New Books

10 August, 2022

RECLAIMING BODY TRUST: Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant

A holistic and powerful framework for accepting and liberating our bodies, and ourselves. Harcover publication August 2022 (Tarcher Perigee)

Have you ever felt uncomfortable or not “at home” in your body? In this book, the founders of Body Trust, licensed therapist Hilary Kinavey and registered dietician Dana Sturtevant, invite readers to break free from the status quo and reject a diet culture that has taken advantage and profited from trauma, stigma, and disembodiment, and fully reclaim and embrace their bodies.

Informed by the personal body stories of the hundreds of people they have worked with, Reclaiming Body Trust delineates an intersectional, social justice−orientated path to healing in three phases: The Rupture, The Reckoning, and The Reclamation. Throughout, readers will be anchored by the authors’ innovative and revolutionary Body Trust framework to discover a pathway out of a rigid, mechanistic way of thinking about the body and into a more authentic, sustainable way to occupy and nurture our bodies.

Review

Reclaiming Body Trust is a breath of fresh air, an inclusive, self-aware, comprehensive guide out of the endless cycle of shame and body blame. Whether you are new to liberatory work or deep into unraveling your relationship with bigotry and all varieties of body terrorism, this book will support you on your healing journey.”
—DALIA KINSEY, RD, LD, author of Decolonizing Wellness: A QTBIPOC-Centered Guide to Escape the Diet Trap, Heal Your Self-Image, and Achieve Body Liberation“Hilary and Dana have written a deeply touching and relevant book that sheds light on the injustice created by a culture that demands body perfection. Offering hope to the reader, the authors have created a healing paradigm for retrieving the body trust they’ve so tragically lost and a path toward a lifetime of inner attunement.”
—ELYSE RESCH, MS, RDN, CEDS-S, FAND, coauthor of Intuitive Eating“In Reclaiming Body Trust, Kinavey and Sturtevant guide us through the raw, messy work of divesting from diet culture and from the stories we have been sold for too long about our bodies. They locate our personal body struggles in the broader context of diet culture, a system rooted in anti-fat bias, gender discrimination and white supremacy. And they help us write new stories, rooted in our bodies’ wisdom and truth. I am so glad to have this pow­erful, important book on my shelf.”
—VIRGINIA SOLE-SMITH, author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America

“With clarity, heart, and an expansive sense of humanity, Kinavey and Sturtevant provide revelatory tools for liberation. Interdisciplinary, multi-layered, and rooted in experience, Reclaiming Body Trust is essential reading for anyone who has struggled to feel at home in their body or to conform their body to external standards.”
—SAVALA NOLAN, author of Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body

“Reclaiming Body Trust is a compassionate, inclusive book that provides vital vocabulary and a framework for those seeking to understand and heal their relationship with their body. Using real life narratives and their own extensive clinical experience, the authors have created a superb resource that will be life-changing for all who read it.”
—Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, founder and director of the Gaudiani Clinic and author of Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders

“Healing from the trauma of diet culture, body commodification, and internalized weight stigma requires a reclamation of our body as our home. We must take back that which has been stolen from us: the birthright to a body lived in with presence and delight. This beautiful book shows us how to remove the hooks that have kept us stuck and ashamed. Well done.”
—Amy Pershing LMSW, ACSW, CCTP-II, coauthor of Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery and Beyond

About the Author

Hilary Kinavey, M.S., LPC, has supported people who are healing from disordered eating, body shame, and the impact of weight bias and other traumas. Her work, as a therapist, facilitator, educator, speaker, and writer, has been a study of what interrupts our sense of wholeness and how we can return to ourselves in a culture that profits from fragmentation. She has additional training in workshop facilitation, mind-body coaching, and radical relating. She is a sought-after speaker on topics such as weight-inclusive approaches, weight bias, Body Trust®, and the intersections of activism and the helping professions. She offers consultation and training for organizations and professional groups.

Dana Sturtevant, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian who helps people divest from diet culture and move toward a more compassionate, embodied form of radical self-care. Her work as a speaker, educator, and trainer focuses on humanizing health care, advancing health equity, and advocating for body sovereignty and food justice. As a sought-after speaker and writer, Sturtevant is a champion for compassionate, weight-inclusive models of care and offers supervision, training, and consultation for helping professionals and health care organizations.

 


26 July, 2022

THE GIFT OF RUMI: Experiencing the Wisdom of the Sufi Master, by Emily Jane O’Dell, Ph.D.

An authentic exploration of the real Rumi, featuring new translations of his beloved poems, released July 2022 from St. Martin’s Essentials

Personal, inspiring, and transportingThe Gift of Rumi is one part memoir, one part introduction to a great poet sage, and itself a gift.”
Gish Jen, author of Thank You, Mr. Nixon

“[A] sharp debut…The author’s personal anecdotes usefully illustrate what Rumi’s spirituality looks like in contemporary practice, and the historical context opens up fresh ways of looking at the poet’s works. This makes for an excellent primer on Rumi.” ―Publisher’s Weekly

 

As one of the world’s most loved poets, Rumi’s poems are celebrated for their message of love and their beauty, but too often they are stripped of their mystical and spiritual meanings. The Gift of Rumi offers a new reading of Rumi, contextualizing his work against the broader backdrop of Islamic mysticism and adding a richness and authenticity that is lacking in many Westernized conceptions of his work. Author Emily Jane O’Dell has studied Sufism both academically, in her work and research at Harvard, Columbia, and the American University of Beirut, and in practice, learning from a Mevlevi master and his whirling dervishes in Istanbul. She weaves this expertise throughout The Gift of Rumi, sharing a new vision of Rumi’s classic work.

At the heart of Rumi’s mystical poetry is the “religion of love” which transcends all religions. Through his majestic verses of ecstasy and longing, Rumi invites us into the religion of the heart and guides us to our own loving inner essence. The Gift of Rumi gives us a key to experiencing this profound and powerful invitation, allowing readers to meet the master in a new way.

 

“In the crowded shelf of books about Rumi, there are a few books about Rumi’s life, and an increasing number that are or purport to be translations from the original Persian. E.J. O’Dell’s The Gift of Rumi is both: It gives the right amount of context for people new to the study of Rumi, combined with original and fresh translations. The Gift of Rumi is indeed a gift, and recommended to all lovers of Rumi!
―Omid Safi, Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University; Founder of Illuminated Courses and Tours

Emily Jane O’Dell meets Rumi on his own terms, placing his compelling verses of ecstasy and of longing for the heart’s greater intimacy with the divine within the contexts of historical Islamic mysticism, while at the same time testifying to their enduring value “as a map for living virtuously and loving fiercely.” This book is far more than another collection of Rumi’s poems in translation; it explores the tenets underlying these poems while at the same time opening fascinating vistas onto two remarkable lives – those of Rumi and of the author.”
―John Emigh, Professor Emeritus, Brown University

“This is an astonishing book. It tips rigorous scholarship, benevolent sympathy, and personal experience into the cauldron of Rumi’s poetry for the reader to then gradually withdraw a silken brew of spiritual compassion, guidance, and understanding. It gives us in the West intriguing new translations, but also a usable pathway toward adopting Rumi as a mentor for living in today’s world.”
―Harold Augenbraum, Co-Founder, Yale Translation Initiative

 


16 June, 2022

SELF HELP, An Audible Original by Ben H. Winters

A darkly comedic thriller by the New York Times best-selling author of Underground Airlines, The Last Policeman, and the Audible Originals Q&A and Inside Jobs, released May 2022.

Self Help Audiobook By Ben H. Winters cover art

Jack Diller is just one more struggling actor on the road to nowhere. He’s got an agent who barely remembers his name, his ex-girlfriend has hooked up with a Silicon Valley dude, and the milk in his fridge is so far past its sell-by date it’s historic. The only way Jack can scrape together a bare existence is by delivering food to exactly the types of successful people he wishes he could be.

Then, one day, a very strange audiobook shows up on his phone. The Killer Instinct seems to be your basic self-help guide, narrated by a washed-up action star named Hector Bruno, and brimming with cheesy advice for how to get your life together.

