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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

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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.

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 The 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.

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.  Holland is a sought after-speaker and regular guest on CNN, NBC, Fox News, PBS, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and ABC’s News Now. He has 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.

THE INVISIBLES is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and your local indie bookstore.

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.”
–Del Quentin Wilber, author of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan