Sam Kean has brought us another lively “popular science” title, and this time he tells us everything we want to know about the brain. Stories told through illness and trauma, based on real people and very real events, help us understand the brain and allow us to truly appreciate just how incredibly powerful this machine is. Mr. Kean’s easy-going writing style makes you feel not that you are reading a book, but that you’re actually sitting back with an old friend who spins the most bizarre yarns in town. Many of these stories can easily be filed under the “stranger than fiction” side of science.
—Corie Kessler-Bennett, Technical and Science buyer for Powell’s, Portland, OR