New Books

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.


28 September, 2020

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

Cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton tells battlefront stories from the global war being conducted through clicks, swipes, internet access, technical backdoors and massive espionage schemes in MANIPULATED:  Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2020).   She investigates the cyberwarriors who are planning tomorrow’s attacks, weaving a fascinating yet bone-chilling tale of Artificial Intelligent mutations carrying out attacks without human intervention, “deepfake” videos that look real to the naked eye, and chatbots that beget other chatbots. Finally, Payton offers readers telltale signs that their most fundamental beliefs are being meddled with and actions they can take or demand that corporations and elected officials must take before it is too late.

Payton reveals:

  • How digital voting machines, voting online, and automatic registration may boost turnout but make us more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
  • How trolls from Russia and other nations actively stroke discord among Americans in falsely-generated controversies over race relations, vaccinations, fracking, and other social issues.
  • Whether what we have uncovered from the Mueller investigation so far is only what they wanted us to know.
With decades of experience in cyber conflict, Payton is the perfect guide to help us understand our new era of hacked elections and non-stop disinformation campaigns. Fortunately, MANIPULATED doesn’t stop there: Payton gives us a call to action and clear recommendations for how individual citizens, big tech corporations, governments, and the international community of democratic nations can push back and win.
– Emilian Papadopoulos, President, Good Harbor Cyber Security Risk Management

“MANIPULATED covers riveting explorations of events over the past decade as well as current happenings not in the public eye.  Theresa has a keen sense of extrapolating today’s cybercrime methods into tomorrow’s unknown threat vectors.  She leaves everyone with hope by providing the reader with a how to guide to deflect manipulation campaigns.” 

Scott Schober, CEO of BVS, Author, Cyber Expert.
 “Theresa Payton’s experience, intelligence, and passion reach off the pages of MANIPULATED to shake our shoulders and us up. This isn’t fiction, and it isn’t a movie script, it is a testimonial aimed to clear the fog in our information-overloaded world, and demand that we go back to our foundations – that truth is a requirement and needs tending, that foreign interference isn’t acceptable in how we make free choices, and that we’re not bystanders.  Read this book, twice, and see her justification for the included blueprints to big tech, governments, and all of us to restore those essential foundations.  Apathy, ignorance, and misperception are what others want, Payton wants quite the opposite.”
John N. Stewart, SVP, Chief Security and Trust Officer CISCO

MANIPULATED begins each chapter with a brief fictionalized story about what’s going on out there among hackers, politicians, criminals, and others, creating a ‘spy thriller’ thread throughout the book. Chapters then go into different aspects of digital manipulation, exploring real life situations and examples taken from today’s headlines and behind-the-scenes experiences of the author. — Haiyan Song, Silicon Valley Executive in Cyber Security

“Anyone that reads the news, watches TV or is on social networks needs to read this book! You are being manipulated and this book gives you the tools to recognize when you’re being manipulated and how to stop it!” – Eric Anderson, Cyber Security Leader, Seattle

“MANIPULATED traces the rise of disinformation in today’s connected world and why the problem for free and open societies is only becoming more acute.  While covert influence has been a feature of statecraft in modern history, what’s new is the ease and scale that nation-states – or private groups – can mislead audiences, distort truth, besmirch brands, foment political strife or agitate social cleavages with a few well-placed socket puppets and amplification networks.  Having been on the front lines of cyber intelligence for two decades, Theresa offers tangible solutions to safeguard the information commons and protect our digital world.” – Andrew McClure Principal, ForgePoint Capital
About the Author:  Theresa Payton is one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy.  As CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company, Theresa is a proven leader and influencer who works with clients and colleagues to uncover strategic opportunities and identify new and emerging threats. Following executive roles at Bank of America and Wachovia, Theresa served as the first female chief information officer at the White House during the Bush administration. In 2015, she was named a William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service. She is the co-author with Ted Claypoole of PRIVACY IN THE AGE OF BIG DATA and PROTECTING YOUR INTERNET IDENTITY. Theresa was named by Security Magazine as one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security, and One of Infosec’s Rising Stars and Hidden Gems by Tripwire.

 


26 August, 2020

How to Raise a Boy, by Michael C. Reichert

NOW IN PAPERBACK!

At a time when many boys are in crisis, a much-needed roadmap for helping boys grow into strong and compassionate men

Over the past two decades there has been an explosion of new studies that have expanded our knowledge of how boys think and feel. In How to Raise a Boy (Tarcher Perigee, 2019; paperback August 2020), psychologist Michael Reichert draws on his decades of research to challenge age-old conventions about how boys become men.

Reichert explains how the paradigms about boys needing to be stoic and “man like” can actually cause them to shut down, leading to anger, isolation, and disrespectful or even destructive behaviors. The key to changing the culture lies in how parents, educators, and mentors help boys develop socially and emotionally. Reichert offers readers step-by-step guidance in doing just this by:
  Listening and observing, without judgment, so that boys know they’re being heard.
  Helping them develop strong connections with teachers, coaches, and other role models
  Encouraging them to talk about their feelings about the opposite sex and stressing the importance of respecting women
  Letting them know that they don’t have to “be a man” or “suck it up,” when they are experiencing physical or emotional pain.

