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Staff Review: You Are Not So Smart

You Are Not So Smart
Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself

David McRaney
Oneworld Publications

You have everything under control. Rationality and logic guide your decision-making. You know who you are, what you believe and why you believe it. You can recognise a bad situation when you’re in one.

How much of this description fits? It fit me. Or, it did. You and I, it turns out, are never in complete control. Our brains manipulate us, not the other way around. Through them, we ignore evidence and obscure facts. We can be very suggestible, requiring only mild nudges to act against our interests.
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Staff Review: The Myth of Martyrdom

The Myth of Martyrdom
What Really Drives Suicide Bombers Rampage Shooters and Other Self-Destructive Killers

Adam Lankford
Palgrave Macmillan USA

What really drives someone to put on a bomb vest walk out into a crowed street and blow themselves up; or what made those terrorists fly into the Twin Towers in 9/11? This book asks and answers these questions on what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters and other self-destructive killers.
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Friday Favourites: Cookbooks for Mother’s Day

We’re all looking at each other for clues as to a warm, heartfelt mother’s day gift!

The culinary range covered here is diverse, and brings us closer to understanding parallel foodies’ lives in some parts of the world we may never experience firsthand. As food often does, each cookbook inspires feelings of commonness among us. Most, if not all, ingredients used are widely available, but many we’ve never thought of pairing or using in quite the same way as they’re explored in their native environments and documented in these beautiful production numbers.

Both coffee table comfortable and highly practical, we hope you love these cookbooks as much as we do, and that among these is the gem that will solve your mother’s day gift-buying dilemma.
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