Psychology

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679763307
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 1997

Every individual suffers, Kay Redfield Jamison observes again in her An Unquiet Mind, mental illness in each our own way. Often rejected by the psychiatric profession for how it focuses on the personable and not on the scientific, Jamison's work illuminates the human in us all, exploring our foibles in light of our hopes and concerns. Jamison's accompanying depictions, though, sway readers not to look for themselves in these pictures, but at most through similarities in how the pictures get framed, and in what the people in each are themselves working on, comparisons, she suggests, which will are limited to what people do, and not on what they worry. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062868879
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Published: Harper Wave - May 28th, 2019

A book about feminism and language? Did somebody just call my wheelhouse?
What does it mean to be a woman who swears? Should you change your speech patterns to sound more assertive, or is that sexist? What do feminists and nonbinary people do in languages with gendered nouns? Why do so many of our curse words shoot from the male perspective? If you've ever wondered one of these questions, or if you're a feminist who speaks, this book is for you. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780465028023
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Published: Basic Books - December 26th, 2006

This is the Avengers Endgame of philosophy books...ALL the big names are here. Drawing on the works of everyone from Marcus Aurelius to Lao Tzu, UVA Professor of Psychology Jonathan Haidt sets out on a mission to definitively answer a question that has befuddled humanity since its inception: How do we find true, meaningful, lasting happiness? Haidt examines the teachings of philosophers and religious leaders from both the west and east, identifies the common ideals that they all share, and using those values to construct his own, patchwork definition of happiness in our modern age. And I promise you, it’s not nearly as dry or studious as it may sound. I read it in tandem with A Game of Thrones, and it more than held its own.

PS---If you’ve ever wondered the meaning of life, he gives a darn good answer in the last chapter. Pick it up if just for that ;) ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735210936
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 23rd, 2019

McCulloch is the researcher I aspire to be. Her enthusiasm and fascination with the subject combined with her humor to make an already engrossing subject an equally captivating read. No matter how much or how little you think you know about the internet, there's something in here to learn about how it grew, and how it affects the way we communicate. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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: Mariner Books - 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


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