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Good Fat Cooking: Recipes for a Flavor-Packed, Healthy Life by Franklin Becker

March 5, 2015
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When chef Franklin Becker was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of twenty-seven, he dedicated his career to finding the best ways to make healthy, flavorful food. Since then, Becker has won the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash, been featured on shows like Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Top Chef Masters, and Dr. Ozand published the books “The Diabetic Chef” and “Eat & Beat Diabetes.” He also co-founded The Little Beet, a gluten-free, quick service Manhattan lunch spot, and The Little Beat Table its full service restaurant counterpart.

In his new book, “Good Fat Cooking: Recipes for a Flavor-Packed, Healthy Life,” written with award-winning food writer Peter Kaminsky, Becker brings us a collection of recipes highlighting good fats—from sources such as nut oils, olive oil, fish, and avocados. From Acorn Soup with Pistachios to avocado ice cream, these new recipes will remind everyone that cooking with good fats is a smart and tasty choice.

You can find Good Fat Cooking on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and at your local indie book store.

Shame by Shelby Steele

February 26, 2015
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Today, the United States of America is hopelessly polarized in a bitter impasse between the political Right and Left. In Shame, Shelby Steele traces the origin of this stalemate to the 1960’s – a decade of protest that has left the nation unable to fulfill its promise of change. In trying to abolish the nation’s hypocrisies – racism, sexism, and militarism – liberals have internalized the concept of the American character as inherently inauthentic, if not outright evil.

America has since endured a half-century of well-intended social programs that are not only ineffectual, but in almost every case harmful to America’s minorities and poor. Steele argues that by fighting to atone for the nation’s past sins, argues Steele, post-60’s liberals have in fact perpetuated the exploitation of America’s least fortunate citizens.

Therefore, the responsibility falls to the Right to preserve the American dream by reviving our founding principles of individual freedom and merit based competition. Steele approaches America’s political polarization with a wholly unique perspective, rigorously critiquing the failures of liberalism and defending the relevance and power of conservative America.

Praise for Shame:

“This timely critique warrants attention from anyone troubled by the persistence of racial discord in American life, from Selma to Ferguson.”   – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A conservative analysis of political polarization and race relations in America, more thoughtful and less vitriolic than most volleys from either side.”   – Kirkus

“Shelby Steele’s courageous challenge to Americans to get a moral grip on the country’s past and present is an important contribution to a future of liberty and justice for all, in the colorblind society of aspiration, solidarity, and achievement of which the classic civil rights movement dreamed.”   – George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

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

Zombie Loyalists by Peter Shankman

February 26, 2015
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“Imagine an army of customers eager to do your PR, marketing, and advertising,” writes Peter Shankman, PR mastermind and CEO of Shankminds, “without ever being asked, each and every time they give you their money.” Shankman has been working with the biggest companies in the world to create these “Zombie Loyalists,” fervent fans who help companies massively increase their customer base, brand awareness, and, most importantly, revenue. In this book, Shankman explains why most businesses should abandon outdated models like points programs or mass emails and rebuild their service from the ground up in order to earn these zealous consumers with above and beyond customer service.

Zombie Loyalists closely examines exceptional companies like The Ritz-Carlton, United Airlines, GoGo In-Flight and smaller businesses with legendary followings to show how remarkable customer service can create a powerful customer army. From rude customer service representatives to impersonal mass emails, most people almost expect to be treated poorly–so a little strategic TLC from the right business can feel like a revelation. With so many products and platforms to choose from, extraordinary customer service is the only differentiator that will truly put you ahead of your competition. What’s stopping you from creating a powerful customer army of your very own by using infectiously outstanding customer service?

Praise for Zombie Loyalists:

“At the end of the day, all business comes down to customer service. If you want to win in the new customer-centric economy, check this book out.” -Gary Vaynerchuck, bestselling author, The Thank You Economy

“If anyone in any organization can’t figure out how to create loyal customers after reading this book, then their brains have obviously already been eaten by meat-eating zombies.” -Debbie Zmorenski, CEO, Moren Enterprises and former Disney Customer Service Leader

“Over the years Peter has created his own Zombie Loyalists, and I count myself as one! Now he is taking you and your business to new levels with his surefire strategies. The world around us has changed, and business must change with it. Your customers are key!” -Frank Eliason, Author of @YourService

Zombie Loyalists can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

The Last and Greatest Battle by John Bateson

January 30, 2015
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The Last and Greatest Battle – the first book devoted exclusively to the problem of military suicides – shines a light on the true stories of individual soldiers, illuminating the unique challenges faced by American troops when transitioning from the front lines to the home front. Despite the millions of dollars the military spends on suicide prevention programs, record numbers of soldiers continue to take their lives.

Bateson, the former executive director of a nationally certified suicide prevention center, explores the history of suicide in the United States military from the Civil War to the present day and outlines a plan to ultimately end the tragedy of military suicides. If the military works to remove the stigma, make treatment more effective and accessible, and limit risk factors for suicide to begin with, an end to the crisis of military suicide is as achievable as it is essential.

