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A story about the book industry I would actually like to read

bookavore:

I am sure in every industry it is the same: nobody likes to read what non-industry reporters have to say about what they do for a living. It is almost always painful. This seems to be a special problem for the book industry. By their nature, journalists are likely to want to think about how the printed word is doing, and by its nature, the book industry is likely to read articles about itself, and then write about them. There are about ten stories written about the book industry outside of the industry (and, let’s be honest, this is a problem inside the industry as well); my personal bugbears are ebooks and physical books are locked in a cage match TO THE DEATH, comics aren’t just for kids anymore! and several people who don’t agree told us different things about book pricing.

With this in mind, I respectfully and selfishly offer an article idea.

A trend I’ve been noticing in the past year is what seems to be an uptick in the number of established, profitable independent bookstores being sold by their owners, and especially a lot of articles where the owners talk about how they’ve loved the store dearly but it’s time to retire and think the store will need a new, energetic person to take it to the next level and contend with all the recent changes in the industry. Generally there are two mentions in the press: one when the owner announces their intent to sell, and one six months to a year later, when the sale is completed. The owner usually announces the sale with a high level of optimism and often has several qualified, interested candidates to choose from.

A high-profile example is last year’s sale of DC’s Politics and Prose. But if you read Shelf Awareness and PW Daily every day (and why wouldn’t you?), you know that they are pretty common. For example, in the past week, Mystery Lovers Bookshop (in business for 22 years) in PA announced its new ownership, and Roberta Rubin, owner of The Book Stall in Winnetka (this year’s PW Bookstore of the Year, celebrating their 30th anniversary) announced that she is starting to look for a new owner.

I like reading all these smaller individual stories. I think they’re cool. What I want is for someone to delve a little deeper into them. I want to know how and why this happens, and if it means anything. This isn’t the same story as why do people keep opening bookstores in these modern times, though that is also interesting. Both things are challenging, but opening a bookstore is not at all the same thing as buying one that already exists.

Here is a short list of things that these news items make me wonder:

  • How does one decide, after decades, to sell one’s bookstore?
  • And why? Is that decision caused by a single event that makes it all clear, or is it gradual?
  • What makes a person want to buy a bookstore? Why do so many people say they’ve always dreamed of owning a bookstore?
  • Is this person a customer? Is this person in the book industry? Who is this person? How old is this person? What does this person like to read?
  • How much do these people know about the book business?
  • How many people are interested in owning a bookstore until they learn about the book business?
  • How many people are even more interested once they know more about the book business?
  • What do these reactions tell us about the book industry? Can we learn something?
  • Is it easier to take over and make changes to an established store, or is it easier to start from scratch? Do the former owners and new owners agree about the answer to this?
  • What changes do the former owners imagine will be necessary? What changes do they think will be necessary but that they do not want to make themselves?
  • What changes do the new owners make?
  • How is owning a bookstore like the new owners thought it would be? How is it different?

I really believe there is something here! This is happening nationally, in urban, suburban, and rural areas, even though running bookstores in those three types of place are different undertakings. It’s happening at large stores and tiny ones; it’s happening at niche stores and general interest ones as well. After years of the beat of bookstore-closed-bookstore-closed-bookstore-closed pulsing through any article even tangentially related to books, this is an interesting counterpoint. Other bookstores closed. These did not. Why not? And what will happen to them now? This seems like a good moment in time to ask those questions, and could provide us with a good new way to think about bookstores and books and all that.

Okay, somebody go write this now. I think it would function best as a multi-part series. Make it so.

