Books Sandwiched In Meets Aug. 1

Post Date:07/11/2018 9:00 AM

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Meeting Room B at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. This season opener combines two traditions: reading the UNC Chapel Hill selection for the Carolina Summer Reading Program and Meet the Author. The book is Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships and the author is Mitch Prinstein.

Popular examines why popularity plays such a key role in our development and, ultimately, how it still influences our happiness and success today. In many ways—some even beyond our conscious awareness—those old dynamics of our youth continue to play out in every business meeting, every social gathering, in our personal relationships, and even how we raise our children. Our popularity even affects our DNA, our health, and our mortality in fascinating ways we never previously realized. More than childhood intelligence, family background, or prior psychological issues, research indicates that it’s how popular we were in our early years that predicts how successful and how happy we grow up to be.

But it’s not always the conventionally popular people who fare the best, for the simple reason that there is more than one type of popularity—and many of us still long for the wrong one. As children, we strive to be likable, which can offer real benefits not only on the playground but throughout our lives. In adolescence, though, a new form of popularity emerges, and we suddenly begin to care about status, power, influence, and notoriety—research indicates that this type of popularity hurts us more than we realize.

Mitch Prinstein is a husband, a father, board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology, and serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prinstein’s Peer Relations Lab has been conducting research on popularity and peer relations for almost 20 years, and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child and Human Development, and several private foundations, resulting in over 100 scientific works, including many scientific journal articles, book chapters, a set of encyclopedias on adolescent development, and even a textbook on the field of clinical psychology. He and his research have been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalNational Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, U.S. News & World ReportTime magazine, New York magazine, Newsweek, Reuters, Family CircleReal Simple, and elsewhere.

Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library.  The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except January and July) in meeting room C at the Library at 100 Library Drive.  The books are available at the circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis.  

 You are invited to bring a lunch and join the discussion.



Who: Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library

What: Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public

Where: Chapel Hill Public Library

When: Wednesday August 1 – 11:30 a.m.

Book: Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships, Mitch Prinstein. PhD



Books Sandwiched In, 2018-19

August 1:  Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships, Mitch Prinstein

September 5: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon

October 3: Lab Girl, Hope Jahren

November 7: News of the World, Paulette Jiles

December 5: Longitude: The story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time, Dana Sobel

February 6: Fever, Mary Beth Keane

March 6: West with the Night, Beryl Markham

April 3: Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

May 1: The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

June 5: The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah

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