2013 living now award winners

Here are the gold, silver and bronze medalists in our fifth annual Living Now Book Awards. 

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Congratulations to all!


1. Cookbooks/General

Gold: Fast, Fresh + Simple, by Hope Cohen (Strawberryblonde Press)

Silver: Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life, by Patricia Moore-Pastides (University of South Carolina Press)

Bronze: LiveEatCookHealthy, by Rachel Khanna (Self-Published)


2. Cooking/Natural (Nutrition, Organic, Vegetarian, etc.)

Gold: FoodTrients: Age-Defying Recipes for a Sustainable Life, by Grace O (FoodTrients Publishing Company)

Silver: Fire & Ice: ALASKA – Baked, Blended, & Sautéed, by Sharon R. Leippi (Frosty Books)

Bronze: Your Best Investment: Secrets to a Healthy Body and Mind, by Edwin Lee M.D., F.A.C.E; with Alison Gordon B.S. and Laura Gavin M.S. (IHB Publishing, LLC)


3. Cooking/Ethnic/Holiday

Gold: Maya’s Secrets, by Maya León-Meis, Malena Perdomo, and Martín Limas-Villers (American Cancer Society)

Silver: A Romance with Indonesian Cooking, by Irene Liem; design and photography by Lilian Liem (Self-Published)

Bronze: Marx Canoy’s Food Feast: Traditional to World-Class Philippine Cuisine, by Marx Canoy (MarxChef Trading)


4. Crafts/Hobbies/Collecting

Gold: New York: Beauty Diversified, by Linda J. Hahn (American Quilter’s Society)

Silver: Melis van der Sluis: Ceramic Artist, Potter, by Melis van der Sluis (Galerie de Roos van Tudor)

Bronze: Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns, Volume 1, by Christine Curry Taylor (Trafford Publishing)


5. Gift/Specialty/Keepsake

Gold: Quotable - 20 Years of Black + White, by Quotable (Quotable Cards)

Silver: How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special, by Lynette M. Smith (All My Best)

Bronze: Where Did My Dreams Go? by A.H. Cameron Strother, Ph.D. (First Projection)


6. Journal/Planner/Calendar

Gold: Youlo Pages, by Carol Lasky (Youlo.gy)

Silver: The Student Life Jacket, The Easy-to-Use Organizer and Guide to Staying Afloat in a Sea of Paperwork for Young Working Adults and College Students, by Susan M. Sparks (SMS Promotional Ventures, LLC)

Bronze: Rock & Root: A Three-Year Journal for Gardeners, Dreamers, & Artists, by Gretchen Butler (Self-Published)


7. Gardening/Farming/Landscaping

Gold: The Seasoned Gardener: Five Decades of Sustainable & Practical Garden Wisdom, by Carolyn Singer (Garden Wisdom Press)

Silver: The Maine Garden Journal: Insider Secrets from Maine People Who Love to Put Their Hands in the Dirt, by Lisa Colburn (Fern Leaf Publishing Company)

Bronze: Wings, Worms, and Wonder: A Guide for Creatively Integrating Gardening and Outdoor Learning Into Children’s Lives by Kelly Johnson (Wings, Worms, and Wonder)


8. Animals/Pets/Livestock

Gold: Wild Among Us: True Adventures of a Female Photographer Who Stalks Bears, Wolves, Mountain Lions, Wild Horses and Other Elusive Wildlife, by Pat Toth-Smith (Pat Toth-Smith Photography)

Silver: Backyard Race Horse: The Training Manual, by Janet Del Castillo & Lois Schwartz (Prediction Publications)

Bronze: Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, by Barbara Simpson Carducci (Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC)


9. Green Living (Alternative energy, Conservation, Cleaning, etc.)

Gold: What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? by Tony Juniper (Synergetic Press)

Silver: Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State, by Elizabeth Courtney & Eric Zencey (Thistle Hill Publications)

Bronze: Wild Plum Café, by Gretchen Butler (Self-Published)


11. Family/Parenting

Gold: Live Wires: Neuro-Parenting to Ignite Your Teen’s Brain, by Judith Widener Muir (Bright Sky Press)

Silver: Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro, by David L. Hill, MD, FAAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Bronze: The Asperkid’s Launch Pad: Home Design to Empower Everyday Superheroes, by Jennifer Cook O’Toole (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)


12. Finance/Budgeting

Gold: The Plastic Effect: How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards, by Polly A. Bauer & Stephen Lesavich (Coconut Avenue)

Silver: Radiant Wealth, by Sue Stevens (Stevens Wealth Management)

Bronze: The Financially Empowered Woman: Everything You Really Want to Know About Your Money, by Tracy Theemes (Sophia Financial)


13. Social Activism/Charity

Gold: Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, by Paola Gianturco (powerHouse Books)

Silver: Hope In Sight: One Doctor’s Quest to Restore Eyesight and Dignity to the World’s Poor, by Aisha Simjee, MD (White Spruce Press)

Bronze: Committee of One: Making a Difference, One Life at a Time, Leila Wahbeh and the Refugees, by Patricia Martin Holt (Matriarch Press)


14. Personal Growth/Motivation

Gold: Living the Life Your Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation, by Paula Renaye (Diomo Books)

Silver: Your Killer Emotions: The 7 Steps to Mastering the Toxic Emotions, Urges, and Impulses That Sabotage You, by Ken Lindner (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

Bronze: Voyage of a Viking: How a Man of Action Can Become a Man of Grace, by Tim Marks (Obstaclés Press Inc)


15. Relationships/Marriage

Gold: The Marriage Whisperer: Tips to Improve Your Relationship Overnight, by Patt Hollinger Pickett, Ph.D (MSI Press)

Silver: WordFood: How We Feed or Starve Our Relationships, by Julia Hubbel (The Hubbel Group, Inc.)

Bronze (tie): Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage, by Bruce Littlefield (Self-Published)

My Pretty Fraulein: A Journey Through Cultural Boundaries, by Arthur & Ursula Rathburn (Fort Dane Books)


16a. Inspirational Memoir - Female

Gold: Clear Cut: One Woman’s Journey of Life in the Body, by Ginny Jordan (Lantern Books)

Silver: Pieces of Sky: a Memoir, by Noelle Cablay (CreateSpace)

Bronze: A Moment in Connemara: an Irish Love Story, by Annie Quinn (A Word with You Press)


16b. Inspirational Memoir – Male

Gold: True North – The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours,”by Tom North (True North Productions, LLC)

Silver: Unremembered Wings: One Orphanage, Two Angels, and a Lost Boy Finding Unconditional Love, by Paul Wayne (Asset One 23, LLC)

Bronze: Cowboys, Armageddon, and the Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion, by Scott M. Terry (Lethe Press)


17. Femininity/Sexuality

Gold: The Savvy Girl’s Guide to Grace: Small Touches with Big Impact – at Home, Work & in Love, by Alicia Young (Parasol Press)

Silver: Great Sex Made Simple: Tantric Tips to Deepen Intimacy and Heighten Pleasure, by Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson (Llewellyn)

Bronze: Your Career, Your Way! Personal Strategies to Achieve Your Career Aspirations, by Lisa Quast (Career Woman, Inc.)


18. Enlightenment/Spirituality

Gold (tie): Beyond Happiness: The 12 Principles of Enduring Bliss, by Marnie McDermott (Balboa Press)

Ten Methods of the Heavenly Dragon, by Robert Sheaffer (Singing Dragon)

Silver: Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential, by Ilchi Lee (Best Life Media)

Bronze: Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story, by Robert Atkinson (Cosimo Books)


19. Metaphysical (Astrology, Tarot, Psychic Development, etc.)

Gold: Discovering the Medium Within: Techniques & Stories from a Professional Psychic Medium, by Anysia Kiel (Llewellyn)

Silver (tie): Lifesigns: Tapping the Power of Synchronicity, Serendipity and Miracles, by Alex Marcoux (Jenness)

Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born, by Robert Schwartz (Whispering Winds Press)

Bronze: The Ascension Oracle: Guidance for Accelerated Spiritual Growth, by Natalia M. Schotte, Ph.D. (Rose House Publishing)


20. Exercise/Fitness/Yoga

Gold: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Master: The Story of Yogi Amrit Desai, by Lila Ivey (MahaMedia, Inc.)

Silver: Weight Loss through Yoga: Jewel in the Lotus, by James Donavon Bothell (Book Publishers Network)

Bronze: Mudras of India: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance, by Cain Carroll and Revital Carroll (Singing Dragon)


21. Health/Wellness

Gold: Blood Pressure Down: The 10 Step Plan to Lower Your Blood Pressure in 4 Weeks Without Prescription Drugs by Dr. Janet Brill (Three Rivers Press)

Silver: Bliss Cleanse: Your Two-Week Mind, Body, Spirit Guide to Greater Health and Happiness, by Lorraine Miller and Lindsey Smith (inCredible Messages Press)

Bronze: Picture Your Life After Cancer, by The New York Times (American Cancer Society)


22. Meditation/Relaxation

Gold: Stop Living In This Land: Go To the Everlasting World of Happiness, Live There Forever, by Woo Myung (Cham Books)

Silver: The Map: To Our Responsive Universe – Where Dreams Really Do Come True! by Boni Lonnsburry (InnerArt)

Bronze: Meditation for Aspies: Everyday Techniques to Help People with Asperger Syndrome Take Control and Improve Their Lives, by Ulrike Domenika Bolls (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)


23. Healing Arts/Bodywork/Energy Techniques

Gold: Beauty Pure and Simple: The Ayurvedic Approach to Beautiful Skin, by Kristen Ma (Trumpeter Books/Shambhala)

Silver: The Other Medicine That Really Works! How Energy Medicine Can Help You Heal in Body, Mind and Spirit, by Heidi DuPree, RN, CTN (CreateSpace)

Bronze: The Mechanic Meets the Gardener, by Susan M. Gallant (Town Landing Press)


24. Caregiving

Gold: Me? A Caregiver? A Memoir, by Mary Beth Harris (Incha Publishing)

Silver: Alzheimer’s Care with Dignity, by Frank Fuerst (Headline Books)

Bronze: Care-Full Love: Learning the Joys and Struggles of Caregiving, by Lois Werth Mimbs (Xulon Press)


25. Mature Living/Aging

Gold: Do Not Go Quietly: A Guide to Living Consciously and Aging Wisely, by George & Sedena Cappannelli (Hay House)

Silver: Looking Up: Seven Steps for a Healthy & Youthful Midlife and Beyond, by Cynthia Olsen (Kali Press)

Bronze: Move with Balance®: Healthy Aging Activities for Brain and Body, by Karen Peterson, M.A. (Giving Back Books)


26. Grieving/Death & Dying

Gold: Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum, by Karla Herlbert (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Silver: A Friend in Grief: Simple Ways to Help, by Ginny Callaway (High Windy Press)

Bronze: Flowing with the Go: A Jiu-Jitsu Journey of the Soul, by Elena Stowell (BQB Publishing)


27. Inspirational Fiction

Gold: Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List: A Sick Comedy, by Scotty-Miguel Sandoe (CreateSpace)

Silver: Twelve Months, by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)

Bronze: The Winter House, by Joan MacCracken (Tiffin Press of Maine)


28. Adventure Fiction

Gold: Wrath of the Caid, by Joe O’Neill (Black Ship Publishing)

Silver: Caught Inside: A Surfing Passage, by Lauren Benton Angulo (SurferSeen Inc)

Bronze: The Cadence of Gypsies, by Barbara Casey (Hungry Goat Press)


29. Children’s Picture Book

Gold: Inside My Imagination, by Marta Arteaga; illustrated by Zuzanna Celej (Cuento de Luz)

Silver: Earth Remembers When, by Dawn Wynne; illustrated by Gloria Piñeiro (Dawning Press)

Bronze (tie): John’s Whistle, by Lili Ferreirós; illustrated by Sonja Wimmer (Cuento de Luz)

Today I am a Princess! For the Little Princess in All of Us, by Jill Cikins; illustrated by Rosalie Peng (Naampedia, LLC)


30. Children’s Non-Fiction

Gold (tie): Fingerprints on the Table: The Story of the White House Treaty Table, by Connie Remlinger Trounstine; illustrated by Kerry P. Talbott (White House Historical Association)

What’s in the Garden? by Marianne Berkes; illustrated by Cris Arbo (Dawn Publications)

Silver: Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo, by Gracie Cavnar; illustrated by Anni Matsick (S2P Press)

Bronze: Vokabbalahry: Words of Wisdom for Kids to Live By, by Michal Berg; illustrated by Enrique Torralba (Kabbalah Publishing)