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Reviews by Sara: Appleton Public Library

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Author: Martha Stout

 Explores the prevalence of Dissociative Identity Disorder, popularly known in its most extreme form as multiple personality disorder. Dr. Stout, a psychological trauma specialist, conveys how small things we interpret as distraction, spacing out, or situational fatigue are physiologically and behaviorally not different from an abused individual’s experience of dissociation or hypnotic trance. Events in our life that we may not quantify as abusive or traumatic affect us; our brains catalog traumatic experiences and trigger "dissociative" coping strategies even for things we may label as insignificant. The “severity” of an event is irrelevant; the presence of fear, for whatever reason, and a desire to escape it causes our brain to develop coping mechanisms. Future feelings of fear that our brain processes as similar trigger those mechanisms and, consequently, end those feelings. Stout’s explanation and accounts of this idea are fascinating reading.

Originally posted in: APL Picks

The Stolen Child

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Author: Keith Donohue

Hobgoblins kidnap Henry Day when he is 7 years old, leaving an imposter in his place. Each Henry tries to adjust to his new life. Living in the forest with other stolen children who are also waiting to switch places, the 'real' Henry struggles to piece together fragmented memories of who he was. Meanwhile, the 'imposter' continually fears discovery and cannot forget that he is living a life that doesn’t belong to him; he eventually seeks out the truth of who he was before he too had been stolen and exiled to live in the forest as a hobgoblin (long before he stole Henry's life). Their quests to each recapture their true identities eventually converge.

Very interesting story of the Changeling myth and the struggle to discover and shape our identities as we move from childhood to adulthood.

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Author: Jon Ronson

In The Psychopath Test, journalist and filmmaker Jon Ronson delves into the definition of insanity, eventually coming to question the methods that are currently utilized for diagnosing psychopaths –- methods which, in many cases, require nothing more than a score of 30 or more on a 20-point checklist of characteristics common to psychopaths: things like glib and superficial charm, grandiosity, manipulative behavior, and lack of remorse. When Ronson is interviewing a psychopathy researcher, as she expounds on psychopathic characteristics he asks her if there is anything she wants to be sure is shared with his readers. “Tell them,” she says, “if now you are sitting there worried that maybe you are a psychopath, that means you aren’t.” I had been worried!

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America's Test Kitchen produces two widely popular cooking shows on PBS and also publishes numerous cookbooks as well as the magazines Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country.

The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2010 features all the recipes demonstrated on all 10 seasons of their show of the same name. The beauty of this and all other publications by America's Test Kitchen is that you not only get recipes that have been tested over and over and have proven, in my kitchen, to always be successful; you are also provided with kitchen science, ingredient, and equipment tips. You'll not only learn to make a delicious dish, but you will learn cooking principles and secrets that will grow you as a chef. If you love to cook, or wish you were a better cook, ATK is a perfect resource for you!

Originally posted in: APL Picks

The Stolen Child

bookcover
Author: Keith Donohue

Hobgoblins kidnap Henry Day when he is 7 years old, leaving an imposter in his place. Each Henry tries to adjust to his new life. Living in the forest with other stolen children who are also waiting to switch places, the 'real' Henry struggles to piece together fragmented memories of who he was. Meanwhile, the 'imposter' continually fears discovery and cannot forget that he is living a life that doesn’t belong to him; he eventually seeks out the truth of who he was before he too had been stolen and exiled to live in the forest as a hobgoblin (long before he stole Henry's life). Their quests to each recapture their true identities eventually converge.

Very interesting story of the Changeling myth and the struggle to discover and shape our identities as we move from childhood to adulthood.