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25 June, 2019

UP IN ARMS, John Temple

“IT’S TIME! They have my cattle and now they have one of my boys. Range War begins tomorrow at Bundy Ranch.

These words, pounded out on a laptop at Cliven Bundy’s besieged Nevada ranch on April 6, 2014, ignited a new American revolution. Across the country, a certain type of citizen snapped to attention: This was the flashpoint they’d been waiting for, a chance to help a fellow American stand up to a tyrannical and corrupt federal government.

Up in Arms chronicles how an isolated clan of desert-dwelling Mormons became the guiding light—and then the outright leaders—of America’s Patriot movement. The nation was riveted in 2014 when hundreds of Bundy supporters, many of them armed, forced federal agents to abandon a court-ordered cattle roundup. Then in 2016, Ammon Bundy, one of Cliven’s 13 children, led a 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Those events and the subsequent shootings, arrests, and trials captured headlines, but they’re just part of a story that has never been fully told. John Temple, award-winning journalist and author of American Pain, gives readers an unprecedented and objective look at the real people and families at the heart of these highly publicized standoffs. Up in Arms offers a propulsive narrative populated by rifle-toting cowboys, apocalyptic militiamen, undercover infiltrators, and the devout and charismatic Bundys themselves.

Neither mainstream nor conservative media outlets have contextualized the religious, political, environmental, and economic factors that set the stage for these events. Up in Arms provides a framework for understanding this diverse collection of American rebels who believe government overreach justifies the taking up of arms.

“If you want to understand the extremist militia groups popping up around the country lately, you need to start with Nevada’s notorious Bundy clan. Temple shines a light on the people as well as the religious, political and economic factors that gave rise to this dangerous movement.”

John Temple is an investigative journalist and the author of American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic, which was named a New York Post “Favorite Book of 2015” and a 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee for Fact Crime. Temple wrote two previous nonfiction books: The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates and Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office. The American Society of Legal Writers awarded The Last Lawyer the 2010 Scribes Book Award. Temple is a tenured journalism professor at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media. Before academia, Temple worked as a newspaper reporter in Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Florida.

The Revelator

“A tale of the modern American frontier, told by one of our great independent journalists.”

—Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

“With Up in Arms, John Temple delivers another fierce and searching portrait of an American subculture. His last book, American Pain, opened up the vault on painkiller pill mills, delivering a prescient harbinger of the opioid crisis. Now, his new and piercing look at the Bundy clan and the wider Patriot militia culture is a must-read for anyone trying to understand the continuing schism between rural and urban America.”

—Anthony Swofford, New York Times bestselling author of Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

“John Temple’s depth of reporting is nothing short of remarkable. Reading Up in Arms, I was truly immersed, as if I was witnessing the bizarre series of events unfolding in real time. Most Americans only experienced a fraction of the saga through mass media’s parachute journalism. Temple’s in-depth approach propels you into the unbelievable story with extraordinary details, characters, history, and riveting scenes.”

—Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Academy Award–nominated documentary filmmaker of Heroin(e)


6 June, 2019

NIGHT BLOOMERS: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity, Michelle Pearce, PhD

Julia Cameron meets Mary Pipher in this profound guide to writing your way through the dark times of life. Drawing on a growing body of research on post-traumatic growth, Pearce–a researcher, educator and clinical psychologist–reveals dealing with the challenges of loss, grief and tragedy can be a catalyst for transformation.  Pearce uses the metaphor of flowers that bloom in the night, such as the Moonflower, the Casablanca Lily and the Night Rose to provide hope and healing.  Pearce is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and adjunct at Duke University Medical Center (Ixia Press/Dover Publications/World English language/Fall 2020).


9 May, 2019

THE 6 WEEK MENOPAUSE SOLUTION, Maryon Stewart

An all-natural modern guide to beating hot flashes and night sweats, getting your sex drive back, sharpening memory and reclaiming your well-being for the millions of women going through “the change” based on the latest research, by a women’s health advocate and pioneer, named one of 50 of the most inspirational women by Daily Mail. (New World Library, North America, Fall 2020)

 

 


30 April, 2019

THE BIG BOTTOM BISCUIT: Specialty Biscuits and Spreads from Sonoma’s Big Bottom Market, Michael Volpatt

In the heart of wine country, Big Bottom Market has perfected and elevated the humble biscuit with a decidedly California twist.
 

The Big Bottom Biscuit: Specialty Biscuits and Spreads from Sonoma’s Big Bottom Market brings the experience of dining at the market to everyone who can’t make it to Sonoma. In 2016, the Big Bottom Market biscuit mix and honey was heralded as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things– and with good reason! Volpatt’s passion for this simple food showcases its versatility in easy to prepare, accessible recipes. Try any of the following:

  • Egg in a Biscuit: the classic!
  • Sea Biscuit: with smoked salmon, crème fraiche, pickled onions, and capers
  • Sweet biscuits like Chocolate Bacon and Apple Pie

Volpatt’s charming recipes will delight all tastes. The cookbook also includes butters, jams, and spreads, as well as savory embellishments. The voice is accessible and light, and will appeal to Californians, Southerners, Yankees, and just about anyone who can’t resist a piping-hot biscuit.

Michael Volpatt has worked in PR for tech companies and startups, but his true passion is cooking. Since opening the Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, CA in 2011, he has worked tirelessly to expand their reach, selling Big Bottom Biscuits in other shops and restaurants across the country. This is the first book for Big Bottom Market, which is a popular tourist destination in Sonoma County. Michael lives in Guerneville, CA.


24 April, 2019

LET THEM EAT PANCAKES: How I Survived Living in Paris Without Losing My Head, Craig Carlson

Owner and founder of the first American diner in Paris and author of Pancakes in Paris offers a second helping of more tales centered around the joys and challenges of living, working, eating, and loving in the City of Light. (Pegasus, World English, Summer 2020).


5 April, 2019

SEARCHING FOR MESSIAH, Barrie Wilson Ph.D.

A fascinating deep-dive into Old and New testament historiography, SEARCHING FOR MESSIAH will explore our misguided look for a “messiah” in Judeo-Christian tradition as well as our contemporary fascination with demagogues explaining how it is rooted in misconceptions the author reveals in theological traditions.  Author and historian Barrie Wilson, Ph.D is coauthor of LOST GOSPEL and author of HOW JESUS BECAME CHRISTIAN.   (Pegasus, September 2020, World Rights)


2 April, 2019

THE WEALTH CREATOR’S PLAYBOOK, John Christianson

The Wealth Creator’s Playbook offers critical insights and advice that will make life happier and more fulfilling for anyone climbing the ladder of success.” –Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author 

In THE WEALTH CREATOR’S PLAYBOOK:  Maximizing Your Return of Life and Money (Praeger, March 2019) an  adviser to many of today’s most successful wealth creators explains how to align your values with your wealth, including the ways in which it is earned, managed, and spent, to maximize both wealth and personal fulfillment.

The book:• Answers the call from the new crop of millionaires who are concerned not only with financial wealth but also with having a personally meaningful life

• Speaks directly to the needs of a new breed of wealth creators in one integrated volume

• Addresses the unique challenges that come with rapidly building assets from the dual perspectives of practical financial management and personal fulfillment

• Provides the services of a life coach to wealthy readers, allowing them to reap some of the same benefits as the author’s many successful and happy clients

Endorsements:

“John Christianson’s ‘playbook’ for wealth creators is an eminently practical and enlightened guide to understanding our relationship to money, the relationship of money to the many other things we value, and how all of these assets―or blessings―can be maximized for a life of true abundance and wealth.” (Whitney Johnson, Thinkers50 Management Thinker and Best-Selling Author of Build an A Team and Disrupt Yourself)

The Wealth Creator’s Playbook will help you maximize your return on life and invest in what really matters: dreaming bigger than you thought was possible!” (Bob Goff, Founder of Love Does and New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does and Everybody Always)

“Because we’re all human, money can complicate our relationships, consume our focus and even derail our happiness. John Christianson is on a mission to help wealth creators ask and answer the question, ‘What’s my life for?’ The answers in this guide, a money book with tremendous heart, will help you maximize your wealth and your life.” (Howard Behar, Former President, Starbucks Coffee Company North America and Starbucks Coffee International, and Author of It’s Not About the Coffee and The Magic Cup)

About the Author: John Christianson is founder and CEO of Highland Private Wealth Management, a boutique financial life management company in Bellevue, Washington.

