Relationships, Business & Perseverance: Social Science Previews, Feb. 2024, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

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Chapman, Rex & Seth Davis. It’s Hard for Me To Live with Me: A Memoir. S. & S. Feb. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781982197773. $27.99. SPORTS/ADDICTION

Cohen, Rhaina. The Other Significant Others: Reimagining Life with Friendship at the Center. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781250280916. $29. Downloadable. RELATIONSHIPS

Duhigg, Charles. Supercommunicators: How To Unlock the Secret Language of Connection. Random. Feb. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780593243916. $30. CD. BUSINESS/PSYCHOLOGY

Keyes, Corey. Languishing: How To Feel Alive Again in a World That Wears Us Down. Crown. Feb. 304p. ISBN 9780593444627. $28. SELF-HELP

McCarten, Anthony. Warren and Bill: Gates, Buffett, and the Friendship That Changed the World. Harper. Feb. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780063037793. $32. BIOGRAPHY/BUSINESS

Markham, Lauren. A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging. Riverhead. Feb. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9780593545577. $28. POLITICAL SCIENCE

Perlin, Ross. Language City: The Fight to Preserve Endangered Mother Tongues in New York. Atlantic Monthly. Feb. 2024. 432p. ISBN 9780802162465. $27. LANGUAGE

Wilson, A’ja. Dear Black Girls: How To Be True to You. A Moment of Lift: Flatiron. Feb. 2024. 192p. ISBN 9781250290045. $24.99. SELF-HELP

In It’s Hard for Me To Live with Me, University of Kentucky basketball legend Chapman, who spent 12 seasons with the NBA, recounts how his addiction to Vicodin, Oxycontin, and gambling brought him low and how he recovered. Producer/editor of NPR’s popular narrative podcast, Embedded, Cohen argues for the centrality of meaningful friendships in our lives (75,000-copy first printing). A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who wrote the New York Times best-selling The Power of Habit, Duhigg looks at the “supercommunicators” among us and shares their secrets. Having coined the now much-heard term Languishing, Emory University sociologist Keyes examines the state of disaffectedness many experience, particularly in the post-COVID era, and how to flourish instead. In Warren and Bill, the basis of an upcoming play and film, Academy Award–nominated screenwriter McCarten (e.g., The Theory of Everything) limns the friendship between Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, revealing its impact beyond the personal (75,000-copy first printing). Following the multi-award-honored The Far Away Brothers , Markham’s A Map of Future Ruin examines the torching of a Greek refugee camp and hasty arrest of six Afghan refugees to consider how migration was honored in centuries past and is now demonized. Codirector of the Endangered Language Alliance, Perlin uses multilingual New York—it’s Language City!—to examine the threat to the 7,000-plus languages spoken worldwide, over half of which may vanish in the next 100 years. In Dear Black Girls, Olympic gold medalist and two-time professional basketball MVP Wilson talks about growing up as a Black girl in the United States and how she learned to persevere.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

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