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Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals by Dinty W. Moore

August 19, 2015

Sometimes even writers have questions about writing – am I doing it right, am I missing anything, what exactly is a semicolon etc. Luckily, Dinty Moore’s new book, Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy, tackles these questions and more. With a deft hand a51roGv2U+vL._SX358_BO1,204,203,200_nd a quick wit, Moore hilariously responds to queries from top-notch writers while simultaneously entertaining the idea that writing – and our discussions of it – don’t have to be quite so serious. Filled with puns, anecdotes, and doodles, Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy has something for everyone; even answers for angsty authors.

Dinty W. Moore is an accomplished writer and essayist, having penned multiple titles, including The Mindful Writer, Crafting the Personal Essay, and his memoir Between Panic and Desire. He also currently directs the creative writing program at Ohio University.

Praise for Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy:

“. . . . a guide to writing essays that is both brilliantly instructive and wonderfully entertaining. . . . Highly recommended for writers and anyone who loves to laugh out loud while they read.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“[Moore’s] witty and disarming new book is framed as an advice column for accomplished writers. . . He is fun to read (don’t miss Mr Plimpton’s Revenge: A Google Maps Essay, in Which George Plimpton Delivers My Belated and Well-Deserved Comeuppance). And he sneaks in answers so we are left with a touch of wisdom as well as laughter.” —

Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy can be found at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

Gender Intelligence: Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line by Barbara Annis & Keith Merron

June 26, 2015

Companies have long attempted to solve gender imbalances through affirmative action, numeric standards, and quotas. Too often, these solutions don’t have a measurable impact on the number of women in leadership roles or on a company’s bottom line. In Gender Intelligence, Authors Barbara Annis and Keith Merron show how embracing gender differences in the workplace can produce greater economic value. Annis and Merron argue that organizations that welcome the natural differences between men and women, rather than striving for gender equity, find that “when men and women bring their genuine selves to the workplace and embrace each other’s authenticity, they discover the true meaning of gender diversity and success.”

The founder and CEO of Barbara Annis & Associates, Inc., Barbara Annis has advocated for Gender Intelligence in global organizations and Fortune 500 companies. The chair emeritus of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, Annis has also authored Same Words, Different Language; Leadership and the Sexes; and Work with Me, co-authored with John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.

41W77qVO3eL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A senior associate at Barbara Annis & Associates, Keith Merron has authored four other books including Inner Freedom: Living Authentically the Life You Were Truly Meant to Live. Merron received his doctorate in human and organizational development from Harvard University.

Praise for Gender Intelligence:

“Barbara Annis has spent three decades exploring the most effective ways of utilizing the unique talents of men and women to improve corporate achievement and productivity. In this particularly timely book, she shares her insights, findings, and triumphs at improving the way the sexes work together.”

—Marianne J. Legato, MD, FACP, founder, Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine

Gender Intelligence addresses the needs of leaders who are unsatisfied with the status quo, are ready to break out of old patterns of thinking, and are committed to awakening their organizations to what is possible.”

—Jane Allen, partner, chief diversity officer, Deloitte

“By embracing gender differences, we not only make SAP a better place to work, but spark our innovation, better serve our customers, and gain competitive advantage. In a world in which we face a tightening labor supply, Gender Intelligence is a business imperative. This book is the headlight of our transformation.”

—Anka Wittenberg, chief diversity and inclusion officer, SAP

“Annis and Merron demonstrate why Gender Intelligence—not gender equality—will inspire a culture of inclusiveness and create a sustainable source of economic advantage for leaders and their organizations.”

—John Gray, PhD, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Gender Intelligence uniquely applies cutting-edge, brain-based research to the workplace, offering leaders and their organizations the mind-set and means by which to bridge the gap between men and women and create more inclusive and productive organizations.”

—Valerie Sorbie, chief administrative officer, BMO Capital Markets

Gender Intelligence can be found at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

Isn’t That Rich? Life Among the 1% by Richard Kirshenbaum

June 25, 2015

In Isn’t That Rich?, New York Observer columnist and acclaimed ad man Richard Kirshenbaum offers an exclusive peek into the uptown social life of New York City’s 1 percenters. This eye-opening essay collection covers topics from “Dating Tips for Uptown Divorcées” to the freshly coined “wealfie”—“like a selfie, but with more money and status.” From the Upper East Side to European shores, Kirshenbaum draws on anonymous insider sources, shedding light on the habits and lifestyle of this elite group. Isn’t That Rich? paints a picture that is both fascinating and fabulously fun.

