities. Read full book review >
THE WORM AT THE CORE by Sheldon Solomon
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Insightful but not entirely convincing."
Psychology professors Solomon (Skidmore Coll.), Greenberg (Univ. of Arizona) and Pyszczynski (Univ. of Colorado, Colorado Springs) follow up their study of the psychological effects of 9/11 on the American population (In the Wake of 9-11: the Psychology of Terror, 2003) with a look at how the knowledge of mortality impacts human culture.Read full book review >

SHRINKS by Jeffrey A. Lieberman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Vastly edifying and vigorously written—a much-needed update on how far the psychiatric industry has come, both medically and from a public perception standpoint."
An intelligent, encouraging survey of the psychiatric industry. Read full book review >
RESILIENCE by Eric Greitens
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Robust, heart-to-heart lessons for moving beyond obstacles to create a better life."
A former Navy SEAL's advice on overcoming hardships in life. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A hodgepodge of science and personal observation, this all-encompassing book urges women to get in sync with their bodies and embrace their moods."
Beyond the provocative title, psychiatrist Holland (Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER, 2009) does not cast aspersions but instead urges women to embrace their mood fluctuations as part of natural hormonal rhythms. Read full book review >
IRRITABLE HEARTS by Mac McClelland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"McClelland's candor and empathy are admirable, but this would have benefited from more editorial shaping."
Sprawling memoir of an adventurous journalist's experiences with PTSD. Read full book review >
CREATURES OF A DAY by Irvin D. Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A humane, highly knowledgeable glimpse of the therapist's couch."
The doctor is in, and he's ready to listen—and allow us the chance to eavesdrop as he does. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"For Mimi Baird, the book serves as closure; for general readers, it's a sobering account of how little we knew and how much we still have to learn about mental illness—especially how not to treat it."
The author was 6 in 1944 when her father, Perry Baird, was remanded to Westborough State Hospital in Massachusetts, diagnosed with manic-depressive psychosis and disappearing from her life. Here, she reconstructs the past in a moving, melancholy memoir. Read full book review >
SEX VERSUS SURVIVAL by John Launer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"Although Launer portrays an intelligent, intellectually creative woman, he fails to make a convincing case that her significance transcends her time."
A forgotten psychoanalyst's fevered life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >