Mature Romance, Book on Weakness of Intuition Focus of KAZI Book Review June 19
Evelyn Palfrey, author of Going Home, “a marvelously mature romance novel”, is the first guest on the June 19 edition of KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. central time. Palfrey will be appearing at the 5th Annual Austin African American Book Festival on June 25 at the Carver Library and Museum. The second guest is Christopher Chabris, co-author of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intentions Deceive Us. Listen live online at kazifm.org.
Going Home By Evelyn Palfrey
Set in Austin shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Going Home’s plot revolves around Thalia Allen, a recently retired state agency worker who strikes up a romance with a Katrina evacuee Joe Lambert. She meets Lambert at the Austin Convention where she is doing volunteer work to help the Katrina victims. Lambert is torn between staying in Austin with his new found love Thalia, and going back to New Orleans to rebuild the construction business he left behind.
Palfrey is the author of the trilogy Three Perfect Men, The Price of Passion, and Dangerous Dilemmas–the stories of three college roommates, 25 years later; and the grandmommy romance, Everything In Its Place. Evelyn’s writing has been described as “superb storytelling.” is a native Texan, a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Law School. She is an avid motorhomer and gardener, and is active with the Writers League of Texas and the Austin Romance Writers of America. She has been writing fiction since 1995.
The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
In The Invisible Gorilla, the authors use a wide assortment of stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to reveal an important truth: Our minds don’t work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we’re actually missing a whole lot.
They combine the work of other researchers with their findings on attention, perception, memory, and reasoning to reveal how faulty intuitions often get us into trouble. In the process, they explain:
- Why a company would spend billions to launch a product that its own analysts know will fail
- How a police officer could run right past a brutal assault without seeing it
- Why award-winning movies are full of editing mistakes
- What criminals have in common with chess masters
- Why measles and other childhood diseases are making a comeback
- Why money managers could learn a lot from weather forecasters
Chris Chabris received his B.A. in computer science and his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University, where he was also a Lecturer and Research Associate for many years. He is now Assistant Professor of Psychology at Union College in Schenectady, New York, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College, and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. His research focuses on two main areas: how people differ from one another in mental abilities and patterns of behavior, and how cognitive illusions affect our decisions.