Jun 23

We delve into pop psychology books, and also recommend Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy, and In the Country by Mia Alvar.

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We’re thrilled to announce that the following authors will be attending Booktopia Petoskey. Each author’s name links to their page on Goodreads, which lists all of their books.

Even if you’re not attending, you can still get books signed, by order them through McLean & Eakin’s special Booktopia page. Just indicate in the notes for the order that you’d like the books signed during Booktopia, then shipped to you!


audiobooksAudiobook of the week (02:00)

Uprooted, Naomi NovikUprooted
by Naomi Novik, narrated by Julia Emelin, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.

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What is Popular Psychology? (07:53)

Thomas and Simon from The Readers podcast are playing along with BOTNS Bingo, but Simon tweeted, wondering what “popular psychology” is. We’re here to help! Many of today’s self-help books use psychology to help readers understand why we do what we do and how to make changes. And some pop psychology books have a business-oriented focus. Here are the titles we discuss in this episode:

While researching titles for this episode, I came upon a great blog post entitled “50 Must-Read Psychology Books,” that mentions some of the books we discussed along with many others.


Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (19:37)

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I loved Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy, when I read it back in January, but somehow never talked about it here on the podcast. Maud, the main character, is losing her memory due to dementia. But she does remember her friend Elizabeth, and the fact that Elizabeth hasn’t been seen in some while. That, and the disappearance of Maud’s sister during WWII, are the core mysteries at the heart of this twisty novel.

Ann recommends In the Country by Mia Alvar, a collection of beautiful stories that range across many different types of people and experiences, but all of which share a connection with the Philippines. Ann is parceling out these stories, reading them slowly, and savoring them.


  • Samaira Khan
  • Jennifer Larson

    I just listened to this post after vacation, and two books popped into my mind: The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey, which I read to improve my singing and unspeaking in public, not my (nonexistent) tennis game, and Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales, which may be more narrative nonfiction, but it does delve into the psychology of survival.

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