New Books

25 January, 2020

THE HAPPY STEPCOUPLE, Rachelle Katz

Navigate the challenges of a blended family with children to fortify your marriage for lasting happiness and understanding.

The Happy Stepcouple: How Stepcouples with Children Can Strengthen Their Relationships (Rowman, February 2020) is a comprehensive and practical self-help book designed to help couples with children from prior relationships thrive despite the complexity of stepfamily life. More than two thirds of stepcouple relationships break up within the first few years of committing to each other. With these terrible odds, every stepcouple needs an arsenal of tools necessary to sustain a loving relationship. The Happy Stepcouple gives them everything they need to navigate complex stepfamily dynamics with confidence and kindness, allowing them to build a happy, fulfilling life together.

Drawing on the insights and strategies developed from the author’s 30 years of working as a marriage and family therapist specializing in treating stepfamilies, this work also includes the personal accounts of many stepcouples who describe their stepfamily problems along with how they handled them.

Utilizing the most current research in attachment theory, psychology, communication, and marriage and family therapy, Rachelle Katz offers a grounded approach to overcoming problems stepcouples experience by examining the two primary reasons why so many of these relationships get in trouble: Partners’ inability to understand, agree to, and fulfill each other’s unspoken needs and expectations, and communication styles during conflicts that increase each partner’s insecurity levels and weakens their emotional connection to each other. Both of these factors fray emotional bonds—bonds that already are stressed by stepfamily challenges. Here, stepcouples learn how to establish realistic stepfamily expectations as well as identify and modify harmful communication patterns, essential elements needed to strengthen their emotional bond.

Review

This is the book every remarried couple with children needs to read. Rachelle Katz explains why nearly two thirds of all second marriages ultimately fail, then gives readers the knowledge and tools they need to avoid becoming a statistic. If you’ve realized that love might not be enough and you’re looking to create a rock-solid relationship–regardless of how complicated your stepfamily situation seems–The Happy Stepcouple is for you. (Brenda Ockun, Founder and Publisher, StepMom Magazine, StepMomMagazine.com)

Packed with practical advice, case examples, exercises, it provides readers with a toolbox of skills to repair and enhance their relationships. Highly recommended. (Robert Taibbi, LCSW, author of “Doing Couple Therapy: Craft & Creativity in Work with Intimate Partners”)

Filled with relatable stories and evidence-based strategies, The Happy Stepcouple is a comprehensive guide to transforming your relationship… A real game-changer for stepcouples and their stepfamilies! (Elizabeth Mosaidis, Author of “The Stepmom Project”)

Creating a happy, thriving stepfamily can take real work. As Rachelle Katz shows in The Happy Stepcouple, many of the common, practical challenges are complicated by unrealistic expectations for stepfamily bliss, differences in the emotional attachment style of the adults, and communication habits that can undermine love and security just when it’s needed most. Viewing the stepcouple relationship through an attachment theory lens, the Happy Stepcouple helps partners manage the emotions, expectations and influences that can threaten harmony at home. Based on Katz’s own experience as a stepmother, her work counseling other stepmothers in her psychotherapy practice, and primary research, The Happy Stepcouple is a valuable tool for married and living-together partners with children from previous relationships, who find themselves struggling for more agreement, security and joy. (Wendy Paris, Author of “Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce and How to Part Well”)

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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.

 


3 December, 2019

THE NARCISSIST IN YOUR LIFE, Julie L. Hall

A highly illuminating examination of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and its insidiously traumatic impact on family members and partners. Packed with insight, compassion, and practical strategies for recovery, this is a must-read for survivors and clinicians alike.

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) has a profoundly dehumanizing effect on those subject to its distortions, manipulations, and rage. The Narcissist in Your Life illuminates the emotionally annihilating experience of narcissistic abuse in families and relationships, acknowledges the complex emotional and physical trauma that results, and assists survivors with compassionate, practical advice on the path of recovery.

Whether you are just learning about NPD, managing a narcissistic parent or other family member, leaving a narcissistic relationship, or struggling with complex PTSD, you will find life-changing answers to these common questions:

  • What are the different forms of NPD?
  • Is my partner a narcissist?
  • Why do I keep attracting narcissistic personalities?
  • How can I help my kids?
  • What happens in a narcissistic family?
  • Why did my other parent go along with the abuse?
  • Why am I alienated from my siblings?
  • Why is it so hard to believe in myself and my future?
  • What is complex PTSD and do I have it?
  • What are the health problems associated with narcissistic abuse?

Journalist, survivor, and NPD trauma coach Julie L. Hall provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, affirming, and accessible guide that will not only help you understand narcissistic abuse trauma, but will help you overcome trauma cycles and move forward with healing.

