2018 Holiday Gift Guide—Books

Sacred & Delicious: A Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook by Lisa Joy Mitchell

Twenty years ago, Lisa Joy Mitchell was struggling in her corporate PR position because of health issues, including IBS, chronic pain, and  insomnia. She hesitated to get on meds, having watched her parents suffer through multiple side effects, which led to a dependence on even more drugs. After a surgeon proposed surgery for a frozen shoulder, she instead chose a 5-day detoxification program at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, where Mitchell’s pain was reduced significantly. She began studying Ayurveda, India’s traditional medical system and approach to wellness. Mitchell found that embracing Ayurveda’s dietary recommendations made her feel better than ever, even as she approached middle-age. This fall, Mitchell will release Sacred & Delicious: A Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook(She Writes Press; October 16, 2018; 978-1631523472; $28.95; paperback). This 280-page primer on India’s ancient dietary approach to wellness is a celebration of the sacred and healing power of food and a personal food memoir.

In Sacred & Delicious, Mitchell applies the Ayurvedic principles of balance to American-style cooking, offering 108 vegetarian dishes—most with vegan options and all but two of them gluten-free. Mitchell’s unique cooking style often blends cooking traditions of East and West, Southern and Jewish, with the creative use of spices. Mitchell emphasizes legumes and vegetables in her entrées and soups, creating dishes that address modern food concerns such as gluten and dairy intolerance. She includes “clean” versions of American-style breads, pancakes, and desserts. Her forte, and focus, are easy-to-cook dishes that dazzle the senses so that someone new to a restrictive diet need not feel deprived of pleasure: a broccoli soup with almond butter, holiday sweet potatoes topped with glazed pecans, a gluten-free peach cobbler (to reflect her Southern roots), and matzoh ball soup (to honor her Jewish heritage). Sacred & Delicious also includes traditional Ayurvedic healing foods—whole mung soup, split mung dal, and kitchari.

Mitchell says she approached writing the book as a student, journalist, and memoirist, interviewing experts and sharing experiences based on her personal exploration of cooking and contemplation of the adage “food is sacred.” She invites readers to engage with food in a new way, not merely as an object of pleasure—though Ayurveda teaches that food must be delicious to be healthy. Ayurveda recognizes food as energy—not just fuel, but as an expression of divine consciousness, the living power of creation.

Recipes include: 

  • Great Autumn Soups: Broccoli Soup with Almond Butter; Roasted Squash Soup with Glazed Pecan Garnish; Chickpea Soup with sun-dried tomatoes and olives.
  • Autumn sides include Broccoli with Caramelized Onion Masala and Easy Winter Squash.
  • A unique brunch dish or side: Savory Chickpea Pancakes with Curry Leaf Chutney.
  • Holidays recipes: Holiday Sweet Potatoes; Elegant Green Beans; Fresh Cranberry Salad with apples, pineapple, and nuts; and Holiday Dressing.
  • Three black-eyed pea dishes for New Year’s Day: Stuffed Chard with Black-Eye Pea Pâté; Black-Eyed Pea Salad; Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Collards.

All the Women in My Family Sing, Deborah Santana, editor

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This book is a necessary read for every American as it promotes understanding and love in a year plagued by gender, religious, and racial discrimination. The 69 short stories in this anthology offer hope and encourage equality by showing readers how very alike we are, no matter our gender, skin color, religion, or age.

This year brought conversations about gender and racial inequality to the forefront. From the recent synagogue shooting, to the Kavanaugh hearings, to the numerous cases of gender and racial discrimination, the time is up for injustice! People of all ages, races, and sexual orientations need to see their human rights respected and this starts by having compassion for those whose paths we have not walked. All the Women in My Family Sing helps build bridges of understanding that our culture so desperately needs right now. The anthology is a collection of prose and poetry by 69 diverse women (African American, Native American, Asian American, Muslim, Cameroonian, Kenyan, Liberian, Mexican American, Korean, Chinese American and LGBTQI) from ages 16 to 77.

From Nothing But The Truth Publishing, LLC this book is an anthology documenting the experiences of 69 diverse women at the dawn of the 21st century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and self-worth.

Contributors include America Ferrera, Samina Ali, Natalie Baszile (Queen Sugar), Porochista Khakpour (Sons and Other Flammable Objects), Lalita Tademy (Cane River), Mila Jam, Marian Wright Edelman (Children’s Defense Fund), and many more.


All The Women in My Family Sing is a necessary read for Americans as it promotes understanding, equality, and love in a year plagued by gender and racial discrimination. These short stories of female empowerment are exactly the inspiration women need to stand strong in the face of injustice. From the recent synagogue shooting, to the Kavanaugh hearings, to the numerous cases of religious, gender and racial discrimination, this book gives people much needed real-life experiences of what it means to be a woman of color today. It offers hope by showing readers how very alike we are, no matter our gender, skin color, or age.  

