Archive for the ‘Diet & Health’ Category

Oprah’s Vegan Challenge

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Expect an increase in interest in books about veganism. Beginning Tuesday, Oprah and 378 of her staff go vegan for a week. Michael Pollan and Kathy Freston will be featured on the show.

Freston’s latest book comes out tomorrow.

Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World
Kathy Freston
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Weinstein Books – (2011-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 1602861331 / 9781602861336

Possible Breakout by Prison Librarian

Friday, October 15th, 2010

A recent Earlyword Galley Chat favorite goes on sale next week: Running the BooksAvi Steinberg‘s memoir of his adventures as a prison librarian and writing instructor in Boston, after graduating from Harvard.  As we’ve mentioned, he published an amusing essay in the New York Times magazine last week, which should help the book get more attention in other media.

PW called the memoir “captivating…. Steinberg writes a stylish prose that blends deadpan wit with an acute moral seriousness. The result is a fine portrait of prison life and the thwarted humanity that courses through it.”

Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
Avi Steinberg
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese – (2010-10-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0385529090 / 9780385529099

Other Notable Nonfiction On Sale Next Week

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook: Crazy Delicious Recipes that Are Good to the Earth and Great for Your Bod by Kim Barnouin (Running Press), more vegan dishes.

Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case by Walter Schneir (Melville House) contends that Ethel Rosenberg was not a Soviet spy and challenges enduring myths surrounding the case. The New York Times Book Review compares it favorably to another recent book on the Rosenberg case by Allen M. Hornblum.

My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy by Nora Titone (S&S) hinges on its portrait of the Booth family. Kirkus declares that “though some historical detail seems more tangential than pertinent, the multiple portraits display hidden facets of all the Booths.”

The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer by Jane Smiley is a biography of the brilliant but mostly forgotten physicist who created a protype for the computer. Kirkus raves, “As in her novels, the author displays a talent for keeping a dozen fully realized characters on stage…. Smiley takes science history and injects it with a touch of noir and an exciting clash of vanities.”


Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson, about a runaway slave who joins the Continental Army at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78, is the second installment in the author’s American Revolutionary trilogy, following the National Book Award finalist Chains. Kirkus praises its “vivid setting, believable characters both good and despicable and a clear portrayal of the moral ambiguity of the Revolutionary age. Not only can this sequel stand alone, for many readers it will be one of the best novels they have ever read.”

Prostate Snatchers

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

We can’t help but cringe at the title of a new book that criticizes current treatments for prostate cancer; Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers.

It’s been rising on Amazons sales rankings (currently at #207, from #28,021 yesterday), based on coverage in the New York Times Well Column on Monday. The book’s authors point out that only 1 man in 48 is saved by prostate surgery; the others would be better off if it was treated as a chronic condition.

The NYT columnist finds the book’s arguments persuasive, even though he happens to be one of the 48 who was saved by surgery, which uncovered the fact that his cancer was more advanced than his doctors had originally thought.

Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers: No More Unnecessary Biopsies, Radical Treatment or Loss of Sexual Potency
Mark Scholz M.D., Ralph Blum
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press – (2010-08-24)
ISBN / EAN: 1590513428 / 9781590513422

Coming Next Week; Murder, Madness and College Diets

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Based on library holds, the most anticipated title next week is the new thriller by Daniel Silva.

The Rembrandt Affair
Daniel Silva
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult – (2010-07-20)
ISBN / EAN: 0399156585 / 9780399156588

This is the 10th in the author’s Gabriel Alon series. Alon, the former assassin for the Israeli secret service, is looking for peace and quiet on the Cornish coast, but, of course, trouble finds him as an art restorer is murdered while working on a recently discovered Rembrandt.


Holds are also building for by Iris Johansen’s third outing with her son, Roy.

Shadow Zone
Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (2010-07-20)
ISBN / EAN: 0312611609 / 9780312611606


Coming in plenty of time for kids who will be heading off to college in the Fall, a new edition of the 2006 best seller, by the daughter of Memet Oz (who provides the forward). Most libraries have the earlier edition, but have not yet ordered the new one.

The Dorm Room Diet: The 10-Step Program for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Plan That Really Works
Daphne Oz
Retail Price: $16.95
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Newmarket Press – (2010-07-13)
ISBN / EAN: 1557049157 / 9781557049155


Geoffrey O’Brien’s The Fall of the House of Walworth is an L.A. Times summer reading pick; “O’Brien turns his acute eye onto a scandalous story of the 1870s, an act of patricide that destroyed a prominent family after the Civil War.” Booklist calls it a ” darkly mesmerizing true-crime tale.” A few libraries are showing holds. For those that don’t have holds, this sounds like a good readers advisory choice.