From Apartment Therapy to the Definitive Book of Body Language, many of the titles that I acquired during my seven years at Bantam Books set out to help people make the most of their lives—without taking themselves too seriously. And then there were the others…
Beaufort
The Novel that Inspired the Academy Award Nominated Film
Ron Leshem
"Evocative, heartbreaking and haunting … [Israel’s] "Red Badge of Courage.”—Los Angeles Times. “Though firsthand accounts and combat memoirs line the shelves of bookstores, Leshem’s fiction rivals them in the completeness of his cosmos of war.”—San Francisco Chronicle. “Ron Leshem has succeeded in creating an entire world, simply through language.”—David Grossman, author of The Yellow Wind. “A gripping, viscerally powerful tale…. An alternately grim and blackly comic war/coming-of-age novel.”—Kirkus Reviews. “Its language is crude, the body count rises, and yet the tenderness of the bonds among the men is extraordinary.”—Library Journal. “A novel of deep moral concern in which sympathetically drawn and beautifully realized characters are allowed to speak for themselves.” —Chicago Tribune
The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca
Tahir Shah
"For aficiondas of this vicarious genre, The Caliph’s House has it all.”—New York Times Book Reivew. “An outrageously black comedy [written] with the straightest of poker faces.”—The Washington Post Book Review. "A wonderfully entertaining book - Tahir Shah’s talent is to make you laugh while you are admiring the insights given by his most original and lively view of life.”—Doris Lessing. "Reminiscent of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.”—Entertainment Weekly. 
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
Tahir Shah
"Mesmerizing…brings the sights, sounds, and smells of modern morocco to vibrant life. An enthralling triumph."—National Geographic Traveler. "Simply irresistible."—Providence Journal. “A brilliant literary mosaic.”—Booklist. "Creates moments of wonderment…of a part of Arabic culture that is gracious, gentle, and wise."—Cleveland Plain Dealer. “A spellbinding journey from Casablanca to Fez to Marrakesh.”—Library Journal
How to Defeat Your Own Clone and Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution
Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson
 ”Irreverent, timely, accessible, and, best of all, compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly.  "A fun ride through the myths and facts of the biotech revolution…The best part is that everything you’ll read here, including how to fight a clone who shares your thoughts, is based on real scientific research."— Annalee Newitz, editor-in-chief of io9.com. 
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
"Ebullient!"—Publishers Weekly. “A must-read for creating your perfect nest. Fire your shrink and follow Maxwell’s eight-step therapeutic cure!”—Jonathan Adler. "Like hiring a pro (without the attitude or expense).—Budget Living Magazine, "Refreshing in its point of view–your house has to work for you from the inside out.”—New York Magazine. 
From Apartment Therapy to the Definitive Book of Body Language, many of the titles that I acquired during my seven years at Bantam Books set out to help people make the most of their lives—without taking themselves too seriously. And then there were the others…
Beaufort
The Novel that Inspired the Academy Award Nominated Film
Ron Leshem
"Evocative, heartbreaking and haunting … [Israel’s] "Red Badge of Courage.”—Los Angeles Times. “Though firsthand accounts and combat memoirs line the shelves of bookstores, Leshem’s fiction rivals them in the completeness of his cosmos of war.”—San Francisco Chronicle. “Ron Leshem has succeeded in creating an entire world, simply through language.”—David Grossman, author of The Yellow Wind. “A gripping, viscerally powerful tale…. An alternately grim and blackly comic war/coming-of-age novel.”—Kirkus Reviews. “Its language is crude, the body count rises, and yet the tenderness of the bonds among the men is extraordinary.”—Library Journal. “A novel of deep moral concern in which sympathetically drawn and beautifully realized characters are allowed to speak for themselves.” —Chicago Tribune
The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca
Tahir Shah
"For aficiondas of this vicarious genre, The Caliph’s House has it all.”—New York Times Book Reivew. “An outrageously black comedy [written] with the straightest of poker faces.”—The Washington Post Book Review. "A wonderfully entertaining book - Tahir Shah’s talent is to make you laugh while you are admiring the insights given by his most original and lively view of life.”—Doris Lessing. "Reminiscent of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.”—Entertainment Weekly. 
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
Tahir Shah
"Mesmerizing…brings the sights, sounds, and smells of modern morocco to vibrant life. An enthralling triumph."—National Geographic Traveler. "Simply irresistible."—Providence Journal. “A brilliant literary mosaic.”—Booklist. "Creates moments of wonderment…of a part of Arabic culture that is gracious, gentle, and wise."—Cleveland Plain Dealer. “A spellbinding journey from Casablanca to Fez to Marrakesh.”—Library Journal
How to Defeat Your Own Clone and Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution
Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson
 ”Irreverent, timely, accessible, and, best of all, compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly.  "A fun ride through the myths and facts of the biotech revolution…The best part is that everything you’ll read here, including how to fight a clone who shares your thoughts, is based on real scientific research."— Annalee Newitz, editor-in-chief of io9.com. 
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
"Ebullient!"—Publishers Weekly. “A must-read for creating your perfect nest. Fire your shrink and follow Maxwell’s eight-step therapeutic cure!”—Jonathan Adler. "Like hiring a pro (without the attitude or expense).—Budget Living Magazine, "Refreshing in its point of view–your house has to work for you from the inside out.”—New York Magazine. 
From Apartment Therapy to the Definitive Book of Body Language, many of the titles that I acquired during my seven years at Bantam Books set out to help people make the most of their lives—without taking themselves too seriously. And then there were the others…
Beaufort
The Novel that Inspired the Academy Award Nominated Film
Ron Leshem
"Evocative, heartbreaking and haunting … [Israel’s] "Red Badge of Courage.”—Los Angeles Times. “Though firsthand accounts and combat memoirs line the shelves of bookstores, Leshem’s fiction rivals them in the completeness of his cosmos of war.”—San Francisco Chronicle. “Ron Leshem has succeeded in creating an entire world, simply through language.”—David Grossman, author of The Yellow Wind. “A gripping, viscerally powerful tale…. An alternately grim and blackly comic war/coming-of-age novel.”—Kirkus Reviews. “Its language is crude, the body count rises, and yet the tenderness of the bonds among the men is extraordinary.”—Library Journal. “A novel of deep moral concern in which sympathetically drawn and beautifully realized characters are allowed to speak for themselves.” —Chicago Tribune
The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca
Tahir Shah
"For aficiondas of this vicarious genre, The Caliph’s House has it all.”—New York Times Book Reivew. “An outrageously black comedy [written] with the straightest of poker faces.”—The Washington Post Book Review. "A wonderfully entertaining book - Tahir Shah’s talent is to make you laugh while you are admiring the insights given by his most original and lively view of life.”—Doris Lessing. "Reminiscent of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.”—Entertainment Weekly. 
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
Tahir Shah
"Mesmerizing…brings the sights, sounds, and smells of modern morocco to vibrant life. An enthralling triumph."—National Geographic Traveler. "Simply irresistible."—Providence Journal. “A brilliant literary mosaic.”—Booklist. "Creates moments of wonderment…of a part of Arabic culture that is gracious, gentle, and wise."—Cleveland Plain Dealer. “A spellbinding journey from Casablanca to Fez to Marrakesh.”—Library Journal
How to Defeat Your Own Clone and Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution
Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson
 ”Irreverent, timely, accessible, and, best of all, compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly.  "A fun ride through the myths and facts of the biotech revolution…The best part is that everything you’ll read here, including how to fight a clone who shares your thoughts, is based on real scientific research."— Annalee Newitz, editor-in-chief of io9.com. 
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
"Ebullient!"—Publishers Weekly. “A must-read for creating your perfect nest. Fire your shrink and follow Maxwell’s eight-step therapeutic cure!”—Jonathan Adler. "Like hiring a pro (without the attitude or expense).—Budget Living Magazine, "Refreshing in its point of view–your house has to work for you from the inside out.”—New York Magazine. 
