Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr): Vroom! by Barbara McClintock

Wild Beauty: Wisdom & Recipes for Natural Self-Care

Jana Blankenship, creator of the popular Captain Blankenship natural beauty line, brings her understanding of chemical-free lotions, shampoos and more to Wild Beauty: Wisdom & Recipes for Natural Self-Care. As befits a company whose motto is "Beauty Wild with Nature," this book features "natural perfumery and the rich palette of essential oils." Readers will find 45 recipes for hair and skin products, aromatic oils and healthy drinks, accompanied by lush photography and Blankenship's encouraging voice on making time for self-care. She introduces her recipes by demystifying the ingredients and methods, and she offers supportive directions to reassure those who are trying potions for the first time. Compounds like "Sea Salt and Sunshine Body Scrub" and "Wild Beauty Tea" are examples of the products within that are simple, affordable and offer "the intelligence of nature." --Cindy Pauldine, bookseller, the river's end bookstore, Oswego, N.Y.