Oliver Sacks has long delighted us with his books about the brain’s quixotic variations. In this, his final book, published just a few months before his death, he finally invites us into his own life and his own brain with an autobiography filled with irreverence, discovery, loss, and joy. It is the perfect capstone to a long and lively literary career, and a wonderful remembrance and celebration of a great man and a great scientist.
We’ve all felt cravings, and when they’re strong enough, it seems like we’ll do almost anything to satisfy them. In Craving, Dr. Omar Manejwala looks at the neurobiology behind these irrepressible desires, to seek an understanding of how and why our brains make us crave things, and how we can change our brains to take control of the things we crave.
10% of Americans over the age of six regularly use an anti-depressant like Zoloft or Prozac. As one of those people, Katherine Sharpe wanted to know how it was affecting her identity, her relationships, and her generation as a whole. Using personal self-reflection, interviews, culture, and history, she paints a clear and complex picture of “the antidepressant generation” with thoughtfulness and depth.