Not Necessarily Rocket Science

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A Beginner’s Guide to Life in the Space Age

“Kellie is probably one of the best ambassadors for spaceflight in the 21st century that the industry could have.” ―Lucy Hawking, author of George's Secret Key to the Universe and host of Audible's Lucy in the Sky.

#1 New Release in Science & Math, Essays & Commentary, Aeronautics, Astronautics, Space Flight, and Mars

Follow aerospace science professional Kellie Gerardi’s non-traditional path in the space industry as she guides and encourages anyone who has ever dreamed about stars, the solar system, and the galaxies in space.

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in outer space? In this candid science memoir and career guide, Gerardi offers an inside look into the industry beginning to eclipse Silicon Valley. Whether you have a space science degree or are looking to learn about stars, Not Necessarily Rocket Science proves there’s room for anyone who is passionate about exploration.

What it’s like to be a woman in space. With a space background and a mission to democratize access to space, this female astronaut candidate offers a front row seat to the final frontier. From her adventures training for Mars to testing spacesuits in microgravity, this unique handbook provides inspiration and guidance for aspiring astronauts everywhere. Look inside for answers to questions like:

  • Will there be beer on Mars?
  • Why do I need to do one-handed pushups in microgravity?
  • How can I possibly lose a fortune in outer space?

If you’re looking for women in science gifts, astronomy books for adults, or NASA stories―or enjoyed, the Galaxy Girls book, or Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tysonthen you’ll love Not Necessarily Rocket Science.

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Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue

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How a TED Talk Speaker Learned to Successfully Confront Bigotry, Prejudice, and Racism

“This brilliant and well-researched book ought to be required reading for anyone interested in conflict resolution; it gives nuance to an otherwise stale-mated debate.” ―Journalisten

Highlighted in Publisher´s Weekly list of new social justice books

TED talk speaker Özlem Cekic offers a blueprint for confronting racism, prejudice and hatred. She calls her conflict resolution process “Dialogue Coffee”.

Familiarity and dialogue is the antidote to intolerance and prejudice. Özlems method of having coffee with people who send her hate mail has been recognized around the world and inspires listening, understanding and an end to blind hatred.

When Özlem Cekic became the first Muslim MP in the Danish Parliament, her email inbox started flooding with hate mail and threats, and her first reaction was to delete and ignore each abusive message. But eventually, she decided to take a risk. She started replying to each message and inviting the senders to meet and engage in dialogue over coffee. What she discovered was that she could create change in the people who sent her hate mail, understand where their anger came from, and build friendships through finding common ground.

Imagine a world where we can have a conversation with anyone. Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue teaches you how exactly to make that a reality:

  • Listen and focus on what you have in common instead of your differences
  • Praise your counterpart for having the courage to have this conversation
  • Recognize the other person´s emotions and feelings even if you don´t agree with them
  • Distance yourself from the other person´s attitude, but never the human and their humanity

Readers of books on activism, racism and social change like How to Be an AntiracistThe Racial Healing Handbook, or Rising Out of Hatred will be inspired and encouraged by Özlem Cekic’s Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue.

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Rhoda the Alligator

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A Read-Out-Loud Book to Delight and Teach Good Manners

Level One I Can Read book. Rhoda the Alligator is the debut read-out-loud children’s book by former U.S. Senator (Florida) Bob Graham. The book tells the story of Rhoda, a uniquely colored alligator who is trying to find her place in the wild world of the Florida Everglades National Park. Filled with beautiful illustrations, Rhoda the Alligator teaches pre-school and kindergarten children about the beauty of our differences and the hurt that bullying can inflict.

Teach your 4-6 year-old the importance of diversity and the environment. Rhoda is born with a distinct color unlike any other alligator in the Everglades. She is blue and orange, shining with colors. Rhoda’s parents celebrate her brightness. However, when Rhoda meets the other young gators in the Everglades she is bullied because of her appearance. Using powerful lessons from her environment, Rhoda is able to overcome the hurt and hardship, embrace her true colors, and educate and transform her bullies.

