Robert M. Pennoyer was born into a storied family – his maternal grandfather was the legendary J. P. Morgan. His irresistible memoir traces his sheltered childhood on the Gold Coast of Long Island; an adolescence overshadowed by the gathering clouds of World War II; and a young adulthood that survived one of the decisive engagements of the Pacific Theater – Iwo Jima. The author gives us as well a heartwarming account of a romance that blossomed into a lifelong matrimonial partnership and a close family life, tested nonetheless by crisis. And he chronicles a distinguished career, the early part of which was spent in the service of President Eisenhower and the latter part in private law practice and pro bono work.
As It Was begins in an era of unprecedented wealth and privilege for some and great misery and poverty for others, – one that Mark Twain lampooned as the “Gilded Age,” and ends, coming in effect full circle, in our own era of the One Per Cent, as the income chasm in America reopens. What divides these periods, and is so impressively portrayed here, is the rise of American Progressivism led by the two Roosevelts.
Most importantly, this book is itself a demonstration of the values that boosted America on its path to greatness and for which no finer exemplar could be found than its author. It bespeaks a belief in democracy that is passionate and unshakable, and builds on a deep appreciation of the institutions that enable it. The spirit that flows through these pages may be modest, but it is also filled with an irrepressible optimism and a faith in simple values that are both uplifting and marvelously contagious. As It Was is a lesson in a life well lived, and a tonic for dark and troubled times.
— Scott Horton, author of Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare (2015), contributing editor,Harper’s Magazine.
“As It Was weaves effortlessly back and forth between Robert Pennoyer’s private life and his public life as a lawyer – from his fascinating recollections of his grandfather J.P. Morgan and his marriage to the prettiest girl on the block to being a counselor to the Department of Defense and a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum. Wherever he goes, he champions humanitarian causes, aided by the law and an elegant hand with a pen.”
– Henry S. F. Cooper, Jr., former staff writer for the New Yorker and author of several books about space exploration.
Robert M. Pennoyer attended St. Paul’s School and Harvard College. During World War II he saw action in the Pacific as a young Naval officer. After graduation from Columbia Law School, he became, successively, a Federal prosecutor, and a counsel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the Eisenhower years. In 1958 he returned to private practice in New York, joining a small firm, Patterson Belknap & Webb, which he helped to build into one of the leading firms in the country. For many years he served as counsel to the Rockefeller foundation.
Committed to public service, Pennoyer founded a halfway house for men emerging from prison, and over the years served as a trustee of Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and, for half a century each, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library.
In the 1970s, under his leadership as president, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation established, at the suggestion of his poet wife, Victoria Parsons Pennoyer, the prestigious Whiting Writers’ Awards.
He lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and, at the age of 90, still goes to the office every day.
An exciting literary murder mystery set in the milieu of contemporary New York arts and theatre culture.
Matt Johanssen, a dedicated stage actor in his early fifties, is currently rehearsing a play soon to open on Broadway. Through the years Matt, in addition to his work in the theatre, has also anonymously assisted the NYPD in solving a number of crimes.
While he is in rehearsals, thirty blocks away a startling murder takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where a trustee is discovered on the roof of the Museum with a javelin thrust through his heart. The dramatic nature of the crime reverberates through cultural circles in Manhattan. A few days later, during a rehearsal of Matt’s Broadway-bound play, the admired, beloved lady producer of the play is found dead in the darkened basement lounge of the theatre. Ten days later, during a gala at the American Museum of Natural History, there is another murder of a museum trustee, this one far more sensational than the one before. Working behind the scenes Matt becomes deeply involved in solving all three murders. Meanwhile, he encounters an intriguing, auburn haired woman writing about the murders, with whom he becomes involved. Set against a background of the inner workings of the theatre, as well as the arts and cultural scenes in New York City,The Patron Murders is part detective story, part social novel, and part a witty, incisive critique of the relationship of recently acquired fortunes to the old-line arts establishments of the City.
“A vivid and informed reflection of the actor’s life on stage and off, The Patron Murders is a classic fusion of narrative tension, engaging characters, and a richly textured review of contemporary culture, business, and moral values. A murder-mystery as enlightening as it is entertaining.”
—Sidney Offit, editor, teacher, author of Memoir of a Bookie’s Son and Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen; Curator Emeritus of the George Polk Awards.
“A smashing debut! The Patron Murders is a diabolically witty mystery that begins as a classic backstage murder before spinning into the ether where New York’s leading patrons of the Arts are most inventively and gruesomely dispatched. The Art World trembles! Thanks to a gentleman actor doubling as detective (Shades of Lord Peter Wimsey), who mourns a mythical past where things like this never happened and who also has a knack for using the latest technology, he solves the case most satisfactorily. Wilson’s intimate knowledge of the way New York works pays off with an ending right out of Moliere’s Misanthrope. I believe reviewers in another time would call this ‘A delicious romp.’ I call it ‘A very good read.’”
—John Guare, playwright, author of The House of Blue Leaves; Six Degrees of Separation; and Landscape of the Body; member of The Theatre Hall of Fame.
“An actor becomes an amateur sleuth in Ed Wilson’s New York–savvy detective story, an entertaining blend of Law & Order and a bold-faced version of the real world. Only the solution to several murders will reveal which among the characters are genuine art and theatre lovers and which are the fat-cat phonies and Johnny-come-latelies. Kudos to Wilson for his sparkling debut, a thriller with a social conscience and a sense of humor.”
—Molly Haskell, film critic, author of From Reverence to Rape; Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited; Holding My Own in No Man’s Land; and My Brother My Sister.
“Put on your tux, pour yourself a gin, and turn up the Cole Porter . . . From start to finish Edwin Wilson has masterfully conjured a riveting detective mystery for the smart set. It is a captivating tale of murder and intrigue that will take you on an unforgettable journey through Manhattan’s finest locales and High Society.”
—Adam Van Doren, artist, writer, author of An Artist in Venice and Homes of American Presidents: The House Tells the Story.
“A vivid and informed reflection of the actor’s life on stage and off, The Patron Murders is a classic fusion of narrative tension, engaging characters, and a richly textured review of contemporary culture, business, and moral values. A murder-mystery as enlightening as it is entertaining.”