While the subject matter of the book is powerful and inspiring, it is easily consumable. The stories are not sequential, each essay stands on its own, and can be read in one sitting. The format of this book makes it ideal for easy reading.

For more information visit https://allthewomeninmyfamilysing.com/bookstore/

Relentless: How A Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better by Ted W. Baxter

Ted W. Baxter was at the top of his game when he suffered a massive ischemic stroke without any warning signs, and doctors feared he wouldn’t survive the trauma. However, after extensive therapy, his life has returned to near pre-stroke normalcy – other than continuing aphasia. He currently uses his experiences to educate and inspire others who have suffered similar trauma.

In his memoir Relentless: How A Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better(Greenleaf Book Group Press; on sale now), Ted describes his remarkable recovery from a massive stroke at age 41. After suffering from this stroke, Ted encountered 3 seizures, loss of speech, couldn’t write, memory loss, and the loss of use of his right arm and leg – leaving him unable to walk or utilize his dominant hand. He underwent years of physical and speech therapy and tireless exercises to regain his strength.

Despite his continuing aphasia, the impairment of language affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write, most of his life has returned to pre-stroke normalcy. Readers of Relentless will be inspired by Ted’s incredible journey of determination and recovery. It is a great resource for stroke survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones, but it is also an inspiring and motivating read for anyone who is facing struggles in their own life.

In Relentless, you’ll read about:

  • The moving story of a successful businessman who stared down fear and frustration as he relearned how to speak, express himself, and even walk.
  • The effect of the damage caused by the stroke and ensuing aphasia on Ted’s life and how he was able to make a remarkable comeback through extensive therapy and rehabilitation.
  • How Ted’s stroke affected, strengthened, and at times challenged his relationship with his family, and loved ones.
  • The necessity of dedicated and knowledgeable medical professionals, caregivers, and a strong support system in the recovery process.
  • Several techniques and activities that helped contribute to Ted’s post-stroke recovery.

For additional information, visit www.tedwbaxter.com.

Keep Away from GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe by Dr. Marcela Magda Popa

What if the “safe” products we use every day are actually making us sick? 

“Many of us don’t realize that common foods, medications, and ordinary household items that we use multiple times a day contain unhealthy ingredients, that even at low doses can cause detrimental health problems for some,” warns Dr. Marcela Magda Popa, author of Keep Away from GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe. “The key is to be aware of the dangers of such products, especially if you suffer from a chronic condition.”

In her new book, Dr. Popa draws from her 16 years as a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician and her own experience as a patient suffering from autoimmune arthritis, breast abnormalities, and migraine headaches to raise awareness of the harmful effects that common household products and substances may have on our health. “I hope this book, written by a doctor from a patient’s point of view, will change the way people look at everyday products,” says Dr. Popa. 

Her new book touches on the following:

  • How one can live a healthier lifestyle simply by avoiding certain ingredients in cosmetics, medications, foods, and other household items
  • How estrogen-like chemicals can cause breast abnormalities – and what you should know about them
  • How to avoid migraines – the answer is in your foods and environment
  • What to do if you suffer from a chronic ailment that doctors can’t seem to find the cause of
  • Why a better government regulatory framework needs to be implemented in order to truly make sure Americans are not exposed to harmful items

So what are you waiting for? Take charge of your health today and learn which products and substances you need to cut from your routine to improve your symptoms and start feeling better!

“Absolutely, Positively, Genuine, Real Fake News”


Fake News is actually a wonderful thing in that it allows for so many appealing possibilities to consider. All fake news needs to have is some element of truth in order for it to reverberate with viewers, readers or consumers of news through any source. For example, there is a James Comey, he is a former director of the FBI; there is a Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she is a current justice of the United States Supreme Court; both persons work out of Washington, DC; sexual harassment exists and used Hummers are sold via classified ads all the time. That seems pretty ordinary when considered as separate items, but when you combine them in a single news item you get “Former FBI Director Comey Accuses Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of Sexual Harassment!” See…simple, quick, easy, hard-to-prove and hard-to disprove and the prospect that it could be true makes the possibility even more fascinating.

Another item of keen interest in “Absolutely…Positively…Genuine…Real Fake News” is the presser held when the Clooney’s and their family came back to the US. They were here to announce the opening of the “George and Amal Clooney Beverly Hills Muslim Outreach Center.” The author uses this opportunity to write about his ruminations so that the reader may consider his experiences as their view into a world reserved for the privileged few. Another favorite APGR Fake News feature is when “Chelsea Handler Launches the “I Hate Trump Fan Club” and a stellar event it was. The Club’s Advisory Board is comprised of so many women who have so little regard for the President that it makes for an excellent example into what Americans call a study in cohesive and collective thought. There are so many possibilities in fake newsworthy events that the mind boggles. You need not go any further than when “North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Weds actress Madeleine LeBeau” or HBO’s John Oliver as he taped his soon-to-be-released documentary “The Snowflake Lounge,” or Bill Nye “The Science Guy Blames Man-made Global Warming for Drastic Drop of UFO Sightings” plus more than 36 articles, interviews, blog posts, features all written to titillate, illuminate and fascinate the reader. It all culminates in the First Annual “Fake News Awards” where honors are bestowed on the men and women who make fake news what it is!

