Our June Titles Are Here!

Can you believe we’re nearly halfway through 2014?! It doesn’t seem possible. But we are, which means our next round of books are now available!


Head to Heart: Mindfulness Moments for Every Day

Jenifer Madson

Head to Heart gently guides us to cultivate (and sustain) those moments of clarity—the awakenings of everyday life—and to embrace and grow from them all, no matter how joyful or painful.9781573245982

“Awakening…think of it as something we need to do every day; it is a process, a gradual awareness and growing insight,” Madson writes. Practice awakening to:

  • generate more compassion or love,
  • create an unshakable sense of well-being
  • better understand your mind and surroundings,
  • find answers to specific challenges,
  • or all of the above.

Practice can happen anywhere, any time: on the mat or on the move, sitting or walking, in silence or conversation, alone or with a group; in short, whenever you are consciously pointing your mind toward greater clarity and service while connecting with the Spirit, you are meditating and preparing to awaken.

Head to Heart times 365. Each brief meditation opens to the promise of peace, joy, and purpose.

(Conari Press)


9781578635542The Voodoo Doll Spellbook: A Compendium of Ancient and Contemporary Spells and Rituals

Denise Alvarado

When it comes to Voodoo, few things are more iconic than the Voodoo doll. Known also as conjure dolls, doll babies, dollies, baby dolls, poppets, fetich, fetish, and effigies, they are servants of fast-acting, long-lasting magic. If you are seeking a new job or new friends, need to find your one true love or keep your lover at home, wish to be rid of your enemies or protect yourself from thievery, in these pages you will find the doll and the spell to do just that and more.

Drawing not only on New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo traditions, Alvarado also presents doll spellwork from ancient Greece, Egypt, Malaysia, Japan, Africa, and the European grimoires of old magic. You’ll learn how to make, use, and properly dispose of your Voodoo doll.

Be warned: this is some of the most effective magic that exists so be ready to reap what you are about to sow, or in this case, sew!

(Weiser Books)


Unconventional Flying Objects: A Former NASA Scientist Explains How UFOs Really Work

Paul R. Hill, Foreword by Robert Wood with Don Crosbie Donderi PhD9781571747136

Paul Hill was a well-respected NASA scientist when, in the early 1950s, he had a UFO sighting. Soon after, he built the first flying platform and was able to duplicate the UFO’s tilt-to-control maneuvers. Official policy, however, prevented him from proclaiming his findings. “I was destined,” says Hill, “to be as unidentified as the flying objects.”

For the next twenty-five years, Hill acted as an unofficial clearinghouse at NASA, collecting and analyzing sightings’ reports for physical properties, propulsion possibilities, dynamics, etc. To refute claims that UFOs defy the laws of physics, he had to make “technological sense… of the unconventional object.”

After his retirement from NASA, Hill finally completed his remarkable analysis. This book, published posthumously, presents his findings that UFOs “obey, not defy, the laws of physics.” Vindicating his own sighting and thousands of others, he proves that UFO technology is not only explainable, but attainable.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)


 

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Our April Titles Are Coming!

April is always a great time of year. Spring (finally!) makes it’s appearance on the east coast, warmer weather sets in and we can finally be outside. And what goes great with being outside? Reading a book! With seven titles coming out in April, there should be something for everyone. With titles ranging from surviving three near-death experiences, to raising a husband, learning how to grow older better and finding out the truth behind your sun sign, you’ll have plenty to read until our May titles come out!


9781573246361How to Survive Life (and Death): A Guide for Happiness in This World and Beyond)

Robert Kopecky

An Emmy-nominated art director for television, Robert Kopecky never dreamed he’d end up writing a book about how to survive life and death. But what else could he do? Over the years, Kopecky had not one but three near-death experiences. He discovered exactly what lives on the other side of our fears about dying–and living. And he had some stories he knew we’d want to hear. Even some very funny ones.

Read this book and you’ll find yourself uncoiling, relaxing your shoulders, taking deeper breaths. You may even feel like you’re floating as you begin to shed the weight of a lifetime of social and existential anxiety. And you’ll find the calm determination to live your life accordingly.

(Conari Press)


9781573246354How to Raise a Husband: A Whole Bunch of Ways to Build a Strong and Happy Marriage

Tonilyn Hornung

Completely nag-free, How to Raise a Husband offers a unique approach by incorporating the honesty of six experts (real wives) with one unifying voice (the author’s) to assist and entertain, all the while providing deep and valuable insight into the less-talked-about issues of marriage. From honest communication to knowing the difference between when to compromise and if you are compromising yourself, and how to know when it’s appropriate to wear your Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader uniform, How to Raise a Husband gives practical advice and encouragement on marriage that will unite women across the globe.

