As Stahl points
out, that young
in the role of
U. S. culture.
No matter where readers fall in age or
experience, this book should top their
2016 reading list of parenting titles. Agent:
Esther Newberg, ICM. (Apr.)
The Pediatrician’s Guide to
Feeding Babies and Toddlers:
Practical Answers to Your Questions
on Nutrition, Starting Solids,
Allergies, Picky Eating, and More
Anthony Porto and Dina DiMaggio. Ten Speed,
$18.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-60774-
Pediatricians Porto and DiMaggio offer
a systematically organized, practical, and
up-to-date guide to baby feeding from
birth until toddlerhood. Their work will
leave parents feeling informed but not
overwhelmed. Different sections address
different developmental stages, including
feeding milestones and key issues for each
age group, such as how to tell whether a
newborn is hungry, starting four- to six-month-olds on solids, and dealing with
picky eating in toddlers. Each section ends
with a small selection of simple, healthy
recipes, created in consultation with a
dietician and two chefs; recipes that serve
“double duty” as baby food purees and
easy family meals will be particularly
useful. Porto and DiMaggio address
dietary hot topics—including dairy-free
formulas, vegetarian diets, organic foods,
gluten-free diets, and food allergies—
with a calm clarity that accommodates
parents’ preferences without giving in to
bad popular science. They give strong
guidance on determining whether a child
is hitting a normal, common developmental challenge or experiencing a more
serious issue. Parents will find the chapters useful to read through as their children reach each stage, and well enough
organized to use as a reference when particular concerns come up. (Apr.)
and beauty, Charles modestly acknowledges that their techniques are not
original. They draw on a multitude of
sources from indigenous Asian and South
American cultures to 19th-century
Parisian market gardeners and modern
California biointensive gardening, and
their teachers include English agrarian-self-sufficiency author John Seymour,
Maine year-round farming expert Elliot
Coleman, Quebec market gardener
Jean-Martin Fortier, and a number of
French organic-farming pioneers. Charles
extrapolates from his own experience
and environmental concerns to propose
a worldwide agricultural transformation
into “agrarian solidarity systems,” quasi-land trusts managed and cultivated by
multiple individual farmers and the cottage industries that develop from them.
The book is more about inspiration than
nuts and bolts; readers looking for specific
details of the farm’s systems should hold
out for the Hervé-Gruyers’ market gardening manual, which is in the works.
Color photos. (Mar.)
; Becoming Grandma:
The Joys and Science of the
Lesley Stahl. Pengiun/Blue Rider, $27 (288p)
When becoming a grandparent invigorated
60 Minutes correspondent Stahl “with
new purpose,” she decided to research others’
experiences, and the result is this energetic,
informative, and often touching book. In
the hands of a less sensitive reporter, it
might come across as a study of grandparenting by the one percent; Stahl readily
admits that taking flights just to visit her
grandchildren is a privilege few Americans
share. Instead, she takes pains to profile
multi-generational families at a variety of
income levels, while also showing how
grandparenting can be therapeutic and
“curative in a profound way.” It might
even be helping the economy—
grandparent spending has increased sevenfold
in the last decade. Stahl includes stories
of generational conflict and her personal
regrets as a working mother along with
plentiful glimpses of her family’s joys
and those of many other families. The
statistics are surprising: the median age
of new grandmothers in the U.S. is 50 ( 54
Three-Martini Lunch Suzanne Rindell. Putnam,
ISBN 978-0-399-16548-1, Apr.
At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier.
Viking, ISBN 978-0-525-95300-5, Mar.
Unruly Ronnie Douglas. Morrow,
ISBN 978-0-06-238962-6, Mar.
Green Island Shawna Yang Ryan. Knopf,
ISBN 978-1-101-87425-7, Feb.
A Barrow Boy’s Cadenza: In E Flat Major
Pete Adams. Urbane, ISBN 978-1-909273-96-2, Feb.
The Bell Tower Sarah Rayne. Severn,
ISBN 978-0-7278-8559-3, Feb.
One More Day Kelly Simmons. Sourcebooks
Landmark, ISBN 978-1-4926-1864-5, Feb.
The Daredevils Gary Amdahl. Counterpoint/
Soft Skull, ISBN 978-1-59376-629-0, Feb.
Moonlight Over Paris Jennifer Robson.
Morrow, ISBN 978-0-06-238982-4, Jan.
Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First
Century Edited by Travis Kurowski, Wayne
Miller, and Kevin Prufer. Milkweed,
ISBN 978-1-57131-354-6, Apr.
The Network: The Battle for the Airwaves
and the Birth of the Communications Age
Scott Woolley. Ecco, ISBN 978-0-06-224275-4, Apr.
The Grail Guitar:
The Search for Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze
Telecaster Chris Adams. Rowman & Littlefield,
ISBN 978-1-4422-4679-9, Mar.
Recessional—or, the Time of the Hammer
Tom McCarthy. Diaphanes,
ISBN 978-3-03-734589-4, Mar.
The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death,
and Everything in Between Lee Eisenberg.
Hachette/ Twelve, ISBN 978-1-4555-5046-3, Feb.
; Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your
Body Kate Hudson, with Billie Fitzpatrick. Morrow/
Dey Street, ISBN 978-0-0624-3423-4, Feb.
Strange As It Seems:
The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler
Chip Jacobs. Rare Bird/Vireo,
ISBN 978-1-942600-24-4, Jan.
; George Washington’s Journey:
The President Forges a New Nation
T. H. Breen. Simon & Schuster,
ISBN 978-1-4516-7542-9, Jan.
Heirloom Vegetables: A Guide to Their
History and Varieties Simon Rickard.
Penguin Books Australia (IPG, dist.),
ISBN 978-1-921383-06-9, Dec.