Many books this season promote natural remedies to address unhealthy eating habits, out-of-control consumerism, and the rise of hormone-related disease. Oh, and Marie Kondo is back.
Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living
Kris Bordessa. National Geographic, Mar. 24 ($35, ISBN 978-1-4262-2054-8)
Blogger Bordessa provides recipes, natural remedies, gardening tips, and crafting instructions, including how to start a garden, pickle food, and create natural cleaning supplies, to help readers live a more ecologically sustainable life.
A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son
Michael Ian Black. Algonquin, May 5 ($24.95, ISBN 978-1-61620-911-7)
Comedian Black looks back at his own boyhood and rethinks concepts of masculinity in this memoir-cum-letter to his 18-year-old son. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Knopf, Apr. 14 ($26.95, ISBN 978-0-525-65524-4)
The follow-up to the authors’ bestselling Designing Your Life teaches readers how the designer’s mind-set can transform the experience of work. 200,000-copy announced first printing.
Don’t Be a Victim: Fighting Back Against America’s Crime Wave
Nancy Grace, with John Hassan. Grand Central, June 2 ($30, ISBN 978-1-5387-3229-8)
Lawyer and TV host Grace’s latest aims to help readers stay safe in the face of daily dangers, with tips on how to fend off street assaults and home predators, protect oneself from online stalking and hackers, and prepare for worst-case scenarios. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life
Carrie Underwood. Dey Street, Mar. 3 ($30, ISBN 978-0-06-269091-3)
Underwood, singer and American Idol winner, shares secrets for fitting diet and exercise into a packed routine, as well as a plethora of plans, recipes, and workout programs.
Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs: The Simple Truth about Food, Weight, and Disease
David A Kessler. Harper Wave, Mar. 24 ($26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-299697-8)
Kessler, former commissioner of the FDA, calls for a change in eating habits and explains why Americans suffer in record numbers from obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other debilitating illnesses.
How to Be an Artist
Jerry Saltz. Riverhead, Mar. 17 ($22, ISBN 978-0-593-08646-9)
Saltz, the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York magazine art critic, brings together rules, prompts, and exercises designed to break through creative blocks, ignite motivation, and conquer bad habits.
Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life
Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein. Little, Brown Spark, Apr. 7 ($24, ISBN 978-0-316-42332-8)
Kondo, author of the bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and organizational psychologist Sonenshein team up to help readers declutter and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that comes with a tidy desk and mind.
My Wild Garden: Notes from a Writer’s Eden
Meir Shalev, trans. by Joanna Chen. Schocken, Mar. 31 ($30, ISBN 978-0-8052-4351-2)
Novelist and memoirist Shalev centers this work on what he describes as his “neither neatly organized nor well-kept” garden, where he cultivates both nomadic plants and “house dwellers,” including lemon trees, purple snapdragons, and olives.
Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (That Go a Long Way)
Barbara Bush. Twelve, Mar. 3 ($20, ISBN 978-1-5387-3494-0)
This posthumous collection of the former first lady’s writings and speeches offers advice she gave to her family, staff, and close friends over a long life.
Body, Mind & Spirit Listings
Honjok: The Art of Living Alone by Crystal Tai (Apr. 7, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-4465-5) analyzes the pull of living and being alone, and provides strategies for dining out, visiting an exhibition, or traveling solo.
Bathe: Rediscover the Ancient Art of Relaxation by Suzanne Duckett (Mar. 1, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-4465-5) explores the many types of baths and bathing around the world—including traditional communal baths found in the U.K., Turkish hammams, Japanese sento or onsen, jimjilbang in Korea, and Finnish and Swedish saunas—with a focus on the meditative side of bathing.
Coming Home to Yourself: A Meditator’s Guide to Blissful Living by Osho (Apr. 28, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-4465-5) collects mindfulness exercises for grounding, relaxation, and finding inner peace from the founder of the Rajneesh movement.
Still Life: The Myths and Magic of Mindful Living by Rebecca Pacheco (Mar. 12, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-293728-5). Meditation teacher Pacheco explores mindfulness and meditation misconceptions before sharing tools for cultivating a mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness in Sound: Tune into the World Around Us by Mark Tanner (Mar. 5, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78240-997-7). Concert pianist Tanner encourages readers to consider the impact of natural sound in one’s daily life through meditations exercises.
