New Books

7 September, 2016

AFTER 9/11: One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness

Helaina Hovitz was twelve years old and in middle school three blocks away when the World Trade Center was 41yJLsdN4ELHovitzattacked. Her memoir encapsulates the journey of a girl growing up with PTSD after living through the events firsthand, chronicling its effects on a young girl at the outset of adolescence and following her as she spirals into addiction and rebellion, through loss, chaos, and confusion.

The events and experiences that are now common knowledge to everyone were a very real part of Helaina’s life and are still as vivid in her memory today: the sickening thud of falling bodies hitting cars, the crumbling towers, running for her life as she tried to get home, her universe literally engulfed in a cloud. Hundreds, including Helaina, were stranded in the neighborhood, also just blocks from the towers, without phones or electricity or anyone to help. For fear of subsequent attacks, not to mention the toxic substances in the air, everyone was urged to stay inside their debris-filled apartments.

Anyone who has survived a horrific event knows that just because a body remains in motion does not mean everything will simply “go back to normal.” The chemistry of the brain and the body changes, impacting our relationships, our choices, and how we experience the world around us. Yet, we rarely find out what actually happens to people as they try to move on from a life-threatening experience—especially children, who are just beginning to develop an understanding of the world around them.

It would take Helaina more than a decade to overcome the PTSD — and subsequent alcohol addiction — that went misdiagnosed and mistreated for so many years. In many ways, After 9/11:  One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning 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 start over.

“Hovitz shows us, for the first time, what it was like for families in New York City who suddenly had to live like other war refugees, with no idea where their loved ones were or when the next attack might come. After 9/11 is 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, Newsweek
Helaina Hovitz is a journalist and editor, specializing in positive and inspiring stories. She has written for the “New York Times,” “Salon,” “The New York Observer,” “Forbes,” “Marie Claire,” “Huffington Post,” “Teen Vogue,” and “Newsday.” She is hard at work on her latest venture, a news service called Headlines for the Hopeful. She lives with her fiance and their rescue dog, Wiley.


26 August, 2016

MASHED: Beyond the Potato, Holly Herrick

Dinner never was easier!  Mash it, smash it!

Holly Herrick’s gorgeous new cookbook, MASHED:  Beyond the Potato (Gibbs Smith, Sept. 2016), offers a61C+xrW594L fresh take on classic comfort foods includes not only delicious variants on mashed potato dishes, but also gratins, soups, dips, sauces, guacamoles, pâtés, casseroles, panna cottas, and sorbets made with a plethora of vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts, eggs, and even meats. Hot or cold, savory or sweet, classic or innovative, rustic or elegant, Mashed shows that mashing doesn’t need to stop at just traditional mashed potatoes.

Holly Herrick holds Le Grande Diplome (honors) in Pastry and Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. She is a multi-awarded food journalist, cooking instructor and the author of eight cookbooks. Visit her at hollyherrick.com.


25 August, 2016

THREE MORE WORDS, Ashley Rhodes-Courter (Paperback)

NOW IN PAPERBACK!

In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2008), Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with the family she’s 51QFar6farLThreeLittlecreated, and her efforts to make peace with her past.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent a harrowing nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. Her memoir, Three Little Words, captivated audiences everywhere and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Now, in Three More Words (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster 2015/paperback 2016), Ashley reveals the nuances of life after foster care: College and its assorted hijinks, including meeting “the one.” Marriage, which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked (literally) by some biological family members. 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 asking 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 of hope.


25 August, 2016

THE AGE OF LONGEVITY, Rosalind C. Barnett & Caryl Rivers

Long, productive lives are the destiny of most of us, not just the privilege of our great-grandchildren. The story of aging is not one of steady decline and decay; we need a new narrative based on solid research, not scare stories. Today Americans enjoy a new, healthy stage of life, between roughly 65 and 79, during which we are sta9781442255272longevityying engaged in the workplace, starting new relationships and careers, remaining creative and becoming entrepreneurs and job creators.

We are in the midst of a major paradigm shift in the way we live. Our major milestones are shifting. The definition of “normal” behavior is changing. Today, we marry later or not at all; cohabitation is not just a stepping stone to marriage, but a long-term arrangement for many. Women often have their first child in their 40s, and increasingly before they marry. People enjoy active sex lives well into their 6th, 7th or even 8th decades. None of our institutions will remain the same.

