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Marc Agronin (2011). How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old.

Marc Agronin writes luminously and unforgettably of life as he sees it as a doctor. His beat is a nursing home in Miami that some would dismiss as “God’s waiting room.” Nothing in the young doctor’s medical training had quite prepared him for what he was to discover there. 

Review by O'rya Hyde-Keller, AARP The Magazine: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-03-2011/review-how-we-age.html

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Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin, Teresa Bolick and Catherine Faherty (2006). Asperger's and Girls.‎

At last, here is a book that provides up-to-date information about girls and women with Asperger's Syndrome. Covering topics such as diagnoses, education, puberty, relationships, and careers, experts in the field share practical advice for both caregivers and the women and girls who are affected by Asperger's.

Review by Caroline Fisher, Psychiatric Services: http://ps.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/59/6/698

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David Bainbridge (2003). Making Babies: The science of pregnancy.‎

While it's a safe bet that most readers know where babies come from, it's equally likely that they don't know the whole story. Reproductive biologist David Bainbridge fills them in with Making Babies, a witty and intriguing look at an experience so essential that we all go through it at least once.

Review by Ruth Saunders, Bio News: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_62711.asp



Thomas DeBaggio (2003). Losing My Mind : An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's.

This first-person account of Alzheimer's ties several powerful stories together. Losing My Mind blends personal history with the fear and pain of developing the disease at the age of 57; it is both a sadly fascinating account of Alzheimer's progression and an attempt for the writer to remember his past before it is gone for good.

Review by Peter J. Whitehouse, M.D., Ph.D., The New England Journal of Medicine:  http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM200209123471124

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Carl Druyan, Ann Sagan (1992). Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: A Search for Who We Are.

In a leisurely, lyrical meditation on the roughly four-[billion]-year span since life dawned on Earth, Sagan and Druyan argue that territoriality, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, occasional outbreeding and a preference for small, semi-isolated groups are elements in a survival strategy common to many species, including Homo sapiens.

Review by Wayne Wilson,Humanists of Utah: http://www.humanistsofutah.org/1994/wayneapr94.html

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Lise Eliot (2010). Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps -- And What We Can Do About It.‎

 We are told that gender differences and aptitude influence the academic and career paths of men and women. Does this mean that there are differences between the brains of men and women? Do men and women learn differently? Or are men and women taught differently?

Review by Emily Bazelon, Washington Posthttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/09/AR2009100902615.html

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Lise Eliot (2000). What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life.‎

Though not for the impatient, What's Going on in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life will undoubtedly make you a better parent. It is thick, detailed, and scientific. But it is also accessible to parents who have the time and patience to immerse themselves in the latest research on brain development. And for those who do, the rewards can be great.

Review by Childwise Resources: http://www.childwiseresources.com/index.php?/book_club/whats_going_on_in_there/

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Katherine Ellison (2010). Buzz: A year of Paying Attention.

In this funny, well-written memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and former foreign correspondent Ellison describes life after she learns that her 12-year-old son, Buzz, suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that she’s got it, too. Looking back, the Stanford graduate sees the signs, even in her choice of profession. Who needs Ritalin when you can cover coups?

Review by Rasha Madkour, Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/books/ci_16588726



Richard Francis (2011). Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance.

Richard Francis writes about how stress in the environment can impact an individual's physiology so deeply that those biological scars are actually inherited by the next several generations.

Review by Kirkus Reviews: http://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/non-fiction/richard-c-francis/epigenetics/#review

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Alison Gopnik (2009). The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life.

Psychologist Gopnik points out that babies have long been excluded from the philosophical literature, and in this absorbing text, she argues that if anything, babies are more conscious than grownups. While adults often function on autopilot, getting through their busy days as functional zombies, babies, with their malleable, complex minds and penchant for discovery, approach life like little travelers, enthralled by every nuance of their exciting and novel environment.

Review by Anthony Gottilieb, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/books/review/Gottlieb-t.html

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Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson (2006).  Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior.

Starred Review. Philosophers and scientists have long wondered what goes on in the minds of animals, and this fascinating study gives a wealth of illuminating insights into that mystery. Grandin, an animal behavior expert specializing in the design of humane slaughter systems, is autistic, and she contends that animals resemble autistic people in that they think visually rather than linguistically and perceive the world as a jumble of mesmerizing details rather than a coherent whole.

