Stephen King is one of my all-time favorite teller of stories. Definitely some better than others, but almost always very entertaining, and creepy. Mr. Mercedes continues this tradition. In the first book of the Bill Hodges trilogy, King tells the story of Mr. Mercedes (Brady...
Book Genre: Psychology
Last Ragged Breath is the third book in the series, and continues the story of prosecutor, Bell Elkins. A dead body is found in a creek near a shack inhabited by a recluse, Royce Dillard. It turns out to be a man who has been badgering Dillard to sell a piece of property to make way...
Jamison’s series of essays examines empathy and emotion through a variety of topics including artificial sweetener, Morgellons condition, and tour buses led through South Central by ex-gang members. The writing is cognizant and meditative and explores empathy from a variety of thoughtful and...
Reminiscent of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Good Luck of Right Now" follows the story of Bartholomew Neil after the death of his mother, who he has relied on his entire life. Now that Bartholomew has to find his own way, he comes to realize at age 38 just...
If you've adopted "the undisciplined pursuit of more" don't look for a "less is more" solution. McKeown shares his blueprint for "less is better." Learn discernment and enjoy the small wins at work and home. Choice, clarity, and focus beget the next right action. Add play, joy, and "...
Everyone loves animals and accepts their hardwired behavior. You can't change a Tasmanian devil. But when it comes to people, we often have opportunities to help ourselves or others play well and feel loved. Dr. Ellis reminds the reader there is a "porcupine within us all." If you, a friend, or...
I love the Tiffany Aching Adventures by Terry Pratchett. This book is excellent example of Terry Pratchett’s unique combination of humor, insight into the nature of humanity and compelling characters.
I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book in this series. Tiffany Aching has spent...
In this psychological memoir, journalist Daniel Smith tells the story of his ongoing struggle with a nearly crippling anxiety disorder. I didn't much care for the book, not because I was uncomfortable with Smith's cavalier description of the statutory rape that triggered his anxiety (although I...
At times brilliant and devastating, and at other times languid to the point of 'where is this going?!', The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean is a dark, messy book about violence, miracles, love, and death.
Almond is great at creating setting; here the locale is Blinkbonny, the ruins of...
I wasn't in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, but I felt the pain of the people who waited for days on their rooftops or lived in squalor in the Superdome. How could the response to disaster in the United States have the look and feel of a disaster itself?
Dr. Sheri Fink, physician...
Gladwell takes on perceptions of advantage & disadvantage in his latest work of research that encompasses sociology, psychology, and history. Starting with the foundation of the story of David and Goliath--and the historical facts about this oft told story--Gladwell uses many examples from...
"Gone Girl" shares the story of Nick and Amy, married for five years, when Amy disappears. This story is fast paced and loaded with twists and turns. While character-driven, I must say that I couldn't pick sides and that I gravely disliked both main characters. The story...
1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to apply vague memories of former lives...
Fascinating!!!!! Written by a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, this is an intriguing, engrossing look at the history of the discovery (make that discoveries) of the amazing plasticity of the human brain, including several case studies highlighting the brain's flexibility. The case of...
Seth is dead. He drowned off the coast of Washington and did he really try to save himself? Now he’s awakened alone in an abandoned world covered in dust. Stranger yet, he’s in his old house in London where he hasn’t lived in years. His family immigrated to America after a bad man did bad...
As a chronic insomniac, I can't get enough information about sleep. This book is enlightening and entertaining but until the last chapter it sure wasn't helping me sleep. As if I didn't already know it, sleep is serious business! And Randall has some crazy sleep stories to tell...
Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winning behavior economist, explains how our thinking is broken down into two systems, one fast and reactionary, and a second that takes time to take in the larger context, past experience, and potential consequences. Time and time again through study data and in-...
Separately, the I Ching and DNA are fascinating. A book talking about the similarities, however, is fascinating x 100! The author makes a compelling argument whether you believe in an ordered universe or not.
All things nerdy and wonderful! Nugent combines his own personal history with the exploration of nerdiness. Even if you aren't a nerd, chances are you know someone who is.
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