Psychology Book Reviews (page 9)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 25, 2014

"A gimmicky, patronizing book."
Advised to unplug, a world-famous media omnivore promptly creates a commencement speech, multimedia conference, hundreds of blog posts and a self-help book about being nice to yourself. Read full book review >
True Love; Breaking the Cycle of Failed Relationships by Rhonda Fried
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 12, 2014

"Earnest advice on finding true love."
Fried, in her first self-help book, promotes self-love before seeking romance, with plenty of mental exercises, self-affirmations and personal anecdotes along the way. Read full book review >

THE BROKEN AND THE WHOLE by Charles S. Sherman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Deeply moving, extraordinarily thought-provoking and entirely humane."
A meaningful portrayal of how tragedy affected and transformed one family and especially one religious leader. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A mostly nuanced look at the challenges of growing old gracefully for a generation that aches to see youth in the mirror."
An exploration of developmental substages for adulthood and beyond. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Friendly, practical advocacy for the power of mindfulness and enlightenment."
How meditation relieved an award-winning journalist's stress and depression. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 11, 2014

"A scrupulously intellectual but enormously conservative program for restoring 'traditional morality.'"
An elaborate, prudish philosophical program for combating the moral meaninglessness of modern life. Read full book review >
THE RISE by Sarah Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Creativity, like genius, is inexplicable, but Lewis' synthesis of history, biography and psychological research offers a thoughtful response to the question of how new ideas happen."
In her nonfiction debut, curator and arts consultant Lewis (Painting and Printmaking/Yale Univ.) takes on the broad topic of creativity. Read full book review >
TRYING NOT TO TRY by Edward Slingerland
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 4, 2014

"A studious and fluent appeal for the benefits of a sound mind."
How an ancient Chinese philosophy applies to the strictures of modern life. Read full book review >
SHADOWS IN THE SUN by Gayathri Ramprasad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A well-written, novellike story offering hope for recovery for families in the throes of mental illness."
Ramprasad chronicles her harrowing journey through depression, from which she emerged with the light of hope to become a mental health advocate. Read full book review >
PERSPECTIVE by Robert J. Wicks
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 3, 2014

"Readers familiar with the territory will find helpful suggestions but little that is new or original."
A self-help survey of therapeutic practices based on wellness rather than sickness as a model. Read full book review >
ADHD DOES NOT EXIST by Richard Saul
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 2014

"A provocative, valuable guide for parents, school personnel and medical practitioners who deal with individuals showing symptoms routinely attributed to ADHD."
Respected American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Neurology fellow Saul makes the controversial claim that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is routinely misdiagnosed. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Essential outreach on embracing and effectively managing a loved one's addiction."
A sensible, family-focused guide to substance abuse. 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 >