The Invention of Wings
Monday, February 10, 2014 3:38 PM
Sue Monk Kidd is possibly best known for her novel The Secret Life of Bees, which was adapted into a well recieved film. Her latest book delves into the lives of the two Grimke sisters, famous for their vocal support of abolition. They were so polarizing that they were made to leave their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, under threat of death. This engaging novel looks at two important figures of American history who pushed for equality for all. The Invention of Wings was chosen by Oprah as an Oprah Book Club pick in December of 2013.
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Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man
Monday, February 10, 2014 3:37 PM
Judith Bloom Fradin sits down to discuss her latest book: Stolen into Slavery. This gripping story tells the tale of Solomon Northrup, a free African American who was betrayed by his friends and taken into slavery. This book is designed to be read by both kids and adults. The themes of equality and kidnap are offered as a crux for discussion.
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Inside the White House
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:52 AM
Author William Seale, in cooperation with National Geographic, has helped to put together a comprehensive history of the White House. Seale and other scholars have contributed to the book; from documenting it's famous inhabitants, to how it got its name, and the real reason for being white. This release includes hundreds of beautiful pictures of one of America's most famous building.
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Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon talks about her latest book: Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:46 AM
Countess Fiona discusses the second book in her series The Real Women of Downton Abbey. This follow-up chronicles Fiona's ancestor, Lady Catherine, and her experience in Highclere Castle during the tumultous years of World War II. Countess Fiona also takes time to discuss the hit television show Downton Abbey, a fictional drama that is set in her castle.
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Life Inside the Bubble
Friday, December 13, 2013 11:20 AM
Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino served 12 years in the secret service and is now running for the 6th Congressional District in Maryland and has a new book out entitled Inside the Bubble which is on the New York Times best seller list. In the book Bongino discusses his service and why he decided to leave his job and get into politics.
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Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked
Saturday, November 9, 2013 11:43 AM
Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Works written by Chris Matthews host of Hardball on MSN is an inside look at the tumultuous relationship between the President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Thomas O’Neil. Matthews was an aide for O’Neil and watched the relationship unfold from the beginning. In a recent interview Matthews discusses why he decided to write the book and how their relationship relates to the tone of politics now.
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The Signature of All Things
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:26 AM
Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat Pray Love has her first novel out in 13 years The Signature of All Things. Gilbert talks about why she decided to move away from nonfiction. She says she wanted to write a sweeping multigenerational epic. The focus of the book is a 19th century botanist. She also talks about the importance of strong female characters and the impact of the growing back to earth movement.
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FROM SCRATCH - INSIDE THE FOOD NETWORK
Friday, October 4, 2013 10:08 AM
Allen Salkin was working for the New York Times and was sent to cover a food festival. He says he was amazed to see chefs with body guards and fans in flocks waiting to see them. Salkin says at that moment he realized he wanted to be the one to tell the story of how the Food Network came into being. Salkin talks about the recent issues many of those famous chefs have been plagued with and the future of food television.
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My Parent Plan
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:28 PM
A new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau found the number of “breadwinner” moms is at an all-time high in the U.S. with 40% of moms serving as the sole or primary source of income for their families. TechMamas.com founder and editor in chief Beth Blecherman has a new book entitled My Parent Plan that can help busy working moms use technology to better organize the chaos of their lives.
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Entwined With You
Thursday, June 13, 2013 2:42 PM
Entwined With You is the latest in New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series.Day talks about how she came up with the series and how many more books she intends to write for it.Cosmopolitan magazine, Harlequin and Sylvia recently announced a seven figure deal in which Sylvia will launch Cosmo Red Hot Reads, the new ebook program between Cosmopolitan and Harlequin, with two Sylvia Day novellas. This will happen later this year.
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The Dude and The Zen Master
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:59 AM
The Zen Master, Bernie Glassman, recently co wrote a new book with Jeff Bridges all about the Zen of the film The Big Lebowski. The book is entitled The Dude and the Zen Master and explores what Zen can do to help change lives. Glassman says that the biggest misconception about hearing the word “Zen” is that people immediately think only about meditation and think of it as something passive. Zen is about “living in the moment” and all about being very active. Meditation is something that people who practice Zen do each day but it is so much more than that. Glassman says that the character of “the Dude” is important when it comes to learning about Zen because it is so much easier to understand than the technical language of Buddhism. Glassman also likes the idea of using the Dude to show the teachings in a humorous way so that people understand that you need to be able to laugh. “To laugh at ourselves and to laugh at life is wonderful,” says Glassman. The book also gives an important message that we should always try to make things better but not to have expectations because these expectations can lead to frustrations. Glassman hopes for everyone to read this book and for those interested in more information or would like the purchase the book, they can check out his website at http://zenpeacemakers.org/talks-videos-books/
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:47 AM
Nia Vardalos, best known for her role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, discusses her new book “Instant Mom” which chronicles the story of her road-to-parenting. In the book, Vardalos discusses her attempts at trying to have a baby and how her and her husband decided to try adoption. She states that the method that worked best for them was through American Foster Care where they discovered and signed up for a free service called Foster Family Agency. A network of social workers guided them through the entire process of adoption. Vardalos says that adopting her daughter has changed her life and she has since become an advocate for adoption. She says that there is an “irrational fear that surrounds the myths of adoption and that’s what I’m trying to dispel.” The proceeds from the book will be shared with groups aimed to encourage adoption because there are many children in need of a good home.
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Doc Hendley Talks About World Water Day
Friday, March 22, 2013 2:02 PM
In 2007 Doc Hendley a former bar tender founded the non profit organization Wine to Water to bring clean drinking water to countries around the world. Today is the 20th World Water Day a UN sanctioned event to bring awareness to the fact that more than one billion people are without clean drinking water around the world. Hendley says his efforts have become his true calling in life. Hendley has recently written a book entitled Wine to Water documenting his efforts.
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Julie Andrews Talks About Her Latest Children's Book
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:52 AM
More than 40 years ago Julie Andrews, best known for her roles in the Sound of Music and Mary Poppins began writing a variety of books but just 15 years ago she started writing with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. The latest book in the mother daughter duos Very Fairy Princess series is entitled The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart. Andrews says the storyline follows Geraldine who prefers to be called Gerry and despite the fact that she has holes in her tights and dirty finger nails she is determined to find her inner sparkle. Andrews says it is a heartwarming tale for children of all ages. Andrews also discusses her continually busy schedule, what’s next for her and the importance of reading to children. So far her latest book has made it to number 2 on the New York Times Best Seller List
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Friday, December 21, 2012 11:22 AM
Dove Award winning songwriter Michael Neale has transitioned his talents to a new medium for him, a new book entitled The River. Neale says he grew up with great storytellers in his family and after having experiences white water rafting the characters from the novel came to life and he says it took him about 11 years to get the courage to finally write the book. He says it was a story he felt he had to write. Neale says he is working on the follow up to The River and has written a soundtrack and will start performing The River Experience live.
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Shovelful of Sunshine
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:56 AM
This time of year we tell children if they misbehave Santa will bring them a lump of coal. Even Frosty the Snowman had two eyes made out of coal. But do children really understand the hard work, dedication and sacrifice made by coal miners each day? Author Stacie Vaughn Hutton has written a new children’s book entitled Shovelful of Sunshine to help educate children about the coal mining industry and what it means for so many families especially in West Virginia. Hutton is a former school teacher. She says she geared the book toward children because when she looked at what was available for children to read about coal mining the selection was negative. Hutton says children are impressionable and she thinks children deserve something more realistic and balanced than the stereotypes that are out there. She says too many people don’t have any idea where there electricity comes from and there is a disconnect between American people and the miners who help provide that electricity. The Illustrations for the book are provided by Cheryl Harness and is endorsed by Homer Hickam and Landau Eugene Murphy Junior.
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I Want to Kill the Dog
Friday, December 7, 2012 11:39 AM
“Drivel. When Master Cohen vanishes some night, Jasper will have a quiet smile on his face and will probably never bark again.” – Meredith Vieira, spouse and dog lover
“Has a couple ever gone to war or a spouse moved to another country because a pet came between them? Have two people other than my wife and me ever had such opposing feelings when it comes to domestic animals?” So wonders Meredith Vieira’s husband, Richard M. Cohen, who has endured the beasts his wife has brought into the house to “enrich” their lives. Despite her unshakable affection for these furry creatures, the various animals have destroyed the serenity of a once calm household. Delivery people have fled in fear. Guests have cowered or simply laughed at the current mutt’s stab at intimidation (in the form of hideous shrieks). Weary of having animals run the show, Richard is fed up and needs to say it. He does just that in his new book, I Want to Kill the Dog, where his biting sense of humor and wry storytelling finally give voice to the as-of-yet unheard (but quite substantial!) minority who have spent way too much time on animal planet.
I Want to Kill the Dog is more than a countercultural ode to those weary of the pet pedestal. It is a portrait of a marriage and of the redemptive power of humor and family when banishing the beast is not an option.
About the Author:
Richard M. Cohen is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: his memoir about his struggles with MS and cancer as well as his controversial career in the news business, Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness, and Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, A Chorus of Hope, which looked at the issue of the medical community’s lack of attention to chronic illnesses. His distinguished career in network news has earned him numerous awards, including three Emmys and a George Foster Peabody. Cohen lives outside New York City with his wife, Meredith Vieira
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The Duck Commander Family
Friday, November 30, 2012 11:22 AM
In The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty, Willie and Korie Robertson, stars of the A&E hit series “Duck Dynasty,” share their story of rags-to-riches and how their homegrown mom-and-pop operation, Duck Commander has become a multi-million dollar empire.
Ask anyone in Louisiana and they'll tell you that the bayou state's favorite first family doesn't live in the governor's mansion but in the backwoods, where the Robertson's' Duck Commander has become a sporting empire by fabricating top-of-the-line duck calls invented by family patriarch Phil Robertson.
“Part redneck logic, part humorous stories of our family, combined with faith, business tips and a little history – this book is the inside sneak-peek for everything you wanted to know about growing up a Robertson and what it is like to be a part of this family” said Willie.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012 2:48 PM
The ability to live sustainably without technology is the focus of a new book written by Cumberland City Planner David Umling. Lifestyle Lost details Umling’s experience building a home in West Virginia without the use of electricity or advanced technology. His home has no water, sewer or electric lines and is being built using solar power. In the book Umling discusses his own experiences living in what he calls two separate worlds, growing up on a farm and living off the land opposed to living in larger metropolitan areas more dependent on technology and finite resources. Umling says “If you take big cities like Baltimore and New York and cut them off from rural areas, they would not be able to survive very long”. Big urban areas rely on agriculture and other resources from rural areas to help support their way of living. He says an example of this dependency was evident during the Derecho that hit this summer leaving many throughout the region without power for several days. Umling claims our dependence on technology has it harder for metropolitan areas to survive without that technology. As the region prepares for the impact of Hurricane Sandy and the potential for sustained power outages picking up a copy of Lifestyle Lost may be one way to pass the time.
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The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 8:39 AM
The novel is Inspired by the actions of a real cellist during the siege of Sarajevo. After witnessing the death of twenty-two of his friends and neighbors in a mortar attack, the cellist sits at the site of the attack and he plays Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor for twenty-two days—once for each of the dead. The story is told through the eyes of three individuals—one man braving the streets under threat of snipers to collect water for his family; one man who makes his way through the city in search of a meal and instead runs into an old friend who reminds him of the city before the war; and a young woman recruited for her expert marksmanship—now a sniper herself—who is charged with protecting the cellist.
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Dead End in Norvelt
Monday, September 10, 2012 10:20 AM
By Jack Gantos
Newbery Honor-Winning author and National Book Award Finalist
It’s no surprise that Jack Gantos was the 2010 ALAN award winner for his outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature. His first Joey Pigza book, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, was a finalist for the National Book Award. The next, Joey Pigza Loses Control, was chosen as a Newbery Honor book. And Hole in My Life, Jack’s memoir for young adults, was chosen as both a Printz Honor book and a Sibert Honor book.
Now Gantos is publishing his first new middle grade project that isn’t part of a series in ten years. DEAD END IN NORVELT is a sharp-edged, semi-autobiographical story about a boy named, not-so-coincidentally, Jack Gantos.
Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Gantos brings to life his own western-Pennsylvania hometown with the story of an incredible two months for a boy named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation adventure are suddenly ruined when he is grounded by his parents for what feels like forever. But escape comes where Jack least expects it, once he begins helping an elderly neighbor with a highly unusual chore—a chore involving the newly dead, as well as molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
About the Author
Creator of Rotten Ralph, Jack Gantos is also the author of Hole in My Life, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Insanely Simple The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success By Ken Segall
Sunday, August 19, 2012 8:46 AM
Many people consider Apple the most powerful brand in the world – an accolade that’s hard to dispute when their product line includes iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac and MacBook Air. Companies all over the world try to emulate Apple’s creative genius and superb marketing. But what is the real secret to Apple’s success? According to Ken Segall, the man who put the “i” in iMac and served as a member of Steve Jobs’ creative inner circle for more than a decade, the answer is: simplicity. In his book, INSANELY SIMPLE: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success, Segall reveals what sets Apple apart from other technology companies and makes them stand out in a complicated world: a deep, almost religious belief in the power of simplicity, which has been the company’s driving force since its founding. In the book, Segall shows how Apple—through its charismatic and driven leader Steve Jobs—built its brand around the concept of simplicity, distilled into ten elements that are all evident in the way that Apple works and can be employed by others to excel.
The 10 Elements of Simplicity including:
- Think Brutal… No need to be mean, just brutally honest—and avoid the partial truths while you’re at it.
- Think Small… Swear allegiance to the concept of small groups of smart people.
- Think Minimal… Be mindful of the fact that every time you attempt to communicate more than one idea, you’re splintering the attention of those you’re talking to—whether they are customers or colleagues.
- Think Motion… The right timing is as important as the right people.
- Think Iconic… Never forget the power of an image to galvanize your audience.
- Think Phrasal… Words can be amazingly powerful, but too many words are simply confusing.
- Think Casual… Do what Steve Jobs did: shun the trappings of big business.
- Think Human… Have the boldness to look beyond numbers and spreadsheets, and allow your heart to have a say in the matter.
- Think Skeptic…. Expect the first reaction of others to be negative.
- Think War… Extreme times call for extreme measures. Like
Ken Segall worked closely with Steve Jobs for over 12 years, serving as his ad agency creative director for both NeXT and Apple. He who was privy to a side of Steve Jobs most people have only read about. Ken and his team were responsible for Apple’s legendary Think different campaign, which was an integral part of Apple’s transformation following Steve Jobs’s return. Segall has also led the agency creative efforts for Dell, Intel and IBM, interacting with the executive teams of those companies. He blogs regularly at www.kensegall.com/blog and has also created a popular Apple satire blog at www.scoopertino.com.
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Capitol Punishment by Jack Abramoff
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:18 PM
After spending 43 months behind bars in a federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland for pleading guilty in 2006 to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials Jack Abramoff talks about his life, experiences in prison and the lobbying practices in Washington that lead to his time prison sentence. There is a lot about Abramoff the father of five, a movie maker, and leader in the College Republicans not just Abramoff the lobbyist that he discussed in his new book Capitol Punishment. Abramoff says he wrote the book in part to expose the side of Washington politics many of us don’t know or don’t want to know is going on every day.
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Rules of Civility
Sunday, August 7, 2011 2:28 PM
Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of a sharp, ambitious, and uncompromising young woman named Katey Kontent, who through a chance encounter is propelled from a Wall Street secretarial pool into a glittering new social orbit and the executive suites of Condé Nast. The novel features splendidly drawn characters, witty, utterly memorable dialogue, a deep understanding of the history and culture of the period, and a sparkling, dead-on depiction of New York City’s social strata.
Towles says that he wanted to write about a time and place that was far afield from his own personal experience, and to look through the eyes of someone who differed greatly from himself. “A little displacement makes me a sharper observer,” he notes. There were some personal influences that informed the book as well; Towles spent much time when he was in his twenties talking to his maternal grandparents about their lives between the wars, when they were young adults, and came away feeling that their generation (the 1920s and 30s) was less Victorian and more open then his parents’ generation (the 1950s and early 60s). In addition to documenting “with breezy intelligence and impeccable reserve the machinations of wealth and power” (Kirkus), Towles also deftly explores universal themes of self-invention, aspiration, and old-fashioned love and loss that are just as relevant now as they were in 1938.
Elegant and captivating, Rules of Civility turns a nuanced eye on how spur of the moment decisions can define life for decades to come. The novel presents a fresh take on the classic American story of someone rising from humble immigrant beginnings to reach great heights—but this time, with a strong woman at its center—and also offers an indelible portrait of New York City just as the Depression was beginning to end. Towles writes with a near flawless command of the period, its tones and inflections, its cultural trappings and complex social strata. Rules of Civilityintroduces an intensely original new voice to the fiction landscape.
Amor Towleswas born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University, where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. He is a principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is a self-described ardent fan of, among other things, early 20th century painting, 1950s jazz, 1970s cop shows, rock & roll on vinyl, obsolete accessories, the cast of “Casablanca,” Bob Dylan (early, mid, and late phases), the wee hours, card games, cafes, and the cookies made by both of his grandmothers.
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THE SILENT GIRL
Monday, August 1, 2011 8:26 AM
The new Rizzoli & Isles novel by New York Times bestseller TESS GERRITSEN
Tess Gerritsen is one of today’s biggest suspense superstars. Last summer, this former MD-turned-internationally-bestselling author took her profile to a whole new level when TNT launched their television series Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, based on her bestselling novels featuring the fan-favorite characters of medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. The premiere became a record-breaker for cable television and pulled in nearly eight million viewers. Now, Gerritsen returns and brings back Jane and Maura for their most harrowing case yet in THE SILENT GIRL
THE SILENT GIRLopens on a rooftop in Boston's Chinatown, where a killer has left behind a grisly spectacle. One look at the butchered young woman tells Jane and Maura that they’re on the trail of a frightening predator. Among the puzzling clues found on the victim’s body are non-human primate hairs and a metallic shard from an ancient weapon; both point toward the fable of the Monkey King, a powerful Chinese deity known for its mischievousness and vengeance. But the assailant is definitely not hundreds of years old and from a storybook, but one that is real flesh and blood—and Maura and Jane must race against the clock before the next victim falls prey to an unforgiving fate.
As a novelist and MD, Gerritsen is able to infuse her suspense thrillers with an authenticity that few can match—and THE SILENT GIRL is no exception.
ABOUT TESS GERRITSEN:
Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers Ice Cold, The Keepsake, The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine where she is currently at work on her next novel of suspense.
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Monday, July 25, 2011 9:44 AM
Must Read for the Summer
“Frank has a devoted following who adore her tales of the heart set in South Carolina ’s Lowcountry.”
“Frank’s lush and literary paean to her beloved Lowcountry provides a romantic glimpse into an artistic past.”
Dorothea Benton Frankfirst began to enchant and delight readers with her tales of life in Lowcountry South Carolina with the publication of her first book in 1999. Twelve years and eleven New York Times bestselling novels later, Frank has written FOLLY BEACH, a wonderful modern day story of life, loss, and love set against a remarkable discovery of this region’s artistic past,
Interwoven with the story of the history of the Porgy House, where Dorothy and DuBose Heyward collaborated with George Gershwin on the musical, Porgy and Bess, FOLLY BEACH is filled with the irresistible charm, saucy wit and lush atmosphere that characterize classic Dorothea Benton Frank. Through her rich descriptions and literary lyricisms that pay tribute to her beloved Lowcountry, Frank delivers romanticism and artistry in magnificent fashion.
About the Author Dorothea was born and raised on Sullivans Island , South Carolina and resides in the New York area with her husband. She is the author of the bestselling novels: Sullivan’s Island , Plantation , Isle of Palms , Shem Creek , Pawleys Island , Full of Grace , The Land of Mango Sunsets , The Christmas Pearl , Bulls Island , Return to Sullivans Island , and Lowcountry Summer.
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HOT X: ALGEBRA EXPOSED
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 7:57 AM
In a world increasingly dependent on technology (and inundated by unhealthy female stereotypes!), there has never been a more vital time for a book like HOT X: ALGEBRA EXPOSED,and Danica McKellar’s ongoing campaign to encourage girls to embrace their smarts is more important than ever.
In a recent study (March 2010) from the AAUW entitled ‘Why So Few’, it was revealed that 40% of women who are now in the surveyed "STEM" (science and engineering) fields were discouraged at some point in their academic career from being in the sciences, and that negative stereotyping against girls and math is very much a factor. The study proposes the solution of “exposing girls to successful female role models” as a way to combat this pervasive problem. Being Hollywood glamorous on the one hand, and a skilled math tutor on the other, Danica McKellar is uniquely qualified to assure today’s girls that smart is sexy! and that they can excel at anything they set their mind to. Talk about a role model!
In HOT X: ALGEBRA EXPOSED, McKellar instantly puts her readers at ease, showing teenage girls – and anyone taking algebra – how to feel confident, get in the driver’s seat, and totally master topics like square roots, trinomials, solving equations and inequations, word problems and more…without breaking a sweat.
Danica combines reader-favorites like personality quizzes, fun doodles, real-life testimonials and stories from her own life, with illuminating, step-by-step math lessons – often in her own handwriting, so girls feel like she’s sitting right next to them. As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica’s irreverent, light-hearted approach opens the door to math success and higher scores. Now, with HOT X: ALGEBRA EXPOSED, the scary veil of algebra is finally lifted, making it understandable, relevant and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls.
DANICA MCKELLAR, famous for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, is also an internationally recognized mathematician, bestselling author, and advocate for math education. Her work has been recognized in Newsweek and USA Today, as well as on Good Morning America,The Today Show,NPR’s Science Friday, and even in ABC World News Tonight’s “Person of the Week” feature.
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THE HAPPINESS PROJECT:Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Sunday, July 10, 2011 2:29 PM
Author Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany: she was pretty happy, but she wasn’t as happy as she could be, or as she shouldbe—and her life wasn’t going to change unless she made it change. In an instant, she decided to devote the following year to becoming happier…and the Happiness Project was launched.
WithTHE HAPPINESS PROJECT: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun , Rubin traces her illuminating, exhilarating, and ultimately transformative journey in pursuit of greater happiness. In this wonderfully engaging memoir recounting herdays spent trying every principle, tip, theory, and research study result she could find, Rubin reveals what advice actually helped, what she learned along the way—and how she jump-started a grassroots phenomenon in the process.
Unlike radical happiness projects, like Henry David Thoreau’s stay at Walden Pond or Elizabeth Gilbert’s move to Italy, India, and Indonesia, Rubin wanted to work on her happiness here and now—to get happier by making changes in her ordinary life. Many of the most brilliant minds in history have pondered the question of happiness, and Rubin immersed herself in their work, while also venturing into positive psychology, cognitive science, fiction, and pop culture for ideas. To stay on track and measure her progress, Rubin mapped out a monthly Resolutions Chart—her concrete plan tackling areas like marriage, parenthood, leisure, work, money, and mindfulness.
Beginning on January 1, each month Rubin took on a different group of resolutions including “Sing in the morning to my two daughters,” “Go to sleep earlier,” “Act more energetic,” “Enjoy the fun of failure,” “Take time to be silly,” “Indulge in a modest splurge,” “Quit nagging my husband,” “Imitate a spiritual master,” “Forget about results,” and “Use good manners.” Through trial and error, she refined her conception of happiness and strategies for attaining it. Before long, Rubin could see changes in her well-being.
Recognizing that challenge, growth, and novelty are key elements to happiness, she pushed herself in new and sometimes uncomfortable ways, while keeping her resolution to “Be Gretchen”: she became an ace de-clutterer, formed a children’s literature book group, gave up fake food, wrote a novel in a month, underwent hypnosis, and enrolled in a drawing class. But perhaps her most gratifying accomplishment was the launch of her daily blog, MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "ethreemail.com
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What Gretchen Rubin discovered over twelve life-changing months—some of it simple, some of it powerful—will strike a universal chord. Her enthusiasm jumps off the page, and readers of THE HAPPINESS PROJECTwill be inspired by her thoughtful observations and practical suggestions to embark on happiness projects of their own.
About the Author:
Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the bestselling Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill and Forty Ways to Look at JFK. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, Rubin started her career as a lawyer, and she was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.
To hear the interview with Gretchen Rubin click here
Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 9:59 AM
The heartwarming and award-winning humorist Stuart McLean is back with another collection of hilarious stories, SECRETS FROM THE VINYL CAFÉ . McLean is a huge star in Canada- close to one million people listen to his show, The Vinyl Café, every weekend on CBC Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. In this delightful compilation, the international bestselling author and hit radio personality explores the misdemeanors and transgressions of a variety of characters that populate the Vinyl Café while offering readers insight into the clandestine matters of the heart.
Canada's The Walrus (Dec 2010 issue), identifies Stuart Mclean as "the great bard of Canadian niceness, a man for whom for whom kindness is not, as it is for many, simply a tepid default mode, a way of getting along in the world with the least difficulty, or a set of conventional rules to discard when we can get away with it. Rather, in his moral universe, niceness is a living force, a Tao, a way of being-a constant, energetic striving to repay the unearned good fortune of our existence by treating all those around us with respect."
About the Author:
Stuart McLean is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and humorist, and host of CBC Radio program The Vinyl Cafe. Stuart is a professor emeritus at Ryerson University in Toronto and former director of the broadcast division of the School of Journalism. In 1993 Trent University named him the first Rooke Fellow for Teaching, Writing and Research. He has also been honored by: Nipissing University (EdD(H)); University of Windsor (Lld) and Trent University (DLH). Stuart served as Honorary Colonel of the 8th Air Maintenance Squadron at 8 Wing, Trenton from 2005 to 2008.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Stuart McLean click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Stuart McLean click here
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:58 AM
In 1993, Guilty Pleasures,Laurell K. Hamilton’s first Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel, was published. Over the next eighteen years the series became a contemporary fiction phenomenon, landing Hamilton at the top of national bestseller lists, including the #1 slot on the New York Times list and a top ten showing on USAToday’s list. HIT LIST, the 20th installment of Anita Blake’s thrilling adventures, picks up after 2009’s Skin Trade and last year’s Bullet with a band of hit men hot on Anita’s trail.
In HIT LIST, vampire hunter and U.S. Marshal Anita Blake heads to the Northwest to find a group of serial killers responsible for the deaths of wereanimals across the country. Anita knows that the Harlequin—a secret organization of powerful paranormal assassins—are behind the murders. They are the most deadly enemy Anita has ever faced and no regular U.S. Marshal can possibly stop them. So Anita brings in the big guns: mercenary Edward, Anita’s longtime friend and fellow vampire hunter; sociopathic serial killer Olaf, who both admires Anita and fantasizes about torturing her; and experienced U.S. Marshal Bernardo Spotted Horse. Together, they have to stop the Harlequin before they capture Anita and cause a shift in the balance of paranormal power in the United States.
Filled with the propulsive action, beloved characters, and irresistible blend of mystery, fantasy and romance that readers have come to expect from the Anita Blake novels series, HIT LIST confirms why the St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote, “Hamilton just keeps getting better and better.”
To hear the interview with Laurell Hamilton click here
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:41 AM
#1 New York Times bestselling novelist David Baldacci has captivated readers for the past fifteen years with his twenty sharp-edged thrillers. Now with ONE SUMMER, he delves closer to the heart, and presents a touching family drama about love, loss, faith and healing. The novel marks a breathtaking literary departure for Baldacci that will delight his current fans and introduce his rich storytelling to a legion of new readers.
Jack Armstrong is facing the end of his life. Losing his battle with a terminal illness, his wish is to spend one last Christmas with his beloved wife Lizzie and their three children, Mikki, Cory and Jackie. But Cleveland’s snowy roads dash this dream and hurl fate on its head when Jack learns that Lizzie has perished in a car accident while driving to get his medicine. In the subsequent months that follow, as Jack struggles to deal with this unimaginable loss and sending his children away to be raised separately by his in-laws, a miracle unfolds… he begins to heal, and with this newfound strength he pursues a dream Lizzie held dear—to spend a summer with the family in the South Carolina oceanfront home she adored as a child.
Through one magical summer and a series of poignant letters Jack wrote to Lizzie to help her cope when he was supposed to be gone, Jack fights to keep his family together. A single father raising a rebellious teenage daughter and two younger sons, Jack rebuilds this foundation while renovating the bequeathed beachfront estate and adjacent lighthouse, a beacon for his lost, yet ever-present love. But just as Jack and his children begin to mend from their loss and bond over the new lives and loves they are creating in this small town, Jack is faced with one final obstacle to overcome—a bitter mother-in-law whose meddling culminates in a dramatic courtroom custody battle that showcases Baldacci at his best, bridging his legal expertise with an emotionally charged story that proves how triumph can indeed persevere over tragedy.
David Baldacci is the author of twenty bestselling suspense novels. He lives with his family in Virginia. Together with his wife, he founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting his literacy efforts across America. Baldacci has made numerous national television appearances, including the Today Show, Weekend Today, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and CBS This Morning.
For more information, go to www.davidbaldacci.com http://www.davidbaldacci.com
To hear the interview with David Baldacci click here
MY NAME IS MEMORY
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:45 AM
From Ann Brashares, the author of one of the most popular young adult series of all times, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; and the New York Times-bestselling adult novel The Last Summer (of You and Me), comes an MY NAME IS MEMORY an unforgettable saga of transcendent love, now available in paperback.
Enchanting and exhilarating, MY NAME IS MEMORY captures the thrill and tumult of first love like we’ve never seen it before. From her wildly successful young adult series The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to, more recently, her New York Times-bestselling adult novel The Last Summer (of You and Me), Ann Brashares has been celebrated for her remarkable ability to create fiction that is “compelling” (The Washington Post) and “affecting” (Entertainment Weekly). MY NAME IS MEMORY is a moving novel about the power and determinations of two hearts destined to become one.
MY NAME IS MEMORY is the saga of Daniel and Sophia and an epic but star-crossed love that has endured for more than a millennium. Daniel has “the Memory”: a rare ability to recall his past incarnations, and further, to recognize the souls of people he knew in previous lives. From life to life, Daniel finds himself drawn to Sophia, in her various forms and circumstances. She is his destiny, but also his greatest torment, for every time he manages to find her, tragedy tears them apart. If Daniel and Sophia are ever to enjoy their love in one lifetime, they will have to face the force that has always come between them. In chapters that alternate between present-day Virginia—where Daniel must convince Sophia (“Lucy” in this life) of their shared history—and the past lives spanning centuries and cultures where their paths intersected, Brashares brings readers a love story that transcends time and mortality.
Ann Brashares is the author of the phenomenal 8-million-copy-selling series of young adult novels The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, and Forever in Blue, and the New York Times-bestselling adult novel The Last Summer (of You and Me). She lives in New York City with her husband, the artist Jacob Collins, and their four children.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Ann Brashares click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Ann Brashares click here
The Longevity Project
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 8:11 AM
In September 1921, a talented young schoolgirl named Patricia and her precocious classmate John were pulled out of their San Francisco classrooms by a Stanford University psychologist, Lewis Terman. Dr. Terman was looking for gifted children and had asked their teachers to pick out the brightest kids in the class. He was interested in the sources of intellectual leadership and wondered if he could identify early glimmers of high potential.
Eighty years later, both Patricia and John were still alive at ninety-one years old. They had beaten the odds and lived very long and healthy lives. What was their secret? In an effort to find out, we have spent the past twenty years following up on the people in Dr. Terman’s studies and investigating why some people thrive well into old age while others fall ill and die prematurely. Along the way, we’ve discovered that many common health recommendations are ill-advised or simply wrong. We’ve replaced those with more accurate guideposts to a longer, healthier life.
The 1,500 or so bright boys and girls selected by Dr. Terman were born around 1910. Almost all of them are now gone. We have documented when and how they died, and we have studied their lives in meticulous detail. Although many died by their sixties, many others aged in good health and lived well into old age. Surprisingly, the long-lived among them did not find the secret to health in broccoli, medical tests, vitamins, or jogging. Rather, they were individuals with certain constellations of habits and patterns of living. Their personalities, career trajectories, and social lives proved highly relevant to their long-term health, often in ways we did not expect.
The usual piecemeal suggestions given to those who want to improve their health (“relax,” “eat vegetables,” “lose weight,” “get married”) are lifesaving for some but neither effective nor economical for many. In fact, standard medical advice often backfires, leaving us overweight and stressed out as we struggle to follow specific edicts. Our society spends a fortune on health care, fad diets, pharmaceuticals, and a variety of short-term remedies that help somewhat; but there is often disappointingly little effect on our long-term health and longevity.
The late comedian and actress Lucille Ball had her own secret to staying young: live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.i Lucy was both right and wrong. Living honestly, our data show, really can be important, but eating slowly doesn’t much matter. Lying about your age and your health does indeed represent a challenge to health researchers, but we have figured out ways to outwit the Lucys of the world and get around this common source of research bias.
In our studies we focus first on longevity—length of life. Many studies of well-being are flawed because they rely too heavily on participants’ answers to queries about their health and wellness—called their “self-report.” Their self-reported answers are subjective and often inaccurate. Longevity is not distorted by self-report. Although there is a field of study on the reliability of death certificates, it is pretty much the case that if your death certificate says that you died on April 26, 1989, then we can be reasonably certain of your longevity and of your state of health on that date. Lucille Ball was not a participant in Dr. Terman’s studies, but, as we shall see, one of her closest associates was.
Many common beliefs about health and longevity come from a host of biased sources—with distortions that go well beyond the self-report biases. Aside from the self-interest research biases we hear so much about (in which someone has a financial stake in the findings), there are also many sources of inadvertent skew or error. If you think about it—as we do every day in our laboratory—you come to realize that we can never be quite sure about the validity of many health studies and claims.
Of course we can study individuals who stay healthy, but to whom do we compare them? If we knew that two people started out exactly the same at birth but one ate only broccoli while the other ate only fried steak, then we might have a reasonable comparison. But almost all epidemiological studies, even those making daily headlines, compare people who differ in many, many ways. Indeed they differ in ways we cannot know about. Most comparisons of vegetarians and cheeseburger addicts, or of pill-takers and the pill-averse, therefore are necessarily somewhat flawed. The researchers generally do their best to be as accurate as possible, but there are always limits in a complex study of human health. And the statistics that emerge from the studies can be interpreted in many different ways.
One of the best ways to avoid research traps and biases is to follow individuals for their whole lives and see which characteristics influence subsequent qualities, behaviors, and outcomes. What exactly causes people with similar backgrounds to diverge in terms of their health and well-being? This step-by-step procedure is exactly what we have done, and this book is the first comprehensive report of the findings.
Tracing the lives of hundreds of individuals, we have discovered new twists to common health recommendations, such as when staying single or getting divorced can be healthy for women. Our studies have uncovered a series of what we call dead-end myths—common advice that is not supported by good science and can lead to dead ends in more than one sense of the term. Throughout this book, we’ll explain exactly why the following common beliefs, to name a few, are false:
The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late. (Myth!)
Get married and you will live longer. (Myth!)
Take it easy and don’t work so hard and you will stay healthier. (Myth!)
Thinking happy thoughts reduces stress and leads to long life. (Myth!)
Religious people live longer, so don’t miss religious services. (Myth!)
If you have hobbies like gardening, walking, and cooking, you should take up more vigorous forms of exercise. (Myth!)
Worrying is very bad for your health. (Myth!)
If you believe that you are loved and cared for, then you are on the road to good health. (Myth!)
Retire as soon as you can and play more golf to stay healthy and live longer. (Myth!)
If your child is very serious, encourage him or her to be more spontaneous and have more fun. (Myth!)
Give your children a big head start in school and they will thrive for life. (Myth!)
You can live to be a hundred only if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred (as Woody Allen is said to have joked). (Myth!)
To hear part 1 of the interview with Dr. Howard Friedman click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Dr. Howard Friedman click here
The Heart Mender
Sunday, May 15, 2011 1:45 PM
Can natural enemies make peace? Actually . . . can they fall in love?
In 1942 and 1943, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason‚ widowed by the war‚ discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann’s uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind. In The Heart Mender, a small town must prepare itself for the worst the world has to offer, and Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future. Andy Andrews once again provides a unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness
To hear the interview with Andy Andrews click here
Plucked from the Fire
Monday, May 2, 2011 11:16 AM
Stanley Praimnath is a survivor of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He worked on the 81st floor of the South Tower which was the second building hit. He is one of four survivors from above the impact zone where the plane hit the building. Praimnath says he was w watching the news before he went to be when he heard the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. He says he was so excited and pumped. He says “Regardless of what you do Uncle Sam will get you one way or anther, you don’t mess with us we are true blooded Americans, we are citizens and we are patriarchs.” Praimnath says he has a message for the servicemen and woman in the military, “You are doing a wonderful job, keep on doing what you do and we are behind you all the way our prayers are with you and your family 24 hours you are doing a wonderful job.” He says he knew the death of Bin Laden would happen he just didn’t know when. He says today is a day of celebration. As for Bin Laden’s burial at sea Praimnath says he did not deserve it.
