Full Out: Lessons in Life and Leadership from America's Favorite Coach by Monica AldamaWhat it is: an upbeat and richly detailed guide to achieving your personal and professional goals using lessons from author Monica Aldama's career as a professional cheerleading coach and star of Netflix original series Cheer.
Topics include: developing a sense of personal integrity; the power of ritual; the importance of getting out of your comfort zone.
Reviewers say: "There’s lots to cheer for in Aldama’s upbeat and practical advice" (Publishers Weekly).
Empower: Conquering the Disease of Fear by Tareq Azim and Seth DavisWhat it is: the unique and inspiring story of Tareq Azim, an NFL trainer and his advice on overcoming adversity and fear on the road to success.
Read it for: the author's efforts to encourage social change in Afghanistan, including his involvement with setting up the country's first women's boxing federation.
Did you know? Azim was the first Afghan American linebacker to play Division 1 football.
I Didn't Do the Thing Today by Madeleine DoreWhat it's about: an exploration of the pressure to constantly be productive and an argument in favor of accepting that there are "days we don't seize."
Topics include: the importance of being realistic when setting expectations for yourself; the value of regularly making space for small indulgences; learning to identify self-shaming patterns.
About the author: Writer and interviewer Madeleine Dore runs the productivity blog Extraordinary Routines and hosts the podcast Routines & Ruts.
Losing Our Minds: The Challenge of Defining Mental Illness by Lucy FoulkesWhat it is: a science-based look at mental illness as a construct, urging readers and practitioners to reflect on the defining lines between the difficulties that are an inescapable part of human life and actual clinical conditions.
Don't miss: the discussion of social media as a double-edged sword to both create a platform for destigmatization and a means for the spread of misinformation.
Reviewers say: Author Lucy Foulkes is "a compassionate, rational guide through modern-day mental issues that are neither easily categorized nor treated" (Kirkus Reviews).
Midlife Bites: Anyone Else Falling Apart or Is It Just Me? by Jen MannWhat's inside: candid and witty essays and observations about moving into a new life stage, with a focus on the particular challenges faced by women.
Read it for: the conversational tone, which hits just the right notes when discussing the intimate (and occasionally embarrassing) topics and feels like talking to an old friend.
About the author: Nonfiction writer Jen Mann's previous books include Working with People I Want to Punch in the Throat and Suburban Scourges.
Already Enough: A Path to Self-Acceptance by Lisa OliveraWhat it's about: how our personal narratives can shape our outlooks on life and how reshaping our stories can help us change for the better.
Why you might like it: the advice is presented in a well-organized format and compassionate, relatable tone.
Reviewers say: Already Enough is "a brave and welcoming guide that will resonate with those who may have questioned whether they deserve to be loved" (Publishers Weekly).
Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father's Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom by Shaka SenghorWhat it is: a compelling, passionate appeal to fathers and sons to develop deeper, more enriching connections -- with each other and other men in their lives.
Read it for: the candid and evocative writing style; the fearless authenticity of the discussions of toxic masculinity and systemic racism.
About the author: Shaka Senghor is a Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab whose previous work includes the memoir Writing My Wrongs, about his time in prison.
The Sunny Nihilist: A Declaration of the Pleasure of Pointlessness by Wendy SyfretWhat it's about: how you can use a little bit of nihilism as a positive tool to free yourself from things that don't make you happy by removing "the burden of meaning" from your obligations.
Read it if: despite your best self-improvement and self-care efforts and routines you still feel overwhelmed and burnt out.
Reviewers say: Author Wendy Syfret "offers a brighter take" on a traditionally gloomy outlook, "making a case that it allows for “a chance to enjoy the moment, the present, the chaos, and luck of being alive" (Publishers Weekly).
Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them by Tessa WestWhat it is: a funny and thought-provoking guide to working with difficult colleagues, with a deep dive into the forces that create fraught work environments.
Toxic types include: the Credit Stealer, the Gaslighter, the Bulldozer, and the Kiss Up/Kick Downer.
You might also like: Conflicted by Ian Leslie; Why Are We Yelling? by Buster Benton.
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