Also of interest…
In how we think and feel
The Art of Logic in an Illogical World
by Eugenia Cheng (Basic, $27)
This is a book I wish everyone would read, said Katy Guest in TheGuardian.com. Though it’s both a plea and a primer for logic-based argument, “it happily accepts that there is a limit to logic.” Mathematician Eugenia Cheng believes logic can help us understand one another better, because it can not only expose flaws in an argument but also help us bore down to permanent core beliefs that may differ. You might doubt that advanced math could create a better world; “this book is proof it can.”
Good and Mad
by Rebecca Traister (Simon & Schuster, $27)
“Rebecca Traister is on a mission,” said Laura Kipnis in The Atlantic. Recognizing the fury many women have been feeling since Donald Trump was elected, the New York magazine writer has written a book that “has wrestled still-unfolding history into an admirably rousing narrative” and capped it with a call for women to trust their anger as a potent political force. But what’s the agenda? Fifty years ago, feminists demanded real changes—like free child care—not just more women in elected office.
by Steven Johnson (Riverhead, $28)
“As a species, we’re wired to be nearsighted,” said Adam Grant in The New York Times. Though author Steven Johnson can’t correct that problem, his “riveting” new book should give every reader a finer appreciation of how many ways there are to go wrong when making decisions about the future. Will Farsighted help you decide whom to marry or whether a new product is ready for market? “I’m not sure. This is an idea book,” and its value is in helping us all recognize our blind spots.
The Incurable Romantic
by Frank Tallis (Basic, $27)
Lovesickness is not just a metaphorical condition, said Emily Bobrow in The Wall Street Journal. In his new book, Frank Tallis, a clinical psychologist, explores love’s pathological effects by offering portraits of 11 patients, including a married man who squanders his fortune on prostitutes and a woman who stalks her dentist until he finally flees overseas. Tallis can’t explain every such manifestation of madness, but he has some interesting theories, plus “a novelist’s sense of the telling detail.”