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29 April, 2021

MEN I’VE NEVER BEEN, Michael Sadowski

Men I’ve Never Been (University of Wisconsin Press, Living Out Series)/May 2021) recounts Michael Sadowski’s odyssey as a boy who shuns his own identity—and, ultimately, his sexual orientation—in order to become who he thinks he’s supposed to be. Beginning with the memory of a four-year-old sitting in a dingy dive bar, sounding out newspaper headlines while his boasting father collects drinks from onlookers, each chapter highlights a different image of manhood that Sadowski saw at home, at school, or on television—from sports heroes, hunters, and game show hosts to his charismatic but hard-drinking father. As he learns not to talk, laugh, cry, or love, he retreats further behind a stoic mask of silence—outwardly well-functioning but emotionally isolated, sinking under the weight of the past.

Through wrenching tragedy and tense, life-threatening challenges, Sadowski learns to find love, purpose, and healthy self-regard. In coming to understand his identity and his place within his family, he meditates on the power of real human connection and comes to grasp the damage of his troubled upbringing and the traumas caused by toxic masculinity. By turns comic and tragic, this nuanced memoir uncovers the false selves we create to get along in the world and the price we pay to maintain them.

Review

“A powerful, beautiful sock in the stomach of a memoir. It’s filled with living, breathing, three-dimensional people, settings that are so vivid they have a cinematic quality, refrains and reprises that give the whole story a musical coherence. The ending will leave readers in a state of—I don’t know what—grief? joy? wonder? hope? All of those and more. I can imagine this book changing lives.”—Domenica Ruta, author of the memoir With or Without You

“A compelling and exceedingly well-written memoir that is, at times, as heart-wrenching and hilarious as any book I’ve read in a very long time. Sadowski is a craftsman; there’s so much earned empathy and experience in here that it’s hard to overstate.”—Jared Yates Sexton, author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be

About the Author

Michael Sadowski is an award-winning writer and author of several books, including In a Queer VoiceSafe Is Not Enough, and Adolescents at School. He is an administrator and professor at Bard College.

29 April, 2021

THE PROMISE OF THE PELICAN, Roy Hoffman

A defense attorney in Alabama—a child Holocaust survivor–comes out of retirement to defend a young Honduran man accused of murder.  At once a literary crime novel and an intergenerational family drama, the novel is set in the multicultural South where the past and present collide. (Arcade CrimeWise/World Rights/Spring 2022)


23 April, 2021

Paperback release, May 2021 (Hachette Books)
Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Book Award Finalist**
 
The gripping story of a team of Nazi hunters at the U.S. Department of Justice as they raced against time to expose members of a brutal SS killing force who disappeared in America after World War Two.

In 1990, in a drafty basement archive in Prague, two American historians made a startling discovery: a Nazi roster from 1945 that no Western investigator had ever seen. The long-forgotten document, containing more than 700 names, helped unravel the details behind the most lethal killing operation in World War Two.

In the tiny Polish village of Trawniki, the SS set up a school for mass murder and then recruited a roving army of foot soldiers, 5,000 men strong, to help annihilate the Jewish population of occupied Poland. After the war, some of these men vanished, making their way to the U.S. and blending into communities across America. Though they participated in some of the most unspeakable crimes of the Holocaust, “Trawniki Men” spent years hiding in plain sight, their terrible secrets intact.

In a story spanning seven decades, Citizen 865 chronicles the harrowing wartime journeys of two Jewish orphans from occupied Poland who outran the men of Trawniki and settled in the United States, only to learn that some of their one-time captors had followed. A tenacious team of prosecutors and historians pursued these men and, up against the forces of time and political opposition, battled to the present day to remove them from U.S. soil.

Through insider accounts and research in four countries, this urgent and powerful narrative provides a front row seat to the dramatic turn of events that allowed a small group of American Nazi hunters to hold murderous men accountable for their crimes decades after the war’s end.

“Cenziper brought her investigative skills to bear on the challenge of retrieving the hard facts, but she also possesses the gift of a storyteller….[Citizen 865 is] a highly significant work of investigation that is eye-opening and heartbreaking. She compels us to confront the crimes of the Trawniki men in a way that burns itself into both memory and history.”―Washington Post

“Skillfully written and reported….Riveting….Cenziper’s account moves cinematically around in time and place.”―The Forward

“This riveting saga, replete with heroes and villains, is the true story of a few good men and women who worked tenaciously to expunge an evil in our midst.”―George F. Will, author of The Conservative Sensibility

“Enriched by Debbie Cenziper’s world-class investigative skills, Citizen 865 is a powerful piece of history that washes over you in waves of horror and beauty.”―David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good American Family

“Debbie Cenziper has written a page-turning detective story about the hunt for Nazi killers living openly in neighborhoods across the United States….This is a book that anybody interested in the quest for international justice should read.”
Michael Isikoff, New York Times bestselling co-author of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