People are working longer, and given the declining birth rate, older workers will be in great demand. Four generations are increasingly working side by side, learning from each other. But we must ensure that the benefits of long life are not limited to a wealthy few.

The Age of Longevity shows how we as a society can embrace the life-altering changes that are either coming in the near future or are already underway. The authors give readers a panoramic view of how they, the institutions that affect them, and the country as a whole will need to adapt to what’s ahead. They offer strategies, based on cutting-edge research, that will enable individuals, institutions, companies, and governments to make the most of our lengthening life spans. Using real life examples throughout, the authors paint a picture of what our new longer lives will look like, and the changes that need to be made so we can all make those years both more productive and more enjoyable.

“One can’t read this book without concluding that age is only a mindset. If you’re over fifty, you may find yourself cheering out loud. If you’re under fifty, you ‘ll certainly find your stereotypes about aging challenged. No matter how old you are, you will gain renewed respect for the abilities that come with age.”

–Ellen J. Langer, professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Psychology of Possibility, Mindfulness, and The Power of Mindful Learning

“Barnett and Rivers enlighten us with everything you need to know about living longer. Prepare to be captivated by the exciting possibilities and new realities that the future holds for us all.”

–Margie E. Lachman, Phd, Minnie and Harold Fierman Professor of Psychology and Director of Lifespan Initiative on Healthy Aging and Lifespan Lab, Brandeis University; Editor of the Handbook of Midlife Development

“Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers make a clarion call for reframing what aging and longevity are all about. They demand that we move beyond “what everyone knows” about aging and that we reject the “still syndrome”: Are you still working, are you still thinking, are you still alive? Through data and first-hand accounts, they document the creativity, productivity, happiness, and contributions of older adults and of older old adults.” –Robert B. Hudson, professor of Social Policy, Boston University

About the Authors:
Rosalind C. Barnett, Ph.D, has donepioneering research on workplace issues and family life in America, sponsored by major federal grants. She is senior scientist at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Rosalind is a 2013 recipient of the Families and Work Institutes’ Work Life Legacy Award. She is the recipient of several national awards including the Radcliffe College Graduate Society’s Distinguished Achievement Medal, the Harvard University Graduate School’s Ann Rowe award for outstanding contribution to women’s education, the American Personnel and Guidance Association’s Annual Award for Outstanding Research, and the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government’s 1999 Goldsmith Research Award. Alone and with others, she has published over 115 articles, 37 chapters, and ten books. She has directed major research projects for the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and others.

Caryl Rivers is a nationally known author and journalist. She was awarded the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Society of Professional Journalists for distinguished achievement in Journalism. She is a professor of Journalism at Boston University. Professor Rivers received the Gannett Freedom Forum Journalism Grant for research on media, the Goldsmith Research Grant, from the Shorenstein Center at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University, for research on gender and media issues, and the Massachusetts Foundation For The Humanities Media Studies Grant to research the ways in which gender, race and class affect news coverage.


9 August, 2016

The 6Rs of Bullying Prevention, Michele Borba, Ed.D.

From esteemed educator, Dr. Michele Borba, comes The 6Rs of Bullying Prevention:  Best Proven Practices to Combat Cruelty and Build Respect (Free Spirit Publishing, August 2016).  It utilizes the strongest pieces of best practice51CeiISEI9LBullys and current research for ways to stop bullying. Based on a practical, six-part framework for reducing peer cruelty and increasing positive behavior support, it includes guidelines for implementing strategies, collecting data, training staff, mobilizing students and parents, building social-emotional skills, and sustaining progress. Used on its own or to supplement an existing anti-bullying program. The 6Rs of bullying prevention: Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, and Replace, are not a program, but a comprehensive process for reducing bullying from the inside out, involving the entire school community. Bullying prevention expert Michele Borba, who’s worked with over 1 million parents and educators worldwide, offers realistic, research based strategies and advice. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book and a PDF presentation for use in professional development.

This book provides real results for bullying prevention, awareness, and education and will make a difference not only in the lives of children, but in our communities. Dr. Borba’s expertise in bullying is second to no one: she is a leader in her field and this book will change lives.”—Sue Scheff, Internet safety expert and author of Shame Nation: Preventing, Surviving & Overcoming Digital Disasters
“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
“Dr. Michele Borba’s contributions to the field are always practical, relatable, and powerful. Her newest book is no exception and provides a valuable step-by-step guide to help school communities reduce peer harassment and hate from the inside out through policy and programming.”—Dr. Sameer Hinduja, codirector of Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University
“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

2 August, 2016

THE PRIZE: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? Dale Russakoff

NOW IN PAPERBACK! (August 2, 2016 release date) With new material.51Y+cjJZJVLprizepb
“One of the most important books on education to come along in years.”  — New York Times Book Review

A New York Times Notable Book · A Best Book of the Year, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, The New Yorker, and Publishers Weekly · A Best History Book of 2015, Amazon · Finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

“Impeccably researched . . . Russakoff pulls readers in with richly drawn real-world characters.” — Atlantic

“Stunning . . . Russakoff’s narrative is rich with details and anecdotes that showcase the quality of her writing and bring Newark to life.” — Chicago Tribune

When Mark Zuckerberg announced his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark schools and create an education model that could be applied to any city in the nation, it looked like a huge win for New Jersey politicians Cory Booker and Chris Christie. But their plan met the opposition of Newark’s key education players, who were fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-a-year system — a prize that, for generations, had enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s students. With deeply drawn portraits of everyone from the philanthropists throwing millions at a haphazard plan, to the teachers fighting to reach students damaged by extreme poverty and violence, The Prize is a riveting account of the complexities and challenges that face all of America’s failing schools.

“Russakoff provides insights that should prove useful both to contemporary school reformers and to citizens hoping to understand their efforts.” — Washington Post

“A moving and thought-provoking book . . . Invaluable.” — New York Times


13 July, 2016

TOUCH, The Delta Girls Book Five, Juliet Madison

In the astonishing conclusion to The Delta Girls series (Diversion Publishing, July 2016), Touch, the mystery that has haunted the Delcarta sisters will finally be answered, but 81AlYa0fHtLdiscovering the truth may be the last thing they learn.

When Talia and her sisters take part in a live studio audience for a television show, the last thing the eldest Delta Girl expects is for her psychic gift to be unwillingly broadcast to the nation. Now the media are hounding her, and the sisters’ secret life and the power they hold threatens to become public knowledge.

As Talia seeks refuge in a sculpture class, she meets mysterious loner and talented artist Marco Rodriguez. He seems to be the only person who doesn’t treat her differently after discovering her apparent supernatural ability. But someone else has heard about Talia’s gift―someone dangerous―and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants from her. Talia realizes that the evil threatening her may be linked to her father’s disappearance. She is thrust into a conflicting dilemma of wanting to free herself from danger, but knowing that doing so may mean she never gets to find out the truth about her dad.

When her investigations lead her to become unintentionally separated from her sisters, how will The Delta Girls use their gift without each of the five sisters being present? Talia will have to decide how much she is prepared to risk to solve the mystery that has been haunting the family.

Also available in audio.


12 July, 2016

The Power of the Adolescent Brain, Thomas Armstrong

A leading educator shares strategies for teaching middle and high school students grounded in the latest discoveries in neuroscience about the developing brain.

“Moody. Reckless. Impractical. Insecure. Distracted.” These are all words commonly used to describe adolescents. But what if we recast these traits in a positive light? Teens possess insight, passioA15iY0Klk5Ln, idealism, sensitivity, and creativity in abundance–all qualities that can make a significant positive contribution to society.

In this thought-provoking book, THE POWER OF THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN (ASCD, July 2016), Thomas Armstrong looks at the power and promise of the teenage brain from an empathetic, strength-based perspective–and describes what middle and high school educators can do to make the most of their students’ potential.

Thoroughly grounded in current neuroscience research, the book explains what we know about how the adolescent brain works and proposes eight essential instructional elements that will help students develop the ability to think, make healthy choices, regulate their emotions, handle social conflict, consolidate their identities, and learn enough about the world to move into adulthood with dignity and grace.

Armstrong provides practical strategies and real-life examples from schools that illustrate these eight key practices in action. In addition, you’ll find a glossary of brain terms, a selection of brain-friendly lesson plans across the content areas, and a list of resources to support and extend the book’s ideas and practices.

There is a colossal mismatch between how the adolescent brain has evolved over the millennia and the passive, rote learning experiences that are all too common in today’s test-obsessed educational climate. See the amazing difference–in school and beyond–when you use the insights from this book to help students tap into the power of their changing brains.

