15 Books to Read to Understand Human Behavior: Today in Critical Linking

We asked Lynn Lobash, manager of the New York Public Library’s Reader Services department, to recommend the books on human behavior that are required reading.

These 15 Books to Understand Human Behavior include a couple of my favorites and several that are completely new to me.


Shelley said: “We’re incredibly excited to be publishing J K Rowling’s screenplay of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, the first screenplay she has written and an entirely new story. This is such a big year for all fans of J K Rowling’s Wizarding World and we are thrilled to be part of the team helping to bring it to readers.”

I wonder what the best-selling screenplay of all-time is? Or, I should say, was.


There are various theories as to why we might prefer words with more right-hand keyboard letters. It could simply be a function of a cross-cultural implicit bias to associate right with good and left with bad. We could also favor right-hand letters because they’re easier to type—both because most people are right-handed, and because there are fewer letters on the right side of the keyboard than the left.

So weird that we seem to prefer words made up with more right-hand keyboard letters.


When the Pulitzers were first announced (just after 3 p.m. on Monday), the novel was ranked #27,587 overall on Amazon. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, it had sky-rocketed to #88 overall, and #1 in Spies & Political Thrillers.

It is crazy that there were 27,499 books ahead of it—and it won the biggest prize in American fiction.

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