Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives... by Lori GottliebWhat it's about: everything you've ever wanted to know about therapists and therapy but were too scared to ask.
About the author: Lori Gottlieb is the author of the bestselling relationship guide Marry Him and writes a weekly advice column for The Atlantic.
Media buzz: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is being developed for television by Eva Longoria, set to air on ABC.
The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure by Michael KinchWhat it is: a well-researched yet accessible survey of the past, present, and possible future of cancer research and treatments.
Read it for: the truth behind some common cancer myths and details about cutting-edge research into preventing and treating the disease.
Don't miss: the author's frank discussion of his experiences in the biotech industry and the impact of for-profit research on progress.
I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura PhilpottWhat it's about: This funny and heartwarming collection of essays delves into talk show host Mary Laura Philpott's reflections on how to handle reinventing yourself as you move through life's different stages.
Who it's for: anyone facing a major life transition such as a career change, becoming a parent, a midlife crisis, or retirement.
Reviewers say: "warm, candid, and wise" (Kirkus Reviews).
Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity From Beginning to End by Tia Powell, M.D.What it is: one doctor's poignant exploration of Alzheimer's disease that is part medical history and part memoir.
Why you should read it: Dr. Tia Powell is blunt about the realities of the research into the disease, with particular concerns about when care of existing patients takes a backseat to the search for a cure.
Don't miss: The story of Dr. Solomon Fuller, a pioneering African American doctor who performed ground-breaking research into Alzheimer's in the early 1900s.
Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna QuindlenWhat it's about: This heartwarming memoir is Anna Quindlen's examination of changing family dynamics and learning respect for boundaries as the author goes from parent to grandparent and must recalibrate her relationship with her child and her own understanding of herself.
Author alert: Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist who is also known for her fiction, including Still Life With Breadcrumbs and Object Lessons.
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim HarfordWhat it is: a thought-provoking paean to messiness and chaos (both literal and figurative), which argues that while some things might not "spark joy," they can spark creativity and inventive solutions.
Topics include: the perils of being too organized and too automated; how over-streamlining can lead to a lack of diverse influences and a loss of resilience; some famous innovators whose "disruptions" created new paradigms, like composer Brian Eno and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess by Rachel HoffmanWhat it's about: Despite its provocative title, this is a surprisingly encouraging (if no-nonsense) handbook of advice for keeping your home clean and organized, with an emphasis on the ways clutter can cause stress.
What sets it apart: the special attention the author pays to those forgotten by more conventional home care books, such as people who have disabilities and people who live with roommates.
Don't miss: unique strategies like the "20/10" system; the random cleaning challenges; the argument against "marathon" cleaning sessions.
L'art de la Simplicite: How to Live More With Less by Dominique LoreauWhat it is: a Japanese-influenced guide to minimalist life, told through a French lens, finally translated into English after becoming an international bestseller.
Beyond clutter: Included are chapters about financial minimalism and efficiently managing your time, which the author argues will leave you with the resources for more truly meaningful experiences in the future.
Reviewers say: "a thought-provoking tome with a powerful message" (Publishers Weekly).
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From... by Margareta MagnussonWait, "death cleaning"? Or in Swedish, döstädning, which refers to reducing the clutter in your home (and your life in general) so that your loved ones won't have to do it later.
Sounds kind of morbid. Maybe at first, but the author argues that Swedes don't see it that way and presents her ideas with a surprising amount of charm and humor.
Why you should read it: to prompt conversations that can be as difficult as they are important; to help you reevaluate your relationship with your belongings and make the most of the life you're living now.