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5 books high performers should read this month

Chick-lit worth your time, food diaries of the rich and famous, and more

Being up to date on all things health andwellnessis social andcultural currencythese days. And while the internet is great,booksare still a worthy pursuit. Manyreads come out every month, though, and it can feel overwhelming to cut through the clutter. That’s why we started the Furthermore book clubin March. In our fifth installment, we combed through some of the newest books and curated this list of five we think are worth reading this July.


<i>fitness junkie</i>

The Gist: Chick-lit meets Fitbit. From the authors of The Knockoff comes this snarky, entertaining look at the health and wellness industry and our increasingly weight-obsessed society, seen through one woman’s comically over-the-top attempts to shed thirty pounds. Expect cultish workout classes with fanatical instructors, dubious detox diets (edible clay, anyone?) and tons of juicing, with buzzwords like “organic” and “artisanal” strewn satirically throughout.
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<i>in vino duplicitas: the rise and fall of a wine forger extraordinaire</i>

The Gist: Stemming from his Wine Spectator articles on the biggest con in wine history, journalist Peter Hellman delves into the unlikely ascent of Rudy Kurniawan. The absorbing read follows Kurniawan, a virtual unknown, as he swindles his way into becoming the leading purveyor of ultrafine wines—selling fake bottles to the likes of billionaire Bill Koch—until his ultimate demise as the first person to be convicted of counterfeiting wine in the U.S.
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<i>what she ate: six remarkable women and the food that tells their stories</i>

The Gist: “You are what you eat,” or as the noted French gastronome Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once wrote, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” Culinary historian Laura Shapiro uses that adage as the basis of her fascinating book, which chronicles an eclectic group of women—from Eleanor Roosevelt and Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress, to longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown—through the meals they ate and their relationship to food.
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<i>everything all at once: how to unleash your inner nerd, tap into radical curiosity and solve any problem</i>

The Gist: Bill Nye, best known for his PBS children's show, isn’t just for kids. His latest book is a clarion call for grown-ups to unleash their “inner nerd.” Using anecdotes from his colorful life—he used to be an engineer at Boeing and a stand-up comedian—Nye writes compellingly on how he’s achieved this, and gives actionable advice on how everyone can develop the skills necessary to enact important change, whether on a personal or societal level.
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<i> bianco: pizza, pasta, and other food i like </i>

The Gist: Widely regarded as America’s best pizzaiolo, Chris Bianco has legions of fans, including super chefs like Nancy Silverton, who has called his namesake Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix a “mecca for the pizza-obsessed.” This month, he debuts his first cookbook, sharing his pizza fundamentals including the art of the thin crust to tips for the sweetest tomato sauce. You’ll also find recipes for the meals he cooks for his staff before service, luscious desserts, and more.
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