Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 3: Advice Books from David B. Agus, Cameron Diaz, & More

Agus, David B., MD. A Short Guide to a Long Life. S. & S. Jan. 2014. 128p. ISBN 9781476730950. $17.95. HEALTH & FITNESS
Head of the University of Southern California’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, Agus follows up his No. 1 New York Times best-selling The End of Illness with a book about staying healthy. Basic questions (e.g., are flu shots safe? are vitamins good or bad for you?) are divided into three section (“What To Do,” “What To Avoid,” and “Doctor’s Orders”) for easy use.

Arnold, Caroline. Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions To Transform Your Life Permanently. Viking. Jan. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780670015344. $27.95. SELF-HELP
Arnold, the managing director at Goldman Sachs and a technology leader on Wall Street, shows us how to effect behavioral change by thinking small. Through her own work, she’s discovered that you can vanquish bad habits by focusing on concrete, manageable goals. Lots of in-house excitement.

Bailor, Jonathan. The Calorie Myth: How To Eat More and Exercise Less with the Smarter Science of Slim. Harper: HarperCollins. Jan. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780062267337. $25.99. NUTRITION
Originally self-published as The Smarter Science of Slim, selling 18,000 copies in print and ebook formats combined, this book has been completely updated for big-time publishing but makes the same point: it’s not how many calories you consume that matters but what kinds of calories. Yes, 250 calories worth of plants, lean proteins, nuts, and legumes will repair tissue and help you keep going, while 250 calories worth of cappuccino muffin just gets stored as fat. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Bryant, Adam. Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How To Create a Culture of Innovation. Times Bks: Holt. Jan. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780805097016. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780805097023. CD: S. & S. Audio. BUSINESS
Bryant’s weekly “Corner Office” Q & A feature in the Sunday Business section of the New York Times racks up more than 500,000 page views per month, and his recent The Corner Office was a New York Times best seller. So expect lots of interest in this account from more than 200 CEOs who keep jumping over that candlestick to make the corporation flexible, innovative, and bottom-line solid.

Cramer, James J. James J. Cramer’s Get Rich Carefully. Blue Rider Pr: Penguin Group (USA). Jan. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780399168185. $28.95. CD: Penguin Audio. PERSONAL FINANCE
The host of CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer and cohost of Squawk on The Street relies on 35 years’ worth of experience to explain the benefits of long-term investing over get-rich-quick craziness.

Diaz, Cameron. The Body Book. Harper Wave: HarperCollins. Jan. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9780062252746. $25.99. SELF-HELP
Dividing her text into five sections—“Go Mental,” “Nourish Your Body,” “Get Physical,” “Follow Your Heart,” and “Get Started”—the Hollywood star gives health and wellness advice to young women, telling them that how they treat themselves and their bodies now will determine how their lives play out. With a one-day laydown on 12/31/13 and a 200,000-copy first printing.

Leake, Lisa. 100 Days of Real Food. Morrow. Jan. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062252555. $29.99.
After reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, Leake decided that her family would forgo highly processed or refined foods for 100 days. Here are the encouraging results, including recipes, meal plans, and shopping tips. Since Leake can claim almost 360,000 Facebook fans, over 11,000 followers on Pinterest, over 7,000 Twitter followers, and 2 million monthly page views on her blog, 100 Days of Real Food, you bet there will be interest.

Robin, Vicki. Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Viking. Jan. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780670025725. $26.95. HEALTHY LIVING
Robin, a leader in the sustainable living movement whose Your Money or Your Life has sold more than 840,000 copies in a dozen languages, explains how she took up a friend’s challenge to eat only food sourced within a ten-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. Your takeaway: an understanding of what all that prepackaged food brought from hundred or thousands of miles away does to you and to the environment.

Timmermeister, Kurt. Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal. Norton. Jan. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780393088892. $24.95. COOKING/ESSAYS
In Growing a Farmer, former Seattle restaurateur Timmermeister recounted how he turned an empty lot on Vashon Island, Washington, into a dairy farm. Here he recounts the creation of a single meal, starting two years beforehand with the calf who grew up to produce the cream churned into butter and served with the eggs and kale gathered that morning. The real meaning of food.

Verstegen, Mark & Pete Williams. Every Day Is Game Day: The Proven System of Elite Performance To Win All Day, Every Day. Avery: Penguin Group (USA). Jan. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781583335161. $28. HEALTH & FITNESS
Trainer to top athletes worldwide as well as U.S. special operations forces, Verstegen follows up his best-selling Core Performance with a new book that borrows from the regimen he uses for his hardiest clients. Expect short but tough workouts and doubtless some great results.

Wansink, Brian. Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life. Morrow. Jan. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062136527. $26.99. HEALTH & FITNESS
The author of the best-selling Mindless Eating goes one step further, explaining how we can redesign kitchens, restaurants, grocery stores, and school cafeterias to encourage better eating habits. He surely has the credentials; professor and director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, he’s the man responsible for the government’s new Dietary Guidelines for 2010 and the Food Guide Pyramid. With a 100,000-copy first printing and lots of illustrations and cartoons; originally scheduled for March 2013.

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.