 Thomas Armstrong PhD, is an educator, a psychologist, and a writer who has worked in the education field for more than 40 years. He is the author of 16 books, including 7 for ASCD. During the last 30 years, he has delivered more than 1,000 presentations on learning and human development in 29 countries across 6 continents and in 44 U.S. states. He has written for Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Parenting, and the AMA Journal of Ethics and has been honored with membership on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.

12 July, 2016

LOVE WINS, Debbie Cenziper & Jim Obergefell

The fascinating and very moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the LoveWins jacket rev2_FINALgroundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage. (William Morrow/HarperCollins, June 2016)

In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states in a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v Wade and Brown v Board of Education. Through insider accounts and access to key players, this definitive account reveals the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v Hodges and the lives at its center. This is a story of law and love—and a promise made to a dying man who wanted to know how he would be remembered.

Twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gays were routinely picked up by police and fired from their jobs. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had to provide 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. But back home, Ohio refused to recognize their union, or even list Jim’s name on John’s death certificate. Then they met Al Gerhardstein, a courageous attorney who had spent nearly three decades advocating for civil rights and who now saw an opening for the cause that few others had before him.

This forceful and deeply affecting narrative—Part Erin Brockovich, part Milk, part Still Alice—chronicles how this grieving man and his lawyer, against overwhelming odds, introduced the most important gay rights case in U.S. history. It is an urgent and unforgettable account that will inspire readers for many years to come.

Love Wins is a real winner and expertly crafted. You can tell it’s going to make a great movie.” (Bob Woodward)

“Beautifully told and carefully researched, Love Wins is a deeply moving insider’s account of the ordinary families who took the fight for marriage equality to the Supreme Court and won. . . . Though love may not always win, America really does stand for liberty and justice for all.” (Kathleen Parker, syndicated Washington Post columnist)

“[An] affecting, eloquent account… Uplifting, well-written story of personal courage and political empowerment.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A tender story, inspiring, and ultimately a huge celebration. . . . You will never forget Jim Obergefell and his lawyer Al Gerhardstein, two men who fought with every ounce of will they could muster. This book will become a classic.” (Erin Brockovich)

“Love Wins is an affecting testament to love and commitment in the face of discrimination. . . . I am recommending Love Wins to everyone I know. Rarely does a book of such uncommon beauty come around, one that digs beneath the headlines to its human heart.” (John Grogan, author of Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home)

“Told with a novel’s narrative drive…. Taut, tense, and highly readable…. A remarkably rich portrait of America…. An excellent choice for book groups looking for exciting nonfiction.” (Booklist (starred review))

“A fascinating look at the fight for gay marriage.” (Library Journal)

“Th[is] gripping narrative conveys how the fatal illness of one man and the question for justice of another led to the important decision that said the right to marry applies to all Americans.” (Los Angeles Times)

“…A fascinating read…” (Cincinnati Enquirer)

“This gripping portrayal of the pivotal moment in the fight for marriage equality in Ohio includes childhood memories and romance a well as tense moments in court. . . . Readers will feel they’ve been completely guided into seeing the people behind the cases.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Deeply reported, vividly detailed, utterly humane… Grabs the reader and never lets go… Written with a novelist’s attention to scene description and character-revealing action… An exemplary account that anyone, no matter his or her ideological orientation, might read with both pleasure and insight.” (The Charlotte Observer)

“Bring the tissues for this powerful tale of the triumph of marriage equality. . . . A downright joy to read.” (The Washington Post)


20 June, 2016

Three More Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter (Paperback edition)

In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with the family she’s created, and her efforts to make peaceARC-400x604 with her past.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent a harrowing nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. Her memoir, Three Little Words (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster), captivated audiences everywhere and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Now, in Three More Words (Atheneum/S&S, 2015, paperback June, 2016),  Ashley reveals the nuances of life after foster care: College and its assorted hijinks, including meeting “the one.” Marriage, which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked (literally) by some biological family members. 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 asking 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 of hope.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been featured in Teen People, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and Glamour, as well as on Good Morning America. Her first memoir, Three Little Words, began as an essay, which won a writing contest for high school students, and was published in The New York Times Magazine. She is also the author of Three More Words. A graduate of Eckerd College and a champion for the reformation of the foster care system, Ashley speaks internationally on foster care and adoption. She holds an M.S.W. and is the founder of the Foundation for Sustainable Families. Visit her at Rhodes-Courter.com.