This month’s collection of new wellbeing books include guides for self-care and how to argue better; an examination of our obsession with being liked and a self-help spin-off from Michelle Obama’s blockbuster memoir, Becoming. There’s also a children’s book that any age can enjoy and a 2019 reboot of a seminal book about abundance and gratitude from the 1990s.
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care: From A to Z literally goes through the alphabet on the most current of topics, starting with acceptance, affirmations and avoidance. Written by Anna Borges, a senior health editor at the American online magazine SELF, it has more than 200 tips, activities and stories, as well as flowcharts and Q and As – all peppered with humor. It’s all aimed at helping those who feel overwhelmed learn about a wide spectrum of therapeutic practices and how they work, from adult coloring books to support groups.
The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are
We all like to be liked, right? But what is the right balance, and what is it for women? Alicia Menendez, MSNBC anchor and host of the Latina to Latina podcast, wants readers to examine the systems that promote our obsession with “likeability.” Through research, interviews and personal experiences, Menendez pushes readers to explore how they perceive themselves and others and breaks down how the subjective nature of likeability is riddled with cultural biases. The Likeability Trap bottom line: wanting to be liked hinders progress and power.
Based on the bestselling memoir Becoming by the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, this journal aims to guide readers to “becoming” their most authentic selves. With a foreword by Obama and more than 150 inspiring questions and quotes, the journal helps readers discover their story, which is the first big step to a good, healthy, fulfilled life. Prompts are designed to help readers reflect on their personal and family histories, their goals, challenges, and dreams; what moves them and brings them hope and what kind of future they imagine for themselves and their communities.
Few people enjoy disagreements and arguments as well as a fear of conflict can be exhausting. Enter Buster Benson, an entrepreneur and one of the masterminds behind some of the highest-performing teams at Amazon, Twitter and Slack. He spent decades facilitating what he calls “hard conversations” in stressful environments. For a less stressful life, Why Are We Yelling? makes the case that conflict doesn’t have to be unpleasant and that if properly channeled, it can actually be a valuable tool for deepening relationships, solving problems and coming up with new ideas.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
One of the first books to inspire the proliferation of the gratitude journal, Simple Abundance was rejected by 30 publishers before it came out in 1995 and topped the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years. This time around, Sarah Ban Breathnach has refreshed and modernized her 90s phenomenon to address the needs of a generation bombarded by instant information and a 24/7 social media culture. With wit and wisdom, the book guides readers toward reclaiming their lives, finding balance and finding ways to celebrate quiet joys, simple pleasures and reminders to find beauty everywhere.
Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page
This is the latest in a series of “one word” books targeting younger readers. If you could choose only one word to help you have your best year ever, what would it be? Love? Fun? Believe? Brave? In One Word for Kids, bestselling author, speaker and trainer Jon Gordon and his co-authors, life coaches and speakers Dan Britton and Jimmy Page, guide children in first and second grade to the answers. They use an illustrated fable that follows Stevie, a young boy who must find the one word that will help him have the best year ever.
Rym Tina Ghazal is a cross-cultural and Arab history expert. She is also a peace ambassador, thought/youth leader, documentarian, lecturer and author for young readers. As an award-winning journalist with more than 15 years’ experience, she was one of the first Arab women to cover war zones in the Middle East, in 2003.