 


26 March, 2019

RIDERS OF THE REALM #2: THROUGH THE UNTAMED SKY, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The second book in a thrilling fantasy adventure trilogy that SLJ called “perfect for fans of Erin Hunter’s Warriors series,” from the author of the Guardian Herd series.

After winning the wild Pegasus mare named Echofrost in a contest, Rahkki Stormrunner is officially a rider in the Sky Guard army. Rahkki is terrified of heights though, and Echofrost doesn’t want to be tamed. But with Echofrost’s herd captured by the giants and a fierce battle on the horizon, the duo will have to conquer their fears if they want to fly with the army and free the herd.

Meanwhile, back in his village, Rahkki learns of a growing rebellion to overthrow Queen Lilliam. Unfortunately, she suspects Rahkki’s behind it, and she places him under intense watch.

As Rahkki and Echofrost escape to Mount Crim to save Storm Herd, Rahkki worries that the greatest danger may not come from the impending battle against the giants, but from within his own clan.


25 March, 2019

MANIPULATED: Inside the Global War to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth, Theresa Payton

A chilling analysis of the many ways Americans are being manipulated and divided by an array of increasingly sophisticated tools, including election hacking, “deepfake” videos, AI bots and more. Payton lays out how to protect our democracy from these threats from bad actors (including foreign governments) on an individual and national level.  Theresa Payton is the former CIO (Chief Information Officer) for the White House and CEO of Fortalice, a cybersecurity firm. (Rowman, Spring 2020, World exclusive of Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan)


19 March, 2019

LIVING WITH A GREEN HEART, Gay Browne

“If you want one of the shortest, fastest routes to getting toxic chemicals out of your life, get behind the wheel of Gay Browne’s Living with a Green Heart and you’ll get there in no time flat.”
—Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group

In an increasingly toxic world, the paths to environmental health and personal well-being run parallel. The journey begins with a few small steps.
Is the damage we’re doing to our planet literally leaving you sick, sore, and gasping for air? Want to take back our inalienable rights to clean air, clean water, and healthy food? In this quietly revolutionary book, LIVING WITH A GREEN HEART: How to Keep Your Body, Your Home, and the Planet Healthy in a Toxic World (Kensington, March 2019) environmental pioneer and founder of Greenopia, Gay Browne, shares a roadmap for making incremental changes that will not only transform your life, but heal the world we share.

From the home to the office, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear, here are actions you can take today that will improve your Personal Environmental Health, and help you stop feeling overwhelmed, reduce illness, improve sleep, mood, and focus, and start making a difference, including:

*Make conscious choices when shopping, and support companies with good environmental stewardship and healthy products.

*Test your water for harmful chemicals, install an affordable water filtration system, and reduce your water use by utilizing water more efficiently.

*Work with your doctor to create a personal plan for detoxing your body.

*Use only non-toxic and organic household products, and choose organic, eco-friendly fabrics made by sustainable and fair trade certified companies.

*Choose the method of transportation that makes the lightest carbon footprint.

With these and many other actions, Gay Browne’s work has taught her that even the smallest change for the better, faithfully practiced, can have an immense positive impact on our minds, bodies, and spirits—not to mention the planet.

Gay Browne is the world’s first and only personal environmental therapist and is the founder of Greenopia, a company dedicated to achieving personal and community environmental health through small and large habit and behavioral adjustments. Greenopia is a comprehensive bestselling series of city by city guidebooks listing local eco-friendly resources. Greenopia Los Angeles was a Los Angeles Timesbestseller.

In 1994, even before the U.S. Green Building Council established the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines for environmental building verification, Gay set out to create what she calls “an optimal personal environmental health space.” She began designing and constructing the first completely environmentally responsible home of its kind. Once completed, it was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Home Section.