Homestead Design Collective, a landscape design firm in the San Francisco Bay
Area, expand the sense of possibility for
practical use of typical plants while
showing readers how to increase the
bounty of the harvest. For example, lavender is often predictably consigned to
the sachet or dried arrangements when, as
noted in the book, it goes fabulously with
chocolate mint for an invigorating tea.
Salt-preserving herbs is another little-known and easily executed project that
introduces year-long longevity for seasonal culinary delicacies. Whether for
culinary purposes or home design, each
project includes advice for optimal
growing and cultivation of the relevant
plants, followed by tips for proper harvesting. Arranged according to seasons,
and accompanied by dramatic and intimate color photos, these creative and
eclectic projects make a great resource for
the earth-minded lover who relishes
nature’s gifts but needs new ways of cultivating them and deriving their bountiful
benefits. Color photos. (Feb.)
Breathe Mama Breathe: 5-Minute
Mindfulness for Busy Moms
Shonda Moralis. The Experiment, $14.95
trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-61519-356-1
This debut from Moralis, a psychother-
How to Talk So Little Kids Will
apist and mother of two, consolidates the
lessons of her Psychology Today blog into
handbook form, offering harried mothers
tools for cultivating mindfulness in the
tiny bits of time that are often all that’s
available. Moralis starts by touting, and
giving basic instructions for, a short sit-
ting meditation. But the bulk of the book
is dedicated over 60 brief write-ups, con-
sisting of a personal anecdote plus
instructions, of short “mindful breaks”
that can be taken throughout a typical
parent’s day to become “still, less dis-
tracted, patient, and calm.” Many are for
specific times—while drinking morning
coffee, at the school bus stop, or while
doing dishes—but others can be used
whenever stressful situations occur, as
with “STOP the Teen ’Tude,” or
encourage self-care in quiet moments in
the day. As the title promises, Moralis
also provides breath exercises, including
some that can be done with children,
such as “The Three-Breath Hug.” Some
juxtapositions jump between stages of
life and can feel disjointed—” Your Teen
Driver” is immediately followed by
“Bottle- or Breast-Feeding”—and some
suggestions lean away from quick fixes
and toward broad attitude adjustments.
Overall, Moralis’s suggestions strike an
effective and empowering note. Agent:
Claire Gerus, Claire Gerus Literary Agency.
Listen: A Survival Guide to Life
with Children Ages 2 to 7
Joanna Faber and Julie King. Scribner, $25
(288p) ISBN 978-1-501-13165-3
Anyone who has ever tried to entice a
young child to take a nap or eat a healthy
dinner knows that meeting willful
behavior with a firm, yet nurturing
approach requires patience, under-
standing, and flexibility. This new guide-
book by lifelong friends Faber (coauthor
of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and
Listen So Kids Will Talk) and King, a
parent educator and consultant, will help
parents navigate this sometimes bumpy
road. The examples and suggestions they
provide are relatable and authentic, the
direct result of their own experiences
The first sec-
basic tools to
cope “when a
topics such as
“engaging cooperation” and “avoiding
combat,” with each chapter featuring a
brief recap at the end. Part two shows “the
tools in action,” highlighting the issues
Faber and King view as most challenging
and how the tools can be used to deal with
them. The authors’ creative ideas will
help parents feel they are not alone in
dealing with little runaways, arguments
over tooth brushing, tattling, and
numerous other child-rearing dilemmas.
As Faber notes, “Sometimes simple survival is a good goal.” Agent: Robert Markel,
Markel Enterprises. (Jan.)
; Selection Day Aravind Adiga. Scribner,
ISBN 978-1-5011-5083-8, Jan.
Bullet Gal Andrez Bergen. Roundfire, ISBN 978-
The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller,
Vol. 2 Carol Emshwiller. Nonstop, ISBN 978-1-
Good Behavior: The Letty Dobesh Chronicles Blake Crouch. Thomas & Mercer, ISBN 978-
Camp Rewind Meghan O’Brien. Bold Strokes,
ISBN 978-1-62639-793-4, Oct.
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3 Edited by
Simon Strantzas and Michael Kelly. Undertow,
ISBN 978-0-9950949-1-8, Oct.
Infamy Robert K. Tanenbaum. Gallery, ISBN 978-
Exit Theater Mike Lala. Center for Literary
Publishing, ISBN 978-1-885635-53-2, Nov.
At the Foundling Hospital: Poems Robert
Pinsky. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 978-0-374-
A Child of Storm Michael J. Wilson. Stalking
Horse (SPD, dist.), $12.95 trade paper (92p)
ISBN 978-0-9970629-3-9, Oct.
House A Jennifer Cheng. Omnidawn, ISBN 978-
The Rain in Portugal Billy Collins. Random
House, ISBN 978-0-679-64406-4, Oct.
; The Sobbing School Joshua Bennett.
Penguin, ISBN 978-0-14-311186-3, Oct.
3 Summers Lisa Robertson. Coach House
(Consortium, dist.), ISBN 978-1-55245-330-8, Oct.
Unbearable Splendor Sun Yung Shin. Coffee
House (Consortium, dist.), ISBN 978-1-56689-
; Still Dirty: Poems 2009–2015 David Lau.
Commune (SPD, dist.), ISBN 978-1-934639-18-4,
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in
Everyday Life Tish Harrison Warren. InterVarsity,
ISBN 978-0-8308-4623-8, Dec.
The Way of Rest: Finding Courage to Hold
Everything in Love Jeff Foster. Sounds True,
ISBN 978-1-62203-791-9, Oct.
Spitting Out the Bones: A Zen Master’s 45
Year Journey Dennis Genpo Merzel. Big Mind,
ISBN 978-0-9771423-9-2, Nov.