Double Lives

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Terrifying True Crime Stories

"What makes Double Lives so terrifying is that these events are real. After 20 years as a cop, these are the stories that keep me up at night." ─Sgt. Joseph Kuns, LAPD

#1 New Release in True Crime and Espionage

Eric Brach's true crime book Double Lives: True Tales of the Criminals Next Door offers terrifying true stories about the criminals hidden among us and the banality of evil and crime, elevated by its frank discussion of the nation-wide criminal scourge of the moment: opioid addiction.

A true crime roller-coaster. Double Lives chronicles the very monsters who walk unnoticed among us─even serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, or John Wayne Gacy. They are neighbors and students, professionals and friends living out criminal double lives. Double Lives is both a nonfiction exposé and a nationwide search that details the exploits of some of the worst criminals in recent American history, all of whom succeeded in going undetected for years while perpetrating one crime after another… and all in their own hometowns. Gender? Race? Age? Socioeconomic class? It doesn’t matter.

Double Lives a sensational yet sobering read. The author also provides a personal look at opioid addiction and its current effects right alongside binge-worthy tales of two-faced criminals caught and incarcerated.

If you're a fan of true crime or serial killer books such as Pretty Little Killers, Mind HunterIf You Tell, The Pale-Faced Lie, or The Big Book of Serial Killers, you'll love Double Lives.

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Women Who Launch

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Celebrating Women

Empowering Stories of Strong Women

“These soaring stories will inspire you to live your dreams!” —Becca Anderson, author of The Book of Awesome Women

Finalist Pacific Book Awards 2018

Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s, these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time.

A history of women in business and beyond. Juliette Gordon Low showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale, authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb, convinced Lincoln to launch a national day-of-thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women's march in history. These women who launched prove, in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”

Biographies of women creators, innovators, and leaders. Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, and entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment.

Inside find:

  • The stories behind renowned companies, brands, and organizations and the diverse women who launched them
  • Empowering quotes from strong women and those who refused to be kept down
  • Motivation to all women who want to succeed in their careers, launch companies, and change the world

If you are a fan of books about strong women such as Fabulous Female Firsts, In the Company of Women, or Behind Every Great Man, then you will want to read Women Who Launch.

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Starving In Search of Me

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True Confessions of an Eating Disorders Survivor

"…for anyone who has ever struggled with food or themselves." ─Lindsey Smith, award-winning author of Food Guilt No More

#1 Bestseller in Lesbian Studies

This book is a confessional self-help guide from an outspoken advocate for gay rights and women’s health issues. It explores the complex emotional truth of what it’s like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action.

Anorexia and bulimia health crisis. Many young women and girls struggle with the body image issues that engender eating disorders by developing elaborate rituals around food, binging, and purging; and hiding it all while trying to maintain a face of normalcy to the world.

Story of a woman battling for self-esteem. Now relate to the coming-of-age story of a young woman confronting some of life’s major issues while living, for a time, in two closets: one to hide her eating disorder and one to hide her sexuality and very identity. Activist author Marissa LaRocca's revelatory tale of her struggle with her secrets is an intimate account of courage and the search for truth and meaning. It will have you rooting for Marissa as she unravels the emotional layers of her own battle with food, body image, and sexuality.

Inside learn about:

  • "Life issues" that are being masked by "food issues" or another addiction
  • Disempowering compulsive behaviors
  • Healing your relationship with food
  • Escaping the victim role
  • Connecting with your life’s purpose
  • Improving your body image and self-esteem
  • Eliminating the need to be perfect

If you have read Life Without Ed or 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder, you will want to read Starving in Search of Me.

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Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life

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Dream Big! Do it now!

Strengths and weaknesses: We all have strengths and weaknesses. So, do you want to learn how to get out of your own way and build your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses? Do it now with Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Tips to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now!

Dream big: Do you want to be known as a tremendous talent...or a lazy, unfocused slacker? Whether you’re a Millennial yearning to join corporate America, a Boomer ready for reinvention, a closeted LGBTQ+ testing the gender pool or even a nerd nauseated with perfection, the Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now! by Justin Loeber, is an in-your-face, funny, no-nonsense, socio-business, coming-of-ageless handbook for anyone who is yearning for true, inner-personal success.

