July 2017 Staff Reviews, Psychology, Book Bingo, and More!

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Book Bingo
New Staff Reviews
Upcoming Readings
New in Psychology
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July 2017 Staff Reviews, Psychology, Book Bingo, and More!
We hope you enjoy these new additions to our Staff Favorites table. Plus, play Book Bingo, check out the great author readings coming up, and see our roundup of the latest books from our Psychology section. 
New Staff Reviews 
Here are three new Staff Picks for you to peruse:

Woolly
by Ben Mezrich
reviewed by Bobby
Woolly is a completely absorbing, intriguing, and controversial true story. Mezrich uses his ability to vividly dramatize nonfiction narratives (The Accidental Billionaires, Bringing Down The House) to weave together the stories of two brilliant scientists trying to save the world. A gifted geneticist works with a talented group of young scientists at Harvard's renowned genetics lab to splice the DNA from a frozen woolly mammoth into the DNA of a modern elephant to create a viable embryo. A hemisphere away, a world renowned and passionate conservationist has a scientific plan to save the permafrost from breaking down and releasing tons of methane by repopulating the tundra with giant herbivores. Of course it feels like Jurassic Park, but this is a real and ongoing current endeavor, with many fascinating ethical issues to ponder.

Mystery Roundup
reviewed by Edie
Summer has come, and here I go again with thriller and mystery recommendations. Just released today is Michael Connelly's The Late Show, introducing a NEW protagonist, Renee Ballard. She is a tough young detective who has filed a sexual harassment complaint against her supervisor and has therefore been punished by being assigned the night shift. Renee starts investigations but has to turn her cases over to the day shift. This doesn't fly with her and...well, you'll find out. Also, don't miss Connellly's latest Bosch, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, now out in paperback. I think this is one of his better Bosch stories. Let me mention one more outstanding suspense novel, The Silent Corner, by Dean Koontz. This is the best I've read in several years. It will be a series, so don't miss out on the beginning of FBI agent Jane Hawk's life, as she goes rogue to solve a conspiracy. It is getting rave reviews, and I add my name to the list.

Fen: Stories
by Daisy Johnson
reviewed by Michael
The stories in this debut collection are united by their unique setting: the titular marshlands of rural England. Johnson imbues many of these tales with magic, fantasy, and horror, but this is not genre writing. The fuel for her stories are her fully inhabited, deeply felt characters and their struggles with family, identity, love, small town blues, and, occasionally, the need to feed on human blood. This is a sad, weird, sweet, sharp, and finely rendered collection from a very promising young writer.  
Readings
Summer Author Readings:
Crooked
Wednesday, July 26, 7pm

The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options--showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery. 
 
Timberline Review Summer/Fall 2017 Reading
Tuesday, August 1, 7pm
"The Vault" at O'Connor's Restaurant

This evening's readers will be: Rob Yardumian, John Daniel, John Holloran, Helen Sinoradzki, Betsy Porter, Geronimo Tagatac, Lois Rosen, and Stevan Allred. The Timberline Review is a Portland, Oregon, literary journal, a collage of voices speaking through the written word. Short fiction. Creative nonfiction. Essays. Poetry. Work that has the power to inspire a conversation with the times we live in. They're searching for bold new work from writers everywhere. Their mission is to find these voices, and to let them resound from the treetops. They proudly support literary freedom.

Dolores Maggiore
Death and Love at the Old Summer Camp
Tuesday, August 29, 7pm

Local author Maggiore will read from her Young Adult novel. For Pina, summer 1959 started off a boring drag, just like every other summer with her folks at Owl Lake Lodge in Maine. The only good thing was seeing Katie and hanging out with her in the creepy cabins of the old boys' camp. But this summer, Katie made her nervous--and excited. As the summer heated up, so did her feelings for Katie. Things got even hotter when Katie's dad, Doc, and his very, very close, old camp friend, Joe, started hiding camp secrets about dead stuff--and other stuff. How hot could Pina stand it? If she didn't want to lose this one chance for a different kind of life, could she solve the murder--and clear Doc's name? And would Katie have her and would Pina have herself?
New in Psychology
Here are some of the latest releases in Self-Help and Psychology:
 
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?
by Alan Alda
Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others. Exploring empathy-boosting games and exercises, If I Understood You is a funny, thought-provoking guide that can be used by all of us, in every aspect of our lives--with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.

On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety
by Andrea Petersen
After being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, Peterson began a journey to understand and master it--one that took her from psychiatrists' offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail. Woven into her personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments. She compares psychoactive drugs to non-drug treatments, including biofeedback and exposure therapy. And she explores the role that genetics and the environment play in mental illness, visiting top neuroscientists and tracing her family history--from her grandmother, who, plagued by paranoia, once tried to burn down her own house, to her young daughter, in whom Petersen sees shades of herself. Brave and empowering, this is essential reading for anyone who knows what it means to live on edge.

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People
by Vanessa Van Edwards
Do you feel awkward at networking events? Do you wonder what your date really thinks of you? Do you wish you could decode people? You need to learn the science of people. As a human behavior hacker, Vanessa Van Edwards created a research lab to study the hidden forces that drive us. And she's cracked the code. In Captivate, she shares shortcuts, systems, and secrets for taking charge of your interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation. These aren't the people skills you learned in school. This is the first comprehensive, science backed, real life manual on how to captivate anyone--and a completely new approach to building connections.

Smarter Faster Better
by Charles Duhigg

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics--as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters--this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways. They know that productivity relies on making certain choices. The way we frame our daily decisions; the big ambitions we embrace and the easy goals we ignore; the cultures we establish as leaders to drive innovation; the way we interact with data: These are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive.