New Books

26 March, 2014

PRETTY IN INK, Lindsey J. Palmer

Set in the fast-paced world of women’s magazines, this dishy debut novel from a former magazine editor establishes Lindsey J. PaPretty in Inklmer as a stand-out young novelist to watch.
Here’s the story line:
For years, Hers magazine has been a fixture on newsstands–relatable, reliable, and ever-so-slightly frumpy. But with sales slumping, Hers’ editor-in-chief soon finds a pink slip in her inbox. And her ruthless, blisteringly high-heeled replacement may not be finished cleaning house yet.  .  .
Leah Brenner suspects she won’t be on the payroll much longer either. A telecommuting, breast milk-pumping mom of three doesn’t mesh with her new boss Mimi’s vision of a sleeker, younger-skewing Hers. Not content with nabbing Leah’s office, Mimi’s protégée, Victoria, is itching to take over Leah’s duties too–and she’s not alone. As the summer rolls out, and staffers are asked to give up even their sexiest secrets to save the brand, everyone at Hers–the sycophantic new assistant;the photo editor who’s sleeping with her boss;the Ivy League intern with oversized aspirations–will fight to keep her career, and some shred of dignity, intact.
Smart, perceptive, and hilarious, Lindsey Palmer’s debut delivers an all too true-to-life tale of very different women faced with high-stakes choices in a rapidly changing–yet utterly familiar–world.
Reviewers are raving about PRETTY IN INK:
“A sharp, hilarious romp through a spot-on believable women’s magazine.” –Sally Koslow, former Editor-in-Chief of McCall’s

“An essential novel.  .  .engaging, sensitive, and so much fun.  .  .I wanted to hang out with the women of Hers Magazine long after I’d turned the last page.” -Diana Spechler, author of Skinny

Publishers Weekly says of Pretty in Ink, ”Filled with juicy gossip and outrageous office politics…a dishy, catty book, that’s… an indulgent roll in the mud. Palmer writes this side of womanhood brilliantly.” Booklist says, ”A lighthearted gambol through the ever-changing world of women’s magazine publishing, former magazine editor Palmer’s debut contains the authenticity of experience and the salacious story snippets fans of The Devil Wears Prada (2003) will appreciate… With different chapters devoted to different POVs, the politics of the magazine industry find full display in this deliciously delectable read.”

“Tantalizing.  .  .Pretty in Ink is part comic love story and part bloody valentine.” ‑‑Devan Sipher, New York Times “Vows” columnist and author of The Wedding Beat

“This entertaining debut exposes the catty, crazy and competitive inner workings of women’s magazines. A former editor herself, Palmer explores this rarefied workplace and the women struggling to rise to the top–or just hold onto their jobs. A fun, fantastic read.” –Jennifer Miller, author of The Year of the Gadfly


20 March, 2014

COME LANDFALL, Roy Hoffman

The new novel from prize-winning author, Roy Hoffman, COME LANDFALL (University of Alabama Press)

“It will seize your heart and not let go.” -Sena Jeter Naslund

Set along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the stories of three women and the men they love come together in this novel of war and hJkt_Hoffmanurricanes, loss and renewal.

The worlds of three women and the men they love come together in this novel of war and hurricanes, loss and renewal. Christiane, or Nana, reliving the past in her eighties, her granddaughter Angela, working at a Biloxi casino in her twenties, and their teenage friend Cam, the daughter of a Vietnamese shrimper, form a deep connection. As they face heartbreak, their bonds nurture and sustain them. Ordinary people impacted by the shifts of history—Come Landfall is a southern story with a global sensibility.

The Gulf Coast serves as more than just a setting—it is a character unto itself. With casinos lining one side of the highway, antebellum homes along the other, and a Vietnamese neighborhood up the road, here the old South collides with the new. From households along this stretch of US 90, lineages and emotional connections stretch all over the world.

Inspired by true events, Roy Hoffman’s novel has its seeds in the saga of his uncle, Maj. Roy Robinton, US Marine Corps, a WWII prisoner of war in the Philippines who disappeared as captive on a Japanese “hellship.” His young bride, back home, was ground down, waiting.

