I’m starting a new monthly feature on Bookmarked Reads, which will come out on the last Thursday of each month. The “New on my TBR List” newsletter will briefly showcase the new books I’ve added to my book list this month and what made them seem interesting to me.
Now, whether I ever get around to reading each of these is a different matter…
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan (2018)
I’ve read Pollan’s more recent book, This is Your Mind on Plants, which I absolutely loved, so when I saw this older book of his pop up on social media, I impulse ordered it.
Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides by Geoffrey Cohen (coming September 2022)
This one I have an advanced readers copy of and will be reading it during August sometime. My day job at WGU Labs focuses on creating content about student belonging in higher ed, so this is both an interesting read, and a practically useful one. Stay tuned for a probable giveaway of Belonging soon!
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen (2017)
I’m always on the lookout for good memoirs, which is the only genre I really listen to in audio format, and have been in slight a space mood as of late, so when this showed up in a publishers newsletter, it seemed interesting enough to add to my list.
An Infinity of Worlds: Cosmic Inflation and the Beginning of the Universe by Will Kinney (2022)
As I mentioned, I’m on a tiny space kick lately, so as a follow up to The Elephant In the Universe and the biography I’m currently reading on Peter Higgs, this seemed like a natural add.
Psych: The Story of the Human Mind by Paul Bloom (coming February 2023)
I’m a big fan of Paul Bloom’s books, as are many. When he shared on twitter last week the cover design for his forthcoming book, it was an instant add. It seems really interesting, and quite a bit longer than his other books, so I’m really looking forward to this one… next year.
The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis by Nate Hilger (2022)
This book seems like an interesting take on the need for greater public investment in childcare and development – something that has been prominent in public discourse since the overturn of Roe here in the US. Excited to read this one.
The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization by Peter Zeihan (2022)
I found this book how I used to find many book recs – from Sam Harris’ podcast. I haven’t looked too far into it, nor have I listed to the conversation but at a quick glance it seemed a worth add to my book list.
Platypus Matters: The Extraordinary Story of Australian Mammals by Jack Ashby (coming August 2022)
As my friend Xavier Bonilla always finds out about books before most do, I added this as soon as he shared his advanced copy on twitter. I’m always game for an animal evolution book.
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That's a good list! I'm actually reading the Parent Trap right now, and it's super good. It has a lot of interesting research, and I'm liking some of the authors ideas.