ADVENTURES AT THE AUCTION
By Leslie Hindman, with Dan Santow, Clarkson Potter, $27.50

For both buyers and sellers, the host of HGTV’s At the Auction helps navigate the auction scene, from spotting a steal to bidding like a pro. Special online tips throughout will improve your eBay-ability, and a rundown of the best auction bargains will give you an edge — at least until everyone else discovers them.

THE BIOLOGY OF SUCCESS
By Robert Arnot, MD; Little,
Brown and Company, $14.95

Could your fast-food diet and couch potato ways be keeping your career in the doldrums? NBC medical correspondent and author Dr. Bob Arnot thinks so. His new book prescribes a recipe for success — proper diet, exercise, environment, and a positive attitude — then gives a step-by-step program to change your life.

SONGS WITHOUT RHYME
Edited by Rosanne Cash,
Hyperion, $19.95

One could say that songwriters are poets, telling their stories through verse. Here the opposite happens: Modern-day poets put their efforts into prose as David Byrne, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Johnny Cash (the editor’s father), and others create short stories by expanding on song lyrics.

CHEF’S NIGHT OUT
By Andrew Dornenburg and
Karen Page, John Wiley & Sons,$29.95

In this city-by-city guide, great chefs show you where to find great eats. While the fine dining recommendations won’t surprise anyone (we all know Nobu works wonders with raw fish), the out-of-the-way joints and insider tips give this book a culinary advantage.