Featuring the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience, How to Raise a Boy will help those who care for young boys and teenagers build a boyhood that will enable them to grow into confident, accomplished and kind men.


11 August, 2020

DARK EYES, LADY BLUE, by Marilyn Fedewa

Dark Eyes, Lady Blue (Texas Tech University Press/May 2020) tells the story of Sister María of Ágreda’s remarkable life. María was born in Ágreda, Spain, in 1602, and vowed there as a nun at age seventeen. From birth to her death in 1665, she never left the small town. Yet her accomplishments had a lasting impact in Spain and as far away as the American Southwest, where she is celebrated to this day.

Although cloistered in Ágreda’s Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, María grew to be a renowned mystic, a widely read author, and an advisor to the King of Spain. She experienced religious ecstasy that inspired her visionary writings and―quite remarkably―communications with the Jumano Indians of what would later become the states of Texas and New Mexico. When Spanish missionaries met the Jumano Indians, their chief expressed a desire to be baptized because of the supernatural visits from the mystical “lady in blue.”

This fresh telling of María’s story is one that will appeal to readers young and old and provides an unforgettable perspective on early American exploration of Texas and New Mexico.

About the Author

Marilyn Fedewa’s journey with Maria of Agreda began when she read the mystic’s inspiring signature work, Mystical City of God. It proved to be a life-changing experience, one that spurred her to visit Sor Maria’s convent in Spain, and to research the abbess’s extraordinary life and work in earnest. Along the way, Marilyn has written many articles on Sor Maria for publication in the U.S. and in Spain, and co-authored Emil Lockwood’s biography with Stanley Christopher Fedewa. For updates on her adventures with Sor Maria, visit www.cambridgeconnections.net,


6 August, 2020

OUT OF THE DEPTHS: The Story of A Child of Buchenwald Who Came Home At Last, Israel Meir Lau

NOW IN PAPERBACK from Sterling Publishing (August 2020)

With a foreword by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel! Israel Meir Lau, one of the youngest survivors of Buchenwald, was just eight years old when the camp was liberated in 1945. Descended from a 1,000-year unbroken chain of rabbis, he grew up to become Chief Rabbi of Israel–and like many of the great rabbis, Lau is a master storyteller. Out of the Depths is his harrowing, miraculous, and inspiring account of life in one of the Nazis’ deadliest concentration camps, and how he managed to survive against all possible odds.
Lau, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust, also chronicles his life after the war, including his emigration to Mandate Palestine during a period that coincides with the development of the State of Israel. The story continues up through today, with that once-lost boy of eight now a brilliant, charismatic, and world-revered figure who has visited with Popes John Paul and Benedict; the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and countless global leaders including Ronald Reagan, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Tony Blair.

Rabbi Lau is one of the world’s most revered and charismatic Jewish leaders. Lau was born in 1937 in Poland, the son of his town’s last Chief Rabbi. He served as the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1993 to 2003. Currently, he is Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Chairman of Yad Vashem–Israel’s official memorial organization to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. In 2005, Lau was awarded the Is

rael Prize (the country’s highest honor) for his lifetime achievements and special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

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.

 


15 July, 2020

LET THEM EAT PANCAKES: One Man’s Personal Revolution in the City of Light, Craig Carlson

A second helping of tales on the joys and challenges of working, eating, and loving in France from the New York Times bestselling author of Pancakes in Paris.

Craig Carlson set out to do the impossible: open the first American diner in Paris. Despite never having owned his own business before—let alone a restaurant, the riskiest business of all—Craig chose to open his diner in a foreign country, with a foreign language that also happens to be the culinary capital of the world. While facing enormous obstacles, whether its finding cooks who can navigate the impossibly petite kitchen (and create delicious roast Turkey for their Thanksgiving Special to boot), finding “exotic” ingredients like bacon, breakfast sausage, and bagels, and dealing with  constant  strikes, demonstrations, and Kafkaesque French bureaucracy, Craig and his diner, Breakfast in America, went on to be a great success—especially with the French.

By turns hilarious and provocative, Craig takes us hunting for snails with his French mother-in-law and invites us to share the table when he treats his elegant non-agrarian neighbor to her first-ever cheeseburger. We encounter a customer at his diner who, as a self-proclaimed anarchist, tries to stiff his bill, saying it’s his right to “dine and dash.” We navigate Draconian labor laws where bad employees can’t be fired (even for theft) and battle antiquated French bureaucracy dating back to Napoleon.

When Craig finds love, he and his debonair French cheri find themselves battling the most unlikely of foes—the notorious Pigeon Man—for their sanity, never mind peace and romance, in their little corner of Paris. For all those who love stories of adventure, delicious food, and over-coming the odds, Let Them Eat Pancakes (Pegasus July 2020) will satisfy your appetite and leave you wanting even more.

