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4 January, 2021

THE RULE OF ST. BENEDICT, Philip Freeman

The Rule of St. Benedict has governed monastic communities for centuries, but it is far more than a standard religious text. The Rule is, above all, a handbook for living a deliberate life―no matter your religious background or beliefs. It teaches the importance of contemplation and silence, of solitude, and the power of community and unity.

With lessons focusing on the simple acts of everyday life, like eating and daily work, along with wisdom for the deeply personal and internal facets of living, such as cultivating humility and practicing forgiveness, The Rule of St. Benedict is a profound guide to living a good and meaningful life.

An award-winning translator, Philip Freeman’s version of The Rule is beautifully accessible in its language. With a simple and direct style, the book lays out a way of living that is transformative in its simplicity and striking in its power. It was released by St. Martin’s Essentials in December 2020.

Praise for The Rule of St. Benedict:

“The same desire that accompanied men and women to the first European monasteries, drive many of us today to the spiritual riches of St. Benedict and his famous Rule. And there is no better guide than Philip Freeman. Highly recommended!” ―Jon M. Sweeney, author of St. Francis of Assisi: His Life, Teachings, and Practice

Praise for Phillip Freeman:
“Philip Freeman brings sexy back in Searching for Sappho.” ―Vanity Fair

“Freeman’s book is full of light and life, and readers seeking an accessible introduction to this marvelous poet need look no further.” ―Wall Street Journal

About the Author

ST. BENEDICT OF NURSIA is a Christian saint born in 480. He is best known for his Rule which he wrote in 516 to guide and instruct monks living together in community.

PHILIP FREEMAN earned a PhD from Harvard University and currently holds an endowed chair in humanities at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He has published over twenty books on ancient and medieval history and religion, including works on Celtic mythology and St. Patrick.


17 December, 2020

SUBMISSIONS WILL RESUME JANUARY 11

We paused queries for the holidays and will resume on 1/11/2021. Please check and follow our submission guidelines.  No mail queries accepted, even with return postage.–Joelle Delbourgo


16 December, 2020

THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS, Julie Valerie

A wife, mother, and aspiring filmmaker clings to the pursuit of perfection only to have fate play with every plan she’s made in this quirky, contemplative, and empowering novel.

Holly Banks is on a desperate mission to have it all, but nothing in life goes according to plan. She’s quickly learning that keeping up with the Joneses is a full-time job, especially when the women of Primm, her new neighborhood, seem to have it together all the time.

With her husband’s job in flux, her daughter’s difficulty with learning to read, and her mother’s new zest for dating, Holly’s life is already anything but picture perfect. Then her dog digs up an old artifact in the village center, and the mishap draws the attention of local media. Because of course it would.

Holly finds herself at the center of a mystery between two rival towns that, if solved, could change the Village of Primm forever. Attention is the last thing she needs as she’s launching a new business, the village-wide “Parade of Homes” is approaching—though she’s hardly unpacked—and she needs to submit her entry for an upcoming film festival. Can Holly still create her perfect (looking) life? Or is fate about to go off script and give her a story she never could have imagined?

THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS (November 2020) is the second book in the Village of Primm series, following HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST (December 2019).

Reviews

“Picking up where Valerie’s first novel, Holly Banks Full of Angst, left off, this will fit right in with loyal Kinsella readers, fans of Tom Perotta’s Mrs. Fletcher, and those who enjoyed the suburban intrigue of the Netflix show Dead to Me.” Booklist

“Valerie combines laugh-out-loud situations with heart as Holly navigates her newest challenges…Recommended for those who enjoy reading about relatable heroines and parents who are trying to have it all.” Library Journal

“Both down to earth and beautifully surreal, Holly Banks’s latest adventure is a story about courage, family, and friendship that had me hooked from the very first page.” —Lea Geller, author of Trophy Life

About the Author

Julie Valerie is the bestselling author of Holly Banks Full of Angst, book 1 in the Village of Primm series. She serves on the board of directors for James River Writers; earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School; and has a master’s degree in education, a bachelor of fine arts in fashion, and certification in wilderness first aid. A former trend forecaster, Julie enjoys books, the study of wine, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, and travel. She married her college sweetheart, and they live in Virginia with their four children and two English Labradors. Learn more about Julie at https://julievalerie.com.


