Sharon Begley is a science writer for the WSJ and her latest book demonstrates her mastery of the genre. While the Buddhist parts of the book are only vaguely interesting to me, her high-level summary of neuroplasticity research is gripping. And she avoids some common pitfalls: she doesn’t get overly enthusiastic about it; she doesn’t offer silly analogies; she doesn’t talk down to the reader. All in all, this is a great pop-science book, I think. Don’t let the cheesy cover or the author’s photo with the Dalai Lama scare you away. It’s a breezy read that goes by so fast you won’t even notice you’re learning.