2017 Holiday Gift Guide—Books

The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine by Patrick Alexander

Learn why great wine and great writers are a wonderful blend. Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for the next sixty-five years. For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida.

The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world’s great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. It explores the significance of terroir and varietal, the differences between Old World and New World wines, and much more.

Price: $19.95
ISBN-13: 978-1633536067
View book on Amazon

image002Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change by Hannah Alper

Teen blogger, author, motivational speaker and social activist, Hannah Alper has been named to Bloomberg’s Ones To Watch In 2018 List. Hannah is the only teenager on this prestigious list.

Hannah Alper’s first book, Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change is officially on the bookshelves, and reached #1 on Amazon’s list in sociology, and in the Top 10 Bestselling Books For Teens in Indigo and Chapters. The book’s empowering message supports Hannah’s continual goal of providing quality content for adolescents.

As a writer, activist, public speaker, global citizen, and one of the youngest verified social media users on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, 14-year old Hannah Alper has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action. Perhaps best known as a motivational speaker and ambassador, she is committed to promoting big change through small, everyday actions and believes in the power of young people to shape the world they want to live in. Momentus shares this journey on the global stage and demonstrates her message coming to life.

Screen Shot 2017 12 24 at 10.10.44 AM52 Questions:  A New Way to Start the Conversation by Travis Hellstrom

With the deluge in digital devices comes social isolation, depression, and further fragmentation. Loved ones become strangers as we dive deeper into our solitary worlds. Optimist and author Travis Hellstrom offers a way to turn detachment into engagement, solitude to sociability through his new series 52 Questions. These simple little books offer intriguing and meaningful questions designed to bring back intimacy, conversation, and connection.

Finding new things to talk about has never been easier. Get your family talking. Get your friends to open up. It’s fun with 52 Questions. Hellstrom’s first three books are now available focusing on family, friends, and love relationships. Learn more about your loved ones one question at a time with 52 Questions.

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For more information, visit www.hatherleighpress.com.


Screen Shot 2017 12 17 at 8.55.03 PMCreative Lettering and Beyond Art & Stationery Kit

$19.99 US, $25, 99 CAN

This beautifully packaged, hardcover case is the perfect kit for any aspiring lettering artist! Get a handle on drawing elegant lettering the kit’s 40-page project book and all the implements any lettering artist would need. Includes a chalkboard, easel, chalk pencils, fine-line marker, and blank note cards with envelopes. View the booklet here.

Screen Shot 2017 12 17 at 8.56.27 PMDrink Laugh Paint: How to Host a Painting Party

$29.99 US, $38.99 CAN

Created by the owners of Boston’s The Paint Bar, this kit provides step-by-step instructions for eight paintings, an easel for easy instruction display, and postcard invitations. Drink Laugh Paint walks you through every step of the process, from supplies to suggested drink pairings. This is the first step to hosting a great party, be it for New Year’s, a bridal shower, a birthday celebration…or just a an excuse to get together with good friends.

View the booklets here.

Dream Big: The Universe Is Listening by Ilona Selke

A How-To Book for Making Your Dreams Come True

In “Dream Big” renowned consciousness researcher and bestselling author, Ilona Selke, offers readers profound yet easy-to-follow advice to take charge of their own healing and life outcomes: stop, look and choose. Through engaging real-life stories of transformative experiences combined with inspirational guidance, she invites all to consider the nature of the universe from a new perspective.

“Dream Big” provides concrete practices to support people in setting and achieving goals while transmuting whatever may be blocking them into healthier, more joyful energies.

“These techniques are easy to follow and easy to recall,” Ilona says. “Just remember three words: stop, look, choose. Stay with this practice for days, weeks, months, years and watch your world transform.”

Dream Big: The Universe Is Listening

  • Published September 9, 2017 (Living from Vision)
  • 284 pages
  • $19.95 US, paperback; $4.99 US Kindle
  • Available for purchase on Amazon.com or through Ilona’s website

For more information visit:  www.IlonaSelke.com and www.LivingFromVision.com

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StyleWORD by Sharon Haver

This gift-sized book helps everyday women learn to think like stylists…

StyleWORD is a book of expert fashion styling tips curated for the busy woman. From styling Vogue covers to starring in Macy’s TV commercials as the fashion guru, Sharon acquired decades of fashion and styling knowledge – but her heart is with everyday women. She wrote StyleWORD to teach women to think like stylists.

It’s just as easy to make an ugly style choice as it is to make a fantastic one, so why settle?

StyleWORD is your fun daily dose of style inspiration and the ultimate cheat sheet to drastically upgrade your look in the shortest amount of time. The paperback contains bite-sized style tips in the form of takeaway quotes, teaching women just how easy true style can be to achieve.

There are currently three bonuses for those who purchase StyleWORD on Amazon (a $497 value). StyleWORD is a great little gift for coworkers, friends, daughters, or anyone seeking to expand their style knowledge – without investing major reading time.

TWISTED THREADS by Kaylin McFarren; Romantic Suspense; Creative Edge Publishing

Akira Hamada is driven by past failure. Two years earlier, she had a chance to kill her greatest enemy–Kaito Mitsui. Instead, the Yakuza boss forced her to become an assassin in his employ. Now Akira carries out the bloody business of the notorious crime syndicate and hates herself more each day.

When Mitsui hears that his sister’s murderer will be on the cruise ship Starfish, he immediately tasks Akira with eliminating the man once and for all. This is what Akira has trained for, but a series of strange events on the ship tests her resolve and shows her a way to redemption.

Devon Lyons, on the other hand, has nothing to do with assassins. He’s merely accompanying his aunt and uncle, Sara and Paul Lyons, on a free cruise. Little does he know that the two are the true targets of the charming Japanese tourist he has just met!

Akira knows that either Sara or Paul is the killer but doesn’t know which one. She hopes seducing the handsome Devon will lead to better intel, but she is surprised to find herself trusting him. And soon, the pair finds themselves fighting for their lives on the high seas.

FREE FALL TO BLACK by John H. Cunningham; Action + adventure/mystery; Greene Street

Travel back to 2006 and the penultimate moment of Buck Reilly’s former success when he discovers the crypt of the Mayan Serpent King and royal treasury in Guatemala, then marries top super model Heather Drake, and bask in his fifteen minutes of fame–before it suddenly blows apart.

By 2008, with the world economy on the brink of collapse, Buck and Jack Dodson’s company is already under siege due to fraud, backstabbing and greed that turns their friends and family alike into adversaries. Hubris and hasty decisions lead to irreversible consequences, and when a business partner turns up dead, business as usual isn’t business any more.

For fans of the Buck Reilly series, buckle up for the turbulent ride that led him to Last Resort Charter and Salvage in Key West, and for new readers, this prequel will launch you into the six book series with your eyes wide open, and Buck’s scars still fresh.

comanche captiveComanche Captive by D. Laszlo Conhaim

Scott Renald is an Indian agent searching for white captives. Laura Little is a former captive seeking her Comanche-born son. They meet unexpectedly on the high plains. Touched by her story, Renald leads Laura’s search while hostile tribesmen pursue them. Word of their predicament reaches Fort Sill, and agents are dispatched to grab her and recall him. Meanwhile, the army prepares for war with the Comanche. Circumstances propel all into a heart-wrenching and bloody conflict of competing loyalties and surprising discoveries against the scorched backdrop of the Staked Plain.

How does a captive eventually become a willing tribal member? Can rescue and return be a crueler form of abduction? Comanche Captive depicts what happens after the taken has been found–in Laura’s case, forced separation from her child, unwanted psychiatric care, and finally the deadly consequences of her quest for her lost son.

An adventure novel of depth and contemporary resonance, equal parts poignant drama and playful homage, Comanche Captive offers a cast of vivid characters faced with the challenges of a divided and yet increasingly blended world.

The Wrong Side of Comfortable: Chase Your Dream. Discover Your Potential. Transform Your Life, by former U.S. national bike racing champion, Amy Charity

In The Wrong Side of Comfortable, Amy shares how she launched a career in bike racing at the age of 34 and, by following her passion, found herself traveling the world and ultimately capturing a national title. Amy’s transformation began with incremental change, a positive mindset, and the willingness to go outside of her comfort zone, and now she’s sharing what she’s learned along the way.

The Wrong Side of Comfortable is a perfect gift for loved ones who may be struggling with how to change their lives for the better. This book could be just the push they need!

Amy Charity has 14 years of experience in the financial sector, working in banking, venture capital, and at a hedge fund. At the age of 34 she left the financial industry to pursue her passion and a career in professional bike racing. Amy raced for the U.S. National Team and signed a contract with one of the top ten women’s professional racing teams in the world. Her team won a National Championship in the Team Time Trial and raced the World Championships. Her extensive corporate experience, combined with her athletic achievements, make her an expert in teamwork, motivation, and pushing boundaries to maximize performance.

The Wrong Side of Comfortable is available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

For more information, visit AmyMCharity.com and GrintaCamps.com.

Acting in LA by Kristina Sexton

Each year, hundreds of aspiring and experienced actors head to LA hoping to make it big in Hollywood. While many of them have their acting chops in shape, few realize what it actually takes to survive in Tinseltown. Even if they happen to make it onto a set, many are clueless about what’s expected of them and how they should behave.

