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: Self-Help

Atik, Chiara & others. Modern Dating: A Field Guide. Harlequin. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780373892778. pap. $19.95. RELATIONSHIPS
The founders of howaboutwe.com urge users to connect offline and give advice on going on real dates with real people. The appealing title is full of sketches and bulleted lists, allowing readers to pick up tidbits such as the six worst things to say on a date, what makes a profile picture successful, how to be more attractive in five easy steps, and much more. Singles and those already partnered can try out any of the 75 date ideas and determine how to manage their “sexpectations.” (LJ 6/1/13)

Languirand, Mary A. & Robert F. Bornstein. How To Age in Place: Planning for a Happy, Independent, and Financially Secure Retirement. Ten Speed. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9781607744160. pap. $15.99; ebk ISBN 9781607744177. SELF-HELP
Retirement is a hot topic among the millions of baby boomers who are on the verge of that stage of life and who wish to live as independently as possible. To assist with that desire, the authors have put together a comprehensive plan including advice on financial planning, safe housing, “walkability,” proactive medical and mental health care, and opportunities for civic engagement. Beyond the practical, the authors present a philosophical vision that develops new attitudes toward aging and the appreciation of older adults’ contributions to society. (LJ 11/1/13)

Long, Thomas G. & Thomas Lynch. The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care. Westminster John Knox. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780664238537. $25. SELF-HELP
The authors come together to stress the importance of caring for the body both in life and death. This great affirmation of life emphasizes a more honest approach in contrast to current trends toward euphemistic language.

Scarf, Maggie. The Remarriage Blueprint: How Remarried Couples and Their Families Succeed or Fail. Scribner. 2013. 240p. ISBN 9781476734521. $26.
Accomplished relationship expert Scarf discusses the structural ways in which a remarriage presents special challenges—regarding children, money, and boundaries, for example. The author makes use of abundant research and case studies to offer readers hope and guidance for a happy, thriving household in this essential work.

Young, Joel L. & Christine Adamec. When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart. Lyons. Dec. 2013. 264p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780762792979. pap. $19.95. SELF-HELP
Psychiatrist Young and author Adamec target parents who are suffering financially and emotionally from trying to save their children from crime, alcohol, or drug addiction. The authors discuss how to set limits and take care of oneself and address the possibility of having to face reality and walk away. A valuable work for both parents and society in general. (LJ 11/1/13)