Psychology Book Reviews (page 8)

KIDDING OURSELVES by Joseph T. Hallinan
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 20, 2014

"A genial, occasionally glib guide to both the positive and negative effects of self-delusion."
A breezy, anecdotal survey of self-deception and how it is not merely inevitable, but helpful and even essential. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"Upbeat and optimistic, Levitt and Dubner hope that by thinking 'a bit differently, a bid harder, a bit more freely,' readers will be able 'to go out and right some wrong, to ease some burden.'"
Co-authors Levitt (Economics/Univ. of Chicago) and journalist Dubner (Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, 2009, etc.) continue on their mission to get people to think in new ways in this lively book about decision and persuasion. Read full book review >

THE HOOPS WHISPERER by Idan Ravin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 5, 2014

"A sports book that will motivate readers to live a purposeful, authentic life."
An unlikely inspirational book by the trainer for the NBA's biggest stars. Read full book review >
THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO by Sandra Tsing Loh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2014

"A funny, frank and hopeful memoir of middle age."
A writer and syndicated radio host's no-holds-barred account of how she survived the rigors of midlife crisis and menopause. Read full book review >
SENSATION by Thalma Lobel
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 29, 2014

"An intriguing look at how our sensory perceptions affect our language and ability to understand abstract concepts but can also sway judgment. Shelve alongside Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Ariely and others in the pop-psych realm."
Examination of how new experiments are revealing how we are "unconsciously influenced in the most amazing ways by the physical experiences our senses convey." Read full book review >

THE PSYCHOPATH WHISPERER by Kent A. Kiehl
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Kiehl navigates these issues and more with compassion and insight. Fast-paced and thrilling."
A world-renowned researcher of psychopaths delves into the origins of their behavior, especially as they relate to the inner workings of the brain. Read full book review >
STRUCK BY GENIUS by Jason Padgett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"An exquisite insider's look into the mysteries of consciousness."
When Padgett suffered a traumatic brain injury after a violent mugging, his sense of perception was profoundly altered. Overnight, his life as a fun-loving salesman changed into one dominated by unprompted geometric visualizations and the unexpected insights of newfound mathematical brilliance. Read full book review >
The Five Dimensions of the Human Experience by Eric C. Amberg
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 18, 2014

"An analytical, ultimately optimistic blueprint for taking charge of life and improving it."
A schematic new analysis of the human condition. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 16, 2014

"Part true crime, part neuroscience and a page-turner from start to finish."
Can the tendency for criminally psychopathic behaviors be identified by analyzing neurological images? If so, what consequence does this have for science and society? Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 15, 2014

"An insightful look at how internalizing cultural stereotypes can hold women back from competing with men."
In this follow-up to their 2009 best-seller, Womenomics, which argued for women's right to demand flexibility at the workplace, BBC World News America Washington correspondent Kay and Good Morning America contributor Shipman address how a lack of self-confidence hinders women's career advancement. Read full book review >
THE BODY AS A SHADOW by Eleanor Limmer
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 9, 2014

"An interesting, if not entirely convincing, argument about the relationship between the mind and body."
A discussion of the connection between physical and mental well-being. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 8, 2014

"There is a disconnect between the gravitas of the surname Tutu in relationship to what is basically a self-help book. Tutu's No Future Without Forgiveness (1999) is a far weightier and more worthy discussion of the topic."
A practical call for forgiveness from people who learned it the hard way. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >