New Books

9 December, 2014

The Riddle in Stone Trilogy (Omnibus Edition), Robert Evert

In the world of fantaRiddleInStone_Omnibussy novels, Robert Evert is a supernova talent, and the RIDDLE IN STONE series brings twisting suspense and an unforgettable protagonist into the pantheon of great books.

The Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund—a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Over the course of a thrilling trilogy, one will see Edmund battle adversaries ancient and relentless, fall deep in love and endure betrayal, to lead his own kingdom and enter into a battle that will determine the fate of man forever.

With a breathtaking sense of tie and place, and the perfect protagonist in Edmund, Robert Evert has created a series that will last the test of time, and will enchant readers for generations.

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9 December, 2014

GUARDIAN ANGELS, Joan Wester Anderson

New York Times bestselling author Joan Wester Anderson has chronicled the encounters of ordinary people with angels once again. In Guardian Angels, she shares remarkable stories of answered prayers that remind us that we are never alone. In this inspiring collection, the work of angels takes many forms, including miracles, healings, aGUARDIAN ANGELSnd heavenly visitations. These events all convey a single, urgent, and loving message: God answers prayer. “There’s real power in prayer,” writes beloved New York Times best-selling author Joan Wester Anderson. “We can trust that God’s intense love for us will carry us through.” Help is at hand when we need it most. Anderson’s astonishing first-hand accounts testify to the hope that prayer offers: a dying infant inexplicably recovers after an encounter with a mysterious visitor; a long-lost son suddenly returns home for Christmas; a young man drowning in an icy river unaccountably finds himself on shore; a grieving widow, alone and far from home, receives comfort and counsel from angels in disguise. These stories and dozens of others reveal the care of a loving God who touches the most intimate parts of our hearts.

Available in print from Loyola Press. First time audio available now from Audible (on Amazon), ACX and i-Tunes.


20 November, 2014

THE LOST GOSPEL: Jesus’ Marriage to Mary Magdalene, Bride of God, Simcha Jacobovi and Barrie Wilson

In a startling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb, a historical detective story that unravels a newly translated document filled with startling revelations and fascinating detail about the life and times of Jesus.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gnostic writings and now The Lost Gospel, a newly decoded manuscript that uncovers groundbreaking revelations about th51KT+T4c2YL._SY300_e life and times of Jesus of Nazareth – a startling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb.

Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an ancient manuscript of the early Church, copied by an anonymous monk. The manuscript is at least 1,450 years old, possibly dating to the first century i.e., Jesus’ lifetime.  And now, The Lost Gospel provides the first ever translation from Syriac into English of this unique document that tells the inside story of Jesus’ social, family and political life.

The Lost Gospel takes the reader on an unparalleled historical adventure through a paradigm shifting manuscript. What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it is surprising: the confirmation of Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene; the names of their two children; the towering presence of Mary Magdalene; a previously unknown plot on Jesus’ life, 13 years prior to the crucifixion; an assassination attempt against Mary Magdalene and their children; Jesus’ connection to political figures at the highest level of the Roman Empire; and a religious movement that antedates that of Paul—the Church of Mary Magdalene. Part historical detective story, part modern adventure The Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia.

Praise forThe Jesus Family Tomb and How Jesus Became Christian:

A slick and suspenseful narrative. Jacobovici is a maverick, a self-made Indiana Jones.

” (Newsweek)

“Absolutely fascinating. Many would argue the biggest story or one of the biggest stories of our lifetime.” (NBC’s TODAY)

“This discovery is potentially the last nail in the coffin of biblical literalism.” (John Dominic Crossan, author of God & Empire)

“Wilson’s How Jesus Became Christian represents a much-needed sea change in our understanding of how one moves from the historical Jesus to the religion called Christianity. It is beyond doubt one of the most significant works on early Christianity to appear in decades. It is bound to stir controversy.” (James D. Tabor, author of The Jesus Dynasty)

 Simcha Jacobovici, co-author of The Jesus Family Tomb,is a three time Emmy-winning Israeli-Canadian documentary film-maker and a widely published writer and lecturer. His articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  Jacobovici is the host of “The Naked Archaeologist” on the History Channel. t

Barrie Wilson is a professor of religious studies at York University in Toronto, where he specializes in early Christianity. His book How Jesus Became Christian was longlisted for the Cundill International Prize in History and won the Joseph and Faye Tanenbaum Award. Wilson lives in Toronto.