“Absolutely, Positively, Genuine, Real Fake News” is written as a tribute to America; a marvel to the fact that even when the media reports fake news they do it in a truly magnificent way. The mainstream of news networks, entertainment venues, online blogs, prestigious newspapers and other media have turned a beautifully blind eye toward the curiosity for truth that had been their hallmark. Now it seems that a uniformity of common purpose guides so much of what is thought, written, reported and accepted by the fifth estate. Whether there is a story about “The Trump Limbaugh Barbeque” or destroyed emails or some Russian collusion, real or imagined, sourced or unsourced, founded or unfounded, that does not deter the ever powerful cannons of the Mainstream Media from using the American news consumers as fodder…truly magnificent!

A PASSIONATE JOURNEY: A Memoir by Robert Mann

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Robert Mann, a founding member of The Juilliard String Quartet and a musical giant in some of the world d’s greatest concert halls over the past 70+ yearsBefore his death at 97 earlier this year, Mr. Mann completed his autobiographical book A PASSIONATE JOURNEY: A Memoir which chronicles his early years in Portland, OR, his beginnings in classical music, and his remarkable career as co-founder and first violin of The Juilliard String Quartet

The Juilliard String Quartet first performed in 1947 and for decades Mr. Mann served as the quartet’s de facto spokesman, institutional memory and “resident spark plug”. When he retired in 1997 he had outlasted the entire original lineup, as well as several subsequent permutations, to become one of the longest-serving members of any chamber group in the world. His book recounts the entire fascinating story and presents the inner-workings of a passionate life well-lived.

TEX-MEX DIABETES COOKING: More than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favorites by Kelley Coffeen’s

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn’t love the cheesy, gooey, spicy goodness of a hearty Tex-Mex supper. Yet at the same time you’d be equally hard-pressed to find somebody who can effectively argue the health benefits of that meal. From enchiladas, oozing cheese from each end, to tacos, burritos, and rellenos, up until now this is one style of cooking that’s fallen squarely in the “comfort food” category. But author Kelley Coffeen’s new TEX-MEX DIABETES COOKING: More than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favoritesis the game changer that’s taken the flavors of the Southwest and made them diabetes-friendly and therefore EVERYBODY-friendly because a diabetes-friendly diet isn’t a special diet, it’s a smarter diet. 

Don’t look now, but burritos and fajitas just got healthy, y’all. 

A Southwest culinary expert, Kelley has spent her life moving around the region before finally settling in New Mexico. Less than hour from the Mexican border in one direction just out of site from the world-famous Hatch Green Chile fields in the other, she is at the heart of all of the action and the flavors. In her new book she takes readers on a tour of the region with more than 140 recipes that focus on fresh local vegetables, fruits, beans, cheeses rich in protein, lean meats, fish, and poultry—all with calorie, carb, and fat levels dialed-in for those looking to lose weight, manage their diabetes or pre-diabetes, and work towards optimal health.

TEX-MEX DIABETES COOKING: More Than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favorites
by Kelley Coffeen
September 18, 2018

American Diabetes Association
$19.95 Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-58040-665-9

   Kelley Cleary Coffeen


   Kelley Coffeen

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE FOR TODAY’S BUSY (AND OVERWHELMED) PARENT: How to Balance Work, Parenting, and Self for Lasting Well-Being

With increasing pressure to excel at home, at work, and at personal relationships, parents often find themselves long on stress and short on temper. So how does one kick the stress and parent effectively without sacrificing the well-being of themselves and their families?

In their new book, POSITIVE DISCIPLINE FOR TODAY’S BUSY (AND OVERWHELMED) PARENT: How to Balance Work, Parenting, and Self for Lasting Well-Being [press release below], educators Joy Marchese and Kristina Bill worked with Jane Nelsen, the founder of the Positive Discipline Methodology program and co-author of the popular Positive Discipline series. They set out to develop a set of practices and skills for overstretched parents desperate to make life a little easier while understanding that raising well-adjusted, emotionally connective children is their most important job. The book is packed with actionable tips to help parents work smarter – not harder – both at home and at work. 

Built on the principles of the Nelsen’s highly regarded and successful methodology, the book presents the necessity of discipline while guiding parents to make the choices they have either never considered or never understood the value in. By discovering the underlying causes of misbehavior busy parents will trade-in “helicoptering” or “tigering” for positive and educational methods of discipline designed to build confidence and a sense of responsibility in children. 

