A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness (Jan., $21.95) by Kathleen A. Hall suggests that the key to happiness lies in creating a balance between who you are and what you do. The Power of Charm: How to Make People Feel Wonderful About Themselves in Your Presence (May, $TBD) by Brian Tracy and Ron Arden advises on how to be warm, friendly, likeable and charming by practicing techniques used by influential people. A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses: Dealing with Bullies, Idiots, Back-Stabbers, and Other Managers from Hell (Nov., $15 paper) by Gini Graham Scott provides practical advice for coping with supervisors who are mean, incompetent, unethical and worse. The Warrior Mind: Ancient Wisdom from the Martial Arts for Living a More Powerful Life (Nov., $14.95 paper) by Jim Pritchard reveals how the right mental discipline makes it possible to face any challenge with grace and strength.
Daniel Goleman's book on E.I. started small but grew huge, with five million copies now in print. And now there is Goleman's Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition (Sept., $17 paper), with a new resources section for Web sites, books, organizations and other projects in the field of E.I. studies. Why Your Life Sucks: And What You Can Do About It (Nov., $14 paper) by Alan Cohen is a no-hype roadmap to change that has sold 60,000 copies in a small press edition. Retirement for Two: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive Together as Long as You Both Shall Live (Nov., $14 paper) by Maryanne Vandervelde explores the many nonfinancial issues couples face during their post-work years. Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Dec., $14 paper) by Delleruth Naparstek offers a program of recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder. Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure (Mar., $14 paper) by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan continues the sort of advice for home improvement found on the author's apartmenttherapy.com Web log. No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Apr., $TBD paper) by Deborah Jay is a compassionate guide aimed at the families and friends of alcohol and drug abusers.
The Highest Goal: The Secret That Sustains You in Every Moment (Nov., $14.95 paper) by Stanford Business School's Michael Ray combines practical analysis, spiritual motivation and creativity for problem-solving life's everyday issues. The Laws of Lifetime Growth: Always Make Your Future Bigger Than Your Past (Mar., $19.95) by Dan Sullivan and Catherine Nomura distills years of self-improvement coaching into ten "laws" that will put readers in charge of their futures.
It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Breakup Buddy (Sept., $19.95) by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt is a how-to about failed romance from the comedian who wrote He's Just Not That into You.The Renaissance Soul: Life Designs for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One (Jan., $19.95) by Margaret Lobenstine tackles life-planning for dynamic, change-loving personalities. When Panic Attacks: The New Drug-Free Anxiety Treatments That Can Change Your Life by David Burns, M.D., shows readers how to recognize cognitive distortions that cause fears and then make changes to their underlying mindset. The Joy of Doing Things Badly: A Girl's Guide to Love, Life, and Foolish Bravery (Apr., $17.95) by Veronica Chambers grew out of an article in O Magazine that counseled women to quit striving for perfection and simply live boldly.
A Weekend to Change Your Life: Find Your Authentic Self After a Lifetime of Being All Things to All People (Apr., $23.95) by Joan Anderson encourages women to become what they need to be for themselves, not for others. Psychologists George Pratt and Peter Lambrou explore the emerging field of Thought Field Therapy and its help in treating emotional issues in Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions (Jan., $14 paper). A Message to My Sisters: Reclaiming the Strength and Heritage of the African American Sisterhood (Feb., $12.95 paper) by the Rev. Arlene Churn suggests ways that black women can fortify themselves through community and group-lifting power. How to determine if you've found the right mate? Barbara and Allan Pease give tips, hints and clues in Are You Made for Each Other? The Relationship Quiz Book (Dec., $9.95 paper). An authority on women and stress offers advice in It's Not You, It's Him: The Zero-Tolerance Approach to Dating (Jan., $21.95) by Georgia Witkin, a doctor at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Live Strong: Inspirational Stories from Cancer Survivors-From Diagnosis to Treatment and Beyond (Sept., $19.95) by the Lance Armstrong Foundation is a compilation of 25 personal accounts from cancer survivors culled from hours of videotaped interviews.
Conari Press (dist. by Red Wheel)
Just as important as a good breakfast is good spiritual nutrition, says Hugh Prather in Morning Notes: 365 Meditations to Wake You Up (Oct., $14.95 paper), which gives a meditation for each day of the year. All We Have Is All We Need (May, $9.95 paper) by Karen Casey also gives the reader 365 touchstones-brief reminders of things that can be done on a daily basis to bring peace to our lives. In the Letting Go: Words to Heal on the Death of a Mother and On Love Alone: Words to Heal on the Death of a Father (Mar., $11.95 each paper) both by Jonathon Lazear contain quotations and reflections on the death of parents and are meant to bring solace during a time of mourning.
Connections (dist. by Red Wheel)
Serenity Runes: Five Keys to Spiritual Recovery (Sept., $16.95) by Ralph Blum with Susan Lougham and Bronwyn Jones is a stone-and-book pack with instructions, commentaries and a cloth bag for safe-keeping of the stones.
"Irreverent" self-help is the byword at Da Capo this season. Tips on how to weather the break-up storm can be found in Anita Jane Grossman and Flint Wainess's tongue-in-cheek guide It's Not Me, It's You: The Ultimate Book of Breakups (Feb., $18), a guide to dumping and being dumped, which links with a Web site on a similar subject, breakupnews.com. A new paperback series launches in November with titles about three of life's particularly stressful situations: Staying Sane When Family Comes to Visit ($12.95); Staying Sane When You're Quitting Smoking ($12.95) and Staying Sane When You're Dieting ($12.95). The writing team of Pamela Brodowsky and Evelyn Fazio authored all three. Stephen Schneider's The Patient from Hell (Oct., $25) advocates that patients take charge of their own medical care, even if it means ticking off their doctor. The Why Are We Here Café (May, $12.95) by John Strelecky, which has sold steadily in a self-published edition, provides a fable designed to get readers thinking about their own personal reason for being. Fashion designer Dana Buchman's A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities (Mar., $21.95) is an exploration of her daughter's ongoing struggle with a learning disability and the way it has affected the entire family. Twelve years after its first publication, Hope Edelman's steady seller Motherless Daughters (Feb., $15.95 paper), about coming to grips with "mother loss," has been expanded and updated for the first time since the book's original appearance.
Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Depression During Pregnancy (Sept., $23) by Shaila Kulkarni Misri, M.D., explores the different facets of pregnancy- and conception-triggered depression.
A positive view of TV-watching is put forth in TV Therapy: The Television Guide to Life (Sept., $14 paper) by Beverly West and Jason Bergund, which asserts that television-watching is remote-control therapy. Da Vinci Decoded: Discovering the Spiritual Secrets of Leonardo's Seven Principles (Sept., $10 paper) by Michael J. Gelb translates the principles underlying Leonardo's work and life into a program for spiritual and creative fulfillment.
Dreams Shared Publications
Inspired by the suicide of his brother, Jeff Alt wrote A Hike for Mike: An Uplifting Adventure Across the Sierra Nevada for Depression Awareness (Sept., $14.95 paper), which tells about encounters the author and his wife had while walking the 218-mile John Muir Trail.
Building on his Family First message, Dr. Phil's McGraw's newest, TheFamily First Workbook-Specific Tools, Strategies and Skills for Creating a Phenomenal Family (Sept., $13.95 paper) gives parents the concrete tools they need to help their children develop into fulfilled adults. The trade paper edition of Dr. Phil's Family First-Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family hit the stores in Sept. ($15). A plan for personal empowerment, especially for women trapped in toxic relationships, is offered up by Dr. Steven Stosny in You Don't Have to Take It Anymore-Turn Your Resentful, Angry, or Emotionally Abusive Relationship into a Compassionate, Loving One (Jan., $25). The breakup of female friendship and its painful aftermath is the subject of Liz Pryor's What Did I Do Wrong? When Girlfriends Don't Tell Each Other Why It's Over (Apr., $19.95).
Based on cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, The Bipolar Workbook (Feb., $18.95 paper) by Monica Basco offers hands-on resources for sufferers of this chronic mental illness. Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most out of Life (Apr., $40 cloth/$17.95 paper) by Kim T. Mueser and Susan Gingerich emphasizes ways that patients and their families can manage symptoms even though the underlying disorder can't be cured. Just in time for winter comes the revised and expanded edition of Winter Blues (Oct., $15.95 paper) by Norman E. Rosenthal, a guide for dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Among the additions are updates on recent remedies and advances.
