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This season’s lifestyle titles emphasize reachable goals and
well-tested strategies. A bestselling author praises the phrase
good enough, a fitness magazine brings out a guide to one of
the basic weight-loss methods, and even a book about the
afterlife emphasizes the here and now.
The Best Advice in Six Words: Writers Famous and Obscure
on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More
Larry Smith. St. Martin’s Griffin, Nov. 3
Even readers who normally shun self-help should be drawn to this collection of very brief
advice for the wit promised by contributors such as Daniel Handler and Gary Shteyngart.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Elizabeth Gilbert. Riverhead, Sept. 22
As the author of blockbusters like Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, Gilbert offers
persuasive credentials as a guide to creativity, the subject of her first self-help book.
Ellen DeGeneres. Grand Central Life & Style, Oct. 27
The comedian and talk-show host has renovated nearly a dozen homes over 25 years, and
shares the lessons she’s learned and the love of design she’s gained.
Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting
Edited by Ann Hood. Norton, Nov. 9
Crafters with a literary bent, and readers with a crafting bent, should equally enjoy this
collection of pieces written by stars from both worlds.
Life Is Good: The Book
Bert and John Jacobs. National Geographic, Sept. 1
The brothers behind the wildly popular eponymous T-shirt company tell their Horatio
Alger–like success story and the “superpowers” they learned to value in themselves along
The Light Between Us:
Lessons from Heaven That Teach Us to Live Better in the Here and Now
Laura Lynne Jackson. Random/Spiegel & Grau, Nov. 10
Books exploring the nature of the afterlife are perennial draws, and this addition to the genre
promises to focus less on cosmological speculation than on insights into life here on Earth.
Run to Lose: A Complete Guide to Weight Loss for Runners
Jennifer Van Allen and Pamela Nisevich Bede. Rodale, Dec. 22
The diet industry may thrive on continual innovation, but it’s hard to beat techniques that go
back millennia, as outlined by the experts from Runner’s World magazine.
Stop & Drop a Pound a Day: The Easiest Diet Ever
Liz Vaccariello, with Mindy Hermann. Reader’s Digest, Dec. 22
Dieters tired of rigorous weight-loss programs should appreciate a guide focused on easy
adjustments to eating and fitness habits, assembled by the editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest.
Strong Is the New Sexy: A Kick Ass Memoir
Nicole Polizzi. Running Press, Dec. 22
Polizzi, aka Snooki, the breakout star of TV’s Jersey Shore, partly shed her party-girl image with
her debut book, Baby Bumps, but didn’t lose her following, a trick she is likely to pull off again
with this follow-up, a blend of self-help and memoir about family life.
The Youth Habit
Twyla Tharp. Penguin/Blue Rider, Jan. 5
Not your average health and fitness guru, the acclaimed dancer and choreographer has a
sparkling career to back up her tips on aging gracefully and healthfully.
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