The New Year is always a time for reflection and how to improve oneself. Two new books, Best Self by Life Coach Mike Bayer, and #Chill by Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D, can help advance your goals.
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America
Edited by Ibi Zoboi
Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books; hardcover, 416 pages; ages 13 and up; $17.99; available Tuesday, January 8
Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and immigrated to the United States, settling in Bushwick, Brooklyn, with her mother when she was four years old, and she still lives in the borough with her husband and their three children.
How ‘Bout Them Cowboys? Inside the Huddle with the Stars and Legends of America’s Team
By Gary Myers
Grand Central Publishing; hardcover, $28.00
There have been many books about America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, this year’s NFC East Champions, but there hasn’t been one that gives you an inside pass to the most valuable sports franchise in the world.
The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire
By John Eisenberg
Basic Books; hardcover, 416 pages; $30
The NFL is America’s most popular sports league, a towering colossus that generates $14 billion in annual revenue. Fans would be hard pressed to imagine how hard the beginnings of professional football were, but the determination of five men kept it alive.
The Last Man In Tehran
By Mark Henshaw
Touchstone Paperback, Simon & Schuster; $16
Mark Henshaw, CIA analyst and former Red Cell think tank member, made his mark with his debut novel Red Cell, and he brings those characters back for his new thriller, The Last Man In Tehran.
Agent Kara Stryker and CIA analyst Jonathan Burke try to prevent a war from breaking out between Israel and Iran as a mole threatens to tear the CIA apart.
Hunt Them Down: A Pierce Hunt Thriller
By Simon Gervais
Thomas & Mercer; hardcover, $24.99; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available January 1, 2019
Security expert Simon Gervais has created one of the most gripping works you will ever read, Hunt Them Down, perfect for the times we live in.
Former Army Ranger Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. He has just completed a six-month suspension from the DEA, and he’s itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts.
The Feral Detective: A Novel
By Jonathan Lethem
Ecco; hardcover, 336 pages; $26.99
Jonathan Lethem’s eleventh novel, the first since his National Books Critics Circle Award-winning Motherless Brooklyn, centers on a young Manhattanite who is burned out and ends up teaming up with a private investigator in the hunt for her friend’s missing daughter in The Feral Detective.
99 STORIES I COULD TELL: A Doodlebook to Help You Create
By Nathan W. Pyle
Morrow Gift, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; paperback, $16.99; available December 31
Nathan W. Pyle, the New York Times bestselling author of NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette and a former staff writer and illustrator for Buzzfeed, has created a guided journal has 99 prompts which will make journalers laugh, teach them to draw, and help them create new, imaginative illustrations to express themselves as we enter 2019.
Avocaderia: Avocado Recipes for a Healthier, Happier Life
By Alessandro Biggi, Francesco Brachetti, and Alberto Gramigni
Houghon Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, 224 pages; $19.99; available Tuesday, December 4
The popular Brooklyn cafe Avocaderia became an overnight sensation when its doors opened in 2017, and they recently wowed the team of investors on ABC’s Shark Tank.
Alessandro Biggi, Francesco Brachetti, and Alberto Gramigni created the world’s first avocado bar, and it delivered just what people wanted, simple, nutrient-rich dishes full of flavor that also are Instagrammable.
For The Sake Of The Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon
Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
Pegasus Crime; hardcover, 272 pages; $25.95; available Tuesday, December 4
This is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, which offers tales of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms.