50 Books to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

The epicure's lament

The Epicure’s Lament, Kate Christensen

If your “get healthy” also includes “quit smoking,” dive into this excellent novel, narrated via journal entries by the grouch-tastic Hugo Whittier, dying from Buerger’s Disease — a disease he could stop in its tracks if he’d only give up smoking. He won’t, of course, since “a life without cigarettes is no life at all,” but as you read on, you’ll become so frustrated with his stubbornness that you may come to some healthy self-knowledge of your own.