New Nonfiction Roundup – December 2019

The diet starts today!
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution or take it easy this holiday season these books, starting with Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones Kitchen featuring 100 recipes from the healthiest places in the world; it’s also a Peak Pick! Reclaim your health with Molly Carmel’s Breaking Up with Sugar or embark on a week-long detox with Clean 7, the latest by Alejandro Junger. Improve your gut health and complexion with Josh Axe and The Collagen Diet and eliminate inflammation with with Michael Symon in Fix it with Food.  Mark Sisson returns with his latest entry for keto devotees in Keto for Life while Jason Fung provides those with diabetes with insulin-friendly recipes in The Obesity Code CookbookAnd if you’re tired of diets, Christy Harrison helps you develop intuitive eating habits in Anti-Diet, Kelly Levesque develops lifestyle changes according to four archetypes in Body Love Every Day while Michael Greger eschews fads in favor of a different approach in  How Not to DietFinally, for a gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free cookbook, look no further than Alex Snodgrass’s The Defined Dish.

New Year, New You.
Ichirō Kishimi’s The Courage to Be Happy will empower people to combat trauma and the expectation of others to achieve happiness, while Tara Brach offers a four-step meditation process for those seeking refuge in difficult times in Radical Compassion. Tina Hay uses illustrations to make a boring topic accessible and fun in Napkin Finance. If you need a primer on life after work, check out Retirement 101 by Michelle Cagan. BJ Fogg shows you how small changes can have a big impact in Tiny Habits. Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas (How to Be Parisianensure that forty is fabulous in Older, But Better, But OlderFinally, Holly Whitaker finds joy in sobriety in Quit Like a Woman.

Notable Narratives.
In Disney’s Land, Richard Snow looks back at the history of the amusement park that conquered the world. Kate Bennett considers the enigmatic First Lady in Free, Melania while Washington Post journalist Ruth Marcus recounts the Brett Kavanaugh drama in Supreme AmbitionNotable true crime writer Gregg Olsen (Starvation Heightsrevisits another shocking Washington-based tale of murder in If You TellCésar Cuauhtémoc García Hernández looks at the intersection of immigration and the criminal justice system in Migrating to Prison and Nathan Robinson profiles the new progressive wing of the Democratic party in Why You Should Be a SocialistFinally, for those looking for some inspiration, consider these two works from beloved authors who are no longer with us: a treasury of quotations from the late Toni Morrison in The Measure of Our Lives and a collection of essays from former Portland magazine editor Brian Doyle in One Long River of Song.

         ~posted by Frank B.

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