With so little to lose, Jack starts listening… and listening some more. He starts talking to Hector like he’s his best friend.

And then… Hector starts talking back.

 


16 June, 2022

THE SLEEP-DEPRIVED TEEN, Lisa L. Lewis

An Eye-Opening Parenting Guide for Better Teenage Sleep

“In this timely book, Lisa L. Lewis underscores why sleep is so vital for adolescent well-being and resilience and offers detailed, actionable tools for bringing about change.”Arianna Huffington, founder & CEO of Thrive Global

In THE SLEEP-DEPRIVED TEEN (Mango, June 2022), parenting journalist Lisa L. Lewis provides parents with the roadmap for more (and better) sleep for their teens—and perhaps even for themselves.

Pick up this actionable guide for parents of exhausted teens. Teenagers are tired, strapped for time, and often asked to wake up far earlier than they should due to school start times. In The Sleep-Deprived Teen, Lisa L. Lewis, who helped spark the first law in the nation requiring healthy school start times for adolescents, has written a reader-friendly book for parents who want to help their fatigued teens and tweens sleep well.

Learn the science of why teenage sleep matters and how sleep changes during the teen years. Poor sleep affects mental health, athletic performance, and academic success. It contributes to adolescent depression, anxiety, and even drowsy driving. On the flip side, when teens are well-rested, they’re happier, healthier, and more emotionally resilient.

In THE SLEEP-DEPRIVED TEEN, you’ll find:

  • The science of why sleep matters and how it changes during the teen years
  • A synthesis of the research, including tips and strategies to promote healthy sleep habits and help teens avoid poor sleep patterns
  • An essential primer on technology, and a look at how gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, and race and ethnicity can affect teenage sleep

If you’ve read books like Parenting the New Teen in the Age of AnxietyGeneration Sleepless, or Inconvenient Sleep, then The Sleep-Deprived Teen is for you.

Journalist Lewis sounds the alarm that teens aren’t getting enough sleep in this impassioned survey. Due in large part to early school start times, teens are sleep deprived, she writes, and it’s taking a toll on their health. Lewis explains how sleep works and details the shifts that happen during puberty and cause teens to need additional morning sleep to get sufficient rest. She details the history of school schedules, attributing earlier start times to school consolidation, busing issues, and budget cuts, and offers data showing dramatic improvements in attendance and mental health in Minnesota schools when schools started later. Parents stuck with an early bell, Lewis writes, can be ‘strategic’ with kids ‘about naps and caffeine’ and set limits for tech use at night, but the best way to deal with the problem, she argues, is to push schools to start later. To that end, she offers detailed and practical guidance, including tips for building community involvement, and responses to common objections by school districts (‘Sports are often not nearly as difficult to rearrange as people think they might be,’ for example). This convincing plea is well worth a look for parents and educators alike.“
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“In her compelling and deeply researched book, Lisa L. Lewis shows why sleep matters to the physical, emotional, and social well-being of teenagers. She deftly reviews the science, then provides practical advice for putting those scientific insights into action. For parents and educators everywhere, this book is an urgent and timely read.”
Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of WhenDriveThe Power of Regret, and To Sell Is Human

“Lisa L. Lewis’s book should serve as a wake-up call to parents, lawmakers, school administrators, coaches, and teens everywhere. It’s nearly impossible to convince adolescents they need more sleep, but this book is full of persuasive facts even the most exhausted teen might heed. Don’t let your aspiring NBA players miss the chapter on sleep as a competitive advantage! The Sleep-Deprived Teen is a bright and easy read with profound implications for the health and development of teens.”
Michelle Icard, author of Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen

The Sleep-Deprived Teen is a must-read for anyone caring for tweens and teens. It explains in a clear and accessible way how kids’ sleep patterns change during puberty and why good-quality sleep is so critical to the physical and emotional well-being of our adolescents.”
Vanessa Kroll Bennett, cohost of The Puberty Podcast