Rhoda the Alligator teaches your child the importance of self-love, respect and friendship. And, this read-out-loud book highlights the beauty of our national parks and what makes them so important. Rhoda’s experiences will help children:

  • Feel confident in their own skin
  • Respect those who are different
  • Cherish our national parks

If you and your child have read books such as Strictly No ElephantsSeeds and TreesBe KindStick and StoneMay I Please Have a Cookie, or Zack’s Alligator; you will love Bob Graham’s Rhoda the Alligator.

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Stop Fear From Stopping You

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What's Stopping You?

Harness Your Fear

“Join the thousands of others her words have helped and decide to take control. Start today. Start now.” ―Dr. John Duffy, author of Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety 

Dr. Helen Odessky describes what she has learned in fifteen years of helping people face their fears.  Learn to face your fears and attain greater opportunities in your relationships, career, and life.

Value good fear. Sometimes fear can be helpful. A few years ago, Dr. Helen Odessky, licensed clinical psychologist, anxiety expert, speaker, and author of the best-selling motivational book Stop Anxiety from Stopping You, found herself part of a minor fender-bender on a major interstate. Looking back at her daughter, she feared that if another car hit them, her daughter's life would be in danger. A few minutes after retreating to another car in a safer location, an 18-wheeler barreled into her car and demolished it. Her fear saved both her daughter's life and her own.

Fight bad fear. Stop Fear from Stopping You is about a different type of fear―the fear that is so prevalent that it often lies dormant―destroying dreams, career paths and relationships. Bad fear creates stories that cushion us from potential pain and failure―at the cost of our self-esteem, success, and personal happiness.

Become fear-wise. Because fear is complex, we cannot afford to merely be fearless. Just "letting go" is not the answer. The real solution lies in learning to become fear-wise. In this inspirational book, Dr. Helen shows you how to harness the wisdom behind your fears and break through the barriers that block your success.

  • Identify the fears that stand between you and your goals
  • Develop tools to overcome your fears
  • Develop a value-based plan to pursue your goals
  • Change your relationship with fear and learn to become fear-wise

If self-help books for women and men like Feeling Good: The New Mood TherapyDaring Greatly, or Fearless inspired you, then Stop Fear from Stopping You is a must-read.

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The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories

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Holmes and Watson Return in These New Detective Fiction Stories

“Sometimes a brief zap of great writing is just what you’re in the mood for or have time for. That’s when anthologies like his are ideal....intellectually outstanding.”—New York Journal of Books

Recognized as “the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year” by Leonard Carpenter, Maxim Jakubowski presents a collection of never before seen fiction short stories from some of the best mystery and thriller writers today.

Your favorite sleuths return. An icon of detective fiction, readers have come across Sherlock Holmes and his mythical stories of crime and adventure for generations. In this new short story anthology, literature reunites with the beloved British detective, his powers of deduction, and his unerring quest for the truth.

A cornucopia of British detectives, dark deeds, and derring-do. Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories features the timeless detective alongside favorite Sherlock Holmes characters, like Moriarty, Holmes, and Watson. Bringing together some of the most renowned American and British authors of crime today, this bumper volume of short stories for adults features:

  • Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • Lavie Tidhar
  • David Stuart Davies
  • John Grant
  • Rose Biggins
  • David N.Smith
  • O'Neil De Noux
  • Rhys Hughes
  • Catherine Lundoff
  • Mark Mower
  • Matthew Booth
  • Martin Daley
  • Jan Edwards
  • Ashley Lister
  • Keith Brooke
  • Naching T.Kassa
  • Phillip Vine
  • Bev Vincent
  • Keith Moray
  • and Nick Sweet

If you’re looking for British historical mysteries, detective mystery books, or anthology bookss—or enjoy Anthony Horrowitz novels,  The Complete Sherlock Holmes or The Best American Mystery Stories 2019—then you’ll love The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories.

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When Women Run the World Sh*t Gets Done

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The Perfect Gift for Women Ready to Change the World

“This is a book about the power women have—and are using to help heal the broken bones of this beautiful world.” —Sherry Richert Belul, author of Say it Now: 33 Creative Ways to Say I Love You to the Most Important People in Your Life

Packed with stories of ordinary women doing extraordinary things, this book is a must-have for any woman who has ever dreamt of a better world.