14 October, 2014

THE POWER OF TAO: A Timeless Guide to Happiness and Harmony

For over 2,500 years, Lao Tzu’s philosophy of Tao has helped millions of people to attain and sustain equanimity and happiness.  In his new book, the author of Plato, Not Prozac!, philosopher and City College professor, Lou Marinoff, shows how Tao, or “The Way,” can serve as a potent remedy to stress, anxiety and the daily challenges of living in a constantly changing world.  THE POWER OF TAO illuminates the central teachings of Lao Tzu, applying them to everyday matters facing us all in the areas of health and well-being, love and marriage, creativity and career, personal achievement and purpose.  For more information:

“Opens the way to a new golden age of peace and prosperity.” –Daisaku Ikeda, President, Soka Gokkai International,Tokyo


2 October, 2014

THE FRENCH COOK: Soups and Stews, Holly Herrick

Holly Herrick loves France and French cooking. And in this cookbook (her third in The French Cook series), THE FRENCH COOK:  Soups and Stews (Gibbs Smith, September 2014), The-French-Cook-Soups-and-Stewsshe jumps into bowl after bowl of glorious French soups with inspired abandon and a generous dose of classical technique.

Le Cordon Bleu trained chef and former resident of France focuses on the nuances and techniques for expertly layered flavors. Beginning with stocks, she continues with cold soups, classic soups and stews, creamy soups, and consommes in ensuing chapters, each one as delicious as the next.

Similar to sauces (Herrick also penned The French Cook: Sauces), soups are the ideal conduit for creating maximum texture and flavor. Only, with soups and stews, the cooking canvas is much broader and there is a precise yet playful emphasis on presentation and garnishes.

Whether a sumptuous French Onion Soup topped with croutons and bubbling Gruyere, or a riff on a classic sauce in the creamy, velvety Soup Soubise topped with fried shallots, all you need to know about making perfect French soups is neatly tucked between 128 beautiful pages.


23 September, 2014

The Guardian Herd: Starfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

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An action-packed debut novel in an exciting new tween fantasy series, perfect for fans of series like Warriors, Survivors, and Guardians of Ga’Hoole.Once every hundred years, a black foal is born, prophesized to either unite or destroy the five herds of flying horses that live in the land of Anok. This foal is fated to become the most powerful pegasus in all of Anok. Star is this black foal.Even though Star has malformed wings that make him unable to fly, the leaders of each herd will take no risks. They will execute Star on his first birthday. With the help of his friends, Star must escape the clutches of the powerful leaders. His epic journey of self-discovery turns into a battle between good and evil that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages.

12 September, 2014

UNRETIREMENT, Chris Farrell

Theunretirement budget battles of recent years have amplified the warnings of demographic doomsayers who predicted that a wave of baby boomers would bleed America dry, bankrupting Social Security and Medicare as they faded into an impoverished old age. On the contrary, argues award-winning journalist Chris Farrell, we are instead on the verge of a broad, positive transformation of our economy and society.

The old idea of “retirement”—a word that means withdrawal, describing a time when people gave up productive employment and shrank their activities—was a short-lived historical anomaly. Humans have always found meaning and motivation in work and community, Farrell notes, and the boomer generation, poised to live longer in better health than any before, is already discovering unretirement—extending their working lives, often with new careers, entrepreneurial ventures, and volunteer service. Their experience, wisdom—and importantly, their continued earnings—will enrich the American workplace, treasury, and our whole society in the decades to come.

Unretirement not only explains this seismic change, now in its early stages, it provides key insights and practical advice for boomers about to navigate this exciting, but unsettled, new frontier. Drawing on Chris Farrell’s decades of covering personal finance and economics for Bloomberg Businessweek and Marketplace Money, this will be an indispensable guide to the landscape of unretirement from one of America’s most trusted experts.

