Psychology Book Reviews (page 9)

How mothers with postnatal depression create narcissism and psychopaths by Hans R Arnold
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Targets dozens of important questions but will frustrate even patient readers."
In his first book, Arnold develops an esoteric explanation for why some people grow up to do terrible things: postnatal depression in their mothers, which Arnold identifies as the cause of narcissistic and psychopathic behavior in children on into adulthood. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"A revealing and definitely not dumbed-down overview of what we know about consciousness."
Dehaene (Experimental Cognitive Psychology/Collège de France; Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention, 2009) delivers a detailed popular account of what he and fellow researchers have discovered about how perceptions become thoughts. Read full book review >

ME, MYSELF, AND WHY by Jennifer Ouellette
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Solid science well infused with readable history, pop culture and personal stories."
Who are we, and why are we the way we are? These are the questions examined by an intrepid science journalist. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Fresh insight into a necessary part of everyday life."
New research on the never-ending debate about trust. Read full book review >
ALL JOY AND NO FUN by Jennifer Senior
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Senior could have made this book twice as long given the minefield parents and their kids face, but what she did produce is well-considered and valuable information."
What can we learn from studying the effects of children on parents? Read full book review >

SMALL MOVE, BIG CHANGE by Caroline L. Arnold
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"Wisdom from time immemorial—take it a day at a time and moderation in all things—reworked by Arnold to morph broad goals into manageable, measurable microresolutions."
Goldman Sachs managing director and technology leader Arnold tenders some advice you may have heard from your kindergarten teacher: Focus, and take smaller bites. Read full book review >
DEMON CAMP by Jennifer Percy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Percy wields language with admirable restraint, but her poetic gifts might be better served in fiction."
A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop turns her sights on the dark story of a soldier with PTSD who is haunted by his demons. Read full book review >
THE DOODLE REVOLUTION by Sunni Brown
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"A gold mine for readers interested in learning more about the benefits of increased visual literacy."
A noted visual literacy expert reveals how doodling can transform the thinking process in both individual and group contexts. Read full book review >
LEFT BRAIN, RIGHT STUFF by Phil Rosenzweig
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A provocative reconsideration of the power of positive thinking."
Rosenzweig (IMD Business School, Switzerland; The Halo Effect: And the Eight Other Business Delusions that Deceive Managers, 2007) offers a different slant on how successful businessmen and other leaders assess risk. Read full book review >
THE WISDOM OF THE MYTHS by Luc Ferry
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A worthy, fun way to enjoy ancient myths while learning some pure philosophy."
Ferry (Philosophy/Sorbonne; A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living, 2011, etc.) brilliantly illustrates the basis of Greek philosophy in the structure of its myths. Read full book review >
THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM DYING by David R. Dow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Sad and inspiring reflections of what it means to live, love and die."
A memoir examining the complicated nature of death. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A brave, personal book in which the author discovers the best of the self-help industry, despite its many flaws."
The author's exploration of the world of self-help books and of her own childhood trauma. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >