Sociology

The Intense Experience of Family Therapy (Perennial Library)
The Intense Experience of Family Therapy (Perennial Library)

Review: How wonderful to have the perspective of the therapist in session. This classic gives us the forces that direct clinical choices in the moment. I gained a better understanding of the process of experiential Family Therapy. Thank you Napier and Whitaker. Read more

Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection - The Sun Does Shine
Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection - The Sun Does Shine

Review: If you are on the fence about the necessity of the death penalty I suggest you read The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. If you believe in the need for a death sentence, I also suggest you read it with open eyes and ears. Actually, everyone should read Hinton’s memoir, because it is in my opinion a necessary read on how broken the US justice system really is. And more: it is the story of how an innocent man spent nearly 30 years on Death Row in Alabama, and continued to fight for freedom wh... Read more

Improving Decisions About Health - and Happiness
Improving Decisions About Health - and Happiness

Review: It was an interesting read but the authors' perception of libertarian paternalism stretches the definition of libertarian too far in my opinion. I did not find their policy targets to be especially interesting as subjects for discussion. They are far too timid. zZzzZZ What about choice architecture on my taxes? I would like to be able to opt out. But, this would not have made it through the editorial censors ("liberal" fascist ideology)

I was also annoyed with their incessant use of femin... Read more

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Review: This short novel contains a story within a story. The frame story is a dinner conversation in Lahore between a Princeton-educated Pakistani and an American visitor to the city, as the result of what appears to be, as least ostensibly, a chance encounter. Within that story, forming the core of the novel and of the dinner conversation, is the account by Changez, the Pakistani, of his glory days as a top student at an elite American university, his work as a star rookie at a Manhattan valuation, ... Read more

What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

Review: This book helps to dispel the concept of the “overnight success story” or the idea that high performers are pre-ordained from birth. Rather, the author credits much of their success to what he calls “Deliberate practice”, a highly structured process that involves well designed practice activities, coaching, repetition, feedback, self regulation, building knowledge and mental models.

The mental model concept is particularly interesting, this being the idea that all high performers possess ... Read more

25th Anniversary Edition - A Town - Friday Night Lights
25th Anniversary Edition - A Town - Friday Night Lights

Review: Growing up in west Texas and playing football and always hearing about Permian becomes a way of life. It' like teams sit around on Friday afternoons and think about they will be immortalized if they could win. This book opens doors to dreams that everybody has and few achieve, winning championships. This book tells of a team that can not stand to lose, and that will do whatever it takes to with hold the dynasty of Permian football. Bissinger tells of how some of the players don't have anythi... Read more

Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love - Hold Me Tight
Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love - Hold Me Tight

Review: This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the psychology of relationships- and who would like to improve their relationships with not only their significant other, but their family and friends as well.
I was in a really rough patch in a relationship when I bought this book, and the knowledge that I learned from "Hold Me Tight" helped me to realize that both of our actions were in fact pleas for love and affection. It took six months of constant work from that point on, but m... Read more

Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss
Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss

Review: As a widower for ten years, this book is the best yet on the grief and grieving process. Good practical information. Not an academic type of publication. I have read many such books since my spouse died.

Another excellent book is C.S. Lewis' "A Grief Observed". Read more

The Last American Man
The Last American Man

Review: I purchased this book as part of my reading to do exactly what Eustace Conway has done...to live off the land, get off the grid, and use the nature world and the mystery that exists there as a tool for the transformation of myself and others. The disconnect that exists for all of us in this modern world from the source, of our food supply, air, water, spirit, is epidemic. The ramifications are far reaching and profound, as many have demonstrated and described. What The Last American Man explores... Read more

The Hidden Sources of Love - and Achievement
The Hidden Sources of Love - and Achievement

Review: One of the best writers in America has really produced a dud. I understand and agree with everything, but it is very poorly written. I have lost respect for him because of this book. I am sure the only reason it was published was because he is David Brooks. Read more

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