The Compass of Pleasure

You might file this one under "Need to Know": as the subtitle makes perfectly clear, neuroscientist David J. Linden's learned and sprightly book explores "how our brains make fatty foods, orgasm, exercise, marijuana, generosity, vodka, learning, and gambling feel so good."

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