—Sidney Offit, editor, teacher, author of Memoir of a Bookie’s Son and Friends, Writers, and Other Countrymen; Curator Emeritus of the George Polk Awards.
Author, teacher, critic, Edwin Wilson began his career as Assistant to the Producer for the Broadway play Big Fish, Little Fish directed by John Gielgud, and the film Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook. He later co-produced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You, directed by George Abbott and produced the film The Nashville Sound. From 1972 to 1994 he was the theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal.
Over the past four decades his three college theatre textbooks have appeared in a total of 28 editions while selling over one million copies. At one time president of the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Theatre Development Fund, he was also Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury. In the early 1990s, he conducted 90 half-hour television interviews with well-known theater artists that appeared on CUNY-TV in New York and 200 PBS stations around the U.S. The Patron Murders is Wilson’s first novel.
“When author Ed Cantor and his wife learn she has cancer, they begin a journey that tests everything they know about themselves and each other. Written almost as a diary from the time they learned of the cancer to the final days of her life, it is a poignant, compelling and inspiring love story. A must read for anyone going through this experience or is close to someone who is.”
–Richard Ferguson, past Chairman of the Board, National Association of Broadcasters
Man plans, God laughs is an old Yiddish proverb. Despite the best of plans, life does not always turn out as expected. We cannot control our fate.
In 1971, Ed and Micki Cantor were married. Ed was a successful attorney in Connecticut. Micki was then a cable television advertising executive. They both pursued successful careers and were happy in their life together.
In 2003, their peaceful retirement life was shattered. Micki was diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer. During the next eight years, Micki faced four surgical procedures, chemotherapy, several hospitalizations, a lengthy period of remission, and an uncontrollable recurrence and decline. Until her death in 2011, Ed was her primary caregiver and a frustrated bystander. Caught up in the medical system, Micki and Ed were consumed by the cancer—its diagnosis, its treatment, its uncertainty, its pain, unpredictability, and heartbreak.
Finally, Micki and Ed had to face the essential question: Where does the struggle to prolong life end and a concern for the quality and dignity of remaining life prevail?
This is a story for all families and partners. It is a story of life and death—and a truly human journey.
Edward H. Cantor was born and raised in Connecticut. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1961 and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1964. In 1966, Ed founded his own firm in New Haven and Orange, Connecticut, and remained the senior attorney until his retirement in 1998.
Ed Cantor and Micki Yates married in 1971 and had one son and two grandchildren.
Micki carved out on her own career as a cable television advertising executive and retired in 1997, eventually obtaining a graduate degree in Archaeology from Yale.
Throughout his legal career and during retirement, Ed devoted a substantial amount of his time to nonprofit organizations. He served as Chairman of the Board of Gaylord Hospital, President of the Yale Club of New Haven, President of Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, Trustee of the Hopkins School Board of Trustees, and Board Member of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.
Currently, Ed is co-chairman of the Yale College Class of 1961 (1996–present). He and fellow members of his class have raised over $2 million for research at the Yale Cancer Center. He is also the co-chairman of the Yale College Class of 1961 Cancer Center Endowment, with the goal of raising more than $1 million to provide an annual award to young investigators conducting research to treat or cure cancer.
Praise for Remember Me
“This book makes a very powerful statement. It must be published and read.”
–Sherwin Nuland, winner National Book Award for How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter
“Remember Me is of immense value to family caregivers supporting loved ones during their journeys with cancer. A quick and engaging read, Cantor chronicles the ups, downs highs and lows that nearly all cancer patients go through. With remarkable generosity of spirit he shows that we are not alone in how we experience cancer.”
–Thomas J. Lynch, Jr. M.D. Director of Yale Cancer Center and Physician-in-Chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven
“Ed’s book is for everyone who suffers, especially from cancer, and for those who love them. That means lots of us. It is the earthy chronicle of survival and triumph. Those who open themselves to Ed’s shared recollection will grow in their will to survive even life’s worst lottery tickets. We all need his example of survival and triumph, over even walking ‘through the valley of the shadow of death.’”
–Rabbi Mark Winer, former president of the National Council of Synagogues
“Thank you, Ed, for letting me share this journey. I am fortunate to have, in a very small way, shared with two friends a battle and how they bravely fought it. This is a well-written, engaging, and emotionally compelling book.”
–Henry “Sam” Chauncey, Jr., former president Gaylord Hospital and former secretary of Yale University
“I found the book absolutely captivating. Author Ed Cantor conveys the emotional and psychological dimensions of life’s most perplexing and un-understandable questions in a way that is very clear, and very compelling, but does not get in the way of the narrative. I am blown away by this book.”
–Alan Blanchard, President Emeritus, Episcopal Church Pension Fund
“Beautiful, excellently written, poignant, factual, candid, emotional, and helpful to all of those going through life’s challenges. Great contribution to our society.”
–Jamie McLane, former CEO of Aetna Health Plans and former Chairman of Outward Bound USA
“This is an exquisite, agonizing work. There were sections I had to read and re-read because I could not see through the tears. Your bravery, devotion, gallant and true love informs each word of this book. It is an invaluable and generous gift to any and all of us who have faced or are facing the inevitable absence of a loved one.”
—Peter Webster, writer, producer, film director
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People who care about the planet and humanity need a bridge from deeply felt values to a new money paradigm…
“Buy this book! The world of impact investing is emerging as a mainstream investment them. Ben Bingham’s book is a valuable primer in learning about this new field of investment and how to profit from the transition to a low carbon economy but also benefitting humanity.”
— Peter C. Fusaro, Chairman, Global Change Associates and founder of the Wall Street Green Summit
“As this book helps make clear, the Divest-Invest movement is helping change the way we think about money. Investors can play a big role in challenging the lockstep craziness of the status quo; if you’ve got money, this may be the biggest dividend it can pay!” — Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy
“Ben Bingham is one of a small band of pioneer asset managers who brings in a long-term, whole systems view. This book belongs on every investor’s shelf.”
— Dr. Hazel Henderson, author, Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age, President, Ethical Markets Media (USA & Brazil)
The way we think about money has extraordinary impact. This book satisfies the growing longing for a financial overview that can provide practical advice and demonstrate how money is a social tool.
Making Money Matter introduces the reader to common money mistakes, and the dysfunctional nature of the current financial framework. Its overview of the SRI world will inspire investors to push their advisors’ envelope while providing new strategies to meet the demand for positive impact. It provides a philosophical basis for transforming our view of money from an end unto itself to a means to change the world for the better. This book traces the author’s journey from early financial innocence to an appreciation of how money works and how it can be transformed. People who care about the planet and society at large need a bridge from deeply felt values to practical understanding and advice that will lead to a new money paradigm. This new approach covers all aspects of money from everyday transactions to high impact investment options. It describes a new investment paradigm that will support both reasonable returns and long-term societal and planetary health.
G. Benjamin Bingham attended Groton School, Yale University, and Emerson College in England. He writes regularly for The Huffington Post. He is a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS). He is a member of the Investors’ Circle and the Social Venture Network. He is on the Board of CSRHub, the largest data source for ratings of corporations on environmental, social and governance issues and as a social entrepreneur/investor/money manager, draws on broad hands-on management experience at two technology start-ups, one in biological healthcare (Demegen) and the other a global workflow solution provider (Anthurium Solutions).
May Day at Yale, 1970: Recollections
The Trial of Bobby Seale and the Black Panthers
By Henry “Sam” Chauncey, with an introduction by Henry Louis “Skip” Gates and photographs by John T. Hill and Thomas Strong
Hardcover, 120 pages 11 x 11
Official publication date: April 21, 2015
Now out of print! A limited number of copies are available for order from the publisher. $30 plus $5.00 shipping. Send your check to Easton Studio Press, PO Box 3131, Westport CT 06880.
This book comes from first hand experiences, both in word and in pictures. It offers a partial record of a community and an institution coming together to accommodate an event while deflecting its potential violence. The history of the New Haven Green bridges over four centuries. It has served as a place for worship, for grazing cattle, staging revolutions, witness to hangings, and various campaigns.
On the day before and on May Day of 1970, Yale University and New Haven prepared to host an agitated congregation of young civil rights activists with a diverse list of causes, but focused mainly on freeing Bobby Seale, the Black Panther leader. This book gives a glimpse of that diversity; diverse in cause, attitude, and dress. Marked changes in mood evolved over the approximate 32 hours. Yale and New Haven could be proud of avoiding real violence and bloodshed.
Like an archeological record, May Day at Yale, 1970 exhibits not only the New Haven Green on that one day, but marks a broader shift in direction for a county at large. For those who were there, it seems painfully near. For later generations, it is likely a remote abstraction, one that is well worth knowing something about, as emblematic of an important period in our history.
Henry Chauncey, Jr., known as “Sam”, was born in 1935. He graduated from Yale College in 1957. He worked in various administrative capacities at Yale from 1957 to 1982. He then was founding CEO of Science Park Development Corporation in New Haven; subsequently President and CEO of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Connecticut and finally Lecturer and Head of the Health Management Program in the Yale School of Public Health. He is retired and resides in New Haven.
Professor and educator Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. was born on September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia. Gates excelled as a student, graduating from Yale University in 1973 with a degree in history. He continued his education at Clare College, which is part of the University of Cambridge in England. He finished his doctorate degree in 1979, making him the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from the university.
In the 1980s, Gates became known as a leading scholar of African-American literature, history, and culture. At the start of the decade, he began working on the Black Periodical Literature Project, which uncovered lost literary works published in 1800s. Gates received a grant from the prestigious MacArthur Foundation in 1981, which helped support his scholarship in African-American literature.
In 1991, Gates became the head of the African-American studies department at Harvard University. He is credited with transforming the school’s African American studies program.
Gates served an editor on several anthologies and collections of African-American literature and contributed to the field of literary theory with such works as Black Literature and Literary Theory (1984) and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (1988). In 1991, Gates became the head of the African-American studies department at Harvard University. He is credited with transforming the school’s African American studies program. Gates is now the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at the university.
John T. Hill holds MFA degrees from both the University of Georgia and Yale. He taught at Yale for nineteen years, becoming its first director of graduate studies in photography. In 1975, on the death of his friend, Walker Evans, he became executor of that estate. After leaving Yale, he has designed and authored a number of books and exhibitions.
Thomas Strong has a BA from Dartmouth and a degree in graphic design from Yale School of Art and Architecture. Walker Evans was his principle instructor in photography. Since 1968, he and Marjorie C. Gordon have directed the design firm Strong Cohen on Chapel Street in New Haven.
March 24, 2015
224 pages, 5 x 8
Hardcover – $24.95 US / $27.95 CN ISBN: 978-1-63226-028-4
Paperback – $16.50 US / $18.50 CN ISBN: 978-1-63226-029-1
E-book $9.99 US / $10.99 CN ISBN: 978-1-63226-030-7
In the spirit of life-changing books such as The Celestine Prophecy, Embraced by the Light, and The Other Side and Back, Light Atonement takes the reader on a journey that is by turns inspirational, mind-expanding, and spectacular. Ariyana chronicles her transition from an ordinary life of business success, marriage, and motherhood to an extraordinary spiritual quest—a quest that takes her to realms beyond the earth and reveals astonishing secrets from her past.
Ariyana embarks on this quest because she senses she has a larger purpose. Through mediation, psychics, crystals, and other means, Ariyana develops her abilities and begins unraveling the mystery of this purpose. Traveling to other dimensions and planets, Ariyana has moments of transcendence and enlightenment. But she also must bear a huge physical and emotional burden as she prepares herself for her mission.
This mission is huge and far-reaching, and in a startling series of revelations Ariyana discovers what it involves. Along the way, she shares her hard-earned wisdom and offers reflections that will help the reader find the meaning and fulfillment that is often so elusive.
Ariyana is on an amazing journey. Travel with her and experience a world beyond imagining.
Ariyana is an author, channeler, healer, consultant, and philanthropist. She was a successful businesswoman who left her position as the president of a multimillion-dollar furniture company to pursue her life’s purpose, and she has been chosen to bring a message of hope and salvation to mankind. With angels and guides at her side, Ariyana brings information from many other dimensions to change the destructive path this Earth is on. Her teaching returns us to our true essence of love and oneness. Through the “Light Language,” she channels her star family (Angels). Her voice carries many levels of messages, light, and energy to penetrate all the energy fields of people who listen.
Bits: A Comedy Writer’s Screams of Consciousness
By Kenny Solms, with Preface by Carol Burnett
Hardcover – 176 pages – 978-1-63226-016-1 – February 24, 2015 – $19.95
eBook – ISBN 978-1-63226-017-8 – $9.99
“Kenny Solms is a comic treasure and we’re all rich bitches because of him” – Joan Rivers
“I wish Kenny was this funny when I was paying him.”
— Carol Burnett
Anne Frank wrote her diary. A yawn. Alex Haley wrote about his roots. A snooze. The Bible. What a bore! But what do all these have in common? That’s obvious. They’re not funny and the people they wrote about aren’t current. Where’s Bieber? Jolie? Beyonce? That’s who people want to read about and laugh about. Celebrities! And not written by the celebrities themselves. What do they know? If they were smart, they wouldn’t have become celebrities in the first place. Who really knows their stories?
It’s the writer! The guy who was there in the trenches, the guy who made them famous in the first place. Actors and actresses didn’t write their lines. It was the writer!
Who knew these stars before they became egomaniacs? Before they even knew the difference between Calistoga and Evian? The difference between dark chocolate or milk? Who told them what to say and how to say it? Writers, writers, writers!
Kenny Solms has seen them all. He wrote and schmoozed with the best of them. Co-creating the Carol Burnett Show in the late 60s, he’s written for practically all of them. (However, he has yet to meet Leonardo DiCaprio). Solms wrote their movies, their TV shows….even their “spontaneous” quotes. From the greats like Jack Benny and George Burns to Willard Scott and downwards. But then back up again. And that’s quite a leap.
A funny romp that takes you from Philadelphia to Hollywood. A cruise behind the Hollywood scenes, down the freeways, up the canyons and then some. From variety shows to sitcoms, from big star specials to Broadway, he shares his roller coaster ride from writing tacky one-liners to creating TV classics. And what a ride! Jump in the passenger seat and share it with him.
Author Kenny Solms is the one whose bits Lucille Ball uttered. He got Bill Cosby his laughs. Sure, he might have made millions doing it and garnered a few Emmys as well, but is he cocky? Not remotely. In this Hollywood “tell-all” book, he documents his rise from the Emmy award-winning “Carol Burnett Show” to his doldrums writing for Hugh Hefner’s “Roller Disco-Rama Plus a Preview of the Playmate of the 80s.” From the booms to the boobs. From the genius of Michael Jackson to the hilarity of Joan Rivers, Solms seems to know everybody. Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil Diamond. He’s written for them all. Even the Muppet, Miss Piggy, who he claims was a bitch.
Kenny Solms is an accomplished comedy writer in both television and theater. He co-created the Carol Burnett Show, wrote and produced many comedy specials with stars including Joan Rivers, Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin, Bing Crosby, Kelsey Grammer and many more.
Sills and Burnett at the Met won him the Peabody Award; Burnett Discovers Domingo, the Montreaux Prize and he also wrote and produced the Emmy Award-winning Neil Diamond special, Hello Again. He wrote Lorelei for Broadway production, Perfectly Frank and What the World Needs Now,and off-Broadway, the successful revue It Must be Him.
n=1: How the Uniqueness of Each Individual is Transforming Healthcare
By John Koster, M.D., Gary Bisbee, Ph.D., Ram Charan
Hardcover – 216 pages – 978-1-63226-018-5 – January 27, 2015 – $24.95
eBook – ISBN 978-1-63226-019-2 – $11.99
Unique individuals are becoming the driving force in the transformation of healthcare. Digitization enables access to information, which feeds the desire of people to act, behave and be treated as unique individuals. Scientific innovation is revealing the importance of our biologic individuality. In virtually every other aspect of their lives individuals have choices and options. An individual with information know the options, and wants to choose the option most suited to his or her unique healthcare needs and financial means.
The title of this book, n = 1, is symbolic of the uniqueness of individuals. The n=1 will transform healthcare.
“The authors deliver a well-reasoned and compelling analysis of how the new healthcare consumer is driving the evolution of the health care ecosystem. They put a finer point on the complexities that health plans and providers must contemplate as they transform to better serve an informed consumer.”
— Joseph R. Swedish, President and CEO, WellPoint
“Global trends such as digitization and scientific discovery are accelerating the transformation of healthcare. The authors, who are well qualified to address these issues, have nicely described how leaders and trustees of healthcare organizations need to be aware of global trends and incorporate them in the strategy development process.”
— Marna Borgstrom, President and CEO, Yale New Haven Health System
“The knowledgeable and insightful authors have outlined how global trends are driving change. They offer important suggestions for all healthcare leaders who are striving to advance patient health and well-being.”
— Gregory D. Wasson, President and CEO, Walgreens
“Leaders of healthcare companies and newly minted entrepreneurs would do well to read and follow the suggestions found in this book.”
— Dr. Giovanni Colella, Co-Founder and CEO, Castlight Health
John Koster, M.D.:John Koster, M.D., writer, educator and board member, served as the CEO of Providence Health & Services. He retired in December 2013. Providence is one of the largest health systems in the US, with over 67,000 employees, 33 hospitals and operating in five western states.
Dr. Koster joined Providence as chief medical officer in April 1997 and held numerous roles in system operations until he became president and chief executive officer in 2003. He was selected as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in 2012. Prior to joining Providence, Dr. Koster served as senior vice president of VHA, Inc. in Irving, Texas, a nationwide network of health care organizations and physicians. He has also held senior leadership positions at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico and at Rocky Mountain Healthcare Company in Denver, a regional BCBS plan.
Gary Bisbee, Ph.D.:Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, The Health Management Academy
Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, The Health Management Academy
Gerald E. Bisbee, Jr., Ph.D., MBA, is an experienced healthcare policy and financing executive. His leadership positions have spanned Wall Street, academia, health policy and entrepreneurial ventures in the information technology, health services and medical device industries.
Ram Charan: Ram is the coauthor of the bestsellers Execution and Confronting Reality and the author of What the CEO Wants You to Know and ten other books. A noted expert on business strategy, execution, building high performance organizations, 21st century leadership, corporate boards and succession, he has worked with leaders of some of the world’s most successful companies, including GE, Bank of America, Verizon,Coca-Cola,3M, Merck, Aditya Birla Group and Tata Group.
Eastside Kid: A Memoir of My Youth, From Detroit to Congress
By David Bonior, foreword by Ed Bruley and Kathy Gille
Hardcover – 978-1-63226-011-6 – $24.95 US / $26.95 CN
Paperback – 978-1-63226-027-7 – $17.95 US / $19.95 CN
eBook $11.99 US / $13.99 CN
Hardcover published November 18, 2014
Paperback published February 24, 2015
“David Bonior has dedicated his career to fighting for workers, veterans, and communities that have been marginalized and disadvantaged. As a son of Detroit—and a grandson of immigrants—Congress’s own Eastside Kid has never hesitated to stand up for Americans and take on powerful special-interest groups. His story can help energize the next generation of progressive advocates.”
Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader and 60th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
“The Democratic whip for eleven of his twenty-six years in Congress, David Bonior never hesitated to take on the powerful on behalf of the powerless. Where did David’s fierce dedication to social justice come from? From his roots in the working class, from his immigrant grandparents, from the ball fields and gyms where he excelled as an athlete, from the nuns who taught him in parochial school that doing God’s work on Earth means striving to lift up those who have fallen. All these elements – and more – are present in this engaging, informative, often moving volume. How did this boy from Detroit grow up to become one of the most effective progressive legislators Congress has ever seen? Read Eastside Kid and find out. ”
Congressman John Lewis
Did you ever wonder what a member of congress was like as a juvenile roaming the streets of his or her neighborhood? Probably not. But nevertheless all of these people in our nation’s capital were once kids. They grew up with a set of interests and values that they would take with them to the halls of a great democracy. Tracing his roots back to the small and large towns in Europe, Bonior recounts for us the coming of age of his boyhood in the Polish/Ukrainian community of Hamtramck, Michigan.
The foundations of his boyhood, his Catholicism and athleticism, were where he often sought and found comfort. It was then he learned to embrace the struggle of the underdog. He was taught the value of work by a loving, yet taciturn father and grandfather. And he grew up faster than most boys his age as he lived with the specter of his mother’s early death at 37 years of age.
David Bonior was a working class kid with big dreams. This book is about the lessons of his youth and how he used them to navigate life on Detroit’s Eastside. How he became a leader in his community on and off the sports field and then used those skills to become not only a member of congress, but the House Whip, the number two person in his party in the United States House of Representatives.
This is a book of early memories. It’s about “Elbowing his way into memory”. It is about an American town where he took his first step, said his first word, and learned the fundamental life lessons that made him the legislator he was and the person he will always be.
Fully illustrated with period and family photographs, this story is an invocation of a truly American life.
TO THE VILLAGE SQUARE
From Montague, Massachusetts to Fukushima, Japan. 1975-2014
By Lionel Delevingne with an introduction by Anna Gyorgy
Hardcover – 144 pages – 978-1-63226-004-8 – October 7, 2014 – $34.95
I am an independent photographer and journalist, born in France and sensitized by the events of May 1968 Paris. I traveled to the United States in 1971 and found myself documenting the Washington, D.C. May Day demonstrations. That is where I learned that the power of a peaceful but vocal citizenry could affect national policy.
Married to an American, I chose to live in Montague, Massachusetts, where I was privileged to witness the emergence of a new political force: activists mobilizing successfully against a proposed twin-reactor nuclear power plant. Documenting and reporting on the antinuclear/Safe Energy movement did not come easily at first because the established media did not view it as “fit to print.” Liberation News Service, Mother Jones, New Times, New Age, The Village Voice, and Le Sauvage/Nouvel Obs in France were among the few who understood the crucial importance of the issue and took my photographs. After the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, when the seriousness of the issue became clear to the mainstream press, my work was featured in Newsweek’s “10 years that shook America” in November 1979
This book is about power. Not just nuclear power but, as I have witnessed, the power of community to force action and make a change. Indeed, due to such action, no construction was commissioned for 30 years. And now, Entergy Nuclear corporation’s Vermont Yankee is due to close next year—another success that took three decades, lots of intelligence, perseverance, and grit by a small group of heroic activists to achieve. It is unfortunately clear to me that the threat of nuclear power remains real. In recent years, I have been appalled to see the co-opting of “green” by the nuclear industry’s lobbying spin-masters. It will be impossible for the reader viewing these photographs from Chernobyl and Fukushima not to reach the same conclusion. Evidence from these nuclear catastrophes confirms and reinforces that a safer energy alternative must be found.
This book is my small homage to the power of democracy in the pursuit of a safe and clean environment for us all. I dedicate this collection to the younger generation in the hopes that they will accept the torch passed by their parents’ generation and fight for themselves for the right to live with cleaner, renewable sustainable sources of energy. As Albert Einstein said in 1946, “To the village square we must carry the facts of Atomic energy; from there must come America’s voice.” As recent events have made clear, it is time to stand again, to defeat the scourge of nuclear energy.
Lionel Delevingne – Stockbridge, Massachusetts
“Lionel Delevingne’s photographs have captured for all time one of the most significant movements in the modern environmental renaissance: The No Nukes movement in the 1970s, particularly the groundbreaking Seabrook campaign by the Clamshell Alliance. The people of this region set the standard for citizen action in the era of nuclear proliferation. Delevingne’s images portray the power of non-violent citizen direct action to oppose the abuse of power.
Images, specifically photographic images, can change the world. By revealing the power of direct citizen action, Delevingne’s photographs manifest the spirit of social movement and inspire future generations to take action to protect their communities.”
Rex Weyler– author, co-founder Greenpeace International
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I Am Sophie Tucker
A Fictional Memoir
by Susan and Lloyd Ecker
With 89 color and 120 black and white period and historical illustrations
Hardcover – 400 pages – ISBN 978-1-63226-006-2 – $27.50
eBook – ISBN 978-1-63226-008-6 – $14.99
November 4, 2014
Part fairy tale, part crime novel, part rags to riches Hollywood myth, I Am Sophie Tucker tells the outrageous story of one of showbiz’s biggest personalities.
From 1906 through the beginning of television, Sophie Tucker and her bawdy, brash, and risqué songs paved the way for performers such as West, Monroe, Midler, Cher, Madonna, and Gaga.
“Sophie was like the Forrest Gump of the first half of the 1900s,” says co-author Susan Ecker. “She was close friends with seven presidents, King George VI, young Queen Elizabeth, Chaplin, J. Edgar, Capone, Garland, Jerry Lewis, Sinatra and every other notable of her era.”
Tucker tried to get her story published for nine years, without success. Undaunted, Sophie hired half a dozen ghostwriters, but she still had no takers for her no holds barred autobiography. Eventually, Doubleday published a sanitized version in 1945.
“After immersing ourselves in Sophie’s papers and surviving friends,” says co-author Lloyd Ecker, “this initial volume is what should have been the actual autobiography of Tucker.”
Though she obsessively documented her life, Sophie loved to exaggerate for dramatic effect. Over the years, she told multiple versions of each important event. At the end, not even Sophie knew the difference between truth and tall tale.
“This volume is 85% fact,” Lloyd explains. “The other 15% …who knows?”
I Am Sophie Tucker puts back all of the delicious bits nixed by Doubleday’s lawyers and throws in other Tucker show business dirt, intrigue, arrests, romance, murder, gangsters, and scandals. Now you can read it for yourself.
In 1973, Ithaca College students Susan Denner and Lloyd Ecker went on their first date to see an up-and-coming new singer named Bette Midler. Over the course of the evening, the couple fell in love with the Divine Miss M., her Sophie Tucker jokes, and each other.
Over the last forty years, the Eckers got married and had three children, and developed Babytobee. The sale of that business in 2006 allowed Sue and Lloyd to pursue their passion for bringing Sophie Tucker’s life to the page, stage, and screen.
With this book, the first in a trilogy about Sophie’s life, and a documentary already under their belts, the Eckers now intend to take Sophie’s story to Broadway with a musical, to Hollywood with a film version of that musical, and to the small screen in a long running television drama based on her unbelievable sixty-year showbiz career.
Change Elections to Change America: Democracy Matters
Student Organizers in Action
by Jay R. Mandle and Joan D. Mandle
Foreword by Adonal Foyle
Paperback – 168 pages – ISBN 978-1-935212-01-0 – $12.95
eBook – ISBN 978-1-935212-02-7 – $7.99
“I can think of no other group that so effectively inspires, encourages, and challenges young people to become creative organizers around such an important issue. Democracy Matters chapters should–and must–exist on every college campus.”
– Alex Cole, Vassar College
“Democracy Matters gave me the opportunity to grapple intellectually with two important questions: first, how to lessen the one-sided political power of the big campaign donors who are corroding our democracy and second, how to increase the political engagement of young people.”
– from the Foreword by retired NBA player and Democracy Matters founder, Adonal Foyle
Change Elections to Change America documents the ongoing experiences of Democracy Matters, a nonprofit founded in 2001, when the professional basketball player Adonal Foyle provided initial funding and support. Since then, Democracy Matters has grown to become a national organization that engages thousands of students on campuses all over the United States. This inspiring book describes the activities and history of Democracy Matters, and is a call to action, not just to students, but to all citizens who believe in the democratic process, and concludes with a positive assessment of the prospects for building a social movement in the digital age.
While social media are invaluable tools to facilitate organizing they cannot substitute for face-to-face dialogue and engagement.
This book and the Democracy Matters experience it documents will inspire many more of us to do the challenging work that democratizing politics in the United States requires.
Jay R. Mandle is the W. Bradford Wiley Professor of Economics at Colgate University. As an academic he specializes in economic development and the economics of democracy. A life-long activist, he was one of the founders of Democracy Matters. He is the author of several books and contributes a monthly column to the Huffington Blog called “Money on my Mind.”
Joan D. Mandle, Ph.D., has been Executive Director of Democracy Matters since 2001. Prior to that, she was the Director of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University. Her political activism as well as her research, teaching, and publications have centered on social movements and social change in America.
Adonal Foyle is a retired veteran NBA player, who was the eighth overall NBA draft pick in 1997. He played a total of thirteen NBA seasons, the first ten with the Golden State Warriors and last three with the Orlando Magic. Upon his retirement from playing professional basketball, Adonal served for two NBA seasons with the Orlando Magic as their Director of Player Development. Adonal currently operates two consulting practices – Foyle Consulting and Foyle Sports Performance. He is founder and president of Kerosene Lamp Foundation and Democracy Matters.
Stranger at the Gates: A Summer in Mississippi
by Tracy Sugarman, Illustrated by the Author
With a new Foreword by Charles McLaurin
Foreword by Fannie Lou Hamer
Introduction by Congressman John Lewis
Paperback ISBN 978-1-935212-84-3 – $16.00
Ebook ISBN 978-1-935212-83-6 – $11.99
Publication Date: June 10,2014
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer!
Originally published in 1966 – now back in print for the first time.
Many of the successes of that hot summer of 1964 were thanks to the volunteers who spent the summer living in crowded and stifling homes with outside toilets, and who walked endless miles on unpaved roads, daily facing fear and danger in an attempt to register black voters with the MFDP and begin to correct the atrocity of inequality. Fifty years later, we should welcome the reprinting of Tracy Sugarman’s memoir, Stranger at the Gates. Sugarman, a writer and illustrator who died in 2013, was a lifelong activist and a friend of Fannie Lou Hamer. He joined the students as a volunteer in Mississippi—not only participating but observing, taking notes, and making his wonderful drawings. His book is a vivid, on-the-spot account of a time when lives were lost, lives were changed, and the word freedom took on a new meaning.
Indianola, Mississippi, 2014
We are very fortunate today that most of us do not have to fear for our lives to register and vote, but there was a time, not so long ago, when people had to give their lives so that you and I could participate more freely in the democratic process. The right to vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have for change in a democratic society. And this is the story of what one man saw, and what was sacrificed to secure that right for all American citizens.
Congressman John Lewis
No one who went to Mississippi in 1964 returned the same. Some were disoriented, some embittered, some exalted by a new vision of America. I came home from the dusty roads of the Delta with a deeper understanding of patriotism, an unshakeable respect for commitment, and an abiding belief in the power of love.
After World War II, Tracy Sugarman became a successful commercial illustrator. He often took on reportorial assignments, as he put it, “reporting the face of Postwar America.” Inspired by a crisis of conscience, he determined to join the Freedom Riders in Mississippi in the summers of both 1964 and 1965, bringing back a firsthand account in both words and his striking pen and ink portraits. His work was used for a CBS News special, How Beautiful on the Mountains, and was published in magazines, newspapers, and of course this book, with a foreword by the now-famous Fannie Lou Hamer, Tracy’s close friend for many years.
Fifty years on, this book, out of print since 1966, gives modern readers a window into a place and time that, while radically changed since these events occurred, is integral to our understanding of who we are as Americans.
Tracy Sugarman (1921–2013) was an illustrator, commercial artist, writer, and activist. He provided the illustrations for hundreds of magazines, books, and records, and was the author of four nonfiction books, including My War: A Love Story in Letters and Drawings, and a novel, Nobody Said Amen, published in 2012 by Prospecta Press in association with the Westport Connecticut Public Library.
A highly praised novel about an historic newspaper.
“This artful novel is a feast. I loved it.”
— Beth Gutcheon
The Paris Herald tells the story of the world’s most famous newspaper, focusing on the key years when the fates of the newspaper and the regime of Charles de Gaulle became curiously intertwined. The story centers on intrigue and rivalry among the New York Herald Tribune, New York Times and Washington Post. When the Herald Tribune ceased operations in New York in 1966, the Times, which had started its own European Edition in 1960, expected the Paris Herald to close, too, giving the Times victory in Paris as well as New York. But Herald Tribune owner Jock Whitney wouldn’t sell to the Times, preferring to join with Katharine Graham and the upstart Post. Within months, the Times came, hat-in-hand, seeking a minority interest in the new Herald/Post partnership. The Times neither forgave nor forgot its humiliation. The Paris Herald the most entertaining story of Americans in Paris since Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, is riveting historical drama, as relevant today as yesterday.
James O. Goldsborough is an award-winning writer with a 40-year career in journalism, specializing in foreign affairs. The Misfortunes of Wealth: A Family Memoir, dealing with the disadvantages of inherited money, was published in 2008. James Goldsborough spent 15 years in Europe as a foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, International Herald Tribune, Toronto Star and Newsweek Magazine before returning to America to resume his newspaper career as an editor and columnist for the San Jose Mercury-News and San Diego Union-Tribune. Currently, he writes a column for the Voice of San Diego, a new on-line daily newspaper in San Diego that has attracted national attention for news innovations.
“Greatly enjoyed it. Brings back some good old times in Paris.”
Loren Jenkins, senior foreign editor for National Public Radio for 15 years.
“A captivating novel. Authentic in its depiction of the French at home and Americans abroad.”
Ted Morgan, biographer of Churchill and Somerset Maugham and author of “The French: Portrait of a People.”
“A witty, tender and evocative portrait of Americans in Paris that vividly brings to life the city they loved and made their own.”
Ronald Steel, author of the National Book Award winning; “Walter Lippmann and the American Century.”
“It’s wonderful. I stayed up three successive nights to finish it.”
William Pfaff, contributor to The New Yorker and New York Review of Books; author of “Barbarian Sentiments” and “The Wrath of Nations.”
“Very much enjoyed The Paris Herald. It entertained me and stirred up a lot of memories.”
Charles Robertson, author of: “The International Herald Tribune: The First Hundred Years.”
The Killing of Wolf Number Ten: The True Story
by Thomas McNamee
Paperback – 144 pages – with over 50 B&W photographs and charts
– 978-1-63226-000-0 – $14.95/US and $16.95/CN
Ebook – color photographs – 978-1-63226-001-7 – $11.99/US and $13.99/CN
A killer. A manhunt. The triumph of justice and of the wolf.
The greatest event in Yellowstone history.
Greater Yellowstone was the last great truly intact ecosystem in the temperate zones of the earth—until, in the 1920s, U.S. government agents exterminated its top predator, the gray wolf. With traps and rifles, even torching pups in their dens, the killing campaign was entirely successful. The howl of the “evil” wolf was heard no more. The “good” animals—elk, deer, bison—proliferated, until they too had to be “managed.”
Two decades later, recognizing that ecosystems lacking their keystone predators tend to unravel, the visionary naturalist Aldo Leopold called for the return of the wolf to Yellowstone. It would take another fifty years for his vision to come true.
In the early 1990s, as the movement for Yellowstone wolf restoration gained momentum, rage against it grew apace. When at last, in February 1995, fifteen wolves were trapped in Alberta and brought to acclimation pens in Yellowstone, even then legal and political challenges continued. There was also a lot of talk in the bars about “shoot, shovel, and shut up.”
While the wolves’ enemies worked to return them to Canada, the biologists in charge of the project feared that the wolves might well return on their own. Once they were released, two packs remained in the national park, but one bore only one pup and the other none. The other, comprising Wolves Nine and Ten and Nine’s yearling daughter, disappeared.
They were in fact heading home. As they emerged from protected federal land, an unemployed ne’er-do-well from Red Lodge, Montana, trained a high-powered rifle on Wolf Number Ten and shot him through the chest.
Number Nine dug a den next to the body of her mate, and gave birth to eight pups. The story of their rescue and the manhunt for the killer is the heart of The Killing of Wolf Number Ten.
Read this book, and if you are ever fortunate enough to hear the howling of Yellowstone wolves, you will always think of Wolves Nine and Ten. If you ever see a Yellowstone wolf, chance are it will be carrying their DNA.
The restoration of the wolf to Yellowstone is now recognized as one of conservation’s greatest achievements, and Wolves Nine and Ten will always be known as its emblematic heroes.
Thomas McNamee was born in Memphis and grew up there and in New York City. He studied writing at Yale under the tutelage of Robert Penn Warren.
In 1984, his first book, The Grizzly Bear, was published. It has had several revised editions, most recently in 1997. The New York Times Book Review called it “a classic,” and it is still considered the definitive work on its subject.
In 1987 McNamee published Nature First: Keeping Our Wild Places and Wild Creatures Wild, a short book of conservation philosophy.
Having been active for over a decade as an advocate for Yellowstone wolf reintroduction – while also working with others to reconcile that act with the region’s ranchers – McNamee published The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone in 1997. The Boston Globe called it “a deep-feeling and thoughtful book, steeped in wolf biology but informed by ecology, politics, and basic human nature…with [a] stringent sense of fairness.” It was named by Amazon.com as one of sixteen all-time “conservation classics,” alongside Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac.
