This year’s new release guidelines are different from those in the 2012 reading guide. Last year, I recommended new releases I was looking forward to reading but hadn’t read (because they hadn’t been released yet!) Since half of those turned out to be duds, I changed the rules for this year: I’ve read--and enthusiastically recommend--the new releases below. You can see the new or soon-to-be released books I’m looking forward to reading this summer--but haven’t read yet--on my blog.

Carry On, Warrior

Carry On, Warrior

Like the rest of the world, I first encountered Glennon Melton after her blog post “Don’t Carpe Diem” went viral. It appears in this essay collection, alongside other popular posts from Momastery and a good bit of new material. Funny, poignant, and brave. More info →
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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

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An MMD Summer Reading Guide pick. Cooked documents the middle link of the food chain: what happens to our food after it comes out of the ground, but before it enters our bellies. The journalistic narrative is elegantly divided into four parts, each exploring a different classical element: fire, water, air, and earth. It gets a little science-y in places, yet it remains thoughtful, wise, and (unexpectedly) funny. Add Audible narration for $12.99. More info →
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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

This story-driven business book teaches you how to make better decisions, drawing on case studies on everything from whether or not to fire an employee to whether or not to undergo a risky bone marrow transplant. The Heath brothers are whip-smart and really funny, making Decisive a million times better than your typical business book. Everyone will find a useful takeaway. More info →
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What It Is Is Beautiful: Honest Poems for Mothers of Small Children

What It Is Is Beautiful: Honest Poems for Mothers of Small Children

I knew from the first poem (“Welcome to Facebook”) that these 19 short poems were just my speed--and stage of life. The narrative threads remind me of David Whyte. This collection can be read (and re-read) all in a sitting or one poem at a time, giving you plenty to reflect on while you’re lounging by the pool. Poignant, sweet, and funny. More info →
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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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You’ve heard the buzz; maybe you’ve read the reviews. What can I say? Read it. Using equal parts memoir, instruction guide, and manifesto, Sandberg tells her story of how she built a career that made it worth staying in the workplace, and she encourages other women to do the same. A timely read, for women and men. More info →
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