15 November, 2020

MANAGE YOUR MENOPAUSE NATURALLY, Maryon Stewart

Find Yourself Again with a Natural Approach to a Natural Transition

Menopause is too often treated as a problem to be solved or an illness to be cured, not the natural process it is. Now, with the publication of MANAGE YOUR MENOPAUSE NATURALLY (New World Library, November 2020), it doesn’t have to be that way.  World-renowned healthcare expert Maryon Stewart outlines her wonderfully comprehensive and practical Six-Week Natural Menopause Solution with steps that women can take to feel better right away. Detailed questionnaires help you assess which areas of your life most need addressing — from brain fogginess and mood swings to painful sex, weight gain, and complexion issues. Maryon then shows you exactly what to do, nutritionally and in other areas of your life, to overcome symptoms. The powerful results of Maryon’s program don’t end after six weeks; instead, they point the way toward not just a good life, but a life that’s better than ever.  The book contains a foreword by Emmanuela Wolloch, MD FACOG.

Reviews

“It is fair to say that as a former primary care doctor, taught to believe that HRT [hormone replacement therapy] was the only solution for menopausal symptoms, I am now a total convert to ‘managing your menopause naturally.’ My own symptoms were not helped at all by several attempts with various forms of HRT, but after just three weeks of Maryon’s program they had almost disappeared — and they have stayed away! Thank you, Maryon, and your team.”
— Dr. Vivienne McVey, CEO, Virgin Care

“This is an excellent book providing an overall holistic approach to the management of menopause. It should prove to be very valuable to all women who are experiencing the myriad symptoms of menopause that they wish to manage in a nonmedicalized fashion, with practical and sensible tips that should be easy to implement. Even for those who wish to consider HRT, the advice Maryon Stewart provides is invaluable!”
— Sushma Srikrishna, MD, FRCOG, consultant urogynecologist, King’s College Hospital, London

“As doctors we haven’t been educated about alternative routes through menopause. As many women want or need to manage naturally, it’s important they have adequate knowledge. In Manage Your Menopause Naturally, Maryon Stewart brings together the world literature and, based on her successful approach that has been helping women overcome their symptoms for twenty-eight years, provides women with step-by-step instructions and tools to manage their perimenopause and menopause naturally, as well as future-proofing their health in the longer term.”
— Dr. Hina Pathak Sra, MA (Hons), Oxon, MBBS, MRCOG, Director, Harley Street Specialists

“Maryon Stewart is the go-to expert for resolving menopause challenges naturally, and I can’t recommend her or this book highly enough. Her wisdom, expertise, heart, and compassion are unparalleled, and I’m so grateful this book will help her work reach more women. It’s time to release the big fat lies about menopause and reclaim the second half of life with joy and enthusiasm. We deserve it, and Maryon is the perfect guide!”
— Amy Ahlers, author of Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves and coauthor of Reform Your Inner Mean Girl

“As a menopause specialist, I know that hormone treatment is not always sufficient to treat menopausal symptoms. Women need holistic care, and many women are looking for a natural approach. Here, Maryon Stewart lays out her successful program, based on published medical research. In Manage Your Menopause Naturally, Maryon generously shares information from her Natural Menopause Solution so that women everywhere can use the knowledge to reclaim their well-being.”
— Dr. Tania Adib, consultant gynecologist, clinical lead of the Menopause Clinic, the Lister Hospital, London

“The important thing for me, as a practicing gynecologist, about Maryon’s work is that it is evidence-based. This book is a fantastic place for every woman to start when faced with menopause and decisions about how to be their ‘best self’ for the next forty years. Maryon’s balanced tone and obvious passion make her book a compelling read and her advice a pleasure to implement.”
— Dr. Karen Morton, MA, MRCP, FRCOG, consultant gynecologist and founder of Dr Morton’s — The Medical Helpline©

About the Author

Maryon Stewart, with more than twenty-eight years of study and expertise, is known as a pioneer of the natural menopause movement. She coaches women in understanding the information, tools, and techniques needed to overcome the symptoms of menopause and has written twenty-seven popular self-help books published in the UK. Maryon was awarded a British Empire Medal in 2018. She divides her time between Florida, New York City, and London.

10 November, 2020

QUARANTINE! How I Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis, Gay Courter

A passenger’s story of fighting for her—and everyone else’s—rescue from the cruise ship with the first major outbreak of COVID-19 outside China.

What happens when you find yourself at the epicenter of a global crisis over a contagious new virus? Bestselling writer Gay Courter and her filmmaker husband learned the answer to that question in early February 2020, just as they were about to disembark from the Diamond Princess in Tokyo after a dazzling two-week southeast Asian cruise.

