As ever, this season’s top lifestyle books give known quantities with au courant spins.
In the mind-body-spirit category, heaven, timeless wisdom, and Oprah spring eternal. The familiar and very old wisdom text I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes whose origins date back by some reckonings as far as the third century B.C.E., gets a makeover in a new translation by John Minford, bringing ancient divination to bear on contemporary reflection. Heaven continues to preoccupy readers. The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You by Mike Dooley will likely provide comfort and amusement to those who are ready to hear what their departed loved ones may be saying in an otherworldly coda. She may be departed from network TV, but Oprah Winfrey is still a publishing player. What I Know for Sure, a collection of columns drawn from O magazine that showcase Winfrey’s ruminations, anchors the inaugural list for the new Macmillan nonfiction imprint Flatiron.
In the hobbies/crafts and home/garden categories, dust balls may finally be working their way into home decor. A Beautiful Mess: Happy Handmade Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman offers decor and other advice from two sisters who have turned their style blog of the same name into a compendium of guilt-free, hip hints for dwelling happiness. DIY projects don’t all work, of course, and CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong by Heather Mann promises realism, truth, solidarity, and comic relief for those of us lacking the craft gene or the right glue gun. As every Grumpy Cat or Maru the box-loving cat fan knows, cats rule the Internet as well as much of Japan. From that land comes Sticky Kitty: A Miniature World of Cute Paper Cats, developed from the Japanese papercraft website Killigraph. Origami meets Post-Its, and they’ve spawned many paper kittens. Those kitties may indeed want to stick around to ambush or simply paw through This Is Mouse—An Adventure in Sewing: Make Mouse & Friends; Travel with Them from Africa to Outer Space by Brenna Maloney. Maloney’s book, which mates storybook with sewing projects for young sewist-readers, is part of the wave of craft books for kids, as well as an overload of cute.
Most health and fitness books for the season extend a franchise, adding a diet book here or a new iteration there. Paleo is done, but belly books continue to belly up to the shelf. The Greek Diet by Maria Loi and Sarah Toland is new, and old. Loi, a Greek chef, cooks Mediterranean, a known healthy diet; she’s also a visible PBS personality. JJ Virgin, one of today’s diet gurus, adds a cookbook with a come-hither: JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks. But for diet fail and all those who experience that sadly common state comes an antidote: The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life by Gabrielle Francis with Stacy Baker. Francis has undoubtedly worked with excess, but hope, health hints, and diet books spring eternal, so rock on.
PW’s Top 10: Lifestyle
A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Potter Style, Aug. 26
CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong. Heather Mann. Workman, Oct. 21
The Greek Diet. Maria Loi and Sarah Toland. Morrow, Oct. 7
I Ching: The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and Book of Wisdom. John Minford. Viking, Oct. 30
JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks. JJ Virgin. Grand Central, Nov. 4
The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life. Gabrielle Francis. HarperWave, Dec. 23
Sticky Kitty: A Miniature World of Cute Paper Cats. Killigraph. Weldon Owen, Oct. 7
The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You. Mike Dooley. Hay House, Oct. 21
This Is Mouse—An Adventure in Sewing: Make Mouse & Friends, Travel with Them from Africa to Outer Space. Brenna Maloney. C&T/FunStitch, Dec. 8
What I Know for Sure. Oprah Winfrey. Macmillan/Flatiron, Sept. 2
Body, Mind & Spirit
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Life-Changing Lessons from Heaven by Theresa Caputo (Sept. 30, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1476764436). For fans of TLC’s Long Island Medium and anyone interested in the big questions of life, death, and finding out what’s important, bestselling author and medium Caputo shares the insights and lessons she’s learned.
Wild Creative: Igniting Your Passion and Potential in Work, Home, and Life by Tami Lynn Kent (Aug. 26, paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1582703558) shows how to align with the creative currents that flow deep within to transform work and home life.
Dr. and Master Sha: Miracle Soul Healer: Exploring a Mystery by William Gladstone (Sept. 2, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1940363714) analyzes Sha’s healing practices with a scientific eye and explains Sha’s spiritual teachings. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Your Hidden Riches: Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood with Sylva Dvorak (Oct. 21, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0385348553) teaches readers to harness the power of ritual to unlock their gifts and create a life of love, wealth, and happiness.
