Open Books Press

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Open Books Press publishes quality books which inform and benefit the reader and serve the greater good, including adult nonfiction, and fiction for all ages. Titles are published in trade paperback, Kindle and other eBook formats. Printed books are available in the USA, UK and numerous countries around the world.
Open Books Press is an imprint of Pen & Publish, Inc., an education and nonprofit specialist established in 2005, dedicated to a win-win-win collaborative publishing model.

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Making the Low Notes: A Life in Music
Pre-release—available June 6, 2023. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Jazz, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Told with a mixture of wry humor and hard-won insight by the bassist, <i>Making the Low Notes</i> gives readers an insider’s peek into the prosaic life of a working musician.
Power, Passion, and Faith: Emmy Carlsson Evald, Suffragist and Social Activist
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,880. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2022 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
It is the morning of July 1, 1938, and New York City is just beginning to stir. For Emmy Evald, it is a day of reckoning. Born in 1857, Emmy Evald grew up on the poor side of Chicago. Despite her humble beginnings, she was a religious leader and a suffragist alongside Susan B. Anthony and became one of the most influential Swedish American women of her day.
Priestess of the Lost Colony
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,040. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2021 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
When Itaweret’s beloved Per-Pehu falls to the tyrannical Scylax, she leads a mission to save her captured people. Along the way, they run into perils, friends, and foes—and beasts sent by an angry goddess. Set in ancient Greece, this tale blends magical realism with history, high adventure with discovery . . . and Itaweret’s determination to save her people while learning her heart’s desires.
The Ridgewalkers: When Legend Becomes an Encounter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,240. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2020 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
High adventure, legend and magical realism sweep together in The Ridgewalkers, the riveting novel of Alex Boldway, and his actions that lead to a climactic showdown rife with danger, rescue, heroism . . . and an enduring environmental message from the beings he protects.
Brother Cobweb
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,290. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2020 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Coming of age
Brother Cobweb is a coming-of-age saga with a misfit, paradoxical artist at its center. Alfred Eaker’s debut novel seeks to change perspectives through innovative language, dark humor, and marginalized subculture. A surreal and provocative odyssey, it is sure to strike a nerve as it exposes the abuses and hypocrisy of an all-too-familiar Midwestern evangelical church.
The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Expatriate
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,220. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2019 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
A hybrid memoir set against a half century across two continents, The Sweden File is composed of letters to and from Bruce from 1968 to 1972, his reminiscences forty years later, and his brother Alan’s reflections in 2014. At a time when the US has been in constant conflict for eighteen years—longer than the Vietnam War—Bruce’s musings on peace, war, and government deception have a vital urgency.
The Block Manager: A True Story of Love in the Midst of Japanese American Internment Camps
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 95,050. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2019 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
The Block Manager is the gripping memoir of Janet, an American-born child of Japanese immigrants. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Janet's family and thousands of others were forced into internment camps. The Block Manager beautifully captures the uncertainty surrounding the internment camps and the gaman—patience with dignity—of the detainees.
Treading Water at the Shark Café: A Memoir of the Yugoslav Wars
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,020. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2018 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » History » War
Heartbreak and hope, a Quaker mom's mission of peace in war-torn Yugoslavia. Treading Water at the Shark Café is an American Quaker woman’s extraordinary journey of witness and discovery from her suburban Philadelphia home to the war zones of the former Yugoslavia. Set against a background of violence, her story focuses on young people—often forgotten in times of war.
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 112,170. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Legendary rock and roll singer/songwriter Tom Timoreaux, who like many began during San Francisco’s epochal Summer of Love, emerges from a long retirement with his band, The Fever. Voices is a father-daughter-daughter relationship journey set against a half-century of rock and roll, where love and healing are always possible and music speaks louder than words.
How Miru Earned His Secret Name
Price: Free! Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Coming of age
This free bonus chapter shares a story not in the main novel, Wide as the Wind. It addresses how Miru, the main character, earned his secret name. Whether you have already read the novel and would like some extra background, or if you want to "test the waters" before you read Wide as the Wind, this standalone chapter will provide extra insight into our young hero, Miru.
Wherever God Takes Me
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,500. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit » Parapsychology / out-of-body experience, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Granted with an extraordinary gift from a young age, Senol Kiane shares the story of his life and out-of-body experiences which have spanned his entire life. Senol has devoted himself fully to helping and healing those in need. No matter your beliefs, Wherever God Takes Me will lead you through a remarkably uplifting journey of love, hope, and inspiration.
Wide as the Wind
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,870. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
*Winner: Next Generation Indie Book Award (YA Fiction), Moonbeam Children's Book Award (YA Fiction: Historical), and Feathered Quill Award (Teen Fiction)* The lyrical tale of a boy, a girl, their island, and how they saved it. Wide as the Wind is the first novel to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island. It is both a stirring novel of adventure and a prophetic tale for our times.
The Fragrance of Angels: An Accident, A Taste of Eternity, and a New Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,610. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit » Spirituality / general, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
It happened in an instant: a car crash, thrown from the vehicle—and then swept into eternity . . . only to return, after being pronounced dead three times, to a far different life. Welcome to The Fragrance of Angels, Martha Brookhart Halda’s memoir about time on the other side—and how and why she reshaped and developed a new purpose in life after it became more fraught with challenge.
