Contributors to the October 2018 issue of TD magazine offer their book recommendations.
Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher
This is the kind of book that really gives you permission—and also a kick in the behind—to evaluate your life and what you are doing in it. Whether you are feeling stuck in the humdrum of daily routine or scared to take a leap, this book will provide you with the antidotes to give you that extra confidence to move forward.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss
This is the be-all, end-all comprehensive anthology of the tools of the trade for the world’s top performers. If you want to learn about the routines, tactics, and tools of award-winning authors, athletes, music producers, and even Navy Seals, this book is a stepping-stone to ramping up your own systems and motivation to being better every single day.
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
I read this book in one sitting while listening to waves bang against the shore. There's a reason this author wins prizes: The story is gripping, and it did my soul good to be reminded of turbulent times in the past. If you're lucky enough to have a vacation planned, this will keep you away from the phone and emails.
YouMap: Find Yourself. Blaze Your Path. Show the World! by Kristin Sherry
I was lucky enough to be able to read a pre-publication draft of this and was blown away. It’s an extraordinarily generous book packed full of useful resources. If you want a “coach in your pocket” as you think about what you need to get your dream job, then this book is it.
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII by Denise Kiernan
I recently picked this book up at a museum gift shop and couldn't put it down. From an HR perspective, it's a fascinating account of mobilizing a massive workforce to work in total secrecy as well as documenting the important scientific contributions women made to our understanding of atomic energy. From a personal perspective, it provides insightful reflections on the historical and social consequences of their work.