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An independent publisher with a focus on general interest non-fiction.
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A pianist must battle her fears to find both success and love in this novel from a New York Times–bestselling author and “wonderful writer” (Luanne Rice).Bess Stallone is a self-taught musical prodigy from the rough side of Long Island, and the only thing she has in common with her Julliard classmates is her passion for classical music. But despite her extraordinary skill on the piano, and her seemingly brash personality, she is paralyzed by stage fright and self-doubt when she tries to play for an audience.Virtuoso David Montagnier is drawn to Bess’s wild talent, and when he takes her under his wing, it may be her chance to overcome her insecurities and escape her blue-collar existence. But David has his own secret demons, and the road before Bess holds obstacles she never expected, in this “compelling drama [with] fully dimensional characters” by the bestselling author of Out of the Blue (Booklist).“Mandel displays her talent for establishing a strong female lead in an appealing milieu with an equally intriguing love interest.” —Publishers Weekly“With wit and wisdom, Sally Mandel illuminates our deepest hopes and secret fears, showing us what matters most.” —Deborah Smith, author of The Stone Flower Garden
Heart and Soul, Sally Mandel
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As a young boy, Buddy Levy accompanied his father into the pre-dawn twilight to hunt birds—particularly the chukar partridge. That youthful experience marked the beginning of Levy's reverence for the chukar and his indefatigable passion for hunting it. Here, Levy presents a lyrical and honest look at the world of hunting this “gorgeous, complicated, strong-flying” bird. He explores the complex (and controversial) layers of hunting through powerful descriptions of the hunt itself, the natural history of the bird, the grueling physicality of upland pursuit, the companionship of a worthy bird dog, and thoughtful reflections on the enduring allure of sport hunting.
Echoes on Rimrock, Buddy Levy
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“It seemed as if Theodore Roosevelt’s biographers had closed the book on his life story. But Ryan Swanson has uncovered an untold chapter” (Johnny Smith, coauthor of Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X).Crippling asthma, a frail build, and grossly myopic eyesight: these were the ailments that plagued Teddy Roosevelt as a child. In adulthood, he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition and was told never to exert himself again. Roosevelt’s body was his weakness, the one hill he could never fully conquer—and as a result he developed what would become a lifelong obsession with athletics that he carried with him into his presidency.As President of the United States, Roosevelt boxed, practiced Ju-Jitsu, played tennis nearly every day, and frequently invited athletes and teams to the White House. It was during his administration that America saw baseball’s first ever World Series; interscholastic sports began; and schools began to place an emphasis on physical education. In addition, the NCAA formed, and the United States hosted the Olympic Games for the first time.From a prize-winning historian, this book shows how Roosevelt fought desperately (and sometimes successfully) to shape American athletics in accordance with his imperialistic view of the world. It reveals that, in one way or another, we can trace our fanaticism for fitness and sports directly back to the twenty-sixth president and his relentless pursuit of “The Strenuous Life.”“Essential reading for anyone who cares about the history of sports in America.” —Michael Kazin, author of War against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914–1918
The Strenuous Life, Ryan Swanson
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The first comprehensive adult biography of the beloved, redheaded “Shape of You” songster, complete with exclusive interviews and all-new research!Grammy-award winner Ed Sheeran strikes chords in millions of listeners worldwide—a feat all the more staggering given that he couldn’t even carry a tune until the age of fifteen. At thirteen, then just a guitarist in a school rock band, today’s most successful solo star decided he would fly far higher than hometown fame. Within a year, he had recorded an album in his bedroom.Bestselling biographer Sean Smith traces the astonishing journey of the shy little English boy with a stammer who, avoiding flashy showmanship, grew up to become a global phenomenon. With compelling new research and interviews, Smith delivers the story of Sheeran’s remarkable parents, who supported their son’s dream long before it seemed achievable; the friends and mentors who encouraged his raw talent; and the lovers who inspired his most famous songs. Smith describes the setbacks Sheeran faced before his fortunes were transformed by Elton John’s management company, a record deal, and a song that changed everything…with some help from Taylor Swift. Now Sheeran has sold 150 million records worldwide, earned $432 million touring in 2018 alone, and broke records with his 2018 UK tour—but still made time to play for just 400 people at a charity night to raise money for the homeless last year. As this captivating book reveals, there’s no one quite like Ed.
Ed Sheeran, Sean Smith
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Sid is back with a murder that’s sure to send a chill up your spine in Leigh Perry’s newest
festive mystery.Dr. Georgia Thackery is back at home with her parents after finding a new adjunct position at Bostock College. Everyone is excited for their first family Christmas with nothing to hide. Why?
Because Georgia’s daughter Madison is now in the know about Sid, their walking, talking family skeleton.But their Christmas cheer is interrupted when the Thackery’s dog Byron goes missing on a cold
December night. When he’s finally found, he has a femur clutched between his jaws, and Georgia and Madison race to apologize to Sid for letting the dog gnaw on him yet again.Except all of Sid’s bones are present and accounted for.This bone is from somebody else, and when they trace Byron’s trail to an overgrown lot nearby,
they find the rest of the skeleton. It’s the normal kind, not moving or telling jokes, and when
the police come to take charge, they’re sure it was murder.And one of Georgia’s adjunct friends could be implicated.With tensions stirring at the college and everyone hiding a secret or two, Sid and Georgia must
uncover the truth before the ghost of a Christmas past strikes again.«Whodunits don’t come much funnier than Perry’s suspenseful fifth mystery featuring 'an ambulatory skeleton named Sid.'…Fans of offbeat comic mysteries will be richly rewarded.»—Publishers Weekly starred review on The Skeleton Makes a Friend
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Get Ready for Mindset BootcampFrom Andy Anderson, Founder & CEO of Ultimate You—the innovative fitness, nutrition, and coaching franchise that is transforming lives and minds Down Under—comes a clear, actionable, step-by-step process that will help anyone make dramatic changes in life and health. Anderson himself is a true embodiment of transformation: After years of excessive drinking and wallowing in self-doubt, he found the strength to dramatically improve his health, defeat depression, become a professional athlete, and build a seven-figure business with more than sixty staff members and thousands of clients. And just how did he accomplish so much by his early thirties?ChallengingHeartfeltAchievable, with a deadlineNon-negotiableGeared for the greater goodExactThese are essential qualities of any goal we set for ourselves, according to Andy, and his groundbreaking Motivation Matrix holds the key to activating them. Whether you are stuck in an unfulfilling career, determined to break your cycle of unhappiness, or desperate to finally improve your health and fitness, Andy’s cutting-edge strategies will allow you to finally smash through self-limiting beliefs and realize your full potential.
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The improbable story of Luis Tiant—a living link to the earliest days of Fidel Castro’s regime, a Boston Red Sox legend, and the most qualified 20th Century pitcher not yet enshrined in the Baseball Hall of FameLuis Tiant is one of the most charismatic and accomplished players in the history of the Boston Red Sox and all of Major League Baseball—a cigar-chomping maestro who was the heart and soul of Boston’s title-contending teams in the 1970s. In his white polyester uniform, with a barrel-chested physique and a Fu Manchu mustache, Tiant may not have looked like the lean, sculpted aces he usually faced off against, but nobody was a tougher competitor on the diamond, and few were as successful. There may be no more qualified 20th-century pitcher not yet enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.His big-league dreams came at a steep price—racism in the Deep South and the Boston suburbs, and nearly fifteen years separated from a family held captive in Castro’s Cuba. But baseball also delivered World Series stardom and a heroic return to his island home after close to a half-century of forced exile. The man whose name—"El Tiante"—became a Fenway Park battle cry has never fully shared his tale in his own words, until now. In Son of Havana, Tiant puts his huge heart on his sleeve and describes his road from fields strewn with rocks and rubbish in Havana to the pristine lawns of major league ballparks. Teammates, opponents, family, and media also weigh-in—including a foreword by fellow Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski and the first in-depth interview ever with Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk on the magic behind these Boston batterymates.Readers will share Tiant’s pride when appeals by a pair of U.S. senators to baseball-fanatic Castro secure freedom for Luis’s parents to fly to Boston and witness the 1975 World Series glory of their child. And readers will join the big-league ballplayers for their spring 2016 exhibition game in Havana, when Tiant—a living link to the earliest, scariest days of the Castro regime—threw out the first pitch.