The Sleep-Deprived Teen provides a conversationally paced review of the scientific background behind teen sleep challenges and outlines a roadmap for healthier and better-slept teens through community and school advocacy. Investing in today’s teens, who are tomorrow’s leaders, truly does start with a good night’s sleep!”
Maida Lynn Chen, MD, director of the Sleep Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine

“Filled with outstanding research and reporting, The Sleep-Deprived Teen should convince every parent and educator of teens to make healthy sleep a priority. Lisa L. Lewis covers the latest research on sleep-deprivation and compels readers to consider practical changes around school start times, sports practices, media use, caffeine, driving habits and more, all with a goal of improving teen health and engagement with learning. Read it with your teen today!”
Denise Pope, PhD, cofounder of Challenge Success and senior lecturer at Stanford University Graduate School of Education

“While we often view waking sleepy teens for pre-dawn school as a joke at best or annoyance at worst, The Sleep-Deprived Teen shows why this practice undermines the health and well-being of children, families, and entire communities. Whether you live with, work with, or even know any teenagers, this engaging, illuminating book will awaken you to this ‘sleeper’ of an issue and show you how we as a society can address it.”
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD, executive director and cofounder of Start School Later

About the Author

Lisa L. Lewis, MS, is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of parenting, public health, and education. She played a key role in California’s new healthy school start times law, the first of its kind in the nation. Lewis is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and has written for The New York TimesThe AtlanticTIME, the Los Angeles TimesSlate, and Your Teen, among others. She’s a parent to two teens, who inspire much of what she writes about—everything from concussions and heat stroke to school lockdowns to teenage sleep.

Rafael Pelayo, MD, FAASM, is a clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the division of sleep medicine. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area,


17 May, 2022

QUEEN OF THE WEST: The Life and Times of Dale Evans, Theresa Kaminski

The first full-length biography of mid-twentieth century multi-faceted star Dale Evans, follows her career from small-town girl and radio singer to movie stardom with her life and screen partner Roy Rogers. Dale was an accomplished master of image and reinventing herself as the landscape changed under her. She began her career, trying to fit in, and was convinced to hide her early marriage and her son. She didn’t quite have the looks to make it as a bombshell, but musical westerns were the key. And when she partnered up with Roy Rogers, their on-screen chemistry transformed her into Queen of the West. Eventually the two married and Dale became one of the most famous working Moms in America as she blended family and work in the public eye.

Once married, Dale acknowledged her son Tommy while Roy had three children already. They had a child together who had Downs Syndrome and died before her 2nd birthday. They went on to adopt 4 additional children, becoming early advocates to change the perceptions of the developmentally disabled and for adoption. In her career, Dale continually reinvented herself. She began singing in small- and big-town radio stations in the 1920s, when this medium was still in its infancy. By the 1930s she had enough experience to move into a bigger market, and she appeared at glamourous Chicago nightclubs and toured major cities with a big band. Dale’s voice attracted the attention of a Hollywood agent in the early 1940s so off she went to California where she became a B-movie star. The following decade, she transitioned to television and co-starred in one of the most popular shows of the 1950s. Dale got in on the rapid spread of cable in the late 1970s and early 1980s, too. Charismatic Christian ministers like Pat Robertson and Jim Bakker launched religiously-themed stations that took off with cable viewers. In 1985, Dale began a talk show on the Trinity Broadcast Network that ran until 2001, the year she died.

Drawing from never-before-seen sources (especially business records and fan mail) at the newly-opened Roy Rogers-Dale Evans collections at the Autry Museum of the American West, Kaminski deftly charts the broad sweep of change in women’s lives over the twentieth century, against a backdrop comprised of the glitter of country music, the glamour of Hollywood, and the grit of the early television industry.

“Drawing from archival interviews and correspondences, Kaminski provides engrossing glimpses into the obstacles Evans faced on her road to fame—from her two left feet (“Frankly, I can’t even do a time step,” she admitted during one audition) to her fraught home life, which was especially painful during the brief life of her daughter Robin, who died of encephalitis as a toddler. The deeply humanizing result restores an oft-overlooked yet influential 20th-century celebrity to her rightful place in music history.” — Publishers Weekly


11 May, 2022

RESERVATIONS FOR SIX, Lindsey J. Palmer

Lindsey Palmer’s latest novel, RESERVATIONS FOR SIX (May 2022, Wyatt-Mackenzie), takes you inside the friendships and marriages of six couples that have celebrated their birthdays together for years. Yet, when the group gathers to celebrate the big 4-0, one of the friends makes an announcement that leaves the entire group shook and threatens to change their dynamics forever.

