Book reviews: From the game of golf to mind games |

Book reviews: From the game of golf to mind games

“Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime of Golf”

by Harvey Penick

For all the golfers out there looking to improve their game or simply enjoy an easy read, “Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book” is just what you need. Written for golfers of all skill levels, Harvey writes short, easily digestible stories about his experiences in the game of golf. From teaching world-class athletes to high handicapped businessmen, this book contains wisdom that every golfer could use.

Harvey Penick, the so-called, “Socrates of the golf world” by Sports Illustrated, began his career at the age of eight when he started caddying in Austin, Texas. From there, he witnessed every golf swing imaginable, and this ultimately led to his amazing passion and wisdom for golf instruction. In an effort to make the golf swing easy and fluid, Penick is known for simplifying everything. He reminds the reader to strike with precision and “take dead aim” regardless of whatever they may be doing. In a book packed with advice for both on and off the golf course, it is surprisingly fun, quirky, and enjoyable.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

“The Wisdom of Psychopaths”

by Kevin Dutton

As I passed by the stacks of books located at the CMC library, an eye grabbing, blood red book called “The Wisdom of Psychopaths” took me aback.

I am not entirely certain whether it was the color or the unusual phrase that included ‘wisdom’ and ‘psychopath’ in the same sentence, but something made me stop dead in my tracks. On the front cover, it reads, “What saints, spies and serial killers can teach us about success”, and as someone who thoroughly enjoys reading literature that is psychologically appealing, my interest was piqued. 

In the most factual and scientific way possible, Kevin Dutton takes the reader on a brain tickling journey of one of the most feared mental illnesses in existence – psychopathy. Movies like “Silence of the Lambs” and “American Psycho” have painted a terrifying picture of who these people are, but Dutton argues that not all psychopaths take the same path. Instead, there is a spectrum of madness and the “functional psychopath” can become a well-respected member of the community. CEO’s, lawyers, and doctors are all examples Dutton uses in his research in an effort to figure out why some psychopaths commit serious crimes, and others become model citizens. If the human mind intrigues you in the slightest, do not hesitate to pick up this book.


by Leonard Mlodinow 

“Subliminal” by Leonard Mlodinow is a book that certainly pops out against the rest. The cover is made up of an intense, neon green background with black letters that seem almost hypnotic. However, if you do not look carefully, you might miss the hidden text hiding in plain sight.

Mlodinow is an award winning author and co-author, with the great Stephen Hawking, of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Grand Design”. His book, “Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior”, goes into detail about how the unconscious rules our daily behavior in both minute and colossal ways.

Mlodinow takes the reader on a strange journey of the mind and shares some enlightening research on why we do the things we do. Subjects like tipping, relationships and memory are all used as examples in this mind-bending story packed with scientific evidence. Regardless of who you are, this book will help explain why you do the things you do. 

Keighton Leftwich is a reference assistant at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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