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An Anthropologist On Mars
Seven Paradoxical Tales
Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75697-2 (0-679-75697-3)

Here are seven detailed and fascinating portraits of neurological patients, including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette's syndrome unless he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an... Read more >

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Awakenings

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70405-5 (0-375-70405-1)

Awakenings is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which... Read more >
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Hallucinations

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94743-7 (0-307-94743-2)

To many people, hallucinations imply madness, but in fact they are a common part of the human experience. These sensory distortions range from the shimmering zigzags of a visual migraine to powerful visions brought on by fever, injuries, drugs, sensory deprivation, exhaustion, or even grief. Hallucinations doubtless lie behind many mythological... Read more >

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Hallucinations

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95724-5 (0-307-95724-1)

Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?

Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may... Read more >

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The Island of the Colorblind

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70073-6 (0-375-70073-0)

Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace.

Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll... Read more >
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Migraine

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70406-2 (0-375-70406-X)

The many manifestations of migraine can vary dramatically from one patient to another, even within the same patient at different times. Among the most compelling and perplexing of these symptoms are the strange visual hallucinations and distortions of space, time, and body image which migraineurs sometimes experience. Portrayals of these uncanny... Read more >
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The Mind's Eye

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47302-8 (0-307-47302-3)

With compassion and insight, Dr. Oliver Sacks again illuminates the mysteries of the brain by introducing us to some remarkable characters, including Pat, who remains a vivacious communicator despite the stroke that deprives her of speech, and Howard, a novelist who loses the ability to read. Sacks investigates those who can... Read more >

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Musicophilia
Tales of Music and the Brain
Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3353-9 (1-4000-3353-5)

Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much... Read more >

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Seeing Voices

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70407-9 (0-375-70407-8)

Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture. In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait... Read more >
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Vintage Sacks

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3397-3 (1-4000-3397-7)

“It is Dr. Sacks’s gift that he has found a way to enlarge our experience and understanding of what the human is.” —The Wall Street Journal

Oliver Sacks’s empathetic understanding and compelling storytelling ability have turned his accounts of his patients and his own life into literature, as evidenced in “Uncle Tungsten,”... Read more >
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Making Peace with Autism
One Family's Story of Struggle, Discovery, and Unexpected Gifts
Written by Susan Senator


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: December 12, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-382-5 (1-59030-382-2)

In this insightful narrative, a courageous and inspiring mother explains why a diagnosis of autism doesn't have to shatter a family's dreams of happiness. Susan Senator offers the hard-won wisdom of someone who's been there and is still there today--and she demonstrates how families can find courage, contentment, and connection in... Read more >

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The Optimism Bias
A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain
Written by Tali Sharot


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47351-6 (0-307-47351-1)

Psychologists have long been aware that most people maintain an irrationally positive outlook on life. Tali Sharot—one of the most innovative neuroscientists at work today—takes this a step further. Optimism, she shows, may in fact be crucial to our existence.

In this absorbing exploration, Sharot takes an in-depth, clarifying look at

•... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Overcoming Dyslexia
A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
Written by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78159-2 (0-679-78159-5)

From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Overcoming Dyslexia
A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
Written by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 15, 2003
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40012-4 (0-375-40012-5)

From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help us understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Is There No Place on Earth for Me?

Written by Susan Sheehan
Foreword by Robert Coles


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6918-9 (0-8041-6918-7)

This renowned journalist's classic Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of schizophrenia—now reissued with a new postscript—follows a flamboyant and fiercely intelligent young woman as she struggles in the throes of mental illness.

“Sylvia Frumkin” was born in 1948 and began showing signs of schizophrenia in her teens. She spent the next seventeen years... Read more >

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The Genius in All of Us
New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ
Written by David Shenk


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38730-1 (0-307-38730-5)

 DNA does not make us who we are. “Forget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence,” he writes. “In recent years, a mountain of scientific evidence has emerged suggesting a completely new paradigm: not talent scarcity, but latent talent abundance.”

Integrating cutting-edge research from a wide swath of disciplines–cognitive... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Mindsight
The New Science of Personal Transformation
Written by Daniel J. Siegel


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 28, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38639-4 (0-553-38639-5)

Foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science with psychotherapy, offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of “mindsight,” the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. From anxiety to depression and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Trying Not to Try
The Art and Science of Spontaneity
Written by Edward Slingerland


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3761-9 (0-7704-3761-3)

Why is it always so hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or to relax into a productive writing zone? In every case, striving seems to backfire. In Trying Not to Try, Edward Slingerland explores the power of spontaneity—a state valued by early Chinese thinkers that modern cognitive... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Are We Born Racist?
New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology
Written by Jeremy A. Smith, Jason Marsh and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1157-7 (0-8070-1157-6)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

Where do our prejudices come from? Why are some people more biased than others? Is it possible for individuals, and society as a whole, to truly defeat prejudice?

Scientists have explored these questions for years, and... Read more >
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My Age of Anxiety
Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
Written by Scott Stossel


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26987-4 (0-307-26987-6)

A riveting, revelatory, and moving account of the author’s struggles with anxiety, and of the history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand the condition.

As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental... Read more >

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The Sociopath Next Door

Written by Martha Stout, Ph.D.


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1581-6 (0-7679-1581-X)

In The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people–one in twenty-five–have an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. Stout argues that we all almost certainly know at least one sociopath already, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Fairness Instinct
The Robin Hood Mentality and Our Biological Nature
Written by L. Sun


Format: Hardcover, 340 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-847-8 (1-61614-847-0)

Biologist L. Sun examines the innate sense of fairness displayed by human beings in all kinds of societies throughout history. He argues persuasively that it is an emotion and behavior rooted in our DNA, rather than a product of ideology or convention. Citing animal studies that show that even monkeys react... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Brainworks
The Mind-bending Science of How You See, What You Think, and Who You Are
Written by Michael S. Sweeney
Foreword by David Copperfield


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0757-0 (1-4262-0757-3)

Brainworks is the captivating companion book to the three part National Geographic Channel series. The television program brings together a crack team of scientists and researchers from a wide range of fields, including neurology, psychology, and opthamology. The program makes the viewer the test subject in an array of astonishing challenges... Read more >

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Confessions of a Sociopath
A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
Written by M.E. Thomas


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95665-1 (0-307-95665-2)

“[A] gripping and important book...revelatory...quite the memorable roller coaster ride.” —New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating...part memoir, part psychological treatise, and entirely not to be trusted.” —Boston Globe

“The goal of Confessions is to redefine sociopathy—or at least to shake off the stigma associated with it. And Thomas accomplishes both. Through her...

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Phi
A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul
Written by Giulio Tononi


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-90721-9 (0-307-90721-X)

This title is printed in full color throughout.

From one of the most original and influential neuroscientists at work today, here is an exploration of consciousness unlike any other—as told by Galileo, who opened the way for the objectivity of science and is now intent on making subjective experience a part of... Read more >
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