New World Library
The Language Your Body Speaks: Self-Healing with Energy Medicine by Ellen Meredith (May 5, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-60868-675-9). Energy healer Meredith teaches fundamentals of energy work using experiments, exercises, and practices.
You Are a Great and Powerful Wizard: Self-Care Magic for Modern Mortals by Sage Liskey (July 14, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-62106-483-1). In this “secular witchcraft” manual, Liskey explains how to get in touch with the mental, emotional, and physical aspects needed for overcoming roadblocks to happiness, such as depression and trauma, finding love, and facing a crisis.
Existential Kink: Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power (a Method for Getting What You Want by Getting Off on What You Don’t) by Carolyn Elliott (Mar. 1, $15.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-57863-647-1). The founder of the online magazine Witch argues that readers should embrace the repressed, tabooed, and often unwanted aspects of themselves in order to discover true inner power.
HealtH & Fitness
The 4 Season Solution: The Groundbreaking New Plan for Feeling Better, Living Well, and Powering Down Our Always-On Lives by Dallas Hartwig (Mar. 10, $28, ISBN 978-1-982115-15-9). Coauthor of the bestseller It Starts With Food, Hartwig presents a plan to help readers boost energy, improve health, and feel happier by living more in tune with the seasons.
The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind by Amy Klein (Mar. 3, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-984819-15-4), prepares women for the emotional and technical process of trying to get pregnant, from the New York Times “Fertility Diary” columnist.
Sacred Cow by Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf (July 14, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-948836-91-3). Dietitian Rodgers and former research biochemist Wolf considers scientific, health, and environmental concerns that surround raising and eating animals, centering their analysis on the cow.
The Little Book of Baby Massage: Use the Power of Touch to Calm Your Baby by Jo Kellett (Feb. 4, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4654-9107-7). With guidance on how to incorporate massage into a baby’s day-to-day routine and techniques aimed at easing common ailments, massage therapist Kellett gives readers helpful tips for babies of all ages.
The Fatburn Fix: Boost Energy, End Hunger, and Lose Weight by Using Body Fat for Fuel by Catherine Shanahan (Mar. 3, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-250-11449-5). A family physician argues that the key to weight loss, increased energy, and overall vitality is burning body fat for fuel. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health by Neal D. Barnard (Feb. 4, $28, ISBN 978-1-5387-4742-1). The physician and editor-in-chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians explores how hormones wreak havoc on the body, and provides recipes intended to improve health, reduce pain, and shed weight. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women’s Health and What Women Can Do about It by Alyson McGregor (May 19, $28, ISBN 978-0-7382-4676-5). McGregor, professor of emergency medicine at Brown University, argues that medical research and practice are based on male-centric models that ignore the biological and emotional differences between men and women—an omission that endangers women’s lives.
A Woman’s Ayurvedic Herbal: A Guide for Natural Health and Well-Being by Caroline Robertson and Antonia Beattie (May 1, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64297-012-8). Ayurvedic teachers Robertson and Beattie offer an overview of herbs, including history and uses within the ancient Indian wellness system, as well as easy-to-prepare home remedies.
Life in the Fasting Lane: How to Make Intermittent Fasting a Lifestyle—And Reap the Benefits of Weight Loss and Better Health by Jason Fung, Eve Mayer, and Megan Ramos (Apr. 7, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-296944-6). Physician Fung, clinical researcher Ramos, and writer Mayer address common questions and offer advice for integrating beneficial periods of food restriction into daily life.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Eat Like the Animals: What Nature Teaches Us About the Science of Healthy Eating by David Raubenheimer and Stephen Simpson (Mar. 17, $28, ISBN 978-1-328-58785-5). Two doctors working in environmental science argue that humans’ evolutionary ancestors once possessed the ability to intuit what food their bodies needed; they present a theory of nutrition with implications for metabolic diseases and obesity.
How to Think About How to Eat: A Weight Control, Healthy Body Manifesto by Gary Taubes (Apr. 28, $28.95, ISBN 978-0-525-52006-1). The bestselling author of Why We Get Fat explains why established rules might be the wrong approach to weight loss, and how low-carbohydrate, high-fat/ketogenic diets can help achieve and maintain a healthy weight. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Little, Brown Spark
Eat Smarter: Use the Power of Food to Reboot Your Metabolism, Upgrade Your Brain, and Transform Your Life by Shawn Stevenson (Apr. 14, $28, ISBN 978-0-316-53791-9). The host of The Model Health Show podcast shares his secrets for weight loss and staying healthy.
