New Books

25 January, 2016

Daughters of Divorce by Terry Gaspard and Tracy Clifford

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Restore your faith in love and build healthy, successful relationships with this essential guide for every woman haunted by her parents’ divorce.

Over 40 percent of Americans ages eighteen to forty are children of divorce. Yet women with divorced parents are more than twice as likely than men to get divorced themselves and struggle in romantic relationships. In this powerful, uplifting guide, mother-daughter team Terry and Tracy draws on thirty years of clinical practice and interviews with over 320 daughters of divorce to help you recognize and overcome the unique emotional issues that parental separation creates so you can build the happy, long-lasting relationships you deserve.

 

Reviews

“If you’re in a family of divorce as a daughter or parent this book is for you. Gaspard and Clifford are a mother and daughter who have gone through it themselves. From self-esteem to the impact on your relationships, this book gives you practical doable action steps to help you learn how to change your story or narrative and see divorce through adult eyes. It can be very helpful for adult children of divorce, and for mothers and fathers who are looking for insights and ideas to help their daughters.” – Jeff Zimmerman, ABPP Clinical Psychologist and co-author of Adult Children of Divorce and The Co-Parenting Survival Guide

Daughters of Divorce is an original and timely treatment of a very important topic. Bravely told from the perspective of the authors, a divorced mother and her daughter, Daughters of Divorce provides empathy, guidance and wisdom for those who are struggling to understand the impact of divorce on their lives and choices. Highly recommended!” – Joshua Coleman, Ph.D. Psychologist and author of When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along

“Finally! A book about divorce that is specifically focused on women. This thoughtful, insightful and uplifting book acknowledges the unique impact of divorce on its daughters while offering concrete steps and practical solutions.” – Elisabeth J. LaMotte LICSW, author of Overcoming Your Parents’ Divorce

“Rarely have I read a book that is as honest, courageous and optimistic as Terry Gaspard’s Daughters of Divorce. Ms. Gaspard has skillfully crafted a book that combines authenticity, warmth and clinical expertise – a rare combination in the self-help genre. This gem of a book is chock filled with intriguing personal reflection, vignettes, tasks and assignments. It is a virtual handbook for daughters seeking to stop this transgenerational pattern, dead in its tracks.” – Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC, CSAT, author of The Human Magnet Syndrome: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us

“”…the authors’ solid and empathetic advice is applicable to anyone who has suffered childhood traumas affecting his or her ability to trust in the power of love.”
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9 January, 2016

UNRETIREMENT, Chris Farrell (Paperback)

The budget battles of recent years have amplified the warnings of demographic doomsayers who predicted that  baby boomers would bleed America dry, bankrupting Social Security and Medicare as they faded into an impoverished old age. On the con9781620401576(1)trary, argues award-winning journalist and American Public Media radio host of Marketplace, Chris Farrell, we are instead on the verge of a broad, positive transformation of our economy and society.  UNRETIREMENT:  How Baby Boomers Are Changing The Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life, is a must-read for anyone approach the third stage of life–or in it.

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 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 Bloomsberg Businessweek and Marketplace Money. This will be an indispensable guide to the landscape of unretirement from one of America’s most trusted experts.

Review

“In Unretirement, Chris Farrell neatly sums up the ordeal that we are said to face . . . One reads the results of his reporting and research almost with a sense of gratitude.” ―The Wall Street Journal

“For older workers at a loss for ideas and eager to postpone the inevitable, Farrell’s how-to-cope book will provide a comforting road map and set of possibilities.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Finally, an author doesn’t think the Baby Boomer generation is going to bankrupt the nation . . . Farrell makes a great case for a longer working career for many people . . . What a breath of fresh air here.” ―Bookloons.com

“Carefully researched and articulately presented and backed by an abiding positive outlook . . . [Farrell’s] practical book should occupy prominent shelf space in the business collection.” ―Booklist

“Recommended for those unsure that retirement is for them.” ―Library Journal

“This book is absolutely for Boomers [but] it’s also, surprisingly, something that Gen X’ers should check out, too. If you’ve already retired, are about to, or have worked all your life so you don’t have to work someday, Unretirement is unmissable.” ―Peninsula Clarion

 Chris Farrell is a contributing economics editor for Bloomsberg Businessweek and personal finance expert and economics editor for public radio’s Marketplace Money, Marketplace, and Marketplace Morning Report. He is also the author of The New Frugality and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

9 January, 2016

IDENTITY CRISIS, Melissa Schorr

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In her debut Young Adult novel from Merit Press, Melissa Schorr spins a riveting tale of social media revenge.

