Archive for March, 2018

IRRESISTIBLE The Rise of Addictive Technology & The Business of Keeping Us Hooked by ADAM ALTER

March 20th, 2018

irresistibleWelcome to the age of behavioral addiction—an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior.  We obsess over our emails & Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes.  Half of us would rather suffer a broken bone than a broken phone.  Millennial kids spend so much time in front of screens that they struggle to interact with real, live humans.

In this revolutionary book, Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at New York University, tracks the rise of behavioral addiction, and explains why so many of today’s products are irresistible.  The companies that design these products tweak them over time until they become almost impossible to resist.

By reverse-engineering behavioral addiction, Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good—to improve how we communicate with each other, spend & save our money, & set boundaries between work & play—& how we mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being, & the health & happiness of our children.

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BECOMING US: A Family Grows With America 1900-1925 by Serene Hackel

March 10th, 2018

serene hackelBecoming Us is Serene Hackel’s debut novel.  It is drawn from the true stories her mother told Serene about the experiences of her grandparents, her mother  and her siblings; grounded in established historical fact.

At age eighteen, orphan Minnie Margolis was sent from her native Poland to Vienna, Austria, a city where she had no connections.  After literally bumping into the man who would one day become her husband, Minnie’s Search for roots drew her to the United States as a shy immigrant who sought to embrace American values, politics, and freedom.

Told in Minnie’s voice as well as that of her husband and oldest daughter, this compelling story follows one family as they move from the old world to the new, experiencing all the cultural forces that swept them along in this whirlwind of change.


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