Tess Koman’s The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions is the flowchart of every Type-A’s dream—and will make adults feel instantly better about themselves. How could it not when the book answers your most pressing inquiries like, “Will I survive this hangover?” and “Is a bra really necessary?” A crucial aspect of self-care: laughter.
Repeat after me three times: We would not learn without our mistakes. We would not learn without our mistakes. We would not learn without our mistakes. In The Up Side of Down, Megan McArdle, a popular business blogger, illustrates the success in failures and the importance of holding on to your confidence even in the most challenging times.
You probably know Cheryl Strayed as the best-selling author of Wild, but before Reese Witherspoon made her a household name, she was a secret columnist who used the pen name “Sugar” at The Rumpus, an online literary magazine that launched in 2009. After Strayed revealed her identity, she released Tiny Beautiful Things, a compilation of the advice given and received on love and loss and everything in between. In the words of one Marie Claire editor: “This book changed my life.”
My very wise college professor handed me a copy of The Four Agreements a few years ago, and I’ve considered it a personal bible (or, in my case, torah) ever since. In the best-selling book, Don Miguel Ruiz uses ancient Toltec wisdom to teach us how to transform our lives using the four agreements: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
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