Weeks before lockdowns and social distancing became the new normal, the Courters and their shipmates suddenly found themselves trapped in a posh penitentiary—courtesy of the Japanese Ministry of Health.

Confined to their cabin and its balcony, they watched in terror as more and more sick and contagious passengers were loaded into ambulances and the world’s press swarmed the port.

Rather than passively endure their nightmare-come-true, they launched a campaign to get themselves and everyone else off the ship. With the help of the global media and some well-placed connections, they managed to influence high-ranking U.S. government officials—right up to and including the White House—to bring everyone home to safety.

Quarantine! is the insider’s book on the Diamond Princess episode, a suspenseful real-life drama recounting Gay and Phil’s twelve-day ordeal aboard ship, their tenacious efforts to get the U.S. government to repatriate them and other Americans, and their additional fifteen-day quarantine under federal order behind chain-link fencing at the pointedly less-than-posh Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

The COVID-19 crisis has affected the entire world. In her inimitable, long-admired voice, Gay Courter tells how it feels to wonder if you will be the next victim.

QUARANTINE! How I Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis was published by Post Hill Press in November 2020.

For updates on Phil Courter’s documentary, Quarantine! How We Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis, visit quarantinediamondprincess.com

Gay Courter is the author of many bestselling novels including THE MIDWIFE and CODE EZRA.

 


20 October, 2020

The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City, by Scott Peeples with photographs by Michelle Van Parys

“Scott Peeples has plumbed the deep psychic landscape of Poe with passion and skill, bringing us back to his writing again and again with fresh insights. The Man of the Crowd is beautifully written and remarkably adroit. A major accomplishment.” — Jay Parini, author of Robert Frost and Empire of Self: A Life of Fore Vidal

How four American cities shaped Poe’s life and writings

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) changed residences about once a year throughout his life. Driven by a desire for literary success and the pressures of supporting his family, Poe sought work in American magazines, living in the cities that produced them. Scott Peeples chronicles Poe’s rootless life in the cities, neighborhoods, and rooms where he lived and worked, exploring how each new place left its enduring mark on the writer and his craft.

Poe wrote short stories, poems, journalism, and editorials with urban readers in mind. He witnessed urban slavery up close, living and working within a few blocks of slave jails and auction houses in Richmond and among enslaved workers in Baltimore. In Philadelphia, he saw an expanding city struggling to contain its own violent propensities. At a time when suburbs were just beginning to offer an alternative to crowded city dwellings, he tried living cheaply on the then-rural Upper West Side of Manhattan, and later in what is now the Bronx. Poe’s urban mysteries and claustrophobic tales of troubled minds and abused bodies reflect his experiences living among the soldiers, slaves, and immigrants of the American city.

Featuring evocative photographs by Michelle Van Parys, The Man of the Crowd challenges the popular conception of Poe as an isolated artist living in a world of his own imagination, detached from his physical surroundings. The Poe who emerges here is a man whose outlook and career were shaped by the cities where he lived, longing for a stable home.


15 October, 2020

CLOUDS – A Memoir, by Laura Sobiech

Originally published as Fly a Little Higher and now updated and revised to coincide with the film release of Clouds, Laura Sobiech tells the amazing, true story behind the song and the movie.

“Okay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big. I want someone’s life to be changed forever.” This is what Laura Sobiech prayed when she found out her seventeen-year-old son had only one year to live. With this desperate prayer, she released her son to God’s will.

At that point, Zach Sobiech was just another teenager battling cancer. When his mother told him to think about writing goodbye letters to family and friends, he decided instead to write songs. One of them, “Clouds,” captured hearts and changed lives, making him an international sensation.

This story is a testament to what can happen when you live as if each day might be your last. It’s a story about the human spirit. It shows how God used a dying boy from a small town in Minnesota to touch the hearts of millions—including top executives in the entertainment industry, major music artists, news anchors, talk show hosts, actors, priests and pastors, and schoolchildren across the globe. And above all, it’s an example of the amazing things that happen when someone shares the most precious thing he has—himself.

“I’m not a musician; I’m just a filmmaker, and my prayer is that you get an opportunity—both through the reading of this beautiful book and the watching of our film based on it—to experience what I will fail to put into words: the magic and inspiration of Zachary David Sobiech.”

