Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough by Walter A. BrownWhat it is: a comprehensive journey into the discovery and applications of the drug lithium and how it transformed psychiatric medicine forever.
Topics of note: why it took the FDA until 1971 to approve lithium as a treatment for bipolar disorder, despite evidence of its effectiveness dating back to 1949.
You might also like: The Philadelphia Chromosome by Jessica Wapner; Blockbuster Drugs by Jie Jack Li.
Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively... by Thomas EriksonWhat it's about: Translated from Swedish, this engaging and accessible book examines common pitfalls in business communication and offers tips on how to manage them.
Red, yellow, blue, or green? Erikson argues that there are four main personality types in the business world and offers tips on how to recognize them, make the most of their strengths, and navigate their weaknesses.
Try this next: The Loyalist Team by Linda Adams.
Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines by Jonathan MooneyWhat it is: a thought-provoking and inspiring call to radically shift the way we perceive learning disabilities and the people diagnosed with them, written from the perspective of an adult with dyslexia and ADHD.
What sets it apart: Besides the author's insider perspective, Normal Sucks also goes beyond the usual focus on the behavioral impacts of neurodiversity to explain the emotional fallout of living in a society not equipped to understand people like him.
The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes by David RobsonWhat it is: an engaging and persuasive exploration of the ways that even the smartest people are susceptible to faulty reasoning, with tips for improving critical thinking skills.
Famous foibles: the multiple times that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fell for paranormal hoaxes; Nobel laureate James Watson's participation in the eugenics movement.
Reviewers say: "entertaining and highly readable" (Publishers Weekly).
The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength by Dale Archer, MDMyth busted: that an ADHD diagnosis is something to be "overcome" and not a potential asset.
Read it for: the stories of celebrities and other notable figures whose accomplishments are grounded in the unique outlook and high energy levels of their ADHD.
Is it for you? The author isn't completely against medicating ADHD but does show a preference for managing the condition with "skills, not pills".
How to Fall in Love With Anyone: A Memoir in Essays by Mandy Len CatronWhat it's about: Based on Mandy Len Catron's viral article about a list of 36 questions that promise to quickly create intimacy between strangers, this thoughtful and reflective collection of essays tackles love, relationships, and the questions they leave us with.
Myth busted: that modern Valentine's Day was created by greeting card companies.
Reviewers say: "Catron melds science and emotion beautifully" (Booklist).
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren, with Carlye AdlerWhat it is: a practical, low-pressure guide to fitting meditation into your life, even if you don't think you have the time, space, skill, or patience for it -- or are just skeptical of the benefits.
Myths busted: that meditation requires a serious attitude, large time commitment, and a dedicated space.
Author alert: Host of Nightline and co-host of Good Morning America, journalist Dan Harris previously published the book 10% Happier.
Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do by Carl J. SchrammWhat it is: a candid guide for budding entrepreneurs that debunks common business myths and makes the case for forging one's own path to success.
Myths busted: that business plans are universally helpful; that the average entrepreneur is a young Silicon Valley type or new to the corporate world.
Chapters include: encouraging reminders, case histories, and a survey to determine if franchising your business is the right choice for you.
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