Written by veteran Hollywood actor, acting coach, and acting teacher Kristina Sexton, Acting in LA (Allworth, November 2017) relies on the author’s real-life experiences as a working actress and exposes the pleasures, pitfalls, and practicalities of pursuing a career in acting. Kristina has been an acting coach for fifteen years and has several celebrity clients. With just enough snark to keep readers entertained-and on-their toes-Acting in LA delivers solid advice on such topics as:

  • Headshots, resumes, and reels
  • How to find your “image” and market it
  • The SAG/AFTRA debate
  • Networking
  • Agents and managers
  • The importance of creating your own opportunities
  • Maintaining a life outside of acting
  • Set-iquette
  • On-set terminology
  • And much more.

CHRISTMAS IN LONDON by Anita Hughes; Women’s Fiction; St. Martin’s Press

It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren’t hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day, so she agrees.

The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge’s. It’s a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa’s famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food.

And then there’s Kate, the show’s beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew’s in Scotland ten years ago. Now he’s a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.

Set during London’s most festive time of year and filled with delicious food, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON is about love and friendship, and the season’s most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness.

BOOK OF JUDAS by Linda Stasi; Religious thriller; Forge Books

From hard-hitting New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi comes Book of Judas, a riveting religious thriller featuring beloved protagonist Alessandra Russo.

When her infant son is placed in mortal danger, New York City reporter Alessandra Russo is forced to save him by tracking down the missing pages of the Gospel of Judas, a heretical manuscript that was unearthed in Al-Minya, Egypt, in the 1970s. The manuscript declares that Judas was the beloved, not the betrayer, of Jesus.

The Gospel disappeared for decades before being rediscovered, rotted beyond repair, in a safety deposit box. Rumors insist that the most important pages had been stolen—pages that Alessandra now must find, if they even exist.

Do the lost pages contain a secret that will challenge Christianity’s core beliefs about the creation of life, or that might hold the power to unleash Armageddon? What if such explosive documents fell into the hands of modern-day terrorists, dictators, or religious fanatics?

Alessandra plunges into a dark world of murder, conspiracy, and sexual depravity…and most importantly, a race against the clock to save her own child.

In this exciting follow-up to The Sixth Station, award-winning journalist Linda Stasi brings her formidable investigative skills, big city street smarts, and fast-flying pen to a thriller that will leave readers breathless.

The Legacy Letters

Our definition of success and happiness is largely shaped by society; whether it be wealth, climbing the corporate ladder, being famous, etc. Our lives have become so complicated and cluttered that we seem to have forgotten the basics. When you dig deeper, the values of empathy, tolerance, compassion, and trust are missing.

The Legacy Letters teaches us how to go back-to-the basics, enjoy traditions, and be in the moment.

The Legacy Letters is told through a series of personal letters written by a father who would never live to see his children. These letters ultimately serve as the children’s practical, moral, and spiritual guidebook for their entire lives as they offer bite-size morsels of advice on life, love, and everything in between.

It is easy to get caught up in our fast-paced, 24/7, technology-drenched society…This back-to-basics book reminds people how to slow down again, be in the moment, and remember what is really important in life.

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Screen Shot 2017 12 03 at 8.41.47 AMCOURAGEOUS AGING: Your Best Years Ever, Reimagined  by Ken Druck PhD

Do you cringe at the thought of revealing your age when someone asks?  If not, that’s a good thing, but many people over 40 tighten up and even stop breathing for a few seconds (we’ve heard this from our unofficial poll). Ken Druck PhD, provides valuable information needed to make a shift and live in FREEDOM – whatever age you are. His new book COURAGEOUS AGING: Your Best Years Ever, Reimagined  inspires readers to:

– break the habit of destructive biases, based on aging

– turn limiting beliefs into opportunities for psychological personal growth

– navigate changing relationships as we age 

Learn more here

Safe Driving 4 Seniors: Enjoyment from Better Knowledge and Skills! by Dale McCormack

Dale McCormack is an automobile control expert in the world of senior driving and the competencies required to build safe, skillful and efficient driving behaviors. His first book; Advantageous Driving 4 Seniors: Survival Skills, Strategies and Knowledge.” introduced and defined the philosophy being a member of the American Driving Team and many other innovative topics.. His next continues that interest in senior drivers; Safe Driving 4 Seniors: Enjoyment from Better Knowledge and Skills!

Over 4 decades Dale has worked as both a teacher of drivers and motorcycle riders as the founder of The Institute 4 Traffic Safety, Auto Shop instructor and driving coach. He is an Illinois State University graduate who earned his MS in Traffic and Industrial Safety.

McCormack has learned to love the activity of driving vehicles and the freedom they provide. Herein he shares his passion, knowledge, opinions, and analysis. Many readers probably acquired similar experiences to when he began his driving career.