Perfect for fans of Emma Straub, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Rebecca Serle, RESERVATIONS FOR SIX is a deeply satisfying novel full of wisdom, humor, and heart. It shines a spotlight on the phase of marriage when the fabric has started to fray, and deftly observes how couples cope, grow, and eventually thrive-together or apart.

“Pull up a chair and watch the drama unfold as these six friends manage the roller coaster of midlife. Marriage, fidelity, parenting, career stress, aging.” Library Journal

“[Reservations for Six] reveals the challenges of marriage as well as the rewards… Palmer has a sure hand with her characters. Overall, this offers a shrewd but affectionate portrayal of marriage in middle age.” — Publishers Weekly

Lindsey J. Palmer is a writer, editor, and educator. She is the author of four novels, RESERVATIONS FOR SIX, OTHERWISE ENGAGED, IF WE LIVED HERE, and PRETTY IN INK. She worked in the magazine industry for many years, most recently as Features Editor at Self, and previously at Redbook and Glamour. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she earned a Master of Arts in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and taught A.P. Literature and Creative Writing at a Manhattan public school for several years. Nowadays she’s a senior editor at BrainPOP, an animated educational site for kids, which means she spends her days researching topics as diverse as Alan Turing, Juneteenth, and Mindfulness, and then translating what she’s learned into an engaging, narrative format. Lindsey lives on Cape Cod with her husband and daughter. Visit her at lindseyjpalmer.com and www.facebook.com/lindseyjpalmerauthor.

 


5 May, 2022

THE SLEEP-DEPRIVED TEEN, Lisa L. Lewis

An Eye-Opening Parenting Guide for Better Teenage Sleep

“In this timely book, Lisa L. Lewis underscores why sleep is so vital for adolescent well-being and resilience and offers detailed, actionable tools for bringing about change.”—Arianna Huffington, founder & CEO of Thrive Global

Amazon: #1 New Release in Teen Health and Sleep Medicine

In The Sleep-Deprived Teen: Why Our Teens Are So Tired and How Parents and Schools Can Help Them Thrive (Mango Publishing, June 2022), parenting journalist Lisa L. Lewis provides parents with the roadmap for more (and better) sleep for their teens—and perhaps even for themselves.

Pick up this actionable guide for parents of exhausted teens. Teenagers are tired, strapped for time, and often asked to wake up far earlier than they should due to school start times. In The Sleep-Deprived Teen, Lisa L. Lewis, who helped spark the first law in the nation requiring healthy school start times for adolescents, has written a reader-friendly book for parents who want to help their fatigued teens and tweens sleep well.

Learn the science of why teenage sleep matters and how sleep changes during the teen years. Poor sleep affects mental health, athletic performance, and academic success. It contributes to adolescent depression, anxiety, and even drowsy driving. On the flip side, when teens are well-rested, they’re happier, healthier, and more emotionally resilient.

In The Sleep-Deprived Teen, you’ll find:

  • The science of why sleep matters and how it changes during the teen years
  • A synthesis of the research, including tips and strategies to promote healthy sleep habits and help teens avoid poor sleep patterns
  • An essential primer on technology, and a look at how gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, and race and ethnicity can affect teenage sleep

If you’ve read books like Parenting the New Teen in the Age of AnxietyGeneration Sleepless, or Inconvenient Sleep, then The Sleep-Deprived Teen is for you.

Review

“In this timely book, Lisa L. Lewis underscores why sleep is so vital for adolescent well-being and resilience and offers detailed, actionable tools for bringing about change. Grounded in science and filled with insights and inspiration, The Sleep-Deprived Teen is a call to action for parents everywhere to help their teens thrive.”
Arianna Huffington, founder & CEO of Thrive Global

“In her compelling and deeply researched book, Lisa L. Lewis shows why sleep matters to the physical, emotional, and social well-being of teenagers. She deftly reviews the science, then provides practical advice for putting those scientific insights into action. For parents and educators everywhere, this book is an urgent and timely read.”
Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of WhenDriveThe Power of Regret, and To Sell Is Human

“Lisa L. Lewis’s book should serve as a wake-up call to parents, lawmakers, school administrators, coaches, and teens everywhere. It’s nearly impossible to convince adolescents they need more sleep, but this book is full of persuasive facts even the most exhausted teen might heed. Don’t let your aspiring NBA players miss the chapter on sleep as a competitive advantage! The Sleep-Deprived Teen is a bright and easy read with profound implications for the health and development of teens.”
Michelle Icard, author of Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen

The Sleep-Deprived Teen is a must-read for anyone caring for tweens and teens. It explains in a clear and accessible way how kids’ sleep patterns change during puberty and why good-quality sleep is so critical to the physical and emotional well-being of our adolescents.”
Vanessa Kroll Bennett, cohost of The Puberty Podcast

The Sleep-Deprived Teen provides a conversationally paced review of the scientific background behind teen sleep challenges and outlines a roadmap for healthier and better-slept teens through community and school advocacy. Investing in today’s teens, who are tomorrow’s leaders, truly does start with a good night’s sleep!”
Maida Lynn Chen, MD, director of the Sleep Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine

“Filled with outstanding research and reporting, The Sleep-Deprived Teen should convince every parent and educator of teens to make healthy sleep a priority. Lisa L. Lewis covers the latest research on sleep-deprivation and compels readers to consider practical changes around school start times, sports practices, media use, caffeine, driving habits and more, all with a goal of improving teen health and engagement with learning. Read it with your teen today!”
Denise Pope, PhD, cofounder of Challenge Success and senior lecturer at Stanford University Graduate School of Education

“While we often view waking sleepy teens for pre-dawn school as a joke at best or annoyance at worst, The Sleep-Deprived Teen shows why this practice undermines the health and well-being of children, families, and entire communities. Whether you live with, work with, or even know any teenagers, this engaging, illuminating book will awaken you to this ‘sleeper’ of an issue and show you how we as a society can address it.”
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD, executive director and cofounder of Start School Later

Lisa L. Lewis, MS, is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of parenting, public health, and education. She played a key role in California’s new healthy school start times law, the first of its kind in the nation. Lewis is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and has written for The New York TimesThe AtlanticTIME, the Los Angeles TimesSlate, and Your Teen, among others. She’s a parent to two teens, who inspire much of what she writes about—everything from concussions and heat stroke to school lockdowns to teenage sleep.
 Rafael Pelayo, MD, FAASM, who wrote the Foreword, is a clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the division of sleep medicine.

19 April, 2022

HOW TO TELL A STORY: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Storytelling, Aristotle, Translated with an Introduction by Philip Freeman

HOW TO TELL A STORY: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Storytelling for Writers and Readers, Translated and Introduced by Philip Freeman (Princeton University Press, May 2022), is an inviting and highly readable new translation of Aristotle’s complete Poetics―the first and best introduction to the art of writing and understanding stories. 

Aristotle’s Poetics is the most important book ever written for writers and readers of stories―whether novels, short fiction, plays, screenplays, or nonfiction. Aristotle was the first to identify the keys to plot, character, audience perception, tragic pleasure, and dozens of other critical points of good storytelling. Despite being written more than 2,000 years ago, the Poetics remains essential reading for anyone who wants to learn how to write a captivating story―or understand how such stories work and achieve their psychological effects. Yet for all its influence, the Poetics is too little read because it comes down to us in a form that is often difficult to follow, and even the best translations are geared more to specialists than to general readers who simply want to grasp Aristotle’s profound and practical insights. In How to Tell a Story, Philip Freeman presents the most readable translation of the Poetics yet produced, making this indispensable handbook more accessible, engaging, and useful than ever before.

