From gardening to goat yoga, this season’s lifestyle titles offer readers plenty of ways to decompress. Mindfulness, being in the moment, and fighting distraction are also common themes, and readers looking for ways to do it all have a guide from Martha Stewart to look forward to.

Top 10

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

Anne Lamott. Riverhead, Oct. 16

The author of Hallelujah Anyway counters despair and uncertainty with short essays on hope, to be published weeks before the midterm elections.

The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer

Charles Graeber. Twelve, Nov. 6

The author of The Good Nurse investigates one of the most exciting breakthroughs in recent medical history: the emergence of immunotherapy drugs as a form of cancer treatment.

Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic

Alice Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman. Adams Media, Sept. 25

Novelist Alice Hoffman joins knitwear designer Lisa Hoffman, her cousin, to present 14 fairy tales and the patterns for 14 “magical” garments to go with them.

The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

Linda Jane Holden. Vendome, Oct. 30

This coffee-table book tours the gardens of socialite Bunny Mellon, a close friend of Jackie Kennedy and the designer of the White House Rose Garden.


RuPaul. Dey Street, Oct. 23

The latest from TV personality RuPaul collects the Drag Race host’s philosophies on identity and finding inner truth.

The Little Book of Goat Yoga: Poses and Wisdom to Inspire Your Practice

Lainey Morse. Running Press, Nov. 6

It turns out doing sun salutations alongside these smart, social animals is an effective distraction from the stress of everyday life.

The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything

Martha Stewart. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan. 1

Leave it to Stewart to pull off a one-stop guide on essential life skills—from cutting flowers and setting the table to building a campfire.

Paper Bead Jewelry: Step-by-Step Instructions for 40+ Designs

Keiko Sakamoto. Stackpole, Aug. 20

Paper crafts are all the rage these days, and Sakamoto guides readers on how to create colorful, beguiling pieces of jewelry from any type of paper.

Run for Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy

Mark Cucuzzella. Knopf, Sept. 18

Cucuzzella, a doctor, lieutenant colonel, and professor, is perhaps best known as the man who popularized running barefoot. His book explains the science behind the method.

Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals on Our Health and Future... and What We Can Do About It

Leonardo Trasande. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan. 8

A pediatrician and leading voice in public health policy looks at the rapid increases in diseases directly related to the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Body, Mind & Spirit

Central Recovery

The Essential Guidebook to Mindful-ness in Recovery by John Bruna (Dec. 18, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-942094-85-2). Former Buddhist monk Bruna defines the seven principles of living mindfully in recovery and then provides lessons, meditations, reflections, and other daily practices to instill these principles.


Astrology: Using the Wisdom of the Stars in Your Everyday Life (Sept. 4, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-4654-6413-2) outlines the basics of astrology and shows readers how to interpret the positions of the zodiac signs, the sun, the moon, and the planets to help them in their personal and professional lives.

Practical Meditation by Giovanni Dienstmann (Aug. 7, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4654-7341-7). This practical introduction to meditation also describes the benefits of meditation on the mind and brain. 20,000-copy announced first printing.

The Experiment

The Whole-Body Microbiome: How to Harness Microbes—Inside and Out—for Lifelong Health by B. Brett Finlay and Jessica M. Finlay (Jan. 2, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-61519-481-0). A biochemist and a gerontologist interview a variety of experts on the effects of the microbiome on age-related conditions. 15,000-copy announced first printing.


Namaste the Hard Way: A Daughter’s Journey to Find Her Mother on the Yoga Mat by Sasha Brown-Worsham (Sept. 4, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-0-7573-2060-6) tells the story of how Brown-Worsham gave up yoga at age 16 following the death of her mother and then resumed her practice two decades later. In doing so, she was finally able to grieve. 20,000-copy announced first printing.


Enchantments: A Modern Witch’s Guide to Self-Possession by Mya Spalter (Sept. 11, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-525-50965-3). A veteran employee at New York City’s oldest occult shop, Spalter gives new meaning to the term “practical magic” by offering readers guidance in this guide to the magic of rituals.


Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott (Oct. 16, hardcover, $20, ISBN 978-0-525-53744-1). The bestselling Lamott (Bird by Bird, Help, Thanks, Wow) expands on her 2017 TED Talk with book that examines the resilient role hope plays in people’s lives.

Running Press

Be Here: Little Meditations for a Happy Life by Monica Sheehan (Oct. 2, hardcover, $10, ISBN 978-0-7624-9180-3) illustrates light meditation phrases—such as live in the moment; take a deep breath; unplug—providing readers with a friendly reminder to meditate daily.


Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees by Hannah Fries (Aug. 21, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-63586-094-8). Inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, poet Fries encourages readers to spend time with nature through mindful exercises and accounts of her own experiences.


How to Be Decent: The Mindful Guide to a Messed Up World by Lodro Rinzler (Oct. 16, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-0-14-313252-3). The author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar offers a riff on the standard etiquette guide, instructing readers on how to be present in the moment in all types of circumstances.

Health & Fitness

Arsenal Pulp

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Sept. 14, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-55152-738-3). Poet Piepzna-Samarasinha reflects on her involvement in the disability justice movement, particularly her experiences working with disabled people of color and those in the LGBTQ community.

Mitchell Beazley

The Scandi Sense Diet: Lose Weight and Keep It Off with the Life-Changing Handful Method by Suzy Wengel (Sept. 4, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-78472-522-8). Wengel’s nine-day diet plan is based on the idea that people should eat four handfuls of food per meal (proteins, carbohydrates, and two of vegetables, plus a spoonful of fat), and she outlines the plan and sample menus along with case studies.


The Healing Powers of Superfoods by Cal Orey (Dec. 24, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-0-8065-3898-3) contains 50 recipes for both cooked and raw dishes, a detox juice fast, plus a quick start pound-shedding diet.


It’s Okay to Feel Things Deeply by Carissa Potter (Aug. 14, hardcover, $12.95, ISBN 978-1-4521-6351-2). Alongside colorful illustrations, artist Potter offers advice on how to move through difficult emotions and life’s tough times—such as talking to houseplants or hosting a solo dance party.

Da Capo Lifelong

Moodtopia: Tame Your Moods, De-Stress, and Find Balance Using Herbal Remedies by Sara Chana Silverstein (Aug. 28, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-7382-2004-8) presents all-natural remedies for mood swings, stress, anxiety, and more.

Dey Street

Put Your Best Face Forward: The Ultimate Guide to Skincare from Acne to Anti-aging by Sandra Lee (Dec. 25, trade paper, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-287229-6) is a guide to healthy skin by the board-certified dermatologist commonly know as Dr. Pimple Popper, who has developed a following on social media for posting videos of herself popping zits and extracting blackheads.

Grand Central Life & Style

The Clean Plate: Delicious, Detox-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Glow by Gwyneth Paltrow (Jan. 2, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-5387-3046-1). The premise of Paltrow’s latest cookbook is that great tasting food has healing properties, and she aims to prove that with 100 recipes that can be customized into targeted meal plans and detox programs. 250,000-copy announced first printing.


Heart Solution for Women: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Mark Menolascino (Sept. 18, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-284213-8) reveals the latest cardiac research, specifically as it pertains to women. The book highlights lesser known risk factors, such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks, poor sleep, as well as symptoms like widespread pain that manifest differently in women than men.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals on Our Health and Future... and What We Can Do About It by Leonardo Trasande (Jan. 8, hardcover, $22, ISBN 978-1-328-55349-2). A doctor in environmental health argues everyday surroundings are making people sicker, fatter, and dumber. He looks at where these chemicals hide, while also touching on potential remedies. 60,000-copy announced first printing.


Run for Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy by Mark Cucuzzella (Sept. 18, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-101-94630-5) The creator of the Air Force’s Efficient Running program explains how to run efficiently with illustrated exercises designed to teach healthy running. 75,000-copy announced first printing.

Running Press

The Little Book of Goat Yoga: Poses and Wisdom to Inspire Your Practice by Lainey Morse (Nov. 6, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7624-6528-6) recreates the experience of doing yoga on a farm surrounded by goats, complete with photos of the farm where this fad began.

