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Shortcast Host Natalie Lue Shares Her Favorite Blinks

Natalie Lue, host of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions — now a Blinkist Shortcast — chooses her favorite titles from the Blinkist library.
by Carrie M. King | Nov 10 2020

In The Baggage Reclaim Sessions, host Natalie Lue troubleshoots emotional pitfalls we all run into but don’t always see, offering practices and inspiration for living and loving with healthy self-esteem. It’s a profound and empathetic show that will not only have you nodding in recognition at the truth bombs Lue’s dropping, but crucially, will give you tools to help you avoid ending up in the same recurring emotional patterns. Blinkist is lucky enough to count The Baggage Reclaim Sessions among our impressive roster of Shortcasts launch partners. Don’t know what a Shortcast is? Check out this explainer.

We asked Lue to share a list of her favorite titles on the Blinkist app. You can find this Collection in the app, too!

Thinking, Fast and Slow

By summarizing decades of research into psychology and human behavior, this book argues that the human mind comprises two distinct systems, one of which reacts instinctively while the other requires more effort and attention.

Big Magic

According to the late poet, Mary Oliver, “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” Big Magic is about how to overcome our fears and turn our creative impulses into realities.

Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay’s 2014 collection of personal essays examines race, gender and feminism in the US, paying particular attention to the way media, politics, and pop culture shape our views. This book is for anyone who’s felt they’re suddenly not the “right kind” of feminist.


This book may now be a decade old, but the science of attachment is still a popular theory about how we connect–or don’t–in adult relationships. If you want to gain better insight into why you behave the way you do in loving relationships and how you can improve them over the longer-term.

Games People Play

Dr. Eric Berne was an influential Canadian psychiatrist who developed the fascinating theory of transactional analysis in the mid 20th century. This bestselling book, first published in 1964, dissects the hidden dynamics that influence human relationships—and how we can escape them.

Marriage, a History

Marriage wasn’t always about love and, no doubt, many would argue it still isn’t. However, there’s no denying that our modern conception of the institution still hangs on ideals of white weddings and happy-ever-afters. This title traces the history of the institution back into the Stone Age and looks at how it’s evolved and what influenced it.

The Chimp Paradox

Ever feel like your brain is a mess? Well, it kind of is. What else do you expect from the most complex object in the known universe? This title explains why people can be calm one minute and irate the next and can help you learn how to keep your cool when things get tough.

The Drama of the Gifted Child

Most psychologists will seek to understand the complexities of a client’s adult behavior by going back to the source of the problem: the person’s childhood. This 1979 title by Alice Miller helps people to explore their repressed childhood memories in order to live fulfilling adult lives.

The Organized Mind

The information overload struggle is real and it’s leaving us feeling fatigued. In this book, cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist, Daniel Levitin, explains how our brains handle incoming data and how to cope with the long list of decisions we have to make every day.

Nonviolent Communication

A staple classic passed around in the Blinkist office, — back when, sigh, we were in the office — Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg introduces some simple, easy-to-apply principles about how to tackle difficult conversations productively and with compassion.

Anger Management for Dummies

Anger is an essential part of being human, but if we let it overwhelm us, it can rob us of our power. This book breaks down the tools of anger management and helps us to learn methods for dissolving stress, dealing when we feel provoked, and stopping temper flare-ups before they start.


This 2019 book focuses on how science can help women counteract the chronic everyday stress and anxiety that lead to burnout over the longer term. Empathetic and fun, the authors offer scientific and personal insight into the struggles women face and how they can learn to thrive in a world that expects so much of them.


If you have a self-destructive habit that you want to overcome, this is the book for you. It delves into the brain activity behind addictions and outlines strategies for rewiring yourself for improved self-control.

You can find this Collection as well as all the Blinks and Shortcast episodes of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions in the Blinkist app.

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