Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger by Soraya ChemalyWhat it's about: Media critic Soraya Chemaly's experiences with expressing her own rage; the issues she believes that are frustrating modern women; tools women can use to harness their anger to positive ends.
Don't miss: Chemaly's analysis of the unique challenges of this issue for women of color.
Is it for you? Chemaly's own rage is forged in the fires of modern feminism and the MeToo movement, and she pulls no punches while urging women not to bottle up their emotions.
Run for Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of... by Mark CucuzzellaWhat it is: a well-researched, well-illustrated guide to responsible running, written by a medical doctor who also happens to be an enthusiastic runner himself.
What's inside: discussions of relevant anatomy, biomechanics, common injuries, rehabilitation tips, and nutrition.
Topic of note: how to prepare for running a marathon, how to run safely during pregnancy, and the physiological details of "runner's high."
Heart: a History by Sandeep JauharWhat it's about: the complex history of our understanding of and relationship with this most essential of bodily organs.
Read it for: the author's compelling personal connections to and reflections on heart disease.
Did you know? The first documented successful open-heart procedure was performed in 1893 by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African American surgeon.
Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John ZeratskyWhat's inside: simple yet effective methods for becoming more aware of "where all the time goes" and strategies for managing it more efficiently.
Why you might like it: The authors made a point of trying all of their recommendations on themselves first, tweaking their own schedules and work habits so they would have first-hand knowledge of what was truly manageable and effective.
Reviewers say: "readers are sure to glean insights from this powerful book" (Booklist).
Empowered Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Setting Boundaries, and Inspiring Social... by Cristien StormWhat it is: a thoughtful and detailed overview of the importance of personal boundaries and advice on how to set and enforce them.
Techniques include: the "broken record," the "reflective loop," and "freeze-framing."
Topics of note: the fear many people have of communicating their needs; the difficulties of enforcing boundaries as a member of a marginalized population.
Focus on: Relationships and Communication
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and.... by Alan AldaWhat it's about: Beloved actor Alan Alda presents an amusing and engaging exploration of communication difficulties and some unique, research-based approaches that can help with overcoming them.
Don't miss: this discussion of scientists who specialize in teaching empathy skills to everyone from medical doctors to autistic children.
Author alert: Though best known for his roles on M*A*S*H and The West Wing, Alda also has a well-established history of supporting research in the sciences.
Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work by Todd DavisWhat's inside: a straightforward summary of the benefits that building strong interpersonal relationships can have on organizations of any size, as well as tips for how to foster those connections.
Recommendations include: learn to trust yourself and others, develop your listening skills, consider the motivations behind your actions, and create an environment where people feel comfortable being open and honest.
The Rough Patch: Marriage, Midlife, and the Art of Living Together by Daphne De MarneffeWhat it is: an insightful and encouraging take on the realities of marriage in midlife, informed by the author's research, expertise, and experience with clients in her counseling practice.
Topics of note: aging, health, infidelity, parenting, attachment, and what the author calls "milestone obstacles."
Reviewers say: "this will be as useful to care providers and those who study family psychology as it will be to readers seeking a deeper -- and ultimately hopeful -- understanding of their own marriages" (Booklist).
Awkward: the Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome by Ty TashiroWhat it's about: the social significance and personal impact of awkwardness as a concept, including some of its surprising advantages.
Read it for: the upbeat tone, which helps the author explore an uncomfortable topic in an engaging way.
For fans of: Quiet by Susan Cain; The Introvert's Way by Sophia Dembling.
Reclaiming Conversation: the Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry TurkleWhat it is: a thought-provoking inquiry into the ways that technology affects our relationships and communication habits.
But my phone! Although people have been warning about the dangers of technology since Socrates (who argued that writing was bad for memory skills), Sherry Turkle is no technophobe. Instead she argues that we can take advantage of technology, but must be aware of and account for its perils.
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