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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.

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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.

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Reading Marion Nestle's Food Politics will make you feel like a speck in a universe of giants. Corporations alternately battle and collude with the United States government in chapter after chapter, spending billions of dollars to influence what the consumer chooses to put in their mouth.

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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.

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The world is full of material things, but real living happens in the space between all of our stuff. Francine Jay's The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide will help you declutter your home, spend less money on material stuff you don't need, and focus on the important things in your life.

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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.

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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.