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Small Miracles for Women: Extraordinary Coincidence of Heart and Spirit by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal

May 26, 2015
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Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 3.06.26 PMThis expanded and beautifully repackaged edition of Small Miracles for Women includes fifty-nine inspirational stories about the mysterious workings of fate. Celebrating milestones of birth, love, marriage, and friendship, these tales of coincidence weave together magic, a sense of awe, and women of all ages and faiths. Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal, creators of the Small Miracles series, have compiled a selection of stories that demonstrate the role of a guiding hand in the lives of daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, aunts, lovers, and friends alike.

Yitta Halberstam has taught literature at both high school and college levels, worked as a journalist for various news agencies and magazines, and directed the public affairs departments of multiple nonprofit organizations. Her articles have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including Seventeen, Parade, New York, Working Woman, and Money. She currently serves as the feature editor of AMI Magazine.

Judith Leventhal, C.S.W., is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. She has lectured extensively throughout the country on a variety of topics, and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals.

Praise for the Small Miracles series:

“A special little book, an antidote to the stress, fury, and unfeelingness of many people’s hurried, everyday lives.”

  • Newsday

“Judith Leventhal and Yitta Halberstam amaze and inspire with their incredible-but-true story collections…of wondrous true coincidences.”

  • People

 

“Inspiring proof that small books, too, can make it big, Small Miracles is most assuredly living up to its title.”

  • Publishers Weekly

 

Small Miracles for Women can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

College Disrupted: the Great Unbundling of Higher Education by Ryan Craig

May 26, 2015
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Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 12.14.49 PMFor nearly two decades, pundits have been predicting the demise of higher education in the United States. Our colleges and universities will soon find themselves competing for students with universities from around the world. With the advent of massive open online courses (“MOOCS”) over the past two years, predictions that higher education will be the next industry to undergo “disruption” have become more frequent and fervent. Currently a university’s reputation relies heavily on the “four Rs” in which the most elite schools thrive–rankings, research, real estate, and rah! (i.e. sports). But for the majority of students who are not attending these elite institutions, the “four Rs” offer poor value for the expense of a college education.
Craig sees the future of higher education in online degrees that unbundle course offerings to offer a true bottom line return for the majority of students in terms of graduation, employment, and wages. College Disrupted details the changes that American higher education will undergo, including the transformation from packaged courses and degrees to truly unbundled course offerings, along with those that it will not. Written by a professional at the only investment firm focused on the higher education market, College Disrupted takes a creative view of the forces roiling higher education and the likely outcome

College Disrupted can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local indie bookstore.

Praise for College Disrupted

“Savvy, sharp, and ultimately optimistic, Craig’s book offers an ambitious blueprint that administrators would be wise to heed.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“With great clarity and a deft touch, College Disrupted tells the story of how college has become out of reach and out of touch with the needs of students. More important, it points the way to a reconfigured system of higher education which is both affordable and valuable as preparation for career and life.”
Mitch Kapor, co-chair of Kapor Center for Social Impact and founder of Lotus Development Corporation

“In College Disrupted, Ryan Craig offers the best and most clear-sighted analysis of the dramatic changes underway in higher education, a persuasive argument for how we might re-invent our industry, and does so with a balance of serious mindedness and entertaining readability rare in books of this kind. While many will find his roadmap forward daunting, my colleagues should all read this book and think hard about its implications for their institutions. This is the must-read book for 2015.”
Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University

PSYCHEDELIC BUBBLE GUM by Bobby Hart

May 20, 2015
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Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 5.20.08 PMIf you’ve ever sung “Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees”, you’ve got songwriter Bobby Hart to thank. This titan of rock ‘n’ roll shares his intensely personal tale as one of America’s leading hit makers in PSYCHEDELIC BUBBLE GUM: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles.

