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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, gives us a fascinating and entertaining exploration of what current psychology and neuroscience has to tell us about why habits exist, how they work, and how they can be changed. The illustrative examples he employs are utterly engrossing. You will not be able to resist the urge to discuss them with others. What emerges in this book is a brilliant take on what makes us humans tick. Understanding how habits work is central to understanding ourselves and to transforming ourselves and the worlds we inhabit. In addition, although it is not a self-help book, it has more to offer to someone looking to improve themselves than any self-help book I've ever encountered. Want a good shot at achieving your New Year's resolutions? Read and discuss this book.
Adriana & Janet's pick
Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless
This is The Glass Castle for the Park Avenue set. What an exhilarating story of survival, Mommy Dearest-style, with an international backdrop that includes New York, London, Paris, Morocco, and an explosive final showdown between daughter and mother in Boston. Lawless is able to recount her Dickensian childhood with strange clarity and humor, leaving us the the reader intensely grateful to meet Georgann Rea--only between the pages--of this heartwarming and sensational memoir.
The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol
When Josephine's husband runs off to Kenya with his mistress to start a crocodile farm, she's left alone trying to make ends meet for her family. Iris, Josephine's wealthy and bored older sister gets herself into quite the pickle when she casually mentions to a friend at a dinner party that she's writing a book, a complete lie. Trying to make her own life easier, and be a good big sister, Iris has the brilliant idea for Jo to write the novel and make the money, so long as Iris gets all the fame. Foolproof plan right? Right. Until the book becomes a major bestseller. Witty and well written, this French import is impossible to put down.