books and cleverness

I read books of all sorts, but mostly kids' lit and young adult literature and speculative fiction for all ages—usually from a feminist perspective. 


I've adopted a personalized version of the CHOICE reviews approach to recommendations/star ratings:

***** = Essential, a.k.a. truly love, absolute must-read, buy it now
**** = Highly Recommended, a.k.a. this is a really good book; I would buy it as a gift
*** = Recommended, a.k.a. pretty good; worth reading
** = Optional, a.k.a. meh
* = Not Recommended; a.k.a. this is not a good book

How We Decide

How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer, David Colacci

Lehrer has collected lots of interesting studies, but there were times that I questioned the "why" explanations and conclusions he offered, which unfortunately tended to be in the form of declaratives (without qualifiers). So, I would say read it—it's interesting and thought-provoking—but don't read it uncritically.