My Journey from the Streets to the NBA
by Caron Butler with Steve Springer
Caron Butler’s extraordinary journey from his delinquent youth in the streets of Racine to his role as an accomplished pro basketball player, dedicated husband and father, active philanthropist and burgeoning businessman.
“Caron is an unbelievable role model, someone who got into trouble when he was young, then turned his life around and set a shining example for others. Everybody who meets him, myself included, walks away in awe.” – Dwyane Wade
“If America loves redeemed bad guys with skills, this blood-and-guts memoir by NBA basketball star Butler should satisfy that appetite for granting second chances … provides a bold, candid opportunity to appreciate a talented, complicated athlete.” – Publishers Weekly
A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World
by Achim Nowak
(New Page Books)
What if there was a way of knowing our moments more richly and more deeply as they unfold? THE MOMENT introduces us to four simple keys: return to experiencing the world with all of your senses; learn how to tune into prajna wisdom - the wisdom that talks to us as a moment unfolds; discover ways of receiving and wave-riding energy; and reap the rewards of making time stand still. Instead of urging us to do more and work harder, THE MOMENT shows us how to rediscover a childlike delight in the world. Apply the four keys, and sumptuous moments will suddenly pop up all around you.
“Crystal clear and deeply affecting all at once. An inspired roadmap for creating a boldly lived life.” – LeGrande Green, 4-Time Emmy-winning producer,
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Just Add Water
A Surfing Savant's Journey with Asperger's
by Clay Marzo and Robert Yehling
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
From the best freestyle surfer in the world, an inspiring and moving memoir about his ascendance to the top of the surfing world while struggling for most of his young life with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome.
“An intriguing read for any surfer, and details the life of Clay Marzo with tact and illumination.” – Freesurf Magazine
“A hyperactive, autistic kid who could not pay attention in school becomes a top surfer. The water was his power source and he thrived in a sport that he loved.” – Temple Grandin, Author of The Autistic Brain
Like A Woman
by Debra Busman
Like Dorothy Allison's 'Bastard Out of Carolina', Debra Busman's Like A Woman is a vivid coming-of-age story, revealing the lives of teenage girls on the streets of Los Angeles, trying to hold onto their sense of humanity against a backdrop of racism, poverty, sexism, and violence.
“Busman’s prose is fittingly straightforward and, at times, bleakly, brilliantly sparse. This is a laudable debut.” – Publishers Weekly
“'Like A Woman' is gritty but tender: charming in its immodesty and sinewy as a junkyard dog.” – The Los Angeles Times
How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers
by Mike Smith
Part history, part guidebook, part prediction for the future, Targeted tells the story of the companies, individuals, and innovations driving the online advertising revolution. It takes readers behind the scenes—examining the growth of digital advertising, its enormous potential, and the technologies that are changing the game forever.
From real-time bidding to keyword micro-markets and ad serving systems, to aggregated virtual audiences and new business models, Targeted is an essential resource.
“Department-store pioneer John Wanamaker famously observed that he knew that half of his advertising was wasted but he didn't know which half. The Digital Age has blasted away the throw-it-on-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks, Mad Men approach to advertising. In this timely, well-written book, Mike Smith provides the perfect guide to the rapidly growing, precision-guided, online world of advertising that is emerging. Wanamaker would have been pleased. You will be too.” – Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
“Part history, part handbook, Targeted is a compelling, inside look at the way digital advertising impacts businesses and consumers around the world. Mike Smith is a savvy digital industry veteran, and he gives the reader an insightful look at an industry that is significantly changing the way we do business. The lessons learned here are&nsbp;invaluable.” – Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and coauthor of Smart Trust
Home Sweet Anywhere
How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World
by Lynne Martin
In 2010, Lynne and Tim Martin sold their home, disbursed most of their belongings and set out to travel and live around the world for the rest of their lives. This euphoric, inspiring memoir is more than a tale of second chances it’s a road map for anyone who dreams of turning the idea of life abroad and a “home free” lifestyle a reality.
“Martin never sugarcoats the challenges involved ("I ache with longing for my family occasionally"), but she concludes: "Every day, we learn something, see something, plan something, meet someone or solve some brand-new problem.” A good trade-off. And an even better book.” – The Wall Street Journal
“Nearly every page has some crack piece of travel wisdom: the power of civility, patience and flexibility; the difference between knowing the facts about a place and knowing ‘those facts in a way that only being on the ground and experiencing them offers a person.’” – Kirkus Reviews
Cracked, Not Broken
Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt
by Kevin Hines
(Rowman & Littlefield)
The raw, emotionally truthful and inspiring account of how Kevin Hines attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge when he was 19 years old, and then became one of the few survivors to regain full mobility who is now dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
“Hines presents a vivid and moving memoir of how he descended into mental breakdown, fought to overcome his demons with the help of family and medical experts, and has made it his ‘life’s work to educate people all over this great country, and around the globe, to prevent suicide and understand mental illness.’” – Publishers Weekly
How a Compelling Narrative Will Make Your Organization Succeed
by Zach Friend
This book illustrates how effective communicators understand the power of narrative, emotion, and simple messaging, and proves that having a personal, emotional narrative is the basis for all successful business, marketing, and political campaigns. Drawing on the author’s experience as a policy, public affairs and communications expert, the book provides a step-by-step guide to applying the powerful principles behind crafting an emotional narrative as a path to success in your work and life.
