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THE BRAIN'S HIDDEN RATIONALE BEHIND OUR IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Written by ELIEZER STERNBERG

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/13/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80725-0

A groundbreaking investigation of the brain’s hidden logic behind our strangest behaviors, and of how conscious and unconscious systems interact in order to create our experience and preserve our sense of self.
 
From bizarre dreams and hallucinations to schizophrenia and multiple personalities, the human brain is responsible for a diverse spectrum of strange thoughts and behaviors. When observed from the outside, these phenomena are often written off as being just “crazy,” but what if they...

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LOSING MY FATHER, ONE DAY AT A TIME
Written by JONATHAN KOZOL

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-14099-7

Library Journal Best Book of 2015

National Book Award winner Jonathan Kozol is best known for his fifty years of work among our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Now, in the most personal book of his career, he tells the story of his father’s life and work as a nationally noted specialist in disorders of the brain and his astonishing ability, at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, to explain the causes of his sickness and then to narrate, step-by-step, his slow descent into...

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TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE, ONE NIGHT AT A TIME
Written by ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Harmony

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90400-8

We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, writes Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. And this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. What is needed, she boldly asserts, is nothing short of a sleep revolution.  Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.

In her bestseller Thrive, Arianna wrote about our need to redefine success through...

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A MEMOIR OF BRAIN CHANGE AND EMOTIONAL AWAKENING
Written by JOHN ELDER ROBISON
Introduction by ALVARO PASCUAL-LEON

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99689-0

An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye

Imagine spending the first forty years of your life in darkness, blind to the emotions and social signals of other people. Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on.

It has long been assumed that people living with autism are born with the diminished ability to read the emotions of others,...

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THE SECRETS OF BEING PRODUCTIVE IN LIFE AND BUSINESS
Written by CHARLES DUHIGG

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99339-4

From the author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon The Power of Habit comes a fascinating new book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.

A young woman drops out of a PhD program and starts playing poker. By training herself to envision contradictory futures, she learns to anticipate her opponents’ missteps—and becomes one of the most successful players in the world.

A group of...

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THE MADNESS AND MEDICAL GENIUS OF DR. PERRY BAIRD, AND HIS DAUGHTER'S QUEST TO KNOW HIM
Written by MIMI BAIRD, EVE CLAXTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/16/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13749-2

Soon to be a major motion picture, from Brad Pitt and Tony Kushner

A Washington Post Best Book of 2015

A mid-century doctor's raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, and his daughter's attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own.

 
Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s. Early in his career, ahead of his time, he grew fascinated with identifying the biochemical root of manic depression, just...

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THE STORY OF AUTISM

Format: Hardcover, 688 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 01/19/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-98567-5

Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism—by liberating children from dank...

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THE BRAIN'S HIDDEN RATIONALE BEHIND OUR IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Written by ELIEZER STERNBERG

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-90877-3

A groundbreaking investigation of the brain’s hidden logic behind our strangest behaviors, and of how conscious and unconscious systems interact in order to create our experience and preserve our sense of self.
 
From bizarre dreams and hallucinations to schizophrenia and multiple personalities, the human brain is responsible for a diverse spectrum of strange thoughts and behaviors. When observed from the outside, these phenomena are often written off as being just “crazy,” but what if they...

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NEW USES FOR AN OLD TOOL
Written by JENNIFER JACQUET

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95013-0

A trenchant case for the use of public shaming as a nonviolent form of resistance,Is Shame Necessary? explores how one of society’s oldest tools can be used to promote large-scale political change and social reform. Examining how we can retrofit the art of shaming for the age of social media, Jennifer Jacquet shows that we can challenge corporations and even governments to change policies and behaviors that are detrimental to the environment. Urgent and illuminating, Is Shame Necessary?...

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BRAIN AND BODY IN A SEARCH FOR THE LIVING PAST: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR UNDERSTANDING AND WORKING WITH TRAUMATIC MEMORY
Written by PETER A. LEVINE
Foreword by BESSEL A. VAN DER KOLK

Format: Trade Paperback, 206 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $21.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94994-8

In Trauma and Memory, bestselling author Dr. Peter Levine (creator of the Somatic Experiencing approach) tackles one of the most difficult and controversial questions of PTSD/trauma therapy: Can we trust our memories? While some argue that traumatic memories are unreliable and not useful, others insist that we absolutely must rely on memory to make sense of past experience. Building on his 45 years of successful treatment of trauma and utilizing case studies from his own practice, Dr. Levine...

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THE POWER OF NOT KNOWING
Written by JAMIE HOLMES

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34837-9

An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity—and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy
 
Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. Whether it’s a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty. And we’re continually bombarded with information, much of it contradictory.
 
Managing ambiguity—in our jobs, our relationships, and daily lives—is quickly becoming...

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THE STORY OF YOU
Written by DAVID EAGLEMAN

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 10/06/2015

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87053-2

Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are “you”? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?  In the course of his investigations, Eagleman guides us through the world of extreme...

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