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Fiction, Health & Wellness, Memoir, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

JUN 04: Brendan Kiely’s Tradition & Edward Hallowell’s Because I Come From a Crazy Family

High school English teacher Brendan Kiely was always on the hunt for books that would not only excite his students to learn the skills needed to study and practice in class, but also inspire them to think critically about their role in society, developing who they are and helping form their beliefs.  Award-winning author Kiely explores the insidious nature of a traditional boarding school in Tradition (is not an excuse).

Brendan is a New York Times bestseller whose numerous awards include the Walter Dean Myers Award, and Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association twice.

Later, Dr. Edward M. Hallowell turned an eye inward towards his emotionally complex upbringing, using it to build a successful life and career.  He chronicles his childhood inspiration in his new memoir, Because I Come From a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist.

Dr. Hallowell is a bestselling author of over 20 books on attention deficit disorder and emotional well-being.  He is founder of the Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health, one of which is based in Seattle.  His national tour brings him to University Bookstore in Seattle on June 15th.

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Conservation, Environment, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Women's Issues

MAY 28: Mary DeMocker’s The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution, Yvonne Tally’s Breaking Up with Busy & Trisha Ashworth’s Just When You Are Comfortable in Your Own Skin

The climate revolution begins with two important phrases and one word:  “Stop Stupid. Start Smart. Revolution.”  Mary DeMocker joins us today to examine engaging ways to get your kids to care, and get them involved, in The Parent’s Guide to Climate Revolution.

Mary has reveled in an artistic life, performing harp, dressing sets for NY film productions, and now using public art and writing to mobilize for climate action.  She is co-Founder of the international climate action group 350.org.

Next, in a world where we are constantly connected, it’s become nearly impossible not to remain swamped.  In Breaking Up with BusyYvonne Tally helps women identify what type of Overscheduled Woman (OSW) they are and why, and her 5-Step Super Solution Process will help you lighten the load!

Yvonne  leads meditation and de-stressing programs for corporations, individuals, and private groups in Silicon Valley. An NLP master practitioner, Yvonne cofounded Poised Inc., a Pilates and wellness training studio.

Finally, whether you’re married, single, widowed, divorced, with children or without, at some point women inevitably ask the question, “What’s next for me?” Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag provides a road map for how to thrive in this new phase of life by turning a midlife crisis in midlife opportunity.

Today’s guest Trisha Ashworth and her co-writer Amy Nobile are bestselling authors and founders of Ash and Ames, empowering female artisans around the globe.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues

MAY 21: Dr. Laurie Nadel’s Coping with Disaster & Jalaja Bonheim’s The Magic of Circlework

Disaster strikes.  Media Swarms.  The cameras leave.  Then your real story begins.  Journalist and psychotherapist Dr. Laurie Nadel offers a psychological roadmap through cycles of shock and trauma to help readers discover new meaning, renewal, and peace after catastrophe strikes in The Five Gifts: Discovering Healing, Hope and Strength When Disaster Strikes.

After losing her home to Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Nadel ran long-term support groups for survivors.  She has reported for Newsweek, and written stories for CBS, ABC News, and Reuters.

Next, if you have ever been prone to anxiety, depression, addiction or moments of rage, you might be suffering from Spiritual Famine.  In The Magic of Circlework: The Practice Women from Around the World Are Using to Heal and Empower ThemselvesJalaja Bonheim, PhD., explains how to tap into the Circlework’s healing powers, and why the circle remains a powerful structure to connect to ancient wisdom.

Jalaja is an internationally acclaimed speaker and award winning author, and one of the world’s foremost experts in the use of circle gatherings as a tool for healing.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

MAY 14: Julie Simon’s When Food is Comfort & Sunny McMillan’s Unhitched

Ice Cream.  Mac and cheese.  For the more gluttonous among us, pizza.  Many of us turn to these comfort foods when life takes one of its downward spirals. When Food is Comfort: Nurture Yourself Mindfully, Rewire Your Brain, and End Emotional Eating reveals a lack of consistent nurturing at a young age can cause us to turn to outside substances such as food to receive that needed stress relief.  Author Julie M. Simon offers easily mastered skills to put an end to unhealthy indulging through self-nurturing and rewiring our brains.

