By Ken Napzok
#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Rediscover all the reasons why you love Star Wars
Celebrate the greatest saga ever told: All of us who are deeply influenced by the epic saga of Star Wars have our favorite moments. Each time the screen goes black and you see those words— “A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away”—the music blasts through you and you’re a kid again. Ken Napzok, expert appreciator of Star Wars, counts down each one of those special moments that makes this series not just the best movies of all time, but the Greatest Saga Ever Told.
Become a scholar of Star Wars: What began as one movie about good people, evil oppressors, and the space wizards that stood between them has exploded into a franchise. The moments that continue to inspire are on screen and in the pages of novels. They are found in the panels of comic books and among animated sequences on television. And they all continue to grow in stature, importance, and myth through discussions, debates, and daydreams.
The Perfect Star Wars Dad Gift: Spread the love to old and new fans. Countless numbers of us have been inspired by these classic epic tales, and we all have a favorite moment that hooked us. Rediscover each one of those moments and share them with the last and next generation of fans. This Star Wars book is the perfect Dad gift, Niece gift, Best Friend gift, and general token of appreciation for the fans in your life.
Why We Love Star Wars: The Great Moments That Built A Galaxy Far, Far Away is a shared story of fandom. Classic moments include:
- The first shots of the ragtag Rebels running from the monstrous Galactic Empire
- Young Anakin winning the podrace
- And the first time we saw the crackle of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber
Why We Love Star Wars: The Great Moments That Built A Galaxy Far, Far Away is the ultimate gift for the film buff who has binged all 1001 Movies to See Before You Die, and the superfans who covet Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia and Star Wars: Complete Locations.
By Marlene Wagman Gellar
By Sherry Richert Belul
Say It Now — Featured in the New York Times
We never know how much time we have left with the people we love. If there's someone you care about deeply—a parent, grandparent, child, friend, colleague, teacher, or neighbor—don’t wait to express how you feel. Say it now.
In Say It Now, Sherry Richert Belul offers 33 creative ways to say “I love you” to the most important people in your life—through words, actions, and meaningful gifts.
Sherry shares classic ideas (writing a list of “10 reasons why you’re amazing”), thoughtful ideas (driving your friend to their divorce hearing so they don’t have to go alone), zany ideas (a bubble flash mob in the park), simple projects (filling a glass jar with compliments for a friend), and quick projects that take thirty seconds or less (recording a video message to cheer up a sick relative who’s recuperating at home). You don’t need to be an “artist” or a “crafty person” in order to follow Sherry’s instructions—and you don’t need tons of time, either. Most of her suggestions require nothing more than some paper, a pen, and a couple of minutes. Sherry reminds readers that the greatest gift of all is simply a few moments of your undivided attention.
In addition to dozens of gift-making and letter-writing ideas, Say It Now includes moving stories that will bring readers to tears—stories about the importance of appreciating each day and never taking it for granted.
Say It Now will inspire readers to hug their kids tightly, call their mom for a long overdue chat, whip together a handmade gift, and say the words that need to be said.
By Sef Gonzalez
A History of the Burger, From Conception to Perfection
Readers of Salt; A History of the World in 6 Glasses; Guns, Germs, and Steel; and Consider the Fork will love All About the Burger!
A World History of Burgers: Do you know what the first burger chain was? That Taco Bell was originally known as Bell Burger--and was founded in the same city as McDonald's? Have you heard of the 1980's Burger Wars? All About the Burger covers all of these topics and more! Discover the food history you've been missing in this entertaining book.
The Burger Journey of a Lifetime: All About the Burger will take you on an informational magic carpet ride. You'll learn about restaurants, cooking styles, and different eras that have made the burger the juggernaut that it is. From White Castle to Shake Shack, from simple sandwich to specialty burger, don't miss out on what is sure to be one of the most entertaining looks at history ever written.
All About the Burger is the definitive Bible of Burgers. After reading this book, you will learn:
- the contributions burgers have made to food culture
- the evolution of the burger from carnival treat to an American staple
- where to go to find your next favorite burger
- and much more!
By Serge Bile
By Marc Silber
Creative Conversations from some of the world's top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more!
Many of us think of creativity as something distant and incompatible with daily life—a skill that artists get to use, but not the rest of us. Maybe you feel like a land-locked surfer, yearning for exhilarating rides. Or maybe you live for the few hours a week when you can take photographs, paint, or write. It’s time for a new mindset. From the parent coming up with ways to keep the kids entertained, to the entrepreneur inventing a new product—all of us have many opportunities for creative expression. Successful people know that living itself can be an art. Create shows you how to rediscover the artist within you.