Be inspired by this compelling tour de force of sisterhood. Shelly Rachanow’s book is full of powerful, courageous women who are getting vitally important sh*t done. Dive into this empowering narrative and read about:

  • A trauma surgeon working to stem the epidemic of gun violence
  • A professor who ran for office to provide a better role model for her sons
  • An educator raising India’s poorest girls out of poverty
  • Teens fighting for clean water, inspiring future generations to continue their work
  • A group of firefighters training to trek across Antarctica, raising awareness for mental health and showing young girls that they are strong and can be anything they choose
  • Activists from around the world fighting the injustices of inequality and patriarchy

One small action can inspire a movement. As these women have shown, a movement can change minds…and ultimately the world.

If you enjoyed books like Badass AffirmationsBad Girls Throughout HistoryThe Book of Gutsy Women, or Made Out of Stars, then you’ll love When Women Run the World Sh*t Gets Done.

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Why We Love Pirates

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For Fans of True-Life Pirate Stories

"Only someone who has lived in the shadows chasing faded pirates for an age, and is blessed with creativity, can pull off a book of this high caliber." —Wreck Watch Magazine

#1 New Release in Globalization

How the global manhunt for Captain Kidd turned pirates into the romantic antiheroes we love today.

Crime and punishment. During his life and even after his death, Captain William Kidd’s name was well known in England and the American colonies. He was infamous for the very crime for which he was hanged, piracy. Rebecca Simon dives into the details of the two-year manhunt for Captain Kidd and the events that ensued. Captain Kidd was hanged in 1701, followed by a massive British-led hunt for all pirates during a period known as the Golden Age of Piracy. Ironically, public executions only increased the popularity of pirates. And, because the American colonies relied on pirates for smuggled goods such as spices, wines, and silks; pirates tended to be protected from capture.

The start of a story. The more pirates were hunted and executed, the more people became supportive of the “Robin Hoods of the Sea”―both because they saw the British’s treatment of them as an injustice and because they treasured the goods pirates brought to them. These historical events were pivotal in creating the portrayal of pirates as we know them today. They grew into romantic antiheroes―which ultimately led to characters like the mischievous but lovable Captain Jack Sparrow. Simon has presented her research on the history of pirates around the world and now she’s bringing the spectacular story of Captain Kidd to her readers.

Learn more about:

  • One of the most famous pirates in history
  • Real life pirates and the brutal executions they faced
  • The origin of our romanticized view of pirates

If you enjoyed books like Black Flags Blue WatersUnder the Black FlagThe Republic of Pirates, or Villains of All Nations, you’ll love Why We Love Pirates.

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Across the Deep

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A Survivor Story Featuring Strong Female Characters, an Undercover Cop, and the Hills of San Francisco

“After you read… ‘human trafficking’ will never be a concept for you again—but instead a personal affront to your very soul.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

With the perfect mix of tragedy and humor, love and loss, pain and redemption, this riveting novel explores the lives of two spectacularly brave and resilient trafficked women living in a San Francisco safe house.

A contemporary survivor story. Raised in Thailand and brought to the United States against her will, quiet and intelligent Suda is hiding from a sex trafficking ring and the man she believed was on her side. Claire, admired as bright and beautiful in high school, now hides her striking looks and wears her sharp wit as a protective shield. Determined to show Suda and Claire a path that allows for a life of their own, Simone, the safe house operator, offers them a haven and a healing path to the future.

Part suspense, romance, and social novel. Moving between the hills of Thailand and San Francisco, this incredible novel traces the journey of two trafficked women pursuing healing and hope. With strong female  characters, an undercover cop, and a warmhearted Christian, Across the Deep is an unforgettable, alluring, suspenseful story  about the resilience of the human spirit, of lives stolen and enduring hope for the future.

If you enjoyed novels like Girl in Pieces, The Sea of Lost Girls, Please See Us, and Then She Was Gone, then you’ll love Across the Deep.

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A Mother's Courage to Awaken

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Ancient Methods of Healing Bring You Closer to the Other Side

“Dr. Paula Petry shares her extremely personal and fascinating journey in A Mother's Courage to Awaken, a book that, regardless of your personal experiences or beliefs, is bound to resonate with some aspect of your life.” ­– Gloria Estefan

A Mother's Courage to Awaken tells a story about the love and loss of a child―and the healing quest it initiated. On her search for inner peace, professor Paula Petry, PhD looks to re-emerging ancient methods that nurture positive emotional health, mental wellness, and spiritual well-being.

