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New Behavioral Science Books in Olin Library
These books can be found in the "main" collection unless otherwise noted. Click on the maroon title to see if it is already checked out, or in the "new book" area.
The Cruelty Is the Point: the past, present, and future of Trump's America by
Call Number: E185.615 .S395 2021
Publication Date: New York : One World, 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From an award-winning journalist at The Atlantic, these searing essays make a powerful case that "real hope lies not in a sunny nostalgia for American greatness but in seeing this history plain--in all of its brutality, unadorned by euphemism" (The New York Times). NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR * "No writer better demonstrates how American dreams are so often sabotaged by American history. Adam Serwer is essential."--Ta-Nehisi Coates To many, our most shocking political crises appear unprecedented--un-American, even. But they are not, writes The Atlantic's Adam Serwer in this prescient essay collection, which dissects the most devastating moments in recent memory to reveal deeply entrenched dynamics, patterns as old as the country itself. The January 6 insurrection, anti-immigrant sentiment, and American authoritarianism all have historic roots that explain their continued power with or without President Donald Trump--a fact borne out by what has happened since his departure from the White House. Serwer argues that Trump is not the cause, he is a symptom. Serwer's phrase "the cruelty is the point" became among the most-used descriptions of Trump's era, but as this book demonstrates, it resonates across centuries. The essays here combine revelatory reporting, searing analysis, and a clarity that's bracing. In this new, expanded version of his bestselling debut, Serwer elegantly dissects white supremacy's profound influence on our political system, looking at the persistence of the Lost Cause, the past and present of police unions, the mythology of migration, and the many faces of anti-Semitism. In so doing, he offers abundant proof that our past is present and demonstrates the devastating costs of continuing to pretend it's not. The Cruelty Is the Point dares us, the reader, to not look away.
The Genetic Lottery: why DNA matters for social equality by
Call Number: QH438.7 .H39 2021
Publication Date: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 
A provocative and timely case for how the science of genetics can help create a more just and equal society In recent years, scientists like Kathryn Paige Harden have shown that DNA makes us different, in our personalities and in our health--and in ways that matter for educational and economic success in our current society. In The Genetic Lottery, Harden introduces readers to the latest genetic science, dismantling dangerous ideas about racial superiority and challenging us to grapple with what equality really means in a world where people are born different. Weaving together personal stories with scientific evidence, Harden shows why our refusal to recognize the power of DNA perpetuates the myth of meritocracy, and argues that we must acknowledge the role of genetic luck if we are ever to create a fair society. Reclaiming genetic science from the legacy of eugenics, this groundbreaking book offers a bold new vision of society where everyone thrives, regardless of how one fares in the genetic lottery.
Let the Record Show: a political history of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 by
Call Number: RA643.84.N7 S3633 2021
Publication Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021.
A 2021 New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. One of NPR's Best Books of 2021. Longlisted for the 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. "This is not reverent, definitive history. This is a tactician's bible." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times "A masterpiece of historical research and intellectual analysis that creates many windows into both a vanished world and the one that emerged from it, the one we live in now." --Alexander Chee Twenty years in the making, Sarah Schulman's Let the Record Show is the most comprehensive political history ever assembled of ACT UP and American AIDS activism In just six years, ACT UP, New York, a broad and unlikely coalition of activists from all races, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds, changed the world. Armed with rancor, desperation, intelligence, and creativity, it took on the AIDS crisis with an indefatigable, ingenious, and multifaceted attack on the corporations, institutions, governments, and individuals who stood in the way of AIDS treatment for all. They stormed the FDA and NIH in Washington, DC, and started needle exchange programs in New York; they took over Grand Central Terminal and fought to change the legal definition of AIDS to include women; they transformed the American insurance industry, weaponized art and advertising to push their agenda, and battled--and beat--The New York Times, the Catholic Church, and the pharmaceutical industry. Their activism, in its complex and intersectional power, transformed the lives of people with AIDS and the bigoted society that had abandoned them. Based on more than two hundred interviews with ACT UP members and rich with lessons for today's activists, Let the Record Show is a revelatory exploration--and long-overdue reassessment--of the coalition's inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture. Schulman, one of the most revered queer writers and thinkers of her generation, explores the how and the why, examining, with her characteristic rigor and bite, how a group of desperate outcasts changed America forever, and in the process created a livable future for generations of people across the world.