Who does she think she is? Annalise’s audacious freshman-year hookup with Cooper Franklin has a trio of friends thirsting for revenge. So they catfish Annalise by creating the perfect virtual guy, with Noelle playing along reluctantly only because her lifelong crush, Cooper, is in love with Annalise. As Annalise falls for it, even buying tickets for the concert of the year for her and her mythical new guy, Noelle feels more and more guilty. Then, the whole thing blows up and Annalise faces her betrayers. But when Annalise forgives, the reunited friends learn that adults–even famous adults–can be even more bogus than teenagers.

Reviews

“Annalise…discovers that she’s been the victim of a ‘catfishing’ prank. How this melodrama plays out is unconventional and worth the read. Schorr creates a robust and likable character in Annalise…. The writing and language are fluid and blend seamlessly with the mood of the book. A solid additional purchase for large YA collections.”–School Library Journal

“Teenage girls play out a revenge drama online only to discover that there’s no hiding one’s true identity. A crowd pleaser…for teens looking for love in all the wrong places, this social media fable is dramatized with love triangles, revenge, and rock-‘n’-roll.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Catfishing is used as a way to get revenge in this social-media-themed cautionary tale. Each girl’s personal discoveries and growth make this a strong choice for libraries and a good discussion starter about social media and bullying.” –Booklist


9 October, 2015

RESCUE ROAD: On Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Lost Hope Highway

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How far would you go to save a dog’s life?

The extraordinary story of one man who has driven more than 1 million miles to rescue thousands of dogs from hunger, abuse and neglect and give them a second chance at life and love.

For years, Greg Mahle struggled to keep the last of his family-run restaurants afloat in Ohio. When it finally closed, he was broke and unsure what to do next. Then a stranded van-load of puppies changed his life forever.

Join journalist Peter Zheutlin as he travels with Greg from Ohio to the Gulf Coast on his Rescue Road Trips to bring hard-luck dogs from the deep South to loving “forever families” up north, with the help of many selfless volunteers along the way. From Houston’s impoverished Fifth Ward–where thousands of strays roam the streets–and high-kill shelters in Louisiana, to joyous scenes of adopters embracing their new pups in the Northeast, Rescue Road (Sourcebooks, October 2015)  is full of heart: an inspiring story about the unique bond between dogs and humans, and how going the extra mile can make a life-changing difference for these loyal canines-and for us all.

“Peter Zheutlin has written a lovely, moving, important book about a subject that is both heartbreaking and joyful. Greg Mahle, the central figure of this story, is now a hero of mine. Dogs are not just property. They are one way God tests our compassion.” – Dean Koontz

“An unabashedly sentimental and affecting portrait of a modern-day animal-loving hero.” – Kirkus

“Peter Zheulin takes us on a dog lover’s ultimate road trip. Rescue Road is a canine caravan with heart and soul, sharing with the reader the bittersweet reality of dog rescue today. Even the most intrepid of dog rescuers will find a new hero in Greg Mahle who is, without a doubt, dog’s best friend.” – Teresa Rhyne, author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Dog Lived (And So Will I)


14 September, 2015

SIGHT, Delta Girls Book One, Juliet Madison

This stunning new paranormal series blends the sweetest of romances with breathless suspense, and introduces five young women who share a haunted past, an extraordinary gift, and an uncertain future.

“I spent my birthday fast asleep. In a coma to be exact.”

When Savannah wakes up after two months in the hospital, she sees a whole lot more than expected, things that could put those close to her at risk.

The five Delcarta sisters have never believed in the paranormal, not like their woo-woo mother. Instead they belSightieve in the power of sisterhood, of romance, and rebuilding their lives after their father’s mysterious disappearance nine years earlier. Starting anew in the small town of Iris Harbor, they see potential in all.

But Savannah’s awakening after having surgery on a life-threatening aneurysm brings a unique ability to the Delcarta sisters–together, each can predict the future with one of the five senses. And Savannah has the gift of sight.

A serial arsonist has been terrorizing the tight-knit community, and the Delcarta sisters have their suspicions on who could be to blame, including a boy who starts as an adversary to Savannah and then very quickly becomes her whole world. Investigating these crimes, trying to stop them before the next flame is sparked will call upon Savannah to use her newfound abilities with the help of her sisters, and will put each of their lives in danger.

Coming in October:  SOUND, the second book in the Delta Girls series from Diversion Books.

