New Books

8 March, 2018


A leading educator presents a proven plan to bully prevention that creates inclusive, safe and caring schools.

Based on a practical, six-part framework for reducing peer cruelty and increasing positive behavior support, End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy (Free Spirit, February 2018) utilizes the strongest pieces of best practices and current research for ways to stop bullying. The book includes guidelines for implementing strategies, collecting data, training staff, mobilizing students and parents, building social-emotional skills, and sustaining progress, and presents the “6Rs” of bullying prevention: Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, and Replace. This is not a program, but a comprehensive process for reducing bullying from the inside out, involving the entire school community. Bullying-prevention and character education expert Michele Borba, who’s worked with over 1 million parents and educators worldwide, offers realistic, research-based strategies and advice. Use the book on its own or to supplement an existing program. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book and a PDF presentation for use in professional development.

“Every book that Michele Borba writes, I’m reading it.”—Halle Berry, Academy Award–winning actress
“Michele Borba presents key evidence-based practices that have been shown to reduce the impact of bullying, giving educators practical and tested strategies that will assist their schools or districts to strengthen an existing program or build a new one.”—School Administrator magazine

“An important addition to any educator’s toolbox for breaking the cycle of bullying violence and creating a more deeply caring school environment.”—Barbara Coloroso, educator and author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander

“Dr. Borba compiles and succinctly summarizes the weight of available evidence about what works to prevent bullying at school. Building safe and bully-free schools is not easy and there are no shortcuts. It takes coordination and collaboration by all concerned community stakeholders. This book offers a potent and pragmatic roadmap to help schools achieve that goal.”—Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., codirector, Cyberbullying Research Center

7 March, 2018


A heartwarming, hilarious novel for anyone who has ever had a family, from the author of Lift and Separate.

After a lifetime of marriage, Marcy Hammer is ready to get herself unhitched – just as everyone else in her life is looking for a commitment. Her new boyfriend, Jon, wants to get serious, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Harvey, is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces a secret engagement to Harvey’s attorney, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce.

Now with two huge events on the horizon, the indomitable Marcy soon realizes that there’s nothing like a wedding to bring out the worst in everybody. From petty skirmishes over an ever-growing guest list to awkward confrontations with her sticky-fingered new in-laws, pulling off the wedding is going to be a challenge; seeing her divorce through is going to be a trial. And trying to make everyone happy might prove to be impossible – because in the end, Marcy alone must make a choice between something old and something new.

Witty, humorous, heartwarming, entertaining, and wonderful.” Linda’s Book Obsession

“Hilariously funny, relevant, and full of charm. You can’t help but fall in love with this story! Marilyn Simon Rothstein will make you laugh and cry, and when you reach to the end, you’ll close the book with a smile on your face, fully satisfied. Highly recommended!” —Loretta Nyhan, author of All the Good Parts

“Funny, poignant, and downright heartwarming! Rothstein is definitely an author to watch. Her humor is snappy and smart, yet she knows how to tug at a reader’s heart and leave them with a sigh.” —Bette Lee Crosby, author of The Summer of New Beginnings

“From the very first page, I knew I was in expert hands; by the time I reached the last, I was already missing the hilarious and all-too-real characters in Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s Husbands and Other Sharp Objects. Rothstein has a true gift for humor and a knack for hitting the nail on the head—and her latest is no exception. Prepare to laugh a lot, cry a little, and come away from this novel feeling full of hope and joy.” —Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

“Hilarious and heartfelt, Rothstein’s latest overflows with authenticity as we follow Marcy navigating life after her marriage has gone to seed. The novel thrums with honesty, balanced with the perfect mix of tension, laughter, and self-discovery. Allow yourself to laugh out loud!” —Eliza Gordon, author of Dear Dwayne, With Love

13 November, 2017

Archipelago of Hope by Gleb Raygorodetsky

As this fine book shows, indigenous communities and lands have been among the places hardest hit by climate change–so it should come as no surprise that around the world indigenous people have been in the absolute forefront of a fight for a liveable planet. I take real comfort from the fact that the oldest wisdom traditions on the planet and the newest are on the same page, that scientists and shamans are telling much the same story. Now it’s time for the rest of us to pay some attention Bill McKibben, author of DEEP ECONOMY

An enlightening global journey reveals the inextricable links between Indigenous cultures and their lands―and how it can form the foundation for climate change resilience around the world.

One cannot turn on the news today without a report on an extreme weather event or the latest update on Antarctica. But while our politicians argue, the truth is that climate change is already here. Nobody knows this better than Indigenous peoples who, having developed an intimate relationship with ecosystems over generations, have observed these changes for decades. For them, climate change is not an abstract concept or policy issue, but the reality of daily life.

After two decades of working with indigenous communities, Gleb Raygorodetsky shows how these communities are actually islands of biological and cultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization.  They are an “archipelago of hope” as we enter the Anthropocene, for here lies humankind’s best chance to remember our roots and how to take care of the Earth. These communities are implementing creative solutions to meet these modern challenges. Solutions that are relevant to the rest of us.

We meet the Skolt Sami of Finland, the Nenets and Altai of Russia, the Sapara of Ecuador, the Karen of Myanmar, and the Tla-o-qui-aht of Canada. Intimate portraits of these men and women, youth and elders, emerge against the backdrop of their traditional practices on land and water. Though there are brutal realties?pollution, corruption, forced assimilation―Raygorodetsky’s prose resonates with the positive, the adaptive, the spiritual―and hope.