Great guide to life: You’ll learn 10 easy steps, such as:

  • Work on Your Work Ethic
  • Own the Power of Thoughtfulness
  • Find Perfection in Imperfection
  • Rule Your Plane
  • and more

Learn how to get out of your own way: This shebang of a book is based on Loeber’s quirky personal life experiences that all started in the NYC 70s disco era. Justin worked as a waiter, a Wang Word Processing Operator, (remember Wang?), a substitute go-go dancer, was discovered by pop icon Gary Numan in London and was one step from stardom in his own right as a solo pop-recording artist—only to lose it all. Then, in a 180-degree turn—and without a college degree—went from a temp at Random House to an EVP at HarperCollins in a little more than a decade. In 2006 Loeber created mouth: digital + public relations, a boutique agency in NYC—repping over 550 clients to date.

Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life will give you the courage to:

  • Shake down your fear, which is squelching your dream;
  • Find the “it” that makes you “tick”;
  • Take a Risk, which in the end, isn’t risky after all; and
  • Put down the electronics, look up; and transfer from the passenger to the pilot of your life…NOW!

So, Get out of your own way! Dream big! Do it now!

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Saigon Kids

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#1 New Release in Military & Wars ─ Follow the Coming of Age Adventures of a U.S. Military Brat During the Early Vietnam War Years in Saigon.

The early Vietnam war years through the eyes of a U.S. military brat: In May of 1962, Naval Chief Petty Officer Bryant Arbuckle flew to Saigon to establish a new Armed Forces radio station. Next to follow were his wife and three boys, Leslie among them. Saigon Kids is the candid, recondite slice of fourteen-year-old military brat Les Arbuckle’s experience at the American Community School (ACS) during the critical months of the Vietnam War when events would, quite literally, ignite in downtown Saigon. In 1963, Saigon was beautiful, violent, and dirty−and the most exciting place a fourteen-year-old American boy could live. Saigon offered a rich array of activities, and much to the consternation of their parents and teachers, Les and his fellow military brats explored the dangers with reckless abandon running from machine gun fire, watching a Buddhist monk burn to death, visiting brothels late at night or, trading currency on the black market.

Coming of age in the streets of Vietnam War torn Saigon: When Les first arrives in Vietnam, he is a stranger in a strange land, expecting boredom in a country he doesn’t know. But the American social scene is more vibrant than he expected. The American Community School is a blend of kids from all over the globe who arrived in Saigon as the fuse on Saigon was about to ignite. As the ACS students continue their American lifestyle behind barbed wire, Saigon unravels in chaos and destruction. In spite of this ugliness−an ever-present feature of everyday life−Les tells his story of teenage angst with humor and precocity.

Coming of age tale with a twist: The events leading up to the Vietnam War provide an unusual backdrop for this coming-of-age tale with a twist. Saigon Kids will also make a perfect companion to the documentary film (sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts) currently in production. The film chronicles the lives of “military brats” living in Saigon in the volatile years from 1958 to 1964.

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Writing Ourselves Whole

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Healing Victims of Sexual Assault Through Transformative Journaling

"This is the most essential book on writing practice I know ... Every writing teacher, writing coach, writing workshop or group leader and every person with a history of any kind of trauma needs this book.” —Pat Schneider, author of How the Light Gets In and founder of the Amherst Writers & Artists method 

#1 Best Seller in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Study Aids

One in six women is the victim of sexual assault. Using her own hard-won wisdom, author Jen Cross shows how to heal through journaling and personal writing

Rape victims and victims of other sexual abuse. Writing Ourselves Whole is a collection of essays and creative writing encouragements for sexual trauma survivors who want to risk writing a different story. Each short chapter offers encouragement, experience, and exercises.

A book that could change your life. When you can find language for the stories that are locked inside, you can change your life. Talk therapy can only go so far for the millions of Americans struggling in the aftermath of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Sexual assault survivors can heal themselves. Sexual trauma survivor communities (and their allies) have the capacity to hold and hear one another's stories–we do not have to relegate ourselves solely to the individual isolation of the therapist's office.

What You'll Learn Inside Writing Ourselves Whole:

  • How to reconnect with your creative instinct through freewriting
  • How freewriting can help you reclaim the parts of yourself and your history
  • How "restorying" the old myths about sexual trauma survivors can set you free

If you have read books such as The Body Keeps the Score, The Artist's Way, Writing Down the Bones, or Writing as a Way of Healing, you will want to read Writing Ourselves Whole. Also try Jen Cross’s self-care journal, Write to Restore.

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Backwards and in Heels

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Women in Filmmaking and Their Struggle Against Bias

"After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels" –Ann Richards

#1 Bestseller in Acting & Auditioning, Performing Arts, and Guides & Reviews

Women in filmmaking since the beginning. Women have been instrumental in the success of American cinema since its very beginning. One of the first people to ever pick up a motion picture camera was a woman; as was the first screenwriter to win two Academy Awards, the inventor of the boom microphone, and the first person to be credited with the title Film Editor. Throughout the history of Hollywood, women have been revolutionizing, innovating, and shaping filmmaking. Yet their stories are rarely shared. This is what film reporter Alicia Malone wants to change. 

The first female directors. Backwards & In Heels tells the history of women in film in a different way, with stories about incredible women who made their mark in each Hollywood era. Every story is inspiring, detailing the accomplishments of extraordinary women and the obstacles they faced. Backwards & In Heels combines research and exclusive interviews with influential women and men working in Hollywood today, including Geena Davis, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Octavia Spencer, America Ferrera, Paul Feig, and many more; as well as film professors, historians and experts.

Time to level the playing field. Think of Backwards & In Heels as a guidebook, your entry into the complex world of women in film. Join Alicia Malone as she champions Hollywood women of the past and present and looks to the future.

Learn little known facts about:

  • The first females in film direction
  • Iconic movie stars
  • Present day activists

If you enjoyed books such as Renegade Women in Film and TV or The Purple Diaries, you’ll love Alicia Malone’s Backwards & In Heels. Also, don’t miss Alicia’s #1 Bestseller in Movies & Video Guides & Reviews, The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women.

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Happy Healthy You

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A Health and Wellness Toolkit

Health and wellness: Happy Healthy You is a multidisciplinary approach to reclaiming ultimate wellness. We are all so busy nowadays, and tackling all those to-do lists can leave us drained, worn down, and lacking energy. When you take a deeper look inside, you will also discover patterns, old habits, and past events blocking self-growth. Life coach extraordinaire KJ Landis helps identify how, why, and where we got stuck in the first place, and how we can utilize past trauma and drama as a springboard to becoming our most authentic, vibrant selves. As one of KJ's students enthuses, "She has taught me several tangible strategies to cope with stress...I am using KJ's simple techniques to achieve my lifelong health goals.'"

Stress relievers: Learn to lose the baggage and blame once and for all and step into your better self. KJ Landis herself is an exemplar of the practices she espouses. In her early career as a model, she masked years of abuse behind her beauty. Her journey to health and happiness is remarkable and truly inspiring. So many of us bury pieces of ourselves, never daring to become whole. Landis' work offers a path to wholeness for all. The variety of healing therapies and practices makes this book unique in its contribution to the self-help and wellness world. Each day, we are faced with an immense amount of daily stress. Over time, those stressors may build up to a really big deal in our lives, causing us to go into survival mode. When you are only surviving, you are not thriving. In addition to the day-to-day sources of stress, many of us are exposed to major issues such as neglect, loneliness, abandonment issues, sexual abuse, grieving after loss, breakups, workplace challenges, environmental disasters, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. KJ Landis tackles all the blocks to wellness with excellent practical tools for overcoming and recovering.

Inside this book you will learn:

  • the origin of how we remain "stuck" in our lives
  • how to use The Negative Thought Pot to rid ourselves of self-deprecating beliefs
  • how hormones and epigenetics affect mental and physical wellness
  • the role of nutrition in every aspect of our health
  • therapeutic movement as a modality in healing
  • the power of self-care through restorative practices
  • and much, much more!
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The Book of Awesome Women

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Get Inspired By The Powerful Sheroes In This Feminist Collection Of Short Biographies

"This book is an antidote to the erasure of women from our history.”―Vicki Leon, author of Uppity Women of Ancient Times

#1 Best Seller in Teen & Young Adult Social Activist Biographies, Sociology, and Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Discover some of the most awesome women in history. Now is the time to acknowledge the greatness of women!

Sheroes. Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world.

Super women as female role models. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.

