Ghosting and Nonfiction
AGELESS BEAUTY THE FRENCH WAY: SECRETS FROM THREE GENERATIONS OF FRENCH BEAUTY EDITORS
Clémence is one of the loveliest authors I have ever worked with--beautiful in every possible way, inside and out. Also, impossibly chic, just like her mother and grandmother. If you want the most helpful guide to skincare à la Parisienne, this book is for you
THE POSTNATAL DEPLETION CURE: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO REBUILDING YOUR HEALTH AND RECLAIMING YOUR ENERGY FOR MOTHERS OF NEWBORNS, TODDLERS, AND YOUNG CHILDREN
Dr. Serralach is one of the world's experts on postnatal depletion, and he has devoted his life to helping women get their bodies and lives back after childbirth. This book is a game-changer, and it was an honor to help make the hard-core science behind Oscar's treatment plans comprehensible for lay readers--especially the moms who need it most.
THE NANNY CONNIE WAY: SECRETS TO MASTERING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF PARENTHOOD
Connie is the superstar baby nurse to the stars and hundreds of others lucky enough to have had her wisdom and Southern love helping them cope and learn in those fraught newborn days and early months. She takes all the fear out of parenting, and that is pretty miraculous.
TWO TURNS FROM ZERO: PUSHING TO HIGHER FITNESS GOALS - CONVERTING THEM TO LIFE STRENGTHS
Stacey Griffith is a Senior Master Instructor at
with an enormous following. This isn't a typical exercise book--it's much, much more. I am in awe of this amazing woman, and working with her was one of the best experiences of my professional life. She's that phenomenal.
MY LIFE AS EVA: THE STRUGGLE IS REAL
Eva is a
star with over 7,402,000 followers. She is also one of the most wise, wacky, and winsome young women I have ever met. This is the kind of lifestyle/advice book I wish had been published when I was struggling through high school. She just totally nailed it.
DR. AND MRS. GUINEA PIG PRESENT THE ONLY GUIDE YOU'LL EVER NEED TO THE BEST ANTI-AGING TREATMENTS
Terry Dubrow is one of the star plastic surgeons on the hit show
Heather is one of the stars of the hit show
The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Do they know everything about anti-aging skincare--the good, the bad, and the frozen foreheads? You bet they do, and all the Hollywood secrets, too. They are such a great and loving team.
THE STASH PLAN: YOUR 21-DAY GUIDE TO SHED WEIGHT, FEEL GREAT, AND TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH
Now a New York Times bestseller!
Laura is a brilliant actress currently starring in O
range Is the New Black.
Elizabeth is a brilliant integrative nutritionist who created an amazing healing method based on Chinese meridian theories. We had a blast writing this book, and it’s not hyperbole to say it’s completely unique. Get ready to start stashing. The official website is
THE 5678 DIET: A LIFE PLAN FOR LASTING HEALTH AND WEIGHT LOSS
Kym Johnson has been one of the professional ballroom dancers on the US and Australian
Dancing with the Stars
TV show for many years, and she is one of the nicest authors I’ve ever worked with. This book incorporates her strategies for eating and fitness; they’re super-easy to follow, even if your idea of dancing is no more energetic than watching Fred and Ginger, cheek to cheek. Get yourself moving at
THE NALINI METHOD: SEVEN WORKOUTS FOR SEVEN MOODS
There aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful Rupa is—as a trainer, an educator, a “pint-sized guru,” and a truly amazing woman. Can you tell I adore her? And she is whip-smart about how to use movement to help you manage your moods. Check out her website at
THE FRENCH BEAUTY SOLUTION: TIME-TESTED SECRETS TO LOOK AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT
Now a New York Times bestseller!
This book was truly a joy to write: French beauty secrets to unravel, amazing Caudalie products to test, wonderful Bordeaux to drink, fresh red grapes to eat, and the wisdom of the incomparable Mathilde Thomas--what's not to love? Caudalie's website is
THE NEW NAKED: THE ULTIMATE SEX EDUCATION FOR GROWN-UPS
When Park Avenue urologist and talk-show host Dr. Harry Fisch and I were writing this book, we spent most of the time laughing. Honestly, if you don t have a sense of humor about all matter sexual (especially sex ed, of lack thereof), why bother? For more info, go to
BRAD'S RAW MADE EASY: THE FAST, DELICIOUS WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT, OPTIMIZE HEALTH, AND LIVE MOSTLY IN THE RAW
Brad Gruno's raw kale chips are compulsively eatable. I munched my way through a carton of them while working on this book, published in December 2013, which demystifies how to incorporate raw into your diet. Read more at
TTY MOM: THE PARENTING GUIDE FOR THE REST OF US (Abrams)
New York Times
bestseller! I was thrilled that my coauthors and I exposed the truth about true-to-life parenting. We took on the Tiger Moms and the Helicopter Moms and introduced them to a whole new world of Sh*t when we launched on September 1, 2012 (Abrams Image). Please visit our website at
, like us on Facebook at
, and send us a Tweet at @shttymom. Reviews at amazon are also appreciated. [
If you're in the UK, you can buy
(same text, better accent). [
We also sold the book in Germany, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, and Turkey, and an audio version is in the works. Notice there is no "i" in Sh*tty so we can say it in front of our kids.
THE 7-MINUTE BACK PAIN SOLUTION (Harlequin)
Do these stretches and follow this advice and your lower back pain should go away. Published by Harlequin in Spring 2012. Go to
for more info, and you won't be sorry.
THE HOLIDAY GODDESS HANDBAG GUIDE TO PARIS, NEW YORK, LONDON AND ROME (HarperCollins Australia)
I'm one of the NY-based contributors for the fab website,
, mostly writing about secret addresses and fun jaunts to do with the kids. This is a terrific guide for intrepid travelers.
I've happily spent much of the last 2 1⁄2 years working with an incredibly smart, kind, generous, and mesmerizingly innovative person on a series of books, co-authoring 3 and editing 2 more. Stay tuned!
SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN (HarperOne/HarperCollins)
Michael is not just buff but brilliant about the effects of exercise and brain function. See what I mean at
BQ THE BEAUTY QUOTIENT FORMULA (Hay House)
I loved working with Dr. T, who's got a great sense of humor and smarts about beauty.
THE BROWN FAT REVOLUTION (St. Martin's Press)
This man knows his fat! There's tons of extremely smart info in here, especially for women over 40.
TODAY'S MOMS (Harper Paperbacks/HarperCollins)
Alicia and Mary Ann are two of the smartest, savviest, and loving moms in NYC, and working with them made me wish my little one was still in diapers!
GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER (Simon Spotlight/Simon & Schuster)
Rene and I had a blast together - she's so funny, so smart, so lovely, and so personable that this book practically wrote itself.
Check out more at
10 MINUTES, 10 YEARS (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)
My son calls Dr. Brandt an "elf" - and he's such a doll that he could make the most needle-phobic person out there happy to see him. There isn't anything he doesn't know about skin.
THE BIRD FLU PANDEMIC (St. Martin's Press)
Not normally a science writer - okay, so I nearly failed Genetics For Dummies in college - I filled in for a colleague who pulled out at the last minute. I learned an awful lot from Dr. Green's spectacular mind, and figured that if an epidemiological dunce like moi could understand what a virus was, readers could too.
NANNY 911 (It Books/HarperCollins)
Nanny Deb and Nanny Stella are so experienced with children that when I was writing this book with them I felt like I was getting paid to learn how to be a better parent. And Judith Regan didn't yell at me once! The show can still be watched at
UNBLEMISHED (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
Everything you (n)ever wanted to know about zits. Let me tell ya - Proactiv works. I read hundreds and hundreds of unsolicited testimonials, many of which were truly heartbreaking. So listen: If you've got skin problems, either try Proactiv or see a dermatologist!
MAKEUP YOUR MIND (powerHouse Books)
Francois Nars, the genius behind Nars cosmetics, hired me after I interviewed him on the phone for a feature in
Neiman Marcus The Book
magazine. This book is just ravishingly gorgeous.
BEING MARRIED HAPPILY FOREVER (Putnam)
Tova had been married to actor Ernest Borgnine for 25 years when we wrote this. She was one of the nicest and most gracious women I've ever met, and Ernie was a hoot. Going to his 80th birthday party was like seeing Old Hollywood come to life. (
Beauty by Tova website
CALLANETICS FIT FOREVER (Putnam Books) and SUPER CALLANETICS (Putnam Books)
was the first book nonfiction book I ghosted. Callan had already had a huge success with Callanetics, so the sequel was a no-brainer. I can't remember how I came to be offered this project; I just wish I had Callan's ability to do plies and sit-ups, because trust me, that woman was buff! And when we worked again on
Callanetics Fit Forever
, Callan still had the world's most perfect butt. I, alas, did not.
DIRTY DANCING HOW TO DO IT (Laurel/Dell Publishing)
This falls into the category of Pay The Rent Writing.
became a phenomenon, so Dell Books asked me to do a quickie tie-in. "Mimi Kasbah" came from a friend who was trying to say, "Meet me in the Casbah," but he mumbled. When I told him I thought he'd said "Mimi Kasbah" he told me it would come in handy one day as a pseudonym. Little did I know he was right.
BOB HOSKINS (Sidgwick & Jackson UK)
I wrote my first solely-bylined nonfiction book when I was living in London in the mid-1980s. I sat in a branch of the British Library and pored over old clippings, compiling an extensive list of nearly every actor and director who'd ever worked with Hoskins, then sent them letters requesting an interview. Fortunately, dozens of people agreed to talk. Pulling this book together vastly improved my reporting skills, which became a tremendous asset when I began interviewing celebrities while on assignments.
STREISAND THROUGH THE LENS (Delilah Books)
My second job in publishing was at a small pop culture/rock'n'roll book packager, Delilah Communications, and we put together many now-cult books. There, the late, great Lester Bangs taught me how to write with intensity and wild swoops of imagination when I edited his Blondie. (There's a lovely photo of us in Jim Derogatis' (
Let It Blurt
.) Frank was an obsessive Streisand fan, photographer and photo rep, and friend to the photographers who contributed their favorite shots. It's an understatement to say that they were thrilled to talk to me about Barbra.
REAR VIEW (Delilah Books)
I edited this Delilah book, with an essay by the marvelous Nick Tosches. I've included it here as I posed for the back cover, and can now look back fondly (pun intended) at my youthful posterior while remembering the shoot in a vacant lot on Gansevoort St. back when it was utterly deserted on a freezing winter's day. I was so cold I literally had to place my hands in that position to stop the shivering.
GHOSTING & NONFICTION