(Conari Press)


9781571747037Getting Older Better: The Best Advice Ever on Money, Health, Creativity, Sex, Work, Retirement and More

Pamela D. Blair, PhD

Pamela Blair, a psychotherapist in her 60s, has a few things to say about aging. Open this book to any page and find one of over 100 brief, kickstarting essays and journaling questions for moving into your third act with a sense of adventure and possibility. Blair offers dozens of practical and motivational ideas for handling everything from health and libido to the death of a spouse, money, legacy, and more.Let Pamela Blair will guide you through the thoughts and feelings about aging that may be dragging you down. Let her point the way to a different, optimistic and clear eyed, way of getting older—better.

(Hampton Roads Publishing Company)


Bad Birthday.inddBad Birthdays: The Truth Behind Your Crappy Sun Sign

Sarah Christensen Fu

Revealing the truth (whether you like it or not) about your star sign, Bad Birthdays uncovers the true quirks, oddities, and unpleasantries that characterize your unlucky sign of the zodiac and rule your destiny. When it comes to love, do you think that watery Pisces are naturally romantic lovers? Think again—if you’re unfortunate enough to have a relationship with a Plagued Pisces or a Contemptible Cancer, you’re in trouble. Reference the relationship sections to rate your compatibility with other star signs, or at least highlight where the cracks are going to show.

(Hampton Roads Publishing Company)


The State Is Out of Date: We Can Do It Better 9781938875069

Gregory Sams

Does anyone really think that politics is working–aside from those in power and behind it? What if living together in peace and harmony is a more natural condition than that we experience in today’s conflict-driven culture? We are community animals with built-in empathy, good at organizing things and helping each other out. The most essential and reliable features of our culture arose without top-down planning by a state that has one basic objective–to stay in power. We have enjoyed enduring civilizations in the past governed wholly from the bottom-up, without need of a shepherd and sheepdogs. We can do it again – and are more connected than ever before.

(Disinformation Books)


9781573246316The Language of Healing: Daily Comfort for Women Living with Breast Cancer 

Pat Benson and Linda Dackman

This wise little book of 150 meditations is like a breast cancer support group. It is exactly what a woman recuperating in her hospital bed or during any of the other milestones of treatment and recovery might need—the advice and wisdom of other women who have preceded her in confronting breast cancer.

Gathered here are moving reflections, anecdotes, and practical information for women concerned with or diagnosed with this disease. Built upon the experiences of women of all ages–women who have undergone all types of breast surgery and treatments from lumpectomy and mastectomy to radiation and chemotherapy; women who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay–the reflections touch upon topics as universal as fear and grief and as intimate as sex.

(Conari Press)


9781571747112Children of a Living Universe: Discovering Our Legacy Will Change Our Future 

Paul Von Ward

Children of a Living Universe is a call to action unlike any other you may have encountered. According to cultural historian and cosmologist Paul Von Ward, the time has come for human beings to reassess just about everything we believe about our ancestry and global past. Drawing upon forgotten prehistory, clues from the world’s esoteric traditions, and new research in consciousness, Von Ward asserts we are more powerful beings than either science or religion has led us to believe. He exhorts us to embrace a bold, new model of human existence, one that explains our celestial origins, multidimensional capacities, and destiny as conscious co-creators of a self-learning and self-correcting universe.

(Hampton Roads Publishing Company)

Our March Titles Are Almost Here!

Are you as excited as we are about our March titles? You should be! March’s titles range from how to find happiness, surviving change, our love affair with vampires, and secrets, conspiracies and cover-ups. Read on for more about our latest titles! All books will be available on March 1st wherever books and e-books are sold.


find happiness nowFind Happiness Now: 50 Shortcuts for Bringing Love, Balance and Joy into Your Life

Jonathan Robinson

From the author of the bestselling Communication Miracles for Couples, are 50 simple yet powerful tools for finding and maintaining happiness.  Divided into four sections: Loving Yourself, Improving Relationships, Connecting with Spirit, and Living Your Dreams, readers will find a plethora of easy, practical ways to have better relationships, increased success and enjoyment in their careers, a more loving connection with themselves, and a lot more fun in their lives.

Grow your self-esteem, stop worrying about money, become your own hero and tackle major decisions – these are just a few of the ways that this book can improve your life and help you find happiness.

