This is a list of books that I highly recommend and the ones I have featured on my Friday Five posts. Each one has something to offer, some more than others depending on what you are interested in.
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Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex and Relationships by Kayt Sukel.
If Albert Einstein wrote The 50 Shades of Grey it might have been like this book. Funny, insightful, provocative and sexy.
Kayt Sukel takes a long, hard look at human relationships from a unique perspective. With her background in neuroscience, Sukel examines what goes on inside our brains when we think about love, and sex, and all that good stuff. It's a fascinating read.
The brain is such a complex organ that much of the studies performed so far are not conclusive, but the book sheds a whole new light on some of the most enduring questions of mankind. The collision of biology with the vaguer arenas of emotion and love is a compelling saga in itself. Kayt does a wonderful job of setting out the research in a way that makes it easy for non-scientist to understand. If this all sounds a little dry, though, don't be fooled. It is an extremely funny and provocative book, and Kayt's ultra-dry wit had me laughing out loud. Informative, entertaining and relevant - who could ask for more?
This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol: Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life by Annie Grace.
I joined a 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge. I failed the challenge. But, will try again. It was definitely more difficult than I thought it would be. And, for way too many reasons to list here. To learn more about that project, check my other Blog called 30 Day Alcohol Challenge. In the process, someone recommended Annie Grace's book This Naked Mind. It was eye-opening.
The amount of information you don't know about alcohol, what it does to your body, how it's marketed, and how much a part of our culture it has become is staggering. I was very surprised about what I learned. Shocked in some instances.
This is not a book for the proverbial alcoholic. It is not a book for the person who has succumbed to alcohol to the point of losing their job, their family or their own dignity. This is for the person who might question whether or not they might have a problem. It is for those among us that drink a fair amount but still appear to keep it together. It is for those that wonder....
The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill.
This is the story depicted by the movie of the same name with Steve McQueen and a bunch of other soon-to-be-stars. Unlike the movie, the book gives you a more detailed glimpse into what they went through as POW's in Germany during World War II. And, nothing could showcase the ingenuity, creativity, resourcefulness and determination of a group of men better than this book does.
Some of the things they did while imprisoned were incredible. Fake uniforms, forged documents, 100's of feet of tunnels complete with lighting, structural support and ventilation systems. And, they did this all while under the watchful and probing eyes of the German guards.
An incredible example of the indomitable human spirit.