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The Emotional Calendar by John Sharp.. Here’s a book that’s not just a great resource for those of us who travel through the seasons as human beings, but for writers who would like a new tool to get inside the heads of their characters. Just in time for cabin fever high season!

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"In simple, concise language, [Sharp] examines how seasonal changes, along with environmental factors--light and dark, hot and cold, wind and storms--can impact moods and behavior. . .Sharp's great strength is his genuine concern with moving beyond definitions and fostering awareness in readers abut their own emotional calendars . . .offers an interesting and original way to think about the underpinnings of psychological health. Perceptive and useful.."


"For years, doctors have treated patients for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—depression that occurs at the same time each year but usually in the sun-deprived fall and winter, and that affects four to ten percent of Americans. In this conversational, case-study-filled guide, Sharp, a medical doctor, elaborates on how time of year, weather, holidays, and even sports seasons influence mood. The book is surprisingly easy to read, given that it is heavy on obvious information and light on hard-core medicine, a surprise since Sharp is a neuropsychiatrist at Harvard and UCLA. Sharp credits his “team of researchers and editors,” whom one suspects played a very big role in this title. Readers who dislike anonymous sources will be displeased. As Sharp notes, he and his team change the names and identifying details about the patients and “most of the other interviewees.” Still, this book would be a helpful resource for people who want to know more about why the calendar affects mood.."


Author bio: John is a psychiatrist and neuropsychiatrist who serves on the medical staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and divides his time between Boston and Los Angeles. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; 288 pp. Readable, insightful: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

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