(Conari Press)


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How to Survive Change…You Didn’t Ask For: Bounce Back, Find Calm in Chaos and Reinvent Yourself

 M.J. Ryan

We all know “change is hard” and it can be even harder when we don’t see it coming. In How to Survive Change…You Didn’t Ask For, Ryan provides strategies to retrain your brain and optimize your response to change, step-by-step: by first accepting the new reality, then expanding your options, and finally taking effective action. She provides many tools for becoming calmer, less fearful, and more flexible, creative, and resourceful in your thinking. The best part – as your adaptability increases, so does your confidence and with her guidance, you will be able to survive and thrive no matter what life throws your way. (Conari Press)

 


100 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know100Things Not Supposed to Know: Secrets, Conspiracies, Cover Ups, and Absurdities

Russ Kick

This books sheds light on things that people in power – government, religious leaders, corporations, the rich and well connected- just wish you didn’t know. Through careful research and impeccable sources, Kick uncovers the hidden truth. For example, self-appointed censors warn constantly about the dangers of pornography, but the fact is that pornography has existed since the first cave people carved dirty pictures on the wall. It’s also true that two atomic bombs were dropped on North Carolina, although we managed to avoid nuking Greenland, Texas, Canada, Britain and Spain.

All of these and more in 100 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know.

(Disinformation Books)


 vampires are usVampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side

Margot Adler

With no particular interest in most genre fiction, including Vampire Fiction, as Margot Adler sat vigil at her dying husband’s bedside, she found herself inexplicably drawn to vampire novels-and quickly enough she was hooked.

As she dove deeper into the genre – by now she had read more than 270 vampire novels, from teen to adult, from gothic to modern, from detective to comic – she began to see just how each era creates the vampires it needs. Dracula, an Eastern European monster, was the perfect vehicle for 19th-century England’s fear of outsiders and of disease seeping in through its large ports.

In 1960s America, Dark Shadows gave us a Vietnam-era conflicted, struggling-to-be-moral-despite-being-predator vampire that still enthralls us today. Think Spike and Angel, Stefan and Damon, Bill and Eric, the Cullens.

Vampires Are Us explores the issues of power, politics, morality, identity, and even the fate of the planet that shows up in vampire novels today. Perhaps, as Adler suggests, our blood is oil, perhaps our prey is the planet. Perhaps vampires are us.

(Weiser Books)


Red Wheel Weiser Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide

Publishers love books, but we also love to read them! And it’s not just the editors who do all the reading. We’ve scoured our library shelves to bring you staff picks from our back and front list, from the people who make them!

Pick 1: Death Poems

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Death Poems
Classic, Contemporary, Witty, Serious, Tear-Jerking, Wise, Profound, Angry, Funny, Spiritual, Atheistic, Uncertain, Personal, Political, Mythic, Earthy, and Only Occasionally Morbid
Edited by Russ Kick
Disinformation Books. Paperback, $21.95.

Death Poems seems an odd choice for a holiday gift, eh?  Not really.  Though it offers a vast survey of death (320 poems by 200 poets) including the death of children, funeral rites for serial killers, war, elegies for famous people, and more death-ish-ness, it is actually life affirming!  Readers will find Walt Whitman celebrating death as an important part of the richness of life.  Lord Byron pens a beautiful epitaph for his beloved dog.  Emily Dickinson goes for a carriage ride with Death, and Dylan Thomas pleads with his father to go gentle into that good night.  Kick offers a “finely wrought kaleidoscope of ideas, attitudes, and experiences.” Celebrate the season (and life) with Death Poems!

~ Bonni Hamilton, Director of Marketing & Digital Content

Pick 2:  The Showings of Julian of Norwichthe showings julian of norwich

The Showings of Julian of Norwich
A New Translation

Mirabai Starr
Hampton Roads. Paperback, $18.95

Julian was a fourteenth century mystic who was an anchoress at the church of St. Julian in Norwich, England.  She is called Julian after the church where she served; her real name is lost to us.  An anchoress literally lived in a very small addition to the church she served at.  Her function was to pray, and the only human contact she had was through a small window to the outside world.  Her only other point of contact was either with the priest  assigned to the church or her cat, which she kept with her.

What makes Julian remarkable to me are her visions of Christ, set at a very patriarchal time, which fairly sing with love, peace, optimism, compassion, and most of all, of motherhood.  Julian proclaimed the motherhood of God at a time when doing so could result in a quick trip to the nearest stake with a match.

