Quick Pick:

 

Sleights of Mind

 

by Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde

 

Picador

 

Reader Appeal: Teens and Adults

 

Genre: General Interest / Science

 

PopFam Rating: A

 

Quick Summary: No, Sleights of Mind isn’t going to teach you how to do magic tricks. (Well, OK, it’ll teach you how some are done, but that’s beside the point.) What Stephen Macknik and his wife, Susana Martinez-Conde are really interested in is why magic tricks work on people like you and me. The result is a fascinating glimpse into the workings of your brain—and a delightful tour through the world of professional magicians.

 

Sleights of Mind will be interesting to science-minded teens and parents alike. And hey, if somebody’s got to write a paper on “cognitive neuroscience,” this book is a great place to start.

 

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