In addition to its inviting and reliable translation, a commentary on each section, and the original Greek on facing pages, this edition of the Poetics features unique bullet points, chapter headings, and section numbers to help guide readers through Aristotle’s unmatched introduction to the art of writing and reading stories.

Philip Freeman is a Professor of Humanities at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Classical Philology and Celtic Languages and Literatures. His books have been reviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national publications.


15 March, 2022

POOR RICHARD’S WOMEN: Deborah Read Franklin and The Other Women Behind the Founding Father, Nancy Rubin Stuart

A vivid portrait of the women who loved, nurtured, and defended America’s famous scientist and founding father.

“An engrossing look at the human side of Benjamin Franklin . . . Using a post-feminist lens that’s critical of gender essentialism, Stuart rescues these women from obscurity . . . This is a terrific read: poignant, provocative, and probing.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin—the thrifty inventor-statesman of the Revolutionary era—but not about his love life. Poor Richard’s Women (Beacon Press, March 2022)  reveals the long-neglected voices of the women Ben loved and lost during his lifelong struggle between passion and prudence. The most prominent among them was Deborah Read Franklin, his common-law wife and partner for forty-four years. Long dismissed by historians, she was an independent, politically savvy woman and devoted wife who raised their children, managed his finances, and fought off angry mobs at gunpoint while he traipsed about England.

Weaving detailed historical research with emotional intensity and personal testimony, Nancy Rubin Stuart traces Deborah’s life and those of Ben’s other romantic attachments through their personal correspondence. We are introduced to Margaret Stevenson, the widowed landlady who managed Ben’s life in London; Catherine Ray, the twenty-three-year-old New Englander with whom he traveled overnight and later exchanged passionate letters; Madame Brillon, the beautiful French musician who flirted shamelessly with him, and the witty Madame Helvetius, who befriended the philosophes of pre-Revolutionary France and brought Ben to his knees.

What emerges from Stuart’s pen is a colorful and poignant portrait of women in the age of revolution. Set two centuries before the rise of feminism, Poor Richard’s Women depicts the feisty, often-forgotten women dear to Ben’s heart who, despite obstacles, achieved an independence rarely enjoyed by their peers in that era.

“This readable, well-researched book will appeal to those interested in the unruly intimate life of archrationalist Franklin as well as students of the too-often-ignored roles of women in the historical record. A revealing document about early American history.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A fresh perspective on Benjamin Franklin in this revealing study of his relationships with women . . . Stuart paints a nuanced portrait of Deborah and the other women in Franklin’s life, briskly recounts the highlights of his long and varied career, and incisively analyzes the era’s gender dynamics. American history buffs will be fascinated.”
Publishers Weekly

“Stuart has an engaging style and weaves in significant historical context. Readers will encounter illegitimate offspring, broken engagements, long silences, suspicious gifts, eighteenth-century social conventions, and unique and compelling women.”
Booklist

“A delightful addition to biographies and bookshelves everywhere.”
Colonial Review

“Ben Franklin, our enigmatic founding father, continues to fascinate, and in Poor Richard’s Women, Nancy Rubin Stuart gives the women in his life their due, showing them as real persons, with both limitations and achievements, rather than the pathetic, laughable figures so often described in books about him. Poor Richard’s Women is a treat for anyone interested in women of his time or Ben himself.”
—Betty Boyd Caroli, author of Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President

“Nancy Rubin Stuart highlights a side of Ben Franklin too often ignored by historians. . . . Stuart uncovers a man often dependent upon women’s care and support, a man eager to be loved, and a man driven by passions as much as by politics and science. Poor Richard’s Women fills in the blanks of the life we’ve known this founding father to live and provides a necessary reminder that the women who came into his life are as deserving of our attention as Ben himself.”
—Carol Berkin, author of Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence

Poor Richard’s Women is narrative history at its best, as it offers compelling insights into the character of Benjamin Franklin. Nancy Rubin Stuart rescues Franklin’s women from the margins, making them central to our understanding of a man who fought a never-ending internal battle between ‘prudence and passion.’ Engaging and fascinating, Poor Richard’s Women is a must-read for anyone looking to learn more about the man they thought they knew.”
—Sheila Skemp, author of The Making of a Patriot: Benjamin Franklin at the Cockpit