Making a Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance (Oct., $24) by Daniel G. Amen is a guide for becoming the healthiest and best person you can be. Ambivalence in relationships isn't harmful and can even be useful, says Alon Gratch in If Love Could Think: Using Your Mind to Guide Your Heart (Oct., $23). Helping readers understand and combat worry is the goal of Robert L. Leahy in The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You (Nov., $24.95). Breaking free of Puritan moderation is the underlying idea behind Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living (Dec., $18.95) by Roger Housden. The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things: Fourteen Natural Steps to Health and Happiness (Feb., $24.95) by Larry Dossey discusses low-tech remedies for everything that ails us. The Power of Purpose: Living Well by Doing Good (Feb., $24) by Peter S. Temes suggest that meaning in life derives from thinking of others first. Six Lessons for Six Sons: An Extraordinary Father, A Simple Formula for Success (Mar., $23) by Joe Massengale and David Clow tells the rags-to-riches story of an African-American family from Texas over the course of 100 years. Putting Your Heart on the Line: Everything You Need to Know Before You Commit (May, $23) by Mira Kirshenbaum strives to help readers know whether they should commit to their chosen relationship.
A follow-up to Motherless Daughters, about to be released in a new edition (see Da Capo), Hope Edelman's new work, Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become (May, $25.95) takes the next step in the motherless journey to explore how maternal loss affects a woman when she takes on the challenge of parenthood. In her seventh book, syndicated radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger delivers advice on how get over the awful things that happened in your early years in Bad Childhood-Good Life: How to Blossom and Thrive in Spite of an Unhappy Childhood (Jan., $24.95). From a respected personality on Spanish-language TV, Maria Antonieta Collins, comes Como Lidiar con los Ex (Dec., $19.95), a guide that delves into the world of ex-husbands and ex-wives (and ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends) to help readers find ways to cope with the painful situations that inevitably arise.
The End of Karma: 40 Days to Perfect Peace, Tranquility, and Joy (Oct., $17.95) by Singh Khaisa presents a 40-day program for enlightenment. Trust Your Vibes at Work, and Let Them Work for You (Nov., $19.95) is a guide to easing people's career paths by Sonia Choquette, an "intuitive" consultant. Spirit-Centered Relationships: Experiencing Greater Love and Harmony Through the Power of Presencing (Jan., $17.95) by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks counsels readers on ways to achieve a sense of body-spirit, which will allow relationships to flourish; includes CD. Saying Yes to Change: Essential Wisdom for Your Journey (Jan., $17) by Joan Z. Borysenko and Gordon F. Dveirin is a guide to the process of change, incorporating the philosophies of the world's great wisdom traditions; includes CD. The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent: Living the Art of Allowing (Jan., $24.95) by Esther and Jerry Hicks presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham. The Way of the Belly: 8 Essential Secrets of Beauty, Sensuality, Health, Happiness, and Outrageous Fun (Jan., $24.95) by Neena & Veena with Nancy Bruning considers the actual and symbolic center of people's essence to be the belly, and takes it from there; includes CD.
Love…What's Personality Got to Do With It? Working at Love to Make Love Work (Feb., $14.95 paper) by Carol Ritberger considers the role of personality in relationships. Changing Patterns: Discovering the Fabric of Your Creativity (Feb., $13.95 paper) by Daena Giardella and Wren Ross is by two artistic pioneers whose goal is to help others unleash their own creative potential. Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling (Feb., $24.95) by Wayne W. Dyer offers a blueprint for living an inspired life. Transcendent Beauty: It Begins With a Single Choice…to Be! (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Crystal Andrus coaches readers to let themselves shine. The Harmony of Health: Sound Relaxation for Mind, Body, and Spirit (Apr., $17.95) by Don Campbell contains a five-day program to bring readers to a sense of well-being and peace; includes CD. Squeeze the Day: 365 Ways to Bring Joy and Juice Into Your Life (Apr., $14.95) by Loretta LaRoche is a guide to better living. Spiraling Through the School of Life: A Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Exploration (May, $19.95) by actress and motivational speaker Diane Ladd touches on subjects critical to happiness: health, love, family, and emotional well-being. Everything I Know I Learned the Hard Way...And How You Don't Have To: The Amazing Power of Discovering That You Don't Need to Suffer to Grow (May, $14.95 paper) by Denise Linn is an interactive guide to rising above the past and getting motivated for a productive future.
Hay House/Smiley Books
Never Mind Success-Go for Greatness! The Best Advice I've Ever Received (Jan., $8.95 paper) as told to Tavis Smiley is an inspirational collection of media host Tavis Smiley's best advice on subjects ranging from careers and money to overcoming obstacles and realizing your dreams.
