Happy New Year to You! The New Year is famous for bringing new opportunities, concerns, and surprises into life! Happily, for the dedicated reader, the new year also brings new books to read, and 2022 looks like a very good year! We have plenty to look forward to with books from Isabel Allende, Jennifer Egan, Rebecca Serle, Paula Hawkins, and more!
Books by Women Authors that All Women Should Read
OUR KIND OF PEOPLE by Carol Wallace (Publishes on 1/11/22)
Our Kind of People is filled with careful historical detail and an understanding of the nuances of New York city’s high society in the late 1800s. New money and old traditions combust on contact in a book that depicts how fashions, fortunes, and society changed faster than one could imagine.Also from this author: To Marry an English Lord, 2012
VIOLETA by Isabel Allende (Publishes on 1/25/22)
Violeta tells a story in the form of a letter to someone she loves, recounting the heartbreak, times of both poverty and wealth, terrible loss, and immense joy. This epic is fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.
Also from this author: The Soul of a Woman, 2021
Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor (Publishes on 2/1/22)
Beautiful Little Fools revisits the glittering Jazz Age world of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, retelling this timeless American classic by three of the novel’s women, Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Catherine McCoy. Both heartbreaking and satisfying.Also from this author: Half Life
THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley (Publishes on 2/22/22)
The Paris Apartment is a suspense-filled whodunnit about a sister who discovers her brother is missing when she goes to visit him in Paris. Where could he be? She finds his apartment building is filled with mysterious characters. What secrets are the neighbors hiding? Also from this author: The Guest List
ONE ITALIAN SUMMER by Rebecca Serle (Publishes on 3/1/22)
set on the Amalfi Coast, is a transcendental novel about how we move on after loss and how the people we love never truly leave us. The story questions the meaning of life, friendships, our purposes, dreams, and regrets.
Also from this author: In Five Years, 2020
TRUTH AND OTHER LIES by Maggie Smith (Publishes on 3/8/2022)
centers on a young reporter who clashes with her politically conservative mother who’s running for Congress. When the daughter accepts a job with an iconic PR journalist, a scandal threatens her work, family, and relationships.
Also from this author: The Devil You Know, 2018
THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan (Publishes on 4/5/22)
imagines a new technology that allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had and to share every memory in exchange for access to memories of others. The consequences spin out of control with characters whose paths intersect over several decades.
Also from this author: A Visit From the Goon Squad, 2011
Blind Spot by Paula Hawkins (Publishes on 4/14/22)
is about love and loss, but mostly about revenge. At its heart are three very different women who have been the closest of friends since they were kids. One girl is brutally murdered, one is accused of the crime, and one is grief-stricken and afraid – with good reason.
Also from this author: The Girl on the Train, 2015
FINDING ME (Autobiography) by Viola Davis (Publishes on 4/26/22)
is a spellbinding memoir of Davis’ coming of age in Rhode Island to the present day. It is a story of overcoming and a true hero’s journey that will capture the hearts and minds around the world.
THIS TIME TOMORROW by Emma Straub (Publishes on 5/17/2022)
This Time Tomorrow turns traditional time travel into a different kind of love story about the lifelong relationship between a parent and a child that gives the daughter a new perspective on her own life and his. There are things she’s ready to do differently this time around, having a second chance with her father.Also from this author: The Vacationers, 2014
In Case You Missed It: Here’s Sandy’s list from January 2019.
In the first version of Sandy’s Selections from 2019, she considered that it was the time of year when we turn to take better care of ourselves physically and put together a list of the best in the healthy eating category. Selections included understanding your circadian rhythm, how to eat for good health, breaking bad habits, and inspiring you toward good nutrition and a healthy life!
The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transforms Your Health from Morning to Midnight, by Satchin Panda
The Circadian Code outlines lifestyle changes that will help you achieve optimal health, lasting weight loss, increased energy, better sleep, and more. Your body already knows this code, so you can become aware of it, follow its rhythm, and turn back the aging process.
Food For Thought: Recipes for Ultimate Mind & Body Health, by Cristina Ferrare
Food for Thought promotes the healing power of good food and how to cure or slow down Alzheimer’s disease, especially in women. Food is like medicine and changing your diet is the most important thing you can do. Portions of the proceeds go to the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.
How Not To Die: Discover The Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, by Michael Greger
How Not To Die takes the top 15 causes of death in America and explains how nutritional and lifestyle changes can prevent premature death. Diet is the leading cause of 90% of the diseases, killing Americans. A plant-based diet will fight, prevent, and reverse most health problems.
The New Body Type Guide: Get Healthy, Lose Weight & Feel Great, by Eric Berg
The New Body Type Guide took 29 years to finalize, presenting the science behind how to first get healthy, then you can lose weight. This updated, best-selling book has new chapters on methods to tailor-make your diet to Adrenal, Ovary, Thyroid, or Liver body shapes. You’ll also get extensive online support at drberg.com with coaching, and a newsletter is available.
The Food Therapist: Break Bad Habits, Eat With Intention, and Indulge Without Worry, by Shira Lenchewski
The Food Therapist is a friendly and encouraging one-on-one food therapy session to understand what makes you eat. Part Two maps out how to get hormones working for you, including meal plans and recipes that will allow you to be in charge of your own food decisions.
The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal, by Gwyneth Paltrow
Clean Plate provides 100s of recipes to help reset and rebalance your body with delicious foods. In addition to recipes, a team of 6 expert nutrition experts and doctors provide customized, targeted meal plans, detox programs, cleanses, and health tips for today.
The Plant Paradox Quick & Easy: 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Feel Great & Live Lectin-Free, by Steven Gundry
The Plant Paradox shows how to reverse heart disease with a diet of vegetables, limited protein, and fruits. The paradox is that it must be the right plant foods prepared the right way at the right time. This offers incredible health benefits and will require significant lifestyle changes.
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