Google “women’s health” and you will get no fewer than 7.6 billion (yes, billion) hits. There is an excess of info out there on how to optimize your wellbeing. But with so much to choose from, it’s hard to know what to read and what to skip. We’ve done the dirty work for you, combing the shelves of this year’s women’s health books to find the ones you need to dig into right now.
The 411: It took reporter Amy Noelle Roe 11 marathons to qualify for Boston—and in her second Boston race, the infamous bombs blasted just after she crossed the finish line. With this as a backdrop, Roe tells the story of becoming a runner at 31 (prompted by losing a job and looking for purpose), her first half-marathon (“I don’t want to run with these people; I want to run away from them”) and suffering an injury before finally fulfilling her Boston Marathon dream.
Why you’ll love it: Roe recounts the evolution of her fairly ordinary running career with the flair of a gifted storyteller, weaving in her personal life, transporting details and self-deprecating anecdotes.
The 411: Anyone who has faced depression or struggled with motivation will see themselves in Nita Sweeney, a self-proclaimed couch potato who starts her unlikely journey to becoming a marathoner by slipping on sneakers, leashing up her doggo and jogging with him just 60 seconds at a time. Humble and refreshingly honest, Sweeney documents her incremental accomplishments and setbacks while weaving in a personal narrative of loss, insecurity and breakthrough.
Why you’ll love it: Like sitting across from an old friend over coffee, Sweeney’s memoir is the gentle nudge we all need now and again to get off our ass and start moving.