The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You by Mike Dooley (Oct. 21, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1401945565) explores common questions and fears about the afterlife in the form of a letter from the recently deceased, sharing their revelations and insights. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
Adventures of the Soul: Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions by James Van Praagh (Sept. 8, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1401944704). The internationally known medium and bestselling author takes readers on a spiritual sojourn to discover the unique design of the soul. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
The Cosmic Script: Sacred Geometry and the Science of Arabic Penmanship by Ahmed Moustafa and Stefan Sperl (Sept. 22, hardcover, $150, ISBN 978-1620553961) contains more than 430 full-color illustrations in a two-volume study of Islamic calligraphy traced back to the renowned 10th-century Baghdad scribe Ibn Muqla.
Inner Traditions/Park Street
DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible by Rick Strassman (Sept. 26, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1594773426) explores the relationship between prophetic and psychedelic states and presents a new “theoneurological” model of spiritual experience.
Everlasting Love: Finding Comfort Through Communicating with Your Beloved in Spirit by Patrick Mathews and Kathleen Mathews (Dec., paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0738741574) features some of the most memorable, heartfelt readings given by medium Patrick Mathews, highlighting those of a romantic nature.
What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey (Sept. 2, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1250054050). The inspirational wisdom Oprah Winfrey shares in her monthly O., The Oprah Magazine column is selected, updated, and compiled for the first time in a beautiful keepsake book.(dist. by Legato)
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Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World That Works by Scilla Elworthy, foreword by Andrew Harvey (Oct. 7, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1583948620). Elworthy, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, profiles leaders in politics, peace building, spirituality, and environmental activism who exemplify principles that humanity will need in order to survive our current ecological and humanitarian crises.
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer (Oct. 7, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1476784724). Published in partnership with the TED conferences, this follow-up to Iyer’s essay “The Joy of Quiet” considers the unexpected adventure of going nowhere and explores the desire to unplug.
Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History, and Geography of Herbal Medicine by Holly Bellebuono (Sept. 2, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1629145891) educates readers about 16 plant-based world healing traditions and 30 women who have practiced them.
The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight by Lorin Roche (Aug. 1, paper, $21.95, ISBN 978-1604076592) is a poetic rendering of the classic Vijnana Bhairava Tantra intended to celebrate individuals’ human and divine natures.
I Ching: The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and Book of Wisdom by John Minford (Oct. 30, hardcover, $36, ISBN 978-0670024698) is a major new translation of the ancient Chinese work.
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The Zombie Book: The Encyclopedia of the Living Dead by Nick Redfern and Brad Steiger (Sept. 9, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1578595044) is a resource for understanding zombies, from folklore to the Centers for Disease Control.
Crafts & Hobbies
The Wreath Recipe Book: Year-Round Wreaths, Swags, and Other Decorations to Make with Seasonal Branches by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Oct. 7, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1579655594) is a step-by-step guide to making decorations with branches all year long. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
Fun with Washi! 35 Ways to Instantly Refresh Your Home, Accessories, and Packages with Washi Tape by Jessica Okui (Aug. 19, paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1452129198) presents 35 distinctive projects for decorating the home, accessories, and stationery.
This Is Mouse—An Adventure in Sewing: Make Mouse & Friends, Travel with Them from Africa to Outer Space by Brenna Maloney (Dec., paper, $21.95, ISBN 978-1-60705977-6) combines a storybook with 25 projects to help young sewists make the characters in the story.
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The Wedding Dress: How to Make the Perfect One for You by Becky Drinan (Dec. 30, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-86108910-6) will guide the prospective bride through the entire process of making her own made-to-measure wedding dress; with patterns.
Brioche Chic: 22 Fresh Knits for Women & Men by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark (Oct. 17, paper, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-62033442-3) offers a solid introduction to brioche and a collection of 22 garments and accessories for women and men, including hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, pullovers, vests, and cardigans.
Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small: Cute Kitties and Cows and Cubs and More... and a Yeti by Mollie Johanson (Jan. 6, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-45470809-4) features beginner-friendly embroidery patterns for cute critters from a rising star in the craft community.
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Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced: 5 Styles, 10 Patterns, 50 Quilts by April Rosenthal (Oct. 7, paper, $26.95, ISBN 978-1940655055). A pattern designer and Moda Fabrics designer, Rosenthal has created 10 unique quilt patterns, each shown in five different colorways, to create custom looks for any master bedroom.
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Common Threads: Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art by Sharon Kallis (Nov. 11, paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-0865717787) is a guide to creating community-based art installations using green waste, invasive species, and natural materials.
