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The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

This book captures an important piece of pre- and post-Civil War history, both visually and in narrative form. Extremely educational at a core level, it is a story that needs to be told more often.

Patrick Lynch was an Irish overseer on a southern plantation. The law of the land allowed him to buy and own his wife Catherine and their children but not to set them free. John Roy was still a toddler when his father died and he was sold to a plantation owner in Louisiana.

Baby Care Anywhere: A Quick Guide to Parenting on the Go

Baby Care Anywhere

Baby Care Anywhere is the centralized field guide for a new generation of first-time parents facing a mountain of information overload. As the name implies, it’s more about the baby and less about the parents.

Hope, Make, Heal: 20 Crafts to Mend the Heart

Hope, Make, Heal

This is a beautifully written book about the power of making things with our own hands in order to heal our wounded hearts. Donenfeld tells readers she wrote the book she wishes someone had given her when her 16-year marriage fell apart and she was plunged into the fearful abyss of confusion and despair. Her journey taught her that crafting is a way to use creativity as self-care and as a way to reconnect with the sacred in the midst of pain.

Energy Healing for Animals: A Hands-On Guide for Enhancing the Health, Longevity, and Happiness of Your Pets

Energy Healing for Animals

For 20 years, Joan Ranquet has been connecting with animals and acquiring energy healing tools to use with them. If she’s learned anything, it’s that just when you think you’ve learned/seen it all, something new appears on the horizon. In the end, as extensive and well organized as the information in this book is, her final words to readers are that she’s knows they will be able to find the solution that is required if they just tune into the animals and their inner awareness and remember that anything is possible when we find harmony with other living beings.

Edgar Wants to Be Alone

Edgar Wants to Be Alone

Edgar had a bad temper. He liked to be left alone. Most of the animals in the barnyard were used to it and gave him a wide berth. Then, one day, a gutsy earthworm decided to invade his territory. The earthworm began following Edgar, slipping into hiding when Edgar attempted to catch him. Edgar tried everything he could think of—running furiously, diving into ponds, and enlisting the aid of moles and woodpeckers. Nothing worked! But ... aha! ... the surprise ending will send the young people in your customers’ lives into waves of laughter.

Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture

Swimming Upstream

Parenting is a tough job in today’s media-driven, ever-changing culture. The challenge for parents of girls is even tougher. Where do parents draw the line? Choate, who specializes in counseling, tells parents they need to start by shoring up their own inner core of strength. She offers readers three key components for achieving that: getting solid information about the culture and its effect on daughters, being clear about parenting values, and creating specific strategies for developing resilience in daughters.

Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation

Start Here Now

Everything your customers need to know to start and, more importantly, sustain a meditation practice is contained within the pages of this pint-sized book. Susan Piver has been practicing Buddhist meditation for decades and is a trained Buddhist meditation teacher. While she tells readers that lineage does matter, she also makes it clear she is reaching out non-denominationally. Let your customers know she dispels common misconceptions early in the book, for example, meditation is not religious, you don’t have to stop thinking, and meditation is much more than self-improvement.

Paradise Gardens: Spiritual Inspiration and Earthly Expression

Paradise Gardens: Spiritual Inspiration and Earthly Expression

In this standout coffee-table book, Dr. Musgrave takes us on a visual tour of the history of religio-inspired gardens and idealized natural spaces. Ornamental gardens date back to at least the third millennium BCE. Archeological evidence shows that from very early times, humans used plants and formal landscapes to connect with the deities that populated their belief systems.

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye: A Novel

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye: A Novel

Psycho meets Home Alone in this highly energetic tale of a 12-year-old fighting off his evil aunt in an isolated hotel. Warren is the 13th in a long line of owners of the eerie hotel. In addition to the evil aunt (who practices witchcraft) and the miscellaneous odd staff members, there is a coded journal, a garden labyrinth, strange guests, and, of course, a hidden treasure that everyone wants to find.

