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New Year, New Me

Books to help you make the best out of 2023!

December 28, 2022

Learn a New Skill or Habit

High-Vibe Feng Shui by Ashley Cantley

High-Vibe Feng Shui
11 Steps To Achieving Your Best Life

Ashley Cantley

Cantley’s 11-step program has guided exercises for creating intention, tapping into intuition, cleaning and decluttering, and balancing and enhancing energy in the home.

Plant Coach by Nick Cutsumpas

Plant Coach
The Beginner’s Guide To Caring For Plants And The Planet

Nick Cutsumpas

Urban gardener, plantrepreneur, and star of Netflix’s Instant Dream Home “Farmer Nick” Nick Cutsumpas combines sustainability, science, and philosophy to coach new plant owners on how to find the right houseplants for their space and help them thrive.

Everyday Crochet by June Gilbank

Everyday Crochet
The Complete Beginner’s Guide

June Gilbank

You’ve seen gorgeous crochet items online and in boutique shops, and you’d love to learn to create them yourself. Now’s your chance! Packed with hundreds of inspirational color photos and easy-to-follow instructions, this fun guide teaches you how to hook your way to a wonderful new skill.

Home Buying 101 by Jon Gorey

Home Buying 101
From Mortgages And The MLS To Making The Offer And Moving In, Your Essential Guide To Buying Your First Home

Jon Gorey

This guide for first-time homeowners covers are the skills needed to find the right house at the right price, including deciding the right time to buy, choosing a Realtor and making a smart offer.

Baking School by King Arthur Baking Company

Baking School
Lessons And Recipes For Every Baker

King Arthur Baking Company

In its first full-color cookbook, the renowned Baking School at King Arthur shares more than 100 recipes and essential techniques.

Marie Kondo'S Kurashi At Home by Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo’s Kurashi At Home
How To Organize Your Space And Achieve Your Ideal Life

Marie Kondo

From the #1 bestselling sensation and Netflix star comes her guide to designing not just the home-but the life-of your dreams, fully illustrated with more than 200 photographs from inside the Marie Kondo lifestyle.

Finance For The People by Paco de Leon

Finance For The People
Getting A Grip On Your Finances

Paco de Leon

This practical and illustrator personal finance guide teaches readers to examine their beliefs and experiences about money in order to break out of the debt cycle and begin accumulating wealth.

Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects by Katherine Lile

Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects
16 Home Accessories To Make With A Simple Stitch

Katherine Lile

A complete craft guide to making stylish bowls, bags, trivets, baskets, and more by coiling rope and joining it together with a simple zigzag stitch! An easy and fun craft to quickly master, this exciting guide features 17 sewing projects and rope crafts with clear, step-by-step instructions, coordinating photography, and expert tips throughout that will ensure success and build your rope sewing skills.

A Beginner'S Guide To Knitting by Tracey Lord

A Beginner’s Guide To Knitting
A Complete Step-By-Step Course

Tracey Lord

If you would like to start knitting, or if you know the basics but would like to learn the more complex skills of shaping, lace patterns, and colorwork, then A Beginner’s Guide to Knitting is for you. Starting at the very beginning with casting on, garter stitch, and binding off, the 20 workshops take you through different stitches and techniques, with color artworks to show you how everything is done.

Pickleball by Mo Nard, Reine Steel, Diana Landau, Carl Landau

Pickleball

Mo Nard, Reine Steel, Diana Landau, Carl Landau

The game with the funny name was created in the 1960’s and is, today, the fastest growing sport in America. In true Dummies fashion, the material is easy to understand and appropriate for newbies as well as advanced players.

How To Be Perfect by Michael Schur

How To Be Perfect
The Correct Answer To Every Moral Question

Michael Schur

From the creator of The Good Place and the cocreator of Parks and Recreation, a hilarious, thought-provoking guide to living an ethical life, drawing on 2,500 years of deep thinking from around the world.

A Divine Language by Alec Wilkinson

A Divine Language
Learning Algebra, Geometry, And Calculus At The Edge Of Old Age

Alec Wilkinson

A long-time contributor to The New Yorker challenges himself to understand math’s deepest mysteries as a middle-aged man after decades of struggling to understand those concepts as a boy.

Health and Self-Help

The Secret To Love, Health, And Money by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret To Love, Health, And Money
A Masterclass

Rhonda Byrne

This collection of lessons, advice and case studies from the author of the groundbreaking best-seller The Secret reveals how to achieve personal happiness, wellbeing and success.

You Are Not Alone by Ken Duckworth

You Are Not Alone
The Nami Guide To Navigating Mental Health–With Advice From Experts And Wisdom From Real People And Families

Ken Duckworth

Younger You by Kara N Fitzgerald

Younger You
Reduce Your Bio Age And Live Longer, Better

Kara N Fitzgerald

While there’s nothing we can do about our chronological age, our biological age is an entirely different matter. And that’s where Dr. Fitzgerald’s plan comes in. You don’t need expensive, inaccessible, and risky medications to lower your age. With strategic delicious foods and common-sense lifestyle practices, you can positively influence genetic expression.

Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Seth Gillihan

Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A Simple Path To Healing, Hope, And Peace

Seth Gillihan

One of the top popularizers of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a practicing psychologist blends insights from CBT, mindfulness, Stoicism and Christian mysticism into the therapeutic process to help us effectively overcome negative thinking, achieve deep healing and truly attain inner peace.

12 Weeks To A Sharper You by Sanjay Gupta

12 Weeks To A Sharper You
A Guided Program

Sanjay Gupta

Chief CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta helped countless readers keep their brains sharp and effortlessly productive with KEEP SHARP. In 12 Weeks to a Sharper You, he now provides a step-by-step 12-week program to help you put his transformational ideas into daily practice.

The Anxiety Audit by Lynn Lyons

The Anxiety Audit
7 Sneaky Ways Anxiety Takes Hold And How To Escape Them

Lynn Lyons

Anxiety expert Lynn Lyons, whose advice appears regularly in Psychology Today and the New York Times, offers an eye-opening look at the 7 sneaky ways that anxiety and worry weave their way into our families, our friendships, and our jobs, and provides actionable steps to reverse the cycle and reclaim our emotional well-being.

Emotional by Leonard Mlodinow

Emotional
How Feelings Shape Our Thinking

Leonard Mlodinow

Examines how current research shows how our emotions are as key to our sense of well-being as our thoughts, and how we can use them to overcome frustration, fear and anxiety and lead happier, more well-balanced lives.

The Immunotype Breakthrough by Heather Moday

The Immunotype Breakthrough
Your Personalized Plan To Balance Your Immune System, Optimize Health, And Build Lifelong Resilience

Heather Moday

An immunologist, allergist and functional medicine doctor breaks down the latest science on immunity, offering a program to help you identify your unique immunotype and balance your system for optimal health and longevity.

Own Your Morning by Liz Baker Plosser

Own Your Morning
Reset Your A.M. Routine To Unlock Your Potential.

Liz Baker Plosser

Plosser believes there’s no cookie cutter morning ritual that will lead you to success. Instead she advocates that your AM routine should reflect what matters most to you. Own Your Morning starts with prompts to help you identify your core values: the way you want to spend your energy, time, and resources.

Face Fitness by Patricia San Pedro

Face Fitness
Simple Exercises And Rituals For Toned, Glowing Skin

Patricia San Pedro

Filled with how-to illustrations and empowering mantras, this guide to toning, sculpting and strengthening your skin presents 50 easy-to-follow exercises that help you to rejuvenate your complexion and present the most beautiful you.

52 Ways To Walk by Annabel Streets

52 Ways To Walk
The Surprising Science Of Walking For Wellness And Joy, One Week At A Time

Annabel Streets

Encourages and inspires readers to improve how they walk, where they walk and who they walk with to attain the full range of mental and physical benefits of walking and get more out of life one step at a time.

