When you hear the word “family,” what do you think of? Many of us picture a smiling husband and wife, standing with their 2.5 perfect children by a white picket fence and a beautiful suburban home. It’s an image that has been held up as the American ideal.
But behind this simplistic portrait lies the reality of being a family in 2023, which looks very different for many different people. That diversity is beautiful—and the five books below will help you explore it.
The Family Outing: A Memoir
By Jessi Hempel
A striking and remarkable literary memoir about one family’s transformation, with almost all of them embracing their queer identities. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jessi Hempel, in the Next Big Idea App
Hatching: Experiments in Motherhood and Technology
By Jenni Quilter
Hatching embraces the complexities of motherhood and the humanity of in vitro fertilization: the waiting rooms, the message boards, and the genetic permutations of what a thoroughly modern family might mean. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jenni Quilter, in the Next Big Idea App
Ambitious Like a Mother: Why Prioritizing Your Career Is Good for Your Kids
By Lara Bazelon
In this captivating and radical look at work-life balance, an acclaimed law professor and mother reframes our understanding of working women—and shows how prioritizing your career benefits mothers, kids, and society at large. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Lara Bazelon, in the Next Big Idea App
Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media
By Donna Jackson Nakazawa
An award-winning writer reveals that the crisis facing today’s girls is a biologically rooted phenomenon: the earlier onset of puberty mixes badly with the unchecked bloom of social media and cultural misogyny. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Donna Jackson Nakazawa, in the Next Big Idea App
Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood
By Chelsea Conaboy
An acclaimed health and science journalist explodes the concept of “maternal instinct” and tells a new story about what it means to become a parent. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Chelsea Conaboy, in the Next Big Idea App
The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes
“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.
But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?
With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.
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