The latest books being released by top women leaders span everything from motivating, tactical advice on how to turn your passion into profit, to a powerful message about building resilience and finding meaning in the face of some of life's biggest challenges.
Here are the top five impending new releases, written by successful women who have blazed their own trails. (Note: Since these books haven't been released yet, my research is a combination of Amazon perusing and pre-release media kits.)
1. "A Colorful Way of Living: How to Be More, Create More, Do More the Vera Bradley Way" by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard
Release date: April 4, 2017
Barbara Bradley, co-founder of the popular patterned luggage and handbag brand Vera Bradley, is sharing her entrepreneurial lessons in her new book, A Colorful Way of Living.
Bradley's book offers women practical advice and encourages them to unlock their true potential. After starting her own business with only $500 cash and growing it into a multimillion dollar empire, Bradley draws from her own struggles and successes, to guide young professionals with advice they can apply to their careers, daily lives, and relationships.
2. "Business Boutique: A Woman's Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves" by Christy Wright
Release date: April 17, 2017
Author Christy Wright, a Certified Business Coach and Dave Ramsey personality, created the Business Boutique movement to empower women to make money doing what they love. Following the success of the Business Boutique podcast and live events, her new book focuses on helping aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their passion into a successful business, and provides a step-by-step plan to make it happen.
There are three audiences Business Boutique reaches: dreamers, starters, and builders. While this book focuses on women in the dreamer and starter stages, it also dives into essential business topics even established business owners would find helpful, like copyright issues, taxes, and the elusive balance between work and motherhood.
Her writing style makes the more complex topics easier to understand and backs it up with tactical ways to implement the strategies.
3. "Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential" by Barbara Oakley
Release date: April 18, 2017
Whether you are going through a career change later in life or you are grappling with something that you perceive as a significant disadvantage, Mindshift will probably resonate with you.
The author, Dr. Barbara Oakley, is an engineering professor at Oakland University and uses neuroscientific insights in her book to explore the power inside each of us to learn and change. She has experienced many setbacks of her own and has an eclectic mix of past jobs, which means Dr. Oakley isn't speaking strictly from a scientific standpoint, but also from her own.
4. "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy" by Sheryl Sandberg
Release date: April 24, 2017
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's last book, Lean In, inspired women in the workplace to push ahead despite the many obstacles in their way. That book sold over a million copies and shot to the top of the Best Seller's list.
After suddenly losing her husband two years ago, Sandberg is back with a very different message. Her new book, Option B, details how she picked up the pieces in the wake of her despair. The book is co-authored by Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton. He claims, "We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build."
The book is currently an Amazon bestseller for pre-sale in the grief and bereavement category, but I think it will share a powerful message for entrepreneurs on how to push forward in life and business, even in the face of significant loss.
5. "Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People" by Vanessa Van Edwards
Release date: April 25, 2017
You've probably heard the joke before that people would be easier to understand if they came with some sort of manual. Researcher, writer, and human behavior hacker Vanessa Van Edwards has attempted to create that manual in her new book Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.
In Captivate, Van Edwards takes a science-backed approach to decode human behavior and offer insight into how some people can easily work a room, converse with anyone, and read facial expressions to predict people's emotions. This book should prove valuable if you want to strengthen business skills like networking or closing a sale.