The story of the unlikely, continuing and eventually richly satisfying relationship between a midlife daughter and her father after his death. Death rituals, new family dynamics, grief and memory allow her to get to know her father once she has lost him in a way that she never did in when he was alive. (University of Nevada Press/World Rights/June 2018)
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The surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration—and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation.
“Riveting…Fenster’s forceful account, peppered with succinct formulations and wry wit, shows how Jefferson launched expeditions to stake his claim to this ‘wilderness’ and its people… [Jefferson’s America] offers fresh insight into the minds of these 19th century men, carrying you deeply, irresistibly, into a distant landscape.”
—Wall Street Journal
“Julie Fenster’s Jefferson’s America is a marvelous look at the Age of Jeffersonian Exploration. Larger-than-life figures like William Dunbar and Zebulon Pike are ably brought back to life in this riveting narrative. This is a first-rate book; fair, clear, and enormously welcome. Highly recommended!”
—Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Wilderness Warrior
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land and was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground the only Americans he could: a cadre of explorers who finally annexed it through courageous investigation.
Responsible for orchestrating the American push into the continent was President Thomas Jefferson. He most famously recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific, but at the same time there were other teams who did the same work, in places where it was even more crucial. William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis, and the dauntless Zebulon Pike—all were dispatched on urgent missions to map the frontier and keep up a steady correspondence with Washington about their findings.
Deeply researched and inspiringly told, Jefferson’s America rediscovers the robust and often harrowing action from these seminal expeditions and illuminates the president’s vision for a continental America.
Praise for Jefferson’s America
“Expertly detailed… [Fenster] spins a masterful, adventure-filled tale of intrigue, diplomatic maneuverings, and nimble political deal-making for Western lands.”
“[Fenster] does an excellent job of making a case for the importance of Jefferson’s foresight and the impact of the expeditions on the development of the new nation.”
“Fenster skillfully profiles the ‘Men of Jefferson’ who were selected to spearhead the exploration efforts, but it’s the wily, resourceful Jefferson who steals the show with his ambitious vision, ability to gauge the foreign opposition, and advantageous use of the federal treasury to support his missions.”
“Enthralling… A necessary read for American history buffs.”
“A sparkling, sprightly tale of partisan politics, grizzly bears, and the men who charted the American West — at a time when it seemed only one map of the Missouri River existed. Julie Fenster probes the political implications and myriad complications of Jeffersonian exploration; she is as expert at describing the badger-stuffing Meriwether Lewis as she is at resurrecting our 18th century cold war with Spain. A taut, colorful account of American expansion, of a peculiar intersection of politics and ideals, and of America’s first post-Revolutionary heroes.”
—Stacy Schiff, New York Times bestselling author of The Witches and Cleopatra
“The protean Julie M. Fenster, who has written with verve and authority on subjects that range from the dawn of the automobile to the discovery of surgical anesthesia, here turns her formidable narrative gifts to the great seminal adventure of our nationhood. Lewis and Clark were only part of Thomas Jefferson’s quest to understand the continent he wished to bring into the American fold, and Fenster follows them along with less-remembered explorers—Philip Nolan, George Hunter, John Evans—whose travails were equally arduous. All of them set out into a world of competing European powers on a high-stakes mission whose complexity the author makes lucid in an absorbing saga bright with sly humor, and sharp with treachery, bad faith, harrowing calamities, and high heroism.”
—Richard Snow, author of I Invented the Modern Age and A Measureless Peril
“Once again Julie Fenster has uncovered a little appreciated but crucial moment in American history and told its story irresistibly. She brings an almost unbelievable cast of characters and their interwoven adventures to life in a way that is at once both hugely entertaining and surprisingly moving.”
—Fred Allen, former managing editor of American Heritage
“[A]wonderful and twisted story…Geographers and American history buffs will enjoy Fenster’s detailed research on these fascinating men, her easy style of writing, and tales beyond the textbooks. She opens an entirely new vista on those who opened the West.”
JULIE M. FENSTER is the author of many works of popular history, including The Case of Abraham Lincoln, Race of the Century, the award-winning Ether Day, and, with Douglas Brinkley, Parish Priest, which was a New York Times bestseller. She also co-wrote the PBS documentary First Freedom, about the founders and religious liberty. She lives in upstate New York.
A guide to lasting love, intimacy and sex for busy couples. Nagler is an artist and coach, author of two previous books. She’s been married twice to the same man and draws on her personal experience as well as that of other couples to provide a “toolkit” of strategies to create authentic communication and connection. (World Rights, Skyhorse, Spring 2018)
Edgar Award-nominated American Pain author John Temple’s new book chronicling the real-life Western epic of the Cliven Bundy clan and their thousands of zealous followers, from the 2014 standoff with federal officers at Bundy Ranch in Nevada to the 2016 takeover of a federal wildlife reserve in Oregon, in a saga that sheds light on America’s current state of civil discontent. (World Rights/BenBella Books/2018).
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)