Psychology Book Reviews (page 3)

FIRST BITE by Bee Wilson
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"With generous measures of grounded wisdom and solid research findings, the book should attract and possibly inspire broad groups of readers struggling with eating-related issues; for others, it may be of less interest."
An exploration of the notion that we can change our early food habits. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Some common-sense advice on how to attain wisdom when dealing with people and situations."
Social psychology as self-help, from getting along better with your colleagues and employees to saving the planet and securing peace in the Middle East. Read full book review >

WHY TORTURE DOESN'T WORK by Shane O'Mara
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 30, 2015

"Everything you never wanted to know—but probably should—about interrogation techniques and outcomes."
A catalog of the scientific evidence of how torture is at best ineffective, usually counterproductive, and always inhumane. Read full book review >
WHEN THE SUN BURSTS by Christopher Bollas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A vastly informative, coherent, and valuable assessment; useful and accessible for both mental health professionals and laypeople—even those who don't share the author's unique perspectives and treatment alternatives."
A contemporary appraisal of schizophrenia and its puzzling traits and treatments through the lens of a physician's esteemed 40-year practice. Read full book review >
DATABASE OF DREAMS by Rebecca Lemov
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Unique, well-curated brain food for readers intrigued with the human psyche and how it can be recorded, indexed, and cross-referenced."
A detailed exploration of a historic, one-of-a-kind social archive project. Read full book review >

SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Rob Brotherton
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A thoughtful, general analysis of conspiracy theories arguing that belief in secret plots is neither new nor unusual but a time-tested part of the human experience."
Combining historical anecdote and psychology research, Brotherton endeavors to explain how the human mind concocts conspiracy theories and the effects of these theories on society. Read full book review >
THE ART OF GRACE by Sarah L. Kaufman
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"An insightful, intelligent examination of grace, which often 'seems to elude fixed meaning.'"
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post dance critic Kaufman reflects on the meaning of grace in modern society.Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fun, successful collection of concepts, thoughts, and strategies about maintaining joy and living creatively."
Debut author and educational administrator Popish offers innovative springboards, exercises, and tools for a more inspired life. Read full book review >
THE LIGHT BETWEEN US by Laura Lynne Jackson
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"These candid, fascinating experiences impart significance and possibility to the science of psychic conveyance."
A psychic medium discusses her ability to communicate with the dead. Read full book review >
Out of Numbness by C. A. Wyatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2015

"A revealing, sometimes-moving story of an Everydruggie."
A young engineer spirals downward into drugs, then 12-steps his way back in this dogged dysfunctionality narrative. Read full book review >
LITTLE VICTORIES by Jason Gay
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gay's observations about his stumbles through life, and the little victories that come from learning from those stumbles, make for a rollicking good read."
Instructive essays in a comedic vein. Read full book review >
ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW by Sheila Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A brave and honest memoir of mental illness and the many people it can affect."
A popular Portland radio talk show host's account of her painful marriage to a bipolar man who eventually committed suicide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >