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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781328662057
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 2nd, 2019

I was thinking maybe I should talk to someone and then there was this book. Gottlieb has written a compassionate and entertaining memoir from both sides of the couch. So to speak. She tells the stories of four patients whose lives the reader comes to care deeply about while she herself goes into therapy. Physician, heal thyself? No. Human being, be honest with thyself and do something really difficult. Gottlieb is as fine a writer as she is a storyteller. I was sad our sessions had to end. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language by Daniel Tammet - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316353076
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - October 16th, 2018

Tammet is known as the world's smartest living person. He is a tenfold polyglot and endlessly fascinated by the intricacy of language itself. His essays explore linguistic questions like the creation and culture of Esperanto, the lessons of biblical translation, and how on earth a native Englishman made it on the exclusive Académie française. If you are a language nerd you will love this; if you're not you will become one. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143133421
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Published: Penguin Books - January 29th, 2019

This book is a tonic for what ails us in the modern world, and Haig’s is the hand to guide us through the new societal pitfalls. Do you check your phone too often? Do you count your worth in Instagram likes of Facebook friends? Does the news keep you awake at night? Listen to the voice of reason in these pages, and take a deep breath of fresh air. Haig lets us know it’s going to be alright, that we’re enough, and gives us the perspective to see it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side by Julia Shaw - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419729492
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - February 26th, 2019

This book could easily be a thousand pages long, and might be a better book if it were, but there's at least enough here in its roughly 260 pages for the reader to find a basic understanding of why labeling people as evil or inhuman is more a misconception about our species, and also becomes an easy way to place blame and visualize people more as monsters and not acknowledge the darker sides of our own selves, and the grave responsibility we all share but largely ignore. My hope is that people will read this book and instantly want to look for more. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan - Book Review

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Published: Penguin Press - May 15th, 2018

Coming from a skeptic's perspective myself I found Pollan's book not only accessible but both engaging and divinely well written. This is the perspective the psychedelic culture desperately needed to voice their triumphs, and Pollan does more than sing the praises for psychedelics as a means to heal and expand ourselves, but tackles the controversial history surrounding it without feeling like he needs to defend it.

Complete with a dynamic cast of characters who help and guide him along the way, we learn as he learns, and we take these trips along with him through the importance of storytelling, discovering the intimate details about the mind that these substances uncover. Where might all this be going? It seems only time may tell, and perhaps Pollan himself.


The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs by Lloyd Sederer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501179440
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

Sederer offers practical yet controversial advice to deal with our raging opiate addiction epidemic. Recognizing our historic urge to use narcotics, alcohol, and other substances, he argues against harsh punishment and unrealistic goals of abstinence, and suggests medically-administered alternative drugs, even small doses of LSD, could help purge dependency. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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