However, now you may not analyze what you’re doing as he does. McCormack’s ideas and suggestions will be interesting and helpful. Other insights and, lessons may be controversial. Others will make you a safer and more attentive driver. You’ll learn how personal vehicle control is a dynamic, interactive, 3-dimensional “game” that takes place in real-time.

Safe Driving 4 Seniors: Enjoyment from Better Knowledge and Skills! (Amazon, August 2017, ISBN: 978-0-692-89525-2, $14.95) is available at bookstores worldwide.

BRING HER HOME by David Bell; Domestic Suspense; Berkley Publishing

Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.

As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.

When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family.

Screen Shot 2017 12 03 at 8.12.12 AMALL FISH FACES: Photos and Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish by Tam Warner Minton

Do you have a little reader in your life who loves ocean life? For the little fishes on your Christmas list, consider ALL FISH FACES: Photos and Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish. This special book was created by Tam Warner Minton, an empty-nester turned solo world traveler, who created this book to help children learn all about the colorful tropical fish faces beneath the sea. 

ALL FISH FACES shows you up-close images of tropical reef fish while providing educational facts. Proceeds from the book will benefit the Marine Megafauna Foundation, which strives to keep the ocean clean, safe, and healthy for all.

Minton hopes readers will understand the importance of ocean conservation through her work. She is specifically empowered with educating children on this topic. Her hope is that the close-up images of tropical fish will help humanize the undersea world.

SuperClara — a Young Girl’s Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage,” by Robert Martin

Do you need a gift idea for kids going through difficult times?

SuperClara — a Young Girl’s Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage by bestselling author and at-risk kids advocate Robert Martin and his granddaughter, Keira is the perfect gift for any kid dealing with tough times.

The holiday season can feel stressful for families and kids dealing with terminal illness or other life-altering challenges. If you know a child or grandchild who could use an uplifting gift of hope this season, this is just the book for them.

SuperClara” is the story of a five-year-old girl named Clara who is “super positive and super happy.” When she learns she has brain cancer, she agrees to undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy even though she feels afraid. Following radiation treatment, she discovers she has a new superpower: the ability to connect with animals, understand how they are feeling and hear what they are saying to her. “SuperClara” presents answers in a way that instills comfort to children who are facing some of life’s most challenging moments. It also gives kids a much-needed boost of courage.

Robert Martin and granddaughter Keira wrote this book for his other granddaughter Clara, who, like the girl in the story, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The book launched as an Amazon #1 bestseller and all profits go directly to Bridge to a Cure Foundation.

“Super Clara”

The World Turns to War by Jay Wertz

What began as a documentary for film has ended up on paper, the storytelling just as vivid and well captured in the pages of the impressive new coffee table-style book, The World Turns to War, as it would have been on screen.

Jay Wertz, historical author, award-winning filmmaker, and editor at Paramount Pictures, personally interviewed more than 500 World War II veterans and eyewitnesses from 22 countries for the latest powerful volume in the War Stories: World War II First Hand series. What he discovered is fascinating.

The firsthand accounts he gathered offer a truly unique and important window into the infamous time period – a time period that is still, and perhaps especially, studied today. Featuring never before seen photographs, images, and original maps, The World Turns to War is the perfect gift for the history buff, collector, or enlightened reader and conversationalist on any list.

The World Turns to War can be purchased from www.amazon.com 

Full Service Blonde by Megan Edwards

With the holiday season approaching, Full Service Blonde would make the perfect gift for any book lover, Vegas goer, or murder-mystery fanatic! In addition, Full Service Blonde is the prequel to the successful Las Vegas comical mystery debut Getting Off on Frank Sinatra, also by Megan Edwards.

Enchanted by this unlikely city locale, author Megan Edwards continues to set ‘Sin City’ as the backdrop in her prequel, Full Service Blonde, which follows aspiring journalist Copper Black, who meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. Victoria offers Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s “calendar girl” get a byline, but maybe even a front-page cover story after Victoria is shockingly murdered and Copper is thrust into the investigation. With twists and turns revealing more into Copper Black’s background and own journey toward self-discovery, Full Service Blonde offers readers the chance to dive further into the dark side of the Southwest’s city that never sleeps. 

With twists and turns revealing more into Copper Black’s background and own journey toward self-discovery, Full Service Blonde offers readers the chance to dive further into the dark side of the Southwest’s city that never sleeps.

Quarto Kids

Celebrate the magic of the season with a selection of holiday and gift-giving books from Quarto Kids!

