Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

Neuroscientist David Eagleman, whose Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives was one of the most beguiling books of the past two years, returns to explain that our brains are icebergs, nine-tenths unseen below the conscious waterline. With characteristic insight and eloquence, he probes the hidden portions of our minds, revealing what science has learned about such mysterious activities as reacting unwittingly to danger stimuli and picking up audible cues you would swear you didn't actually hear.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…