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We the Peopleby  Beverly Peterson Stearns
Taking a cue from today's political scene and American history, these images and the accompanying text illustrate that what people from all countries have in common is more than what sets them apart. This is simple, straightforward and appropriate for all ages. Details>>




Cooperative Wisdom by Dr. Donald Scherer, PhD and Carolyn Jabs, MA
 

Why do good people find themselves in conflict despite their best efforts?  Cooperative Wisdom explains how cooperation breaks down and, more important, what can be done about it.   Written as an engaging conversation between an acclaimed philosopher and an inquisitive journalist, this book introduces five social virtues that crack open stubborn conflicts.  Lively examples from history, current events and family life inspire readers to master specific practices that will strengthen cooperation in families, workplaces and even political parties. Details >>

 
 
 
 
 
The Upside of Insanity by Nichole Tucker
“The Upside of Insanity,” is chapbook of poetry that takes you on a journey through the feminist mind. Touching on subjects like love and courtship, female oppression and personal identity, the author profoundly writes of how being a woman in love and out, can lead to an unsteady emotional state which she considers a form of insanity. The book is highly intriguing from poems like “Sic Semper Tyrannis” when the emotions are uncertain to the ending poem “Love in the New World,” when you finally realize the upside of the love psychosis. Details >>
 
 
 
 
 
 
Becoming Ginger Rogers by Patrice Tanaka
Becoming Ginger Rogers is the story of one woman’s inspiring and uplifting journey to reclaim her life during the dispiriting days of New York City post-9/11, the unraveling of a successful business she co-founded, and the prolonged illness and death of her beloved husband. Patrice Tanaka, who was born and raised in Hawaii and moved to Manhattan to pursue a career in PR, shares her very personal story of how at age 50 she started ballroom dance lessons to satisfy a lifelong dream of dancing like Ginger Rogers and, through it, found her way to unimaginable joy.

This book is, in part, a memoir of a Japanese-American woman born and raised in Hawaii who fulfilled her dream of “making it” in Manhattan; it’s also a voyeuristic glimpse into the world of competitive ballroom dancing; and a business book about the lessons learned from ballroom dancing that made Patrice a better partner and a smarter CEO.

Patrice is co-chair, chief creative officer, and whatcanbe ambassador for CRT/tanaka, an award-winning, national PR agency she helped co-found in September 2005. She lives in New York City and is a competitive ballroom dancer. Details >>
 
 
The Intentional Networker by Patti DeNucci
An award-winning connector and communicator, Patti DeNucci has studied, practiced, and taught the art and science of intentional networking and attracting strategic referrals for more than 25 years. Her new book, The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals, and Results in Business will be released in September 2011 with pre-publication copies available in July. The book offers stories, techniques, and tips gleaned from Patti’s experiences as an entrepreneur, connector, and communicator. Its nine strategically-ordered chapters provide a holistic view of what it takes to be a more focused, efficient, discerning, and successful networker. The people who will benefit most from Patti’s book are those who want to be successful, but also want to use their networking time and resources wisely. They’re tired of flinging business cards around, frothing up the networking waters, and creating more noise and busy work for themselves. They want to quit filling up their calendars with random networking events and coffee dates and become more focused and selective in where, how, and with whom they network. They want to stand above the crowd, earn respect, and build and nurture a strong, powerful portfolio of long-term business relationships that actually help them co-create the results they want. Details >>
 
 
Take Yourself to the Top: Success From the Inside Out by Laura Berman Fortgang, MCC
This is one of the very first books on coaching by a pioneer in the personal coaching field. It features the top ten career dilemmas that people brought to America’s #1 Career Coach in her early years in practice. Each career dilemma is featured with an “inside out” approach to success. Less stress, more outcomes.The book is compiled of great stories from Laura’s executive and business owner client files. Laura’s clients have ranged from homemakers to celebrities and executives to entrepreneurs as well as NASA and the Army Corps of Engineers. Details >>
 
 
 
 
 
Living Your Best Life by Laura Berman Fortgang, MCC
This book invites personal growth as you explore how to live YOUR best life. There is no way to have a ‘best life.’ The formula is as individual as you are and yet Laura Berman Fortgang manages to guide you through a powerful process that helps you determine what you want, what you deserve and how to make it a reality in your life.From work life balance to keeping promises to yourself in training your brain to feed you more positive thoughts, this book covers it all. Laura’s chapter on wisdom-access questions is quickly becoming a classic as people learn to ask better questions to get better answers to their life queries. Details >>
 
 
 
