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Because this one belongs on your smartphone for daily reading.

The Pocket Pema Chödrön

By Pema Chödrön
208 pages; Shambhala Pocket Classics

In these 108 short selections, Pema Chödrön addresses such topics as becoming fearless; breaking free of destructive patterns; developing patience and unlocking our natural warmth and intelligence. Considering the stress and anxieties of modern life, the odds are you'll need a Chödrön check-in at least a few times a day—say, while waiting in the line at the supermarket, during the traffic jam on the highway and right after your child spills a 2-pound bag of quinoa all over the carpet. Though you could try to juggle your frustrations and a paperback at the same time, it's probably faster and more effective to hit the reading app on your phone. Remember: It's the nature of things to change, Chödrön tells us, "and you don't have to freak out about it."