It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day drudgery at the office, whether you’re vexed with a problem in the workplace or losing sight of a project’s big picture.
We’ve compiled a list of new and upcoming books to hopefully inspire and guide you when it comes to work this summer. Read on to discover both nonfiction and fictional books on iconic careers, unique jobs, and challenges faced in the workplace.
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune By: Roselle Lim Publication date: June 11, 2019 Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Traveling back to San Francisco after her mom dies, chef Natalie Tan finds that the Chinatown she grew up in is wildly different from the one she sees today. Businesses are failing and families are moving out. [caption id="attachment_37928" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House[/caption] Another surprise? She’s inherited her grandmother’s restaurant. The local seer tells Tan she must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to help her struggling neighbors so that the restaurant can succeed. Resentful of her neighbors for leaving her alone to care for her agoraphobic mom, Tan doesn’t want to support them at first. But she eventually changes her mind and finds that Chinatown has been there for her all along. Order here.
Whisper NetworkBy: Chandler Baker Publication date: July 2, 2019 Publisher: Flatiron Books This novel is relevant to working women of all decades — yes, even pre-#MeToo and the “S***ty Men Media List.” Whisper Network is a story of four women — Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita — who’ve decided enough is enough. [caption id="attachment_37931" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Flatiron Books[/caption] The sudden death of their company’s CEO means their boss Ames will take over. The thing is, Ames has a history of poor treatment of women. When he makes an inappropriate move on their colleague, Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita decide they won’t let him get away with it. Whisper Network has actress Reese Witherspoon singing its praises, making it Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick. Maybe she’ll adapt the book into a movie … Order here.
America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.By: Steven M. Gillon Publication date: July 9, 2019 Publisher: Dutton John F. Kennedy Jr. was the son of the 35th U.S. president, John F. Kennedy Sr., and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Like most of the Kennedys, JFK Jr. had a successful career, diving into both journalism and law. His life was cut tragically short in a plane crash. [caption id="attachment_37985" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Dutton and Penguin Random House[/caption] The Washington Post says Steven M. Gillon approaches his subject not as a historian but as a longtime friend. You can expect Gillon’s insight to be unique compared to other takes on this fascinating Kennedy. Those interested in the legacy of the Kennedys and their intriguing careers might enjoy this biography written by the History Channel’s resident historian. Order here.
Delayed Rays of a StarBy: Amanda Lee Koe Publication date: July 9, 2019 Publisher: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday What do Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl have in common? Not much, other than the fact that they’re women that made a major impact on 20th-century cinema. [caption id="attachment_37935" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Nan A. Talese and Penguin Random House[/caption] Actress Dietrich went from up-and-coming German actress to Hollywood icon. Wong became the first Chinese-American star. Riefenstahl is a German director best known for directing Nazi propaganda films — a move that obviously severely damaged her career. Not that you should model your own film career on any of these women (especially not Riefenstahl … ), but there’s much to gain from author Koe’s reflection on careers past. History repeats itself, right? Order here.
Famous PeopleBy: Justin Kuritzkes Publication date: July 9, 2019 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. How does fame impact one’s life and work? Author Justin Kuritzkes explores this topic and paints a picture of an ultra-famous 22-year-old pop star dealing with major unsettling changes. [caption id="attachment_37991" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co.[/caption] The famous narrator first skyrocketed to fame at age 12 with a viral video of him singing. Things aren’t the same anymore since his father/manager took his own life, and teenage love/girl pop star counterpart “Mandy” have taken different paths. The pop star soon realizes that he’s signed on to something that he can’t control. This sounds like a realization that many former teen idols might have come to… Order here.
Billie Holiday: The Last Interview and Other ConversationsBy: Billie Holiday, with an introduction by Khanya Mtshali Publication date: July 30, 2019 Publisher: Melville House Publishing Part of Melville’s The Last Interview series, this is a collection of interviews with iconic jazz singer, Billie Holiday. It includes her very last interview, given from her deathbed in a New York City hospital. She died too young at age 44. [caption id="attachment_37961" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Melville House Publishing[/caption] Born Eleanora Fagan Gough, Holiday is known for her evocative, soulful voice and her impact on jazz and pop music. Despite becoming a household name worldwide, Holiday had a hard life. Holiday explains her journey through this collection of interviews, which covers her thoughts on quitting Count Basie’s band, her substance abuse problems, and songwriting. Order here.
