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“At a time in the real world when everybody seems to own their version of the truth and phrases like “alternative facts” are used to cover falsehoods, Golden State is, no lie, a fascinating examination that takes fidelity and correctness down a freaky Orwellian path.”―USA Today
“Once again, Ben H. Winters creates a world cleverly skewed a few crucial degrees from our own. . . . Winters is well aware of the tropes of dystopian noir, and it is fun to watch him mix and match them to good effect. . . . The detective plot works well, but it is in its questioning of the nature of truth and falsehood that the novel excels. . . . Smart, intricate and propulsive, Golden State is proof that Winters deserves our continued attention as one of crime fiction’s most inventive practitioners.”―San Francisco Chronicle
“Mr. Winters has won major awards in both the mystery and speculative-fiction genres. The brain-teasing Golden State exists in a space where those two forms coexist. As a consequence, a sympathetic reader’s imaginings may persist long after the book’s puzzles have been solved.”―Wall Street Journal
“Nothing speaks to the power of a weapon like it inspiring a work of speculative fiction, and Ben H. Winter’s Golden State is the dystopian take on the new tool of war du jour: lies.”―Paste Magazine, ‘One of the Best Books of January’
―The Guardian [UK]
―The Los Angeles Review of Books
“Like any good dystopian yarn, Golden State shows . . . how any organization or government can warp good intentions into truly harmful ones.”―The Verge
“An entertaining, unpredictable read.”―Financial Times
Ben H. Winters is the New York Times bestselling author of Underground Airlines and the Last Policeman trilogy. The second novel in the trilogy, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick award. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award and was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate. Ben lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA.
The Rule of St. Benedict has governed monastic communities for centuries, but it is far more than a standard religious text. The Rule is, above all, a handbook for living a deliberate life―no matter your religious background or beliefs. It teaches the importance of contemplation and silence, of solitude, and the power of community and unity.
With lessons focusing on the simple acts of everyday life, like eating and daily work, along with wisdom for the deeply personal and internal facets of living, such as cultivating humility and practicing forgiveness, The Rule of St. Benedict is a profound guide to living a good and meaningful life.
An award-winning translator, Philip Freeman’s version of The Rule is beautifully accessible in its language. With a simple and direct style, the book lays out a way of living that is transformative in its simplicity and striking in its power. It was released by St. Martin’s Essentials in December 2020.
Praise for The Rule of St. Benedict:
“The same desire that accompanied men and women to the first European monasteries, drive many of us today to the spiritual riches of St. Benedict and his famous Rule. And there is no better guide than Philip Freeman. Highly recommended!” ―Jon M. Sweeney, author of St. Francis of Assisi: His Life, Teachings, and Practice
Praise for Phillip Freeman:
“Philip Freeman brings sexy back in Searching for Sappho.” ―Vanity Fair
“Freeman’s book is full of light and life, and readers seeking an accessible introduction to this marvelous poet need look no further.” ―Wall Street Journal
About the Author
ST. BENEDICT OF NURSIA is a Christian saint born in 480. He is best known for his Rule which he wrote in 516 to guide and instruct monks living together in community.
PHILIP FREEMAN earned a PhD from Harvard University and currently holds an endowed chair in humanities at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He has published over twenty books on ancient and medieval history and religion, including works on Celtic mythology and St. Patrick.
A wife, mother, and aspiring filmmaker clings to the pursuit of perfection only to have fate play with every plan she’s made in this quirky, contemplative, and empowering novel.
Holly Banks is on a desperate mission to have it all, but nothing in life goes according to plan. She’s quickly learning that keeping up with the Joneses is a full-time job, especially when the women of Primm, her new neighborhood, seem to have it together all the time.
With her husband’s job in flux, her daughter’s difficulty with learning to read, and her mother’s new zest for dating, Holly’s life is already anything but picture perfect. Then her dog digs up an old artifact in the village center, and the mishap draws the attention of local media. Because of course it would.
Holly finds herself at the center of a mystery between two rival towns that, if solved, could change the Village of Primm forever. Attention is the last thing she needs as she’s launching a new business, the village-wide “Parade of Homes” is approaching—though she’s hardly unpacked—and she needs to submit her entry for an upcoming film festival. Can Holly still create her perfect (looking) life? Or is fate about to go off script and give her a story she never could have imagined?
THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS (November 2020) is the second book in the Village of Primm series, following HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST (December 2019).
“Picking up where Valerie’s first novel, Holly Banks Full of Angst, left off, this will fit right in with loyal Kinsella readers, fans of Tom Perotta’s Mrs. Fletcher, and those who enjoyed the suburban intrigue of the Netflix show Dead to Me.” —Booklist
“Valerie combines laugh-out-loud situations with heart as Holly navigates her newest challenges…Recommended for those who enjoy reading about relatable heroines and parents who are trying to have it all.” —Library Journal
“Both down to earth and beautifully surreal, Holly Banks’s latest adventure is a story about courage, family, and friendship that had me hooked from the very first page.” —Lea Geller, author of Trophy Life
About the Author
Julie Valerie is the bestselling author of Holly Banks Full of Angst, book 1 in the Village of Primm series. She serves on the board of directors for James River Writers; earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School; and has a master’s degree in education, a bachelor of fine arts in fashion, and certification in wilderness first aid. A former trend forecaster, Julie enjoys books, the study of wine, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, and travel. She married her college sweetheart, and they live in Virginia with their four children and two English Labradors. Learn more about Julie at https://julievalerie.com.
