The Next Big Idea Club’s January 2024 Must-Read Books
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The Next Big Idea Club’s January 2024 Must-Read Books

I’m pleased to share what I consider the most promising, must-read nonfiction titles scheduled for release in January of 2024. These titles make up our third group of nominees for Season 23 of the Next Big Idea Club (the November group was announced here, and December here).

Our Next Big Idea Club curators—Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink—will narrow the list down to a handful of finalists and, ultimately, two official season selections.

Authors will also be invited to create a “Book Bite”, a 15-minute audio self-recording that features 5 key insights from their book. Imagine chatting with a stranger on an airplane—only that person just happened to write a fascinating nonfiction book!

And now, the January 2024 titles are…

All In: How Great Leaders Build Unstoppable Teams

By Mike Michalowicz
Publication Date: January 2, 2024

You want a thriving workforce that shines and sticks around. One that takes full responsibility for their work and outcomes. A community of employees who love your organization and are invested in its growth. With All In you will discover how to build a team where everyone flourishes–including you. View on Amazon

The Algorithm: How AI Decides Who Gets Hired, Monitored, Promoted, and Fired and Why We Need to Fight Back Now

By Hilke Schellmann
Publication Date: January 2, 2024

Based on exclusive information from whistleblowers, internal documents, and real world test results, Schellmann delivers a shocking and illuminating expose on the next civil rights issue of our time: how AI has already taken over the workplace and shapes our future. View on Amazon

Rethinking Diabetes: What Science Reveals About Diet, Insulin, and Successful Treatments

By Gary Taubes
Publication Date: January 2, 2024

An eye-opening investigation into the history of diabetes research and treatment by the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Why We Get Fat. View on Amazon

The Age of Deer: Trouble and Kinship with our Wild Neighbors

By Erika Howsare
Publication Date: January 2, 2024

A hybrid of nature writing and cultural studies that investigates our connection with deer—from mythology to biology, from forests to cities, from coexistence to control and extermination—and invites readers to contemplate the paradoxes of how humans interact with and shape the natural world. View on Amazon

Your First Million: Why You Don’t Have to Be Born into a Legacy of Wealth to Leave One Behind

By Arlan Hamilton
Publication Date: January 2, 2024

One of the few Black women to break into the boy’s club of Silicon Valley offers her secrets for how anyone can build a legacy of wealth and impact. View on Amazon

Break the Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma

By Mariel Buqué
Publication Date: January 2, 2024

The definitive, paradigm-shifting guide to healing intergenerational trauma—weaving together scientific research with practical exercises and stories from the therapy room—from a trauma-informed psychologist and practitioner of holistic healing. View on Amazon

The Furies: Women, Vengeance, and Justice

By Elizabeth Flock
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

Journalist Elizabeth Flock investigates what few dare to confront, or even imagine: the role and necessity of female-led violence in response to systems built against women. View on Amazon

Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet

By Hannah Ritchie
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

Packed with the latest research, practical guidance, and enlightening graphics, data scientist Hannah Ritchie will make you rethink almost everything you’ve been told about the environment. View on Amazon

Of Greed and Glory: In Pursuit of Freedom for All

By Deborah Plant
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

A ground-breaking, personal exploration of America’s obsession with continuing human bondage. View on Amazon

The Wisdom of Plagues: Lessons from 25 Years of Covering Pandemics

By Donald McNeil
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

New York Times reporter Donald McNeil, Jr. reflects on twenty-five years of covering pandemics—how governments react to them, how the media covers them, how they are exploited, and what we can do to prepare for the next one. View on Amazon

Venture Meets Mission: Aligning People, Purpose, and Profit to Innovate and Transform Society

By Arun Gupta, Gerard George & Thomas Fewer
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

The authors draw on their leadership experience with Silicon Valley innovation, venture capital, and work at the highest levels of the federal government to tell engaging stories of successful entrepreneurs who combine mission and venture to solve critical societal problems. View on Amazon

Making It in America: The Almost Impossible Quest to Manufacture in the U.S.A. (And How It Got That Way)

By Rachel Slade
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

A moving and eye-opening look at the story of manufacturing in America, whether it can ever successfully return to our shores, and why our nation depends on it, told through the experience of one young couple in Maine as they attempt to rebuild a lost industry, ethically. View on Amazon

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking: Leading Your Organization into the Future

By Michael Watkins
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

An actionable new framework to help aspiring leaders learn to think strategically—a set of skills more necessary than ever in a world of constant change. View on Amazon

Optimal: How to Sustain Personal and Organizational Excellence Every Day

By Daniel Goleman & Cary Cherniss
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

Based on research of how hundreds of people build the inner architecture of having a good day, they sketch what an optimal state feels like, and show how emotional intelligence holds the key to our best performance. View on Amazon

Gut Check: Unleash the Power of Your Microbiome to Reverse Disease and Transform Your Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health

By Steven Gundry
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

A definitive guide to the gut biome and its control over its home—us!—revealing the unimaginably complex and intelligent ecosystem controlling our health. View on Amazon

