The Science of Self-Help - Goofy advice, dubious wisdom, and neuro-gurus. Apart from the books he praises (towards the end of the long article) I will suggest "Range" by David Epstein - especially because it is a kind of counter-point to "Outliers" (by Malcolm Gladwell mentioned in that piece) and the 10,000 hour rule. Another recommendation would be "Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson. I have also seen, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" on a few reading lists. It's more of a philosophical and meandering kind of writing. Among other oft-recommended authors from the same genre are Daniel Kahneman, Adam Grant, David Allen (GTD) and ofc the famous Edward De-Bono. All these are free from New Age fluff - but I haven't read any of them cover to cover - so you must take this list as provisional only.