Lifestyle: Overcoming Obstacles with Runner DeSena, Cooking with Guy Fieri, & More | Nonfiction Previews, May 2014, Pt. 2

Bland, Jeffrey & Dr. Mark Hyman. The Disease Delusion: A Radical New Way To Conquer the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life. HarperWave. May 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780062290731. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062290755. HEALTH/FITNESS
The founder of Functional Medicine, which aims not to treat symptoms but to look for what causes illness, Bland has influenced everyone from Mehmet Oz to Christine Northrup. Here he explains how we can prevent illness, particularly chronic stalkers from asthma to cancer, and stay on the side of wellness. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Carmona, Richard. Canyon Ranch’s 30 Days to a Better Brain: A Groundbreaking Program for Improving Your Memory, Concentration, Mood, and Overall Well-Being. Atria. May 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781451643800. $25. HEALTH/FITNESS
A former Surgeon General and President of Canyon Ranch, which has famed destination health spa resorts in Tucson, AZ, and Lennox, MA, Carmona surveys the cognitive science behind issues from sleep to addiction to give us a 30-day nutrition, exercise, and medical plan for making us mentally more adept. And not a moment too soon!

DeSena, Joe. Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life. Houghton Harcourt. May 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780544286177. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544285187. SPORTS/SELF-HELP
Forget marathons. The cool new thing is obstacle-course racing, which combines the physical rigors of long-distance running with the mental rigors of negotiating a less-than-easy track. Its driving force is DeSena, founder of Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle-course racing series, which has fielded over 500,000 racers and even a reality show on NBC. Here, DeSena shows you how to master your will and embrace discipline so that you, too, can be obstacle-immune in racing as in life.

Fieri, Guy & Ann Volkwein. Guy on Fire: 130 Outdoor Cooking Adventures. Morrow Cookbooks. May 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062244710. $29.99. COOKING
Incredibly hot chef Fieri, the host of three Food Network shows and three top-ten New York Times best sellers, shows us how to cook and eat gracefully in the great outdoors. It’s not every cookbook that gets a 400,000-copy first printing.

Leach, Mike & Buddy Levy. Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior. Gallery. May 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781476734934. $25. LEADERSHIP
Now here’s a lesson in leadership: with a band of 38, famed Apache Geronimo managed to evade 5,000 U.S. troops, 3,000 Mexican troops, 1,000 hired vigilantes, and 500 Apache scouts for 18 months before finally surrendering. Leach, a college football coach and New York Times best-selling author, shows you how you can be as tough as Geronimo in business, even if you aren’t being chased by all those soldiers.

McCarthy, Joy. Joyous Health. Pintail. May 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780143190738. pap. $20. DIET/NUTRITION
As she clarifies on her much-visited blog, Joyous Health, holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy wants you to eat well while enjoying better health. Here’s a nutritional plan for upping energy, libido, and mood while driving down blood pressure and cholesterol. Carrot Cake Smoothies and Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes, anyone?

Pearson, Patricia. Opening Heaven’s Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death, and What Comes After. Atria. May 2014. 272p. ISBN 9781476757063. $25. SELF-HELP/BEREAVEMENT
Many people claim to have received visions from friends or family members who have just died, while others claim to have had comforting visions of an afterlife before dying themselves. An experienced journalist, Pearson has a rationalist streak that made her resist such notions, but her family’s experiences after the deaths of her father and sister set her on a path of eyes-wide-open investigation. She finally determined that nearly half of bereaved people—as well as doctors, nurses, caregivers, and soldiers, who are constantly in the presence of death—have had what’s being called Nearing Death Awareness.

Rhodes, Sonya & Susan Schneider. The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match: How Today’s Strong Women Can Find Love and Happiness Without Settling. Morrow. May 2014. 208p. ISBN 9780062309839. $25.99. SELF-HELP/RELATIONSHIPS
A relationship therapist you’ll know from Oprah, Good Morning America, and the Today show, Rhodes wants hardworking, high-achieving Alpha women to ignore doomsday advice that they’ll never find a mate, stop resigning themselves to the okay guy, and consider that maybe—maybe—a fiercely competitive man isn’t the right choice when a Beta man could be kinder and more supportive. Let’s hear it for those Beta guys! With a 100,000-copy first printing and a 25-city national radio campaign.


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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.