Nicky Epstein Books
Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on Top of the World: The Global Guide to Traditions, Techniques & Design by Nicky Epstein (Aug. 5, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1936096756) is a worldwide tour of knitting styles, including colorwork, cables, lace, intarsia, and others, with more than 40 innovative patterns.
Beautiful Bracelets by Hand: 75 One-of-a-Kind Baubles, Bangles and Other Wrist Adornments You Can Make at Home by Jade Gedeon (Nov. 18, paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1624140907) demonstrates how to make beautiful, unique bracelets using little materials and time, from the jewelry designer of We Dream in Colour.
Candy Aisle Crafts: Create Fun Projects with Supermarket Sweets by Jodi Levine (Aug. 26, paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0804137911) shows how to transform familiar treats into whimsical party favors, decorations, wearable accessories, and more.
A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman (Aug. 26, paper, $21.99, ISBN 978-0770434052) is the first home decor book from the creators of the popular style blog A Beautiful Mess.
No-Sew Love: Fifty Fun Projects to Make Without a Needle and Thread by Ashley Johnston (Aug. 5, paper, $20, ISBN 978-0762451067) contains 50 projects for self-designed pillows, accessories, kids’ clothes, holiday decorations, and home decor, sans sewing machine.
Sixth & Spring
Crochet with One Sheepish Girl: Easy Lessons and Sweet Designs for Wearing, Living & Giving by Meredith Crawford (Oct. 7, paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1936096787). The founder of the blog One Sheepish Girl combines creativity, vintage style, and modern flair in a book of diverse crochet projects.
Black Ops Bricks: How to Build Your Own Model Military and Armored Fighting Vehicles by Nick Grant (Nov. 4, paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1629147635) reconstructs military and spy jets, trucks, and ships in fully playable models. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
St. Martin’s Griffin
Wild Things to Sew & Wear: 15 Animal-Themed Garments and Accessories for Your Little Critters by Molly Goodall (Sept. 16, paper, $22.99, ISBN 978-1250049506) is a collection of whimsical wearables for children.
The Knowledgeable Knitter: Understand the Inner Workings of Knitting and Make Every Project a Success by Margaret Radcliffe (Aug. 26, hardcover, $34.95, ISBN 978-1612124148; paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1612120409). Master knitting instructor Radcliffe demystifies every aspect of knitting with in-depth explanations of the “why” of each technique.
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Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Morocco: 20 Designs from Rowan for Patchwork and Quilting by Kaffe Fassett (Sept. 23, paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1627107433) is the 16th book in the quilt designer’s series, showcasing 20 richly colored quilts in historic Fez, Morocco.
Norwegian Knits with a Twist: Socks, Sweaters, Mittens, Hats, Pillows, Blankets, and a Whole Lot More by Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison (Sept. 9, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1570766985). Inspired by Setesdal patterns, the two Scandinavian knitting designers Arne & Carlos offer 33 patterns for sweaters and accessories that combine traditional and modern influences and techniques.
Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls: 22 Easy-to-Make Frocks, Skirts, Pants & Tops Your Little Girl Will Love! by Yuki Araki (Sept. 9, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-4805313152). A mother of two daughters, Araki offers designs for the growing sewing-for-kids movement.
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Sticky Kitty: A Miniature World of Cute Paper Cats by Killigraph (Oct. 7, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1616288051) will populate the world with tiny pop-up cats, all cut out of Post-it notes, from the Japanese papercraft site Killigraph.
CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong by Heather Mann (Oct. 21, paper, $9.95, ISBN 978-0761179924) illustrates what happens when the easy-to-do crafts seen on TV and online go disastrously wrong.
Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection by Linda Baumgarten and Kimberly Smith Ivey (Oct., hardcover, $75, ISBN 978-0300207361) highlights the craft of quilts with more than 300 color images and details drawn from the renowned quilt collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Health & Fitness
The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Transform Your Life by Frank Lipman and Danielle Claro (Jan. 6, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1579655730 presents 175 easy to make changes that will improve every aspect of health: body, mind, and soul. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
Think Eat Move Thrive: The Practice for an Awesome Life by James Rouse and Debra Rouse (Sept. 2, hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-1582704920) integrates mindfulness, eating with intention, and interval-based movement to help people live an inspired, healthier, and longer life.
