From its title, The Gifts of Imperfection sounds like a book for perfectionists. And it is, but also so much more. The titular gifts are courage, compassion and connection. If you're ready for some deep digging on the way to having more of those qualities in your life, read on.
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By their nature, the vast majority of travel books are dry affairs packed with boring (but useful) information. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders, the new book from the minds behind the web site of the same name, eschews this approach by being a travel book meant more as inspiration to travel than it is a guide for how to behave once you get there.
Productivity isn't just about getting things done. At its core, it's about being resourceful with your time. In a recent interview with author Charles Duhigg, he told us, "You can spend your entire day being busy and not get anything important done. Productivity is about getting important things done." In his new book, Smarter Faster Better, Duhigg explores this fuller meaning of productivity and how to achieve it.
Food for when you're exercising is a whole product category these days. There are sticky sweet energy gels (every marathoner's frenemy), plus a variety of bars and chews that are pretty much all expensive and taste terrible. The book Feed Zone Portables has an alternative: Homemade, portable food that has the nutrition you need, while tasting great.
Arguments aren't won with information; they're resolved with rhetoric, the art of persuasion. In Thank You For Arguing, author Jay Heinrichs reveals the secrets to mastering rhetoric, identifying logical fallacies, getting what you want through persuasion and keeping arguments from turning into nasty fights.
Whether you identify as one or not, everyone is a writer. Between social networks, dating profiles, blogs and the day-to-day tasks of most jobs, writing is an essential skill. In How to Write Short, author Roy Peter Clark illustrates the value of brief, short-form writing in our technology-driven world, and shows you how to do it right.
If you're interested in not just how to make food taste great but why certain techniques and ingredients work the way they do, check out Jeff Potter's Cooking for Geeks. The book can help you start experimenting in the kitchen and delve into the science of food to become a better home cook.
Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People is one of the best selling self-help books of all time. The book has influenced a wide range of people over the years, from Warren Buffett to Charles Manson. Those two people, Buffet and Manson, really express the weirdness that is Carnegie's book in the modern era. Let's dig into it.
In their new book Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done, Kimball (farewell, sweet prince) and company aim to show you how to prep, cook, and clean in the most efficient way possible. In short: it's a helpful, practical guide for how to use your kitchen better.
Charisma, that irresistible magnetism some people possess, is often thought of as trait you're born with -- you either have it or you don't. In The Charisma Myth, however, author Olivia Fox Cabane explains that charisma is a skill you can learn, and she explains exactly how with examples, exercises and practical tips you can try with anyone.
We all have a little fear in our lives, especially when we're getting ready for a big moment. To break free from it, it all really comes down to preparation and knowing how to handle every single possibility. In Colonel Chris Hadfield's book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, you'll learn how to prepare and think like an astronaut without having to leave the planet.
Some people are paralysed in their tracks when they hit an obstacle in their lives, while others manage to thrive because of them. Ryan Holiday's The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art Of Turning Trials Into Triumph doesn't provide step-by-step instructions on accomplishing your goals, but it does offer a mantra and mindset that everyone can pursue.
The term "life hack" has only existed for a few years, but there are plenty of things we can learn from the world's oldest philosophers. William Irvine's A Guide To The Good Life: The Ancient Art Of Stoic Joy adapts some of the ancient Stoics' best tricks for happiness and brings them into a modern context.