LJ Best Books 2017

It's time again for LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.   SEE WHO MADE THE LIST

Best Books 2013: Consumer Health

Bittman, Mark. VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good. Clarkson Potter: Crown. ISBN 9780385344746. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780385344753.

Upon being diagnosed as prediabetic and with pre–heart disease symptoms, New York Times food writer Bittman custom-made his own diet plan, becoming a part-time vegan. His regimen, which includes exercise, consists of eating unprocessed, healthy vegan food by day and then eating whatever he wants—in moderation—in the evening. The diet enabled him to improve his health and lose weight, without permanently banning certain foods. (LJ 6/1/13)



Bulik, Cynthia M. Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery. Walker. ISBN 9780802712691. pap. $16.

The author deals with a topic that hasn’t been addressed in consumer health literature: the increasing prevalence of eating disorders in populations other than teenage girls. She describes possible causes among midlife patients, explains the different disorders and their diagnoses, and discusses treatment options and how to get help and support from professionals and family members. (LJ 3/1/13)



Chödrön, Pema. How To Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind. Sounds True. ISBN 9781604079333. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781622030484.

American Buddhist nun Chödrön’s well-written, accessible book guides readers through meditation practices, often using her own regimen as an example. The book’s five-part, workbook-like structure has takeaways for beginners and veterans and includes occasional exercises. Chödrön doesn’t overwhelm readers, and the result stands out among the many titles in a crowded field. (LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/5/13)



Sicherer, Scott H. Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It. Johns Hopkins. ISBN 9781421408446. $45; pap. ISBN 9781421408453; ebk. ISBN 9781421408989.

Allergy specialist Sicherer presents a practical, informative overview of food allergies geared toward the general reader. Using a question-and-answer format, he debunks myths, clarifies terminologies, and discusses how allergies develop, whether they are likely to go away, and prevention and treatment options, including in response to anaphylactic shock. Complex questions are covered more thoroughly in breakout sections. (LJ 7/13)



Wayne, Peter M. & Mark L. Fuerst. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind. Shambhala. ISBN 9781590309421. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9780834828483.

The authors use Western science to bolster the claims of tai chi masters as to the health benefits of this “mind-body exercise rooted in Asian traditions.” Additionally, they develop a simplified yet holistic exercise program, accompanied by photos, for those who want to achieve the benefits to health, productivity, creativity, and spirituality that they delineate. (LJ 8/13)

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Library Journal Senior Editor Liz French edits nonfiction and women's fiction reviews at LJ and also compiles the "What We're Reading" and "Classic Returns" columns for LJ online. She's inordinately interested in what you're reading as well. Email: efrench@mediasourceinc.com, Twitter: @lizefrench