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For Dog’s Sake – By Amy Luwis

May 5, 2016
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for dogs sakeDid you know that just three ounces of baker’s chocolate can kill a 15-pound dog? Or that human medications are the number one cause of pet poisoning? Or that innocent snow globes are loaded with lethal antifreeze? For Dog’s Sake! is a humorous yet absolutely essential book for dog owners. Why? Because every year thousands of dog owners unknowingly risk their dogs’ lives—from accidental poisoning to household items to hot cars.

From poisons to allergies to hidden dangers and emergency first aid, For Dog’s Sake! is a concise guide, whimsically illustrated and thoroughly entertaining dog safety book. A gold mine of information packed with infographics and ridiculously cute art, For Dog’s Sake! is the dog owner’s handbook that all dog lovers want and need. In addition to accidents and first aid, healthy tips on diet, exercise, and grooming round out this essential guide. A trustworthy (and adorable) source of life-saving information this book is accessible and easy to consult at a moment’s notice.

Best of all, a portion of the proceeds will go directly to helping sick and injured rescue and shelter pets through Adopt-a-Pet.com‘s Veterinary Care Fund.

Amy Luwis is the co-founder of North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption web service, Adopt-a-Pet.com, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals. An animal lover and advocate, Amy is passionate about ending animal abuse and educating the public about being kind to our furry friends.

You can learn more about FOR DOG’S SAKE on Youtube and purchase it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

PRAISE FOR For Dog’s Sake

 “I’ve always wanted a diagram to evaluate Zelda’s poo, and now I’ve got it. And although I hope we’ll never use it, I now feel very well-versed in the doggy Heimlich maneuver. This book rules.” (Seth Rogen) See Seth and his dog Zelda enjoying the book here!

“Every day we read about dogs who’ve gotten sick, mishandled, and lost . . . or even die. Those of us who love our dogs like children yearn for the best information to keep our pups safe. This book is it! Read it and don’t weep because your little baby will be safe, healthy, and tail-wagging happy.” (Jane Velez-Mitchell, bestselling author, editor JaneUnChained.com)

“LOVE love love this book! All of my neurotic questions and concerns are addressed in super-simple and fabulously entertaining pictures. This book is a dog’s best friend!” (Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of Veganist and The Lean)

Devoured – By Sophie Egan

May 5, 2016
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devoured.jpgA provocative look at how and what Americans eat and why—a flavorful blend of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Salt Sugar Fat, and Freakonomics that reveals how the way we live shapes the way we eat.

Food writer and Culinary Institute of America program director Sophie Egan takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, examining the connections between the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—and our eating habits, the good and the bad. Egan explores why these values make for such an unstable, and often unhealthy, food culture and, paradoxically, why they also make America’s cuisine so great.

Egan raises a host of intriguing questions: Why does McDonald’s have 107 items on its menu? Why are breakfast sandwiches, protein bars, and gluten-free anything so popular? Will bland, soulless meal replacements like Soylent revolutionize our definition of a meal? The search for answers takes her across the culinary landscape, from the prioritization of convenience over health to the unintended consequences of “perks” like free meals for employees; from the American obsession with “having it our way” to the surge of Starbucks, Chipotle, and other chains individualizing the eating experience; from high culture—artisan and organic and what exactly “natural” means—to low culture—the sale of 100 million Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos in ten weeks. She also looks at how America’s cuisine—like the nation itself—has been shaped by diverse influences from across the globe.

Devoured weaves together insights from the fields of psychology, anthropology, food science, and behavioral economics as well as myriad examples from daily life to create a powerful and unique look at food in America.

Sophie Egan is the director of programs and culinary nutrition for the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America. Based in San Francisco, Egan is a contributor to The New York Times’ Well blog, and has written about food and health for KQED, WIRED, and Sunset magazine, where she worked on The Sunset Cookbook and The One-Block Feast book. She holds a master of public health from University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on health and social behavior, and a bachelor of arts with honors in history from Stanford University.

Now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

PRAISE FOR Devoured

 “A wild and witty romp through the zaniness that infuses today’s American culture of food.” (Michael Moss, author of the New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar Fat)

“This book is for anyone who eats food (even if it’s Soylent). It’s a fun and thought-provoking tour of the bizarre stuff we now consume. You won’t look at your dinner — or lunch, breakfast, snack, or whatever Doritos Locos Taco is — the same way again.” (A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author)

“Engrossing. … Well-written. … Combines insights from behavioral economics, food science, psychology, and Egan’s personal observations.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Entertaining… Humorous… An informative look at what Americans eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all those snack times in between and how our eating habits are changing who we are.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Stopping The Noise In Your Head – By Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

May 5, 2016
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stopping the noise.jpgWorry can be an important asset when it forces our attention on problem-solving. But anxious worrying can cause us to unnecessarily focus on threat, to retreat and avoid, and to seek reassurance and safety―which is no way to foster a life of growth and excitement. In his fifth published book, Dr. Reid Wilson proposes a groundbreaking, paradoxical approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress and discomfort. Through the use of unconventional strategies, readers will learn how to confront anxiety head-on and step forward into the face of threat. Drawing on a range of sources―from firefighters and fitness instructors to Sir Isaac Newton and Muhammad Ali―Stopping the Noise in Your Head demonstrates the importance of shifting our perspective and stepping toward our challenges in order to regain control of our lives.

