Happy author, yummy looking cake! Apparently 60 copies of the book were sold at the book launch. Well done, Heather!
If you think the answer to anti-aging and looking good comes from a jar, a salon, or a surgical procedure: think again. The best beauty treatment is in your own mind.
Discover the secrets of mindful beauty. Lose your permanent frown. Smooth your worried brow without Botox. Turn your sag lines into smile lines. These age-defying techniques have been specially created for a happier, more beautiful you.
Mindful beauty is a way of applying the practices of mindfulness to our physical health and well-being. Many of our routines around beauty lend themselves to mindfulness, and this will not only enhance the experience, but also have ongoing positive beautifying effects by reducing the stress and anxiety that can affect how we look and feel.
Elizabeth Reid Boyd: Reid Boyd has degrees in psychology and gender studies. She has taught interpersonal, communication, and personal development skills including meditation, self-awareness, self-care, and mindfulness at the university level for almost two decades.
Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd: Moncrieff-Boyd completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne. She has received training in several therapeutic disciplines, including mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. She has experience working with women and adolescents experiencing body image problems.
A David and Goliath conservation story set on Lake Michigan.
Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes is a suspenseful and intimate land conservation adventure story set in the Great Lakes heartland. The story spans more than forty years, following the fate of a magnificent sand dune on Lake Michigan and the people who care about it. Author and narrator Heather Shumaker shares the remarkable untold stories behind protecting land and creating new nature preserves. Written in a compelling narrative style, the book is intended in part as a case study for landscape-level conservation and documents the challenges of integrating economic livelihoods into conservation and what it really means to “preserve” land over time.
This is the story of a small band of determined townspeople and how far they went to save beloved land and endangered species from the grip of a powerful corporation. Saving Arcadia is a narrative with roots as deep as the trees the community is trying to save; something set in motion before the author was even born. And yet, Shumaker gives a human face to the changing nature of land conservation in the twenty-first century. Throughout this chronicle we meet people like Elaine, a nineteen-year-old farm wife; Dori, a lakeside innkeeper; and Glen, the director of the local land trust. Together with hundreds of others they cross cultural barriers and learn to help one another in an effort to win back the six-thousand-acre landscape taken over by Consumers Power that is now facing grave devastation. The result is a triumph of community that includes working farms, local businesses, summer visitors, year-round residents, and a network of land stewards.
A work of creative nonfiction, Saving Arcadia is the adventurous tale of everyday people fighting to reclaim the land that has been in their family for generations. It explores ideas about nature and community, and anyone from scholars of ecology and conservation biology to readers of naturalist writing can gain from Arcadia’s story.
Heather Shumaker has worked in land conservation for two decades and was coastal program director for protecting Arcadia Dunes. She has a master of science degree in land resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a national speaker and author of It’s OK Not to Share and It’s OK to Go Up the Slide. She lives in northern Michigan with her family.
Former staffer at Self, Glamour and Redbook, Lindsey J. Palmer’s OTHERWISE ENGAGED, in which a young woman’s hold on love, life, and sanity is shaken when her fiance’s novel, a thinly veiled account of his relationship with his wild ex-girlfriend, becomes a national sensation. (Skyhorse/World Rights/Spring 2018)
How three American female soldiers and an Afghan woman fought the Taliban and won. Eileen Rivers is a journalist who served in the US military in Iraq as an Arabic translator; she sits on the editorial board of USA Today. (Da Capo/Hachette, World Rights, May 2018)
The next big global epidemic is likely to come from new strains of antibiotic-resistant “nightmare bacteria,” which are often fatal. A prize-winning journalist at The New York Times will trace these bacteria from their source in the hospitals and towns of India, as she follows their journey, including to the USA, and will explore the threat they pose and how scientists are trying to combat them. (Juggernaut Books/India, Indian Subcontinent Rights/All Indian Languages/2018)
Books 2 & 3 in the Feral Seasons Trilogy (the follow-up to Dust Bath Revival), set in dusty South Florida in an undetermined time past, when insatiable want fuels a suspenseful, dark, twisty zombie story featuring a fat and queer small-town woman on the run. (Curiosity Quills, World English Rights, Spring 2018, Spring 2019)
“Lift And Separate is a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming story that begs to be a blockbuster starring Nicholson and Keaton and shares the vulnerability, wisdom, and brilliance of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.” —Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of High Maintenance
Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.
Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.
Lift and Separate is published by Lake Union, an imprint of Amazon Publishing (November 2016).
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An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world of Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems.
Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet (W.W. Norton, paperback release March 21, 2017), is the exciting tale of the rediscovery of Sappho’s poetry and of the woman and world they reveal, by a noted classicist and master storyteller.
For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho―the first woman writer in literary history―were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. But within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written on crumbling papyrus or carved on broken pottery buried in the sands of Egypt. As recently as 2014, yet another discovery of a missing poem created a media stir around the world.
The poems of Sappho reveal a remarkable woman who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos during the vibrant age of the birth of western science, art, and philosophy. Sappho was the daughter of an aristocratic family, a wife, a devoted mother, a lover of women, and one of the greatest writers of her own or any age. Nonetheless, although most people have heard of Sappho, the story of her lost poems and the lives of the ancient women they celebrate has never been told for a general audience.