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The Russians have developed a weapons system so powerful and deadly it could alter the balance of power in the world—and in space. What happens when an admittedly nerdy CalTech physics grad, a former model rocket enthusiast turned Ph.D., working at NASA’s renowned Jet Propulsion Laboratory in sunny Pasadena, is recruited by a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) desperate to close the gap?
The Orphan’s Daughter is a novel about a woman who grows up in the shadow of her charismatic but troubled father, a man shaped by his boyhood in a Depression-era Jewish orphanage. The two life stories are woven together to form the fabric of this funny and suspenseful work of literary fiction, based on true life events.
Spanning both world wars and crisscrossing the U.S. and the Atlantic, Miss Havilland, by Gay Daly, is the story of a brilliant mathematician who must decide her purpose in life—and live with her difficult choices. A story one of the first women involved in military cryptography. Inspired by the true life of the author’s cousin.
Michael Botur’s work grabs you by the throat and won’t let you go. His artful short stories throb with pain, hope, misunderstanding, reconciliation, remorse, and surprise. As one reviewer says, “You wonder where this man has been and what demons followed him home.” The sixth collection from this leading young New Zealand author and journalist, his debut with a US publisher.
#MeAsWell, A Novel, examines the inner and outer turmoil that results when a well-meaning but iconoclastic public figure, having failed to update his cultural operating system, unwittingly runs afoul of the new rules of woke America. It is is the second work of topical, humorous fiction from Peter Mehlman, a longtime writer/producer for the iconic television show Seinfeld.
New Stories We Tell is the third in a series of women-centric journalism text/anthologies. Each chapter features a landmark story, a bio, and an interview with a celebrated contemporary magazine writer. The assembled articles paint a picture of the shifting role of the genre known variously as longform journalism or literary nonfiction.
A Lion’s Share is the second book in the Brotherhood of the Mamluks trilogy. The story is set in the 13th Century Middle East, during the Seventh Crusade. Told from the Egyptian perspective, it is a rare view of life among the Mamluks—elite Muslim warriors largely unheralded in the West—whose ranks ousted the Crusaders and Mongols from the Levant, preserving Islam.
This tetralogy of detailed and melodic long-form pieces by award-winning journalist Mike Sager charts the life story arc of a modern U.S. Marine: From training aboard Camp Pendleton on the eve of the Afghan invasion, to terror and heroism in battle, to the Wounded Warriors Barracks at Camp Lejeune, to a suburban duplex near San Diego, where an ex-Marine finds his silver lining in a dirty diaper.
For more than 20 years, Mike Levine wrote columns for the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, New York, that celebrated the lives of everyday people and shined a light on the darkness of corrupt and inept public servants. Mike sometimes talked about Tikkun olam , Hebrew for “repair of the world." He died in 2007 at the age of 54.
In Seven Men: Memories of an Unconventional Love Life, bestselling author Elizabeth Kaye provides an elegant, rueful and astonishingly frank account of her search for comfort and love, and finally for meaning and peace. In the tradition of classic memoirists like Marguerite Duras and Colette, Kaye recounts her tempestuous romantic past and the singular (and famous) men she loved.
Vivien’s Rain is one family’s tale of a daughter’s early battle with epilepsy. In confronting the realities of Vivien’s health, Mike and Nicole Knox confront their own inner demons as well—his as an adopted child, hers as a biracial woman with significant hearing loss. Where some couples buckle, Mike and Nicole work together to shore themselves against the unknowable challenge and prevail.
In The Living and the Dead, acclaimed journalist and Iraq War veteran Brian Mockenhaupt tells the gripping true story of three close friends at a Marine encampment in southern Afghanistan. While fighting a war many back home have forgotten, the devil dogs of Patrol Base Dakota face constant threat. Like soldiers throughout the ages, any moment could bring their deaths.
Three Days in Gettysburg: tells the true story of the braided lives of three young people against the vivid and horrifying backdrop of the crucial Civil War battle at Gettysburg. The three grew up together, but by the time war came to their hometown, their lives had taken surprisingly different paths. From Iraq War
Chains of Nobility is the first book in the Brotherhood of the Mamluks trilogy. Set during the 13th century, the book is an immersive dive into the world of military slavery—a little-known Muslim force whose ranks ousted the Crusaders and Mongols from the Levant, preserving Islam. Graft, a former U.S. Marine officer, conveys to his characters an authentic understanding of combat.
When the Titanic started sinking, who would make it off alive? More than one hundred years after that disastrous and emblematic voyage, Elizabeth Kaye reveals the extraordinary, little-known story behind one of the first lifeboats to leave the doomed ship. A Second Edition of the This New York Times and Kindle best seller, it has been freshly edited and expanded by the author with new material.
From ground zero of the deadliest wildfire in California history, to gangsta-rap pioneer Ice Cube, to newly-minted billionaire Mark Cuban, to a swingers' “fantasy weekend," to the Newark, NJ, ghetto, these stories from Esquire and Rolling stone writer Mike Sager bring into sharp focus the state of modern America.A second edition of the author's bestselling collection. Updated with new material.
From the brutal life inside a crack gang in Los Angeles, to the artistic miseries of young heroin addicts on the ultra-hip lower east side of New York; from the Sonoran desert where Carlos Castaneda made his earliest shamanic discoveries, to the cell at Folsom Prison where the author first encountered the King of Funk, Rick James, Sager takes you to places you wouldn't want to go on your own.