Caulerpa Conquest: A Biological Eradication on the California Coast
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 46,200. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Ocean life
Rarely have global battles in the war on invasive species been successful. Even tougher is fighting a mutant genetic clone of a natural counterpart on a marine coast. The first known Western Hemisphere detection of the invasive algae Caulerpa taxifolia occurred in So. California. Caulerpa Conquest is the true story of the 2000 to 2006 precedent-setting local eradication effort.
Writes of Life: Using Personal Experience in Everything You Write
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,080. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
The IPPY Award–winning Writes of Life begins where your personal experiences and pen intersect—the starting point for great stories that touch others.
Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,460. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
From the delivery of a newborn, to the terminally ill at the end of their lives, and many in between, Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant will leave you laughing and crying and with a deeper appreciation of PAs.
Resting Places
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,930. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Religious
Resting Places is an inspiring, upbeat story, a tale of real faith in what we cannot see except with our hearts, a novel that follows a character from despair to hope, from despondency to renewal.
An Incredible Talent for Existing: A Writer's Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,180. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
From her vividly evoked existential childhood to writing her first children's book on a sugar high during a glucose tolerance test, Pamela Jane takes the reader along on a highly entertaining personal, political, and psychological adventure.
Learning to Be Lilly
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,870. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Lilly Moore is in her last semester of middle school. Following the death of her grandmother, Lilly questions if she really wants to become an adult. The new millennium seems strange and uncertain, with tragedies such as Columbine. However, with the support of her parents, teachers, a new friend, and the memory of her grandmother, she begins to recognize her strengths and who she is.
Ever Faithful to His Lead; My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,210. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse
How does a young woman from a stable, loving family make so many poor choices when it comes to love? Kathy must face her self-defeating patterns before she and her children become a statistic. The lives of her two children depend upon the choices she makes. Join Kathy on her roller-coaster ride of self-discovery, from shame and guilt to inner strength in her tears to triumph story.
Coyote-meeter's Abyss
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,280. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Strange halos of light above the sacred mountain! Eerie sounds echo through the dark canyons. Two reservation men are fiercely attacked by spirits of the dead near the Mexican border! Frightened residents confront village elders for answers to the mystery. Danny Rivas, the coyote-meeter, and his grandfather Joseph, must move quickly before utter chaos engulfs the reservation! Danger awaits...
Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,370. Language: American English. Published: July 15, 2014 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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Bobbi Carducci’s life was about to change. Her ill father-in-law 's odd behavior was a mystery when he came to live with her and Mike. For the next seven years Bobbi did everything she could to save him from himself—while he tried to convince everyone that he didn’t need her and that she was crazy. Caregiver Bobbi took on “the system” and Rodger’s Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, dementia...
Secrets of the Medicine Pouch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,090. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Crystals filled with mysterious powers. Hidden wisdom protected by ancient spirits. A desert people on the edge of destruction! With his final breath, Chief Gray Horse foresees catastrophe for the Tohono O’odham nation. Wise Joseph and his grandson Danny risk their lives to unravel the secrets of the Chief's medicine pouch. Will they find the ancient wisdom in time to save their people?
One Side of Suicide; Experience moving from surviving to thriving
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing, Nonfiction » Psychology » Suicide
"One Side of Suicide" draws on the author's personal use of journaling to move from surviving to thriving in a powerful story of loss and love. Writing prompts help you go within on your own healing journey. Includes professional resources.
The Secret of Eastman Springs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,120. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » General
Sara, a shy teenager, makes a bargain with Lacey, a restless spirit who promises to help Sara win the affections of a special boy. In exchange, Sara must uncover the secrets that led to Lacey’s disappearance eighteen years earlier. Too late, Sara realizes that Lacey’s darkest secret may destroy the people Sara loves.
Change of Heart: A Black Man A White Woman A Heart Transplant, and A True Love Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,880. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
Robert Dunn experienced hatred and bigotry as part of a black family moving into Queens. At the same time, Dorothy Moore was abandoned by her Irish-Catholic parents. Their stories became one when heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz implanted Moore’s heart into Dunn. The prior events, and the terror Dunn walked through upon realizing his life was saved by a white woman led to his true "change of heart".
The Emperor's Ring
Price: Free! Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A craftsman in the palace of the Han Emperor looked deeply into a yellow jadestone, listened to what his ancestors whispered about the jade’s powers; keeping safe the life and thoughts of its wearer, a Han lord who became Emperor. He fashioned it into a ring, a turtle as the guardian spirit of the wearer’s long life. The jade turtle ring grew heavy with its story.
YÜ: A Ross Lamos Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,740. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Forbidden love, Imperial Court of the Han Dynasty, jades worth millions on the black market ...Ross Lamos, 21st Century Karmic Detective, knows that somehow the history of the 3 jades is his as well. Lamos has built his career dealing Asian art and antiquities by hiding his very useful psychic touch. When he holds the Yü, the Stone of Heaven will reveal an extraordinary story hidden 2,000 years!
Gift of the Desert Dog
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,140. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A twelve year-old Tohono O'odham boy and his grandfather embark on a hazardous journey across Arizona's desert to the summit of legendary Baboquivari Peak to seek the spirits of their ancestors. Treacherous mountain passes, drug smugglers, and the mystery of ancient petroglyphs test their dedication to one another on a quest to the place where I'itoi, the first O'odham, walked Mother Earth.

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