Praise for The Last and Greatest Battle:

“This is an incredibly important book. John Bateson incorporates historical landmarks, cutting-edge data, and deeply textured real-life cases of suicide in the military to arrive at compelling recommendations for policy makers, military families, and mental health clinicians. Bateson is a meticulous researcher and a masterful writer. Understanding and effectively addressing military suicides begins here.”
–W. Brad Johnson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law, U. S. Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins University

“Suicide in the military is of urgent national concern, and the need for a book like this is pretty clear. The Last and Greatest Battle is a welcome addition to the literature on this topic. Bateson has had decades of experience in the field of suicide prevention and is an excellent writer. I highly recommend this book to anyone affected by military suicide, as well as those who are interested in learning what’s behind the problem and how we can address it.”
–Thomas Joiner, PhD, The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Florida State University

The Last and Greatest Battle can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local indie bookstore.

Small Miracles from Beyond by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal

January 23, 2015
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This latest addition to the bestselling Small Miracles series offers readers insight and solace. This eighth compilation shifts focus from the mortal world to examine death and the afterlife through inspiring true stories that demonstrate the soul’s immortality. Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal provide incredible tales rich in miracles and extraordinary events, illuminating the enduring nature of our connections forged with our loved ones and illustrating the ways their relationships with us on earth continue long after they’ve passed

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

Pleasurable Weight Loss by Jena la Flamme

January 22, 2015
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“The key to losing weight is not about enjoying less,” teaches Jena la Flamme, “it’s about enjoying more.” In this book, Jena ditches the outdated trope “no pain no gain” in exchange for a more relaxing, enjoyable method to achieving not only weight loss, but also a sense of joy and trust in your body. Through this method, thousands of Jena’s students lose weight without boring food plans, arduous rules, or punishing exercise. Why? Because pleasure is the key to switching off the stress triggers that are the real culprit behind emotional eating and weight gain. Jena invites you to join her students in the discovery of this graceful, feminine way for attaining the body of your dreams.

With Pleasurable Weight Loss, Jena la Flamme brings a comprehensive, life-changing approach that starts with your mind – taking the “guilty” out of pleasure, building self-esteem, and liberating your natural radiance. Filled with inspiration, recipes, and practical guidance for women of all ages and body types, here is a powerful guide for transforming your relationship with food and exercise – a natural, enjoyable, and lasting path for looking and feeling your best.

Praise for Pleasurable Weight Loss:

“A unique and pleasurable approach to a topic often filled with pain and suffering.”
-Joshua Rosenthal, founder, Institute for Integrative Nutrition and author of Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness

“The entire solution to sustainable body confidence and permanent weight loss is pleasure. And this book outlines the path. Delightfully.”
-Christiane Northrup, MD, bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Jena la Flamme is an original genius at transforming this challenging subject into a new way of life for us all. I highly recommend it.”
-Barbara Marx Hubbard, founder, Foundation for Conscious Evolution

Pleasurable Weight Loss is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local indie bookstore.

For Whom the Dogs Spy by Raymond A. Joseph

January 21, 2015
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When the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, Raymond Joseph, the former Haitian Ambassador to the United States, found himself rushing back to his beloved country. The earthquake ignited a passion in Joseph, inspiring him to run for president against great competition, including two well-known Haitian pop stars, his nephew Wyclef Jean and Michel Martelly. But he couldn’t compete in a democratic system corrupt to the core.

In this decades-spanning work, Joseph challenges common misconceptions about Haiti. He unearths the hidden stories of Haiti’s cruel dictators, focusing on the tyranny of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who used the legend of voodoo to bewitch the country into fearing him. But he also shows readers that Haiti is more than just the “poorest country in the Western Hemisphere,” and has in fact played an important role in global (and especially American) history. With this book, Ambassador Raymond Joseph warns readers about Haiti’s current political leaders’ attempts to impose a new dictatorship. His hope is that Haiti can right itself despite the destruction it has suffered at the hands of man and nature.

Praise for For Whom the Dogs Spy :

“Ray Joseph is the voice and conscience of Haiti. Eighty-two now, he’s written a book about his life, and about the tragedy that befell Haiti. Nobody can tell the story better than Ray Joseph.” —Stanley Penn, Pulitzer Prize winner

“Ray Joseph, among the most distinguished Haitians of recent generations, has given us a compelling memoir that is also a penetrating modern history. Presidents Duvalier, Aristide, Martelly, voodoo, cruelty, carnivals, corruption, and the environmental degradation of Haiti—all are laid bare on these pages. Ray Joseph has been a crusader for Haitian democracy for more than 50 fifty years and has greatly influenced this history that he so skillfully tells.” —Peter Kann, former chairman and CEO of Dow Jones & Co. and former publisher of the Wall Street Journal

For Whom the Dogs Spy is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local indie bookstore.

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