Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Pilates for Living: Get Stronger, Fitter and Healthier for an Active Later Life by Harri AngellWhat it is: an uncomplicated, accessible guide to Pilates -- what the exercises are, how to build your own routine, and the ways it can help support lifelong health and fitness.
Who it's for: people over 50 and anyone interested in building a foundation of strength, flexibility, and good exercise habits to prepare them for aging well.
The Blind Spot Effect: How to Stop Missing What's Right in Front of You by Kelly BoysWhat it's about: Mindfulness expert Kelly Boys brings the latest in neuroscience and psychology to this pragmatic, illuminating guide to the unseen forces that can shape our thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
Chapters include: "You See It...but You Don't See It," "Choosing Your Own Adventure," and "Trust Your Gut."
For fans of: Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim BrooksWhat it's about: One day, novelist Kim Brooks (best known for 2016's The Houseguest) makes a split-second parenting choice that later has dramatic and unforeseen consequences and revolutionize her perspective on modern motherhood.
Is it for you? Brooks' account of the incident and its aftermath is engaging and compelling, but rarely apologetic.
Reviewers say: "essential reading for parents, policymakers, and all others concerned about our children and their future" (Library Journal).
Conceivability: What I Learned Exploring the Frontiers of Fertility by Elizabeth KatkinWhat it is: a candid, detailed account of the author's struggles with infertility that is equal parts memoir and handbook; a journey through the risks and rewards of a successful conception, pregnancy, and delivery.
Topics of note: the financial and ethical issues of the modern fertility industry, the cultural silence surrounding miscarriage, and what's on the horizon for fertility science.
Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart by Shane SnowWhat it is: Grounded in both business principles and psychology, this thought-provoking guide to productive teamwork evaluates the elements of good teams using examples as diverse as the failure of Daimler-Chrysler and the success of the Wu-Tang Clan.
What sets it apart: More than just another management book, Dream Teams digs deep and includes often ignored topics like neurodiversity to help readers appraise and enrich their own teams.
Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health... by Daniel G. AmenWhat it's about: methods women can use to harness the unique features and needs of their brains to improve their health, moods, and relationships.
Author alert: Daniel G. Amen is also the author of the bestselling book Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.
Is it for you? Some readers may balk at the idea of a male doctor as an expert on women's thoughts and feelings.
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice From Over 100 Makers, Artists... by Grace BonneyWhat it is: a collection of profiles of prominent women from all walks of life, with insights about their workspaces, their personal definitions of success, and advice for women looking to advance their own careers.
Featuring: journalist Melissa Harris-Perry, artist Lorna Simpson, designer Eileen Fisher, musician Neko Case, poet Nikki Giovanni, comedian Abbi Jacobson, and many more.
French Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging With Style & Attitude by Mireille GuilianoWhat it's about: French women have long been regarded as the epitome of effortless glamour and good taste, and this engaging guide to aging the French way promises to teach women from all over the world how to apply some of their methods.
Chapters include: "Dressing with Style and Attitude," "Once a Day, a Little Invisible Exercise," and "The Nondiet Anti-Aging Nutritional Formula."
Think and Grow Rich for Women: Using Your Power to Create Success and Significance by Sharon LechterWhat's inside: stories of notable women and their paths to success, with instructions and exercises that promise to assist readers with developing their own plans to succeed in work and in life.
Author alert: Sharon Lechter is also known for co-writing the financial literacy classic Rich Dad Poor Dad.
What sets it apart: Lechter also eschews the often-discussed work/life balance dichotomy in favor of the concept she calls "one big life."
Strong: Nine Workout Programs for Women to Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism, and... by Lou Schuler and Alwyn CosgroveWhat it is: a women's fitness manual that focuses primarily on training to build strength for its own sake, in contrast to the many other weight-loss focused books targeted at women.
Includes: a brief introduction to the body's muscles, a look at recommended weight lifting equipment, and tips for strength-training newbies.
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