Metapsychology Online Reviews - Volume 18, Number 43
 
Featured Reviews
The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death by Steven Luper (Editor)The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death
by Steven Luper (Editor)
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014
Autonomy by Andrew SneddonAutonomy
by Andrew Sneddon
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014
All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer SeniorAll Joy and No Fun
by Jennifer Senior
Tue, Sep 16th 2014
 
Parenting on the Go
Birth to Six, A to Z
By David Elkind
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Oct 21st 2014.
Parenting on the Go by David Elkind David Elkind has created a short but far reaching book for parents on various subjects in an A to Z guide. In Parenting on the go: Birth to Six, A to Z, Elkind presents the reader with short, to the point advice on subjects ranging from ADHD and homework to junk food and second languages. The book is written in response to what Elkind names a "time famine" (p. xvii) in which parents have little time "…to consult parenting books, but they could use a short, to-the-point discussion of the challenges they meet daily" (p. xviii). Most parents would probably appreciate the fact that Elkind
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The Roman Search for Wisdom
By Michael K. Kellogg
Review by Ben Mulvey, Ph.D. on Tue, Oct 21st 2014.
The Roman Search for Wisdom by Michael K. KelloggOne of the reasons I chose to pursue an academic career was, I believe, the influence a certain kind of book had on me.  The books I have in mind are the sweeping intellectual histories of the sort written by Will and Ariel Durant, John H. Randall, Jr., and Jacques Barzun.  These were books not written for the scholar or specialist, but for a general audience.  They were intelligent discussions written in elegant prose.  They did a service to the reading public.  They made sense out of complex ideas.  They contextualized the motivations of various intellectual deb
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Stay
A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It
By Jennifer Michael Hecht
Review by Robert Scott Stewart, Ph.D. on Tue, Oct 21st 2014.
Stay by Jennifer Michael HechtSuicide has become alarmingly common. As Hecht reports from a recent World Health Organization study, suicide rates have risen 60% worldwide in the past 45 years; in 2010, 32,000 Americans committed suicide with terrible increases particularly amongst the young, women, soldiers and veterans (4).  The impetus for Stay derives in part from these statistics and especially from the suicides of two of Hecht’s friends and colleagues. In response to these, she writes:  “So I want to say this, and forgive me the strangeness of it. Don’t kill yourself. Life has always been a
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Behind the Gospels
Understanding the Oral Tradition
By Eric Eve
Review by Bob Lane, MA on Tue, Oct 21st 2014.
Behind the Gospels by Eric EveJesus of Nazareth is the hero of the many stories in the New Testament of the Bible. He is believed by many to be God, or the son of God, or both. He is an important part of the three person god of the Christian faith community. Millions of people send prayers to Him daily, for He is believed to be at the right hand of God. Further He is believed to be part man, part God. A saviour. The lamb of God. (John Dominic Crossan's witty remark, ""Just because the Bible says "Jesus is the Lamb of God," it doesn't follow that Mary had a little lamb" comes to mind) And yet, of course, most of what we kno
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Kiss of Broken Glass
By Madeleine Kuderick
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 21st 2014.
Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick15-year-old Kenna has been detained in a psychiatric center for young people. She has been held under the Baker Act in Florida, because she was caught cutting herself at school.  She will be there for 72 hours while she is observed; then the doctors will decide whether to release her or hospitalize her. She reflects on what led to her getting there, and the other young people she meets during her time there. There's a boy she likes and there's a girl who seems friendly, but she isn't sure what to think.  She is angry with her parents and with her friends. She isn't sure why she cuts
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One Hour in Paris
A True Story of Rape and Recovery
By Karyn L. Freedman
Review by Elin Weiss on Tue, Oct 14th 2014.
One Hour in Paris by Karyn L. Freedman Karyn L. Freedman's One hour in Paris: A true story of rape and recovery is an account of the rape and violence that Freedman went through as a 22-year old while backpacking through Europe. Freedman tells the story beginning with a short introduction of her life at the time of the travel and briefly describes the different countries and cities she visited before stopping in Paris. She comes across as incredibly open and honest from the first page on and her description of the rape is just as honest. She describes every detail of the rape even though it must be difficult for her to let the
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Curious
The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It
By Ian Leslie
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Oct 14th 2014.
Curious by Ian LeslieAt first thought, curiosity might seem like something innate, something we are simply born with, interests come and go, and we become curious about certain things at certain times. Many of us may not spend much time reflecting over what makes us curious or how certain hobbies develop. But Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It by Ian Leslie focuses on the root causes of curiosity, how it develops, and how curiosity can be stifled through numerous processes. Leslie describes to the reader various forms of curiosity and their role in society. For example, diverse curiosity
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Kicking the Sky
A Novel
By Anthony De Sa
Review by Bob Lane, MA on Tue, Oct 14th 2014.