Throughout his forty year career, Hart’s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Alicia Keys, the Sex Pistols, New Edition, Andy Williams, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Lulu, Dean Martin, Roger Williams, Herman’s Hermits, and Lester Flat & Earl Scruggs. 
For music lovers all over the world, Hart’s music is the soundtrack of their lives, thanks not only to his hit records, but also to the music he composed for film and television. Hart has sung, written and/or produced songs whose records, CDs and downloads approach 100 million in sales. He has been nominated for Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards, and is the subject of a 2015 documentary “The Guys Who Wrote ‘Em”.

But being a hit factory can take a spiritual toll, and Hart’s search led him to yoga and meditation as a way to keep his life in balance. In PSYCHEDELIC BUBBLE GUM, Hart details the pitfalls he encountered and the lessons he learned on his journey and offers tips on: how to reinforce your own creativity, find your unique role in life, and actualize your goals – whether they are spiritual or worldly.

PSYCHEDELIC BUBBLE GUM is as much a spiritual guidebook as it is a memoir. It’s the tale of one of the most iconic songwriters and producers of our time, and how he made it through with his soul intact. 
 For more information about Bobby, visit bobbyhart.com.

Tour Dates:

5/28 @ 3:30pm: Book Expo America, Javits Center, New York City

5/29 @ 11:00am: Steinway Hall, New York, NY

5/29 @ 7:00pm: Monty Hall, Jersey City, NJ

5/30 @ 11:00am: Columbia University, New York, NY

5/30 @ 1:00pm: BookCourt, Brooklyn, NY

Admission to Bobby Hart’s Steinway and Columbia University require a reservation. For more information or to make a reservation please call (719) 406-5800 or email glenn@kreativo.org.

In addition to his live events, Bobby Hart will be involved in a set of appearances with Sirius XM on Wednesday, May 27. These include a guest appearance on Road Dog Trucking from 1:30 P.M.–2:00 P.M.; and a guest DJ spot from 2:00 P.M.–2:45 P.M. on the 60s on 6 program. At 4:15 P.M. Bobby will also give an interview with the iconic rock ’n’ roll DJ Cousin Brucie.

PSYCHEDELIC BUBBLE GUM is available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, and your local indie bookstore.

Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America’s Young by Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared Meyer

May 13, 2015
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America’s millennials face a crisis: the government has made it difficult for them to succeed. As they prepare to enter the workforce, young people face a plethora of policies designed to hold them back. Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America’s Young tells the stories of several members of this disadvantaged generation, revealing the troubling picture of a nation that preys on its young. Authors Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared MeyerScreen Shot 2015-05-13 at 9.13.08 AM expose the problems that hold back today’s youth, such as crippling taxes for programs designed to benefit older Americans, a broken education system that leaves students with immense college debt, and labor-market regulations that make it difficult for millennials to enter the workforce. These systemic roadblocks stifle America’s potential for social and economic progress. Disinherited tells the hidden story of the crisis facing millennials today, while offering suggestions as to how to put an end to the government’s inhibitive policies. Saving the futures of young people, argue Furchtgott-Roth and Meyer, means saving the future of America.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the director of Economics21 and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. She has served in the White House as chief of staff of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush, as deputy executive secretary of the Domestic Policy Council under President George H.W. Bush, and as an economist on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers. She is the author or co-author of five previously published books.

Jared Meyer is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. His research interests include microeconomics theory and the economic effects of governmental regulations. He has appeared on multiple TV and radio shows, including NPR and the BBC. He is a regular contributor to Economics21, The Federalist, RealClearEnergy, and City Journal.

Praise for Disinherited:

“This is the book you absolutely need to read if you are a millennial or if you care about one! Arm yourself with the numbers Washington would rather you didn’t focus on.”

– The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009)

“The Boomers inherited a world of possibility; they are about to bequeath a mountain of debt. But the future should belong to the young, and this book shows it’s not too late to change course.”

  • Blake Masters, co-author with Peter Thiel of Zero to One, #1 New York Times Bestseller

“In so many ways, public policy is tilted against the young, yet the power is held by those much older. Furchgott-Roth and Meyer apply a keen eye and a great way with words to showing how in great detail this has got to change. If this book doesn’t make the younger generation mad, I don’t know what else will.”

