Quarterlife: The Search for Self in Early Adulthood by Satya Doyle ByockWhat it is: an insightful exploration of common challenges faced in early adulthood, informed by a mix of Jungian psychology, client case studies, folklore, literature, and pop culture.
Why it matters: Rather than attribute young adult behavior to generational stereotypes (e.g. millennials and avocado toast), author Satya Doyle Bycock is careful to break down the shared existential questions facing young people of all generations as they discover their identities and build lives for themselves.
Body Language: Writers on Identity, Physicality, and Making Space for Ourselves by Nicole Chung and Matt Ortile, editorsWhat's inside: candid and incisive essays from the archives of literary magazine Catapult about our bodies and how they inform our experiences of the world around us, related to topics like disability, size, and gender.
Essays include: "Smother Me" by Natalie Lima; "Attack of the Six-Foot Woman" by Hannah Walhout; "What I Did for the Chance to Have a Baby Someday" by Karissa Chen.
For fans of: The Pretty One by Keah Brown; Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams; The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor.
Original Sins: A Memoir by Matt Rowland HillWhat it is: a moving and engaging memoir about addiction, grief, shame, faith, and family dysfunction.
Is it for you? Matt Rowland Hill doesn't shy away from the nature of his addiction, although his prose is beautiful enough that it's difficult to look away from even the most harrowing details.
Don't miss: the author's ironic and heartbreaking account of shooting up heroin at the funeral of a friend who died from an overdose.
Mindreader: The New Science of Deciphering What People Really Think, What They Really... by David J. Lieberman, PhDWhat it's about: how to think about thinking in order to better understand the feelings, values, motivations, and behaviors of others.
Topics include: how to spot when someone might be lying; how insecurity leads people to overcompensate.
About the author: Dr. David J. Lieberman is a psychotherapist and the author of bestsellers like Never Be Lied to Again and Make Peace with Anyone.
Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions by Batja MesquitaWhat it is: a well-researched examination of our emotional experiences through a cultural lens, how the society we live in shapes how we view them, and how those concepts can affect our relationships with each other and ourselves.
Why it matters: because the way we talk about our emotions matters; cultural competency is an important skill in our personal and professional lives in an increasingly interconnected world.
Examples include: the lack of a direct translation of the English word "disgust" in Polish; in Japanese, both "embarrassment" and "shame" are described using the same word; the untranslatable mix of nostalgia and sadness that is the Portuguese word saudade.
Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most by Cassie Holmes, PhDWhat it's about: actionable steps we can take to make the most of our time -- not just in terms of maximizing our productivity, but also focusing on what we get out of it and how it can support our general happiness.
Advice includes: bundling chores with enjoyable activities, such as listening to podcasts or audiobooks while cleaning up; tracking your time for two weeks to make it easier to plan for future changes.
Reviewers say: Happier Hour is "as thorough as it is practical" and "a notch above similar volumes" (Publishers Weekly).
The 12-hour Walk: Invest One Day, Conquer Your Mind, and Unlock Your Best Life by Colin O'BradyWhat it is: an inspiring collection of reflections and advice for how to climb your metaphorical Everest from someone who has climbed the literal one.
Topics include: overcoming self-limiting beliefs; the power of being intentional about unplugging from technology from time to time.
About the author: Adventurer and motivational speaker Colin O'Brady is a triathlete and mountaineer who holds world records in 4 different exploration categories. His previous work includes The Impossible First, a memoir of his 54-day journey across Antarctica.
The Other: How to Own Your Power at Work as A Woman of Color by Daniela Pierre-BravoWhat it is: an accessible, thought-provoking look at the uphill battle that women of color face in the workplace and how to face these challenges head-on.
Topics include: how to set boundaries; the importance of asking for what you're worth; learning to live (and work) beyond survival mode.
Who it's for: women of color looking for validation of their difficult experiences at work; employers and managers looking to make actual substantive change with their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts beyond basic window dressing.
Healing from Toxic Relationships: 10 Essential Steps to Recover from Gaslighting... by Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhDWhat it's about: strategies for anyone recovering from a toxic relationship (romantic or otherwise); how to identify problem behaviors, avoid unwanted contact, and get the mental health support needed to heal.
Why you should read it: Whether or not readers have personally been in a toxic relationship, this guide will familiarize them with common red flag behaviors to be on the lookout for when bringing people into their lives.
How it's presented: through a compassionate 10-step recovery plan broken down into approachable pieces.
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