Decision Psychology

A blog about the psychology of decision making, with a particular focus on visualizations and uncertainty.

 what do bestsellers tell us about society?

One of my favorite questions when using literature as a lens is: what can be said about a society that values this text? So with the arrival of Sunday’s New York Times bestsellers list, I am curious what can be said about a society that made these books bestsellers. Let’s take a look at the top 10.


  1. A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead, $25.95.) A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the backdrop of 30 years of war.


        2   THE WHEEL OF DARKNESS, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (Warner, $25.99.) A Tibetan abbot asks the F.B.I. agent Aloysius Pendergast to help recover a …