From Apartment Therapy to the Definitive Book of Body Language, many of the titles that I acquired during my seven years at Bantam Books set out to help people make the most of their lives—without taking themselves too seriously. And then there were the others…
Beaufort
The Novel that Inspired the Academy Award Nominated Film
Ron Leshem
"Evocative, heartbreaking and haunting … [Israel’s] "Red Badge of Courage.”—Los Angeles Times. “Though firsthand accounts and combat memoirs line the shelves of bookstores, Leshem’s fiction rivals them in the completeness of his cosmos of war.”—San Francisco Chronicle. “Ron Leshem has succeeded in creating an entire world, simply through language.”—David Grossman, author of The Yellow Wind. “A gripping, viscerally powerful tale…. An alternately grim and blackly comic war/coming-of-age novel.”—Kirkus Reviews. “Its language is crude, the body count rises, and yet the tenderness of the bonds among the men is extraordinary.”—Library Journal. “A novel of deep moral concern in which sympathetically drawn and beautifully realized characters are allowed to speak for themselves.” —Chicago Tribune
The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca
Tahir Shah
"For aficiondas of this vicarious genre, The Caliph’s House has it all.”—New York Times Book Reivew. “An outrageously black comedy [written] with the straightest of poker faces.”—The Washington Post Book Review. "A wonderfully entertaining book - Tahir Shah’s talent is to make you laugh while you are admiring the insights given by his most original and lively view of life.”—Doris Lessing. "Reminiscent of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.”—Entertainment Weekly. 
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
Tahir Shah
"Mesmerizing…brings the sights, sounds, and smells of modern morocco to vibrant life. An enthralling triumph."—National Geographic Traveler. "Simply irresistible."—Providence Journal. “A brilliant literary mosaic.”—Booklist. "Creates moments of wonderment…of a part of Arabic culture that is gracious, gentle, and wise."—Cleveland Plain Dealer. “A spellbinding journey from Casablanca to Fez to Marrakesh.”—Library Journal
How to Defeat Your Own Clone and Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution
Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson
 ”Irreverent, timely, accessible, and, best of all, compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly.  "A fun ride through the myths and facts of the biotech revolution…The best part is that everything you’ll read here, including how to fight a clone who shares your thoughts, is based on real scientific research."— Annalee Newitz, editor-in-chief of io9.com. 
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
"Ebullient!"—Publishers Weekly. “A must-read for creating your perfect nest. Fire your shrink and follow Maxwell’s eight-step therapeutic cure!”—Jonathan Adler. "Like hiring a pro (without the attitude or expense).—Budget Living Magazine, "Refreshing in its point of view–your house has to work for you from the inside out.”—New York Magazine. 
From Apartment Therapy to the Definitive Book of Body Language, many of the titles that I acquired during my seven years at Bantam Books set out to help people make the most of their lives—without taking themselves too seriously. And then there were the others…
Beaufort
The Novel that Inspired the Academy Award Nominated Film
Ron Leshem
"Evocative, heartbreaking and haunting … [Israel’s] "Red Badge of Courage.”—Los Angeles Times. “Though firsthand accounts and combat memoirs line the shelves of bookstores, Leshem’s fiction rivals them in the completeness of his cosmos of war.”—San Francisco Chronicle. “Ron Leshem has succeeded in creating an entire world, simply through language.”—David Grossman, author of The Yellow Wind. “A gripping, viscerally powerful tale…. An alternately grim and blackly comic war/coming-of-age novel.”—Kirkus Reviews. “Its language is crude, the body count rises, and yet the tenderness of the bonds among the men is extraordinary.”—Library Journal. “A novel of deep moral concern in which sympathetically drawn and beautifully realized characters are allowed to speak for themselves.” —Chicago Tribune
The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca
Tahir Shah
"For aficiondas of this vicarious genre, The Caliph’s House has it all.”—New York Times Book Reivew. “An outrageously black comedy [written] with the straightest of poker faces.”—The Washington Post Book Review. "A wonderfully entertaining book - Tahir Shah’s talent is to make you laugh while you are admiring the insights given by his most original and lively view of life.”—Doris Lessing. "Reminiscent of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.”—Entertainment Weekly. 
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
Tahir Shah
"Mesmerizing…brings the sights, sounds, and smells of modern morocco to vibrant life. An enthralling triumph."—National Geographic Traveler. "Simply irresistible."—Providence Journal. “A brilliant literary mosaic.”—Booklist. "Creates moments of wonderment…of a part of Arabic culture that is gracious, gentle, and wise."—Cleveland Plain Dealer. “A spellbinding journey from Casablanca to Fez to Marrakesh.”—Library Journal
How to Defeat Your Own Clone and Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution
Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson
 ”Irreverent, timely, accessible, and, best of all, compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly.  "A fun ride through the myths and facts of the biotech revolution…The best part is that everything you’ll read here, including how to fight a clone who shares your thoughts, is based on real scientific research."— Annalee Newitz, editor-in-chief of io9.com. 
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
"Ebullient!"—Publishers Weekly. “A must-read for creating your perfect nest. Fire your shrink and follow Maxwell’s eight-step therapeutic cure!”—Jonathan Adler. "Like hiring a pro (without the attitude or expense).—Budget Living Magazine, "Refreshing in its point of view–your house has to work for you from the inside out.”—New York Magazine. 
From Apartment Therapy to the Definitive Book of Body Language, many of the titles that I acquired during my seven years at Bantam Books set out to help people make the most of their lives—without taking themselves too seriously. And then there were the others…
Beaufort
The Novel that Inspired the Academy Award Nominated Film
Ron Leshem
"Evocative, heartbreaking and haunting … [Israel’s] "Red Badge of Courage.”—Los Angeles Times. “Though firsthand accounts and combat memoirs line the shelves of bookstores, Leshem’s fiction rivals them in the completeness of his cosmos of war.”—San Francisco Chronicle. “Ron Leshem has succeeded in creating an entire world, simply through language.”—David Grossman, author of The Yellow Wind. “A gripping, viscerally powerful tale…. An alternately grim and blackly comic war/coming-of-age novel.”—Kirkus Reviews. “Its language is crude, the body count rises, and yet the tenderness of the bonds among the men is extraordinary.”—Library Journal. “A novel of deep moral concern in which sympathetically drawn and beautifully realized characters are allowed to speak for themselves.” —Chicago Tribune
The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca
Tahir Shah
"For aficiondas of this vicarious genre, The Caliph’s House has it all.”—New York Times Book Reivew. “An outrageously black comedy [written] with the straightest of poker faces.”—The Washington Post Book Review. "A wonderfully entertaining book - Tahir Shah’s talent is to make you laugh while you are admiring the insights given by his most original and lively view of life.”—Doris Lessing. "Reminiscent of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.”—Entertainment Weekly. 
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
Tahir Shah
"Mesmerizing…brings the sights, sounds, and smells of modern morocco to vibrant life. An enthralling triumph."—National Geographic Traveler. "Simply irresistible."—Providence Journal. “A brilliant literary mosaic.”—Booklist. "Creates moments of wonderment…of a part of Arabic culture that is gracious, gentle, and wise."—Cleveland Plain Dealer. “A spellbinding journey from Casablanca to Fez to Marrakesh.”—Library Journal
How to Defeat Your Own Clone and Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution
Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson
 ”Irreverent, timely, accessible, and, best of all, compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly.  "A fun ride through the myths and facts of the biotech revolution…The best part is that everything you’ll read here, including how to fight a clone who shares your thoughts, is based on real scientific research."— Annalee Newitz, editor-in-chief of io9.com. 
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
"Ebullient!"—Publishers Weekly. “A must-read for creating your perfect nest. Fire your shrink and follow Maxwell’s eight-step therapeutic cure!”—Jonathan Adler. "Like hiring a pro (without the attitude or expense).—Budget Living Magazine, "Refreshing in its point of view–your house has to work for you from the inside out.”—New York Magazine. 