  • Robert Litan, non-resident senior fellow, The Brookings Institutions, author of Trillion Dollar Economists (2014)

Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America’s Young can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

The Scarlet Letter Society by Mary T. McCarthy

May 6, 2015
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scarlet letterMaggie, Eva, and Lisa founded The Scarlet Letter Society, a club that gives them a safe space to share the tales of their infidelities. The three women meet once a month at a local bookstore to discuss a new example of literary adultery and rehash their own romantic exploits: one of Maggie’s three lovers is her first husband, Eva’s cheating with a French chef and her intern, and Lisa daydreams about a hot graphic designer to escape her husband’s foot fetish.

Together, these three women refuse Hester Prynne’s scarlet A. Instead, they confide in one another as they navigate the path towards sexual and emotional fulfillment. A hilariously insightful novel, The Scarlet Letter Society offers a feisty alternative to traditional stories of forbidden love.

Currently Senior Editor at Splice Today, Mary McCarthy’s 20-year writing career includes the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, editorial positions at several regional magazines (Chesapeake Family, What’s Up Eastern Shore) and a newspaper humor column “Quite Contrary” (Frederick Gazette, Centreville Record-Observer). She blogged for Katie Couric, appeared on The Today ShowHuffington Post Live and ABC TV News’ Moms Get Real with JuJu Chang. She speaks at national and regional conferences and is an instructor at The Writer’s Center in Washington, D.C.

Find her on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram.

For a list of The Scarlet Letter Society tour events, click here.

 

Praise for The Scarlet Letter Society:

 

“Hilarious, scathing and seductive.”

  • Kyra Davis, New York Times bestselling author of Just One Night

“I really was genuinely blown away by this breathtaking book. The author cleverly references classic tomes which deal with the concept of faithfulness…Fantastically written, beautifully plotted with warm, feisty and inspiring characters, this is definitely one to recommend to a friend.”

  • Chick Lit Club

“It feels like Pop Rocks going off in the pleasure center of your brain.”

  • Splice Today

“If you’re looking for a fast read with a healthy dose of zip-less, snap-less, button-less, Velcro-less sexcapades, all delivered with brazen, bawdy brio, then pick up (or download) Mary McCarthy’s The Scarlet Letter Society.”

  • HereWeAreGoing

The Scarlet Letter Society can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

COLLECTION, DEMAND, AND COMMERCIAL LETTERS FOR THE GENERAL PRACTICIONER by David J. Cook

May 4, 2015
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Author David J. Cook explores the phenomenon of those who owe people money and those who are owed money. As a veteran collections attorney, David J. Cook has been chasing down debt collectors for over 39 years. The work is a detailed, and engaging survey of demand letters–polite and legally enforceable ways to ask people to give you the money you are owed. The book opens by describing the purpose of demand letters and explores the various means of delivery to the recipient(s), the expected outcomes, and tips for writing them.

COLLECTION, DEMAND, AND COMMERCIAL LETTERS FOR THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER is an excellent resource for anyone in the legal field. David J. Cook provides dozens of sample letters ­–letters he himself has used ­– and follows each example with a pointed commentary.

COLLECTION, DEMAND, AND COMMERCIAL LETTERS FOR THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER is now available as an automatic download from the American Bar Association.

Paul Auster awarded the Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature by the National Arts Club

April 29, 2015
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getImageWe are glad to congratulate Paul Auster on receiving the Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature from the National Arts Club on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015.

The National Arts Club was founded in 1898 to “stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts”. Numerous esteemed literary figures including W.H. Auden, Mark Twain, and Frank McCourt have been members. Previous recipients of the Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature include Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro, Toni Morrison, and Margaret Atwood.  We are so proud of Paul Auster for his well-deserved inclusion in the ranks of such esteemed authors.

Congratulations, Paul!

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