The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America
Geoffrey O’Brien
Retail Price: $30.00
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. – (2010-07-20)
ISBN / EAN: 0805081151 / 9780805081152

On Oprah, Again

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Can the anti-diet book, Women Food and God reach an even wider audience? It’s already been on the NYT Hardcover Advice best seller list for 16 weeks, largely because Oprah has called it “the miracle we’ve been waiting for.”

Today, Oprah brings the author back to her show for a second session.

Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
Geneen Roth
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2010-03-02)
ISBN / EAN: 1416543074 / 9781416543077

S&S Audio; UNABR; 9781442336605; $29.99

Roth Continues to Rise

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Women, Food and God hit number 1 on several major best seller lists after Oprah’s endorsements, beginning in O, The Oprah Magazine and continuing with a full hour show last week. Now, it adds another one as it hits #1 on the USA Today list (which, unlike lists in other newspapers, is not divided by category).

It will get a further boost on July 12th, when Oprah again features the author, as USA Today‘s “Book Buzz” column notes.

Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
Geneen Roth
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2010-03-02)
ISBN / EAN: 1416543074 / 9781416543077

S&S Audio; UNABR; 9781442336605; $29.99

Oprah’s Done with Diets

Monday, May 10th, 2010

She’s already made a best seller of Women, Food and God by featuring the book in her magazine. Now she’ll send it even higher by featuring it on her Wednesday show, headlined  “Why Oprah Says She’ll Never Diet Again!

Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
Geneen Roth
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2010-03-02)
ISBN / EAN: 1416543074 / 9781416543077

S&S Audio; UNABR; 9781442336605; $29.99


Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Geneen Roth’s Women, Food, and God, is hitting #1 in many places:

Just hit #1 on Amazon

#1 on B&

#1 on the 4/11 NYT Hardcover Advice best seller list, rising from #3 last week)

Libraries are showing heavy reserves; an average of 10:1 on modest ordering.

What’s fueling it? Perhaps it’s a little help from Oprah, who interviews the author in April issue of O, the Oprah Magazine; the promo for the issue calls it “the book Oprah’s telling everyone to read”; the cover headline proclaims, “The Battle is Over!”

Could an appearance on The Oprah Show be far behind?

Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
Geneen Roth
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2010-03-02)
ISBN / EAN: 1416543074 / 9781416543077

Facing the End

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Jane Brody, the NYT‘s health columnist writes movingly today about her husband’s death.

Brody notes that this “Personal Health” column is very personal,

When I wrote Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond, I had no idea that I’d be putting its precepts into practice in my immediate family within a year of publication. But as I said in the book, “You never know.” You never know when your time will be up, and so it is best to prepare for the end sooner rather than later.

Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life
Jane Brody
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2009-02-17)
ISBN / EAN: 1400066549 / 9781400066544

She also mentions Francine Russo’s “excellent new book,” They’re Your Parents, Too!

They’re Your Parents, Too!: How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy
Francine Russo
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam – (2010-01-26)
ISBN / EAN: 0553806998 / 9780553806991

ebook available from OverDrive

Heavy Holds Alert: FOOD RULES

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Michael Pollan’s paperback original title, Food Rules, has been on the Amazon top five since Jan. 5, It got a boost to #1 from a recommendation by Jane Brody in the New York TimesHealth” column on Monday,

In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, by Michael Pollan.

Libraries are showing holds as high as 420 on 45 copies.

Here’s a rare thing; an inexpensive bestseller. It’s a great opportunity to buy more and make your customers happy.

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
Michael Pollan
Retail Price: $11.00
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) – (2009-12-29)
ISBN / EAN: 014311638X / 9780143116387

ebook available from OverDrive

FOOD RULES Jon Stewart

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Michael Pollan appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night. The appearance sent his new book, Food Rules, to #5 on Amazon sales rankings.

Libraries that own the book show heavy holds. Several do not; it was not reviewed prepub.

An original paperback, the book is described by the publisher as a “pocket compendium of food wisdom.” Some of the pieces of wisdom? “Avoid foods you see advertised on television” and “Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.”

