Psychology Book Reviews (page 9)

KEEP IT FAKE by Eric G. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An elliptical, provocative meditation that reads as much like a catharsis as a manifesto."
The counterargument to the cliché of "keep it real." Read full book review >
WHY GROW UP? by Susan Neiman
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A scholarly, persuasive assessment of the significance of achieving mental and social maturity."
Moral philosopher and Einstein Forum director Neiman (Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists, 2008) examines the conundrum of juvenescence versus coming of age. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 5, 2015

"New science or a leap of faith? Either way, nurturing spirituality in your children may save them a world of pain."
A reassuring and instructive lesson in spiritual parenting that strives, but only partially succeeds, to cement the link between science and spirituality. Read full book review >
NAKED by Brian S. Hoffman
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015

"An original, well-researched study that would have benefited from a livelier writing style."
A history professor's sweeping sociolegal examination of the American nudist movement from its early-20th-century beginnings. Read full book review >
HOW CHAMPIONS THINK by Bob Rotella
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 5, 2015

"A solid motivational text for the sports-minded and those interested in the bridging of athletics and exceptionalism."
The author of a series of mindful golfing guides further explores how to think like a champion. Read full book review >

AFTERWAR by Nancy Sherman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2015

"A piercing course in sensitivity training to build a moral community upon re-entry into society. For a similar but more character-driven tale, see Helen Thorpe's Soldier Girls (2014)."
Sherman (Philosophy/Georgetown Univ.; The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers, 2010, etc.) describes the many and varied struggles for inner pace after returning from war.Read full book review >
Understanding Mental Disorders by American Psychiatric Association
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 1, 2015

"A well-organized, nontechnical overview of recognized psychiatric disorders and methods for treating them."
A plainly written guide to psychiatric conditions, intended for nonspecialist readers. Read full book review >
WAKING UP TO THE DARK by Clark Strand
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 28, 2015

"An exigent, affecting summons to rediscover the night."
A celebration of the life-enriching—indeed, indispensable—properties of the night. Read full book review >
AFTER THIS by Claire Bidwell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2015

"A touch morbid and obsessive, and in the end, probably not all that helpful to those struggling with grief."
An angst-ridden search for the afterlife. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 21, 2015

"The author's sincere sermon—at times analytical, at times hortatory—remains a hopeful one."
New York Times columnist Brooks (The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement, 2011, etc.) returns with another volume that walks the thin line between self-help and cultural criticism.Read full book review >
COOL by Steven Quartz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 14, 2015

"Some points are more provocative than convincing, but the authors put a lively spin on an age-old argument."
A counterintuitive analysis suggesting that consumers instinctively know more about the value of the signals they are sending than their critics do. Read full book review >
REJECTION PROOF by Jia Jiang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A breezy guide to dealing with rejection and transforming it into a learning experience."
A book written from personal experience about rejection—how to live with it and learn from it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >