It’s no surprise that this season will feature some famous names (and faces) dispensing advice on looking and feeling great. But the spring’s lifestyle titles also strike less predictable notes: a favorite memoirist has positive things to say about the power of fear, and a modern-day shaman writes about the virtues of trickery.
Lifestyle Top 10
Brooklyn Interiors: From Burnished to Polished, From Modern to Magpie
Kathleen Hacket. Rizzoli, Mar. 15
This book aims to get to the heart of the Brooklyn lifestyle by profiling houses that display trendsetting design sensibilities.
Gluten Exposed: The Science Behind the Hype and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life
Peter H.R. Green and Rory Jones. Morrow, May 31
Green gives his rejoinder to the gluten-free craze, explaining clearly both the problems and benefits associated with gluten.
Now Go Out There (& Get Curious)
Mary Karr. Harper, Apr. 5
The bestselling author presents a self-help guide based on her 2015 commencement address at Syracuse University.
The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death, and Everything in Between
Lee Eisenberg. Hachette/Twelve, Feb. 2
Eisenberg explores how people create personal narratives, combining personal stories with insights from great thinkers and up-to-date research.
Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body
Kate Hudson. Morrow/Dey Street, Feb. 16
The actress shares a full-color illustrated lifestyle guide for women to help them become healthy, strong, and beautiful, both inside and out.
Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness: The Radical Wisdom of Jodo
Alejandro Jodorowsky, with Gilles Farcet. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co., Feb. 20
Surrealist filmmaker and comic book author Jodorowsky explains the power of generosity, kindness, and “sacred trickery.”
Siddhartha’s Brain: The Science of Enlightenment
James Kingsland. Morrow, Feb. 2
Kingsland, the science editor for the Guardian, explores the “science of enlightenment” through the lens of the journey of Siddhartha (better known as Buddha).
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
Arianna Huffington. Harmony, Apr. 5
The Huffington Post cofounder and editor-in-chief highlights the many benefits of a good night’s sleep and shows that our addiction to technology is disrupting our sleep.
The Stash Plan: Your 21-Day Guide to Shed Weight, Feel Great, and Take Charge of Your Health
Laura Prepon and Elizabeth Troy. S&S/Touchstone, Mar. 1
Orange Is the New Black star Prepon teams up with integrative nutritionist Troy for a 21-day weight-loss plan.
The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained
Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal. Penguin/Tarcher, Feb. 2
Horror author Strieber and Kripal, chair of Rice University’s Religious Studies department, argue that paranormal concepts usually labeled science fiction or fantasy are actually fact.
Lifestyle Listings: Body, Mind & Spirit
Life Between Heaven and Earth: What You Didn’t Know About the World Hereafter (and How It Can Help You) by George Anderson and Andrew Barone (June 21, hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-0-553-41949-8). Medium Anderson offers a provocative new understanding of the afterlife, along with case studies from his work with the families of the dead.
If You Could Talk to an Angel: Angelic Answers to Your Questions on Life, Love, Purpose, and More by Gerry Gavin (Feb. 23, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4019-4750-7). The star of the Lifetime Movie Network’s The Haunting of... narrates her journey from skepticism to acceptance of her mission as a voice for the spirit world. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.
Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness: The Radical Wisdom of Jodo by Alejandro Jodorowsky, with Gilles Farcet (Feb. 20, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-62055-459-3). The surrealist filmmaker, comic book author, and tarot reader shares stories from his remarkable life and his insights into the power of generosity, kindness, and “sacred trickery.”
Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality by Lasara Firefox Allen (July 8, trade paper, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-7387-4797-2) undertakes a revolutionary re-envisioning of the feminine divine, replacing the three traditional female archetypes—maiden, mother, crone—with a five-fold system.
Siddhartha’s Brain: The Science of Enlightenment by James Kingsland (Feb. 2, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-240385-8). Guardian science editor Kingsland explores the “science of enlightenment” through the lens of the journey of Siddhartha (better known as Buddha), explaining why the ancient practice of mindfulness has been so beneficial for human beings across time. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
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Spiritual Balancing: A Guidebook for Living in the Light by Diana Burney (Feb. 16, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-58394-988-7) provides a spiritual approach to everyday living with practical strategies and step-by-step methods for clearing out negative psychic energy.
The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained by Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal (Feb. 2, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-101-98232-7) delivers a perception-altering study of why the supernatural is neither fantasy nor fiction but a vital and authentic aspect of life.
Simon & Schuster
The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life by Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh (Apr. 5, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4767-7783-2). The Harvard professor shares lessons for today from his wildly popular course—the third most popular at Harvard in recent years—on classical Chinese philosophy.
The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin (Feb. 16, trade paper, $22, ISBN 978-1-5011-2023-7) is a unique guidebook that reimagines tarot cards as an aid to creativity, showing how artists can draw guidance and inspiration from the tarot.
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A Ceremony Called Life: When Your Morning Coffee Is as Sacred as Holy Water by Tehya Sky (July 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-62203-713-1). Debut author Sky asks readers to imagine how their lives might change if they brought the same loving attention invested in ceremonies—from welcoming newborns to celebrating marriages—to each ordinary moment.
Health & Fitness
The Ageless Body: How to Hold Back the Years to Achieve a Better Body by Peta Bee and Sarah Schenker (Mar. 8, trade paper, $14, ISBN 978-1-4729-2441-4) offers a fitness guide for women in their 40s and 50s, explaining how to hold back the years, exercise to keep looking young, and avoid gym-face.
Da Capo Lifelong
The Naughty Diet: The 10-Step Plan to Eat and Cheat Your Way to the Body You Want by Melissa Milne (Mar. 29, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-738201871-7) breaks the traditional rules of dieting, allowing women to change their approach to food, embrace healthy habits, and lose weight without losing themselves. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
The Love Diet: A Proven 21-Day Program That Changes the Way You Feel to Transform the Way You Look by Connie Guttersen and Mark Dedomenico (May 3, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-230305-9) outlines a weight-loss program based not on counting calories but on finding a sense of self-worth, combining good nutrition with positive emotional reinforcement. 30,000-copy announced first printing.
What to Feed Your Baby: A Pediatrician’s Guide to the Eleven Essential Foods to Guarantee Veggie-Loving, No-Fuss, Healthy-Eating Kids by Tanya Altmann (Apr. 5, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-240494-7). A pediatrician and mother of three cuts through the information overload that surrounds nutrition today, offering parents a simple plan for raising kids who love eating nutritious food.
The Longevity Book: The Biology of Resilience, the Privilege of Time, and the New Science of Aging by Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark (Apr. 5, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-237518-6). Diaz follows up her #1 bestseller, The Body Book, with a personal, practical, and authoritative guide for women to the art and science of growing older. 350,000-copy announced first printing.
The Allergy Solution: Unlock the Surprising, Hidden Truth about Why You Are Sick and How to Get Well by Leo Galland and Jonathan Galland (May 10, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-4019-4939-6) explores the rise in hidden allergies, connected to problems including weight gain, fatigue, and depression, drawing a line between unbalanced bodies and our unbalanced environment.
Gluten Exposed: The Science Behind the Hype and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life by Peter H.R. Green and Rory Jones (May 31, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-239428-6). Green, an internationally renowned expert on celiac disease, gives his rejoinder to the gluten-free craze, explaining clearly the problems and benefits associated with gluten. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
The Whole Life Fertility Plan: Understanding What Effects Your Fertility to Help You Get Pregnant When You Want To by Kyra Phillips and Jamie Grifo (Feb. 16, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-06-242981-0) answers readers’ pressing questions about fertility health, as well as those they didn’t even know to ask.
Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body by Kate Hudson (Feb. 16, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-243423-4). The actress shares insights for how every woman can become healthy, strong, and beautiful from the inside out, in a full-color illustrated lifestyle guide. 300,000-copy announced first printing.
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Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More by Tieraona Low Dog (Feb. 2, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-4262-1668-8). Natural health physician Low Dog provides a personalized approach to using nutritional supplements for specific health needs, helping readers navigate the complex and often confusing landscape of vitamins, minerals, and more.
