Resilience is an emerging category buzzword, with authors aiming to help readers better weather the turbulence of a stressful world. This spring’s books also discuss women’s health, neuroscience, and hopeful hygge successors.
Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain
Abby Norman. Nation, Mar. 6
Norman uses a personal struggle—to get doctors to take her symptoms of endometriosis seriously—to make a wider point about how often women’s health concerns are dismissed.
The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind
Michael S. Gazzaniga. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Apr. 3
Gazzaniga, a prominent figure in the field of cognitive neuroscience, applies up-to-date research to a perennial question—that of the relationship between mind and brain.
Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
Alex Hutchinson. Morrow, Feb. 6
Hutchinson, a Cambridge-trained physicist, surveys scientific findings about athletic performance and endurance, suggesting the key to improvement may be mental as much as physical.
Finding Sisu: In Search of Courage, Strength, and Happiness the Finnish Way
Katja Pantzar. Penguin/TarcherPerigee, May 29
Continuing the Nordic lifestyle trend, Pantzar introduces hygge devotees to the Finnish concept of sisu (everyday courage.)
Gardens of Style: Private Hideaways of the Design World
Janelle McCulloch. Rizzoli, Apr. 3
McCulloch will draw both botanical enthusiasts and haute couture fans with these visits to the private gardens of numerous acclaimed fashion designers.
The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai
Elizabeth Flock. Harper, Feb. 6
This debut from journalist Flock explores universal questions of love and marriage through the stories of three middle-class couples in modern-day Mumbai.
How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life
Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh. Dutton, Mar. 6
Kaplan follows up her bestselling The Gratitude Diaries by taking on the phenomenon of luck, assisted by coauthor Marsh’s background in psychology and evolutionary biology.
The Inward Empire: Mapping the Wilds of Mortality and Fatherhood
Christian Donlan. Little, Brown, June 26
Donlan probes neurology, fatherhood, and loss with this account of two simultaneous events: his infant daughter’s cognitive awakening and his own neurological decline.
Resilient: Growing the 12 Strengths of Lasting Happiness, Fulfillment, and Calm
Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson. Harmony, Mar. 27
Coauthor Rick Hanson, a respected psychologist, presents a summation of his work in positive psychology geared toward the stresses of an uncertain time.
Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up
Elizabeth A. Smart. St. Martin’s, Mar. 27
Smart, author of the bestseller My Story, returns to her horrific story of being held in captivity as a teenager, while also interviewing others about their experiences of adversity.
Lifestyle: Body, Mind & Spirit
The Signs: Decode the Stars, Reframe Your Life by Carolyne Faulkner (June 5, hardcover, $22, ISBN 978-0-525-61930-7). The astrology guru discusses how to use star charts for self-help advice rather than seeing into the future. She outlines personality types from restless Tauruses to argumentative Arieses.
Mindful Dreaming: Harness the Power of Lucid Dreaming for Happiness, Health, and Positive Change by Clare R. Johnson (Apr. 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-57324-734-4) combines the principles of mindfulness with a fresh approach to lucid dreaming. The result is a step-by-step guide for understanding the language of dreams, improving sleep quality, and applying dream-derived insights to our waking lives.
Your Holiness: Discover the Light Within by Debbie Ford (Mar. 6, hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-06-269494-2). This recently discovered, unpublished work by the widely respected spiritual teacher turns her experiences into actionable advice for other spiritual seekers.
John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of the Modern World by Jason Louv (Apr. 17, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-62055-589-7) looks at the life and continuing influence of 16th-century occultist Dr. John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s adviser and astrologer.
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan (May 15, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-59420-422-7). The author of five bestsellers surveys current medical and scientific inquiries into the properties of psychedelic drugs and shares his own experiences with these substances.
The Book of Beasties: Your A-to-Z Guide to the Illuminating Wisdom of Spirit Animals by Sarah Bamford Seidelmann (July 1, trade paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-68364-049-3) seeks to acquaint readers with the value of animal totems, or “beasties,” decoding the mystical meaning of various species, both mythical and real.
Health & Fitness
Train Like a Fighter by Cat Zingano (Mar. 13, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-4654-6996-0). An MMA star targets her fans with this fitness guide, which includes 60 exercises and 20 routines, as well as lists of recommended gear and the author’s own training diet. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health by Sharad P. Paul (Apr. 10, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-1-5011-5542-0). Paul, a surgeon, shows how evolutionary biology impinges on everyday well-being in this health guide. His book blends medical mysteries, patient stories, and scientific theory.
The Runner’s Cookbook: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes to Fuel Your Running by Anita Bean (Mar. 6, trade paper, $20, ISBN 978-1-4729-4677-5) assembles a collection of easy-to-make recipes and eating advice for runners at various performance levels, from casual joggers to ultra-marathoners.
Da Capo Lifelong
Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind by Nick Littlehales (Mar. 6, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7382-3462-5). The adviser to athletes on their sleep shares tips for getting a better night’s rest.
