Beyond Beliefs by John David Geib
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 30, 2013

"A thought-provoking theological work that will provide even skeptics with a compelling intellectual argument. "
A search for permanent meaning in a world where modernity can potentially obscure reality.  Read full book review >
STITCHES by Anne Lamott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Subtitled as a "handbook," this is minor work from an author known for her range and depth."
The author's spirituality pays fewer redemptive dividends than usual in a follow-up guide that falls short of its predecessor. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A fascinating portrait of the father of self-help and incisive analysis of the mercurial era that produced him."
Watts (Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream, 2008, etc.) recounts the life and times of motivational guru Dale Carnegie (1888-1955). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"While Adams implores readers not to consider this book's suggestions as advice ("It's never a good idea to take advice from cartoonists"), he does turn the many lemons of his work history into something akin to a helpful guide for young adults stumbling through the early career years."
Failing and succeeding, the sarcastic comic-strip-artist way. Read full book review >
PERV by Jesse Bering
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A master craftsman at refashioning reproductive biology into provocative composition, Bering nimbly probes "the darkest corners of our sexual nature" with no illicit aftertaste."
Outspokenly attesting that everyone's a pervert in some form or another, research psychologist Bering (Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections On Being Human, 2012) combines science, research and an unblushing curiosity to plumb the depths of sexual deviancy. Read full book review >

FOCUS by Daniel Goleman
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A lively personalized account of the science of attention, which "ripples through most everything we seek to accomplish.""
Goleman (Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence, 2011, etc.) argues that the ability to focus is "a little-noticed and underrated asset" that can help overcome problems like "zoning out" and "mind wandering," among many others. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A fascinating explanation of why "a broken heart can feel as painful as a broken leg" and social recognition is frequently prized above money."
Lieberman (Psychology, Psychiatry, and Biobehavioral Sciences/UCLA) offers scientific evidence to counter the idea that the need to survive and reproduce is the fundamental driver of human behavior. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Weak title aside, this book will interest general readers as well as individuals and companies seeking to influence behaviors."
More fun, Freakonomics-style stories about why people do the things they do. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A useful challenge to accepted wisdom about the normally taboo subject of mother love, with helpful tips on how to jump-start the healing process."
Therapist Forward (Toxic In-Laws: Loving Strategies for Protecting Your Marriage, 2001, etc.) explains how recognizing the reality of an abusive mother-daughter relationship is a necessary first step in dealing with psychological problems. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A valuable guide for parents and educators that includes tips on choosing a therapist and parenting strategies."
A veteran clinical psychologist contends that there is a "pervasive tendency in our society to medicalize children's behavior" and "shy away from trusting our own ability to decipher the ordinary human meanings, motives and developmental reasons for why children act the way they do." Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 16, 2013

"A well-framed celebration of how the digital world will make us bigger, rather than diminish us."
A sprightly tip of the hat to the rewards and pleasures—and betterments—of our digital experiences. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"Refreshingly wise and open-minded."
A noted author's short but pointed meditation on the difficulty human beings have in admitting their own ignorance. Read full book review >