2014.9.1 NEW ARRIVALSAnimal Madness
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
GENRE: Science & Math
Have you ever wondered if your dog might be a bit depressed? How about heartbroken or homesick? “Animal Madness” takes these questions seriously, exploring the topic of mental health and recovery in the animal kingdom and turning up lessons that Publishers Weekly calls “Illuminating … Braitman’s delightful balance of humor and poignancy brings each case to life …. [The book’s] continuous dose of hope should prove medicinal for humans and animals alike.” Susan Orlean calls “Animal Madness” “a marvelous, smart, eloquent book - as much about human emotion as it is about animals and their inner lives.” It is “a gem … that can teach us much about the wildness of our own minds” (Psychology Today).
The Examined Life
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton & Company
An extraordinary book for anyone eager to understand the hidden motives that shape our lives.
We are all storytellers - we create stories to make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a practicing psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last 25 years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behavior. “The Examined Life” distils more than 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening and understanding.
The Great Degeneration
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
GENRE: Politics & Social Sciences
A searching and provocative examination of the widespread institutional rot that threatens our collective future.What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior. But what exactly has gone wrong? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues in “The Great Degeneration,” is that our institutions - the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail - are degenerating.
With characteristic verve and historical insight, Ferguson analyzes the causes of this stagnation and its profound consequences for the future of the West.