TORRANCE, Calif. — For the first quarter of 2010, Publishers Newswire (PNW), an online resource established in 2004 for small publishers, as well as lesser known and first-time book authors, has today announced its latest semi-annual “Books to Bookmark” list. This is a round-up of 13 new and recent interesting books which are often missed due to not originating from major New York book publishing houses, or “big name” authors.
“As we start to recover from the slower economy, authors continue to give voice to their muse in print,” said PNW editor Christopher Laird Simmons. “What’s particularly noteworthy is the huge growth in self-publishing through services like CreateSpace and Lulu. More authors are taking control of their own works than ever before.”
“And, thanks to products like Amazon’s Kindle, and the upcoming Apple iPad, there is no doubt that e-books will soon become one of the fastest growing areas of the literary marketplace; giving further evidence to the shift away from traditional ‘big publishing.'” Simmons has been a working journalist for over 25 years, and has written widely on the topic of publishing, marketing, and e-books.
The following list of 13 books are provided as “worth a look” for media and booksellers, as well as avid readers of new and unique literary content. To learn more about these and other books, in detail, visit: http://www.publishersnewswire.com .
* Surround Yourself with People Who Are Genuine: ‘Living Life with Strings Attached’
In her new book, “Living Life with Strings Attached” (IBSN: 978-0557315642; 66 pp., paperback; LuLu), author Cari Kaufman explains how the cultural trend of superficial and uncommitted associations has left us feeling lonely and disconnected. Speaker, mom and certified personal coach Kaufman wants women to know there is a way to surround yourself with people who are genuine, sincere and authentic in their love for each other. And it’s not at all complicated! Cari Kaufman is an author, nationally acclaimed professional speaker and founder of Strings Attached Ministries. Her experiences run the gamut from decorated military officer to stay-at-home mom and give her a unique perspective on daily life.
* Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Survivor
“Altar Boy Altered Life” (ISBN: 978-1598587241; 160 pp., paperback; Dog Ear Publishing) is a new book by author David Price which reveals a heartbreaking true story of a survivor of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. “Altar Boy Altered Life” is both shocking and moving. It is the story of an uphill battle for justice and retribution; and a scandal that made national headlines. After reading this personal story, no reader will think lightly of the issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church again.
* New Beginnings Can Be Inspirational: ‘Getting Up and Starting Over’
“Getting Up and Starting Over” (ISBN: 978-0984274307; 68 pp., paperback; Trading Life Publishing) by Steven D. Smallwood shares his thoughts on getting up wherever you may find yourself in life’s journey. Sometimes it takes a third party to speak the same things we speak to our loved ones over and over. According to the author, the smart thing about the book is that it doesn’t spend as much time talking about what past decisions or experiences placed you where you are today, but focuses through encouragement on now that you are there, what do you need to get up from where you are. It’s an easy to read book that anyone, at any level, can understand. In plain direct talk, the book’s aim is to show the reader that because life is moving, no situation has to be a permanent one.
* New American Book of ‘Rocky Mountain Blue Collar Haiku’ is Rooted in Works of a Japanese Master
“Rocky Mountain Blue Collar Haiku” (ISBN: 978-1449918378; 136 pp., paperback; CreateSpace) by Greg Paullus targets a more extensive audience than conventional books of haiku poetry. Containing literary quality poems, poet Paullus follows the spirit of Kobayashi ISSA (1763-1828), one of the four great Japanese masters, but the first who was also a common man. As the title suggests, many poems are specifically mountain-inspired, reflecting “aha” moments relating to the majesty of the Rockies and the people and wildlife inhabiting this breathtaking mountain environment. Paullus studied haiku as part of a curriculum in college while earning a B.A. in English.
* New Mind Chi Book Helps Re-Wire the Brain in Just 8 Minutes a Day
“Mind Chi” (ISBN: 978-1906465582; 360 pp., paperback; Capstone; Wiley) by co-authors Richard Israel and Vanda North can help achieve personal and professional goals almost effortlessly. The intriguing new practice described in this just-released book was inspired by T’ai chi ch’uan, a Chinese martial art employed since ancient times for health and well-being. Mind chi is a modern interpretation of T’ai chi created by the book’s co-authors, emphasizing mental exercises. It synthesizes positive psychology, mental wellness and eudemonics (study of happiness) into one easy-to-follow guide. Israel is a consultant, international speaker, trainer and co-author with Tony Buzan of the best selling “Brain$ell.” He has lectured to over 100,000 people worldwide on business and sales techniques. North is former president of the International Society for Accelerated Learning and Teaching and founded the Buzan Centres worldwide and has authored several books.
* The I AM Principle (Volume 1) – Controversial New Book Reveals 2,500 Year Old ‘Bible Cover-up’
“The I AM Principle” (ISBN: 978-1448605941; 212 pp., paperback; Good Gets Better Publishing; CreateSpace) by Kimberly Fuller takes a controversial look at the 2,500 year old translation of the Old Testament, from which the text of most modern Bibles is derived. Author Kimberly Fuller takes an in-depth look at the history of the replacement of the name of God from ancient scriptures, which was replaced by the words LORD and GOD in early translations as far back as 450 BC. Author and former editor Kimberly Fuller is an ordained minister and for the past several years has studied the history of the Bible and the reasons behind the mystery of missing texts.
* New Book Tells What Doctors Don’t: ‘Be a Survivor – Lung Cancer Treatment Guide’
“Be a Survivor – Lung Cancer Treatment Guide” (ISBN: 978-0981948911; 160 pp., paperback; Lange Productions) by Dr. Vladimir Lange is the first book to offer a new approach to this frightening disease. It empowers patients to seek a cure, rather than accept defeat; to approach their diagnosis with hope, and shows them how to seek out effective treatments. Vladimir Lange, M.D., a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is the creator and author of hundreds of DVDs and books that are used to educate millions of patients and physicians worldwide. His programs have been translated into a dozen languages, and are on the “recommended” lists of major patient advocacy groups.
* New How-to Series Can Teach Music to Anyone: “Practicing Sucks, But It Doesn’t Have To!”
Phyllis Sdoia-Satz and Barry Satz have written a book called “Practicing Sucks, But It Doesn’t Have To!” (ISBN: 978-1607090076; 216 pp., hardcover; Rowman and Littlefield) which defines and explains the Sdoia-Satz Method. The Sdoia-Satz Method helps students maximize achievement, increase self-confidence and develop motivation. Students learn how to discipline the mind and body and how to practice and study productively; they discover new ways to channel and coordinate physical and mental learning, they develop the ability to use different kinds of memory and explore new avenues to reduce stress. Step by step, Sdoia-Satz Method teaches students and instructors how to achieve optimum results from anything requiring practicing, studying, learning and memorization. Although the focus of this first book is music instruction, forthcoming titles will feature golf, homework, tennis, physical training and other disciplines.
* New Photography Book, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ by Jeff Sheng
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Volume 1” (ISBN: 978-0984447411; paperback; Jeff Sheng Studios; Amazon ASIN: B0036HZ8WO) by Jeff Sheng, the first-ever photography book that features the portraits and stories of gay and lesbian service members currently serving under the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. The book contains an Afterword by W.M. Hunt, noted gallerist and Vietnam War veteran. Sheng’s photographs show actual members of the military in various locations around the US, using lighting and shadow effects to mask part or all of his subjects’ faces. The dramatic collection of portraits, recently highlighted in the Los Angeles Times, includes e-mails from servicemen and servicewomen detailing both their service for their country and how the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy affects them.
* Yesterday’s Home Designs may be the Answer for Today’s Battered Builders
Has today’s economy made you put off your dreams of a new home? The new book, “Prosperity Plans” (ISBN: 978-1450559645; 88 pp., paperback; CreateSpace), by architect Donald J. Berg, might get you dreaming again. Berg’s new book proposes that today’s architects, builders and prospective homeowners can all learn from a series of fascinating “Growing House” designs created in 1934. Berg is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society of Architectural Historians. He has published fifteen books on American building and landscape design.
* New Children’s Picture Book Explains US Federal Reserve and Economic Downturns
In 32 color illustrated pages “The Scary Story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Box of Free Money” (ISBN: 978-0615337432; 32 pp., paperback; Smoked Goldeye Press) author Martin McCannell attempts to simplify the complexity of central bank monetary policy in an amusing way and is targeted at readers aged 10 to 100. McCannell is the founder and president of a three-employee medical device company in Boston. South Dakota artist Sharon Grey won a worldwide competition to illustrate the book with her watercolor paintings. This is her fourth children’s book.
* Brain Drain: New Book Explores Integrative Relationship Between Physical and Mental Health
“Brain Drain” (ISBN: 978-0984196302; 240 pp., hardcover; RTS Publishing) authored by Charles F. Glassman, M.D., FACP, is a powerful new book that teaches people how to break free of their brains’ automatic responses through understanding and controlling their mind/body connections. “Brain Drain” was patient driven. Five years ago, Dr. Glassman founded the New York Center for Longevity and Wellness – its goal to take a comprehensive approach to medicine and to balance mind/body concepts with conventional medicine. Two years later, he began distributing a weekly, motivational e-mail message to patients and friends; its popularity quickly grew. As a result, he was prompted to turn his practical advice into a book
* Understand ‘Why’ of Scandals in ‘The Ethical Executive’
Hardly a week goes by without some sort of unethical behavior making national headlines. Whether it is a media hoax about a boy in a balloon or a Ponzi scheme of the highest caliber, unethical behavior has – sadly – become expected? In “The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior: 45 Psychological Traps that Every One of Us Falls Prey To” (ISBN: 978-0804759656; 152 pp., hardcover; Stanford University Press), primary author Dr. Robert Hoyk analyzes treacherous situations from Enron to Jonestown and personal scenarios throughout. Hoyk is a Clinical Psychologist.
For more information on these and other books and entertainment publishing you likely have never heard of, visit: http://publishersnewswire.com/news/publishing-news/book-news .
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