A selection of forthcoming books from self-help stalwarts—Gretchen Rubin, Jen Sincero—and high-profile newcomers—Lin-Manuel Miranda, Queer Eye’s Fab Five—offer advice and inspiration.
The Best Advice I Ever Heard
Amy Newmark. Chicken Soup for the Soul, Nov.
Newmark, editor-in-chief of the 25-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, stays true to inspirational form with a collection of self-help stories from 101 readers.
Brave, Not Perfect
Reshma Saujani. Currency, Feb. 2019
The tech entrepreneur, who has 102,000 Twitter followers and whose 2017 programming primer for tweens, Girls Who Code, has sold 44,000 print copies, puts her spin on women’s empowerment.
Dave Asprey. HarperWave, Dec.
Biohacker and Bulletproof Nutrition founder Asprey, whose previous health and cooking titles include The Bulletproof Diet (124,000 print units sold), shares his rules for success.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, illus. by Jonny Sun. Random House, Oct.
This breezy, gift-y compendium of the Hamilton creator’s tweets to his 2.4 million followers features black-and-white illustrations by Sun, whose 2017 release Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too has sold 56,000 print copies and grew out of his own popular Twitter account.
The Good Girl’s Guide to Being a D*ck
Alexandra Reinwarth. Grand Central Life Style, Apr. 2019.
The German author, with 30 books under her belt, hit it big in Europe with this title—more than half a million copies sold, per her publisher—which admonishes women to stop aiming to please so that they might find true happiness.
No One Does It Like You
Amy Rose Spiegel, illus. by Catherine Willemse. Workman, Apr. 2019
Inspired by the Daily Affirmations column Spiegel contributed to Lenny Letter, these 78 inspirational quick hits—e.g. “When you’re tempted to say ‘I don’t know,’ consider that you do, and try that instead”—are complemented by Dutch artist Willemse’s pastel illustrations of a diverse roster of women.
Outer Order, Inner Happiness
Gretchen Rubin. Harmony, Mar. 2019
Rubin, whose The Happiness Project has sold 1.24 million print copies, taps into the decluttering craze popularized by Marie Kondo in a book with an appropriately minimalist 5” x 7” trim size and spare text.
Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life
Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk and Karamo Brown. Clarkson Potter, Nov.
The Fab Five mine their backstories and Netflix success to tweak their brand for inspiration-seeking readers. They may “fix” men on TV, but the book is likely to appeal to their most enthusiastic audience—the women who are tired of “fixing” such men themselves.
The Warrior Code
Tee Maria Hanible, with Denene Millner. St. Martin’s, Feb. 2019
The retired Marine gunnery sergeant and reality TV personality with 141,000 Twitter followers offers what she calls “teachable moments” from her life in order to help women to, as the subtitle puts it, unleash their inner “badass.”
You Are a Badass Every Day
Jen Sincero. Viking, Dec.
Motivational speaker Sincero’s first two titles—You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money—have sold a combined two million print copies and spawned a mini empire of merch. Here, she builds on her brand with daily exercises and affirmations.
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