There are many things to love about Tim Kreider's collection of essays; they are beautifully crafted, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny. But, best of all, they are wonderfully original. Kreider, known for his satirical cartoons, writes about his life in such a way that enables us to see the absurdity and sublimity of our own lives and of humanity in general. I recommend reading even just a few of these essays; they will give you a fresh prospective on life and make you laugh.
In The Power of Habit, Duhigg explains, through fascinating stories and scientific studies, why habits exist and how they can be changed.
This is a book about business--there are many illustrations of businesses transforming companies through the introduction of new habits. This is also a book about science--with numerous examples of studies showing us how our brains work. And finally, this is a book about motivating ourselves to find new habits in order to become better people.
In the follow up to her successful memoir, "Fun Home", Alison Bechdel tackles the complicated relationship she has with her mother in this highly personal graphic novel. Juxtaposing her revelations about her mother with the theories of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and author Virginia Woolf, Bechdel creates a multilayered account of her childhood, personal and professional life. Her interest in psychology sets the stage for a rich analysis of her dreams, therapy sessions and the personal struggle behind the book's creation.
Jenny Lawson, best known for her side-splittingly funny, irreverent blog at thebloggess.com, delivers more of the same here, in her (mostly true) memoir. Jenny grew up poor in rural Texas, the daughter of a taxidermist father whose idea of a good joke was making puppets out of roadkill. An outsider who later struggled with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and now rheumatoid arthritis, she recounts the trials and tribulations of her life in a no-holds-barred, double-barreled, profanity-laden manner.