Review by Polly Morrice, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/26/books/review/26MORRICE.html

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 Temple Grandin (1996). Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism.

An autistic scientist might seem like an oxymoron, but the miracle of this memoir is that Grandin illustrates that it is not. As neurologist Oliver Sacks reminds us in the foreword, there is a shelf of literature about autistic children but little about autistic adults. Some, like Grandin, do have successful lives and meet in support groups with other adults who are autistic.

Book Review by Bettyann Kevles,  Los Angeles Times: http://articles.latimes.com/1996-05-09/news/ls-2389_1_temple-grandin

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Judith Rich Harris (2006). No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality.

Why do identical twins who grow up together differ in personality? Harris attempts to solve that mystery.  Reading this book is akin to working your way through a mystery novel—complete with periodic references to Sherlock Holmes.

Review by William Saletan, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/books/review/05saletan.html



Judith Rich Harris (1999). The NURTURE ASSUMPTION: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do.

Whether it's musical talent, criminal tendencies, or fashion sense, we humans want to know why we have it or why we don't. What makes us the way we are? Maybe it's in our genes, maybe it's how we were raised, maybe it's a little of both--in any case, Mom and Dad usually receive both the credit and the blame. But not so fast, says developmental psychology writer Judith Rich Harris. 

Review by Carol Tavris, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/09/13/reviews/980913.13tavrist.html



Tara L. Kuther and Tara L. Kuther Ph.D. (2004). Gimme Your Lunch Money! A Parent's Guide to Bullies and Bullying.

Parents learn to recognize and deal with both bullied and bullying children with this authoritative guide. Discussed are warning signs parents should be alert to, the psychology of bullies and victims, how to empower children to prevent victimization, and how to reach out to bullies.

Review by Amy Rea, Foreword Reviews: http://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/gimme-your-lunch-money/

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Simon LeVay (2010). Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation.‎

The nature vs. nurture wars over the development of homosexuality have been pretty definitively decided in favor of nature. In this survey of what makes people gay, lesbian, bi, or straight, neuroscientist LeVay (When Science Goes Wrong) brings readers up-to-date on the current state of knowledge. 

Review by Elissa Malcohn, PsychCentral: http://psychcentral.com/lib/2011/gay-straight-and-the-reason-why-the-science-of-sexual-orientation/


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Cathleen Lewis (2008). Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives.‎

How can an 11-year old boy hear a Mozart fantasy for the first time and play it back note-for-note perfectly-but struggle to navigate the familiar surroundings of his own home? Cathleen Lewis says her son Rex's laugh of total abandon is the single most joyous sound anyone could hear, but his tortured aversion to touch and sound breaks her heart and makes her wonder what God could have had in mind. 

Review by Bloggy Mom Reviews : http://bloggymomreviews.blogspot.com/2009/01/rex-mother-her-autistic-child-and-music.html

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James Maas (2001). Remmy and the Brain Train: Traveling Through the Land of Good Sleep.

Remmy and the Brain Train follows a tired young Remmy through a groggy day of exhaustion and confusion. He has trouble with math, spelling and remembering names, and is feeling moody, upset and sad…but does not know why. That night Remmy is visited by the irrepressible magical train conductor, Doctor Zeez, who whisks him off on an exciting adventure through the Land of Good Sleep. Here Remmy learns of the voyage his mind and body embarks on every night, and how developing good sleep habits makes him stronger, smarter, happier and healthier.

Review by Lynne Lamberg, New York Journal of Books: http://www.sleephomepages.org/books/remmy.html



Dr. Rick Mayes, Dr. Catherine Bagwell and Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater (2009). Medicating Children: ADHD and Pediatric Mental Health.

Why and how did ADHD become the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder among children and adolescents, as well as one of the most controversial? Stimulant medication had been used to treat excessively hyperactive children since the 1950s. And the behaviors that today might lead to an ADHD diagnosis had been observed since the early 1930s as “organic drivenness,” and then by various other names throughout the decades.

Review by Benjamin J. Lovett, Community counseling Services: http://www.communitycounselingservices.org/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=4900&cn=37

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Judith A. Owens and Jodi A. Mindell (2005). Take Charge of Your Child's Sleep: The All-in-One Resource for Solving Sleep Problems in Kids and Teens.

