Biochemical, Physiological, and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition, 3rd Edition by Martha H. Stipanuk PhDMarie A. Caudill

The Brain Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge

The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel. If you have teenagers, please check out this book.

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson. I know nothing about basketball. It is not my thing. However, I ate this book up. It is an amazing story of how to use tools to calm the mind in order to be successful not only with yourself but with a team of individuals who may not have your same beliefs.

Fresh Off the Couch by Marla Fields and Cris Kessler

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes. If you have ever struggled with weight or been frustrated by trying this diet and then that diet AND are a science geek, READ THIS BOOK. Gary, an award winning science reporter, delved into the science and history behind low-fat and low-carb diets. If you are not a science gee, please read his other book, Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, listed above.

Grain Brain: the Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers by Dr. David Perlmutter, MD. Dr. Perlmutter started doing research on how carbs contribute to many of the brain disorders that he was diagnosing. Upon further research, it became clear that, although wheat and gluten are the basis of our favorite foods, they also contribute to dementia, MS and mental heath disorders.

It's A Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist. If you ever wondered what your brain is doing, this book is amazing and thick on science. Dr. McGilchist discusses what is the difference between

 

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel. Dan Seigel's work in Mindsight is amazing. He transforms science into useful tools, metaphors and acronyms so that the discussion can move beyond diagnosis to understanding to solutions.

My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte. Dr. Bolte is a neuroscientist who has a left sided stroke and describes her experience as she moved from using both sides of her brain to being a person who uses primarily the right brain. In this left-brain dominated society, she provides insight to what we may be missing when we emphasize only the linear, logical and linguistic.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman. Leaders in the IT world have an understanding of coding, computers, servers, and big data. Leaders in every field have rich knowledge of their own specialties. However, all of them use their brains. Understanding how our brains makes decisions and that how we each come up with different decisions is based on which part of our brains we're using in any given moment is becoming an essential knowledge base for all leaders in this fast pace world. Kahnaman helps explain when we should slow down and think and when we can just go by what we feel sure of.

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis. Dr. Davis is a practicing cardiologist who got tired of handing out medications when he knew that if his patients ate less carbs they would have less obesity, heart attacks, strokes, disability and death. His research lead him into seeing the consequences that refined wheat has on our bodies.

The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles by Terry Wahls. Terry Wahls' shares an amazing story on how powerfully food can change the physiology of the brain and impact disease. Her story is about Multiple Sclerosis. However, her story is relevant to many other chronic disease of the brain and body.

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It  by Gary Taubes

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. If you have a robust inner critic and want more curiosity and creativity, check out this very thin but robust book. It is a great book for learning to be in charge of the chatty brain