Julie is a licensed psychotherapist and Life Coach with a full-time private practice specializing in eating and body image challenges.  She founded the popular Los Angeles based online Twelve-Week Emotional Eating Recovery Program and offers workshops at venues like Whole Foods and UCLA.

Later, by their nature, separation and divorce are unpleasant and stressful experiences, but they don’t have to be one-sided, angry affairs.  Life Coach and ‘recovering’ attorney Sunny Joy McMillan explores how to navigate the ending of a bad marriage peaceably and with clarity, utilizing the methods she learned during her own experience.  Her new book is Unhitched: Unlock Your Courage and Clarity and Unstick Your Bad Marriage.

Sunny is an attorney and Master Life Coach and host of weekly radio show Sunny in Seattle.  She is passionate about empowering adults to make soul-based relationship and work choices, as well as using divorce as a catalyst for personal transformation, spiritual awakening and creating a kickass new life.

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Inspirational, Personal Development, Self-help

MAY 07: Scott Stabile’s Big Love & Neil Pisracha’s Two Minute Mornings

Scott Stabile’s parents were murdered when he was 14 years old. His brother died of a heroin overdose when he was 23. Rudderless, Scott found temporary refuge in a cult that dominated his life for 13 years, until he knew he had to escape.

Scott shares his journey in Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart.  A frequent Huffington Post contributor, Scott has a huge social media following for his inspirational posts and videos, and conducts personal empowerment workshops around the globe.  Scott will be appearing at Third Place Book in Lake Forest on October 4, at 7PM.

Can you “win” your day, overcoming adversity before it even begins, in just two minutes every morning

NYT bestseller Neil Pasricha lays out the strategy to jump starting each day with a positive impact in Two Minute Mornings: A Journal to Win Your Day Every Day.  Neil is a Harvard MBA and is the Director of the Institute for Global Happiness, and has one of the most watched Ted Talks of all time.

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Environment, Health & Wellness

APR 30: Dr. Paul Ehrlich’s Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic & Dr. Michael Galitzer’s Outstanding Health

“The agricultural and industrial revolutions transformed the entire biosphere … now we humans are paying a high price for it.”  Returning guest Dr. Paul Ehrlich, along with co-author Dr. Sandra Kahn, serves us a dose of reality in his new book, Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic.  From mouth-breathing to heart disease and depression, we’ll look at the science of how and why our health is impacted, and what – if anything – we can do about it.

Dr. Ehrlich, Ph.D.,  is Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University.  A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of numerous international honors, he investigates a wide range of topics in population biology, ecology, evolution, human ecology, and environmental science.

Dr. Sandra Kahn, D.D.S., M.S.D., has 25 years of clinical experience in orthodontics and is part of craniofacial anomalies teams at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University.

Later, Outstanding Health: A Longevity Guide for Staying Young, Healthy, and Sexy for the Rest of Your Life , introduces six steps you can use to achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle at home.  Author Michael Galitzer, M.D., has worked for decades on his unique blend of conventional and complementary medicine, helping patients gain control of their health and stave off sickness.

Dr. Galitzer, M.D., is a nationally recognized expert in energy medicine, integrative medicine, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). For more than 40 years, he’s been an innovator in the field of longevity and anti-aging medicine.

 

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Fiction, Travel & Adventure, Writers on Writing

APR 23: Georgeanne Brennan’s Windows on Provence & Robert Dugoni’s The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

Bonjour!  Whether you’re a dreamer, have a trip planned, or just love all things France, Georgeanne Brennan brings you along on her journey in Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France.  You’ll get an insider’s look at the unique markets, landscapes, and even literature of the region.

Georgeanne  is the winner of a James Beard award and an International
Association of Culinary Professionals award. An accomplished author of 30 cookbooks, she is also a  culinary journalist and entrepreneur.

New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller Robert Dugoni joins us next to discuss his latest book, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, a deeply personal story about family, friendship, and finding your place in the world.

A longtime Seattle resident, Robert is the critically acclaimed author of The Tracy Crosswhite series and the David Sloane series. His works have sold millions of copies around the world and garnered multiple awards.  He will be appearing in person at a book launch event on April 25th in Burien.