Juliet Madison is an Australian author of YA and commercial women’s fiction. For more about her, go to: www.julietmadison.com

 


8 September, 2015

ASKING FOR IT: The Alarming Culture of Rape–and What We Can Do About It, Kate Harding

“Kate Harding smartly takes on myths and false thinking of rape in her well-researched book.”–The Los Angeles Times

askingEvery seven minutes, someone in America commits a rape. And whether that’s a football star, beloved celebrity, elected official, member of the clergy, or just an average Joe (or Joanna), there’s probably a community eager to make excuses for that person.

In Asking for It, Kate Harding combines in-depth research with an in-your-face voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than it supports victims. Drawing on real-world examples of what feminists call “rape culture”—from politicos’ revealing gaffes to institutional failures in higher education and the military—Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a society, can take sexual violence much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.

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Follow Kate on Twitter: @kateharding


30 July, 2015

THREE MORE WORDS, Ashley Rhodes-Courter

“…highly interesting, it serves as a window onto the foster-care system.” – Kirkus Reviews

The long awaited  sequel to the New York Times and London Times bestseller THREE LITTLE WORDS

 In her undeniably honThree More Wordsest and inspiring memoir Three Little Words, we were captivated by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, an amazing young woman who—through nine years, forty-four caseworkers, and fourteen foster homes—“not only survived, she thrived” (Teen People).   Since then Rhodes-Courter has become an international advocate for adoption and child welfare. She has been interviewed by Diane Sawyer and spoken on Capitol Hill. She was called upon to run for Florida State Senate. She became a foster and adoptive parent, helping children just like herself. And she has begun to come to terms with her past.

THREE MORE WORDS tells the riveting story of how the foster kid who refused to slip through the cracks has begun to change the world.

Each year, an estimated 30,000 adolescents age out of the foster care system without being adopted. Only about 7,000 of these young adults go on the college or vocational training. The remaining 23,000 children are left to fend for themselves, many becoming involved with drugs, alcohol, unplanned pregnancy, prostitution, and ultimately jail. This is a real problem affecting our nation and Rhodes-Courter is an advocate for change. She has the unique perspective of both a foster kid and parent, and aims to put the “child” back in “child welfare.”

THREE MORE WORDS also reveals the nuances of life after foster care, including college, marriage (which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked—literally—by some biological family members) and having kids, from fostering children and the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments, to the miraculous joy of blending biological and adopted offspring.

 Whether she’s overcoming self-image issues, responding to calls for her to run for Senate, or dealing with continuing drama from her biological family, Ashley Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message.

 


1 June, 2015

Family Trees, Kerstin March

In this moving and insightful debut novel set along the breathtaking shores of the Great Lakes, a young woman must decide which dreams are worth fighting for, and which roots to keep firmly in place…
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Sensible and self-reliant, Shelby Meyers knows exactly what she wants. She’ll never again depend on her errant mother, Jackie, who abandoned Shelby when she was a baby—and is forever searching for an elusive, glittering life. All Shelby needs is her beautiful, windswept Lake Superior, her loving grandparents, and the treasured-but-struggling family apple orchard she helps run—until a new love, Ryan Chambers, opens her heart to chance, and her eyes to a wider world than she ever imagined.

But just as Shelby is looking toward an exciting future, Jackie unexpectedly returns—determined to make up for the past and “help” her daughter get everything she never could. Her confidence shaken, Shelby finds herself at odds with Ryan, and with his wealthy family’s overbearing expectations. Now, through wrenching change and sudden loss, Shelby must find a way to see herself, and her mother, in a new light, forge an all-too-fragile understanding—and risk the kind of freedom that brings its own unexpected, enduring rewards…

Reviews

“Fans of intelligent contemporary romance will enjoy this story of love, forgiveness and growing into adulthood.”  –St. Paul Pioneer
“Kerstin March writes a captivating story of love, heartbreak and triumph.” –Laura Sobiech author of Fly a Little Higher“A charming, romantic story of life after loss, filled with lush descriptions of Lake Superior’s magical beauty.” –Kristina Riggle, author of the Whole Golden World

“A sweet, heartening story, Family Trees explores love, loyalty, and the growing pains inherent in building a life for oneself.” –Lindsey Palmer, author of If We Lived Here

 About the Author
After graduating from St. Olaf College, Kerstin March built a career around writing.  During her start as a small town newspaper reporter, and as a public relations professional later on, she always enjoyed bringing out the personal side of news stories.  Kerstin lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three children. When her family isn’t scrambling with work, school, and errands, they can often be found up north, braving ice-cold swims, fish boils, and bear scares on Lake Superior’s shore. Family Trees is her first novel. For more information, please visit www.kerstinmarch.com.

