RIDE THE DAY As anyone who has suffered from insomnia knows, regret is a tentacled monster that hides under your bed and wraps its sticky arms around your brain in the middle of the night. Daniel Pink takes on the subject (and all its slippery, blunting permutations) in his seventh book, “The Power of Regret,” which enters this week’s hardcover nonfiction list at #3. But — there’s always a but when it comes to the life-changing magic of clearing your mind — Pink isn’t here to tell you how to defeat the beast. He wants you to look it in the eye, learn from it, give it a little space on your pillow.
Using his usual mix of anecdotes and social psychology, the author of ‘Drive’, ‘When’ and ‘To Sell Is Human’ dismantles the trendy notion of ‘no regrets’. You’ve seen the tattoos and pasted them behind the bumper stickers; suddenly regretting nothing is as de rigueur as calling everyone a hero. Pink wants us to rethink this approach. He writes, “Regret is not dangerous or abnormal, a deviation from the set path to happiness. It is wholesome and universal, an integral part of being human. Regret is also valuable. It clarifies. It instructs. Well done, it doesn’t have to drag us down; it can lift us up.” And he has data to back up his claims: In 2020, Pink collaborated with survey researchers to conduct the American Regret Project, “the largest quantitative analysis of American attitudes to regret ever conducted.” He also launched a website, the World Regret Survey, which has collected more than 16,000 regrets from people in 105 countries.
GOLDEN STANDARD “We Called You Mei,” writes Eva Chen in her latest bestseller, “I Am Golden,” which hits number 8 on the picture book list. Can like the month. Mi, which means beautiful. Just like the country we live in now – Mi Guó, America.” These words appear next to Sophie Diao’s illustration of a bewildered mother and bespectacled father rocking a swaddled newborn baby while the Statue of Liberty raises its torch in the background. “I Am Golden celebrates the Chinese immigrant experience as seen through the eyes of the younger generation. “This book is for all the golden kids out there,” writes Chen, the director of fashion partnerships on Instagram, in her dedication. “You are dreamers and doers and creators Your difference is your superpower.” Chen and Diao are both daughters of Chinese immigrants, and this is their first book together.