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Breaking Out of the “Man Box”: The Next Generation of Manhood

January 26, 2016

Man BoxAn international TED Talk speaker, Tony Porter challenges manhood and male socialization, which he defines as the “man box.”

Tony Porter works closely with the NFL, the NBA, the MLB, the US military, colleges, universities, and numerous other organizations to prevent violence against women and girls by promoting healthy, respectful manhood. Now, in Breaking Out of the “Man Box” Porter’s message is directed at all men.

This book tackles the collective socialization of manhood and provides an in-depth look at the experiences of boys and men. In an effort to understand the many aspects of “what it means to be a man,” Porter suggests the topic is worthy of being rethought, challenged, and even redefined. This book will help men—fathers, husbands, brothers, coworkers, etc.—unpack and correct those realities.

Breaking Out of the “Man Box” boldly exposes the connection between male socialization and the quest to end violence against women and girls. Porter provides an honest and transformative experience, empowering men to create a world where men and boys are loving and respectful—and a human race where women and girls are valued and safe. On the heels of national movements and initiatives such as the NFL’s NoMore.org, this book provides men with the knowledge and understanding to explore how to create that world.

Tony Porter is an educator, activist, and lecturer. He is the cofounder of the organization A Call to Men. He is both nationally and internationally recognized as a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood. Tony’s TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”

Praise for Breaking Out of the “Man Box”

“Tony is a man of great character and virtue, a leader in the charge to end domestic violence. It has been an honor to fight that battle alongside him. With Breaking Out of the “Man Box” Tony has taken the extra step to offer organic solutions to cement a culture change to end domestic violence using the illustration of the “man box.” His book challenges us all to be better men, not just bystanders, but in pursuit of doing the right thing.” —Troy Vincent, executive vice president, NFL Football Operations

Breaking Out of the “Man Box” is a powerful look at manhood and its connection to violence against women. This transformative read is for fathers, sons, husbands, brothers and friends—for any man who wants to create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe. Readers will want to be part of the Next Generation of Manhood.” —James Brown, network broadcaster, CBS Sports and CBS News

“A life-changing read for the well-meaning man. Breaking Out of the “Man Box” heightens readers’ awareness of their potential impact on women in their lives and communities, and lays a bold foundation for preventing violence against all women and girls.” —Peter Buffet, copresident, NoVo Foundation

“Tony Porter’s book is a well-meaning man’s call to other well-meaning men to end the silence, ask difficult questions of ourselves and those around us, and begin a unified discussion that will lead to a lasting, meaningful solution.” —Danny Pino, actor, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU

Pelvic Pain Explained: What Everyone Needs to Know by Stephanie Prendergast and Elizabeth Rummer

January 26, 2016

Pelvic PainPELVIC PAIN EXPLAINED covers everything you could hope to know about pelvic pain: how it develops, diagnosis and treatment, the benefits and drawbacks of leading treatment options, and the impact that this chronic condition has on patients’ lives. In addition to being a beneficial guide for sufferers of pelvic pain, this guide is also a comprehensive resource for health care providers, helping them better understand the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary treatment approach.

Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, is the CEO and co-owner of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center (PHRC). Stephanie has been a practicing physical therapist for the last fifteen years and has become a reputable name in the field.

Elizabeth H. Rummer, MSPT, is the co-owner of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center (PHRC). Prior to founding the PHRC with Stephanie in 2006, Elizabeth administered physical therapy treatments for several years.

More information about the PHRC can be found at www.pelvicpainrehab.com.

Pelvic Pain Explained can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local indie bookstore.

Praise for Pelvic Pain Explained:

 Pelvic Pain Explained is exactly what it promises–-an explanation of how chronic pain develops and evolves, as well as a discussion of the rationale for various treatments. It is a valuable tool to five patients to help them understand how their pain came to be chronic how they can best navigate the treatment options.” John Thiel, interim academic head of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, university of Saskatchewan

“This book is a MUST for every person suffering from chronic pelvic pain. The authors do a fantastic job of explaining the complexities of pain from the patients’ perspective as well as the science about why people develop chronic pelvic pain. This will positively impact the lives of people who often live in isolation with their pain and help them realize they are not alone.” Danielle Staecker, MD FACOG, director of the Center for Pelvic Pain and Sexual Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Kansas Medical Center.

The Confessions of X by Suzanne M Wolfe

January 26, 2016

confessions of xIn this passionate historical novel, Suzanne M. Wolfe gives voice to one of history’s most mysterious women, St. Augustine’s nameless lover. She met Augustine in Carthage when she was seventeen. She was the poor daughter of a mosaic-layer; he was a promising student and heir to a fortune. His brilliance and passion intoxicated her, but his social class would be forever beyond her reach. She became his concubine, and by the time he was forced to leave her, she was thirty years old and the mother of his son. And his Confessions show us that he never forgot her. She was the only woman he ever loved.

In a society in which classes rarely mingle on equal terms, and an unwed mother can lose her son to the burgeoning career of her ambitious lover, this anonymous woman was a first-hand witness to Augustine’s anguished spiritual journey from secretive religious cultist to the celebrated Bishop of Hippo.

Suzanne M. Wolfe is a co-founder of the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society and co-founded the arts and faith journal, Image. Suzanne authored Unveiling: A Novel and co-authored the acclaimed Books That Build Character: How to Teach Your Child Moral Values Through Stories and Bless This House: Prayers For Children and Families. To follow Suzanne M. Wolfe’s literary achievements, please visit http://www.suzannemwolfe.com/.

Praise for Confessions of X:

“…a remarkable story of forbidden love, unfathomable sacrifice and redemption of the human spirit. One of my favorite novels of the year.” – Michael Morris, award-winning author of Man in the Blue Moon, Slow Way Home, and A Place Called Wiregrass

“A gorgeous, poignant story – a journey both in time and to the soul. Wolfe’s writing is evocative, her research immaculate. I am a fan.” Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend of Sheba.

“Suzanne Wolfe gives us, in The Confessions of X, the absolute compelling story of the mysterious unnamed woman with whom Augustine spent so many formative years of his life. This is a beautiful and worthy book.” Brett Lott, New York Times bestselling author of Jewel and A Song I Knew By Heart.

The Confessions of X is available for purchase at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or your local indie bookstore.

The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House by Jesse Holland

January 15, 2016

invisiblesTHE INVISIBLES is the first book to tell the story of the executive mansion’s most unexpected residents, the African American slaves who lived with the U.S. presidents who owned them. Interest in African Americans and the White House are at an all-time high due to the historic presidency of Barack Obama, and the soon-to-be-opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History.

The Invisibles chronicles the African American presence inside the White House from its beginnings in 1782 until 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that granted slaves their freedom. During these years, slaves were the only African Americans to whom the most powerful men in the United States were exposed on a daily, and familiar, basis. By reading about these often-intimate relationships, readers will better understand some of the views that various presidents held about class and race in American society, and how these slaves contributed not only to the life and comforts of the presidents they served, but to America as a whole.

Jesse J. Holland is the author of Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, D.C. (Globe Pequot, 2007) and a longtime Washington correspondent for The Associated Press.  A regular guest on CNN, NBC, Fox News, PBS, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and ABC’s News Now, Holland speaks frequently on African American and Washington political topics. Holland is a sought after-speaker on African American history and politics, having lectured at universities and institutions like Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Praise for THE INVISIBLES

‘Jesse J. Holland’s riveting book The Invisibles shines a long overdue light on the enslaved men and women who were forced to serve in the nation’s seat of executive power—The White House. Not only does Holland reveal this ugly chapter of American history with sharp analysis and insight, he reveals the blatant hypocrisy of the nation’s presidents and other leaders in permitting such a system of forcible servitude to exist. More importantly, he brings to life the stories and experiences of this group of nearly forgotten African Americans, who showed remarkable courage and resilient character despite being imprisoned by slavery in the heart of the so-called ‘land of the free.’’
–J.D. Dickey, author of Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC

“Jesse J. Holland makes visible the courage, expertise and fortitude of the slaves held by U.S. presidents. Holland’s contribution to a complete history of our complex nation is one worth savoring.”
–Donna Bryson, author of It’s A Black White Thing

“Jesse Holland’s The Invisibles uncovers White House secrets certain Presidents surely would have kept buried. Those Presidents who owned human beings and those who rejected slavery will come as a surprise. The Invisibles is a revealing journey for all readers. This is American history told well.”
–Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, author of The U.S. Constitution: An African-American Context and Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present

“If you want to know the real history of the White House or the U.S. presidency, you must read Jesse Holland’s The Invisibles. He not only writes in crisp and engaging prose, but Holland has done the extensive research necessary to bring to life the slaves who toiled in anonymity for the nation’s early presidents, sharing quarters in the executive mansion with some of the most powerful men in the world. From William Lee, George Washington’s manservant, to the hundreds of nameless slaves who labored for another 11 U.S. presidents, Holland tells their complicated and engaging tales, providing critical heretofore largely overlooked context to events that we learned about in grade school.”
–Del Quentin Wilber, author of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

121 First Dates by Wendy Newman

January 12, 2016

121-first-datesDating, sex, and relationship expert Wendy Newman recounts years of research as well as the intimate details of the 121 first dates she went on before finding her perfect match. In 121 First Dates, Wendy discusses how to date successfully and efficiently, avoid the most common dating pitfalls, have an amazing first date with anyone, end uncomfortable situations with grace, and much, much more. Just when you’re about to submit to a lifetime at home with a pint of Haagen-Dazs and sitcom reruns 121 First Dates’ humorous and hopeful approach will inspire you to continue dating until you find the right person for you.

