Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits by Emmanuel AchoWhat it is: a thought-provoking look at the possibilities that can arise when we set aside conventional wisdom to explore beyond the self-imposed limits of the "logical" path.
About the author: Former NFL linebacker and Emmy-winning broadcaster Emmanuel Acho's first book Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man was inspired by his web series of the same name, where he has interviewed guests like Matthew McConaughey and Chelsea Handler.
Reviewers say: Illogical "brims with infectious positivity" (Publishers Weekly).
The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found by Frank BruniWhat it's about: This moving and reflective memoir chronicles the author's experiences and observations after a stroke destroyed his sight in one eye, put his remaining vision at risk, and encouraged him to rethink his personal and professional priorities.
About the author: Pulitzer Prize nominee Frank Bruni is a New York Times columnist and journalism professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. His previous books include Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be and Ambling into History.
Don't miss: the poignant yet sanguine attitude Bruni brings to his discussions of aging.
Moms Moving On: Real Life Advice for Conquering Divorce, Co-Parenting Through... by Michelle Dempsey-Multack, MS, CDSWhat's inside: straightforward and practical advice on getting through divorce and coming out on the other side with confidence and a new set of coping skills.
Is it for you? although anyone facing this difficult life change will find helpful and uplifting guidance here, at times the focus zooms in on the issues facing parents, such as amicable co-parenting with your ex or introducing new partners to your children.
Don't miss: the thought-provoking journal prompts sprinkled throughout, which will help readers work through questions big and small.
Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative by Melissa FebosWhat it is: an engaging and candid collection of essays about the stories we tell ourselves and the power of writing as a tool to help us work through our pasts, face our emotions, and thoughtfully consider our relationships.
What makes it unique: the focus on the body as part of our personal narrative and how our bodies tell their own stories about our experiences with life and love.
Reviewers say: The "whip-smart essays" in Body Work are "a wonder", and "even nonwriters will enjoy the artistry on display throughout" (Publishers Weekly).
Move the Body, Heal the Mind: Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Dementia and... by Jennifer Heisz, PhDWhat it's about: the powerful connection between the health of our brains and the fitness of our bodies.
Read it for: the latest in neuroscientific research into exercise and the effects staying active can have on memory, sleep quality, and how the brain changes as we age.
You might also like: Daniel Lieberman's Exercised, which covers similar territory from an anthropological perspective and explores why physical activity is such a struggle for so many.
Conversations With People Who Hate Me: 12 Things I Learned from Talking to Internet... by Dylan MarronWhat it is: hopeful and thought-provoking reflections on having difficult conversations across seemingly unbridgeable divides in a world of internet trolling and toxic online vitriol.
You might also like: Letter to a Stranger by Colleen Kinder.
About the author: Actor Dylan Marron hosts the Conversations with People Who Hate Me podcast, web series Every Single Word, and is best known for playing Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale.
Don't Worry: 48 Lessons on Relieving Anxiety from a Zen Buddhist Monk by Shunmyō MasunoWhat it's about: techniques for managing stress and anxiety based in the teachings of Zen Buddhism.
Why you might like it: This straightforward guide features practical and accessible advice that both Buddhists and non-Buddhists can benefit from, with simple exercises to help readers develop their mindfulness skills.
Reviewers say: Don't Worry is "highly recommended" and "particularly needed in recent times" (Library Journal).
Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability by Summer Michaud-SkogWhat it is: a comprehensive, upbeat guide to getting outside for people of all body sizes and fitness levels.
Why you might like it: In addition to the well-researched, practical advice presented here, author Summer Michaud-Skog includes reflections on self-care, the value of community, and the power of representation for marginalized groups rarely depicted in outdoorsy media.
Don't miss: the overview of how to choose your hiking gear and commiseration with readers who struggle to find athletic apparel that fits their bodies.
Write for Your Life by Anna QuindlenWhat it's about: the case for developing a writing practice as way of connecting with ourselves and each other, even for those who "don't, won't, or think they can't write."
Why you should read it: Write for Your Life makes a persuasive, timely argument for the power of writing regularly to help us make sense of big questions through reflection on smaller, everyday life experiences.
Reviewers say: "Highly recommended for those looking to come to terms with their lives and the world around them" (Library Journal).
The Art of Talking with Children: The Simple Keys to Nurturing Kindness, Creativity, and... by Rebecca Rolland, EdDWhat's inside: well-researched advice for connecting with the young people in your life through meaningful and productive conversation.
Topics include: setting aside time for structured discussions of important issues; engaging with taciturn teens; the power of conversation to instill confidence and empathy.
For fans of: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish; Raising Good Humans by Hunter Clarke-Fields.
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