Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver
Novelist Barbara Kingsolver recounts a year spent eating exclusively home-grown and local food. In their search for another way to eat and live, Kingsolver and her family begin to recover a lost appreciation for farms and the natural processes of food production.
Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager
by Keith Gessen
Editor and interviewer Gessen draws together two years' worth of interviews with a despairing anonymous hedge fund manager. "HFM," as Gessen calls him, has been working successfully in hedge funds for over a decade. With some context provided by Gessen, HFM tells readers the the facts behind the death of Bear Stearns, the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the plunging dollar, the bailouts, and the Madoff scandal.
Julie and Julia
by Julie Powell
Powell, a frustrated secretary in New York City, embarked on "the Julie/Julia project": a yearlong odyssey of cooking every recipe in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." She blogged about her project and quickly became an online sensation. In this memoir, Powell imaginatively reconstructs episodes from Child's life in the 1940s and weaves them into her own story of her year, which changed her in ways that she hadn't anticipated.
Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously
by Adrienne Martini
As a working mother of two, Martini wanted a challenge that would make her feel in charge. So she decided to make the Holy Grail of sweaters -- her own Mary Tudor, whose mind-numbingly gorgeous pattern is so complicated to knit that its mere mention can hush a roomful of experienced knitters. And so she took on the challenge: one year, two needles, and countless knits and purls to conquer Mary Tudor while also taking care of her two kids, two cats, two jobs, and (thankfully) one husband-- without unraveling in the process.
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
by Gretchen Rubin
Rubin spent one year trying to achieve measurable goals in every level of her life (marriage, parenting, career, social life, self-fulfillment, etc). In this memoir, she shares what she learned about being happy.
The Year of Yes: A Memoir
by Maria Headley
At age 20, Headley was already tired of the New York City dating scene. When her friends suggested that she was too critical, she decided to say yes to every man who asked her on a date, for an entire year. The following 12 months taught her more about herself than she could have imagined.