5 Books High Performers Should Read This Month
How to be happier in 2018, plus a guide to getting over yourself
Being up to date on all things health and wellness is social and cultural currency these days. And while quick-hit news bites are great, in-depth reads are still a worthy pursuit. Many non-fiction books come out every month, though, and it can feel overwhelming to cut through the clutter. That’s why we started the Furthermore book club last March. In our eleventh installment, we curated this list of five we think are worth reading this January.
THE BOOK: HAWKER FARE BY: JAMES SYHABOUT WITH JOHN BIRDSALL
The Gist: James Syhabout, a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef, may best be known for his visionary prix-fixe menus at Commis restaurant in Oakland. In his first cookbook, though, he goes back to his roots, presenting the spicy, savory, bitter foods of his heritage. He explains the building blocks of a traditional Lao Isan meal, and offers recipes for staples such as sticky rice and green papaya salad.
THE BOOK: ADVICE NOT GIVEN BY: MARK EPSTEIN
The Gist: Epstein, a practicing Buddhist and Harvard-educated psychiatrist, integrates Buddhism’s Eightfold Path with Western psychotherapy to offer a constructive guide for contending with the one affliction he believes we all have in common: our ego. Acclaimed novelist Ann Patchett calls the book “a tonic for the ailments of our time.”
THE BOOK: HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE BY: JOHN LELAND
The Gist: Leland, who followed the lives of six New Yorkers aged 85 and older on assignment for the New York Times, expands on his yearlong series with this new book. Loaded with charm, wisdom, and decades’ worth of personal anecdotes, it explores the “paradox of old age” and offers a startlingly simple solution: “If you want to be happy, learn to think like an old person.”
THE BOOK: ALL-AMERICAN MURDER BY: JAMES PATTERSON & ALEX ABRAMOVICH
The Gist: James Patterson takes his knack for crafting page-turning bestsellers to tell the true story of Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end convicted of first-degree murder. On-the-scene reporting and interviews with dozens of subjects promise an enthralling investigative read.
THE BOOK: WHEN BY: DANIEL H. PINK
The Gist: With nearly 20 million views, Pink’s TED Talk on the science of motivation ranks among the site’s most-watched. In his latest book, Pink draws across a spectrum of fields to reveal the science behind timing, with practical takeaways such as how to build an ideal schedule and when to switch careers.