7 books high performers should read this month

What you should actually eat, plus the soccer camp more competive than Harvard

Being up to date on all things health andwellnessis social andcultural currencythese days. And while quick-hit news bites are great, in-depth reads are still a worthy pursuit. Many non-fiction books come out every month, though, and it can feel overwhelming to cut through the clutter. That’s why we started theFurthermore book club. Here, our picks for this month.

the book: <i>i’ve been thinking…</i>

The Gist: Renowned journalist and activist Maria Shriver believes the happiest people have a reason for being. In her new book, she offers inspiration and guidance towards a life of meaning, and therefore a life of “acceptance, purpose, and passion—a place of joy.”
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the book: <i>genius foods</i>

The Gist: After his mom’s dementia diagnosis, filmmaker Max Lugavere set about learning all he could about brain health—eventually becoming an expert in his own right, and part of the research team at Alzheimer’s Universe, created by the Department of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. His new book explores the important role food plays in brain function and aging, with weekly meal planners and recipes.
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the book: <i>microtrends squared</i>

The Gist: Super pollster and strategist Mark Penn, a visiting lecturer at Harvard, has advised everyone from Hillary Clinton to Bill Gates. In 2007, he published Microtrends, forecasting small, counterintuitive movements that have since materialized. His latest book identifies 50 new microtrends that are vital reading for anyone looking to understand the shifting course of business, politics, and culture in the coming decade.
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the book: <i>the away game</i>

The Gist: “Football Dreams” is the Qatari program led by the scout who propelled soccer star Lionel Messi’s career. Scoring a spot is a thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard. Reporter Sebastian Abbott trails the life-changing fortunes of a group of 13-year-old boys as they navigate their way from the makeshift soccer fields of Africa to the top-notch training grounds in Doha and beyond. The result is a compelling must-read for any fan of the sport.
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the book: <i>3 kings</i>

The Gist: Zack O’Malley Greenburg, an editor at Forbes, chronicles the rise of hip-hop’s three kings, Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z, from poverty to tycoon territory. Interviews with over a hundred sources, including hip-hop pioneer and graffiti artist Fab 5 Freddy (who contributed the book’s cover illustration), mega producer Swizz Beatz, and even Notorious B.I.G.’s mom, form the basis of this richly-reported book.
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the book: <i>food: what the heck should i eat?</i>

The Gist: Dr. Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, delves into the science behind what the experts got right and wrong about each major food group. Smart tips for shopping and preparing ingredients, including chopping broccoli and letting it “rest” before cooking to increase its cancer-fighting properties, are peppered throughout his latest book.
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the book: <i>the flavor matrix</i>

The Gist: James Briscione, director of culinary research at the Institute of Culinary Education, investigates the chemical basis of flavor to create a flavor matrix for discovering wild new combinations like white chocolate and caviar. But the true value in this unorthodox cookbook isn’t in simply showing which ingredients pair well, but in teaching readers a radical new approach for “how to think about flavors in food.”
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