A story about death and resurrection. What does this mean? To nurture a life? And what if that life is your own? When Dr. Petry loses her daughter Alexandra, she looks for ways to connect with loved ones in the afterlife. Along her journey, she encounters a literal and figurative resurrection, a transcendence of time and space, and a life transformed beyond whatever was imagined possible.

Emotional health and mental wellness from the other side. A Mother’s Courage to Awaken confronts grief, love, and loss with holistic practices and alternative health medicine. Inside, you’ll find healing modalities outside of traditional medicine like sound healing, plant medicine, Akashic Records, shamanism, acupuncture, and healing mantras. With these ancient methods and different forms of energy medicine, join Dr. Petry to:

  • Re-discover the power of prayer, intention, and the imagination
  • Re-direct our thoughts to what we want rather than what we don’t want
  • Relinquish the illusion of control

A Mother's Courage to Awaken speaks to women wishing to awaken to their inner truth and power, and readers of Many Lives, Many Masters; Proof of Heaven; Journey of Souls; or What Dreams Have Come.

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Future Rising

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Analyzing the Future

A Compelling Vision of the Future

“Maynard has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking response to the moment we’re in, chronicling how we got here, where we’re going, and what role we have in that journey” ―Ramona Pringle, Director of Creative Innovation Studio and Associate Professor, Ryerson University

#1 New Release in Science & Math and Physics of Time

Human beings can―and do―change the future. Humanity has gained the ability not only to imagine the future, but to design and engineer it. At times entertaining, and at others profound, Future Rising provides an original perspective on our relationship with the future.

We have a responsibility to change the future for the better. As a species, we have become talented architects of our future. And yet, we so often struggle to come to terms with what this means. As innovation and rapidly shifting norms and expectations drive our world at breakneck speed, we sometimes need to find a still, quiet place to pause and think. Future Rising sets out to create such a quiet place, where we can take advantage of our species' knowledge of world history, and the importance of science to piece together a positive future.

To create a good future, rediscover the past. Our relationship with the future is inextricably intertwined with where we've come from, who we are, and what we aspire to. Written to be easy to pick up and hard to put down, Future Rising starts at the beginning of all things with the Big Bang and traces a pathway along the emergence of intelligent life, through what makes humans uniquely capable of imagining and creating different futures.

In a series of sixty short reflections, Future Rising will take you on a journey into:

  • What "the future" actually is
  • How it molds and guides our lives
  • How we can use the history of the world to change our future

If you enjoy nonfiction science and history books like Life 3.0The Future of Humanity, or Superintelligence, then you'll love Future Rising.

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Journal Planning Magic

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A Dive Into the World of Planning and Personal Growth

The complete guide for navigating the planning process, Journal Planning Magic features easy tips and visuals for effective execution and increased productivity using your journal as a tool.

Planning made simple. Journal Planning Magic is the ultimate companion for planning the different areas of our lives. No matter how organized or disorganized you might feel, this guide helps find which planning process works best for you, whether it be bullet journaling or something simpler. Filled with details and tips on drafting schedules for the day, week, month, and year—and lots of visual inspiration to get started—Journal Planning Magic encourages us to work on short term and personal goals on a regular basis.

From calendar events to personal goals. Life isn't perfect and neither are our plans. Therefore, it’s important to learn to adjust for life’s curveballs. Author Andrea Gonzalez of the Plan for Productivity platform teaches how you can stay on track, whether you are a student, recent graduate, busy parent, and beyond. Featuring advice on achieving personal goals from other experts in the field such as Ryder Carrol, Daniel Pink, Rory Vaden, and Stephen Covey—this guide has all the wisdom you need to plan effectively and get things done using just a journal.

Inside, you’ll find bonus productivity material like:

  • Essential morning and evening routines and habits for personal growth
  • Ways to personalize your planning system to your specific needs
  • Bonus spreads, journal examples, and creativity tips to decorate your journal

If you’re into bullet, dot, or productivity journals—or simply enjoyed books like The Bullet Journal MethodJournal Me OrganizedDot Journaling, or Goal Getter (A Productivity Journal)—then you’ll love Journal Planning Magic.