Christiane returns in her mind to the man she married at twenty-one—Rosey, a flyer with the Army Air Corps who was in the Philippines at the outbreak of WWII. Angela meets Frank, an airman at Keesler Air Force base who is proudly patriotic, deeply religious, and a student of weather. Cam falls in love with Joe, a Biloxi cop, and her own tumultuous story begins to interweave with that of Angela’s and Nana’s. What’s taken from Nana, Angela, and Cam (and so many others when storms make their landfall), what’s given back, and what’s kept forever sit at the heart of this intimate yet expansive novel.

is author of the novels Almost Family, winner of the Lillian Smith Award, and Chicken Dreaming Corn, endorsed by Harper Lee. He is the author of two essay collections, Back Home: Journeys Through Mobile and Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Fortune, Southern Living, and the Mobile Press-Register, where he was a long-time staff writer. A graduate of Tulane, he received the 2008 Clarence Cason Award from the University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences. He teaches for Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program.

11 March, 2014

CLOSE TO A KILLER, Marsha Qualey

From YA author of Thin Ice, Marsha Qualey, a suspenseful and original mystery.

“[A] taut whodunClosetoKillerThumbnail.ashxit. . . . Readers will be engrossed by the drama, the skillfully developed subplots, and a perceptive exploration of characters learning to live with the consequences of their acts.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Difficult to put down because of the author’s deft hand with dialogue and
wry way with characterization.”–School Library Journal

“[An] intriguing mystery. . . .”–Kliatt, Starred

“Imaginative and compelling.”–The Bulletin

Two prominent city residents have been murdered, and Barrie knew both of them. But does she know their killer? The police have connected both victims to her mother’s hair salon, and the obvious focus has become Barrie’s mom and the other stylists, all of whom happen to be convicted killers who met in prison vocational school.    Amidst intriguing people whom she can’t quite trust, and forced into living with the mother she can’t forgive, Barrie tries to ignore the uproar by immersing herself in her writing. But when she shares a troubling suspicion with the homicide detective, she suddenly finds herself pulled deeper into a situation that’s growing more frightening every day.

Marsha Qualey, author of the riveting Thin Ice, has written another absorbing mystery for young adults. Her plot is fresh and original, with none of the tired teen-mystery stereotypes. Barrie and her mother are certainly no Nancy Drew and beloved dad! By adding Barrie’s fractured relationship with her mother to the mystery stew, Qualey has ensured that this story will be gobbled up by more than just genre readers. (Ages 12 and older) –Jennifer Hubert, Amazon

For more about the author, see www.marshaqualey.com


31 January, 2014

Thin Ice, Marsha Qualey

100_IceSeventeen-year-old Arden Munro has been raised by her older brother, Scott, ever since the death of their parents 10 years earlier. He has been her only family. But now Scott too is dead–or so believe the local police and everyone in Arden’s community. Arden, however, is convinced that Scott has staged his snowmobile accident and purposely disappeared. She will search until she finds him. As Arden obsessively continues her detective hunt, she is forced to examine her feelings of loss and isolation, and to finally realize that these feelings existed long before Scott’s accident. Whether or not her brother reappears, where should Arden turn for the support that usually comes from family? The page-turning mystery leads to a heart-tugging conclusion that is at once hopeful and sad, piercing and satisfying.

From Publishers Weekly

“An edge-of-the-seat adventure. Starred review. Ages 12-up.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7-10. Orphaned at age seven, Arden has been raised by her much older brother, Scott. He has allowed her to become an independent young woman. When Arden is a high school senior, Scott is apparently drowned in a snowmobile accident. The vehicle is recovered from a river, but even after a great deal of searching, no body is found. Arden grieves and suffers terrible nightmares until one day she realizes that something about the facts surrounding Scott’s death is not right. She becomes convinced that he has staged his own death. His girlfriend is pregnant and Arden believes that he has chosen to disappear rather than face the burden of raising yet another child. No one believes her, so Arden embarks on a search for him on her own. As clue after clue dead ends, she becomes discouraged but stubbornly refuses to believe that Scott is dead. The brilliance of this plot is that readers do not find out the truth until Arden does. This fact will keep young people anxiously turning pages, trying to puzzle out what has actually happened. At the same time, they will understand and empathize with Arden, a strong-willed teen who perseveres in spite of huge obstacles. Scott’s character is not developed enough before his disappearance for readers to understand why he might be depressed enough to pull a vanishing act, but this does not detract from the suspense. This is a good mystery that deals also with issues of family, relationships, and responsibility?