51A5VC+9lCL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_One of New York City advertising’s most innovative figures, Richard Kirshenbaum cofounded the Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners Agency in 1987. In 2011 Kirshenbaum launched NSG/SWAT, a boutique agency that represents new businesses and entrepreneurs. With music icon Chris Blackwell, Kirshenbaum also founded Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum. A 2000 inductee into the Advertising Hall of Fame, Kirshenbaum has lectured at Harvard Business School, appeared on 20/20, and was named one of Crain’s New York Business’s “40 Under Forty.” Kirshenbaum is the author of three other books including the Amazon bestseller, Madboy.

Praise for Isn’t That Rich?:

Isn’t That Rich? is as funny as it is smart. Richard Kirshenbaum knows this world and the people in it, and his up-to-the-minute portrait of today’s 1 percent is both insightful and a joy to read, no matter what tax bracket you’re in.”

—Mortimer Zuckerman, Chairman and Editor in Chief of U.S. News & World Report

“Wholesale psychological understanding of the current culture…by the talented Richard Kirshenbaum.”

—Liz Smith, Chicago Tribune

“Richard Kirshenbaum doesn’t just explain the bizarre rituals and eccentric misbehavior of the class that brought you to the ‘wealfie’ (read the book to find out what it means). He makes them fun.”

Town & Country

“A witty, eye-opening collection.”

Kirkus Reviews

Isn’t That Rich? can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Elaine’s: The Rise of One of New York’s Most Legendary Restaurants from Those Who Were There by Amy Phillips Penn

June 24, 2015

What do Alec Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Candace Bushnell, and Woody Allen have in common? All were regulars at Elaine’s, a world-famous New York restaurant that offered encouragement and camaraderie to writers, politicians, artists, socialites, elainesand everyone in between. In Elaine’s: The Rise of One of New York’s Most Legendary Restaurants from Those Who Were There, author Amy Phillips Penn chronicles the history of the late Elaine Kaufman’s iconic venue, which closed in 2011. This collection of poignant essays offers tribute to the restaurant’s legendary owner as well as an intimate portrait of New York society from the 1960s to the present.

Renowned society columnist and native New Yorker Amy Phillips Penn resides in Indio, California. Penn began her career as an assistant to society columnist Eugenia Sheppard at the New York Post; her column, “Around the Town,” was syndicated in the Palm Beach Daily News. Penn’s insider perspective offers a unique view into the world of Elaine’s.

Elaine’s can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, From Jefferson to Reagan by Garland S. Tucker III

June 24, 2015

What are the origins of conservatism in America, and how does its history influence its modern presence? In Conservative Heroes, Garland S. Tucker III traces the origins and founding principles of American conservatism, introducing a “faithful band” of political thinkers who defined and shaped the movement. From the founding of the United States to the modern era, Tucker portrays fourteen champions of conservative thought, from the famous to the forgotten. Tucker’s thoughtful discussions and reflections on the history of a movement show how these intricacies can help us understand the challenges we face as a nation today. What emerges is an insightful and complex portrait of a movement “as old as the Republic itself.”

consGarland S. Tucker III is chairman and CEO of Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded specialty finance company in Raleigh, North Carolina. The author of The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election, Tucker graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Lee University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Tucker is a former member of the New York Stock Exchange and serves on the boards of several companies, schools, and charitable organizations.

Praise for Conservative Heroes:

Conservative Heroes is a wonderful book for many reasons, not the least of which is its focus on long-forgotten conservatives like Grover Cleveland, Josiah Bailey, and, my favorite, Robert Taft.”

—Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard

“Tucker’s profiles remind us that America’s history is too subtle to force into the framework of modern progressivism.…Many readers resent the narrowness standard histories offer. They will welcome Conservative Heroes, which so thoughtfully draws out the full picture.”

—Amity Shlaes, bestselling author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man, from the foreword

Conservative Heroes can be found at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance—From Toddlers to Teens by Kim John Payne, M.Ed.