September 11, 2018
Harmony Books

$17.00 Trade Paperback Original
ISBN: 978-0-52557-489-7

PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains 

Each year more than 12 million children in the United States begin the multi-stage, multi-year phase of puberty which will ultimately result in the transformation of the carefree child into the responsible young adult.  That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Suanne Kowal-Connelly created a new book, PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains.

Going through puberty in 2018 is very different than it was when you and I were 12. Social media, cyber bullying, increasing environmental toxins, and new brain science studies mean that most parents have yet to catch up with what it really means to be a teenager in now vs. then. Dr. Kowal-Connelly’s book will change all that and put them on the right track to raising a happy, healthy, and vibrant teenager.

This valuable new guide to navigating the trickiest stage of childhood development will prove to be an indispensable resource for parents raising teenagers in the modern world. 

Dr. Kowal-Connelly reassures parents that puberty is not to be feared, but to be celebrated. She offers specific guidance for parents to help ease the anxiety and discomfort of emerging adolescence. PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY covers:

  • The five stages of puberty – what’s normal, what’s not
  • Overcoming “this can’t be happening yet” syndrome
  • Understanding the “puberty brain”: risk-taking, decision-making, boundary testing
  • Helping adolescents develop healthy trust, self-discipline, self-control and emotional resilience
  • Recognizing the warning signs of eating disorders, self-harm, substance abuse, low self-esteem, bullying, social isolation and more
  • Nutrition for the changing brain and nervous system 

The last section of the book focuses on the importance of health and wellness for the adolescent. Parents often worry about their teen’s food choices, sleep habits or lack of physical activity. Adolescents understand and want to make all kinds of health and wellness adjustments, but they can’t do it in a vacuum. They need parents to help and to model healthy habits. PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains equips parents with the information they need to navigate the physical and emotional changes shaping their child.

About the Book 

Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains
by Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD, FAAP
September 1, 2018

American Academy of Pediatrics
$16.95, Trade Paperback
Parenting & Family Care, 200 pages, 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-61002-212-5

  Health Powered by You




   Suanne Kowal-Connelly

Move or Improve? The Baby Boomer’ Guide To Housing Options by Debbie Miller

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According to Pew Research Center, 10,000 Baby boomers turn 65 every day for the next 10 years. They are faced with a myriad of decisions regarding, work retirement, finances, family and more. Many say they want to “age-in-place’ but they don’t know where or how to begin. Best Selling book Move or Improve? The Baby Boomer’ Guide To Housing Options discusses their options and provides questions for them to ask in deciding which path to take

Debbie Miller is a Lifestyle Transition Specialist, Certified Senior Advisor, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist with over 20 years’ experience working with buyers and sellers over the age of 55. Deb’s specialties are to help adult children and their parents through the lifestyle transitions they face. Debbie even started a podcast called Move-or-Improve Debbie Miller Podcast, where she talks to experts on topics from her book. 

Move or Improve? The Baby Boomer’ Guide To Housing Options is #1 international best-selling book in four home design and renovation categories.

Grandpa Magic: 116 Easy Tricks, Amazing Brainteasers, and Simple Stunts to Wow the Grandkids by Allan Zola Kronzek

Kronzek is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sorcerer’s Companion—A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, with over 1 million copies in print and translated into 14 languages. He’s been practicing magic since childhood, when he was introduced to the art of illusion by a local magician and he’s been in love with it ever since. As his experience in the industry has grown, he’s found that many of his peers have the same question: how can I entertain my grandchildren with magic? Grandpa Magic is Kronzek’s answer to this query and a love letter to the art of magic that has fascinated him his entire life. 

Tricks include:

  • PERFECT FOR MEAL TIME: The Telekinetic Straw – A drinking straw is balanced across the top of a salt shaker and is rotated via mind control by Grandpa and grandkid.
  • FUN FOR FAMILY GATHERINGS: The Man with the Magic Fingers – A bamboozling card trick that shows you have the power to see cards without looking at them.
  • A RIOT ON ROAD TRIPS: how to Remove Your Thumb – A classic that never fails to catch the attention of onlookers.

About the Author: Allan Zola Kronzek is a magician, educator, and the coauthor (with his daughter, Elizabeth) of the New York Times bestseller The Sorcerer’s Companion—A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter (over 1 million copies sold worldwide in 14 languages). He is also the author of The Secrets of Alkazar52 Ways to Cheat at Poker, and the forthcoming The Book of Powers. He lives with his wife, Ruby, in Sag Harbor, NY.


116 Easy Tricks, Amazing Brainteasers, and Simple Stunts to Wow the Grandkids

Written by Allan Zola Kronzek

Workman Publishing | October 30, 2018 | ISBN: 9781523501052 | $16.95

Musing Mediterranean: Fun, Family, and Faraway Places Transform an Anxious Traveler by Beth Daigle

Greece. Italy. Turkey. Whether or not you’ve visited them in person, imagining these places conjures up unnaturally blue oceans, whitewashed seaside hillsides, fragrant markets, and so much delicious food. Take these sights, add in a laughable number of family members, serious anxiety about air travel, and homebody tendencies, and you have Beth Daigle’s charming and funny travel memoir, Musing Mediterranean: Fun, Family, and Faraway Places Transform an Anxious Traveler. The book takes us along for the ride as Daigle experiences all the wonders the Mediterranean has to offer in a way that is uniquely hers—filled with family, foibles, discovery, and joy.

When Beth Daigle’s husband, Tony, announced that he was planning a two-week Mediterranean cruise, she wasn’t exactly excited. Plagued by anxieties about leaving home and air travel, as well as the fact that this was to be a multi-generational family vacation including her parents, daughters, sister and her family, there was some definite potential for disaster. Despite that phobia and reluctance, though, the Mediterranean called her in a way that she couldn’t deny—she’s half Greek and half Italian, and seeing her ancestral countries had always been a dream. Musing Mediterranean is the full account of that dream coming true—from the planning phase to the return home, Daigle takes us along on her family’s journey through Rome, Sicily, Athens, Ephesus, the Greek Islands, and Naples.

In her warm and approachable prose, Daigle communicates the beauty, history, architecture and culture of each location that her family visits, and a sense of awe that the trip has given her for what is truly a life altering experience. Whether or not you’ve experienced the beauty of the places Daigle visits in this book firsthand, you’ll feel like you have after going on this journey with her. Most importantly though, in a time when we could all use a bit of an escape now and then, Musing Mediterranean is an unequivocally happy book that injects humor wherever possible. One that will make readers glad they’ve read it.

Gift Picks From Agate

Find something for everyone on your list!

For the True Crime Aficionado

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  The Leopold and Loeb Files

Nina Barrett

A stunning history of Chicago’s 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case, told chiefly through a rare collection of primary source material, including court transcripts, psychological transcripts, evidence photographs, and more.

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Hardcover | $35 | 7.5 x 9

For the Activist

Vote Her In

Rebecca Sive

An inspirational, practical guide on why we need to elect the first Madam President in 2020 with action items all of us can take to help get us there.

Paperback | $19.95 | 5.5 x 7.5

For the Royko Fan 

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The Best of Royko

Mike Royko

A new collection of columns by legendary journalist Mike Royko from his years at the Chicago Tribune.

Hardcover | $28 | 6 x 9

For the Sports Fan 

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The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago White Sox

Chicago Tribune Staff

A decade-by-decade team history of the Chicago White Sox from the Chicago Tribune comprising essays, original reporting, archival photographs, and various memorabilia.

Hardcover | $35 | 9.5 x 11

For the Instagram Guru

Vintage Chicago

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Chicago Tribune Staff

A rare collection of photographs from the Chicago Tribune‘s underground vault, curated for the popular @vintagetribune Instagram account. Yes, there are cats.

Hardcover | $25 | 7 x 7

For the Nonfiction Lover

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Someone Has Led This Child to Believe

Regina Louise

A rich new memoir about one girl’s experience in the US foster-care system and how she emerged not only to survive, but to flourish.

Paperback | $16 | 5.5 x 8.5

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The Glimmers Save Christmas by Robert Agnello and Nick Meola


In THE GLIMMERS SAVE CHRISTMAS Starring Jing Els and Hollee Award-Winning Writer Robert Agnello Shares Larger Message About the Power of Good That Lasts The Whole Year

There’s trouble at the North Pole. With Faith and Hope at perilously low levels, it looks like Christmas may have to be cancelled this year. Now, Yuletide’s only chance lies with Jing Els and Hollee – the Glimmers – in THE GLIMMERS SAVE CHRISTMAS (On The Lamb Productions; November 2018), the third book in the series by award-winning writer Robert Agnello and illustrator Nick Meola.

The situation in Christmastown is grim. All the reindeer are sick with”can’tflyitis” and in the toy workroom, the other elves are feeling dim and weak. Despite the dismal outlook, Elf Extraordinaire Roger keeps working away, making presents for girls and boys all over the world so that Santa can deliver them on time. It’s his hope and faith that brings some unexpected assistance just in time to save Christmas.

