New Year, New Perspective

The gift of a year : how to give yourself the most meaningful, satisfying, and pleasurable year of your life

Mira Kirshenbaum.


The Gift of a Year presents for the first time a revolutionary, grassroots method that shows women how to pluck a year from the busy routine of their lives and find the one thing they can do to achieve fulfillment and change their future. In this inspirational, practical book, author Mira Kirshenbaum gives women all the advice and direction they need to find support and feel supported -- and find the necessary time to fit their dreams into the li...

Romancing the ordinary : a year of simple splendor

Sarah Ban Breathnach.

Nonfiction, Inspirational

In her first major book since "Something More," #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Sarah Ban Breathnach takes readers to a new level of personal fulfillment and spiritual awareness as they learn to rediscover and savor the sensual experience of daily life. Organized as a saunter through the year, "Romancing the Ordinary" celebrates the spirituality of the senses, seasonally and monthly. Ban Breathnach believes that women are endowed not with ...

The year of living biblically : one man's humble quest to follow the Bible as literally as possible

A.J. Jacobs.

Inspirational, Biography, Nonfiction, Humor

From the bestselling author ofThe Know-It-Allcomes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundred...

The year of eating dangerously : a global adventure in search of culinary extremes

Tom Parker Bowles.

Cooking, Biography, Nonfiction

Fugu. Dog. Cobra. Bees. Spleen. A 600,000 SCU chili pepper. All considered foods by millions of people around the world. And all objects of great fascination to Tom Parker Bowles, a food journalist who grew up eating his mother's considerably safer roast chicken, shepherd's pie and mushy peas. Intrigued by the food phobias of two friends, Parker Bowles became inspired to examine the cultural divides that make some foods verboten or "dangerous" in...

The wishing year : a house, a man, my soul : a memoir of fulfilled desire

Noelle Oxenhandler.

Biography, Nonfiction

A delightfully candid memoir, unfettered, poetic, and ripe with discovery, "The Wishing Year" chronicles Oxenhandler's journey into the art and soul of wishing. Soon she discovers that what started as a year's dare has turned into a way of life.

Solitude : seeking wisdom in extremes : a year alone in the Patagonia wilderness

Robert Kull.

Biography, Nonfiction, Inspirational

On September 11, 2001, reality changed for America and much of the world. But for one man alone in the wilderness, completely cut off from world events, the lessons of life and death were very different. Extreme adventurer Bob Kull may be the only educated Westerner to have missed 9/11 and the media blitz that followed. Alone on a remote island, Kull faced a different kind of crisis-a war between body, mind, and soul. Years after a motorcycle acc...

Self-made man : one woman's year disguised as a man

Norah Vincent.

Biography, Nonfiction

A journalist's provocative and spellbinding account of her eighteen months spent disguised as a man Norah Vincent became an instant media sensation with the publication of Self-Made Man , her take on just how hard it is to be a man, even in a man's world. Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin ( Black Like Me ), Norah spent a year and a half disguised as her male alter ego, Ned, exploring what men are like when women aren't around. As ...

Plenty : one man, one woman, and a raucous year of eating locally

Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon.

Cooking, Biography, Nonfiction

Like many great adventures, the 100-mile diet began with a memorable feast. Stranded in their off-the-grid summer cottage in the Canadian wilderness with unexpected guests, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon turned to the land around them. They caught a trout, picked mushrooms, and mulled apples from an abandoned orchard with rose hips in wine. The meal was truly satisfying; every ingredient had a story, a direct line they could trace from the soil t...

Not buying it : my year without shopping

Judith Levine.

Biography, Nonfiction

Many of us have tried to call a halt to our spending at one time or another. But what if we decided not to buy anything for a whole year? Obviously, we would need necessities like food and soap, but how would be manage without new clothes, treats, entertainment? Funny, smart and self-deprecating,Not Buying Itis a close look at our society's obsession with shopping and the cold turkey confession of a woman we can all identify with -- someone who c...

Helping me help myself : one skeptic, ten self-help gurus, and a year on the brink of the comfort zone

Beth Lisick.

Biography, Nonfiction

The author of "Everybody into the Pool" and a self-described skeptic attempts to leave her comfort zone, taking a stranger in a strange land approach to the weird and wonderful world of self-improvement and empowerment to see if she can really change her life.

The happiness project : or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun

Gretchen Rubin.

Biography, Nonfiction

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and J...

Give it up : my year of learning to live better with less

Mary Carlomagno.

Biography, Nonfiction

"Would it be possible to live without the designer coffee, the Kate Spade Bags, the technology that was a part of my every day existence? Could stripping away some of those items and habits make me a appreciate what I was so fortunate to have? I created a plan. Each month for one year, I would choose one of my favorite things and give it up cold turkey for one month. This would become my year to live better with less." Giving It Up approaches the...

The slippery year : a meditation on happily ever after

Melanie Gideon.

Biography, Humor, Nonfiction

"We are all so curious. Hungry for the truth. If only we could ask the questions we really want to ask of each other and get the real answers. Like how many times a month do you have sex? What prescription drugs are you on? Are you happy? Really happy? Happy enough?" For anybody who has ever wondered privately Is this all there is , Melanie Gideon's poignant, hilarious, exuberant meditation, The Slippery Year, chronicles a year in which she confr...

Chastened : the unexpected story of my year without sex

Hephzibah Anderson.

Biography, Nonfiction

Seeking love in an age obsessed with sex, a journalist chronicles her year without On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Hephzibah Anderson glimpsed her college boyfriend going into a jewelry store with a smiling blonde-and in that moment realized it had been years since a man told her he loved her. This discovery led her to question a decade of emotionally frustrating relationships with commitment phobes. As she examined her past, she recognized...

Animal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life

Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver ; original drawings by Richard A. Houser.

Cooking, Biography, Nonfiction

When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. "Our highest shopping goal was to get our food from so close to home, we'd know the person who grew it. Often that turned out to be ourselves as we learned to produce what we needed, starting with dirt, seeds, and enough knowledge to m...

If it hurts, it isn't love : and 365 other principles to heal and transform your relationships

Chuck Spezzano ; foreword by Robert Holden.


In If It Hurts, It Isn't Love, author Chuck Spezzano finds truth in simple insights: What I think I need is what I am called to give. Depression is the fear that something new will leave me. When someone gets angry at me, there is a lesson for me to learn. Jealousy is a birthing place. These principles show how to look afresh at one's most important relationships, in a way that heals pain and brings love and forgiveness. After each principle, the...