Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 2: Four Big Self-Help Titles

Hyman, Mark. The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability To Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast. Little, Brown. Feb. 2014. 448p. ISBN 9780316127370. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316192217. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316192224; CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. HEALTH
In The Blood Sugar Solution, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best sellers list and now has nearly 300,000 copies in print, Hyman argued that controlling insulin levels can keep off the pounds. Here he shows you how to do so in ten day, as you successfully burn fat, recalibrate your metabolism, and learn to control your appetite. Some 600 people who got with the ten-day program collectively lost 4,000-plus pounds. A big Goodreads giveaway, PBS Pledge Drive feature, and 150,000-copy first printing.

Krasnow, Iris. Sex After…: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes. Gotham. Feb. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9781592408276. $26. RELATIONSHIPS
Krasnow’s Huffington Post blog posts are among the most read on the site, so you know that there’s an audience for this book on sex after…just about anything, since change can radically affect sexual intimacy, which in turn can radically affect relationships. College, marriage, divorce; pregnancy, adultery, midlife crisis; menopause, cancer, widowhood—these are some of the major life events whose impact Krasnow explores, inspired by the conversations she has had with audiences on the lecture tour (she speaks to more than 1,000 women a month). Follow-up to her popular 2011 title, The Secret Lives of Wives.

Lancer, Harold. Younger: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin and Total Rejuvenation. Grand Central Life & Style. Feb. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781455548903. $27; library ebk. ISBN 9781455551606; ebk. ISBN 9781455548927. HEALTH
Lancer is dermatologist to the stars, among them Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansen, and Hugh Jackman (yes, a guy). The three-step treatment aims to refresh not the dermis, which lies directly beneath the skin’s surface, but the stratum corneum—the surface itself. PBS will promote during the March 2014 Pledge Drive, and the author’s product line, LanceRx, is the biggest-selling skincare brand at Nordstrom and just launching at Saks and, ahem, Harrod’s. So readers out there will be in the know. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

McArdle, Megan. The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success. Viking. Feb. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780670026142. $27.95. SELF-HELP
You fail, I fail, businesses fail all the time. McArdle, who has been serving as a special correspondent for Newsweek/The Daily Beast (wonder where that’s going, speaking of failing), argues that failure is not so bad and that in fact America benefits from a distinctive ability to let both people and companies fall apart and pick themselves up again. Here she explains how it’s done so that you, too, can turn setback into success. Note that her 15,000 Twitter followers will be interested.


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.