“The great film producer Richard Zanuck once said, 'The most important thing is the story…Not the script…but the story.' It's the story people remember, the reason they love a movie. Zach Friend, something of a genius, figured out that's not just true about our favorite movies. It's true about everything anyone wants to tell you—or sell you.” — Chris Matthews, Host of MSNBC's Hardball
A Celebrity Escort's Tales from the Red Carpet
A fun behind-the-scenes look at award shows from “the ultimate insider,” celebrity escort Christopher Gaida. From the red carpet to the amazing after parties, Gaida reveals what really happens backstage and dishes on his experiences accompanying the biggest stars including Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Megan Fox, Cameron Diaz, Courtney Love, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Pamela Anderson, Queen Latifah, Susan Lucci, Betty White and dozens of others.
How to Read a Client from Across the Room
Win More Business with the Proven Character Code System to Decode Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
The Character Code System is an innovative, user-friendly personality profiling tool that helps you succeed in business, as well as improve your personal relationships. Unlike Myers-Briggs and other complex behavioral typing methods based on extensive testing, the Character Code System combines visual, verbal and psychological elements which enable you to quickly and easily “read” someone.
2013 Bronze Axiom Business Award Winner
Honey, Do You Need a Ride?
Confessions of a Fat Runner
A comedic memoir of life as an overweight runner that moves along at a five-minute-per-mile pace. Jennifer Graham doesn't run to lose weight—she runs because she loves it. Her irreverent, hilarious, and brutally honest story will appeal to runners and non-runners alike, fat or thin.
“Here's to the mid-pack runners, the back-of-the-pack shufflers, the start-slowly-and-taper-off champions. Just remember: there's a lot more of us than there are of them (those tall skinny Shirtless Wonders). And Jennifer Graham tells our story beautifully, with unflinching honesty and laugh-out-loud humor.” — John "the Penguin” Bingham, author of The Courage to Start, No Need for Speed, and An Accidental Athlete
The Making of America’s First Woman President
by Nancy L. Cohen
On the cusp of a historic breakthrough—the potential election of the nation’s first woman president—Nancy L. Cohen takes us inside the world of America’s women political leaders. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with women governors and senators from both political parties, academic experts and political operatives, and a diverse array of voters, Breakthrough paints an intimate portrait of the savvy women who have built an alternative to the old boys club and are rewriting the playbook for how women can rise and thrive in politics.
“A nationally recognized historian and expert on women in politics, Cohen’s interviews with trailblazing women elected officials, NGO executives, pollsters, and grassroots organizers sheds important light on the dividing and cohesive elements certain to influence the next presidential election. Whether one thinks Hillary Clinton is a shoo-in or long shot, Cohen’s well-reasoned and researched treatise illuminates this defining moment in American history.” – Booklist
“In her brisk analysis, Cohen feels optimistic that the next election will cross ‘a historic threshold.’” – Kirkus
Aldous Huxley's Hands
His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science
by Allene Symons
Psychedelics, neuroscience, and historical biography come together when a journalist finds a lost photograph of Aldous Huxley and uncovers a hidden side of the celebrated author of Brave New World and The Doors of Perception. Through interviews, road trips, and family documents, the author reconstructs a time peaking in mid-1950s Los Angeles when Huxley experimented with psychedelic substances, ran afoul of gatekeepers, and advocated responsible use of such hallucinogens to treat mental illness as well as to achieve states of mind called mystical. This intriguing narrative about the early psychedelic era throws new light on one of the 20th-century's foremost intellectuals, showing that his experiments in consciousness presaged pivotal scientific research underway today.
“Allene Symons has written an intriguing combination of an Aldous Huxley biography, a smart daughter’s memoir of her father, and science—ranging from schizophrenia to paranormal consciousness to psychedelics … It’s an absorbing and beguiling read.” – Lisa See, author of China Dolls, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,
and On Gold Mountain
The Unbiased Truth About the World’s Most Popular Weed
Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S., a nationally recognized clinical expert and researcher on marijuana, provides science-based information to help you sort through what you hear on the street and in the media and cut straight to the facts. Whether you're a parent concerned about your child's use, someone with an illness considering treatment with medical marijuana, a user who has questions about marijuana's health effects, or if you're trying to make up your mind about legalization, this book will give you the most current and accurate information you need to make informed decisions.
