Author and professor Christopher Lane teaches medical humanities at Northwestern University, where he is a member of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Awarded the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing, he has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, LA Times, Slate, TIME, and several other newspapers and magazines. Read more

Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness

“Well-researched”—Elsa Dixler, New York Times Book Review

“Well-written and incendiary”Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

“… features the manipulations that promoted social anxiety disorder to a national emergency”—Frederick Crews, New York Review of Books

“If you’re not already concerned about the over-medicalization of our mental lives, you will be”BBC Focus

Interviews: BBC News, TIME, New York Times, NPR.

Surge of Piety: Norman Vincent Peale and the Remaking of American Religious Life

“Enthralling … graceful and well-paced … requisite reading”—Mitch Horowitz, Washington Post

“… tells the story of Peale’s rise and fall crisply and without malice, even when Peale is at his more-huckster-than-minister gauchest”—Ray Olson, Booklist

“Lane has done impressive archival research on Peale…. [T]he book is thoughtful and makes for interesting reading”CHOICE

Interviews: CNN, TIME, POLITICO, Gotham Center for NYC History.



The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty

“Erudite and highly readable”Victorian Studies

“… returns us to [a time] when the absence of God was a new idea”—Michael Miner, The Chicago Reader

“… argue[s that] the explosion of questioning in the Victorian era transformed the idea of doubt from a sin or lapse to necessary exploration”—Julia Baird, New York Times

Interviews: ABC, NBC News, MSNBC.


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