Simon & Schuster

An Atlas of Natural Beauty: Botanical Ingredients for Retaining and Enhancing Beauty by Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami (Oct. 9, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-5011-9735-2) is a guide to French apothecary ingredients, including seeds, trees, herbs, oils, flowers, and fruits. Each item is depicted with an illustration, its provenance, its primary use, and recipes for how to use it to solve a beauty problem.


Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer by Charles Graeber (Nov. 6, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-4555-6850-5). Journalist Graeber traces the history of immuno-oncology—a game-changer in cancer treatment—and guides readers through the revolutionary scientific research bringing immunotherapy into the 21st century.

Home & Hobbies


Amy Herzog’s Ultimate Sweater Book: The Essential Guide for Adventurous Knitters by Amy Herzog (Oct. 16, trade paper, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-2670-5) details every aspect of sweater knitting, starting with instructions for four basic sweater types—yoke, raglan, drop shoulder, and set-in sleeve—that can be customized by adding elements such as a hood, turtleneck, pockets, and more.

Adams Media

Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic by Alice Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman (Sept. 25, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-5072-0655-3). Novelist Alice Hoffman writes 14 stories, each revolving around a garment or accessory designed by her cousin, knitwear designer Lisa Hoffman.


Modern Memory Quilts: A Handbook for Capturing Meaningful Moments, 12 Projects + the Stories That Inspired Them by Suzanne Paquette (Jan. 7, trade paper, $28.95, ISBN 978-1-61745-565-0). Modern heirloom quilter Paquette showcases 12 quilts and describes the emotional, creative, and technical aspects of memory quilting.


Draw and Be Happy by Tim Shaw, illus. by Cachetejack (Oct. 9, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-4521-7266-8). A collaboration between artist Shaw and illustration duo Cachetejack, this book contains drawing exercises inspired by art-therapy practices.

Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life by Aimee Lagos and Christiana Coop (Aug. 28, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-4521-6432-8). The online wallpaper entrepreneurs of Hygge & West explore 20 different homes—including apartments, log cabins, and houses from all around the U.S.—and provide tips on achieving similar styles in any space.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything by Martha Stewart (Jan. 1, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-328-92732-3) is a one-stop, how-to manual that purports to tackle nearly everything: organizing, decorating, cleaning, caring for your home and garden, celebrating, hosting, achieving career goals, and managing finances. 100,000-copy announced first printing.

Laurence King

How to Raise a Plant: (and Make It Love You Back) by Morgan Doane and Erin Harding (Oct. 23, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-78627-302-4) is a simple guide to indoor plants—how to choose them, the best spots to place them, and tips to ensure they thrive.


Seasons at the Farm: Year-Round Celebrations at the Elliott Homestead by Shaye Elliott (Sept. 1, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-4930-3471-0). Homesteader Elliott invites readers to her little farm in the Pacific Northwest with photos and entertaining tips, including recipes and decorating advice.

Princeton Architectural Press

Weaving on a Little Loom: Techniques, Patterns, and Projects for Beginners by Fiona Daly (Sept. 18, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-61689-712-3) introduces readers to small-frame loom weaving, with step-by-step tutorials for five contemporary projects.


Root, Nurture, Grow: The Essential Guide to Propagating Houseplants by Rose Ray and Caro Langton (Oct. 2, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-78713-218-4). This handbook shows how to replicate houseplants with beginner-friendly propagation techniques and DIY projects like making homemade rooting mediums, seed-bombs, and a self-watering plant pot.


Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe by Deb Brandon (Nov. 28, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-7643-5650-6) showcases handmade textiles from 25 countries, explaining the history behind espadrilles, flatwoven rugs, mittens, voudou flags, mirror embroidery, and other cultural staples.


Paper Bead Jewelry: Step-by-Step Instructions for 40+ Designs by Keiko Sakamoto (Aug. 20, trade paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-0-8117-1984-1) teaches crafters how to fashion thin strips of paper and a little bit of paint into colorful beads in a variety of styles and shapes.

