Recent Books

Book Cutting for Stone (a Novel)
What an amazing saga across generations and geography!! From India to Ethiopia to America, and back to Ethiopia, plus some other places in between. It is an engrossing read, rich with emotions and details (including some medical details, as main characters are all medical doctors). I found the part about the life in Ethiopia particularly interesting, as it is so rare to read about the geography and political history of Ethiopia. Superbly written, the book satisfies both the mind and the heart.
Book x-conference/x-cooltalk Still Alice
Endorsed by the National Alzheimer's Association, this is a fiction about early-onset Alzheimer's disease from a first person's perspective. It is informative and a gripping page turner!
Book The How of Happiness
Fourty percent (40%) of happiness is determined by intentional activities within one's control. In this book, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky draws research on happiness and describes an easy-to-follow plan tailored to individual needs. It will work if you practice with committed effort.
Book Outliers: The Story of Success
What contribute to the great success achieved by the extreme few (outliers)? Pulling the research from psychology, sociology, and anthropology, Malcolm Gladwell shows how historical timing, cultural and family legacies, are powerful factors in shaping the "fates" of outliers. A fascinating read!! (The book is good supplement to the teaching of sociology, cross-cultural psychology, and developmental psychology.)