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The Next Big Idea Club’s Season 23 Finalists

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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 of finalists and, ultimately, two official season selections.

Today, it’s our pleasure to share our list of seven finalists for Season 23! Without further ado, the new books we’re most excited about right now are…

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

By Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao

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. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Bob Sutton, in the Next Big Idea App

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

By Michiko Kakutani

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. Read our Book Bite summary

The Holocaust: An Unfinished History

By Dan Stone

A University of London professor 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

Languishing: How to Feel Alive Again in a World That Wears Us Down

By Corey Keyes

The Emory University sociologist who coined the term languishing—low-grade mental weariness that affects our self-esteem, relationships, and motivation—explores the rise of this phenomenon and presents a comprehensive guide to flourishing in a world that demands too much. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Corey Keyes, in the Next Big Idea App

Same as Ever: A Guide to What Never Changes

By Morgan Housel

A renowned financial journalist shows how we can use a newfound grasp of the unchanging to see around corners—not by squinting harder through the uncertain landscape of the future, but by looking backwards, being more broad-sighted, and focusing on what is permanently true. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Morgan Housel, in the Next Big Idea App

Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection

By Charles Duhigg

A fascinating exploration of what makes conversations work—and how we can all learn to be supercommunicators at work and in life. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Charles Duhigg, in the Next Big Idea App

Uncertain: The Wisdom and Wonder of Being Unsure

By Maggie Jackson

Uncertain examines various modes of uncertainty-in-action, from creative reverie to the dissent that spurs team success. Step by step, the art and science of uncertainty reveal being unsure as a skill set for incisive thinking and day-to-day flourishing. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Maggie Jackson, in the Next Big Idea App

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“My biggest Thank You is for the quality of book selections so far. I look on my shelf and see these great titles, and I find myself taking down one or two each month to reread an underlined passage. Full marks to all involved!” – Tim K.

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