5 delightful books that capture the magic of the holidays.

By | December 6, 2022

When we were kids, many of us thought that holiday magic came from one source: presents! But as we grow up, we realize, like the Grinch did, that the real magic comes from spending time with the people you love. And listening to good music. And reflecting on what is most important in life. (And a gift or two won’t hurt.) So to reconnect with the magic of the holidays, check out five smart and fun books below.

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Ritual: How Seemingly Meaningless Actions End Up Living Life by Dimitris Xygalatas

Ritual: How can seemingly senseless actions end life for the living?

By Dimitris Xygalatas

In birthday parties and coronations, in silent prayers, in fire-walks and awe-inspiring rituals, in the bewildering world of human life; Ceremony It reveals the deep and subtle mechanisms that connect us. Listen to our book bite summary read by author Dimitris Xygalatas in the Next Big Idea app

Fantastic Rebels: Early Romantics and Self-Invention by Andrea Wolf

Fantastic Rebels: Early Romantics and Self-Invention

by Andrea Wolf

With an amazing group of young rebels – poets, writers, philosophers – with their dramatic conflicts, passionate love stories, heartbreaking sadness and radical ideas, it launched Romanticism onto the world stage, inspiring the greatest thinkers of its time. . Listen to our book bite summary read by author Andrea Wolf in the Next Big Idea app

Ownership: The Science of Connecting and Bridging Classes by Jeffrey Cohen.

Proprietary: The science of creating connections and bridging elements

by Jeffrey Cohen

The Stanford University psychologist applies his and others’ groundbreaking research to many common existential problems and offers concrete solutions to improve everyday life in the workplace, at school, in our homes and in our communities. Listen to our book bite summary read by author Jeffrey Cohen in the Next Big Idea app

Taxi from Another Planet: Conversations with Drivers About Life in the Universe by Charles Cockell

Taxi from another planet: A conversation with the drivers about life in the universe

By Charles S. Cockle

Intelligent, good-humored essays about alien life and the uses of space exploration based on an astrophysicist’s daily conversations with humans, to be precise. In the next Big Idea application by author Charles S. Listen to our summary of the book read by Kokel

This is what it sounds like: What the Music You Love Says About You by Susan Rogers and Auggie Ogas

This is what it sounds like: what the music you like says about you.

By Susan Rogers and Augie Ogas

A sound engineer turned cognitive neuroscientist guides readers to discover their musical personality, and provides a language that describes one’s unique taste. This journey into the science and soul of music reveals the secrets of why your favorite songs move you. Listen to our book bite summary read by co-author Susan Rogers in the Next Big Idea app

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