The Stories We Tell celebrates the work of twenty women who have made major contributions to the cannon of American non-fiction, including Joan Didion, Susan Orlean, Lillian Ross, Janet Malcolm, and Gloria Steinem. Says Kirkus: "The caliber of work makes this collection a master class in the sort of long-form journalism that is published in magazines...An engrossing anthology."
Author Matt Tullis reminds us that surviving childhood cancer can be a challenge as formidable as fighting for your life—and more enduring. As an adult,he began to be haunted by the memories of all the friends and caregivers he’d left behind on the cancer ward of Akron Children’s Hospital and decided to seek them out. A beautiful true story about friendship, loss and closure.
Bestselling author Mike Sager has been called “the Beat poet of American journalism." This is his sixth collection of true stories–sixteen intimate profiles of larger-than-life Americans both famous and obscure, including the founder an exclusive Hollywood sex club, a Montana rancher who found the most amazing dino fossil ever, the forgotten sixth member of the seminal rap group N.W.A., and more.
"John Holmes was every man’s gigolo, a polyester smoothie with a sparse mustache, a flying collar and lots of buttons undone. Read the story that inspired the movies Boogie Nights, with Mark Wahlberg, and Wonderland, with Val Kilmer. Now with restored edits and updated information. The collection includes three stories about related topics, including the suicide death of porn starlet Savannah.
NEWSWOMEN: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF FRONT-PAGE JOURNALISM is an anthology of stellar work by 17 seventeen great female literary and investigative reporters whose newspaper writing has garnered awards over the past quarter century. Each chapter features a bio, a selected story, and an author’s afterwords prepared especially for this book.
Janet Cooke caused one of the biggest scandals in the history of journalism when her Pulitzer Prize-winning article, about an eight-year-old heroin addict, turned out to be a fake, along with her doctored resume.
Mike Sager’s bestselling debut collection is now available as an e-Book with new material added. The nineteen true crime stories include tales of porn star John Holmes, superfreak Rick James, beaten motorist Rodney Glenn King, Rap empresario Eazy-E, and many more. Says E! Online: “Don’t pick this one up if you have somewhere to be the next morning."
Danny Yukon and the Secrets of the Amazing Lamp is the story of a young boy who overcomes the loss of his father —a U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan. As a result of the tragedy, Danny becomes mute. At night, his dreams are haunted by a ferocious tiger. It is not until his uncle gives Danny an amazing lamp—and teaches him how to be more mindful— that he learns the key to his powers lies within.
Mace Bugen might have been an achondroplastic dwarf—forty-three inches tall with an average-sized head and a torso set on small, twisted legs—but that didn’t mean he was an idiot or a pushover. In truth, he was smarter than most; over the years, he learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a handicap into a powerful tool he could use to his advantage.
Michael Brick is one of those writers who never leaves your side, and what pleasurable company he provides.In reading this collection of his newspaper and magazine stories from Brooklyn, Houston, and beyond, Brick brings his characters to life, and brings them along with him to the party. Brick brings his characters to life, and brings them along with him to the party.
For Acts of Creation, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels America searching for the magical nexus of craft, talent, and mastery that gives birth to a functional work of art—and leaves its maker with a sense of satisfaction and achievement known well to fine craftsmen across the ages.
In this artful page-turner, a beloved superstarlet, a controversial billionaire hip-hop mogul, and a television writer/producer idled by the demoralizing strike are linked together improbably by murder, domestic heartbreak, a sex video . . . and their inclusion on a secret subscription list for an exclusive designer strain of medical marijuana.
MANDELA WAS LATE traverses the inner universe of a satiric genius who maybe should be getting out of the house a little more often. Wrapped in his cocoon of Hollywood residuals, battling his own (mounting?) foibles day by day, former Seinfeld writer/producer Peter Mehlman somehow manages to see the world a little more clearly than the rest of us.
NEXT WAVE collects work by today’s finest young literary journalists– 19 creative reporters whose work combines exhaustive research with artful writing. Naysayers predicted the decline of long-form journalism. NEXT WAVE is proof to the contrary.
Writers include: Wright Thompson, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Chris Jones, Ariel Levy, Dan P. Lee, Thomas Lake, Brian Mockenhaupt, Max Potter, Luke Dittrich.
Bestselling author Mike Sager’s fourth collection showcases his deftly-written journalism at its best and most mature, a riveting marriage of crime reportage and you-are-there literary anthropology. The centerpiece examines the rise and fall of football's RoboQB, Todd Marinovich. Also: Paris Hilton, Dana White, Vetville, Bobby Jindal, Ugly, Pete Carroll, an innocent man jailed for 29 years, more.
Duyal, a teenage nomad living on the Russian steppe during the Middle Ages, is captured by Mongol invaders and forced on a deadly journey into Eastern Turkey. Sold to a Kurdish prince, Duyal and his fellow Kipchak tribesmen are slated to become military slaves. Yet before being granted the desired title, “Mamluk,” the recruits must endure a right of passage: brutal training at an Islamic citadel.
In Book One, <i>Chains of Nobility</i>, Duyal and his fellows are made to suffer the painful transition from hearty pagan nomads to elite Islamic knights. In Book Two, Duyal and his fellow comrades are grown men—Royal Mamluks, freed and promoted—serving the Sultan of Egypt in vicious opposition to King Louis’ Seventh Crusade. In Book Three, the Mamluks face this enemy of their youth—Mongols, who sacked their Kipchak tribes, slew their kin, and stole their native lands more than twenty years prior.