Psychology Book Reviews (page 6)

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 >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A thoughtful addition to the bookshelf addressing the unintended consequences of a wired world."
A personalized jeremiad against the state of constant distraction in which our benevolent technologies have ensnared us. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A fascinating analysis of what we find fascinating."
A multidisciplinary exploration of how and why certain ideas and experiences resonate more than others. Read full book review >
POWERS OF TWO by Joshua Wolf Shenk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Shenk's inclusion of fascinating biographical material enlivens his provocative thesis on the genesis of creative innovation."
Shenk (Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, 2005, etc.) debunks "the myth of the lone genius [that] has towered over us like a colossus" and its counterpart, "the most common alternative [that]…locates creativity in networks." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >