Books and Authors

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Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa..and Me: My Improbable Journey from Châteaux in France to the Slums of Calcutta
A Memoir by Tony Cointreau
Hardcover 978-1-935212-34-8 – 312 pages – $24.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-33-1 – $12.99
February 2014
Illustrated with two sections of personal photographs

How many people can count among their closest friends Ethel Merman (the Queen of Broadway), Mother Teresa (beatified by the Vatican in October, 2003), Lee Lehman, (wife of Robert Lehman, head of Lehman Brothers), Pierre Cardin (legendary couturier and major show-business force in Europe), and many others?

Well, Tony Cointreau, an heir of the French liqueur family, can. After a successful international singing career, and several years on the Cointreau board of directors, he felt a need for something more meaningful in his life. His voice had taken him to the stage, and his heart took him to Calcutta. Tony’s childhood experiences with an emotionally remote mother, an angry bullying brother, a cold and unprotective Swiss nurse, and a sexually predatory schoolteacher left him convinced that the only way to be loved is to be perfect. This led him on a lifelong quest for unconditional love and for a mother figure.

His first “other mother” was the internationally acclaimed beauty Lee Lehman. Then, after Tony met the iconic Broadway diva Ethel Merman, she became his mentor and second “other mother.” His memoir describes in detail his intimate family relationships with both women, as well as his years of work and friendship with Mother Teresa, his last “other mother.”

Tony’s memoir voices his opinion that he had no special gifts or talents to bring to Mother Teresa’s work and that if he could do it, then anyone could do it. In the end, all that really matters is a willingness to share even a small part of oneself with others.

Tony Cointreau is an heir of the French liqueur family. His voice took him to the stage, and his heart took him to Calcutta. After a successful international singing career and several years on the Cointreau board of directors, he felt a need for something more meaningful in his life.

Tony’s childhood experiences with an emotionally remote mother, an angry bullying brother, a cold and unprotective Swiss nurse, and a sexually predatory schoolteacher left him convinced that the only way to be loved is to be perfect. This led him on a lifelong quest for unconditional love and for a mother figure.

His first “other mother” was the internationally acclaimed beauty Lee Lehman. Then the iconic Broadway diva Ethel Merman became his mentor and second “other mother.” His memoir describes his close family relationships with both women, as well as his years of work and friendship with Mother Teresa, his last “other mother.”

Tony believes that he had no special gifts or talents to bring to Mother Teresa’s work and that if he could do it, then anyone could do it. All that really matters is a willingness to share even a small part of oneself with others.

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Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting For You
A Novel by Laurie B. Arnold
Paperback 978-1-935212-51-5 – 176 pages – $9.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-61-4 – $9.99
September 2013
Ages 9 and up

When Madison McGee is orphaned and forced to live with her wacky grandmother in boring old Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, she’s pretty sure nothing will ever be right again. Her grandmother is addicted to TV shopping shows. Her only neighbors are a crazy lady and a vicious junkyard mutt. And she misses her old life something fierce. Could it get any worse?

Everything changes when a magic TV mysteriously shows up on her doorstep. With the accidental push of a button on the remote control, Madison teleports into a dizzying world of lights, cameras, action, and peril. And with the help of a little magic, she discovers that things aren’t always what they appear to be, and that life can actually get better in a brand new way.

Optioned for film rights by Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You is bound to be a classic, thanks to the indomitable spirit that shines through Madison McGee.

Laurie B. Arnold has two grown-up sons and lives on Bainbridge Island with her amazing husband, a perfect fuzzy dog, and a psychotic cat. She’s written countless children’s interactive games, a trio of picture books, and scripts for animated kids’ TV shows, including Dragon Tales

Author website here

51d9ekyw5QL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Sawyer and Finn: The War Years
A Novel by Richard DeLong Adams
Paperback 978-1-935212-46-1 – 232 pages – $16.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-65-4 – $9.99
October 2013

Richard DeLong Adams has performed a remarkable literary tour de force, bringing back two of our favorite characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, placing them in the Civil War in Missouri. They harmonize with historic characters, including Congressman Frank Blair, the outlaw Jesse James, and Confederate guerilla Wild Bill Anderson, along with those borrowed from Twain, such as the Widow Douglas, Judge and Becky Thatcher, and Jim, with a few inventions of his own, to create a wonderful tour of one of the tragic episodes in American history. The voices that emerge from this dark storm are potent reminders of who we Americans are, where we come from, and why.

