Book Reviews

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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (New Press, 2016, 288 pages)

Scaling the Empathy Wall

By Laura Saponara | October 21, 2016

In her new book, Arlie Hochschild urges us to feel what Donald Trump voters feel.


Past Stories

Six Steps to Prepare for End-of-Life Care

By Ellen Rand | October 17, 2016

Ellen Rand shares the lessons she’s learned about preparing for the death of a loved one.


Is Pride Really a Sin?

By Jill Suttie | October 14, 2016

According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.


How to Awaken Joy in Kids

By James Baraz, Michele Lilyanna | October 10, 2016

These research-based practices can help kids (and adults) foster authentic happiness.


How to Help Children Unleash Their Potential

By Diana Divecha | October 7, 2016

Three new books illustrate what children really need from parents and educators.


How Can We Liberate Parents from Guilt?

By Diana Divecha | September 30, 2016

Two new books take aim at movements that pressure and shame parents for how they raise their kids.


How to Bring Humor to Meditation

By Kira M. Newman | August 25, 2016

A new book teaches mindfulness by emphasizing ease, joy, and jokes.


Five Ways to Help Misbehaving Kids

By Stuart Shanker | August 22, 2016

Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution.


How Self-Compassion Can Help You Through a Breakup

By Wendy Paris | August 16, 2016

Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.


The Loneliness of the Modern Nomad

By Kira M. Newman | August 5, 2016

A new book explores what it means to settle down and love where you live.


How to Overcome Destructive Anger

By Bernard Golden | August 2, 2016

Anger can make us feel out of control. Bernard Golden shares three tips for taming our temper.


Convincing Skeptics to Try Meditation

By Jill Suttie | July 28, 2016

Two new books aim to bring mindfulness to two resistant groups: children and lawyers.


Can You Incentivize Generosity?

By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2016

According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.


Cultivating Self-Awareness in Parents

By Diana Divecha | June 17, 2016

A new book argues that parents need to focus more on themselves and less on their children.


Seven Ways to Foster Empathy in Kids

By Jill Suttie | June 10, 2016

In our age of narcissism, a new book offers research-based tips for encouraging children to be empathic.


How to Help Low-Income Students Succeed

By Jill Suttie | June 3, 2016

According to a new book, we tend to blame kids who struggle rather than blaming their environment.


Living with a Purpose Changes Everything

By Jill Suttie | May 20, 2016

According to a new book, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being.

Scribner, May 2016, 352 pages

Is Grit the Key to Success?

By Jill Suttie | May 6, 2016

A new book extolls the power of passion and perseverance, but is the research strong enough?


You Can Be More Productive Without Sacrificing Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | April 29, 2016

A Q&A with Charles Duhigg about his new book, Smarter Faster Better.

TarcherPerigee, 2016, 320 pages

Are Boundaries Overrated?

By Diana Divecha | April 22, 2016

A new book says it’s time for Americans to make more time for their relationships—and not worry so much about independence.


What Drives Success, Hard Work or Luck?

By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2016

A new book debunks the myth of meritocracy and offers recommendations for creating a more equitable society.

2016, Berrett-Koehler, 199 pages.

Can We Bring the USA Back Together Again?

By Jill Suttie | March 18, 2016

A new book highlights the many ways that Americans are trying to bridge political divides.

Crown, 2016, 299 pages

How Do Our Minds Affect Our Health?

By Jill Suttie | March 11, 2016

A new book reveals the complex ways that our brains and bodies interact.


Six Ways to Help People Change

By Art Markman | March 7, 2016

If you want to help someone reach their goals, follow these steps.

2015, Oxford University Press, 312 pages

How Altruistic is Your Brain?

By Jill Suttie | March 4, 2016

A new book argues that neuroscience findings suggest that altruism is not a response to moral authority, but rather a hard-wired instinct.

HarperOne, 2016, 224 pages

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

By Kira M. Newman | March 1, 2016

The new book “The Happiness Track” explains how to use the science of happiness to preserve your energy and be more productive.

Viking, 2016, 400 pages

What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups

By Diana Divecha | February 19, 2016

A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.


How Being Present Increases Your Charisma

By Emma Seppala | February 18, 2016

Research shows that paying attention to others is the path to success and respect.

Simon & Schuster, 2015, 287 pages

It’s Our Job to Rescue Kids from Burnout

By Jill Suttie | February 4, 2016

A new book argues that overscheduling and overtesting our kids isn't helping them learn better—and is hurting their health and happiness.

Free Press, 2015, 307 pages

Don’t Let Your Mind Be Your Worst Enemy

By Jill Suttie | January 13, 2016

Two new books reveal the inner workings of human psychology--biases, rationalizations, and all.


Against Mindless Eating

By Jill Suttie | January 8, 2016

A new book helps us to truly savor our treats without going overboard.


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