—Justin Baldoni, filmmaker and director of Clouds


8 October, 2020

MAKE YOUR CASE: Finding Your Win in Civil Court, Tanya Acker

“Tanya Acker lays out a common sense approach to deciding when to go―or not to go―to court. Make Your Case is straightforward and an invaluable resource from someone with the legal insight to tell it like it is.”
―Judge Judy Sheindlin

Tanya Acker, co-star of the nationally syndicated and Emmy-nominated show Hot Bench, demystifies civil litigation―from common lawsuits to new cases emanating from Covid-19 and looting (tenant vs. landlord rent disputes, small business damage, and more)―and lays out an expert’s guide to legal proceedings inside the courtroom and out, giving readers professional insider information they need to find THEIR WIN in a lawsuit.

Millions of people end up in civil court each year. They assume going to court is the next logical step in their fight, but they often have little idea about how the court system works or what they can reasonably expect of it. They make poorly informed judgments about whether court is the best option for solving a problem, what kind of solutions it can provide, and why it proceeds in the (sometimes) counterintuitive way it does.

They think “winning” is only about the judgment or verdict rendered by judge or jury. Those “wins” are great―but if you don’t know what the process can exact from you or why it works as it does, that blind procession to victory can end up costing you your real win.

In Make Your Case, Tanya Acker cuts straight to the essentials, providing curated, targeted information based on her extensive experience regarding exactly what people want to know: what happens during court proceedings and why, and how to best prepare for it―or how to avoid court entirely and find a better way.

Be smart. Be ready. Make your case.

Tanya Acker received her B.A. at Howard University and graduated from Yale Law School in 1995. Straddling legal work in government and private practice, Acker has worked at the Office of the White House Counsel, the Civil Rights Division in the US Department of Justice, and also for some of the nation’s top tier private law firms. She served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson on the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals and has also maintained a commitment to pro bono work, receiving the ACLU’s First Amendment Award for championing the homeless. You can catch her every day on the Emmy-nominated CBS show Hot Bench. She lives with her husband and her dog, Max, in Los Angeles, California.


10 September, 2020

The Clouds movie trailer is finally here!!!

We couldn’t be more excited to share the trailer for CLOUDS, the movie based on on the memoir by LAURA SOBIECH. The gorgeous movie-tie-in edition will be out from Nelson Books on October 13th, and the movie hits Disney+ on October 16th!  This movie is sad, hopeful, inspiring, exciting, and full of love, just like the book, and just like the Sobiech family.

If you want to learn more about Laura, her amazing son Zach, and Zach’s movement to fight Osteosarcoma start here: Zach’s Movement Website

 


4 August, 2020

Searching for the Messiah, Barrie Wilson

An award-winning historian of religion examines the role a “messiah” plays in Western culture, from its pre-Christian roots to modern interpretations of a savior.

” [Wilson] works through a careful, close reading of Hebrew scripture to explore how the idea of a messiah – an anointed leader with fairly specific characteristics – came about through the anointing of Hebrew kings and priests. In one of the meatiest sections, he examines how messiahship became a global rather than a local concept before ending with a discussion of modern messiah figures: superheroes. Historians and lay readers alike will appreciate Wilson’s ingenuity and deep scholarship.” — Publishers Weekly

Over the centuries, people have longed for a messiah, whether a religious figure such as Jesus, a political leader, or even in popular culture. The messianic quest emerges most acutely during difficult times when people experience a sense of powerlessness and desperation. But the concept of a messiah—a savior—has its root in the writings of ancient Judaism and early Christianity, evolving from an anointed leader to universal savior. Wilson turns to a little understood pre-Christian text, “The Psalms of Solomon,” which set the stage for messianic expectation just prior to the birth of Jesus.

Known today only to a handful of scholars—in marked contrast to the “Song of Solomon”—these important pslams were composed not by a King, but by a devout 1st century BCE Jew who witnessed terrible atrocities under brutal Roman rule. This crucial work encourages us to ask: what is a messiah? Who is a messiah? How would we recognized one should he or she appear? And what is a messiah supposed to do?

In his own lifetime, Jesus directed his followers to search for “the messiah within” in his parables.  Later, Paul changed the concept of “the messiah,” to “the Christ,” when presenting his message to Gentiles instead of Jews. Jesus was no longer a Jewish messiah but a Hellenistic divine avatar.

In Searching for the Messiah, Wilson reveals how this collective search for messiahs throughout modern human history has been fundamentally flawed. Jesus himself rejected the idea of an external fixer, instead formulating his teachings to focus on the role of the individual, their choices, and their actions.

Searching for the Messiah is revelatory and illuminating work of scholarship that will challenge and inspire.