Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing by Pete DavisWhat it is: a persuasive call to reexamine individual and social perspectives on commitment and their effects on our professional and personal lives.
Why you might like it: Author Pete Davis presents his arguments only after a compassionate and thorough explanation of what draws us toward what he calls "infinite browsing mode," which keeps the book from feeling preachy.
Try this next: Now for the Disappointing Part by Steven Barker, which reflects on the same topics from the perspective of a longtime contract worker, who urges readers to "quit everything until you find something you don't want to quit."
You Will Get Through This Night by Daniel HowellWhat it's about: tackling difficult life experiences, dealing with trauma, and thinking about big, existential topics like fate and choice.
Reviewers say: This Night is "raw and powerful" and avoids getting too "simplistic, reductive, or one-dimensional" (Library Journal).
About the author: British video game Youtuber Daniel Howell has co-hosted the BBC Radio programs Dan and Phil and The Internet Takeover. His previous books (co-authored with his partner Phil Lester) include This Amazing Book is Not on Fire and Dan and Phil Go Outside.
Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan NicodemusWhat it's about: taking minimalist philosophies beyond your physical surroundings and instead applying them to concepts like values, creativity, money, and relationships.
About the authors: Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus write, host a podcast, and give TED Talks as a team under the name The Minimalists. They are also known for their two Netflix documentaries, Minimalism and Less is Now.
Let's Talk About Hard Things by Anna SaleAbout the author: Journalist Anna Sale is a longtime contributor to NPR shows such as Fresh Air and This American Life, and is the creator and host of the podcast Death, Sex, & Money.
What it is: a reflective appeal to readers to engage with difficult topics, and a discussion of the benefits of opening up.
Read it for: Sale's willingness to practice the vulnerability she preaches, including candid and introspective personal stories.
Checking In: How Getting Real About Depression Saved My Life--And Can Save Yours by Michelle WilliamsWhat it is: the candid and inspiring memoir of singer Michelle Williams, with a focus on her struggles with depression and her relationship with God.
Who it's for: Destiny's Child fans; people of faith with an interest in mental health issues.
You might also like: Why Do I Feel Like This? by Dr. Peace Amadi, which explores coping strategies based in both psychology and Scripture.
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