Colson Whitehead - The Noble Hustle

"I have a good poker face because I am half dead inside." So begins the hilarious and unexpectedly moving adventures of an amateur player who lucked into a seat at the biggest card game in town-the World Series of Poker.

In 2011 Grantland magazine sent award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead to brave the harrowing, seven-day gauntlet of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch-he'd never played in a casino tournament before.

With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator plunged into the gritty subculture of high-stakes Texas Hold'em. There's poker here, sure, which means joy and heartbreak, grizzled cowboys from the game's golden age, and teenage hotshots weaned on internet gambling. Not to mention the overlooked problem of coordinating Atlantic City bus schedules with your kid's drop-off and pick-up at school.

And then there's Vegas.

In a world full of long shots and short odds, The Noble Hustle ($24.95) is a sure bet, a raucously funny social satire whose main target is the author himself. Whether you've been playing cards your whole life or have never picked up a hand, you're sure to agree that this book contains some of the best writing about beef jerky ever put to paper.
 
Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York, a collection of essays. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.
 
 
 
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$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780385537056
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Published: Doubleday, 5/2014

Rona Renner - Is That Me Yelling?

Being a parent is hard work! And when your child refuses to do even the little things—like picking up their toys, or getting in the car—its easy to become frustrated. But what if there was a gentle, effective way to improve your kid's behavior without raising your voice? In Is That Me Yelling?: A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool ($16.95), leading authority on parenting, Rona Renner, outlines effective communication strategies that focus on your childs unique temperament. This book will teach you powerful mindfulness techniques based in cognitive behavioral theory and temperament theory to help reduce conflict and foster cooperation, respect, and understanding. You will also learn the real reasons behind your frustration, how your unique temperament can contribute to you losing your temper, and how you can start feeling calm and connecting with your child in a positive way, right away.

As a parent, you are often under a great deal of stress. Between helping your child with their homework, running a household, and working, its only natural to feel overwhelmed at times. But thats why you need real, practical solutions to help you communicate effectively and compassionately with your children in a way that will benefit you both. This book will show you how.

Rona Renner, RN, graduated from Brooklyn College School of Nursing in 1966, and has since been dedicated to solving problems and helping people reduce their suffering. Her extensive experience includes working in medical and psychiatric hospitals in the USA, training women in childbirth preparation in Zaire Africa, helping to start a learning disabilities program in Pune, India, and providing parent education, ADHD and temperament counseling in California. She currently consults and teaches classes for mental health professionals, teachers, and parents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

 

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$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781608829071
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Published: New Harbinger Publications, 5/2014

Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

The sensory details that infuse our everyday experience-the smell of a favorite dish cooking, the texture of a well-worn coat, hearing a song that reminds you of a person or a time in your life-can be used to add richness and spark to what we write. Whether you are a professional writer (or want to be one) or someone who enjoys just writing for your own personal fulfillment, Writing from the Senses ($14.95) will show you how to tap into an endless source of engaging material, using your senses as prompts. The exercises will stimulate you to develop stories, imagery, and details that will allow readers to see, taste, hear, smell, and feel that they're in the scene.

Laura Deutsch is a writer, editor, and teacher based in Mill Valley, California. She began teaching writing in 1974 at the University of California at Berkeley and has subsequently taught her popular classes and workshops at San Francisco State University, Book Passage bookstore, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, and in Arezzo, Italy. For the past fifteen years, her classes have focused on personal essay and memoir, writing from the senses, writing as a spiritual practice, and how to get into print. Laura's personal essays, feature stories, and travel pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, More magazine, Time Out, Mademoiselle, and the Dallas Morning News. Her personal essays have been anthologized in several collections, including I Should Have Stayed Home; Best Women's Travel Writing 2011; and Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana. Her commentary has aired on public radio.
 