The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough: The Authorized Biography of the Co-founder of Al-Anon (Oct., $24.95) by William G. Borchert tells the story of the wife of the founder of AA and her subsequent work with the allied Al-Anon. Clean: A New Generation in Recovery Speaks Out (Sept., $12.95 paper) by MTV's Chris Beckman blends memoir with frank talk about what's really going on in schools, cars, malls, and wherever else kids come in contact with drugs and alcohol. 52 Weeks of Esteemable Acts: A Guide to Right Living (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Francine Ward is a program of action designed by a woman who transformed her own life of addiction, crime and dysfunction into one of remarkable integrity, service and achievement through the practice of esteemable acts. Meth: America's Home-Cooked Menace-How a Lethal Drug Is Devastating Our Communities and What's Being Done About It (Oct., $12.95 paper) by Dirk Johnson examines the methamphetamine pandemic and describes successful national, state and local efforts to fight meth production and prevent addiction. Pain-Free Living for Drug-Free People: A Guide to Pain Management in Recovery (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Marvin D. Seppala and David P. Martin is a guidebook for recovering people, caregivers and medical professionals who need timely and trustworthy information in order to make safe decisions about pain control.
How Happy Families Happen: 6 Steps to Bringing Emotional and Spiritual Health into Your Home (Feb., $12.95 paper) by Audrey Ricker with Robert E. Calmes and Lynn Wiese Sneyd is a "home improvement" book based on more than 30 years of research on American families. Dying to Be Free: Suicide, Survivors, and Healing (Feb., $12.95 paper) by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch incorporates achingly honest accounts of dealing with the suicide of loved ones into an examination of the silence and stigma surrounding suicide. Quit Before You Know It: The Stress-Free, Guilt-Free Way to Stop Smoking-By Planning Your Relapses (Jan., $12.95 paper) by Sandra Rutter offers a method to take the stress out of trying to quit by removing the prospect of failure.Still Waters: Sobriety, Atonement, and Unfolding Enlightenment (Mar., $12.95 paper) by William Alexanderleads readers through the deeply personal twists and turns of the author's spiritual reckoning and eventual reawakening years after he quit drinking. Spilled Gravy: Advice on Love, Life, and Acceptance from a Man Uniquely Unqualified to Give It (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Ed Driscoll is the comedian's running commentary about the entertainment business, personal ads, and how the "career gravy" began flowing again once he became sober. Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Abusive Behavior (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Charlie Donaldson and Randy Flood with Elaine Eldridge shows men how to identify the distorted thinking that fuels chronic anger and lead to abusive behavior.
The Sacred Purpose of Being Human: A Journey Through the 12 Principles of Wholeness (Sept., $13.95 paper) by Jacquelyn Small blends ancient wisdom and modern science to awaken readers to the personal transformation that precedes spiritual awakening. Germ Freak Guide: Guerilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work and in the World (Sept., $11.95 paper) by Allison Janse with Charles Gerba gives readers the lowdown on how to avoid the common cold and survive the flu season with sanity intact. Based on the cult film by the same name, What the Bleep Do We Know: Discovering the Possibilities for Altering Your Every Day Reality (Nov., $26.95) by William Arntz and Betsy Chasse with Jack Forem and the help of 14 leading quantum physicists, scientists and spiritual thinkers asks readers to ask themselves the Great Questions. The Power of Focus for College Students: How to Make College the Best Investment of Your Life (Nov., $12.95 paper) by Les Hewitt, Andrew Hewitt and Luc D'Abadie contains key focusing strategies for students who want to become successful. The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge: Transforming Your Relationship With Money (Nov., $14.95) uses Scrooge's miserly existence to exhibit how people have become trapped by their own "money scripts" and offers advice on how to make money their servant rather than their master. Congratulations on Your Divorce: The Road to Finding Your Happily Ever After (Nov., $12.95 paper) by Amy Botwinick guides women cheerfully through the treacherous paths of divorce and into a life of renewed joy. The Passion Principle: Discover Your Personal Passion Signature and the Secrets to Deeper Relationships (Feb., $12.95 paper) by Donna LaBlanc categorizes the types of person with a passion signature and then sets up a doable program for them to live their lives as passionately as possible.
How to Be Like John Wooden: Life Lessons from Basketball's Greatest Leader (Mar., $14.95) by Pat Williams and Dave Wimbish is based on more than a thousand interviews with one of the most influential and greatest hero's in basketball. The Senior Organizer: Personal, Medical, Legal, Financial (Apr., $16.95 paper) by Debby S. Bitticks, Lynn Bensen, Dorothy K. Beininger is a resource for keeping important information easily organized and readily accessible. Meditations for Reclaiming Your Authenticity (Apr., $9.95) by Lee McCormack is a meditation journal in the spirit of AA's "90 in 90" (ninety meetings in ninety) and will aid readers in recovery explore themselves and reclaim their true selves. The Ten Commitments: Translating Good Intentions into Great Choices (May, $16.95 hardcover) by David Simon, cofounder of the Chopra Center, shows how changing our mindset from commandments to personal commitments can help us make the life transformations we have always wanted. The Way Out: The Gay Man's Guide to Freedom Even if You're in Denial, Closeted, Half In, Half Out, Just Out or Been Around the Block (May, $12.95) by Christopher Nutter gives gay men point-by-point advice on how they can thrive in society as homosexuals and retain their individuality. I Hate Filing: Make Organization Second Nature So You Can Concentrate on Life (May, $14.95 paper) by Sharon Mann takes organization past drab details and gives this important chore some sparkle and pizzazz.
