Body and Soul | Psych, Self-Help, & Cooking Memoir Previews, Apr. 2018

Bastianich, Lidia Matticchio. My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. Knopf. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781524731618. $ 28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524731625. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/COOKING
From an impoverished upbringing in a formerly Italian city that came under Tito’s rule, to two years in a refugee camp with her family awaiting U.S. visas, to restaurant work in New York as a teenager, to 13 cookbooks and an Emmy Award for Lidia’s Kitchen—here’s Italian cuisine queen Bastianich’s full story for the first time. With a seven-city tour to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Coles, Joanna. Love Rules: How To Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World. Harper. Apr. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780062652584. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062652607. RELATIONSHIPS
Media executive Coles here provides 15 rules for getting past all the noise on social media and finding the one person who rings true. And how would she know? She’s the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, and she talked to psychologists, therapists, anthropologists, and more to write her book. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Collins, Nina. What Would Virginia Woolf Do?: And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt To Age Without Apology. Grand Central. Apr. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781538727959. $26; ebk. 9781538727966. HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Hitting 40 and fretting that her looks, libido, and life were about to go, Collins did something different: she formed a Facebook group of like-minded women seeking to go forward in midlife. Among its 10,000 members: media executive Collins, who also has a book coming out this month (see above).

Common with Tracy McMillan. How We Love Is How We Live. Atria. Apr. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781501133152. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501133183. SELF-HELP
A Grammy–, Academy–, and Golden Globe–honored musician who also acts on screens large and small, Common follows up his New York Times best-selling memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense with a look at love. Not his but everyone’s, and not just romantic love but the kind that holds together families and communities.

Earhardt, Ainsley. The Light Within Me. Harper. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062697479. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062697493. lrg. prnt. MEMOIR/RELIGIOUS
How did Earhardt get to be a huge Fox News star and the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of children’s book Take Heart, My Child? She credits her Christian upbringing and longstanding faith. With a 250,000-copy first printing.

Kohn, Sally. The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity. Algonquin. Apr. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781616207281. $27.95. POLITICAL SCIENCE
A progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, also a fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, Kohn decided to look hate straight in the face. Traveling from Rwanda to the Middle East and throughout America, she spoke with white supremacists and terrorists while also examining her own attitudes. With an eight-city tour to New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

Mogel, Wendy. Voice Lessons for Parents: What To Say, How To Say It, and When To Listen. Scribner. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781501142390. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781501142413. PARENTING
A parenting expert and the New York Times best-selling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Mogel knows what parents really want: directives on better directing their children. Her advice, which she’s been trying out with great success for several years, is a calculated shift in tone, tempo, and body language. Try it.

Segal, Nancy L., M.D., & Yesika S. Montoya. Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. ISBN 9781250101907. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250101914. PSYCHOLOGY
Twin Studies Center director Segal joins with Colombian psychologist Montoya to explore the remarkable story of two sets of identical Colombian twin brothers switched around at birth and raised as fraternal twins though they weren’t even biologically related. Key questions: the importance of nature vs. nurture and the role of chance in our lives.

Smollett-Warwell, Jazz & others. The Family Table: Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life. Morrow Cookbooks. Apr. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062693952. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062693969. COOKING
Four of the six siblings who have brought us Food Network’s popular Smollett Eats share not just recipes but memories of a life defined by food and wanderlust. Of Creole, Eastern European, and Jewish heritage, they spent their childhood traversing the country, with every place they stopped crowned by big family feasts. With a 125,000-copy first printing.

Wentworth, Ali. Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade). Harper. Apr. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780062466013. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062466037. lrg. prnt. HUMOR
Ali in Wonderland, Happily Ali After, and now Go Ask Ali: the star of the comedy series Nightcap delivers more of the funny life scenes with bonus advice that have made her a New York Times best-selling author. With a 100,000-copy first printing; a four-city tour to Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC.

White, Kate. The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success. Grand Central. Apr. 2018. 192p. ISBN 9781538711576. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781538711569. SELF-HELP
Two decades after writing the big-hit Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do, the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan is back with advice for a new generation of career women. White draws nine key precepts from her own life, sharing for the first time about her Cosmo experiences while also reaching out to leading women she knows in a range of industries.

Wilson, Sarah. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Memoir About Anxiety. Dey Street: HarperCollins. 320p. ISBN 9780062836786. $25.99. PSYCHOLOGY
While reading Kay Redfield Jamison’s The Unquiet Mind, Wilson, author of the New York Times best-selling I Quit Sugar, ran across an ancient Chinese proverb: “To conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful.” She decided to beautify her own beast, anxiety, interviewing doctors, the anxiety-prone, and even the Dalai Lama as she turned her hunt for peace of mind into a divine journey. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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