Psychology Book Reviews

BLACKOUT by Sarah Hepola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"A treasure trove of hard truths mined from a life soaked in booze."
A razor-sharp memoir that reveals the woman behind the wine glass. Read full book review >
THAT THING YOU DO WITH YOUR MOUTH by Samantha Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An insightful, thought-provoking probe into the impulses of sexual desire."
A collection of musings on actress Matthews' sexual history, including several incidents of abuse as a child—as told to and arranged by critic Shields (How Literature Saved My Life, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 22, 2015

"A helpful, hands-on approach for preserving personal sanity and professionalism when dealing with irrational co-workers."
A practical guide to recognizing, adjusting for, and dealing with difficult people in the workplace. Read full book review >
HEAD CASE by Cole Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"A beautifully wrenching memoir as piercing as smelling salts."
The story of a woman with a hole in her brain the size of a lemon. Read full book review >
MISBEHAVING by Richard H. Thaler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 18, 2015

"Readers with even the remotest interest in how the world really works will enjoy this work of the dismal science pleasingly, and even exuberantly, done."
The dean of behavioral economics—the study of how people behave in practice rather than in theory when it comes to dollars and cents—gives a spry account of his field. Read full book review >

THE HAPPINESS INDUSTRY by William Davies
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Skillfully written intellectual entertainment—prime fodder for postmodern psychologists and New-Age thinkers alike."
Durable reportage on governmental and commercial attempts to influence and propagate national well-being. 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 >
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 >
THE SKELETON CUPBOARD by Tanya Byron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A lucid and compassionate memoir."
A British mental health practitioner and media personality's absorbing account of the years she spent as a clinical psychologist-in-training. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2015

"To be read as both corrective and supplement to Foucault, Szasz, and Rieff. Often brilliant and always luminous and rewarding."
Far-ranging, illuminating study of minds gone awry across space and time. Read full book review >
SHRINKS by Jeffrey A. Lieberman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Vastly edifying and vigorously written—a much-needed update on how far the psychiatric industry has come, both medically and from a public perception standpoint."
An intelligent, encouraging survey of the psychiatric industry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >