Atomic Habits; Dare to Lead; Outliers – Here is the September, 2023 list of best-selling business books from the New York Times

The New York Times has published its list of best-selling business books for September, 2023. Yes, Atomic Habits by James Clear is still at the top position, as it has been for a very, very long time now.

A couple of observations about this month’s list: Atomic Habits

One is that quite a few of these books have been around, and have appeared on this monthly list, for a long time.  Outliers, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Dare to Lead, Atomic Habits…these are not new books.

Another is that the list frequently includes books by few female authors.  Only Brené Brown is on this month’s list.  There are some terrific books by women authors, and I encourage all to seek these out.  (I am presenting the new Amy Edmondson book,  Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well, at the October First Friday Book Synpsos.

Of the ten books on this month’s list, we have presented synopses of six at our monthly Frist Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas. I presented Atomic Habits, The Creative Act, Dare to Lead, Four Thousand Weeks, and Outliers.  In addition, my former colleague Karl Krayer, presented Thinking, Fast and Slow.  I also presented Poverty, By America at the other book club for which I speak, the Urban Engagement Book Club.

And, in December, Karl Krayer will return as a guest presenter, and he has already selected a new book on this month’s list, Stay Sane in an Insane World.

Here are the ten books on this month’s New York Times list.  I can say with confidence that at least eight of them are worth your time!  (I suspect all ten of them are!). Dare to Lead

Read more books!

#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear

#2 – The Creative Act by Rick Rubin with Neil Strauss

#3 – Gambler by Billy Walters with Armen Keteyian

#4 – I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi

#5 – Stay Sane in an Insane World by Greg Harden with Steve Hamilton

#6 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

#7 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

$8 – Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

#9 – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

#10 – Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond


You can purchase my synopses presentations from the buy synopses tab at the top of this page.  On that page, you can search by book title. And click here for our newest additions (Note:  I have added my synopsis of Poverty, By America, presented at the other book club at which I speak monthly, to these synopses available for purchase).

Each synopsis comes with my comprehensive, multi-page synopsis handout, plus the audio recording of my presentation delivered at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.

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