24 pages of color photographs

3 November, 2017

SHAME NATION: The New Global Epidemic of Online Hate, Sue Scheff with Melissa Schorr

In today’s digitally driven world, disaster is only a click away.

Foreword by Monica Lewinsky

A rogue tweet could bring down a business; an army of trolls can run a celebrity off-line; and virtual harassment might cause real psychological damage.

Shame Nation:  The Global Epidemic of Online Hate (Sourcebooks, October 2017) is the first book to both study the fascinating phenomenon of online shaming, and offer practical guidance and inspiring advice on how to prevent and protect against cyber blunders and faceless bullies. Author and acclaimed Internet safety expert Sue Scheff unveils all sides of an issue that it only becoming more relevant day by day while drawing from the expertise of other top professionals spanning fields including law, psychology, and reputation management.

From damning screenshots to revenge porn, Shame Nation shines a light on the rising trend of an online shame culture and empowers readers to take charge of their digital lives.

Engaging, sharp, and important – SHAME NATION will inspire you to open your eyes and be better in society’s growing cyber culture.” – Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions and Deputy Director of Intelligence on CBS’ Hunted

“A leading expert in the digital world, Scheff offers the latest insight as to why people publicly shame each other and will equip readers with the tools to protect themselves from what has now become the new Scarlet Letter.” – Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying

“No one can share how to overcome digital shaming better than Sue Scheff.” – Michele Borba, author of Unselfie

Sue Scheff is a parent advocate who founded Parents’ Universal Resources Experts in 2001. She has been featured on 20/20, The Rachel Ray Show, ABC News, BBC Radio, and NPR, discussing Internet defamation as well as her work helping troubled teens and their families through her organization.

Melissa Schorr is a widely published freelance journalist and the author of the young adult cyberbullying story Identity Crisis and the humorous Goy Crazy. Her journalism has appeared in such publications as Wired, Glamour, InStyle, Esquire, Marie Claire, and the Wall Street Journal. Schorr lives outside Boston with her husband and daughters.



30 August, 2017

SEARCH AND RESCUE: A Wilderness Doctor’s Life-and-Death Tales of Risk and Reward, Christopher Van Tilburg, MD

SEARCH AND RESCUE: A Wilderness Doctor’s Life-and-Death Tales of Risk and Reward (Falcon Guides/September 2017) is a thrilling collection of first-hand accounts of search and rescue operations from Oregon’s legendary Mount Hood and other exotic locations around the world, by wilderness physician Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg. The exciting tales offer a fascinating inside look at how SAR teams operate, as well as the importance of taking risks and how to mitigate outdoor accidents.

SEARCH AND RESCUE combines hard science and a gripping narrative to analyze the relationship between risk and reward in the mountains, and in daily life. Author and mountain rescue doctor Van Tilburg’s tragic, sudden, life-altering accident on Oregon’s Mount Hood, where he has saved countless lives himself, provides the springboard for a deep, complex story on how risk is essential to success, personal fulfillment, and wellness in our lives. But it is also a cautionary tale, from a mountain rescue doctor’s perspective, on how to mitigate risk and maximize safety to avoid dire consequences.

Christopher Van Tilburg, MD is an emergency physician, journalist and author.

30 August, 2017

AFTER 9/11: One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning, Helaina Hovitz

NOW IN PAPERBACK! (Skyhorse, September 5, 2017)

“This impressive debut is both deeply evocative and intensely personal.” ― Peter Canby, Senior Editor, The New Yorker

“A moving and remarkable testament to a time that changed our country, told beautifully by a young woman who never gave up hope….” ― Sean Elder, contributor, Newsweek

Helaina Hovitz was twelve years old and in middle school just blocks away when the World Trade Center was attacked. Her memoir encapsulates the journey of a girl growing up with PTSD after living through the events firsthand. After 9/11 chronicles its effects on a young girl at the outset of adolescence, following her as she spirals into addiction and rebellion, through loss, chaos, and confusion.

The events of 9/11 were a very real part of Helaina’s life and are still vivid in her memory today. Hundreds were stranded in the neighborhood, including Helaina, without phones or electricity or anyone to help. Fear and despair took over her life. It would take Helaina more than a decade to overcome the PTSD ― and subsequent alcohol addiction ― that went misdiagnosed and mistreated. In many ways, After 9/11 is the story of a generation growing up in the aftermath of America’s darkest day ―and for one young woman, it is the story of a survivor who, after witnessing the end, got to make a new beginning. This new trade paperback edition includes tips on how to cope with trauma, an FAQ section, and a guide to discussing 9/11 with children.

“Inspirational, courageous and beautifully told. After 9/11 is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.” ― Cathy Free, correspondent, PEOPLE magazine

“This impressive debut is both deeply evocative and intensely personal.” ― Peter Canby, Senior Editor, The New Yorker

“A moving and remarkable testament to a time that changed our country, told beautifully by a young woman who never gave up hope that she could reclaim her life, no matter how grim things looked.” ― Sean Elder, contributor, Newsweek

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


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


NOW IN PAPERBACK!  (Mullholland/Little Brown, July 2017)
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.