Book review

A Field Guide to Lies
by Daniel J. Levitin

The cover of his new book declares Daniel J. Levitin the “New York Times Bestselling Author of The Organized Mind and This is Your Brain on Music.” That’s impressive, but also ironic given it’s the kind of fuzzy statement that Levitin, a psychology and behavioural neuroscience professor at McGill, urges us within its pages always to query. Were one or both of these titles bestselling, or was Levitin a bestselling author before he wrote them? Does “bestselling” imply a certain number of copies sold, weeks on the list, or is it relative: can you be bestselling even if book sales, overall, are low? Read more…