Braving the Wilderness
written and read by Brené Brown
Random House

Social worker Brené Brown is likeable. She is warm and articulate, and she tells a good yarn, which is why her books are bestsellers and her talks attract millions of online views. Partly because of her research into courage, shame and vulnerability, those words have entered the self-help lexicon, which is probably a good thing.

You’ll find the same ideas in Brown’s latest book, although this time she focuses on “true” belonging, which, she writes, “only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world”. Some would recoil.

But she is interesting when discussing politics and raising questions about why we dehumanise those we reject. She also explores “collective effervescence”, the joy that comes from feeling we are part of something bigger than us. Hong Kong’s “umbrella movement” comes to mind.