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Nonfiction Review: The Brain Defense

July 31, 2017 Uncategorized 2

Nonfiction Review: The Brain DefenseTitle: The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America's Courtrooms
Author: Kevin Davis
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was a fascinating topic and the author did a good job presenting research in a nuanced way.

I’ve always been fascinated by books about how the brain works, so this book about how neuroscience may influence criminal behavior really appealed to me. The most interesting case I’ve heard and one which was repeated here, was the case of a man who experienced pedophillic urges when he had a tumor. These urges stopped when the tumor was removed and he could tell when the tumor recurred because the urges returned. However, this book mostly focuses on the first case where a brain scan was presented as evidence in the courtroom. The author also shares many other interesting, specific cases; discusses the research linking brain activity to behavioral trends; and explores the current relationship between neuroscience and the law. Read more »

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Romance Review: The Duchess War

July 26, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Romance Review: The Duchess WarTitle: The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister, #1)
Author: Courtney Milan
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This was wonderful! It was lots of fun, had extremely lovable characters, and no troubling tropes.

“Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly–so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don’t get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention. But that is precisely what she gets. Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he’s up to, he realizes there is more to her than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he’s determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match…” (source) Read more »

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#FutursticFriday Review: The Unwomanly Face of War

July 24, 2017 Uncategorized 6

#FutursticFriday Review: The Unwomanly Face of WarTitle: The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II
Author: Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Source: NetGalley
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This was a tough read, but it was amazing to hear emotional, first-hand accounts from women in WWII.

I previously read Nobel Prize-winning, Belarusian journalist, Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices from Chernobyl, and I was blown away by that collection of beautiful and moving interviews. The Unwomanly Face of War is a similar collection of interviews with Soviet women who served in WWII and with a few of the men who served with them. Unlike Voices from Chernobyl, this collection includes some commentary from Alexievich explaining how she became interested in this topic and her process for conducting interviews. Read more »

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New Release Review: The Almost Sisters

July 12, 2017 Uncategorized 7

New Release Review: The Almost SistersTitle: The Almost Sisters
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: I loved this even more than Joshilyn Jackson’s previous books, for it’s great geek culture and heart-warming but realistic moments.

Leia Birch Briggs has a lot on her plate. Right after finding she’s pregnant after a one night stand at a comic convention, she discovers that her always dependable step-sister has been hiding a crumbling marriage, while her grandmother has been hiding her worsening dementia. “Just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing [her grandmother]’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.” (source) Read more »

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Nonfiction Review: Better Than Before

July 10, 2017 Uncategorized 4

Nonfiction Review: Better Than BeforeTitle: Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
Author: Gretchen Rubin
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I didn’t think this was nearly as good as The Happiness Project but I do think it has lots of useful suggestions for anyone trying to make change their habits.

Gretchen Reuben’s Happiness Project is actually the book that inspired me to start blogging, so I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to pick up any of her other books. Better Than Before is a book about how we can intentionally form habits to make our lives easier. It includes 21 different habit-forming strategies, sometimes back by research and always demonstrated with interesting anecdotes from Gretchen, her family and friends, and her readers. Read more »

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Futuristic Friday: Exciting New Releases July-September 2017

July 5, 2017 Uncategorized 0

As you might guess by the fact that today is not Friday, I’m a bit late sharing the list of books Tamara of Travelling with T and I are most looking forward to this quarter! Unfortunately, I’ve been sick since last week and it’s put me a bit behind. We have some great books to share with you though and I can’t wait to get to reading and reviewing them. Don’t miss our Futuristic Friday picks over at Tamara’s blog!

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