We promise: The sun is coming, and soon we’ll be back outside. Until then, keep the gray at bay by picking up an audiobook from your favorite library’s digital catalog, and listen to one of these reads during your morning workout or while you wash that never-ending mountain of dishes in the sink.
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
As a leader, nobody wants to be pigeonholed into the common archetypes of the bad boss — the most notable among them being the pushover and the jerk — but it is a fine line to tread between letting your employees walk all over you and being just a tad overbearing. Cue Kim Scott and her 2017 guide to being a “kick-ass boss without losing your humanity” titled Radical Candor. As a CEO coach for big companies like Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and more, Scott has a voice that business leaders take seriously, and if the success of this perennial reader favorite is any indication, bad bosses will be a thing of the past before we know it.
Saint Martin’s Press | $29
This Book Will Put You to Sleep
In a time when we’re too worried about having yet another stress dream in which we’re trapped in a crowded place without a face mask, most of us are beyond the point where counting sheep would be effective. Cue this (too) informative 2018 book by Professor K. McCoy and Dr. Hardwick, which is chockfull of dull, sleep-inducing stories. These texts — including The Motion of Sand Dunes, The Administrative Bureaucracy of the Byzantine Empire, and White Noise: A Technical Explanation — will have readers forgetting all about their existential dread and drifting off to dreamland in no time.
Chronicle Books | $15.95
The Adventures of Women in Tech: How We Got Here and Why We Stay
Inspired by a lack of techie female representation in the media and upper-level management, author and 20-year tech industry veteran Alana Karen found herself wondering whether it’s possible for most women to “have meaningful careers in tech.” Pulling from her own experience and the intimate stories of more than 80 current and former women in tech, Karen delves into the challenges women face in the male-dominated industry, the skills needed to succeed, and the ways women can lift each other up. In so doing, Karen boldly affronts the systemic ills that have plagued her chosen career field while cementing why tech is the right fit for any gender.
Wise Ink Creative Publishing | $25
The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket
If nothing else, the past year’s economic tumult has revealed just how vital workers in the retail industry — especially grocery stores — really are to the American public. In the appropriately timed 2020 release of The Secret Life of Groceries, author Benjamin Lorr digs deep into every aspect of the industry, including harvesting, sourcing, trucking, and forced migrant labor practices. Whether readers pick up this book because they are an entrepreneur fighting for shelf space or just an American seeking a social commentary on our shared food system, anyone who reads this tome likely will never look at the items on grocery shelves the same way again. Avery | $27