The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health... by Sinan AralWhat it's about: the unintended effects (both positive and negative) of widespread social media use on our selves and our societies, and a look at how things got to this point.
Read it for: the thorough research, which includes a look at the underpinnings of the social media ecosystem; the level-headed handling of polarizing topics like mental health and children's social media usage.
The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection... by Pamela Fuller and Mark Murphy with Anne ChowWhat it is: a straightforward guide for managers to assess the existence and effects of unconscious bias on themselves and their organizations, with advice and tools to help them address it.
Why you should read it: The recommendations are practical and based on the experiences of real people, and will be useful both inside and outside of the workplace.
Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius by Ryan Holiday and Stephen HanselmanWhat's inside: timeless life advice based on the ancient observations of Stoic philosophers from Seneca to Cicero to Marcus Aurelius, presented in a well-organized, accessible format.
Topics include: the power of character to determine fate; preparing yourself for failure as much as you prepare for success; and the value of self-rule, which is "the greatest empire."
How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World's Most Inspiring... by Guy RazWhat it is: an inspiring and candid examination of the journeys of successful business founders and the lessons to take away from their stories.
Don't miss: a look at the importance of partnership in a business environment that tends to lionize individuals instead of appreciating teams.
About the author: Long-time NPR contributor Guy Raz has worked on shows like All Things Considered and TED Radio Hour, in addition to the podcast How I Built This, which he began in 2016.
Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change by Maggie SmithWhat it is: a thoughtful and moving collection of short essays on loss, longing, and using creativity to help with bouncing back after difficult life experiences.
Why you might like it: Although the essays address serious topics like miscarriage and postpartum depression, the book maintains an inspiring tone throughout.
Reviewers say: "Simple yet profound insights and advice to return to in times of confusion or loss" (Kirkus Reviews).
Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep from Cradle to Grave by Alice GregoryWhat it's about: This comprehensive explanation of the ins and outs of sleep covers a wide array of topics, from sleep disorders to genetics to simple advice on how improve your own relationship with bedtime.
What sets it apart: Nodding Off is arranged by age group, including a large section focusing on the sleep patterns of young adults (whereas most books on the topic tend to cover either children or adults over 25).
The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep by Guy LeschzinerWhat it is: a science-based yet still accessible review of the neuroscience of sleep, with a focus on sleep disorder case studies from the author's medical career.
Read it for: the outline of each patient's plan of care, which gives readers a look at the full road to recovery and not just an open-ended list of suggestions.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhDWhat it is: an engaging and conversational attempt to answer the most scientifically elusive question about sleep.
Topics include: how relatively recent our understanding of the mechanics of sleep truly is; what sleep deprivation can do to the mind and body; how modern society's relationship with time makes everyone get less sleep than they need.
The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It by W. Chris Winter, MDWhat it's about: the most common sleep problems and what can be done to manage them by changing your habits around food, exercise, lighting, and time management.
Don't miss: the tips for how people (like shift workers) who might not be able to make radical changes to their sleep habits can modify small things that will still have an impact.
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