A new season means a slew of new book releases! Here are a few that have caught my eye in the career, personal development, and personal growth spaces

1. Intern Talk by Anthony Louis

From navigating interviews and crafting résumés to effective networking and personal branding, Intern Talk is a career coach and adviser disguised as a book. It not only guides students in the pursuit of professional opportunities, but also offers a somewhat novel approach to achieving a lifetime of career success.

2. All of Us Warriors by Rebecca Whitehead Munn

In All of Us Warriors, Rebecca Whitehead Munn paints a realistic picture of the impact cancer has on an individual’s life, and she attempts to demystify the experience by sharing heartfelt stories from twenty survivors and the loved ones of those that passed. They are mothers and fathers with seven types of cancers and all stages of the disease, as well as advice regarding how to approach someone you love living with cancer and tips and tricks for helping others feel joy in the midst of pain. This inspirational book provides a positive outlook of strength and perseverance through belief in a higher power, reinforcing the idea that the reader is stronger than cancer and not alone, and offering real strategies that cannot be found in online medical sites. Like a conversation with a new best friend (or twenty of them), All of Us Warriors is full of understanding, acceptance, and practical advice gained from personal experience.

3. Move on Motherf*cker by Jodie Eckleberry-Hunt

A global pandemic, disastrous climate events, erratic U.S. politics and … murder hornets? 2020 has been rough, and our inner voice doesn’t have a problem reminding us. Tell it to f*ck off with this new irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide, “Move on Motherf*cker,” (Nov. 3, 2020, New Harbinger) by board-certified psychologist Jodie Eckleberry-Hunt.

When we’re anxious, stressed, or fearful, the negative voice in our heads can be extremely powerful. It tells us we’re not smart or attractive enough. It berates us for our mistakes. And it keeps us feeling stuck in an endless loop of worry, shame, and hopelessness. But there is a way to shut it down. Blending evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and profanity, this unexpected guide will show you how to respond to your negative inner voice with one very important phrase: Move on, mother*cker!

You’ll learn to manage worry and anxiety, put a stop to unhelpful internal dialogue, and approach new situations with humor, levity, and perspective.

You’ll also find real tools to help you:

  • Set personal and professional boundaries

  • Identify toxic or codependent relationships

  • Become assertive without being aggressive

  • Stop seeking perfection

The book also includes journaling and other self-awareness exercises to help you put MOMF to work every day. So, stop letting your inner voice tear you down! With this fun and effective guide, you’ll learn how to take control of your negative thoughts and get back to living your best life.

4. We Are All in Shock by Stephanie Mines, PhD 

We Are All in Shock provides the tools for reclaiming complete well-being after overwhelming experiences of shock, whether caused by the massive sweep of current events such as the Covid-19 pandemic or a personal catastrophe. Dr. Mines redefines psychological trauma and revolutionizes the concept of self-care by identifying the true cause of anxiety, explaining why it is so prevalent in society today and how by recognizing its effect we can find new stability and healing. Parents, nurses, crisis workers, and body workers, psychotherapists and the everyday reader will benefit from the practices.

We Are All in Shock demystifies energy medicine by presenting accessible tools to help diminish and eliminate the nervous system’s habitual responses to overwhelming traumas. Dr. Mines’ work combines skills from Japanese energy healing arts related to acupressure on the energy meridians of the body with the most contemporary scientific interpretation of how the brain works, to offer a clear understanding of neurological behavior.

5. Embrace That Girl by Cris Ramos Greene

Cris has just turned thirty, and she’s sitting in a self-help seminar in a drab hotel near Miami International Airport. She’s looking for answers, some affirmation and maybe a sliver of absolution. And wine. Thirty wasn’t supposed to feel like this. Surely, she should be more certain of her place in the world, an established writer, maybe even a mother—she definitely shouldn’t be eating cereal for dinner. But Cris is ready to do what it takes to create the life she wants.

In Embrace That Girl, the first time Spanish-American author tells the heartfelt and humorous story of her search for meaning, love, and a fulfilling career. Greene likes to think of it as a Hispanic Me Talk Pretty One Day meets a modern Eat Pray Love for the 2020s. 

A second-generation immigrant whose parents were born in Cuba, Greene recounts her life as a twenty-something in Miami, from graduating college at the height of the 2009 Great Recession to the disappointment of having to move back in with her parents after a career setback. Along the way, Greene feigns bilingualism, navigates love triangles, and does what it takes to date in Miami (like delving into tarot, superstition, and Santeria)

As Greene, whose friends once called her Ms. QLC (for Quarter Life Crisis) enters her third decade, she begins to realize an important lesson: there is no way to get out of doing the work yourself. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

At an unprecedented and uncertain moment in history when many young people are reevaluating who they are and who they can dare to be, Greene reminds readers that embracing “That Girl” in the mirror is essential for moving forward.

6. How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life by Devon Hase and Craig Hase

The dumpster fire of life rages on, but you got this. Practice six rules to keep you grounded, weather the storm, and actually be a decent person.

It may seem like the world is going to hell in a hand basket right now. Whether it’s big stuff like politics and climate change, or just the daily spin of paying your bills, getting to work on time, and fending off social media trolls, we can all admit, modern life ain’t easy. Here are six really good guiding principles, inspired from the ancient wisdom of Buddhism and mindfulness practice, to keep you anchored and steady amidst the chaos.

7. Grammar for a Full Life: How the Ways We Shape a Sentence Can Limit or Enlarge Us by Lawrence Weinstein

Why settle for a normal book on grammar when you could learn new things about it and become your own best self at the same time?           

If you’re looking for a traditional manual of rules, this much-acclaimed, groundbreaking book by a cofounder of Harvard University’s Writing Center may not be the one for you. Grammar is about much more than rules: it’s about choices, too—since a thought can always be expressed correctly in multiple ways. 

In Grammar for a Full Life, author Lawrence Weinstein reveals how our grammatical choices either stifle or boost our…  

  • sense of agency in life 
  • creativity 
  • depth of connection to others 
  • and mindfulness. 
Weinstein shows that certain tweaks to a person’s grammar can bring consequential changes in his or her fulfillment and well-being. In this wonderfully readable book, he describes some forty transformative moves that can be made with English punctuation and syntax. You’ll learn, for instance, why a greater use of active voice constructions builds assertive energy in us. You’ll discover how—paradoxically—cutting back on the “intensifiers” (exclamation marks and words like really, absolutely) heightens our awareness of the world. 
 

There is not too much about personality and life that Weinstein doesn’t see benefitting from a wiser use of grammar. In a chapter titled “Bonding,” even sex comes in for some grammatical attention. Even fear of death receives its own, almost lyrical chapter near book’s end. The farther one gets into this remarkable book, the clearer it becomes that Weinstein’s wish—for both himself and us—is actualization of “the whole person,” through language.  

 

Which book are you most interested in reading first?