Brown, Laura. How To Write Anything: A Complete Guide. Norton. Apr. 2014. 560p. ISBN 9780393240146. $35. REF/WRITING SKILLS
How do you say it best, whether in business, academics, or your personal life? Writing coach Brown offers more than 200 hands-on entries with examples. Since Brown has a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia, good writing should be her norm.
Edelman, Ric. Master the Money: The Best Way To Manage Your IRA and Retirement Plan. S. & S. Apr. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9781476739854. pap. $15. RETIREMENT
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about all those confusing retirement plans and how best to contribute to them, from a national TV and radio host and New York Times best-selling author thrice ranked the No. 1 independent financial adviser in America by Barron’s.
Kay, Katty & Claire Shipman. The Confidence Code: The Science of Getting More. HarperBusiness. Apr. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780062230621. $27.95. BUSINESS & ECONOMICS/WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Why are men still higher fliers in business than women? Confidence, argue the authors of the New York Times best-selling Womenomics, who pull on research in gender, cognition, and behavior, as well as personal experience, to argue that business success is about more than just leaning in. With a 75,000-copy first printing.
McGowan, Bill & Alisa Bowman. Pitch Perfect: How To Say It Right the First Time, Every Time. Harper. Apr. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780062273222 $27.99. BUSINESS & ECONOMICS/PERSONAL SUCCESS
Founder and CEO of Clarity Media Group and a two-time Emmy Award–winning correspondent, McGowan has spent the last 25 years reporting more than 700 nationally televised stories and anchoring countless hours of news. If he can’t teach you how to get your message across effectively, no one can. With a 50,000-copy first printing.
Saval, Nikil. Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. Doubleday. Apr. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780385536578. $25.95. SOCIAL HISTORY
Fresh out of college and slaving away as an editorial assistant in publishing, Saval got interested in workspace itself, which led to a piece called “The Birth of the Office” in n+1. Now he’s an editor there. This history ranges from “Bartleby the Scrivener” to the closed-door corner office to those rats-in-a-maze cubicles hated by 93 percent of the folks stuck in them, which is over half the workforce. Cool idea for a book!
Schwab-Pomerantz, Carrie with Joanne Cuthbertson. The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After Fifty. Crown Business. Apr. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780804137362. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780804137379. PERSONAL FINANCE
President of Charles Schwab Foundation, senior vice president at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and author of a weekly syndicated personal finance column called “Ask Carrie,” Schwab-Pomerantz is well positioned to write this guide to later-life financial planning. From nuts-and-bolts stuff like “Maximizing Social Security and Medicare” to broader issues, e.g., “Life in Retirement.”
Schwarzenegger, Katherine. I Just Graduated…Now What? Crown Archetype. Apr. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780385347204. $20. SELF-HELP/SUCCESS
Daughter of you-know-who and already a best-selling author (Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back), recent college grad Scharzenegger aims to give fellow graduates basic, desperately wanted advice on what to do next. To that end, she talked to others who have successfully negotiated these shoals, from Lauren Bush and Andy Cohen to Eva Longoria and Blake Mycoskie. Don’t underestimate the audience for this one.
Stone, Biz. Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind. Grand Central. Apr. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781455528714. $26. MEMOIR
Billed as a memoir, this book is as much a guide to thinking differently, staying creative, and making one’s opportunities—good advice as reflected through the author’s life. And since Stone cofounded Twitter, you can bet folks will want to hear what he has to say. More good news: he’s an experienced writer, having turned out books and articles on the new technology in its early days. With a 75,000-copy first printing.