The Tao of Happiness: Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey

The Tao of Happiness

These parables, dating back 24,000 years, speak as clearly today as they ever have. Master Chuang spins these intriguing tales to teach his followers that the Tao is a spiritual journey, one defined by the person who is traveling that journey. The destination, as well, is created by the traveler and the traveling. There is no map, just gentle guidance about how to proceed without one.

His wisdom is woven together with the theme of “carefree wandering” and laced with humor. To take it all too seriously is as limiting as underestimating its power.

Dare to Bake! Cupcake Recipes to Awaken Your Sweet Tooth

Dare to Bake!

Ady Abreu is on a mission to let people know that, while baking does require a certain amount of structure, it doesn’t mean you can’t be creative. She’s been proving her point for a long time. In 2007, after years of experimentation in her home kitchen, she opened her main-street Pennsylvania bake shop. Cupcakes were her trademark, and she quickly learned that the key to success was to be daring. Her risks paid off and now she’s sharing her recipes with readers.

Making a World of Difference One Quilt at a Time: Inspiring Stories About Quilters and How They Have Touched Lives

Making a World of Difference One Quilt at a Time

Most people associate quilts with family, memories, and loving care. A lot of us also associate them with community and charity. There is a long tradition of making quilts in groups and also of giving quilts away to people in need. As the artisanal movement expands, quilting is expanding with it, and the idea of making quilts to give to people in distress is a growing phenomenon. The power of handcrafting with care and donating with love is thriving around the world, and quilting is a key component.

Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home

Catify to Satisfy

Galaxy (whose foundation champions the fate of rescued animals) and Benjamin (whose website provides cat-friendly, cutting-edge design for cat owners everywhere) have parlayed the success of their first book, Catification, into a celebration of the viral-like spread of their innovative, feline-empowering ideas. This new book was created with input from lots of fans and includes photographs of luxury-level “catified” homes, as well as photos of the state-of-catification-art adoption center for the Humane Society in Boulder, Colo.

The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have

The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have

The extraordinary illustrations in this book make Nino’s tale a story to be read, pondered, reread, and embraced. The imaginary animals “that Nino doesn’t have” take center stage as they fill Nino’s life and the pages of the book.

Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day

Simple Giving

Giving is trending—it’s the newest status symbol. As with everything that lands in the spotlight, it’s becoming a competition to search for the biggest, best givers. Simple Giving debunks the hype and returns readers to the basics. Intent matters, and if the intent is self-glorification, it negates the innate benefits that compassion and generosity offer humanity.

One Thousand Things: Learn Your First Words With Little Mouse

One Thousand Things

In this boldly illustrated tale, young people are asked to follow Little Mouse through a series of learning experiences. The journey takes them through colors, numbers, shapes, activities, family members, body parts, vegetables, and wildlife. In the end, they will have explored 100 different things, as Little Mouse gets smaller and smaller and more challenging to find in each subsequent illustration. The last spread shows readers what 1,000 things look like all in one place. (How many of your customers will have the patience to help them count that high?)

Little Big

Little Big

The pint-sized protagonist in this thoughtful tale takes young readers on a lively journey of comparing and contrasting. Aided by giraffes, alligators, and gorillas, he gives careful consideration to the advantages and disadvantages of being smaller than his older brother. The treasure that he has set his sights on is a jar of chocolate chip cookies, easily accessible to his big brother but a major challenge for him due to his small stature.

Dreams of Freedom: In Words and Pictures

Dreams of Freedom

Particularly timely in today’s disrupted world, this collection of quotes about the freedoms that should be every child’s birthright speaks with the authority of people such as Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank, Harriet Tubman, and Chief Standing Bear. The diverse illustrations move the quotes to an even more powerful level of motivation and creativity, as a child in a wheelchair sprouts wings and Harriet Tubman steps out from under the chains of slavery and into the sun.

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray

Will the real Bill Murray please stand up! Despite his success and years in the spotlight, Bill Murray is still, in many respects, an enigma. Schnakenberg, who spilled the beans on William Shatner and Christopher Walken, now gives readers a fun, fact-filled look behind the curtains of Murray’s life.

