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Staff Picks - If you Like Malcolm Gladwell, Try… Entertaining and Enlightening Pop Psychology

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The Most Human Being (128)
by Brian Christian
A provocative exploration of how computers are reshaping ideas about what it means to be human profiles the annual Turing Test to assess a computer's capacity for thought while analyzing related philosophical, biological and moral issues. 

Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool (152.46)
by Taylor Clark
Drawing on a variety of case studies, the author explains why some people thrive under pressure while other people fail miserably, and explains how readers can build their confidence and steady their shaky nerves.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (153.14)
by Joshua Foer
Citing costly memory-related inconveniences suffered by average individuals, a science journalist chronicles his own struggles with chronic forgetfulness and his life-changing year in memory training, in a guide that shares historical lore and ancient memory techniques.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (153.1534)
by Daniel H. Pink
Challenges popular misconceptions to reveal what actually motivates people and how to harness that knowledge to promote personal and professional fulfillment.

Thinking Fast and Slow (153.42)
by Daniel Kahneman
A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision making to reveal the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking, providing insights into such topics as optimism, the unpredictability of happiness and the psychological pitfalls of risk-taking.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (153.753 PINK)
by Daniel H. Pink
Illuminates the scientific factors that shape the hidden patterns of a day and challenge scheduled activities, drawing on research in the disciplines of psychology, biology, and economics to share practical advice and anecdotes for promoting a richer, more engaged life.

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength (153.8)
by Roy F. Baumeister
Draws on a landmark study linking willpower to glucose levels, identifying the pivotal roles of healthy eating and sleeping in achieving personal goals while outlining strategic recommendations for establishing self-control habits.

Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions that Matter the Most (153.83 JOHNSON)
by Steven Johnson
Draws on lessons from cognitive science, social psychology, military strategy, and other disciplines to discuss how to take a deliberative approach to making consequential, long-term decisions.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (153.83 MCKEOWN)
by Greg McKeown
Outlines a systematic framework for enabling greater productivity without overworking, sharing strategies on how to eliminate unnecessary tasks while streamlining essential employee functions.

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control (155.25 M678)
by Walter Mischel
Discusses whether willpower can be taught and offers strategies for improving and mastering self-control and applying it to everyday challenges like losing weight, quitting smoking, and overcoming heartbreak.

The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper (155.904 ROBERTSON)
by Ian Robertson
From one of the world's most respected neuroscientists, an eye-opening study of why we react to pressure in the way we do and how to be energized rather than defeated by stress.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better than You Think (155.9042)
by Hans Rosling
A Professor of International Health and popular global TED speaker and his son and daughter-in-law who co-founded the Gapminder Foundation, explain how the best guesses, thoughts and concepts we accept as fact are actually tempered and informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

Smarter, Faster Better: The Secrets of Productivity in Life and Business (158 DUHIGG)
by Charles Duhigg
Redefining productivity as a discipline involving how one thinks, identifies goals, constructs teams, and makes decisions, explains how to transform thinking behaviors to increase self-motivation and shares illustrative examples. 

Stumbling on Happiness (158)
by Daniel Gilbert
A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we’re so lousy at predicting what will make us happy – and what we can do about it.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance  (158.1 DUCKWORTH)
by Angela Duckworth
Argues that focused persistence is more important than talent in enabling high achievement, drawing on the author's pioneering research and experience to counsel caregivers, educators, athletes, students, and businesspeople on how to promote optimal performance through perseverance. 

The Power of Habit (158.1)
by Charles Duhigg
Identifies the neurological processes behind behaviors, explains how self-control and success are largely driven by habits, and shares scientifically-based guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits.

Guru (158.1 RUPAUL)
by RuPaul
Sharing his secret for success in both show business and all aspects of life, the renaissance performer and the world’s most famous shape-shifter reveals how he has broken “the fourth wall” to expand on the concept of mind, body and spirit.

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing my Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works (158.12 H313)
by Dan Harris
The Nightline anchor, who had a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, takes readers on a rollicking ride through the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news during which he discovered a way to get happier that is truly achievable.

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success (158.2 G761)
by Adam M. Grant
Explains how networking and leadership skills are subject to the professional interaction styles of takers, matchers, and givers, and how these personalities dramatically shape success rates.

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty (177.3)
by Dan Ariely
From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, an award-winning, best-selling author and behavior economist explores the question of dishonesty to help us understand why cheating is so prevalent and what we can do about it. 

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be (248.843)
by Rachel Hollis
The popular online personality and founder of presents her signature frank and humorous advice on how to break the cycle of burnout and negativity to achieve self-confidence and pursue a life of exuberance, drawing on her personal experiences as a celebrity wife and mother to reveal her strategies for revitalizing postponed life goals.

The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (294.3444)
by Pema Chodron
Offers advice on uncovering inner wisdom and opening one's heart while refusing to allow resentfulness and fear to block one's inner light.

Outliers: The Story of Success (302 GLADWELL)
by Malcolm Gladwell
Identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires and why the Beatles earned their fame.

I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) (306.4 K664)
by Chuck Klosterman
The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy, describing how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures to offer insight into the appeal of anti-heroes.

An Economist Walks into a Brothel (338.5 SCHRAGER)
by Allison Schrager
An economist, journalist and co-founder of LifeCycle Finance Partners, LLC, a risk advisory firm, equips readers with five principles for dealing with risk that have been used by some of the world’s most interesting risk takers. 

The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It…Every Time (364.163 KONNIKOVA)
by Maria Konnikova
Explores the psyches, motives, and methods of con artists to reveal why they are consistently successful, identifying common hallmarks of cons to share additional insights into the relationship between artists and victims. 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (648 K821)
by Marie Kondo
Presents a guide to cleaning and organizing a living space, discussing best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health. 

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify (648.8 JAY)
by Francine Jay
Shares the author's philosophical approaches to decluttering a home, outlining steps for cultivating a minimalist mindset and developing healthier organizational habits.

Dig this Gig: Find Your Dream Job – Or Invent It (650.1)
by Laura Dodd
Drawn from hundreds of interviews, this modern-day Working for millennials introduces a vast array of dynamic young people who provide their firsthand views of entirely new fields taking off, and features invaluable advice from such industry icons as Jeffrey Sachs and Dan Rather. 

The UP Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success (650.1 M115)
by Megan McArdle
Outlines counter-intuitive assessments of the sources of success, drawing on a broad range of disciplines to explain how to harness the learning experiences associated with failure in order to promote professional growth. 

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (658.4092 S213)
by Sheryl Sandberg
The Facebook chief operating officer and Fortune top-ranked businesswoman shares provocative, anecdotal advice for women that urges them to take risks and seek new challenges in order to find work that they can love and engage in passionately.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia (910.4 G464)
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, an endeavor that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature, experience fulfillment, and learn the art of spiritual balance.