Anti-aging continues to be a hot topic, but now with a broader application, as authors focus on how to prolong both life span and “healthspan.” Elsewhere, this season’s titles show a yen for the counterintuitive, speaking up in favor of dirt, fat, and a new idea for combating food allergies.
Allergy-Free Kids: The Groundbreaking Program for the Prevention of Food Allergies
Robin Nixon Pompa. Morrow, Jan. 10
Pompa presents new methods for preventing food allergies from developing in children.
The Case Against Sugar
Gary Taubes. Knopf, Dec. 27
This exposé argues that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Simply Happy: A Crash Course in Chicken Soup for the Soul Advice and Wisdom
Amy Newmark. Chicken Soup for the Soul, Oct. 4
Newmark shares what she’s learned while editing and writing more than 100 entries in the popular self-help series.
Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration
Edited by Carl Dellatore. Rizzoli, Oct. 11
Top interior designers explain the process of home design, from fundamentals to finishing touches.
Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Our Children from an Oversanitized World
B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta. Algonquin, Sept. 20
Microbiologists Finlay and Arrieta tie recent findings about the human microbiome to the health and well-being of children.
Navigating Life: Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me
Margaux Bergen. Penguin Press, Aug. 2
Bergen shares with readers a guide to life she wrote for her daughter and gave to her on her first day of college.
The Secret Life of Fat: The Truth About the Body’s Least-Understood Organ and What It Means for You
Sylvia Tara. Norton, Dec. 27
Tara brings historical perspectives together with current research to show fat in a new, positive light.
Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power
Lindsey Vonn. Morrow/Dey Street, Oct. 4
The champion skier and Olympic gold medalist gives lessons in fitness, food, and attitude.
The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger
Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel. Grand Central, Jan. 3
Nobel Prize–winner Blackburn offers insights from her work on telomeres and telomerase, and their role in the aging process
Vlassara’s A.G.E.-less Diet: How Chemicals in the Foods We Eat Promote Disease, Obesity, and Aging and the Steps We Can Take to Stop It
Helen Vlassara, Sandra Woodruff, and Gary Striker. Square One, Sept. 1
Vlassara explains what AGEs (advanced glycation end products) are and how to avoid them.
Lifestyle Listings: Body, Mind & Spirit
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels and Miracles: 101 Inspirational Stories About Hope, Answered Prayers, and Divine Intervention, edited by Amy Newmark (Nov. 1, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-61159-964-0), collects extraordinary stories by ordinary people that prove that miracles are all around us—we just have to look.
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
EMDR and the Universal Healing Tao: An Energetic Approach to Overcoming Emotional Trauma by Mantak Chia and Doug Hilton (Dec. 19, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62055-551-4). This illustrated guide provides step-by-step instructions on combining the rapid eye movements of EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy with the energetic exercises of the Universal Healing Tao.
What If This Is Heaven? How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth by Anita Moorjani (Sept. 13, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4019-4331-8). Moorjani shared her near-death experience in the bestseller Dying to Be Me. Here she takes aim at ideas that block people from their authentic selves. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
Yoga Beyond the Mat: How to Make Yoga Your Spiritual Practice by Alanna Kaivalya (Oct. 8, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7387-4764-4) explores a complete range of yoga practices, explaining how to develop a personal, holistic lifestyle.
The Art of Vinyasa: Awakening Body and Mind through the Practice of Ashtanga Yoga by Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor (Nov. 1, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-279-5). The authors, teachers of the Ashtanga style of yoga, present their discipline—the most rigorous form of contemporary yoga—as meditation in motion.
Health & Fitness
Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Our Children from an Oversanitized World by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta (Sept. 20, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-61620-649-9) applies to the health and well-being of children up-to-date scientific research into the human microbiome.
Green Smoothies for Life by J.J. Smith (Oct. 4, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-5011-0065-9). In this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, Smith, a nutritionist and certified weight-loss expert, presents a new plan for incorporating green smoothies into daily regimens.
Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life with a High-Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet by Nora Gedgaudas (Dec. 27, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-5011-1641-4). The popular nutritionist returns with advice that may sound counterintuitive: eat fat to burn fat. Her book explains the benefits and science behind ketogenic (fat-burning) diets.