From Kirkus Reviews

“A page-turner, with plenty of surprises and characters who make mistakes but learn from them. (Fiction. 12-16) 


6 January, 2014

Therapy for the Sane: How Philosophy Can Change Your Life, Lou Marinoff

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Professor Lou Marinoff’s first book, the international bestseller Plato, Not Prozac!, drew on the wisdom of the great philosophers to solve everyday problems, launching a movement that made philosophy useful again. Now, in Therapy for the Sane, he takes the concept to the next level by applying philosophy and its literature to the central questions of modern existence.Dr. Marinoff is a professor and chair of philosophy at the City College of New York. He is the founding president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association and the author of Plato Not Prozac, The Middle Way and The Inner Philosopher. He lives in Monroe, New York.
“Lou Marinoff is a fellow pilgrim, always ready to tell the story that hasn’t been told, always ready to take the risks that haven’t been taken. “–Paulo Coelho, author of THE ALCHEMIST

3 January, 2014

Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together, Pamela Slim

FIND THE CONNECTIONS, SELL YOUR STORY, REINVENT AND RELAUNCH YOUR BRAND
These days it’s514Z1SBnafL._AA160_ increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career—and explain it?
Pamela Slim, the acclaimed business consultant and coach, blogger and author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work.
“If you’re looking for a career coach, Pam Slim is the gold standard. Warm and wise, savvy and practical, “Body of Work” will guide you through today’s complex career landscape — while keeping your sense of self and personal passions alive.”
–Susan Cain, author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

“In the pages of this life-changing book you’ll meet people who are creating beautiful lives from the most surprising materials – bravery and dedication, yes, but also fear, shame, and illness. Their courage and Pamela Slim’s words are inspiring. This book is a gift to every reader in these tough times.”
–Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Pam Slim shows you how to thrive by building a body of work out of your experiences, knowledge, and accomplishments. A must-read for anyone who wants to achieve fulfillment, joy, and inner peace.”
–Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and author of Enchantment

“Heartfelt, practical and actionable, this is the rare book that will change your life if you let it.”
–Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception

We are hardwired for story and no one gets that more than Pamela Slim. BODY OF WORK is a powerful and transformative book. Before this book, my journey from waiting tables to vulnerability researcher and teacher never made sense. Now, after reading BODY OF WORK and completing the exercises, I get it. Not only does it help me understand where I’ve been – it’s renewed my passion for where I’m going and why. ”
–Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly

“Whether you are starting out at your first job, a longtime corporate employee, or a successful entrepreneur, you can survive the new world of work by telling a story about your journey. Pam Slim shows you how.”
–Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc.


17 December, 2013

The Unofficial GIRLS Guide to New York, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin

Visit Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna’s favorite haunts in The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York.

More than just a travel guide, The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York delivers an in-depth look at Girls’ physical and cultural landscape.
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Stop in at Café Grumpy and learn how to make a French press coffee the way Ray and Hannah would
Go behind the scenes at Greenhouse, where Hannah and Elijah spend a night out, and meet “iPad DJs” AndrewAndrew
Recreate Jessa and Thomas-John’s Foundry wedding cake, with buttercream icing made from local NYC rooftop honey
Tour the Salmagundi Club, site of Hannah’s cringeworthy reading and one of the city’s oldest and most prestigious art and literary associations
Shop Girls-style in the West Village, Nolita, and beyond
Plus a lot more, from Greenpoint to Greenwich Village, and Bushwick warehouse parties to the Lower East Side gallery scene

It’s the best way to visit Girls’ New York without paying for a plane ticket—or the perfect complement to your next trip.

Featuring 18 maps, 21 recipes, and more than 100 full-color photos


10 December, 2013

The Greek Yogurt Cookbook, Lauren Kelly

T9781440567360_p0_v3_s260x420he all-in-one cooking guide for those looking to get this superfood into their diet!

Greek yogurt is being touted as “the next superfood” and for good reason–it’s delicious, low in fat, and has about 18 grams of protein per serving! Like many who swear by it, you may consider it your morning staple, but The Greek Yogurt Cookbook expands the food beyond the quick breakfast or snack with 125 delicious Greek yogurt recipes for any time of day. From tantalizing marinades, sauces, and dressings to hearty entrees bursting with flavor, you will delight in the rich taste, creamy texture, and endless health benefits that Greek yogurt brings to every dish.