Reid Wilson, Ph.D., is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books published in nine languages. He is the author of Don’t Panic, co-author of Stop Obsessing!, and co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents. Dr. Wilson is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, NC and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He designed American Airlines’ first national program for the fearful flier and served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders for three years. He currently serves as the expert for WebMD’s Panic and Anxiety Community. His website, http://www.anxieties.com, is the largest anxiety self-help site on the Internet. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Katie Show, A&E’s Hoarders, and MTV’s True Life. Video clips of his presentations and his training DVDs can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/ReidWilsonPhD.

Now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

MY HEALTHY DISH by My Nguyen

April 19, 2016
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my healthy dishFrom the Creator of the Popular Food Blog My Healthy Dish, a Collection of Recipes for Everyone in the Family

In 2012, My Nguyen—a mother of two with a background in finance and dreams of becoming a dietitian—logged onto Instagram and started posting photos of meals she was making for her family on a regular basis. Her posts attracted more than 30,000 followers in four months, so she decided to give them more of what they were requesting via a blog titled My Healthy Dish. Two years later, she’d hit the one-million mark in followers and has never looked back!

On her blog, My endorses the idea of a whole, healthy lifestyle while embracing a healthy diet. She posts recipes that are simple, delicious, and nutritious. Her approach of taking the dishes we already love and making them healthier with both beloved and new ingredients makes her recipes attractive to anyone looking to go back to the basics, cook more, and choose real foods over processed ones.

In her first cookbook, My Healthy Dish, My presents more than eighty-five new recipes perfect for any family. These recipes are not only healthy, but also easy—great for the busy parent who may not have hours to devote to menu planning each week. Dishes such as stuffed blueberry pancakes, cauliflower tater tots, chicken tortilla soup, orange coconut cream smoothies, and peanut butter and jelly cookies are sure to please every type of eater.

With tips related to quality over quantity and organic versus nonorganic, as well as notes on meal prepping and pages of stunning photos, home cooks will surely fall in love with this collection.

My Nguyen graduated from California State University with a degree in communications, but she learned about cooking and food styling while working in her family’s restaurant. Though the restaurant closed, she has maintained that knowledge, applying it to her popular Instagram account and corresponding blog, My Healthy Dish, which now have more than one million followers and subscribers. My, her husband, and her twin daughters reside in California. Follow My on Instagram @myhealthydish_

Now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your local indie bookstore.

PRAISE FOR My Healthy Dish

Finally, an easy cookbook for an everyday working family.” —Maria Kang, founder of No Excuse Mom and author of The No More Excuses Diet

“My’s recipes are mouth-watering, beautiful, and so nourishing for your body! She knows what it takes to make cooking easy and healthy for anyone with a busy schedule. So, no excuses!” —Cassey Ho, creator of POP Pilates

“This book makes it seem so simple—eating healthy for the entire family. After reading, anyone can make delicious and nutritious meals that their family will love!” —Kelly Plowe, MS, RD, CSSD, Livestrong.com dietitian and nutrition expert

“My Healthy Dish is my go-to resource for simple meal recipes that my entire family loves. I love how flavorful and quick the recipes are. Not only are the ingredients easy to find at my local grocery store, but this book makes healthy eating a part of my everyday lifestyle.” —Jadah Sellner, author and cofounder of Simple Green Smoothies

THE LADY WITH THE BORZOI: Blanche Knopf Literary Tastemaker Extraordinaire by Laura Claridge

April 12, 2016
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Blanche#1 New Release in Book Publishing Industry and a Publishers Weekly Top Pick for Spring.

Left off her company’s fifth anniversary tribute but described by Thomas Mann as “the soul of the firm,” Blanche Knopf began her career when she founded Alfred A. Knopf with her husband in 1915. With her finger on the pulse of a rapidly changing culture, Blanche quickly became a driving force behind the firm. A conduit to the literature of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, Blanche also legitimized the hard-boiled detective fiction of writers such as Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Raymond Chandler; signed and nurtured literary authors like Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen, and Muriel Spark; acquired momentous works of journalism by John Hersey and William Shirer; and introduced American readers to Albert Camus, André Gide, and Simone de Beauvoir, giving these French writers the benefit of her consummate editorial taste. As Knopf celebrates its centennial The Lady with the Borzoi examines the life of Blanche Knopf and highlights her contributions to the esteemed publishing company and the industry as a whole.

