Making Waves: Award-Winning Books

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The Desert and the Sea

977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast

Book cover image: The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast | International Bestseller | National Bestseller

From journalist and author of Sweetness and Blood, Michael Scott Moore, comes a revelatory memoir about his 977 days held captive by Somali pirates. Emotional and elucidating by turns, The Desert and the Sea blends personal narrative with rigorous journalistic investigation of foreign and domestic hostage policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival.  More »

  • 2018 Nautilus Award Winner

Like a Mother

A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

Book cover image: Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

A bold, feminist, and personal deep-dive into the science and culture of pregnancy and early motherhood that debunks myths and dated assumptions, offering guidance and camaraderie to women navigating one of the biggest and most profound changes in their lives.  More »

  • 2018 Nautilus Award Winner

Game Changers

What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life

Book cover image: Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life | USA Today Bestseller

From the bestselling author of Head Strong and The Bulletproof Diet comes the answer to "How do I kick more ass?": techniques for becoming happier, healthier, and smarter by using wisdom and insight culled from world-class thought leaders and scientific mavericks.  More »

  • 2018 Nautilus Award Winner

Forever Painless

End Chronic Pain and Reclaim Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day

Book cover image: Forever Painless: End Chronic Pain and Reclaim Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day

Bestselling author and PBS personality Miranda Esmonde-White has helped countless people reverse the aging process with her fitness program Essentrics, her show Classical Stretch, and her first book, Aging Backwards. Now, with Forever Painless, she takes on the leading cause of premature aging—chronic pain—and shows readers how they can relieve pain permanently, gaining increased…  More »

  • 2016 Nautilus Award Winner: SILVER in Body, Mind, & Spirit Practices

The Social Leap

The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy

Book cover image: The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy

A wide-ranging exploration of how our species' evolution has shaped our behavior, prioritized social skills over physical dominance, and affected nearly every facet of modern life, in work, play, aging, our quest for the good life.  More »

  • 2018 Nautilus Award Winner

The Mind-Gut Connection

How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health

Book cover image: The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health

Based on Dr. Emeran Mayer's cutting-edge research and clinical practice, The Mind-Gut Connection details the evidence of the mind-body connection on a cellular level, explaining how the microbiome influences cognitive function and mood, and how the brain can affect the functioning of our gut. Dr. Mayer offers practical information about how our diets, medications, and family history can…  More »

  • Spirituality & Health Magazine Best Book of 2016

Genius Foods

Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life

Book cover image: Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life | New York Times Bestseller

Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat, change the way you think about how your brain ages, and achieve optimal brain performance with this powerful new guide from media personality and leading voice in health Max Lugavere.  More »

  • 2018 Nautilus Award Winner

Breaking Bread

A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes

Book cover image: Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes

From the Head Bread Baker of King Arthur Flour comes a moving meditation on the art and craft of baking bread that reaches beyond technique and inspires at-home bakers to explore the essence of baking as an act of love, featuring photographs, hand-drawn illustrations and original recipes.  More »

  • 2017 Grand Prize Winner, New England Book Festival
  • 2018 Vermont Book Award Winner
  • 2018 New York Book Show First Place, Cookbook Category

Marrow

Love, Loss, and What Matters Most

Book cover image: Marrow: Love, Loss, and What Matters Most

In Marrow, a new memoir from the author of New York Times bestseller Broken Open, Elizabeth Lesser learns she is a perfect donor match for her sister Maggie, who needs a bone marrow transplant to survive cancer, a realization that sets the two women on a quest for understanding, authenticity, acceptance, and—most of all—love.  More »

  • Winner, Books for a Better Life Award, 2017

The Well-Tempered City

What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life

Book cover image: The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life

Cities are the birthplaces of civilization, and the nodes of culture, trade and opportunity. By 2050, global population will be 10 billion, with 75% living in cities. World-renowned urban planner and developer Jonathan Rose looks at the history and successes of urban living through the lens of sustainability, economic parity and resilience. His book provides a responsible and ingenious…  More »

  • Winner, Outstanding Work by a Trade Publisher, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, AAP, 2017

Carry On

A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family

Book cover image: Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family

Former ESPN producer Lisa Fenn's inspirational memoir about her unexpected relationship with two disabled African-American wrestlers from inner-city Cleveland, and how these bonds—blossoming, ultimately, into a most unorthodox kind of family—would transform their lives.  More »

  • 2016 Nautilus Award Winner: SILVER in Young Adult (YA), Non-Fiction
  • Friends of American Writers Literary Award
  • Christopher Award Winner
  • NAACP Image Awards Finalist

Grace Without God

The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age

Book cover image: Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age

Contributing editor to Boston magazine, award-winning journalist, and former senior editor of National Geographic, Katherine Ozment explores our country's growing population of secular humanists and the effect of an increasingly secular world fabric of families and society.  More »

