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Indulge in Books the Way You Would in a Well-Balanced Meal!

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Recently someone asked me about my reading choices; do I stick to one topic or do I switch it up at all? I hadn’t thought about it much before but after reviewing my recent reads, I concluded that I am a true genre hopper. I go from fiction to memoir to historical fiction, thriller, essays and nonfiction. Like a well-balanced meal, I do indulge in a bit of everything. I enjoy a cocktail, something pleasurable that goes down easy like: Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes. Or something strong that gets your blood pumping like: short essays in The Nasty Women Project where proceeds from sales go to Planned Parenthood.   I rarely skip an appetizer, a…

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MRI findings confirm reading can change your emotional state

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I was fascinated by January 4th 2014 in the Science section of the British newspaper The Independent referencing research from Emory University, it revealed that reading a gripping novel can trigger measurable changes in brain function, lingering for as long as five days. The research found reading a compelling book may cause heightened connectivity and neurological changes in the brain, which registered in the left temporal cortex, an area associated with language reception and other important brain functions such as sensory and motor activity. “The neural changes we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist,” said Professor Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist and author of the…

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