The Sugar Swap Diet: Eat Carbs, Crush Cravings, and Drop Up to 14 Pounds in 14 Days! by David Zinczenko and Stephen Perrine (Dec. 27, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-345-54798-9). Zinczenko, author of Zero Belly Diet, and Perrine, Good Morning America’s health and wellness editor, show readers how to replace the sugar in their diet with fiber.
Prevent, Survive, Thrive: Every Woman’s Guide to Optimal Breast Care by John G. West, with Maralys Wills (Oct. 4, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-942952-23-7). West, a surgeon with nearly 20 years of experience providing breast care, goes into detail about what women should know about their annual exams. 10,000-copy announced first printing.
Da Capo Lifelong
The Endurance Diet: Discover the 5 Core Habits of the World’s Greatest Athletes to Look, Feel, and Perform Better by Matt Fitzgerald (Dec. 27, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7382-1897-7), the first diet book from the author of Racing Weight, identifies five habits as essential to maximizing workout benefits.
The 7 Wonders of Olive Oil: Stronger Bones, Cancer Prevention, Higher Brain Function, and Other Medical Miracles of the Green Nectar by Alice Alech and Cecile Le Galliard (Jan. 10, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-942934-73-8) explains olive oil’s role in the Mediterranean diet, its exceptional nutritional value, and how best to cook, buy, and store the “green nectar.”
The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel (Jan. 3, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-4555-8797-1) offers insights into lengthening life span from coauthor Blackburn, a Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomeres and telomerase, and their role in the aging process. 200,000-copy announced first printing.
The Acid Watcher Diet: A 28-Day Reflux Prevention Program by Jonathan Aviv (Jan. 24, trade paper, $18, ISBN 978-1-101-90558-6). A leading expert on acid reflux outlines a 28-day eating plan to stop acid damage in its tracks.
Forever Painless: End Chronic Pain and Reclaim Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day by Miranda Esmonde-White (Nov. 15, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-2448-66-8). Flexibility trainer Esmonde-White, author of the New York Times bestseller Aging Backwards, offers a guide to overcoming injury and living pain-free. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
The Healthiest Diet on the Planet: Why the Foods You Love—Pizza, Pancakes, Potatoes, Pasta, and More—Are the Solution to Preventing Disease and Looking and Feeling Your Best by John McDougall (Sept. 27, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-242676-5) takes on diet industry shibboleths and discusses how to healthily eat the foods you love. 60,000-copy announced first printing.
Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging: Stay Younger, Live Longer by Karen Ansel (Jan. 3, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-61837-228-4). Nutritionist Ansel has written an anti-aging plan divided into two parts: the first part looks at preventing chronic disease and maximizing health; the second, at reversing the physical signs of aging.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food by Melissa Hartwig (Oct. 4, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-544-83829-1). The best-selling coauthor of The Whole30 shares a three-part plan for finding a daily diet that’s best for you and sticking to it. 150,000-copy announced first printing.
The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes (Dec. 27, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-307-70164-0). Taubes (Why We Get Fat) devotes this exposé to his argument that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.
The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype—and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More by Michael Breus (Sept. 6, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-316-39126-9) explains how to work with your body’s inner clock to increase health, happiness, and productivity. 150,000-copy announced first printing.
Allergy-Free Kids: The Groundbreaking Program for the Prevention of Food Allergies by Robin Nixon Pompa (Jan. 10, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244068-6) shows parents how to prevent food allergies from developing in kids, based on the groundbreaking recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. 60,000-copy announced first printing.
Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power by Lindsey Vonn (Oct. 4, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-240058-1) presents lessons in strength, fitness, food, and attitude from Vonn, a world champion skier and Olympic gold medalist. 200,000-copy announced first printing.
The Secret Life of Fat: The Truth About the Body’s Least-Understood Organ and What It Means for You by Sylvia Tara (Dec. 27, hardcover, $28.95, ISBN 978-0-393-24483-0) brings together historical perspectives with cutting-edge research to reveal fat’s true identity: an endocrine organ that is critical to our health.
60-Second Sweat: Get a Rock Hard Body 1 Minute at a Time by Patrick Striet (Dec. 27, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-62145-311-6) combines the current fitness trends for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and metabolic-resistance training (MRT) into a single program, consisting of exercises requiring no more than 1 minute at a time.
