Archive for December2014

Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool

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Nerve is an entertaining and fascinating read.  Taylor Clark is able to distill scientific research and convey it with a storyteller’s flourish.   Here’s the publisher’s description: Nerves make us bomb job interviews, first dates, and SATs. . . . It paralyzes seasoned concert musicians and freezes rookie cops in tight situations. And yet not everyone […]

Pride of Baghdad

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Pride of Baghdad is about a family of four lions who escape the Baghdad Zoo during the American bombing of Iraq. Safa, an older female was once free but prefers a life of captivity and the security and food it provides. She feels loyalty to the keepers. Noor, mother of the cub Ali, wants to […]