  • Spirituality & Health Magazine Best Book of 2016
  • 2016 Nautilus Award Winner: GOLD in Religion / Spirituality of Other Traditions

The Bridge Ladies

A Memoir

Book cover image: The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir

Betsy Lerner spends two years attending her mother's weekly Bridge Club—which has met on Mondays for 50 years—and discovers the inner lives of five women from the Don't Ask-Don't Tell-generation. As she learns the nuances of Bridge, and lessons from across the generational divide, Lerner also comes to a deeper understanding of the rocky relationship she's had with her mother. Told with warmth and humor, insight and humility, Lerner's…  More »

  • The Alan Truscott Memorial Award (2016)
  • 2016 Nautilus Award WInner: SILVER in Memoir and Women

Capture

Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering

Book cover image: Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering | New York Times Bestseller

Former FDA Commissioner and bestselling author of The End of Overeating, Dr. David Kessler explores how and why our logical minds and better intentions can feel as though they have been hijacked by something we cannot control. What he discovers is the very underpinning of human suffering whether it be from depression, anxiety, obsession, addiction, phobia, or panic.  More »

  • Books for a Better Life Finalist: Psychology

Rebbe

The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History

Book cover image: Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History | New York Times Bestseller

The story of the leader who built a dwindling post-holocaust community into the most influential Jewish organization in the world. From a small synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the late Rebbe Schneerson impacted the policies of US presidents and congressmen, the beliefs of university professors and religious leaders, and led the lives of thousands.  More »

  • 2014 Finalist, National Jewish Book Award

Eat Complete

The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health

Book cover image: Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health

From the author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a new cookbook that explores the role our brains play in every part of our life, including our mood, health, focus, memory, and appetite. Drawing from cutting-edge science, he identifies the 21 nutrients most important to brain health and shows readers how to incorporate them into their diet through 100 delicious recipes engineered for optimal nourishment.  More »

  • Winner of the 2017 IACP Award for Food Matters

A Mind of Your Own

The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives

Book cover image: A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives | New York Times Bestseller | International Bestseller

Dr. Kelly Brogan offers an entirely new perspective on depression and exposes the cruel truth about modern psychiatry. Rather than approaching depression as a disease or a brain disorder best treated with drugs, Dr. Brogan offers a path to peace of mind that will rescue millions of women currently considering or taking antidepressants. Her evidence-based theory teaches us that we owe most of our mental illnesses to lifestyle factors and…  More »

  • Spirituality & Health Magazine Best Book of 2016
  • 2016 Nautilus Award Winner: SILVER in Health & Healing / Wellness

The Southerner's Cookbook

Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories

Book cover image: The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories | New York Times Bestseller

A collection of recipes that reflect the great tradition of Southern heritage foods and cuisine, updated with modern techniques, new ingredients, and an overview of the food culture in today's South, where some of the most promising young chefs in America are changing the way we think about "Southern Food."  More »

  • 2016 James Beard Award Finalist: American Cooking
  • Named one of Eater’s Best New Cookbooks for Fall 2015
  • Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s “18 Best New Cookbooks”

Rice, Noodle, Fish

Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture

Book cover image: Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture

From the team behind the popular food and politics website Roads & Kingdoms comes a unique gastro-tourism guide to japan, combining beautifully written, in-depth narrative, insider advice, and indispensable information, along with 195 extraordinary color photographs.  More »

  • James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards: Roads & Kingdoms 2017 Publication of the Year
  • 2016 IACP Awards Finalist: Literary Food Writing

Root to Leaf

A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons

Book cover image: Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons

The chef of award-winning Atlanta restaurant, Miller Union, Steven Satterfield has quickly garnered national attention as a chef who understands how to spotlight vegetables with a simple, elegant cooking style that honors the essence of the vegetable. Named the "Vegetable Shaman" by Sam Sifton, Satterfield describes his method of using the whole vegetable in the same way many butchers and chefs utilize a whole animal: root to leaf. This…  More »

  • 2016 James Beard Award Finalist: Photography
  • 2016 IACP Finalist: First Book
  • 2016 Books for a Better Life Finalist: Cookbook

Storm Surge

Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future

Book cover image: Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future

Atmospheric scientist and Columbia University professor Adam Sobel takes an inquisitive look into super storm Sandy, examining the science behind the storm, its connections to our changing climate, and the implications for the future.  More »

  • Winner of the Atmospheric Science Librarians International Choice Award, Popular Category
  • Winner of the Louis J. Battan Author’s Award for the American Meteorological Society

Drink

The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Book cover image: Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

An exploration of the rise in alcohol consumption and abuse among women in recent years. The Drinking Diaries covers health risks, marketing, current trends and sociological contributions to this new epidemic. The author beautifully weaves reportage with her personal recovery story into a compelling and informative narrative addressing one of the most pressing issues for women today.  More »

  • One of the Washington Post’s Ten Best Books of 2013

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