The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life by Lynn Rossy (July 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-62625-327-8). Mindfulness expert Rossy offers an innovative, whole-body program, Eat for Life, to help readers discover the real reasons that they’re overeating.
Reading and Writing Cancer: How Words Heal by Susan Gubar (May 16, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-393-24698-8). The author of the “Living with Cancer” New York Times column helps patients, caregivers, and specialists who serve them, describing how the activities of reading and writing can help right some of cancer’s grievous wrongs.
The Ice Diet by Peta Bee (June 1, trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-0-7181-8074-4) outlines a unique six-week plan in three easy-to-follow stages focused on diet, fitness, and lifestyle, and based on a principle known to Hollywood celebrities for some time—that cool temperatures can help unleash the body’s fat-fighting ability.
The Youth Habit by Twyla Tharp (May 3, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-399-16251-0). The award-winning dancer and choreographer, now 74, shares her secrets for maintaining mental and physical agility in one’s later years. Tharp lays out physical, mental, and spiritual techniques for forestalling aging and, more importantly, convincing yourself that you are only as old as you feel.
Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don’t: How Animals Could Hold the Key to Unlocking Cancer Immunity in Humans by James S. Welsh (Mar. 29, trade paper, $19, ISBN 978-1-63388-154-9) presents insights into cancer based on the animal kingdom, from the contagious cancer threatening Tasmanian devils with extinction, to the immunity of the lowly mole rat.
The Big Fat Truth: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets to Weight Loss by J.D. Roth (Apr. 12, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-62145-289-8). The producer of weight-loss TV shows like Extreme Weight Loss and The Biggest Loser helps overweight readers pinpoint the reasons for unhealthy habits and then change them.
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The Malibu Biodynamic Diet: The Perfect Plan for an Ultra-Healthy Life by Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring (Mar. 29, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-941393-52-9). Inspired by the innovative Malibu farm One Gun Ranch, this book aims to empower readers to reshape their lives, reinvent how they eat and exercise, and rejuvenate their minds and bodies.
Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind by Tara Cottrell Wright and Dan Zigmond (May 31, hardcover, $18, ISBN 978-0-7624-6046-5) draws lessons from the life and sayings of the historical Buddha—a once-pampered prince named Siddhartha who discovered a “middle way” between unhealthy overindulgence and unrealistic abstinence.
Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer by Marilu Henner (Mar. 29, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-4767-9394-8) shares the Taxi star’s story of helping her husband, Michael Brown, battle cancer. Henner lays out a holistic approach that included superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy, and avoided chemotherapy.
The Stash Plan: Your 21-Day Guide to Shed Weight, Feel Great, and Take Charge of Your Health by Laura Prepon and Elizabeth Troy (Mar. 1, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-5011-2309-2). Prepon, star of Orange Is the New Black, and integrative nutritionist Troy present a 21-day plan that combines up-to-date food science with ancient dietary wisdom.
Slow Jogging: Get Fit, Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Have Fun with Easy Running by Hiroaki Tanaka, with Magdalena Jackowska (Apr. 5, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-5107-0831-0), demonstrates an injury-free, pain-free approach to America’s most popular participatory sport—running—that can help participants burn calories, lose weight, and even reverse the effects of Type-2 diabetes. 10,000-copy announced first printing.
The Alzheimer’s Prevention & Treatment Diet: Using Nutrition to Combat the Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease by Richard S. Isaacson and Christopher N. Ochner (Mar. 1, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-0-7570-0408-7) explains this form of dementia and presents an innovative program for effectively preventing, slowing, and treating the disorder through diet and exercise.
St. Martin’s Griffin
Warrior Yoga: Maximize Your Human Potential and Develop the Spirit of a Warrior by Mark Divine (Apr. 12, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-250-06721-0). Retired Navy SEAL commander Divine outlines workouts for the regular athlete with the heart and mind of a warrior.
