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The U-Curve of Happiness

September/October 2018
A new book claims that even if you find yourself suffering through a gloomy midlife slog, you’re likely to experience a brighter landscape in your 50s and 60s.

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When Is Enough Enough?

July/August 2018
Bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich believes that our obsession with longevity may have gone too far.

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A Tale of Mismatched Twins

May/June 2018
Review: Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture
A book about two sets of mismatched twins testifies to the power of both heredity and family loyalty.

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Life After Extremism: What It Takes to Renounce Hate

March/April 2018
Review: Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into—and Out of—Violent Extremism
A look at how to help former skinheads, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and jihadists leave extremist hate groups and find new ways of thinking and being.

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Measuring Mercy: Uncovering the Link between Cruelty and Compassion

January/February 2018
Review: The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between
There’s a surprisingly strong link between altruism and psychopathy.

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Beyond Illusion

November/December 2017
Review: Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Exploring contemplative practice may not be for everyone.

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How to Change Minds: Reasoning Will Get You Nowhere

September/October 2017
The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
When it comes to truly changing minds, reasoning will get you nowhere.

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Back to Bedlam? America’s Neglect of Its Mentally Ill

July/August 2017
No One Cares about Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
America continues to turn its back on the mentally ill.

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When the System Fails: Tales of the Wrongfully Convicted

May/June 2017
The waking-nightmare stories of people wrongfully imprisoned, often for decades, for crimes they didn’t commit expose the flaws in our criminal justice system.

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Hearing Voices: Eavesdropping on Our Inner Conversations

March/April 2017
The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves Making sense of the particular internal mix of words, conversation, music, and images that natter away at us nonstop.
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