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Forks Over Knives

Get “Back to You” with 7 Must-Read Books

Everyone’s falling back into a routine, and that means it’s a great time for you to take a little time to do something you enjoy–like diving into one of these seven hot titles.

Let’s face it: school has officially begun. Summer vacation is only evidenced by the bathing suit still in the laundry basket and the stream of sunny photos now filling up your phone. But before you lament the end of the lake trips and ice cream, don’t forget about the perks of the coming season. Fall is a time of nostalgic scents, comfy sweaters and, perhaps most importantly, time to enjoy a good book.

For just that reason, we’re spotlighting seven must-read titles, all available with super low price tags at Magazines.com. Here are 7 great titles, providing something for everyone in the family.

The Hunger Games

 

 

 

For Fun: The Hunger Games - If you missed out on Suzanne Collins’ futuristic bestseller, or if you saw the film this summer and it piqued your interest, now is the time to catch up.

 

 

 

 

 

Forks Over Knives

 

 

 

For the Foodie: Forks Over Knives – Driving home the benefits of eating a plant-based, holistic diet, “Forks Over Knives” offers more than a hundred recipes for fresh, healthy fare that falls into this diet.

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

 

 

 

For the Intellectual: Thinking, Fast and Slow – In this award-winning bestseller, Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman discusses the two systems that describe how humans think – one fast and one slow.

 

 

 

 

 

Bright Not Broken

 

 

 

For the Parent: Bright Not Broken – This three-author book, subtitled “Why Twice-Exceptional Kids Are Stuck and How to Help Them,” explores how current systems affect twice-exceptional kids, or gifted kids diagnosed with a disability.

 

 

 

 

 

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013

 

 

 

For the Child: National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013 - For everything from penguins to dinosaurs to the solar system, this fun and updated almanac is the perfect read for kids of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

Rafa, by Rafael Nadal

 

 

 

For the Sports Fanatic: Rafa - If you missed seeing the 26-year-old tennis wonder Rafael Nadal at the London Olympics, you can  get all the info you want about the private athlete in this memoir, written with renowned journalist John Carlin.

 

 

 

 

 

Cesar's Rules by Cesar Millan

 

 

 

For the Animal Lover: Cesar’s Rules -  Most any animal lover is familiar with The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan. In this helpful read, Millan details some of his methods for raising a well-trained dog. And if you’ve watched his show, you know how effective his tips can be!

 

 

 

 

Don’t hesitate to take a little time for yourself, order a book you love and get “back to you” with any of these bestselling titles.

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The 10 Best Magazines to Curl Up With for Great Reads

No time to delve into a good book? No problem. These well-written magazines can be squeezed into the busiest of schedules to satisfy the great read you’re craving.

Sure, you’d love to spend a lazy afternoon getting lost in your favorite book or the latest bestseller. But either there’s not enough time or you can never get more than a few pages or chapters in before an interruption permanently takes you away.

Don’t think you have to give up leisurely reading altogether. Turn to these ten magazines to soak in their longer-form writing that’s still short enough to fit into the busiest of schedules. It’s the next best thing to reading a great book.

The Atlantic: Every page of this magazine is well-written, but the features on the latest social issues—like the effects Facebook has on us, changes in autism diagnoses or whether women can have it all—are the real gems.

Sports Illustrated: Even if you’re not a sports fan—but especially if you are—you’ll appreciate the well-written attention given to topics like agents paying players, Tuscaloosa’s devastating tornadoes and Title IX 40 years later.

Saveur: You’ll want to eat up this delicious writing that explores simple pleasures at home and exotic locales and cuisine abroad. It’s travel-meets-food in its best page-turning—and low-cost getaway—form.

National Geographic: Best known for its breathtaking photos, this magazine’s articles on sociological topics—like the impact of dying languages—and others with an environmental and scientific focus are written just as well.

EatingWell: As if the healthy recipes and nutrition news weren’t reason enough to read, features like the conglomeration of dairy farms and abundance (and health benefits) of salmon put this magazine over the top.

Garden & Gun: This Southern Living-meets-Oxford American publication explores everything Southern through the written word of some of the region’s best writers like Rick Bragg, Roy Blount, Jr., and Winston Groom.

Time: This news magazine provides thoughtful and thorough examinations of the latest political issues like healthcare and changes in international governments, as well as a healthy dose of culture, travel, food and sports.

Smithsonian: There’s a reason it was voted the most interesting magazine in America. Covering a little of everything—history, psychology, medical research, sports—and excellent writing surely had something to do with that.

