Psychology Book Reviews

THE ART OF THE WASTED DAY by Patricia Hampl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"'Loneliness eats away at you,' writes the author. 'Solitude fills and fills you.' A captivating and revelatory memoir."
A writer's life is conveyed through "a lens of penetrating inquiry." Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"Evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and polemic combine in an appealing argument for human uniqueness."
An insightful defense of evolution that turns the arguments of creationists against them. Read full book review >

THE OPPOSITE OF HATE by Sally Kohn
Released: April 10, 2018

"An uplifting and inspiring plea to promote peace, kindness, and humanitarianism in the face of hate."
An examination of what motivates hateful behavior and how to challenge it with positive and empathic attitudes and intercourse. Read full book review >
THE RECOVERING by Leslie Jamison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"The bracing, unflinching, and beautifully resonant history of a writer's addiction and hard-won reclamation."
An alcoholic's confessional of life from buzzed adolescence to blitzed adulthood and the fellowship of recovery. Read full book review >
INSANE by Alisa Roth
Released: April 3, 2018

"An eye-opening book that cries out for change—but can policymakers show the resolve to make that change?"
A searing exposé about the criminalization of mental illness that features a simple underlying theme that a society attempting the same disastrous policies over and over but expecting a different outcome is where the actual craziness resides. Read full book review >

Released: April 3, 2018

"As he has done in previous books, Gazzaniga easily draws readers into one of the most fascinating conversations taking place in modern science."
One of the world's leading cognitive neuroscientists upends binary theories of consciousness and argues that it is manifested throughout the brain by localized circuits, an idea backed by emerging scientific data and resonant with philosophical ideas that have been around for centuries. Read full book review >
THE NEUROSCIENTIST WHO LOST HER MIND by Barbara K. Lipska
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A harrowing, intimately candid survivor's journey through the minefields of cancer treatment."
A vibrant mental health expert's bout with brain cancer and the revolutionary treatments that saved her life. Read full book review >
THE PLEASURE SHOCK by Lone Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A thoughtful, always interesting look into the workings of the mind—and the sometimes-surprising implications of how those workings have been revealed."
Science in the service of power can easily be warped and distorted—but, as this book shows, it can sometimes yield unexpected benefits. Read full book review >
ONE KISS OR TWO? by Andy Scott
Released: March 20, 2018

"A fresh, spirited look at cultural differences."
What accounts for the quirky variety of first encounters? Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"For serious students of neurobiology as well as readers interested in philosophical questions of mind and body."
What is the brain? If you answered by describing what the brain does, then this well-crafted overview may not be your cup of gray matter. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 21, 2018

"A densely packed and richly empathetic revamping of the dieting world."
A debut guide strives to help women break out of the dieting trap. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 2018

"A spirited critique of what Russell Jacoby has called the 'culture of endless talk,' of a piece with Jackson Lears' Fables of Abundance (1995) and Rachel Maines' Hedonizing Technologies (2009)."
In war and its commercial counterpart, we have long lived inside a "culture of consultation." So writes Nation contributing editor Featherstone (Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart, 2004, etc.) in this intriguing look at the rise of the focus group. 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 >