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Must-Reads and Great Gifts for the Bookworm In Your Life

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Books are a tried-and-true gift: They're reasonably priced (and yet enough that we may hold off buying one for ourselves), and there's always, always a new one you just have to read. Or that someone you know should.

I recently spoke with Lisa Davis, creator, producer, and host on the Its Your Health Network, who's an admitted book fiend (gobbling four to six titles a WEEK!). She rounded up some of her favorite new nonfiction titles that you might want to check out and add to your list.

WOMEN

Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change by Vivien Diller. Millions of women, raised to believe that success and happiness are based on their intelligence and accomplishments, face an unexpected challenge: the physical realities of aging. If looks are not supposed to matter, why do so many women panic as their appearance changes? Face It is a psychological guide to help women deal with the emotions brought on by their changing appearances

Cooking Well's Beautiful Skin: Over 75 Antioxidant-Rich Recipes for Glowing Skin by Elizabeth Tenhouten. Thousands of skincare products promise beautiful skin without providing real results, and it's time for a practical and effective way of achieving healthier skin. Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin harnesses the scientifically proven benefits of antioxidants for skin health, providing you with the tools necessary for achieving glowing, radiant skin from the inside out.  

COOKING/DIETS

THE BIGGEST LOSER DESSERT COOKBOOK: More than 80 Healthy Treats that Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Breaking Your Calorie Budget by Devin Alexander. This is the only book in THE BIGGEST LOSER series to focus exclusively on desserts. It is also the ONLY all-dessert cookbook to feature low-calorie, low-fat desserts made with all-natural ingredients (no artificial sweeteners!) and no white flour or sugar. November 2010

Mariel’s Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life by Mariel Hemingway. How do you cook nutritious and delicious meals when life is busy and time is short? How can you make fresh, organic food a part of your and your family's way of life--simply and affordably? These are the questions that Mariel Hemingway answers by sharing tried-and-tested recipes, straight from her kitchen to yours.

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolfe. Research biochemist and one of the world’s most sought after strength and conditioning coaches unearths the story of the original human diet by uniting the anthropological knowledge of our Hunter Gatherer past with the latest, cutting edge discoveries from genetics, bio- chemistry, immunology, and life extension research.


MEN

How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy's Guide to the World of Infertility by Greg Wolfe. Wolfe went through four cycles of IVF on his rocky journey to fatherhood—and now, with profound sympathy and sidesplitting humor, he lays it all out for guys on similar baby-making quests. How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup is not your typical nuts and bolts (no pun intended) medical guide but a helpful handbook designed specifically with the male partner in mind, with answers to his most pressing questions about the infertility process.

GENERAL

Walking Papers: The Accident that Changed My Life, and the Business that Got Me Back on My Feet by Francesco Clark. Clark was a twenty-four-year-old with a bright future when he went to Long Island for the weekend--but a nocturnal dive into the pool's shallow end changed everything, forever. Paralyzed from the neck down, Francesco was told by his doctors that he would never move from his bed or even breathe without assistance. But Francesco fought back. Many doctors discourage patients with spinal cord injury from pursuing physical therapy beyond very basic movements, but Francesco embarked on a five-hour daily regimen, including the treadmill program that Christopher Reeve had made famous.

Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic by Ann Louise Gittleman. 84 percent of Americans own a cell phone, 89 million of us watch TV beamed to us by satellite, and we can’t have a cup of coffee our local café without being exposed to Wi-Fi. We are constantly being exposed to EMFs—invisible lines of force that surround all electrical devices—at a rate 100 million times greater than our grandparents were.

The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Respond to People Who Dump on You, and How to Stop Dumping on Others by David J. Pollay. Twenty years ago, while riding in the back of a New York City taxicab, syndicated columnist David J. Pollay narrowly escaped a life-threatening car crash. The driver who almost caused the accident started yelling at the cab driver, who remarkably smiled, saved and wished the other driver well before he and David drove away. David asked how the cabbie could remain so calm, especially after the other driver almost killed them. What the driver said left David awestruck. His new book, Law of the Garbage Truck is a powerful, yet easily understood, with insights that will guide and inspire readers in their everyday lives.

Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold by Jennifer Ackerman. Some colds are like mice, timid and annoying; others like dragons, accompanied by body aches and deep misery. Ackerman explains what, exactly, a cold is, how it works, and whether it's really possible to "fight one off." Americans suffer up to a billion colds each year, resulting in 40 million days of missed work and school and 100 million doctor visits. In this ode to the odious cold, Ackerman sifts through the chatter about treatments-what works, what doesn't, and what can't hurt.

The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less by John Robbins. Robbins, best-selling author and heir to the Baskin Robbins family, walked away from a fortune only to lose most of his own money in Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme. As the author of the bestselling Diet for a New America, Robbins championed planet-friendly food and became a popular lecturer, talk-show guest, and feature of the hit documentary, Supersize Me. Now he taps his razor sharp insights and social consciousness to argue that, when it comes to not just our food but also our bank accounts, homes, and other aspects of our lives, bigger is not always best.

Worried Sick: Break Free from Chronic Worry to Achieve Mental & Physical Health by Karol Ward. Worry can take a toll on the body as well as the mind-from weight gain and hair loss to irritable bowel syndrome and nausea. Worried Sick examines the patterns of worry-and offers practical strategies on how to kick the habit and restore well-being.

COUPLES

Talk to Me Like I'm Someone You Love: Relationship Repair in a Flash by Nancy Dreyfus, Psy.D. A groundbreaking, interactive relationship tool that literally places in the hands of couples the power to transform chronically frustrating relationship dynamics.

PARENTS

Instinctive Parenting: Trusting Ourselves to Raise Good Kids by Ada Calhoun. What’s the right way to parent? Any playground or online message board will supply as many opinions as there are adults. Ada Calhoun—a young mother as well as the founding editor-in-chief of Babble .com—provides a complete and completely reassuring guide that will calm your fears and make those precious early years a source of joy.

...Also mentioned on the show but NOT available in time for the holidays:

The 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes for Your Vegan Kitchen: Delicious Smoothies, Soups, Salads, Entrees, and Desserts by Kelly Keough. Being vegan can be a challenge, but it is even more daunting when one is allergic to wheat. Thanks to this book, cutting out animal products and wheat does not mean time-consuming work. Piping-hot pizza, hearty pasta, and decadent chocolate cake are just a few of the recipes easily prepared in alternative animal- and wheat-free ways. Among the tasty and unique recipes are a refreshing blueberry hemp smoothie, hearty coconut curry with vegetables, and spicy vegan chili. The author even includes tips to save money when buying vegan and organic. NOTE: THIS TITLE IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER; NOT AVAILABLE BY CHRISTMAS.

Terri Trespicio is senior features editor at Whole Living magazine and the host of "Whole Living" on Martha Stewart Living Radio, which airs every day at 10a East / 7a West on Sirius 112 / XM 157. Follow her on twitter @TerriT.

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