We don’t get to choose our family, a fact that can sometimes feel more like a curse than a blessing. Maybe your brother has started treating you like a therapist, or maybe your mother still treats you like a little kid—either way, some firm boundaries can help us cultivate healthy family bonds. So how do we establish, communicate, and maintain those boundaries? Check out the five eye-opening reads below to find out.
Drama Free: A Guide to Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships
By Nedra Glover Tawwab
Covering topics ranging from the trauma of emotional neglect, to the legacy of addicted or absent parents, to mental health struggles in siblings and other relatives, and more, this clear and compassionate guide will help you take control of your own life—and honor the person you truly are. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Nedra Glover Tawwab, in the Next Big Idea App
Needy: How to Advocate for Your Needs and Claim Your Sovereignty
By Mara Glatzel
Learn to identify, honor, and advocate for the most tender and true parts of yourself that yearn to be acknowledged. The reader is invited to embody self-acceptance, which leads to meaningful growth in self-responsibility, self-care, self-trust, and self-love. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Mara Glatzel, in the Next Big Idea App
The Origins of You: How Breaking Family Patterns Can Liberate the Way We Live and Love
By Vienna Pharaon
From a licensed therapist and popular Instagram relationship expert comes a profound guide to understanding and overcoming wounds from your family of origin—the foundation of how we relate to others, ourselves, and the world around us. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Vienna Pharaon, in the Next Big Idea App
The Unexpected Gift of Trauma: The Path to Posttraumatic Growth
By Edith Shiro
A groundbreaking approach to healing from trauma and experiencing posttraumatic growth from a leading psychologist, featuring a powerful, five-stage framework to help readers not just recover, but thrive and transform. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Edith Shiro, in the Next Big Idea App
Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues
By David Bradford and Carole Robin
The instructors of the renowned Interpersonal Dynamics course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business have collected their most powerful insights into a single transformative read. Whether you’re negotiating with a potential business partner or trying to reconnect with an old friend, Connect is an ideal guide to building better, stronger relationships. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Carole Robin, 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.
Go Deeper with a Next Big Idea Club Membership
The Next Big Idea App is free for anyone to try—and if you love it, we invite you to become an official member of the Next Big Idea Club. Membership grants you unlimited access to Book Bites and unlocks early-release, ad-free episodes of our LinkedIn-partnered podcast. You also gain entry to our private online discussion group, where you can talk big ideas with fellow club members and join exclusive live Q&A sessions with featured authors.
For a more focused learning experience, we recommend a Hardcover or eBook Membership. Every few months, legendary authors and club curators Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink select two new nonfiction books as the must-reads of the season. We then send hardcover copies straight to your doorstep, or eBook versions to your favorite digital device. We also collaborate with the authors of selected books to produce original reading guides and premium video e-courses, 50-minute master classes that take you step by step through their most life-changing ideas. And yes, it’s all available through the Next Big Idea App.
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Whether you prefer to read, listen, or watch, the Next Big Idea is here to help you work smarter and live better. Wake up with an always-fresh Idea of the Day, the perfect shot of inspiration to go with your morning coffee. Then dive into one of our Challenges, hand-picked collections of Book Bites that form crash courses in subjects like communication, motivation, and career acceleration. Later, watch the playback of an interview with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Stanford psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt, or philosopher John Kaag. And be sure to check the “Events” tab in the app, so that you can join an upcoming live Q&A and personally chat with the next featured thought leader.
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