To hear Stanley Praimnath's reaction to the death of Bin Laden click here
To hear Stanley Praimnath talk about his experience on 9-11 click here
To hear Stanley Praimnath talk about life after 9-11 and his book click here
THE BREATH OF GOD
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:32 AM
What happened to Jesus of Nazareth between the ages of twelve and twenty-nine?
One of the great mysteries of the Bible are these lost two decades from the time that Jesus appears in the Temple of Jerusalem at twelve until he begins his ministry at thirty.
In 1887, a Russian journalist, Nicholas Notovitch, made an explosive discovery in the Himalayas that could hold the answers to this question. He published his findings in 1894 but was publicly condemned and silenced for what was perceived to be heresy. Evidence of his discovery then mysteriously disappeared and the story faded into obscurity.
In a riveting debut novel reminiscent of The DaVinci Code, THE BREATH OF GOD by Jeffrey Small(West Hills Press, an imprint of Hundreds of Heads Books; March 2011; Trade Paperback) explores the historical mystery of Notovich’s discovery which shows not only the compatibility of the world’s great religions but also a direct historical link between them.
Jeffrey Small—a graduate of Yale, Harvard and Oxford—did extensive research for his novel, including trekking through India and Bhutan in the footsteps of his characters. A religion columnist for The Huffington Post, Small is a religious expert, writer, academic, acclaimed religious speaker and scholar, Small can shed provocative insights into the common spiritual themes of the world’s religions, a theme he explores in his book. In an age in which religious conflict and fundamentalism dominate the headlines, THE BREATH OF GODexamines themes that unite, rather than divide, the world’s religions.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Jeffrey Small click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Jeffrey Small click here
Come to the Edge
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:13 AM
COME TO THE EDGE, is a love story--and like all love stories, it is both unique and universal. Unique in that Christina Haag's first love was John F. Kennedy Jr.; universal in that COME TO THE EDGE stirs up the reader's memory of what it means to be young and in love.
When Christina Haag was growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, John F. Kennedy Jr. was just one of the boys in her circle of prep school friends, a skinny kid who lived with his mother and sister on Fifth Avenue and who happened to have a Secret Service detail following him at a discreet distance at all times. A decade later, after they had both graduated from Brown University and were living in New York City, Christina and John were cast in an off-Broadway play together. It was then that John confessed his long-standing crush on her, and they embarked on a five-year love affair. Glamorous and often in the public eye, but also passionate and deeply intimate, their relationship was transformative for both of them.
COME TO THE EDGE is a beautiful, timeless, and elegant read, one in which Haag paints a portrait of a young man with an enormous capacity for love, and an adventurous spirit that drove him to live life to its fullest.
About the Author: Christina Haag is a graduate of Brown University and the Juilliard School. As an actress, she has worked in film, television and theater. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Christina Haag click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Christina Haag click here
Monday, March 28, 2011 9:49 AM
“I admit it: I’m a man writing in a woman’s body — a guy who writes in the first person as a female.”
So says John DeDakis, author of FAST TRACK andthe new sequelBLUFF, two high-energy mystery-suspense novels that feature a larger-than-life female reporter in pursuit of answers, truth, and justice. DeDakis, a senior editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” harnesses the skills and drive developed during a 40-year-career in journalism (22 years at CNN) and writes tense, action-packed, roller-coaster-ride mysteries that capture the thrill and danger of investigative journalism. In both novels, his heroine, Lark Chadwick confronts the complex and challenging issues of suicide, murder, journalistic integrity, anonymous sources, mentoring relationships, and finding purpose in life. In FAST TRACK, set in Wisconsin, 25-year-old Lark Chadwick discovers the body of the aunt who raised her after her parents were killed in a car-and-train collision that orphaned her as an infant. A strong-willed woman, Lark sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her aunt’s carbon monoxide poisoning. Lark’s search propels her on a quest to learn more about her past. Lark visits Pine Bluff, the nearby town where her parents’ car was hit by the train. At the office of the local weekly newspaper, Lark discovers an old news clipping that describes the accident. She is astonished to learn stunning details about the crash she'd never been told. Why not? Lark convinces Lionel Stone, the newspaper's irascible publisher, to let her research and write a follow-up story about the accident. As most reporters quickly learn, someone is lying. Is it the Episcopal priest with the roving eye? The town's enigmatic mayor? The county's "Jovial Giant" of a sheriff? And why is someone trying to kill her?BLUFF picks up where FAST TRACK left off. Lark, now a reporter at Lionel Stone’s weekly newspaper, investigates a shady real estate scam in Wisconsin that victimizes the elderly, and the mysterious death of Lionel’s daughter Holly along the famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. As part of his research for BLUFF, DeDakis spent four days hiking the Inca Trail in Peru.
About the Author John DeDakis, a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a CNN Senior Copy Editor. He has been with CNN since 1988 and is currently an editor and writer for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” He was previously a White House Correspondent. He earned a BA in Journalism from The University of Wisconsin-Madison following a stint in the Army where he worked as a Special Events Reporter at The American Forces Network - Europe, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Two incidents in his life inspired DeDakis to write FAST TRACK: a fatal car-train collision he witnessed as a child and the suicide of his sister. DeDakis is currently at work on TROUBLED WATER, the third book in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. DeDakis is also a freelance manuscript editor and public speaker, and leads writing workshops around the country. He lives in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Cindy have three grown children. www.johndedakis.com.
To hear part 1 of the interview with John DeDakis click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with John DeDakis click here
Wear This, Toss That!
Friday, March 18, 2011 11:37 AM
Hundreds of Fashion and Beauty Swaps that Save Your Looks Save Your Budget, and Save You Time! By: Amy E. Goodman
National recognized media maven, fashion expert, magazine editor turned author, Amy E. Goodman dishes all her best style secrets from her new fast-selling book Wear This, Toss That!
Amy tells you
- How to decide what to WEAR and TOSS from your wardrobe
- The best accessories from shoes and bags to jewelry and watches to achieve timeless style
- Closet save-me pieces sure to solve any fashion emergency
- Fast fix answers to your fashion and beauty questions
About Amy E. Goodman:Fashion guru. Accessories aficionado. Lifestyle journalist. Devoted wife and mom. Amy wears many hats, as well as stilettos, earrings, bangles and watches, of course. Beginning her career as an editor and writer for nationally recognized magazines such as In Style and Real Simple, Amy traveled the globe to pen stories on a variety of topics from fashion and personal style to celebrities and entertaining. Today she regularly shares her advice and expertise on-air with millions of viewers via television shows such as the “Today” show, “Good Morning America,” “The Early Show,” “The View” and “The Rachael Ray Show” to name a few.
About Wear This, Toss That!:Cleverly organized like a woman’s closet, WEAR THIS, TOSS THAT! outlines the 30 pieces of clothing and 30 accessories every woman must have, and then goes through the closet—rack-by-rack, shelf-by-shelf and drawer-by-drawer—helping readers determine what to wear, and what to toss.
To hear the interview with Amy Goodman click here
THE GIRLS FROM AMES:A Story of Women & a Forty-Year Friendship
Sunday, February 27, 2011 2:21 PM
Most women have a best friend, that one special person in her life she can count on to keep secrets, recall memories both good and bad, and share in the most important events of her life. Now imagine having ten of them. Thus begins the story of Karla, Kelly, Marilyn, Jane, Jenny, Karen, Cathy, Angela, Sally, Diana and Sheila— eleven ordinary women with an extraordinary bond in THE GIRLS FROM AMES: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship.
In THE GIRLS FROM AMES, The Wall Street Journal’s “Moving On” columnist Jeffrey Zaslow chronicles the lives of these eleven special girls—now women in their mid-forties—from the small town of Ames, Iowa. For one year, Jeffrey sifted through their childhood diaries, notes, and photos and talked with those who knew the women as girls and young adults. Zaslow opens up the world of these special individuals and life in Ames in an examination of a rare friendship among lifelong friends. The girls have grown into independent women, living distinctive lives in different parts of the country, yet always finding a way a way to reunite each year. They are now mothers, wives, and career women, all facing challenges that will resonate with women everywhere. Coming of age in an era of unprecedented opportunity for women, the girls’ story also examines how their lives were shaped by feminism’s major breakthroughs, and captures what it was like to be girls in the sixties, to come of age in the seventies and eighties, to be new mothers in the nineties, and enter middle age in the new millennium—and how close female relationships can shape every aspect of women’s lives. A touching true-life story, THE GIRLS FROM AMES is a heartwarming insight into the powerful bonds of enduring female friendships.
About the author:
Jeffrey Zaslow is a Wall Street Journal columnist and coauthor, with Randy Pausch, of The Last Lecture, the #1 New York Times bestseller now translated into 41 languages. Zaslow attended Dr. Pausch’s famous lecture and wrote the story that sparked worldwide interest in it. The Girls From Ames also grew out of one of his columns. Zaslow lives in suburban Detroit with his wife and three daughters.
To hear the interview with Jeffrey Zaslow click here
Love in 90 Days
Monday, February 14, 2011 9:03 AM
The Love Doctor is in!
The Groundbreaking bestselling book that has helped thousands of women of all ages find love fast
Esteemed Clinical Psychologist and one of the country’s Top Dating and Love Experts, DR. DIANA KIRSCHNER
LOVE IN 90 DAYS:
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO FINDING YOUR OWN TRUE LOVE
Includes an all-new chapter that helps identify men’s deadly dating patterns that will help you either successfully date him or dump him once and for all!
A new year, Valentine’s Day right around the corner…what better time to find and keep love once and for all? Whether you’ve tried everything and just can’t find love, or are newly back on the dating scene, esteemed clinical psychologist and dating guru Dr. Diana Kirschner can help you find and keep the love you deserve as she shares ground-breaking research, secret strategies and the proven program that has helped thousands of women meet and attract terrific men and discover the joys of a solid, loving relationship.
Loaded with step-by-step instructions, concrete advice, checklists, proven strategies and even weekly homework assignments, LOVE IN 90 DAYS, published by Center Street, provides the road map you’ve been looking for, along with Dr. Diana Kirschner’s unconditional tough love and support. Her simple, four-step approach to dating provides a personal program and practical journey for every reader, leading women along the path of self-discovery that is the key to attracting and keeping true love.
BIO: Dr. Diana is a frequent guest on The Today Show and has appeared on: Oprah, Good Morning America, Nightline, & Access Hollywood. Shestarred as the Love Specialist on The Simple Life, where she mentored Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie and helped five troubled couples; starred in Love in 90 Days Boot Camp, an Official Selection in the reality category of the 2006 New York Television Festival; & hosted a field segment on Montel. Dr. Dianais widely quoted as a love and relationship doctor commenting on dating, couples and family issues in The New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, The New York Post, The LA Times, Cosmopolitan, and People magazines, Yahoo.com and many more. Visit LoveIn90days.com for Dr. Diana's etips, dating articles, daily affirmations and video blog. For more information about Dr. Diana, log onto www.dianakirschner.com.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Dr. Diana Kirschner click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Dr. Diana Kirschner click here
It's Not Really About the Hair
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:37 AM
Tabatha Coffey is more than a hairstylist with incredible flair, a business woman with enviable moxie, and the star of her own hit TV show—she’s an agent of change; a “transformationalist,” as she calls herself. Coffey has made a career out of helping people look on the outside the way that they feel on the inside – a skill she learned, no less, at the feet of beautiful drag queens in Adelaide, Australia.
In IT’S NOT REALLY ABOUT THE HAIR: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty (It Books; January 25, 2011; $21.99), Tabatha Coffey, with Richard Buskin, shares her astonishing life story – starting with her colorful childhood spent in the strip clubs her parents ran with the help of notorious mob boss Abe Saffron, and charting her rise up the ranks of the competitive hairstyling world – and explains, for the first time, the life experiences that made her the strong and outspoken woman she is today. With each story, she offers a “takeaway” for readers—lessons from her successes, her mistakes, and everything else in between.
With tips like:
* How to Survive a S**t Storm: Drawing on the resources she shored up as a child, surviving her father’s abandonment of her family, Coffey offers tips on how to rely on yourself in any situation
* The Three-Second Rule: Offering own tried-and-true method for reigning herself in, Coffey suggests ways to check yourself just to make sure that what you say is what you really want to say in the heat of the moment—a method learned from watching her parents interact with Australia’s equivalent to Al Capone!
* How to be a Real BITCH: Addressing the television viewers and critics who’ve seen her on Bravo’s “Shear Genius” or on “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” and labeled her a “bitch” for her forthright manner, Coffey serves up a new definition of the word BITCH, reclaiming it as someone who is Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative, and Honest
* With insights, too, into the business of beauty, Coffey also gives a behind-the-scenes look into the process of starting her own business and opening her own salon – sharing tips with readers such as the right way to fire someone, the five things to ask yourself before opening a business, and explaining why it’s okay to say “shut the f**k up” when it comes to incompetence in the work place.
“As soon as I embraced my own inner bitch,” she writes, “I felt more comfortable with myself. Owning it actually made me feel empowered.” And that’s what this book is about: self-empowerment. Coffey draws from her own life experiences to share the importance of being who you are, how you are; standing up for what you believe in, and doing what makes you happy – all without being defined by other people.
In IT’S NOT REALLY ABOUT THE HAIR, readers will get in touch with their own inner and outer beauty, and understand the importance of embracing their individuality. This powerful memoir, laced with the kind of no-nonsense business and personal advice expected from the unrestrained Tabatha Coffey, is required reading for anyone interested in where beauty really comes from.
ABOUT TABATHA COFFEY
Tabatha Coffey was first introduced to America as a contestant in the Bravo reality show “Shear Genius” where she quickly earned a reputation for her outspokenness and intensity. Although she was ousted in the 6th episode, she had won nearly all of the competitions before that and was awarded $10,000 as the show’s Fan Favorite. In 2008, Bravo asked her to star in her own reality series, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” which combines Coffey’s hairdressing and business expertise with her edgy style as she assists salons in danger of closing. The third season of the series premiered on Bravo on December 6 to its highest ratings yet, with 1.14 million total viewers and 738,000 adults 18-49, up an impressive 69 percent (vs. 671,000) and 55 percent (vs. 477,000) respectively versus the season two premiere. Coffey has also appeared on “Make Me a Supermodel” season two, “The Tyra Banks Show” as a part of Banks’ “Glam Squad”, and “The Biggest Loser” along with Tim Gunn, giving makeovers to the show’s contestant. She participates in Fashion Week and has been featured in several publications including Seventeen, Marie Claire and Mademoiselle. Most recently she hosted the red carpet at the Spirit Awards at IFC.
To hear PART 1 of the interview with Tabatha Coffey click here
To hear PART 2 of the interview with Tabatha Coffey click here
The Inner Circle
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 9:10 AM
The best-kept secret of the U.S. Presidency is about to be revealed. Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people’s stories, never a part of the story himself….Until now.
About the Author: Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fate, The Millionaires and The Book of Lies. He is also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack and Bobby and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the comic book Justice League of America. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel which investigates the other half: the secret history of the symbols and codes that surround us everyday. Best-selling author Brad Meltzer has been writing novels for more than a decade. He has studied and written about some of the most revered institutions and documents in human history, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Presidency, the Secret Service, Wall Street and the Bible. Brad has assembled a team to investigate the countless clues and theories uncovered through his years of research, but unexplored until now. From the dollar bill to the first Presidential Codes, the hidden messages of the Statue of Liberty and the ciphers protecting the location of lost Confederate gold, the team uncovers the truth behind history's most provocative secrets.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Brad Meltzer click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Brad Meltzer click here
The Science Of Single
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 9:26 AM
One year of dating. One year of looking for love. One uproarious and touching memoir.
Rachel, an attractive, funny, successful, urban-dweller in her 30s, was still single after years of dating without a real love connection. With a journalist’s curiosity, she figured there must be a more scientific method to go about finding love. Thus began her experiment to determine THE SCIENCE OF SINGLE. For a year, she made dating her job (trying every method of dating from self-help books, to dating coaches and matchmakers, to online websites and singles events) and she chronicled her findings in this new introspective book.
Be sure to stop by the Art of Dating Thursday Jan. 20 7-9pm Book signing with The Science of Single author Rachel Machacek and art show with paintings inspired by the book by local artist Dana Ellyn.To hear the interview with Rachel Machacek click here
Painting & books for sale at event. Tryst Coffehouse 2459 18th Street NW Washington, DC
For more info log on to www.scienceofsingle.com
Trail of Blood
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 9:39 AM
Lisa Black is a Latent Fingerprint Examiner in Florida and a former forensic scientist for the Cleveland Coroner's Office. Her third novel is out, titled Trail of Blood, which is based on the true story of the madman, nicknamed the Torso Killer, who terrorized Cleveland during the Great Depression.
In her life as a writer she is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. In the other half of her double life, as a forensic specialist, she a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and am certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She has over 721 hours of instruction in forensic topics and has testified in court over 50 times.
To hear the interview with Lisa Black click here
Knit the Season
Monday, December 20, 2010 7:05 AM
How to explain the Knitting Club phenomenon? Women responded to Jacobs’s lively and heartwarming portrayal of a group of smart, witty, down-to-earth women whose friendships transcend their differences, who support one another through good times and bad, and whose challenges real women face in their everyday lives. Set in the unconditionally accepting atmosphere of Jacobs’s fictional yarn store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Walker and Daughter, The Friday Night Knitting Club is an irresistible tale that women couldn’t wait to share with their friends, sisters, mothers, and daughters.
Just in time for the holidays, Kate reveals the latest adventures and predicaments of the Knitting Club members.Spanning from Thanksgiving through Hanukkah and Christmas to the New Year, Knit the Season celebrates the importance of friends and family, and the value of togetherness .
About the author: Kate Jacobswas born in British Columbia, Canada, and moved to New York to pursue a Master’s Degree at New York University. As a journalist, Jacobs has worked as a staffer at Redbook, Working Woman, and Family Life, and was a freelance writer and editor at the website for Lifetime Television. The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Friday Night Knitting Club, Knit Two, and Comfort Food, Jacobs now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and dog.
The book includes bonus knitting patterns and festive holiday recipes.
To hear the interview with Kate Jacobs click here
The Dinosaur Hunter
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 9:00 AM
Among the offbeat topics to explore are new developments regarding the sex lives of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Earlier this year, Discovery Channel aired "Tyrannosaurus Sex", a special exploring computer models of dinosaur mating, nesting patterns, and even genitalia size. While genitals don't persist in the fossil record, scientists are fairly certain that both sexes had distinctly different features, like larger hips in females and larger frills in males. Surprisingly, ideas are being further developed from observing the sexual habits of giraffes, elephants, and even crocodiles, who mate in water much like the T. Rex may have done.
