Reviews and Blog Posts: Psychology

The good luck of right now : a novel

by Matthew Quick

DPL Rating:
4

Reminiscent of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Good Luck of Right Now" follows the story of Bartholomew Neil after the death of his mother, who he has relied on his entire life.  Now that Bartholomew has to find his own way, he comes to realize...

Life after life : a novel

by Kate Atkinson

1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to...

The big disconnect : protecting childhood and family relationships in the digital age

by Catherine Steiner-Adair

DPL Rating:
3

The book succeeded in proving my naivety of current tech trends and pitfalls with tweens and teens and the final two chapters are valuable for their practical suggestions.

On the disappointing side, I didn't feel like Steiner-Adair took advantage of her collected research by providing more discussion and explanation of specific...

Thinking About Thinking

Thinking Fast and Slow

In this season of resolutions to eat better and work out more, the mind can often get overlooked as a vital place to make important changes. If you're looking to exercise your brain, here's a variety of books that provided me with a steady diet of challenging ideas and new ways of thinking.

  • Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman :: The title refers to the two systems of our brain which dictate our decision making. The first is fast, impulsive, and emotional. The second is slower and more rational. Although we think we are being rational most of the time, Kahneman contends that our brain in an effort to be more efficient takes shortcuts that lead to poor decisions made in complete confidence of the decision maker. Information and research heavy, but worth the mental workout.

Curious about the World Around You?

The Demon Haunted World

Are you curious about the world around you? If so, here are some books to spark your curiousity. Hopefully, these books will help you learn something new about the world around you.

Carl Sagan was one of the greatest astronomers and published over 600 scientific articles. In his book The Demon Haunted World, Sagan shows us how scientific thinking can help us determine what is true and what is not. If you are curious about whether or not acupuncture and other alternative medicines really work, this is the book for you!

Colorado Author Series: Dr. Michelle Anthony

Little Girsl Can Be Mean

Join us at the Schlessman Family Branch Library on Sunday, September 12 at 2 p.m. to hear Dr. Michelle Anthony speak on the cultural pressures and obstacles confronting young women and girls today and what we can do to help. A book signing will follow this illuminating event.

Dr. Anthony, co-author of Little Girls Can Be Mean will present a how-to strategy session for addressing the growing problem of girl meanness in elementary school, including how and why meanness happens, ways to help girls deal with and resolve friendship struggles, and girl bullying. Attendees will learn a simple Four Step process, along with a variety of take-back tools, strategies, and activities to help their children approach many social struggles in the early years.

A good and happy child : a novel

by Justin Evans

DPL Rating:
5

George Davies; a responsible, loving husband and father, is perplexed by his inability to hold his infant son. With his wife growing impatient, George seeks psychological help and unwittingly uncovers a horrifying blackness hidden within his childhood memories. Unnerving and sometimes terribly sad, A Good and Happy Child marks an...

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