5 books high performers should read this month

The book: Life from Above

By: Michael Bright and Chloë Sarosh

The gist: Published to accompany the PBS docuseries of the same name airing later this fall, this tome features over 200 satellite photographs celebrating the natural world in locations like the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil and the tulip fields of Holland. The images also provide a lens onto the effects of climate change, portrayed in the melting ice caps off Greenland and the Great Barrier Reef’s bleached coral.


The book: Talking to Strangers

By: Malcolm Gladwell

The gist: In his latest pop sociological treatise, New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell uses cases from the news to explore why strangers are so bad at reading one another, and why their interactions often go wrong. Topics include the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, and more. 


The book: Bill Cunningham: On the Street

By: The New York Times

The gist: For nearly forty years, legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham cycled the city to capture the evolution of street style. The first published collection of Cunningham’s photographs includes favorites from the Times, as well as many never-before-seen images, accompanied by essays from Anna Wintour and other fashion industry heavyweights.


The book: Sababa

By: Adeena Sussman

The gist: Adeena Sussman has co-authored 11 cookbooks, including two with Chrissy Teigen. In her solo debut, the Tel Aviv resident has chosen a subject close to home: the bright, vibrant flavors of the Israeli kitchen. She includes a primer on Israeli staples like labaneh in addition to 120 recipes including freekeh and roasted grape salad and zucchini, dill, and feta shakshuka.


The book: Lifespan

By: David A. Sinclair, PhD, with Matthew D. LaPlante

The gist: In his first book, David A. Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, makes the provocative assertion that “aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.” Sinclair reveals bold breakthroughs—many from his own lab—and explains, down to the cellular level, why exercising with the right intensity can help anyone live younger and healthier for longer.