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11 Books to Help You Reinvent Yourself This Spring

After several years in the Subsidiary Rights Department at Atria Books, Hilary Krutt now works as an editor at L&T, a brand publishing company. A former member of the Off the Shelf editorial board, Hilary continues to be an avid consumer (and sometimes reviewer) of contemporary fiction and memoir. She hails from Boston but currently calls Brooklyn home.

If you’re like most of us, your New Year’s resolutions were abandoned sometime between your champagne-fueled night of celebrating and the next morning’s hangover. But as we enter the season of rebirth, now is the perfect time to revisit the goals we set months ago. Here are the books to guide you towards personal improvement and growth in every aspect of your life.


A Curious Mind
by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

Put your curiosity to work.

This brilliant, entertaining, fascinating, and inspiring homage to the power of inquisitiveness is from renowned film and TV producer Brian Grazer. Whether you’re looking to improve your management style at work or become a better romantic partner, these lessons on the power of curiosity can change your life.

A Curious Mind
Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

Put your curiosity to work.

This brilliant, entertaining, fascinating, and inspiring homage to the power of inquisitiveness is from renowned film and TV producer Brian Grazer. Whether you’re looking to improve your management style at work or become a better romantic partner, these lessons on the power of curiosity can change your life.

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The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Write the next great American novel.

You know the authors’ names. You recognize the title. Strunk and White's advice is as valuable today as when it was first offered. This book’s unique tone, wit, and charm will guide you out of your writer’s block and inspire you to write a literary masterpiece.

The Elements of Style
William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Write the next great American novel.

You know the authors’ names. You recognize the title. Strunk and White's advice is as valuable today as when it was first offered. This book’s unique tone, wit, and charm will guide you out of your writer’s block and inspire you to write a literary masterpiece.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey

Get that promotion.

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, this book has captivated readers for twenty-five years. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—and the principles contained therein can be applied to your own work habits and daily life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey

Get that promotion.

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, this book has captivated readers for twenty-five years. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—and the principles contained therein can be applied to your own work habits and daily life.

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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
by John Gray

Better understand your partner.

The most well-know, long-lived, and tried-and-tested relationship guide ever, this phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller provides evidence-based insight sure to help you strengthen and nurture your relationships for years to come.

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
John Gray

Better understand your partner.

The most well-know, long-lived, and tried-and-tested relationship guide ever, this phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller provides evidence-based insight sure to help you strengthen and nurture your relationships for years to come.

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking
by Julia Child

Throw the most memorable dinner parties.

This beloved cookbook contains hundred of recipes perfect for seasoned cooks and beginners alike. Channel Julia’s can-do attitude to impress your guests with a scrumptious, unforgettable feast.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Julia Child

Throw the most memorable dinner parties.

This beloved cookbook contains hundred of recipes perfect for seasoned cooks and beginners alike. Channel Julia’s can-do attitude to impress your guests with a scrumptious, unforgettable feast.

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Women in Clothes
by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, & Leanne Shapton

Be the best dressed in your office.

A stylebook unlike any other, this is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women—famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old—on how the garments we put on every day define our lives. Once you’ve devoured this fascinating book, you’ll be inspired to dress for success.

Women in Clothes
Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, & Leanne Shapton

Be the best dressed in your office.

A stylebook unlike any other, this is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women—famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old—on how the garments we put on every day define our lives. Once you’ve devoured this fascinating book, you’ll be inspired to dress for success.

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On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation
by Alexandra Horowitz

Gain a new perspective.

If you’re feeling a bit underwhelmed by your usual landscape, pick up this wonderful book that explores how humans perceive their environments. Alexandra Horowitz shows how much more there is to see in the world, if only we would really look.

On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation
Alexandra Horowitz

Gain a new perspective.

If you’re feeling a bit underwhelmed by your usual landscape, pick up this wonderful book that explores how humans perceive their environments. Alexandra Horowitz shows how much more there is to see in the world, if only we would really look.

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Walden
by Henry David Thoreau

Explore the great outdoors.

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into a cabin by Walden Pond and spent two years immersing himself in nature and distancing himself from the distractions of social life. Walden will inspire you to take a break from the distractions of modern life and immerse yourself in nature—if only for a day hike or a weekend camping trip.

Walden
Henry David Thoreau

Explore the great outdoors.

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into a cabin by Walden Pond and spent two years immersing himself in nature and distancing himself from the distractions of social life. Walden will inspire you to take a break from the distractions of modern life and immerse yourself in nature—if only for a day hike or a weekend camping trip.

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In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson

Find your way in an unfamiliar place.

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature ensues. In this deliciously funny and adventurous exploration of Australia, Bryson takes us on a rollicking ride far beyond the tourist path. You’ll be packing your bags for the great unknown before you’ve even reached the last page.

In a Sunburned Country
Bill Bryson

Find your way in an unfamiliar place.

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature ensues. In this deliciously funny and adventurous exploration of Australia, Bryson takes us on a rollicking ride far beyond the tourist path. You’ll be packing your bags for the great unknown before you’ve even reached the last page.

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The Crossroads of Should and Must
by Elle Luna

Boldly pursue your true passions.

When Elle Luna asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling,” she went on a personal journey that has touched hundreds of thousands of people. This is an essential book for every recent graduate, artist, seeker, and career changer.

The Crossroads of Should and Must
Elle Luna

Boldly pursue your true passions.

When Elle Luna asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling,” she went on a personal journey that has touched hundreds of thousands of people. This is an essential book for every recent graduate, artist, seeker, and career changer.

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The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin

Spread some joy.

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany: “The days are long, but the years are short. Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project, a project that resulted in this lively and compelling account of what truly makes us happy.

The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin

Spread some joy.

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany: “The days are long, but the years are short. Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project, a project that resulted in this lively and compelling account of what truly makes us happy.

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