THE GOOD LIFE—AND HOW TO FIND IT is the theme for this column’s assortment of self-help books. While each author offers a different technique for doing that, some common themes include taking responsibility for one’s own well-being, spending quality time with the people we love, and simply beginning by doing one thing in the right direction.
The Idiot Brain, Fashion Photography, the Microbiome, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3
Burnett, Dean. Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To. Norton. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780393253788. $26.95. COGNITIVE SCIENCE Ever popular, books about the brain typically extol its wonders, but Burnett lets us in on all the weird things it does, ranging from blackouts to insomnia, and all the mistakes we’ve made in trying […]
Daily Wisdom from Bancroft and End-of-Life Guides from Schaper, Van Bronkhorst | Self-Help Reviews, May 1, 2015
From Sisters in Law O’Connor & Ginsburg to Expanding Children’s Brains | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 4,
Ananthaswamy, Anil. The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self. Dutton. Aug. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780525954194. $26.95. MEDICAL If you like Oliver Sacks, you’ll love this new work by Ananthaswamy, an award-winning science journalist and former deputy news editor and current consultant for New Scientist. His smart approach to […]
Guidance on Mastering Habits, Coping with Alzheimer’s, Positive Relationships | Self-Help Reviews, February 1, 2015
Elliott on Healthy Relationships, Smallin Tackles Clutter, Wehrenberg on Anxiety | Self-Help Reviews, December 2014
Reviews of The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, and The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love, plus a full list of Social Sciences titles from the December 2013 issue.