11 May, 2015

BREAKING THE MALE CODE: Unlocking the Power of Friendship

Calling for a new men’s movement, a noted psychotherapist examines the critical role close male friendsh9781592409044_medium_Breaking_the_Male_Codeips play in helping men lead happy, healthy lives.

For much of the past century, men have operated under the rules of Male Code, a rigid set of guidelines that equate masculinity with stoicism, silence, and strength. As men’s roles have changed over the past few decades, this lingering pressure to hide their emotions has wreaked havoc on men’s lives. Lacking the ability to communicate their needs, desires, and feelings effectively, they are more likely to suffer from depression, anger, and isolation, and their relationships often suffer.

Noted psychotherapist Rob Garfield has worked with men struggling with emotional issues for more than forty years.  Through his “Friendship Labs,” clinical settings in which men engage in group therapy, he teaches men how to identify inner conflicts, express emotions, and communicate openly. According to Garfield, traditional therapy has largely marginalized men since many lack the tools to properly engage. But when men learn to open up to other men who share similar experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives, they not only build lasting bonds but learn the skills necessary to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Writing with empathy and authority, Garfield examines the unique challenges men face and urges them to abandon male code in favor of a masculinity that integrates traditional male traits with emotional intimacy skills. He urges men to connect with other men using the Four C’s of intimacy—connection, communication, commitment, and co-operation—to form meaningful bonds. Drawing on real-life stories and original research, he shows how their friendships can serve as the foundation on which men can build and sustain deep relationships with all of their loved ones—including spouses, children, and parents—and in turn lead to happier, healthier lives.

Rob Garfield M.D., a psychotherapist and clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as both one of the city’s “Top Docs” and “Best Therapists.” An engaging speaker, he has presented his work on men’s friendships to both lay and professional audiences and published numerous articles on the subject of male emotional intimacy.

“Dr. Garfield explains why emotional intimacy is a rare quality in male friendships and offers a clear road map for men to forge deeper connections. His style is warm, engaging, and user-friendly. I suspect that countless wives will put this book on their husband’s bedside table.”
Harriet Lerner, Ph.D, author of The Dance of Anger and Marriage Rules

“Rob Garfield knows that the cure for what ails men is intimacy—connection to themselves and others. With compassion and wit, he shows men, step to step, how to move beyond the strictures of male code into the richness of an open heart. Both practical and moving, Breaking The Male Code belongs on the shelf of every man wanting to grow, and every clinician dedicated to helping.”
Terrence Real, author of I Don’t Want to Talk about It

“In this wonderfully readable book, Dr. Robert Garfield brings his extensive knowledge and rich experience to show how men think and feel about their relationships with other men. Breaking the Male Code delivers a powerful and hopeful message, one that provides men of all ages with the skills necessary to enjoy deep and fulfilling relationships with each other. This book has the potential to dramatically improve all the important relationships in men’s lives!”
Constance Ahrons, Ph.D., professor emerita, University of Southern California, and author of The Good Divorce and We’re Still Family

“A compelling book that goes to the heart of male loneliness and points the way toward deeper and more fulfilling friendships in men’s lives.”
Sam Osherson, author of Finding Our Fathers and The Stethoscope Cure

“Remember how Thoreau said that men ‘lead lives of quiet desperation?’ If only he’d read Rob Garfield’s book! He’d understand not only why they’re desperate, but also how to address their needs. A vital message about men’s emotional needs, offered with care, thought, and great compassion.”
Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland and executive director, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University

“With warmth and empathy, Rob Garfield takes on the task of helping us to overcome our stereotypes about maleness and our often incomplete definition of friendship so that men can relate to each other in an intimate way.”
Donald N. Bersoff, Ph.D., J.D., former president, American Psychological Association


1 April, 2015

GAME ON: The Bod Squad Series (#1), Gabra Zackman

Part caper, part romantiGame Onc comedy, this hilariously entertaining book in the Bod Squad series (Pocket Star, April 6, 2015)  features a sassy and sexy undercover operative, Susannah “Legs” Carter, and her Ocean’s Eleven–style team of private investigators.

From Washington, DC, to Paris, Legs is tailing Charles Oakley Palmer III, a white-collar criminal she’s determined to bring to justice. But will romance or betrayal blossom along the way? Find out in the first in a sizzling new series about a team of highly skilled investigators who go undercover to catch criminals—while juggling romance, world travel, and danger around every corner.

Debut author and actor Gabra Zackman knows romance. Game On was inspired by the more than 100 romance and women’s fiction titles she has narrated for audio. Zackman divides her time between her native New York City and Denver, Colorado. Audible will release an audio version later in 2015.