Creature Files: Predators

Hardcover / 9780760355275 / $14.99

With stunning photos on every page, Creature Files: Predators will thrill young readers with facts about twenty different predators from across the globe. Each profile includes facts about the animal’s habitat, diet, and how fast it can run, fly, or swim. From knife-like claws, to lightning speed, these creatures are sure to spark the imaginations of animal lovers far and wide. Creature Files: Predators even includes a predator tooth necklace!

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Creature Files: Dinosaurs

Hardcover / 9780760355282 / $14.99

In Creature Files: Dinosaurs, you’ll peer inside the jaws of these fearsome creatures, discovering what they really looked like, where they roamed, and what they ate, using many of the same tools that actual paleontologists do. Can you match the three replica teeth to the prehistoric mouths they belong to? Stunning illustrations and surprising stats bring the stories of these long-extinct beasts to life.

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Creature Files: Dragons

Hardcover / 9780760355299 / $14.99

Do you believe dragons are simply the scaly stuff of myths? Or do you think they really existed? Whatever side you’re on, this collection of twenty fascinating creatures is sure to spark your imagination.

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Creature Files: Reptiles

Hardcover / 9780760355305 / $14.99

From the deadly gaboon viper—with the longest fangs in the world—to the venomous Gila monster that lurks underground, reptiles have an extraordinary assortment of survival skills. Fangs and venom aren’t these cold-blooded creatures’ only weapons: some are camouflaged to hide in plain sight, and others, like the Komodo dragon, have powerful claws for slashing prey.

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Inside Out: Human Body

Hardcover / 9780760355312 / $14.99

Inside Out: Human Body takes you on an incredible journey through the powerful muscular system, the “bone zone,” the long and windy road of the digestive system, the blood-pumping circulatory system, the forty-seven-mile long nervous system, and beyond! A unique layered model of the human body serves as the center point of each section, revealing key body parts and functions, while entertaining and informative text explains how the body works.

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Inside Out: Egyptian Mummy

Hardcover / 9780760355343 / $14.99

Alongside beautiful illustrations and photographs, an interactive die-cut model reveals the many rites of the Egyptian tomb: the golden burial mask, lucky amulets, linen wrappings, even the mummified body and preserved sacred organs. And when it comes to hieroglyphics, hidden burial grounds, and missing treasure, there’s always more to uncover.

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Inside Out: Sharks

Hardcover / 9780760355329 / $14.99

Why are shark eggs called “mermaid purses”? What in the world are “skin-teeth”? Do sharks deserve the nickname “man-eater”? Find the answers to these questions and more in this action-packed book, which dives deep under the surface to explore the world of these astounding animals.

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Inside Out: T-Rex

Hardcover / 9780760355336 / $14.99

Inside Out: T. Rex offers clues to understanding the most compelling and mysterious dinosaur of them all. Loaded with awesome illustrations and captivating text, a die-cut model within the book’s pages will take you inside T. rex’s body to reveal, layer by layer, how these giant beasts lived more than 65 million years ago.

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Amazing World: Sea Creatures

Hardcover / 9780760355367 / $14.99

Go on an electrifying journey to see how these living lights use bioluminescence, fluorescence, and symbiotic bacteria to light up! Amazing World: Sea Creatures reveals the fascinating lives of twenty strange and amazing marine animals and includes glow-in-the-dark stickers!

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Amazing World: Stars & Planets

Hardcover / 9780760355374 / $14.99

From stellar nurseries, to glowing green clouds, to spiral galaxies, find out about the dramatic lives of these explosive players in our universe. This is the perfect introduction to the great celestial bodies of outer space for science lovers and their children. Kids will love the gorgeous, bright images, and will also learn quickly from the easily digestible bites of information on each page. Includes a collection of glow-in-the-dark stickers to put on notebooks, folders, bedroom ceilings, anywhere!

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50 Cities of the U.S.A.

Hardcover / 9781847808707 / $30.00

Explore skyscraper streets, museum miles, local food trucks and city parks from Anchorage to Washington D.C. in 50 Cities of the U.S.A. Follow up to the bestselling 50 States of the USA map book.

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All Aboard the Discovery Express

Hardcover / 9781847809902 / $27.99

Welcome aboard! The year is 1937 and a conundrum is afoot: a professor on the verge of a brilliant discovery has disappeared. Can you help to solve the clues and track down the missing scientist? Includes lift-flaps on every page.

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Hardcover / 9781786030511 / $30.00

Look inside the human body with the magic three-color lens and x-ray the human body from head to toe. Use the red lens to reveal the skeleton, the green to see muscles working, and the blue to see your organs and learn how they keep you alive. Follow up to the bestselling Illuminature.

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The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker

Hardcover / 9781786030689 / $22.99

When Clara receives a toy nutcracker from her godfather Drosselmeyer on Christmas Eve, she goes on a magical adventure to the Land of Sweets, where wonder and excitement awaits! Press the musical notes to hear Tchaikovsky’s music, then turn to the back to learn more about each clip.