From Apartment Therapy to the Definitive Book of Body Language, many of the titles that I acquired during my seven years at Bantam Books set out to help people make the most of their lives—without taking themselves too seriously. And then there were the others…

Beaufort

The Novel that Inspired the Academy Award Nominated Film

Ron Leshem

"Evocative, heartbreaking and haunting … [Israel’s] "Red Badge of Courage.”—Los Angeles Times. “Though firsthand accounts and combat memoirs line the shelves of bookstores, Leshem’s fiction rivals them in the completeness of his cosmos of war.”—San Francisco Chronicle. “Ron Leshem has succeeded in creating an entire world, simply through language.”—David Grossman, author of The Yellow Wind. “A gripping, viscerally powerful tale…. An alternately grim and blackly comic war/coming-of-age novel.”—Kirkus Reviews. “Its language is crude, the body count rises, and yet the tenderness of the bonds among the men is extraordinary.”—Library Journal. “A novel of deep moral concern in which sympathetically drawn and beautifully realized characters are allowed to speak for themselves.” —Chicago Tribune

The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca

Tahir Shah

"For aficiondas of this vicarious genre, The Caliph’s House has it all.”—New York Times Book Reivew. “An outrageously black comedy [written] with the straightest of poker faces.”—The Washington Post Book Review. "A wonderfully entertaining book - Tahir Shah’s talent is to make you laugh while you are admiring the insights given by his most original and lively view of life.”—Doris Lessing. "Reminiscent of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.”—Entertainment Weekly. 