HCI/Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Book of Christmas Virtues: Inspirational Stories to Warm the Heart (Sept., $19.95) by Jack Canfield et al. celebrates the positive aspects of a season too often consumed by material pursuits. Chicken Soup for the Girl's Soul: Real Stories by Real Girls About Real Stuff (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. promotes positive self-image, positive thinking, giving to others, unity and tolerance. Chicken Soup for the Latter-day Saint Soul: 101 Stories Celebrating the Faith and Family of Latter-day Saints (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. contains original stories for the five million Latter-day Saints in the U.S. Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul: Stories of Canine Companionship, Comedy, and Courage (Oct., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. is the first Chicken Soup book to address dog lovers. Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul: Stories of Feline Affection, Mystery and Charm (Oct., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. contains stories about the unique bond between cat lovers and their companions. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Real Deal: Friends (Nov., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. gives teens the real scoop on the ups and downs of friendship. Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul: Daily Inspirations (Dec., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. delivers a pocket-sized support group for everyone on the path to becoming whole. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Daily Inspirations for Women (Dec., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. delivers bite-sized stories to start every day of the year off right.
Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul 2: Stories of Faith, Hope and Healing (Jan., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. uses stories to offer hope, support and inspiration to Christians of all denominations. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Women Who Love Horses-Inspirational Tales of Passion, Achievement and Devotion (Feb., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. is a follow-up to the surprise hit Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul. Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul Too: Real Stories by Real Kids (Feb., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. covers what's on preteens' minds and in their hearts. Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Asthma (Feb., $4.99 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. shows people how to prevent asthma flare-ups, support loved ones and not let this condition negatively impact their lives. Chicken Soup Healthy Living Series: Stress (Feb., $4.99 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. gives people the basic tools they need to slow down, breathe deep and enjoy everything life has to offer. Chicken Soup Health Living Series: Diabetes (Feb., $4.99 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. explains what causes diabetes, how to prevent it and how to live with it once you've developed the condition.
From the author of Women Who Think Too Much comes another advice-packed tome for women in distress, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema's Eating, Drinking, Overthinking: The Toxic Triangle of Food, Alcohol, and Depression-and How Women Can Break Free (Jan., $24),
Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents: How to Help, How to Survive (Jan., $16 paper) by Claire Berman is a thoroughly revised edition of the guide to caring for aging parents.
After the Storm: Healing After Trauma, Tragedy and Terror (Dec., $14.95 paper) by Kendall Johnson is a guide for helping people rebuild their futures after trauma. Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection: The All-Natural, Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, and Improving Skin Tone (Jan., $8.95 paper) by Shawn M. Talbott offers a "metabolic makeover" program for beautiful skin via the latest advances in nutritional biochemistry. Living Well in a Nursing Home: Everything You and Your Folks Need to Know (Jan., $14.95 paper) by Xenia Vosen and Lynn Dickinson is an upbeat guide that shows how to make the nursing home experience a time of support, companionship and new opportunities. How to Love Your Marriage: Making Your Closest Relationship Work (Feb., $13.95 paper) by Eve Eschner gives couples the tools to maintain a loving relationship in spite of the obstacles placed along the marriage path. To Bed or Not to Bed: What Men Want, What Women Want, How Great Sex Happens (Feb., $14.95) by Vera Bodansky and Steve Bodansky is a saucy guide that presents specific information on how to use gender differences to create more pleasure and intimacy in bed and elsewhere.
