HOW SHOULD WE LIVE? by Roman Krznaric
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Based on human experience, helpful hints on transforming the way we live."
The title of this potent lifestyle guide poses a valid question—and, after more than three millennia, still a good one. Read full book review >
SMARTER by Dan Hurley
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A highly accessible report on cutting-edge science with practical tips for readers bent on boosting their own intelligence."
A journalist's account of the young science of brain training. Read full book review >

OUT OF TIME by Lynne Segal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"Segal refers to multiple cultural touchstones in service of her writing; this book should become a touchstone itself for those interested in aging."
Extended meditations on aging. Read full book review >
JUST BABIES by Paul Bloom
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An engaging examination of human morality."
A developmental psychologist warns against a facile explanation of the origins of morality. Read full book review >
THE TELL by Matthew Hertenstein
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An entertaining look at our oft-maligned intuitive capabilities, offering useful tips on how we may sharpen our powers of observation and increase the accuracy of our predictions."
In his debut, Hertenstein (Psychology/DePauw Univ.) contends that the predictive power of the human brain is exemplified by its ability to draw accurate conclusions "based on observations of brief samples of others' behavior." Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Suggestive but not entirely convincing. A modest addition to the popular psychology/self-help shelf."
A debunking of the popular treatments of "the alleged great [vertical] divide between the 'analytical/logical' left and 'artistic/intuitive' right halves of the human brain." Read full book review >
MORAL TRIBES by Joshua Greene
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A provocative, if Utopian, call for a new "common currency of observable evidence…not to gain advantage over others, but simply because it's good.""
Greene (Moral Cognition Lab/Harvard Univ.) combines insights from psychology and philosophy to illuminate "the structure of modern moral problems." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Absorbing, insightful and quirky."
A neuropsychologist makes the shocking discovery that his brain scans are identical to those of serial killers. Read full book review >
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 >
SELF-HELP MESSIAH by Steven Watts
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 >
HOW TO FAIL AT ALMOST EVERYTHING AND STILL WIN BIG by Scott Adams
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 >