Among diet books, paleo appears to have retreated to its cave; veganism has taken root. This spring, look for a kitchen cage match. Influential New York Times food writer Mark Bittman says go vegan before dinnertime in VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 p.m. to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health... for Good. He’s got the chops (and veggies) and a considerable first print run.
The promise of eating more and losing weight sounds irresistible. Look for the explanation of that metabolic trick in The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight by Haylie Pomroy, a nutritionist whose clients include such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez and Robert Downey Jr. A different trick is the subject of Why Men Fake It: The Truth About Men and Sex by Abraham Morgentaler, whose sexpertise and Harvard Medical School post has already made him visible on the subject of men’s health. Low testosterone is a trendy topic for an aging population.
Lots of people will be seeing lots of doctors as 74 million baby boomers move reluctantly into old age, but you don’t have to be a baby boomer to get sick. Michael Finkelstein’s 77 Questions for Skillful Living: A New Path to Extraordinary Health sounds like what the doctor ordered for everybody, so that visits to the doc can be fewer and farther between.
The season’s mind-body-spirit titles include a new one from one of the founding mothers of the category, Louise Hay, with All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition, written with Mona Lisa Schulz. Hay’s considerable following—she has sold 50 million books since 1976—will turn to her newest pages. Reiki is a well-established alternative way to wellness. Living the Reiki Way: Reiki Principles for Everyday Living by Penelope Quest contains comprehensive advice from a British Reiki master who has written four previous books on this holistic system for relaxation and healing. Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path: A Roadmap to Joy and Rejuvenation by Jan Phillips is the newest from an underappreciated spiritual visionary, workshop leader, and photographer. She has traveled worldwide, written steadily; an increasingly religiously unaffiliated culture may be catching up with her vanguard.
On the DIY and crafts shelf, once more dogs rule and cats are caught napping. Knit Your Own Dog: The Second Litter: 25 More Pedigree Pooches by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne shows that British knitters are clearly barking up the right tree, with patterns for those who want hypoallergenic Shar Peis and Bichon Frises that never need feeding. Something great-grandma knew comes around again for kids with We Love to Sew: 30 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-Shirts, Pillows, Bags & More by Annabel Wrigley, from the new children’s imprint of crafts specialist C&T Publishing, debuting with its spring list. In time for Father’s Day, a way to get dad involved in hands-on activities with and for the kids: Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff by Scott Bedford supplies the directions for the projects. Dads add time, along with X-Acto knife, cardboard tubes, whatever else the project requires, and paternal élan.
PW’s Top 10: Lifestyle
Eat Vegan Before 6:00 p.m. to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health... for Good. Mark Bittman. Clarkson Potter, Mar.
The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight. Haylie Pomroy. Harmony, Apr.
Why Men Fake It: The Truth About Men and Sex. Abraham Morgentaler. Henry Holt, Apr.
77 Questions for Skillful Living: A New Path to Extraordinary Health. Michael Finkelstein. William Morrow, May
All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition. Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz. Hay House, Mar.
Living the Reiki Way: Reiki Principles for Everyday Living. Penelope Quest. Tarcher, July
Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path: A Roadmap to Joy and Rejuvenation. Jan Phillips. Quest, July
Knit Your Own Dog: The Second Litter: 25 More Pedigree Pooches. Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. Black Dog & Leventhal, Feb.
We Love to Sew: 30 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-Shirts, Pillows, Bags & More. Annabel Wrigley. FunStitch Studio, Mar.
Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff. Scott Bedford. Workman, May
Body, Mind & Spirit
The Ancestral Continuum: Unlock the Secrets of Who You Really Are by Natalia O’Sullivan and Nicola Graydon (May 21, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1451674545) guides readers toward an understanding of how much of life today is affected by the choices and lives of ancestors.
Atria Books/Beyond Words
The New Kitchen Mystic: A Companion for Spiritual Explorers by Mary Hayes Grieco (June 4, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-1582704265) offers inspiration to anyone on a journey of hope, self-healing, personal illumination, and purposeful world service.
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Heal the Hidden Cause: Using the 5-Step Mind Detox Method by Sandy C. Newbigging (Apr. 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1844096145) demonstrates that dealing with inner conflicts can improve chronic pain, digestive issues, problem skin, and other physical maladies.
Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death by Annie Kagan (Mar. 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1571746948) peeks into the mysteries of the afterlife in a quirky account from a woman who believes her dead brother is visiting her.
Supreme Influence: Change Your Life with the Power of the Language You Use by Niurka (Mar. 5, hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-0307956873). A life coach shows how shifting language can shift daily life, and offers techniques to focus wisely.
Ten Things to Know Before You Go: How the Secrets of the Afterlife Can Transform Your Life Now by Dannion Brinkley (June 18, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0062123886). The author and hospice pioneer relates what his near-death experiences revealed to him about how to live fulfilled lives without fear, worry, or stress. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition by Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz (Mar. 1, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1401935016) explores the medical science behind the affirmations in Hay’s international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life.