The Good Life Method by Meghan Sullivan, Paul Blaschko

The Good Life Method
Reasoning Through The Big Questions Of Happiness, Faith, And Meaning

Meghan Sullivan, Paul Blaschko

Two Philosophers Ask and Answer the Big Questions About the Search for Faith and Happiness.

State Change by Robin Berzin

State Change
End Anxiety, Beat Burnout, And Ignite A New Baseline Of Energy And Flow

Robin Berzin

Functional medicine innovator and founder of nationally renowned practice Parsley Health, Dr. Robin Berzin’s definitive work on how to fight the physical ailments at the root of the international epidemic of burnout, anxiety, and stress.

The Book Of Boundaries by Melissa Urban

The Book Of Boundaries
Set The Limits That Will Set You Free

Melissa Urban

The CEO of the Whole30 and an authority on helping people create lifelong healthy habits shows how establishing boundaries is the key to better mental health and self-confidence, improved productivity, greater energy and more fulfilling relationships.

Not Drinking Tonight by Amanda White

Not Drinking Tonight
A Guide To Creating A Sober Life You Love

Amanda White

In this honest discussion of mental health, the founder of Therapy for Women explores our reasons for drinking alcohol, and the benefits of taking a break.

Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety by Sally Winston, Martin N Seif

Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety
A CBT Guide For Moving Past Chronic Indecisiveness, Avoidance, And Catastrophic Thinking

Sally Winston, Martin N Seif

Should I, or shouldn’t I? What if something goes horribly wrong? Anticipatory anxiety-the avoidance component of generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, and phobias-leads to chronic indecisiveness, procrastination, catastrophizing, and avoidance. From the authors of Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts, this liberating guide-grounded in proven-effective therapy modalities-shows readers how to face their fears, get unstuck, make decisions, and live a vital and engaged life.

Food and Diet

Mocktail Party by Kerry Benson, Diana Licalzi

Mocktail Party
75 Plant-Based, Non-Alcoholic Mocktail Recipes For Every Occasion

Kerry Benson, Diana Licalzi

Developed by two registered dietitians, the non-alcoholic drink recipes in Mocktail Party feature nutritious, all-natural ingredients with minimal sugar that you can easily find at any grocery store. The book also features valuable information about thebenefits of an alcohol-free lifestyle, tips for sustainable mixology, and advice for ordering mocktails at a restaurant or bar.

Eat Right For Your Inflammation Type by Maggie Berghoff

Eat Right For Your Inflammation Type
The Three-Step Program To Strengthen Immunity, Heal Chronic Pain, And Boost Your Energy

Maggie Berghoff

Eat Right for Your Inflammation Type does for dangers of inflammation what Wheat Belly did for the hidden threats of gluten, targeting each cause of inflammation the same way Eat Right 4 Your Type did for blood type-specific health issues.

Super Gut by William Davis

Super Gut
A Four-Week Plan To Reprogram Your Microbiome, Restore Health, And Lose Weight

William Davis

A renowned preventive cardiologist and author of the New York Times best-seller Wheat Belly shows how to eliminate bad bacteria and bring back the missing “good” bacteria with a 4-week plan to reprogram your biome based on research and techniques.

The I Love My Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book by Maryea Flaherty

The “I Love My Instant Pot” Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book
From Orange Ginger Salmon To Apple Crisp, 175 Easy And Delicious Recipes That Reduce Inflammation

Maryea Flaherty

A collection of 175 Instant Pot pressure cooker recipes designed to reduce inflammation in the body, including Turkey and Wild Rice Stew, Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Blueberry Almond Mason Jar Cakes.

Unlocking The Keto Code by Steven R Gundry

Unlocking The Keto Code
The Revolutionary New Science Of Keto That Offers More Benefits Without Deprivation

Steven R Gundry

 Gundry shows readers how to ignite this process, from feasting on plant-based foods to enjoying ketone generating foods such as goat and sheep milk products, to implementing a timed eating schedule. He makes going keto easy and enjoyable for the first time.

