Self-Help (Marlo Thomas), Cooking (the Neelys), Getting Fit (Bob Harper), Sports (John Calipari) | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 4

Calipari, John & Michael Sokolove. Players First: Success from the Inside Out. Penguin Pr. Apr. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9781594205736. $28.95. SPORTS
In a book that the publisher expects to be big, famed and famously blunt University of Kentucky basketball coach Calipari explains what distinguishes good teams (and coaches) from bad ones and what’s gone haywire with the college game.

Collins, Jackie. The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2014. 176p. ISBN 9781250014658. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781466842717. COOKBOOK
Sweet and spicy spare ribs, anyone? Here are fun recipes inspired by Collins’s superstar character Lucky Santangelo.

De La Rue, Simone. Body by Simone: The 8-Week Total-Body-Makeover Plan. Harper. Apr. 2014. 176p. ISBN 9780062269355. $25.99. HEALTH & FITNESS
Trainer to the stars—e.g., Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway—De La Rue blends Pilates, bar method, strength training, and cardio dance steps in a way that will make you move. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Gibney, Michael. Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line. Ballantine. Apr. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9780804177870. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780804177870. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. COOKING/MEMOIR
A sous-chef by age 22 (he ended up managing a staff of 80 as executive sous-chef of Tavern on the Green), Gibney illuminates the cooking life by recapitulating 24 hours at an upscale New York restaurant. The MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University should help.

Gierach, John. All Fishermen Are Liars. S. & S. Apr. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9781451618310. $24. SPORTS
A genial bunch of reflections and stories from someone who’s often called America’s best fishing writer.

Harper, Bob. Skinny Meals: 100 New Recipes That Follow My Skinny Rules. Ballantine. Apr. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780804178594. $28. COOKING/WEIGHT CONTROL
He’s made it to the top of the New York Times best sellers lists with The Skinny Rules and Jumpstart to Skinny, so why not with this collection of 100 recipes for getting thin and staying thin? From the star of NBC’s hot reality show, The Biggest Loser, which just keeps getting bigger.

Meeker, Meg, MD. Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need To Raise Extraordinary Men. Ballantine. Apr. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780345518095. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780345518118. PARENTING
Mimicking the successful formula of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (which has more than 230,000 copies out there), pediatrician and teen counselor Meeker helps mothers understand boy-specific problems as they build stronger relationships with their sons.

Neely, Pat & Gina Neely with Ann Volkwein. Back Home with the Neelys: Comfort Food from Our Southern Kitchen to Yours. Knopf. Apr. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9780307961334. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307961341. COOKING
Hosts of the Food Network hit series Down Home with the Neelys, with recipes for everything from Bourbon French Toast to Crunchy Fried Okra. I want to know how they keep cooking together without bloodshed.

Ruhlman, Michael. Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient. Little, Brown. Apr. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780316254069. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780316254076; lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316322584. COOKBOOK
Everything you ever wanted to know about cooking eggs, whether whole, in the shell, out of the shell, hard, soft, mollet, sous vide, separated, just whites, just yolks, or separated but united later. From the winner of the James Beard and IACP awards and coauthor of The French Laundry Cookbook, no less.

Schwartz, Kevin & others. Baby-Safe in Seven Steps: Your Go-to Guide to Smart, Effective, and Natural Solutions for a Healthy Home. Ballantine. Apr. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780345547125. pap. $15. PARENTING
Okay, so they’ve got stuff to sell—Schwartz and coauthor Keith Garber founded BabyGanics, a best-selling brand of baby-safe household and body-care products—but many parents will be eager for their opinions on how to provide babies with a toxin-free life.

Thomas, Marlo. It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over: Reinventing Your Life—and Realizing Your Dreams—Any Time, at Any Age. Atria. Apr. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781476739915. $26. SELF-HELP
After four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, the Peabody Award, and six best-selling books, Thomas offers tips on how to get nervy enough to make a big life change, using real-life  examples like the woman who went to med school at age 43.

The Velominati. The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple. Norton. Apr. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780393242195. $19.95. SPORTS
Founded by Frank Strack, also the main author, and featuring writers from around the country, the site receives two million views per month for its sharp-tongued celebration of the cycling life.

Waugh, Daisy. The Kids Will Be Fine: Guilt-Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women. Metropolitan: Holt. Apr. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9781627790123. $25. PARENTING
Deadly serious despite her snarky-hilarious tone (she’s a weekly humor columnist for the London Sunday Times), Waugh aims to free women from the intense mothering now sanctioned—making flashcards for toddlers, eschewing pizza for organic snacks—which is suffocating them.

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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.