Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2013, Pt. 3: Inspiration, Recipes, and Advice from Henry Cloud, Daphne Oz, and Others

Blum, Susan with Michele Bender. The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease. Scribner. Apr. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9781451694970. $27.99; eISBN 9781451695007. HEALTH
An assistant clinical professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Blum herself suffered from an autoimmune condition, increasingly common owing to environmental toxins and escalating stress. So listen up when she details the plan she used to heal herself. Stress reduction? Food as medicine? Yes, if you are smart about it.

Brown, Erica. Happier Endings: Overcoming the Fear of Death. S. & S. Apr. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9781451649222. $26; eISBN 9781451649246. SELF-HELP
An educator, author, and National Jewish Book Award finalist, Brown draws on many spiritual traditions to help us prepare for the biggest ending of all—the end of life. This is less about physical care than emotional preparation, from the creation of “ethical wills” (which explain your values to your descendants) to clear instructions on where your ashes might be scattered. There’s always a need.

Cloud, Henry. Boundaries for Leaders: Take Charge of Your Business, Your Team, and Your Life. Harper Business: HarperCollins. Apr. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780062206336. $28.99; eISBN 9780062206350. ECONOMICS/PSYCHOLOGY/RELIGION
Coauthored with John Townsend, Cloud’s Boundaries (“When To Say Yes, How To Say No To Take Control of Your Life,” as the subtitle says) has sold more than two million copies and spawned a series of books and workbooks on establishing limits in crucial life situations. Here, Cloud explains how good leaders set boundaries that define the responsibilities of each person in the organization. That’s the economics, his discussion of brain function provides the psychology, and note that this Zondervan copublication has an overlay of spirituality. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Johnson, Bea. Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste. Scribner. Apr. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9781451697681. pap. $16. ENVIRONMENT
You’ve seen Johnson in the New York Times, on the Today show and both NBC and CBS news, and even in a mini Yahoo! documentary, explaining how she and her family have cut their waste to about a liter a year while also cutting their spending by 40 percent and leading healthier, more upbeat lives. Now find out how you can do it, too. Note that this is a less expensive, eco-friendly paperback; great where there are conscientious readers.

Morgentaler, Abraham. Why Men Fake It: The Truth About Men and Sex. Holt. Apr. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780805094244. $25. HEALTH
Associate Clinical Professor of Urology at Harvard Medical School and the founder of Men’s Health Boston, Morgentaler has a lot to say about male health, male sexuality, and the obsessive worry over what it means to be a man. Here he uses case studies from his own practice to give us the big picture. Nicely reassuring, I imagine; pushed back from February 2013.

Oz, Daphne. Relish. Morrow. Apr. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780062196866. $27.50. SELF-HELP/COOKING/HOUSE & HOME
There’s a lot going on here, as demonstrated not only by the multiple categories but by the title, which suggests both joie de vivre and yummy eating. The daughter of surgeon/health guru/television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oz became a best-selling author with The Dorm Room Diet before graduating from Princeton and now cohosts the popular TV talk show The Chew; here she offers tips on living well on every level. With a 125,000-copy first printing and promotional opportunities galore.

Romano, Michael & Karin Stabiner. Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home. Houghton Harcourt. Apr. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780547615622. $35. COOKING
Every night before the doors open, the entire staff of Danny Meyer’s acclaimed restaurants—Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Blue Smoke, Maialino, The Modern, Untitled at the Whitney, and North End Grill—get a boost before the evening rush by having a seated meal together. Since the diners are professionals with educated palates, you can imagine how good those meals are. Actually, now you don’t have to imagine; two-time James Beard Award winner Romano, helped by food journalist Stabiner, have put together the recipes for you. Smart cooks will clamor; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Stoddard, Alexandra. The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters: The Timelessness of Simple Truths. Morrow. Apr. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780062116376. $21.99. SELF-HELP/INSPIRATION
This book by mother, grandmother, and personal fulfillment author Stoddard, who gave us the best-selling Things I Want My Daughters To Know, might well be titled “All I Really Need To Know I Learned from My Daughters.” Billed as a gift book; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Stone, Curtis. Monday to Sunday: Simple Recipes for Every Night of the Week. Ballantine. Apr. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780345542526. $32.50. COOKING
From Motivating Mondays to Slow-Simmered Sundays, here are easy meals to prepare throughout the week from the host of TLC’s top-rated Take Home Chef and owner of Kitchen Solutions, the first chef-owned product line to debut at Williams-Sonoma. He was once chosen one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive, so let’s hope his picture is on the cover.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @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.