We delve into pop psychology books, and also recommend Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy, and In the Country by Mia Alvar.
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.
- W. Bruce Cameron, The Dog Master (on sale 8/4/15).
- Lauren Fox, Days of Awe (on sale 8/4/15)
- Jennifer McMahon, The Night Sister (on sale 8/4/15)
- Janis Cooke Newman, A Master Plan for Rescue (on sale 7/14/15)
- Jonathan Odell, Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League (on sale now)
- Jim Ottaviani, Primates (on sale now in hardcover, paperback available 8/4/15)
- Luis Alberto Urrea, The Water Museum (on sale now)
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!
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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:
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- Why We Buy by Paco Underhill
- The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
- The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel
- Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
- Books by Malcom Gladwell (including The Tipping Point and Blink)
- Books by Daniel H. Pink, Oliver Sacks, and Chip Heath & Dan Heath.
- Predictably Irrational and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely. The latter title was made into a film called (Dis)honesty.
- 10% Happier by Dan Harris
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)
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.