11 releases on health, neuroscience and mythology to read in April – Revista Galileu

Books: neuroscience, health and mythology dominate 11 April releases (Photo: freddie marriage/Unsplash)

Neuroscience, health, mythology, feminism and suspense stories are the main themes gathered in the selection of books made by GALILEU in April. Among the main releases is SUS: a revolutionary reformby Paulo Capel Narvai, professor at the University of São Paulo and specialist in public health. In the book, he tells the origins, challenges and importance of the Brazilian public health system.

For those who like suspense, Seven Years of Darknessby South Korean author You-jeong Jeong, is one of the most anticipated titles, telling the story of a young orphan labeled as the son of a psychopath.

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1. Feeling and Knowing: the origins of consciousnessby António Damásio (Companhia das Letras, R$ 54.90, 200 pages)

Feeling and Knowing: the origins of consciousness, by António Damásio (Companhia das Letras, R$ 54.90, 200 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

Feeling and Knowing: the origins of consciousness, by António Damásio (Companhia das Letras, R$ 54.90, 200 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

In a rich and concise work, the Portuguese neurologist António Damásio, professor at the University of Southern California, in the United States, brings together what science has already discovered and what it still needs to discover about human consciousness and its relationship with the feelings. “Here the great scientist joins the writer of refined prose to offer a series of thrilling insights,” reviews the New York Times book review. “Damasio has brilliantly managed to bridge the gap between body and mind.”

Feeling and Knowing: the origins of consciousness is up for pre-order and will be released on April 12.

two. The Brain in Childhoodby Mariana Pedrini Uebel (Context, R$ 69.90, 304 pages)

The Brain in Childhood, by Mariana Pedrini Uebel (Context, R$ 69.90, 304 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

The Brain in Childhood, by Mariana Pedrini Uebel (Context, R$ 69.90, 304 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

Another release on the mysteries of neuroscience is The Brain in Childhood: a guide for parents and educators committed to raising happy and fulfilled childrenwritten by Brazilian psychiatrist Mariana Pedrini Uebel, PhD from Columbia University, USA, and post-doctoral from the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp).

The doctor explains how rapid cognitive development occurs in early childhood and how to take advantage of this period of intense brain activity to help little ones acquire new skills, especially emotional ones, and face life’s adversities in the best possible way. The work is up for pre-order and will be released on April 12th.

3. The Mosquito: The Incredible Story of Humanity’s Greatest Predatorby Timothy C. Winegard (Intrinsic, R$69.90, 608 pages)

 Mosquito: the incredible story of humanity's greatest predator, by Timothy C. Winegard (Intrinsic, R$69.90, 608 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

Mosquito: the incredible story of humanity’s greatest predator, by Timothy C. Winegard (Intrinsic, R$69.90, 608 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

What do milestones like the consolidation of Christianity, the downfall of the Crusades, and the American Revolution have in common? According to historian Timothy C. Winegard, PhD from the University of Oxford and professor at Colorado Mesa University, all these twists (and many others) had a common enemy: mosquitoes.

In his first book, the researcher explains how these insects influenced the course of humanity, either contributing to the balance of ecosystems or as vectors of diseases that cause thousands of deaths every year. An unmissable work to understand the impact of this army of 113 trillion individuals who became the greatest hunters of humans.

4. SUS: a revolutionary reformby Paulo Capel Narvai (Authentic, R$59.80, 272 pages)

SUS: a revolutionary reform, by Paulo Capel Narvai (Authentic, R$59.80, 272 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

SUS: a revolutionary reform, by Paulo Capel Narvai (Authentic, R$59.80, 272 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

In this work, professor of Public Health at the University of São Paulo (USP) Paulo Capel Narvai tells the origins of the Unified Health System (SUS) and explains why it is so important to have this public service in Brazil.

Aimed at both the lay public and health professionals and specialists in public management, the book discusses priorities and problems in Brazilian public health and points out the need and challenges of maintaining this national system for the benefit of life.

5. Rebel Lives, Beautiful Experimentsby Saidiya Hartman (Phosphorus, R$ 89.90, 432 pages)

Rebel Lives, Beautiful Experiments, by Saidiya Hartman (Phosphorus, R$89.90, 432 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

Rebel Lives, Beautiful Experiments, by Saidiya Hartman (Phosphorus, R$89.90, 432 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

In Rebel Lives, Beautiful Experimentswriter and professor at Columbia University Saidiya Hartman combines her literary style with archives, documents and images to give a face and voice to young black women living in the cities of Philadelphia and New York, in the USA, who are “in open rebellion”.