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Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
Michael Pollan
Retail Price: $11.00
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) – (2009-12-29)
ISBN / EAN: 014311638X / 9780143116387

eBook downloadable from OverDrive

More Love for Kington

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Two glowing early reviews have rolled in for How Shall I Tell the Dog: And Other Final Musings, the memoir in letters by Miles Kington, one of Britain’s most popular newspaper columnists. It’s good to see that several libraries have ordered it since we mentioned it last week as a possible sleeper.

Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review, praising the book as “a witty, bittersweet slice of meta-nonfiction” about Kington’s struggle with pancreatic cancer, “or, more precisely, his struggle to write a book about it: ‘phrases like ‘cashing in on cancer’ give quite the wrong impression. What I mean is, ‘making cancer work for its living.’” 

The bookseller newsletter Shelf Awareness declares that Kington “effortlessly takes the reader from sadness to laughter” and relishes the part where Kington thinks  

he might make a good assassin, offering his services as his last useful act on earth: “People who look at my hangdog expression and my air of lingering malady would never dream that underneath it all simmers a potential killer.” And he’s after big game, too–Robert Mugabe or a”‘public nuisance’ like Jeffrey Archer or Victorla Beckham.”

How Shall I Tell the Dog?: And Other Final Musings
Miles Kington
Retail Price: $19.95
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Newmarket Press – (2009-07-07)
ISBN / EAN: 155704841X / 9781557048417

From USA Today’s Lips…

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

How Shall I Tell the Dog: And Other Final Musings by Miles Kington, a wry memoir in letters by a British newspaper columnist about his last six months of battling pancreatic cancer, is starting to find fans on the book media circuit. USA Today gave it a mention in it’s “Book Buzz” column, and the Daily Beast’s Sara Nelson mentions a recent media luncheon she attended with the author’s agent standing in for the author, who died in 2008 at age 66. It has also become Newmarket Press’s very first IndieNext pick by independent booksellers, on the list for July, 2009. Most libraries we checked don’t have any copies.

How Shall I Tell the Dog was also one of the few galleys I took home from Book Expo, after the Newmarket Press publisher pressed it into my hands, saying it was a big UK bestseller and the only book her husband would take to his chemotherapy appointments. I was immediately absorbed by it on the way home (it starts with a witty riff on how annoying the author found Patricia Shultz’s fat book 1000 Places to See Before You Die after his cancer diagnosis). That night, I mentioned it to my partner, who immediately started reading it and wouldn’t give it back. I still want to finish it, even though I  know how it ends!

How Shall I Tell the Dog?: And Other Final Musings
Miles Kington
Retail Price: $19.95
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Newmarket Press – (2009-07-07)
ISBN / EAN: 155704841X / 9781557048417

FOOD INC.: Book and Movie

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Opening tomorrow in NYC, LA and San Francisco is the documentary, Food, Inc., featuring interviews with Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma). It will be opening in about a dozen more cities in the following weeks, including Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Seattle.

The movie is receiving kudos from many media outlets, including this week’s Entertainment Weekly, which gives it an “A” rating and says it is “more than just a terrific documentary — it’s an important movie.”

Unsurprisingly, the National Corn Growers Association has issued a protest, saying, in part,

This film’s producers don’t like the steps government, the food industry and commodity groups like NCGA have taken to keep food prices low and help feed the world’s hungry. We have the least expensive food of any nation, and for that we’re grateful.

The tie-in book has been rising on Amazon (it went to #140 this week) and is owned in quantity by most libraries.

Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: PublicAffairs – (2009-05-04)
ISBN / EAN: 1586486942 / 9781586486945

Who’s the ‘Hungry Monkey’?

Monday, May 25th, 2009

On NPR’s “Morning Edition” this Memorial Day, a story with a shocking headline, “Let Them Eat Sugar: A New Guide for Feeding Kids.” 

The book, Hungry Monkey, by Matthew Amster-Burton, is described as a “memoir-style cookbook.” It suggests that parents needn’t worry about “scary” books that “warn against giving kids certain foods because of the risk of creating allergies, choking hazards and an unbalanced diet.”

Regarding sugar, the author says, “If you’re brave enough to let it be, it’s kind of self-regulating. Efforts to restrict sugar in kids tend to backfire and tend to make kids look for sugar anytime the parents aren’t looking.”

Is this just the information that parents want? Evidently, since the book made a precipitous leap from #5,417 to #61 on Amazon today. One large library system (admittedly an anomaly) shows 101 reserves on 13 copies. Many libraries have not ordered it.

Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
Matthew Amster-Burton
Price: $23.00
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co – (2009-05-19)
ISBN-10: 0151013241
ISBN-13: 9780151013241