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Books for a Better Life Awards Finalists Announced

December 9, 2013

Contact:
Liz Samurovich
liz.samurovich@nmss.org
212-453-3209


The New York City - Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is pleased to announce the finalists for the 18th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards. The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at The TimesCenter in New York City on Monday, March 10, 2014.  Richard Pine, partner at Inkwell Management and bestselling author, and New York Times Opinion Columnist and New York Times Magazine, Food Columnist Mark Bittman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Journalist, author and founder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington will present Pine with his award and bestselling author Lee Woodruff will present the MS Awareness Award to author Kristie Salerno Kent, who has been living with MS since 1999. Kent will serve as the mission speaker and television personality Meredith Vieira will once again serve as host.
What:   18th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards
When:   Monday, March 10, 2014
               Cocktail reception: 5:30 p.m.
               Awards program: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Where:  The Times Center
                242 W. 41st St
                New York, NY 10018
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.
Five finalists in each of the 10 categories above were chosen by an esteemed panel of booksellers, magazine, television and book club editors, television producers and librarians. Independent panels of expert judges in each category will select a winner for each category.
The following are the 18th Annual Books for Better Life Award finalists:

CHILDCARE/PARENTING
Brainstorm
Daniel J. Siegel M.D.
Tarcher Penguin

The Big Disconnect
Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D. with Teresa H. Barker
Harper

The Business of Baby
Jennifer Margulis
Scribner

Masterminds & Wingmen
Rosalind Wiseman
Harmony Books

The Shape of the Eye
George Estreich
Tarcher Penguin

COOKBOOK
The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook
Mark Hyman, M.D.
Little Brown and Company

Chloe's Vegan Desserts
Chloe Coscarelli
Atria Paperback

Heart of the Plate
Mollie Katzen
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Isa Does It
Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Little Brown and Company

Vegetable Literacy
Deborah Maclison
Ten Speed Press

FIRST BOOK
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Katy Butler
Scribner

The Reason I Jump
Naoki Higashida
Random House

Salt Sugar Fat
Michael Moss
Random House

Some Nerve
Patty Chang Anker
Riverhead Books

With or Without You
Domenica Ruta
Spiegel & Grau

GREEN
Countdown
Alan Weisman
Little Brown and Company

The Imperfect Environmentalist
Sara Gilbert
Ballantine Books

Oil and Honey
Bill McKibben
Times Books

Toms River
Dan Fagin
Bantam

Wild Ones
Jon Mooallem
The Penguin Press

INSPIRATIONAL MEMOIR
A House in the Sky
Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
Scribner

Buck
MK Asante
Spiegel & Grau

Taylor's Gift
Todd and Tara Storch with Jennifer Schuchmann
Revell

Until I Say Good-bye
Susan Spencer-Wendel with Brett Witter
Harper

The World's Strongest Librarian
Josh Hanagarne
Gotham Books

MOTIVATIONAL
Handling the Truth
Beth Kephart
Gotham Books

The Novel Cure
Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
The Penguin Press

On These Courts
Wayne B. Drash
Touchstone

Saturday Night Widows
Becky Aikman
Crown

Survival Lessons
Alice Hoffman
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

PSYCHOLOGY
The Autistic Brain
Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Blindspot
Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
Delacorte Press

CLEAN
David Sheff
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Hardwiring Happiness
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Harmony Books

Outsmarting Anger
Joseph Shrand, M.D. and Leigh Devine, MS
Josey-Bass

RELATIONSHIPS
Carry On Warrior
Glennon Doyle Melton
Scribner

Her
Christa Parravani
Henry Holt

Mother Daughter Me
Katie Hafner
Random House

Sticks and Stones
Emily Bazelon
Random House

The Remarriage Blueprint
Maggie Scarf
Scribner

SPIRITUAL
The Ancestral Continuum
Natalia O'Sullivan and Nicola Graydon
Atria Books

The Art of Healing
Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.
New World Library

Love Your Enemies
Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman
Hay House, Inc

Stitches
Anne Lamott
Riverhead Books

What We Talk About When We Talk About God
Rob Bell
HarperOne

WELLNESS
Bouncing Back
Linda Graham, MFT
New World Library

The Detox Prescription
Woodson Merrell, M.D. with Mary Beth Augustine, MS, RDN and Hillari Dowdle
Rodale Books

The Melt Method
Sue Hitzmann
HarperOnes

Eating on the Wild Side
Jo Robinson
Little Brown and Company

Grain Brain
David Perlmutter, M.D. with Kristin Loberg
Little Brown and Company




 

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.

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