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April 19, 2016

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, 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

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

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

The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan

March 2, 2016

ImmortalFrom the National Book Award–winning and best-selling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America.

A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher helped lead a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian Prison Colony for life. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York – the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.

Meagher’s rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War – Bull Run, Antietam, Fredricksburg. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Viriginia mud, Meagher fought heroically while holding fast to his dream – that Irish American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate it from British rule.

Meagher’s last chapter was as territorial governor of Montana. It was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death at age 43 has long been a mystery, to which Egan brings conclusive new evidence.

The Immortal Irishman is a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Spring Pick!

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

“Thomas Meagher’s is an irresistible story, irresistibly retold by the virtuosic Timothy Egan” Wall Street Journal

“A fascinating, well-told story by an author fully committed to his subject. Egan’s impeccable research, uncomplicated readability, and flowing narrative reflect his deep knowledge of a difficult and complex man.” Kirkus Reviews, starred.

“With novelistic skill, Egan fashions a dizzying tableau of the life of his restless subject…As history, Egan’s book is solid; as storytelling, it’s captivating. The work adds little to the broader picture of American history—it focuses on the scenes in which Meagher participated, and those have been exhaustively covered elsewhere—but it provides an impressive biography of a distinctive Irish-American figure, the patriot of two countries, faithful to each to his last.” – Publishers Weekly

“Without a shadow of a doubt this is one of the finest Irish American books ever written…What Egan has done is restore the reputation and uncovered a host of details on a man I would venture to say had no peer in our history of Irish America…Egan’s take on Irish American history gives this book a breadth and significance that would be very hard to match.” Niall O’Dowd, Irish America

“This is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan’s beautifully rough pages just as he lived – powerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.”  – Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat: Nine American and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

“Any new book by popular historian Timothy Egan is a cause for celebration, and The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero is no exception… Meagher’s story is the story of the Irish diaspora, and The Immortal Irishman is part biography, part celebration of the unkillable Irish spirit.” – Shelf Awareness

Brad Pitt, Tony Kushner Team to Adapt Memoir ‘He Wanted the Moon’

February 19, 2016


Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tony Kushner will adapt HE WANTED THE MOON: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him by Mimi Baird with Eve Claxton for Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B (“The Big Short”), and Cross Creek Productions (“Black Mass”, “Pride And Prejudice And Zombies”, “Everest”.) According to Deadline Pitt bought the book himself last year, and the expectation is he might play Dr. Perry Baird.

HE WANTED THE MOON is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your local indie bookstore.

“The book is autobiography, biography, science, history and literature all in one, as instructive as any textbook and utterly impossible to put down.”—The New York Times.

“Extraordinary…a remarkably eloquent account of mental illness, reminiscent of Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind and Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted. Perry Baird emerges as thoughtful and at times eerily aware of his condition as well as his inability to elude either its symptoms or the primitive treatments for them…The elder Baird’s narrative is cinematic, featuring Ratched-like nurses and an escape scene straight out of The Fugitive… [Dr. Baird] never really knew his daughter — or her achievement in telling this story.” The Washington Post

“Baird’s lonely, angry, grief-stricken, and occasionally grandiose account of his illness and its shattering costs is the reason we can’t put [this book] down. His sharply detailed recollections are sometimes sane and sometimes not, but his writing is lucid even when his thinking isn’t. His manuscript is a plea to understand his experience and, by extension, others’.”The Boston Globe

He Wanted the Moon is one of the most disturbing and profoundly moving books I’ve read in years, and one of the great father-daughter books of our time. It will take its place as a classic in the literature of breakdown, alongside Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind and William Styron’s Darkness Visible. The brilliant Dr. Perry Baird’s memoir lets you see up close what it is like to go through the most manic phases of bipolar disorder—it is a nightmare, but this book is a damn wonder. Through it, Mimi Baird has finally given her father the credit he was due.”—Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and Death of Santini

