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The Book List to Help You Become a Better Person

These memoirs, guides, essays, and novels will help you start your journey to discover self-awareness and to become more informed about the people around you. Find the best books for you, from self-improvement books on clearing clutter to inspirational memoirs that provide life advice.

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    The Book of Ichigo Ichie Book Cover Picture
    The Book of Ichigo Ichie Book Cover Picture

    The Book of Ichigo Ichie

    by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

    Find happiness by living fully in the present with this definitive guide to ichigo ichie–the Japanese art of making the most of every moment–from the bestselling authors of Ikigai.
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    The Book of Ichigo Ichie Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    Quit Like a Woman Book Cover Picture

    Quit Like a Woman

    by Holly Whitaker

    Written in a relatable voice that is honest and witty, Quit Like a Woman is at once a groundbreaking look at drinking culture and a road map to cutting out alcohol in order to live our best lives without the crutch of intoxication. You will never look at drinking the same way again.
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    Quit Like a Woman Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Exhalation Book Cover Picture

    Exhalation

    by Ted Chiang

    In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine. Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work, Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic—revelatory.
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    Exhalation Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Such a Fun Age Book Cover Picture

    Such a Fun Age

    by Kiley Reid

    A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
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    Such a Fun Age Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Trick Mirror

    by Jia Tolentino

    Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self.
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    Trick Mirror Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Fair Play

    by Eve Rodsky

    Tired of being the “shefault” parent responsible for all aspects of her busy household, Eve Rodsky counted up all the unpaid, invisible work she was doing for her family. Rodsky realized that simply identifying the issue of unequal labor on the home front wasn’t enough: She needed a solution to this universal problem.  The result is Fair Play: a time- and anxiety-saving system that offers couples a completely new way to divvy up chores and responsibilities. Rodsky interviewed more than five hundred men and women from all walks of life to figure out what the invisible work in a family actually entails and how to get it all done efficiently.
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    Fair Play Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    More Than Enough

    by Elaine Welteroth

    Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.
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    More Than Enough Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    How to Be an Antiracist

    by Ibram X. Kendi

    Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
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    How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Lost Children Archive Book Cover Picture

    Lost Children Archive

    by Valeria Luiselli

    From the two-time NBCC Finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border–an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity.
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    Lost Children Archive Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    The Source of Self-Regard

    by Toni Morrison

    Here is Toni Morrison in her own words: a rich gathering of her most important essays and speeches, spanning four decades. These pages give us her searing prayer for the dead of 9/11, her Nobel lecture on the power of language, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., her heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. She looks deeply into the fault lines of culture and freedom: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, “black matter(s),” human rights, the artist in society, the Afro-American presence in American literature.
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    The Source of Self-Regard Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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