Laura Claridge is the author of Norman Rockwell; Tamara de Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence; Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners, and more. Claridge has won the National endowment for the Humanities Grant as well as the J. Anthony Lukas prize for a Work in Progress. Her biographies and writings on feminist theory and popular culture have been featured in newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and others, in addition to appearing on other national media, such as NBC, CNN, BBC, NPR, and more.

 PRAISE FOR The Lady With The Borzoi: Blanche Knopf Literary Tastemaker Extraordinaire

 “Claridge is the first to bring Blanche Wolf Knopf fully out of the shadows in this meticulous, groundbreaking biography . . . Claridge illuminates a radiant facet of American publishing and women’s history as she portrays Blanche Knopf in all her brainy and aesthetic glory and elegant fortitude.” ―Booklist (starred review)

 “[Claridge] manages to synthesize an enormous amount of research and biographical information to paint a complete picture of a complex figure. Packed with interesting literary anecdotes, this biography reveals a powerful woman who played an integral role in 20th-century publishing.” ―Publishers Weekly

 “A fascinating look at Blanche Knopf . . . Filled with insights into the literary intrigues of the times and Blanche’s careful handling and promotion of ‘her’ writers as well as the house’s authors, this biography is highly recommended to readers who are interested in modernist literature, American literature, publishing, and creative writing.” — Pam Kingsbury, Library Journal (starred review)

 “[A] remarkable life story . . . Capacious and engaging . . . In The Lady with the Borzoi, Claridge triumphantly restores Blanche Knopf’s central place in 20th-century publishing history.” — Catherine Hollins, Book Page

The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan by dr. Robert Melillo

April 5, 2016
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disconnect nutritionAn Amazon #1 New Release in Disability Parenting!

An internationally recognized chiropractic neurologist, professor, researcher, and expert in childhood neurological disorders, Dr. Robert Melillo has developed a scientific-based program for feeding kids with special needs—based on his popular Brain Balance Program.

Dr. Robert Melilo’s Brain Balance Program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of the Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research into how food affects the brain.

Designed to help busy parents feed picky kids in a beneficial way, the book will show readers how to:

  • Recognize the difference between a fussy reader and problem eater
  • Ease the sensory issues that make for mealtime mayhem
  • Identify food sensitivities using a simple elimination diet
  • Choose supplements that will help ensure adequate daily amounts of the specific vitamins and minerals important to brain death
  • Prepare delicious, healthy meals that will pass the taste test of even the most finicky eaters

Praise for The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

“Whether ADHD, autism, dyslexia, or any number of neurobehavioral disorders affecting children, it is clear that what finally manifests represents that conspiracy of multiple events. As such, pursuing a multifaceted therapeutic approach as has been so deftly presented by Dr. Melillo offers up a welcome and efficacious contrast to the myopia engendered in pharaceutical monotherapy.” – David Perlmutter, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers

“Dr. Melillo is a true visionary in the area of childhood developmental disorders, and autism in particular. I have met with children and families whose lives have been transformed by his work. I know that his latest book will be another useful tool that will help others learn about and possibly prevent autism in their children in a way that only he can.” – Zac Brown, Grammy Award-winning musician and founder of Camp Southern Ground

City Of Glass by Paul Auster hits the stage!

March 2, 2016

city of glass

Paul Auster’s City of Glass (the first of his New York Trilogy) has been adapted for the stage by writer/director Edward Einhorn and the Untitled Theater Company #61. The show is running until March 12th at the New Ohio (154 Christopher Street). You can buy tickets here or call 1-888-596-1027. For more information on the production, please click here.

5 STARS “Nothing short of astonishing.”—blogcritics

“Fine tuned and unrelenting…This atmospheric film noir episode tickles the brain, asks us to listen deeply and seeks to sew our fragments back together.”—NY Theater Guide

“This is a rave review…most of all we marvel at how brilliantly Einhorn, Honeywell, and the rest of the cast and production staff have teamed up to tell the tale.”—Berkshire Fine Arts

“I came away jangled and unsettled, shaken and moved”—nytheaternow

“City of Glass operates like a series of Russian Nesting Dolls concerning a mystery, with each doll hanging onto reality via a more tenuous string. It feels as if it were direct by Michael Curtiz on acid – and I mean that as a compliment.”—What’s on Off-Broadway

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