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5 books high performers should read this month

The book: Signature Dishes That Matter

By: Christine Muhlke

The gist: Food writer and Bon Appétit editor-at-large Christine Muhlke posits that certain dishes have become part of a collective flavor history, sparking new culinary movements and/or shifting the direction of dining and home cooking. In this compendium, she showcases more than 240, including the Caesar salad and the Cronut, Dominique Ansel’s donut-croissant hybrid that gained cult status within days of its New York City debut in 2013. Nearly all are accompanied by a recipe and watercolor illustration.

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The book: Rebound

By: Cindy Kuzma and Carrie Jackson Cheadle

The gist: With anecdotes from more than 40 athletes, Furthermore contributor Cindy Kuzma and certified mental performance consultant Carrie Jackson Cheadle provide a mental framework that can help anyone rebound after a sports injury. It’s a beneficial guide for a sidelined athlete or for those just looking to reduce their physical vulnerability.

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The book: America’s Game

By: Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams

The gist: This compilation celebrates the NFL’s first one hundred years “from the inside,” with stories and personal photos from players, coaches, and team executives. It’s been put together by perhaps the foremost insider himself: three-time Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice, along with noted sports writer Randy O. Williams.

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The book: The Body

By: Bill Bryson

The gist: Author Bill Bryson has made a career of delving into the oldest, biggest questions about the universe. In his latest book, he takes an entertaining and exhaustive journey into what makes the human body tick. He considers the paradox of genetics (“all humans share 99.9 percent of their DNA, and yet no two humans are alike”), the marvels of the immune system (“every day, it has been estimated, between one and five of your cells turns cancerous, and your immune system captures and kills them”), and more. 

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The book: Fair Play

By: Eve Rodsky

The gist: Inspired by an imbalance of household and child-rearing duties in her marriage, Harvard-educated lawyer turned organizational psychologist Eve Rodsky created a “Shit I Do List” in 2016 that went viral. Now she's turned it into a book featuring interviews with more than five hundred men and women across the socio-economic spectrum and advice for couples on managing life at home. 

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