Meet the Glimmers. Glimmers are tiny beings of light that make everything good glow. When we make bad choices, our Glimmer lights fade and turn into Dimmers, but when we start making good choices again, our Glimmers will glow all the brighter. Jing Els is a Glimmer of Hope and Hollee is a Glimmer of Faith. Roger’s certainty that Santa will deliver his presents to good little girls and boys, and working feverishly to get all the toys ready, makes Jing Els and Hollee shine brilliantly. Roger’s belief also enables them to recruit other Glimmers and help Santa’s sleigh fly once more. Together, the Glimmers show that the spirit of Christmas can glow brightly even in the darkest of times.

The Glimmers books focus on virtues – truth, respect, hope, compassion – that will inspire children to make this a better world for us all. “I hope The Glimmers help parents, family members, and teachers have a larger discussion with the children in their lives and show them how they can become a force for good,” says author Robert Agnello.

 By Robert Agnello
 Illustrations by Nick Meola
 Publisher: On the Lamb Productions
 Publication Date: November 2018
 Price: $8.99; softcover; 48 pages
 ISBN: 978-09964551-2-1

DEAR FRIEND, Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer

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As we near the holidays, there’s no better time to spread kindness to someone in need. DEAR FRIEND, Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer is a beautiful gift book meant to heal. This collection of handwritten letters offers strength, encouragement, and comfort to women living with breast cancer. Written by compassionate strangers—many of whom have gone through their own health battles—these heartfelt letters were gathered by Girls Love Mail, an organization that provides support to people diagnosed with breast cancer as seen on NBC Nightly News and The Steve Harvey Show. Presented in an elegant package with metallic endpapers, and a ribbon marker, and brimming with warm messages of empathy, inspiration, and humor, Dear Friend delivers words of wisdom when they’re needed the most.

It’s available wherever books are sold. See a preview now.

The Joy of Friendship

The Joy of Friendship is a collection of 200 fun and meaningful quotations celebrating these all-important relationships by exploring the nature of friendship, how it forms, and how it endures.

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It is a great gift to give and share with your loved ones. The Joy of Friendship is distributed by Penguin Random House.

The Kindness Quotient by Rhonda Sciortino

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Rhonda Sciortino has devoted a lifetime working to make the world a better place through the power of kindness in action. Her latest book, The Kindness Quotient, is now available in stores.KQ, or kindness quotient, is a measure of how much each of us embodies the virtues of kindness, caring and generosity. A high KQ means taking advantage of all opportunities to be kind and finding personal success by bringing kindness into the world. Now there’s a way to boost your KQ and maximize your kindness potential.

The Kindness Quotient helps you understand exactly how kindness affects, and is affected by, everything you do. In doing so, we learn to better appreciate the importance of kindness in our personal and professional lives and learn new ways to share and experience the best that the world has to offer.

With The Kindness Quotient, you will develop the proactive habits of successful kind people, learn how kindness shown to others can boost your happiness, experience how tapping into the power of kindness can create success in life, pinpoint new opportunities for kindness in your daily life, and learn to embody the nine principles of kindness.

Each of us has the potential to improve the world around us and increase our level of peace and happiness through kindness. So, what’s your KQ?

Written by Rhonda Sciortino
978-1-57826-762-0, $15.00 paperback
978-1-57826-763-7, $9.99 eBook

Published by Hatherleigh Press.
Distributed through Penguin Random House.
Available wherever books are sold.

 An Old-Fashioned Christmas

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It’s almost Christmas and the spirit of the season is already at hand!

Hatherleigh Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming holiday gift book,  An Old-Fashioned Christmas. In its pages readers will discover the meaning and magic of the traditional yuletide season.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas presents a carefully curated collection of inspirational, meaningful and fun quotes celebrating the spirit of the holidays.

It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit and it’ll be here before you know it. An Old-Fashioned Christmas is the perfect stocking stuffer gift!

An Old-Fashioned Christmas is distributed by Penguin Random House.

The Past Life Perspective by Ann C. Barham

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season for the bookworm on your list? Your friends and family will love to journey through this new edition of The Past Life Perspective. The book is a touching collection of case studies and suggested exercises to help readers expand their awareness of their own past lifetime. 

Pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and BAM! Books a Million for holiday gifting before it hits bookstore shelves on December 4, 2018. Website: www.pastlives.org

This intriguing book and associated guided recording demonstrate the power of past life therapy to enhance effectiveness in your current life.

 A new wave of readers will have access to a powerful tool for personal healing and spiritual growth as Ann C. Barham’s The Past Life Perspective prepares for a softcover print run on December 4, 2018.

This moving collection of case studies, drawn from Barham’s own client sessions, leads readers through the process of mining one’s unconscious memories from prior lifetimes in order to resolve issues and deepen their understanding of their current life. Suggested exercises at the end of each chapter help readers expand their awareness of their own past lifetimes and broaden their spiritual perspective. 

“I was awed by how many readers reached out to say this book helped them on their journey of self-discovery,” said Barham. “That’s why I’m so excited for this new print run and the guided meditation I prepared to deepen people’s understanding of the process and allow some exploration on their own.”