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Lettering From A to Z

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Spark Your Creativity with Calligraphy

“I found Lettering from A to Z to be an open door, inviting me to play and create in entirely new ways.” —Sherry Richert Belul, author of Say it Now and founder of Simply Celebrate

#1 New Release in Handwriting Reference, Mixed Media, and Printmaking

Lettering artist Phawnda Moore has been teaching calligraphy and design for 25 years. An award-winning author, she steps into beginning students’ shoes to select content, address anticipated questions, and offer solutions to the unexpected yet inevitable problems that are encountered in hand lettering.

“Lettering from A to Z . . .” stands out from the crowd! It was written for all levels of experience and nourishes creative thinking through mindful practice. Blending traditional design principles and modern tools, it will inspire you to find your own style.

Your creative life will be enriched with step-by-step tutorials “from A to Z.” Written in conversational narrative, this full-color book includes more than 200 images of Phawnda’s professional work, published articles, and guidance from her class demos to make beautiful projects.

Phawnda's instruction includes:

  • 12 styles (Uncial calligraphy, Italic calligraphy, script calligraphy, brush lettering, faux calligraphy, rainbow lettering, monoline letters, handwriting and drawn letters)
  • Customized, printable practice sheets
  • Recommended writing tools, papers, sources, printing tips
  • Layout, color, and design basics
  • Lettering projects for youngsters
  • Tips on how to organize your studio space
  • Tips on sharing your skills in teaching, business, events, home, garden, and community
  • Illustrating with calligraphy tools
  • Projects to make handmade birthday cards, holiday cards, journals of your life, and easy-to-design art books

If you enjoyed Hand Lettering 101The Lost Art of Handwriting, or Hand Lettering for Relaxation, then it’s time to grab a copy of Lettering from A to Z and reconnect to your natural creativity.

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Live with Intention

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Essentials for Living Your Intentional Life

“Mary Anne Radmacher has written a book of beauty, creativity, wisdom, and great good will. Her chapter on forgiveness alone is worth the price of the book.” —Hugo Prather, author of Morning Notes and The Little Book of Letting Go

Mary Anne Radmacher is among the most-quoted women writers of our day. Her wisdom is found on greeting cards, journals, calendars, Instagram and Pinterest, in broadcast news, sermons, ceremonies and commencement speeches.

Quotes you may recognize. “Courage doesn't always roar,” “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else” and “There is no small act of kindness.” The poem, “Live with intention, walk to the edge, listen hard, practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is,” has inspired people globally for decades.

Discover what is important to you. This noted author, artist and teacher lost a dear one. As memorial to her friend her book became the manifesto for an intentional life for thousands of people. In Live with Intention, Radmacher shares the story of how she learned to live more robustly by watching how her courageous friend chose to die. People who keep Radmacher’s writings at the ready, say this writing is both inspiring and comforting. Extraordinary lessons are drawn from ordinary experiences. Rich in story, metaphor and poetry, Live with Intention explores with you what it means to live each day with purposeful intent:

  • Understand what matters most for you
  • Deepen what already makes your life rich
  • Determine your unique way to make a difference

Long after you've read this book you'll be picking it up randomly and repeatedly. If you’ve enjoyed books such as Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer, or The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo; Mary Anne Radmacher’s Live with Intention is your next must-read.

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Mama’s Milk and Me

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Strengthen the Mother-Baby Bond During and After Breastfeeding

“I needed this book in my life when I was weaning my babies. All of the mamas need this book.”—April Morones, Lactation Consultant

Perfect gift. An interactive guide, tool and special picture book keepsake that prepares your child and you for the end of nursing.

Weaning is a special and emotional transition―get the help you need. If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you know on an emotional level that the bond between mother and child is strengthened when breastfeeding. Due to both breast milk itself and the tangible contact of nursing, the connection is also strengthened on a scientific and physical level. This, among other advantages of breastfeeding, is part of what makes weaning so difficult, both for children and mothers. Knowing when to stop breastfeeding, and how to do it in a way that honors and preserves your relationship with your child, can make the process easier and smoother. In Mama’s Milk and Me, author and mother Alisha Gaddis provides a loving and interactive guide for taking this inevitable step.

