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17 January, 2020

CITIZEN 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America, Debbie Cenziper

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.
“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

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:  The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America (Hachette Books, November 2019) 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 after the war was over.

Debbie Cenziper is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who writes for The Washington Post. She is also the director of investigative reporting at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Over 20 years, Debbie’s stories have sent people to prison, changed laws, prompted federal investigations and produced more funding for affordable housing, mental health care and public schools. She has won many major awards in American print journalism, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from Harvard University. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for stories about affordable housing developers in Miami who were stealing from the poor; a year before that, she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for stories about widespread breakdowns in the nation’s hurricane-tracking system. Debbie grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Florida in 1992.


17 January, 2020

THE POWER OF CRYSTALS: Practices to Enhance Health, Harmony & Happiness, Juliet Madison

Just as people have different appearances, abilities, and characteristics, crystals possess their own special forms, attributes, and personalities. This beautifully illustrated guide (Ixia Press/Dover, January 2020) reveals the power of crystals: how they work and how to choose the correct ones in order to employ their unique benefits.  Filled with rich colorful photography, Juliet Madison’s reader-friendly handbook is structured around the ways in which crystals can be used to improve specific life areas, such as health, abundance, career, romance, fertility, and family harmony. IndivThe Power of Crystalsidual chapters address the role of crystals in chakra balancing and establishing goals as well as their value in setting intentions and manifesting dreams. Additional applications include their use as jewelry and in creating displays, altars, and vision boards. This enlightening book uncovers the tremendous variety of ways in which the hidden powers of crystals can foster positive connections between your mind, body, and spirit.

Juliet Madison is a bestselling and award-nominated author of 17 books, including the inspirational adult coloring book Color Your Dreams and the self-help journal The Secret Letters Project. She is a writing coach and a life coach who creates and facilitates online courses for those seeking self-empowerment for mind, body, and spirit. Juliet has also practiced as a naturopath and is a certified facilitator of The Passion Test. She lives in Australia.

 


17 January, 2020

Audio Agent to Work with JDA

Welcoming Tara Gelsomino to our team! Tara is an independent agent who will be working specifically on expanding our audio presence when we have those rights to sell. She brings a wealth of experience in the audio world as well as enthusiasm, so we’re delighted to have her as one of our “associates.”

Tara Gelsomino is the founder and CEO of One Track Literary Agency, which she launched in 2018. A twenty-plus year veteran of the publishing industry, Tara was formerly the Executive Editor of Simon & Schuster’s digital imprint, Crimson Romance, and also worked for BBC Audiobooks America/AudioGO and Romantic Times Magazine. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and rescue dog, Yoda. For more info, please visit www.onetrackliterary.com


27 November, 2019

INSIDE THE HELMET, Julie M. Stamm, PhD

Associate Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Julie Stamm PhD’s INSIDE THE HELMET, on the effects of repetitive brain trauma (CTE) on young athletes, providing guidance for parents and coaches on how to minimize trauma and enhance safety in contact sports. ( Rowman & Littlefield/Spring 20201, World English)


22 November, 2019

MEN I’VE NEVER BEEN, Michael Sadowski

Pitched in the tradition of BETTYVILLE and THE TENDER BAR, the coming-of-age journey of a gender non-conforming male trying to navigate the blind alleys of traditional manhood facing the gauntlet of masculinity tests he feels destined to fail: the role models that don’t deliver, the TV tropes and archetypes that never seem to fit, as well as a universal story of finding one’s true identity. Sadowski is Executive Director of the Bard Early College Initiative and education faculty member. ( University of Wisconsin Press in the Living Out series/World Rights/Spring 2021)


1 November, 2019

IF EINSTEIN RAN THE SCHOOLS: Revitalizing US Education, Thomas Armstrong, PhD

What a terrific book! Armstrong describes the kind of school that almost everyone wishes they had attended, the school that Einstein would have run, where creativity, imagination, and joy were the goals of education, not scores on a lifeless standardized test.” (‘Diane Ravitch, Former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education, Author of Reign of Error, and Historian of Education at New York University)

I love this book! It goes to the core of what is wrong with our test-obsessed standards-crazed system of education. More importantly, it provides living examples of classrooms and schools where imagination, curiosity, creativity, passion, and wonder are celebrated and viewed as an essential part of our students’ learning experience… Our schools need to radically change their direction from worshiping grades and test scores to creating individuals who can think for themselves, generate unique ideas, and use their gifts to make the world a better place.” (Deborah Meier, MacArthur Fellow and author of The Power of Their Ideas and Beyond Testing)

Thomas Armstrong, PhD, is executive director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development and an award-winning author and speaker. He has been an educator for more than 45 years.

In his new book, If Einstein Ran the Schools:  Revitalizing US Education (Praeger, November 2019), Dr. Armstrong reveals that world-class thinkers and creators have been concerned about the state of education in the United States. Imagine if the greatest thinkers, inventors and artists designed our education system to encourage innovation, curiosity, and wonder.  Discover their thoughts on how children really learn and what teachers must do to optimally tap children’s latent abilities.