Dawn of the Akashic Age: New Consciousness, Quantum Resonance, and the Future of the World by Ervin Laszlo and Kingsley L. Dennis (June 1, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1620551042) previews the postmechanistic, holistic world in 2020 and 2030 as well as a map of the obstacles to be overcome to get there.
Inner Traditions/Park Street Press
The Sense of Being Stared At: And Other Unexplained Powers of Human Minds by Rupert Sheldrake (July 1, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1620550977) explores the author’s more than 25 years of research into telepathy, staring and intention, precognition, and animal premonitions.
My Life Across the Table: Stories from a Psychic’s Life by Karen Page (Mar. 8, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0738735818) offers stories and details from the psychic’s most profound readings in her four decades of work, including her investigations with the LAPD and the Houston Police Department.
Inside the Real Area 51: The Secret History of Wright-Patterson by Thomas Carey and Donald Schmitt (May 20, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1601632364) penetrates the secrecy around what actually crashed in Roswell, N.Mex., in 1947, and how it ended up at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio.
New World Library
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Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche by Bill Plotkin (Apr. 9, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1608681785) revisions human psychology as eco-centric rather than ego-centric.
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Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path: A Roadmap to Joy and Rejuvenation by Jan Phillips (July 16, hardcover, $14.95, ISBN 978-0835609173). The author, who has traveled through Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim cultures to merge dualities of East and West, presents basic spiritual concepts and practices for the multitudes of Americans who have left traditional religion.
Rainbow Ridge Books
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Inner Vegas: Creating Miracles, Abundance, and Health by Joseph Gallenberger (Feb. 1, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1937907105) is a guide to using scientifically proven psychic abilities to create miracles in one’s life.
Living the Reiki Way: Reiki Principles for Everyday Living by Penelope Quest (July 11, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-0399162213). Reiki practitioner Quest offers self-help practices culled from the principles of Reiki—peaceful living through alternative medicine.
Health & Fitness
Mastering the Life Plan: The Essential Steps to Achieving Great Health and a Leaner, Stronger, and Sexier Body by Jeffry S. Life (Mar. 19, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1451681703) follows the success of 2011’s The Life Plan and is a guide for men who want to get into the best shape of their lives. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
Voices of the Food Revolution: You Can Heal Your Body and Your World with Food! by John Robbins and Ocean Robbins (June 1, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1573246248) is a collection of interviews and commentary from speakers at the Food Revolution Summit—some of the world’s leading scientists, doctors, teachers, farmers, economists, and nutritionists—with introductions by John Robbins.
VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 p.m. to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health... for Good by Mark Bittman (Apr. 30, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0385344746). The best-selling author and popular New York Times columnist gives his innovative and easy diet plan, complete with recipes.
Da Capo Lifelong
The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger by Brooke Alpert and Patricia Farris (May 28, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0738216416) presents a program to kick the sugar habit for good, taking years off body and face. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
FSG/Sarah Crichton Books
Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You by Katherine Bouton (Feb. 19, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0374263041) lays out the evidence to show that more Americans are going deaf than ever before and offers solutions.
1 Pound a Day: The Martha’s Vineyard Detox Diet and a Lifetime of Healthy Eating by Roni DeLuz and James Hester (Mar. 26, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1476727448) details a 30-day program to detox the body, achieve weight loss goals, and improve health.
Grand Central Life & Style
My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for a Plant-Strong Diet—Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes by Rip Esselstyn (May 14, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1455509362). The author of The Engine 2 Diet is back with a guide to the benefits of plant-based eating—and new recipes. 125,000-copy announced first printing.
The Overnight Diet: The Proven Plan for Fast, Permanent Weight Loss by Frances Sharpe and Caroline Apovian (Apr. 9, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1455516919) is designed to produce overnight results that last, while eating more and exercising less. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Superfoods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You by Kimberly Snyder (Mar. 26, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-0373892648). Celebrity nutritionist Snyder follows with a guide to “superfoods” that can lead to beauty inside and out. 150,000-copy announced first printing.
Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health, Energy, Mood, Focus, and Sex by Daniel G. Amen (Feb. 12, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0307888945). A leading expert on how the brain works presents a practical program for women to achieve greater health, energy, and lasting happiness by harnessing the power of their brain.
The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight by Haylie Pomroy (Apr. 16, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0307986276) offers a diet based on eating real, delicious food in specific combinations designed to turn the body into an extreme fat burner. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health by Alejandro Junger (Apr. 30, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0062075864). A program specifically designed to pre-emptively attack illness at the root and reverse existing symptoms. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Is It Me or My Hormones? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Perimenopause and All the Crazy Things That Occur with Hormone Imbalance by Marcelle Pick (Mar. 4, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1401942748) accompanies a PBS special by the same name showing in March 2013 about female hormonal imbalance. 40,000-copy announced first printing.
