This season’s titles focus on leading healthier and happier lives in the post-Covid era. Dealing with grief is also a prominent topic.

Top 10

12 Notes: On Life and Creativity

Quincy Jones. Abrams Image, Jan. 11 ($26, ISBN 978-1-4197-5256-8)

Legendary musician and producer Jones lets readers in on his creative process and presents hard-won lessons from his life and career.

The Best Is Yet to Come

Whoopi Goldberg and M.E. Hecht. Harper Horizon, Jan. 11 ($27.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-4164-5)

Comedian Goldberg and orthopedic surgeon Hecht dispense advice for aging gracefully, with tips for staying active (physically and mentally), establishing a nutritious diet, and deciding if one needs a home aide.

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times

Jane Goodall and Doug Abrams. Celadon, Oct. 19 ($28, ISBN 978-1-250-78409-4)

Naturalist Goodall, with coauthor Abrams, lays out “four reasons for hope”—the human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people, and the indomitable human spirit—in this treatise on why readers should maintain hope despite trying environmental circumstances.

The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature

Robert Greene. Viking, Oct. 12 ($25, ISBN 978-0-593-29921-0)

Philosopher Greene, author of bestseller The 48 Laws of Power, provides wisdom for each day of the year based on themes of politics, productivity, leadership, and adversity, among others.

Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom

Tabitha Brown. Morrow, Sept. 28 ($27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-308028-7)

Actor Brown offers inspirational life lessons and advice on vegan living, including many recipes and personal stories.

Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs

Marc and Angel Chernoff. TarcherPerigee, Oct. 5 ($16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-14-313278-3)

Creators of the Marc & Angel Hack Life blog, the Chernoffs share strategies for shifting one’s thought patterns and routines in order to recover after trying times.

The How: Notes on the Great Work of Meeting Yourself

Yrsa Daley-Ward. Penguin, Nov. 2 ($17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-14-313560-9)

Poet Daley-Ward mixes short musings with poetry to encourage readers to reflect on propriety and manners.

Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home

Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen. Knopf, Dec. 7 ($27, ISBN 978-0-593-32009-9)

Journalists Warzel and Petersen explore how workers and employers are finding new ways of working to make people happier and more productive at home.

Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life

Drew Barrymore. Dutton, Nov. 2 ($30, ISBN 978-0-593-18410-3)

Golden Globe–winning actress Barrymore shares personal stories and recipes spotlighting her tips for wellness and stressing the importance of self-care and alone time.

World War C: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One

Sanjay Gupta. Simon & Schuster, Oct. 5 ($28, ISBN 978-1-9821-6610-6)

Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, offers answers to the biggest questions about Covid-19 and provides tips for staying healthy in a future of more frequent viral outbreaks.

Lifestyle Listings


How to Live Like a Monk: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Life by Danièle Cybulskie, illus. by Anna Lobanova (Oct. 12, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-7892-1413-3). Cybulskie, host of The Medieval Podcast, explores the history of monasticism and its applications in such areas as healthy eating, streamlining routines, gardening, and helping others.

Bear & Co.

Gaia Alchemy: The Reuniting of Science, Psyche, and Soul by Stephan Harding (Jan. 4, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-59143-425-2). Ecologist Harding details Gaia theory—the science of seeing the Earth as an intelligent, self-regulating system—and offers meditations and exercises to develop one’s connection to the biosphere.


Dimming the Day: Evening Meditations for Quiet Wonder by Jennifer Grant (Oct. 19, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-7119-8) recommends meditation to help readers concentrate less on their devices and more on the natural world.


How to Become a Mermaid: Embodying the Elemental Energy of Water by Elyrria Swann (Dec. 7, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-450-6) shares ideas for understanding water as a living presence and developing connections with fish and other aquatic animals.

Inner Traditions

The Path of the Warrior-Mystic: Being a Man in an Age of Chaos by Angel Millar (Nov. 9, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-267-0) explores archetypal male ideals from ancient societies and suggests techniques for developing thinking and focus, overcoming fear, and relaxing tension in order to become a “higher man.”


Meditation for Makers: Daily Affirmations for a Creative Life by Deanne Fitzpatrick (Nov. 9, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-77471-002-9). The textile artist lays out meditations on beauty, design, community, family, and overcoming fear and doubt.

Simon & Schuster

At Heaven’s Door by William J. Peters (Jan. 4, $26, ISBN 978-1-9821-5042-6). End-of-life therapist Peters gathers stories from those who have had out-of-body experiences, as well as those who are dying, to identify key patterns and features.

St. Martin’s Essentials

Manifesting: The Practical, Simple Guide to Creating the Life You Want by Kris Ferraro (Aug. 24, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-250-76955-8). “Energy coach” Ferraro explores how focusing on what one wishes to have or achieve—instead of getting hung up on what’s missing—can help one envision and create an ideal life.


Myung Sung: The Korean Art of Living Meditation by Jenelle Kim (Jan. 11, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-78678-594-7) explores the Korean art of balancing mind, body, and spirit. This melding of Tao philosophy and mindfulness aims to help readers connect with the natural energy of the universe through eight simple practices.

Health & Fitness


A Field Guide to Men’s Health: Stay Fit, Eat Right, Sleep Well, Have Great Sex, and Take Care of Everything Else That Makes You Go by Jesse Mills (Dec. 7, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-57965-978-3). A urologist and founder of the Men’s Clinic at UCLA answers questions about eating, sex, fertility, and living a healthy life.


The 17 Day Kickstart Diet: A Doctor’s Plan for Dropping Pounds, Toxins, and Bad Habits by Mike Moreno (Dec. 28, $27, ISBN 978-1-9821-6062-3). The follow-up to The 17 Day Diet offers a three-step weight loss program that promotes plant-based eating.


Your Life Depends on It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices About Your Health by Talya Miron-Shatz (Sept. 28, $28, ISBN 978-1-5416-4675-9). A senior fellow at the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest in New York, Miron-Shatz explores ways people make bad choices about their health and offers advice about nutrition, medication, pregnancy, and end-of-life care.


Pain Erasers: The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Safe, Drug-Free Relief by Michelle Schoffro Cook (Sept. 21, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-953295-51-4). Natural health blogger Cook reveals strategies for naturally relieving pain using a little-known resin, as well as ginger and turmeric. Also included are tips for changing one’s diet and lifestyle to better manage pain and inflammation.

Chronicle Prism

Moving Through Cancer: An Exercise and Strength-Training Program for the Fight of Your Life by Kathryn Schmitz (Oct. 19, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-7972-1025-4). Oncology researcher Schmitz suggests a regimen of strength training and exercise to help those with cancer improve mental and physical health before, during, and after treatment.


The Perfect Medicine: A Doctor’s Notes on Running by Brodie Ramin (Sept. 7, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4597-4820-0) traces the evolution of running, shares strategies to get fit and run faster, and explores how exercise can help people recover from addiction and mental health conditions.


Life Reconstructed by Kim Harms (Oct. 12, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64170-567-7). Breast cancer survivor Harms combines her own experience with scientific research to walk readers through the process of mastectomy and breast reconstruction.


Eat Sh*t and Die: How Our Daily Food Choices Are Killing Us by Mark Linder (Oct. 15, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-2281-0275-5). Physician Linder explains why common eating habits are often unhealthy and offers two correctives—stop eating processed carbohydrates and vegetable oil.

Johns Hopkins Univ.

The Breast Cancer Book: A Trusted Guide for You and Your Loved Ones by Kenneth D. Miller, Melissa Camp, and Kathy Steligo (Sept. 28, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4214-4191-7). Oncologist Miller, breast surgeon Camp, and two-time breast cancer survivor Steligo walk readers through the ins and outs of breast cancer and suggests ways to make decisions about diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.

Little, Brown Spark

Eat Like a Human: Nourishing Foods and Ancient Ways of Cooking to Revolutionize Your Health by Bill Schindler (Nov. 16, $28, ISBN 978-0-316-24488-6). The archaeologist and director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College, in Maryland, instructs readers on how to make dietary choices and use cooking techniques from human ancestors for greater health and energy.


Foodology: A Food-Lover’s Guide to Digestive Health and Happiness by Saliha Mahmood Ahmed (Oct. 12, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-5293-1982-8). Gastroenterologist Ahmed explains the process of digestion and how food influences the way one feels.


