The life of the brain may be a complex subject, but some authors have a knack for making this subject accessible to the everyday reader. One book we recently received at the library tackles a fascinating subject: the perception of self. In The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self, author and science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy interviews people with schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ecstatic epilepsy, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders. To get a taste of what the book is about, listen to this radio interview from Fresh Air. And if you like this type of reading, be sure to also browse our selection of titles from the brilliant neurologist Oliver Sacks, another accessible science writer who died recently at the age 82.