Taking Care of Body and Soul | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2017

Brand, Russell. Fix: Freedom from All Your Addictions. Holt. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250141927. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250141934. CD: Macmillan. MEMOIR
Once in thrall to heroin, alcohol, sex, food, and more, comedian and movie star Brand helps others recover from addiction as he did by explaining that the real question is not “Why are you addicted?” but “What pain is your addiction masking?” With a national author tour.

Brown, Brené. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage To Stand Alone. Random. Sept. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780812995848. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812995855. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. PERSONAL GROWTH
From the perennial No. 1 New York Times best-selling author whose 2010 TEDx Houston talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world, here’s egerguidance not on fitting in but on truly belonging..

Eger, Edith. The Choice: Embrace the Possible. Scribner. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781501130786. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501130816. SELF-HELP
Eminent psychologist Eger has every right to tell us how to rise above suffering and embrace joy, as she does with traumatized veterans, abused women, and more. One of the few remaining Holocaust survivors old enough at the time to remember the camps, Eger survived her first hours at Auschwitz by following Joseph Mengele’s command to dance a waltz to “The Blue Danube.” Yet she’s learned to forgive. With a six-city tour to Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Kimball, Christopher. Milk Street: The New Home Cooking. Little, Brown. Sept. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780316437288. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780316437271. COOKING
Founder of the Boston-based Milk Street, whose 4,000-square-foot kitchen serves as both a cooking school and the set of a WGBH-produced television show, Kimball follows up a string of successful cookbooks with a new work offering tasty ingredients and streamlined techniques. With a 150,000-copy first printing

Larkin, Tim. When Violence Is the Answer: Learning How To Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake. Little, Brown. Sept. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780316354646. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316354639. CD: S. & S. Audio. SOCIAL SCIENCE/FITNESSlarkin
Larkin is schooled in violence, but not in committing it. As a self-defense expert with a 1.6 million-plus-subscriber email list, he trains celebrities, soldiers, and just plain folks how to respond effectively to physical threat. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Levy, Naomi. Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul. Flatiron: Macmillan. Sept. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250057266. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250058720. RELIGION
Named one of the 50 top rabbis in America by Newsweek and author of the national best seller To Begin Again, Levy responds to a letter written by Albert Einstein asserting that religion aims to move us beyond ourselves and make us feel a part of the world as a whole. Tracking down the recipient of the letter gave her a deeper understanding of the meaning of the soul.

The Monks of New Skete & Marc Goldberg. What Every Dog Needs: How To Be the Leader, Provider, and Friend Your Dog Wants You to Be and Master the Art of Living with Your Dog. Little, Brown. Sept. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780316387934. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316387927. CD: Hachette Audio. DOGS
The Monks of New Skete have been raising and training dogs for decades, and along the way they’ve produced the best-selling training manuals The Art of Raising a Puppy and How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend. Here they explain how to be smarter about the time you spend with your dog, building (or fixing) a bond and addressing the dog’s specific needs (vs. its desire for fresh-baked snacks and five walks daily). With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Morin, Amy. 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success. Morrow. Sept. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780062565730. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062565747. PARENTINGmorin
With parents worrying about protecting children from the blows of contemporary life, then worrying that overprotection is actually making them less able to cope, the author of the international best seller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do arrives with specific tools for training children to become mentally strong. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Oz, Mehmet. Food Can Fix It: The Proven Plan for Weight Loss, Disease Prevention, and Life-Changing Energy. Scribner. Sept. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501158155. $27.99; ebk. 9781501158179. HEALTH & FITNESS
Can you heal both body and soul at once, lightening your mood, lifting chronic pain and fatigue, and losing those extra pounds? Oz, the New York Times best-selling author and multiple Emmy Award–winning host of The Dr. Oz Show, says yes—as long as you are choosing the right kinds of foods. Here’s what he has in mind for you.

Rausing, Sigrid. Mayhem: A Memoir. Knopf. Sept. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9780451493125. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451493132. Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR
The editor of Granta magazine and publisher of Granta Books, Rausing examines the impact of addiction on a family by trying to understanding the death of her sister-in-law in London during the summer of 2012. In particular, she asks how we can help an addict when the very concept of help suggests a threatening exercise of power. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @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.

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  4. Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media, per our Terms of Use.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind