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5 books high performers should read this month

Including a meditation on gratitude and Michelle Obama’s much-anticipated memoir

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: the feminine revolution

The Gist: The authors, two former female executives at high-powered companies like Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Disney, reboot femininity for the modern woman, offering advice on how to channel once-disparaged feminine traits like sensitivity and intuition into sources of power and strength. Gabrielle Reece provides a foreword, while opinions from other inspiring women, including Cindy Crawford and Cat Cora, are peppered throughout.
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the book: quarterback

The Gist: John Feinstein’s first book, A Season on the Brink, became one of the bestselling sports books of all time. In his latest tome, Feinstein gives a behind-the-scenes look at the role of the quarterback. He follows the lives and career trajectories of five top NFL passers, exploring what it’s like on draft day and inside locker room huddles, during Super Bowl victories and following stunning defeats.
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the book: chicken and charcoal

The Gist: Chicken is a globally consumed lean meat, and the main ingredient in the Japanese grilled dish yakitori. In his debut cookbook, chef Matt Abergel of renowned Hong Kong yakitori restaurant, Yardbird, breaks down butchering techniques for “whole” bird cooking and offers recipes for all parts of the chicken along with sides like hearty mushroom rice.
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the book: thanks a thousand

The Gist: Following a dare from his son, bestselling author A.J. Jacobs set out on an epic gratitude project. From his neighborhood barista to farmers in Colombia, chemists, politicians, and over 900 other people in between, Jacobs made it his mission to personally thank every single person who had a role in making his morning coffee possible. The result is an entertaining crash course on the scientific benefits of gratitude as well as an exploration of our world’s amazing interconnectedness.
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the book: becoming

The Gist: Since her departure from the White House, Michelle Obama’s never too far from the public eye, thanks to her work with the Obama Foundation and most recently, the release of her much-anticipated memoir. People have gleaned snippets of her extraordinary life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her time on Pennsylvania Avenue. Now, she tells it all in her own words laced with her trademark honesty and wit.
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