Lessons From the Twelve Archangels: Divine Intervention in Daily Life

Lessons From the Twelve Archangels

Most people don’t expect to encounter angels in a biology lab, but that’s exactly where Womack met Archangel Gabriel and began her journey as a healer and conduit for angelic energy.

This gently written text is channeled from the higher realms and meant to awaken each reader’s spirituality by the best means possible. Each individual faces different challenges on the path of growth and higher empowerment; the lessons and daily Angelic Messages in this book are intended to help each of us reach our highest potential in the most direct manner for us.

If You Love Honey: Nature’s Connections

If You Love Honey

Dawn Publications has outdone itself with Honey. Beautifully written and illustrated, it buzzes like the bees, describing nature’s cycles with animation and in great detail. Butterflies, ladybugs, dogs, bears, rabbits, worms, and bold blue jays join the bees on this teaching adventure through the wild.

There are projects for further exploration for children, parents, and teachers at the end of the book, along with a resource list.

Breakfast for Dinner: Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More!

Breakfast for Dinner

This is the perfect year to put this bestseller front and center for the holidays!

This year has topped the charts for drama and stress. Time for a little fun and food, and that’s just what Breakfast for Dinner is offering.

Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation Through Story

Remapping Your Mind

Authors Mehl-Madrona and Mainguy, directors at the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation, offer an alternative view of memory and how to use it for self healing in their new book, Remapping Your Mind.

The Healing Effects of Energy Medicine: Memoirs of a Medical Intuitive

The Healing Effects of Energy Medicine

Authors McRae and Miners artfully blend loss and pain with spirituality and healing in this beautiful and well-written memoir, The Healing Effects of Energy Medicine. The book recounts McRae’s childhood and her early psychic experiences as an “accidental” medical intuitive.

Dr. McRae’s stories of healing will touch the hearts and minds of readers that are ready to experience the art of change, the power of intention, and the ability of therapeutic touch to heal others.

Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges

Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges

If your customers don’t already know, encourage them to look it up online. Hugely successful since the early days of the Internet, Deschene has parlayed her own search for serenity and insight into 800,000 Facebook likes and 1,000 blog contributors, who provide narratives in support of her connect-don’t-distance philosophy. Some of those contributors’ empowering stories are featured in this book.

Raising Can-Do Kids: Giving Children the Tools to Thrive in a Fast-Changing World

Raising Can-Do Kids

The world is changing at record speed, and the rules for succeeding are changing with it. Parents want to pave the way for their children and give them an edge in an increasingly competitive environment. However, many child specialists say removing obstacles and facilitating children’s progress may not be the best way to prepare them for adulthood.

The Toltec Art of Life and Death

The Toltec Art of Life and Death

It’s the ultimate vision quest: nine weeks in a coma following a heart attack. As he laid in the hospital bed unconscious, Don Miguel travelled through other realms, meeting both the living and the dead. He revisited his life, watching from his new perspective, and understanding why he knew what he knew and how he had learned it.

Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time

Reset Your Child’s Brain

Some parents already suspect it, some don’t want to know, but Dunckley did want to know. Her clinical practice was showing her disturbing symptoms in children which seemed to parallel the proliferation of electronic devices. She did an intensive study of the research, seeking out credible (although not always popular) studies that indicate a relationship between children’s e-device use and a dramatic rise in diagnoses among that population for bipolar disease, ADD, autism spectrum disorders, and even tic disorders.

Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom: The Essential Teachings

Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom

“This is Christian hope: that the future is in God’s hands.” Pope Francis has breathed true renewal and optimism into battered Roman Catholicism. His step down from the pedestal toward the flock has brought comfort and guidance to many who were feeling abandoned and misled.