The VexationsBy: Caitlin Horrocks Publication date: July 30, 2019 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Have you ever seen someone alienate friends and family when their career passions don’t pan out? Author Caitlin Horrocks explores this and more in The Vexations, telling a story of familial bonds strained by a hunger for greatness. [caption id="attachment_37962" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company[/caption] The protagonist, Erik Satie, has everything he needs to become a successful composer, but that goes awry when his mother dies and his father suffers a breakdown. The Satie siblings are scattered, with Erik diving headfirst into the Paris art scene. He’s disappointed when he doesn’t achieve the greatness he thought he would. Erik’s siblings, Louise and Conrad, try to support him while he isolates himself and lashes out at friends. Eventually, Louise is forced into a reckoning with how Erik will never be the brother she hoped he’d be. Order here.
Trudeau: The Education of a Prime MinisterBy: John Ivison Publication date: Aug. 6, 2019 Publisher: Signal Whether you love him or hate him, it’s easy to agree that Justin Trudeau is one of the most famous prime ministers of our decade. In this biography of the Canadian prime minister, journalist John Ivison documents Trudeau’s career trajectory and how he’s changed as a leader. [caption id="attachment_37963" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Signal and Penguin Random House Canada[/caption] The book drops before Canada’s federal election on Oct. 21, 2019. (Interesting timing, no?) Ivison takes a comprehensive look at Trudeau and examines how the prime minister has evolved from having “no fixed principles” to a “conviction politician.” Those working in the government or policy sectors might enjoy the deep dive into one of the most famous political careers of our time. Order here.
Girl on the Block: A True Story of Coming of Age Behind the CounterBy: Jessica Wragg Publication date: Aug. 6, 2019 Publisher: Dey Street Books Have you ever felt like an outcast at work? Struggled to prove yourself to insiders in the industry? You might relate to Jessica Wragg’s memoir, then. Wragg tells the story of becoming a butcher and the problematic old-school culture typically found at blocks. [caption id="attachment_37964" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Dey Street Books[/caption] While she memorized muscles, bones, and tendons, Wragg also took on ageism and sexism. Not many can relate to Wragg’s workdays comprised of chopping meat for 14 hours, but her story of claiming her place might be inspiring. Despite the odds, Wragg never gave up and eventually found her way — and so can you! Order here.
Anthony Bourdain: The Last Interview and Other ConversationsBy: Anthony Bourdain, with an introduction by Helen Rosner Publication date: Aug. 20, 2019 Publisher: Melville House Publishing No matter what you like to eat, it’s fair to say that late chef and writer Anthony Bourdain had a huge impact on food journalism. He’s known for his uncompromising and frank storytelling ability and great appreciation for other cultures’ traditional cuisine. [caption id="attachment_37965" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy of Melville House Publishing[/caption] Like Billie Holiday, this book is also part of Melville House’s The Last Interview series. Find out more about Bourdain’s storied career in the realm of food through this intriguing collection of interviews, which showcase his intelligence and honesty. It promises to be an entertaining read. Order here.]]>
The Most Expensive Boarding Schools In The United States, Ranked
When it comes to getting an education and ultimately going away to university, a good boarding school can do wonders for your child. It can mean a brighter future and more opportunities. With that, parents are shelling out thousands upon thousands of dollars to see their kids get educated at these amazing boarding schools. Here’s what makes these places so wonderful.
Here’s What Actually Happens When You Substitute Engine Oil With WD-40
How far would you be willing to go for the rest of mankind? This group of friends wanted to test the limits of WD-40, believing that it could serve as a proper substitute for engine oil. But when they actually went through with the experiment, they ran into some hot water. Things got scary, and fast – but for these young men, it became the adventure of a lifetime.
Get Packing! These Surprising Cities Have The Most Job Openings In 2020
For young grads, or anyone looking for a new start, finding a job can be difficult. Luckily, Glassdoor has compiled a list of cities that have a multitude of new job openings. Whether you’re searching for a job in tech, or teaching, these cities have something for everyone. Check out this list featuring the surprising cities now hiring.