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

Tahir Shah

"Mesmerizing…brings the sights, sounds, and smells of modern morocco to vibrant life. An enthralling triumph."—National Geographic Traveler. "Simply irresistible."—Providence Journal. “A brilliant literary mosaic.”—Booklist. "Creates moments of wonderment…of a part of Arabic culture that is gracious, gentle, and wise."—Cleveland Plain Dealer. “A spellbinding journey from Casablanca to Fez to Marrakesh.”—Library Journal

How to Defeat Your Own Clone and Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution

Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson

 ”Irreverent, timely, accessible, and, best of all, compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly "A fun ride through the myths and facts of the biotech revolution…The best part is that everything you’ll read here, including how to fight a clone who shares your thoughts, is based on real scientific research."— Annalee Newitz, editor-in-chief of io9.com

Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure

Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

"Ebullient!"—Publishers Weekly. “A must-read for creating your perfect nest. Fire your shrink and follow Maxwell’s eight-step therapeutic cure!”—Jonathan Adler. 
"Like hiring a pro (without the attitude or expense).—Budget Living Magazine, 
"Refreshing in its point of view–your house has to work for you from the inside out.”—New York Magazine. 


This group of titles published at the Free Press from 1996 to 2002 reflects my editorial work with leading psychologists of the day.  They include books by Martin Seligman, James Garbarino, Jeanne Safer, Gail Hornstein, and Monica Ramirez-Basco.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
Martin Seligman
"Books for a Better Life" Psychology Book Award. New York Times Bestseller. “A gift — a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life.—Daniel Goleman. “Ground-breaking, heart-lifting and, most importantly, deeply useful.”—Mary Pipher.
Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them
James Garbarino
National Bestseller. "Remarkable…what sets Lost Boys apart from the ordinary lament is the author’s palpable sense of care and compassion.”—The Washington Post Book World. 
The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling
Jeanne Safer
“Indelible, brave, profoundly sensitive, and deeply personal…”—O Magazine. “A persuasive examination of the considerable effect that impaired brothers and sisters have upon their ‘normal’ siblings throughout life.”—New York Times Book Review. 
This group of titles published at the Free Press from 1996 to 2002 reflects my editorial work with leading psychologists of the day.  They include books by Martin Seligman, James Garbarino, Jeanne Safer, Gail Hornstein, and Monica Ramirez-Basco.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
Martin Seligman
"Books for a Better Life" Psychology Book Award. New York Times Bestseller. “A gift — a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life.—Daniel Goleman. “Ground-breaking, heart-lifting and, most importantly, deeply useful.”—Mary Pipher.
Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them
James Garbarino
National Bestseller. "Remarkable…what sets Lost Boys apart from the ordinary lament is the author’s palpable sense of care and compassion.”—The Washington Post Book World. 
The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling
Jeanne Safer
“Indelible, brave, profoundly sensitive, and deeply personal…”—O Magazine. “A persuasive examination of the considerable effect that impaired brothers and sisters have upon their ‘normal’ siblings throughout life.”—New York Times Book Review. 
This group of titles published at the Free Press from 1996 to 2002 reflects my editorial work with leading psychologists of the day.  They include books by Martin Seligman, James Garbarino, Jeanne Safer, Gail Hornstein, and Monica Ramirez-Basco.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
Martin Seligman
"Books for a Better Life" Psychology Book Award. New York Times Bestseller. “A gift — a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life.—Daniel Goleman. “Ground-breaking, heart-lifting and, most importantly, deeply useful.”—Mary Pipher.
Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them
James Garbarino
National Bestseller. "Remarkable…what sets Lost Boys apart from the ordinary lament is the author’s palpable sense of care and compassion.”—The Washington Post Book World. 
The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling
Jeanne Safer
“Indelible, brave, profoundly sensitive, and deeply personal…”—O Magazine. “A persuasive examination of the considerable effect that impaired brothers and sisters have upon their ‘normal’ siblings throughout life.”—New York Times Book Review. 
This group of titles published at the Free Press from 1996 to 2002 reflects my editorial work with leading psychologists of the day.  They include books by Martin Seligman, James Garbarino, Jeanne Safer, Gail Hornstein, and Monica Ramirez-Basco.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
Martin Seligman
"Books for a Better Life" Psychology Book Award. New York Times Bestseller. “A gift — a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life.—Daniel Goleman. “Ground-breaking, heart-lifting and, most importantly, deeply useful.”—Mary Pipher.
Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them
James Garbarino
National Bestseller. "Remarkable…what sets Lost Boys apart from the ordinary lament is the author’s palpable sense of care and compassion.”—The Washington Post Book World. 
The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling
Jeanne Safer
“Indelible, brave, profoundly sensitive, and deeply personal…”—O Magazine. “A persuasive examination of the considerable effect that impaired brothers and sisters have upon their ‘normal’ siblings throughout life.”—New York Times Book Review. 
This group of titles published at the Free Press from 1996 to 2002 reflects my editorial work with leading psychologists of the day.  They include books by Martin Seligman, James Garbarino, Jeanne Safer, Gail Hornstein, and Monica Ramirez-Basco.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
Martin Seligman
"Books for a Better Life" Psychology Book Award. New York Times Bestseller. “A gift — a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life.—Daniel Goleman. “Ground-breaking, heart-lifting and, most importantly, deeply useful.”—Mary Pipher.
Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them
James Garbarino
National Bestseller. "Remarkable…what sets Lost Boys apart from the ordinary lament is the author’s palpable sense of care and compassion.”—The Washington Post Book World. 
The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling
Jeanne Safer
“Indelible, brave, profoundly sensitive, and deeply personal…”—O Magazine. “A persuasive examination of the considerable effect that impaired brothers and sisters have upon their ‘normal’ siblings throughout life.”—New York Times Book Review. 
This group of titles published at the Free Press from 1996 to 2002 reflects my editorial work with leading psychologists of the day.  They include books by Martin Seligman, James Garbarino, Jeanne Safer, Gail Hornstein, and Monica Ramirez-Basco.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
Martin Seligman
"Books for a Better Life" Psychology Book Award. New York Times Bestseller. “A gift — a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life.—Daniel Goleman. “Ground-breaking, heart-lifting and, most importantly, deeply useful.”—Mary Pipher.
Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them
James Garbarino
National Bestseller. "Remarkable…what sets Lost Boys apart from the ordinary lament is the author’s palpable sense of care and compassion.”—The Washington Post Book World. 
The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling
Jeanne Safer
“Indelible, brave, profoundly sensitive, and deeply personal…”—O Magazine. “A persuasive examination of the considerable effect that impaired brothers and sisters have upon their ‘normal’ siblings throughout life.”—New York Times Book Review. 

