Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness by Roy Richard GrinkerWhat it is: an engaging look at the history of mental illness stigma and how those negative attitudes have shaped treatment over time.
Read it for: the author's compassionate approach toward mental illness and the story of his own family's role in the history of psychology (his grandfather worked with Sigmund Freud).
Reviewers say: Nobody's Normal is a "highly readable, thoughtful study of how we perceive and talk about mental illness" (Kirkus Reviews).
ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction... by Edward M. Hallowell MD and John J. Ratey MDWhat it's about: understanding and managing ADHD in all stages of life, grounded in the latest available research.
Why you should read it: Both authors have ADHD themselves, giving them personal perspective that's as valuable as their professional work.
Don't miss: the exploration of topics often left out of conversations about ADHD, such at the emotional ramifications of living with the disorder.
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika JaouadWhat it's about: the moving and bittersweet story of Suleika Jaouad's battle with leukemia and her journey of emotional recovery after surviving the disease.
About the author: Jaouad is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian and columnist for the New York Times.
Reviewers say: "This is a stunning memoir, well-crafted and hard to put down" (Publishers Weekly).
The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease by Charles KennyWhat it is: a timely and well-researched history of the relationship between humanity and disease and how various plagues have shaped society.
Why you should read it: to provide context for the economic, social, and political implications of the current pandemic.
Don't miss: the discussions of non-communicable but still widespread conditions like high blood pressure.
Parenting While Working from Home: A Monthly Guide to Help Parents Balance Their Careers... by Shari Medini and Karissa TunisWhat it is: a well-timed and approachable guide to balancing the competing responsibilities of work, childcare, and schooling when all three take place at home.
Why you might like it: Potentially overwhelming topics are broken down into digestible pieces that include practical steps to help you get started.
Try this next: The Free-Market Family by Maxine Eichner, which explores how many parents got to this stressful place and what can be done to improve work/life balance in modern society.
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