Book club

  Enhancing employee wellbeing one book at a time

Are you looking for a fun way to promote socialization and enjoy books? A book club is an opportunity for your workplace to provide a new way to build connections while learning something new. Each book comes with a facilitator guide to help you successfully implement your book club. Contact the Health Promotion team at 866-896-4602 or email for a book's facilitator guide or more information. Dean Health Plan is not able to provide books.

Featured publications

Happiness Advantage

By Shawn Achor

A must read for everyone trying to excel in the world. The Happiness Advantage is not only focused on becoming happier at work, but how to reap the benefits of a happier and positive mindset. A book to help you achieve the extraordinary in work and life.

Fair Play: A game changing solution for when you have too much to do (and more life to live)

By Eve Rodsky

Real-world solutions to the problem of unpaid, invisible work that women have shouldered for too long. The result is Fair play: a time- and anxiety-saving system that offers couples a completely new way to divvy up domestic responsibilities.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

By Lori Gottlieb

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world—where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

By Oliver Burkeman

The author tackles the illusiveness of happiness and offers the reader an alternative to our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. He leads the reader into embracing the thought of embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty as a way to feel alive and happier.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel prize for “having integrated insights from psychological research into economic science, especially concerning human judgement and decision-making under uncertainty. Thinking, Fast and Slow informs the reader how the two systems in the brain fight over who is in charge, where you can and cannot trust your gut feeling and how to act more mindfully to make better decisions.

10% Happier

By Dan Harris

In 2004, ABC news Correspondent Dan Harris experienced a panic attack on air in front of an audience of five million viewers. Rather than shying away from his experience, he gives the reader a no-nonsense look at the science behind a mindfulness practice and why setting his ego aside is important for living a stress-free life.


By Arianna Huffington

How do you measure success? If Thriving  is not part of your metrics, consider reading this book. The author sheds light on the four key elements of thriving - wellbeing, wisdom, wonder, and giving as a key ingredient to success.

Adding more "Ing" to Your Life

By Gabrielle Bernstein

Described as a "hip self-transformation book," Adding more ~ing to your life shows you how to make happiness a way of life by accessing your inner guide. The offer outlines a 30 day ~ing equation to release negativity and choose happiness.

What I Know Now

By Ellyn Spragins

If you could send a letter back in time to your younger self, what would you say? This collection of 41 famous women do just that. Inspiring and filled with hope, their words can be a roadmap to new opportunities and discoveries for the reader.

On My Own: The Art of Being a Woman Alone

By Florence Falk

49% of women are not partnered. There is still a societal stigma that a woman alone is flawed in some way, and many women experience shame and guilt as they buy in to this notion. The author invites women to “reimagine their aloneness” and discover the pleasure of solitude by living an authentic life with a newfound sense of self-confidence.

So you want to Talk about Race

By Ijeoma Oluo

Book for all races that guides you through subjects from intersectionality and affirmative action. This books provides honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost all aspects of American life.

Girl Stop Apologizing

By Rachel Hollis

New York Times best seller. This book is a challenge to women to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, and identifies the excuses we should let go of.

Girl Wash Your Face

By Rachel Hollis

This book exposes the lies and misconceptions that hold us back from living joyfully and productively. Rachel gives us strategies to help us move past the misconceptions.

It's OK That You Are Not OK

By Megan Divine

Most grief books are written more for the recovery and the "now what?" part of Grief. The author writes about the messy part of the initial loss, and the unspoken truths of loss, love and healing. The author debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to "normal" and offers an option for a middle ground where we walk along beside grief rather than working to overcome it.

Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

By Brigid Schulte

Overwhelmed is a well-researched book that investigates why life is so busy and why we live and work the way we do. The author takes a candid look at the misguided beliefs and the stressors that make leisure feel unattainable and offers a prescription for change.

Dare to Lead

By Brene Brown

This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead. When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

By Brene Brown

In this book Brown, explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy empathy, innovation and creativity. This book is about putting ourselves out there to take risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives we find that nothing is as uncomfortable as standing on the outside of our lives and wondering what would it be like to be courageous and step into vulnerability or difficult conversations.

New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration the Age of Colorblindness

By Michelle Alexander

New Jim Crow argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community--and all of us--to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: and other stories from a child psychiatrist's notebook

By Bruce Perry

This book helps explain what happens to a children's brain when exposed to extreme stress and trauma. When we understand the brain we can learn the power of love and nurturing to help heal the child's wounds.