Son of Havana, Luis Tiant
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“A cozy shop, a tricky murder, geek humor, and gaming lore galore―what’s not to love in No Saving Throw? This book is a winner” (Leigh Perry, author of The Family Skeleton Mysteries).Autumn Sinclair has everything she could possibly want: Loving friends, a successful business, and a gaggle of gamers in her store every day.Welcome to Ten Again, a tabletop gaming store that attracts nerds of every kind and fosters a community Autumn’s pretty proud of—a community that also keeps business afloat. And now that she’s in the running for a grant, Ten Again’s future is looking bright.That is, until one of Autumn’s gamers is mysteriously murdered. With everyone in the mall as a suspect and accusations flying, Autumn is going to have to do some sleuthing of her own to save her shop and her gamers from a fate more dangerous than having no saving throw.“A nat 20! No Saving Throw is a fun, tight mystery that perfectly encapsulates the difficulties gamers face at being taken seriously. Protagonist Autumn Sinclair will stop at nothing to save not only her store, but also the geeky community it fosters.” —Alex Erickson, author of the Bookstore Café Mysteries“Enjoyable debut . . . Readers will hope to see a lot more of the plucky Autumn.” —Publishers Weekly
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THE BOOK THAT INSPIRED THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PODCAST “PARADISE”In this shocking true-crime drama, a forty-year-old double murder brings together a grieving family and two brothers—just kids when they witnessed their father commit the brutal act—to track down a psychopath once suspected as being the Golden State Killer.“A real-life page turner more intriguing than anything on Netflix.” –Matt Nixson, Books Editor, Mail on Sunday (London)In 1978, two tortured corpses—hooded, bound, and weighted down with engine parts—were found in the sea off Guatemala. Junior doctor Chris Farmer and his girlfriend, Peta Frampton, were still clinging to life when they were thrown from the yacht they’d been crewing.Here is the gripping account of how Chris's family worked alongside police, the FBI, and Interpol to gather evidence against the boat’s Californian skipper, Silas Duane Boston. Almost four decades later, in 2015, Chris’s sister, Penny, used Facebook to track down Boston. Following the detailed, haunting testimony of his own two sons—who also implicated their father in a string of other killings—Boston was finally arrested and charged with two counts of maritime murder.A story of homicide on the high seas, Dead in the Water is also a tale of a family’s fortitude and diligence in tracking down a monster.
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A trip back to the era of troubled teens and awesome soundtracks; of Reagan, rap, and Ridgemont High; of MTV, VHS, and “Axel F”; of outsiders, lost boys, and dead poets; of Bill and Ted, Brooke Shields, and the Brat Pack; of three Porky's flicks, two Coreys, and one summer when “Baby” refused to be put in a corner.The Ultimate History of the ’80s Teen Movie goes behind the scenes of a genre where cult hits mingled with studio blockbusters, where giants like Spielberg and Coppola rubbed shoulders with baby-faced first-timers, and where future superstars Sean, Demi, and Tom all got their big break. Music, comedy, and politics all play a part in the surprisingly complex history of the ’80s teen movie. And while the films might have been aimed primarily at adolescents, the best tackle universal issues and remain relevant to all ages.From a late ’70s Hollywood influx to an early ’90s indie scene that gave youth cinema a timely reboot, film expert James King highlights the personal struggles, the social changes, and the boardroom shake-ups that produced an iconic time in movie history.
