I read my 500th book of the year this week. It was really good! A memoir reflecting on the difference between cult and culture. Unfortunately it is published by St. Martin's Press, who has failed to address racist content put forth on their social media platforms by an employee. Because of the failure of St. Martin's Press to address their harmful content, I will not be sharing my review of that book. If you want more information on this ongoing situation I recommend you watch this video.
That being said here are some other books to consider:
The Perfectionist's Guide to Losing Control by Katherine Morgan Schafler A excellent guide to different types of perfectionism and how it can be worked with.
(another book I want to recommend, but do not condone the ideology of the author; this is a separate issue from the boycott, but equally important) My primary takeaway from this book is the concept of trust between an artist and their audience and the actions that are able to happen as a result.
Listen Like You Mean It by Ximena Vengoechea A practical summary of active listening techniques.
Another Book printed by St. Martin's Press. An integrated reflection on life and death.
The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei A dystopian space opera with beautiful supportive themes.
The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff Distinctly voiced and immersively written. This book is a case study in effective rhetoric.
Why note the absence when there are clearly other books and ideas to recommend? Because accountability is important.