Super women you will meet in The Book of Awesome Women include:

  • Dian Fossey
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Indira Ghandi
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Margaret Mead
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • Joan Baez
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Anita Hill
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai
  • And many more

If you liked books such as I Am MalalaWomen in Science, Book of Awesome Women Writers, or Teen Trailblazers, you will want to read The Book of Awesome Women.

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Pride & Joy

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Stories of success, happiness and hope from the LGBT community

Stories that comprise the best of LGBT history: Pride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroestells the stories of queer citizens of the world living OUT and proud happy, fulfilling, successful lives. Diverse and global. Famous and unsung. There is a story here for everyone in the LGBT community who has ever questioned their sexual orientation or gender identity, or discovered it.

Discover LGBT community stories that will stir you and reveal:

  • why Tony Kushner quit cello and how Colm Toibin found his voice.
  • why Emma Donoghue calls her experience a fluke and the best advice Bill T. Jones got was from his mother.
  • how being an inaugural poet changed Richard Blanco’s life and how Ugandan activist “LongJones” escaped death threats and gained asylum.

Award-winning writer and longtime LGBTQ activist Kathleen Archambeau tells the untold stories from diverse LGBT community voices around the corner or around the world. Not like the depressing, sinister, shadowy stories of the past, this book highlights queer people living open, happy, fulfilling and successful lives.

Be inspired by LGBT community stories that celebrate the human spirit:

  • Be emboldened by the bravery of a Uruguayan author who was rejected by her immediate family even as she began a family of her own.
  • Be inspired by the audacity to fight for justice that motivates National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, a Mormon who grew up in Utah.
  • Learn how two couples transcend time and distance to finally be together and how one NBA sports executive summoned the courage to come out.
  • Discover the message of love from the first openly lesbian United Methodist Church Bishop.
  • Learn the secrets of successful OUT IBM executive based in London and the rewards of Ballroom Basix founder in Harlem.
  • See how the Maori philosophy of whānau guided the MP who won marriage rights in New Zealand and how high expectations overcame disability and bullying for an acclaimed mezzo-soprano.
  • Know how the Armenian Genocide and family tensions impacted a professional violinist and composer.

Pride & Joy is a window into the LGBTQ community for straight friends, allies, parents and families of this finally emerging marginalized group. There’s hope that, in the words of Dan Savage, “It Gets Better” for:

  • the transgender choreographer and dancer who continues to break rules and enlighten audiences to the Dutch singer, songwriter and independent theater producer who breaks down stereotypes.
  • the Russian émigré award-winning computer scientist to the Chinese folk dancer.
  • the founder of an award-winning smoking cessation program to the California Political Director of the Obama re-election campaign.
  • and, for Entrepreneurs and gay dads, ballroom dancers and Hungarian activists on neo-Nazi “hit lists.”
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Welcome to the Jungle, Revised Edition

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A Bipolar Guide from a Bipolar Person

Welcome to the Jungle has a greater focus on bipolar people, not the diagnosis: the ways in which each person can find his or her own way through the extreme emotional states and intense experiences that we are calling “bipolar”—whether that means medication or meditation, psychiatrists or vision quests, good sleep or good all-night dancing, or a little bit of everything.

An honest, relatable book that can help you figure out how to live your life with bipolar disorder. Many bipolar books are too clinical, too alarmist, and too clearly written for family members and caretakers of people diagnosed with this mood disorder. Welcome to the Jungle is different. Author Hilary Smith wrote this guide because it is the book she wishes she'd been given when she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It answers questions, points to resources, and most of all, comes from someone who understands what it’s like to be thrown off course by an overwhelming mental health issue—and what to do afterwards.

Know that you are not alone—and that many paths can lead to healing. Just like for everyone else, there are many, many paths that bipolar people can take in life. Learn more about how to live your own life with a mental illness using the help of the insights in Welcome to the Jungle, which covers topics such as:

  • Wrapping your head around triggers, causes of mood swings, medications, and therapists
  • Recovering from mental breakdowns, manic moments, and major depressive episodes
  • Living your life beyond the diagnosis—and helping your family to do the same

Readers of bipolar mental health books like The Bipolar WorkbookRock Steady, or OMG That's Me! will love the devastatingly on-target, honest insights offered in Welcome to the Jungle.