“Powerful, fascinating, and completely unique. This heartbreaking book is a one-of-a-kind first person window into the world of psychiatric illness before the era of drug therapies in this country. Reading He Wanted the Moon is a bit like discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls—it is one of the most eloquent, powerful and important accounts of mental illness ever put to paper.”—David Isay, founder of StoryCorps and author of Listening is An Act of Love and Ties that Bind
“Thanks to a daughter’s brave determination to excavate her absentee father’s life, we are gifted with deep personal insight into a brilliant but sick mind that could have been lost forever. This is a truly important book—a devastatingly honest account of mental illness that provides personal insight into long-ranging travesties of psychiatric care in the U.S. Unforgettable.”—Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire
“Dr. Perry Baird’s vivid account of his own madness, and the treatment he received, is as remarkable as it is disturbing. By sharing her family’s story, Mimi Baird has certainly done a great service to her father’s memory. But she’s also made a significant contribution to the literature of mental health. He Wanted The Moon is a poignant book, and, I believe, an important one.”—Alexandra Styron, author of Reading My Father
He Wanted the Moon does for mental illness what The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks did for the science of cancer: at once reveal suffering and heal it through knowledge. By allowing her father to be heard, Mimi Baird gives voices to all Americans silenced by mental illness down the decades.  A miraculous story told in a miracle of a book.”—Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man

“Here is how you know you have just read a wonderful book: You immediately begin telling everybody you know about it, which is exactly what I did when I finished He Wanted the Moon.”—Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic and Mad in America

He Wanted the Moon details the horrendous treatment commonly given to patients at a time when there was no known way of ameliorating the dangerous and self-destructive behavior that often characterizes manic-depression. This is a fascinating and informative book which I would highly recommend.”—Dr. Elliot Valenstein, author of Blaming the Brain and professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan

“Mimi Baird’s short book about her father’s long struggle with mental illness is a tale within a tale. She longed to know why he had simply disappeared one day from her life, and what she found was his own vivid account of watching himself slide into darkness. Mimi has performed a quiet miracle, giving life back to a man everyone wanted to forget.”—Thomas Powers, Pulitzer-Prize winner and author of The Killing of Crazy Horse

“Astonishing in its illuminations…This striking and poignant family story evokes compassion for everyone affected by this cruel malady.”—Booklist

“Through this moving memoir, Baird slowly brings her father back to life and reveals the sordid history of treating mental illness.”Bookpage 

“Perry Baird was a pioneer in attempting to understand the workings of manic depression…In bringing her father’s harrowing, tragic, and moving story to life, Mimi Baird celebrates him and gives voice to the terrible suffering the mentally ill once endured, and still do today, and challenges the prejudices and misperceptions the public continues to have about the disease.”—Publishers Weekly

“Moving…[Baird] sketches the life of a man who had done brilliantly in college and medical school—even co-authoring a paper with the eminent physiologist Walter Cannon—but who would be felled by psychosis…A sobering account of how little we knew and how much we still have to learn about mental illness—especially how not to treat it.”—Kirkus Reviews


Step Up Your Game: The Revolutionary Program Elite Athletes Use to Increase Performance and Achieve Total Health by Dr. Naresh C. Rao

February 17, 2016

Step Up your gameNaresh C. Rao is a sports and wellness medicine practitioner whose clients include Olympic and professional athletes, triathletes and weekend warriors. In Step Up Your Game, he reveals what separates elite athletes from the rest of us.

Elite athletes know that peak performance requires much more than consistent practice. Dr. Rao reveals a comprehensive program that addresses every aspect of optimizing wellness including nutrition, training, injury prevention, motivation, psychology and spirituality. While professional athletes have access to teams of experts that can address these needs, Dr. Rao shows readers how to be their own physician, physical therapist, trainer, dietician and spiritual advisor so that they may achieve athletic success.

Featuring more than forty illustrated exercises designed to improve flexibility, prevent injury and build strength and endurance, Step Up Your Game reveals how remarkable success is available to all athletes – no matter what their fitness level or sport. By integrating Dr. Rao’s program into an existing fitness routine, readers will take ownership of their their training, remove stress, and fully enjoy their exercise experience as they work to achieve their healthiest selves.

Naresh C. Rao is award-winning primary care sports medicine specialist who is board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is a partner at Sports Medicine at Chelsea, a premier multispecialty practice in the Flatiron District of New York City, the head physician of the USA men’s water polo team, and is on Team USA’s sports medicine team for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“I know that it takes a village to raise an athlete. Athletes needs coaches, mentors, trainers, therapists, psychologists, and others for guidance and support. Step Up Your Game emphasizes the importance of the ‘entourage’ approach to training and helps get athletes ready for the starting line.” – Gwen Jorgensen, Olympic Triathlete, two-time ITU World Champion

Step Up Your Game is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your local indie bookstore.


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