Over 25 percent of all children—not just infants, but adolescents and high school students as well—experience various forms of sleep problems, from short-term difficulties with falling asleep and nightwalkings to long-term problems of sleep apnea and narcolepsy. Give Your Child a Good Night's Sleep is the first book to provide parents of older children with a comprehensive, accessible resource for understanding and solving their child's sleep problems.

Review by Daily Health: http://www.hanliumm1.com/take-charge-of-your-childs-sleep-the-all-in-one-resource-for-solving-sleep-problems-in-kids-and-teens-reviews/

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Barry Petersen (2010). Jan's Story: Love lost to the long goodbye of Alzheimer's.

Imagine hearing these words: "She has Alzheimer's." Now imagine that "she" is vibrant, active, loving, healthy...and just 55. Acclaimed CBS News reporter Barry Petersen, writes about hearing the unimaginable: what it meant, what it still means, what he did--and didn't do--and how this beautiful love story needs to be read by the thousands of families who have already heard that same devastating diagnosis...EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER'S.

Review by NPR Staff, National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128284264

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Mary Pipher, Ruth Ross (2005). Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls.

Here are girls’ unmuted voices from the front lines of adolescence, personal and painfully honest. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality, Reviving Ophelia issues a call to arms and offers parents compassion, strength, and strategies with which to revive these Ophelias’ lost sense of self.

Review by Connie Eccles, ComPortOne: http://www.comportone.com/cpo/reviews/books/ophelia.htm

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Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio, Tricia Tusa (2010). The Sandwich Swap.

As two best friends breakup story spreads across the school, so does intolerance. Students begin choosing sides in the cafeteria and calling each other "Jelly heads" and "Chickpea brains." When the two girls get caught in the middle of a food fight and called to the principal's office, they decide it's time to make some changes. The first is accomplished over their sandwich lunch; the second, over a multicultural smorgasbord, the latter depicted on a foldout of an enormous table laden with dishes and flags.

Review by Chris Eboch, New York Journal of Books: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/sandwich-swap

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John Elder Robison (2011). Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers.

By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, John had already developed a myriad of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly successful, life. In Be Different, Robison shares a new batch of endearing stories about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the reader a rare window into the Aspergian mind.

Review by Laura Shumaker, SF Gate: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/lshumaker/detail?entry_id=87476

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Martin E. P. Seligman (2007). The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience.

In The Optimistic Child, Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman offers parents, teachers, and coaches a well-validated program to prevent depression in children. In a thirty-year study, Seligman and his colleagues discovered the link between pessimism -- dwelling on the most catastrophic cause of any setback -- and depression.

Review by Sylvia Cochran, Families Online Magazine: http://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/parenting-book/optimistic-child.html

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Chantal Sicile-Kira (2004). Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs.‎

Based upon Chantal Sicile-Kira's personal and professional experiences with autistic disorders, this comprehensive and accessible source covers all aspects of autism conditions, including Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorde

Review by Terri Mauro, About.com: http://specialchildren.about.com/od/booksonautism/gr/adolescentsASD.htm

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Scott Simon (2010). Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption.

Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition and author (Pretty Birds), shares an entertaining and affecting narrative about his experience adopting two daughters from China and his take on what it means to be a father. While he doesn't go into personal whys and wherefores, he animatedly relates the journey that he and his wife, Caroline Richard, took to parenthood.

Review by Sarah Halzack, Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/20/AR2010082002055.html

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 Don Tapscott (2009). Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.

Chances are you know a person between the ages of 11 and 30. You've seen them doing five things at once: texting friends, downloading music, uploading videos, watching a movie on a two-inch screen, and doing who-knows-what on Facebook or MySpace. They're the first generation to have literally grown up digital--and they're part of a global cultural phenomenon that's here to stay.

Review by Roger Trapp, The Independence: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/sme/book-review-grown-up-digital-how-the-net-generation-is-changing-the-world-by-don-tapscott-1636073.html

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Robb Walsh (2004). Are You Really Going to Eat That?: Reflections of a Culinary Thrill Seeker.

From the top of the Blue Mountains of Jamaica for the perfect cup of coffee to the jungles of Thailand for an encounter with the abominably smelly “stinkfruit,” Robb Wals has traveled the globe, immersing himself in some of the world’s most interesting culinary phenomena. In Are You Really Going to Eat That? Walsh offers a collection of his best essays over the past ten years, along with some of his favorite recipes.

Review by MM Pack, Austin Chronicle: http://www.austinchronicle.com/food/2003-11-07/185107/

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