This collection of brief quotes from his teachings is a handy reminder of the wisdom that has reached across a widening abyss to touch the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

On an Open Fire: Roasting, Barbecuing, Cooking

On an Open Fire

Just in time for Labor Day and last-chance, end-of-summer gatherings, this beautifully designed book will inspire your customers to recreate the magic of cooking and eating around a campfire. Not just steak and shish kebabs, this one has simple and clearly written instructions for Campfire Coffee, Sourdough Pancakes, Cowboy Beans, Bread on a Stick, Hunter’s Stew, Peach Cobbler, and Baked Camembert. Photographs show each step in the process.

FLAWD: How to Stop Hating on Yourself, Others, and the Things That Make You Who You Are

FLAWD: How to Stop Hating on Yourself, Others, and the Things That Make You Who You Are

Founder of, Rigal has been on both sides of this issue: a hater and the hated. She eventually turned it all into a learning experience and, now, a creative, powerful, and savvy little book. Filled with Rigal’s lively drawings, the book presents more like a personal journal than a self-help tome. Be assured, however, the content is well-organized, well thought-out, and always on point.

What Would Buddha Say? 1501 Right-Speech Teachings for Communicating Mindfully

What Would Buddha Say?

Part of the Following Buddha series, this book makes a powerful contribution to mindfulness practice. Readers don’t need to know anything about Buddha or Buddhism. The book is not religious, and its spiritual aspects are presented so neutrally as to be barely noticeable. What is obvious is commonsense and a generosity of spirit.

“Right Speech asks you to be aware of how you actually use the energy of your words.” It’s something we all understand at our core but something we rarely take the time to practice. What Would Buddha Say? is meant to be a gentle daily reminder.

The Sacred Ego: Making Peace With Ourselves and Our World

The Sacred Ego

Bonheim was born to German Jews who fled the Nazis and then returned to Germany after the war. It was in this context that she began wrestling with the myth of Eve, the women who plunged humans into a dark vortex by socializing with a snake. From that starting point she tackled the larger issues of duality. Soon she was analyzing the human ego and its attributions, concluding that the human ego deserved respect rather than blame. She then began exploring the reintegration of repressed aspects of the human psyche.

Thailand’s Best Street Food: The Complete Guide to Streetside Dining in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Other Areas

Thailand’s Best Street Food

Unlike the fast food franchises taking over Thailand, no two outdoor food vendors make exactly the same food using exactly the same recipe. That’s part of the fun of eating on the street in Thailand.

Chawadee Nualkhair, financial journalist turned foodie, takes readers through the ins and outs of eating at food stalls all over Thailand. She has divided the country into sections and provided a map for each section. She’s included only long-time, popular vendors in the book, indicating each vendor’s specialty.

Getting Laid: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Chickens, Gardening, and Preserving—With Over 100 Recipes!

Getting Laid

Do your customers know that mushrooms may be toxic to chickens? Barb Webb knows and she’s put it into chart form—just one of many helpful graphics distributed through this neuvo-eco guidebook to help readers reclaim their food, their lifestyles, and their health.

Good Dog, Happy Baby: Preparing Your Dog for the Arrival of Your Child

Good Dog, Happy Baby

Studies show that children who have dogs tend to be healthier and better adjusted than those who don’t. But what if the canine predates the child? What if the family pet doesn’t want or like the new addition? Michael Wombacher tells readers it is possible to prevent that problem, but it is important to begin preparing the dog(s) before the baby’s arrival.

Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing

Love in Every Stitch

In a world filled with healing bears, devil’s hats, toasty mittens, Grammie’s dolls, and the smell of wool, sunshine is a color—or so Lee Gant tells us. It’s a world where cancer patients, addicts, foster kids, and other struggling people come together to embrace life and fill their world with color and pattern. It’s the world of knitting and knitters.

Buddhism for Couples: A Calm Approach to Relationships

Buddhism for Couples

The Buddhist practice of mindfulness and self-awareness continues to influence therapeutic process in the West. This compassionate approach is proving to be highly successful in everything from stress reduction to severe addiction. Sarah Napthali has turned those practices in the direction of domestic relationships. She uses her own decades-long marriage to illustrate much of what she shares.


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