Child of Light by Madison Smartt Bell

Child of Light by Madison Smartt Bell The first and definitive biography of one of the great American novelists of the postwar era, the author of Dog Soldiers and A Flag for Sunrise, and a penetrating critic of American power, innocence, and corruption

Robert Stone (1937-2015), probably the only postwar American writer to draw favorable comparisons to Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, and Joseph Conrad, lived a life rich in adventure, achievement, and inner turmoil. He grew up rough on the streets of New York, the son of a mentally troubled single mother. After his Navy service in the fifties, which brought him to such locales as pre-Castro Havana, the Suez Crisis, and Antarctica, he studied writing at Stanford, where he met Ken Kesey and became a core member of the gang of Merry Pranksters. The publication of his superb New Orleans novel, Hall of Mirrors (1967), initiated a succession of dark-humored novels that investigated the American experience in Vietnam (Dog Soldiers, 1974, which won the National Book Award), Central America (A Flag for Sunrise, 1981), and Jerusalem on the eve of the millennium (Damascus Gate, 1998).

An acclaimed novelist himself, Madison Smartt Bell was a close friend and longtime admirer of Robert Stone. His authorized and deeply researched biography is both intimate and objective, a rich and unsparing portrait of a complicated, charismatic, and haunted man and a sympathetic reading of his work that will help to secure Stone's place in the pantheon of major American writers.

Addicted to Unhappiness by Martha Heineman Pieper

Addicted to Unhappiness by Martha Heineman Pieper Enter for a chance to win one of 25 signed copies.
Addicted to Unhappiness is unique in that it is both optimistic and realistic. It focuses equally on effective strategies for positive change and on combating the forces that oppose self-improvement. If you are you unable to follow through on important resolutions; are frustrated or inefficient at work; have a love life that is unrewarding or filled with conflict; or are plagued by unpleasant emotions for no apparent reason, you may have an addiction to unhappiness. The authors will help you understand how you unknowingly became an addict to unhappiness. And using real-life examples drawn from their clinical experience, they provide insights and effective strategies that will help you choose and maintain the happiness you deserve.
In Addicted to Unhappiness you will discover:
*The origins of your addiction and ways it interferes with your life
*A step-by-step plan to kick your habit
*How to turn setbacks into victories
*The ability to move beyond relationship conflicts and embrace closeness
*Effective ways to get control over painful moods
*A successful approach to achieving a healthy weight and a fit body

Against the Wind by Jim Tilley

Against the Wind by Jim Tilley Enter for a chance to win 1 of 100 copies of Jim Tilley's AGAINST THE WIND! After a hugely successful physical book giveaway, we're happy to offer 100 copies of the e-book version! Against the Wind is an elegantly written story of relationships involving six principal characters, the strands of whose lives braid together after a chance reunion among three of them.

A successful environmental lawyer is forced to take himself to task when he realizes that everything about his work has betrayed his core beliefs. A high school English teacher asks her former high school love to take up her environmental cause. A transgender adolescent male raised by his grandparents struggles to excel in a world hostile to his kind. A French-Canadian political science professor finds himself left with a choice between his cherished separatist cause and his marriage and family. An accomplished engineer is chronically unable to impress his more accomplished father sufficiently to be named head of the international wind technology company his father founded. The Quebec separatist party’s Minister of Natural Resources, a divorcée, finds herself caught between her French-Canadian lover and an unexpected English-Canadian suitor.

Seeing Reality As It Is by Joseph L Giovannoli

Seeing Reality As It Is by Joseph L Giovannoli Enter for a chance to win one of 100 advance, first edition copies of "Seeing Reality As It Is" by Joseph L. Giovannoli. His first book, "The Biology of Belief", published in 2000 was recommended reading in college courses at a number of universities. Thus far, “Seeing Reality As It Is” was favorably reviewed by Kirkus Reviews.
In "Seeing Reality As It Is", the author examines why we have very different views of things such as climate change, political polarization, and reality in general. He cites research showing that our brains adapted to aid our survival and not to enable us to see reality as it is. He explains that the biases and brain traits we inherit, which he coined as our “genetic chaperones”, aid our survival by chaperoning our behavior with false perceptions of reality. Ego enhancing biases that build confidence are an example. He further examines how cognitive hackers use social media data about our chaperone profiles to create false realities by triggering our chaperones with propaganda. He also describes neurological processes that make it difficult for us to recognize our false perceptions and how our perceptions can be verified.

Return to Shandalee by J.F. Krizan

Return to Shandalee by J.F.  Krizan I am grateful to Goodreads to promote my latest fiction novel in a giveaway of 100 Kindle copies of "Return to Shandalee: 1969 and The Summer of Love." It's been fifty years but that famous summer still lives on! A must read for anyone who graduated from high school in the sixties, went to summer camp, or fell in love for the first time.

Chasing the Bright Side by Jess Ekstrom

Chasing the Bright Side by Jess Ekstrom One flicker of hope. That's all it takes to catapult yourself into the life you've always imagined.

Enter for your chance to win 1 of 20 final copies of "Chasing The Bright Side" by Jess Ekstrom- where she shares her own inspirational story that will inspire you to embrace the power of optimism in your own life, and help you reimagine your purpose so you can create good in the world while fulfilling your own dreams—right where you are.