February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s long on ambitious essay collections, guides for aging well, and deeply affecting memoirs. Happy reading!
31-Day Food Revolution. Free yourself from industrialized food with this guide from Ocean Robbins.
Brave, Not Perfect. Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani inspires women to seek bravery and shed the myth of perfection.
Citizen Jean. An insider’s guide to Seattle from Jean Godden, formerly of The Seattle Times, The Seattle P-I, and the Seattle City Council.
Collected Schizophrenias. Esmé Weijun Wang powerful essays dispel myths and shed light on mental and chronic illness.
Digital Minimalism. Declutter your digital life with this manifesto from Cal Newport. A Peak Pick!
Dinner For Everyone. Mark Bittman shares 100 recipes three ways: one simple, one complex, and one vegan.
Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money. Break your bad financial habits with this guide from money expert Jill Schlesinger.
Eight Dates. Drs John and Julie Schwartz Gottman of Seattle’s Love Lab empower couples to have essential conversations that strengthen relationships. A Peak Pick!
Figuring. Maria Popova considers the forgotten geniuses (“mostly women, mostly queer”) of the arts and sciences in this erudite biography.
Fraternity. Alexandra Robbins’s expose on fraternity life follows two college freshmen.
I.M. Isaac Mizrahi traces his life from his Syrian Jewish Orthodox upbringing to his success as a fashion designer in this memoir.
Merchants of Truth. Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson examines the radical changes in journalism over the past ten years.
Nervous States. This ambitious treatise from William Davies examines the decline of reason since the Enlightenment.
Nobody’s Looking at You. Janet Malcolm’s eclectic collection features essays from The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books.
Say Nothing. A riveting account of violence in Northern Ireland told through the kidnapping of a widowed mother of 10. From Patrick Radden Keefe.
Sounds Like Titanic. A memoir from violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman reveals not all classical music performances are what they seem.
The Source of Self-Regard. Selected essays, speeches and meditations from the esteemed Toni Morrison. A Peak Pick!
The Threat. Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, fired hours before retirement, defends the agency he worked for while taking Trump to task.
The Ultimate Age-Defying Plan. Authors Mark Reinfield and Ashley Boudet provide simple recipes for healthy aging.
The Unwinding of the Miracle. A moving memoir from Julie Yip-Williams chronicles her life from birth in Vietnam with a visual disability to her premature death from colon cancer at age 42.
Vietnamese Food Any Day. The latest cookbook from Andrea Quynhgiao Nguyen features 80 fresh, accessible recipes.
Work Optional. Want to retire early? This guide from Tanja Hester will show you how.
Zaitoun. Enjoy vibrant Palestinian cuisine in this cookbook from Yasmin Khan.
Zucked. Roger McNamee uses his time at Facebook to critique the company and founder Mark Zuckerberg.
– posted by Frank B.