Tuesday, May 29, 2012
In this compelling memoir, author Linda Atnip is contacted by the spirit of her companion animal, Mr. Kiki, as he is laid to rest. He informs Linda that she will write a book about their spiritual adventures, as humanity now stands at a crossroads and must choose a more sustainable lifestyle.
Among the many secrets Mr. Kiki reveals is what happened to him when he died, where he is now, and the type of work he does on the other side. Mr. Kiki's messages from the beyond will comfort anyone who has ever lost a beloved pet.
Go deep into the L.A. underworld with the true story of one obsessive gangster’s unparalleled quest for privilege, power, and paydays.
This biography of celebrity gangster Mickey Cohen digs past the sensational headlines to deliver a remarkable story of a man who captivated, corrupted, and terrorized Los Angeles for a generation.
When Bugsy Siegel was assassinated in Beverly Hills, former pro boxer Mickey Cohen took over the criminal activity in Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen attained such power and dominance from the late 1940s until 1976 that he was a regular above-the-fold newspaper name, accumulating a remarkable count of more than 1,000 front-pages in Los Angeles papers alone, and was featured in hundreds of articles in national and international periodicals. His story and the history of mid-century L.A. are inextricably intertwined.
Mickey Cohen is a seductive, premium-octane blend of true crime and Hollywood that spins around a wildly eccentric mob boss. Author Tere Tereba delivers tales of high life, high drama, and highly placed politicians, among them RFK and Richard Nixon, as well as revelations about countless icons, including Shirley Temple, Lana Turner, Frank Sinatra, and the Reverend Billy Graham. Meticulously researched, this rich tapestry presents a complete look at the Los Angeles underworld.
When a lucky young boy is placed with his "forever family," his joyful new parents see not only how their lives brighten, but also how his smile makes the people in their neighborhood happy, too!
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Hollywood memoir of actor/writer John Considine traces a privileged family, his struggles through a challenging adolescence, and his subsequent real-world adventures and misadventures through the often precarious yet sometimes exhilarating world of a free-lance actor and writer in Hollywood. The last chapter of this tome offers a glimpse of the surprisingly positive and serene 'last act' to this often tumultuous life.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Iron Boys is a novel in the form of an eccentric monologue—indeed a rambling oral history—by one Corbel Penner who brings the reader, through his unique language, obsessions, and relationships, deeply inside the mentality of another time. Corbel becomes a member of a secret, quasi-Luddite band of rebels in the early 1800s. The center point of his circuitous narrative is the destruction of George Withy’s textile factory by a motley band of “rebels against the future.”
The actual Luddites, and their three years of machine breaking, are to this day mysterious, and I’ve taken that historical murk as license to postulate a deeper, perhaps alchemical layer of transformation. Rather than narrate “historical events” from an omniscient distance, I clung to Corbel’s voice and followed wherever it led me. His monologue conveys not primarily the “story,” which emerges of its own accord, but the dislocations, the rants and daydreams, the idiocies and inspirations, accruing as the social contract is frayed. —Thomas Frick
THOMAS FRICK was born in Kentucky and lives in Los Angeles where he is a writer, editor, and publishing consultant. He has received awards and fellowships for his writing—short fiction and essays—which have been widely published. This is his first novel.
In Charlie: A Love Story Barbara Lampert has created a memorable and heartfelt account of her fourteen year relationship with a remarkable Golden Retriever.
''Charlie is one of those rare dogs who leave a lasting impression. Although many people loved him, no one knew him the way Barbara did. Their relationship was extraordinarily close. In this very heartfelt, special book, Barbara captures Charlie's character and their relationship with clarity and immediacy. This is a tender yet very real story of the love and devotion of a dog and his master equally beloved of each other, a story I think will always be remembered.'' -- Robert Olds, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Chief of Surgery, VCA Brentwood Animal Hospital
Friday, May 4, 2012
Have you thought about what happens to each breath you take? The air molecules you are breathing in today could have been brushing against a tree yesterday; hovering over a stream two days ago; inside the lungs of a giant bear a week ago. There is no way of knowing where they were. So, breathe in and connect with the universe!
The Breathing Bridge is a lyrical, beautifully illustrated book which helps teach kids about the connectivity of all things, and also serves as a fun aid to teach Yoga to kids. Yoga is increasingly recognized as a healthy, holistic and inexpensive alternative to highly competitive sports programs that require expensive training and equipment; it can be done anywhere, by people of all ages.
The Breathing Bridge provides a read-aloud picture book that doubles as a yoga class; it can be shared by teachers or parents with children and toddlers. It also features clear depictions of each pose in the end of the book, for the child to practice on their own.
Will a twelve year old child find her way home after a horrific tragedy? Will a mysterious man ever forget the demons that haunt him in the middle of the night? A journey marred by a vicious killer and twisted families brought together by a fire one Christmas Eve.