Glad We Met: The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings

By Steven Rogelberg
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

Glad We Met will make managers and direct reports walk away from every 1:1 energized more than any other moment of their workweek and with enduring impact. View on Amazon

Tightwads and Spendthrifts: Navigating the Money Minefield in Real Relationships

By Scott Rick
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

A revolutionary guide to navigating the financial aspects of real relationships. View on Amazon

China’s World View: Demystifying China to Prevent Global Conflict

By David Daokui Li
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

A distinguished Chinese economist offers a timely, essential exploration of China’s perspective on economy, government, society, and its position in the world. View on Amazon

The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World

By Sharon Brous
Publication Date: January 9, 2024

From one of our country’s most prominent rabbis, an inspiring book about the power of community based on one of her most impactful sermons. View on Amazon

Sheridan’s Secret Mission: How the South Won the War After the Civil War

By Robert Cwiklik
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

A narrative history recounting the little-known late-Reconstruction Era mission of General Philip Sheridan, a Union hero dispatched to the South ten years after the Civil War to protect the rights of newly freed Black citizens, who were under siege by violent paramilitary groups like the White league, intent on erasing their postwar gains. View on Amazon

The 5 Resets: Rewire Your Brain and Body for Less Stress and More Resilience

By Aditi Nerurkar
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

Stress becomes problematic when it’s out of tune with the frequency of our lives. Dr. Nerurkar offers five science-backed mindset shifts to bring stress back to healthy levels. View on Amazon

The Fruit Cure: The Story of Extreme Wellness Turned Sour

By Jacqueline Alnes
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

Alnes was a Division I runner in college, only to have mysterious neurological symptoms cut her athletic career short. Alnes’s personal story provides scaffolding for an exposé of fruitarianism and a critique of how the U.S. healthcare system drives vulnerable people into the scammy recesses of wellness culture. View on Amazon

Our Moon: How Earth’s Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are

By Rebecca Boyle
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

As governments and billionaires aim to turn a profit from its resources, Rebecca Boyle shows us that the Moon belongs to everybody and nobody at all. View on Amazon

Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science

By Benjamin Breen
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

A bold and brilliant revisionist take on the history of psychedelics in the twentieth century, illuminating how a culture of experimental drugs shaped the Cold War and the birth of Silicon Valley. View on Amazon

Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age

By Chip Conley
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

What if we could reframe our thinking about the natural transition of midlife not as a crisis, but as a chrysalis—a time when something profound awakens in us. View on Amazon

Open Talent: Leveraging the Global Workforce to Solve Your Biggest Challenges

By John Winsor & Jin Paik
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

In the new world of hybrid work and AI, one thing is clear: the war for talent is over—and talent won. View on Amazon

The Allure of the Multiverse: Extra Dimensions, Other Worlds, and Parallel Universes

By Paul Halpern
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

Our books, our movies—our imaginations—are obsessed with extra dimensions, alternate timelines, and the sense that all we see might not be all there is. Physicists are similarly captivated. View on Amazon

The Life Brief: A Playbook for No-Regrets Living

By Bonnie Wan
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

Tried and tested by Bonnie herself as well as thousands of attendees of workshops and lectures, The Life Brief method is a powerful tool for solving life’s biggest messes and creating a life of meaning. View on Amazon

Little Treatments, Big Effects: How to Build Meaningful Moments that Can Transform Your Mental Health

By Jessica Schleider
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

Schleider integrates cutting-edge psychological science, lived experience narratives and practical self-help activities to introduce a new type of therapeutic experience: single-session interventions. View on Amazon

The Alternative: How to Build a Just Economy

By Nick Romeo
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

Romeo takes us on an extraordinary journey through the unforgettable stories and successes of people working to build economies that are more equal, just, and livable. View on Amazon

Filterworld: How Algorithms Flattened Culture

By Kyle Chayka
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

A timely history and investigation of a world ruled by algorithms, which determine the shape of culture itself. View on Amazon

Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity

By Michelle Norris
Publication Date: January 16, 2024

Peabody Award–winning journalist Michele Norris offers a transformative dialogue on race and identity in America, unearthed through her decade-long work at The Race Card Project. View on Amazon

The Everything Token: How NFTs and Web3 Will Transform the Way We Buy, Sell, and Create

By Steve Kaczynski & Scott Duke Kominers
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

A Harvard Business School professor and Web3 entrepreneur demystify the coming digital revolution, showing how NFTs will transform our online and offline interactions. View on Amazon

The Holocaust: An Unfinished History

By Dan Stone
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

Stone draws on Nazi documents, but also on diaries, post-war testimonies, and even fiction, urging that, in our age of increasing nationalism and xenophobia, it is vital that we understand the true history of the Holocaust. View on Amazon

Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum

By Antonia Hylton
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

A 93-year history of Crownsville Hospital, one of the nation’s last segregated asylums. It is a heartbreaking meditation on how America decides who is sick or criminal, and who is worthy of our care or irredeemable. View on Amazon