Find Yourself Again with a Natural Approach to a Natural Transition
Menopause is too often treated as a problem to be solved or an illness to be cured, not the natural process it is. Now, with the publication of MANAGE YOUR MENOPAUSE NATURALLY (New World Library, November 2020), it doesn’t have to be that way. World-renowned healthcare expert Maryon Stewart outlines her wonderfully comprehensive and practical Six-Week Natural Menopause Solution with steps that women can take to feel better right away. Detailed questionnaires help you assess which areas of your life most need addressing — from brain fogginess and mood swings to painful sex, weight gain, and complexion issues. Maryon then shows you exactly what to do, nutritionally and in other areas of your life, to overcome symptoms. The powerful results of Maryon’s program don’t end after six weeks; instead, they point the way toward not just a good life, but a life that’s better than ever. The book contains a foreword by Emmanuela Wolloch, MD FACOG.
— Dr. Vivienne McVey, CEO, Virgin Care
“This is an excellent book providing an overall holistic approach to the management of menopause. It should prove to be very valuable to all women who are experiencing the myriad symptoms of menopause that they wish to manage in a nonmedicalized fashion, with practical and sensible tips that should be easy to implement. Even for those who wish to consider HRT, the advice Maryon Stewart provides is invaluable!”
— Sushma Srikrishna, MD, FRCOG, consultant urogynecologist, King’s College Hospital, London
“As doctors we haven’t been educated about alternative routes through menopause. As many women want or need to manage naturally, it’s important they have adequate knowledge. In Manage Your Menopause Naturally, Maryon Stewart brings together the world literature and, based on her successful approach that has been helping women overcome their symptoms for twenty-eight years, provides women with step-by-step instructions and tools to manage their perimenopause and menopause naturally, as well as future-proofing their health in the longer term.”
— Dr. Hina Pathak Sra, MA (Hons), Oxon, MBBS, MRCOG, Director, Harley Street Specialists
“Maryon Stewart is the go-to expert for resolving menopause challenges naturally, and I can’t recommend her or this book highly enough. Her wisdom, expertise, heart, and compassion are unparalleled, and I’m so grateful this book will help her work reach more women. It’s time to release the big fat lies about menopause and reclaim the second half of life with joy and enthusiasm. We deserve it, and Maryon is the perfect guide!”
— Amy Ahlers, author of Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves and coauthor of Reform Your Inner Mean Girl
“As a menopause specialist, I know that hormone treatment is not always sufficient to treat menopausal symptoms. Women need holistic care, and many women are looking for a natural approach. Here, Maryon Stewart lays out her successful program, based on published medical research. In Manage Your Menopause Naturally, Maryon generously shares information from her Natural Menopause Solution so that women everywhere can use the knowledge to reclaim their well-being.”
— Dr. Tania Adib, consultant gynecologist, clinical lead of the Menopause Clinic, the Lister Hospital, London
“The important thing for me, as a practicing gynecologist, about Maryon’s work is that it is evidence-based. This book is a fantastic place for every woman to start when faced with menopause and decisions about how to be their ‘best self’ for the next forty years. Maryon’s balanced tone and obvious passion make her book a compelling read and her advice a pleasure to implement.”
— Dr. Karen Morton, MA, MRCP, FRCOG, consultant gynecologist and founder of Dr Morton’s — The Medical Helpline©
About the Author
A passenger’s story of fighting for her—and everyone else’s—rescue from the cruise ship with the first major outbreak of COVID-19 outside China.
What happens when you find yourself at the epicenter of a global crisis over a contagious new virus? Bestselling writer Gay Courter and her filmmaker husband learned the answer to that question in early February 2020, just as they were about to disembark from the Diamond Princess in Tokyo after a dazzling two-week southeast Asian cruise.
Weeks before lockdowns and social distancing became the new normal, the Courters and their shipmates suddenly found themselves trapped in a posh penitentiary—courtesy of the Japanese Ministry of Health.
Rather than passively endure their nightmare-come-true, they launched a campaign to get themselves and everyone else off the ship. With the help of the global media and some well-placed connections, they managed to influence high-ranking U.S. government officials—right up to and including the White House—to bring everyone home to safety.
Quarantine! is the insider’s book on the Diamond Princess episode, a suspenseful real-life drama recounting Gay and Phil’s twelve-day ordeal aboard ship, their tenacious efforts to get the U.S. government to repatriate them and other Americans, and their additional fifteen-day quarantine under federal order behind chain-link fencing at the pointedly less-than-posh Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
The COVID-19 crisis has affected the entire world. In her inimitable, long-admired voice, Gay Courter tells how it feels to wonder if you will be the next victim.
QUARANTINE! How I Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis was published by Post Hill Press in November 2020.
For updates on Phil Courter’s documentary, Quarantine! How We Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis, visit quarantinediamondprincess.com
Gay Courter is the author of many bestselling novels including THE MIDWIFE and CODE EZRA.
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.
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
“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.
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.
- 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.
“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.”
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