Yoga's Healing Power

Looking Inward for Change, Growth & Peace

by Ally Hamilton

(LLlewellyn)

Physical poses―asanas―are the best-known aspects of yoga, but in the eight limbs practice, healing comes through exploring your relationship to the world and to yourself while learning to recognize the obstacles that block your path. Yoga’s Healing Power shows how to create the life you want from the inside out, working with your mind and emotions, your body and breath, your memories and your pain. With hands-on exercises, meditations, journaling prompts, and stories of healing, this book helps you uncover your particular gifts and begin to feel joy. Foreword by Dani Shapiro.

“Yoga and life are journeys, and this book is a wonderful guide along the path!”  – Greg Louganis, four-time Olympic gold medalist

“I was deeply humbled and greatly inspired by Ally Hamilton’s courageous take on life, love, loss, and surrender.”  – Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance

Food Truths From Farm to Table

25 Surprising Ways to Shop & Eat without Guilt

by Michele Payn

(Praeger)

Written by a farm and food advocate, this book identifies marketing half-truths and guides you through the aisles of the grocery store to simplify smart food shopping and restore your freedom to enjoy food.


  • Turns food confusion into clarity, enabling readers to have confidence regarding how to buy, prepare, and serve safe, healthy, and nourishing food
  • Offers an informed voice of reason to the overly sensationalized food and health arena
  • Provides practical tips and accurate information that allows readers to make decisions based on their own social, ethical, environmental, and health standards
  • Reveals why parents should not feel guilty if they cannot afford the "right" label or the "right" food when food-shopping for their family

“Smart grocery shopping and healthy eating shouldn't require a science degree. Food Truths from Farm to Table guides you through the grocery store and saves you time. If you're looking to shop and eat with less guilt, read this book. Michele's 25 food truths will give you the freedom to enjoy your food again.”  – Phil Lempert, The Supermarket Guru, former NBC News' Today Show Food Trends Editor, Author and Speaker

“In Food Truths from Farm to Table, Michele Payn cuts through the incredible noise that surrounds our food choices to provide clear, insightful answers to some of the most common questions about food. This candid and common sense book will help you be a much more informed consumer and take the shame out of the food choices you make.”  – Jay Akridge, PhD, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, Purdue University

Tuff Juice

My Journey from the Streets to the NBA

by Caron Butler with Steve Springer

(Lyons Press)

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

The Moment

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

(Dzanc Books)

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

Targeted

How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers

by Mike Smith

(AMACOM)

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

(Sourcebooks)

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

On Message

How a Compelling Narrative Will Make Your Organization Succeed

by Zach Friend

(Turner Publishing)

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

Arm Candy

A Celebrity Escort's Tales from the Red Carpet

by Christopher Gaida

(Authormike Ink)

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

by Brandy Mychals

(McGraw-Hill)

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

by Jennifer Graham

(Breakaway Books)

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 Native Advertising Advantage

Build Authentic Content that Revolutionizes Digital Marketing and Drives Revenue Growth

by Mike Smith

(McGraw-Hill)

An ad tech exec at Hearst reveals the next generation of marketing—and provides the insight and know-how for leveraging it for maximum impact. The author defines what native advertising is, how it works, how it’s used, the ethics and legality of it, and how effective it is. Produced by marketers and featured alongside the main content, native advertising breaks down the traditional barrier between advertising and editorial. The Native Advertising Advantage reveals why native advertising is an effective tool in any company’s digital marketing strategy―and how to use it to build new revenue streams. He shows how publications as diverse as BuzzFeedForbesCosmopolitan, and The New York Times are attracting readers who are just as interested in the content of these native ads as they are of journalist-written editorial content.

“Mike Smith brings decades of knowledge and experience to the table when he talks about advertising and the digital publishing industry. He now tackles native advertising which is a phenomenon often misunderstood by both industry insiders and consumers looking in from the outside. This book offers a clear, concise look at the industry.”  – Troy Young, President, Hearst Magazines Digital Media

“Native advertising is a complex and sometimes controversial segment of the media industry and Smith does a great job of cutting through the confusion and exploring the differences between advertising, native advertising, and content marketing. A must read for all industry insiders, interested consumers, and any business school student interested in media and marketing.”  – Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Breakthrough

The Making of America’s First Woman President

by Nancy L. Cohen

(Counterpoint)

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

A Stray Cat Struts

My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel

by Slim Jim Phantom

(St. Martin's Press)

The first-ever memoir by a member of the Stray Cats, featuring stories of a rock 'n roll life, friendships with icons like George Harrison and Keith Richards, and marriage to Britt Ekland.

“Slim Jim Phantom is to drumming as Woodie Guthrie is to guitar playing.”  – Fred Armisen

“Slim is still youthful and hotheaded but he lays down a strong beat and is a big help with the daily crossword puzzle.”  – Harry Dean Stanton

“An entertaining pop music memoir for fans of drummers, Eighties music, and/or rockabilly.”  – Library Journal

Aldous Huxley's Hands

His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science

by Allene Symons

(Prometheus Books)

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

Marijuana

The Unbiased Truth About the World’s Most Popular Weed

by Kevin P. Hill, M.D.

(Hazelden Publishing)

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

When We Were The Boys

Coming of Age on Rod Stewart's Out of Order Tour

by Stevie Salas with Robert Yehling

(Taylor Trade)

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

by Shirley Streshinsky and Patricia Klaus

(Turner Publishing)

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

Combined Destinies

Whites Sharing Grief About Racism

by Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline Haskell

(Potomac Books)

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

(Insight Editions)

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

by Marsha Aizumi

(Magnus Books)

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