*This book is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any illness or act as a substitute for advice from a doctor or psychiatrist.*

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LaToya's Life

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LaToya Forever ─ Life, love and laughter with a great YouTube star

YouTube star: LaToya "LaToya Forever" Ali has been putting a smile on people’s faces since 2009 when she first picked up a video camera and started sharing her fascinating thoughts, hilarious stories and moments from her life. She soon became one of the great YouTube stars. A hugely successful black woman as well as great YouTube star, LaToya continues to capture the hearts of millions with her playful, quirky, and inspirational vlog (and with the help of her adorable daughter and loving husband).

How she became LaToya Forever: However, LaToya didn’t always fit in. In this no-hold-barred inspirational memoir, she carefully looks back on her journey from friendless to “internet famous,” and her step-by-step journey from self-consciousness to self-loving. In her words, “Just being able to connect with people from all walks of life. My videos have made an impact…I feel like I’m making a positive change in the world.”

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The ABC's of LGBT+

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Seeking a Deeper Understanding of Gender Identity?

“Ash Hardell's The ABC's of LGBT+ serves as a powerful tool for those that might be questioning their own identity, as well as for those seeking a deeper knowledge….” ―Everyone Is Gay

#1 Best Seller in Transgender Studies, Bisexuality, and Sexuality & Pregnancy

The ABCs of LGBT+ is a #1 Bestselling LGBT book and is essential reading for questioning teens, teachers or parents looking for advice, or anyone who wants to learn how to talk about gender identity.

Ash Hardell (formerly Ashley Mardell), a beloved blogger and YouTube star, answers your questions about:

  • LGBT and LGBT+
  • Gender identity
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Teens in a binary world
  • The LGBT family
  • And more

Understanding gender identity and gender dysphoria. The 21st Century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights. The overturning of DOMA, the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office, and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO have advanced LGBT awareness and understanding.

The trusted voice of Ash Hardell. We are living in a post-binary world where gender fluency and awareness of gender identity and a real understanding of our LGBT family is essential. Ash Hardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube, presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+ in this remarkable book. Along with in-depth definitions, personal anecdotes, helpful infographics, resources, and more; Hardell’s LGBT book is proof it does get better every day in a world where people are empowered by information and understanding.

If you have liked books such as Queer, 2nd EditionYou and Your Gender IdentityThis Book is Gay; or This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, you will love The ABC's of LGBT+ by Ash Hardell.

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Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died

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Celebrating and Empowering Black Lives and Black Authors

Loss of Mother, Bereavement, and Moving On

“I wish I had read this before I lost my mom a few years ago and a dear friend soon after…" –Nina Lesowitz, author of Living Life as a Thank You

#1 Best Seller in Grief & Bereavement, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Self-Esteem

The grieving process. Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey is one of the top bloggers today with a wonderful personal connection with her readers. This is never more apparent than when she speaks about her mother. The pain of loss for mourners is universal. Yet, we all grieve differently. For Alexander, the grieving process is one that she lives with day-to-day. Learning from her pain, she connects with her readers on a deeply emotional level in her book, Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day. From grief counseling to sharing insightful true stories, Alexander offers comfort, reassurance, and hope in the face of sorrow.

Coping with loss. In her early 20’s reality smacked Ty in the face. She was ill equipped to deal with the emotional and intellectual rollercoaster of dealing with her mom’s illness. Through her own trial and error, she found a way to be a caregiver, patient advocate, researcher, and a grieving daughter. She wrote Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died to help others find the “best” way to cope and move on, however one personally decides what that means.

Mourning and remembrance. In the chapters of this soul-touching book, mourners find meaning and wisdom in grieving and the love that always remains.

Inside this comforting and insightful book find:

  • Help with the pain of losing a loved one
  • Assistance in understanding the grieving process
  • Comfort and support while learning how to move on

If you have read grief and bereavement books such as Notes on Grief, Grief Day by Day, or Finding Meaning, you will want to read Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died.

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How to Survive Life (and Death)

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Learn to Live Life Fully

When you nearly die three times, you learn a thing or two about how to live…

Three times to cheat death. Over the years, Emmy-nominated art director Robert Kopecky had not one, but three, near-death experiences. What he brought from the other side was a book not just about surviving life and death, but about learning how to live. A relaxing and illuminating read, in How to Survive Life (and Death) you'll discover the calm determination to live life accordingly and share Love.

