November/December 2021





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Lulu the Unstoppable Dancing Dog 

Marie Dimitrova


They say dogs can't dance . . . but nothing will stop Lulu! Lulu is a happy little pug who lives in New York City with her family, Belle and Doug. They spend their time exploring the bustling city and going on adventures together. When Belle and Doug attend dance classes, Lulu sees them waltzing and tries to join in on the fun, but she trips over her own feet and falls. Lulu is embarrassed but determined. Will she be able to concentrate on practicing or will she get distracted and not learn the proper techniques? Can dogs learn to dance? Lulu the Unstoppable Dancing Dog is a fun and lighthearted children's book with a subtle but powerful underlying message that practice makes perfect and that with hard work and determination you can do anything you set your mind to.





Red and Green and Blue and White

Lee Wind  
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky   
★ “ Wind’s lightly fictionalized version of the 1993 incident wherein a community stood up to bigotry… is conveyed with lyrical simplicity... Caldecott Medalist Zelinsky’s vibrant digital art… emphasize[s] fraught emotions in this moving historical tale...” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★ “ A strong addition to holiday stories, one that can be reread and rediscovered many times.” — School Library Connection (starred review)  
★ “ Captures the celebratory joys of the season.” — The Horn Book (starred review)





Embracing Your Power
Marsha Clark

" Clark provides a thoughtful framework to develop relationships, in work and in life―quite an accomplishment." -- Booklist starred review

When women readers finish Embracing Your Power, they will feel confident, supported, and seen. They will think, I am enough; I’ve got this. Focusing on greater self-awareness as a woman, a leader, and as a powerful and authentic woman leader, Marsha Clark also explores building interpersonal relationships based on a foundation of mutual trust, setting and maintaining boundaries, and managing conflict.

Embracing Your Power is a leadership book targeted to professionally minded women across all sectors. Women in for-profit, non-profit, education, healthcare, the military, religion, government―and homemakers―will benefit from Clark’s unique advice. Because many of her valuable tools and resources are gender-neutral, male readers will also learn how to better work with and for women.




Do You Follow?: A Thriller

J.C. Bidonde


Alexa lives a sheltered life with her widowed father, feeling stifled by his helicopter parenting. When she secures a marketing job and apartment in New York City Alexa has high hopes of finally sneaking her way into adulthood. But her newfound freedom is cut short when her estranged twin sister Beth, after a long stint in a psychiatric setting, unexpectedly shows up at the doorstep of her tiny apartment.


As the sister bond grows strained over Alexa’s relationship and career success, questions mount, and secrets unfold, revealing the wickedly dark shared history of the twin siblings. Things get more complicated, and one treacherous act threatens everything Alexa has been working toward. It will be on her―and Beth―to claw the way out of this situation.



Carry the Dog

Stephanie Gangi


Bea Seger has spent a lifetime running from her childhood. The daughter of a famous photographer, she and her brothers were the subjects of an explosive series of images in the 1960s. Now, decades later, both the Museum of Modern Art and Hollywood have come calling, eager to cash in on Bea’s mother’s notoriety. After years of avoiding her past, Bea must make a choice: let the world in—and be compensated for the trauma of her childhood—or leave it all locked away in a storage unit forever.




The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR™), is the most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers.

With contributions from over 200 subject matter experts, this fully updated volume boasts the most current text updates based on the current literature. Now better than ever, DSM-5-TR provides a cohesive, updated presentation of criteria, diagnostic codes, and text. This must-have updated volume offers a common language for clinicians involved in the diagnosis and study of mental disorders.
Coming March 2022!
Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-5-TR™
American Psychiatric Association

The Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5-TR™ is a concise, affordable companion to the ultimate psychiatric reference, DSM-5-TR™. It includes the fully revised diagnostic classification, as well as all the diagnostic criteria from DSM-5-TR™ in an easy-to-use format. This handy reference provides quick access to the information essential to making a diagnosis. Designed to supplement DSM-5-TR™, this convenient guide will assist all mental health professionals as they integrate the DSM-5-TR™ diagnostic criteria into their diagnoses.
Coming March 2022!
The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5-TR™ Diagnostic Exam
Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., M.T.S.