Advice from a woman who's been there is the premise of Jeanne Bice's Pull Yourself Up By Your Bra Straps: And Other Quacker Wisdom (Sept., $20), which serves up the author's hard-won "quacker crumbs" for dealing with life's difficult situations. Are You Ready to Succeed? Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life (Jan., $24.95) by Srikumar Rao is based on Rao's popular courses at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. Actress Tonya Pinkins shows readers techniques and exercises that can help them develop their own processes for obtaining their goals in Get Over Yourself! How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve (Jan., $23.95). Jillian Straus takes on the hordes of young unmarried who aren't happy about their single status in Unhooked Generation: The Truth About Why We're Still Single (Feb., $21.95). Lies at the Altar (Apr., $24.95) by Robin Smith advises both married and about-to-be married couples on how to build a happy, healthy and long-lasting marriage. The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are (Jan., $16 paper) by Danny Gregory draws on the author's own experiences rebuilding his life after tragedy to show readers how they too can incorporate creativity and art into their lives. The Daring Female's Guide to Ecstatic Living: 30 Dares for a More Gutsy and Fulfilling Life (Mar., $12.95 paper) is an inspirational guide for women who want to live life to the fullest. Natasha Munson continues as the advice guru for black women in Spiritual Lessons for My Sisters: How to Get Over the Drama and Live Your Best Life (May, $11.95 paper), which lays out strategies for getting rid of the negative forces that hold women back. Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness (Jan., $15.95 paper) by Jon Kabbat-Zinn shows readers how to use mindfulness to change their lives and the world.
Written from the perspective that every woman is capable of handling life on her own, Cynthia MacGregor and Robert E. Alberti's After Your Divorce: Creating the Good Life on Your Own (Nov., $16.95 paper) presents straightforward advice.
The Secrets of Happily Married Men: Eight Ways to Win Your Wife's Heart Forever (Jan., $22.95) by Scott Haltzman and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo reveals the strategies and secrets of men whose marriages are strong and solid. Who would think that Reptiles in Love (Mar., $22.95) would provide insight into ways to end destructive fights and improve emotional closeness? Don Ferguson's book, subtitled How to Escape Your Primitive Brain and Evolve Toward Greater Intimacy, asserts that they will. Enough About You, Let's Talk About Me: How to Recognize and Manage the Narcissists in Your Life (Sept., $21.95 paper) by Les Carter provides help on how to deal effectively with highly self-absorbed people. Enough Is Enough! Stop Enduring and Start Living Your Extraordinary Life (Sept., $22.95) by Jane Straus holds the readers' hand while pushing them to break free of their fears and go after the life they really want. Because there are so few rules nowadays and so many unusual situations, Nance Guilmartin provides a comprehensive, sensitive guide for difficult times in Healing Conversations: What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say (Mar., $14.95 paper).
Magic of Midlife
Karla Freeman, a therapist, draws on her many years in practice to address the issues aging boomers face in Creating Magic in Midlife: 101 Questions and Answers to Reinvent Your Work, Relationships and Life! (Oct., $15 paper).
"Dogs are natural meditators," says James Jacobson, the author, with Kristine Chandler Madera, of How to Meditate With Your Dog: An Introduction to Meditation for Dog Lovers (Oct., $16.95 hardcover), which also teaches that "life is a bowl of liver snacks."
Robert Hatch and William Hatch, now grown men, interviewed many famous people when they just young boys. In The Hero Project (Oct., $14.95 paper) the brothers reflect on how they did it. Watch your favorite movie and improve your life! First, get some guidance from Reel Fulfillment: A 12-Step Plan for Transforming Your Life Through Movies (Oct., $16.95 paper) by Maria Grace. Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for Adults with ADD to Get on the Right Track (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Judith Greenbaum and Geraldine Markel is filled with tools and strategies for managing the issues adults with ADD face daily. Taking on what it calls the "disease of please," The Book of No (Dec., $14.95 paper) by Susan Newman urges people to learn to say NO. Mothers aren't all bad, especially if you know how to handle them, says Sandra Reishus in Oh, No! I've Become My Mother: How to Outwit the "Mom Gene" and Have the Life You Want (Jan., $14.95 paper). Getting Control of Your Anger (Jan., $19.95) by Robert Allan presents a three-step program for getting to the root of inherited anger patterns and resolving them constructively. Shine: A Powerful 4-Step Plan for Becoming a Star in Anything You Do (Mar., $15.95 paper) by Larry Thompson is optimistic that anyone can become a star in everyday life and offers advice on how to achieve that goal.
New World Library
Insights about the meaning of life gleaned from ordinary people via an online forum evolved into David Seaman's The Real Meaning of Life (Sept. $14 paper), which collects the best and most interesting responses.
Live Well Now: Dr. David Demko's Anti-Aging Plan to "Youth'n" Your Life (Oct., $18.95 paper) by Dr. David Demko, a gerontologist, outlines an interactive anti-aging plan and simple strategies to slow the aging process.
