Not everything that is popular is necessarily good. Subway is one of the biggest fast-food chains on the planet, for example, yet its bread and tuna are so bad that they may not fit the legal definitions of bread and tuna.
But sometimes popularity really does correspond to quality. And with the four new bestsellers below, it turns out that the buzz and the excitement point to some truly remarkable work.
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Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make—and Keep—Friends
By Marisa G. Franco
A psychologist and University of Maryland professor provides a clear and actionable blueprint for forging strong, lasting connections with others—and for becoming our happiest, most fulfilled selves in the process. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Marisa Franco, in the Next Big Idea App
What We Owe the Future
By William MacAskill
A renowned philosopher argues for “longtermism,” the idea that positively influencing the distant future is a key moral priority of our time. We must ensure that civilization would rebound if it collapsed, and prepare for a planet where the smartest beings are digital, not human. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author William MacAskill, in the Next Big Idea App
Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions
By Sabine Hossenfelder
Does the past still exist? Do particles think? Was the universe made for us? A contrarian scientist reveals how close physicists are to answering these questions, where the current limits are, and what questions might well remain unanswerable forever. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Sabine Hossenfelder, in the Next Big Idea App
Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be
By Becky Kennedy
Offering perspective-shifting parenting principles and troubleshooting for specific scenarios, Good Inside is a comprehensive resource for parents looking for a new way to raise their kids while still setting them up for a lifetime of self-regulation, confidence, and resilience. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Becky Kennedy, in the Next Big Idea App
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