Also of interest…
In advice and pep talks
If You Ask Me
by Eleanor Roosevelt (Atria, $25)
You have to wonder how Eleanor Roosevelt found time to write a monthly advice column, said Maureen Corrigan in NPR.org. But from 1941 until her death in 1962, the popular first lady enthusiastically answered queries for two women’s magazines. The America we glimpse in this sampling feels “at once familiar and very long gone.” Health care was a hot topic, but the questions about dating and marriage conjure “an America so earnest it almost seems like the product of a work of speculative fiction.”
What If This Were Enough?
by Heather Havrilesky (Doubleday, $26)
Forget self-improvement, said Erin Keane in Salon.com. In this collection of “wry, insightful, and compassionate essays,” cultural critic and advice columnist Heather Havrilesky urges us to resist the forces pushing each of us to perpetually chase a better self, and “dares us instead to accept our current flawed lives.” The book’s title is itself “a radical question in a culture that values the bottomless pursuit of wealth and status above the quiet acceptance of a good-enough life.”
Dare to Lead
by Brené Brown (Random House, $28)
No matter your field, “expect to take notes in the margins of Dare to Lead,” said Mary Beth Albright in The Washington Post. Professor Brené Brown, “a rock star among TED Talk devotees,” proposes that we can all cultivate better leadership habits at home, work, and school. Her “absorbingly actionable handbook” emphasizes the need to show empathy and admit vulnerability when managing conflicts. It’s solid advice, even though it often seems “entirely at odds with our present moment.”
by Anne Lamott (Riverhead, $20)
Anne Lamott has a healthy relationship with hope, said Gayle Brandeis in the San Francisco Chronicle. She writes, “I believe both that we are doomed and that life is a magical, mystical gift.” And in this latest book, an attempt to synthesize her outlook, she gives both sides of the equation their due while rolling out “trenchant, witty observations on a wide range of subjects, from bathroom scales to death.” The writing “can feel a bit haphazard,” but her wisdom consistently shines through.