New Books

17 August, 2017

Windborn (Guardian Herd #4) by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Now in paperback! 

For fans of the Warriors and the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series comes the action-packed fourth and final book in this first installment of the Guardian Herd series—with a never-before-seen short story that introduces readers to a whole new world.

After many moons of constant struggle, Star must face his toughest, deadliest challenge yet. Nightwing the Destroyer has captured all the pegasi of Anok, including Star’s friends. And when Star learns of Nightwing’s merciless plan for the captured herd, he knows the time has come to fight.

With his enemy Frostfire now as his only ally, Star searches Anok with Frostfire to track down Nightwing. And as a violent storm approaches, Star and Nightwing face off amid quaking lands, dangerous winds, and blazing fires, in a battle to end all battles—and one that will determine the fate of all the pegasi in Anok.


2 August, 2017

THE SECRET LETTERS PROJECT, Juliet Madison

We write letters to express what we struggle to say aloud. We put pen to paper to voice the secret sides of ourselves, and often, the letters don’t need to be sent to set us free. Through guided prompts and interactive questions, The Secret Letters Project offers a safe space for writers to explore relationships, deal with difficult situations, and embrace the joy around them. This journal will help you:

• Find peace with past relationships
• Give thanks for new opportunities
• Experience personal growth
• Project and celebrate positivity

Broken down into letters addressed to different recipients (Dear Ex, Dear Soul Mate, Dear Stranger, Dear Me), this journal helps you create the life you’ve always wanted through the healing art of letter writing.


1 August, 2017

UNDERGROUND AIRLINES, Ben H. Winters

NOW IN PAPERBACK!  (Mullholland/Little Brown, July 2017)
NOMINATED FOR BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL BY THE ITW THRILLER AWARDS
 
A FINALIST FOR THE CHAUTAUQUA PRIZE
 
A New York Times Bestseller; a Goodreads Choice finalist; named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Slate, Publishers Weekly, Hudson Bookseller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kirkus Reviews, AudioFile Magazine, and Amazon
 
It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.
A young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service in exchange for his freedom. He’s got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called “the Hard Four.” On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn’t right–with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.
As he works to infiltrate the local cell of a abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines, tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes he’s hot on the trail. But his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who won’t reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaw’s case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child–who may be Victor’s salvation.
Victor believes himself to be a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he has worked so hard to earn. But in pursuing Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the country’s arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost.
Underground Airlines is a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than we’d like to believe.

22 June, 2017

AFTER ANATEVKA, Alexandra Silber

A sweeping historical novel in the grand tradition of Russian literature that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof after the curtain falls.

The world knows well the tale of Tevye, the beloved Jewish dairyman from the shtetl Anatevka of Tsarist Russia. In stories originally written by Sholem Aleichem and then made world-famous in the celebrated musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, his wife Golde, and their five daughters dealt with the outside influences that were encroaching upon their humble lives. But what happened to those remarkable characters after the curtain fell?

In After Anatevka, Alexandra Silber picks up where Fiddler left off. Second-eldest daughter Hodel takes center stage as she attempts to join her Socialist-leaning fiancé Perchik to the outer reaches of a Siberian work camp. But before Hodel and Perchik can finally be together, they both face extraordinary hurdles and adversaries―both personal and political―attempting to keep them apart at all costs.

A love story set against a backdrop of some of the greatest violence in European history, After Anatevaka (Pegasus, July 2017) is a stunning conclusion to a tale that has gripped audiences around the globe for decades.


2 June, 2017

The Inspiration Code by Kristi Hedges

inspiration codeJust published from AMACOM Books, THE INSPIRATION CODE, by leadership coach and serial entrepreneur Kristi Hedges, unlocks the secrets that the best leaders know about how to energize people.  Great leaders inspire action with their words. They spark enthusiasm and commitment. With a single conversation, they can change the direction of someone’s life.

Everyone wants to be the kind of leader who energizes and mobilizes others—yet too few are. Why is it so challenging to crack the code?

Executive coach Kristi Hedges spent years studying exactly what inspiring leaders do differently. Informed by quantitative research and thousands of responses from leaders at all levels, she reveals that inspiring communication isn’t about grand gestures. Instead, those who motivate us most do a few things routinely, consistently, and intentionally.

Eye-opening and accessible, The Inspiration Code dispels common myths about how leaders communicate—and guides them in cultivating qualities that authentically excite.

Inspired companies need inspirational leaders. Learn to unlock motivation, lift peoples’ sights, and lead them into the future.


31 May, 2017

LOVE WINS: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality, Debbie Cenziper & Jim Obergefell

NOW IN PAPERBACK!

The inspiring true story of the lovers and lawyers behind one of the most important national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states.  (William Morrow/HarperCollins, June 2016 Hardcover; May 30, 2017 Paperback)

More than twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gay men lived in fear of being arrested or fired from their jobs. When the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the federal government had to indexprovide married gay couples all the benefits offered to straight couples, Jim and John—who was dying from ALS—flew to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal, and exchanged vows on an airport tarmac. But back home, Ohio refused to recognize their union, and they learned that John’s death certificate would describe him as single. When John passed away, Jim would not only mourn a devoted partner, but would be denied acknowledgment of the life they had shared.

Al Gerhardstein, the son of a chicken farmer and a graduate of New York University law school, had spent decades advocating for civil rights by the time he met Jim and John. He saw in Jim a devastated man whose pain was compounded by the state’s refusal to recognize the most important relationship in his life, and just as crucially, a legal opening that had never been fully explored in an American courtroom. Together, Al and Jim began a grueling journey, battling the state leaders, lawyers,  and community groups that opposed their cause, and at times even marriage equality supporters who feared the potential setback if a case was brought forward too soon and lost. As they moved from courtroom to courtroom, they partnered with more than fifty lawyers and plaintiffs in three other states and ultimately celebrated together in June 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled in their favor, making same-sex marriage the law of the land in a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v. Wade.

This is a remarkable, triumphant story of love and law. Through intimate interviews and insider perspectives, this definitive account reveals the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v. Hodges and the lives at its center. This forceful and deeply emotional narrative—part Erin Brockovich, part Philadelphia—chronicles how a grieving man and his lawyer, against overwhelming odds, fulfilled a promise to a dying husband and helped bring about the most important gay rights case in U.S. history. Urgent and unforgettable, it will inspire readers for generations to come.


15 May, 2017

NEWBORN 101: Secrets from Expert Nurses on Preparing and Caring for Your Baby at Home, Carole Kramer Arsenault, RN

National Parenting Publications Gold Award Winner

Now in an Updated & Expanded Edition (May 16, 2017 Pub, The Experiment)

Ever wish you could have a baby nurse at home to answer your most urgent questions around the clock? Now you41+dOQr+RCL can!

“Chock-full of the kind of practical and helpful information only an insider would know.” –Christiane Northrup,MD

Carole Kramer Arsenault has spent the last two decades helping parents through pregnancy, labor, and all of their new responsibilities once baby comes home—both as a longtime pediatric nurse, and as the founder of the most highly regarded baby-care service in New England. From the first trimester to the “fourth” (baby’s crucial first three months), Arsenault and her team of professional nurses have seen it all. Now, they share their expert advice on:

  • Preparing your home, including safety tips and must-have supplies
  • Easing through labor, whether at home or in a hospital
  • Breastfeeding how-tos, flexible feeding schedules, and common concerns
  • Baby’s essential first days and weeks, and the milestones in between
  • Welcoming multiples and caring for preterm babies
  • Techniques for soothing baby to sleep
  • Postpartum self-care and getting back to your routine

Carole Kramer Arsenault, RN, IBCLC, has devoted her career to infant and pregnancy care, and worked for many years as a delivery nurse, including at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.She founded and runs Boston Baby Nurse, a home health agency offering specialized support to families with babies.


3 May, 2017

JEFFERSON’S AMERICA, Julie M. Fenster

NOW IN PAPERBACK!  (Crown, imprint of Penguin Random House, May 2017)

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 m51rzyeuUwALen, 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.”
True West

“[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.”
Deseret News

“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.”
Publishers Weekly

“Enthralling… A necessary read for American history buffs.”
Library Journal

“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.”
Kirkus Reviews

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.

 


11 April, 2017

Secrets of Mindful Beauty, Elizabeth Reid Boyd and Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd

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.

Did you know:  9781510717695_p0_v5_s192x300
Depression can give you wrinkles
Insomnia can cause sagging skin
Anxiety can increase reddening and skin rashes
Stress can result in acne and hair loss
and much more?

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.


10 April, 2017

SAVING ARCADIA, Heather Shumaker

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 conservatio519mG08kp9Ln 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.