Welcome to Tarcher Features Week! Each day this week we will highlight one major Tarcher theme, collecting some of our favorite titles and authors for you to enjoy.

Thursday: Wellness


Ask people who meditate why they do it, and their answers may surprise. They say it keeps them healthy, increases mental acuity, decreases stress, and even improves creativity.

But, for those who have never tried it before, meditation seems an impossible task. “What is it?,” “How do I start?,” and even, “Am I doing it right?” are all common questions beginners ask. THE POWER OF MEDITATION: An Ancient Technique to Access Your Inner Power by Edward Viljoen has the answers to these and many other concerns.

In this accessible guide, Viljoen—who is a meditation instructor—not only details the benefits of meditation, but also dispels rumors and misconceptions of what meditation is and what beginners can expect from it.

Read an excerpt HERE

Order it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or IndieBound!

LIVING THE REIKI WAY by Penelope Quest

Reiki, one of the most widely-practiced healing systems in the world, is known for its extensive and dedicated fan base. Attracting followers who include Angelina Jolie, Donna Karan and Dr. Oz, this practice embodies more that just physical healing; it promotes a lifestyle of physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Penelope Quest’s latest book on the subject, LIVING THE REIKI WAY (Tarcher/Penguin), employs a variety of Reiki techniques , as well as other healing methods to guide readers in achieving Reiki founder Dr. Mikao Usi’s core prinicples.

Order it on Amazon, B&N, or Indiebound!

Read chapter three of LIVING THE REIKI WAY (“Just for Today”) HERE


Buddha’s Book of Stress Reduction by Joseph Emet

The author of the award-winning Buddha’s Book of Sleep is back with a guide to reducing stress and developing a peaceful and relaxed attitude. No, it is not all in your head: life is stressful, and some lives more so than others. Yet people react to the same situations differently, and recognizing the difference between what we can control and what we can’t is crucial for stress management—and it is an awakening in and of itself. This practical book is designed to bring the benefits of mindfulness meditation practice to stress reduction. Unlike other stress-reduction books, Buddha’s Book of Stress Reduction (available Dec. 26) also helps you develop the positive values of a calm and constructive attitude. It takes you from stress—where many of us find ourselves—to well-being.

Read an excerpt HERE

Pre-order your copy from Amazon, B&N, or Indiebound!

THE REAL SKINNY by Julie Upton & Katherine Brooking

Tired of fad diets and diet books that don’t deliver on their promises? Here, finally, is THE REAL SKINNY on weight loss! According to registered dieticians and founders of the popular TV show and website “Appetite for Health” Julie Upton and Katherine Brooking, the key to successful weight loss is actually quite simple: If you’re like most people, you have a bevy of “Fat Habits” that you repeat day after day that are causing the number on your scale to nudge higher and higher.  Simply exchange these “Fat Habits” with “Slim Solutions” and you’ll be on your way to the svelte physique you’ve always longed for.

In The Real Skinny: Appetite for Health’s 101 Fat Habits & Slim Solutions, the authors polled leading dieticians around the country to show readers how they can exchange the 101 most common Fat Habits with Slim Solutions that will work for them.

Read an excerpt HERE.

Order it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound.


Bikram Choudhury is an yoga guru, best known as the the founder of Bikram Yoga, a form of hot yoga performed in a series of 26 hatha yoga postures performed in an environment upwards of 105 degrees Fahrenheit.BIKRAM’S BEGINNING YOGA CLASS contains suggestions for maintaining proper yoga practice, a section on the medical benefits of yoga, notes from Bikram’s students, and a good dose of Bikram humor and philosophy.

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An international bestseller, Dean Karnazes’ Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner, has inspired both hard-core athletes and former couch potatoes across the globe.Ultramarathon Man, said The Boston Globe, is “an exhibition of unadulterated courage and mental and physical stamina [for] anyone who likes to read about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

The distances that Dean, “the quintessential ultramarathoner” (Outside), covers defy the limits of human endurance: he has run 226 miles straight, through two nights and without rest. Dean’s vivid confessions from these mind-bending runs make this journey with him so intimate that your perception of what the human mind and body can accomplish will be forever changed.

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MAIN STREET VEGAN by Victoria Moran

Hollywood celebrities are doing it. Corporate moguls are doing it. But what about those of us living in the real world—and on a real budget? Author and holistic health practitioner Victoria Moran started eating only plants nearly thirty years ago, raised her daughter, Adair, vegan from birth, and maintains a sixty-pound weight loss. In Main Street Vegan, Moran offers a complete guide to making this dietary and lifestyle shift with an emphasis on practical “baby steps,” proving that you don’t have to have a personal chef or lifestyle coach on speed dial to experience the physical and spiritual benefits of being a vegan. This book provides practical advice and inspiration for everyone—from Main Street to Wall Street, and everywhere between.

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Energy Medicine by Donna Eden & David Feinstein, Ph. D.

Afflicted with myriad health problems, Eden approaches alternative health-care practice from the viewpoint of both practitioner and patient. As a massage therapist, she has more than 20 years of experience practicing and teaching the methods of applied kinesiology. This book is the culmination of her experiences, presenting techniques she developed through studying a variety of methods and working with her clients. Eden’s work is based on the premise of an “energy body,” made up of chakras, meridians, auras, strange flows and Celtic weaves. Healing involves balancing these energies for optimal physical health and well-being, pain management and vitality. With simple illustrations, Eden presents clear instructions for many do-it-yourself or with-a-partner techniques that involve tapping, tracing, smoothing and massaging, as well as more than 100 quick fixes for relieving common ailments and stresses. Unfortunately, these remedies are placed randomly throughout the text, making it inconvenient for reference. Nonetheless, Eden delivers an excellent, comprehensive guide to a unique combination of ancient Eastern and modern Western health-care techniques.

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