On Living

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ISBN: 9781594634819
Published: Riverhead Books - October 25th, 2016

A moving, heartfelt account of a hospice chaplin, Egan's stories offer glimpses of ordinary folks facing death with wit, humor, sadness and regret. The book is insightful and a blessing with a message to live each day to the fullest with love. ~ Reviewed by Martha Cornwell


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ISBN: 9781501111105
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2016

A must read! This book will transform the way you think of success. It will re-define how you view your life goals and give you tools to strive to be the very best you can be. I highly recommend it! ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice


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ISBN: 9780062388513
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Published: Harper Wave - April 12th, 2016

In the current era of psychiatry, there is a different name for a multitude of different syndromes and disorders. In Kessler's engaging and persuasive book, he suggests that mental illness in a broad sense stems from one phenomenon--an inability to control or filter a response to specific stimuli. The lack of control in responding to salient stimuli--when our attention and emotional well-being are hijacked--is what the author calls "capture." With a many historical examples (and a particular emphasis on the life of David Foster Wallace), Kessler makes his case for a new understanding of mental suffering. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Everything Is Obvious

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ISBN: 9780307951793
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Published: Currency - June 26th, 2012

Have you ever wondered why exactly is the Mona Lisa so famous? It’s actually a pretty interesting story, which is just one of the many anecdotes Watts uses throughout this book. Overall, it is an argument about the necessity of staying mentally sharp because when common sense fails us, there would be disastrous consequences. Watts takes what could’ve been dense and complicated material and writes with such fluidity and knowhow that he creates a fascinating and pleasurable read. ~ Reviewed by Misha D'Andrea

How We Learn

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ISBN: 9780812984293
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 9th, 2015

While the plethora of scientific studies quoted could have been mind numbing, the author's breezy prose is engaging and the conclusions that are reached are indeed surprising and fascinating. This well researched and engaging book essentially belies all that we thought we knew about how we learn, and offers a tutorial on how we can apply these concepts to enhance how we learn in our everyday lives. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Trying Not to Try

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ISBN: 9780770437633
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Published: Crown - March 3rd, 2015

Fascinating! Ancient Chinese Philosophy integrated with the best in cognitive science written in, I promise, an easy to absorb style. Slingerland does the hard work of culling through dense material and the paradoxes of wu-wei and gives us a concise book that's useful and enlightening. ~ Reviewed by Carol Graser


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