If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

Alan Alda. Random House, $28 (240p) ISBN 978-0-8129-8914-4
Veteran actor and director Alda (Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself) turns his attention to the world of social science in this breezy overview of work conducted at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York. Citing the center’s research, he explains how improvisational games, empathy exercises, and storytelling tools can help anyone get better at communicating, listening, and relating everywhere “from the boardroom to the bedroom.” Though widely associated with his role on the TV show MASH, Alda also hosted Scientific American Frontiers on PBS for 11 years, and he writes as enthusiastically about his experience with educational programming as he does about the scientists who teach the art of empathy to autistic children and medical doctors, among other subjects. Readers expecting healthy doses of Alda’s signature dry wit, however, might be disappointed. Other than a riff about his dentist and the occasional throwaway joke, he’s all business here. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/03/2017
Release date: 06/06/2017
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-1-5247-8192-7
Compact Disc - 978-1-5247-8166-8
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