  • Reveals what world-class thinkers and creators have said about how children really learn and what teachers must do to optimally tap their latent abilities
  • Explains the twelve capacities emphasized by these thinkers and creators, including love of learning, creativity, curiosity, playfulness, imagination, wonder, tolerance, reverence for life, appreciation of beauty, honoring diversity, celebrating individuality, and developing compassion, and how these capabilities must serve as the foundation for any future educational reform efforts
  • Provides examples of teachers and classrooms where the educational ideas of these thinkers and creators are currently being practiced, demonstrating that their prescriptions are not merely fanciful ”pie in the sky” dreams
  • Includes resources including organizations, books, magazines, websites, and videos that enable readers to take action

1 October, 2019

Riders of the Realm #2: Through the Untamed Sky, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Now out in paperback!

The second book in a thrilling fantasy adventure trilogy that SLJ called “perfect for fans of Erin Hunter’s Warriors series,” from Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, 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.


24 September, 2019

Kuyken

Willem Kuyken is the Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science at the University of Oxford, where he also directs the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His research work is focused on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, he examines how mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan. He is working on several books that introduce mindfulness as a mainstream approach to living with integrity, well-being and effectiveness. 

Willem has published more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications. These include studies demonstrating that Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy is an effective approach to prevention of depression, an alternative to maintenance antidepressants (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2008; Lancet, 2015; JAMA Psychiatry, 2016), as well as a universal approach to preventing depression in adolescence (British Journal of Psychiatry, 2013). 

Willem is interested in the interface of ancient wisdom traditions and contemporary science. This led to the book, co-authored with Christina Feldman, Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, published by Guilford Press. It was described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “a tour de force … that elaborates in exquisite detail yet with utter accessibility and clarity what mindfulness is, where it comes from, its profound ethical foundation, its clinical applications, its growing evidence base, and its potential for healing.”

Another research focus is cognitive-behavioural therapy. He co-authored Collaborative Case Conceptualization: Working Effectively with Clients in Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, with Christine Padesky and Rob Dudley (2009). This book was described by Aaron T. Beck as “setting a gold standard for how to develop individualized case conceptualizations with our clients.” His research has been supported by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, NHS, Oxford Mindfulness Foundation, Medical Research Council and British Academy.

Willem regularly gives keynotes and workshops around the world. His work has been covered in numerous media outlets including CBSMaccleansNew StatesmanLe Mondeder Zeit,  the Telegraphthe Guardian, the BBC and many others. I have authored blogs for the Oxford Mindfulness CentreNIHR Dissemination Centre and the Huffington Post. He work with a range of groups who are skilled in public engagement, including the National Mental ElfPresent Moment podcasts,  Voices from OxfordCatalyst  It Gets Brighter and science programmes such as Trust Me I’m a Doctor. 

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20 September, 2019

FLAT, FLUID & FAST, Brynne Kennedy

“Workers today are more mobile than ever ― whether they’re telecommuting from a kitchen table or relocating to another continent. How can you support these folks while ensuring you have the talent you need, where you need it, when you need it? Flat, Fluid, and Fast has the answers.”
– Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

Capitalize on the radical new realities of artificial intelligence, changing demographics, and the explosion of the freelance economy

In just a few short years, employee mobility will be an imperative for every business, as millions of jobs disappear practically overnight―victims of artificial intelligence and automation – and new jobs are created. The competition for talent will be fierce, and you’re going to have to make major changes in the ways you hire, manage, and retain top performers.

Flat, Fluid, and Fast (McGraw-Hill Business, October 2019) delivers the tactics and strategies you need to create a disruption-proof company during the talent mobility revolution. It walks you through the entire process, providing expert advice on new ways to:

• Draw top talent to your company
• Implement new training programs
• Create employee mobility plans
• Design innovative career paths for staff
• Operate an adaptable organization for long-term success
• Understand policies to support this new world of work across America

Flat, Fluid, and Fast takes you beyond merely surviving the coming change. It equips you to seize the opportunities this change affords, to beat out the competition, and to become the dominant player in your industry.  And, it equips everyone in America to understand the government policies that are needed to unleash growth, create new jobs and support all workers amid this radical new world of work.

The talent mobility revolution is around the corner. Use this peerless resource to plan and build now―so when the workplace of tomorrow becomes the workplace of today, your company and career is already flat, fluid, and fast.

Brynne Kennedy is an American entrepreneur and candidate for US Congress in California’s Fourth Congressional District (CA-04). She is the Founder of Topia, a relocation and talent mobility company in California, used by customers worldwide. While CEO she grew the company to global operations, raised $100 million and helped tens of thousands of families transition to new jobs and communities. While leading Topia in California, Brynne also founded Mobility4All, a charitable initiative that supported refugees during the Syrian War. Brynne has also worked with TechNet to advise California State and Federal lawmakers on policies for economic growth and entrepreneurship. Brynne holds a B.A. in History from Yale and an MBA from London Business School.


18 September, 2019

HOW TO TELL A STORY, Aristotle, Translated by Philip Freeman

For over two thousand years, Aristotle’s Poetics has been a fundamental but often little-known text on storytelling. In this short but fascinating work Aristotle reveals the timeless secrets of plot, character, timing, and all the other elements needed to make a story work. In this new translation, entitled How to Tell a Story, Philip Freeman makes this ancient text come alive for a modern readers and writers. Freeman is the Fletcher Jones Chairman of Western Culture at Pepperdine University and author of numerous translations of classic works, including HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION, HOW TO GROW OLD and upcoming, HOW TO THINK ABOUT GOD. (Princeton University Press, World rights, Fall 2021)