June 3, 2015

disciplineDisobedient or disoriented? In this groundbreaking book, parenting expert and bestselling author Kim John Payne, M.Ed., argues that children’s misbehavior is often an appeal for guidance and direction. Payne outlines parenting strategies that provide limits and structure while fostering independence and emotional growth in children from toddlerhood to emerging adulthood. Invoking stories of encouragement and humor gleaned from his long career as a parent educator and counselor, Payne relates day-to-day parenting strategies with current brain- and child-development studies. Practical and sensitive, Payne’s model encourages parents to enjoy and cultivate their children’s growth while setting firm boundaries that encourage healthy decision making. Payne shows how focusing on guiding children to make careful decisions lets parents spend less time on discipline and management and more time connecting with their kids.

A consultant and trainer to 250 U.S. public and independent schools, Kim John Payne, M.Ed, has been a school counselor, adult educator, and private family counselor for over thirty years. He has consulted for clinics and educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, and regularly gives key note addresses at international conferences. He is the director of the Simplicity Parenting Project and the Center for Social Sustainability and has worked extensively with the American and U.K. Waldorf movements. Payne has been featured in publications including Time Magazine, Parenting, and the LA Times, and is the author or co-author of three previously published books including Simplicity Parenting.

Praise for The Soul of Discipline:

The Soul of Discipline offers practical tools for helping parents implement discipline that’s respectful and effective, but the book is so much more. Kim John Payne offers a framework to guide parents in making decisions about why, when, and how to hold tighter reins as we build skills in our children, and why, when, and how to loosen the reins as we scaffold freedom.”

—Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., co-author of No Drama Discipline

“This book gets deep inside the challenge of getting along with children and teens and thinks deeply about what they need from us to become strong and self-managing. It elevates discipline to what it should be—a caring process of helping kids orient to the world and live in it happily and well.”

—Steve Biddulph, author of The New Manhood

“Kim Payne provides a useful model for choosing our parenting stance—Governor, Gardener, or Guide—depending on the situation. Most powerfully, Payne begins with the radical view that children are not disobedient but rather disoriented. The upshot of this shift in perspective is that discipline is about helping children orient themselves effectively, not about controlling or chastising.”

—Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., author of Playful Parenting

The Soul of Discipline draws on Kim John Payne’s years of gifted school and family counseling to show us with its clear and simple tone how to discipline without becoming our children’s enemy. It is filled with memorable stories, dialogues that will engage your imagination, and great strategies. By the book’s end, a new picture of parenting will live in you, one that will honor the soul of your children as you provide the structure, training, and guidance they need at each stage of their development.”

—Dee Joy Coulter, Ed.D., author of Original Mind

The Soul of Discipline can be found at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

When Kids Call the Shots by Sean Grover

June 3, 2015

For parents who have lost control of their bossy kids, returning balance to the relationship can feel like an impossible task. In WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS, therapist and parenting expertScreen Shot 2015-05-12 at 9.49.58 AM Sean Grover explains the source of this unhealthy dynamic and how to right it. As parenting struggles often erupt from issues on both sides of the relationship, Grover’s unique approach requires not simply fixing the child, but also fixing yourself. By pinpointing your child’s behavior type (defiant, manipulative, anxious) as well as your parenting type (guilt-prone, anxiety-fueled, fix-everything) you can create a personalized plan for calmly exerting authority in any scenario and make parenting a pleasure again.

Sean Grover, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with 20 years’ experience working with adults and children, and he maintains one of the largest private group therapy practices in the United States. He has designed award-winning youth programs and has been quoted in Newsweek, New York Magazine, NPR, and elsewhere about parent-child relationships. He lives in New York City. For information on parenting workshops, articles, and videos, or to contact Sean, visit

Praise for When Kids Call the Shots:

“Psychotherapist Grover pulls no punches in this parenting manual…[his] empowering, motivating approach is highly compassionate to suffering, burnt-out parents…”
-Publishers Weekly

“A breath of fresh air in a world of endless ‘how to’ parenting books.”
–Jerry Finkelstein, Ph.D., Director, The New School Counseling Center

“Inspired and practical thinking by one of the finest therapists in the field.”
–Marianne Pearl, author of A Mighty Heart and In Search of Hope

When Kids Call the Shots can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local indie bookstore.


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