Psychology Book Reviews

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT by John  Bargh
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Pop and academic science with a dose of self-help, all rolled up into a satisfying package."
Must humans be stupid and wrongheaded? Not if they take greater pains to shape their environments and understand what's going on inside their heads. Read full book review >
WE WEAR THE MASK by Brando Skyhorse
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Sharply drawn reflections on identity fluidity, stereotypes, marginalization, and cultural assumption."
Writers explore how and why the phenomenon of "passing" both shocks and fascinates. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential—and highly pleasurable—reading for anyone who cares about ideas and innovation."
How we create. Read full book review >
BECOMING MYSELF by Irvin D. Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Fans of this eloquent and introspective author will welcome this innermost chronicle of his history, passions, and the keys to unlocking a fruitful life."
A distinguished psychotherapist reflects on his life and fulfilling career. Read full book review >
MENTAL by Jaime Lowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A moving exploration of mental health and the efficacy of available treatment."
Lowe (Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB, 2008) deconstructs her decadeslong battle with bipolar disorder and the drug that brought her sanity—at the cost of her physical health. Read full book review >

THE GLASS EYE by Jeannie  Vanasco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A deceptively spare life story that sneaks up and surprises you with its sudden fecundity and power."
A young women's grief-stricken meditation on the loss of her beloved father illuminates a lifelong battle with crippling bipolar disorder and depression. Read full book review >
SUCKING UP by Deborah Parker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A short book with a fierce bite."
The title suggests the tone, which offers more caustic wit than one usually expects in a quasi-academic overview. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 2017

"Provides a solid road map for dealing with life's curveballs in a constructive way."
An author presents a straightforward system for coping with stress and crisis. Read full book review >
GORILLA AND THE BIRD by Zack  McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"If the Joads were tanked up on Bud Light and Haldol and Steinbeck were under Hunter S. Thompson's influence, this might be the result—rueful, funny, and utterly authentic."
"I am a bipolar gorilla": a tale of madness, self-destruction, and the stalwart presence of a family that, while not exactly the Waltons, is always there. Read full book review >
SURVIVOR CAFÉ by Elizabeth Rosner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A thoughtful, probing meditation on the fragility of memory and the indelible inheritance of pain."
Trauma informs a memoir palpable with anger, sorrow, and frustration. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An impassioned and analytic guide to taking control of faltering relationships before they fall apart."
A couples therapist offers a comprehensive guide to maintaining healthy, intimate relationships. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A thoughtful progressive feint against the vulgar fearmongering of the moment."
A provocative look at the science and psychology behind fear-based politics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >