Full Out: Lessons in Life and Leadership from America's Favorite Coach by Monica AldamaWhat it is: an upbeat and richly detailed guide to achieving your personal and professional goals using lessons from author Monica Aldama's career as a professional cheerleading coach and star of Netflix original series Cheer.
Topics include: developing a sense of personal integrity; the power of ritual; the importance of getting out of your comfort zone.
Reviewers say: "There’s lots to cheer for in Aldama’s upbeat and practical advice" (Publishers Weekly).
I Didn't Do the Thing Today by Madeleine DoreWhat it's about: an exploration of the pressure to constantly be productive and an argument in favor of accepting that there are "days we don't seize."
Topics include: the importance of being realistic when setting expectations for yourself; the value of regularly making space for small indulgences; learning to identify self-shaming patterns.
About the author: Writer and interviewer Madeleine Dore runs the productivity blog Extraordinary Routines and hosts the podcast Routines & Ruts.
Losing Our Minds: The Challenge of Defining Mental Illness by Lucy FoulkesWhat it is: a science-based look at mental illness as a construct, urging readers and practitioners to reflect on the defining lines between the difficulties that are an inescapable part of human life and actual clinical conditions.
Don't miss: the discussion of social media as a double-edged sword to both create a platform for destigmatization and a means for the spread of misinformation.
Reviewers say: Author Lucy Foulkes is "a compassionate, rational guide through modern-day mental issues that are neither easily categorized nor treated" (Kirkus Reviews).
Already Enough: A Path to Self-Acceptance by Lisa OliveraWhat it's about: how our personal narratives can shape our outlooks on life and how reshaping our stories can help us change for the better.
Why you might like it: the advice is presented in a well-organized format and compassionate, relatable tone.
Reviewers say: Already Enough is "a brave and welcoming guide that will resonate with those who may have questioned whether they deserve to be loved" (Publishers Weekly).
Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father's Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom by Shaka SenghorWhat it is: a compelling, passionate appeal to fathers and sons to develop deeper, more enriching connections -- with each other and other men in their lives.
Read it for: the candid and evocative writing style; the fearless authenticity of the discussions of toxic masculinity and systemic racism.
About the author: Shaka Senghor is a Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab whose previous work includes the memoir Writing My Wrongs, about his time in prison.
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