Live a More Creative Life through Creative Conversations and Understand the Natural Cycle of Creativity: People who make a living in the creative arts know that there is a cycle to unlocking the imagination. Visualize, know your tools, work your craft, refine, share. When you tap in to this cycle, you’ll find ways to operate at your highest state in all aspects of life.
Find your creative purpose: Overcoming the barriers to innovation is easier than you think.Marc Silber, best selling author, award-wining creative and educator, will show you how to avoid the traps of procrastination, overthinking, and self-doubt. The exercises in this book are specifically designed to help you find certainty and confidence in self-expression.
Create is not like other art books about the techniques of a specific style. This is a guide for personal development.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to:
- Master the techniques of visualization
- Draw inspiration from the world around you
- Collaborate with people who can further your vision
- And share with others to spread the joy
If you enjoyed motivational books like The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: 25th Anniversary Edition, you’ll love Create.
By Greta Solomon
Discover the Life-Changing Power of Freewriting and Journaling
Discover who you are: Writing for yourself is an incredible way to heal your heart, find happiness, and reconnect with the things that matter most. Journaling and freewriting can bring you a deeper level of self-awareness, allowing you to truly know who you are. Heart, Sass & Soul will show you how to develop a writing practice that nurtures inner strength and promotes a rich, fulfilled life.
Recover the joy of creative self-expression: As kids, many of us had vibrant imaginations and our lives were full of creativity. Over time, that self-expression gets lost in the busy routine of everyday life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The tips, techniques, and exercises for freewriting in this book will help you tap into that creativity deep in your soul.
Writing can be your best self-care therapy: Most of us, at some point in our lives, will lose something we truly love. That time in-between jobs, friends, relationships, homes, or whatever else, is the “great unknown.” Contrary to what some may tell you, this is not the time to make major, life-changing decisions. In the midst of loss and grief, you need self-care more than ever. In fact, the best thing to do in these times is write.
A new approach to finding happiness: If you love self-help books for women like Start Where You Are, Practice You, and 52 Lists for Happiness, you’ll love this new approach. Heart, Sass, & Soul is not a journal. It’s a method for writing freely that will change the way you live.
With this essential guide, you will learn how to:
- Overcome self-doubt and develop a new creative identity
- Transform dark times into something beautiful
- Find moments for healing yourself without judgement
- Become empowered with uninhibited self-expression
By Rebecca Merrill and Others
La confiance : élément clé, tangible, pratique, et crédible.
Inspirez confiance aux autres et ils vous suivront ; trahissez leur confiance, dans l’entreprise, en famille ou dans le couple, et vous voilà au bord de la rupture. La confiance, c’est l’ingrédient essentiel de l’épanouissement et de la performance. Qu’elle soit pour vous synonyme d’assurance mutuelle, de loyauté ou de comportement éthique, ou que vous la définissiez comme le fruit de la responsabilisation, du travail et de la synergie, la confiance demeure la racine et la source suprême de notre influence. Dans les affaires comme dans la vie, la confiance est cruciale.
Expert en motivation, Stephen M.R. Covey a contribué à la réussite exceptionnelle de milliers d’entreprises et d’individus en enseignant son modèle de confiance. Grâce à des exemples frappants et à une approche originale, il présente un modèle de confiance profond, pratique et complet qui s’applique toujours et partout, qu’il s’agisse du rapport à soi, d’une relation avec quelqu’un, du cadre d’une famille, d’une entreprise, d’une école, d’une administration, d’une unité militaire ou d’une ONG. Que vous soyez manager, chef d’entreprise, parent ou passionné par la psychologie, ce livre unique vous aidera à sortir de situations parfois compliquées en rétablissant confiance et optimisme.
By Allen Klein
Life Can Be Better
If you like Brave Enough, Eat Pray Love or Brené Brown, you’ll love Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times.
Better For Your Spirit: Rarely before in history has the United States—and the world at large—been so divided. With each new Tweet, falsehood, or upsetting news headline, the things we once took for granted and believed in have become upended and, in the process, have crushed our spirit. The inspired ideas and power thoughts in Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times will provide you with hope, a renewed spirit and a new perspective at viewing our worrisome times.
Breathe Deeply Again: Author Allen Klein, the world’s only Jollytologist, knows how the right thought at the right time can change your day for the better. In Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times, he offers a lifetime of positive change. Go back to living one day at a time with this inspirational guide.
Meaningful Mantras for Meditation: Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times will provide you with succinct ideas to help you rise above present-day frustrations, hurts and worries. Meditate on these positive thoughts to improve all aspects of your life in these difficult times. Some of the categories covered include:
- Never Give Up
- Stay Strong
Your New Favorite Book of Mysteries
If you liked Raymond Chandler's volume of the Library of America series or works by P.D. James, you’ll love The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories
Some of the Best New Mysteries: The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features outstanding new stories of crime, derring do, fast-paced adventures and puzzles set in the past, ranging widely over the centuries and offering a cornucopia of mysteries, dark deeds, investigations and a fascinating array of investigators both professional and amateur.