The Past Life Regression Guided Recording is similar to what one would experience in a large group session at a workshop, and is ideal for anyone who is curious about the method after reading the book.

It begins as a guided meditation to help listeners enter a state of deep relaxation. Here they have the opportunity to glimpse the personality and key events of a prior lifetime and are shown how to process these moments.

This Guided Recording runs around 40 minutes and is available for download at https://www.pastlives.org/book/past-life-regression-guided-recording

The Past Life Perspective can also be pre-ordered now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and BAM! Books a Million for holiday gifting before it hits bookstore shelves on December 4, 2018. 

For more information, please visit www.pastlives.org.

Race Point Publishing

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Scratch & Create books from Rockport

Scratching your head over what to give this holiday season? Scratch your books instead – Scratch & Create books from Rockport Publishers!                                                                                                                                                     

Our Scratch & Create books make the perfect addition to your holiday gift guide! Each includes a stylus and twenty pages of scratching fun. Just scratch the coating to reveal fun flowers, mystical tarot images, or your very own creation! Perforated pages make displaying your artwork a breeze.

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Getting started with a new craft can be daunting – luckily, becker&mayer! makes it easy to begin with new kits for five different crafts that contain everything you need to get started! 

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From origami to painting to needle-crafts, each of these all-in-one kits supply you with a step-by-step instruction booklet and the supplies needed to create at least two projects. These provide a great and inexpensive way to try out a craft before going all-in at the hobby store – and they make great gifts!

In Focus

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Give the gift of knowledge with the In Focus series!

Written by expert authors, these mind/body/spirit titles feature beautiful visual material to smartly and purposely illustrate key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book is packaged with index cards or a wall chart to give readers a quick, go-to reference guide containing the most important information on the subject, for easy practice and retention.

These books make the perfect gift for seekers of all kinds.

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The Quarto Group

If you’re looking for a little something extra for the artist in your life, The Quarto Group has just what you need! Each of these books are small enough to nestle in a holiday stocking, but are packed with tips, techniques, and fantastic art instruction on drawing, painting, lettering, and more. Click on a book cover for more information. All books are available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, QuartoKnows.com, and beyond.

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These three hardcover instructional books are great for those artists with a quirky side. Folk Art Fusion, teaches how to paint folk art subjects in a vibrant yet homespun style. Doodled Cats and Doodled Dogs, meanwhile, are packed with creative prompts, fun animal facts, and step-by-step doodling projects.

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Filled with open practice pages, creative exercises, and prompts, The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design, The Little Book of Manga Drawing, andThe Little Book of Sketching encourages interactivity for immediate results, while also teaching the fundamentals of the featured medium in an engaging and fun way.

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The lively, graphic approach of Pocket Art: Figure Drawing and Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing will have you drawing figures and faces right away. Look and learn with step-by-step illustrations and expert tips provided by London-based fashion and portrait artist Miss Led, a.k.a. Joanna Henly. These compact 112-page books are just the right size for carrying in a backpack or pocket, and comes with a sturdy flexi binding for added portability.

Good, Better, Best by Sue McCarthy

Pumpkin spice and evergreens are back – and I’m not talking about the lattes and trees. With the change in seasons comes our changes in fashion and these colors are often found on high-end pieces from sweaters and purses to hats, jackets and more. But what’s the best way to add these warm tones of fall and winter for the most desirable of designers into your wardrobe without feeling like you’re breaking the bank or falling for the next flash in the pan fashion trend?

The upscale resale queen Sue McCarthy has all these answers and more! Founder and CEO of the highly-popular The Vault Luxury Resale store and a true trailblazer in the world of resale fashions – which is more popular today than ever before! McCarthy’s new her new memoir, Good, Better, Best, covers everything from:

  • Don’t fall for fashion trends: The key pieces to buy resale for your Fall/Winter wardrobe that will last well beyond 2018
  • Her top tips for ensuring you’re getting the best piece and price from resale shopping
  • How seasonal color trends can best be incorporated into your work, life or holiday party look – without looking like fall foliage or a Christmas tree
  • Why parents should consider resale shopping for their children’s holiday looks
  • Giving the gift of resale: Why you should consider buying designer resale for even the pickiest of your gift getters
  • And much, much more!

The New Old Maid: Satisfied Single Women by Maureen Paraventi 

Everyone wants to live their best life possible, especially women. And journalist, novelist, and award-winning playwright Maureen Paraventi’s award-winning book, The New Old Maid: Satisfied Single Women is the perfect gift for women this holiday season, especially for those who are single. With more women now than ever embracing their singledom with confidence and leading their own paths to happiness, Maureen’s book is both timely and inspiring.

In other words, “single” is no longer a dreaded “s” word, because single women may not be in a relationship, but they are far from alone! And feminists from all walks of life will love reading about the women Maureen introduces us to in The New Old Maid, and how enriched their lives are as a result of being unmarried. 

