Books for a Better Life Awards Winners Announced at Ceremony Hosted by Meredith Vieira - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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Books for a Better Life Awards Winners Announced at Ceremony Hosted by Meredith Vieira

March 11, 2014

The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society announced the winners of the 18th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards on March 10, 2014 during a ceremony at The TimesCenter in Manhattan.

Hosted by television personality Meredith Vieira the evening also featured the induction of Richard Pine, partner at Inkwell Management, and New York Times Opinion Columnist and New York Times Magazine Food Columnist Mark Bittman, into its Hall of Fame. Award presenters included Arianna Huffington, journalist, author and founder of the Huffington Post, best-selling author Lee Woodruff and New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul. Attendees of the ceremony also heard from author Kristie Salerno Kent, who has been living with MS since 1999. Kent served as mission speaker and received the Acorda MS Spotlight Award.

Since its inception in 1996, the Books for a Better Life Awards has recognized more than 700 self-improvement authors and raised more than $2.1 million for the New York City - Southern New York Chapter’s comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their friends and families as well as the Society’s critical research initiatives. The Awards recognize self-improvement authors whose messages are aligned with the chapter’s mission of inspiring people to live their best lives

The following are the Books for a Better Life Award winners:

CHILDCARE:      
Masterminds and Wingmen    
By Rosalind Wiseman    
Harmony Books            

COOKBOOK:
Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious
Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

By Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Little Brown and Company

FIRST BOOK:       
Knocking on Heaven’s Door:    
The Path to a Better Way of Death  

By Katy Butler      
Scribner   

GREEN:
Toms River: A Story of Science & Salvation
By Dan Fagin
Bantam

INSPIRATIONAL MEMOIR:    
Taylor's Gift: A Courageous Story of   
Giving Life and Renewing Hope
   
By Todd and Tara Storch
with Jennifer Schuchmann        
Revell      

MOTIVATIONAL:
Handling the Truth
By Beth Kephart
Gotham Books

PSYCHOLOGY:     
Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing  
our Most Dangerous Emotion 
  
By Joseph Shrand, M.D. and Leigh Devine, MS     
Jossey-Bass

RELATIONSHIPS:
Carry On Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed
By Glennon Doyle Melton
Scribner

SPIRITUAL:       
What We Talk About When We Talk About God  
By Rob Bell            
HarperOne

ACORDA WELLNESS AWARD:
Bouncing Back
By Linda Graham, MFT
New World Library

About the New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit www.MSnyc.org.The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit www.MSnyc.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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