Whether you’re an audiobook listener on your way to work or read by lamplight at the end of the day, you know good books keep you searching for the next word and leaves you smarter than before.

New books filled with timely, hard-learned lessons by professionals from the event planning and business management worlds, as well as the medical field, are lining shop shelves. In response to the pandemic-incited upheaval of meetings and gatherings—and now the growing return to more face-to-face time and less time spent behind a webcam—research professors, poets and psychiatrists are sharing secrets for motivation, leadership, human connection and more. Here is our short list for starting the new year strong.

Distributed Teams: The Art and Practice of Working Together While Physically Apart

By: John O’Duinn, Published January 20, 2021

O’Duinn published his first edition of Distributed Teams ten months before Covid-19 hit the world. In January of this year, however, he rereleased an updated second edition, almost two years after the beginning of the pandemic. A technologist and entrepreneur with decades of experience leading and coaching organizational teams on a global scale, O’Duinn covers maintaining a healthy, connected and effective team culture from home and organizational resilience. More widely applicable than ever, this is the practical guidance we all need now.

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind

By: Judson Brewer, Published March 9, 2021

Overwhelmed and feeling out of control? We’ve been living in a brand-new era of anxiety for the past two years. Brewer confronts bad habits, addictive behaviors and how to cope in his newest and New York Times best-selling work. This social sciences professor, psychiatrist and neuroscientist demystifies what triggers your anxiety and how to manage it.

Poetry RX: How 50 Inspiring Poems Can Heal and Bring Joy to Your Life

By: Norman Rosenthal, Published May 4, 2021

Rosenthal presents a collection of poetry—from a psychiatrist’s perspective. The internationally renowned medical professional has gathered together poetry on love and dejection, hope and defeat, trauma and reconciliation, faith and discovery. Rosenthal lays bare the multitudes of the human experience in an attempt to better comprehend our fellow complex, emotional creatures.

Atlas of the Heart

By: Brené Brown, Published Nov. 30, 2021

In her examination of the depth and range of human experience, Brown weaves a fabric for what to do with them all. Brown explores the intricacies of emotions, and how those feelings might empower us in our daily lives and work. A research professor at the University of Houston and five-time #1 New York Times best-selling author, Brown is in the business of building meaningful connection.

Get It Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation

By: Ayelet Fishbach, Out Jan. 3, 2022

Got New Year’s resolutions? Fishbach, a social psychologist and behavioral scientist, has prepared a guide for those hoping to achieve the most daunting of goals. Fishbach delves into confronting and unraveling all the steps in between the goal and the final product, and how delegating and accepting support from others can be the key to getting to where you want to be.

The Seismic Shift in Leadership: How to Thrive in a New Era of Connection

By: Michelle K. Johnston, Out Feb. 22, 2022

Power, assertive control and fear tactics are far outdated leadership strategies. As Johnston explains in her soon-to-be-released examination of what makes a great leader, your interpersonal connections are your strengths. The professor of business management at Loyola University New Orleans unveils why an authentic leadership style works best. Time to add compassion and commitment to your team to your CV.