Celebrate this new chapter in your life. While weaning comes with its challenges, it also opens the door to experience new and exciting milestones with your child. Just as your child will continue to grow and develop, so too will your relationship. Part of what makes this book a wonderful gift for new moms and mamas with experience is that it doubles as a keepsake. With a fill-in-the-blank format, mothers are provided a space to reflect and work through the emotional process of weaning. In addition, the book includes prompts for ideas on how to celebrate this step with your child. Learn more about:

  • The importance of breastfeeding and the bond between you and your child
  • How to sustain the connection even after breastfeeding stops
  • The exciting changes and developments that await you after weaning

If you enjoyed books like The Womanly Art of BreastfeedingBreastfeeding Made SimpleIna May's Guide to Breastfeeding, or The Happiest Baby on the Block, then you’ll want to own Mama’s Milk and Me by Emmy Award Winning actor, author, and mother, Alisha Gaddis.

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Modern Manners for Moms & Dads

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Be a Confident Parent from Day One

“Evie and Sarah artfully marry expert etiquette and parenting advice in a fun, modern, and valuable way.” ―Heidi Dulebohn, international cultural consultant and etiquette expert

#1 New Release in Etiquette Guides & Advice and Children's Studies

Parenting doesn’t happen in a bubble, but you wouldn’t know that from other parenting books. Own this humorous, often irreverent take on what parenting in public is really like.

Real-world advice on embarrassing moments parents with young kids face every day. When you’re raising kids, you’re thrown into dilemmas you could never have dreamed up. A diaper disaster in the middle seat during take-off. Naked baby bath photos your mother-in-law posts online without permission. An unexpected gift that leads to a tantrum in front of the gift-giver. How can you turn these into opportunities to be an A+ parent and friend, role model, and member of your community?

They've done the research so you don't have to. Authors Sarah Davis, Ed.D., and Evie Granville, M.Ed., are educators, manners mavens, and creators of a blog and podcast dedicated to parenting etiquette. Their two families total six young kids. Modern Manners unpacks the complicated social code for parents of kids ages 0 to 5. Discover a public parenting style within a unique framework, analyze your gut reactions to sticky situations, and choose a course of action that balances the needs of parent, child and others.

Written by and for busy parents, this guide includes parenting tips, lists, charts, pop quizzes, personal anecdotes, and practical advice. Get child rearing guidance from real experts on:

  • Leading your family with kindness and awareness
  • Setting a good example (and realistic expectations) for little ones
  • Maintaining friendships and good communication

If you are a fan of etiquette books like A Kid’s Guide to MannersDude That’s Rude, or 365 Manners Kids Should Know, you’ll love Modern Manners for Moms & Dads (Kids 0–5).

The publisher issues a notice regarding a design error occurring in the chart “Is Your Kid Too Sick to Leave the House?” on page 77 of the print book (chapter 2 in the eBook). The chart should advise against leaving the house with a child with a temperature of 100.4 and above. As stated by the authors, this book is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to their health (and their children's) and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. The authors and publisher advise readers to take full responsibility for their safety.

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Nothing Bad Between Us

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An Incredible True Story About Family, Love and Forgiveness

“This is one of the most moving and, ultimately, hopeful books I have ever read." —Jean M. Bartunek, PhD, professor of management and organization, Boston College and former president of the Academy of Management

#1 New Release in Mennonite Christianity

After being publicly humiliated in front of her entire close-knit Mennonite community, Marlena Fiol didn't know how she would recover. Follow her journey from an abusive upbringing in Paraguay to escape, love, and loss in the United States and finally on to forgiveness and reconciliation.

Discover a story of healing and personal transformation. Marlena's childhood was full of contradictions. Her father was both a heroic doctor for people with leprosy and an abusive parent. Her Mennonite missionary community was both a devoted tribe and a controlling society. And Marlena longed to both be accepted in Paraguay and escape to somewhere new. In Nothing Bad Between Us, follow Marlena's journey as she takes control of her life and learns to be her authentic self, scars and imperfections included.