Home & Hobbies
Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials: Inspiration for Constructing Tiny Homes Using Salvaged and Reclaimed Supplies by Ryan Mitchell (June 15, trade paper, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4405-9211-9) celebrates the eco-friendly tiny house movement, presenting four-color inspirational photos of real-life tiny houses, tips on materials and construction, and profiles of tiny house owners.
The Joy of Less by Francine Jay (May 31, hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-4521-5518-0) offers a fully redesigned and repackaged edition of the self-published bestseller that pioneered the simple living movement, bringing her philosophy to even more readers eager to declutter their homes and lives.
This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions by Kelli Anderson (Mar. 22, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-4521-3621-9). This pop-up extravaganza transforms into six fully functional tools: a real working planetarium projecting the constellations, a musical instrument complete with strings for strumming, a geometric drawing generator, an infinite calendar, a message decoder, and even a speaker that amplifies sound.
Grow for Flavor: Tips and Tricks to Supercharge the Flavor of Homegrown Harvests by James Wong (Feb. 1, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-77085-669-1). Botanist Wong has created a radical new system for transforming the flavor and nutrition of homegrown produce.
Grand Central Life & Style
The Flower Chef: A Modern Guide to Do-It-Yourself Floral Arrangements by Carly Cylinder (Mar. 1, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-4555-5549-9). The go-to guide to floral design, this book is filled with beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions for creating more than 80 different arrangements. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
DIY Everything: The Ultimate Guide to Self-Reliance by Dan Martin (July 12, trade paper, $49.95, ISBN 978-0-86571-808-1) is a compendium of green life hacks, traditional skills, and extreme upcycling from former Boeing aerospace engineer Martin, who has created step-by-step guides for every level of ambition and expertise.
Mind Your Manors: Tried-and-True British Household Cleaning Tips by Lucy Lethbridge (May 2, hardcover, $22.95, ISBN 978-0-393-24948-4). Based on meticulous research into the Victorian and Edwardian eras, Lethbridge reveals the old-fashioned and near-forgotten techniques that made British households sparkle before the use of complicated contraptions and a spray for every surface.
Gardening for Birds, Butterflies, and Bees: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard by the editors of Birds & Blooms (Feb. 2, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-62145-303-1). The experts at Birds & Blooms magazine provide tips for homeowners interested into making their yards and gardens into healthier, happier sanctuaries for birds, butterflies, and bees.
Brooklyn Interiors: From Burnished to Polished, from Modern to Magpie by Kathleen Hacket (Mar. 15, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0-8478-4745-7) focuses entirely on private homes, aiming to get to the heart of the Brooklyn lifestyle by profiling houses that display trendsetting design sensibilities.
Trafalgar Square Books
Traditional Nordic Knits: Over 40 Hats, Mittens, Gloves and Socks by Johanna Wallin (Apr. 12, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-57076-770-8) provides over 40 different projects, based on 15 time-honored patterns, appropriate for mittens, gloves, hats, and socks, and suitable for all experience levels.
Univ. of Chicago
Lessons from the Great Gardeners: Forty Gardening Icons and What They Teach Us by Matthew Biggs (Mar. 7, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-226-36948-8) profiles 40 groundbreaking gardeners, from André Le Nôtre, who brought the topiary to Versailles, to High Line designer Piet Oudolf.
Relationships & Self-Help
Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv (Apr. 12, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-61620-578-2) follows up the bestselling Last Child in the Woods with a comprehensive handbook to leading a nature-rich life for kids—and grownups as well.
Untangled by Lisa Damour (Feb. 9, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-553-39305-7). The director of the Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls tells the parents of teenage daughters that what looks like erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. She explains what’s happening, prepares parents for what’s coming, and lets them know when it’s time to worry.
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Moving Beyond Betrayal: The 5-Step Boundary Solution for Partners of Sex Addicts by Vicki Tidwell Palmer (May 10, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-942094-14-2) is the first book specifically for the partners of sex addicts, explaining, in detail, how to identify, create, and maintain boundaries as a vital component of self-care.