Yoga Fitness for Men by Dean Pohlman (May 8, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-4654-7348-6) provides a straightforward introduction to yoga for men who want to use the practice to improve strength, performance, and flexibility. Pohlman tells men how to reduce postworkout aches and avoid injuries. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
The Angry Chef’s Guide to Spotting Bullsh*t in the World of Food: Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating by Anthony Warner (Apr. 3, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-61519-460-5). A scientist-turned-chef aims to dispel the pseudoscience and food myths that clog the field of wellness advice.
Grand Central Life & Style
The Postnatal Depletion Cure: A Complete Guide to Rebuilding Your Health and Reclaiming Your Energy, for Mothers of Newborns, Toddlers, and Young Children by Oscar Serrallach (June 5, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-4789-7030-9) examines the long-term physical and emotional effects of childbirth, which can affect women for up to a decade. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
Quench: Drink Right, Stop Fatigue, Kick Insomnia, and Heal Your Body Through the Power of Optimum Hydration by Dana Cohen and Gina Bria (June 12, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-316-51566-5) presents a hydration plan that emphasizes eating plants that contain water, based on research from the University of Washington’s Pollack Water Lab. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
The 10-Day Belly Slimdown: Lose Your Belly, Heal Your Gut, Enjoy a Lighter, Younger You by Kellyann Petrucci (Feb. 20, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-5247-6299-5). The bestselling author of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet unveils a fitness program aimed at shedding belly fat. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery (Mar. 6, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-247080-5). Arguing that sexism in the medical establishment is harming women, the editorial director of Feministing.com brings together sociological studies, expert interviews, and personal stories from women to make her case.
The Inward Empire: Mapping the Wilds of Mortality and Fatherhood by Christian Donlan (June 26, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-316-50936-7). The author discovered at age 36, soon after the birth of his daughter, that he had multiple sclerosis. His book recounts navigating his own neurological decline while watching his daughter’s brain activity blossom.
Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson (Feb. 6, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-249986-8). Hutchinson, a National Magazine Award–winning Runner’s World columnist and Cambridge-trained physicist, probes the limits and potential of human endurance.
Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman (Mar. 6, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-56858-581-9). This memoir places Norman’s struggle with endometriosis and concurrent struggle to get her symptoms taken seriously by doctors into the larger context of women’s health issues.
Fix Your Body, Fix Your Brain: Just 1 Hour a Week to the Best Memory, Productivity, and Sleep You’ve Ever Had by Tom O’Bryan (May 1, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-62336-702-2). Laying out a step-by-step approach to improved cognitive function, O’Bryan (The Autoimmune Fix) discusses the full range of brain ailments, from chronic conditions to everyday fatigue.
Healing with Hemp Oil: A Simple Guide to Using the Powerful & Proven Health Benefits of CBD by Earl Mindell (Feb. 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-7570-0455-1). Health author Mindell discusses hemp oil’s properties as a natural remedy, and how it is being used in the U.S. today.
St. Martin’s Griffin
Conbody: The Revolutionary Bodyweight Prison Boot Camp, Born from an Extraordinary Story of Hope by Coss Marte (Mar. 20, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-250-12602-3). This bodyweight-only fitness book relates the author’s story of how jailtime transformed him from an obese Lower East Side drug dealer into a fit workout trainer.
What to Feed Your Baby and Toddler: A Month-by-Month Guide to Support Your Child’s Health and Development by Nicole M. Avena (May 8, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-399-58023-9). Research neuroscientist Avena (What to Eat When You’re Pregnant) explains what to feed babies in order to help them hit physical and intellectual milestones, from six months to 24 months.
Home & Hobbies
Brave Birds: Inspiration on the Wing by Maude White (Apr. 10, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-2909-6). Cut-paper artist White presents a new collection of 65 bird designs, each one paired with an original inspirational message.
Modern Scot Patchwork: Bold Quilts Inspired by Iconic Tartans by Kathy Allen (Apr. 7, trade paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-61745-594-0). Quilters will learn to make modern, graphic designs based on the traditional tartans of Scotland, aided by simple instructions geared toward easy piecing.
Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey (Feb. 13, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0-307-95477-0). Intended for flower gardeners of all skill levels, this horticultral resource draws on Stewart’s lifelong love of gardening to dispense best practices for growing a vibrant, lush garden. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
City Green: Public Gardens of New York by Jane Garmey (Mar. 20, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-1-58093-480-0). At a time of growing appreciation for urban green spaces, garden writer Garmey teams up with landscape photographer Mick Hales to celebrate the diversity and beauty of New York City’s gardens.
Everyday Monet: A Giverny-Inspired Gardening and Lifestyle Guide to Living Your Best Impressionist Life by Aileen Bordman (Apr. 3, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-269297-9). Bordman (Monet’s Palate Cookbook), whose mother is head gardener at Claude Monet’s Giverny estate, draws on her access to the historic site for this guide to leading an Impressionist lifestyle.
Weeds in the Urban Landscape: Where They Come From, Why They’re Here, and How to Live with Them by Richard Orlando (May 22, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-62317-211-4) delivers a comprehensive identification guide to 189 weeds commonly found in cities, along with strategies for managing them.
Green Escapes: The Guide to Secret Urban Gardens by Toby Musgrave (May 7, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-7148-7612-2) lets readers in on the “secret” gardens tucked away in cities around the globe, out of the way but open to the public.
Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide by Jane Hurwitz (Apr. 3, trade paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-691-17034-3). Hurwitz, a butterfly gardener, shows gardeners how to cultivate plants that will attract an array of butterflies to their homes.
Gardens of Style: Private Hideaways of the Design World by Janelle McCulloch (Apr. 3, hardcover, $55, ISBN 978-0-8478-6189-7). Generously illustrated with photographs, McCulloch’s book is aimed at gardening and fashions fans alike, taking them to the well-appointed gardens of famous designers around the world.
Japanese Knitting: Patterns for Sweaters, Scarves and More: Knits and Crochets for Experienced Needle Crafters by Michiyo, trans. by Gayle Roehm (May 15, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-4-8053-1382-4). In the first Japanese needlework book to be translated into English, American knitters are introduced to the height of Tokyo fashion in knitwear.
How We Love Is How We Live by Common (Apr. 3, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-5011-3315-2). Common, the Grammy- and Oscar-winning rapper, follows up the bestselling memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense with this entry into the typology genre, devoted to six different kinds of love.
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham (Apr. 17, hardcover, $15, ISBN 978-1-5247-9959-5). The star of television’s Gilmore Girls and author of Someday, Someday dispenses advice on staying true to oneself, in this expansion of her 2017 commencement speech at her hometown high school.
The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor (Feb. 6, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-62656-976-8). In this politically minded departure from what poet Taylor deems a corporate-dominated body-positivity movement, the author makes the case for a link between “radical self-love” and social justice.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom: 101 Stories of Appreciation and Love by Amy Newmark (Mar. 20, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-61159-976-3). The venerable inspirational anthology series continues with a new collection of uplifting anecdotes devoted to mothers and grandmothers. 70,000-copy announced first printing.
How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life by Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh (Mar. 6, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-101-98639-4) follows up Kaplan’s bestselling The Gratitude Diaries with an exploration of the phenomenon of luck. 40,000-copy announced first printing.
Creative Quest by Questlove (Apr. 24, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-267055-7). The musician has written a guide to creativity incorporating lessons from his own career and from those of fellow artists, including Bjork, George Clinton, and Ava DuVernay.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind by Michael S. Gazzaniga (Apr. 3, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-374-71550-2). Pioneering neuroscientist Gazzaniga tells layreaders what the latest research into the brain has to say about the problem of consciousness.
Resilient: Growing the 12 Strengths of Lasting Happiness, Fulfillment, and Calm by Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson (Mar. 27, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-451-49884-7) outlines a program for developing 12 inner strengths, based in positive psychology and derived from coauthor Rick Hanson’s online course, The Foundations of Well-Being. 60,000-copy announced first printing.
The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai by Elizabeth Flock (Feb. 6, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-245648-9). Love and marriage are explored through the stories of three couples in modern-day Mumbai, where journalist Flock finds a collision between traditional and 21st-century mores. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World by Joanna Coles (Apr. 10, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-265258-4). The former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire writes a diet book–style relationship guide warning against the pitfalls of “junk love,” and schooling readers in how to find healthier relationships. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind by Leah Weiss (Mar. 13, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-256506-8) is based on the author’s course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which explains how to apply mindfulness techniques to the workplace.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy by Cris Beam (Mar. 20, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-544-55816-8). Finding empathy lacking in modern American culture, journalist Beam investigates up-to-date research into the emotion and discusses its benefits for the individual and for society as a whole. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
I Know How You Feel: The Joy and Heartbreak of Friendship in Women’s Lives by F. Diane Barth (Feb. 6, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-544-87027-7). Barth, a psychotherapist who specializes in women’s relationships, explores the landscape of female friendship, bringing in stories from interviewees and examples from literature and pop culture.
Bella Figura: The Art of Living, Loving, and Eating the Italian Way by Kamin Mohammadi (May 8, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-385-35401-1). Laying out a guide to the slow life for busy people, Mohammadi recounts leaving behind her stressful life as a London magazine editor to spend a year in Florence.
The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy from Morning to Evening by Laurie J. Cameron (Mar. 27, hardcover, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-4262-1836-1) is aimed at overscheduled professionals looking to incorporate mindfulness into hectic schedules. Cameron, a veteran of Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, draws on both long-established tradition and modern neuroscience and psychology.
Finding Sisu: In Search of Courage, Strength, and Happiness the Finnish Way by Katja Pantzar (May 29, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-0-14-313299-8). Following up the lifestyle trend around the Danish concept of hygge, Pantzar introduces American readers to the Finnish sisu (everyday courage.)
The Addiction Solution: How to Treat Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs by Lloyd Sederer (May 8, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-5011-7944-0). The Chief Medical Officer for the New York State Office of Mental Health and medical editor for mental health at the Huffington Post examines the contemporary addiction problem and offers practical solutions for affected individuals, families, and communities.
Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up by Elizabeth A. Smart (Mar. 27, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-250-11552-2) follows up Smart’s bestseller, My Story, about being held in captivity as a teenager, with this discussion of surviving adversity.