Why Men Fake It: The Truth About Men and Sex by Abraham Morgentaler (Apr. 16, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0805094244). A Harvard professor offers a view into the secret world of his patients, providing a new perspective on men, sex, and relationships. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
77 Questions for Skillful Living: A New Path to Extraordinary Health by Michael Finkelstein (May 7, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0062225511). A pioneer in integrative medicine guides readers through the 77 questions that will help them understand their symptoms, their causes, and the entire realm of solutions open to them. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
Rowman & Littlefield
Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington Are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It by Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh (Apr. 1, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1442219793) shines light on the business of Medicare and the companies in the American health care sector that benefit from it.
Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child by Victoria Maizes (Feb. 5, trade paper, $20, ISBN 978-1451645477) is a guide to fertility from an integrative physician to help women prepare their bodies for easy conception, pregnancy, and delivery of healthy babies.
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Get Off Your Ass and Run! A Tough-Love Running Program for Losing the Excuses and the Weight by Ruth Field (Apr. 2, trade paper, $13.95, ISBN 978-1615190775). This bestseller in Ireland is designed for chronic couch potatoes, mixing in-your-face advice, case studies, personal stories, and a big dose of laughter.
Barron’s Educational Series
Stitch in Time: Heirloom Knitting Skills by Rita Taylor (Mar. 1, trade paper, $18.99, ISBN 978-1438001951) contains instructions for making 150 heirloom stitch patterns, many of them dating back more than a century.
Black Dog & Leventhal
Knit Your Own Dog: The Second Litter: 25 More Pedigree Pooches by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne (Feb. 5, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1579129316) introduces a new litter of dogs to knit, with step-by-step instructions for 25 more distinct canines. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
C&T Publishing/Funstitch Studio
We Love to Sew: 30 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-Shirts, Pillows, Bags & More by Annabel Wrigley (Apr. 1, trade paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-1607056324) features 30 imaginative projects specifically designed for girls ages 8–up from Annabel Wrigley of the popular Little Pincushion Studio.
Urban Views: 12 Quilts Inspired by City Living by Cherri House (July 1, trade paper, $23.95, ISBN 978-1607055419). The author of City Quilts provides 12 new projects involving quilting with triangles and other innovative techniques.
Hand-Stitched Home: Inspiration, Ideas, and Projects by Caroline Zoob (May 28, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-0062250049). Striking yet simple designs to embroider for the home include covers for dining chairs, bed linen, window treatments, seat cushions, and more. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! by Angie Pedersen (Apr. 30, trade paper, $20, ISBN 978-1476718644) is a collection of 25 unique Star Trek–inspired crafts—from accessories to decor to toys—for enterprising crafters of every skill level.
Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 250 Inspired Ways to Create, Build, Design, Discover, Display, Give, and Celebrate (June 18, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0307954749) is a collection of family-friendly crafts that parents and children can work on together.
Quayside/Creative Publishing International
Runway Crochet: High-style Patterns from Top Designers’ Hooks to Yours by Margaret Hubert (May 1, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1589237490) contains 22 runway-inspired projects, including skirts, dresses, jackets, tops, handbags, and neckwear, along with fashion photography.
The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories by Tarina Tarantino (May 14, trade paper, $20, ISBN 978-0762446896) is a DIY guide to making 20 pieces of jewelry from costume jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
St. Martin’s Griffin
The Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting: Step-by-Step Techniques, Easy-to-Follow Stitch Patterns, and Projects to Get You Started by Lynne Watterson (Feb. 12, trade paper, $22.99, ISBN 978-1250016225) simplifies the techniques of Fair Isle knitting.
Crochet Cool: Fun Designs for Kids Ages 1 to 6 by Tanya Bernard (Apr. 1, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1416208921) includes 20 contemporary crochet projects to make for girls and boys, with patterns for all seasons.
STC Craft/ Melanie Falick Books
Kaffe Fassett Quilts Shots and Stripes: 24 New Projects Made with Shot Cottons and Striped Fabrics by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy (Mar. 5, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1617690167). Fassett, whose bestselling books have sold over a million copies, provides 24 modern quilt projects made with solid-colored and striped fabrics.
Fabric Surface Design: Painting, Stamping, Rubbing, Stenciling, Silk Screening, Resists, Image Transfer, Marbling, Crayons & Colored Pencils, Batik, Nature Prints, Monotype Printing by Cheryl Rezendes (Mar. 12, trade paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1603428118) shows how to create an array of surface designs, simply and safely, using textile paints and printing ink, and a wide variety of techniques.
Trafalgar Square Books
Knits for You and Your Home: 30 Blissful Knits to Indulge, Cocoon, Pamper and Detox by Debbie Bliss (Apr. 1, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1570766053). Knitting superstar Bliss offers cuddly new patterns.
Creative Beaded Jewelry: 33 Exquisite Designs Inspired by the Arts of China, Japan, India and Tibet by Carolyn Schulz (Apr. 9; trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-0804843010) is a collection of earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets and more sparked by all things Asian, including kimono fabrics, Chinese lacquerware, and Indian carpets.
Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff by Scott Bedford (May 7, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-0761171478) shows dads how to create 67 projects for and with kids.