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Aspen Ideas: Health 2024 Reading List

The Aspen Ideas: Health team is proud to showcase the diverse writing of our 2024 speakers. Explore these must-read books from leading physicians, researchers, advocates, artists, journalists and more, who will join the conversations this summer.

  • May 21st 2024

From a deep dive into the gene-editing revolution to a guide to your gut to a poignant memoir about loss, the 2024 Aspen Ideas: Health reading list highlights many of the thought-provoking topics that will be explored during the June 20-23 event. Select books will be highlighted in talks and will be available at the Explore Booksellers on-campus bookstore. Additionally, be sure to check the agenda for authors who will be signing their books during evening “Sip and Signs".

Want to start reading now? Shop Explore's 2024 Health booklist here.

Crisis and Chaos: Lessons from the Front Lines of the War Against COVID-19 by Jerome Adams

Life After Suicide : Finding Courage, Comfort & Community After Unthinkable by Jennifer Ashton

The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era by Jennifer Ashton

Gut: An Owner's Guide by Austin Chiang

Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis by Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Wild Walking: A Guide to Forest Bathing Through the Seasons by Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Grief Is For People by Sloane Crosley

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers by Lisa Damour

The Fall of Roe: The Rise of a New America by Elizabeth Dias and Lisa Lerner

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer Doudna

Leading Through a Pandemic: The Inside Story of Humanity, Innovation, and Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Crisis by Micheal Dowling

Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness by Renée Fleming

How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations by Marc Freedman

Sociopath: A Memoir by Patric Gagne

Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood by Michele Goodwin

Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness to Mental Health by Thomas Insel

In My Time of Dying by Sebastian Junger

The Art and Science of Connection: Why Social Health Is the Missing Key to Living Longer, Healthier, and Happier by Kasley Killam (2024 Health Fellow)

Real Self-Care (Crystals, Cleanses, and Bubble-Baths Not Included) by Pooja Lakshmin

The AI Revolution in Medicine: GPT-4 and Beyond by Peter Lee

Trippy: The Peril and Promise of Medicinal Psychedelics by Ernesto Londoño

The Menopause Brain: New Science Empowers Women to Navigate the Pivotal Transition with Knowledge and Confidence by Lisa Mosconi

The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer's Disease by Lisa Mosconi 

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek Murthy

Wildhood: The Astounding Connections between Human and Animal Adolescents by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

UnDo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases by Dean Ornish

The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O'Rourke

The Stem Cell Hope: How Stem Cell Medicine Can Change Our Lives by Alice Park

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America by Ai-jen Poo

The Power of Fun: How To Feel Alive Again by Catherine Price

How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price

Arrival Stories: Women Share Their Experiences of Becoming Mothers by Christy Turlington Burns

Dr. Disaster's Guide to Surviving Everything by John Torres

Playful Rebellion: Maximize Workplace Success Through The Power of Play by Gary Ware

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