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Goats of Anarchy Kids: Polly and Her Duck Costume

Hardcover / 9781633224186 / $17.95

From Leanne Lauricella, the rescuer behind the hugely popular Goats of Anarchy, Polly and Her Duck Costume tells the true story of Polly, a blind goat who has some trouble adapting to her new life until her new mom gives her a warm and fuzzy duck costume.

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Let It Glow

Hardcover / 9781786030306 / $24.99

Set in a winter wonderland, follow one child on his journey home through a snowy landscape. Lights are revealed by diecuts throughout, becoming lit-up shop windows, carol singers’ candles, stars in the sky and finally a star on the tree. Told in verse, this gift book will bring the magic of Christmas into everyone’s home.

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Happy Mail

Paperback / 9781633223677 / $14.95

Learn the basics of how to create beautiful hand-lettered designs and how to apply your hand-lettering skills to creating beautiful cards, stationery, envelopes, and more in Happy Mail. From the creators of the popular design blog, Hello!Lucky.

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ABC Color

Board book / 9781633223363 / $12.95

Children will learn lesser known colors and the alphabet in this educational and fun board book. Each page features a different letter, illustration, and unique color, including “Apricot” and “Burgundy”, to teach young kids about the multitude of colors in the world around them.

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Pirates Magnified

Hardcover / 9781786030283 / $22.99

Grab your magnifying glass and seek out history’s most notorious pirates in this swashbuckling search-and-find adventure, packed with over 200 things to spot! Explore the lives of 10 real pirates and learn about life on the high seas, while using the free magnifying glass to spot more than 200 pirate-themed items in each eye-boggling illustration.

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It Starts with a Seed

Hardcover / 9781910277171 / $18.95

Take a journey through the seasons as we follow the seed’s transformation from a seedling to a sapling, until it becomes a large tree with branches and roots filling the page. Beautiful and evocative, It Starts With a Seed will touch children with its simple, enchanting message of life and growth.

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I Love a Book

Hardcover / 9781633222267 / $16.95

This celebration of books, reading, and our imaginations opens with a list of types of books and where to find them. The simple, lyrical prose then becomes more frantic as a young reader encounters pirates sailing the sea, a classroom of monsters “learning math with their paws,” and even an animal doctor making house calls in a helicopter. This book is for anyone who loves books and wants to instill this passion in the next generation.

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Ultimate Slime

Paperback / 9781631594250 / $15.99

Written by Alyssa Jagan, a popular Instagramer who earned close to 700,000 followers in a year, Ultimate Slime jumps on this super hot trend by giving kids everything they need to safely create gooey, squishable slimes of every color and with incredible textures. All recipes are 100% borax free!

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Christmas Paper Play

Paperback / 9781782405382 / $12.99

This beautiful papercraft title is packed with fun and festive things to make and do. From Christmas decorations, to mini-crackers, it’s all here. Every page can be used as the basis of an activity, craft, or game, and all you need is a pair of scissors, some colored pencils, and the occasional dab of glue. Illustrated with artist and paper engineer Lydia Crook’s delightful artwork, Christmas Paper Play is a perfect present to keep kids entertained over winter break.

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The Snowbear

Hardcover / 9781910277430 / $17.95

Enjoy the story of Iggy and Martina, two kids who set out to build a snowman after a particularly heavy snowfall. As they continue to build though, it starts looking more and more like a snow bear! When the children wander too far into the snow, who will rescue them? The heart-warming artwork of The Snowbear and the story of friendship, loyalty, and bravery makes a great book for children and parents to read together.

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Screen Shot 2017 12 03 at 8.38.32 AMCan I Kiss You? by Mike Domitrz

Mike Domitrz is the founder of The Date Safe Project. His book especially hits home with teens, university students and parents. 

From “the look” to “making the move” – we’ve been taught it all wrong.

Mike Domitrz is one of the leading experts for transforming our sexual culture to one being built on consent and respect. For over two decades, educators, military, families, colleges and individuals of all have sought out Mike and his impactful programs and speaking engagements.

Everyone; people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds, need to hear the challenging and life-changing message in his just released book, Can I Kiss You?

Can I Kiss You? is a fun, helpful journey revealing the faults of body language, the joys of talking, the serious impact of wrongful behaviors, how to EXPECT RESPECT from your partners throughout all facets of a relationship, how to help your family and friends, and much more! Best of all, you are going to gain realistic skills you will have fun using in your life and sharing with those you love (both children and adults).

This insightful book full of candid advice, real-life scenarios, and interactive exercises is revolutionizing each person’s approach to dating & building respect – all while helping address the reality of sexual assault in today’s culture, including how to intervene to help others.