Why Did No One Tell Me This? The Doulas’ (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents by Natalia Hailes and Ash Spivak, illus. by Louise Reimer (Apr. 7, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7624-9566-5). Doulas and reproductive health experts Hailes and Spivak answer basic questions and present strategies for birth plans in this wellness-focused guide to pregnancy and birth.
Big Problems: A Former Fat Guy’s Look at Why We’re Getting Fatter and What You Can Do to Fix It by Andy Boyle (Mar. 31, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-14-313300-1). Journalist Boyle dives into the weight-loss industry via his own quest to master healthy living. With many interviews with health experts, doctors, and athletes, he explains the hype behind many contemporary diet plans.
Home & Hobbies
The Making It Guide to Crafting by the creators of Making It (Apr. 21, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4197-4348-1). This crafting guide offers a look at DIY crafts featured on NBC’s Making It, including introductions to woodworking, fiber arts, and paper crafts.
The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan: Discover the Joy of Spending Less, Sharing More, and Living Generously by Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller (Apr. 14, $25, ISBN 978-1-982113-79-7). Clark and Rockefeller, who launched the Facebook community Buy Nothing Project, ask readers to enjoy the benefits of buying less and sharing more in this guide to decluttering and saving money.
The Victorian Tailor: Techniques and Patterns for Making Historically Accurate Period Clothing for Gentlemen by Jason Maclochlainn (Apr. 7, $26.75 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-906388-89-8). Containing detailed patterns and instructions adapted from original Victorian pattern-cutters’ books, this handbook will allow readers to create historically accurate Victorian menswear, including morning coats, shirts, and trousers.
Black Dog & Leventhal
The Scotland Yard Puzzle Book: Test Your Inner Detective by Solving Some of the World’s Most Difficult Cases by Sinclair McKay (May 5, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7624-9824-6) takes a look through the history of Scotland Yard and describes some of the most complex conundrums it has faced, allowing armchair detectives to try their powers of observation and deduction to solve cases.
The Gaming Mind: A New Psychology of Videogames and the Power of Play by Alexander Kriss (Mar. 31, $15.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61519-681-4). Clinical psychologist Kriss reveals the role of videogames in the lives of his patients. Refuting the idea that video games promote antisocial behavior, he focuses on the positive impact of playing videogames and how they can help connect people to their humanity.
Young Guns: Obsession, Overwatch, and the Future of Gaming by Austin Moorhead (Mar. 31, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-316-42138-6) tells the story of the quest to build the world’s first professional gaming league, the Overwatch League, and the inside story of the first championship, including $3.5 million in prize money.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home by Julia Watkins (Apr. 7, $23, ISBN 978-0-358-20218-9). The creator of the Instagram account @simply.living.well shares rituals, recipes, and projects for living simply and sustainably.
Copper, Iron, and Clay: A Smith's Journey by Sara Dahmen (Apr. 28, $40, ISBN 978-0-06-294373-6) provides a photographic history of cookware—copper pots, cast-iron skillets, and classic stoneware—with descriptions of the artistry and workmanship behind them.
The Language of Houseplants: Harness Healing and Energy in the Home by Cheralyn Darcey (June 1, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-925924-39-8) features 44 houseplants alongside vintage artworks and explorations of each plant’s characteristics, meanings, and qualities.
Tiny Dino Worlds: Create Your Own Prehistoric Habitats by Christine Bayles Kortsch (Mar. 10, $21.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-586-4) helps readers to create their own prehistoric terrariums and dioramas while also teaching kids about dinosaurs and their habitats.
Small Garden Style: A Design Guide for Outdoor Rooms and Containers by Isa Hendry Eaton and Jennifer Blaise Kramer (Feb. 4, $22, ISBN 978-0-399-58285-1). Garden designer Eaton and lifestyle writer Kramer show how to use design techniques to create joyful and elegant yet compact outdoor spaces for entertaining or relaxing.
Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World by Emily Balcetis (Feb. 25, $27, ISBN 978-1-5247-9646-4). Psychologist Balcetis explains the perceptual habits, routines, and practices that successful people use to set and meet their ambitions.
Rage Against the Minivan: Opting Out of Motherhood as a Competitive Sport by Kristen Howerton (June 9, $25, ISBN 978-1-984825-16-2). Family therapist and mother of four, Howerton shares her tale of motherhood, including infertility, adoption, and divorce, and how she learned to quell her inner anxiety and find a happy balance.
