Girls and Their Monsters by Audrey Clare Farley

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What is madness?  Where does it come from? And what happens when it's present in multiple siblings?  These are the operating questions in this well researched story about the Genain quadruplets (not to be confused with the Dionne quintuplets). This account is also a deep dive into the standard of care for mental health and the workings of the National Institute of Mental Health in the 1960s. The story is creepy, revealing, and mesmerizing.



Girls and Their Monsters: The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America By Audrey Clare Farley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538724477
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 13th, 2023

Range -- David Epstein

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Building on his previous popular book, The Sports Gene, David Epstein in Range examines the factors that enable people to excel not only in sports but in the arts, business, science, and other fields. His conclusion goes against the commonly-held view that starting early and specializing in something is key. In fact, he argues generalists, not specialists, often stand a better chance of success, because they tend to be more creative, flexible, and innovative thinkers. He points to studies of accomplished individuals who went through a sort of “sampling period” in their lives before zeroing in on something. In doing so, they frequently benefitted from having gained a wealth of useful experience and the ability to make connections others don’t see. Epstein makes a persuasive case that delaying concentration in a particular area, sacrificing some depth for breadth, and cultivating range can actually boost a career in the long run rather than impede it.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World By David Epstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735214484
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 28th, 2019

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone -- Lori Gottlieb

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb is a unique memoir that examines the world of psychotherapy from both sides of the couch. It follows four of Lori’s patients and their healing journeys from overcoming bad habits and grief, as well as from dealing a terminal diagnosis and being unwilling to change. Lori also writes about the relationship she forges with a therapist who she goes to after a bad break up. This book is sometimes light and sometimes heavy but always entertaining. The perfect summer read.


Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed By Lori Gottlieb Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328662057
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Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019