 
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$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781611800449
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Published: Shambhala, 9/2013

Alan Day - The Horse Lover

He already owned and managed two ranches and needed a third about as much as he needed a permanent migraine. That’s what cattle rancher Alan Day said every time his friend pestered him about an old ranch in South Dakota. When he finally agreed to visit the ranch, he fell in love with the its lush prairie. But what to do with it’s 35,000 acres?

The opportunity soon dropped in his lap to establish a sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. After Day successfully lobbied Congress, those acres became Mustang Meadows Ranch, the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the United States.

The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs
($24.95) is Day’s personal history of the sanctuary’s vast enterprise, with its surprises and pleasures and its plentiful dangers, frustrations, and heartbreak. Day’s deep connection with the animals in his care is clear from the onset, as is his maverick philosophy of horse-whispering that he used to train fifteen hundred wild horses. This memoir weaves together Day’s recollections of his cowboying adventures astride some of his best horses, all of which taught him indispensable lessons about loyalty, perseverance, and hope.

Alan Day was part of the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. The ranching and cowboy lifestyle appealed to him so greatly that after graduating from the University of Arizona, he returned to manage Lazy B for the next 40 years. During his career, he received numerous awards for his dedicated stewardship of the land. Alan and his sister, Sandra Day O’Connor, co-authored the New York Times bestselling memoir, Lazy B, which chronicles the story of the Day family and growing up on a harsh yet beautiful southwestern ranch.

 

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$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780803253353
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Published: Bison Books, 3/2014

Julene Bair - The Ogallala Road

Like many farm children, Julene Bair left home as soon as she could, headed for what she hoped would be a more exciting life in San Francisco. The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning ($26.95) opens years later when Julene inherits part of her father’s farming empire. She knows his empire was built by plowing the prairies that enchanted her in childhood, and by mining the Ogallala aquifer, the sole source of water on the western plains. But now her family, like many other irrigators, pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the aquifer each year. Julene returns to Kansas to search for one of the few springs that still flow out of the aquifer. She happens on an even rarer find—Ward, a Kansas man who owns a ranch in the beautiful Smoky Valley. A single mother, Julene hopes that Ward will become the father her son has always wished for. Meanwhile, she struggles to reconcile her love for her family’s land with their abuse of it, and ultimately becomes a crusader for the Ogallala aquifer. Her page-turning story is a uniquely American saga of love, farm and family in our challenging times.
 
Julene Bair is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program. Her essay collection, One Degree West, won several regional awards and was a finalist for the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. She has taught at the University of Wyoming and the University of Iowa and currently lives in Longmont, Colorado. Bair has written editorials on the Ogallala Aquifer, most notably for USA Today and the New York Times.

 

 
 

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$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780670786046
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Published: Viking Adult, 3/2014

Michelina Vinter - Colette

Michelina Vinter’s debut novel, Colette ($10.99), is an infectiously uplifting work, embodied by a heroine who takes no prisoners and rescues the men in her life. Filled with intrigue and torn loyalties, Vinter takes us on a whirlwind tour through the times that changed our world forever.

Encountering everything from disillusioned first love, to the Gestapo, and even a kidnapping plot, Colette’s life proves to be as exciting as it is dramatic. Keeping readers guessing until the last sentence, this captivating novel uses romance, action, and intrigue to draw readers in, while exploring the constraints of life and family, and bridging the social stigma of interracial marriage during the 1940’s. Vinter honors the struggle these couples faced not only from society but also within their own families. Mirrored in her own life, Vinter is intimately wise in sharing that true love has no boundaries. Colette travels around the world and back again in defense of her family, her child, and her love. But will it be enough?

Michelina Vinter is a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist. Possessing a vivid imagination since she was a child, she often was told to get to the point - which led to her career as an acupuncturist. Born in France, her family moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. With firsthand experiences in hard goodbyes and long conversations with her maternal grandmother, Vinter’s wisdom beyond her years led to a fulfilling writing career covering multiple genres.

 

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Colette (Paperback)

$10.99
ISBN-13: 9780989110204
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Published: Nathalie Valkov, 8/2013



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