For more information:  https://www.maureenparaventi.com/ 

Available on Amazon in print and eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/193779346X 

50 WAYS TO LOVE WINE MORE: Adventures in Wine Appreciation by Jim Laughren

Admit it: You could use a glass of wine about now. Whether it’s getting together with friends, attending a formal gathering, or just a glass after work to take the edge off, wine is a part of our lives. Are you looking for a fun way to expand your love of wine? How about 50?

50 WAYS TO LOVE WINE MORE: Adventures in Wine Appreciation (Crosstown Publishing, September 2018) by author Jim Laughren, CWE, is an enjoyable, informative resource for the novice or aficionado who wants to expand their knowledge of wine, find the world’s greatest wine bargains, plan the best wine vacations ever, or learn to become an “insider” at their favorite winery.  

Laughren provides helpful suggestions about the pleasures of large format bottles, the best way to introduce a beer lover to wine, and finding your own favorite wine through blind taste testing. This vital book for wine lovers also includes a helpful appendix listing the many grape varieties mentioned and discussed. Beautifully illustrated with vibrant photography, this is the go-to source for uncovering—or increasing—your love of wine.

50 WAYS TO LOVE WINE MORE is an all-in-one guide for learning more background about your favorite wines, exciting wine activities you can participate in, or if you need some new suggestions for wines to try.


  • How to start your own tasting group
  • The distinction between old world and new world wines
  • Exploring the dynamic duo of wine and chocolate
  • How to saber a bottle of champagne

Available on Amazon.com in paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0985533633 

To learn more about Jim Laughren, visit www.jimlaughren.com

Guinness World Records 2019 Edition and Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2019

The 2019 Editions of Guinness World Records and Guinness World Records Gamer’s are avaialble now just in time for the holidays to inspire the dreamers, makers, gamers, and aspiring record-holders in your family. With new records, attention-grabbing pictures and facts, these books are the perfect Christmas gifts!


The colorful pages of the 63rd edition of our globally beloved best-selling annual are filled with thousands of never before seen records kids are sure to love. Explore technology, our universe, pop culture, incredible human feats, sports and much more through new jaw-dropping photos and trivia in the Guinness World Records 2019 edition. 

Readers can delve into the world of some notable Makers and check out the workshops of the masterminds behind larger than life yo-yo’s, and toy wagons, top speed jet-powered go-karts, and a massive hamburger in our new section, “Meet the Makers!”  

Plus, see the world through LEGO® within our “Making History” spreads as we re-imagine record-breaking objects using these world-renowned interlocking plastic bricks. 

Serving as a global snapshot of history-making news and achievements, find out how many paper clips make up the Longest paper clip chain, what’s the Most searched-for TV show on the internet, or who now holds the title for Most body modifications

Then, gather the entire family to try the fun activities and record challenges featured in the “Do Try This at Home” section. Create record-breaking balloon dogs, ring-pull necklaces, or origami cubes using common household items to try and earn your spot in Guinness World Records history! 


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The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2019 is the must-have guide for everything related to gaming records and fun facts! The 12th edition of this best-selling video games annual is packed with exciting new records and trivia from popular games including Overwatch, Super Mario, Splatoon 2

Cuphead, Fortnite, Roblox, Dragon Ball FighterZ and many more. 

Discover which monster featured in Monster Hunters: World is the largest, how high of a score you’ll need to beat to the highest Xbox Gamerscore, who the top 10 most followed Twitchers are, or how the Nintendo Gameboy has evolved, plus many other incredible gaming feats and history. 

Minecraft gamers are also in for a treat as popular YouTuber and now Guinness World Records title holder, Joseph Garrett, aka Stampy Cat, provides an exclusive guest foreword and interview. Readers can join the ranks of Stampy Cat and other gaming record holders by attempting the Minecraft record challenges featured in the brand new “Reader Challenges” chapter. Build rockets and igloos in Minecraft at record-breaking speeds to join the ranks of Guinness World Records gaming elite

Available in stores and online on now! Add the Guinness World Records 2019 edition ($28.95) and Gamer’s Edition ($14.99) to your holiday gift list for a fun and educational option for readers of all ages and a shot to one day enter the record books!

Dinosaur: A Photicular Book by Dan Kainen and Kathy Wollard (September 4; Ages: 8-12 years; $25.95) is a celebration of everyone’s favorite prehistoric beasts. This bestselling series with over two million copies in print uses lifelike animation to bring readers on an expedition a hundred million years back in time.  

Atlas Obscura Wall Calendar 2019 ($14.99) is adapted from the #1 New York Times bestselling book and cult-favorite website. There’s an unexpected discovery every month, depicted through stunningly illustrated retro, mid-century-style posters.