Never-Before-Seen Stories from Your Favorite Mystery Authors: Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, Maxim Jakubowski, whose many anthologies like The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty have attracted attention and awards, The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, and includes Linda Stratmann, Amy Myers, Lavie Tidhar, Jane Finnis, O'Neil de Noux, Ashley Lister, Eric Brown, Kate Ellis, A.K. Benedict and many others.
By Ilja Grzeskowitz
Personality is the Key to Professional Success
Personal relationships are key to success: In a time when workplaces are becoming more digital and more automated every day, our mindsets and our personal relationships will determine whether we succeed in tomorrow’s markets. We all have one shot to make a lasting impact. Innovators with the changemaker mindset know how to see that opportunity when it comes and make it matter.
The human success factor: In the coming years, the human success factor will determine who is among the winners and who is among the losers. All business adventures start with a focus on the self. When you know who you are and develop a deep sense of confidence in yourself, you’ll have the flexibility to roll with the punches.
Change comes from within: Whether your goal is to lead a self-determined life, position your company for the future, or be a successful part of a team, external change starts with internal transformation.
With The Changemaker Mindset, you’ll master the three Ps of personal development:
- Purpose. Reconsider what motivates you and find your non-negotiable core principles.
- People. Build a strong inner circle of peers, because nobody wins alone.
- Persistence. Develop the confidence to take action, navigate setbacks, and implement change.
Readers who liked The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Leading Change by John Kotter, and The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen will love this new approach to effective business management from personal development.
By Julie Peters
Rediscover Love and Desire after Sexual Assault
Readers of The Body Keeps the Score, The Deepest Well and Trauma Stewardship will want to pick up Want: Recovering Desire after Sexual Assault.
Have the courage to heal: We know, increasingly, how common and devastating sexual violence is for women, but we don’t always talk about how survivors can recover from the trauma and return to desire, sexuality, trust, and pleasure. Want is the story of how Julie Peters did just that—and how you can, too.
Move past the fog of trauma: In the years after the assault, Julie was in what she calls the fog of trauma: the colorless, tasteless experience of barely getting through the day. No one—not counsellors, support groups, or other survivors—could give her any advice about how to find the desire that could bring her back to joy, intimacy, and connection, so she had to make it up on her own. In Want, a genuine, vulnerable, and accessible account, Julie tells the story of getting from the devastation of trauma to living a full life in eight sometimes challenging, often bumbling, and occasionally totally delightful steps.
Experience hope, healing and recovery: We have plenty of stories about the helplessness, frustration, and vengeful feelings that can come up after trauma. Culturally, we have started a conversation about these experiences, and we’re all confused about what this all means for our relationships with each other. We badly need stories of hope, healing, and recovery. Survivors of assault, if you've been thinking to yourself, "I thought it was just me," Julie is here to show you that you are not alone. Your loved ones may not know how to support you, but they can learn more about your experiences and how to walk alongside you through this book, just as you can learn how to recover from the trauma you've experienced. Want offers a window into one person’s experience of recovery—plus the happy ending we all need to know is possible after trauma.
Want: Recovering Desire after Sexual Assault is Julie's story of getting through the devastation of sexual assault to living a full life. In this book, you will learn how to implement the eight steps Julie took to recovery:
By BJ Gallagher and Others
Inspirational and Spiritual Prayer Guide
If you liked Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott or Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado, you’ll love Your Life is Your Prayer.
Prayer can point your life in the right direction—or the wrong one: Whatever you’ve got going on in your life is what you’ve been praying for—sometimes consciously, but often unconsciously. If you want something different in your life, you must pray a different prayer. Your Life is Your Prayer by BJ Gallagher and Sam Beasley will show you how to do just that.
Everything you do is prayer: You may not realize it—many people don’t—but the decisions you make throughout the day, the attitudes you adopt, the conversations you have, the way you respond to other people, and the thoughts you think are all prayers. The food you choose to eat is a prayer, the way you spend your money is a prayer—even the way you drive is a prayer! We are constantly communing with the Divine throughout our daily lives, even in the most mundane activities. And our prayers are always answered in the affirmative: “Yes.”
The Universe will give you what you're praying for: Whatever you’re thinking about (and therefore praying about) will manifest in your life. If you are worrying, "I don’t have enough money," the Universe will say ‘Yes, you don’t have enough money.’ If you’re constantly lamenting to your friends, "I don’t have a man in my life," the Universe will respond, ‘Yes, you don’t have a man.’ If you frequently complain, "I’m fat," the Universe will answer, ‘Yes, you’re fat.’ Your thoughts and words are prayers, and the Universe always gives you what you’re praying for. So learn how to pray differently with Your Life is Your Prayer.
