Building on his previous popular book, The Sports Gene, David Epstein in Range examines the factors that enable people to excel not only in sports but in the arts, business, science, and other fields. His conclusion goes against the commonly-held view that starting early and specializing in something is key. In fact, he argues generalists, not specialists, often stand a better chance of success, because they tend to be more creative, flexible, and innovative thinkers. He points to studies of accomplished individuals who went through a sort of “sampling period” in their lives before zeroing in on something. In doing so, they frequently benefitted from having gained a wealth of useful experience and the ability to make connections others don’t see. Epstein makes a persuasive case that delaying concentration in a particular area, sacrificing some depth for breadth, and cultivating range can actually boost a career in the long run rather than impede it.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb is a unique memoir that examines the world of psychotherapy from both sides of the couch. It follows four of Lori’s patients and their healing journeys from overcoming bad habits and grief, as well as from dealing a terminal diagnosis and being unwilling to change. Lori also writes about the relationship she forges with a therapist who she goes to after a bad break up. This book is sometimes light and sometimes heavy but always entertaining. The perfect summer read.
In this groundbreaking book, Esther Perel, innovative author of Mating In Captivity explores the subject of infidelity and the role of the ‘third’ in the life of a couple. She calls for new definitions of monogamy and new ways of thinking about trust that will enhance active engagement and intimacy in marriage. She covers it all - from sexual alchemy, hook ups, the nature of desire and emotional affairs to the cataclysmic feelings of betrayal and loss experienced by a jilted partner. She also guides the reader through different ways couples come back from crisis and redefine their marriages. This book is for everyone - single or married, gay or straight in committed relationships or looking for new ways to navigate them.