Category Archives: Book Reviews

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Answering questions you would never have thought to ask, Charles Spence reveals how eating and taste have everything to do with the brain and almost nothing to do with the tongue. Continue reading

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The Fortune Teller: A Novel

Another tale by Womack that can’t be put down. Superb storytelling. Rounded characters. Stakes worth killing—or dying—for. This is summer reading for every season. Continue reading

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Young Leonardo: The Evolution of a Revolutionary Artist, 1472–1499

A corrective look at Leonardo’s first 27 professional years when he was snubbed, struggled, and departed Florence thwarted and penniless. Continue reading

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How Music Works

Byrne touches on a broad array of forces that influence and shape the musical experience—from how it is created, performed, recorded, and distributed to more personally meaningful aspects . . . Continue reading

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The Shadow Doctor

We are only charged with loving people. The rest is not our responsibility. I would rather work with a fountain pen than be supplied with a nice, safe crayon in an institution. Continue reading

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Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence

The future projected by the futurist Yonck sounds too much like the world of the Jetsons. Which begs the question: Why are futurists so often wrong, and why do we listen to them given their poor track record? Continue reading

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The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing

What might this be?” Such an innocuous question—such profound results. No psychological concept has penetrated culture as much as “the Inkblot test” has. Continue reading

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Behind Her Eyes: A Novel

An engaging suspense thriller despite its major gaffe in the ending’s twist. Novel in its concept and construction, this is one unsettling book. Continue reading

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Kill the Next One

“Move over Hitchcock, P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, and more. Here is a thriller to make others fade. Well-drawn characters, a devilish plot, and first-rate storytelling make this an emotional mystery that resonates and disturbs.” Continue reading

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At Danceteria and Other Stories

“Walker’s stories intersect the tipping point when big city gay life went from carefree hedonism and glitzy self–indulgence to the moment when self–satisfied habitués of the demi–monde began to witness the wide scale decimation of their generation.” Continue reading

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The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

“What makes a tool superior to another . . . has nothing to do with how new it is. What matters is how it enlarges or diminishes us.” Continue reading

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Thomas Murphy: A Novel

“Everyone is disabled. Love exists for our disabilities. And forgotten things, though they remain forgotten, have a life of their own.” Continue reading

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Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations

Richard Cytowic review of Nicholas Carr’s “Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations” Continue reading

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A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age

“Just because there’s a number doesn’t mean that the number was arrived at properly,” says Daniel Levitin, the prolific musician, neuroscientist, and educator at McGill University. Continue reading

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Good Morning, Midnight: A Novel

A debut novel with an intriguing premise. . . . What is left when everything is gone? What does it mean to be alive in the universe and the grandeur of vast emptiness? Continue reading

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