This group of titles published at the Free Press from 1996 to 2002 reflects my editorial work with leading psychologists of the day.  They include books by Martin Seligman, James Garbarino, Jeanne Safer, Gail Hornstein, and Monica Ramirez-Basco.

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

Martin Seligman

"Books for a Better Life" Psychology Book Award. New York Times Bestseller. “A gift — a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life.—Daniel Goleman. “Ground-breaking, heart-lifting and, most importantly, deeply useful.”—Mary Pipher.

Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them

James Garbarino

National Bestseller. "Remarkable…what sets Lost Boys apart from the ordinary lament is the author’s palpable sense of care and compassion.”—The Washington Post Book World. 

The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling

Jeanne Safer

“Indelible, brave, profoundly sensitive, and deeply personal…”—O Magazine. “A persuasive examination of the considerable effect that impaired brothers and sisters have upon their ‘normal’ siblings throughout life.”—New York Times Book Review. 

More books with Bantam.
Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
Mitch Horowitz
"A fascinating book." —Ken Burns. "In his precise and often detailed history of mysticism in America, Horowitz has tracked the evolution of our consciousness over 300 years.” —Deepak Chopra. “One of the most readable histories of American mysticism ever written.”—Tucson Citizen. 
“Horowitz teases out fascinating stories of the ‘dreamers and planners who flourished along the Psychic Highway.”—Washington Post Book World. “Fills a gap in the knowledge of religion for most people.” —Huntington News, VA. “Excellent.” —Library Journal. “One of the best recent books on patterns of belief.” —Fortean Times. “A fantastic tour guide to the fringes of reason, high weirdness, deep esoterica, secret societies, and mystery religions.” —Boing Boing
Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia
Patrick Tracey
*2009 Winner of the Pen New England Non-fiction Award. *2009 Ken Book Award (NAMI). *Indie Next List. 
“Mystical and miserable, tragic and hilarious, like Irish life itself.” —Malachy McCourt, author, A Monk Swimming: A Memoir. “Be prepared to put all else aside: this is a fascinating descent into the dark soul of madness. Tracey’s brave and compelling search for his family’s psychological origins swept me up like a literary thriller.”—Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir. “A must-read for families, especially Irish families, that have been affected by this most severe form of mental illness…. The fragile, human story at its core is beautiful and devastating.”–Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “A brilliant meditation on Irish people’s vexed relationship with the mind and its matters.”–Irish Voice
The Amateur Gourmet
Adam Roberts
"A fast track to culinary bliss."—New York Times. “A sort of Rachel Ray for the young foodie urbanite.”—Boston Globe. "A delightful and compelling new voice in the food world."—Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and The Reach of a Chef. “Adam’s book is a knockout.” —Marsha Norman, playwright. “Charming…. A kitchen travelogue…. The book’s primary feature is its delight in learning something new.”—Publishers Weekly
The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust
Michael Hirsh
"These eyewitness accounts are powerful, detailed and horrifying."–USA Today. "The survivors of Nazi concentration camps can never forget – and, as Michael Hirsh shows in his spellbinding work, neither can the young soldiers who liberated them." –The New York Post. "Never forget is the message that these vets and survivors carry to schools, churches, and synagogues, and other places…Hirsh’s The Liberators helps [them] carry on that important work." –Philadelphia Inquirer. 
More books with Bantam.
Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
Mitch Horowitz
"A fascinating book." —Ken Burns. "In his precise and often detailed history of mysticism in America, Horowitz has tracked the evolution of our consciousness over 300 years.” —Deepak Chopra. “One of the most readable histories of American mysticism ever written.”—Tucson Citizen. 
“Horowitz teases out fascinating stories of the ‘dreamers and planners who flourished along the Psychic Highway.”—Washington Post Book World. “Fills a gap in the knowledge of religion for most people.” —Huntington News, VA. “Excellent.” —Library Journal. “One of the best recent books on patterns of belief.” —Fortean Times. “A fantastic tour guide to the fringes of reason, high weirdness, deep esoterica, secret societies, and mystery religions.” —Boing Boing
Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia
Patrick Tracey
*2009 Winner of the Pen New England Non-fiction Award. *2009 Ken Book Award (NAMI). *Indie Next List. 
“Mystical and miserable, tragic and hilarious, like Irish life itself.” —Malachy McCourt, author, A Monk Swimming: A Memoir. “Be prepared to put all else aside: this is a fascinating descent into the dark soul of madness. Tracey’s brave and compelling search for his family’s psychological origins swept me up like a literary thriller.”—Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir. “A must-read for families, especially Irish families, that have been affected by this most severe form of mental illness…. The fragile, human story at its core is beautiful and devastating.”–Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “A brilliant meditation on Irish people’s vexed relationship with the mind and its matters.”–Irish Voice
The Amateur Gourmet
Adam Roberts
"A fast track to culinary bliss."—New York Times. “A sort of Rachel Ray for the young foodie urbanite.”—Boston Globe. "A delightful and compelling new voice in the food world."—Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and The Reach of a Chef. “Adam’s book is a knockout.” —Marsha Norman, playwright. “Charming…. A kitchen travelogue…. The book’s primary feature is its delight in learning something new.”—Publishers Weekly
The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust
Michael Hirsh
"These eyewitness accounts are powerful, detailed and horrifying."–USA Today. "The survivors of Nazi concentration camps can never forget – and, as Michael Hirsh shows in his spellbinding work, neither can the young soldiers who liberated them." –The New York Post. "Never forget is the message that these vets and survivors carry to schools, churches, and synagogues, and other places…Hirsh’s The Liberators helps [them] carry on that important work." –Philadelphia Inquirer. 
More books with Bantam.
Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
Mitch Horowitz
"A fascinating book." —Ken Burns. "In his precise and often detailed history of mysticism in America, Horowitz has tracked the evolution of our consciousness over 300 years.” —Deepak Chopra. “One of the most readable histories of American mysticism ever written.”—Tucson Citizen. 
“Horowitz teases out fascinating stories of the ‘dreamers and planners who flourished along the Psychic Highway.”—Washington Post Book World. “Fills a gap in the knowledge of religion for most people.” —Huntington News, VA. “Excellent.” —Library Journal. “One of the best recent books on patterns of belief.” —Fortean Times. “A fantastic tour guide to the fringes of reason, high weirdness, deep esoterica, secret societies, and mystery religions.” —Boing Boing
Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia
Patrick Tracey
*2009 Winner of the Pen New England Non-fiction Award. *2009 Ken Book Award (NAMI). *Indie Next List. 
“Mystical and miserable, tragic and hilarious, like Irish life itself.” —Malachy McCourt, author, A Monk Swimming: A Memoir. “Be prepared to put all else aside: this is a fascinating descent into the dark soul of madness. Tracey’s brave and compelling search for his family’s psychological origins swept me up like a literary thriller.”—Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir. “A must-read for families, especially Irish families, that have been affected by this most severe form of mental illness…. The fragile, human story at its core is beautiful and devastating.”–Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “A brilliant meditation on Irish people’s vexed relationship with the mind and its matters.”–Irish Voice
The Amateur Gourmet
Adam Roberts
"A fast track to culinary bliss."—New York Times. “A sort of Rachel Ray for the young foodie urbanite.”—Boston Globe. "A delightful and compelling new voice in the food world."—Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and The Reach of a Chef. “Adam’s book is a knockout.” —Marsha Norman, playwright. “Charming…. A kitchen travelogue…. The book’s primary feature is its delight in learning something new.”—Publishers Weekly
The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust
Michael Hirsh
"These eyewitness accounts are powerful, detailed and horrifying."–USA Today. "The survivors of Nazi concentration camps can never forget – and, as Michael Hirsh shows in his spellbinding work, neither can the young soldiers who liberated them." –The New York Post. "Never forget is the message that these vets and survivors carry to schools, churches, and synagogues, and other places…Hirsh’s The Liberators helps [them] carry on that important work." –Philadelphia Inquirer. 
More books with Bantam.
Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
Mitch Horowitz
"A fascinating book." —Ken Burns. "In his precise and often detailed history of mysticism in America, Horowitz has tracked the evolution of our consciousness over 300 years.” —Deepak Chopra. “One of the most readable histories of American mysticism ever written.”—Tucson Citizen. 
“Horowitz teases out fascinating stories of the ‘dreamers and planners who flourished along the Psychic Highway.”—Washington Post Book World. “Fills a gap in the knowledge of religion for most people.” —Huntington News, VA. “Excellent.” —Library Journal. “One of the best recent books on patterns of belief.” —Fortean Times. “A fantastic tour guide to the fringes of reason, high weirdness, deep esoterica, secret societies, and mystery religions.” —Boing Boing
Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia
Patrick Tracey
*2009 Winner of the Pen New England Non-fiction Award. *2009 Ken Book Award (NAMI). *Indie Next List. 
“Mystical and miserable, tragic and hilarious, like Irish life itself.” —Malachy McCourt, author, A Monk Swimming: A Memoir. “Be prepared to put all else aside: this is a fascinating descent into the dark soul of madness. Tracey’s brave and compelling search for his family’s psychological origins swept me up like a literary thriller.”—Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir. “A must-read for families, especially Irish families, that have been affected by this most severe form of mental illness…. The fragile, human story at its core is beautiful and devastating.”–Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “A brilliant meditation on Irish people’s vexed relationship with the mind and its matters.”–Irish Voice
The Amateur Gourmet
Adam Roberts
"A fast track to culinary bliss."—New York Times. “A sort of Rachel Ray for the young foodie urbanite.”—Boston Globe. "A delightful and compelling new voice in the food world."—Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and The Reach of a Chef. “Adam’s book is a knockout.” —Marsha Norman, playwright. “Charming…. A kitchen travelogue…. The book’s primary feature is its delight in learning something new.”—Publishers Weekly
The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust
Michael Hirsh
"These eyewitness accounts are powerful, detailed and horrifying."–USA Today. "The survivors of Nazi concentration camps can never forget – and, as Michael Hirsh shows in his spellbinding work, neither can the young soldiers who liberated them." –The New York Post. "Never forget is the message that these vets and survivors carry to schools, churches, and synagogues, and other places…Hirsh’s The Liberators helps [them] carry on that important work." –Philadelphia Inquirer. 
More books with Bantam.
Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
Mitch Horowitz
"A fascinating book." —Ken Burns. "In his precise and often detailed history of mysticism in America, Horowitz has tracked the evolution of our consciousness over 300 years.” —Deepak Chopra. “One of the most readable histories of American mysticism ever written.”—Tucson Citizen. 
“Horowitz teases out fascinating stories of the ‘dreamers and planners who flourished along the Psychic Highway.”—Washington Post Book World. “Fills a gap in the knowledge of religion for most people.” —Huntington News, VA. “Excellent.” —Library Journal. “One of the best recent books on patterns of belief.” —Fortean Times. “A fantastic tour guide to the fringes of reason, high weirdness, deep esoterica, secret societies, and mystery religions.” —Boing Boing
Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia
Patrick Tracey
*2009 Winner of the Pen New England Non-fiction Award. *2009 Ken Book Award (NAMI). *Indie Next List. 
“Mystical and miserable, tragic and hilarious, like Irish life itself.” —Malachy McCourt, author, A Monk Swimming: A Memoir. “Be prepared to put all else aside: this is a fascinating descent into the dark soul of madness. Tracey’s brave and compelling search for his family’s psychological origins swept me up like a literary thriller.”—Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir. “A must-read for families, especially Irish families, that have been affected by this most severe form of mental illness…. The fragile, human story at its core is beautiful and devastating.”–Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “A brilliant meditation on Irish people’s vexed relationship with the mind and its matters.”–Irish Voice
The Amateur Gourmet
Adam Roberts
"A fast track to culinary bliss."—New York Times. “A sort of Rachel Ray for the young foodie urbanite.”—Boston Globe. "A delightful and compelling new voice in the food world."—Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and The Reach of a Chef. “Adam’s book is a knockout.” —Marsha Norman, playwright. “Charming…. A kitchen travelogue…. The book’s primary feature is its delight in learning something new.”—Publishers Weekly
The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust
Michael Hirsh
"These eyewitness accounts are powerful, detailed and horrifying."–USA Today. "The survivors of Nazi concentration camps can never forget – and, as Michael Hirsh shows in his spellbinding work, neither can the young soldiers who liberated them." –The New York Post. "Never forget is the message that these vets and survivors carry to schools, churches, and synagogues, and other places…Hirsh’s The Liberators helps [them] carry on that important work." –Philadelphia Inquirer. 
More books with Bantam.
Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
Mitch Horowitz
"A fascinating book." —Ken Burns. "In his precise and often detailed history of mysticism in America, Horowitz has tracked the evolution of our consciousness over 300 years.” —Deepak Chopra. “One of the most readable histories of American mysticism ever written.”—Tucson Citizen. 
“Horowitz teases out fascinating stories of the ‘dreamers and planners who flourished along the Psychic Highway.”—Washington Post Book World. “Fills a gap in the knowledge of religion for most people.” —Huntington News, VA. “Excellent.” —Library Journal. “One of the best recent books on patterns of belief.” —Fortean Times. “A fantastic tour guide to the fringes of reason, high weirdness, deep esoterica, secret societies, and mystery religions.” —Boing Boing
Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia
Patrick Tracey
*2009 Winner of the Pen New England Non-fiction Award. *2009 Ken Book Award (NAMI). *Indie Next List. 
“Mystical and miserable, tragic and hilarious, like Irish life itself.” —Malachy McCourt, author, A Monk Swimming: A Memoir. “Be prepared to put all else aside: this is a fascinating descent into the dark soul of madness. Tracey’s brave and compelling search for his family’s psychological origins swept me up like a literary thriller.”—Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir. “A must-read for families, especially Irish families, that have been affected by this most severe form of mental illness…. The fragile, human story at its core is beautiful and devastating.”–Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “A brilliant meditation on Irish people’s vexed relationship with the mind and its matters.”–Irish Voice
The Amateur Gourmet
Adam Roberts
"A fast track to culinary bliss."—New York Times. “A sort of Rachel Ray for the young foodie urbanite.”—Boston Globe. "A delightful and compelling new voice in the food world."—Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and The Reach of a Chef. “Adam’s book is a knockout.” —Marsha Norman, playwright. “Charming…. A kitchen travelogue…. The book’s primary feature is its delight in learning something new.”—Publishers Weekly
The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust
Michael Hirsh
"These eyewitness accounts are powerful, detailed and horrifying."–USA Today. "The survivors of Nazi concentration camps can never forget – and, as Michael Hirsh shows in his spellbinding work, neither can the young soldiers who liberated them." –The New York Post. "Never forget is the message that these vets and survivors carry to schools, churches, and synagogues, and other places…Hirsh’s The Liberators helps [them] carry on that important work." –Philadelphia Inquirer. 