Adams has created authentically American voices on both sides of our most terrible conflict and has traced to their sources the most intractable of U. S. paradoxes, including the Westward Expansion, slavery, miscegenation, agricultural versus urbanized society, North versus South, and commercial against patriotic interests.

Perhaps the most remarkable achievement of the book is a voice at once contemporary and authentic to the Missouri of the 1860s. The ever-changing aspects of America’s turn from rural to urban, from slavery to freedom resonate today. We see in Adams’s Huck and Tom not only Twain’s America, but our own, and the thunderous collisions of the ongoing ominous tragedy we still can feel today.

This exceptional novel will delight readers and recall why we’re proud—however silently, however provisionally—to be Americans.

Richard DeLong Adams was born in Columbia, Missouri, in 1933. He graduated from 
Cornell University in 1953 and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s 505th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, from 1954 to 1957.

In 1958 he moved to Hollywood, where he entered the film industry. He worked on numerous film and television projects, both as an original writer and as a behind-the-scenes script doctor. His teleplay Honor Thy Mother was nominated for an “Edgar” Award in 1993.

Richard’s extensive travels have taken him to Russia, Central and South America and Asia. He lived in Rome for five years, and spent several years in Mexico. Sawyer and Finn is his first novel.

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Immigrant: A Memoir Across the Atlantic
by Sally Bennett
Paperback 978-1-935212-66-9 – 192 pages – $15.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-67-6 – $9.99
June 2013

I was born in 1932 in Yorkshire to parents who had survived World War I and had seen England change from an agricultural to an industrial country. A visiting American engineer changed our lives when he asked my mother to leave my father and accompany him to Spain, which she did, taking me with her. When World War II changed Europe forever, my English mother, my sister, and I fled to America, leaving my stepfather behind to work for the OSS and to begin an affair with a Spanish spy whom he later married. The war over, my mother, sister, and I returned first to Europe then back to America, where my mother struggled to put a life together for herself and her two daughters.

Sally Bennett has an MA in English Literature from Syracuse University and an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She has published numerous poems, short stories, and essays in magazines such as Poetry, Seneca Review, and Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, as well as in American Fiction (Birch Lane Press, 1990). Since 2002, she has lived year-round on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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by Karl H. Pribram, M.D.
Hardcover 978-1-935212-80-5 – 560 pages – $29.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-79-9 – $14.99
February, 2013

Endorsed by the Washington Academy of Sciences

THE FORM WITHIN is the fascinating story of two hundred years of pioneering brain research, told from the unique perspective of the only brain scientist who has been, and still remains, an active participant in that story throughout the past seventy years: Karl H. Pribram.

In THE FORM WITHIN, Dr. Pribram takes us on a compelling journey from the dawn of our collective “recorded perceptions” in cave paintings to our greatest achievements as a species. He explains the important task of mapping the brain; the discovery of our holographic processing of memory and perception; and the detailed research that has created our understanding of self-organizing biological systems.

Along the way, Pribram shares the intimate interactions he has had with luminaries of twentieth-century science, including David Bohm, Francis Crick, John Eccles, Dennis Gabor, Hubel and Wiesel, Wolfgang Kohler, Karl Lashley, Aleksandr Romanovitch Luria, Ilya Prigogine, B. F. Skinner, Eugene Sokolov, and many others.

But this riveting glimpse into our past is only a part of the story. Pribram also provides us with insightful breakthroughs into a science of the future, and points the way to where our understanding of the brain is headed.

Karl H. Pribram was once dubbed “The Magellan of the Mind” for his breakthrough research on the functions of the forebrain, including the frontal lobes, temporal lobes, and limbic system, and their roles in decision making and emotion. His holonomic theory of memory and perception has been the subject of numerous popular books, including Michael Talbot’s The Holographic Universe, and Lynne McTaggart’s The Field, among many others.

Born in Vienna in 1919, Pribram received his medical degree from the University of Chicago at the age of twenty three, becoming one of the first three hundred certified brain surgeons in the world. During his next decade as a neurosurgeon in Memphis and Jacksonville, he joined Karl Lashley at the Yerkes Primate Center, became its director, and pioneered the field of neuropsychology—a term that Pribram invented.

He spent the following sixty years leading groundbreaking research into the interrelations of the brain, behavior, and the mind: ten years at Yale University, thirty years at Stanford University, and twenty years as distinguished professor at Radford and George Mason Universities and (simultaneously) as distinguished professor of psychology and cognitive neuroscience at Georgetown University, where he still serves today.

Pribram is the author of more than 700 books and scientific publications, including Plans and the Structure of Behavior (with George Miller and Eugene Galanter, 1960), which is credited with launching the Cognitive Revolution in Psychology; Languages of the Brain (1971); Freud’s “Project” Re-assessed(with Merton Gill, 1976); and Brain and Perception (1989). He is the recipient of more than sixty major awards and honors, including a lifetime grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research; a Lifetime Research Career Award from the National Institute of Health; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Experimental Psychology and from the Washington Academy of Sciences; honorary doctorates in psychology and neuroscience from the Universities of Montreal and Bremen, Germany; and an Outstanding Contributions Award from the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists. He was the first recipient of the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Award for uniting the sciences and the humanities.
You can buy The Form Within directly from the publisher here.

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Nobody Said Amen – A Novel
by Tracy Sugarman
Paperback 978-1-935212-95-9 – 292 pages – $16.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-85-0 – $12.95
December 2012

(Published as a Morris Jesup Book in association with the Westport Library, Westport, Connecticut)

Written by an intimate participant in the turbulent civil rights movement in Mississippi, Nobody Said Amen tells the stories of two families’ lives, one white, one black, as they navigate the challenging, tilting landscape created by the coming of “outside agitators” and social change to the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s.

Owner of a great plantation, Luke Claybourne is a product of Southern attitudes, a decent man who feels responsible for the black families who make his plantation run, but who is loathe to accept the changes necessary for its survival. When he loses his plantation, his entire world is shattered. Led by his wife, Willy, and their friendship with a Northern journalist, Luke is forced to come to terms with a new way of life in the post–Civil Rights era South.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Mack, a young black Mississippian leading a group of students who have come to Shiloh to help blacks gain the right to vote, has become a target of the Klan—savagely beaten while in jail and threatened with a burning cross. His love affair with Eula, a Claybourne employee, highlights the tensions and hazards of trying to love in the shadow of a racist world.

Rich with a colorful roster of the people in Shiloh, Nobody Said Amen tells a triumphant American tale.

Tracy Sugarman is a reportorial artist who was one of a young cadre of post-war illustrators who chose to move to Westport, Connecticut to join a revered art community. His work appeared in magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, and Colliers Magazine, as well as many children’s books and record album covers. In the early 1960s, he started creating on-site reportage for Fortune magazine, as well as for corporations. His passion for justice led him to the civil rights movement’s struggle in Mississippi, for Vista’s work with poor whites in Appalachia, and for the AFL/CIO’s efforts to create housing for Hispanic Americans in Texas. His painting, “The Heroes of Nine-Eleven,” is on permanent display in Washington, DC and his painting of the roll out of the Space Shuttle Columbia is part of NASA’s pictorial history at Cape Kennedy. Sugarman is the author of several books, including My War: A Love Story in Letters and Drawings, We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi and Stranger at the Gates: A Summer in Mississippi. His WWII art and letters have been acquired by the Library of Congress. His drawings of the civil rights movement are now permanent archives in Mississippi and in the Schomburg Collection in NYC. Tracy Sugarman passed away in January, 2013, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Morning Sun: The Story of Madam Butterfly’s Boy
by Laird Koenig
Paperback 978-1-935212-90-4 – 392 pages – $21.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-89-8 – $9.99
September 2012

MORNING SUN LIGHTS UP THE TWO DIFFERENT AND FASCINATING WORLDS OF AMERICA AND JAPAN BEFORE PEARL HARBOR

Morning Sun rises on 13-year-old Sam Pinkerton discovering he’s not the
Huck Finn American boy he believes himself to be. The sudden loss of his family forces him to confront an unbelievable truth: that he was born in Japan, his father a U.S. Navy Officer, his mother, Madam Butterfly. Totally alone in his new identity and crushed by the USA’s cruel racial laws of 1913, he fakes his intentions to a pair of missionaries and gains passage to Nagasaki. Once there, he learns his mother took her life after his father broke her heart. With no friends, and more alone than ever in a strange land, Sam is hurled into a desperate struggle to stay alive in the lowest streets in a new, exotically thrilling and dangerously sexual world. In Morning Sun the reader will live his young adventures fighting for survival, love and a place in the world until, with Sam, the reader must decide where he belongs—East or West.

LAIRD KOENIG is a multiple prize-winning author, Broadway playwright and screenwriter of important international films. In recent years his passion has taken him to Japan 14 times. He admits to taking enormous pride in creating screenplays for two produced films starring that country’s great Toshiro Mifune of Rashomon.
His bestselling novels include The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (made into a film starring Jodie Foster) The Children are Watching, and Rockabye, among many others. Laird Koenig lives in Santa Barbara, California.


No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers
by James McGregor
Paperback 978-1-935212-81-2 – 156 pages – $16.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-82-9 – $4.99
September 2011

In three decades, China has risen from near collapse to a powerhouse–upending policy and business conventions across the globe. China is now the second largest economy, the second largest exporter, and a manufacturing machine that has lifted 500 million from poverty while producing more than one million U.S. dollar millionaires.

Then why do China’s leaders describe their economic model as “unstable” and “unsustainable”? Because it is.

In this highly readable book, James McGregor offers extensive new research that pulls back the curtain on China’s economic power. He describes the much-vaunted “China Model” as one of authoritarian capitalism, a unique system that must be radically overhauled for the country to continue its march toward prosperity. The system is proving incompatible with global trade and business governance, and relying on an outdated investment and export model that’s running out of steam.

The nation must consume more of what it makes. It must learn to innovate. It must unleash private enterprise. And Communist Party bosses must cede their pervasive and smothering hold on economic power to foster the growth, and thus social stability, that they can’t survive without.

As a Tang Dynasty official lamented, China has: “No ancient wisdom, no followers.” He was describing how the empire was headed alone into dangerous and unchartered waters without any precedent for guidance.

And today–as McGregor makes clear–this is China’s greatest challenge.

The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins
by Jeff Connaughton
Hardcover – 978-1-935212-96-6 – 288 pages – $24.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-97-3 – $24.95
September 11, 2012

Lobbyist, White House Lawyer, and Senate Aide on the Power of America’s Plutocracy to Avoid Prosecution and Subvert Financial Reform
Beginning in January 2009, THE PAYOFF lays bare Washington’s culture of power and plutocracy. It’s the story of the twenty-month struggle by Senator Ted Kaufman and Jeff Connaughton, his chief of staff, to hold Wall Street executives accountable for securities fraud, to stop stock manipulation by high-frequency traders, and to break up too-big-to-fail megabanks.

