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How To Stay Smart in a Smart World: Why Human Intelligence Still Beats Algorithms

Gigerenzer explains why technology is so addictive and offers tips for fostering digital self-control. A seriously compelling, eye-opening, and well-researched investigation.

Walking Him Home: Helping My Husband Die with Dignity

Currently 10 states and the District of Columbia have “medical aid in dying” statutes, and more states have legislation pending. This memoir will undoubtedly provide comfort and support for other people navigating a similar road.

Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between

Osmundson writes with hope for a world where racial inequities are addressed and people treat each other with love and kindness. Just as viruses change and mutate, so, too, can people, he suggests. Recommended.

The Illusionist Brain: The Neuroscience of Magic

This exploration of neuroscience through the lens of magic will appeal to science-oriented readers, as it is first and foremost a deep dive into how the brain processes information. It’s also sure to find an audience in anyone who has ever witnessed a magic trick and wondered how the heck it works.

The Brain in Search of Itself: Santiago Ramón y Cajal and the Story of the Neuron

Ehrlich’s biography is as focused and thorough as was Cajal’s meticulous work with brain cells. A worthy and needed contribution to the field of neuroscience.

Dark and Magical Places: The Neuroscience of Navigation

Chock-full of scientific information conveyed by a skilled storyteller, Kemp’s book is recommended for readers interested in the neurological differences between those who have an internal compass and those who get hopelessly lost.


Hurts So Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose

With a remarkable degree of vulnerability and a lot of research on the history of neurology, Cowart earnestly tries to explain why people voluntarily experience pain, or engage with pain in order to feel pleasure. Their engaging, easygoing writing (expect a generous serving of expletives and vivid descriptions) will either draw readers or make them turn away.


The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness

O’Sullivan has written a medical page-turner that makes a compelling argument for a holistic approach to health care.

Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain—And How They Guide You

This potentially dense and impenetrable subject is illuminated and rendered comprehensible in Schwarzlose’s skilled hands. A fascinating in-depth exploration of the maps contained within our brains. Recommended for science lovers.

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