Psychology Book Reviews (page 5)

WAKING UP by Sam Harris
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A demanding, illusion-shattering book certain to receive criticism from both the scientific and the religious camps."
Another challenging work from the founder of Project Reason, this time an attempt to separate spirituality from religion. Read full book review >
HYPER by Timothy Denevi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An evocative and insightful memoir of thriving with ADHD."
Denevi explores "the mountains of material on ADHD from the point of view of a patient."
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SLOW DANCING WITH A STRANGER by Meryl Comer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A poignant love story with a powerful message."
Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative CEO Comer offers an unvarnished account of her experience as her husband's caretaker after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Read full book review >
MAKING CONFLICT WORK by Peter T. Coleman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A useful guide to developing capabilities for dealing with many sorts of conflict. Good reading for human resource managers."
A practical guide intended to aid in the alleviation of everyday workplace conflicts. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Certainly not groundbreaking, but it's mostly entertaining and instructive to read about such things as menstrual synchrony and human-stampede-induced bridge wobbling."
It takes a village to raise—well, just about everybody. And it's even better when everyone can see who's being raised. Read full book review >

ALIEN LANDSCAPES? by Jonathan Glover
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Of substantial interest to students of psychiatry, ethics and the law alike and especially to those working in areas in which the three overlap."
A searching, humane look at the lives of the mentally ill, whose inner worlds can be alien landscapes indeed. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF SILENCE by Liza Long
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"A searing indictment of the lack of affordable care available for the treatment of mentally ill adolescents."
The mother of a mentally ill son who suffered from uncontrollable rages proves to be a powerful advocate for children with mental illness and their families. Read full book review >
CURIOUS by Ian Leslie
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A searching examination of information technology's impact on the innovative potential of our culture."
London-based writer Leslie (Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit, 2011) takes issue with current trends in education, debunking the idea that in the computer age, it is unnecessary and counterproductive for schools to teach facts. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF HOUSES by Alison Lurie
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"In clear, patient prose, the author encourages us to stop and think about what has been in front of us our entire lives."
A noted novelist (Truth and Consequences, 2006, etc.) returns with a generally genial but sometimes-slicing analysis of our buildings and their interior spaces. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A prolific genre of books covers this subject, but Levitin holds his own, and his examination of brain function stands out."
Lost your keys or glasses? Blame your brain, writes Levitin (Psychology and Music/McGill Univ.; The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature, 2008, etc.) in this ingenious combination of neuroscience and self-help. Read full book review >
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT by George Marshall
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An insightful, often discouraging look at why climate control advocates have failed to get their message across and what they should do. Much of Marshall's advice is counterintuitive (e.g., drop the apocalyptic rhetoric), but it rings true."
Readers seeking information on global warming will not find much here, but they would do well to dig into this lively, nonpolemical account of why the average person pays so little attention. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"A bold look at one of the most exciting theories in neuroscience."
The discovery of a class of brain cells called mirror neurons was embraced by an entire generation of scientists as the key to the neurological understanding of human social behaviors. But what if the fundamental assumption about these cells' activity was wrong from the start? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >