10 Books to Read Instead of Kim Kardashian’s "Selfish"

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When we heard that Kim Kardashian is publishing a coffee table book containing only #selfies, we can’t say we were surprised. After all, as the face of an eponymous video game, the wife of rap’s biggest egomaniac, and essentially the walking billboard for the Kardashian empire, Kim isn’t exactly known for modesty when it comes to self-promotion.

Selfish, slated to go on sale April 7, 2015 and priced at $19.95, presents Kim’s favorite self-portraits, “from her favorite throwback images to current ultra-sexy glam shots,” giving readers “a behind-the-scenes look into this larger-than-life star,” according to the publisher, Rizzoli.

Looking for a more rewarding reading experience? Here, 10 notable books coming out this fall that are far more deserving of a spot on your bookshelf than Selfish.

For Your Kitchen
1. One of our favorite healthy food bloggers, Gina Homolka, is publishing The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor (Sept. 30; $18). Complete with nutritional information and “skinny-fying” tips, the cookbook features 150 amazing, low-calorie recipes, including filling breakfasts, family-friendly dinners, and low-sugar desserts that still taste indulgently decadent.

2. If you’re curious to try a raw diet but afraid to take the plunge, check out The Raw Food Beginner’s Deck (Aug. 25; $19.95), which makes experimenting with raw recipes easy, enjoyable, and not at all intimidating. From chef Emilie McBride, this guide contains 50 “cards” that cover nutritional benefits, feature 21 starter recipes, and provide all the basic information you need to get started on your raw food journey. 

3. America’s favorite hostess Ina Garten is at it again in Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Oct. 28; $35), in which the chef addresses the No. 1 question she’s heard in the 20 years owning a specialty food store: “Can I make it ahead?” The gorgeous cookbook contains dozens of foolproof recipes that are perfect for hosting parties, tips for easy entertaining, along with 150 color photographs.

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4. In Tara Stiles’ Make Your Own Rules Diet (Nov. 10; $24.95), the former model and founder of Strala Yoga in New York City empowers readers to bend the rules when it comes to diet and fitness. The laid-back yogi gives you 50 easy and healthy recipes, as well as yoga and meditation techniques—everything you need to feel and look your absolute best, inside and out. 

5. Page through incredible portraits of women from around the world in In Her Kitchen by Gabriele Galimberti (Nov. 11; $30). Inspired by his own grandmother, the author traveled to 60 countries to seek out other grandmothers and their signature meals. The resulting photographs stunningly illustrate how powerfully out love of food and family translates across international borders.

For Polishing Your Personal Style
6. In Refinery29: Style Stalking (Oct. 21; $19), the fashion site’s co-founders, Christene Barberich and Piera Gelardi, team up to capture killer street style that’s aspirational and attainable. The on-trend duo provide outfit inspiration for every occasion, plus advice on how to take a page from the global street style phenomenon and make it your own. 

For Your Bedside Table
7. Rev up your love life with Better Sex in No Time: An Illustrated Guide for Busy Couples by Joesy Vogels (Nov. 11; $15.95). With busy work schedules and families to feed, our intimate encounters too often take a backseat to other responsibilities. The solution: Turn up the heat with this fun and approachable guide, packed with tips and time-guided experiences for you to try with your guy. 

For Words of Wisdom from Truly Inspiring Women
8. Style icon Diane Von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life in The Woman I Wanted to Be (Nov. 4; $30). From growing up in Brussels to designing a dress that stood for independence and power for an entire generation, the fashion powerhouse opens up about her family, her battle with cancer, and how she built a successful global brand. 

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9. If you’re a fan of the HBO's Girls, you’ll want to pick up Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" (Sept. 30; $17), a collection of personal essays by the show’s creator and star, Lena Dunham. The irreverent 28-year-old tackles everything from career to health to dating with her signature humor, smart writing style, and keen insight that goes beyond her years. 

10. Comedian Amy Poehler’s hotly anticipated first book, Yes Please, also comes out this fall (Oct. 28; $21). In the memoir, the actress offers juicy personal stories, humorous takes on issues such as sex, love, friendship, and parenthood, and wise words about life that you can actually take to heart. 

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