But it doesn't stop there: A Yale researcher recently discovered deep gashes on a T. Rex bone. Similar gashes were found on other bones at the site, indicating that the T. Rex engaged in cannibalism. Scientists are exploring whether the cannibalism was just an efficient way of cleaning up dead dinosaurs, or if the T. Rex fought and killed one another for food.
NASA engineer, mining expert, and best-selling author, "October Sky's" Homer Hickam (homerhickam.com) is author of the upcoming "The Dinosaur Hunter" (Thomas Dunne Books, November 9, 2010), Homer was recently part of a team (led by "Jurassic Park" advisor Jack Horner) that investigated yet another dinosaur species , the Torosaurus, and determined that the Triceratops and Torosaurus are actually part of the same dinosaur species.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Homer Hickam click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Homer Hickam click here
Hearts Away Bombs Away
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 9:29 AM
Vincent dePaul Gisriel, Sr., was a bombardier during World War II. He served with the 8th Air Force based in England. When he passed away in 2003, some of the men who had served with him told the author Vincent Gisriel Junior about their combat experiences in the skies over Germany and occupied Europe. It was then that Gisriel realized that his father was actually a wartime hero. Like so many other veterans of that era, he did not talk very much about the war. While growing up, he only had a vague idea of what his Dad did in the military. At the age of 62, he decided to find out more about the man whom he knew and loved all his life, but knew little about his service to our country.
Over a three year period, he gathered many details about his father's military career. He sifted through hundreds of pages searching for bits of information in an attempt to tell his story. He was able to document a major portion of his time in the Army Air Corps. He knew that his parents had corresponded extensively during the war. They saved the many letters written between them. He thought that if he could read them all, it would reveal additional aspects about his military service. He quickly discovered that he could not write about military strategy or bombing missions he flew, for that would have been a breach of security.
However, what he did discover from reading over a thousand letters between them was a beautiful love story. Thus, Hearts Away, Bombs Away is a true story about an American hero, but it is also a story of a young couple who were deeply in love.
Monday, October 25, 2010 7:08 AM
In MONSTER HIGH readers meet “Frankie Stein” a typical teenager who happens to have mint-green skin and a body that is sewn together with stitches and runs on a battery. Frankie was just created 15 days ago by… you guessed it¯ the son of Frankenstein himself. Frankie may have a monstrous family history, but her horrors really begin when she enters the terrors of high school! People freak out over Frankie's green skin instead of noticing her voltage fashion sense. And then she meets Melody Carver, a “normie” whose only monster quality is the recent rhinoplasty she had done on her new Jessica Biel-like nose. Melody has never been "the pretty one" before, and she feels like a fraud...until she meets Jackson. But is her new crush hiding something too?
With a cast of characters that include the fashionable teenage descendents of the world’s most famous monsters, Melody and Frankie try to put the chic in freak. But are the normies at Merston High ready for a makeover? Fitting in is out and freaky just got fabulous
Bio: Lisi Harrison’s work has been called "Like Sartre with lip gloss” by Time magazine and she has been profiled by 20/20 for her remarkable ability to tap into the minds of today’s teens. (For the full clip please visit: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=6038612). Lisi’s bestselling Clique series has sold over 8 million copies, been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 200 weeks, and had ten titles from the series hit #1, in addition to her bestselling Alphas series.
Universal Pictures will create a live-action theatrical musical of MONSTER HIGH. Award-winning producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray, Chicago) will team with writing pair Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (”Smallville,” The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) on the film.
PROMISES TO KEEP
Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:41 AM
New York Times bestselling novelist Jane Green is back this summer with PROMISES TO KEEP, a momentous new novel about a family coming together in the hardest of times for one unforgettable, life-changing year. PROMISES TO KEEP is the most personal and the most moving of her books, written to help Jane through the traumatic loss of one of her best friends, Heidi, who lost her battle with breast cancer last year. This is not a story about her friend, but it is a story about friendship, and about what it means to love someone. In her twelfth novel, Jane Green is at her heartwarming best as she creates a tale of exceptional circumstances and the ties that bind. PROMISES TO KEEP is a novel about the hard choices we have to face, about having to be your parents’ child long after you’ve grown up, and finally, about the enduring nature of love.
Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in tony Bedford, New York who loves her life and can’t help but light up every room she enters. It may not be everyone’s idea of happiness—her husband Reece spends more time travelling for his advertising job than he does at home—but she doesn’t mind. It gives her time to work and be around for her two kids and her friends. Her younger sister, Steffi, the baby of the family, has never grown up. In her early thirties, she’s the epitome of a free spirit—living in Manhattan, working as a vegan chef and bouncing between boyfriends. Her parents have almost given up hope that she’ll ever learn what it means to be responsible. Lila Grossman is Callie’s best friend and she’s finally met the man of her dreams. Ed has a wonderful son she adores, a crazy ex-wife she doesn’t, and she finally feels ready to settle down. If, that is, they can get their life goals in line. And then there are Callie and Steffi’s parents, Walter and Honor. Divorced for almost thirty years, they haven’t spoken for most of that time. They may share two grown-up daughters, but, it is agreed by all who know them, they share little else. Until, that is, they all receive a shocking phone call that changes their lives forever, and brings them all together one short, snowy winter.
About the Author
Jane Green Warburg, who writes as Jane Green, was born in London and has lived in the United States for almost ten years. One of the founding writers behind the genre known as ‘chick lit, ’ Green has written eleven novels, including several New York Times bestsellers. She is the author of Straight Talking, Jemima J., Mr. Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, To Have and to Hold, The Other Woman, Swapping Lives, Second Chance, The Beach House and Dune Road. Winner of a Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Fiction award in 2007, Jane lives in Connecticut with her husband, their blended family of six children, and many animals.
Oriana Oakleigh and the Primrose Path
Friday, September 10, 2010 9:30 AM
What’s become of the fantastic in modern fantasy literature? Disappointed with the evolution of contemporary fantasy away from its roots in ancient faërie-tales? Do you find today’s fantasy overly burdened with militarism and wearisome politics? If you’ve been searching for a return to classic fantasy, a tale of mystery and philosophical speculation, genuine terror, love, and sublime wonders, where heroes, villains, plots, and environs approach the archetypal without suffering from cliché, and where sincerity, the supernatural, and decency reign supreme over cynicism, “realism”, and the obscene, then Oriana Oakleigh and the Primrose Path should be on your short list of must reads!
In the quiet of Wessex’s Oakleigh Manor, young Oriana knows nothing of the troubles plaguing far-off Faërie, but her sheltered existence is fast coming to an end. Possessed of burgeoning powers she can neither control nor comprehend, Oriana finds herself taken to worlds beyond her own where she comes face-to-face with the dreaded Lych-priest of Malgorod.
Along the way Oriana is met by some difficult decisions and unexpected peril and, in the end, is asked to sacrifice the one thing she desires most. In her choices reside not only the fate of her world but that of the Faërie realm too. Will Oriana Oakleigh be able to stave off the Lych-priest and accept her role in the future of Faërie, or will she be devoured by the Primrose Path?
Join new author W.R. Cooper in Oriana Oakleigh and the Primrose Path - the first book in this epic historical-fantasy series set against a backdrop of war-torn Saxon England. At once thrilling, humourous, and provocative, the magick, mythology, and threat of spreading industrial despair found within the pages of Oriana Oakleigh and the Primrose Path will throw you into the action and keep you on the edge of your seat, hoping beyond hope that Oriana will find the answers needed to save the imprisoned Faërie queen before its too late.
To hear part 1 of the interview with W.R. Cooper click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with W.R. Cooper click here
Cooper will be holding a book signing at Waldenbooks in the Country Club Mall Saturday, November 13th from 1-5.
THE BEST KIND OF DIFFERENT
Friday, August 13, 2010 9:17 AM
In THE BEST KIND OF DIFFERENT (William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; on-sale March 23, 2010), Shonda Schilling, wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling, shares the painful and joyous story of her son Grant's struggle with Asperger's Syndrome, how it changed the lives of her and her husband, and what other parents can learn about this increasingly common diagnosis.While Asperger's has been part of the psychological lexicon since the early 1980s, it has only been in the last decade that people have begun to diagnose it on a much larger scale. Part of the dramatic rise in autism diagnoses, Asperger's falls high on the autism spectrum, meaning that it can often go misunderstood or misdiagnosed because the children seem typical in many other ways. Until the summer of 2007, the word “Aspergers” was not part of Shonda Schilling’s vocabulary, but that summer changed everything. By then, her household was in chaos as her son Grant spiraled out of control. His acting out and refusal to listen had grown to epic proportions, but even worse was his apparent inability to relate to the people around him. None of the Schillings’ other three kids ever acted like Grant; his behavior wasn’t just unruly, it was irrational. Complicating matters was the fact that Shonda’s husband Curt was constantly on the road pitching for the Boston Red Sox, so he wasn’t always around to see Grant’s behavior firsthand. Seemingly everyone Shonda encountered had an opinion — “he’s too spoiled,” “he needs a good spanking,” “he needs more discipline” — but a disastrous first attempt at summer camp told Shonda something was definitely wrong. It was then that a neurologist diagnosed Grant with Asperger’s Syndrome. In THE BEST KIND OF DIFFERENT Shonda details every step in her family’s journey through Asperger’s, offering an intimate and candid portrait of this condition from a parent’s point of view. Shonda chronicles Grant’s early years, confronts the guilt and pain that engulfed her after learning of her son’s condition, and celebrates Grant’s success in the two years since his diagnosis. With insight and helpful advice for parents, she provides an honest and moving glimpse inside her family—as two parents struggle to understand the complex beauty of their son.
THE BEST KIND OF DIFFERENT discusses:
- Shonda and Curt’s surprising reaction to learning their then 7-year-old son Grant has Asperger's syndrome
- What it’s like in a household where all four of the Schilling children, as well as Curt, have ADHD
- Shonda and Curt's post-diagnosis guilt as they learned they’d been incorrectly parenting Grant for years
- How Shonda and Grant both wound up on medication, one for depression, the other for ADHD
- Shonda’s embarrassment of Grant’s behavior in public, especially with the added pressure of everyone knowing who they are because of Curt’s MLB status
- How as the wife of a MLB star, Shonda was essentially a single parent for years, and how the realities of life in a baseball family made the situation with Grant even more difficult
- How the Schilling’s eldest son Gehrig, developed anorexia in the middle of the family's struggle with the Asperger's diagnosis and how they discovered it
- How the couple went into marriage counseling to save their relationship
- The real reason why Curt Schilling retired from baseball
About the Authors:
Shonda and Curt Schilling have been married for seventeen years. In addition to her newfound work raising awareness about Asperger’s syndrome, Shonda is a survivor of malignant melanoma skin cancer, an experience which led her to create the Shade Foundation of America. Curt is a retired All Star pitcher who has won three World Series titles and has pitched for teams including the Philadelphia Phillies, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Boston Red Sox. They have four children and live in Medfield, MA.
BEST KIND OF DIFFERENT: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome
by Shonda Schilling , introduction by Curt Schilling
Monday, July 26, 2010 7:00 AM
Just in time for Summer beach reading, Janet Evanovich will be releasing her newest novel Sizzling Sixteen from her Stephanie Plum series! Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck...
Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.
Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.
Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie’s messing up Mooner’s vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger’s apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.
Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner’s Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin.
Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.
The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky---the only question is . . . with whom?
Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!
About Janet - Janet Evanovich is the #1 Bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author. She lives in New Hampshire and Florida.
The Genius in All of Us
Friday, July 23, 2010 10:49 AM
The debate over "Nature vs. Nurture "is over. The paradigm of "innate talent" is dead. With THE GENIUS IN ALL OF US: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong, David Shenk shrugs off out-dated concepts of genes, inborn intelligence, and proves what we all wanted to believe was true: that talent is not a thing, but a process. Shenk heralds a revolutionary and deeply optimistic message based in scientific findings and research of how we develop and can ultimately flourish.
David Shenk is a national-bestselling author. His books include The Forgetting ( "remarkable" ...Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ( "indispensable " ...New York Times) and most recently, The Immortal Game ( "superb" ...Wall Street Journal). His blog "The Genius in All of Us" is featured on The Atlantic.com.
Both astonishing and liberating, Shenk's concept of human potential has direct, lasting significance and makes THE GENIUS IN ALL OF US a profoundly important and compelling read.
Five Surprising Truths about Talent and Intelligence from THE GENIUS IN All OF US
Genes don't work the way you think they do.
Contrary to what we've been taught, genes do not determine physical and character traits on their own. Rather, they interact with the environment in
a dynamic, ongoing process that produces and continually refines an individual. Genes are not blueprints; rather, they are switches that get turned on and off. Knowing this as scientists now do, the concept of innate intelligence and talent no longer makes biological sense.
IQ is not innate. Intelligence is all about developing abilities.
IQ tests measure certain academic abilities, not inborn aptitude -- as the inventor of IQ recognized a century ago. IQ scores can change, and the brain can be trained to do remarkable things. Busting through the myths of innate intelligence allows us to understand that there is enormous potential in virtually every human being.
Talent is not a thing, but a process.
The legend of great achievers like Mozart and Ted Williams is that they were natural-born geniuses. But looking closely at their lives tells a very
different story. Talents are not innate gifts, but the result of a slow, invisible gathering of skills developed from the moment of conception and continuing through adulthood. Everyone is born with differences, to be sure, and some with unique advantages for certain tasks. But no one is genetically designed into greatness and very few are biologically restricted from attaining it. Most importantly, no individual can possibly know what his/her own limits are until they develop powerful ambition, get first-class training, and learn how to practice in a particular way for many, many years.
Failure is your friend.
Most of us get discouraged and give up when we encounter serious disappointment or a stinging loss. It turns out that high achievement
demands an entirely different attitude toward failure: embracing it. Aspiring to excel means that you have to learn to actually want to experience failure, to revel in it. In the sometimes counterintuitive world of success and achievement, weaknesses are opportunities. The only true failure is giving up. The great success stories in our world come about when individuals learn to turn straight into the wind and gain satisfaction from
marching against its ever-increasing force.
Parenting pitfalls and opportunities
As parents, we all want our children to be happy and to excel. While we certainly cannot guarantee success for our children, there is much we can do to foster it.
1. Have faith in your child. Rather than wonder if their child is among the "gifted," chosen few, each parent should believe deeply in the extraordinary
potential of his or her children. Without that parental faith, it is highly unlikely that significant achievement will occur.
2. Support, Don't Smother. Fostering prodigy-like talent at an extremely early age has serious risks and drawbacks in the long run.
3. Don't attach love or affection to achievement.
4. Teach persistence.
5. Avoid instant gratification. Model self-control. Behave as you'd want your child to behave, now and in the future. Don't buy, eat, grab whatever
you want whenever you want it. The more self-control you demonstrate, the more your child will absorb.
"David Shenk sweeps aside decades of misconceptions about genetics, and shows that by overstating the importance of genes, we've understated the potential of ourselves. The enius in All of Us is a persuasive and inspiring book that will make you think anew about your own life and our shared future."
...Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
GxE IS THE NEW NAME OF THE GAME: We know now that our environment and practice have a drastic effect on our genetic composition and our talent potential. Genes are not blueprints that bless some and doom others. Instead, genes multiplied by our environment (GxE) produces an outcome. Intelligence is malleable and human potential is not predetermined.
THE PROOF IS IN THE SCIENCE: THE GENIUS IN ALL OF US utilizes in-depth research in cognitive science, psychology, and genetics to explain and analyze the science behind the concept of human potential. Shenk breaks down complex scientific theories and conveys them in an immediate and accessible way.
MYTH-BUSTING: Throughout, Shenk dissects common myths from Mozart and other child prodigies to Jamaican runners' "giftedness" to misleading twin studies. Instead, like with his examples of Ted Williams and Michael Jordan, he convincingly proves how apparent phenomenon can be explained by GxE.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE FUTURE: Shenk reveals the GxE implications for parents, educators, and policy makers, and what it means for the human race overall as the developing field of epigenetics proves that our environment can not only impact our genes, but can also biologically alter them.
To hear the interview with Daniel Shenks click here
Christ Bars None
Friday, July 2, 2010 7:40 AM
When the sickening thud of the prison cell door fades, and all that’s left is a hopeless inmate and time to think, that’s when the grace and mercy of God are often at their greatest. Christ Bars None tells the compelling, true stories of prison inmates who have gleaned hope from hopeless situations. It also tells the stories of the blessed chaplains who have helped the inmates find the Lord. Christ Bars None is a fascinating collection of information only a prison insider could relate.This book is a must for anyone who knows - or wants to know - God’s greatness, Christ’s transforming power, and the Holy Spirit’s inerrant guidance. Author Mark Vernarelli has won Emmy awards for his compassionate and thorough storytelling during 23 years of television news work.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Mark Vernarelli click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Mark Vernarelli click here
To hear part 3 of the interview with Mark Vernarelli click here
The Book of Awesome
Monday, June 21, 2010 8:12 AM
1000 Awesome Things is the blog by Neil Pasricha that celebrates the simple things in life -- the smell of gasoline, thinking it’s Thursday when it’s really Friday, wearing underwear just out of the dryer, or finding treasures in your Spring jacket pocket.
A self-described “average guy” with a typical 9-to-5 job in the suburbs, Pasricha started his blog, 1000 Awesome Things, as a small reminder of the free, easy little joys that make life sweet. Today, his site has a readership of over 10 million people, has won two Webby Awards (“the Internet’s highest honor” according to The New York Times), was named one of PC Magazine’s Top 50 Blogs, and has become a place where people from around the world go to celebrate the simple pleasures of daily life.
Now, Pasricha’s awesome things have made their way into the world of books with THE BOOK OF AWESOME. Combining classic entries from the website with new content and photographs, THE BOOK OF AWESOME is a much-needed reminder of life’s happy little moments -- a hilarious and heartfelt thumbs-up for the awesomeness of everyday life.
The O2 Diet
Friday, May 21, 2010 8:57 AM
When you hear the word superfoods, you may be wondering, what are these dietary dynamos that help you live a happier, healthier life and keep you slim and trim at the same time? You may be surprised to find out these are often everyday foods that many people enjoy, without realizing how valuable and nutritious they are. Keri Glassman, nutritionist and author of the newly released book, “The O2 Diet,” designed a diet plan based on antioxidant-rich foods and spices, which can include mushrooms, cinnamon, eggs, avocados and green tea. Glassman describes these foods as high on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale. Sound complicated? It’s really not. Research, which can be found in her NEW BOOK The O2 Diet shows that eating foods rich in antioxidants may help to strengthen the immune system and help protect you from heart disease, some cancers and other diseases of aging – and even boost your mood and cure those winter-time blues!
