There’s nothing quite like cracking open a new book— or adding it to your e-reader shelf depending on your preference— as you enjoy the relaxed pace of summertime. There are plenty of great new releases hitting bookstores, but these seven nonfiction reads are our top summer book recommendations. If you’re looking to learn something new or be inspired, check out these books.
Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness by Tim Grover
Tim Grover, elite performance coach, brings us another great book to follow his international bestseller Relentless. Grover has coached clients such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade, and has now authored this brutally honest formula for winning in business, sports, or any arena where the battle is fiercely unforgiving. Grover offers advice for a winning mindset without any of the typical clichés and proves why he is one of the most sought-after experts and clearly shows how his model has led to the overwhelming successes of his clients over the years. Winning may be a summer book that helps forever change the game for you.
Get it on Bookshop.org for $24.84
An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination by Cecilia Kang & Sheera Frenkel
As you probably already know, Facebook has been under constant fire for the past few years, having to constantly answer for its controversies related to user data, hate speech, and security. Frenkel and Kang, award-winning New York Times reporters, team up together to tackle the current happenings of the tech giant. From its early boom through the twists and turns of the last five years, they offer an exciting exposé of the riveting “ugly truth” that is happening at Facebook, online and off. Prepare to be shocked by this daring look at Zuckerburg’s world in An Ugly Truth.
Get it on Bookshop.org for $27.59
Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman
From the author of Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman comes a new novel that is sure to help you in any avenue in life. “Wherever there is judgment, there is noise.” The noise of opinions, useless information, and small details can have detrimental effects in any job or field, including medicine, law, economic forecasting, forensic science, bail, child protection, strategy, performance reviews, and personnel selection. Yet, most of the time, individuals and organizations alike are unaware of it. With the tips outlined in this book, people can reduce both noise and bias, and so make far better decisions. If you feel bogged down by the noise of life or wish to have an easier time with decision-making, Noise is a summer read that will help you achieve that.
Get it on Bookshop.org for $29.44
Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood by Danny Trejo
In his new and highly-anticipated autobiography, Danny Trejo tells of how he endured the horrors of prison, rebuilt himself after finding sobriety and spirituality in solitary confinement, and draws inspiration from the adrenaline-fueled film roles that made him a household name. He also shares the painful contradictions in his personal life: he speaks everywhere from prison yards to NPR about his past to inspire others on their journey, yet he struggles to help his own children with their personal battles with addiction. If you’re a fan of this incredible actor and the empire he has built, or if you simply want to hear an inspiring true story, Trejo is an autobiography that will not disappoint.
Get it on Bookshop.org for $24.84
How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Katy Milkman
Award-winning Wharton professor and podcast host Katy Milkman has devoted her career to the study of behavior change. In this ground-breaking book, Milkman reveals a proven path to take you from where you are to where you want to be. This is a book that is for any human being that wants to change. If you’ve ever tried to make a change that just won’t stick but can’t figure out why, Milkman’s How to Change will offer you practical advice. This book will motivate you to become your best self and give you applicable steps to do so. You’ll be delightfully intrigued and truly inspired by this must-read summer book.
Get it on Bookshop.org for $25.76
Row the Boat: A Never-Give-Up Approach to Lead with Enthusiasm and Optimism and Improve Your Team and Culture by Jon Gordon & P.J. Fleck
Bestselling author Jon Gordon is back again with another must-read guide. This time he teamed up with transformational coach P.J. Fleck. With Row the Boat, learn to achieve your goals, tackle life’s challenges, and inspire your team. Gordon shares the proven principles for how to choose optimism and enthusiasm even when life hands you difficult things out of your control. Row the Boat outlines three basic components to put into practice: “the Oar” which is your energy, “the Boat” which is how you sacrifice yourself for others, and “the Compass” which is the direction and vision you have for your life. Whether you are a manager, leader, coach, or simply someone who hopes to squeeze a little more enjoyment and productivity out of life, Row the Boat will propel leaders, teams, and organizations to go farther, faster, together.
Get it on Bookshop.org for $21.16
Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire by Brad Stone
Almost 10 years ago, Bloomberg journalist Brad Stone wrote about the rise of Amazon in his bestseller The Everything Store. Since then, Amazon has exploded, disrupting multiple industries; its valuation has soared to well over a trillion dollars. Stone returns to remark on the substantial growth in Amazon Unbound and paints a picture of how a startup in a garage became one of the most powerful entities in the world. Stone also interviews the growth of Bezos himself, a man who went from technician to billionaire with global (and galactic) ambitions. Timely and relevant, Stone has provided a portrait of a man and company that we couldn’t imagine modern life without. Amazon Unbound will not only leave you in awe over the strides of this global empire but will also provide you with some great talking points for your next dinner party.
Get it on Bookshop.org for $27.60
Read anything worth sharing this summer? Let us know! Give us your recommendations for summer books in the comments below. And remember to support your local bookstore.
Looking for other activities besides reading to fill your time? See our tips for an effortless summer staycation here.
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