Psychology Book Reviews (page 7)

THE RESILIENCE DIVIDEND by Judith Rodin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A convincing argument that becoming resilient is not only possible, but essential; food for thought for all and especially recommended for community leaders."
A revealing examination of the anatomy of resilience, the capacity to withstand and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Read full book review >
IT'S NOT ABOUT THE SHARK by David Niven
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A smooth repackaging of how to think outside the box but offering little heft and nothing new."
Niven (100 Simple Secrets series) suggests that we right the rules of the game and not let our problems command the playing field. Read full book review >

EMPATHY by Roman Krznaric
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Useful advice that promotes a more contented, fulfilling lifestyle."
School of Life founder Krznaric (How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life, 2013, etc.) presents methods to increase a person's ability to look at situations through another's eyes.Read full book review >
Predicting the Future: Can We Do It? And If Not, Why Not? by Gerard G. Nahum
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A sometimes-difficult though rewarding journey through the possibilities and impossibilities of forecasting the future."
Nahum, a physician, offers his first book, an ambitious tome that exhaustively explores the human capacity to make predictions. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Entertaining, enlightening and refreshingly light on psychobabble."
A researcher who is both a scholar and an experienced motivational speaker makes the subject of personality psychology come to life. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An adept introduction to an innovative thinker whose dramatic flair and sometimes-messianic personality tended to overshadow his accomplishments."
The son of the psychiatrist who founded psychodrama examines the life of his "famous, eccentric, and controversial" father and traces the evolution and impact of his ideas. Read full book review >
THROWN by Kerry Howley
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An original fusion of topic and stance that will appeal to fans of NPR-style social investigations."
A philosophical examination of the maligned subculture of mixed martial arts "cage" fighting. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"If Navarro had spent more time exploring less obvious characteristics and let his profiling knowledge shine, this book could have been a must-read. As it is, it won't stand out from the crowd."
A book-length warning about the dangers possibly lurking behind every co-worker, friend, significant other or person on the street and how to identify those who may cause harm. Read full book review >
MY MYSTERIOUS SON by Dick Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Not all readers will be convinced, but Russell provides an earnest and eye-opening account of the possible thin line between a psychotic disorder and mysticism."
A memoir about the tight bond between a father and his mentally ill son. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 2014

"'Our view is…a deeply cynical one,' write the authors, and is 'unlikely to change anything about how people argue publicly about their preferred policies.' However, this disturbing book may provoke debate, dismay and considerable anger."
An examination of how selfishness and self-deception characterize political thinking. Read full book review >
THE MARSHMALLOW TEST by Walter Mischel
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"No one will deny that self-control would make for a better planet, and this cogent guide suggests paths that may lead us to more conscious control of this desirable quality."
Mischel (Psychology/Columbia Univ.) argues that our ability to voluntarily exercise self-restraint in pursuit of that just-got-to-have-it desire provides children with a powerful tool that can help them succeed later in life. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH by Stephen Seager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A chilling account of a livelihood spent curating the criminally psychotic."
Board-certified psychiatrist Seager (Street Crazy: America's Mental Health Tragedy, 2000, etc.) recounts his 12 harrowing months at Northern California's Napa State Hospital. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >