Book Review: Sapiens
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, 2015
Sapiens is more than just a brief history of mankind; it is a treatise about what it is to be human. Yuval Noah Harari, getting his PhD at Oxford, is a very talented writer who makes something like 100,000 years of history both interesting and understandable. He breaks down human growth into revolutions. He begins with the agricultural revolution and continues to the present where he speculates on what could be in store for humankind in years to come. Harari talks about gender, how we eat, what we think about, and how happiness has escaped us. His detailed research notes would allow a very curious reader to explore the sources he used to reach his conclusions. Like any good philosophy book, Sapiens encourages the reader to make up their own mind about what is presented.
You can find this book in our New Nonfiction area. Call the Nonfiction desk at 444-7840 to reserve a copy.
Book Review: The Teenage Brain
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen, 2015
If you have ever wondered what was going through your teenager’s head this book has the answers for you. Written by Frances E. Jensen, who has decades of medical experience under her belt, this book wants to help parents, teachers, and everyone else understand what is going on with the teenagers in their lives. Jensen gives a good grounding in modern neurology with definitions of clinical terms, explanations of neurological tests and MRIs of teenage brains. Each section of the book focuses on a health behavior - for example, smoking - and its impact on the brains of both adults and teenagers. If you know anything about brain science you will enjoy this but if you are just interested in learning more about your teenager’s brain then you will definitely get something out of this too.
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