The Sleep Fix: Practical, Proven, and Surprising Solutions for Insomnia, Snoring, Shift Work, and More by Diane Macedo (Dec. 28, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-304002-1). In this guide to getting better rest, Macedo, an ABC News correspondent and former insomniac, shares her search for a good night’s sleep and the solutions she discovered.


Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse: How Food Fights Hijacked Our Health and the New Science of Exercise by Anastacia Marx de Salcedo (Dec. 7, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-64313-835-0). Salcedo, who treats her multiple sclerosis with daily exercise, chronicles her story and recent research into the science of metabolism.


Lymph & Longevity: The Untapped Secret to Health by Gerald Lemole (Oct. 5, $23, ISBN 978-1-9821-8025-6). A cardiologist explains why the lymphatic system is key for longevity and disease prevention, and how improving lymphatic flow can help eliminate toxins and waste products.

Square One

Black Health Matters: The Vital Facts You Must Know to Protect Your Health and Those of Your Loved Ones by Richard W. Walker Jr. (Aug. 1, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7570-0507-7) argues that higher rates of hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney failure in African Americans are caused by chronic lack of Vitamin D3, and offers advice for healthier living.

Home & Hobbies


Feels Like Home: Relaxed Interiors for a Meaningful Life by Lauren Liess (Oct. 19, $45, ISBN 978-1-4197-5119-6). The star of the TV show Best House on the Block advises readers on how to think beyond the objects within their homes to consider how design can create a more intentional and authentic life.


High Vibe Home: Holistic Design for Beautiful Spaces with Healing, Balanced Energy by Kirsten Yadouga (Aug. 24, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-7972-0693-6). The interior designer and feng shui practitioner dispenses advice on decluttering and cleaning, designing rooms, decorating with crystals or houseplants, and incorporating new colors and textures in order to invite positive energy into one’s home.

Clarkson Potter

The New Design Rules: How to Decorate and Renovate, from Start to Finish by Emily Henderson (Nov. 9, $32.50, ISBN 978-1-9848-2648-0). This follow-up to interior designer Henderson’s Styled walks readers through the process of designing a home, including choosing paint, arranging furniture, hanging window treatments, and deciding on light fixtures.

Little, Brown

The Power of Tranquility in a Very Noisy World by Bernie Krause (Sept. 28, $27, ISBN 978-0-316-42106-5). Musician Krause shares tips for identifying and reducing aural clutter that affects one’s health badly, and provides methods for reclaiming the calm.

New Society

Essential Green Roof Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Leslie Doyle (Nov. 9, $39.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-86571-915-6) provides instructions for making a green roof—a system of layers that work together to support plant life and insulate homes—including design and installation suggestions for do-it-yourself builders.


Pacific Natural at Home by Jenni Kayne (Sept. 7, $45, ISBN 978-0-8478-6964-0). The creator of the eponymous lifestyle and clothing brand offers a tour of her home, as well as homes of other creative women who embrace a similar natural design ethos.

Rock Point

Green Living: A Step-by-Step Guide to Healthy and Happy Sustainable Lifestyle by Green Matters (Sept. 14, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-63106-720-4) collects ideas from the environmental justice website Green Matters for implementing sustainable living in one’s life and home, including tips for substituting unhealthy products with green options and reusing materials.


This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection by Jen Hewett (Nov. 16, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-824-7) combines interviews, essays, and artist profiles to explore the work and contributions of women of color within the fiber arts and crafts community, including knitters, quilters, sewers, and weavers.


The Slightly Greener Method: Detoxifying Your Home Is Easier, Faster, and Less Expensive Than You Think by Tonya Harris (Aug. 3, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-7282-2535-7). Nutritionist Harris offers advice for creating a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Ten Speed

House Story: Insider Secrets to the Perfect Home Renovation by Jasmine Roth (Sept. 28, $35, ISBN 978-1-9848-5917-4). The host of HGTV’s Hidden Potential explains how to plan a home renovation and gives tips on how to achieve the desired look on a tight budget.


How Magicians Think: Misdirection, Deception, and Why Magic Matters by Joshua Jay (Sept. 14, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-5235-0743-6). Magician Jay reveals the craft of magic by describing the psychology of illusions, how illusions are made, and the personalities who create them.