 While most people simply “make their move” on a date, Mike Domitrz reveals why asking first makes all the difference.

Learn More About:  “Can I Kiss You?” 

Baby to Big by Rajiv Fernandez, published by POW! Kids Books

Baby to Big is a high concept board book that translates familiar objects and ideas from a baby’s world to that of their hip millennial adult counterparts, through bold, iconic images.

Baby to Big humorously compares the perspectives of babies and adults through vibrant illustrations. After creating a book of pictograms for his toddler nephew, designer and architect Rajiv Fernandez developed an idea of using iconic images to translate concepts between kids and grown ups. Coupling his trademark graphic style with his love for puns, Baby to Big takes cues from the millennial lexicon and pop culture to unite hip parents with growing little minds.

Rajiv Fernandez is the founder of Lil’ Icon, a design company to make you think…and wink. Combining humor, culture and iconographic imagery, much of Fernandez’s work is inspired by his background. Ethnically Indian, born and raised in Iowa and Nebraska with a Hispanic last name, Rajiv was raised to embrace a diverse perspective.

Urban Baby / Millennial Kid’s Book / Sophisticated Shapes & Colors
Board Book, 5.5 x 5.5 inches, 30 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57687-826-2, $6.99 US/CAN

Finding Gobi Books

The extraordinary story of ultra-marathoner Dion Leonard and Gobi, is about the small stray dog who, in June 2016, became his unlikely companion during the grueling Gobi Desert Run—and subsequently inspired a worldwide, against-all-odds search to see them reunited after becoming separated in a city of more than three million people.

Just released this year in advance of the major motion picture currently in the works to tell their story, parents and young readers can now share in this tale of friendship, compassion, courage, and love with Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart [picture book, 4-8 years] and Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey [Young Reader’s Edition, 8-12 years].

Computers for Seniors

This is a perfect holiday gift for any senior struggling to improve their computer skills!

The book focuses on teaching seniors basic computer skills in a Windows 10 environment over the course of 14 lessons, and was written by a trio of authors who have a combined thirty years’ worth of experience teaching seniors in their award-winning computer classes.

The lessons cover subjects such as how to safely navigate the internet, how to connect with friends and family online, how to keep private information secure, how to download music or videos, plus much more!

The book is easy to follow with step-by-step instructions and stunning full-color illustrations. By the end of the book, seniors should feel confident and empowered by their newfound computer knowledge.

No Starch Press is an independent tech book publisher based out of San Francisco.

SUPER BESTEST BOOKMy Super-Bestest Grandparent by I See Me!

Personalize a heartwarming story commemorating the special, nurturing bond between child and grandparent. With the ability to personalize scenes to reflect the interests of the grandparent, this professionally bound, hardcover keepsake celebrates endless love and joyful adventures. Cheerful, vibrant illustrations can be customized with the child and grandparent’s names and nicknames. Add a family photo to the dedication page and make a lasting family memory! This is a meaningful gift from a child to a grandparent. 

This book can come in two versions, one for a “grandpa” and a second for a “grandma.” You can preview the book here: https://www.iseeme.com/en-us/my-super-bestest-you-personalized-book-green.html

I See Me! hopes to make each child and grandparent feel special. All products are available at www.iseeme.com and ship worldwide.

One Dog’s Faith: How my dog helped me trust in God and overcome chronic worrying by Tom Baker

For most of us, the “most wonderful time of the year” is actually the most stressful time of year, but there’s good news for dog owners. Owning a dog is a fantastic (and adorable) way to decrease anxiety and depression.

The heartwarming and inspirational book, One Dog’s Faith: How my dog helped me trust in God and overcome chronic worrying, would make a wonderful gift this holiday season.

In the book, author Tom Baker, touches on:

  • How his dog helped him learn to love unconditionally and live in the moment
  • Tips for coping with stress during the holiday season
  • Why the best things in life aren’t “things”
  • Using the holidays as a time for self-reflection and to re-connect with God

THE WAY IT WAS: My Life with Frank Sinatra by Eliot Weisman

Frank Sinatra.   

Liza Minnelli.   

Sammy Davis Jr. 

These are iconic names in the entertainment world of the 20th century. What do they all have in common?  There was one man behind them all –Eliot Weisman

Eliot Weisman served as a manager, confidant, and advisor to some of the biggest names in entertainment – Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Joan Rivers  – and the “Chairman of the Board,” legendary singer Frank Sinatra.  

In Eliot’s new book, THE WAY IT WAS: My Life with Frank Sinatra (Hachette Books; 320 pages; $27.00), he chronicles his years as long-time manager to Sinatra as well as several of the music personalities that he managed over the years.

