Psychology Book Reviews (page 9)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 1, 2014

"Hope for the endurance of the human spirit in the face of tragedy."
Two psychologists provide a nontechnical exploration of how certain people not only survive trauma, but actually thrive after a traumatic experience. Read full book review >
Why Can't Johnny Just Quit? by Kyle Oh
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 20, 2014

"A fascinating, realistic study of pain management and addiction that offers hope to patients and their families."
A physiatrist and pain management specialist analyzes the intricacies of addiction and pain. Read full book review >

OUR NECESSARY SHADOW by Tom Burns
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 15, 2014

"A responsible, evenhanded exploration of a highly provocative medical industry."
A comprehensive history and analysis of the practice of psychiatry. Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO BE WRONG by Jordan Ellenberg
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 3, 2014

"Witty and expansive, Ellenberg's math will leave readers informed, intrigued and armed with plenty of impressive conversation starters."
It's time to drop the idea that mathematics is an esoteric field best left to a few academics. In fact, writes Ellenberg (Mathematics/Univ. of Wisconsin), the truth is better: Math is everywhere, and the knowledge it yields can benefit everyone. Read full book review >
It's Not Your Fault by Cay Shea Hellervik
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 22, 2014

"Promising but ultimately unconvincing guidance for addressing a challenging familial and social issue."
An innovative at-home program for juvenile offenders.For about 15 years, debut author and therapist Shea Hellervik ran a treatment program for juvenile offenders, experience upon which she bases this workbook. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >