| | Empty: A Memoir by Susan Burton What it is: a compelling and reflective chronicle of the author's struggles with and continued recovery from disordered eating.
Read it for: the emotionally affecting stories of family dysfunction and cycles of addiction.
About the author: journalist and documentary producer Susan Burton is a long-time editor of This American Life.
| | Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age by Bruce Feiler What it's about: the impact of unanticipated life change events (job loss, death of a loved one, etc.) and the importance of learning how to respond to them.
Why you should read it: The advice is presented in easy-to-digest sections and written in an approachable, relaxed style.
You might also like: The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher.
| | Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women's Health and What We... by Alyson J. McGregor, MD What it's about: the male bias at the heart of modern medical knowledge and how women can fight for the care they need.
Topics include: pharmaceutical research with male-only subjects, nontraditional stroke and heart attack symptoms, disparities in pain management, and psychiatric misdiagnosis.
You might also like: Caring for Equality by David McBride; Everything Below the Waist by Jennifer Block.
| | Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg, PhD What it's about: the scientific underpinnings of habit formation, with insights about how to manage your expectations, motivations, and emotional responses.
Why you might like it: The advice presented here is well-grounded in research but is written in an inspiring tone and broken down into practical, approachable steps.
| | When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink What it is: an accessible and thought-provoking look at how time (and our perception of it) impacts us in unexpected psychological, biological, and economic ways.
Topics include: how the time of day might affect the decisions we make; the wide-ranging ripple effects of afternoon energy drops; how to best harness the power of your own circadian rhythm.
Want a taste? "If you want to measure the world’s emotional state, to find a mood ring large enough to encircle the globe, you could do worse than Twitter."
| | Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do by Eve Rodsky What it's about: the unequal expectations faced by many working women and how they spend their "free" time, with a focus on common disparities in household labor and ways to shrink the gap.
Why you should read it: with the rapid increase of people working from home, these issues could not be more important or timely.
Reviewers say: Fair Play is "potentially revolutionary" and gives readers "the right combination of venting and commiserating balanced by practical solutions" (Booklist).
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