Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know and Women Need to Tell Them About Working... by Joanne LipmanWhat it is: an insightful examination of gender bias in the workplace, providing anecdotes of how companies have addressed and alleviated the gender gap.
About the author: Joanne Lipman, the editor-in-chief at USA Today and a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, expounds on her professional experiences to push this timely conversation forward.
For fans of: Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg's practical call to gender equality in the workplace.
With the End in Mind: Dying, Death & Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn MannixWhat it is: a compassionate journey through the process of dying.
What sets it apart: Kathryn Mannix reflects on her 30-year practice as a palliative care physician, richly detailing her patients' experiences.
Supplemental materials: a letter-writing template for saying goodbye to loved ones.
Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do by Carl J. SchrammWhat it is: a candid guide for budding entrepreneurs that debunks common business myths and makes the case for forging one's own path to success.
Did you know? The average entrepreneur is 39 and has worked in corporate America for at least ten years.
Chapters include: encouraging reminders, case histories, and a survey to determine if franchising your business is the right choice for you.
Mommy Burnout: How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the Process by Sheryl ZieglerWhat it is: a reassuring guide to help mitigate mental and physical exhaustion in mothers (though it's primarily aimed at heterosexual middle-class women).
About the author: Child psychologist and mother of three Sheryl Ziegler draws upon her professional and personal experiences to provide a variety of perspectives for both stay-at-home and working moms.
Chapters include: Case studies from Ziegler's practice and detailed strategies to effectively combat mommy burnout.
The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed by Temple Grandin and Richard PanekWhat it's about: Celebrated animal science professor Temple Grandin discusses how technological advancements in neuroscience have contributed to the study of autism.
Why you might like it: Grandin's clear writing style and optimistic outlook make the technical subject matter understandable even if you don't have a scientific background.
The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be by Martha Herbert and Karen WeintraubWhat it is: an in-depth and unorthodox examination of the diagnosis and treatments of autism.
Is it for you? Renowned neurologist Martha Herbert rejects the view that autism is solely a genetically determined disorder, emphasizing the impact of environmental factors, diet, and stress on the brain.
Reviewers say: The Autism Revolution is "an important book with broader implications than its specific subject" (Kirkus Reviews).
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki HigashidaWhat it's about: In this captivating memoir, Naoki Higashida, a man with nonverbal autism, expressively conveys the frustration of relying on a keyboard to communicate with others.
Who it's for: Readers who enjoy artful and eloquent writing.
Book buzz: Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 is a follow-up to the international phenomenon The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, which Higashida wrote as a teenager.
Autism Adulthood: Strategies and Insights for a Fulfilling Life by Susan SenatorWhat it is: a straightforward guide that addresses the challenges of parenting adult children with autism.
What sets it apart: While there are plenty of resources on caring for young children with autism, books on caring for adult children with autism are more difficult to find.
You might also like: Teresa Sullivan's matter-of-fact memoir Mikey and Me, which candidly chronicles her relationship with her autistic sister.
Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve SilbermanWhat it's about: Award-winning journalist Steve Silberman explores the science, history, and politics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in this thoroughly researched and authoritative guide.
Who it's for: Silberman's engaging, narrative writing style is suitable for science enthusiasts and general readers alike.
Did you know? Child psychiatrist Leo Kanner coined the term "autism" in 1943.
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