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What Matters Most

The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life's “What-ifs”

Book cover image: What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life's “What-ifs”

A practical look at putting your life together written by the founder of popular website GYST.com and informed by the author's personal experience after her husband's unexpected death in a biking accident. Part memoir, part hard-working how-to manual, Reynolds inspires readers to get their affairs in order before the unthinkable happens.  More »

The Art of Impossible

A Peak Performance Primer

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Bestselling author and performance expert Steven Kotler breaks down the processes by which elite performers accomplish seemingly impossible goals and teaches us how we, too, can do what we thought was out of our reach, turning the art of impossible into possibility for all who want to up their game.  More »

Recapture the Rapture

Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That’s Lost Its Mind

Book cover image: Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That’s Lost Its Mind

A peak-performance expert maps out a revolutionary new practice—Hedonic Engineering—that combines the best of neuroscience and optimal psychology. It’s an intensive program of breathing, movement, and sexuality that mends trauma, heightens inspiration and tightens connections—helping us wake up, grow up, and show up for a world that needs us all.  More »

Take More Vacations

How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World

Book cover image: Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World

The founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights Scott Keyes shares not only the tips and tricks that have saved his over two million newsletter subscribers a collective $500 million on airfare since 2015, but also presents a bold new strategy for how to travel the world.  More »

Mental Immunity

Infectious Ideas, Mind-Parasites, and the Search for a Better Way to Think

Book cover image: Mental Immunity: Infectious Ideas, Mind-Parasites, and the Search for a Better Way to Think

Philosopher Andy Norman dives into the world of mind-parasites, ideas that cause destructive thinking and extremism, and describes how to inoculate your mind to keep it safe from bad ideas.  More »

Cultish

The Language of Fanaticism

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From SoulCycle to Scientology, we're all obsessed with cults. Linguist Amanda Montell examines the language cults use to draw us in.  More »

The Big She-Bang

The Herstory of the Universe According to God the Mother

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New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella tells an alternate her-story of the world in a new brilliant graphic book. Narrated by God the Mother and featuring all of the bad-ass women who have been relegated to footnotes, or worse, vilified for daring to speak their minds, The Big She-Bang goes head to head with the big "book written by men about a bunch of men" to tell it like it is.  More »

Cassandra Speaks

When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes

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The bestselling author of Broken Open and Marrow delivers a feminist classic in the making that reveals how humanity has outgrown its origin tales, hero myths, and other stories, and empowers women to trust their instincts, find their voice, and tell new guiding stories for all people.  More »

Wordslut

A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

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A brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us.  More »

How to Drag a Body and Other Safety Tips You Hope to Never Need

Survival Tricks for Hacking, Hurricanes, and Hazards Life Might Throw at You

Book cover image: How to Drag a Body and Other Safety Tips You Hope to Never Need: Survival Tricks for Hacking, Hurricanes, and Hazards Life Might Throw at You

A seasoned war correspondent, Columbia University professor, and safety consultant provides practical, proven strategies for women that gives them the power and resources to take on almost any crisis, disaster, or challenge—from hurricanes to harassment and beyond. Everyone from Louis Pasteur to the Girl Scouts has championed the motto “Be Prepared”—but what does that mean in today’s constantly changing world? In this age of…  More »

How We Change

(And Ten Reasons Why We Don't)

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In this groundbreaking book, Ross Ellenhorn identifies the ten reasons not to change and how to overcome them, based on the latest social psychological research and decades of experience as a psychotherapist, leader in the mental health field, and founder/director of a renowned mental health and addictions program.  More »

Yeah, No. Not Happening.

How I Found Happiness Swearing Off Self-Improvement and Saying F*ck It All—and How You Can Too

Book cover image: Yeah, No. Not Happening.: How I Found Happiness Swearing Off Self-Improvement and Saying F*ck It All—and How You Can Too

A humorous, pointed feminist manifesto about swearing off self-improvement and learning how to own and appreciate our flaws from the prolific and talented bestselling author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel and In Praise of Difficult Women.  More »

How We Work

Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind

Book cover image: How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind

Based on Dr. Leah Weiss' perennially waitlisted class at the Stanford School of Business, a practical guide to bringing our whole selves to our professional work.  More »

Emeralds of Oz

Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow

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A renowned book editor of practical and spiritual bestsellers shows how "The Wizard of Oz" contains the keys to wisdom and happiness, to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the MGM film classic.  More »

The Social Leap

The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy

Book cover image: The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy

A wide-ranging exploration of how our species' evolution has shaped our behavior, prioritized social skills over physical dominance, and affected nearly every facet of modern life, in work, play, aging, our quest for the good life.  More »

We Need to Talk

How to Have Conversations That Matter

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Based on the author's TED talk with over 10 million views, an urgent and insightful guide to bridging what divides us using real, meaningful conversation.  More »

The Art of Fear

Why Conquering Fear Won't Work and What to Do Instead

Book cover image: The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won't Work and What to Do Instead

Former professional extreme skier Kristen Ulmer tackles the misconception of fear, a radically misunderstood emotion. Ulmer explains why fear should be embraced and why the true issue we face is our reaction to fear (not the fear itself). Drawing from her own experiences as an extreme athlete, she details how fear is actually one of the greatest gifts we have, and how to make the mental…  More »

That's What She Said

Wise Words from Influential Women

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From feminist and illustrator Kimothy Joy, a stunning collection of celebratory illustrated watercolor portraits paired with hand-lettered quotes from various influential women throughout world history.  More »