North Atlantic Books
Ritual as Resource: Healing Energy for Vibrant Living (Nov., $16.95 paper) by Michael Picucci shows that ritual can be a potent therapeutic tool for healing difficult emotional traumas. Cultural Addiction: The Greenspirit Twelve Steps to Recovery (Feb., $16.95 paper) by Albert J. LaChance uses the AA model to foster a sense of community in individuals as they heal themselves. The Power of I Am: Creating a New World of Enlightened Personal Interaction (Jan., $15.95 paper) combines principles from body-centered awareness, spiritual and scientific techniques, mindfulness and internal martial arts to teach personal empowerment in difficult situations. The Craft of the Warrior (Jan., $15.95 paper) by Robert Spencer uses teachings from Carlos Castaneda, Dan Millman, Gurdjief and others to teach its lessons on the development of spiritual power.
Oxford University Press
Self-Help, Inc.: Makeover Culture in American Life (Sept., $29.95) by Micki McGee shows how the explosion of self-help books and makeover programs in recent years can be tied to declining economic circumstances and decreased job security.
Put on Your Crown: The Black Woman's Guide to Living Single… and Christian (Apr., $19 paper) by Sheron C. Patterson, a TV personality, aims to empower single Christian women to love themselves even then whey feel unlovable because they are single. Originally published in 1992, Inner Healing for Broken Vessels: A Domestic Violence Survival Guide (Feb., $15 paper) by Linda H. Hollies follows the healing process of the author as she recovered from childhood incest to move forward with her life.
In a sort of follow-up to his What Should I Do with My Life?, Po Bronson traveled the world in search of extraordinary wisdom from ordinary people who overcame adversity to rebuild family relationships. He reports his findings in Why Do I Love These People? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families (Nov., $24.95). Larry Ackerman's The Identity Code: The 8 Essential Questions for Finding Your Purpose and Place in the World (Jan., $21.95) is a secular answer to A Purpose-Driven Life, laying out the eight questions people must answer to find their true identities. The most difficult relationships to navigate are not those between men and women but between mothers and daughters, says Deborah Tannen in You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation (Jan., $25.95). Carol S. Dweck, an expert in motivation and developmental psychology, looks at how the simple act of changing our mindset can precipitate dramatic improvements in our lives in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Mar., $23.95).
Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget (Sept., $24.95) by Marianne J. Legato explores the neuroscientific reasons behind age-old disputes and provides a guide to resolving those differences. Drama Kings: The Men Who Drive Strong Women Crazy (Nov., $23.95) by Dalma Heyn examines the trend of high-achieving women pairing off with weaker men. What Should I Do When I Want to Do Everything? (Mar., $24.95) by Barbara Sher helps readers get the life they want by encouraging them to do all the things they love. In Control: No More Snapping at Your Family, Sulking at Work, Steaming in the Grocery Line, Seething in Meetings, Stuffing your Frustration (Mar., $24.95) by Redford Williams and Virginia Williams is a guide to handling any situation and coming out on top without losing your cool. Healing the Heart of Conflict: 8 Crucial Steps to Making Peace with Yourself and Others (Oct., $15.95 paper) by Marc Gopin provides important steps for making peace with the world. No Opportunity Wasted: Creating a List for Life (Apr., $13.95 paper) by Phil Keoghan and Warren Berger examines eight ways to get the kind of life you want.
Cancer? Divorce? Bankruptcy? Humorist Jan King gives readers a clear plan for rising above any tough situation to emerge stronger than ever in Bouncing Back: Rebound from Life's Challenges with Humor, Grace and Style (Apr., $12.95 paper). Food for Talk: Bringing Families Together One Conversation at a Time (Apr., $14.95 box with cards) by Julienne Smith launches a new series called Recipes for Living with this kit of tips for family unity. This first title is an adaptation of a previously self-published project. Fail Better (Apr., $8.95 paper) by Herter Studio is a book of inspirational quotes and amusing anecdotes about famous people chosen to show how the road to success is always paved with failures.
You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After the Loss of a Parent (Sept.; $16.99 cloth, paper $8.99) by Lynne Hughes grew out of Hughes's innovative project for grieving kids called Comfort Zone Camp, a safe place for children to grieve.
