Paul Bloom is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on language, morality, religion, fiction, and art.

The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary

The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary

Robert Alter

“God, Adam, Eve, Abraham, Isaac, etc. What’s not to like? A beautiful translation by Robert Alter.”

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The Origin Of Species

The Origin Of Species

Charles Darwin

“The most significant discovery in all of science, presented in accessible and clear prose.”

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Names for Things: A Study in Human Learning

Names for Things: A Study in Human Learning

John Macnamara

“This book was given to me by the author, who was my undergraduate advisor. It’s why I am a psychologist.”

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Straight Man

Straight Man

Richard Russo

“I love campus novels and this one is my favorite.”

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Clear and Simple As the Truth: Writing Classic Prose

Clear and Simple As the Truth: Writing Classic Prose

Francis-Noel Thomas

“This will change how you write and how you think about writing.”

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Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent

Scott Turow

“I brought this along on a beach vacation, and stayed up all night reading it. Sheer pleasure.”

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Solar

Solar

Ian McEwan

“This isn’t McEwan’s most famous book, or his most literary — but it certainly is his funniest.”

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Mi Csikszentmihalyi

“Brilliant insights about pleasure and happiness.”

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Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

Thomas Perry

“Thomas Perry gets you to root for the psychopath. The perfect thriller.”

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Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell

“Smart, intricate, and powerful.”

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