Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health-care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success.
This story is very engaging (though to be honest it could have been edited down quite a bit in my opinion) and I really love the narrator Alma Cuervo, but the editing is very annoying - micro-second breaks between chapters so you have no time to absorb the last major event before being hurtled into the next.
Janet Lansbury's advice on respectful parenting is quoted and shared by millions of listeners worldwide. Inspired by the pioneering parenting philosophy of her friend and mentor, Magda Gerber, Janet's influential voice encourages parents and child-care professionals to perceive babies as unique, capable human beings with natural abilities to learn without being taught; to develop motor and cognitive skills; communicate; face age appropriate struggles; initiate and direct independent play for extended periods; and much more.
I can't wait to try out RIE parenting with my first child. I feel so grateful to have found this!
Young Jawad, born to a traditional Shi'ite family of corpse washers and shrouders in Baghdad, decides to abandon the family tradition, choosing instead to become a sculptor, to celebrate life rather than tend to death. He enters Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts in the late 1980s, in defiance of his father's wishes and determined to forge his own path. But the circumstances of history dictate otherwise.
I already want to listen to this story again! I learned about war in Iraq from an intimate perspective and also thoroughly admire the author.
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.
Trevor Noah's story is very unique and he narrates it with passion, humility, humor and wisdom. I couldn't stop listening and received a lot of valuable life lessons along the way.
In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.
I learned so much about brain science and gained a lot of practical insight about how to take care of mine. Professor Medina has a wonderful lecture style that is fun, jocular and memorable. He shares his opinions but is always clear that they are opinions only, and brings in recent scientific literature.
As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?
This story was very engaging, but even more I love Adjoa Andoh's narration with a variety of authentic accents.
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
Although I am not a complete fan of Vance's narration (I'm quite picky) I do prefer when authors read their own work, and when the book contains such intimate detail as this one that is all the more important. I am not a hillbilly but I do share some life experiences with the author. I admire his honesty and willingness to be vulnerable. The memoir ends with a very intelligent analysis on what the US working class needs.
In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction--stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013--as well as "Black Dog", a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.
To be honest I actually prefer his novels but I know that Gaiman is a fan of short stories, and these are great. They're a bit more creepy than I usually prefer, but most won't give you nightmares. I'm particularly sensitive and was not affected - at least not that I noticed!
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Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?
I love learning about astrophysics from Neil de Grasse Tyson. He's so entertaining and intelligent.
What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? Will humanity, and Earth itself, one day be gone? Are we alone? In an era when science journalism is perhaps more thorough and ambitious than ever before, fascinating explorations of questions like these seem available to us almost every day - provided we have a working understanding of the scientific theories on which they're based.
And a favorite astrophysicist who is entertaining, brilliant and gifted at translating complex science into lay terms. I want to learn more!
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