5 Books High Performers Should Read This Month
How to push the limits of endurance and develop poker-table street-smarts
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. Here, our picks for this month.
THE BOOK: ENDURE BY: ALEX HUTCHINSON
The Gist: With a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell, this new book by former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist Alex Hutchinson explores the complex interplay of how the mind and body work to push the limits of endurance. Gripping anecdotes from athletes, explorers, and more, such as Eliud Kipchoge’s quest to break the two-hour marathon barrier, combine for a superbly-researched, compelling read.
THE BOOK: HORMONAL BY: MARTIE HASELTON
The Gist: Martie Haselton, Ph.D, a professor of psychology at UCLA and evolutionary theorist, argues that “women’s hormone cycles embody half a billion years of evolutionary wisdom.” Her new book helps women interpret this “hidden intelligence” to understand when they’re most competitive and why they’re drawn to different kinds of men during various stages of their cycle in order to “make the best decisions in their modern lives.”
THE BOOK: THINKING IN BETS BY: ANNIE DUKE
The Gist: Former World Series of Poker champion Annie Duke draws on examples from business, politics, and sports—including Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s infamous call during the last seconds of Super Bowl XLIX—to offer insights and tools that anyone can use to make smarter decisions in the face of uncertainty. University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Philip E. Tetlock calls the book “an elegant fusion of poker-table street-smarts and cognitive science insights.”
THE BOOK: BETWEEN HARLEM AND HEAVEN BY: JJ JOHNSON AND ALEXANDER SMALLS
The Gist: Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson picked up an Esquire Best New Restaurant of the Year award for their unique Afro-Asian-American dishes at The Cecil, now part of the revived Harlem jazz club, Minton’s. In their first cookbook together, you’ll find over 100 recipes that celebrate the “depth and breadth of the African diaspora” from collard green salad with coconut dressing to cinnamon-scented guinea hen.
THE BOOK: FEEL FREE BY: ZADIE SMITH
The Gist: Sharp, stylish, honest—adjectives often used to describe the novelist Zadie Smith’s fiction—apply as well to her essays. In this new collection, she covers topics as far-ranging as Jay-Z, comparing his genius to Milton and an experimental French literary group in the ‘60s, to the seeming mysteries of Mark Zuckerberg and hypocrisies of Brexit.