Uncover inner peace―and inner strength.  Nothing Bad Between Us is a story of brokenness and eventual redemption that taps into our collective yearning for healing and forgiveness. As you read Marlena's story, you will:

  • Learn how to forgive yourself and others without giving up your personal growth and self-confidence
  • Discover that transformation and redemption often exist even in the most broken parts of who you are
  • Find out how to stand in your power, knowing that vulnerability won't lead to your downfall, but to increasing courage, connection, and authenticity

Readers of memoirs about family, self-healing, and the strength of a woman like The Glass CastleLove Warrior, and Leaving the Witness will be captivated by Nothing Bad Between Us.

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Practical Pottery

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Crafting Pottery for Daily Use

#1 Bestseller in Pottery & Ceramics and Sculpture and #1 Most Wished for in Pottery & Ceramic Craft

An introduction to pottery. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, especially when you have a guide this simple to get you started. Potter and entrepreneur Jon Schmidt coaxes us into the world of pottery with a promise that we do not have to know everything about the complicated chemistry behind making pottery to enjoy it! By taking us back to the basics, Schmidt offers an introduction to pottery and a guide to creating functional pieces, along with insights into the business side of creating and selling your art.

Focus on functionality. While pottery pieces can be detailed and intricate, Schmidt finds the beauty in more practical pieces. From mugs to bowls, Schmidt shows us a host of functional pieces that we can create using our very own hands. As a coffee shop owner, Schmidt uses handmade items for everything. And, he uses this pottery book to demonstrate how we too can create beautiful pieces for daily use, and potentially profit from them.

Endless ideas for beginners to experienced throwers. This is the book for those who have never wielded pottery tools, and those who consider themselves experts with the pottery wheel. Whichever category you fall into, you’ll find endless possibilities for making beautiful works of functioning art with your own hands. By offering an array of ideas and techniques, Schmidt’s book captures the interest of a wide audience of creatives like you.

Dive into Practical Pottery and find:

  • A guide for getting started in pottery and ceramics that doesn’t require expensive equipment, clay, and glazes
  • Numerous tips and tricks for creating functional pottery, such as mugs, bowls, plates, teapots, beer steins, and more!
  • Projects that will push you to craft functional art and turn your work into bonus income

Readers of Mastering Hand BuildingPotter’s Bible; and Handbuilt, A Potter’s Guide will love Jon Schmidt’s Practical Pottery.

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Reef Smart Guides Grand Cayman

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The Definitive Guide to Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in The Grand Cayman Islands

“The collection of Reef Smart Guides is a great resource for the touring diver. Incredible detailed 3D maps and up to date editorial content based on information from local dive experts, these cutting edge guidebooks are a must have for all scuba divers before they travel.” Clearly Cayman Dive Resorts

#1 New Release in Scuba Travel Guides, Caving & Spelunking, and Swimming

For Lonely Planet fans comes a unique and essential scuba, snorkel, and surf travel guide.

A great Caribbean travel book. The ultimate guide for beach and marine activities in the Grand Cayman Islands. The detailed descriptions and illustrations of beaches, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and other dive spots are ideal for divers, snorkelers and surfers. Make the most of your time on the Island and in the water.

Detailed descriptions and map art. Reef Smart catalogues the beaches, surf spots, and dive and snorkel sites in the Cayman Islands. With the help of Reef Smart’s unique 3D-mapping technology, learn all you need to know about the regions' top dive and snorkel sites. These maps provide useful information such as depths, currents, waves, suggested routes, potential hazards, unique structures, and species information.

Don’t go diving without it. This indispensable resource will help you plan and execute dives without a hitch. Pack this guidebook with the rest of your scuba gear.

Guidebook provides:

  • The best locations for diving, snorkeling, and surfing, and how to access them
  • Detailed 3D maps, graphics, and information to help you plan your time in and out of the water
  • Species guide to help you identify and understand the marine creatures in the Cayman Islands and its surrounding areas
  • And much more!

A unique and comprehensive SCUBA diving book. Also look for Reef Smart Guides Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Deerfield Beach; Reef Smart Guides Barbados; and the best-selling Reef Smart Guides Bonaire.

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