Monday, March 07, 2011

Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich

Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America I really liked this, and not just because I am a curmudgeon. (Although I am.) But because she's absolutely right that a cultish devotion to "positive thinking" has taken over the country, to ill effect in a wide variety of fields. Recommended.

3 comments:

TStevens said...

Julie (our non-fiction taste usually cross over so) you may want to try Deborah Blum's The Poisoner's Handbook. It is the history of forensic science as it developed in NYC, focusing on the famous poisoning cases of the day.

This book, Brightsided, is on my to read list.

Julie M. Smith said...

Thanks, TStevens! I added it to my list.

Ana said...

I enjoyed this one, too. Picked it up at my folks' house last time I was there. It articulated very well some thoughts that had been vaguely swimming around in my head for several years about positive/magical thinking.

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