Stichting Kunstboak

Wreaths: With How-to Tutorials by Laura Dowling (Nov. 30, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-90-5856-603-4). The chief floral designer at the Obama White House and author of Floral Diplomacy at the White House showcases her holiday wreath designs and provides readers with step-by-step instructions for how to make floral creations for any occasion.


Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens by Christopher Woods (Sept. 18, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-60469-797-1) highlights 55 gardens in private and public spaces from around the globe.

Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden by Kate Frey (Nov. 13, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-60469-878-7). Gardener and designer Frey shares 100 rules for beginner gardeners, with tips on maintaining healthy soil, the best ways to water, how and when to re-pot a container, and more.


The Gardens of Bunny Mellon by Linda Jane Holden (Oct. 30, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-0-86565-351-1) celebrates socialite Bunny Mellon’s love of gardening, featuring watercolor plans, archival photographs, and specially commissioned photographs of Oak Spring, the Mellon estate in Upperville, Va.



If You Ask Me: Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt, edited by Mary Jo Binker (Oct. 23, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-5011-7979-2), collects advice from the first lady’s Ladies Home Journal column, which ran from 1941 to 1949.


#Donotdisturb: How I Ghosted My Cell Phone to Take Back My Life by Jedediah Bila (Oct. 9, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-279706-3). A former cohost of ABC’s The View chronicles her toxic relationship with her cellphone, how it led her deep into a disastrous relationship with her con man ex-boyfriend, and how she broke free from her addiction to both.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Canadian Acts of Kindness: 101 Stories of Caring and Compassion by Amy Newmark (Oct. 30, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-61159-983-1) compiles 101 stories that highlight the positive attitudes and the good deeds of everyday Canadians.


A Dirty Word: How a Sex Writer Reclaimed Her Sexuality by Steph Auteri (Oct. 9, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-62778-276-0) relates the story of a sex writer who lost her mojo and outlines her struggles with low libido, painful sex, fertility problems, and negative self-image.

Dey Street

GuRu by RuPaul (Oct. 23, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-286299-0) collects quotes and philosophies from (and photos of) the world-famous performer, with an emphasis on encouraging readers to look beyond the identities given to them.


Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You by Julie Morgenstern (Sept. 4, trade paper, $18, ISBN 978-1-62779-743-6). The author of Organizing from the Inside Out and dozens of other titles on time management advises parents on how to provide undivided attention to their kids while still making time for themselves. 100,000-copy announced first printing.

KiCam Projects

(Extra)Ordinary Women: Ten Inspirational Stories by Kristin Bartzokis (Oct. 16, trade paper, $12.95, ISBN 978-0-9991581-4-2) gathers inspiring stories of women who defeated breast cancer, addiction, homelessness, and other hardships.


The Friendship Cure: A Manifesto for Reconnecting in the Modern World by Kate Leaver (Sept. 11, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-4683-1659-9) explores friendship—what it is, how to keep it, and why we need it more than ever in the age of social media.


Stalked: The Human Target: Stories of People Pursued by Stalkers and the Devastating Effects on Their Lives by Rachel Cassidy (Oct. 1, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-925682-49-6) details the effects of stalking, as told by the targets, the stalkers, and the experts who deal with victims and perpetrators.


The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies by Megan Griswold (Oct. 9, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-63565-220-8). A self-described “professional soul-searcher” details her many trials of self-discovery, including going through more than 160 tonics, seminars, regimens, and transformative therapies.

St. Martin’s

Riding High: How I Kissed Soulcycle Goodbye, Founded Flywheel, and Built the Life I Always Wanted by Ruth Zukerman (Oct. 2, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-250-12758-7) mixes memoir with business advice, as the cofounder of SoulCycle describes falling out with the company and founding Flywheel.


The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene (Oct. 23, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-525-42814-5). Drawing from the examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, and Martin Luther King Jr., among others, Greene (The 48 Laws of Power) argues that understanding the motivations behind people’s behavior is an essential skill, and offers tactics for detaching from emotions and mastering self-control and empathy in the face of confrontation.

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