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2 December, 2019

SMARTS! Everybody’s Got Them, Thomas Armstrong

From one of our top educators, an imaginative picture book that defines eight ways everyone is smart and shows how to get smarter in each way.​

It’s easy for kids to get dejected and believe they’re not as smart as the people around them. Maybe they got a low grade on their math test last week, or maybe they have a difficult time making new friends, but what kids may not realize is that math skills and people skills are just two types of smarts. SMARTS! Everybody’s Got Them (Free Press/November 2019) has a positive message for young children.

There are actually eight types of smarts:

  • Word smarts
  • Music smarts
  • Number smarts
  • Picture smarts
  • Body smarts
  • People smarts
  • Self smarts
  • Nature smarts

Smarts! Everybody’s Got Them vividly explains and depicts the eight ways that everyone is smart and shows kids how they can get better at each one—even when they make a mistake.

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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.


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.


25 August, 2019

The Confessions of Adam, David J. Marsh

Adam and Eve. We think we know what happened. Now Adam breaks his silence.  Oren’s arrogance and position have afforded him many acquaintances and no friends. He inherited the renowned scribal school in Susa from his father—an emotionally distant scholar.Adam has sought Oren out. He believes Oren has the skill to help untangle the story from his memory. A skeptical Oren promises his pen, but not his silence.  At his home by the sea Adam speaks once and for all of what happened, unpacking the great burden of guilt and regret he carries. Oren comes to see all he and Adam share – lost love, estranged sons, memories that must be confronted. And a Maker who knows no distance.  As Adam grows ill Oren rushes to capture the final details of the story, a story only he will now hold—the story of the origin of all mankind.

“Whoever thought biblical fiction lacked creativity has not read The Confessions of Adam.”~DiAnn Mills

“The Confessions of Adam is thought-provoking exploration of the possibilities—oh, the possibilities!–of what is left unsaid in the life of Adam.” ~Cynthia Ruchti

David J. Marsh is the author of biblical narratives.  The Confessions of Adam (Bold Vision Books, August 2019) is his first novel.


14 August, 2019

THE DOG WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN, Peter Zheutlin

The New York Times bestselling author of Rescue Road and Rescued embarks on a cross-country journey to take the measure of America with a loyal friend.

“Poignant and magnificent. Brilliantly observed and Odyssean in breadth, this book reveals all that is generous about the American heart. A classic story of finding truth and humanity in the mundane―and how a man and his dog learned to live in the moment, on the trip of a lifetime.”
– Elissa Altman, author of Motherland

 On the cusp of turning 65, a man and his beloved rescue dog of similar vintage take a poignant, often bemusing, and keenly observed journey across America and discover a big-hearted, welcoming country filled with memorable characters, a new-found appreciation for the life they temporarily left behind, and a determination to live more fully in the moment as old age looms.

Inspired by John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, Zheutlin, hits the road for a 9,000-mile odyssey with Albie to experience all that American is and means today.  Similar in approach and tone to Bill Bryson’s best-selling travel classics, but with an endearing canine sidekick, The Dog Went Over the Mountain (Pegasus, September 2019) will delight dog lovers, baby boomers and anyone who seeks to experience life on the open road with a four-legged companion.

24 pages of color photographs

Praise for Peter Zheutlin and his new book:

Peter Zheutlin has written a lovely, moving, important book about a subject that is both heartbreaking and joyful. Greg Mahle, the central figure of this story, is now a hero of mine. Dogs are not just property. They are one way God tests our compassion.”
– Dean Koontz (Praise for RESCUE ROAD)

“A thought-provoking read very much in the spirit of Travels with Charley. Every generation rediscovers America anew; Peter and Albie capture the magic and essence Steinbeck discovered with Charley.”
– Michele Speich, Executive Director, National Steinbeck Center

“Entertaining and thoughtful. Packed with history, fascinating characters, and of course, fabulous dogs. A great book for anyone who loves dogs, road trips, or America. As someone who loves all three, I was captivated right from the beginning.””
– Teresa Rhyne, author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Dog Lived (And So Will I)

“Zheutlin and Albie got to share the kind of cross-country journey that most Americans only dream about in the autumn of their lives. This story should inspire countless to get out there and go while man and mutt both still have the energy and enthusiasm to explore.””
– Kim Kavin, award-winning author of The Dog Merchants

“Zheutlin takes readers on a road to enlightenment that delights in the ordinary and spins gold from the day-to-day observations of our divided nation in flux. It’s a tale as timely as it is timeless, with the bond between man and dog as its beating heart. Peter and Albie’s journey gives us hope that the America we dreamed of isn’t as far away or as nostalgic as we thought.”
– Rory Kress, journalist and author of The Doggie in the Window

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