More books with Bantam.

Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation

Mitch Horowitz

"A fascinating book." —Ken Burns. "In his precise and often detailed history of mysticism in America, Horowitz has tracked the evolution of our consciousness over 300 years.” —Deepak Chopra. “One of the most readable histories of American mysticism ever written.”—Tucson Citizen. 

“Horowitz teases out fascinating stories of the ‘dreamers and planners who flourished along the Psychic Highway.”—Washington Post Book World. “Fills a gap in the knowledge of religion for most people.” —Huntington News, VA. “Excellent.” —Library Journal. “One of the best recent books on patterns of belief.” —Fortean Times. “A fantastic tour guide to the fringes of reason, high weirdness, deep esoterica, secret societies, and mystery religions.” —Boing Boing

Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia

Patrick Tracey

*2009 Winner of the Pen New England Non-fiction Award. *2009 Ken Book Award (NAMI). *Indie Next List. 

“Mystical and miserable, tragic and hilarious, like Irish life itself.” —Malachy McCourt, author, A Monk Swimming: A Memoir. “Be prepared to put all else aside: this is a fascinating descent into the dark soul of madness. Tracey’s brave and compelling search for his family’s psychological origins swept me up like a literary thriller.”—Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir. “A must-read for families, especially Irish families, that have been affected by this most severe form of mental illness…. The fragile, human story at its core is beautiful and devastating.”–Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “A brilliant meditation on Irish people’s vexed relationship with the mind and its matters.”–Irish Voice

The Amateur Gourmet

Adam Roberts

"A fast track to culinary bliss."—New York Times. “A sort of Rachel Ray for the young foodie urbanite.”—Boston Globe. "A delightful and compelling new voice in the food world."—Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and The Reach of a Chef. “Adam’s book is a knockout.” —Marsha Norman, playwright. “Charming…. A kitchen travelogue…. The book’s primary feature is its delight in learning something new.”—Publishers Weekly

The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust

Michael Hirsh

"These eyewitness accounts are powerful, detailed and horrifying."–USA Today. "The survivors of Nazi concentration camps can never forget – and, as Michael Hirsh shows in his spellbinding work, neither can the young soldiers who liberated them." –The New York Post. "Never forget is the message that these vets and survivors carry to schools, churches, and synagogues, and other places…Hirsh’s The Liberators helps [them] carry on that important work." –Philadelphia Inquirer. 


