Thank you so much to Little, Brown and Company for sending these two fantastic nonfiction books my way. I have always been fascinated by psychology, medicine, and human behavior, so when I received these I was ecstatic! I cannot wait to dive in!
Do you read nonfiction? A few years ago I read two books: Gulp and Stiff by Mary Roach. They were both excellent books! I love nonfiction that reads like fiction. Does that make sense? I’ll leave the synopses for you below.
BLUE DREAMS by Lauren Slater:
Although one in five Americans now takes at least one psychotropic drug, the fact remains that nearly seventy years after doctors first began prescribing them, not even their creators understand exactly how or why these drugs work–or don’t work–on what ails our brains. Blue Dreams offers the explosive story of the discovery and development of psychiatric medications, as well as the science and the people behind their invention, told by a riveting writer and psychologist who shares her own experience with the highs and lows of psychiatric drugs.
Lauren Slater’s revelatory account charts psychiatry’s journey from its earliest drugs, Thorazine and lithium, up through Prozac and other major antidepressants of the present. Blue Dreams also chronicles experimental treatments involving Ecstasy, magic mushrooms, the most cutting-edge memory drugs, placebos, and even neural implants. In her thorough analysis of each treatment, Slater asks three fundamental questions: how was the drug born, how does it work (or fail to work), and what does it reveal about the ailments it is meant to treat?
Fearlessly weaving her own intimate experiences into comprehensive and wide-ranging research, Slater narrates a personal history of psychiatry itself. In the process, her powerful and groundbreaking exploration casts modern psychiatry’s ubiquitous wonder drugs in a new light, revealing their ability to heal us or hurt us, and proving an indispensable resource not only for those with a psychotropic prescription but for anyone who hopes to understand the limits of what we know about the human brain and the possibilities for future treatments.
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HORMONAL by Martie Haselton:
Did you know women walk more, eat less, socialize more, meet more men, dance more, and flirt more when they’re ovulating? Or that PMS may have evolved to get rid of boyfriends with unfit sperm? Behind the “fickle” differences in what women find sexy about men, or what they like to wear, there’s a hidden adaptive intelligence that has been shaped over eons.
In this provocative and paradigm-shattering book, Martie Haselton, the world’s leading researcher on sexuality and the ovulation cycle, takes a deep, revealing look at the biological processes that so profoundly influence our behavior and sets forth a radical new understanding of women’s bodies, minds, and sexual relationships, one that embraces hormonal cycles as adaptive solutions to genuine biological challenges. At the core of Hasleton’s new Darwinian feminism is her remarkable discovery that humans, like our animal cousins, possess a special phase of sexuality, called estrus, which comes with a host of physiological and behavioral changes.
Rigorously researched, entertaining, and empowering, Hormonal offers women deep new insights into their bodies, brains, relationships, and affairs, allowing them to make better-informed choices about sex, marriage, friendship, contraception, and more. Above all, Hormonal is a clarion call to appreciate and embrace the genius of female biology.
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