Wendy Newman is a professional dating expert and sex educator. She has led hundreds of workshops in the U.S. and Canada and offers private coaching. Wendy finally found her life partner after 121 first dates. They live together in San Francisco.

You can keep up with the author via her website wendyspeaks.com to learn more about her upcoming book tour.

You can buy 121 First Dates at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your local indie bookstore.

Praise for 121 First Dates:

“Sadly, the normal process of dating usually robs women of our most attractive, fall-in-love-with qualities: self-confidence, authenticity, and passion. Wendy Newman is out to change all that with a delightful wit, compassion, and humor. The judgment-free zone located within the pages of 121 First Dates playfully guides women through the dating process, while granting them the freedom and permission to find what they truly need in a relationship.”–Alison Armstrong, author of The Queen’s Code
“[Wendy Newman’s] comprehensive guide is for women of all ages who range from tired of dating to eager to get back out there again. VERDICT Sound advice in the form of what to do and what not to do.”­–Library Journal

 

 

 

KooKooLand by Gloria Norris

January 5, 2016

kookoolandGloria Norris’s KooKooLand is a memoir written on the edge of a knife blade. Chilling, intensely moving, and darkly funny, it cuts to the heart and soul of a troubled American family, and announces the arrival of a startlingly original voice.

Gloria grew up in the projects of Manchester, New Hampshire with her parents. At nine years old, she was gutsy and wisecracking, the perfect sidekick to her father, Jimmy. Jimmy is both dazzling and dangerous, always playing by his own rules and often on the wrong side of the law. He takes Gloria horseback riding, to slasher movies, to the bar, and the gun shop where she meets Susan. Beautiful, brilliant and kind, Susan embodies the kind of ambitious woman Gloria dreams of becoming.

But one night, a violent and brutal act alters all of their lives. The story that unfolds is a profound portrait of how violence echoes through a family, and through a community. From the tragedy, Gloria finds a way to carve out a future on her own terms and ends up just where she wants to be. Gripping and unforgettable, KooKooLand is a triumph.

Gloria began her film career in New York City as an assistant to Brian DePalma, Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen. She has worked as a screenwriter with assignments from Paris to the Amazon, and as an independent producer. Her films have premiered at the Sundance Toronto and Tribeca film festivals.

Kookland is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your local indie bookstore.

Praise for Kookooland:

Kookooland is a truly original memoir, dealing with some pretty horrific things with deft humor and a big heart. Gloria Norris has a terrific voice, telling her story from the point of view of the smart, brave kid she must have been. With cinematic urgency, Norris conveys the strange truth that love, fear and hate for a father can live side by side, and that’s why violence can endure in families. I raced through this book, heart thumping and breaking simultaneously. (Julie Salamon, author of The Devil’s Candy and Wendy and the Lost Boys)

By turns heartbreaking and darkly humorous, the book not only offers a compelling yet comic portrayal of a fraught father-daughter relationship. Norris also reveals the way violence can become a self-replicating cancer within families. An intelligent and bracing memoir. (Kirkus Reviews)

“For anyone who might suppose that a New Hampshire childhood was about tapping maple trees and picking apples, here comes the dark side. I could not have dreamed up a family like the one Gloria Norris brings to life on these pages: crazy, funny, terrifying—or a childhood more filled with confusing contradiction. The brilliance of her story is that she somehow survived the violence that might have destroyed her to give us this dazzling, funhouse ride of a memoir. When you emerge, you may want to run away fast. Or buy another ticket and go back inside.” (Joyce Maynard, author of Labor Day and Under the Influence)

“Although many vibrant characters populate this chilling memoir, Norris’ re-creation of her early 1960s nine-year-old self is a spot-on treat and a terror. A tumble through a tumultuous time, in which the heroine inexplicably, beautifully lands on her feet.” (Booklist)

 

Real Paleo Fast and Easy by Loren Cordain–An Amazon #1 New Realease in Paleo Diet

January 4, 2016

paleo fast and easyLoren Cordain, Ph.D., creator of The Paleo Diet, understands that we live busy lives, but he also knows this is no reason to sacrifice good health; a great dinner that follows The Paleo Diet is only 30 minutes away with this innovative cookbook. The book has a range of speedy meals, from flash-roasted fish to microwave peach chutney for pork chops. There are soups, skillet meals, fresh dinner salads, and more. The 170 recipes and 70 color photos make dinner easy and appealing.

The recipes use Paleo convenience foods, such as salt-free canned tomatoes and frozen vegetables, and draw on the techniques that Dr. Cordain and his family developed for their own busy lives. Also included is the Paleo Pantry, with recipes for Paleo condiments and spice blends to enliven meals throughout the week.
Dr. Cordain is a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is the author of The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook and The Paleo Answer. For more information on Loren Cordain and the Paleo Diet visit @ThePaleoDiet and @LorenCordain on Twitter, Facebook and ThePaleoDiet.com.

You can purchase Real Paleo Fast & Easy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your local indie bookstore.

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