 
NOW WHAT? 90 Days to a New Life Direction by Laura Berman Fortgang, MCC
If you or someone near to you is re-evaluating their career or life direction, this book is for you. In an easy to follow 90-day program, you are led to peel back the layers and find what will really make you happy in your career and life. Laura’s motto is that “career satisfaction doesn’t come from WHAT you do, it comes from WHO you get to be everyday while you’re doing it.” Let her book support you to discover your Life Blueprint® to satisfaction, fulfillment, meaning and financial success. Details >>
 
 
 
 
 
Just an Accident by Amy Montgomery
There was no blood at the scene, not even a cut on his body. Yet when the top of a massive tree slammed into Adirondack logger Scott Remington, his bones exploded. How paramedics navigated the terrain to reach Scott is a miracle. So is the aftermath of an accident whose paralyzing outcome felt like death to a woodsman who could never sit still. This is not only the true story of one man. It is also about a remarkable band of family, friends, and neighbors, who rallied to rescue Scott from despair, not once but twice, and, by accident, discovered the meaning of life. Calling this account “well written and extremely compelling,” actor Christopher Reeve noted that, “Amy Montgomery draws us into the essence of living with a spinal cord injury through Scott Remington’s moving story. Her portrayal of his struggle to survive and live a meaningful life makes us care as much as the members of his family. In an instant both Scott and I became members of a club that neither of us would ever have wanted to join. But instead of self pity, Scott has demonstrated relentless energy, drive, and willpower that no disability can diminish. Montgomery has captured not only the drama of an accidental tragedy but the power of the human spirit to overcome it.” Details >>
 
 
Miriam’s Gift : A Mother’s Blessings-Then and Now by Rosemary Mild
Miriam Luby Wolfe had everything to live for. As a junior at Syracuse University, she was spending her fall semester in London exploring her many talents: singing, dancing, acting, directing, and writing. But she never made it home. On Dec. 21, 1988, her plane exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 259 aboard and 11 residents on the ground–all victims of a terrorist bomb. When the Scottish police miraculously returned Miriam’s personal effects to her mother, Rosemary Mild discovered new dimensions to her only child: a writer/scholar/activist with the heart and insight of a philosopher. Rosemary takes the reader on a journey from the intense grief of a mother’s loss to the renewed courage inspired by Miriam’s legacy of love, humor, and idealism. Details >>
 
 
 
 
Locks & Cream Cheese by Rosemary & Larry Mild
Paco LeSoto, a dapper retired detective, and Molly Mesta, a witty housekeeper/cook team up as an endearing pair of sleuths. They encounter murder and mayhem among the residents of Black Rain Corners, a quaint Maryland town on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. A million-dollar painting and a jeweled antique key disappear from Marche House mansion. Hidden rooms, locked doors, and dead bodies embroil the town’s elite Historical Society in sizzling scandal. Trapped in the web of suspicion are a psychoanalyst, an alcoholic gambler, a mob enforcer, an iron-pumping gigolo, and an art dealer from the Orient. Paco and Molly expose the mansion’s secrets. Details >>
 
 
 
 
 
1001 Commonly Misspelled Words: What Your Spell Checker Won’t Tell You by Mary Lou Santovec
Many otherwise intelligent and talented people have trouble spelling correctly, and yet a single misspelled work on a letter or important document creates a bad impression, and can even damage job prospects or networking opportunities. Yet the way traditional dictionaries are organized makes it very difficult for misspellers to look up words unless they already know how to spell them. Computer spell-checkers can be a big help, but they don’t address the issue with homophones—a big spelling problem for those who write down words based on how they “sound.” Finally, here’s a solution for all of the frustrated misspellers who can’t spell a word well enough to find it in a dictionary. 1,001 Commonly Misspelled words features an easy-to-use phonetic access system, so that readers don’t need to know how to spell words correctly before looking them up. In addition, readers get handy memory techniques (i.e., there’s a “rat” in separate) and other tips so that they can remember correct spellings in the future. Lean and mean enough to carry around and use easily, 1,001 Commonly Misspelled Words is comprehensive enough to protect readers from the words they are most likely to get wrong. Details >>
 
 
 
Flight From Fear by Sarah Byrn Rickman
Sarah Byrn Rickman attended the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in 1996 immeditely after completing her Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Antioch University McGregor in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sessions presented by members of Women Writing the West inspired her to turn her fledgling idea of a WASP-based story into a female quest novel. Three years later, Flight From Fear won First Place in the historical fiction competition at PPWC. The following year, the sequel Flight To Destiny won First Place. Although Sarah’s heroines are women of “airplanes” rather than the Great Plains, the pioneer spirit lives in them nevertheless.In 2001, Disc-Us Books published The Originals: The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II, Sarah’s non-fiction book about the women pilots who preceded the WASPs.