Wired: Not just for techies, this magazine’s great writing on provocative and timely subjects like hurricane hunters, Olympic athletes and the latest in movies and TV are sure to please anyone looking for an interesting read.

Rolling Stone: If you dig that hip rocker vibe, you’ll enjoy reading it too. This magazine exudes cool in every way—including its writing on politics, social issues, music, television, video games and more music.

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Book Review: You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn

Each quarter, Magazines.com has an employee book club where we discuss an assigned reading as a big group. This quarter we beat the heat while diving head first into what we thought makes a leader with help from author Mark Sanborn.

We’ve all been there. We see something that needs to be done but think that it can wait or someone else will take care of it. Maybe we feel lost on our career path or we aren’t gaining any traction. Perhaps we just had a bad day. But Mark Sanborn wants us to forget about all that and realize that we are in charge of our own outlook and happiness.

In the follow up to the widely successful The Fred Factor, this book covers how positivity and purpose can lead to a happier you. Not a totally earth-shattering idea, but what really compelled his message were the different examples of what describes a leader. He starts with a variety of different definitions and stories from the administrative assistant whose tasks reach far beyond her job description that she happily takes on to the selfless act of Russell Conwell that would lead to the foundation of Temple University.

Within 102 pages, You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader is divided up into six different principles which serve as a menu to divide up the courses. Although the six principles cohesively work together, I really pulled small bits out of bigger ideas that resonated with me. For the Power With People principle, Sanborn shows how word choices can really resonate with a simple chart for Leaders vs. Managers.

For example, while managers communicate, leaders persuade.  Rather than just communicate a message, persuade co-workers or teammates to be part of your idea or effort. Persuading gives each person a sense of responsibility and in turn a feeling of self-worth. Would you rather have a new fancy title but feel like you’re moving in circles, or leave work every day with a feeling of self-worth and accomplishment?

As a member of a generation where we all got medals on field day (another blog post in its own right), it was refreshing to read a book that points out how life isn’t about recognition and awards. I found this quick read to be a great reminder of how resonating a positive attitude can really be for any person at any level. We all don’t have to change the world, but our collective small steps might be more impressive than we think.

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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

7 Books Dubbed as Must-Reads for the Summer

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Oprah and Good Housekeeping both gave this book high marks for summer reading.

If you think nothing is more relaxing than curling up with a good book, we’ve got seven page-turning recommendations for best summer reads–sans anything in 50 shades of grey.

Had your fill of The Hunger Games? Turned off by Fifty Shades of Grey? Don’t worry—there are plenty of titles to add to your summer reading list if you don’t want to get swept up in the hype around these two best-selling trilogies.

Multiple magazines and publishers are weighing in on what should be in your beach bag or on your bookshelf this season. Here are seven can’t-miss page-turners and the publications that endorse them.

1. The Paris Wife: Lovers of literature will enjoy a peek at this fictional account of writer Ernest Hemingway’s first wife—the woman who loved him before he was famous—as she navigates Paris in the 1920s. Good Housekeeping touts this New York Times bestseller as a book “to curl up with.”

2. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen uses milestones in her life to examine what’s important to women at every age. Oprah labeled this as one of the best books coming out in June, while Good Housekeeping recommended it for readers seeking self-reflection.

3. The Cove: Hopeless romantics will get caught up in this unlikely love story between a young woman deemed a witch and a mysterious, mute stranger set deep in the mountains of Appalachia during World War I. Publisher’s Weekly branded it one of the best summer books of 2012.

4. The Beginner’s Goodbye: This inspiring tale traces a disabled man’s journey of finding love, unexpectedly losing it and moving on. As part of his family’s business, he begins writing beginner’s guides to life, and this can be viewed as his about how to let go. Another Publisher’s Weekly pick for one of summer’s best books of 2012.

5. Safe Haven: A beautiful stranger arrives in a small town, and trying to protect a secret from her past, keeps her distance from others. But as she struggles against letting down her guard, she can’t resist the friendship she finds in a neighbor or the love she finds in a widower. Real Simple tapped it as one of “21 Great Summer Books.”

6. Lady Blue Eyes: Fodor’s recommends this biography of Frank Sinatra’s fourth and final wife, Barbara, among its best beach reads. Barbara recounts her simple childhood in the Midwest, to her days as a Vegas showgirl and model alongside tales of her tempestuous 22-year marriage to Old Blue Eyes, including insight into his most famous songs.

7. Swamplandia: This finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction also makes Fodor’s list. In it, the heroine, a 13-year-old girl, fights to preserve her family business—a gator-wrestling theme park—amidst her mother’s death, father’s desertion, lovestruck sister and a corporate competitor that’s just moved into town.

Mamarazzi: Every Mom's Guide to Photographing Kids

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Can’t-Miss Book Suggestions for Moms

Celebrating Mom can be tough because she takes care of everyone else. But this Mother’s Day gift guide could help you find something that’s all about her for a change.

Our Moms do it all, it seems. From managing the household to juggling a career, the leading ladies of our lives can easily get lost in the shuffle of sacrificing their time for everyone else.

This Mother’s Day you can show Mom just how much you appreciate all those late nights of her helping with your homework, and taxiing you and your friends to school, ballgames and the mall by consulting this gift guide featuring books that celebrate one (or more) of her interests.

1. House Beautiful: Decorating With Books: If Mom is an avid reader, she’s likely got an overloaded bookshelf. Or maybe she has so big a collection, she can’t remember all of the titles in it. This interior design book will help her make the most of her pasttime, while turning it into an inviting aspect of her home.

2. Mamarazzi: Every Mom’s Guide to Photographing Kids: Try as they might, Moms have a hard time taking a break for themselves, so their hobbies often involve their little ones. Besides, what Mom doesn’t want to capture every second of her baby’s life? Written from a mother’s perspective, this book covers everything from basic to advanced cameras, as well as techniques for capturing those precious moments.

3. Better Homes and Gardens: Gardening Made Simple: Whether Mom has a green thumb—or simply aspires to—this all-encompassing how-to book covers tips for growing beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees, and even fruits, vegetables and herbs. Written for gardeners regardless of their skill level, this book features more than 65 step-by-step projects to help get her started.

4. Cooking Light: Comfort Food: Often, there’s no better comfort food than Mom’s, but these days it’s likely she wants to provide healthier meals for her family. This collection of more than 200 trimmed-down favorites like fried chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuits is sure to help her put something on the table she can feel good about serving the ones she loves.

5. Unmeasured Strength: Moms who know their love for their children knows no bounds will be inspired by Lauren Manning’s story of survival. Manning, who was working in the World Trade Center on 9/11, clung to the promise of seeing her son again, and she made it out alive. This book chronicles Manning’s decade-long transformation to overcome the effects of the terrorist attack and become a better wife and mother.

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6 Food and Cooking Resolutions I’m Sticking to in 2012

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Adding a few food-related books to your library--and actually reading them--makes for a good, measurable resolution in 2012.

Like many, Michelle Ryan has difficulty keeping New Year’s resolutions. But she’s going to give it a go (again) with these six in 2012.

Raise your hand if you make New Year’s resolutions. Now keep them up if you stick to them. (It’s OK, this is a judgment-free zone.)

I make tons of resolutions, it seems, like exercise more, eat better, learn new things. And usually by today, Jan. 3, I’m still trying to get going on them. Before too long, it seems like I give up or lose enthusiasm for missing a day of the new routine.

Part of my problem is the extended college football bowl season (which this year stretches to Jan. 9), and part is my resolutions have no measurable focus.

So this year, at least where it comes to food and cooking, I’m going to try to change that with these six resolutions.

1. Expand my taste buds. This could be a hard one, especially for a reforming picky eater like me. But I fell in love with zucchini last year, and the least I can do for myself is see what else I could be missing out on at the dinner table.

2. Eat in more often. I get in a hurry–or get lazy–and opt for picking up lunch or dinner or “cooking” a frozen “meal.” It gets the job done, sure, but it doesn’t hold the same satisfaction–or health benefits–that a home-cooked meal does.

3. Use my kitchen gadgets. I’ve got plenty of time-savers and gizmos that promise efficiency, yet ironically, I get too in a hurry to use them. Now that I’ve resolved to cook more often, I can put these gadgets to the test to see which ones I should keep around.

4. Exercise my creativity. Too often I get boxed in by following recipes or decorating instructions to the letter. And when I do step out of the box, like with a recent attempt at making Sweet Potato Cupcakes, I’m pleasantly surprised by the risk.

5. Read more–about food. To my book collection I’ve been adding cookbooks, baking books, decorating and flavor books and so on. I read plenty of food magazines, but I’m thinking it’s time I curled up with a good book about cooking every now and then too.

6. Learn more–about food. I’ve already got plans penciled in to accomplish this one in 2012. There are three more cake decorating courses covering flowers and fondant on my 2012 schedule, along with some local cooking classes that I’ve committed to take.