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Better Sex in No Time: An Illustrated Guide for Busy Couples by Joesy Vogels (Nov. 11, paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1627780711) is packed with tips, tricks, and time-guided experiences to try, putting a new spin on quickies.
Da Capo Lifelong
The Vegiterranean Diet: Indulge in Your Favorite Mediterranean Cuisine for Optimal Health and Weight Loss by Julieanna Hever (Dec. 23, paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-0738217895) puts a vegan twist on the popular Mediterranean diet plan. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
Belly Fat Breakthrough by Dr. Stephen Boutcher (Dec. 30, hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-1476775500) shows how just one hour of exercise a week can turn into a lifetime of well-being.
JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks by JJ Virgin (Nov. 4, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1455577842). Virgin fans will learn from and eat up a diet plan that will help them drop fat quickly. 200,000-copy announced first printing.
The Dash Diet Younger You: Shed 20 Pounds—and Years—in Just 10 Weeks by Marla Heller (Jan. 6, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1455554546) offers a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet program formulated to shed years and pounds. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
The Skinny Gut Diet: Balance Your Digestive System for Permanent Weight Loss by Brenda Watson (Nov. 4, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0553417944) connects weight gain and gut bacteria, offering a diet that will balance the digestive system and take off pounds.
The Ultimate Diet REVolution by Jim Karas (Dec. 31, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0062321565) explains how to exercise based on individual metabolism to build calorie-burning muscle. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life by Gabrielle Francis with Stacy Baker (Dec. 23, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0062310606) offers a holistic prescription to achieving health and balance—even when you don’t live like a saint. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles (Nov. 10, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1401944353) introduces readers to easy and fun ways to bring yoga, meditation, and healthy food into their lives. When people understand what they need for true well-being, they can make their own rules. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
Down Size: 12 Truths for Turning Pants-Splitting Frustration into Pants-Fitting Success by Ted Spiker (Oct. 16, hardcover, $25.95, ISBN 978-1594631917) offers an entertaining and field-tested look at how men and women can find their ideal body.
The Greek Diet by Maria Loi and Sarah Toland (Oct. 7, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0062334435). Science and sensuality meet to create the Aphrodite Diet, a guide to losing weight while looking and eating like a goddess. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
The New Puberty: Navigating Girls’ Early Development in Today’s World by Louise Greenspan and Julianna Deardorff (Sept. 9, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-1623363420). Greenspan, an endocrinologist, and Deardorff, a psychologist, present the latest science and offer strategies for supporting girls entering this complex life stage.
The 5 Skinny Habits: The Ancient Wisdom of Biblical Scholars and Doctors Can Help You Lose Weight and Change Your Life FOREVER by David Zulberg (Oct. 7, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1623363727) distills years of study by the author into a simple five-step plan to lose weight and achieve good health through a behavior-modification program based on the wisdom of biblical scholars and doctors.
The Gut Balance Revolution: Boost Your Metabolism, Restore Your Inner Ecology, and Lose Weight for Good! by Gerard E. Mullin (Sept. 23, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1623364014) provides a plan to starve fat-forming bacteria, reseed the gut with good fat-burning ones, and fertilize friendly flora with just the right foods to reboot, rebalance, and renew health and lose weight for good.
Rowman & Littlefield
Myths of Modern Medicine: The Alarming Truth About American Health Care by John Leifer (Sept., hardcover, $34, ISBN 978-1442225954) deconstructs the myths that conceal the real workings of American healthcare.
Follow Your Gut: How the Ecosystem in Your Gut Determines Your Health, Mood, and More by Rob Knight and Brendan Buhler (Jan. 6, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1476784748). Scientist Knight and science journalist Buhler explain the microscopic life of the digestive system and why it matters; published in partnership with the TED conferences.
The Forks over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman with Marah Stets and Brian Wendel (Sept. 16, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1476753294) contains a four-week plan that shows how to transition to a whole-food, plant-based diet.
St. Martin’s Griffin
Insane Training: Garage Training, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, and All-Out Bad-Ass Workouts by Matt Kroczaleski (Sept. 30, paper, $18.99, ISBN 978-1250029867) offers intense training techniques that have made the author, a powerlifter and bodybuilder, a household name in fitness magazines and powerlifting competitions.
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Veganish: The Omnivore’s Guide to Plant-Based Cooking by Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose (Oct. 14, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1936740840) offers gentle advice for vegans and those considering that diet.