Flatiron Books: The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Emily Nagoski's first book, Come as You Are, explored how women's sexuality works and the science behind why it works that way. When readers told Nagoski that the most meaningful parts of the book were those that dealt with stress and emotions, she realized that there was a second book waiting to be written. And so Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle was born, a collaboration between Nagoski and her twin sister, Amelia Nagoski.

Burnout offers readers tips and ideas for how to help themselves through stress and burnout. But it also puts this advice in a larger context, acknowledging that women are up against often insurmountable barriers--dubbed "The Patriarchy. (Ugh.)"--and providing extensive scientific research to back up claims of what women feel in the midst of burnout, with suggestions on ways to change those feelings. The authors also argue that their advice is best understood not in the context of the individual self, but in how we exist in community with one another. In this light, calling Burnout a self-help book feels somehow too limiting. Instead, it may be more accurately described as a scientific, humorous activist's guide to helping oneself through the lens of community and connection. Burnout is an important and timely read that both acknowledges the intricacies and challenges of the age we live in and offers readers concrete and practical steps to find hope and joy amid those challenges. --Kerry McHugh, blogger at Entomology of a Bookworm