“[A] fascinating and fast-paced new look at the life of Benjamin Franklin, as told through the colorful prism of the women around him. Nancy Rubin Stuart explores his longest relationships, his fleeting infatuations, and everything in between. She shines a fresh light on old Ben while giving us a new appreciation for the women, who live and breathe in these pages as they haven’t since the eighteenth century. A refreshing read.”
—William Martin, author of Citizen Washington and December ’41

About the Author

Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist whose eight nonfiction books focus upon women and social history. Her most recently published works include Defiant BridesThe Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married and The Muse of the RevolutionThe Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation. A former journalist, Stuart has written for the New York TimesHuffington Post, the New England Quarterly, and national magazines. She serves as executive director of the Cape Cod Writers Center. Connect with her at www.nancyrubinstuart.com.

10 March, 2022

THE PROMISE OF THE PELICAN, Roy Hoffman

For fans of Harper Lee and Rita Mae Brown, Roy Hoffman’s new novel is steeped in a sense of place–coastal Alabama–with its rich tapestry of characters caught in a web of justice not for all.

“Roy Hoffman has written a fast-paced, mesmerizing and incredibly moving contemporary novel about human and civil rights,”– bestselling author Lee Smith

At once a literary crime novel and an intergenerational family drama, The Promise of the Pelican (Arcade Crimewise, March 2022) is set in the multicultural South, where justice might depend on the color of your skin and your immigration status. Hank Weinberg is a modern day Atticus Finch, recently retired as a defense attorney in Mobile, Alabama, and a Holocaust survivor, who fled the Nazis as a young child. With his daughter in rehab, he’s now taking care of his special needs grandson. Mourning his dead wife, spending mornings fishing on the pier with other octogenarians, he passes the rest of his days watching over his sweet grandson with the help of Lupita, a young Honduran babysitter. When her brother Julio, an undocumented immigrant, is accused of murder, Hank must return to the courtroom to defend him while also trying to save his daughter and grandson’s life from spinning out of control. The Promise of the Pelican takes its title from the legend that a pelican will pierce its own breast for blood to feed its starving chicks, a metaphor for one old man who risks all to save the vulnerable.

In a crisp prose style Harper Lee called “lean and clean,” Hoffman writes from an enormous well of compassion. He fills his new novel with a cast of finely drawn characters of all ages and abilities facing life’s harshest challenges and rising to meet them with dignity.

“A thrilling novel, with characters as memorable as those of Shakespearean tragedy…I could not put it down.” –Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife  

“Though a murder is at the center of this masterly novel, Roy Hoffman is most interested in writing about people; the best of us and the worst of us, how we feel, how we think, how we act, how we react in a crisis. In The Promise of the Pelican, Hoffman weaves an extraordinary tale of heartache and pain, of people desperately trying to connect, trying to make sense out of the senseless, ultimately asking whether true justice is possible in an imperfect world.”–Charles Salzberg, twice Shamus nominated author of “Second Story Man” and the Henry Swann series

“With The Promise of the Pelican, Roy Hoffman secures his place alongside the great American writers from the Deep South — Robert Penn Warren, Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, Lee Smith, and Harper Lee.  Our best novels transport and transform us, and The Promise of the Pelican does that and more. The story is compelling, the writing is elegant and economical, and every scene poignant and powerful. You can feel the heat of the Deep South, the tensions throughout, and the hope of a better world that gives meaning and life to his characters.” — Michael J. Gerhardt, distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School, and author of Lincoln’s Mentors:  The Education of a Leader.

Roy Hoffman is the award-winning author of the novels Come LandfallChicken Dreaming Corn, and Almost Family, and nonfiction Alabama Afternoons and Back Home. He has written essays for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal and was a journalist and speechwriter in New York before returning south. He has reviewed numerous works for the New York Times Book Review and is on the faculty of Spalding University’s Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing. A native of Mobile and Tulane University graduate, he resides in Fairhope, Alabama.