In the work launched in Brazil on April 1, the academic shows how it is necessary to stop looking at the black population as a community only conditioned to insalubrity and violence and start to recognize its ability to modify the social fabric and resist.

6. Living a Feminist Lifeby Sara Ahmed (Ubu, R$99.00, 448 pages)

Living a Feminist Life, by Sara Ahmed (Ubu, R$99.00, 448 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

Living a Feminist Life, by Sara Ahmed (Ubu, R$99.00, 448 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

In chronicles that mix studies and personal experiences, the Anglo-Australian academic Sara Ahmed defines what it means to be a “killer-killer feminist”, that woman who, when pointing out sexism or racism in a given situation, becomes considered a nuisance by those who who are in a position of power.

To empower these and other women, the writer created a “survival kit” and a manifesto to encourage the fight against everyday injustices and make the world more feminist and respectful.

7. The Heart is the Last to Dieby Margaret Atwood (Rocco, R$ 69.90, 416 pages)

The Heart is the Last to Die, by Margaret Atwood (Rocco, R$ 69.90, 416 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

The Heart is the Last to Die, by Margaret Atwood (Rocco, R$ 69.90, 416 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

Unpublished in Brazil, the book by the author of Aia’s Account arrived at Brazilian bookstores in March through the publisher Rocco. The Heart is the Last to Die tells the story of Charmaine and Stan, a young couple who lose their jobs and resources and live in a car.

To get out of this situation, they accept to participate in Project Positron, a social experiment in which they must live in an idyllic neighborhood and in a prison every few months. The advantages of living in an almost perfect neighborhood seem to be greater than the rights they will have to give up to enter the project, such as freedom itself. But that choice will soon make them both regret it.

8. Seven Years of Darknessby You-jeong Jeong (However Books, R$ 89.90, 416 pages)

Seven Years of Darkness, by You-jeong Jeong (However Books, R$ 89.90, 416 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

Seven Years of Darkness, by You-jeong Jeong (However Books, R$ 89.90, 416 pages) (Photo: Disclosure)

In April, However Books launches another work by the South Korean You-jeong Jeong, author of the best sellers the good son. The new work revolves around the story of Sowon, a young orphan who wanders through South Korea running from his father’s past, accused of committing a series of murders. Known as “the son of the psychopath”, Sowon feels doomed to pay for these crimes forever – until, one day, he receives an anonymous manuscript deciphering the tragedy that shaped his life.

9. In a Dark Basementby Cara Hunter (Storyline, R$ 24.90, 376 pages)

In a Dark Basement, by Cara Hunter (Plot, R$64.90, 376 pages)

In a Dark Basement, by Cara Hunter (Plot, R$64.90, 376 pages)

In this new action movie from the fictional detective Adam Fawley, a woman and a child are rescued almost lifeless in the basement of a house in a quiet neighborhood of Oxford, England. The owner of the place, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s, denies knowing the victims and the entire neighborhood is shocked by the case, which begins to be solved when Fawley finds a connection to another crime investigated years earlier.

Launched first by Trama’s subscription club, Trama Box, the book is now available for exclusive sale on Amazon and, in June, should hit bookstores.

10. the big sixby Elizabeth Lim (Platform 21, R$ 69.90, 416 pages)

The Big Six, by Elizabeth Lim (Platform 21, R$ 29.90, 416 pages) (Photo: Elizabeth Lim, The Big Six)

The Big Six, by Elizabeth Lim (Platform 21, R$ 29.90, 416 pages) (Photo: Elizabeth Lim, The Big Six)

THE best sellers juvenile the big six it’s a retelling of the tale the six swansby the Brothers Grimm, with references to Asian mythology. The book tells the story of Shiori’anma, princess of the Kiata kingdom who has magical powers and reveals them to the world after losing control during a forced engagement ceremony. As punishment, her stepmother Raikama banishes the princess and turns her siblings into cranes.

In addition, Shiori is forced to remain silent because, with every word that escapes her lips, one of her bird brothers will die. To break this spell, she will need to control the magic she has hidden her entire life.

11. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: 9 Tales from Nine Worldsby Rick Riordan (Intrinsic, R$ 54.90, 176 pages)

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: 9 Tales from Nine Worlds, by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: 9 Tales from Nine Worlds, by Rick Riordan

On April 27, another work from the mythological universe created by Rick Riordan for a young audience arrives in Brazil. Nine Tales from Nine Worlds brings adventure and comedy stories to fans of the series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgardwhich has sold 260,000 copies in the country.

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