She was insistent in proclaiming God’s tender love for all people; she looked deep into God and said there was no punishment, only understanding and love.  She identified “sins” as mistakes and urged all to simply get up, not waste time on guilt, but throw themselves into the arms of a God who loves with a tender mother’s love for healing and grace.

If that’s not an appropriate holiday message, I don’t know what is.

~Meg Richardson, Sales Manager

Pick 3: Everyday Energy Boosters

365 energy boostersEveryday Energy Boosters
365 Tips and Tricks to Help You Feel Like a Million Bucks
Sondra Kornblatt and Susannah Seton
Conari. Paperback. $17.95

With the constant running around, over-scheduling, overworking, and undersleeping who couldn’t use an energy boost? This book offers easy ways to make the most of your day and find that second wind. There are far too many things to see and do and not enough time to waste.

~Kimberly Ehart, Publishing Associate

Pick 4: The Museum of Lost Wonder

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Jeff Hoke
Weiser. Hardcover w/ paper model kits, full color throughout. $49.95

This book is a real trip. A trip in the sense that it takes visitors through a series of mysteries for which there can be no absolute answers, but leaves them understanding more than when they set out. It’s an adventure through various wonder-full ideas which reside at the base of human questioning. The Museum of Lost Wonder is one of those rare books which provides a lesson as an object, not just within the text. This lovely, oversize, full-color illustrated and illuminated book is perfect for delving into, parts at a time. Pull-out card stock models provide activity which stimulates the hands as much as the mind. It doesn’t so much explain what Wonder is as directly engage readers in Wonder, inviting us to re-experience and treasure Wonder in our lives.

Careful readers of this recommendation will note that there are not too many specifics given. This is a difficult book to summarize in a pithy gift-book review, but an easy pick to recommend as a gift book. It’s a Big-Picture (and illustrated!) kind of book, exploring eternal questions of humanity through a lens of mystery and awe. This is one of those gifts where a recipient will look at it–and you–quizzically, but may very well launch late night discussions about Big Issues months down the road, or remain a true coffee table curiosity object for visitors to peruse.

Over-the-top production values, truly unique and thought-provoking content, and a presentation which makes this a book which can be read at any point for however long a visitor wishes to remain in The Museum make it a perfect gift, especially for those who have everything: who couldn’t stand a bit more Wonder in their lives…?

~Mike Conlon, Production Manager

Pick 5: The Upgrade

the upgrade coverThe Upgrade
A Cautionary Tale of Life Without Reservations
Disinformation. Paperback, $18.95

The holidays can be a busy time, although the commercials lead you to believe that it will be a time filled with sweaters and hot chocolate, in all reality it is filled with stress and frustration. So what is the best way to relax after the most reeling time of the year? Well to laugh of course. The Upgrade by Paul Carr will make you do just that. Paul Carr takes you through his self entitled “ridiculous adventure” of living out of luxury hotels and giving up all commitments. Working out that it is actually cheaper to live this way, then in his small London apartment Carr takes his readers on a hilarious adventure across the world. Although this book will make the reader laugh, Carr’s behavior tends to escalate towards the destructive, teaching a valuable lesson on what is really important in this life. This is the perfect gift to give anyone on your list, especially someone who has had an especially stressful time hanging the stockings.

~Grace Goodman, Editorial Intern

Pick 6: Darkside Zodiac

darkside zodiac coverDarkside Zodiac
Stella Hyde
Weiser. Paperback, $24.95.

Sometimes, in a world where everyone is posting adorable little memes on facebook telling you to “shine bright” it’s refreshing to have someone tell you like it is: you suck. I laughed out loud, like LOL, when I read this line about my own sign, Taurus,  “Alright, being soul-sappingly boring isn’t the most stygian you can get on the Darkside (although tell that to your desperate family, mouthing ‘kill me now’ through the windowpane at passersby as you get out the Monopoly board for your biweekly game.)” You may not like what you read about your own Zodiac sign, but you’ll get a real good laugh to see what this book has to say about the signs of your family and friends.

~Hillary Peacock, Operations Manager

Pick 7: Steampunk Magic

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Steampunk Magic
Working Magic Aboard the Airship
Gypsey Elaine Teague
Weiser. Paperback. $16.95

Even for the Scroogiest of us all, the holidays are the most Victorian season of the year, from Yule logs to plum puddings. Why not revel in the mood with Steampunk Magic, the only book that tells you how to invoke Queen Victoria for good fortune, celebrate your coming of age among the crew of your very own airship, and gaze into the Aether through consecrated brass goggles? It’s a little pagan, a little Dickensian, completely adorable, and the only magick system that’s just as at home with Ada Lovelace as it is with tarot divination.

