Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness by Roy Richard GrinkerWhat it is: an engaging look at the history of mental illness stigma and how those negative attitudes have shaped treatment over time.
Read it for: the author's compassionate approach toward mental illness and the story of his own family's role in the history of psychology (his grandfather worked with Sigmund Freud).
Reviewers say: Nobody's Normal is a "highly readable, thoughtful study of how we perceive and talk about mental illness" (Kirkus Reviews).
ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction... by Edward M. Hallowell MD and John J. Ratey MDWhat it's about: understanding and managing ADHD in all stages of life, grounded in the latest available research.
Why you should read it: Both authors have ADHD themselves, giving them personal perspective that's as valuable as their professional work.
Don't miss: the exploration of topics often left out of conversations about ADHD, such at the emotional ramifications of living with the disorder.
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika JaouadWhat it's about: the moving and bittersweet story of Suleika Jaouad's battle with leukemia and her journey of emotional recovery after surviving the disease.
About the author: Jaouad is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian and columnist for the New York Times.
Reviewers say: "This is a stunning memoir, well-crafted and hard to put down" (Publishers Weekly).
The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease by Charles KennyWhat it is: a timely and well-researched history of the relationship between humanity and disease and how various plagues have shaped society.
Why you should read it: to provide context for the economic, social, and political implications of the current pandemic.
Don't miss: the discussions of non-communicable but still widespread conditions like high blood pressure.
Parenting While Working from Home: A Monthly Guide to Help Parents Balance Their Careers... by Shari Medini and Karissa TunisWhat it is: a well-timed and approachable guide to balancing the competing responsibilities of work, childcare, and schooling when all three take place at home.
Why you might like it: Potentially overwhelming topics are broken down into digestible pieces that include practical steps to help you get started.
Try this next: The Free-Market Family by Maxine Eichner, which explores how many parents got to this stressful place and what can be done to improve work/life balance in modern society.
What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness -- Lessons From a Body in Revolt... by Tessa MillerWhat it's about: This candid account of learning to live with chronic illness chronicles how author Tessa Miller had to radically alter her perspective and expectations after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease in her early adulthood.
For fans of: Kate Bowler's Everything Happens for a Reason, which also takes a candid look at life-altering illness.
Don't miss: a chapter full of advice for people who have someone with a chronic illness in their life on how best to provide support and accommodations.
Sanctuary: A Memoir by Emily Rapp BlackWhat it is: a lyrical and moving examination of trauma and grief after losing a child to congenital disease.
Read it for: cogent observations about the social norms surrounding grief and resilience and how they affect the grieving process.
About the author: Fulbright scholar and Michener fellow Emily Rapp Black has previously published the memoirs Poster Child and The Still Point of the Turning World.
Every Body: An Honest and Open Look at Sex from Every Angle by Julia Rothman and Shaina FeinbergWhat's inside: candid anecdotes, interviews, and essays about a wide variety of topics related to human sexuality and sexual health.
Topics include: body-positivity and self-image; mental and physical health conditions related to sex; intersex advocacy; modern life with HIV.
Is it for you? The stories related in Every Body are told in a liberated, frank style that's not shy about the details of sexuality.
The Puzzle Solver: A Scientist's Desperate Quest to Cure the Illness That Stole His Son by Tracie White with Ronald W. Davis, PhDWhat it is: the inspiring story of Stanford University geneticist Ronald W. Davis's work to understand and treat the debilitating disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (also called chronic fatigue syndrome) after his son's diagnosis.
Why it matters: ME/CFS has often been dismissed as a fake or psychosomatic condition, but the work of Dr. Davis and others has led to important new discoveries about its biological origins and implications.
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