Forks Over Knives Family: Every Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Kids on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (Sept. 6, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-4767-5332-4). The authors of the bestselling The Forks Over Knives Plan present a guide to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.
Your Best Health Care Now: Get Doctor Discounts, Save with Better Health Insurance, Find Affordable Prescriptions by Frank Lalli (Sept. 20, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5011-3286-5). Investigative journalist Lalli, expanding upon his viral New York Times article, details how he mastered the ins and outs of health care—and how others can also get the best care for their money.
Vlassara’s A.G.E.-less Diet: How Chemicals in the Foods We Eat Promote Disease, Obesity, and Aging and the Steps We Can Take to Stop It by Helen Vlassara, Sandra Woodruff, and Gary Striker (Sept. 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-7570-0420-9) explains what AGEs (advanced glycation end products) are and how to avoid them. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
Home & Hobbies
Crochet Therapy: The Soothing Art of Savoring Each Stitch by Betsan Corkhill (Sept. 6, trade paper, $21.95, ISBN 978-1-4197-2111-3) aims to help crafters focus, relax, and become more mindful by making more than 20 simple and colorful projects made from crocheted mandalas, soothing circles, and other beautiful motifs. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
Black Dog & Leventhal
Your Cabin in the Woods by Conrad E. Meinecke (Sept. 6, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-316-39550-2) details how to turn your cabin dream into a reality, providing a variety of floor plans and instructions for basic furniture, lighting, and other touches that will make a cabin feel like home. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
Drop-Dead Easy Knits by Gale Zucker, Mary Lou Egan, and Kirsten Kapur (Sept. 20, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-553-45934-0) collects 30 low-stress projects designed to be done during free time, for knitters tired of staring at patterns for hours on end.
150 Best of the Best House Ideas by Francesc Zamora (Sept. 27, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244463-9). This collection of single-family houses created by architects and designers showcases current trends and influences on home design.
Sidewalk Gardens of New York, photos by Betsy Pinover Schiff, text by Alicia Whitaker (Sept. 13, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-58093-464-0). Schiff has been chronicling the “greening” of New York City for nearly a decade, celebrating the plantings, plazas, and small parks that bring color and life to the city.
National Geographic Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Bringing Nature into Your Yard and Garden by Nancy J. Hajeski (Oct. 25, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-4262-1741-8). This generously illustrated, approachable reference covers the wide world of birds, butterflies, and pollinating insects, and how homeowners can coexist with these species.
Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration, edited by Carl Dellatore (Oct. 11, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0-8478-4890-4), features 100 essays by top interior designers about the process of home design, from fundamentals to finishing touches.
Fold It and Cut It: Super-Symmetrical Papercut Projects for Artwork, Keepsakes, Greeting Cards, and More by Naomi Shiek (Nov. 8, trade paper, $19, ISBN 978-0-7624-6104-2) teaches readers the craft of paper cutting, including designs for such projects as greeting cards, framed artwork, place cards, gift tags, invitations, and window decorations.
Foraged Flora: Found and Foraged Arrangements for Every Season by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale (Oct. 25, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-60774-860-1). A lavishly photographed new take on flower arranging reflects the current trend: a move away from the static, formal look of an earlier era toward loose, organic arrangements.
Thames & Hudson
The Craft Companion by Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson (Oct. 18, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-0-500-51892-2) is a how-to guide to major crafting techniques, including work from more than 150 contemporary artists for inspiration and projects to galvanize the reader’s creativity.
Relationships & Self-Help
The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting by Ilana Wiles (Sept. 27, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-4197-2219-6), creator of the popular Mommy Shorts blog, presents essays on motherhood for the benefit of other “remarkably average” parents. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
American Academy Of Pediatrics
The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier, Family Mealtimes by Natalie Digate Muth and Sally Sampson (Jan. 10, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-58110-981-8). Aimed at transforming even the most finicky eaters into fledgling foodies, this book presents a seven-week plan that focuses on getting kids involved with shopping and cooking. 20,000-copy announced first printing.
It Ain’t Over... Till It’s Over: Reinventing Your Life—and Realizing Your Dreams—Anytime, at Any Age by Marlo Thomas (Dec. 27, trade paper, $15, ISBN 978-1-4767-3992-2). The actress, activist, and bestselling author introduces 60 amazing women whose stories show that it’s never too late to live out a dream.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Carlton Abrams (Sept. 20, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-399-18504-5). Two great spiritual masters, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu, share hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity.
Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen-Dependent Child by George T. Lynn and Cynthia C. Johnson (Oct. 11, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-942094-26-5). Lynn, a psychotherapist, and Johnson, an educator, give parents strategies for setting healthy screen-use standards at home.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Maverick with a Mission: What a Recovering Cynic Learned Creating 101 Chicken Soup for the Soul Books by Amy Newmark (Oct. 4, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-61159-949-7) shares what the author’s learned from editing and writing more than 100 Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
Leaving the OCD Circus: Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing by Kirsten Pagacz (Oct. 1, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-57324-681-1). The author describes how her disorder inflicted damage on her life, and covers the various tools she used for healing, including meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication.
Parenting Through the Storm: Find Help, Hope, and Strength When Your Child Has Psychological Problems by Ann Douglas (Sept. 30, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-4625-26-772), who knows firsthand the challenge of raising a child with a psychological condition, shares what she has learned about coping emotionally, finding treatment, managing symptoms, and maintaining family bonds.
The Essence of Resilience: Stories of Triumph over Trauma by Tanya Lauer and Kathleen Parrish (Oct. 11, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-0-7573-1941-9). Through stories, compassion, and understanding, counselors Lauer and Parrish guide readers through acquiring a sense of resilience—the quality essential to overcoming trauma.
Tea-spiration: Inspirational Words for Tea Lovers by Lu Ann Pannunzio (Nov. 8, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-633532-95-3) aims to create a quiet movement, showing that, just like life, tea is about the little things. Each page is filled with the feelings and moments that tea provides, and that people should take the time to notice and enjoy.
The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns: Amazing Sleep from Day One—for Baby and You by Elizabeth Pantley (Oct. 28, trade paper, $18, ISBN 978-1-259-64117-6) presents a complete system for parents to establish healthy sleep patterns for their babies.
Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life: Decode Your Emotional DNA—and Thrive by Margaret Moore, Edward Phillips, and John Hanc (Sept. 6, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-06-241977-4) will show readers how to identify and decode their nine most basic emotional needs and coach themselves to a calmer, healthier, and happier life. 40,000-copy announced first printing.
Navigating Life: Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me by Margaux Bergen (Aug. 2, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-59420-629-0) is a guide to life, written for the author’s daughter and given to her on her first day of college, filled with lessons about family, work, and marriage.
Do Parents Matter? Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don’t Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax by Robert A. and Sarah LeVine (Sept. 6, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-61039-723-0). The authors, a married couple who are both Harvard anthropologists, present the results of their decades of research into parenting around the globe. 15,000-copy announced first printing.
The Calm and Happy Toddler: Gentle Solutions to Tantrums, Night Waking, Potty Training and More by Rebecca Chicot (Sept. 28, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-78504-010-8). The child development expert shares the secrets to calm and stress-free toddler parenting.
How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2–7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King (Jan. 10, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-5011-3165-3) is a user-friendly resource on adult-child communication based on Faber and King’s “How to Talk” workshops for parents and caregivers.
Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts by Harriet Lerner (Jan. 10, hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-1-5011-2959-9) sheds light on two of the most important words in the English language—I’m sorry—and offers a new perspective on the challenge of healing broken connections and restoring trust.
Reasons to Smile: Celebrating People Living with Down Syndrome, edited by Andrea Knauss and Elizabeth Martins (Jan., hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7643-5040-5) compiles 56 eye-opening, inspirational true stories about dealing with Down syndrome, by authors who live or work with people with the condition.
1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood by Thomas W. Phelan (Nov. 1, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4926-3789-9). Phelan (1-2-3 Magic) advises parents on how to more effectively communicate with their teen, as well as on knowing when to let go and when to seek professional advice.
Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids—and How to Break the Trance by Nicholas Kardaras (Aug. 9, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-250-09799-6). Addiction expert Kardaras writes about how technology has profoundly affected children’s brains—and not for the better.
Univ. of Chicago
Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery by Neil Steinberg and Sara Bader (Sept. 5, hardcover, $22.50, ISBN 978-0-226-14013-1) assembles a wealth of quotes to inspire and heal people on the road to recovering from addiction.