Reviews:
“Like his first memoir, Pancakes in Paris this charming sequel explores Carlson’s unexpected success operating an American diner in the capital of France, with plenty of colorful anecdotes and personal detours.” New York Times Book Review, New & Notable:

“A pleasant, witty memoir from an American diner owner in France.”, Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Eat. Love. Paris. Craig Carlson shares his passion for food and France in this charming, thought-provoking collection of essays. With heart and humor, he shows us the best of America and France, and how we can learn from one another. Whether delving into cultural differences or the challenges and rewards of running a business, Craig is the perfect guide. Let Them Eat Pancakes is a delicious, satisfying dish about following your dreams.”

— Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library

All the wit and heart of Pancakes in Paris, but even wittier and heartier. Craig Carlson serves up yet another delightful, dizzying account of life in the City of Light. He truly understands the imperfect yet inescapable love of expat life. You root for him on every page. — Lisa Anselmo, author of My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home

“This second helping of stories about the author’s life in Paris is as cheering as an all-day American breakfast.”  — Stephen Clarke, author of A Year in the Merde and 1000 Years of Annoying the French.

Funny, inspiring, and moving. , The Huffington Post (Praise for PANCAKES IN PARIS)

“If you are a foodie and Francophile, and if you like rags-to-riches stories, you should curl up on an armchair with a strong cup of coffee and a croissant and tuck into Crag Carlson’s memoir.  A quintessential American tale, big and brash and filled with charm.”
Powell’s Book Blog (Praise for PANCAKES IN PARIS)

“Hearty and delicious.”
— Jennifer Coburn, author of WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS (Praise for PANCAKES IN PARIS)

“Carlson tells his story with an openness and an ironic sense of humor.  A great success story and will inspire readers to never stop trying to achieve their goals.” — Roger S. Christiansen, Director, “Friends” and “Hannah Montana” (Praise for PANCAKES IN PARIS)

Craig Carlson’s  “Let Them Eat Pancakes” is a feast for your funny bone. It is clever, informative, and filled with outrageous characters that make up the intoxicating appeal of the cuisine and people of Paris. It’s also an authentic insight into the bureaucracy of living and working in France. — Nancy Lombardo, Whats The Buzz New York

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Craig Carlson first came to France as an exchange student in 1985 and instantly fell in love with the country. He never could have imagined that some thirty-five years later he’d be the owner of two American diners in Paris and be nicknamed “Le Pancake Kid” by the French. With a background in journalism, Craig studied cinema at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts, using his experience as a screenwriter to pen his debut memoir, Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France. Craig and his husband Julien currently split their time between Paris and Los Angeles. Well, at least they try to. With two busy diners that can’t be left alone for too long, their lives lean heavily on the Paris side, which, of course, is not such a bad thing, n’est-ce pas?

 


1 June, 2020

Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War: One Woman’s Journey to the Medal of Honor and the Fight for Women’s Rights, Theresa Kaminski, Ph.D.

“History has long neglected the inspiring and incredible tale of Dr. Mary Walker, a pioneering Civil War surgeon who overcame rampant prejudice to save countless soldiers’ lives. In Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War, Theresa Kaminski has finally given this American hero her due. With impeccable research and engaging prose, Kaminski captures Walker’s outsized bravery and delicious swagger. The result is a vivid, eloquent portrait sure to thrill history buffs and anyone fascinated by the lives of audacious, before-their-time women.” — Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghosts of Eden Park

“I will always be somebody.”  This assertion, a startling one from a nineteenth-century woman, drove the life of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, the only American woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor and the subject of Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War (Lyons Press). President Andrew Johnson issued the award in 1865 in recognition of the incomparable medical service Walker rendered during the Civil War. Yet few people today know anything about the woman so well-known–even notorious–in her own lifetime. Theresa Kaminski shares a different way of looking at the Civil War, through the eyes of a woman confident she could make a contribution equal to that of any man. She takes readers into the political cauldron of the nation’s capital in wartime, where Walker was a familiar if notorious figure. Mary Walker’s relentless pursuit of gender and racial equality is key to understanding her commitment to a Union victory in the Civil War. Her role in the women’s suffrage movement became controversial and the US Army stripped Walker of her medal, only to have the medal reinstated posthumously in 1977.

“Dr. Mary Walker, once spurned as “the famous man-woman” for her insistence on wearing pants in public, is a heroine not just of the Civil War, when her service as a doctor made her the first and only woman to receive the Medal of Honor, but of the unfinished revolution for equal rights and fair treatment women are still waging today. Theresa Kaminski’s compelling narrative, thoughtfully contextualized and filled with vibrant characters, brings a complicated reformer and nearly a century of movement history back into the light.”— Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

“Dr. Mary Walker is primarily remembered for one thing, when she is remembered at all: her work as a surgeon in the Civil War. In Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War, Theresa Kaminski gives us an engaging and impeccably researched portrait of Walker as a whole person: devotion to reform, prickly personality, and all. She also demonstrates how easily an important woman can be erased from history during her own lifetime. If you’re interested in Civil War medicine, the history of women’s rights or kick-ass historical women, you’ll want to read Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War.” – Pamela D. Toler, author of Women Warriors

“Theresa Kaminski tells Dr. Mary Walker’s incredible story with an easy to read style and impeccable research. A must read for those interested in not only the Civil War, but also medical history and the history of women’s rights.” — Lori Handeland, New York Times bestselling author