Anatomy of a Breakthrough: How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most by Adam AlterWhat it's about: the periods of personal, professional, and creative stagnation that can keep you stuck in life and how to overcome the inertia that's holding you back.
Why you might like it: The author's advice is practical and presented in a non-judgemental, confidence-boosting tone and contextualized through abundant case studies from all walks of life.
Examples include: painter Claude Monet; Academy Award-winner Brie Larson; and music legend Miles Davis.
Sisterhood Heals: The Transformative Power of Healing in Community by Joy Harden Bradford, PhDWhat it is: a reflective guide to building and sustaining friendships, discovering your strengths and weaknesses as a friend, and strengthening ties within your community to foster healing.
About the author: Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a licensed clinical psychologist and host of the Therapy for Black Girls podcast.
Reviewers say: "Bradford’s celebration of friendship is moving, backed with psychological depth, and especially welcome in a culture that sometimes downplays nonromantic bonds" (Publishers Weekly).
Hot and Bothered: What No One Tells You About Menopause And How to Feel Like... by Jancee DunnWhat's inside: a humorous and candid exploration of menopause, its cultural implications, and research into the latest tools and tips to navigate one of life's biggest changes.
Read it for: the informative interviews with medical professionals; the emphasis placed on dispelling misinformation; the handy appendix of authoritative resources included at the end.
You might also like: The Slow Moon Climbs by Susan P. Mattern; The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter.
Slow AF Run Club: The Ultimate Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Run by Martinus EvansHow it started: with author Martinus Evans receiving news from his doctor that his weight and lack of fitness was likely to send him to an early grave.
What happened next: Evans committed to running and completing a marathon, against the odds. Slow AF Run Club details his development as a "non-traditional" runner, the sense of community he found as he continued running marathons, and his advice for getting started no matter where you're starting from.
Reviewers say: "Practical and compassionate in equal measure, this will get readers moving" (Publishers Weekly).
The Choice Point: The Scientifically Proven Method to Push Past Mental Walls and... by Joanna GroverWhat it's about: making choices, big or small, and how the mind and body participate in that process.
Tips include: journaling to discover what you want most; visualization exercises that engage your senses to make the experience of goal-setting feel real and potentially more achievable.
For fans of: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman; Nudge by Richard H. Thaler.
Your Future Self: How to Make Tomorrow Better Today by Hal HershfieldWhat it is: a well-researched examination of short and long-term thinking and how to make choices that benefit us most in the future.
Read it for: the practical advice, which is presented in a well-organized and engaging format.
Reviewers say: "An encouraging, practical guide for decision-making" (Kirkus Reviews).
Talking on Eggshells: Soft Skills for Hard Conversations by Sam HornWhat's inside: an upbeat guide to communicating in the face of unknown social dynamics, in particular when potential conflict is part of the possible fallout.
Topics include: proactive vs. reactive responses; growing a thicker skin; and how to use your tone to set and maintain your communication boundaries.
For fans of: Why Are We Yelling by Buster Benson; Connect by David L. Bradford.
Body Neutral: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Body Image Issues by Jessi KneelandWhat it is: a thought-provoking examination of body image and how we can make peace with the issues underlying the fraught relationships many of us have with the skin we live in.
Why it matters: Body Neutral emphasizes taking a step back from the body itself when needed to focus on the mind, providing advice for exploring what makes someone unhappy with their body and how they react to that unhappiness.
Reviewers say: "There’s a lot here for readers who are serious about coming to terms with their body image and willing to do the work to make it happen" (Booklist).
Will to Wild: Adventures Great and Small to Change Your Life by Shelby StangerWhat it's about: literal adventure in the great outdoors or metaphorical adventure in any part of your life that could use shaking up, how to know it's time to push yourself, and ways to prepare yourself to meet any challenges that await you on the journey.
Read it for: the warm, encouraging tone and boundless, contagious enthusiasm that will get you motivated to seek adventure in your life, whether it's a career change or wilderness trek.
About the author: Journalist Shelby Stanger hosts the podcast Wild Ideas Worth Living and has contributed to publications like Outside Magazine.
All the Gold Stars: Reimagining Ambition and the Ways We Strive by Rainesford StaufferWhat it is: a thoughtful and well-researched exploration of ambition and how our modern understanding of it can harm our self-worth and leave us isolated.
Topics include: the pitfalls of "hustle" culture; the pressure to excel and how it can impact children from a young age; the social inequalities that existing measures for tracking academic achievement can exacerbate.
About the author: Rainesford Stauffer is a journalist who writes the "Work in Progress" column for Teen Vogue and regularly contributes to The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Vox.
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