The Love Songs of W. E. B. du Bois: A Novel by
Call Number: PS 3560 E365 L684 2021
Publication Date: 2021-08-24
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ONE OF BARACK OBAMA''S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2021 AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB SELECTION WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION FINALIST FOR THE PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL * LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION * A FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION * SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE * LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE * A NOMINEE FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD A New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year * A Time Must-Read Book of the Year * A Washington Post 10 Best Books of the Year * A Oprah Daily Top 20 Books of the Year * A People 10 Best Books of the Year * A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year * A BookPage Best Fiction Book of the Year * A Booklist 10 Best First Novels of the Year * A Kirkus 100 Best Novels of the Year * An Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10 Best Southern Books of the Year * A Parade Pick * A Chicago Public Library Top 10 Best Books of the Year * A KCRW Top 10 Books of the Year An Instant Washington Post, USA Today, and Indie Bestseller "Epic.... I was just enraptured by the lineage and the story of this modern African-American family.... A combination of historical and modern story--I''ve never read anything quite like it. It just consumed me." --Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Book Club Pick An Indie Next Pick * A New York Times Book Everyone Will Be Talking About * A People 5 Best Books of the Summer * A Good Morning America 15 Summer Book Club Picks * An Essence Best Book of the Summer * A Washington Post 10 Books of the Month * A CNN Best Book of the Month * A Time 11 Best Books of the Month * A Ms. Most Anticipated Book of the Year * A Goodreads Most Anticipated Book of the Year * A BookPage Writer to Watch * A USA Today Book Not to Miss * A Chicago Tribune Summer Must-Read * An Observer Best Summer Book * A Millions Most Anticipated Book * A Ms. Book of the Month * A Well-Read Black Girl Book Club Pick * A BiblioLifestyle Most Anticipated Literary Book of the Summer * A Deep South Best Book of the Summer * Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award The 2020 NAACP Image Award-winning poet makes her fiction debut with this National Book Award-longlisted, magisterial epic--an intimate yet sweeping novel with all the luminescence and force of Homegoing; Sing, Unburied, Sing; and The Water Dancer--that chronicles the journey of one American family, from the centuries of the colonial slave trade through the Civil War to our own tumultuous era. The great scholar, W. E. B. Du Bois, once wrote about the Problem of race in America, and what he called "Double Consciousness," a sensitivity that every African American possesses in order to survive. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood Du Bois''s words all too well. Bearing the names of two formidable Black Americans--the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great grandmother Pearl, the descendant of enslaved Georgians and tenant farmers--Ailey carries Du Bois''s Problem on her shoulders. Ailey is reared in the north in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother''s family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. From an early age, Ailey fights a battle for belonging that''s made all the more difficult by a hovering trauma, as well as the whispers of women--her mother, Belle, her sister, Lydia, and a maternal line reaching back two centuries--that urge Ailey to succeed in their stead. To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family''s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors--Indigenous, Black, and white--in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story--and the song--of America itself.
Privacy Is Power: why and how you should take back control of your data by
Call Number: JC596 .V45 2021
Publication Date: Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, 
An Economist Book of the Year Every minute of every day, our data is harvested and exploited... It is time to pull the plug on the surveillance economy. Governments and hundreds of corporations are spying on you, and everyone you know. They're not just selling your data. They're selling the power to influence you and decide for you. Even when you've explicitly asked them not to. Reclaiming privacy is the only way we can regain control of our lives and our societies. These governments and corporations have too much power, and their power stems from us--from our data. Privacy is as collective as it is personal, and it's time to take back control. Privacy Is Power tells you how to do exactly that. It calls for the end of the data economy and proposes concrete measures to bring that end about, offering practical solutions, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens.
Walking Through Anger: a new design for confronting conflict in an emotionally charged world by
Call Number: BF637.I48 C655 2019
Publication Date: 2019-10-29
Listen. Validate. Explore Options.These are the three essential components of Yield Theory(tm). In this clear and practical guide, you'll learn Dr. Christian Conte's revolutionary method for de-escalating conflict, promoting clear communication--and changing the way you relate to others in every part of your life.With Forewords by:Ron Potter-Efron, MSW, PhD, author of Angry All the Time and co-author of Letting Go of Anger and John Wetzel, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections"Highly recommended! Dr. Conte engagingly offers an evolved and insightful perspective on how to effectively deal with one of the most significant issues of our time. If you are interested in an authentic solution to anger and conflict in today's world--read this book."--Rich Pfeiffer, MDiv, PhD, author of Anger Management Workbook and Curriculum, president of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) "In this truly excellent self-help book, Dr. Christian Conte teaches us that rather than ignoring conflict and anger, the solution is to "walk through" and experience them. In ten clear and engrossing chapters, he offers both a powerful philosophy by which to live life and an evidence-based set of procedures to help you do so. His Yield Theory(tm) approach to authentically listening to others with compassion, validating their thoughts and feelings, and exploring options for problem resolution is the cornerstone of conflict reduction and self-improvement. Read this book and you will surely move forward towards personal happiness."--Howard Kassinove, PhD, ABPP, author of Anger Management: The Complete Treatment Guide for Practitioners and coauthor of Anger Management for Everyone: