Peak Performance

A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success, authors Brad Stulberg — a former McKinsey consultant and journalist who covers health and the science of human performance — and Steve Magness — a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes — team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how everyone can achieve their best.

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities – from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic – with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, the book uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which readers will learn how to enhance their performance by a myriad of ways including: optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose; and priming the body and mind for enhanced productivity. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever “your game” may be, Peak Performance will teach you how.

Joy of Movement

Kelly McGonigalStanford health psychologist and international bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.’s next book explores the new science behind exercise, showing why and how a vigorous workout improves every aspect of our well-being (from happiness to social connection), and has stronger mood boosting effects than Prozac or therapy, offering a more joyful, effective, and sustainable approach to exercise and personal health, again to Megan Newman at Penguin Random House/Avery, in a major deal.

New York Art Deco

Of all the world’s great cities, perhaps none is so defined by its Art Deco architecture as New York. Lively and informative, New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture leads readers step-by-step past the monuments of the 1920s and 30s that recast New York as the world’s modern metropolis. Anthony W. Robins, New York’s best-known Art Deco tour guide, includes an introductory essay describing the Art Deco phenomenon, followed by eleven walking tour itineraries in Manhattan, each accompanied by a map designed by legendary New York cartographer John Tauranac and a survey of Deco sites across the four other boroughs. Also included is a photo gallery of sixteen color plates by nationally acclaimed Art Deco photographer Randy Juster. Robins is a historian and writer who specializes in the architecture of New York City. A former division director at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, has led walking tours of New York for thousands of locals and visitors to the city. In New York Art Deco, Robins has distilled thirty years’ worth of experience into a guidebook for all to enjoy at their own pace.