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Summer Reading: 5 New Feel-Good Books

Kick off the summer by turning the page on what you’re choosing to read poolside. (Hint: Put down the Us Weekly and Fifty Shades.) A new installment of health and wellness books is hot off the presses — are you ready to be inspired to be a better you? Here are five you can be proud to throw into the beach bag, starting this very weekend.

1. Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling Little, Brown Book Group; April 2015 Yes, that J. K. Rowling talks about the fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imagination — both of which were integral to her incredibly successful career. (Very Good Lives is based off her famous commencement address at Harvard University.)

2. The Road to Character by David Brooks Random House, April 2015 New York Times columnist David Brooks has long captured and examined the important details of daily life. In his latest book, he shows readers how to spend less time working on “resume virtues” (i.e. success, money) and more on moral values.

3. The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by Editors at America’s Test Kitchen Cook’s Illustrated, March 2015 Thumb through this paperback — and its 600 vegetarian recipes, which include 250 vegan and 500 gluten-free options — to map out your meals from soups and stews to snacks and sandwiches.

4. Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide by Frederic Lenoir and Andrew Brown Melville House, April 2015 Happiness, which is already a big best-seller in Europe, explores the meaning — and achievement! — of happiness, as experienced by history’s biggest thinkers like Aristotle and Plato.

5. Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter Crown Business, May 2015 Change the triggers in your life and you’ll have the power to change your habits, actions, and behaviors, says leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith. In other words, here’s a practical guide on taking control of your life by managing your environment.

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