The book features original photos and is filled with scintillating revelations, including: 

  • Sinatra and Weisman both losing their cool in deal negotiations with Donald Trump for the grand opening of Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City; 
  • The backstory of the infamous photograph of Sinatra with mafia leaders and Weisman’s futile attempts to keep it from being leaked to the press;
  • The mystery woman who threatened to throw the entire estate into chaos when Sinatra died.
  • Ultimately being the executive of Sinatra’s estate
  • The relationship between Sinatra and Jackie Kennedy
  • How seriously Sinatra and his team took the job of security, from carrying an Uzi on his private jet to keeping a pistol hidden in his custom boots while on stage;
  • Sinatra’s overuse of an antidepressant that had significant adverse effects on his mental health and why he never came off of it despite doctors warnings;
  • Frank Jr.’s fraught relationship with his father and how Weisman was able to bring them closer;
  • Frank’s love for Barbara Sinatra, and how she spoke to Frank in ways that no one else would—or could;

It’s been almost 20 years since Sinatra’s passing and fans of Sinatra in all his stages—from the crooner to Duets—will love to read these never-before-told tales.  You can also find stories from Weisman’s personal journey, from Wharton Business School to a prison stint that left him broke and stripped of his professional licenses to getting a second shot at a career as a high-powered manager by working with one of the greatest performers of our time.

dirty veganThe Dirty Vegan Cookbook Your Favorite Recipes Made Vegan By Catherine Gill

Dirty Vegan is the all-in-one vegan-style cookbook that makes eating vegan fun!

Dirty Vegan lets you prepare delicious vegan cuisine that anyone and everyone can enjoy, and showcases the sheer variety of amazing recipes you can create, all while remaining vegan. For too long, the vegan lifestyle has been seen as limiting–a laundry list of all the things vegans can’t or shouldn’t have.

Providing healthy, vegan alternatives to the sorts of delicious comfort foods that everyone craves, Dirty Vegan makes it easier than ever to live the vegan lifestyle, featuring delicious recipes that use common ingredients available in any grocery store.

Dirty Vegan features over 100 rich, indulgent recipes that are sure to delight, including: Vegan Ravioli Dippers, Avocado and “Bacon” Chees, Cheddar Bread Ring, S’mores Pancake, “Steak” Tips and Sweet Potatoes, Italian Wedding Soup, Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms and many more.

With simple, delicious recipes, Dirty Vegan is not just for vegans, but is perfect for anyone who wants to prepare nutritious dishes using minimal equipment and processing.

Paperback | $20.00
Published by Hatherleigh Press
Nov 15, 2017 | 224 Pages | 7 x 9 | ISBN 9781578267125

Wisdom & Wordplay: 300 Original One-Liners to Enrich Your Day  by Robert Eddison (Filament Publishing, Oct. 2017)

Robert Eddison is a national journalist and playwright from the UK, and was just called a “modern day Oscar Wilde” by The London Times.

Eddison has rose to fame after recording every witty original thought he has had since June of 1997. He has been sharing them online to his massive following and just recently released some of his best witty one-liners, or “aphorisms” in his new book, Wisdom & Wordplay: 300 Original One-Liners to Enrich Your Day (Filament Publishing, Oct. 2017).

Wisdom & Wordplay offers the ideal gift for all who love words and for whom English is either their first or second language,” says Eddison. “It’s is rich source of ideas, as much for the best man at a wedding as for the conference delegate, stuck for a light-hearted way to open a speech. Plus, it is just a fun everyday read.”

More info at https://www.roberteddison.com.


Stimulate Your Child’s Love of Reading This Holiday Season

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When things like video games, television and the Internet are clamoring for your child’s attention, how do you get them excited about reading? Foster their love for the written word with Bookroo – a monthly, curated children’s book subscription! As book explorers, Bookroo discovers the hidden gems not already on your shelves and brings them straight to your door. With help from a panel of approximately 12 families attending Stanford University who read the books with their own children and rate them, Bookroo uses those ratings to help select the best books in each box every month! 

Bookroo makes it easy for parents and magical for kids to fall in love with reading, and consistently grow their home library!

Dedicated to making the world a better place one page at a time, discover the different monthly boxes from Bookroo:

Picture Book Box

  • Perfect for kids age 2-6
  • Contains 2 hardcover picture books, individually gift wrapped!
  • Chosen with the help of the BookrooReview Process
  • Retail value of books exceeds subscription price

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  • Perfect for kids age 0-2
  • Contains 3 board books, individually gift wrapped!
  • Chosen with the help of the Bookroo Review Process
  • Retail value of books exceeds subscription price

Encourage your child to read with Bookroo! Available starting at $15.99, with month-to-month subscription at $17.99 in both US and Canada. Can be purchased online at www.bookroo.com.