Recent Books I’ve Edited
These are books that I’ve edited during my two-year stint with the Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart. It was refreshing to work in the Canadian book business after twenty years away. 
Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert
Davin de Kergommeaux
“Brilliantly captures Canada’s true spirit.”—John K. Hall, Whisky Maker, Forty Creek Whisky, Ontario. "A game changer."—Dominic Roskrow, author of the World’s Best Whiskies. ”No guessing, no speculation, and no producer hype, just facts, clearly and patiently explained.”—Charles Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight. "A must have for the whisky lover."—Rob Allanson, editor, Whisky Magazine. 
Damned Nations: Guns, Greed and Aid
Samantha Nutt
#1 Globe and Mail bestseller. ”Extremely perceptive and original…Nutt deftly skewers the pretentions, complacencies, and, often disturbingly, imperial assumptions of the aid world.”—Globe and Mail. "A brave, eloquent, and necessary book."—Lewis Lapham. "Extraordinarily riveting, filled with emotional and intellectual power."—Stephen Lewis
True North: A Life in the Music Business
Bernie Finkelstein
Amazon Best Books for April 2012. 
"a modest, candid and lively memoir."—MacLeans. "Takes readers on a fascinating tour inside his career and his professional relationships."—CTV News.  "Fast-paced, fascinating tour of the tumultuous birth of the Canadian music industry."—Robert Charles Wilson, author of Spin. “Bernie Finkelstein’s latest ‘gift’ to the music business is the release of his book.”—Cashbox. 
Four Strong Winds: Ian & Sylvia
John Einarson with Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson
*Globe and Mail & National Bestseller. ”[Four Strong Winds] will remind you of two legendary artists, their music and their important place in popular culture.” — Winnipeg Free Press. "A tender (but not hagiographic) account of Ian & Sylvia’s rise to fame Sylvia’s cool eye and Ian’s unfiltered irascibility are part of what makes Four Strong Winds such a good read." — Globe and Mail
Recent Books I’ve Edited
These are books that I’ve edited during my two-year stint with the Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart. It was refreshing to work in the Canadian book business after twenty years away. 
Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert
Davin de Kergommeaux
“Brilliantly captures Canada’s true spirit.”—John K. Hall, Whisky Maker, Forty Creek Whisky, Ontario. "A game changer."—Dominic Roskrow, author of the World’s Best Whiskies. ”No guessing, no speculation, and no producer hype, just facts, clearly and patiently explained.”—Charles Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight. "A must have for the whisky lover."—Rob Allanson, editor, Whisky Magazine. 
Damned Nations: Guns, Greed and Aid
Samantha Nutt
#1 Globe and Mail bestseller. ”Extremely perceptive and original…Nutt deftly skewers the pretentions, complacencies, and, often disturbingly, imperial assumptions of the aid world.”—Globe and Mail. "A brave, eloquent, and necessary book."—Lewis Lapham. "Extraordinarily riveting, filled with emotional and intellectual power."—Stephen Lewis
True North: A Life in the Music Business
Bernie Finkelstein
Amazon Best Books for April 2012. 
"a modest, candid and lively memoir."—MacLeans. "Takes readers on a fascinating tour inside his career and his professional relationships."—CTV News.  "Fast-paced, fascinating tour of the tumultuous birth of the Canadian music industry."—Robert Charles Wilson, author of Spin. “Bernie Finkelstein’s latest ‘gift’ to the music business is the release of his book.”—Cashbox. 
Four Strong Winds: Ian & Sylvia
John Einarson with Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson
*Globe and Mail & National Bestseller. ”[Four Strong Winds] will remind you of two legendary artists, their music and their important place in popular culture.” — Winnipeg Free Press. "A tender (but not hagiographic) account of Ian & Sylvia’s rise to fame Sylvia’s cool eye and Ian’s unfiltered irascibility are part of what makes Four Strong Winds such a good read." — Globe and Mail
Recent Books I’ve Edited
These are books that I’ve edited during my two-year stint with the Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart. It was refreshing to work in the Canadian book business after twenty years away. 
Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert
Davin de Kergommeaux
“Brilliantly captures Canada’s true spirit.”—John K. Hall, Whisky Maker, Forty Creek Whisky, Ontario. "A game changer."—Dominic Roskrow, author of the World’s Best Whiskies. ”No guessing, no speculation, and no producer hype, just facts, clearly and patiently explained.”—Charles Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight. "A must have for the whisky lover."—Rob Allanson, editor, Whisky Magazine. 
Damned Nations: Guns, Greed and Aid
Samantha Nutt
#1 Globe and Mail bestseller. ”Extremely perceptive and original…Nutt deftly skewers the pretentions, complacencies, and, often disturbingly, imperial assumptions of the aid world.”—Globe and Mail. "A brave, eloquent, and necessary book."—Lewis Lapham. "Extraordinarily riveting, filled with emotional and intellectual power."—Stephen Lewis
True North: A Life in the Music Business
Bernie Finkelstein
Amazon Best Books for April 2012. 
"a modest, candid and lively memoir."—MacLeans. "Takes readers on a fascinating tour inside his career and his professional relationships."—CTV News.  "Fast-paced, fascinating tour of the tumultuous birth of the Canadian music industry."—Robert Charles Wilson, author of Spin. “Bernie Finkelstein’s latest ‘gift’ to the music business is the release of his book.”—Cashbox. 
Four Strong Winds: Ian & Sylvia
John Einarson with Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson
*Globe and Mail & National Bestseller. ”[Four Strong Winds] will remind you of two legendary artists, their music and their important place in popular culture.” — Winnipeg Free Press. "A tender (but not hagiographic) account of Ian & Sylvia’s rise to fame Sylvia’s cool eye and Ian’s unfiltered irascibility are part of what makes Four Strong Winds such a good read." — Globe and Mail
Recent Books I’ve Edited
These are books that I’ve edited during my two-year stint with the Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart. It was refreshing to work in the Canadian book business after twenty years away. 
Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert
Davin de Kergommeaux
“Brilliantly captures Canada’s true spirit.”—John K. Hall, Whisky Maker, Forty Creek Whisky, Ontario. "A game changer."—Dominic Roskrow, author of the World’s Best Whiskies. ”No guessing, no speculation, and no producer hype, just facts, clearly and patiently explained.”—Charles Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight. "A must have for the whisky lover."—Rob Allanson, editor, Whisky Magazine. 
Damned Nations: Guns, Greed and Aid
Samantha Nutt
#1 Globe and Mail bestseller. ”Extremely perceptive and original…Nutt deftly skewers the pretentions, complacencies, and, often disturbingly, imperial assumptions of the aid world.”—Globe and Mail. "A brave, eloquent, and necessary book."—Lewis Lapham. "Extraordinarily riveting, filled with emotional and intellectual power."—Stephen Lewis
True North: A Life in the Music Business
Bernie Finkelstein
Amazon Best Books for April 2012. 
"a modest, candid and lively memoir."—MacLeans. "Takes readers on a fascinating tour inside his career and his professional relationships."—CTV News.  "Fast-paced, fascinating tour of the tumultuous birth of the Canadian music industry."—Robert Charles Wilson, author of Spin. “Bernie Finkelstein’s latest ‘gift’ to the music business is the release of his book.”—Cashbox. 
Four Strong Winds: Ian & Sylvia
John Einarson with Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson
*Globe and Mail & National Bestseller. ”[Four Strong Winds] will remind you of two legendary artists, their music and their important place in popular culture.” — Winnipeg Free Press. "A tender (but not hagiographic) account of Ian & Sylvia’s rise to fame Sylvia’s cool eye and Ian’s unfiltered irascibility are part of what makes Four Strong Winds such a good read." — Globe and Mail

Recent Books I’ve Edited

These are books that I’ve edited during my two-year stint with the Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart. It was refreshing to work in the Canadian book business after twenty years away. 

Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert

Davin de Kergommeaux

“Brilliantly captures Canada’s true spirit.”—John K. Hall, Whisky Maker, Forty Creek Whisky, Ontario. "A game changer."—Dominic Roskrow, author of the World’s Best Whiskies. No guessing, no speculation, and no producer hype, just facts, clearly and patiently explained.”—Charles Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight. "A must have for the whisky lover."—Rob Allanson, editor, Whisky Magazine. 

Damned Nations: Guns, Greed and Aid

Samantha Nutt

#1 Globe and Mail bestseller. ”Extremely perceptive and original…Nutt deftly skewers the pretentions, complacencies, and, often disturbingly, imperial assumptions of the aid world.”—Globe and Mail. "A brave, eloquent, and necessary book."—Lewis Lapham. "Extraordinarily riveting, filled with emotional and intellectual power."—Stephen Lewis

True North: A Life in the Music Business

Bernie Finkelstein

Amazon Best Books for April 2012. 

"a modest, candid and lively memoir."—MacLeans"Takes readers on a fascinating tour inside his career and his professional relationships."—CTV News.  "Fast-paced, fascinating tour of the tumultuous birth of the Canadian music industry."—Robert Charles Wilson, author of Spin. “Bernie Finkelstein’s latest ‘gift’ to the music business is the release of his book.”—Cashbox

Four Strong Winds: Ian & Sylvia

John Einarson with Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson

*Globe and Mail & National Bestseller. ”[Four Strong Winds] will remind you of two legendary artists, their music and their important place in popular culture.” — Winnipeg Free Press. "A tender (but not hagiographic) account of Ian & Sylvia’s rise to fame Sylvia’s cool eye and Ian’s unfiltered irascibility are part of what makes Four Strong Winds such a good read." — Globe and Mail