Your Life is Your Prayer will show you how to change your life by changing your prayer:
- Learn how to stop complaining
- Discover how to focus on what you do want, not what you don’t want
- Learn how to make your prayers positive and affirming—to get more of what you want in your life
- Discover how, by constantly choosing new thoughts and new conversations, you will literally create a new life for yourself
By Gautama Buddha
Inspirational Llamas and Alpacas
Readers of Start with Why, You Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Llamas (and Alpacas)
Advice from Zen Leaders: Join some cuddly llamas for encouragement from Buddhist teachers like Thich Nhat Hahn and the Buddha himself in Zen Llamas (and Alpacas). Don’t let the adorable alpacas fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.
Daily Mindfulness: Meditate along with these verses daily. Learn from the lovely llama to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every Step, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, you will love the quotes in Zen Llamas (and Alpacas).
Let your inner Zen Llama guide you to enlightenment.
By David Morey
Breakthrough Innovation Tools for Successful Leadership
Innovation needs innovation: Innovation is broken. Business leadership and management struggle to find ways to crack through their own corporate politics or bureaucratic silos, to move from defense to offense, to nurture real breakthrough, to drive visionary creativity in ways that add new value to everything they do. In "Innovating Innovation", David Morey, one of America’s leading strategic consultants, will teach, coach, and guide you across eleven concrete and pragmatic steps that unlock and drive day-to-day innovation in your business and help you gain a long-term competitive advantage in your marketplace.
Make change and innovation happen: "Innovating Innovation" synergizes what is best in classic innovation theories with an insurgent strategic model inspired by one of Morey’s first corporate clients, Apple founder Steve Jobs. It shows how to lead innovation that creates the products of visionary genius without the necessity for actual genius. It provides practical tools and guidance on building and leading the teams, working conditions, organizational structures, and cultures of market-made and market-making innovation. It illustrates a roadmap to the disruptive periphery, the organizational margins at which real innovation actually takes place.
Innovation can be taught: "Innovating Innovation" is a framework to counter failure. It directs you, the reader, to the consumer, the very person who will actually tell you how to innovate the benefits to create a future you can own. This book invites you to “think different,” to become a change leader, to go the “wrong” way to get to the right places. And it shows you how to apply the pragmatic lessons of Agile software development to absolutely everything and to accelerate your leadership career and your company’s success by stepping up from mere evolution to punctuated equilibrium, evolution as breakthrough.
Your business needs unique innovation: You and your business need innovation as never before and unlike anyone else’s. This is lesson number one. And in the space of eleven chapters, "Innovating Innovation" offers lesson number two: You don’t need to be a genius to deliver the performances, products, and services of innovation at genius levels in the most opportunity-rich and threat-intensive business environment in history. Your management and leadership skills will improve immensely, taking your business to a level of innovation success beyond what it has ever achieved before.
"Innovating Innovation" is a step-by-step handbook for teaching, and at times even tricking, your organization, your culture, and your company into real-world change. After reading this new battlefield manual for innovation, you will:
- Learn the Disruptive Periphery Concept and how it can give you the tools to help your business
- Discover a practical marketing-centric focus applied to innovation
- Reap the benefits of lessons developed from thirty years of real-world global consulting and training experience
By Daniel Davis
Transform old tech into amazing, modern inventions
Fans of Popular Science, Smithsonian’s Maker Lab, and The Big Book of Makerspace Projects will love Upcycled Technology.
DIY science projects using your discarded stuff: We all have a drawer or closet full of old discarded tech just sitting around gathering dust. Memories of a bygone technological era that have been replaced by newer, shiner, smarter devices. What can you do with them? Most of us don't even know how to properly dispose of them. If only there was a way to save them from their untimely fate.
DIY electronics: Well empty out that drawer and grab a screwdriver, because the time has come to bring these old devices back from the grave! Old technology may no longer be useful, but it isn’t useless. Hidden inside often discarded devices is a treasure trove of motors, magnets, screens, and other parts just waiting for a chance to be upcycled!
Hardcore electronics and computer projects: And this type of "upcycling" doesn't mean turning an old CD into a coaster, it means something a little more hardcore.
Readers will learn:
- How to make a great Wi-Fi security camera with an old cell phone
- How to make a basic 3D printer out of old computer disk drives
- What can be made with the rare-earth magnets inside old hard drives or the reusable LCD screens in old phones
- And much more
Creating new zombie tech from old tech is eco-friendly and it’s also a fantastic way to learn about the technology we use (or used to use) every day. The only limit is your curiosity and willingness to tinker!
A tech book for tinkerers and makers