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The Man Who Couldn't Stop by David Adam

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop is an intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us, and living with obsessive-compulsive disorder. 
A true life account from David Adam, writer and editor at Nature, the world’s leading scientific journal, The Man Who Couldn’t Stop is full of wry wit and compelling scientific storytelling, guiding us through Adam's journey to understanding and healing. Exploring the latest neuroscience research, David Adam shows the devastating impact of our thoughts can have on us, and even more tragic, how they can turn against us.
“The average person can have four thousand thoughts a day, and not all of them are useful or rational. Mental flotsam comes in many forms. There are irrelevant words, phrases, names and images that flash unprompted into our minds, often as we perform some mundane task.”
It is when we cannot make these thoughts go away that they lead to misery and mental illness. It’s because obsessive thoughts are so oft…

How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel by Jess Keating

How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel reminded me of why the younger me fostered a love of books and reading. I remember the days that I would prefer to cuddle with an intelligent book, rather than play “house” outside with my much younger cousins (oh, don’t worry, I still spent time reading outdoors in the heavenly tropical climate; and don’t get me wrong, books didn’t make me a complete bookworm, I still was able to foster up a sense of adventure and curiosity…which perhaps may have something to do with the oodles of books I read).
But enough about me. Let’s talk about the Anapocalypse! Or, Ana Wright as she she is known in How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel. Ana is a twin…well, not the identical kind. Her brother Daz is the world’s biggest clown, and a “nutcase” in Ana’s opinion, and she can’t figure out how he’s falling for the world’s quietest girl. Love is so weird.
But How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel is really about Ana’s summer living in the zoo (that her Gran…

Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader How did a young man so reckless and arrogant that was exiled from the company he founded become the effective visionary leader of our time?
Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli attempt to get to the bottom of this burning question. There have been numerous biographies of the visionary leader, and perhaps I am not the best person to compare and contrast, since I have not read them all. As I was reading this book, a friend said to me, why do people start to glorify the man after he has passed away. He made a comment that it felt the same with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. At the time I didn't have an answer. But it got me thinking.
Why should we stop analyzing greatness because that greatness is no longer in this world? Shouldn’t history be studied and scrutinized? Steve Jobs was a man who had outstanding success in taking Apple to the game player it is today! He created a brand that makes people line u…

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery, in a contemporary YA novel.
Finding Audrey is Sophie Kinsella’s first foray into the YA world. A quintessential chick- lit writer, Sophie Kinsella takes a different challenge in this book touted by the media as essentially a crossover. I have to admit I hadn’t really read any of the Shopaholic series (although I have been curious about it with all the hoopla surrounding its success). And, perhaps because it’s been coined a chick-lit, I veered away from reaching out for it on the bookshelf. But, when Finding Audrey found it’s way to my mailbox, thanks to Penguin Random House Canada, I was inclined to pay attention. I had heard about this book at the bloggers conference back in February, so it was not a complete surprise to learn that Sophie Kinsella was writing her first YA novel.
The story delves into fourteen-year-old dealing with an anxiety dis…

Sunday Afternoon Tea With Kazuo Ishiguro

What do you say when you meet THE Kazuo Ishiguro? You hem and haw and think of something brilliant to say. But then, your palms sweat and you realize that the most intelligent words that are probably going to come out of your mouth are “I’m a fan”.
Well today, thanks to a private bookseller and blogger event held at the famed King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto, I got to meet the man himself. And, it wasn’t just your average “hello-great-to-meet-you-I’m-a-big-fan” kind of meeting, but an opportunity to have an actually conversation with the man, one that surprising lasted more than ten minutes. I certainly have been lucky to meet several authors in my lifetime, and when I get the chance to do so there always seems to be some sort of invisible line I’m well aware is drawn between the author and fan. Most of the time you stick to polite conversation that you know means more to you than the author. Although who can really blame them? They meet thousands of book-thirsty fans during their…