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Conservation, Environment, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Women's Issues

APR 16: Mary DeMocker’s The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution, Yvonne Tally’s Breaking Up with Busy & Trisha Ashworth’s Just When You Are Comfortable in Your Own Skin

The climate revolution begins with two important phrases and one word:  “Stop Stupid. Start Smart. Revolution.”  Mary DeMocker joins us today to examine engaging ways to get your kids to care, and get them involved, in The Parent’s Guide to Climate Revolution.

Mary has reveled in an artistic life, performing harp, dressing sets for NY film productions, and now using public art and writing to mobilize for climate action.  She is co-Founder of the international climate action group 350.org.

Next, in a world where we are constantly connected, it’s become nearly impossible not to remain swamped.  In Breaking Up with Busy, Yvonne Tally helps women identify what type of Overscheduled Woman (OSW) they are and why, and her 5-Step Super Solution Process will help you lighten the load!

Yvonne  leads meditation and de-stressing programs for corporations, individuals, and private groups in Silicon Valley. An NLP master practitioner, Yvonne cofounded Poised Inc., a Pilates and wellness training studio.

Finally, whether you’re married, single, widowed, divorced, with children or without, at some point women inevitably ask the question, “What’s next for me?” Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag provides a road map for how to thrive in this new phase of life by turning a midlife crisis in midlife opportunity.

Today’s guest Trisha Ashworth and her co-writer Amy Nobile are bestselling authors and founders of Ash and Ames, empowering female artisans around the globe.

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Fiction, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

APR 09: Dr. John Sessa’s The Road to Yulin … and Beyond & S. Craig Zahler’s Hug Chickenpenny

The Road to Yulin …  and Beyond covers the last two years of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump’s non-profit, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation’s, mission trips to China to expose the torture that occurs during the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Led by their business partner, Dr. John Sessa, the film gives an in depth look at the dichotomy between companionship-based human/canine relationships exhibited in many countries, and the horrific and brutal interactions that dogs face in parts of the world that have an unrestrained dog meat trade.

Dr. John Sessa joins Vicki today to help not only raise awareness of the heinous and barbaric treatment these dogs receive, but to show you how you can get involved as well in stopping these atrocities.

Dr. Sessa is the Executive Director of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation and co-founder of Vanderpump Pets.  The Road to Yulin …  and Beyond  is Dr. Sessa’s directorial, writing and producing debut.

Later, being a multi-faceted creator (he directs, writes both novels and screenplays, and is a musician), S. Craig Zahler has the ability to not only select which angle to attack the projects he chooses to work on, but also to enter the mindset of his characters in unique ways.  His latest novel is Hug Chickenpenny, a gothic, Dickensian take on The Elephant Man.

S. Craig is an award-winning screenwriter, director, novelist, cinematographer and musician.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

APR 02: Jamey Bradbury’s The Wild Inside, Veera Hiranandani’s The Night Diary, &

Jamey Bradbury, winner of the Estelle Campbell Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, debuts her electrifying novel set in the Alaskan wilderness.  The Wild Inside is a fusion of psychological horror and coming-of-age tale, based in the world of dog-sled racing.  John Irving praises it as an ” … unusual love story and a creepy horror novel … think of the Brontë sisters and Stephen King.”

Based in Anchorage, AK, Jamey’s work has appeared in Black Warrior Review (winner of the annual fiction contest), Sou’wester, and Zone 3.   The Wild Inside is her first novel.

Next, Veera Hiranandani calls upon her father and his family’s journey for inspiration in The Night Diary.  The partition of India in 1947 spawned vicious xenophobia and caused the upheaval of more than 14 million lives overnight in what is known to be the single largest human migration in history.

Veera is a former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute.

And we’ll also be joined by Matt Killeen to discuss Orphan Monster Spy, a tale of a blonde, blue-eyed Jewish girl in 1939 Germany, whose act of resistance is about to change the world.

Hailing from Vicki’s home town of Birmingham, England, Matt attempted to make a living as an advertising copywriter and music and sports journalist, and now writes for the world’s best loved toy company.

 

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