Ryan Holiday: Ego Is the Enemy
The follow up to marketeer, strategist and modern stoic Holiday's "The Obstacle is the Way" is another great read, packed with history and anecdote from Marcus Aurelius to Metallica (what's not to like?!) The result is a thoroughly practical guide to, well, getting the fuck out of one's own way.
Malcolm Balk: The Art of Running
A fantastic book and essential for all runners - of all stages - who are coping with injury or simply falling out of love with the pursuit. Malcolm Balk is an Alexander Technique teacher who brought his studies of the Technique to bear on his running and managed to bring injury-free joy back to it.
Mia Olson: Musicians Yoga
Although there may be nothing new in flautist Olsen's book for the more experienced yoga practitioner, for the relative newcomer it's an invaluable introduction to the broad principles of Hatha yoga and how to apply them as a serious musician looking for new ways to avoid injury and improve performance.
Josh Waitzkin: The Art of Learning
Waitzkin is one of those rare individuals who has become a world champion in two different fields: chess and Tai Chi "Push Hands" fighting. In this short but powerful book he draws lessons from his experience in both fields about how best to learn new skills. This may be aimed at those with elite ambitions but it extremely useful, too, for those of us simply aiming for excellence!
Jimmy Moore: Keto Clarity
Moore's book, written in collaboration with researcher Eric Westman, draws on his own n=1 experiments and conversations with such luminaries in the paleo field as Terry Wahls and David Perlmutter. It's a clearly argued, readable outline how to achieve nutritional ketosis, and of the benefits of doing so.
Vincent Deary: How We Are: Book One of the How to Live Trilogy
This is a fascinating and at times profoundly moving read. From Deleuze to Billie Holiday, Deary's book combs psychology, philospohy, high and low brow culture of every kind and personal anecdote to build a picture of how we experience change - how we move from familiar routines through a new (often traumatic) experience and somehow re-settle again in "The Atutomatic".
Gerald Klickstein: The Musician's Way
Klickstein is a classical guitarist and music teacher who has distilled decades of experience into a highly practical guide for aspiring musicians and music students, from building a meaningful practice regime, through overcoming performance anxiety and through to "lifelong creativity". Approachable, frank and hugely useful.
Jocelyn K. Glei: Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done
Most of the thinking here I'd already come across in Ferriss' 4 Hour Work Week - and a lot of others that followed in its wake. Nonetheless this is a great read that clearly outlines why email has turned from tool to master, before going to to discuss mitigation strategies.
John E. Sarno: The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders
John Sarno continues to build his argument that chronic pain is a mindbody phenomenon, an argument that remains controversial but to my mind incontrovertible. Sarno's own thinking here is complemented by several essays from those working in the field with his techniques. Fascinating throughout.
Ryan Holliday: The Obstacle is the Way
Ignore the self help-y design and marketing, this is a practical, highly readable and genuinely helpful distillation of Stoic principles and how to live with them in the modern world. It speaks volumes that Holliday is a close colleague of both Tim Ferriss and Robert Greene.