Keri Glassman Biography: Nationally recognized nutrition expert and published author Keri Glassman is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City. For years Keri has been a leader in advancing a “whole person” approach to health and wellness. She has dedicated her career to creating services and promoting education through her “Nutritious Life” brand.
“Nutritious Life” recognizes the importance of a whole person approach to health. The “Nutritious Life Cycle” includes getting adequate sleep, managing stress, exercising and having joy in one’s life, in addition to pampering and good nutrition. Women’s Health Magazineembraces Keri’s practical and accessible approach to health and wellness. She is a member of their advisory board and writes a popular monthly column called “Take a Load Off”. WebMD also recognizes the significance of “Nutritious Life” and Keri’s contribution as the first registered dietitian to develop a line of food-based skin care products; Skin Appétit. Keri is a health, wellness, and beauty expert for the WebMD magazine and also appears in related videos online. The “Healthy Beauty” skin care line is the most recent expression of Keri’s “beauty from the inside out” philosophy and will be launched in early 2010.
Keri has authored two books; the most recent is The O2 Diet. The Cutting Edge, Antioxidant-Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin and Beautiful. (Rodale, December 2009.) This book translates complex scientific research on antioxidants and the ORAC scale into useful and useable tools that everyone can benefit from. It empowers people to live a more Nutritious Life by combining a nutrient-dense, high antioxidant diet with the other components of the Nutritious Life Cycle. The O2 Diet follows the Snack Factor Diet, (Crown, 2007.)
The success and growth of her “Nutritious Life” brand has not lessened Keri’s commitment to nutrition counseling and her New York practice. She personally counsels clients with a broad range of challenges and helps millions more as a nutrition contributor for The CBS Early Show. She is dedicated to her field and to the broader goal of educating the public and her expertise has been featured on several television programs including The View, The Today Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and NY1. She is a spokesperson for Hain Celestial and other national brands that align with the Nutritious Life mission and is a prolific writer and commentator with contributions to numerous publications* nationwide.
Keri still finds time to go beyond her own business and into her community. She supports several health and wellness organizations including The American Dietetic Association, The Women’s Sports Foundation, and The New York Runners Club. Keri holds a Masters of Science degree in clinical nutrition from New York University. She was an All-American lacrosse player at Tufts University and has completed the New York City Marathon and triathlons. Keri resides in New York City with her husband Brett and their children, Rex and Maizy.
This is Why You're Fat
Monday, May 17, 2010 9:05 AM
WORKOUT’S No-Nonsense Trainer Jackie Warner; THIS IS WHY YOU’RE FAT (AND HOW TO GET THIN FOREVER):
Eat More, Cheat More, Lose More—and Keep the Weight Off
Fitness guru Jackie Warner doesn’t waste time mincing words. According to Jackie, ìf being fat isn’t your fault staying fat is. In THIS IS WHY YOU’RE FAT (AND HOW TO GET THIN FOREVER), Warner reveals the three main reasons why everyone is overweight—and gives readers the best way to drop pounds fast and easily once and for all. Through the same 360-degree coaching methods that her clients enjoy, readers will benefit from a complete nutritional makeover; a no-fail, condensed fitness routine; and all the emotional support they need to get to the finish line and beyond. With Jackie’s core principles, you’ll discover once and for all which behaviors are making you fat, and which can finally make you thin forever—and some may surprise you:
TO LEARN HOW TO KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF:
· ADD TO LOSE: In Jackie’s 2-week jump-start, no food is off limits. You’ll actually add food in your diet in order to lose weight
· CHEATING IS ALLOWED: Eat clean for 5 days, and then indulge in whatever you want over the weekend!
· FAT IS NOT THE ENEMY: Fat doesn’t make you fat; sugar does! Nothing you eat should contain over 9 grams of sugar
· SKIP THE CRUNCHES: They just build muscle under the fat. Discover the fastest way to burn calories, tone muscle, and spark your metabolism for rapid weight loss
· LESS (EXERCISE) IS MORE: Workouts shouldn’t take over your day—give Jackie 20 minutes and you’ll see results
Jackie Warner, fitness expert, gym owner, television star and entrepreneur, instills passion into every aspect of her life. Fitness has always been a part of her life – as an accomplished childhood equestrian to collegiate athlete, Jackie built a strong base of experience and knowledge in both exercise and nutrition.
To hear the interview with Jackie click here
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 10:32 AM
In her book, Beyond Me, Melinda will be sharing stories of personal hardships, as well as revealing some juicy backstage stories from American Idol.
Melinda Doolittle, acclaimed recording artist and American Idol favorite, releases her new book project, Beyond Me, which reveals how her own success and personal accomplishments poignantly impact her often challenging investment in actually encouraging and nurturing others. The book reveals how she learned “the hard way” on Idol and how she has overcome very tough times through her own life experiences, with the support and insight of a single mother, making it work. Beyond Me will be released in bookstores nationwide on May 4, 2010 and features a foreword by American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks.
Doolittle, who became a star and a judge and fan favorite on season six of American Idol, shares personal secrets and background insights of her time on Idol, through deeply personal, often tough but humorous stories of her life. Through the book, Doolittle exposes the foundation of her success, while giving real and compelling guidance to overcome personal obstacles and to “rise above,” in any area of life.
Tone deaf as a child, Doolittle’s choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her love of singing and the influence of her own family drove her to enter a talent show in the 7th grade and, miraculously, she stunned the audience with her spot-on vocals and beautiful voice. Doolittle began to realize that success in life was something bigger than her—or, as she puts it, “It’s beyond me!”
Beyond Me provides a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of America’s biggest pop culture phenomenon, American Idol and how Doolittle turned that stress-filled environment into a springboard from which she could soar.
WORSE THAN WAR
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 8:53 AM
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 8:49 AM
Research shows that at least 20 minutes per night spent reading with your child can improve child literacy by 10 whole school days per year! In fact, most experts believe that the single biggest barrier to literacy development in the U.S. is access to books and educational materials. And what better way to bond with your child and improve their reading comprehension than by curling up with a good book right before bedtime. Beloved children’s book author Laura Numeroff, author of such books as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If you Give a Pig a Pancake, has some tips about how important reading can be to young children and why she has partnered with a wonderful non-profit, First Book, to promote family bedtime reading. First Book has delivered more than 65 million books to programs serving children in need across the U.S. over the last 20 years, and together, they and Laura are encouraging families to make a pledge to read to their kids for 20 minutes each night.
To win a chance to meet Numeroff click here
A Stray Drop of Blood
Friday, March 26, 2010 1:19 PM
For seven years, Abigail has been a slave in the Visibullis house. With a Hebrew mistress and a Roman master, she has always been more family than servant . . . until their son returns to Jerusalem after his years in Rome. Within a few months Jason has taken her to his bed and turned her world upsidedown. Maybe, given time, she can come to love him as he says he loves her. But how does she open her heart to the man who ruined her? Israel's unrest finds a home in her bosom, but their rebellion tears apart her world. Death descends with Barabbas's sword, and Abigail is determined to be there when the criminal is punished. But when she ventures to the trial, Barabbas is not the one the crowd calls to crucify. Instead, it is the teacher her master and Jason had begun to follow, the man from Nazareth that some call the Son of God . . .Born free, made a slave, married out of her bonds, Abigail never knows freedom until she feels the fire of a stray drop of blood from a Jewish carpenter. Disowned by Israel, despised by Rome, desired by all, she never knows love until she receives the smile of a stoic Roman noble.
To hear the interview with Roseanna White click here
The Yellow House
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 7:39 AM
Patricia Falvey was born in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland. She was raised in Northern Ireland and England before immigrating alone to the United States at the age of twenty. She's written her first novel: THE YELLOW HOUSE which is set in the early 1900s against a backdrop of the tumultuous Irish Uprising and based on stories that were told to Patricia by her grandmother who witnessed the Uprising first hand.
To hear the interview with Falvey click here
The Wife's Tale
Monday, March 8, 2010 9:23 AM
Lori Lansens was a successful screenwriter before she burst onto the literary scene in 2002 with her first novel, Rush Home Road. Published in eleven countries, Rush Home Road received rave reviews around the world. Lansens' much anticipated third novel THE WIFE'S TALE is the story of Mary Gooch, a woman who has lived a small life in a small town. She was once slim and carefree, but with each passing year she's accumulated a few more pounds and worries, and become stuck in a rut. Mary is unfulfilled in her job, unhappy in her marriage, and trapped in a body she no longer recognizes. On the eve of her 25th wedding anniversary, her handsome husband disappears, leaving her nothing but a cryptic letter and the winnings from a lottery ticket: twenty-five thousand dollars, in their joint savings account. Unmoored and adrift in a changed world, Mary boards a plane for the first time in her life to go in search of him in the shiny new world of Los Angeles.
Mary discovers a boundless supply of human kindness in unexpected places; runaway children, single mothers, taxi drivers, migrant workers, and bitter relatives. Filled with new purpose and energy she hasn't felt in decades, Mary fights for her husband and begins to see a new world bursting with possibilities for change, happiness, and fulfillment. Mary had been hiding behind her hunger, worry, and fear for so long, she became unable to recognize life's possibilities. In her new surroundings, she's forced to look up from the pavement, astonished by how the shift in perspective has let in the light. At the end of her journey, she has found not her husband, but herself.
Equal parts Shirley Valentine, Fried Green Tomatoes and Dr. Phil. THE WIFE'S TALE is a powerful novel about a woman shedding the weight of 25 years of marriage and finding herself.
About Lori Lansens:
Lori Lansens was a successful screenwriter before she burst onto the literary scene in 2002 with her first novel Rush Home Road. Translated into eight languages and published in eleven countries, Rush Home Road received rave reviews around the world. Her follow-up novel, The Girls, was an international success, as well. Rights were sold in 13 territories and it was featured as a book-club pick by Richard & Judy in the UK, selling 300,000 copies. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, Lori Lansens now makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband, Milan Cheylov, a director for the hit TV show 24 and their two children.
To hear the interview with Lori click here
Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 8:52 AM
There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all. From Hollywood Wives to Lady Boss, from Lethal Seduction to Hollywood Divorces, Jackie Collins has chronicled the lives of the rich and famous with “devastating accuracy” (Los Angeles Times).
From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood; from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and the mansions of the power brokers - Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out. Called a “raunchy moralist” by the late director Louis Malle and “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust” by Vanity Fair magazine, this February, perennial bestseller Jackie Collins, presenting POOR LITTLE B*TCH GIRL (St. Martin’s Press; February 2010) - a new, sexy, and explosive novel set in DC!
About POOR LITTLE B*TCH GIRL:
Denver Jones is a hotshot twenty-something attorney working in L.A. Carolyn Henderson is personal assistant to a powerful, and very married, Senator in Washington with whom she is having an affair. Annabelle Maestro - daughter of two movie stars - has carved out a career for herself in New York as the Madame of choice for discerning famous men. The three beautiful women went to high school together in Beverly Hills - and although Denver and Carolyn have kept in touch, Annabelle is out on her own with her cocaine addicted boyfriend, Frankie. Frankie’s best friend is Bobby Santangelo Stanisloplous, the Kennedy-esque son of Lucky Santangelo and deceased Greek shipping billionaire, Dimitri Stanislopolous. Before he was calling the shots at New York’s hottest club, Mood, Bobby was a classmate of Denver, Carolyn, and Annabelle’s.
When Annabelle’s beautiful movie star mother is found shot to death in the bedroom of her Beverly Hills mansion, the five of them find themselves thrown together. And secrets from the past have a way of coming back to haunt everyone…
To hear the interview with Jackie Collins click here
Nothing to Fear FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America
Monday, February 15, 2010 8:42 AM
Thirty-second president Franklin Delano Roosevelt assumed the presidency at a time of unbelievable national crisis. When he took his oath of office in March 1933, more than 10,000 banks had gone under following the Crash of 1929, a quarter of American workers were unemployed, and riots were breaking out at garbage dumps as people fought over scraps of food. Now in paperback, NOTHING TO FEAR: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America brings to life this fulcrum moment in American history—the tense, frenzied first one hundred days, when FDR and his inner circle completely reinvented the role of the federal government. Before the Hundred Days, the federal government was limited in scope and ambition; by the end, it had assumed an active responsibility for the welfare of all of its citizens.
FDR came to the White House with few firm commitments about how to resolve these overwhelming troubles—as a politician he was more pragmatic than ideological, and, perhaps surprisingly given his New Deal legacy, by nature a fiscal conservative. He therefore relied heavily on his advisers, especially the five men and women comprising his inner circle. Cohen provides an illuminating group portrait of these colleagues who frequently pushed the president to embrace more radical programs than he would have otherwise.
NOTHING TO FEAR is both a riveting narrative account of the personal dynamics that shaped the heady Hundred Days, and a character study of one of America’s defining leaders in a moment of crisis. Indeed, many of the political fault lines of this era—welfare, government regulation, and agriculture policy—remain with us today. Coinciding with the landmark inauguration of Barack Obama, who faces a nation similarly embroiled in financial turmoil, Cohen’s book is a timely and insightful look at the defining moment of both a president and a presidency.
About the Author: Adam Cohen is assistant editorial page editor of The New York Times, where he has been a member of the editorial board since 2002. He was previously a senior writer at Time and is the author of The Perfect Store: Inside eBay and a coauthor of American Pharaoh, a biography of Mayor Richard J. Daley. Before entering journalism, Cohen was an education-reform lawyer, and he has a law degree from Harvard.
To hear the interview with Adam Cohen click here
Personalized Romance Novels
Friday, February 12, 2010 10:57 AM
Introducing the world's first personalized werewolf romance, Fierce Moon... For fans of Sherlock Holmes, Twilight, True Blood & the new Wolfman movie!
The newest release the personalized werewolf romance, Fierce Moon...
Fierce Moon is a suspenseful thriller filled with passion and breathless romance. In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, Twilight, True Blood and the upcoming Wolfman, Fierce Moon sweeps our personalized heroine back in time to Victorian England, where she's captivated by our hero, a brilliant, dashing detective and joins the hunt for a terrifying serial killer called The Beast. But the hero hides a deadly secret: each full moon, he turns from man to wolf! Go wild for Valentine's Day under the spell of Fierce Moon!
The Daytona 500 is on Valentines' this year - Racing Hearts is the ticket!
Want to keep out of the dog house on the big race day? Get Racing Hearts in which our hard-driving hero has brains to match his breathtaking good looks. The heroine has her own passion for driving, all the while trying to ignore her feelings for our hero ... but they're both on the fast track to love
Book By You® offers nine other romance novels - one for every station format:
Book By You is a personalized publishing company, currently offering eleven romance novels, seven children's titles, two teen novels and a mystery novel from the new Mystery By You division. The perfect Valentine's gift for everyone!
To hear the interview with Mike Pocock click here
She Comes First Love in a Time of Colic
Friday, February 12, 2010 10:36 AM
Ian Kerner is a sex and relationships counselor and New York Times best-selling author of numerous books including She Comes First and Love in the Time of Colic. Ian's journey to counseling grew out of his own personal battle with sexual dysfunction and his desire to help others. He often addresses issues that are common to the "American bedroom" but nonetheless lead to lives of quiet desperation. Ian appears frequently on NBC TODAY and writes a bi-weekly health column for their website. He contributes regularly to a range of magazines, blogs and other media outlets. Ian lectures nationally on a variety of subjects and recent appearances have included: The Organization of Women Leaders at Princeton University, human sexuality classes at Indiana University, the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Sex Week at Yale University and the Psychology Honors Society at New York University. Ian is certified to counsel by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is a Diplomate in Sex Therapy of the American Board of Sexology. Ian is also a professional member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health and The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSIS). Ian is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, and also holds degrees from New York University and the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. Ian is a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow and recipient of the Erwin J. Haberle Award in Clinical Sexology. Ian was born and raised in New York City where he resides with his wife and two young sons
Reviving Relationships Tips:
1) Hold On. After getting home from work, transition into the evening with a 20 second hug. Studies show that a 20 second hug raises Oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is also known as the cuddle hormone and facilitates a sense of love and connection.
2) Keep In Touch. Don’t stop with just the hug. Engage in random acts of intimacy throughout your relationship together. Desire isn’t a light switch: you don’t just turn it on and off. If anything, it’s on a dimmer and you have to keep the dial moving. Maintain physical connections, from holding hands when you’re on the couch to smooching when you’re loading the dishwasher. These brief moments of connection break up routines and provide conversation-starters on the subject of intimacy.
3) Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. I can’t stress enough the importance of quality night time with your partner, and I don’t just mean behind the bedroom door. The dark of night has exponentially more romantic power than sunlight hours.
4) Turn Off to Turn On. Be conscious that we live in a state of digital distractions that invade our most personal space including the iPhone®, BlackBerry®, web-surfing and Facebook®. On most week nights, couples only have a few hours together, so, make a conscious effort to turn off distractions and focus the limited time on your partner. Also, try leaving your mobile devices at home when you go out to dinner.
5) Engage in “Choreplay.” This one is for the guys. Stress works against female desire on a neurological level. So if a woman is worried about everything that still needs to get done around the house, those parts of the brain that need to deactivate are going to remain active. Just like you might tidy up to make Valentine’s Night special, think about how you can help around the house to move her past her to-do list and into your time together.
6) Kick the Kids Out of the Bedroom. Having an exclusive area for you and your partner is an important representation of your sacred bond. Make it a “house rule” that the master bedroom is off limits to the kids and even pets. Use your bedroom as a core spot by locking the door and having a picnic on the floor or sitting on the bed together while enjoying a bottle of wine and romantic music.
7) Make Your Bedroom a “Love Nest.” Your love life is something that feeds off all of the senses, and your bedroom should always be a place where they can be heightened. Similar to how you used the bedroom for a picnic or shared bottle of wine, think about a few changes for the longer-term like installing soothing lighting, or setting up a stereo with CDs that helps you relax. As a relationship counselor, I often tell my clients to have a special drawer or place for items that are dedicated to your love life like massage oil or scented candles.
8) Shake Things Up A Bit. One of the biggest complaints I hear from couples about their bedroom activity is that it can start to feel predictable or like a chore. Instead it really should be the most exciting part of the day. Get creative and don’t be afraid to try a new approach.
Making Relationships Matter
Friday, February 12, 2010 8:54 AM
The Role of the Dating Doctor in the Romantic Comedy Movie, “Hitch” Was Based On the Experiences Of Author & Expert David Coleman Now Coleman Offers Real Life Solutions For Attracting Mr. or Mrs. Right in 2010!