Three things death teaches us about life. One of the most common fears in human beings is death. Whether an existential crisis or social anxiety, we get bogged down by our daily lives. In How to Survive Life (and Death), Kopecky shows us the other side of our fears about dying—and living. He urges us to take a chance, learn something new, and go about life with an open heart. Complimented by personal stories, he shares his three keys to life:

  • Radical Kindness
  • Radical Forgiveness
  • Radical Surrender

If you want to be the best version of yourself, and enjoyed books like Dying To Be MeWhat If This Is Heaven?, or Knowing, then you’ll think How to Survive Life (and Death) is quite heavenly.

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Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family

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In Every Bad, There’s Some Good─And A Lesson to Be Learned

Twenty-four survivors recount their stories of living in a dysfunctional family. It isn’t always easy. You can’t choose your situation or where you come from, but you can choose the lessons you take away.

Is there a silver lining to growing up in a dysfunctional family? Bestselling recovery author Karen Casey looks at stories of people who grew up in dysfunctional families and "the good stuff" that can come from the experience. "Throughout my many decades in recovery rooms I have interacted with thousands of women and men whose journeys reveal, in detail, the harrowing history of dysfunction that has troubled their lives," says Casey. "But what is also apparent in their stories is their eventual and quite triumphant survival, often against extreme odds."

From 24 families rife with dysfunction. Casey interviews the survivors who emerged from the fires of a turbulent household to willingly share their stories and come to realize they had, surprisingly, thrived as the result of their often-harrowing experiences. In The Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family, Casey reveals the stories and the skills these survivors developed to live more creative and fulfilling lives.

In this book find tales that help you to:

  • Realize lessons in disguise
  • Acknowledge your personal growth
  • Point out your own silver lining

If you enjoyed books like Daring GreatlyCodependent No More, or Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, then you’ll want to read Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family.

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Stop Eating Your Heart Out

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You Don’t Need Food to Self-Soothe

According to experts, 75 percent of overeating is emotional eating. For readers wondering why they are eating so much, comes a 21-day path to recovery.

Don’t feed your feelings. We turn to food for comfort and rely on soul food to cope with everyday stress, anxiety, and everything in between. In Stop Eating Your Heart Out, professional clinical counselor Meryl Hershey Beck teaches us that contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to eat your heart out.

Control your cravings. Different types of eating disorders are marked by cycles of compulsive eating. Rather than focus on weight loss, Beck teaches us to recognize emotional eating and out of control comfort eating. With humorous anecdotes, learned wisdom, and informational insights she teaches readers to control cravings and live in recovery.

Compulsive eating is conquerable. Consider Stop Eating Your Heart Out to be brain food. Disclosing her very personal struggle with food and overcoming binge eating Beck doesn’t just use the Twelve-Step Recovery approach. She offers a multitude of effective self-help tools and assignments like:

  • Inner Child work
  • Creative visualizations and journaling
  • Energy psychology techniques

If you want to learn how to stop overeating, and enjoyed books like Never Binge AgainOvercoming Binge Eating, or When Food Is Comfort, then you’ll love Stop Eating Your Heart Out.

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Addiction & Grief

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Emotional Recovery From Addiction

Authentic recovery is more than an attitude. It is based on emotional work that involves an honest appraisal of one's life. It is through dealing with unresolved feelings of grief and anger that one can truly heal from addiction.

The emotional “bottom” of recovery. Just as one needs to hit bottom with drinking or using in order to begin recovery, eventually one will also hit an emotional “bottom” of fear, anger, and grief. And recovery can only start by first understanding how, when, and where those emotions took control. Author Barb Rogers challenges readers in recovery to investigate the unresolved grief and loss in their lives and helps readers navigate the impacts of those emotions—emotions that can lead back to using if not resolved.

Finding healing and happiness. Recovery from addictions involves more than getting sober. It involves finding happiness, which can only happen if the emotional work is done as well. Negative emotions have the ability to weigh on us and influence both our decisions and the way we handle life’s challenges. If we continue to live with fear, anger, and grief, we aren’t really free from our addictions. The steps to recovery—authentic and complete recovery—involve healing from the deeper issues in our life. Learn more about:

  • The emotional healing that goes hand-in-hand with addiction recovery
  • Dealing with grief and resolving underlying issues
  • How to find happiness after getting sober

If you learned from books like This Naked MindRewiredThe Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction, or A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps, then you’ll want to read Addiction & Grief.

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