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Obsessive self-promotion, an aggressive triggering response, and retaliatory rants.“Both sensitive and incisive, beautifully capturing the paradoxical dynamic of narcissism—that the grandiosity and surrounding bravado belies an underlying fragility and brittleness.” —Kenneth N. Levy, PhD, Associate Professor, Penn State University; Senior Fellow, Personality Disorders Institute, Cornell UniversityEven before Donald Trump entered America’s highest office, an international survey revealed that narcissism is part of the assumed “national character” of Americans. While only a small number actually meet the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder, those exploitive few have a way of gaining center stage in our culture.Fragile Bully: Understanding Our Destructive Affair With Narcissism in the Age of Trump looks beyond the sound bites of self-aggrandizing celebrities and selfish tweets to the real problem of narcissism. We see past the solo act to the vicious circles that arise in relationships with a fragile bully, and how patterns like this generate both power and self-destruction. We also look at the problem of Echo, how so many of us get hooked by the narcissist, and how variations on the destructive affair leave both partners dehumanized and diminished. Once we recognize the steps in each dance, we can break the cycle and allow and the possibility of true engagement.
Fragile Bully, Laurie Helgoe
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The Full Transcript of the Most Shocking Testimony of the Trump Era“I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts. … I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.”—from Michael Cohen’s Opening Statement to the House Oversight Committee“Michael Cohen . . .was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time.”—President Donald J. TrumpOn February 27, 2019, with the world watching, Michael Cohen—former lawyer and fixer for President Donald J. Trump—took the stand in front of the House Oversight Committee and delivered one of the most sensational days of Congressional testimony in history. Not since President Richard Nixon’s White House counsel John Dean turned on him during the Watergate scandal has a close Presidential associate attacked the character of the Chief of State and charged him with criminal acts. Here in one volume is living history—the hard-hitting prepared statements, the damning evidence, the salacious charges, the belligerent questioning, and the stunning revelations.
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OUR CULTURE HAS BECOME OBSESSED WITH HUSTLING.As we struggle to keep up in a knowledge economy that never sleeps, we arm ourselves with life hacks, to-do lists, and an inbox-zero mentality, grasping at anything that will help us work faster, push harder, and produce more.There’s just one problem: most of these solutions are making things worse. Creativity isn’t produced on an assembly line, and endless hustle is ruining our mental and physical health while subtracting from our creative performance. Productivity and Creativity are not compatible; we are stuck between them, and like the opposite poles of a magnet, they are tearing us apart.When we’re told to sleep more, meditate, and slow down, we nod our heads in agreement, yet seem incapable of applying this advice in our own lives.Why do we act against our creative best interests?WE HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO FLOAT.The answer lies in our history, culture, and biology. Instead of focusing on how we work, we must understand why we work—why we believe that what we do determines who we are.Hustle and Float explores how our work culture creates contradictions between what we think we want and what we actually need, and points the way to a more humane, more sustainable, and, yes, more creative, way of working and living.
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«For anyone even remotely interested in American literature and journalism, Not So Wild a Dream is a must-read, and a joy.»— Dan RatherIn this captivating first-person account, Eric Sevareid describes in thrilling detail his time as a journalist covering international affairs during World War II. From a young man in North Dakota to an instrumental figure in establishing CBS as an international news organization, Sevareid witnessed the shaping of America’s journalistic landscape. His experiences provide an invaluable glimpse into the trials and tribulations of a dogged reporter. With current distrust of the press on the rise, Sevareid’s insight is poignant and all the more necessary.“The book is an excellent sketch of the war's progress, and a thoughtful personal record of Mr. Sevareid's adventures--one of the most far ranging war correspondent journals yet published.”— Library Journal
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When a planet’s currency is made of calcium, a Collections Agent not only follows the money…but also the murder.On the planet Brink, calcium is cash. The element's scarcity led the world's government to declare it the official currency. In the decades since, the governments of other colonized worlds have suppressed shipments of calcium in order to maintain favorable exchange rates, while Brink's Commerce Board has struggled to negotiate importation quotas to keep the population alive and growing. Taryn Dare is a Collections Agent, a specialized detective tasked with finding black market calcium and recovering it, so that the Commerce Board can recycle it and distribute it as currency. Taryn is fueled by one goal: to save up enough currency units for a one-way ticket to a better world. But when a job recovering a human corpse uncovers a deadly conspiracy in the system, Taryn is drawn into an investigation that may threaten her life, and the very fabric of her society.
