Books for a Better Life Award

Given by National MS Society, Greater New York City – Long Island Chapter

94 Works 99,429 Books 4,084 Reviews 4.1
Honors the best self-improvement books of the year, Sponsored by the New York City Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
All, Winner (92), Finalist (1), Nominee (1)
All, Wellness (1), No Category (93)
All, 2018 (1), 2016 (10), 2015 (10), 2014 (10), 2013 (10), 2012 (8), 2011 (10), 2010 (10), 2009 (10), 2008 (10), 2005 (1)

Winner 92

The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan2018
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour2016
Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David2016
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth2016
The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life by Joel Fuhrman2016
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama XIV2016
Marrow: Love, Loss, and What Matters Most by Elizabeth Lesser2016
Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein2016
Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore: Dinner for Everyone at the Table by Anna Thomas2016
Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction by Elizabeth Vargas2016
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben2016
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day by Gene Baur2015
Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World by Megan Feldman Bettencourt2015
The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People by Dan Buettner2015
Girl in Glass: How My "Distressed Baby" Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles by Deanna Fei2015
Cook for Your Life: Delicious, Nourishing Recipes for Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment by Ann Ogden Gaffney2015
A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer2015
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola2015
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt2015
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman2015
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem2015
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast2014
Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffrey Foote2014
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande2014
Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die by Diane Kochilas2014
The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness by Liza Long2014
The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control by Walter Mischel2014
The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson2014
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson2014
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It Is Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, And, Frankly, You're Not in the Mood) by Douglas Stone2014
Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responder's Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart by Dan Willis2014
What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell2013
Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler2013
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin2013
Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being by Linda Graham2013
Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir by Beth Kephart2013
Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle2013
Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz2013
Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing Our Most Dangerous Emotion by Joseph Shrand2013
Taylor's Gift: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing Hope by Todd Storch2013
Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World by Rosalind Wiseman2013
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown2012
The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life by Ira Byock2012
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan2012
Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution by Kris Carr2012
Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood by Carole Brody Fleet2012
Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred by Mark Nepo2012
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe2012
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon2012
Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo2011
The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study by Howard S. Friedman2011
Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times: 250 Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter, and Save Money by Clark Howard2011
Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir by Donna M. Johnson2011
Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last by Lee Lipsenthal2011
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins2011
Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes by Paula Szuchman2011
Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now by Touré2011
The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time by David Sloan Wilson2011
Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love by Xinran2011
Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom by Mary Catherine Bateson2010
Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia by Harriet Brown2010
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell2010
The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart: An Emotional and Spiritual Handbook by Daphne Rose Kingma2010
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben2010
Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear by Srinivasan S. Pillay MD2010
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee2010
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray2010
The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less by John Robbins2010
Back to Life After a Heart Crisis: A Doctor and His Wife Share Their 8-Step Cardiac Comeback Plan by Marc Wallack2010
Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life by Gail Blanke2009
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson2009
The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even The Toughest Times by Jean Chatzky2009
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis2009
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler2009
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder2009
Josie's Story: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe by Sorrel King2009
Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by James E. McWilliams2009
Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels by Thomas Moore2009
You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives by Deborah Tannen2009
The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan2008
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman2008
Learning from the Heart: Lessons on Living, Loving, and Listening by Daniel Gottlieb2008
The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield2008
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch2008
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan2008
September Songs: The Good News About Marriage in the Later Years by Maggie Scarf2008
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor2008
The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do by Peg Tyre2008
Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich2008
Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart by John Welwood2006
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls2005
I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real1997

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