New Books

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.


5 June, 2014

BE NOBODY, Lama Marut

We are all desperately trying to be somebody, to be “special”.
We collect “friends” and “followers” online as symbols of our worth. We hunt fame and visibility.

But maybe we’ve got it all wrong.

With his edgy tone and radical perspective, Lama Marut follows up A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life by calling for the biggest revolution of all: the overthrow of our obsessive quest to be somebody. He shows readers that living an ethical life—a life of selflessness rather than unbridled egoism—is the key to true happiness and the foundation for creating a better world.

Without the need to seclude oneself in a monastery or retire to a cave in the Himalayas, Marut gives readers action steps and simple meditations to find true fulfillment.


28 May, 2014

FREEDOM FROM OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER, Updated Edition, Jonathan Grayson

The second edition of FREEDOM FROM OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER:  A Personalized Program for Living with Uncertainty updates Dr. Jonathan Grayson’s revolutionary program to help sufferers make sense of their own compulsions through frank, unflinching self-evaluation-providing the tools, instructions, and knowledge for changing their cycles of overwhelming fear and endless rituals, as well as the courage to do it.

This indispensab9780425273890_medium_Freedom_from_Obsessive_Compulsive_Disorderle book includes:
- Self-assessment tests that guide readers in identifying their specific type of OCD and help track their progress in treatment
- Case studies from Dr. Grayson’s revolutionary and profoundly successful treatment program
- Blueprints for programs tailored to particular manifestations of OCD
- Therapy scripts to help individuals develop their own therapeutic voice, to motivate themselves to succeed
- “Trigger sheets” for identifying and planning for obstacles that arise in treatment
- Information on building a support group

Jonathan Grayson, Ph.D., is the director of the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Philadelphia, and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Temple University Medical School. A nationally recognized expert who has worked with OCD sufferers for more than two decades, Dr. Grayson organized the first OCD support group in the country.



27 May, 2014

BREAKING FREE, Abby Sher

Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery, by award-winning author Abby Sher, explores the global issue of human sex trafficking from a survivor’s point of view. It recounts the harrowing stories of three courageous women who were all forced into sexual slavery as children. After escaping their captors, these three women could easily have become voiceless victims, lost to the horrors of their own histories; instead, they have each become leading advocates and activists in the anti-trafficking movement.

With help from survivors and counselors, Sher tells the riveting story of what it means to be liberated from sexual trafficking and find the trust and conviction to help educate new survivors. Told with breath-taking honesty and simplicity, Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery sends the message that, even in the most tragic circumstances, the unwavering hope and compassion of the human spirit can and will shine through.

These searing, harrowing stories tell us the dark truth of the lives of enslaved girls and women, our own sisters and daughters. In Abby Sher’s generous, thoughtful prose, they also become tales of unbelievable courage, hope, and triumph.” –Jennifer Finney Boylan.

Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery is a courageous and compassionate exploration of a deeply difficult subject matter, filled with hope and solutions as well as important truths. I would say it should be required reading for every high school, but really, it should be required reading for every HUMAN.” –Alysia Reiner, actress, Orange is the New Black