“This is a gripping tale, which reads at times like a novel. Just when you thought you knew everything about the Holocaust, we learn about the uniquely devastating role of the Trawniki training center. At a time of rising anti-Semitism, Debbie Cenziper’s Citizen 865 offers a harrowing reminder of the consequences of unchecked racism and anti-Semitism. And it serves as a repository of hope-that the leadership of good men and women could bring a measure of justice to the world in the face of such overwhelming evil.”
Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League

Citizen 865 is a great book that couldn’t come at a more crucial time. In telling the story of a little-known Holocaust site called Trawniki and the people who dedicated themselves to bringing some of modern history’s worst monsters to justice, Debbie Cenziper has honored the vanishing plea to never forget, first by breaking my heart with the worst of humanity, and then, with the best of us, stitching it back together.”―Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist David Finkel, author of Thank You for Your Service and The Good Soldiers

Citizen 865 is a fantastic piece of detective work…. A compulsively readable story of mass murder and an epic quest by Nazi hunters to bring evil men to justice.”―Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter

Citizen 865 reads like a thriller, but it is so much more… [It] tells an essential and unknown tale of post-war justice and the search for truth, linking the events of the Holocaust to the familiar, more recent past. Telling this story of a decades-long quest for justice is itself an act of justice. “―Ariel Burger, author of Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom and winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Biography

“Anchored in painstaking research and reporting, Citizen 865 chronicles the efforts of the lawyers and historians of the Office of Special Investigations to rid the United States of the Third Reich’s mass murderers who had been hiding in plain sight. Debbie Cenziper’s account vividly-and movingly-captures both the frustrations and triumphs of this extraordinary group of dedicated men and women who refused to abandon the quest for a measure of long overdue justice.”
Andrew Nagorski, author of 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War and The Nazi Hunters

About the Author

Debbie Cenziper is an investigative journalist, professor, and author based in Washington, D.C. A contributing reporter for the investigative team at The Washington Post, she has won many major awards in print journalism, including the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Cenziper is the co-author of the critically acclaimed Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. She was recently named the director of investigative journalism at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

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2 February, 2021

ENSLAVED: The Sunken History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Simcha Jacobovici & Sean Kingsley

Filmmaker and NYT-bestselling author Simcha Jacobovici and maritime archaeologist Sean Kingsley’s ENSLAVED, the 400-year history of the transatlantic slave trade as revealed through the journeys of six sunken ships that traveled to the New World; a docuseries of the same name, featuring actor and human rights activist Samuel L. Jackson is currently on Epix/BBC and Candadian Broadcasting (Pegasus, Spring 2022, World English)

26 June, 2020

HANNIBAL, Philip Freeman

Pepperdine University Fletcher Jones Chairman of Western Culture, classicist and translator Philip Freeman’s HANNIBAL, best known for his audacious crossing of the Alps with battle elephants to bring war to the heart of the Roman Empire, the author draws on the original texts and the latest archaeological investigations to reveal him as a skilled diplomat, politician, master of organization and leader of men.  (Pegasus, World English, Spring 2022)


7 May, 2020

INSIDE JOBS: Tales from a Time of Quarantine, Ben H. Winters (Audible Original)

Three offbeat stories of crime and conundrum, set in the present moment, from The New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award-winning author of Underground Airlines and The Last Policeman. (May 2020)

Inside Jobs: Tales from a Time of Quarantine includes:

The Crimson Parrot
It’s not easy masterminding the crime of the century when your whole gang is working from home. A high-stakes tale of larceny, deception, and teleconferencing.

The Cape House
As the world shifts around them, two estranged brothers end up in their childhood home. But it’s the memories they unearth that will change them forever.

Stop Motion
With endless time on her hands, an apartment-bound young woman gets to all the hobbies she’s neglected—martial arts, playing the sax, photography…and solving a murder?


15 April, 2020

INSIDE JOBS!

Author of the award-winning THE LAST POLICEMAN novels and bestselling UNDERGROUND AIRLINES Ben Winters’s INSIDE JOBS, a trio of crime stories set during the age of quarantine. (Audible Originals, World rights, Summer 2020).


30 March, 2020

QUARANTINE! by Gay Courter

A bestselling novelist’s real-life harrowing account of confronting coronavirus on the Diamond Princess, off the coast of Japan, the successful campaign to get Americans released and the subsequent 14 days quarantine on a military base in the US. (Post Hill Press,Fall 2020, World English language rights).


24 March, 2020

Supporting Booksellers, and Authors, In These Dark Times–from Publishers Marketplace

Reference: Supporting Booksellers, and Authors, In These Dark Times

With bookstores closing temporarily all over the country, people are looking for ways to support their local indies.

Buy Books and Audiobooks from Independent Booksellers
We have built an open spreadsheet of stores that have closed to visitors, but are still processing orders through their websites and/or phone orders: publun.ch/storesMany are delivering locally while they can and/or offering special shipping offers. (You can report information on your store through the form at http://publun.ch/storeReports.)

Below, find more resources for helping booksellers.

Bookshop.org sells a full catalog of books — fulfilled by Ingram Content Group — and at 10 percent of all sales through the site are shared among independent booksellers who use the platform. But for maximum benefit, you want to use a store’s own Bookshop “shop”, which looks like this: https://bookshop.org/shop/papercuts. In those cases, the store is currently getting 30 percent of the purchase price. Bookshop just added a store locator, so you browse all of their participants and pick a store to buy from and support! (Bookshop has waived their share temporarily, so the bookstore gets pure profit on the transaction.)

Libro.fm is a digital audiobook subscription service that provides publishers’ audio titles on the same basis (and the same prices) as Audible and others — but their independent bookseller affiliates share in the proceeds. During the current crisis, use the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW when you enroll and you’ll get two audiobooks for the price of one ($14.99) — plus the entire payment goes to your local bookstore. Any one month gift membership also provides the full payment to the bookstore.

Note that most stores will also sell you gift cards, and many offer store subscriptions, memberships, pre-orders of forthcoming books, signed editions, and other specials that supply the store with cash flow.

Donate to Booksellers Who Have Been Laid Off, and the Nonprofit That Supports Them

Book Industry Charitable Foundation
After garnering donations of over $44,000 during one matching gift challenge, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation has secured pledges for another $41,000 in matching funds for a new round of gifts. BINC helps booksellers with medical expenses and personal household expenses during times of crisis.

Booksellers applying for COVID-19 aid can use this expedited emergency form.

McNally Jackson Bookseller Support Fund
Contribute directly to this funding pool that is shared among the almost 80 laid off employees of McNally Jackson.

Powell’s Books Union Relief Fund
After substantial layoffs at Powell’s Books, ILWU Local 5, the union representing employees of the bookstore, has launched a relief fund directly benefiting union members.

Posman Books Staff GoFundMe
Posman Books “was forced to suspend operations” and their “stores in New York City and Atlanta have closed and the entire staff has been laid off.” They have a GoFundMe page to support staff.

Society of Authors
This UK organization has received combined gifts of £235,000 for their Authors’ Contingency Fund to support authors through the crisis. They expect to make grants of “up to £2,000 and designed to meet urgent need.”

 


13 March, 2020

THE GIFT OF PRESENCE: A Mindfulness Guide for Women, Caroline Welch

A practical, user-friendly guide for women seeking focus and calm in the midst of life’s storms.

Overwhelmed by the demands of family, work, and multiple responsibilities, many women find themselves feeling scattered, and distracted. In this eye-opening book, co-founder and CEO of the Mindsight Institute, Caroline Welch takes readers on a mindfulness journey to help them de-stress and cultivate inner peace. According to Welch, you do not need countless hours sitting in silence to be more present in your life–the key is to practice mindfulness wherever you are and whenever you can.

The Gift of Presence (Tarcher Perigee, March 20202)  guides readers in developing four innate capacities we all possess that will allow us to become more resilient and centered in our lives–even when life is throwing all that it has at us:

Presence: the ability to remain firmly in the present moment; to be fully aware of what’s happening as it’s happening.

Purpose: the personal meaning that gets us going and gives direction to our lives.

Pivoting: an openness to change that allows you to switch direction if that is what is needed.

Pacing: the awareness that it is impossible to do everything we want or need to do all at once; the ability to take life one step at a time.

This life-changing book reveals that you already hold in your hands the keys to a more harmonious life–you simply need to look within.

“A gift for us all—filled with practical insights about the power of mindfulness.”
—ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, founder and CEO of Thrive Global

“This is an important, eye-opening book. . . . Caroline Welch offers pragmatic mindfulness exercises to discover one’s purpose in life, to summon the courage to change direction if necessary, to set priorities, and to let go of what simply can’t get done in order to cultivate inner peace and harmony.”
—SHARON SALZBERG, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
 
“In this inspiring guide, Caroline Welch synthesizes wisdom from across cultures and walks of life,
drawing from her own remarkable, yet relatable life and the experiences of dozens of women.”
—ELISSA EPEL, PhD, professor at the University of California San Francisco, and New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Telomere Effect
 
“It’s so easy to forget what matters and race through our decades. Caroline Welch’s wise and clear
book shows us how mindful awareness can give us back our life. This fresh and entirely accessible
guide will help you reconnect to your true purpose, call forth your inner resourcefulness, and
awaken the fullness of your heart.”
—TARA BRACH, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion

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