McNamee is the author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution and The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance, a biography of the father of modern American food.
McNamee has also published travel writing, art criticism, political commentary, and, mainly in the New York Times Book Review, many book reviews.
True South: Leadership Lessons from Polar Extremes
J. Phillips L. Johnston, J.D. with a foreword by Josiah Bunting III, Chairman HF Guggenheim Foundation
Paperback – 978-1-63226-002-4 – $20.00/US and $22.00/CN
Ebooks – 978-1-63226-003-1 – $9.99/US and $11.99/CN
True South is uncharted territory in the world of leadership: an in-depth comparison of leadership practices that succeed and fail, observed from the petri dish of the last terrestrial frontier. Ravaged by ripping winds and miles of unspeakable peril in their epic race to claim the South Pole, famed explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott are pitted against each other and the cruel Antarctic terrain, risking their lives with every step. Swept into the century-old narrative, today’s reader will discover the needed navigational tools for a lifetime of compassionate entrepreneurial leadership along the way.
“Framing leadership via the comparison of Amundsen’s and Scott’s journey to the South Pole makes for an exciting read as Johnston examines their talents, background, preparation, actions, thoughts, and even their youthful activities. It helps demonstrate that new societal issues are not new, and that we have models for success (and failure) if those in positions of influence would follow the basic precepts as outlined herein.
Important business concepts such as leadership, strategy, and execution are presented in the highly entertaining and enlightening framework of context, analogy, history, human nature, and value systems. Phil has pulled this off in style. True South is well worth reading.”
— Stanley W. Mandel, Ph.D., CPA, PE
Professor of Practice and Director,
Angell Center for Entrepreneurship
Schools of Business
Wake Forest University
Joey Lerner has been running, from place to place and job to job. Now, at 32, she’s running from her home in New York City, where the last surviving member of her family has died, to Los Angeles, where she hopes to start over. Never one to follow the rules or take the obvious path, and thanks to her grandfather’s hands-on training, Joey gets herself hired as the ‘handyperson’ at a funky community center owned by an Australian surfer. Soon, the job of leading a Grief Group of young widows and widowers falls into her lap. The problem is – Joey hasn’t yet healed from her own losses. Over the next nine months Joey and the Grief Group journey from death to life, together and alone. Along the way, Joey discovers the work she was born to do.
Tears and Tequila is a story of love, loss, friendship, courage and, most of all, renewal; it tells of the healing that happens when you become part of a community in which everybody is missing someone.
A big-hearted novel informed by the authors’ compassion and real-life experience in the field of grief, Tears and Tequila is chockablock with humor, hope, and the promise of consolation.
— Leah Hager Cohen, author, The Grief of Others
Linda Schreyer and Jo-Ann Lautman have created a world that you want to inhabit in Tears and Tequila. Yes, it’s about grief, but that is overtaken by love, redemption and rebirth – and a lot of laughter!
— Bethany Rooney, television director
This novel about love, loss and renewal will make you laugh, cry and invest in the lives portrayed. With compassion and a light hand which only true understanding can provide, the authors impart important life lessons on how to cope with grief and find a new path to happiness.
— Edie Lutnick Co-Founder and President, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
Tears and Tequila is a page-turning story filled with unique characters, whose adventures reveal the true nature of grief: painful and sad, yes, but also marked by humor, irreverence and, ultimately, transformation.
— Hope Edelman, Motherless Daughter
At some point in our lives all of us will be forced to endure grief. Tears and Tequila eloquently and humorously portrays the agony that we must deal with to come to terms with the finality of death. There truly is a light at the end of the tunnel and this special book beautifully depicts this.
— Melissa Rivers, television personality
Linda Schreyer and Jo-Ann Lautman have succeeded in creating a page-turner of a novel about youthful widows and widowers without succumbing to mind numbing stereotypes and outdated stage theories. Set in a magical realm called Oasis, where grievers come to heal and grow, the grief group members infuse the book with vitality and their own unique voices as they share their pain, sorrow and even some light-hearted fun. Tears and Tequila, takes readers on the roller coaster that is grief, while reminding us that human beings can learn to live, love and thrive after untimely loss.
— Lauren Schneider LCSW
Named “one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter, Andrew Stevens has produced and financed over 175 motion pictures, from microbudgeted independents to megabudgeted studio theatrical releases, from the hit comedy film “The Whole Nine Yards” to the cult classic “The Boondock Saints.” His films have spanned numerous genres and have featured such stars as Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Kevin Spacey, Wesley Snipes, Gene Hackman, Kurt Russell, Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone, Matthew Perry, Samuel L. Jackson, Cameron Diaz, John Travolta, Michael Douglas, Ryan Reynolds, Antonio Banderas, Forest Whitaker, Danny DeVito, Alec Baldwin, Kiefer Sutherland, Glenn Close, James Franco, Steven Seagal, Jim Caviezel and Terrence Howard.
Stevens’ films have generated over $1 billion in worldwide revenues. He has functioned in almost every facet of the entertainment business, from creative development of motion pictures and screenplays to foreign sales, financing, production, post-production, distribution, publicity and marketing of his vast catalog of films. Stevens is also an accomplished screenwriter and director, and prior to his career behind the camera, was a successful Golden Globe–nominated actor.
In Foolproof Filmmaking: Make a Movie That Makes a Profit, Stevens provides real-world examples and his own proven techniques for success that can turn passion into profit. He reveals and explains industry secrets no other book or film school does. The principles outlined in this book aren’t just theory, but practical application that filmmakers of all levels can use to succeed in today’s ever-changing marketplace. You will learn how to develop, negotiate, sell, finance, produce, distribute, cast and market a film that can make a profit, not a mistake. Stevens gets right to the point and cuts out all the filler. He details his proven TAP™ system of success (Trend + Analysis = Profit). This book contains numerous examples from Stevens’ previous films, including budget, schedule and pertinent contracts. Learn from a professional, not just a professor.
This is the definitive book every filmmaker must have.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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 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.
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
Ebook available in all formats – $8.99 Digital List Price
January 5, 2012
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
October 5, 2011
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
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.
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