Designed for interviewers at all levels of experience, The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5-TR™ Diagnostic Exam is the clinician’s companion for using DSM-5-TR™ in diagnostic interviews. Both experienced clinicians and those still in training will benefit from the thoughtful, yet practical, fashion in which DSM-5® revisions are reviewed and incorporated into the 30-minute diagnostic interview. Direct, practical, and informative, this book will enable readers to efficiently and effectively employ DSM-5® as part of a comprehensive diagnostic interview.


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Grains for Every Season
Joshua McFadden & Martha Holmberg

Joshua McFadden’s first book, the James Beard Award–winning and perennially bestselling Six Seasons, transformed the way we cook with vegetables. Now he’s back with a new book that applies his maximalist approach to flavor and texture to cooking with grains. These knock-your-socks-off recipes include salads, soups, pastas, pizzas, grain bowls, breads—and even desserts. 



Cheryl Day, one of the South’s most respected bakers, a New York Times bestselling author, and co-owner of Savannah’s acclaimed Back in the Day Bakery, is a direct descendent of this storied Southern baking tradition. Literally: her great-great-grandmother was an enslaved pastry cook famous for her biscuits and cakes. Now Cheryl brings together her deep experience, the conversations she’s had with grandmothers and great-aunts and sister-bakers, and her passion for collecting local cookbooks and handwritten recipes in a definitive collection of over two hundred tried-and-true recipes that celebrate the craft of from-scratch Southern baking.



Supercharged Self-Healing 
RJ Spina

Free Yourself, Find Yourself, Heal Yourself

Leave behind everything you think you know and discover how to manifest true healing. Sharing secrets he discovered through overcoming chest-down paralysis and chronic illness, RJ Spina reveals how to use energy healing to transcend suffering, find inner peace, and embrace the invincible Self. This book presents a unique seven-step system that guides you through the process of energetic attunement and neural rewiring to support your wellness goals, such as those related to physical illness, pain, depression, anxiety, addiction, and more. Featuring visualizations, meditations, and mantra work, this essential guide helps you escape the prison of your own ego and enjoy the good health and harmony that are your destiny.


Fiber Magick
Opal Luna
70+ Craft Projects to Spark Your Imagination and Enhance Your Magick
Featuring over 100 color photos and illustrations, this fun and accessible guide introduces you to the magickal power of crochet, knotwork, and other fiber crafts. Witch and crochet expert Opal Luna shows you how to move spiritual intention from your mind into your hands
through practical exercises, creative techniques, and patterns for more than seventy projects.
Reading Fiber Magick was like sitting down with a cup of lovely tea, curling up in her craft room, and having a one-on-one creative class. She provides so many examples of ways to incorporate Witchcraft into yarn craft, and vice versa…There is a lot here for the beginner crafter (whether you’re new to Witchcraft or to yarn work) as well as for the more experienced happy hooker. I cannot recommend this book enough”—Stacy Psaros,
Southern Strega and longtime crafter, technical director and columnist for The Wild Hunt

Hex Twisting 
Diana Rajchel

Break Spells, Hexes, Curses, and Any Harmful Magick Thrown at You

Even if you're the most mild-mannered practitioner who sticks to personal development magick, you can still end up getting energetically attacked. Hex Twisting is the key to countering any curse or hex cast your way. Providing a variety of techniques to defend yourself, this indispensable guide helps you drive hurtful magick out of your home, trap malevolent spirits, and more.

" What charms me most in Diana Rajchel's Hex Twisting is how friendly it feels for a book on cursing. The author's warm (and often a little wicked) sense of humor is balanced by compassionate and heartfelt moments dealing with the aftermath of spiritual intrusion and lingering magical trauma... It's a smart, funny, and engaging read."—Cory Thomas Hutcheson, author of New World Witchery and host of the New World Witchery podcast


Erin Elizabeth Eyer
Imagine how it feels to live in a world alone, where you are unable to communicate with the people in your life. This was the world of Erin Elizabeth Eyer for 35 years until assistive technology unleashed her voice. A gifted artist and poet, Eyer creates a rich experience, conjuring words and images not easily forgotten. The book celebrates Eyer’s life and art while challenging cultural myths surrounding the autism spectrum. Eyer hopes the book will inspire other artists on the autism spectrum as well as inform and inspire conversations in venues from education and the arts to public policy.
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