“America’s mad romance with consumer debt is finally on the decline, and Farrell, economics editor for public radio’s Marketplace Money, guides readers to a healthier relationship with their finances…with an emphasis on changing the way we live to make the most of what we have and promoting moderation, Farrell provides a solid and encouraging high-level overview of individual financial health.” —Publishers Weekly on The New Frugality

“”[The New Frugality] is full of information about how to manage money wisely…The book has a lot to like, including the storytelling style and such tips on saving and sustainability as to share books with friends.” —Washington Post on The New Frugality

“Here’s the good news: Being frugal is not synonymous with being cheap. Buy the good bike, the low-energy-use appliance; they’re better made and will last longer. Just don’t be reckless, with your life or your habitat. The New Frugality includes tips on college savings plans, shared home equity, home insurance, investing, borrowing and retirement.” —LA Times on The New Frugality
Chris Farrell is a contributing economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek and senior economics contributor for public radio’s Marketplace Money, Marketplace, and Marketplace Morning Report. He is the economics commentator at Minnesota Public Radio. Farrell is also the author of The New Frugality and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

21 August, 2014

HOMETOWN, Marsha Qualey

Border Baker thinks he’s perfectly content in New Mexico, his home for the last three years. But when his father inherits his childhood home in Minnesota and decides to move them again, Border feels he’s being held prisoner and force-fed a hometown. People in the town haven’t forgotten that his dad fled to Canada rather than serve in the Army in Vietnam, and Border becomes a target of their simmering resentment.

Border doesn’t want to give up the streets and coffee shops of Albuquerque for church and school in rural Red Cedar. A town full of folks who know his business, a school full of teachers who notice when he’s absent, and a social life centered around hockey and pizza isn’t exactly what he wants. Or is it?

“Giving this novel uncommon dimension are the author’s cunning use of irony; a variable narrative voice that, while retaining a third-person perspective, slips easily into Border’s thinking; and several dexterously crafted subplots. A first-rate novel for older readers. Ages 12-up.” –Publishers Weekly


21 August, 2014

BLOOD IN SNOW, Robert Evert

The final installment in the epic Riddle in Stone saga.

Having committed treason by claiming the Highlands for his own kingdom, Edmund—the one-eyed, stuttering former librarian—decides to stop runniBloodInSnow_coverng and make his final stand. Along with his best friend, Pond Scum, and his manic dog, Becky, he must fight off goblins, magic users, and King Lionel’s entire army in order to protect what he loves. However, his deadliest adversary is the approaching winter, and neither Edmund nor his men have the supplies they need to survive.

By day, Robert Evert is an ordinary university professor bent on stamping out ignorance and apathy wherever they may rear their ugly heads. By night, and during various faculty meetings, he is an aspiring fantasy writer. Living in northeast Ohio with his wife, two sons, dog, four cats, and a host of imaginary friends, Robert enjoys teaching, yoga, hiking, and writing. You may learn more about Robert Evert at http://robertevert.blogspot.com/ where he discusses being a neurotic writer.


23 June, 2014

THE COUNTERFEIT FAMILY TREE OF VEE CRAWFORD-WONG, L. Tam Holland

Newcomer L. Tam Holland’s well-received novel, now in paperback (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/July 8, 2014 release).

This9781442412644_p0_v3_s114x166 “first-rate,” hysterically funny debut novel “that belongs on every multicultural reading list” (Kirkus Reviews) is one of Kirkus’s Best Books of 2013.

When Vee Crawford-Wong’s history teacher assigns an essay on his family history, Vee knows he’s in trouble. His parents—Chinese-born dad and Texas-bred Mom—are mysteriously and stubbornly close-lipped about his heritage. So, Vee makes up an essay about the grandfather he never knew.

The deception begins to spiral out of control when Vee and his best friend, Madison, forge a letter from his relatives in China, asking his father to bring Vee for a visit. Astonishingly, Vee’s father agrees. But halfway around the world is a long way to go to find what Vee has been searching for the whole time—who he really is.

“This engaging narrative is brimming with what-I-am-thinking vs. what-I-just-did quandaries about girls, sex, athletics, bullies, teachers, coaches, and family relationships.  Vee’s story is upbeat, entertaining, and humorous. His personal dilemmas and explicit descriptions and language capture the adolescent male psyche; offer a mixed-ethnicity perspective; portray the social crosscurrents of public high school; and highlight the values of family, forgiveness, and self-respect.” (Library Journal)

The paperback edition of the novel contains a Reading Group Guide.