5 Books High Performers Should Read this Month
From Sheryl Sandberg’s latest to a vegan cookbook and more
Being up to date on all things health and wellness is social and cultural currency these days. And while the internet is great, actual books are still a worthy pursuit. Tons of non-fiction comes out every month, though, and it can feel overwhelming to cut through the clutter. That’s why we started the Furthermore book club in March. In our third installment, we combed through some of the newest books and curated this list of five we think are worth reading this May.
The Book: The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods that Cause Disease and Weight Gain By: Steven R. Gundry, M.D.
The Gist: Gundry, a renowned cardiac surgeon, argues that lectins—compounds found in certain fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds—are potential “health hazards” that could cause anything from weight gain to chronic disease. He also includes simple ways to avoid them, without giving up lectin-packed tomatoes, peppers, and more.
The Book: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Gist: An American Museum of Natural History Astrophysicist, Tyson has penned two other books. As the title implies, this one is perhaps the most succinct, straightforward examination of the universe. Goodreads sums it up: “While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.”
The Book: Vegan: The Cookbook By: Jean-Christian Jury
The Gist: Chef Jean-Christian Jury’s comprehensive cookbook is a gastronomic tour of vegan cuisine, featuring nearly 500 recipes from France to Nigeria. Beautifully illustrated, the dishes are both creative and easily executed. (It’s also a gorgeous coffee table accessory.) Additional reporting by Brianna Wippman.
The Book: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy By: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
The Gist: Sandberg gets incredibly real about the death of her husband and how she moved through what The New York Times calls the “final act of love” (grief) and the “necessary betrayal on which the future depends” (recovery from that grief). Throughout, Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, offers actionable tips for overcoming tragic events like death of loved ones as well as simple everyday struggles.
The Book: Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century By: Chuck Klosterman
The Gist: This is a collection of articles and essays from the past decade penned by the “Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine and bestselling author, Chuck Klosterman. Topics range from Usain Bolt to Taylor Swift to Tim Tebow.