And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School by Judith Warner (May 5, $27, ISBN 978-1-101-90588-3). The New York Times “Domestic Disturbances” columnist shares stories of kids and parents dealing with the stresses of middle school, revealing many ways that parents unknowingly make these stressful years worse.
Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who’s Been There by Tara Schuster (Feb. 18, $27, ISBN 978-0-525-50988-2). TV executive Schuster shares the depression, anxiety, and shame underlying her life and writes of how she became a “ninja of self-love.”
Make Your Bed: A Daily Journal by William H. McRaven (Apr. 7, $9.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5387-5177-0). Retired U.S. Navy admiral McRaven expounds upon his call-to-action (“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed”) with this daily journal filled with quotes and lessons. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Primitive: Tapping the Primal Drive Powering the World’s Most Successful People by Marco Greenberg (Apr. 14, $28, ISBN 978-0-316-53037-8). A communications consultant shares how by roaming—being “Relentless-Oppositional-Agnostic-Messianic-Insecure-Nuts-Gallant”—as primitive people did, anyone can maximize results in work and in life.
Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee (Mar. 10, $26, ISBN 978-1-984824-73-8). Journalist Headlee provides an alternative to overworking with strategies that aim to help readers gain control over their lives and break addictions to false efficiency.
How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer (Mar. 17, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-295719-1). The cohosts of the By the Book podcast compile what they learned from their deep dives into self-help books, exploring what has worked for them and what hasn’t.
Habit Swap: Mindfulness Skills to Change Habits for Good by Hugh G. Byrne (Apr. 1, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68403-408-6) offers practices to help readers replace bad habits—unhealthy eating, excessive drinking or shopping, procrastination, compulsively checking email—with conscious, healthy choices.
New World Library
Stop Checking Your Likes: 14 Fail-Proof Ways to Stop Waiting for Approval and Become the Most Confident Person You Know by Susie Moore (Apr. 7, $15.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-60868-673-5). Life coach Moore shows readers how to escape the “approval trap” and accept themselves as they are, including 14 principles for developing self-confidence.
Life Is the Story You Tell Yourself: Mastering Transitions in a Nonlinear Age by Bruce Feiler (May 12, $28, ISBN 978-1-59420-682-5). Feiler draws on 225 letters he solicited from strangers through his Life Story Project to compile tools for navigating the growing number of life transitions that many face.
Rowman & Littlefield
Fear Is Fuel: The Surprising Power to Help You Find Purpose, Passion, and Performance by Patrick J. Sweeney II (Mar. 1, $23.95, ISBN 978-1-5381-3441-2). A member of the board of advisers for Trinity College Dublin argues that identifying and addressing one’s “fear frontier” is the key to success, happiness, and fulfillment.
Navigate Your Stars by Jesmyn Ward, illus. by Gina Triplett (Apr. 7, $16, ISBN 978-1-982131-32-6). Two-time National Book Award–winning novelist Ward meditates on dedication, hard work, and the power of perseverance in this print edition of her 2018 commencement speech at Tulane University.
Awestruck: How Developing a Sense of Wonder Can Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Connected by Jonah Paquette (June 9, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-774-5) makes the case that awe-inspiring moments are all around and can hold the key to a happy, meaningful, and healthy life.
Simon & Schuster
Big Friendship: Shine Theory, Ladywebs, and Other Lessons from Our First Decade by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman (July 14, $26, ISBN 978-1-982111-90-8). The hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend argue that a close friendship is the most influential and important relationship in one’s life and chronicle the first 10 years of their friendship, with commentary on work, politics, activism, feminism, health, and pop culture.
Embracing Anxiety: How to Access the Genius Inside This Vital Emotion by Karla McLaren (June 30, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68364-441-5). A former researcher at the University of San Francisco explores how readers can productively engage with anxiety as a source of foresight, intuition, and energy.
Hold On, but Don’t Hold Still: Hope and Humor from My Seriously Flawed Life by Kristina Kuzmic (Feb. 11, $26, ISBN 978-0-525-56184-2). The former host of The Ambush Cook shares her message of self-acceptance, resilience, and joy, as well as stories of being a high school student new to America and a single mother, and suddenly rising to fame through a contest sponsored by Oprah.
This article has been updated with new bibliographic information on select titles.