Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy by Cris BeamWhat it is: a well-rounded and in-depth examination of the meaning, history, and practice of empathy.
What sets it apart: Journalist Cris Beam also discusses how empathy can be exploited -- whether in corporate monetizing endeavors (such as targeted marketing) or in situations where empathy may be viewed as oppressive (such as "helping" non-trafficked sex workers who do not wish to leave the trade).
The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Auto-Immune Response and... by Darin IngelsWhat it is: a patient-focused book exploring treatment options for Lyme Disease -- including lifestyle changes and supplements -- that are outside the scope of the Center for Disease Control's guidelines.
About the author: Darin Ingels is a naturopathic physician and a Lyme Disease patient.
Further reading: Readers looking for a more science-based book may want to try Conquering Lyme Disease by Brian Fallon and Jennifer Sotsky.
How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life by Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh What it is: an optimistic guide for how best to seize opportunities as they come your way.
What's inside: a helpful blend of scientific findings, interviews with successful people, and common sense advice.
Don't miss: anecdotes of famous lucky breaks -- like George Lucas hiring his carpenter (a young Harrison Ford) to star in American Graffiti.
Preschool Clues: Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World by Angela C. SantomeroWhat it's about: the positive role that television shows can play in early childhood development if utilized effectively and age-appropriately.
Author alert: Angela C. Santomero is the award-winning co-creator of Blue's Clues, Super Why!, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.
Why you might like it: With a breezy, conversational tone, Preschool Clues will appeal to parents, educators, and fans of children's shows.
Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford by Kristin WongWhat it is: an introductory guide to personal finance management, brimming with humor and encouraging advice.
What's inside: game-like activities and assignments to help readers make sense of their spending habits.
Chapters include: "Power Up with an 'Oh, Crap, I Didn't See That Coming' Fund," "Learn to Negotiate Like a Shark (or at Least a Piranha)."
Focus on: Technology and Digital Literacy
Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future by Joi Ito and Jeff HoweWhat it's about: In this "user's manual to the twenty-first century" (Kirkus Reviews), Joi Ito and Jeff Howe of the MIT Media Lab present an accessible framework for how to make sense of -- and adapt to -- evolving technologies and trends that eclipse traditional productivity methods.
Is it for you? Readers interested in exploring how technological innovations impact business practices will appreciate this "provocative gem" (Publishers Weekly).
SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver, and More... by Jane McGonigalWhat it's about: To aid in her post-concussion recovery, game designer Jane McGonigal created SuperBetter, a series of motivational "quests" based on video game strategies. Now a digital game, SuperBetter has been played by over half a million people.
Why it's significant: SuperBetter spawned a National Institutes of Health study, which found that the game improves participants' mental health and strengthens interpersonal relationships.
The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe... by Kevin D. Mitnick with Robert VamosiWhat it is: a practical step-by-step guide to protecting your privacy online.
Did you know? Author Kevin D. Mitnick, a cybersecurity expert, spent three years evading the FBI for his hacking abilities, an experience he recounts in his memoir Ghost in the Wires.
Reviewers say: "A highly useful handbook for how not to be seen --online, anyway" (Kirkus Reviews).
The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication... by Alex Soojung-Kim PangWhat it's about: Featuring neuroscience findings and time-management strategies, this thoughtful, Zen-inspired guide to "contemplative computing" explores technology addiction, its impact on the brain, and the steps that readers can take to unplug and recharge.
Try this next: Catherine Price's How to Break Up with Your Phone, a comprehensive 30-day plan which encourages focused, mindful usage of mobile technology.
The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair with Teresa H. Barker What it's about: This sympathetic study offers insights to help strengthen family relationships in the face of parents' overreliance on -- and childrens' overexposure to -- technology.
About the author: Catherine Steiner-Adair utilizes real-life examples from her work as a clinical psychologist and family therapist.
Reviewers say: "Should be required reading for all parents" (Publishers Weekly).
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