New Books

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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27 July, 2019

MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM, Thomas Armstrong Ph.D.

In today’s schools, students and teachers feel unprecedented—even alarming—levels of stress. How can we create calmer classrooms in which students concentrate better and feel more positive about themselves and others? Author Thomas Armstrong offers a compelling answer in the form of mindfulness, a secular practice he defines as the intentional focus of one’s attention on the present moment in a nonjudgmental way.

In Mindfulness in the Classroom: Strategies for Promoting Concentration, Compassion and Calm (ASCD), Dr. Armstrong

– Explains how mindfulness affects the structure and function of the brain.
– Provides an overview of mindfulness as both a personal practice and a classroom methodology that aligns with such educational models as Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
– Shares and explains the extensive research that shows the positive effects of mindfulness practices in the classroom.
– Describes how to adapt mindfulness for different grade levels, integrate it into regular school subjects, and implement it schoolwide.
– Offers guidelines for teaching mindfulness responsibly, without religious overtones.

Dozens of observations from teachers, students, researchers, and practitioners provide striking evidence of the power of mindfulness and offer hope to anyone who wants to make classrooms more productive places of learning.

Thomas Armstrong, PhD, is an educator, psychologist, and writer. He is the author of 18 books, including the ASCD books Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Neurodiversity in the Classroom, The Power of the Adolescent Brain, The Best Schools, The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing, ADD/ADHD Alternatives in the Classroom, and Awakening Genius in the Classroom. He is also the author of 7 Kinds of Smart, In Their Own Way, The Power of Neurodiversity, and The Myth of the ADHD Child. His books have been translated into 28 languages, including Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish. Armstrong has delivered more than a thousand workshops, seminars, and keynote addresses in 29 countries on 6 continents. He has written for numerous magazines and journals.


24 July, 2019

ISHTAR’S LEGACY, Rachel Sullivan

 “Strong characters. Smart writing. The most fun I’ve had between the pages in a long time! Pudelek is not to be missed!” – New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins ★★★★★

The powerful conclusion to Rachel Sullivan’s action-packed WILD WOMEN trilogy that started with FREYJA’S DAUGHTER and continued with LILITH’S CHILDREN!

Only two Hunter complexes remain in the way of Faline Frey and freedom for all American Wild Women. That is, until harpy Eonza makes a grave mistake in her quest to become pregnant and risks outing her people to the world.

As leaders from Wild Women groups in other countries get wind of the potential exposure, they send their ambassadors to assess the situation. What they find is defected Hunters—the men who have been oppressing Wild Women for decades—helping Wilds.

When Faline aligned with an ex-Hunter, her coterie took it badly. But these foreign Wilds make that look like a walk in the forest. They are ready to declare war on their American sisters for turning against their own kind and helping Hunters. But Faline has an even bigger foe on her tail.

Locked up and staring into the eyes of her worst enemy—the man who took her mother—she realizes just how much she has to lose and the truth behind the years shrouded in mystery.

She has one shot to take freedom for herself and every other Wild Woman. But can she succeed with her hands literally tied behind her back?

 


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)


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.


3 April, 2019

THE SCANDALOUS SUFFRAGETTE, Eliza Redgold

 


From the author of Naked, Enticing Benedict Cole and Playing the Duke’s Mistress comes a new historical romance.

Can she fight for freedom and for love?

When chocolate heiress Violet Coombes is caught hanging her suffragette banner in a most shocking place, Adam Beaufort, Esquire, proposes a marriage of convenience! His good name will avert scandal for her family, and her money will save the estate Adam’s father gambled away. Violet accepts, but she’s determined nothing will distract her from the Cause—including her oh-so-tempting husband!

“This is a Harlequin Romance that breaks the mould — deeply embedded in the art world of Victorian London, well-researched, beautifully romantic, and threaded together with poetry and paint. Highly recommended”

— Goodreads on Enticing Benedict Cole

“Impressive Harlequin debut. Eliza Redgold has a talent”

— Goodreads on Enticing Benedict Cole

Eliza Redgold is an author and ‘romantic academic’. Her natural pen name is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She writes fiction as Eliza Redgold and non-fiction as Elizabeth Reid Boyd. She is represented by Joelle Delbourgo Associates US.

Eliza Redgold’s bestselling historical and romance fiction includes her Ladies of Legend trilogy, starting with ‘Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva’ released internationally by St Martin’s Press New York. Her historical romances including ‘Enticing Benedict Cole’ and WH Smith Historical Romance bestseller ‘Playing the Duke’s Mistress’, are published by Harlequin Historical, London (Harper Collins) and translated internationally. ‘The Scandalous Suffragette’ is published by Harlequin Historical London as well (March 2019).

Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd is author of the Spiritual Aristocracy series that includes ‘INSPIRITRIX: The Complete Spiritual Aristocracy Sourcebook’ and three individual handbooks, ‘The Real Princess’, ‘The Queen of the Castle’ and ‘Lady Love’. They offer women a fun and accessible way to discover their Aristocratic Archetypes, a Princess, Queen or Lady, and harness their inner wisdom with centuries-old female lore.

‘The Secrets of Mindful Beauty’ by Elizabeth Reid Boyd and Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd (Skyhorse, New York) provides women with mind-body techniques in mindfulness and self-care that will change how you look and how you feel. ‘The Secrets of Mindful Beauty’ hit number one on Amazon in both Health/Beauty and Mindfulness categories concurrently.

Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd has presented academic papers on women and romance. She has written for The Guardian (UK), The Conversation and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction.

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