Where’s the envy button? Not only do French women not get fat, they also age well—presumably like French wine and cheese. French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude by Mireille Guiliano is certain to attract readers of Guiliano’s previous bestseller disclosing the secrets of chic and thin French women; millions of aging baby boomer women will enlarge the potential readership, bien sûr.
Fall brings books for the aging him as well as her. Refuel: A 24-Day, No-Nonsense Eating Plan to Boost Testosterone and Supercharge Sex by John LaPuma costs less than ED drugs, lacks their adverse potential side effects, and offers good food to boot. Other notable titles on the health and fitness shelf include Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg. Grains and carbs have been suspect in a variety of contemporary diets and analyses of what’s wrong with what Americans are eating. With an announced first printing of 200,000, Little, Brown is betting that Grain Brain may ride that tide and help shape discussion about the American diet. Not so much a tide as a cloud is the current wave of calls for decriminalization of marijuana for medical purposes. Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana by Michael Backes looks to bring books about the medical efficacy of marijuana into the mainstream.
In the mind-body-spirit category, a top contender for title of the season is Tipping Sacred Cows: The Uplifting Story of Spilt Milk and Finding Your Own Spiritual Path in a Hectic World by Betsy Chasse. What to do about spiritual cow patties is, we hope, covered somewhere in the book. Less wry and more heartwarming is Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge by Sona Mehring. The founder of the CaringBridge Web site, which allows people with illness and their families to communicate with well-wishers, offers many stories to balance healing, caring, love, hope, and serious illness.
On the DIY front, quilting’s rock star is back with Kaffe Fassett’s Quilt Grandeur: 20 designs from Rowan for patchwork and quilting, from the man who knows everything about color and pattern. In a different medium, Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami by Meher McArthur and Robert J. Lang folds together paper, science, and art in stunning ways.
Where health and fitness shade into holistic thinking and self-help is Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters by Susan Forward and Donna Frazier Glynn. Forward’s previous book, Toxic Parents, sold more than a million copies, and this book touches a nerve in the national conversation about parenting and parental legacy. And if you’re working too much (sound familiar?), it is possible to be both relaxed and productive. Put Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace by Sharon Salzberg in your work space. And use it.
PW’s Top 10: Lifestyle
French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude. Mireille Guiliano. Grand Central Life & Style, Dec.
Refuel: A 24-Day, No-Nonsense Eating Plan to Boost Testosterone and Supercharge Sex. John LaPuma. Harmony, Dec.
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers. David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg. Little, Brown, Sept.
Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana. Michael Backes. Black Dog & Leventhal, Oct.
Tipping Sacred Cows: The Uplifting Story of Spilt Milk and Finding Your Own Spiritual Path in a Hectic World. Betsy Chasse. Atria/Beyond Words, Jan.
Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge. Sona Mehring. Center Street, Aug.
Kaffe Fassett’s Quilt Grandeur: 20 designs from Rowan for patchwork and quilting. Kaffe Fassett. Taunton, Sept.
Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami. Meher McArthur and Robert J. Lang. Tuttle, Aug.
Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters. Susan Forward and Donna Frazier Glynn. Harper, Oct.
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. Sharon Salzberg. Workman, Dec.
Body, Mind & Spirit
Tipping Sacred Cows: The Uplifting Story of Spilt Milk and Finding Your Own Spiritual Path in a Hectic World by Betsy Chasse (Jan. 21, trade paper, $15, ISBN 978-1582704609) invites readers to tip over sacred cows of belief, dump personal prejudices and biases, and begin to rebuild a spiritual lifestyle that really works.
Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge by Sona Mehring (Aug. 6, hardcover, $22, ISBN 978-1455523078). The CEO and founder of CaringBridge.org shares inspiring stories of survival, healing, hope, and the power of a loving community. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
Awaken the Spirit Within: 10 Steps to Ignite Your Life and Fulfill Your Divine Purpose by Rebecca Rosen (Aug. 20, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0770437510) describes how to connect with the wisdom of spirit guides to help reach one’s greatest potential in health, finances, and relationships.
How to Heal a Grieving Heart by Doreen Virtue and James Van Praagh (Oct. 28, hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 978-1401943363) offers comforting message to help grieving people come to terms with loss. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Contemporary Spirituality for an Evolving World: A Handbook for Conscious Evolution by Nicolya Christi (Sept. 2, trade paper, $18, ISBN 978-1591431664) is a practical guide to conscious evolution for personal, spiritual, and global transformation.
Mind, Body, Home: Transform Your Life One Room at a Time by Tisha Morris (Dec. 1, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0738736945) shows how to awaken the energetic connections between oneself and one’s home and how to transform one’s life through changes in living space.
New World Library
(dist. by PGW)
What Happens When We Die: A Psychic’s Exploration of Death, the Afterlife, and the Soul’s Journey After Death by Echo Bodine (Oct. 15, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1608680351). The renowned psychic offers practical tools for being with the dying (including what not to do), grieving, and cultivating clear communication with the deceased.
North Atlantic Books/EVOLVER EDITIONS
(dist. by Random House)
Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment by Jay Michaelson (Oct. 15, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1583947142)surveys trends in physically upgrading the mind.
(dist. BY PGW)
Peace of Mind: Becoming Fully Present by Thich Nhat Hanh (Nov. 12, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1937006440). The Zen Master shows that learning that physical body and mind are inseparable in creating experiences is essential to nourish well-being; includes instructions for meditation.
Rainbow Ridge Books
(dist. by Square One)
When the Horses Whisper: The Wisdom of Wise and Sentient Beings by Rosalyn W. Berne (Sept. 1, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1937907167) shows the capacity of horses to help heal the human heart. It expresses in human language what horses have to say.