The ABCs of Adulthood by Deborah Copaken, illus. by Randy Polumbo (Apr. 19, hardcover, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-4521-5191-5). From “A is for Anger” through “Z is for Zzzzzzz,” bestselling author Copaken and noted sculptor Polumbo dispense 26 genuine and funny bits of advice as surprising as they are sensible.
The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death, and Everything in Between by Lee Eisenberg (Feb. 2, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-4555-5046-3) explains how each of us create our own personal narratives, drawing on current research into psychology and neuroscience, insights from a pantheon of thinkers and great writers—Tolstoy, Freud, Woolf—and stories from his own life.
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington (Apr. 5, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-101-90400-8). The Huffington Post editor-in-chief argues against the common assumption that sleep is time wasted, highlighting the many benefits of a good night’s sleep and explaining how our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep.
Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé by Jason Wachob (Mar. 1, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-101-90448-0). The MindBodyGreen founder provides a new metric of success for mindful millennials: wellth, a Middle English word that combines “well” and “health.”
Now Go Out There (& Get Curious) by Mary Karr (Apr. 5, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244209-3) celebrates curiosity, compassion, and—more surprisingly—the power of fear, based on the bestselling author and renowned professor’s 2015 commencement address at Syracuse University. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment by Marianne Williamson (May 3, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-220544-5) argues that as a culture, we have learned to avoid facing pain. Williamson makes clear that individuals can only overcome their inner suffering by confronting it. 65,000-copy announced first printing.
50 for Your Future: Lessons from Down the Road by Tavis Smiley (Apr. 12, hardcover, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4019-4839-9). In an attractively illustrated gift book, Smiley shares 50 hard-won lessons from the life that’s taken him from a crowded Indiana trailer to hosting TV and radio programs on BET, NPR, and PBS.
Listen Like a Dog: And Make Your Mark on the World by Jeff Lazarus (Apr. 25, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-0-7573-1898-6). When everyone is barking but no one’s listening, this book proposes that the real antidote to communication “faux paws” lies with humanity’s canine companions, in particular with their acute ability to read human social cues.
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool (Apr. 5, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-544-45623-5). Ericsson, a Swedish psychologist and internationally recognized researcher on expertise, has crafted a new approach to mastering almost any skill. Coauthor Peak offers invaluable, often counterintuitive, advice on setting goals, getting feedback, identifying patterns, and motivating oneself. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
Johns Hopkins Univ.
When Someone You Know Has Depression: Words to Say and Things to Do by Susan J. Noonan (Apr. 15, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-4214-2015-8). Physician Noonan draws suggestions from her experiences with patients, as well as her own struggles with depression, on how to talk and act around loved ones with mood disorders—and when to back off.
Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray by Helen Fisher (Feb. 1, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-393-28522-2). In this revised edition to anthropologist Fisher’s 1994 book, she adds new data on the brain and on digital-age courtship, concluding that we are returning to patterns of romance that evolved in our primordial past.
The Wander Society by Keri Smith (Mar. 29, hardcover, $20, ISBN 978-0-14-310836-8) is a manifesto extolling the subversive power of wandering, both literally and metaphorically. Presenting her book as the manifesto of a fictitious secret society, Smith outlines principles, tactics, and wandering-themed projects.
It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond by Julia Cameron and Emma Lively (Apr. 19, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-399-17421-6).
At the age of 65, Cameron shows her contemporaries how retirement can be the most fulfilling stage of life, providing a tool kit for retirees interested in expanding their creativity.
Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg (Mar. 8, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-8129-9339-4). The Pulitzer-winning journalist explores the science of productivity, showing that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently but view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.
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The 2 AM Principle: The Jon Levy Blueprint of Extreme Adventure by Jon Levy (May 3, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-942872-69-6). A world-traveling behavior expert explains the EPIC (establish, push boundaries, increase, continue) model of adventure—from assembling the right team and picking the best mission, to the proper technique for scaling walls.
This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick (June 21, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-525-42912-8). Warnick and her family have lived in five different states in 13 years, and she explains how she came to love her latest home, and how other restless Americans can do the same.