How to Think Like a Cat

Book cover image: How to Think Like a Cat | International Bestseller

Inspired by the enchanting attributes of the author's own cat, Ziggy, this internationally bestselling guide shows you how to live your best life. Peppered with humorous yet inspiring tips for living a day in the life of a cat, secret tips from Ziggy, and a quiz to assess your "cat quotient," How to Think Like a Cat is a delightful and remarkably insightful guide to the subtle art of…  More »

Brave New Weed

Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis

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Former editor-in-chief of Details and Star magazines Joe Dolce adventures into the fascinating "Brave New World" of cannabis, tracing its history and investigating the social, medical, legal, and cultural ramifications of this surprising plant.  More »

The Well-Tempered City

What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life

Book cover image: The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life

Cities are the birthplaces of civilization, and the nodes of culture, trade and opportunity. By 2050, global population will be 10 billion, with 75% living in cities. World-renowned urban planner and developer Jonathan Rose looks at the history and successes of urban living through the lens of sustainability, economic parity and resilience. His book provides a responsible and ingenious…  More »

  • Winner, Outstanding Work by a Trade Publisher, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, AAP, 2017

Feminist Fight Club

A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

Book cover image: Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace | Wall Street Journal Bestseller

From award winning journalist Jessica Bennett, a smart, practical and entertaining guide to combatting sexism in the workplace, one micro-agression at a time. With a glossary of sexist archetypes and behaviors, simple tips on how to combat tricky situations and personalities, and plenty of fun features and illustrations throughout, Feminist Fight Club will serve as a an office survival guide for the Buzzfeed generation.  More »

Lift

Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors

Book cover image: Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors

The story of the changing ways in which human beings have exercised, and why, from Greek antiquity to the era of the "big-box gym" and beyond.  More »

Bald Is Better with Earrings

A Survivor's Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer

Book cover image: Bald Is Better with Earrings: A Survivor's Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer

Written with warmth and humor, as well as eyes-wide-open practicality, Hutton's book is a guiding light to women diagnosed with breast cancer. When Hutton was diagnosed at 41, she searched for—but couldn't find—practical information about how to navigate her new reality. What might she (really) expect from chemo, radiation, surgery, hair loss, fatigue, nausea, emotional pitfalls, support, etc? For the 1 in 8 women who will journey…  More »

Good Dog

True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty

Book cover image: Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty | New York Times Bestseller

Inspired by Garden & Gun magazine's popular "Good Dog" column, this rich collection of true stories celebrate the unique relationship between humans and their canine companions, penned by some of today's top writers, including Jon Meacham, Roy Blount, Jr, Dominique Browning, and P.J. O'Rourke.  More »

Drink

The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

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An exploration of the rise in alcohol consumption and abuse among women in recent years. The Drinking Diaries covers health risks, marketing, current trends and sociological contributions to this new epidemic. The author beautifully weaves reportage with her personal recovery story into a compelling and informative narrative addressing one of the most pressing issues for women today.  More »

  • One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of 2013

The Southerner's Handbook

A Guide to Living the Good Life

Book cover image: The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life | New York Times Bestseller

From the editors of Garden & Gun, the magazine known as the "soul of the south," comes the ultimate handbook of Southern lifestyle, including hundreds of instructional and narrative essays that reflect exactly how the good life is lived south of the Mason Dixon.  More »

Still Life

The Myths and Magic of Mindful Living

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From renowned yoga and meditation teacher and author of Do Your Om Thing Rebecca Pacheco comes a fresh, accessible, and personal exploration of mindfulness, deconstructing common misunderstandings and offering readers inspiration and practical tools for cultivating a real-world mindfulness practice.  More »

The Forever Dog

How to Build the Oldest Dog in the World

Book cover image: The Forever Dog: How to Build the Oldest Dog in the World

The founder of the massively popular Planet Paws and the most followed veterinarian in the world write an investigative journey into the art and science of delaying aging in our canine companions. The book creates the foundation for a long, happy, healthy life for our beloved pets dogs. Habib and Becker’s mission is to empower dog owners to change the way they care for their pets in order to improve the wellness of their animals…

Fixed.

The Fine Art of Problem Solving

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An attorney, art historian, and former Head of Education of NYC’s Frick Collection takes readers on a journey to re-wire the problem-solving skills that have been short-circuited by a complicated, technology-reliant world. The book follows the artistic process, from approach and execution to distribution and reception with sections called Prep, Draft, and Display that include both straightforward steps like “Change Your Shoes” and…

Credible

Why We Believe Who We Believe and Why It Matters

Book cover image: Credible: Why We Believe Who We Believe and Why It Matters

From a law professor and leading authority on sexual violence comes a paradigm-shifting exploration of the reasons our nation is socially and legally primed to mistrust accusers. Through interviews with high-profile experts in psychology, trauma, and the law and with journalists and the plaintiffs of high-profile cases, Tuerkheimer exposes the reciprocal relationship between culture and law, forces that powerfully shape our…

Everybody, Every Body

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Master Your Mind, Master Your Life

12 Steps to Master Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Anger, Trauma, and Fear

Book cover image: Master Your Mind, Master Your Life: 12 Steps to Master Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Anger, Trauma, and Fear

A follow-up to the New York Times bestselling OWN THE DAY, OWN YOUR LIFE, about integrating the body, mind and spirit in order to live the life of meaning, balance, and high performance.