The Other Side of Desire

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ISBN: 9780060885571
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Published: Ecco - March 9th, 2010

This is an excellent and thoroughly readable examination into various paraphilias: sexual fetishes that deviate from the the middle of the road. Bergner's prose melds to fit its subject and there are a few (and far between) passages where he even gets a little too personal. Throughout each of the books four chapters, he offers a keen insight and empathy to his subjects: a man with a debilitating foot fetish; a female sadist; a man who molested his stepdaughter; a fashion photographer attracted to amputees. Bergner never holds these people up as figures of emulation, nor does he denigrate their desires as "weird." He opens up a world that makes you look at your own desires, and recognize that we all have parts of us that may not seem "normal": and if nobody's "normal," then everyone is.

The God Delusion

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ISBN: 9780618918249
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Published: Mariner Books - January 16th, 2008

One needs to be intelligent, brave and a very good person with just the right balance between arrogance and humility to be a true atheist (or a good scientist). There is so much to be gained from reading this fascinating book which (among other points) explodes the Bible as history, and details the use of the existence of God, both in the past and present as a dangerous tool of megalomania.

Although I cling to my agnosticism like a security blanket, I cannot help but agree with the humanistic ideas and the plea for the eradication of ignorance Mr.Dawkins sets out, as a condition for the further survival and evolution of the human race. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Proust Was a Neuroscientist

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ISBN: 9780547085906
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2008

Anyone who is an artist will feel even more creative after reading this fascinating and fun book. The author makes a spectacular case for the ways painters, musicians, chefs and writers discovered and described various functions of our brains which are only now being documented by scientists. The famous example is Proust's memory connected to the taste of a "cookie" which along with many others clarifies what we all should know already, that art and artists are absolutely essential to humanity. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin - Book Review

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By Andrew Chaikin, Tom Hanks (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143112358
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

For anyone interested in American history, exploration, space, and Mankind's greatest accomplishments, this is THE book for you!! ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


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ISBN: 9780393324822
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2004

Mary Roach's fascinating account of the "life" of human cadavers is an awakening experience. At all times respectful and often times hilarious, Roach follows the history of cadavers through science's weirdest undertakings - from anatomy labs and human decay research farms to medicinal cannibalism - and proves the cadavers invaluable role to life. ~ Reviewed by Kim Potter


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ISBN: 9780143117001
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Published: Penguin Books - January 4th, 2011

This is the best book that I have read in years! Diamond takes a very interesting topic and applies it to the here and now. Every civilization throughout human history has had its rise, plateau and fall. Why is this? Why do seemingly untouchable civilizations suddenly collapse into history, and will we be next? Read this to find out!


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