C&T Publishing/Stash Books
Brave New Quilts: 12 Projects Inspired by 20th-Century Art from Art Nouveau to Punk & Pop by Kathreen Ricketson (Sept. 1, trade paper, $25.95, ISBN 978-1607057192). The author and blogger at Whipup.net presents 12 quilts inspired by 20th-century art movements from art nouveau and bauhaus to pop and punk.
Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects by Jackie Huang (Sept. 17, hardcover, $18.95, ISBN 978-1452114408). Learn how to make special toys designed by former Lucasfilm animator Huang.
(dist. by IPG)
Sewing for a Royal Baby: 18 Heirloom Patterns for Your Little Prince or Princess by Sew Beautiful Magazine editors (Aug. 12, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1878048813) lets sewists create a wardrobe fit for a little prince or princess, using a variety of machine and heirloom sewing techniques.
The New Crochet: A Beginner’s Guide, with 38 Modern Projects by Marion Madel (Sept. 17, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-0385346139). Crochet gets a chic makeover in this beginner-friendly book from French designer and crochet teacher Madel.
Knits of a Feather: 20 Stylish Knits Inspired by Birds in Nature by Celeste Young (Sept. 1, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1416209133). Twenty designs are inspired by the author’s love of birds and her great respect for their role in nature.
(dist. by W.W. Norton)
Extreme Bricks: Spectacular, Record-Breaking, and Astounding LEGO Projects from around the World by Sarah Herman (Nov. 6, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1626362123) showcases extreme builds that will engage young and old LEGO fans.
STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting by Clara Parkes (Sept. 3, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1617690020). Knitter and author Parkes ponders the roles knitting plays in her life in 22 essays.
Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community by Rachel May (Jan. 28, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1612120638) celebrates the modern quilt with more than 80 profiles of quilters and their designs, showcasing the aesthetics of this growing movement.
Kaffe Fassett’s Quilt Grandeur: 20 designs from Rowan for patchwork and quilting by Kaffe Fassett (Sept. 2, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1621139768). Quilting rock star Fassett visits Port Eliot, a magnificent Cornish home that provides the setting for his new collection.
The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop by Tom Fidgen (Sept. 24, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1600857638) offers woodworking projects made with hand tools only, from the creator of the website theunpluggedwoodshop.com.
Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami by Meher McArthur and Robert J. Lang ((Aug. 6, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-0804843386). Visionary artists and scientists push the limits of origami in this ground-breaking book on how origami transcends its humble roots as a traditional Japanese papercraft to take its place among global fine arts.
Health & Fitness
Black Dog & Leventhal
(dist. by Workman)
Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana by Michael Backes (Oct. 9, trade paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-1579129514) combines the latest research with practical information on treating the symptoms of illness and disease with medical marijuana.
Grand Central Life & Style
French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude by Mireille Guiliano (Dec. 24, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1455524112). The author of the bestselling French Women Don’t Get Fat shares the secrets and strategies of aging with attitude, joy, and no surgery. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Eat Q: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence by Susan Albers (Oct. 8, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0062222763). Emotional Intelligence meets weight loss in a three-step method to conquer emotional eating. 40,000 announced first printing.
What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul by Deepak Chopra (Nov. 12, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0770437213). The ubiquitous mind-body-spirit author and physician returns to his health and wellness roots with a new approach to weight loss.
Refuel: A 24-Day, No-Nonsense Eating Plan to Boost Testosterone and Supercharge Sex by John LaPuma (Dec. 31, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0770437466) offers a 24-day eating plan for men to boost testosterone and sexual ability.
Superhealing: Engaging Your Mind, Body, and Spirit to Create Optimal Health and Well-Being by Elaine R. Ferguson (Oct. 1, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-0757317521) uses an integrative approach to healing to overcome limitations that lead to chronic diseases.
The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life by Tory Johnson (Sept. 10, hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-1401324926). A contributor to the ABC program Good Morning America describes how she attained her personal goals and how others can, too. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers by Kristin Loberg and David Perlmutter (Sept. 17, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0316234801) discloses the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain and offers a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health. 200,000-copy announced first printing.
New World Library
(dist. by PGW)
The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing by Bernie S. Siegel and Cynthia J. Hurn (Sept. 10, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1608681853). Siegel focuses on drawing as a means of understanding inner wisdom and of healing from illness.
The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat! by David Zinczenko and Peter Moore (Dec. 3, paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1623361600) helps readers boost metabolism first thing in the morning to burn fat all day.
Simon & Schuster
A Short Guide to a Long Life by David B. Agus (Jan. 14, hardcover, $17.95, ISBN 978-1476730950). A leading doctor and bestselling author presents the simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy, and productive life.
What You Must Know about Memory Loss & How You Can Stop It: A Guide to Proven Techniques and Supplements to Maintain, Strengthen, or Regain Memory by Pamela Wartian Smith (Nov. 1, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-0757003868) explains why people forget things and what can be done to not only reverse the problem but also enhance ability to focus. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
(dist. by Perseus)
What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons from Recovery to Benefit Everyone by Christopher Kennedy Lawford (Jan. 7, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-1939529060) recounts the stories of addicts, combining them with scientific findings to give practical techniques for recognizing and managing unhealthy impulses. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters by Susan Forward and Donna Frazier Glynn (Oct. 1, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0062204349) examines unloving mothers and the devastating impact they have on their daughters. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
Hay House/Smiley Books
Forgiveness by Iyanla Vanzant (Nov. 1, hardcover, $17.95, ISBN 978-1401943615). The popular spiritual teacher offers a 21-Day Forgiveness Plan. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace by Sharon Salzberg (Dec. 31, trade paper, $13.95, ISBN 978-0761168997). One of the pioneers of Western mindfulness meditation shows how to use meditation in a subtle and productive way to be happier at work.