Kicking the Sky by Anthony De Sa Kicking the Sky is Anthony De Sa's first novel and it is a good one! De Sa uses the real murder of Emmanuel Jaques in 1977 in Toronto (known then as "Toronto the good") as the base event of the novel. News reports from the time indicate much about 1977 Canada. Jaques was a twelve year old shoeshine boy working on Yonge Street who was lured to an apartment and raped and killed by a group of men. Toronto awoke on an August day to the news of this lurid sex crime; the victim a member of the Portuguese community whose body was found on a roof above a Yonge Street body rub parlour in a green garbag
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Why Animals Matter
Animal Consciousness, Animal Welfare, and Human Well-Being
By Marian Stamp Dawkins
Review by Jonelle DePetro, PhD, on Tue, Oct 14th 2014.
Why Animals Matter by  	 Marian Stamp DawkinsAnimal suffering is no longer the exclusive focal point for debates concerning nonhuman animals. Animal welfare discussions more broadly include issues such as consciousness, cognition, and emotion. Philosophers, biologists, psychologists, and neuroscientists labor to discover the intersections of human and nonhuman physiology, behavior, and experience. In Why Animals Matter, animal behaviorist Marian Stamp Dawkins carefully places arguments concerning nonhuman animal welfare in the context of wider human concerns such as sustainable food production, human health and disease, and environmental
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Making Peace with Porn
Adult Entertainment and Your Guy
By Allison Vivas
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 14th 2014.
Making Peace with Porn by Allison VivasAllison Vivas is president of Pink Visual, an internet porn company, but her book is aimed at women, helping them accept their husbands' use of porn, so long as it is not excessive. She argues that watching porn is normal for men, that it is only a fantasy and so does not represent their real wishes, that most porn is not degrading to women, and that porn performers should be respected because they are hard workers and smart, interesting people.  She writes not only as a defender of her business, but also as a wife and mother, who has come to lose her previous reservations about porn and
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Hate Crimes in Cyberspace
By Danielle Keats Citron
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Oct 7th 2014.
Hate Crimes in Cyberspace by Danielle Keats Citron Arguing that hate crimes and cyber bullying on the Internet is foremost an issue of gender discrimination, Danielle Keats Citron makes a powerful case for proposing legal changes to help protect both the well-being and the reputation of individuals being harassed and stalked online. Citron states that the effects of cyber stalking, online harassment and cyber mobs go far beyond words written on websites on the Internet. Instead, victims often suffer grave emotional harm, their educational and professional careers are frequently impacted, their online habits often change and cyber harassment
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What's Happening to Tom?
A Book about Puberty for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions
By Kate E. Reynolds
Review by Kristin Nelson on Tue, Oct 7th 2014.
What's Happening to Tom? by Kate E. ReynoldsThis simple, illustrated book is intended to help boys and young men with autism and related conditions understand the physical changes that occur during puberty. Special emphasis is placed on the ideas that these changes are natural to all boys and that changes happen gradually over time. It is one in a series of books on sexuality and sexual safety for adolescents with autism or related disorders who are often vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse due to a lack of sex education. The text is accessible to young people with a wide range of language comprehension skills and social develop
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Things Tom Likes
A Book about Sexuality for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions
By Kate E. Reynolds
Review by Kristin Nelson on Tue, Oct 7th 2014.
Things Tom Likes by Kate E. Reynolds  Written by health educator Kate E. Reynolds, this book is part of a series on sexuality and sexual safety for boys and young men on the autism spectrum. The UK author recommends this book for use with people who have a severe form of autism. By US conventions, the book is squarely targeted at those with moderate symptoms of autism. This may be a reflection of the difference in the way autism spectrum disorders are viewed in the UK and the US. With support, the text is accessible to people who fall within a wide range of language comprehension abilities and social development.  It
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Anomalous Cognition
Remote Viewing Research and Theory
By Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha
Review by A. P. Bober on Tue, Oct 7th 2014.
Anomalous Cognition by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt MarwahaReading this book is not for the statistically faint of heart. This (over-?)technically written series of twenty-six articles published, where the editors do, usually, provide publication data, between 1988 and 2009, overwhelmingly in parapsychology journals, is a "product of forty years of research" (vi).  Governmental secrecy might account for a publication delay of half that time.  Early use of the controversial Uri Geller may also have contributed, as well as the desire to create an aura of technicist scientism contouring the language in difficult graphics and sophisticated-look
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Twinmaker
By Sean Williams
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 7th 2014.
Twinmaker by Sean Williams Twinmaker is a young adult science fiction story featuring, of course, a teenage girl heroine.  Clair is 17 years old, living in a world where there are no more planes or cars, because everyone travels by D-Mat, which is a form of teletransportation.  People can go wherever they want, and there are also machines to make whatever objects and food they want, so there is no poverty.  It seems a bit boring at first: Clair and her best friend Libby go to a party and she ends up kissing Libby's boyfriend.  It looks like that this unabridged audiobook will be 12 hours of teen r
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