This book takes us inside their dogged crusade against institutional inertia and industry influence as they encounter an outright reluctance by the Obama administration, the Justice Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission to treat Wall Street crimes with the gravity they deserve. On financial reforms, Connaughton criticizes Democrats for relying on the very Wall Street technocrats who had failed to prevent the crisis and Republicans for staunchly opposing real reforms primarily to enjoy a golden opportunity to siphon fundraising dollars from the Wall Street executives who had raised millions to elect Barack Obama president.

Connaughton, a former lawyer in the Clinton White House, illuminates the pivotal moments and key decisions in the fight for financial reform that have gone largely unreported. His arch, nonpartisan account chronicles the reasons why Wall Street’s worst offenses were left unpunished, and why it’s likely that the 2008 debacle will happen again.

Read more about The Payoff at the author’s website

“Jeff is one of the smartest guys on the Hill and is particularly strong on issues surrounding Wall Street and the regulatory system…he takes apart the oft-stated mantra that what Wall Street firms did during and after the crisis was maybe unethical, but not illegal.”
– Matt Taibbi, RollingStone.com, December 20, 2011

Lifemobile (a novel)
by Jonathan Rintels
Paperback – 978-1-935212-92-8 – 192 pages – $15.95
Ebook – 978-1-935212-91-1 – $4.99
June 5, 2012

Lifemobile tells the story of Benjy Bennett, an honor student with Asperger’s Syndrome, who upon graduation from high school despairs that “there’s no place in this world” for someone as different as him. But then his father brings home a “Deathmobile” – an old Corvair, famously characterized by Ralph Nader as “unsafe at any speed.” When Benjy learns that the U.S. government ultimately found Nader’s charges untrue, he decides that the Corvair is “not disabled, just different,” as he is, and has been unfairly stigmatized by a world that does not understand it, just as he has. Taking Benjy and his father on a wild and emotional ride full of colorful characters and comic adventures, the Deathmobile becomes their “Lifemobile,” ultimately helping them both discover Benjy’s own uniquely satisfying place in this world.

“In this lovely first novel from Jonathan Rintels, what begins, literally and figuratively, as a reclamation project for the much maligned Corvair grows into a sweet, moving celebration of the bond between fathers and sons – the way their flaws can magnify each other and their virtues can save each other. Written with a deft touch, an engaging wit, and a sure eye for what will ring warm and true, this is an incredibly engaging story that anyone would treasure. It may even make you go out and buy a Corvair.” Robert Bianco, TV Critic, USA Today

Read more about Lifemobile at jonathanrintels.com

Resolving 21st Century Disputes: Best Practices for a Fast-Paced World
by Geoff Drucker

“Essential reading for lawyers who aspire to be problem-solvers. Jargon-free writing and practical examples bring each point to life.”
– Kim M. Keenan
Past President, National Bar Association and District of Columbia Bar

“A highly insightful analysis of how the human mind works, how it gets us into conflicts and how it can successfully get us out of them . . . Drucker provides highly practical ways of analyzing and understanding the causes of conflicts – from interpersonal relations and wars – and eminently successful ways to resolve them”.
– Christopher Moore
Author of The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict

“Geoff Drucker has offered those of us fascinated by and involved in dispute resolution a comprehensive understanding of what is happening within and between the participants in disagreements of all kinds and in a broad array of circumstances. The author describes with great care how our minds work to attempt to make wise choices. He describes the tricks that our unconscious and our conscious thought processes play on us to exacerbate our disagreements and inhibit our ability to come to wise resolution when in dispute. I highly recommend this book to any and all who deal on a regular basis with situations in which reasonable people can differ and still need to come to common agreements.”
– Douglass T. Lind, D. Min., ThD., Phd.
Founding Partner, The Sigma Group LLC.

