5 Books High Performers Should Read This Month
Including a travel memoir that will shake your brain awake.
THE BOOK: TO SHAKE THE SLEEPING SELF BY: JEDIDIAH JENKINS
The Gist: Just two months before the start of what would turn into a 14,000-mile cycling trip from Oregon to Patagonia, Jedidiah Jenkins had never even owned a bike. But with the firm belief in travel “as a way of shaking the brain awake,” he headed south, chronicling his 16-month journey in an unwaveringly honest, entertaining memoir.
THE BOOK: THE MAMBA MENTALITY BY: KOBE BRYANT
The Gist: In his first book, five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant gives an insider’s look into his famously meticulous approach towards basketball. He offers tips on how to “warm up with purpose” and insight into how he mentally prepares for each game. Stunning photographs by longtime Lakers and NBA official photographer Andrew D. Bernstein turn this tome into a visual feast for any hoops fan.
THE BOOK: CONTACT HIGH BY: VIKKI TOBAK
The Gist: Rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots spanning more than three decades give readers a chronological and intimate look at hip-hop’s evolution. This visual journey includes everything from Fab 5 Freddy walking out of a Bronx White Castle (then a go-to spot for b-boys) in 1982 to the Notorious B.I.G. being crowned “King of New York” in 1997 three days before he was shot.
THE BOOK: OTTOLENGHI SIMPLE BY: YOTAM OTTOLENGHI WITH TARA WIGLEY AND ESME HOWARTH
The Gist: London chef Yotam Ottolenghi is known as much for his signature Middle Eastern influences as he is for injecting dishes with multi-layered flavors and textures. But the 130 streamlined recipes here, including a vibrant baked mint rice with pomegranate and olive salsa and braised eggs with leeks and za’atar, are all simple in at least one—and often more than one—way, whether they can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less or require mostly pantry ingredients.
THE BOOK: ATOMIC HABITS BY: JAMES CLEAR
The Gist: James Clear, who writes a popular newsletter about building better habits, has written his first book, a practical guide on “how to optimize your habits and get one percent better every day.” He draws on the latest science, plus offers compelling anecdotes from Olympic gold medalists, chess grandmasters, and more, synthesizing it all into actionable tips everyone can use.