Featuring creative and delicious swaps and substitutions, this book offers step-by-step instructions for creating a variety of Greek yogurt recipes, such as:

  • Applesauce carrot spice muffins
  • Kale artichoke dip
  • Goat cheese, pepper, and mushroom pizza
  • Lamb kabobs with rosemary
  • Blueberry vanilla cheesecake with pecan crust

Lauren Kelly, CN, is a recipe developer, consultant for the Skinny Girl brand, food blogger, and the staff nutritionist at The Bar Method in Montclair, NJ, where she offers nutrition workshops and individualized counseling. She has been featured in Shape magazine, The Alternative Press, and on Guiliana Rancic’s website, FabFitFun.com. You can visit Kelly’s website at LaurenKellyNutrition.com.


11 November, 2013

Indecent Behavior, Caryl Rivers

indecent-behaviorFrom international bestselling author Caryl Rivers, a street-wise crime reporter and all-American science writer stumble onto a conspiracy that will threaten not only their careers, but their very lives.“A stylish bio tech thriller…has you totally in its grasp. The finale is hair-raising! Rivers displays to good effect her streetwise, culturally hip sense of humor.” – New York Daily News

Sally Ellenberg has a nose for bad news. It’s detrimental to her love life, but perfect for her job on the crime beat. When writing up a report on a minor hold up, she stumbles across a strange detail: in the middle of the holdup, the gunman screamed suddenly before falling dead. In searching for answers, Sally teams up with orderly (and sexy) science-writer John Forbes Aiken to chase down an increasingly bizarre series of clues, from missing autopsy reports to bizarre brain experiments on animals.  As Sally and Jack dig deeper, they uncover a conspiracy reaching into the highest levels of the U.S. government and the escalating War on Terror. Reeling from a new series of attacks from Al Qaeda terrorists, the military desperately seeks new ways to get intelligence on those who would attack the United States. As powerful forces attempt to discredit Sally and Jack, they find themselves increasingly alone as they get closer to the terrifying truth.

“Rivers has a very deft hand with prose and a gift for witty dialogue, assets that make it a pleasure to read INDECENT BEHAVIOR – the bio tech plot, which leaves the FBI, CIA and government looking sleazy and sordid, moves quickly in and around Boston, surprising the reader with its twists and turns…a great novel and a genuine pleasure to read.” –Boston Herald

“Rivers tries her hand at a bio-tech thriller, with slickly professional results. Rivers is as amusing as ever, and her leading couple make fine company indeed.” –Kirkus

“A lively story from the news racket… There aren’t too many really good newspaper novels, so it’s gratifying to report that INDECENT BEHAVIOR…has the old newsroom pungency, even though, as reporter Sally Ellenberg realizes, newsrooms aren’t what they used to be.” –Chicago Tribune


23 October, 2013

LETTERS TO PRESIDENT CLINTON: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, Rabbi Menachem Genack, Editor

9781454907916_p0_v4_s114x166This book celebrates a unique chapter in the annals of history: a remarkable correspondence between an American rabbi and the president of the United States–Menachem Genack and Bill Clinton–that spanned more than seventeen years and continues to this day.  As Bill Clinton writes in the Foreword to the book:  “The lessons embodied in LETTERS TO PRESIDENT CLINTON both inspired me to persevere and provided the moral clarity necessary to be effective…I can only hope that its wisdom may enrich others’ lives just as it did mine.”

The two men first met when then-Governor Clinton was just beginning his road to the presidency.  As their friendship deepened over the next few years, the rabbi would prepare brief essays containing insights from the Bible that he felt would help the future president navigate decisions and issues.  This correspondence became more regular when Bill Clinton became president.  The rabbi also invited prominent Bible scholars, political leaders, scientists, clergy members and laypeople to contribute.  They include the Rabbi of England, Jonathan Sacks, the great teacher, Joseph Telushkin, and writer Cynthia Ozick.

As Rabbi Genack notes in the  introduction: “Although written for a specific person facing unique challenges, the messages included here will be helpful to anyone who seeks to understand and benefit from the wisdom of biblical thought and its unique and profound insights into life.”

“This fascinating and edifying book…reveals the former president to be a student of the universal message and spirituality of the Book of Books.  It is a testament to the boundless thirst for knowledge of the unique mind of Bill Clinton.”  –Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel

“This profound, thought-provoking, and inspiring collection…is an exploration of some of the Torah’s greatest lessons and provides valuable insight into the central role faith plays in leadership.” –Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey