Non-fiction round-up: Best new true stories for 2012

Here are five new must-read non-fiction books to check out in 2012.

The Magic RoomThe Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters,
by Jeffrey Zaslow

Dec. 27 from Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin

Jeffrey Zaslow is the beloved author of The Girl From Ames, and co-author of The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch. In The Magic Room, Zaslow focuses on the incredibly popular Becker’s Bridal in Fowler, Michigan, where thousands of women have been transformed within the store’s “magic room.”

In the process of profiling the Beckers, Zaslow also explores the love and hopes that families have for their daughters.


I got thisI Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down,
by Jennifer Hudson

Jan. 10, from Dutton Adult, an imprint of Penguin

The amazing singer and actress Jennifer Hudson is looking even more fabulous than ever these days. I Got This chronicles not only Hudson’s rise to fame, but also her successful weight loss of 80 pounds, inspired by the birth of her son.


Fans of Hudson or readers looking for an inspiring story, particularly looking to make changes, will learn Hudson’s secrets to her much-talked about success.


PoserPoser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses,
by Claire Dederer

Jan. 3 from Picador, an imprint of Macmillan (new to paperback)

After a back injury as a new mom, Claire Dederer is persuaded by everyone she knows to try yoga. In between mastering yoga poses, Dederer finds her life changing.

Poser is more than just an account of a yoga fiend, though. It is a thoughtful and personal memoir of growth and reconciliation. Readers who are fans of yoga or not can connect with the message of transformation and change.


The Obamas?The Obamas,
by Jodi Kantor

Jan. 10 from Little, Brown, an imprint of Hachette

Whether or not you agree with their politics, the Obamas are one of the most interesting families to inhabit the White House in recent memory. A large part of the reason they are notable is the lengths to which they go to try to make their time in Washington as normal as possible for their young daughters. Kantor, the Washington correspondent for the New York Times who has been following the Obamas since 2007, goes inside the White House for an intimate view of the First Family as they cope with the pressures of their position upon their family.


The Journal of Best PracticesThe Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to be a Better Husband,
by David Finch

Jan. 3 from Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Have you ever wondered what on earth is wrong with your husband? David Finch’s wife Kristen wondered for five years, before making the revelatory diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. Instead of being a blow, however, Finch finds his diagnosis hugely freeing.

Suddenly he has a reason and a way to improve his life analytically, through a series of ‘best practices’ he meticulously collects.


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