Choose one of the books on this list, or you may choose another book that is related to Psychology as long as it has been approved by the instructor. Read the book! Please choose a book that you have not already read. If the book has been made into a movie, you can watch it after you read. Talk to people about the book. Tell them what you like about it and what you do not like about it. Tell them about the parts that are related to Psychology. Then write a review describing the book and sharing your opinions about it. If you watched a movie based on the book, don’t review the movie- we want to hear about the book! But do include a paragraph comparing and contrasting the book to the movie.


    Approximately 4-5 pages typed and double spaced.


    Take notes on the problems or symptoms that develop while you read the

    book, and then write this review following this format. By reading your

    review the reader should see depth of understanding in your reading.


    1. Identify the book completely: author or editor, full title, publisher,

    and place and date of publication, fiction or nonfiction. (one line)


    2. Describe the subject and scope of the book. (paragraph overview)


    3. Give information about the author, focusing on his/her qualifications for

    writing this book.  Perhaps you could include the other books the author has written. Use in-text citation and reference your source. (one paragraph)


    4. Outline or summarize the main topic of your book. If there are a number

    of case studies (descriptions of a psychology patient), select several that you feel

    are particularly interesting and summarize these. (one page minimum)


    5. Describe whether or not the author was able to depict the psychological

    relationship, problem, disorder and/or therapy technique so that you understood

    more about it by reading this work. Use several examples/quotes to illustrate

    this. (List the page you are quoting from) Do not just give me quotes, but make

    them meaningful with your additional comments. (one page minimum)


    6. Assess the quality of the book in regard to its accuracy of psychological

    content. You should reference psychological information from a reliable
    source. Use in-text citation and include the source on the reference page. (two or three paragraphs)


    7.  Identify similarities and differences to the movie. If there is one… (one or two paragraphs)


    8. Proper APA format and style reference page is always required! Cite the book plus any

    other resources you used (movie, website, etc.)  Be sure to include in-text citation.


    A combination of the above (1-7) and a mere telling of the “who, what, why, when

    and where” is inadequate; your audience (your teacher) deserves to be able to

    make their own opinion whether they will learn anything new by reading the book

    and if they personally would like to read it. Your job as a reviewer is to engage

    the reader in thought about the book’s content, quality and merit as a

    psychological work.


    Oral Review for Extra Credit (After the AP Exam and for AP students only)

    The main distinction in a written and oral book review is your audience—your

    teacher vs. your fellow classmates. You should explore the interesting aspects

    of the book read, make psychological connections clear and help tell the story of

    the work. If it is a piece of nonfiction or a series of case studies, briefly cover

    several key points or cases and then do a more extensive coverage of one or two

    that made the biggest impression on you. Your length should be approximately

    five minutes and you should be prepared to answer questions afterward.

    A combination of the above (1-7 in the description of Written Review) and a mere

    telling of the “who, what, why, when and where” is inadequate; your audience

    deserves to be able to make their own opinion whether they will learn anything

    new by reading the book and if they personally would like to read it. Your job as

    a reviewer is to engage them in a discussion of the book’s content, quality and

    merit as a psychological work. If your book has been made into a movie, you

    might want to use a few short video clips to help "sell the book." I have both

    VCR and DVD players in the classroom. Bring your book to class the day you

    are assigned to give your oral presentation.



    These are only suggestions. Barnes & Noble has a terrific psychology

    section should none of these strike your fancy. Any book related to psychology will

    work, but if you chose a book that is not on this list, just email me with a brief

    description of the book so I can let you know if it will not work.

    The books must meet the following 3 criteria:

    • Not in the English Curriculum!
    • At least 200 pages
    • Related to psychology

    You are free to choose any book that seems interesting and meets the 3 criteria.

    All books must be approved by Mr. Dupuis!

    The following is a list of possible titles that you can read, but you are not limited to this list.

    Psychology Books


    • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks-case studies of patients
    • Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Fletcher Wortmann
    •  Awakenings by Oliver Sacks-treatment of catatonic schizophrenics
    • The Minds Eye-Oliver Sacks
    • My Lobotomy by Howard Dully
    •  Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain- Oliver Sacks
    • Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Aninal- Herzog
    •  Passing for Normal by Amy Wilensky-obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can by Barb Gordon-A woman dealing w/anxiety
    •  A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar-life of John Nash     
    •  Sickened by Julie Gregory-munchausen by proxy
    •  The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller-schizophrenia
    •  The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenics Journey From Madness to Hope by Ken Steele
    • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
    • A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
    • An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks-case studies by a psychologist
    • An Unconventional Family by Sandra Lipsitz Bern
    • As Nature Made Him:  The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl by John Colapinto
    • Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy by Kuhn, Swartzwelder and Wilson
    • Cassandra's Daughter, A History of Psychoanalysis, Joseph Schwartz
    • Dibbs, In Search Of Self, Victoria Axline
    • Don't Ask Miranda, Lila Perl
    • Girl Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen
    • I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, Hannah Green
    • I'm Eve, Chris Costner Sizemore and Elen Sain Pittillo.
    • Listening to Prozac, Peter D. Kramer
    • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
    • His Bright Light by Danielle Steel- bipolar disorder
    • The Eden Express by Mark Vonnegut- schizophrenia
    • Skin Game: A Memoir by Caroline Kettlewell-self-mutilation
    •  Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain by Marilee Strong
    • Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber-multiple personalities
    • Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation by Steven Levenkron
    • Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbache
    • When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase-multiple personalities
    • Flowers For Alegernon, Daniel Keyes
    • Flock : The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality by JOAN FRANCES CASEY
    • First Person Plural : My Life as a Multiple by Cameron West
    • Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America : A Memoir -- by Elizabeth Wurtzel
    • Witness for the Defense: The Accused, the Eyewitness and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial by ,  Elizabeth Loftus
    • Over My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out by Claudia L. Osborn
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Ken Kesey
    • Ordinary People, JudithGuest
    • The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing : The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Judith L. Rapoport
    • Tales From A Traveling Couch, Robert U. Akeret
    • Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky "
    • My Life Among the Serial Killers : Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers by Helen Morrison, Harold Goldberg
    • Everything in Its Place : My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Marc Summers
    • Survival of the Prettiest : The Science of Beauty by Nancy Etcoff
    • Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery by Virginia L. Blum
    • The Minds Of Billy Milligan, Daniel Keyes
    • This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
    • The Female Brain by Louann Md Brizendine
    • Look Me In the Eye  by John Elder Robinson-Asperger’s
    • Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet-genius with Aspergers
    • Broken Glass by Robert Vine-family story of personality disorder
    • The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn Saks-schizophrenia
    • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell-how we think
    • Nothing Was The Same by Kay Redfield Jamison-grief and loss
    • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley
    • Beautiful Boy by David Sheff-story of son’s addiction
    • Tweak:Growing up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff- the son’s point of view
    • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells-parents with mental illness