Sarah and her husband, Richard, live in Centerville, Ohio, and have two grown sons. Her actual aviation experience is 22 hours in a Cessna 152. But she also grew up riding horses in Denver and at Cheley Camps outside Estes Park, which helped with the mostly western setting of Flight From Fear. Details >>
 
 
The Originals : The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II by Sarah Byrn Rickman
By the spring of 1942, the United States was deeply engulfed in World War II. Every available male pilot was needed to fly combat abroad. Two years earlier, the idea had surfaced of using experienced women pilots to ferry airplanes from one place to another. Now need dictated that it was time to give women pilots a chance to do just that. Rickman has written the definitive history of the original 28 WAFS and what a wonderful story it is. Although they never saw combat, these women were every bit as patriotic, committed, dedicated and heroic as any servicemen, leaving their homes and families, and in some cases giving up their lives to serve their country. They fought the boundaries of gender, bureaucracy and the politics of competition in order to become a part of their nation’s aviation history. Through the use of extensive research, personal papers, diaries and reminiscences (only 8 of The Originals are still alive), Rickman breathes life into the women’s stories and their adventures in the air and on the ground. Details >>
 
 
Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want by Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb
Discover the effective strategies for making real change in your life. This human, practical program puts your vague yearnings and dreams to work for you–with concrete results. You will learn to: discover your strengths and skills; turn your fears and negative feelings into positive tools; diagram the path to your goal–and make out target dates for meeting it, and much more! Details >>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now : How to Create Your Second Life After Forty by Barbara Sher
The bestselling author of “I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was” returns with more sage advice, this time for people 40 and beyond—a provocative guide for defining dreams and realizing them, in life’s second, and most rewarding half. Details >>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Silent Passage: Menopause by Gail Sheehy
Gail Sheehy’s landmark bestseller has become the bible for women concerned about menopause. Since The Silent Passage was originally published in the early 1990s, Gail Sheehy, a member of the board of the New York Menopause Research Foundation, has been at the forefront of the newest research on menopause. She has also continued to interview countless women throughout the country on the subject. In this updated and expanded edition, she presents essential new data in chapters on The Perimenopause Panic, Menopause in the Workplace, Estrogen and Brainpower, and New Frontiers in Treatment. Candid, enlightening, inspiring, and witty, with the latest information on everything from early menopause to Chinese medicine and natural remedies, The Silent Passage is an indispensable reference for every woman. Details >>
 
 
 
Passages by Gail Sheehy 
At last, this is your story. You’ll recognize yourself, your friends, and your loves. You’ll see how to use each life crisis as an opportunity for creative change—to grow to your full potential. Gail Sheehy’s brilliant road map of adult life shows the inevitable personality and sexual changes we go through in our 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond. The Trying 20s—The safety of home left behind, we begin trying on life’s uniforms and possible partners in search of the perfect fit. The Catch 30s—illusions shaken, it’s time to make, break, or deepen life commitments. The Forlorn 40s—Dangerous years when the dreams of youth demand reassessment, men and women switch characteristics, sexual panic is common, but the greatest opportunity for self-discovery awaits. The Refreshed (or Resigned) 50s—Best of life for those who let go old roles and find a renewal of purpose. Details >>
 
 
 
New Passages: Mapping your Life Across Time by Gail Sheehy
A provocative sequel to and a significant extension of Sheehy’s international bestseller Passages. Sheehy finds a revolution in the adult life cycle as she traces not only radical changes in the earlier phases of the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, but discovers and maps out the new frontier—a second adulthood in middle life. Details >>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hillary’s Choice by Gail Sheehy
Vanity Fair writer Gail Sheehy’s engrossing biography of Hillary Clinton is a refreshing departure from the political hit jobs that have appeared elsewhere in print. That’s not to say Hillary’s Choice is a pro-Clinton book–Hillary herself would probably bristle at reading it, and her husband (“The story of the Clinton presidency has always been the story of the Clinton marriage,” writes Sheehy) comes off as a bright but demented cad. Yet Hillary’s Choice is broadly sympathetic and often nonjudgmental at crucial moments. Sheehy writes very little about public policy, but includes plenty of pop psychologizing. She suggests that the president is a sex addict afflicted by what “a highly qualified mental health professional who works too close to the White House to be identified” calls “dissociative identities”—what used to be known as “multiple personalities … a sum of various identities that have been split off at some time in the past.” And the president gets away with so much in his personal life because Hillary has become his unwitting enabler: “Every addict or alcoholic needs one. The enabler is usually an intimate of the addicted person who allows him to persist in self-destructive behavior by making excuses or helping him avoid the consequences of his actions.” Details >>