~Michael Alexander, Assistant Production Editor

Pick 8: Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires and Other Creatures of the Night

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Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night
Facts, Fictions, and First-Hand Accounts
Varla Ventura
Weiser. Flapped paperback. $16.95

Ventura’s little book is packed with vintage charm, full of stories of olden days, modern-day horror stories, true and terrifying tales. It’s just creepy enough to please any fan of horror, magical creatures, vampires, werewolves, monsters, fairies, and odd history. It’s good for tweens and as well as the decrepit, and holds a special charm for anyone who feels most comfortable at midnight. The package itself is perfect for a stocking-stuffer, it’s 5 x 7 with lots of charming spot art. Fans of Ventura’s other works will appreciate her inside-jokes and puns, and those new to this author will surely be charmed into wanting more. It’s one part Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, one part Bram Stoker, and three parts “sh*t, did I remember to lock the door?”

~Amber Guetebier, Editor

Pick 9: The Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family

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The Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family
How to Survive and Then Thrive Karen Casey
Conari. Paperback. $16.95

I’m thinking people might like to check out Karen Casey’s latest, The Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family, because pretty much, no matter how old you are and how much “work” you’ve done, if you grew up in a dysfunctional family, things can get pretty hairy at the holiday time. This book will help restore balance and peace. So maybe multiple copies are in order—one for everybody.

~Jan Johnson, Publisher

Pick 10: 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women

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The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women
A Portable Mentor
Gail McMeekin
Conari. Paperback. $17.95

My pick is an oldie but a really, really goodie. Every time I open the book I get another shot of inspiration, whether I read just a few lines or curl up on the sofa with it for a rejuvenating break (we have this wonderful red leather sofa in the office, and when I’ve had enough computer time I sometimes change the scenery and sit there for reading and contemplation). Sometimes I just like to open the book to a random page and see what’s in store for me at that moment. Today’s “random” hit was this quote from poet Minnie Richard Smith: Diamonds are only chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs, you see.” Perfect for writers and editors and publishers and, well, pretty much everyone else who is trying to leave the world a bit better, a bit more beautiful, than they way they found it. I love how Gail draws wisdom from women from so many different fields and creative endeavors and finds these 12 themes—from Following Your Fascinations to Conquering Saboteurs to Surrendering to Cycles. We originally published the book back in 2000, which just goes to show that most good reads never go out of style. The book continues to touch so many creative women, and I just love that. And the new cover we added last year is so pretty to look at, too.

~Caroline Pincus, Associate Publisher

What’s on your holiday must-read/must-buy list?

ADHD

Gearing up for back-to-school already? Do you know how many children are diagnosed with ADHD?

According to the Centers of Disease Control:

  • Number of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD:  5.2 million
  • Percent of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD:  8.4%
  • Percent of boys 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 11.2%
  • Percent of girls 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD 5.5%

Martha Burge addresses the alarming number of diagnoses of ADHD in America in her new book The ADD Myth and makes the argument that “drugging ourselves into being ‘normal’ robs us of the gifts that allow us to be spectacular.” She goes on to describe what she lists as 5 intensity types: sensual, psychomotor (aka hyperactivity), intellectual, creative, and emotional. Check out The ADD Myth, do you agree with her take on Attention Deficit Disorder?

July 25 in Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening

July 25

Cracks of Light

The human soul is to God is as the flower to

the sun; it opens at its approach, and shuts

when it withdraws.

—Benjamin Whichcote

God, like the sun, emanates on all: on the hill exposed in the open, on the plant growing in the window, even on the weed getting cracks of light under the porch. The same source of spirit emanates on our different lives, regardless of our circumstance. Thus our experience and perception of God in the world may be limited and different, may even change, but that doesn’t define or limit the Source.

And though the sun appears to disappear every day, it is the Earth that turns away, causing night. Likewise, when it appears that God is nowhere to be found, it is we, in the turmoil of our lives, who turn away or are turned away and back, again and again.

But unlike weeds that grow under the porch, we can move back into the light.

  • This is a daytime meditation. Sit quietly in your room and watch the light outside move through the trees.
  • After a time, keep breathing deeply, and slowly rise and go outside into the light.
  • Walk directly into a patch of light.
  • Inhale cleanly and feel its warmth all over.
  • Stay there.

The above excerpt is from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.