Seven Rivers Press
Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear Into Vibrance, Strength, and Love (Sept., $14 paper) by Judith Orloff explains the new field of energy psychiatry and offers advice for putting its insights to work. The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life (Sept., $14 paper) by Deepak Chopra shows readers how to find the mysterious core inside of us all. Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber: Exploring the Effect of Anxiety on Our Brains and Our Culture (Nov., $12 paper) by Richard Restak explores the science of anxiety, from everyday discomforts to post-traumatic stress disorder. Change Your Life in Seven Days: The World's Leading Hypnotist Shows You How (Dec., $12.95 paper) by Paul McKenna offers an easy-to-follow program to self-hypnotism and change. The Dewey Color System for Relationships: The Ultimate Compatibility Test for Love, Friendship, and Career Success (Dec., $14 paper) by Dewey Sadka uses Sadka's Dewey Color System to reveal how compatible you are with other color types in personal and professional relationships. The Exquisite Risk: Daring to Live an Authentic Life (Feb., $13.95 paper) by Mark Nepo is a guide to a life of risk, which, the author says, is what opens people up to love. The Likeability Factor: How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve Your Life's Dreams (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Tim Sanders teaches what politicians instinctively know: being likeable makes you a winner. The Weekend Marriage: Everything Harried Marrieds Need to Know About Love and Romance (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Mira Kirshenbaum addresses busy people with limited free time who want to have happier, healthier marriages.
No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva (Nov., $24.95) by Pema Chodron is a friendly guide to compassionate living by an American Buddhist nun whose books sales stand at one million copies.
Simon & Schuster
A follow-up to Why Men Love Bitches,Why Men Marry Bitches: From "I Might" to "I Do"-A Woman's Guide to Winning Her Man's Heart (May, $14.95 paper) by Sherry Argov serves up humor-laced advice for women who want to get to the altar. VoiceMale: What Husbands Really Think About Their Marriages, Their Wives, Sex, Housework, and Commitment (Jan., $23) by Neil Chethik takes on matters big and small to dispel dangerous myths that create distrust between men and women. Faith in God is a prerequisite for T. Byram Karasu as he explains to readers how to find happiness and contentment in one's life in The Spirit of Happiness: Discovering God's Purpose for Your Life (Feb., $25). Country music singer Naomi Judd follows up her Naomi's Breakthrough Guide with Naomi's Guide to Aging Gracefully: Being Your Best for the Rest of Your Life (Apr., $23), which targets aging boomers with its advice on how to age well.
Skinner House Books (dist. by Red Wheel)
Beyond Absence: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings on Death and Remembrance (Nov., $15 paper) by Edward Searl is a collection of poems that confront death in a comforting manner, aimed at baby boomers whose parents are passing away.
Ten Speed Press
Flings, Frolics, and Forever Afters: A Single Woman's Guide to Romance After Fifty (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Katherine E. Chaddock and Emilie Chaddock Egan is a how-to built on an eight-step plan, written by divorced and widowed fifty-something sisters.
Trumpeter Books (dist. by Shambala)
Relationship guru John Welwood offers a literary exploration of love in Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart (Dec., $19.95).
University of Notre Dame Press
William O'Rourke wrote On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir (Apr., $18 paper) after surviving a heart attack and discovering almost nothing written about the experience from a patient's point of view, which he set out to remedy with details about what the experience feels like to live through.
The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life (Sept., $24.95) by Ken Dychtwald and Daniel J. Kadlec is aimed at baby boomers who are interested in a new model of living for the second half of their lives. Boundary Issues: Using Boundary Intelligence to Get the Intimacy You Want and the Independence You Need in Life, Love, and Work (Oct., $24.95) by Jane Adams takes the tack that strong boundaries make good relationships. Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and Overcome Your Shame (Mar., $24.95) by Beverly Engel contains a comprehensive plan for a happier life. We the People's Guide to Divorce: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Reaching an Agreement with Your Spouse and Getting a Hassle-Free Divorce (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Ira Distenfield and Linda Distenfield allows people to dispense with help from expensive lawyers. Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: How to Move Beyond Your Past to Create an Abuse-Free Future (Dec., $14.95 paper) by Beverly Engel provides guidance in stopping and recovering from abuse.
Wiley: for Dummies
Anxiety & Depression Workbook for Dummies (Nov., $19.99 paper) by Charles H. Elliott and Laura L. Smith contains practical exercises and action plans to help people overcome anxiety and depression. Acne for Dummies (Jan., $16.99 paper) by Herbert P. Goodheart addresses the causes of acne and discusses ways to manage and treat it. Understanding Autism for Dummies (Mar., $TBA paper) by Stephen Shore and Linda Rastelli explains the various types of autism, the latest therapies, success stories and lists resources. Living Gluten-Free for Dummies (Apr., $19.99 paper) by Danna Korn includes recipes and tips on shopping and eating out.