One: Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones

One: Pot, Pan, Planet
A Greener Way To Cook For You And Your Family

Anna Jones

With recipes for every occasion, these creative, delicious and satisfying vegetarian dishes are easy to prepare and keep sustainability at the center of every meal.

The 17 Day Kickstart Diet by Mike Moreno

The 17 Day Kickstart Diet
A Doctor’s Plan For Dropping Pounds, Toxins, And Bad Habits

Mike Moreno

The New York Times bestselling author of the revolutionary The 17 Day Diet shares the effective and simple program he used to reclaim his own health that features meal planning, manageable movement strategies and supportive wellness rituals that will detoxify and inspire.

Drop Acid by David Perlmutter

Drop Acid
The Surprising New Science Of Uric Acid–The Key To Losing Weight, Controlling Blood Sugar, And Achieving Extraordinary Health

David Perlmutter

Reveals the hidden health risk posed by high uric acid levels and provides a twenty-one-day program with recipes to reduce the levels.

My Vegan Year by Niki Webster

My Vegan Year
A Seasonal Guide To Going Plant-Based

Niki Webster

Starting in spring, the book shows you how to make amazing vegan food in every season. As well as over 50 fun, simple and delicious recipes that anyone can try, it’s also filled with great tips for every season – from how to grow your own veg to the ultimate vegan finger food for the party season. It’s a fantastic handbook that’s the perfect plant-based companion for 365 days of being vegan!

Win-Win Diet by Julie Wilcox

Win-Win Diet
How To Be Plant-Based And Still Eat What You Love

Julie Wilcox

This guide to four eating patterns allows readers to choose the one that works best for them: flexitarian, pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan.

Finance and Career

Designing Your New Work Life by Bill Burnett, Dave Evans

Designing Your New Work Life
How To Thrive And Change And Find Happiness And A New Freedom At Work

Bill Burnett, Dave Evans

The authors of the #1 New York Times best-seller Designing Your Life examine how COVID has transformed our work lives and present strategies for using design thinking to create a new work-life balance.

Estate Planning Basics by Denis Clifford

Estate Planning Basics

Denis Clifford

Get the need-to-know basics about wills, trusts, avoiding probate, and planning for incapacity with Estate Planning Basics. This book lays out your options in plain English, guiding you to the right estate plan for you and your family.

The Job Closer by Steve Dalton

The Job Closer
Time-Saving Techniques For Acing Resumes, Interviews, Negotiations, And More

Steve Dalton

The author of The 2-Hour Job Search shows you how to land your dream job, from writing the perfect resume and cover letter to nailing any interview and negotiating your offer.

Finance For The People by Paco de Leon

Finance For The People
Getting A Grip On Your Finances

Paco de Leon

This practical and illustrator personal finance guide teaches readers to examine their beliefs and experiences about money in order to break out of the debt cycle and begin accumulating wealth.

Money Magic by Laurence J Kotlikoff

Money Magic
An Economist’s Secrets To More Money, Less Risk, And A Better Life

Laurence J Kotlikoff

A personal finance expert harnesses the power of economics and advanced computation to provide a host of simple money magic tricks to plan for a richer, happier, and safer financial life.

Miss Independent by Nicole Lapin

Miss Independent
A Simple 12-Step Plan To Start Investing And Grow Your Own Wealth

Nicole Lapin

The launching point for you—and for ambitious women like you—to build your wealth, cement your financial independence, and secure the net worth you need to create the life you want; all from famed financial correspondent and Millennial money whisperer Nicole Lapin.

Baby Steps Millionaires by Dave Ramsey

Baby Steps Millionaires
How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth –And How You Can Too

Dave Ramsey

A #1 New York Times best-selling author explains how anyone can baby-step their way to becoming a millionaire.