Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby
by Lauren Smith Brody
Returning to work after maternity leave can bring challenges you didn't know how to prepare for. In The Fifth Trimester, former executive editor of Glamour magazine Lauren Smith Brody offers sensible advice in an upbeat, often humorous tone. Drawing on her personal experience as well as responses from a survey of working moms, she covers separating from the little person you're just getting to know, looking and feeling human, and sharing parental duties. A chapter on "Life-Changing Conversations" can help you negotiate difficult situations, from requesting a flex schedule to fending off unsolicited advice.
My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children
by Denene Millner
In My Brown Baby, book editor and blogger Denene Millner collects many of her blog posts on parenting from the African American perspective. Presenting moving, humorous, and eye-opening essays on topics that include "Birthing While Black," aspects of motherhood from birth to the teen years, child-rearing do's and don'ts, stereotypes, teaching kids about racism, political and cultural issues, and the centrality of motherhood. Black parents looking for information, advice, or reassurance that they're not alone won't want to miss this handy, readable compilation. Other readers may want to educate themselves about the vital cultural issues Millner eloquently delineates.
Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott
Author Kim Scott has been a highly praised manager at several major technology companies, including Google and Apple. In this engaging book, she draws on her own experiences and collaborations with other supervisors to explain how to be a great boss without either wimping out or alienating your employees and co-workers. Scott lays out a plan for building relationships and communicating honestly on the basis of caring. She also discusses management tools and techniques to clarify her approach, and a chapter on "Getting Started" will help you put her principles into practice. Booklist calls this an "amazing process that should work, when embraced and applied."
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body
by Jessamyn Stanley
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced yoga practitioner, you'll find inspiration and information in Every Body Yoga. Yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley offers how-to directions, reasons to try yoga even if your body doesn't fit the stereotypical yoga image, and reassurance. She covers the history of yoga, explains asana, an important yoga posture, and provides guidance on choosing a yoga practice. Colloquially illustrating her get-started chapters with personal anecdotes ("A Chick-fil-A Bandit Walks into Weight Watchers"), she ends with a section titled "Is It Really That Simple?" Apparently so, since Library Journal says that this "uplifting volume makes yoga approachable."
The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It
by W. Chris Winter
While reams of articles and books on sleep have been published, The Sleep Solution lets you tailor solutions to your own experiences with sleep dysfunctions. Dr. Chris Winter, an expert on the neurology of sleep, answers questions: what sleep is good for, how it works, slumber patterns, and more. He also addresses the pros and cons of chemical sleeping aids, naps, and whether you need to schedule a sleep study. Practical, informed by scientific research, and accessible, this is the "rare book that may help sufferers of poor sleep," says Kirkus Reviews.
Decluttering and Conquering Stress
The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It
by Kelly McGonigal
According to psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Americans commonly believe that stress can damage your health. In The Upside of Stress (based on her TED talk about the subject), she explains that stress is not always a bad thing -- it has positive aspects that can make us stronger and happier. Stating that her book is a "guide to getting better at living with stress," she presents up-to-date scientific information on the mechanisms and effects of stress, then explores ways to take advantage of specific stressors. For additional discussion of the positive side of stress, try Ian Robertson's recent The Stress Test.
Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Stay Efficient, Productive (and Sane)...
by Douglas C. Merrill and James A. Martin
Are you stressed out by all you have to do? Do you find yourself spinning your wheels when faced with the prospect of getting organized? Written by Google's former chief information officer and an award-winning technology blogger, this handbook aims to help its time-crunched readers increase productivity with the aid of new tools and technologies. Three sections cover a variety of topics, including identifying your own particular weaknesses, using select applications to increase productivity, and balancing your work with your personal life. Now's the time to streamline your work processes, with the help of this engaging compilation of tips and tricks!
Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing...
by Donna Smallin
If you want to deal with your clutter but find the prospect overwhelming, Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness might be just what you need. Author Donna Smallin's reassuring tone encourages you to believe that you can set manageable goals and accomplish them. From seven-minute decluttering sessions (repeated daily) to more ambitious closet-clearing methods, she covers all kinds of household organizational challenges, sprinkling motivational quotes liberally between the pages full of hints and ideas. The book's small format makes it easy to glance through for a happiness-inducing discovery about tackling a project or gradually conquering the Mt. Everest of miscellany.
The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living
by Amit Sood
In this thoughtful and accessible book, Mayo Clinic doctor Amit Sood explains how to handle the pressures caused by heavy workloads and lack of control in your life. Rather than allowing these negative factors to dictate your moods and possibly damage your health, you can follow Sood's program of attention training and spiritual practices, along with his plan for healthy eating and exercise. Booklist observes that "just reading Sood's lucid, commonsensical recommendations" can put you on the path to a stress-free life.
Stuffocation: Why We've Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever
by James Wallman
If you're living in a country with a market-driven economy, chances are that you have more possessions than you need, and they may be getting in the way of experiencing your life. In Stuffocation, journalist James Wallman reviews anthropological and economic studies that reveal the problems with first-world materialistic culture. He describes solutions such as minimalism and the Walden alternative, but concludes that cutting back on things isn't an adequate response: rather, we should emphasize experience over ownership. He even adds information on how to become "experientialists." For another approach to living a fuller but less "stuffed" life, try Sustainable Happiness, edited by Sarah van Gelder.
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