Hitch is the romantic comedy film starring Will Smith as a professional matchmaker who makes a living teaching men how to woo women. In real life, Relationship Expert David Coleman does just that! Coleman says despite the popularity of online dating or maybe because of it, there are thousands of dating challenged men and women who still need his help. A little advice doesn’t hurt even after that relationship has been forged.Many people complain they’re stuck in revolving door of bad dates, keep attracting the “wrong” type of person or sabotage a potentially good relationship. David Coleman has some eye-opening exercises and other self-assessment tools to explain why you’re having trouble finding that significant other. The ‘doctor’ will also provide prescriptions to jump start your heart and keep the magic going after the 1st, 2nd & 3rd. date and learn the most important keys to a solid relationship! David Coleman has been honored eleven times as the National Speaker of the Year. He received his B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology ('83) and his Master of Arts in College Student Personnel ('85) from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). His most recent book, Making Relationships Matter, has entered its second printing run, and his previous works, Date Smart! and 101 Great Dates are well respected and continue to impact lives nationwide. David has been featured in such fine publications as Us Magazine, Glamour, Celebrity Living, Mademoiselle, Women's World, Cosmopolitan, The USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. He has appeared on all major television networks as well as hundreds of radio stations nationwide.
Authentic Sensual Living
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:53 PM
February is known as the month of love, since Valentine’s Day is the 14th but is the hustle and bustle of modern life diminishing our feelings of romance and sensuality? For thousands the hectic lifestyle is causing too much stress and not enough time for themselves. Authentic Sensual Living by Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo offers some tips on how to get back in touch with our senses.
About the Author: Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo is the author of Authentic Sensual Living: Your Guide to Igniting All Your Senses and Enriching Your Live, the owner of Amorosa Bella, the online Luxury Marketplace. Charlyn is frequent speaker and panelist at international forums and conferences. By professional training, Charlyn is a doctor of public health and tropical medicine and has also earned an MBA degree. She has extensive experience in business /leadership of global health and international non-profit organizations, particularly in the developing world. Charlyn is a Founding Director of Rwanda Works (RW), driving an integrated effort, through the micro-franchise model developing capacity in healthcare, education, agriculture, small-business enterprise, and security. The RW coalition is striving to build prosperity in Rwanda during this period of post-genocide recovery. She is a faculty member of the Medical Knowledge Institute (MKI), based in the Netherlands, providing programs that promote and improve the quality of healthcare as a human right in the developing world, particularly addressing issues of cancer care and HIV/AIDS. As a Trustee of the Global Affairs Council, Charlyn has frequent opportunities to meet with global heads of state and national political and business leaders to understand first hand the most critical issues facing our world today. Charlyn earned graduate degrees and received post-graduate training from LaSalle University, University of Colorado School of Business, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a Gladstone Institute Scientific Advisor, Special Advisor to HopeLab Foundation, Founding Director and prior Co-chair of FilmAid International, UC Center for Global Health Advisory, and a member of the United Nations Business Council, American College of Healthcare Executives,
To hear part 2 of the interview with Dr. Belluzzo click here
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 9:00 AM
Finish Strong captures the hope and determination of people in a big way
It’s the new battle cry for tens of thousands, two words that summarize the deep hope, boundless courage and heartfelt determination of people everywhere. It’s no wonder, since these two words clearly define the call to action in America more than any other two words in the English language.Dan Green, author of the book Finish Strongis working with NFL Football Star Drew Brees to spearhead an effort using the words Finish Strongto raise funds for charities in New Orleans. This past week, over 40,000 fans T-Shirts with the words Finish Strong emblazoned on them were purchased by New Orleans Saints fans to help raise almost $250,000 for local charities. Drew Brees tweeted that their goal is 75,000 shirts by game time Sunday. The shirts retail for $15 to $20 at a number of locations in New Orleans and online.
In the next few weeks, they hope to see the effort role across the nation, a battle cry for people who want to channel their energies and unite to help needy people wherever they are.
“When you adopt the finish-strong mentality, you create a level of personal accountability that guides you through critical decision points – the finish-strong moments—the points in time when you must decide which path to take. Will you lie down, settle and quit, or will you move forward toward your goal to the best of your ability? Sometimes, these moments come in a split second, and sometimes they come over a long period of time. Regardless, you, and only you, have the power to choose how to respond to the challenges in front of you.”
Dan Green, author of Finish Strong, Published by Simple Truths
Brees indicated that the official players shirt says, "Our City, Our Home" on the front and then "Finish Strong" on the back.
Unbridled: A Tale of A Divorce Ranch
Monday, February 1, 2010 9:46 AM
More than 50 percent of all new married couples will wind up calling it quits, according to recent studies. In an age where couples can both get married and divorced via a drive-thru window, Marilu Norden remembers a time when divorce wasn’t so common, nor accepted. Norden, author of Unbridled: A Tale of a Divorce Ranch from CreateSpace (www.marilunorden.com), came of age in a time when divorce was so rare, it often took a year or more for a court to grant a divorce. When Norden was 25, the quickest divorce you could get was in Nevada. There, if you were a resident of the state for at least six weeks, you could get what they termed back then a “quickie divorce.” The law became popular with couples who wanted a quick and clean separation, but the question was where would people stay for six weeks while they waited for the paperwork to come through?The ever-enterprising people of Nevada began offering their cattle ranches as a haven for city folks. Soon-to-be divorcees, typically women, would stay as paid guests at the ranches for those six weeks. They had a place to stay, and the fading dude ranches got a shot in the arm with the new business. Norden’s experiences at the ranch, when she was a single mother at age 25, helped shape her life and pave her way for a successful 50-year-long marriage to her husband, who passed away a few years ago. She believes the revolving-door-relationship culture of today could learn a few lessons from her experiences.
About Marilu Norden Born in Calais, Maine to a minister father and a dietician mother, Marilu Norden showed an early interest in art when, at age four, she rendered with her crayons a red schoolhouse against a blue sky on the floral-patterned wallpaper of her room. Despite the then negative reaction from her parents, she knew art was a satisfying way to express herself. Later, in school plays, she discovered the joys of dancing, singing and acting in front of an audience. Studies in art at Syracuse University as well as with many estimable instructors throughout the years helped refine her artistic talents.In Hollywood, as a young single mother of two small children, she worked as a fashion model and, as a vocalist with big bands, made some recordings at Capitol Records. She also appeared in print jobs, films and television commercials. Marrying a clinical psychologist and moving to La Jolla, California, Marilu soon had three more children and became active in local theatre, appearing in major roles in the Starlight Opera and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. In Del Mar, California, where she, her husband, and family lived for twenty years, she founded and directed her own theater and helped in the foundation of two others, continuing her acting and also producing. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, she painted professionally and performed onstage as well as in film and television. She was an active member of the steering committee for the Greer Garson Theatre Center at the College of Santa Fe and served on the boards of two other theaters for the ten years she and her husband lived in The City Different. It was in Santa Fe also that she commenced the writing of her first novel, Unbridled: A Tale of a Divorce Ranch, a story based on personal experience. Now widowed and living in Tucson, Arizona, Marilu continues to paint, exhibit her art and perform onstage.
The Numbers Game
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:58 AM
THE NUMBERS GAME
The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life
“It’s hard to resist a book that tells you that most people have more than the average number of feet. Or that researchers have found that Republicans enjoy sex more than Democrats do. Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot delight in bringing such facts to our attention — and then in explaining them away.”
–New York Times
Numbers saturate our lives. From the news to politics, hardly a topic is discussed without measurements, forecasts, rankings, and or statistics. And many people are daunted by the task of figuring out what the numbers really mean. In THE NUMBERS GAME: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot entertain and convert mathphobes by showing how everyday experiences make sense of numbers wherever they may appear.
The radical premise of THE NUMBERS GAME is to show readers how much they already know. Whether it’s the latest census numbers or rising ocean temperatures, Blastland and Dilnot help present the figures and relate them to everyday experiences. Take shock figures – numbers that demand attention and cause alarm. In THE NUMBERS GAME, Blastland and Dilnot tell readers to resist paying attention to shock figures. “When a number appears that’s out of line with others, it tells us one of three things: (a) this is an amazing story, (b) the number is wrong, (c) it has misinterpreted.” They recommend that readers to look past common phrases that invite suspicion, such as “may reach,” “could be as high as,” and “potentially affect” – and think more about whether the information is actually plausible.
Originally published in the UK and based on the popular BBC show More or Less, THE NUMBERS GAME has received wonderful praise. Completely revised for the American reader, it is bound to make everyone a numbers person.
Some examples in THE NUMBERS GAME:
- 32: Average lifespan of a man in Swaziland, the lowest in the world, according to the CIA's World Factbook. The problem, again, is average. Most adult males there live much longer - it's the large infancy mortality rate that drags down the average.
- 280 days: The length of an average pregnancy, as decided by an 1812 study and never changed by modern medicine. The problem is, by inducing longer births, doctors actually help encourage that average; no one is sure what the true average would be. Even with inductions, though, most pregnancies last three days longer - 283. By giving women an artificial "due date," doctors may make them unduly worried when they go past it.
- 21%: An extra ounce of bacon a day increased the chance of colon cancer by this much in men, according to the American Institute of Cancer Research. While a huge percentage, it neglected to mention what that increase meant in raw numbers. Turns out, five men out of 100 get colorectal cancer in their lifetime. Bacon-eating increased it to six.
- 600,000: Assaults on campus because of alcohol, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse. But if you look at how the survey defined "assault," you see that "pushed or hit" was one of the definitions. Getting pushed at a bar is an assault? Alarmist numbers are often inflated by broad definitions of crime, substance abuse and unethical behavior.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Michael Blastland is a writer, broadcaster, and the creator of More or Less, the BBC Radio 4 show. Andrew Dilnot, a former presenter on More or Less, is the principal of St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, and was the director of England’s Institute for Fiscal Studies.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Andrew Dilnot click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Andrew Dilnot click here
Equally Shared Parenting
Thursday, January 21, 2010 9:01 AM
Marc and Amy Vachon, a Boston-area couple, are re-writing the book on parenting...literally. They are the authors of a new book entitle, Equally Shared Parenting - in which they describe their unique and personal approach to raising children.
They say their style that caters to the modern family in which both parents are working full-time jobs and trying to maintain the delicate balance of their careers and a stable home life (all without going insane!).
About the Authors: Marc and Amy Vachon are the founders of EquallySharedParenting.com, the first dedicated resource for egalitarian parenting from the perspective of both parents. Their work has been covered by the New York Times
, USA Today, Boston Globe
magazine, The Today Show
, and other media, and they are active speakers at professional work/life balance and family/marriage conferences. They have written their personal story of equally shared parenting in One Big Happy Family
, an anthology by Rebecca Walker. Amy is a clinical pharmacist in a management role, and Marc is an information technology specialist. They live in Watertown, Massachusetts, with their two children, ages seven and four.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Marc and Amy click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Marc and Amy click here
DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 9:41 AM
DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink,
New York Times and Business Week bestselling author of ‘A Whole New Mind, a book that Oprah Winfrey ‘could not put down’
(Oprah gave away 4,500 copies to the graduating class of Stanford last year)
We’ve been conditioned to think that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is through external rewards like money—the carrot and the stick approach. That’s a big mistake, says Daniel H. Pink in his transformative new book, DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Riverhead Books). In fact, carrot and stick motivators often produce the opposite of what they set out to achieve. The secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does--and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges.
BIO: Daniel H. Pink is the author of the long-running New York Times and BusinessWeek bestseller a Whole New Mind, as well as The Adventures of Johnny Bunko and Free Agent Nation. He has written for The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. Pink, who has provided analysis for CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad, lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
THERE'S ALWAYS A WAY: How to Develop a Positive Mindset and Succeed in Life and Business
Friday, January 15, 2010 8:52 AM
He's sold over 3 billion in product. He's more than just the Gazelle. TONY LITTLE
THERE'S ALWAYS A WAY: How to Develop a Positive Mindset and Succeed in Life and Business
Renowned throughout the world for his trademark ponytail and shouts of "You can do it!," Tony is tackling the literary world with the same high energy and enthusiasm with which he approaches everything else in his life. The man popularly known as "America's Personal Trainer" is one of the most financially successful figures ever to appear on television, selling over $3 billion worth of products worldwide.
Tony reveals his very own rags-to-riches story -- and of how he has used the hard knocks of his own life to develop unique selling strategies, become a successful businessman and a better human being. After battling his way up from poverty and juvenile delinquency, Tony is living proof that no matter what obstacles you're facing, and no matter what you crave the most, there is always a way to achieve it. There's Always a Way contains practical advice culled from Tony's often wild and improbable experiences, which will help readers navigate the tough business world, as well as live a quality life.
BIO: Tony Little has been a television fitness icon for more than 20 years. He first burst onto the fitness scene in 1983 by becoming an acclaimed Junior National Bodybuilding Champion, turning into a household name after he introduced the Gazelle Exercise Machine into the home fitness market. More than 40 million people own goods bearing the Tony Little name. Moreover, his success crosses international boundaries, with his infomercials currently airing in 81 countries. Today, through his company, Health International Corporation, Tony's influence can be felt throughout the more than $100 billion a year infomercial industry. Tony was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame in 2006.
The Deliberate Design of Destiny
Thursday, January 7, 2010 9:24 AM
The ancient Mayans, who were careful and meticulous astronomers, believe in an astrological cycle called Precession of the Equinoxes
. This is close to a 26,000 year cycle in which Earth transits through each of the 12 signs of the zodiac for about 2152 years each. Each of these astrological ages represents one month of the grand Cosmic Year
. Sumerians, Tibetans, Egyptians, Cherokees, Hopi, and Mayans refer to this same 26,000 year cycle in their mystical belief systems and each have developed calendars based on this great cycle.
According to their beliefs, December 21, 2012 AD is the day where all of the sudden a light switch will flip on and everything will change. That prophecy is not far off the mark, according to Theodore Green, a missionary, Church founder, Preacher and bible teacher who authored the book The Deliberate Design of Destiny
, from Createspace (www.truthwaylife.com
). He believes that Life was deliberately designed to prove that Love is stronger than Evil. The political, religious and academic structure of America and the World have been deliberately manipulated to regulate the message of Jesus Christ, it’s history and it’s scientific evidence to mythology. It has been design that way by the Enemy of God so that he can manipulate humanity into a destiny of Destruction. That is why he believes 2012 will begin an age of judgment, also prophesized in the Bible.
Theodore Green believes that Life was part of a deliberate design to prove that Love, the ultimate good, is stronger and more resilient than Evil. He reveals this message as a story, dating back to before history was recorded.
“It unfolds like nonfiction mystery as good and evil battle over humanity,” he said. “For those who have the eyes to see it, the Bible, Science, Ancient, and Modern history expose this mystery hidden by governments, Institutions and religions. These principalities and powers were established long ago by forces of evil not of this world. These forces are the root cause of the pain, suffering, destruction and crime of this world. If a person, society or nation does not comprehend the creators design and purpose of life then it is doomed to confusion and chaos. Worse, it allows evil to manipulate the world of men unto a destiny of destruction.”
Green believes that academia and the lack of faith confuses the origins of humanity, and prevents us from perhaps our greatest destiny.
“The world blunders in confusion because largely the academic and industrial science institutions confuse the origins of human destiny and purpose,” he said. “Their aversion to faith and their exclusion of God confuses their efforts to understand this Mystery keep secret since the world began. My story explores the reason people, society and nations do not comprehend creation’s design and purpose and become doomed to confusion and chaos. It explains how this ignorance allows the enemy of God to manipulate the world of men unto a destiny of destruction.”
The end of time may well be nigh if we do not open our eyes to the truth, he added.
“Soon, if not now we will be facing the End of Times as the bible calls it,” Green said. “My story takes you from the beginning of time all the to the way end of time as the plan of God unfolds into a destiny we all face. The Bible, ancient calendars, ancient traditions, the precession of the equinox and even science point a New Age. Its time to understand the mystery hidden in God’s creation since the world began (Eph 3:9 and Rom 16:25).”
About Theodore Green Theodore Green has been a missionary, church founder, preacher/Bible teacher, church counselor and television director/editor over the last 30 years. By trade, he is a top software systems engineer for the aerospace industry. He has ministries in Guatemala, Mexico, Salvador and the United States.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 9:26 AM
In SEVEN: The Number for Happiness, Love, and Success, media guru Jackie Leo explores the powerful and often mysterious role this lucky number has played throughout history, and shows us how it can be a useful tool to filter information, synthesize ideas, and to keep one's mind and memory performing at top speed. Founder of Child magazine and former Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest, Jackie Leo is no stranger to multitasking. As she immersed herself in a study of 7's curious history, she realized that it has long played a fascinating role in the sciences, psychology, mathematics and religion, and has uncanny usefulness as an organizing number. There's a reason the average workday is 7 hours and a telephone number is 7 digits: We can hold onto 7. It can simplify and organize everything from our "to do" lists to our philosophies of life. And with the digital static that invades our lives growing exponentially every day, 7, it seems, is more useful now than ever. In fact, Leo argues, when used effectively, 7 can put you in control of your life, your relationships and your success. There are 7 days in a week, 7 notes in the musical scale, 7 seas, 7 Wonders of the World, 7 deadly sins, 7 dwarves, 7 stages of grief. There are even 7 ingredients in a Big Mac.
BIO: Jacqueline Leo founded and launched Child magazine in 1986. She later became Editor-in-Chief of Family Circle magazine and Editorial Director of the New York Times Women's Magazine Group, where she launched Fitness magazine. She was Senior Producer and Editorial Director for ABC News' Good Morning America; Editorial Director for Consumer Reports magazine; and Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest. She is currently Senior Adviser for Business Development at iAmplify.com.
Monday, January 4, 2010 9:47 AM
Readers first fell in love with “Nanny” in 2002’s runaway New York Times bestseller, THE NANNY DIARIES. Her wry, humorous recounting of her time as a nanny for the insanely wealthy X family—and of the bizarre world that the Xes and their privileged, powerful friends live in—instantly made her a favorite heroine of readers, who bought over two million copies of the book. In 2007, fans saw Nan’s adventures with her troublesome charge, Grayer, and her burgeoning romance with her elevator crush, Harvard Hottie, come to life on the big screen in the Nanny Diaries movie featuring Scarlett Johansson.
Just as fresh, biting, and funny as The Nanny Diaries, but with the extra heart and wisdom of a few years’ experience, NANNY RETURNS brings both heroine and readers back to the exotic world of the Upper East Side—a community where appearances are everything, friendships can dissolve with the disappearance of a bank account, and children are often the casualties in the war between wealth and family.
Now, in NANNY RETURNS, it’s almost ten years later, and Nan has just come back from abroad with her husband—H.H., now known just as Ryan. Mrs. X was a scary lady, but now Nan can be one too: she’s thirty-three, confident and successful, speaks three languages, and runs her own business … but when Grayer, now sixteen and more messed-up than ever, makes a drunken late-night visit to her apartment, Nan is sucked right back into the world of power, wealth, and dysfunction of the Upper East Side. Awash with guilt for “abandoning” Grayer after the Xes kicked her out of their life when he was still a little boy, Nan agrees to do a simple favor for her grown-up charge and his smart, sweet little brother, Stilton. But the Xes are in the middle of a brutal, high-profile divorce; Mr. X is consumed by money troubles and his new actress fiancée, and Mrs. X is M.I.A. and possibly faking cancer for sympathy—and soon “one little favor” snowballs into an ever-more-bizarre series of events as Nan fights to make sure that someone is taking care of Grayer and Stilton … and to win back her beloved Grayer’s fractured trust. Meanwhile, the rest of Nan’s life starts nose-diving like the economy. Ryan is working out of the country and practically unreachable, but still putting unexpected pressure on Nan to “start a family” of their own. Their “fixer-upper” house in Harlem is infested with toxic mold and other costly little renovation surprises. And, most of all, Nan’s experiences with the first major client in her consulting business—the Board of the ultra-elite Jarndyce prep school—are turning out to be sickeningly familiar: the Board is just as unreasonable and demanding as the UES parents she used to nanny for. Teachers—and Nan—are the new hired help, picking up where the nannies left off in the war for the well-being of the children of privilege.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the authors of three New York Times bestselling novels: The Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl, and Dedication. Aside from their ongoing collaboration on novels, they also write for magazines, and are working on a romantic comedy for Paramount Pictures. Emma and Nicola have appeared numerous times on CNN, Today, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, and the View, among other major media outlets. They live and work in New York City, and can be found online at www.emmaandnicola.com.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Emma and Nicola click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Emma and Nicola click here
The Memory Quilt
Monday, December 21, 2009 12:28 PM
In tough times, people search for messages that inspire and comfort them. With jobs being lost, homes being foreclosed upon, and the constant fear of illness without having proper health care, countless Americans cling to the hope for a new and better day. Just in time for this holiday season, Bishop T.D. Jakes publishes his debut novel specifically geared toward the Christmas season and committed to spreading a message of hope. In THE MEMORY QUILT: A Christmas Story For Our Times, Bishop Jakes weaves Biblical verses about Mary, mother of Jesus, with the present-day story about a grandmother who has suffered many losses, yet through her readings of the Bible is reminded about the many gifts that remain all around her. Bishop T.D. Jakes, named by Time magazine and CNN as “America’s Best Preacher” and a New York Times bestselling author, is a leading voice of inspiration and hope for the millions of people who have read his books, attended services at The Potter’s House, participated in his wildly popular conferences, and watched his sermons on television.
Lela Edwards is a grandmother who lives alone in Chicago, having remained in the very same neighborhood where she lived with her husband and raised their children. Her husband of nearly 50 years has passed away and her three daughters are grown up and raising their own families. Lela’s family is worried about her because the neighborhood is changing for the worst and crime is on the rise. Lela, a self-sufficient and increasingly bitter woman, is constantly at odds with her family members and refuses to leave her home, despite the break-ins and robbery attempts that are happening around her. Lela, who is known for creating beautiful handmade quilts for landmark occasions in loved ones’ lives, is a dedicated and active member of her church, and the Bible is her constant reading companion. Whenever Lela is at odds with loved ones – her granddaughter, Darcie, who is going through a painful divorce; her middle daughter, Jean, with whom she never sees eye-to-eye; her brother, Frank, who begs her to consider moving out of the neighborhood; or her friend, Barbara, whose ever cheerful outlook on life and towards others annoys Lela to no end – she turns to scripture for understanding and insight. In particular, the stories about Jesus’ mother, Mary, intertwined with the creation of one of her quilts, serve as the foundation for Lela’s journey in THE MEMORY QUILT. Each story about Mary, whether about mercy, forgiveness, love and divorce, or trust and faith, draws the reader back to the happenings in Lela’s life, illustrating how the stories in the Bible very much resonate in our own everyday lives. For Lela, it is these scriptures, and the final completion of her latest quilt, which lead her to a heightened level of understanding and empathy regarding her own family members. Further, the scriptures compel Lela to offer the ultimate sacrifice – a loving and safe home for a woman with whom she initially refused to help because she presumed her to be undeserving of anyone’s support.
THE MEMORY QUILT is a heartwarming page-turner which will be a must-read on the holiday wish lists of the diverse array of fans of Bishop T.D. Jakes’s books. Readers will fall in love with Lela Edwards as they journey with her as she arrives at a place in her life where understanding, patience, love and compassion replace annoyance, disappointment, and bitterness.
ABOUT BISHOP T.D. JAKES
Bishop T.D. Jakes IS A QUINTESSENTIAL LEADER. Known for his service to the church and the global community, his heartfelt efforts have made worldwide impact. He is a man at the forefront of philanthropy, a best-selling author, and most of all a premier contemporary spiritual voice. Bishop Jakes has global reach through missions around the world, record-breaking events, and weekly, with his diverse congregation at The Potter's House, where he shares his message of hope, inspiration and God's love with over 30 thousand members there in Dallas, Texas. Having written over 30 books, Bishop Jakes is a New York Times best-selling author several times over! His message is also communicated in print and broadcast media through interviews and features in Time, Forbes, and Essence magazines, the Washington Post, USA TODAY, CNN, Fox News and more.
CoCo Chanel and Igor Stravinsky
Thursday, December 17, 2009 1:14 PM
From the marquees of indie movie houses to the fickle fashion blogosphere, Coco Chanel and her legacy of simple elegance, enduring style and female empowerment are everywhere these days. Chris Greenhalgh’s COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY sumptuously portrays the brief, fiery and little-known affair between Chanel and legendary composer Igor Stravinsky. Greenhalgh’s screen adaptation of the novel was given the honor of closing this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and immediately picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, which will soon release in the U.S. But COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY is a novel that stands alone—one that fashionistas, classical music fans and lovers of historical fiction alike will want to get their hands on.
Weaving together the story of this passionate affair with the story of the creation of two iconic works of the 20th Century, COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY is a compulsively readable account of a chance meeting that forever influenced the course of artistic history.
In 1913 Paris, Diaghilev’s celebrated Ballet Russes premiered Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. In the audience was young couturiere Coco Chanel, who witnessed the birth of a new art form—one that, like her designs, tore down the artifice of an old regime and ushered in something profoundly modern. Chanel was enthralled by the performance and by its Russian composer. Seven years later, a chance meeting ignited a spark between the composer and the designer. Chanel invited Russian exile Stravinsky to spend the summer at her black-and-beige villa outside of Paris. Soon, Stravinsky, his ailing wife, Catherine, and their four children moved in with Chanel. Under one roof, the obvious romantic pull between the composer and the designer grew into a deep and passionate affair—one that affected their artistic lives as well as their emotions. As Stravinsky enjoyed a new burst of creativity, leading his music in a new direction, Chanel brought forth her most lasting creation: the legendary perfume Chanel No. 5. But the affair was complicated by both parties’ single-minded devotion to their work, and Stravinsky’s commitment to his family. As Catherine, confined to her bed, came to suspect what was happening around her, the two lovers were forced to consider the depth of their feelings, and whether, with the autumn drawing in, theirs was a relationship that could survive.
Joy Berry, Author of more than 250 titles about helping kids grow
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:41 AM
TOP TEN THINGS KIDS SAY
That Ruin a Holiday Visit
(Especially when spoken in a whiny voice)
1. I don’t like it here!
2. I’m bored!
3. There’s no one to play with!
4. Something stinks!
5. Is there anything to eat?
6. I accidentally broke something!
7. The toilet’s stopped up!
8. I’m going to be sick!
9. How much longer do we have to stay?
10. Can we go now?
You’re at the family holiday gathering and your mother-in-law is sitting across from your 5 year old child as she/he opens her/his gifts. She/he opens the one from grandma and blurts out,” But I wanted something else.”
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa – our darling little ones can say the most cranky, embarrassing and sometimes ungrateful things.
Child development specialist Joy Berry is available for interviews to give parents tips on how to help your child understand the spirit of the holidays, how to help your child say the right thing during the gift-giving season and how to help your child know how to behave when everything around them is so exciting.
Ms. Berry also has funny but real-life top 10 list of the cranky and embarrassing things kids say with tips to help parents teach their children the best behavior for the busy holiday season.
Joy Berry is a pioneering educator, child-development specialist and the bestselling author of Joy Berry books for children, with more than 250 titles and 85 million copies of her books sold. Joy Berry is dedicated to helping kids help themselves grow by providing the information and motivation children need to lead responsible lives.
Joy began her career teaching in the Ontario and Arcadia school districts in Southern California. Concerned that the educational system wasn’t teaching children all they needed to know, Joy began after-school and summer programs designed to teach children life skills. In addition, she started a highly acclaimed preschool and day-care center that grew into one of the top three infant-through-early-elementary private schools in Southern California.
One event changed the course of Joy’s career. She visited the home of a boy who was failing in school and was astonished at what she discovered in the backyard — a tree house spanning three avocado trees, complete with running water, a rope-and-pulley elevator, a thatched roof and glass windows. The structure was home to the Tree House Club, where membership was earned by neighborhood kids selling avocados from the trees. Under the boy’s capable leadership, club members participated in innovative moneymaking projects. The boy was running a business, keeping track of its earnings, expenses and profits using a comprehensive bookkeeping system—yet he was failing in school. What was school not giving him that he had acquired on his own, Joy wondered. The answer was skills to live a happy and successful life. The boy had figured out on his own how to make his way in the real world. Joy decided then and there that she wanted to teach kids real life skills so that they could succeed and be responsible in life, not just school.
Embarking on her mission, Joy spoke out about modifying conventional perceptions of parenting and traditional approaches to education. She left the school system and began writing books, music, television scripts, radio programs and other supplemental materials that teach children living skills.
“Children should be 100% responsible for their choices and decisions by the time they are 12 years of age,” says Joy. “Parents need to encourage their children to make as many choices as possible as early in their lives as possible.”
DONT SAY I DIDNT WARN YOU
Monday, December 14, 2009 11:23 AM
Comedienne and author Anita Renfroe became an overnight Internet sensation when a video of her singing everything a mother says to her children in a single day to the tune of “The William Tell Overture” in under three minutes was viewed by millions. Renfroe was featured on countless morning, late night entertainment and news program, which resulted in her becoming a comedy contributor for Good Morning America. Described as “this generation’s Erma Bombeck,” Anita Renfroe has no problem telling it like it is, and she does so in her hilarious new book, DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU: Kids, Carbs, and the Coming Hormonal Apocalypse. In her irreverent collection of essays, this stand-up comedian and mother of three turns her boldly accurate comic eye to female conditions. In chapters with names like “To Regift or Not to Regift (Or, If Only the Wise Men Had Known About Gift Cards)” and “Playing Favorites (Or, As a Matter of Fact, I Do Love Your Brother More),” she dares to speak what other women are thinking—but can't say out loud. Renfroe offers up her deeply funny and relatable takes on everything from weddings to mammograms to every woman’s never-ending quest for just one good photo of herself. Renfroe’s mission is to affirm women that they are not alone in navigating circumstances that every woman undoubtedly experiences at some point in her life, such as:
· Holiday and Holi-Don'ts
· To Regift or Not Regift
· Money can't buy love but it can buy chocolate
· Retail therapy and the need for the perfect purse
· Fear of fat...and love of sweets
· Facing age head-on and embracing your best self
All too often, we walk on eggshells. We keep our thoughts to ourselves so as not to offend others. DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU reminds us all to take ourselves less seriously. Simultaneously uproarious and honest, this virtuoso performance will establish Renfroe as a comedic voice to be contended with: what she says goes. So, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ANITA RENFROE is wife to her hunka burnin’ love, John, and mother to three (semi-grown) children. When they are not standing at the luggage carousel in various airports looking for their bags so she can put on clean clothes and get to the next comedy concert, they reside in suburban Atlanta, where sweet tea is always on the menu. Anita has been featured in The New York Times, Readers Digest, Women's Day and The Washington Post. Her other books titles including If You Can't Lose It, Decorate It, If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother, A Purse-Driven Christmas and the forthcoming Duets with her husband John.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Anita click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Anita click here
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 12:41 PM
David O. Russell, who is a writer and director of films including We Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, and Flirting with Disaster, among others. He's written a book for Middle School aged kids called ALIENATED.
About the Book: Best friends Gene Brennick and Vince Haskell come across freaky aliens like Mold Man, Calamari Girl, and Crumble Bun all the time as reporters for their homemade weekly tabloid, the Globe, a newsletter featuring stories on the aliens living quietly among humans in Santa Rosa, California. Gene and Vince's classmates don't take their articles too seriously – no one does, really. Gene's determined to find a way to end his outsider status for good, and when he and Vince discover a local teacher's deep, dark secret, Gene's convinced he's found the answer. But after taking it one step too far, Gene and Vince are suddenly at the center of an intergalactic conflict, one that could be the death of the boys' friendship, or of the boys themselves -- whichever comes first.Acclaimed screenwriter and director David O. Russell teams up for his first novel with Andrew Auseon to deliver a hilarious, surprising adventure that will keep readers glued to every page.
Eat To Live
Thursday, December 3, 2009 7:57 AM
Americans are the most obese people in history, and we are becoming ever fatter. Overweight and obesity contribute to chronic diseases like heart disease, hypertension, depression, and diabetes, and are a leading factor in the spiraling costs of health care. These problems exist because people find losing weight so difficult—until now. Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s diet, EAT TO LIVE: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss offers a healthy, effective, and scientifically proven Six-Week Plan for shedding a radical amount of weight quickly. The key to the program’s success is knowledge, not willpower.
In short, health=nutrients/calories. Your health is predicted by your nutrient intake divided by your intake of calories. The more nutrient-dense foods you consume, the more satiated you will feel on fewer calories, curbing the cravings for high-fat, high-calorie foods. The result is obvious: radical weight loss, an average of fifteen pounds the first month and ten pounds each month thereafter. There is no hunger, and you can eat as much food as you desire. Many people eat more food than they did before because the volume of nutrient-dense food is so much greater than refined grains, refined sugars, and animal products.
EAT TO LIVE includes both a Six-Week Plan to jump-start weight loss and improve health, and a Life Plan to help you keep it off. All foods are assigned a value based on their nutritional density. Menus, suggested shopping lists, and recipes provide all you need to lose weight and keep it off.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. His other books include Fasting and Eating for Health. He lives with his wife and four children in Flemington, New Jersey.
To hear part one of the interview with Dr. Fuhrman click here
To hear part two of the interview with Dr. Fuhrman click here
To hear part three of the interview with Dr. Fuhrman click here
To hear part four of the interview with Dr. Fuhrman click here
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 7:28 AM
Celebrating Failure is the definitive how-to manual for leaders seeking to embrace the power of failure as a learning tool to improve their organizations and to achieve ever-greater goals in life.
Celebrating Failure provides a paradigm shift in viewing failure. Heath proposes that “positive failures” are not only necessary steps on the path to success, but encourage greater freedom to take risks in pursuit of one’s life goals.
• Tells engaging stories of real-life business and personal failure experiences readers relate to.
• Provides steps to apply the chapter “lessons” and change one’s approach to risk-taking.
• Helps eliminate the “fear of failure” that can hold people back in today’s world.
Heath’s insightful stories lay out his own failures and reveal his human side as a son, father, athlete, and business leader. He gives the reader hope—and a clear path toward success.
Heath has taken the daily battles of managing a business, and put them in stories that will make the reader a better leader. Heath’s greatest strength as a leader is seeing several moves ahead, and the book conveys a sense of that strength to the reader. While the target audience is business managers, Heath became hopeful for a broader audience when his teenage daughter asked if she could read more after being given one chapter. The business lessons told in Celebrating Failure translate to daily life.
Celebrating Failure is unique in that all of the stories are real events Heath and his associates experienced managing a successful advertising agency over the past 30 years. It is a quick and interesting read targeted at those who manage people or those who wish to improve. The book aims to make the readers better managers and give them greater insights into managing relationships in their jobs and personal lives.
About the author:
Ralph Heath is an author, business coach, consultant, and speaker specializing in thoughtful leadership and marketing. His new book, Celebrating Failure: the Power of Taking Risks, Making Mistakes, and Thinking Big, published by Career Press is available for preorder now and will be in bookstores in July 2009.
Undead and Unworthy
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 11:19 AM
The New York Times best selling book Undead and Unworthy made its paperback debut in November. Undead and Unworthy is the seventh book in the best-selling paranormal romance series featuring vampire queen Betsy Taylor.
The Undead series follows Betsy Taylor as she reluctantly reigns over the undead world. Besty would rather spend her time shopping for new designer shoes but the vampire community sees her as the prophesied queen. There is one good thing about being queen of the undead….oh-so-sexy vampire Eric Sinclair!
About the author:
Mary Janice Davidson is the New York Times
and USA Today
best selling author of the Undead
series. Her most recent release, Undead and Unwelcome
reached number 14 on the New York Times bestseller list, the highest of any of her book. For more information on Davidson log on to www.maryjanicedavidson.net
Monday, November 30, 2009 5:40 PM
In the Jackson, Mississippi of 1962, the white socialites and the black maids spend their days together, but live in different worlds. In her first novel, THE HELP,native Southerner Kathryn Stockett portrays what happens when three women—two black, one white—decide to break through the boundaries that separate those worlds, risking everything to tell the truth about their lives. Writing in the distinctive voices of each of these characters, Stockett tells a story of friendship that crosses the lines of race, class and age as the momentous events of the civil rights movement unfold around them.
THE HELP evokes the bonds and burdens of friendship, the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and the challenges of coming of age in a tumultuous era. Throughout, Kathryn Stockett offers piquant reminders of a time and place when an ad for a secretary might read “Trim, young secretary wanted. Typing not nec.” and an eager woman jumps to answer the phone “like a dog on a coon.” But above all, THE HELP is an enthralling, eye-opening story about women of different races who, amidst the turbulence of the civil rights movement, start a movement of their own forever changing a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another.
Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan has just returned to her family’s cotton plantation with a brand-new college degree and aspirations to be a writer, but no engagement ring, much to her mother’s disappointment. As her social consciousness awakens, Skeeter begins to notice the daily injustices borne by her friends’ maids, Aibileen and Minny. Aibileen, a fifty-something black maid raising her seventeenth white child, has suffered the loss of her own son to racist indifference yet remains reluctant to challenge the status quo. Her volatile younger friend, Minny, is raising five kids on maid’s wages and struggles constantly to rein in her outrage. Skeeter watches her insecure and neglectful friend, Elizabeth, who counts on Aibileen to nurture and protect Elizabeth’s baby daughter, build a separate bathroom for Aibileen in her garage. Next, her friend Hilly, the president of the local Junior League, forces Minny out of a job and blackballs her from the households of Jackson. Skeeter eventually lands a job as a household advice columnist for a local newspaper, but her ambitions extend to subjects of greater significance than the myriad uses of Crisco. She convinces Aibileen, Minny and their friends to join her in writing a book about the daily life of a black maid. The stories uncover more than Skeeter had imagined, as they dramatize the disdain and love that coexists in the relationships between the black “help” and their white employers. Meanwhile, Medgar Evers is shot to death in Jackson, marchers are set upon by police dogs and water cannons, and Martin Luther King, Jr., gives his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. As Skeeter and the maids write their anonymous accounts, foremost in their minds is one question: What will the white women of Jackson do when they read what’s been written about them? The three women must choose whether to jeopardize their jobs, relationships, perhaps even their lives, for the chance to proclaim their vision of a humanity that knows no boundaries.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. THE HELP is her first novel.
The Power of 2
Friday, November 20, 2009 3:46 PM
Most of us probably feel like we can go at life and accomplish anything on our own. Well a new book out based on Gallup Poll interviews says we are very wrong. I recently spoke with Power of 2 author Rodd Wagner. Five years of in-depth Gallup research into collaboration has culminated in Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life. New York Times bestselling author Rodd Wagner and Gallup World Poll leader Gale Muller draw on their own research as well as studies of monkeys, computer gaming, revenge, and self-sacrifice to uncover the blueprint for creating successful partnerships.
Power of 2 examines the eight crucial elements of a successful partnership: complementary strengths, a common mission, fairness, trust, acceptance, forgiveness, communicating, and unselfishness. Wagner and Muller illustrate the power of collaboration with examples of some of history's most compelling partnerships, how Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard used the flip of a coin to decide whose name would come first in the company logo; how the constant communication between Francis Crick and James D. Watson cracked the code of DNA; and how Karl Malone and John Stockton became one of the most successful pairs in NBA history through the combination of their complementary strengths. Power of 2 is a fascinating look at partnership at its best and worst as well as a primer for unleashing the power of collaboration in any type of organization.
About the Author:
Rodd Wagner is a principal of Gallup and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing. Wagner advises senior executives across several industries on the best ways to strengthen their partnerships, increase employee engagement, and improve profitability. Before joining Gallup 11 years ago, Wagner served as the research director for the Portland Press Herald and as a reporter and news editor for The Salt Lake Tribune. Wagner received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah Graduate School of Business.
Friday, November 20, 2009 11:50 AM
Drinking cosmos all night? Eating meat? Get with it. It’s not 1999.Today’s modern women are more likely to be meditating and leading a vegan lifestyle. Oh, you didn’t get the memo? So you had a burger last night? Well, how about you “stop shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day?” say the authors of the bestselling Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous! With more than two million copies in print, translations in twenty languages, and over a year on the New York Times bestseller list, Skinny Bitch has motivated legions, including celebrities like actress Eva Longoria Parker and NBA player Jerry Stackhouse, to ditch their many food vices for healthier alternatives.To find out more here part one of the interview with Co-author Rory Freedman
Rory Freedman is a former agent for Ford Models, who has been studying nutrition for 15 years. She and co-author Kim Barnouin also wrote the New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven, and the journal Skinny Bitchin. A book adapting the Skinny Bitch message for guys, Skinny Bastard, is their newest book. For more information, visit www.skinnybitch.net
The New Black
Thursday, November 12, 2009 1:59 PM
Fifty years ago, the terms mourning and melancholia were part of the psychological lexicon. Today, in a world of rapid diagnoses, quick cures, and big pharmaceutical dollars, the catch-all concept of depression has evolved to take their place. In The New Black, Darian Leader argues that this shift is more than semantic; rather, it speaks to our culture’s complicated relationship with loss, suffering, and grief. Part memoir, part cultural analysis, Leader draws on examples from literature, art, cinema, and history, as well as case studies from his work as a psychologist, to explore the unconscious ways our culture responds to the experience of loss. He visits a bookstore in search of studies on mourning, and, finding none, moves on to the fiction and poetry sections, where he finds countless examples of mourning in literature. Moving from historical texts of the Middle Ages, to Freud’s essays, to Lacan, to Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Leader provides an innovative tour of mourning and melancholia and our culture’s struggle to understand them.
To hear part one of the interview with Darian Leader click here
To hear part two of the interview with Darian Leader click here
About Darian Leader:
Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst practicing in London and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and of the College of Psychoanalysts. He is a Visting Professor at the Royal College of Art and the author of Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post? and the coauthor, with David Corfield, of Why Do People Get Ill?
Friday, October 30, 2009 2:38 PM
I am not someone who curls up on the couch with a vampire novel in fact I have never actually read one at all. I’ve always been a reader’s digest kind of girl but when I started reading Bite Marks I could not put it down. This novel is the first in a trilogy that begins with the creation of a vampire baby and follows several intriguing characters as they search for the child. In the interview with Terence Taylor he talks about the storyline and how he was inspired to write it. He also talks about his life and the possibility of transforming the book into a movie. Just a word of caution this book is not for the faint of heart. Taylor says Twilight is the high school of vampire novels and his is more graduate school.
Intelligence For Your Life
Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:29 AM
John has uncovered a wealth of practical information and life-changing choices. He now combines that knowledge with some incredible personal experiences for his first book in an ongoing series, Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth. In addition to a wide range of helpful tips, John reveals what has guided him spiritually and professionally to act out his passions. Get one for yourself, give it as a gift or, better yet, BOTH. In the interview with John he talks about the inspiration for his show and the book, some of his favorite tips and what lies ahead.
To hear part 1 of the interview with John Tesh click here
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Her Fearful Symmetry
Monday, October 19, 2009 10:49 AM
Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife captivated readers everywhere with its story of a bibliophilic time traveler and his patient artist wife whose desperate love for each other manages to transcend time. The book has sold an astonishing 3 million copies in this country and continues to gain thousands of new readers and champions every week, six years after its publication. Niffenegger’s eagerly-awaited second novel, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY shares the wonder, passion, and mystery that readers adored in The Time Traveler’s Wife, but it has inventive themes and settings all its own, including London¹s famous Highgate Cemetery (where Niffenegger is an occasional guide and where George Eliot and Karl Marx are
buried), twins, ghosts, obsessive compulsive disorder, intricate puzzles, and several intensely compelling eccentrics.
HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY, with its unforgettable characters is a deeply moving tale of love lost and won. Julia and Valentina Poole are 20-year-old mirror twins living in Chicago and waiting for their lives to begin when their Aunt Elspeth dies of cancer, leaving them her London flat on the condition that they live there for one year before they sell it. The twins do not know their aunt, who is the estranged twin of their own mother, Edie. When they move into the flat, which borders London’s Highgate Cemetery, their lives become entangled with the building’s residents, including Martin, an OCD-suffering crossword setter who lives above them, and their aunt’s elusive and mysterious younger lover, Robert, who lives below and is writing a history of Highgate, where he is a guide. They also become entangled with their aunt herself, who returns as a ghost and learns to communicate with the new occupants. As the novel progresses, Valentina tries to forge a separate identity from her sister Julia, whose lead she had been happy to follow until now. Meanwhile, Elspeth’s ghost becomes more sinister, hell-bent on controlling the lives of those she left behind and on liberating Valentina from the control of her sister. Niffenegger raises provocative questions about identity, the consequences of excessive will, and the tenacity of love. In the novel’s final pages, she reveals the startling secret behind Edie and Elspeth’s estrangement and the twisted fate that befalls Elspeth in the end. For more information log on to http://audreyniffenegger.com/
To hear the interview with Audrey click here
ABOUT AUDREY NIFFENEGGER:
Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and the founding member of Text 3, an artist and writer’s group that also performs and exhibits in Chicago. Her work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Newberry Library. She is the author of two visual novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress. Her short story, The Night Bookmobile, was serialized as a graphic novel in the London Guardian last year.
Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:57 AM
The life of Amelia Earhart has captivated millions and new information about her life is featured in the new book Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It by Susan Wels details Amelia's open marriage, her work as a poet, fashion designer and a psychic. Earhart, the legendary trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific solo flyer will soon be thrust into the modern spotlight for other reasons as well. In addition to the film, fashion has also taken its cue with Amelia-esque inspired designs, such as designer Jean Paul Gautier’s fall 2009 lineup featuring leather bomber jackets, and trousers for Hermes (check out: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/fashion-articles/aviator-fashion-0709?click=main_sr). Also, and perhaps more newsworthy, there will be a new expedition to Nikumaroro Island that could unearth DNA evidence proving the aviatrix perished there. Wels’ book is the first premium-quality illustrated biography of Amelia Earhart featuring never-before-seen photographs, artifacts, letters, documents and maps, and tracing her progression from bookish tomboy to worldwide celebrity. Also included is information on the latest developments in the continuing investigation into her unsolved disappearance. As readers will find out in the new book, in addition to being a respected and glamorous figure in aviation history, less known to the public were her interests in fashion design, photography, poetry, science, mechanics, and social work, making her an exceptional role model for women both then and now, 72 years after her mysterious disappearance over the Pacific.
Here are some intriguing new details that Susan could touch on in an interview about the young adventuress’ life:
· Amelia had an open marriage. Moments before she married publisher George Palmer Putnam in 1931, she gave him a hand-written note saying that she wouldn’t abide by the “medieval code of faithfulness” and wouldn’t hold him to that code during their marriage.
· She had an affair with Gore Vidal’s father. Eugene Luther Vidal was a crack pilot, Olympic athlete, and the cofounder of three of America’s earliest airlines.
· She was a poet. Amelia wrote dozens of verses, including poems about love and passion. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt always kept a poem that she wrote, entitled “Courage,” in her desk drawer.
· She was a fashion designer. Amelia created a clothing line called “Amelia Fashions,” stylish, practical apparel for the active woman. She not only signed every piece, she also designed them herself—selecting every detail and scrap of fabric and draping the clothes on a dressmaker’s dummy in her living room.
· She was a psychic. Amelia believed she had extrasensory perception, and others attested to her telepathic powers. With a fellow psychic, she located a plane that had disappeared, and she conducted a séance for Mae West, who wanted to contact the spirits of her dead parents.
To hear the interview with Susan Wels click here
If you would like to meet Susan Wels she will be discussing the book in Washington DC at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Sunday October 25th from 2 until 4 pm. For more info click here
About the author:
Susan Wels is the author of several history books, including Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, which spent 14 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and Pearl Harbor: America’s Darkest Day. She is a graduate of Stanford University, as well as an award-winning magazine editor, and lives in San Francisco.
Monday, October 12, 2009 9:55 AM
While astrology focuses on your sign Gary Goldschneider's new book Everyday Astrology focuses on the zodiac signs of the people around you, everyone from your parents to your children to your siblings and co-workers, employees, lovers, spouses, exes and more. This book tells you how to handle each relationship based on the person's sign. During the interview Gary mentions a great new website as well. To find out more log on to www.mypersonology.com
To hear the interview with Gary Goldschneider click here.
Return to the Hundred Acre Woods
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 12:05 PM
Winnie the Pooh is a household name and the stories of this sweet bear have delighted children for decades. Now author David Benedictus has brought Pooh back to life with 10 new stories about Pooh and all his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods. The first Winnie-the-Pooh stories by Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne were published in 1926 and are currently available in 50 languages around the world. David Benedictus adapted and produced the audio adaptations of Winnie-the-Pooh starring Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Jane Horrocks. His second novel was filmed by Francis Ford Coppola. He has worked as assistant to Trevor Nunn at the RSC, was Commissioning Editor for Drama series at Channel 4, and ran The Book At Bedtime for BBC Radio.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 1:59 PM
Connected is a great new book that focuses on how we are all connected in our own social network and how that affects everything from our health to who we will marry and ultimately our happiness.
To hear the interview with Co-Author Dr. James Fowler click here
About the Authors
Nicholas A. Christakis, MS, PhD is a professor at Harvard University with joint appointments in the Departments of Health Care Policy, Sociology, and Medicine, and in 2009 was named one of Time magazine¹s 100 most influential people in the world.
James H. Fowler, PhD is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Department of Political Science and The Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, and was named one of the ³most inspiring scientists² by the San Diego Science Festival.
Christakis and Fowler¹s research has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show,Good Morning America, the Today Show, and The Colbert Report, and on the front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.
National Geographic Kids Almanac
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12:00 AM
National Geographic has a great new publication to keep kids interested in learning. The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2010 is full of great facts about everything from international traditions to environmental issues and animals. Nancy Feresten VP, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Children's Books talks about the Almanac and some of the fun things kids can learn from it.
To hear Part 1 of the interview with Nancy click here
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Detectives Don't Wear Seatbelts
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 1:57 PM
Growing up in Mississippi, Cici McNair was always more the tomboy her mother supported than the Southern belle her father demanded. She escaped her suffocating upbringing the first change she had to travel the world. Whether working at the Vatican in Rome or consorting with a gunrunner in Haiti, she lived a life of international adventure. When Cici finds herself in New York, divorced, broke, and fashionably starving to death in a Madison Avenue apartment, she impulsively decides to become a private detective.
Cici soon learns the world of P.I.s is tight-knit and made up almost exclusively of former law enforcement officers. By nature, they are a highly suspicious group and are especially wary of a newcomer with an untraceable past. Cici is finally hired by a private investigator willing to take a chance. The next day she’s working side by side with a pair of seasoned detectives and a skip tracer who is scary to meet but like silk on the phone. She quickly realizes she’ll need all her energy and wits to succeed in this new world.
From creating a false identity on the spot on her first case in the field to surviving adrenaline-rushing car chases, Cici finds out the being a private investigator is as exciting and liberating as she dreamed. Working with law enforcement, she goes undercover, dealing with the ruthless Born to Kill gang in Chinatown and the Middle Eastern counterfeiters west of Broadway. A detailed account of the hidden world and real-life cases of a P.I., this action-packed memoir is as entertaining as any detective novel you’ve ever read.
To hear Part 1 of the interview with CiCi click here
To hear Part 2 of the interview with CiCi click here
About the Author:
Cici McNair was born and raised in Mississippi. A graduate of Briarcliff College in New York, she worked as a researcher for CBC-TV's award winning documentary on organized crime called "Connections" in Toronto. She was also a news writer, on-air newscaster, and producer of documentaries for Vatican radio in Rome. She has set up households in Canada, England, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, and Cyprus and has traveled all over the world. Ms. McNair now lives in Philadelphia and heads her own private investigation firm, Green Star Investigations, which handles cases ranging from counterfeit pharmaceuticals to missing persons, stolen art recovery, and murder. She also works as a court-appointed Homicide Investigator handling both capital and non-capital cases.
Marley Goes to School
Monday, September 14, 2009 1:19 PM
John Grogan the author of bestseller Marley and Me has added another children’s book to the Marley series, Marley Goes to School. This children’s book is a great read for any audience. Grogan wrote Marley and Me a few years ago. He says it is a true story about his life as a newly wed. He says when he and his wife got their first house they got Marley a lab puppy. Grogan says Marley was the most hyper active dogs in the world. Marley Goes to School is all about Cassie’s first day of school. She can’t take Marley with her but he finds a way to find Cassie. Grogan says a lot of parents and grandparents have bought this book for their children and grandchildren and they enjoy it as well. He says something about Marley’s story seems to really resonate with people. Marley and Me was recently made into a movie staring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Grogan says he thinks Marley is smiling from heaven knowing that all the stories of his bad behavior are such a big success.
ABOUT JOHN GROGAN:
John Grogan is the author of the #1 adult bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, which inspired the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other. He is also the author of the #1 bestselling picture books Bad Dog, Marley! and A Very Marley Christmas. John's latest adult memoir is The Longest Trip Home, due out in paperback in October from Harper Paperbacks. He lives with his wife and three children and their dogs, Gracie and Woodson, in the Pennsylvania countryside. You can visit him online at www.johngroganbooks.com
The Duck Walk
Friday, August 14, 2009 1:24 PM
Ladies if you are looking for Mr. Right have I got the book for you…it’s called “If It Walks Like a Duck…and Other Truths My Mother Taught Me,” by Gwen Jimmere. Gwen has some great insights into what makes a relationship work. First we need to be comfortable with who we are. We can’t give 100 percent to a relationship if we aren’t 100 percent to begin with. Then we need to figure out exactly what we want in a partner. Too often we get too caught up in planning our weddings when we do find Mr. Right that we don’t think about the marriage. I am guilty of that as well. Ladies here is the thing, the wedding is only a one day event…if you are lucky the marriage lasts forever. If you want more info on her book log on to www.theduckwalk.com
To hear part 1 of the interview with Gwen click here
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 12:00 PM
Today Lynndie England stopped by the studio. Best known for photos taken at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq Lynndie England and I discussed her new book, motherhood and life in Fort Ashby West Virginia. There is a lot you may not know about Lynndie. No matter what your opinions are on the Bush Administration, the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib or the war in general keep in mind there are at least two sides to every story. Sometimes our views of people are shaped by what we hear and what we read, but when we take the time to get to know that person we may see the situation a bit differently. Lynndie and I talked a bit about her feelings about the pictures taken at Abu Ghraib, we also talked about her book, about motherhood and raising her son and what is was like to grow up in the area and how she has been received since the scandal broke.
England will be at a book signing at the Book Center on North Center Street in Cumberland on June 19th from 6-8 pm. For more information on her book written by Gary Winkler, entitled “Tortured: Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib and the photographs that shocked the world.” log on to www.badapplebooks.com And tune in all this week to Magic 100.5 for portions of my exclusive interview with Lynndie England.
Travel As A Political Act
Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:59 AM
Rick Steves best known for his travel show Rick Steves’ Europe on PBS has just released a new book entitled Travel as a Political Act. In the book Steves talks about using his travels to connect with the people of the country he is in rather than taking part in the traditional tourist activities. He says travel is a great way to break down some of the stigmas and myths we commonly have about other counties and the traditions, politics and views held by the people of those counties. . For more information on the book log on to www.ricksteves.com/politicalact.
To here the entire interview click here