New Books

7 February, 2017

LIFT AND SEPARATE, Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Lift And Separate is a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming story that begs to be a blockbuster starring Nicholson and Keaton and shares the vulnerability, wisdom, and brilliance of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.” —Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of High Maintenance

Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, did814XnGZ221Liftn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.

Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.

Lift and Separate is published by Lake Union, an imprint of Amazon Publishing (November 2016).

About the Author:

For more than twenty-five years, Marilyn Simon Rothstein owned an advertising agency in Connecticut. She grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, and married a man she met in an elevator.

Marilyn received a master of arts in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and a master of arts in Judaic studies from the University of Connecticut.


7 February, 2017

SEARCHING FOR SAPPHO, Philip Freeman (Paperback)

An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world of Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems.

Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet (W.W. Norton, paperback release March 21, 2017)51SOqzAyGJL is the exciting tale of the rediscovery of Sappho’s poetry and of the woman and world they reveal, by a noted classicist and master storyteller.

For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho―the first woman writer in literary history―were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. But within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written on crumbling papyrus or carved on broken pottery buried in the sands of Egypt. As recently as 2014, yet another discovery of a missing poem created a media stir around the world.

The poems of Sappho reveal a remarkable woman who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos during the vibrant age of the birth of western science, art, and philosophy. Sappho was the daughter of an aristocratic family, a wife, a devoted mother, a lover of women, and one of the greatest writers of her own or any age. Nonetheless, although most people have heard of Sappho, the story of her lost poems and the lives of the ancient women they celebrate has never been told for a general audience.

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30 November, 2016

Dust Bath Revival (Feral Seasons 1), Marianne Kirby

The first in a projected series of novels, Marianne Kirby’s tale of insatiable hunger set in a bleak world, Dust Bath Revival, pubbed November 21 (Curiousity Quills).

16-year-old Henrietta Goodness – Hank to all that know her – has heard all the stories about how the Dust m51tyvuexcolade the dead rise. She’s heard about how life changed.

But that was a long time ago, and Hank is ready for another normal dry and dusty Florida summer. She knows the thunder doesn’t really promise rain. Instead, Hank and her brother will do their chores, run into town as much as they can get away with, and lock up tight and safe in their Aunt Marty’s house once the sun goes down.

That’s the plan, at least, until an itinerant tent revival rolls onto their land, with a Reborn – one of the risen dead – traveling caged with them.

The arrival of an unknown cousin connected to the revival starts Hank on the road to solving a mystery that even the government might not want unraveled. There’s nowhere to go when the night isn’t safe and there’s no one to trust when everyone might be part of a conspiracy to keep the Reborn walking.

Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility: she thinks the things that go bump in the night need to spend some time in the sun. A long-time writer, editor, and activist, Marianne is a frequent contributor to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and tv shows that require people to have opinions. She has been published by the Guardian, xoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. She has appeared on tv and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil Show to Radio New Zealand. Marianne was born in Florida and returned there because Florida Weird calls to its own. She has briefly escaped again but is already plotting her eventual winter migration. This is her first novel.


27 October, 2016

Protecting Your Internet Identity, Ted Claypoole and Theresa Payton

Are You Naked Online?
People research everything online – shopping, school, jobs, travel – and other people. Your online persona is your new front door. It is likely the first thing that new friends and colleagues learn about you. In the years since this book was first published, the Internet profile and reputation have grown more important in the vital human512jT2yNQ8L activities of work, school and relationships. This updated edition of Protecting Your Internet Identity (Rowman & Littlefield, November 2016) explores the various ways that people may use your Internet identity, including the ways bad guys can bully, stalk or steal from you aided by the information they find about you online. The authors look into the Edward Snowden revelations and the government’s voracious appetite for personal data. A new chapter on the right to be forgotten explores the origins and current effects of this new legal concept, and shows how the new right could affect us all. Timely information helping to protect your children on the Internet and guarding your business’s online reputation has also been added.

The state of Internet anonymity has been exposed to scrutiny lately, and the authors explore how anonymous you can really choose to be when conducting activity on the web. The growth of social networks is also addressed as a way to project your best image and to protect yourself from embarrassing statements. Building on the first book, this new edition has everything you need to know to protect yourself, your family, and your reputation online.

Ted Claypoole is an attorney practicing in the law of the Internet.  He is chair of the Cyberspace Law Committee for the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Theresa Payton is CEO of Fotalice Solutions,and previously chief information officer of the White House.

24 October, 2016

The Language of the Dead, Stephen Kelly (Paperback)

As the shadow of World War II descends over Europe, Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb hunts for an elusive killer behind the veil of a seemingly charming English village.Kelly

German bobmers are arriving daily, seeking to crush England. But in a rural Hampshire village, things appear quiet, until an elderly loner, Will Blackwell, is brutally murdered.  The killing bears the hallmarks of a traditional witch vanquishing, and indeed, local legend claims that as a boy, Blackwell made a deal with the devil.

Not long after, a young woman carrying the illegitimate child of a fighter pilot and a local drunkard are slain. As the Germans continue their relentless attack, Inspector Lamb rushes to solve the crimes. Does the killer’s motivation lie in the murky regions of the occult?

Now in paperback (July 2016, Pegasus), the first in the series of World War II mysteries featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb has received acclaim.  Publishers Weekly calls The Language of the Dead “a superior whodunit” while Library Journal declares:  “Fans of well-researched historical mysteries,particularly the world of Charles Todd and Charles Finch, will welcome this debut that introduces a complex, driven hero. ”

Stephen Kelly is an award-winning writer, reporter and newspaper columnist.


10 October, 2016

MY (PART-TIME) PARIS LIFE, Lisa Anselmo

Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in Lisa’s 51lQS88CHALParislife―maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn’t built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother―and her mother’s expectations?

Desperate for answers, she turns to her favorite city―Paris―and impulsively buys a small apartment. What starts out as an act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Suddenly, she’s living like a local in a city she thought she knew, but her high school French, while fine for buying bread at the corner boulangerie, goes only so far when Paris gives her a strong dose of real life. From dating to home ownership in a foreign country, Lisa quickly learns it’s not all picnics on the Seine, and starts to doubt herself―and her love of the city. But she came to Paris to be happy, and she can’t give up now. Isn’t happiness worth fighting for?

In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, My (Part-time) Paris Life (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, October 2016) is a story is for anyone who’s ever felt lost or hopeless, but still dreams of something more. This candid memoir explores one woman’s search for peace and meaning, and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness in the City of Light.

“A poignant meditation on self-love, maternal loss ― and the restorative force that is Paris.”
―Jennifer Coburn, author of We’ll Always Have Paris

“Charming. This book feels as if Lisa Anselmo is telling you her Paris story over coffee at a café. An intimate account of learning to grieve the loss of a parent while, at the same time, striving to live your dreams.”
Janice MacLeod, New York Times-bestselling author of Paris Letters

“Leading with her heart, Lisa takes us inside the “real”Paris: the Paris of intermittent ecstasy and agony, triumph and frustration, magic and dysfunction. Her honesty, vulnerability and simple joie de vivre through the journey make it a pleasurable trip indeed.”
―Amy Thomas, author of Paris My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate)

LISA ANSELMO has spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing, working on such iconic brands as Allure, Mademoiselle, InStyle, and People. She’s been everything from a creative director to an opera singer, but ultimately, she has followed her passion for storytelling and inspiring people.  Anselmo started traveling to Paris regularly more than ten years ago―at first, to cover the fashion trade shows for a lifestyle website.In 2014, she decided to leave her day job, and now splits her time between New York and Paris, where she writes full time.


10 October, 2016

SNEAKY BLENDS, Missy Chase Lapine

The New York Times bestselling author of The Sneaky Chef brings us the next trend in healthy eating with delicious and easy recipes whipped up with nutrient-dense purees to create leaner, cleaner yet ridiculously tasty meals in SNEAKY BLENDS: Supercharge Your Health with More Than 100 Recipes Using the Power of Blends.
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BLEND (blend) NOUN: a combination of different tastes made from superfoods, like blueberries, kale, and broccoli that are packed with disease fighting phyto-nutrients, fiber, and low in calories.

When the New York Times bestselling Sneaky Chef took off, Missy Chase Lapine knew parents were finally getting their kids to eat healthy with hidden veggie purees (a.k.a. Blends). What surprised her, though, was that those same parents were using Blends in their own recipes and feeling more energized. Taking her cue from those parents, Missy is on a mission with Sneaky Blends to show how anyone can eat healthy without sacrificing taste.

Starting off with fifteen signature Base Blends, such as Butternut Squash-Apple, Black Bean-Blueberry-Baby Kale, and Carrot-Sweet Potato, Missy shows you how these nutrient packed blends can kick start your healthy lifestyle. When these blends are added to your favorite recipes or one of Missy’s delicious recipes like Zucchini Pasta Piccata, Chai Tea Smoothie Bowl, Cheesy Kale-Basil Soufflé, Meaty Mushroom Bolognese, or 45-Calorie Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, they instantly become healthy. This is healthy eating without deprivation!

Missy’s Blends Cleanse™, is a 3-day Body Reboot that you can tailor to your own lifestyle, giving you a diet do-over and setting you on the path to weight loss. Full of gorgeous color photos and tips and tricks to start blending, this is the only cookbook you will need to detox and transform your overall health while still enjoying delicious meals.

Reviews:

“Sneaky Blends provides mouthwatering options that get those much needed veggies in our diets!” (-Devin Alexander, New York Times bestselling cookbook author and celebrity chef)

“Having a lifelong passion for only the freshest and healthiest of ingredients in all my recipes, I know that blending together great ingredients as a basis for cooking will bring spectacular, delicious and healthy results. Missy Chase Lapine has found a new way to bring out all that is good in the foods we eat and feed our families every day. This book will make daily meals healthy, hearty and delicious.” (Todd English, celebrity chef, restaurateur, author and television personality)

“Missy has been a champion of children’s health through her innovative Sneaky Chef books – bringing easy ways to add vegetables and other nutritious foods into our kids’ diets. Now with Sneaky Blends, we adults have a delicious chance to enjoy her signature blends and purees for ourselves! The book is beautiful to browse, and the recipes so delicious, it makes healthy eating a pleasure!” (Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat — and Eat Healthy)

“With Missy’s recipes, we have no excuse for avoiding all the delicious satisfying foods we’ve all been neglecting. She understands flavors and texture as well as any chef and edits her recipes for a healthy experience.” (Daniel Boulud, Chef/Owner, The Dinex Group)

“Say goodbye to fighting over greens and hello to healthier meals that taste incredible.” (Brooke Griffin, author of Skinny Suppers and founder of SkinnyMom.com)
About the Author:  Missy Chase Lapine is best known as the originator of the successful Sneaky Chef series of books, including her flagship New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. Missy is also the founder of Sneaky Chef Foods, LLC, a company that develops food products that fit with the Sneaky Chef mission, such as Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter and pasta sauces made with hidden veggies. Former publisher of Eating Well magazine, Missy lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two daughters.


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
“Hovitz’s memoir is distinctive and larger than her own experience. Through her engaging and beautifully crafted narrative, we see the lasting scars that have lingered on so many of us.” — Ilana Masad, Read it Forward
 
Hovitz had the grit, determination and resources to pull herself out of the morass of PTSD. She has rendered a valuable service in adding her voice to the memory of this momentous interstice in world history.”Janet Levine, New York Journal of Books
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.