10,000 Bones, Joe Ollinger
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Ten years after the world’s oil went sour and a pandemic killed most of the population, Sam Edison is the chief of police of The Little Five, a walled-in community near Atlanta, Georgia. Those who survived share the world with what are known as hollow-heads: creatures who are no longer fully human.A man and a pregnant teenager arrive at the gate and are welcomed into the town. They begin to settle in when suddenly both are murdered by an unknown assailant. In the course of investigation, Chief Edison discovers that the girl was fleeing a life of sexual slavery, and that some members of the Atlanta community were complicit in the human trafficking network that had ensnared her.In retaliation for Edison’s discoveries, agents of the network abduct the stepdaughter of the town’s mayor. Chief Edison and three companions track the kidnappers to Athens, Georgia, where they discover that the entire city is engaged in human trafficking. By the time Edison has recovered the kidnapped girl, the other three rescuers have been killed, leaving Edison alone to bring the mayor’s stepdaughter home while evading both human and non-human monsters. Against such great odds, will Sam ever make it to Little Five alive?
The Post, Kevin A. Muñoz
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From National Book Award Winner Ellen Gilchrist, a pillar of Southern literature hailed by the Washington Post as “a national treasure,” comes all twenty-one of her beloved Rhoda stories, plus two new tales starring Rhoda Manning sure to thrill readers.“Rhoda is indeed the shining manifestation of Gilchrist’s wry, intelligent, and passionate writing.” –Kirkus ReviewFollow Rhoda Manning from eight to sixty as she grows from a spunky, impetuous child to a confident, free-loving writer. Even at a young age, Rhoda loves to get her way, boasting a unique spark that only shines brighter in an adulthood full of sex and excitement. From diet pills to multiple marriages and an abortion to far-reaching travels, Rhoda’s sass and desire for adventure will delight all who go on these journeys with her.“Prolific author Gilchrist has a winner in this delightful collection.” –Library Journal
Rhoda, Ellen Gilchrist
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From National Book Award Winner Ellen Gilchrist, a pillar of Southern literature hailed by the Washington Post as “a national treasure,” the Hand family returns in this dynamic chronicle of their lives and loves.“Gilchrist's marvelous storytelling gifts are abundantly lavished on her new novel, which continues the saga of the Hand family and its intricate network of kinfolk.” –Publishers WeeklyAfter her first year in college, Olivia de Havilland Hand returns home to Tahlequah, Oklahoma amidst tornadoes and the chance for rekindled love. Meanwhile, her half-sister Jessie tries to keep her new marriage to immature King afloat, as well as plan for the arrival of their first child. The sisters’ lives intertwine with others as their father fears losing his two daughters, and Olivia’s anthropology professor has a tumultuous affair with a fellow academic. An interconnected web of relationships thrives in this rumination on the joys and sorrows of family and love.“The novel’s lyricism and Gilchrist’s distinctive, flowing voice keeps one engaged throughout.” –Kirkus Review
Starcarbon, Ellen Gilchrist
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From National Book Award Winner Ellen Gilchrist, a pillar of Southern literature hailed by the Washington Post as “a national treasure,” comes a poignant novel about contemporary living and the sacrifices we make through the various stages of our life.“Gilchrist keeps you in the palm of her hand when she tells a story.” –Kirkus ReviewSarah Conley is a successful journalist and writer, having pursued her career path with tenacious passion. When her best friend Eugenie falls deathly ill, Sarah flies to Nashville for a final visit. While there, Sarah’s love for Jack, Eugenie’s husband, is rekindled, and it’s apparent he feels the same. He follows her to Paris, where she’s traveling to write a screenplay, and she becomes caught between her two wants. Will Sarah have to decide between the needs of her career and the needs of her heart?“The quirky cadences of Gilchrist’s prose and her witty dialogue are present here in abundance.” –Publishers Weekly
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