Note: As in 2014, I am going to bundle these reviews in fours. Because the publisher gave me a free copy of Popology, I felt I should give it an entire post of its own. Consider that the fourth book of this post.
The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day by David J. Hand - This book has turned me into a bit (more) of a killjoy. Now when people tell me about some amazing coincidence, I just shrug and say it's no big deal. Also I love the four aces cover design: not only do playing cards figure prominently in probability, but the author's name is Hand. 4 stars
Little New York Bastard by M. Dylan Raskin - I think I bought this because I read a bitter, judgmental excerpt in the store and thought it was funny. Unfortunately, the whole book is like that, and it gets old. Plus he hates on Chicago a lot. 2 stars
Mr. America: How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and the Ultimate Starvation Diet by Mark Adams - I had never heard of Macfadden when I picked up this book. His life story is fascinating, and in it one can find the roots of so many popular health fads. 5 stars