Every season, the Next Big Idea Club editorial staff reviews dozens of upcoming books to identify the most exciting, must-read nonfiction titles. We start with a broad pool of nominees, and then share them with our curators—Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, and Malcolm Gladwell—to identify a small handful finalists and, ultimately, two official season selections.
Today, it’s our pleasure to share our list of seven finalists for Season 20! Without further ado, the new books we’re most excited about right now are…
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Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity
By Gloria Mark
It takes 25 minutes to bring our attention back to a task after an interruption—and we interrupt ourselves more than we’re interrupted by others. In Attention Span, a renowned psychologist reveals these and more surprising results from her decades of research into how technology affects our attention. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Gloria Mark, in the Next Big Idea App
Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life
By Dacher Keltner
From a leading expert on the science of emotions and consultant to Pixar’s Inside Out comes a groundbreaking and essential exploration into the history and science of awe. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Dacher Keltner, in the Next Big Idea App
The Creative Act: A Way of Being
By Rick Rubin
From legendary music producer Rick Rubin, a master at helping people connect with the wellsprings of their creativity, comes a beautifully crafted book many years in the making that offers that same deep wisdom to all of us. View on Amazon
The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness
By Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz
What makes for a happy life, a fulfilling life? A good life? According to the directors of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest scientific study of happiness ever conducted, the answer to these questions may be closer than you realize. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz, in the Next Big Idea App
How Do We Know Ourselves?: Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind
By David Myers
These forty remarkable essays offer fresh insight into our sometimes bewildering but ever-fascinating lives. Subjects range from why we so often fear the wrong things to how simply going for a walk with someone can increase rapport and empathy. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author David Myers, in the Next Big Idea App
Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers
By Emma Smith
A history of one of humankind’s most resilient and influential technologies over the past millennium—the book. Portable Magic will charm and challenge literature lovers of all kinds as it illuminates the transformative power and eternal appeal of the written word. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Emma Smith, in the Next Big Idea App
Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon
By William Cohan
In Power Failure, an acclaimed financial journalist punctures the myth of GE, exploring in a rich narrative how a once-great company wound up broken and in tatters—a cautionary tale for the ages. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author William Cohan, in the Next Big Idea App
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