These diverse books are among the most useful works on bookstore shelves today. Some are newly published, others are classics — all are enlightening and well worth your time.
HEALTH & DIET
- YOU, the Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger, by Michael Roizen, MD, and Mehmet Oz, MD. These two doctors take readers on an entertainingly educational tour through the body (HarperCollins).
- Worst Pills, Best Pills: A Consumer’s Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness, by Sidney Wolfe, MD. For a much better understanding of the drugs your doctors are prescribing (Pocket).
- French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, by Mireille Guiliano. A thought-provoking book about losing weight while still eating great food — for men as well as women (Knopf).
MONEY & CAREER
- Winning, by Jack Welch. Management strategies from GE’s legendary former CEO (HarperCollins).
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, by Michael Gerber. Consultant Gerber explains how to make a small business a success (HarperCollins).
- What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles. The classic job-search book — influenced by the work of Bolles’ mentor, John Crystal. (Ten Speed).
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen. A how-to book for those who would like to take control of their schedules and their lives (Penguin).
HOME & LEISURE
- Rick Steves’ European travel guides. Steves’ travel guides emphasize enjoying destinations the way locals and insiders do. Rick Steves’ Italy 2005 is the biggest seller, but Steves has published books about most countries and major cities on the continent (Avalon).
- 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, by Patricia Schultz. A guide to the most unforgettable places in the world ($18.95, Workman).
- The Plane Truth for Golfers: Breaking Down the One-Plane Swing and the Two-Plane Swing and Finding the One That’s Right for You, by Jim Hardy. A leading swing doctor helps improve your game (McGraw-Hill).
- Haley’s Hints, by Graham and Rosemary Haley. Cleaning and cooking shortcuts from the hosts of the PBS show of the same name (New American).