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ICAA Book Club

December 14, 2023 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm


Join the ICAA Book Club to read Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M Sopolsky. We’ll plan to read 60 pages between each book club gathering (30 pages per week).

We’ll meet via Zoom on the following Thursdays from 12:15 – 1pm CST (feel free to bring your lunch!)

Our Meeting Dates and Reading Pulse:

Nov. 16 : Ch 1 -3
Nov. 30: Ch 4-6
Dec. 14: Ch 7-9
Dec. 28: Ch 10-12
Jan. 11: Ch 13-15
Jan 25: Ch 16-18

Summary of Book:

Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky’s acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress.

As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal’s does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way-through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us literally sick.

Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses. This new edition promises to be the most comprehensive and engaging one yet.

Robert Morris Sapolsky is an American neuroendocrinology researcher and author. He is currently a professor of biology, and professor of neurology and neurological sciences and, by courtesy, neurosurgery, at Stanford University. In addition, he is a research associate at the National Museums of Kenya.

Sign up here to join the book club. 

Contact Katherine Riley Harrington for more information,


December 14, 2023
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
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Via Zoom


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