Midlife Bites: Anyone Else Falling Apart, or Is It Just Me? by Jen Mann (Jan. 4, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-15851-7). The author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat shares observations about going through a midlife crisis, including dealing with hormones, having sex after 40, learning to make new friends, and having conversations that count.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times Won’t Last but Tough People Will: 101 Stories about Overcoming Life’s Challenges by Amy Newmark (Nov. 2, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61159-076-0) details stories from real people about overcoming adversity, including financial and health difficulties and recovering from personal crises.

Chronicle Prism

Senbazuru: One Thousand Steps to Happiness, Fold by Fold by Michael James Wong (Sept. 28, $26.50, ISBN 978-1-7972-1367-5) uses the Japanese tradition of senbazuru—folding 1,000 paper cranes in a year—as a guide for slowing down and taking small steps to achieve happiness.


The Extraordinary Gift of Being Ordinary: Finding Happiness Right Where You Are by Ronald D. Siegel (Jan. 22, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4625-3835-5). Psychologist Siegel investigates the habit of endless self-evaluation and offers exercises to help readers stop obsessing about how they measure up.

Hachette Go

How to Make Mistakes on Purpose: Bring Chaos to Your Order by Laurie Rosenwald (Nov. 9, $24, ISBN 978-0-306-92516-0) reveals approaches to coming up with ideas through creativity hacks and prompts based on giving up perfectionism, letting one’s mind wander freely, and creating space for randomness.


Fierce Love: A Bold Path to a Better Life and a Better World by Jacqui Lewis (Nov. 9, $27, ISBN 978-0-593-23386-3). Minister Lewis lays out nine daily practices for breaking through tribalism and fostering kindness, compassion, and inclusive thinking.

Harper Wave

Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk about Race—and How to Do It by Celeste Headlee (Nov. 2, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-309815-2). PBS host and journalist Headlee, a self-described “light-skinned Black Jew,” draws on personal experience and research on bias, communication, and neuroscience to provide advice and insight on how to talk about race.

Health Communications

Next Chance You: Tools, Tips, and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life by Brittany Wagner (Sept. 7, $15.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7573-2402-4) provides strategies to help readers overcome obstacles, develop a growth mindset, and view every day as an opportunity.


Plan and Organize Your Life: Achieve Your Goals by Creating Intentional Habits and Routines for Success by Beatrice Naujalyte (Sept. 14, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-64250-677-8). The Bliss Bean YouTuber Naujalyte advises readers on how to get organized, embrace simple habits, and work one’s way toward self-improvement by developing routines.


From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur Brooks (Jan. 11, $27, ISBN 978-0-593-19148-4). The Harvard professor and Atlantic columnist argues that by focusing on core priorities—such as detachment from empty rewards, and connection and service to others—readers can find happiness during the later stages of life.


Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Right to a Creative Life in a Too-Busy World by Eve Rodsky (Dec. 28, $27, ISBN 978-0-593-32801-9) explores how to carve out time for oneself, even within the busiest work-from-home or remote school schedule.

Rowman & Littlefield

The Self-Esteem Regime: An Action Plan for Becoming the Confident Person You Were Meant to Be by Clarissa Burt (Nov. 11, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5381-5269-0). Supermodel and actor Burt shares personal stories, case studies, and affirmations to help women build self-confidence.


How to Be Fearless in 7 Simple Steps by Jessica Hagy (Aug. 17, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-63217-368-3). The creator of the webcomic Indexed pairs charts and graphs with her personal explorations of fear to unpack where the emotion comes from and how to move past it.

Sounds True

All the Time in the World: Learn to Control Your Experience of Time to Live a Life Without Limitations by Lisa Broderick (Oct. 26, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-68364-797-3) offers exercises based on research into the physics, metaphysics, and psychology of time to help readers develop a deeper awareness of how time passes.


Ganbatte! The Japanese Art of Always Moving Forward by Albert Liebermann (Aug. 31, $14.99, ISBN 978-4-8053-1654-2) explains the Japanese philosophy of doing the best one can with what’s available, and shows how such a perspective can foster resilience, fulfillment, and happiness.

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