Chevy Chase’s Laurie Cameron wrote The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening (National Geographic, March 2018) for busy people who are navigating work, home, life and love in stressful times. The author says the book combines neuroscience, evidence-based practices, stories and how-to steps to weave “mini mind workouts” into your day. For instance, Cameron suggests taking three easy breaths before getting out of bed and directing your thoughts to gratitude. She writes that a commute can become a “refreshing oasis of personal time” by listening to a meditation. “Mindfulness is a superpower,” says Cameron, who founded PurposeBlue, a Chevy Chase-based leadership consulting company. “It gives us the capacity to access calm, clarity, connection and compassion anywhere in the middle of the chaos of our life.”


Kids aren’t perfect, and parents need to accept that, according to Rockville’s Katherine Reynolds Lewis. For her new book, The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever—And What to Do About It (PublicAffairs, April 2018), the journalist and parent educator interviewed experts, observed families and reviewed the latest psychological research. Lewis says that rather than fixating on incentives and consequences, parents should relax, listen, let kids learn from their mistakes and teach self-control. “If we are always in charge, our children are never going to learn to regulate themselves,” Lewis says. “I would love for parents to have more patience and faith in the process. …All of our scrutiny, intensity and anxiety actually makes it worse for our kids.”


In her first novel aimed at middle school readers, J.H. Diehl of Chevy Chase writes about three unlikely friends who help a young teen navigate the tough summer of her mom’s depression and her parents’ split. Tiny Infinities (Chronicle Books, May 2018) includes fireflies, science experiments and scenes at a neighborhood pool inspired, in part, by the author’s time as a “swim team mom” at the Chevy Chase Recreation Association. “Every kid needs something positive going on in their life—a sport or activity to anchor them through tough times,” says Diehl, a writer and teacher. “Growing up is about finding resilience. To move forward, we often find good friends to help us where we are not looking.”


As a kid in Chicago, Daniel de Visé loved the Cubs, but his family was obsessed with competitive cycling. “It was sort of the baseball of my childhood,” says the Garrett Park resident and author of The Comeback: Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France (Atlantic Monthly Press, June 2018). He channeled his interest into researching and writing about LeMond’s dramatic career. From being the first American to win the Tour de France to nearly dying after a hunting accident to his epic feud with Lance Armstrong, LeMond deserves to be better known, de Visé says. “I’d like to raise his currency a little bit. I think he is one of the all-time great American athletes.”