Geoff Drucker is the Manager of Dispute Resolution Services for the American Health Lawyers Association; teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation at George Washington University’s School of Law; and teaches Conflict in Organizations at George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He holds a BA from Stanford University, a JD from the UCLA School of Law, and an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Paperback – 166 pages – $15.95
978-1-935212-74-4
Ebook available in all formats – $8.99 Digital List Price
978-1-935212-73-7
January 5, 2012
www.geoffdrucker.com

Little Did I Know – A novel by Mitchell Maxwell

Little Did I Know takes place in the summer of 1976, when the seemingly endless party celebrating America’s two-hundredth birthday was in full swing, in all its glory. From May to September, young men and women recklessly came of age under Cape Cod’s star-studded skies, lit by orange-neon moons.

Sam August seeks his glory during that fantastic summer, his sights set on a career as a theater impresario. Through sheer serendipity, he discovers the oldest barn theater in America, just one hundred yards from Plymouth Bay. Although worn, decaying, and unused for years, August sees the place as the gem it once was. He sets out on a quest to reignite and reinvent—to paint new light, color, and magic on the building’s blank canvas. Infused with an unmitigated ferocity of purpose, he restores the ancient theater and catches lightning in a bottle.

Along the way he falls in love, rails against local corruption, skirts the numerous disasters of his imagined bulletproof youth, and protects the many friends who have joined him on this wondrous roller-coaster ride of a summer.

Little Did I Know is told at breakneck speed, with the urgency of youth. August’s journey is a wild, sexy romp of surprise, challenge, and the realization that the pursuit of big dreams does not come with a road map. It is an education on the human condition, a boundlessly entertaining story that proves the only option in pursuing a life of meaning and consequence is to follow your heart.
Hardcover – 336 pages – $25
978-1-935212-57-7
October 5, 2011

It’s OK to Tell: A Story of Hope and Recovery

Lauren Book, with a Foreword by Lisa Ling

Lauren Book was eleven years old when her new nanny, Waldina Flores, joined the family. For the next six years, Lauren endured daily sexual and physical abuse. “I was a people pleaser,” she says. “I was beaten every day . . . Waldy was very smart, like all predators are. She hit me and bruised me where my parents wouldn’t look. When you are thirteen or fourteen, parents never look at their children’s stomachs or lower backs or butts or upper thighs.”

In 2002, after being encouraged by her boyfriend, Lauren told her therapist what had been happening. The therapist called her parents and her father fired Flores, who fled to Oklahoma where she was arrested two months later. While in prison, Flores broke the terms of her probation by writing love letters to Lauren and was sentenced to an additional prison term.

Since then, Lauren and her father have successfully mounted a legislative onslaught against predators. The many Florida laws they are responsible for include the right of a victim to require that an accused or charged predator take an HIV test, with results guaranteed to the victim within forty eight hours, a law eliminating the statute of limitations on civil and criminal prosecutions when the victim of sexual abuse is under the age of sixteen, a ban on molesters ever contacting their victims or families, and legislation to create a statewide network of sexual-assault treatment centers.

Lauren’s story is about hope in the face of extreme adversity. Although it deals with a tremendously sensitive and “dark” subject, It’s OK to Tell carries a lasting positive impact. Lauren’s story empowers us all to address abuse issues in our own lives. Her memoir moves us to understand the deep emotional matrix that results from abuse and the incredible ability of an individual to recover and embrace life.

Hardcover – $19.95
978-1935212-43-0
Publication Date: March 11, 2011

Lauren Book established Lauren’s Kids to prevent sexual abuse through awareness and education, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.

Healing America

Healing America

Hope, Mercy, Justice and Autonomy in
the American Health Care System

Roger J. Bulger, MD

Roger is still able to ‘see around corners’ and now we know how and why. He captures the power of the health care system, then and now, from the sum total of the individual formed by family, education, experiences, social values, professional values, and economic status. He writes from the perspective of the often forgotten person in the healthcare system, the patient. His descriptions are touching and poignant. His views insightful and prophetic – a great read for all.

– Barbara Ross-Lee, M.D., CEO, Academic Health Centers and President
of Faculty Practice Plan, New York Institute of Technology