“A very valuable resource for those who want to understand this problem and move beyond rhetoric to reality.” – NY Journal of Books
“A source of impartial, science-based information that answers many of the questions that those of us not deranged by some drug of choice can use to decide whether marijuana is a serious societal menace or whether there might be some genuine benefits to that smelly weed.” – The Washington Times
OCD, Addiction, and Finding the Courage to Heal
(Central Recovery Press)
Humor columnist Maggie Lamond Simone's painful journey provides insight for the thousands of others who similarly cut, starve, pick, drink, pluck, purge, and otherwise hurt themselves in private in order to survive in public. She explores the issues of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression that commonly occur with OCD, all in an effort to further the dialog around mental illness and eliminate the shame, because "the shame…the shame is a killer.”
When We Were The Boys
Coming of Age on Rod Stewart's Out of Order Tour
by Stevie Salas with Robert Yehling
This is a backstage pass to the ups, downs, and all-out craziness of growing up rock—deep discussions with Rod Stewart, jamming with legends like Mick Jagger and Simon LeBon of Duran Duran, gaining groupies, and striking out solo. When he auditioned for Rod Stewart—where he was the youngest band member by a decade—Salas’s career truly hit a turning point. When We Were the Boys revolves around the year Salas began as a musical prodigy and finished as a seasoned rock and roll veteran—more mature as a man and musician.
“Stevie taught me that music is a work in progress, and he proves that in When We Were the Boys. If not for Stevie, I could possibly be delivering a pizza to your house tonight. For that, and many other reasons, I’ll love the guy forever.” – Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighter
“Stevie Salas is the ultimate insider, and When We Were the Boys is your backstage pass. This book is a vibrant, unfiltered collection of stories from a rookie guitarist earning his stripes with rock legends—from hazing to Hooters girls, and everything in between.” – Spike Feresten, Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and comedian whose work includes Seinfeld
An Atomic Love Story
The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer's Life
An Atomic Love Story unveils a vivid new view of a tumultuous era and one of its most important figures. In the early decades of the 20th century, three highly ambitious women found their way to the West Coast, where each was destined to collide with the young Robert Oppenheimer, the enigmatic physicist whose work in creating the atomic bomb would forever impact modern history.
"An Atomic Love Story offers intersecting (and often fascinating) portraits of Jean Tatlock, a troubled psychiatrist whom he had hoped to marry; his wife, the former Katherine ""Kitty"" Puening; and his friend and possible lover, psychologist Ruth Sherman Tolman.” – Chicago Tribune
“A deft blend of politics, passion and historical upheaval, An Atomic Love Story is a fresh look at one of the most written-about scientists of the 20th century and the female trinity central to his life and work.” – San Jose Mercury News
Whites Sharing Grief About Racism
A courageous anthology examining how white Americans have been hurt by the very ideaology that their ancestors created, and posits that unearned privilege has damaged the psyche of white people as well as their capacity to understand racism. Drawing on personal and heartfelt stories of diverse contributors including Robert Zellner, Bettina Aptheker, Deb Busman, Deborah Burke, Joe Ruklick and Alisa Fineman.
“Ann Jealous and Caroline Haskell have assembled a groundbreaking collection of stories by white Americans who recognize the pain and sorrow that racism has created in their lives. Everyone in society is hurt by racism, not just those who are its targets.”– Chicago Tribune
“A deft blend of politics, passion and historical upheaval, An Atomic Love Story is a fresh look at one of the most written-about scientists of the 20th century and the female trinity central to his life and work.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr., author and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
The King of Style
Dressing Michael Jackson
by Michael Bush
The first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes and accessories worn by Michael Jackson, including hundreds of lavish photographs and a behind-the-scenes look into the process of collaborating with him on the making of his wardrobe, written by his longtime costume designer Michael Bush.
“In his new art book, King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson, Bush revisits the making of the entertainer's spellbinding stage costumes, his iconic accessories and his one-of-a-kind pop regalia. By sharing his personal take on some of the pieces featured in the book, Bush also gives Rolling Stone a glimpse of the man underneath the elaborate garments.” – Rolling Stone
Two Spirits, One Heart
A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance
In the first book of its kind, mother, educator, and LGBT activist Marsha Aizumi shares her compelling story of parenting a young woman who came out as a lesbian, then transitioned to male. Two Spirits, One Heart chronicles Marsha's personal journey from fear, uncertainty, and sadness to eventual unconditional love, acceptance, and support of her child who struggled to reconcile his gender identity.
“Marsha shares her journey from fear and uncertainty to acceptance, support, and unconditional love of Aiden as he reconciled his gender identity…I recommend their co-written memoir Two Spirits, One Heart.” – George Takei, actor and author