The Showman: Inside the Invasion That Shook the World and Made a Leader of Volodymyr Zelensky

By Simon Shuster
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

Shuster gives us the first inside account of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from the perspective of President Volodymyr Zelensky and his team, who granted him unprecedented access. View on Amazon

Better in Every Sense: How the New Science of Sensation Can Help You Reclaim Your Life

By Norman Farb & Zindel Segal
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

Whether we’re struggling with a problem, a bad habit, or life in general, we often think we need to be resilient by “toughing it out” or “trying harder.” But when we do that, our brains double down on the thinking patterns that clearly aren’t working. The science of sensation provides the key. View on Amazon

Why Does Everything Have to Be About Race?: 25 Arguments That Won’t Go Away

By Keith Boykin
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

The most toxic racial arguments share one of five traits which are all designed to distract society from racial justice, but now we have the tools to debunk them. View on Amazon

Ukraine: The Forging of a Nation

By Yaroslav Hrystak
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

Ukraine is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand Ukraine’s dramatic past and its global significance. View on Amazon

Disillusioned: Five Families and the Unraveling of America’s Suburbs

By Benjamin Herold
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

Through the stories of five American families, a masterful and timely exploration of how hope, history, and racial denial collide in the suburbs and their schools. View on Amazon

Egyptian Made: Women, Work, and the Promise of Liberation

By Leslie Chang
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

An incisive exploration of women and work, showing how globalization’s promise of liberation instead set the stage for repression. View on Amazon

The 5 Principles of Parenting: Your Essential Guide to Raising Good Humans

By Aliza Pressman
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

Let go of perfect and become a transformative, positive influence in a child’s life while creating your own definition of success from developmental psychologist and podcaster Dr. Aliza Pressman. View on Amazon

Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters

By Brian Klaas
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

A provocative challenge to how we think our world works—and why small, chance events can divert our lives and change everything, by social scientist Brian Klaas. View on Amazon

Infectious Generosity: The Ultimate Idea Worth Spreading

By Chris Anderson
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

Head of TED, Chris Anderson, believes that it’s within our grasp to turn outrage back into optimism. It all comes down to reimagining one of the most fundamental human virtues: generosity. View on Amazon

Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine

By Uché Blackstock
Publication Date: January 23, 2024

The rousing, captivating story of a Black physician, her career in medicine, and the deep inequities that still exist in the U.S. healthcare system. View on Amazon

What We’ve Become: Living and Dying in a Country of Arms

By Jonathan Metzl
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

Public health is a harder sell in a nation that fundamentally disagrees about what it means to be safe, healthy, or free. Metzl shows mass shootings as a symptom of our most unresolved national conflicts, and sets us on the path of alliance-forging, racial-reckoning, and political power-brokering. View on Amazon

The Survivors of the Clotilda: The Lost Stories of the Last Captives of the American Slave Trade

By Hannah Durkin
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

Weaving a tapestry of history, biography, and social commentary, Durkin deepens our knowledge and understanding of the Black experience of America and its tragic past. View on Amazon

The Friction Project: How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier and the Wrong Things Harder

By Robert L. Sutton and Huggy Rao
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

The causes and solutions for five of the most common and damaging friction troubles: oblivious leaders, addition sickness, broken connections, jargon monoxide, and fast and frenzied people and teams. View on Amazon

The 100 Trillion Dollar Wealth Transfer: How the Handover from Boomers to Gen Z Will Revolutionize Capitalism

By Ken Costa
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

An insider’s look into how Generation Z’s focus on ethics, climate change and purpose will change capitalism forever. View on Amazon

The Great Wave: The Era of Radical Disruption and the Rise of the Outsider

By Michiko Kakutani
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

An urgent examination of how disruptive politics, technology, and art are capsizing old assumptions in a great wave of change breaking over today’s world, creating both opportunity and peril. View on Amazon

Be a Revolution: How Everyday People Are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World―and How You Can, Too

By Ijeoma Oluo
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

An eye-opening and galvanizing look at the current state of anti-racist activism across America. View on Amazon

Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet

By Chris Dixon
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

A potent exploration of the power of blockchains to reshape the future of the internet—and how that affects us all—from influential technology entrepreneur and startup investor Chris Dixon. View on Amazon

Interviewology: The New Science of Interviewing

By Anna Papalia
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

A groundbreaking guide to mastering the job interview, offering proven advice and techniques to discover your unique interview style that is key to interviewing better—for those on either side of the table. View on Amazon

Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections

By Emily Nagoski
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

Written with scientific rigor, humor, and compassion, Nagoski shows us what great sex can look like, how to create it in our own lives, and what to do when struggles arise. View on Amazon

Fight Right: How Successful Couples Turn Conflict Into Connection

By Julie Schwartz Gottman & John Gottman
Publication Date: January 30, 2024

Conflict is the top reason couples seek help—but it’s also an opportunity for greater intimacy, deeper connection, and lasting love according to this essential guide from two of the world’s leading relationship scientists. View on Amazon

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