Cloth: 288 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Easy Street (the Hard Way)
The engaging, passionate, always-honest, and often-hilarious memoir of actor Ron Perlman—his triumphant story of perseverance and determination navigating the slippery slopes of Hollywood, with a foreword by Guillermo del Toro
Ron Perlman was a kid who had a myriad of self-image issues, yet he triumphed in an industry that trades on image and self-confidence. He landed a leading role in Quest for Fire. He won a Golden Globe for Beauty and the Beast. And he played the title role in two Hellboy movies, becoming along the way an icon among sci-fi and comic book fans worldwide.
Although his name may be unknown to some, most people know Ron Perlman's face, despite the fact that for nearly half his career he's been disguised under feature-altering foam-rubber prosthetics. On his offbeat path to success, Ron has amassed nearly 200 stage, TV, voiceover, and major motion picture credits, including roles in Drive, Pacific Rim, and a six-year gig as the badass biker boss Clay Morrow in Sons of Anarchy.
In Easy Street (the Hard Way), Ron shares his life story, starting with his up-by-your-bootstraps background in New York's Washington Heights. His father, a Swing Era drummer, gave up his dream in order to feed his sons while his mother worked as a municipal clerk. Ron's hard-earned road to Easy Street included bouts of abject poverty, heartbreaking familial episodes, and a long, often uncomfortable struggle for self-acceptance.
He sheds light on his life as a working actor and also offers behind-the-scenes insight into the working styles of internationally famous directors, including Jean-Jacques Annaud, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy and Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth). He provides his own peek into Hollywood, up close and personal, where he has encountered the likes of Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and others. Plus, he turns his eye on the trajectory of American culture—the good and the bad—as observed by a man who started out in a mom-and-pop world where the arts were disseminated by individuals rather than corporations.
Easy Street (the Hard Way) will inspire anyone who has ever dared to dream and offers a roadmap to the next generation of dreamers.
“The cult favorite looks back. Perlman, the veteran character actor perhaps best known for his starring roles in TV's Sons of Anarchy and the Hellboy film franchise, recounts his life and career in an engagingly off-the-cuff manner…The actor’s voice, full of casual profanity, vintage hipster slang and an endearing tendency to overreach with elevated vocabulary, is as distinctive as his craggy features and imposing screen presence. He’s good company on the page.” —Kirkus Rviews
"I knew that Ron Perlman was a wonderful actor and also a man of great passion and appetite. What I didn't know was the muthafucka could write! Easy Street (the Hard Way) is a deeply human memoir filled with hilarious show biz stories as we see Ron awaken to the beautiful man he is, inside and out."—Dana Delany
"A face that's unmistakable, a career that's indisputable, and a charm that's irresistible. Ron's story, and the way he tells it, makes this read truly one of a kind."—Marc Forster, director of World War Z, The Kite Runner, and Monster's Ball
Ron Perlman is best-known for his roles in the Hellboy movies, Pacific Rim and FX’s Sons of Anarchy. He lives in Los Angeles.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press
My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA
“Both a rollicking read and a rare insider’s account of Western spying in the age of al Qaeda, where the risk if exposed is not Cold War-style expulsion but gruesome execution. . . . A valuable window on both sides in a lethal underground war.” —New York Times Book Review
Morten Storm was an unlikely jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens throwing punches with a biker gang and getting thrown in jail. But after reading a book about the Prophet Mohammed, Storm converted to Islam and embarked on a decade-long transformation that would lead him from a militant madrasah in Yemen to close friendship with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric—and then to becoming a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.
This is the searing memoir of a young man who sought purpose in a community of believers, and of a jihadi who named his son Osama after 9/11, who not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, lived in extreme danger undercover for five years, traveling the world to complete numerous high-profile missions. He single-handedly thwarted attacks in the West, led the CIA to some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, all the while knowing his own life might be expendable. Agent Storm takes readers inside the jihadist world like never before, showing the daily life of idealistic men set on mass murder, from dodging drones with al Qaeda leaders in the Arabian Desert to training in extremist gyms in Britain to carrying out supply drops in Kenya. The book also provides a tantalizing look at the world’s most powerful spy agencies: their tradecraft, rivalries, and late-night carousing, as well as their ruthless use of a beautiful blonde in an ambitious honey trap. Agent Storm is a captivating, exhilarating, and utterly unique real-life espionage tale.
Morten Storm is a former radical Islamist born in Korsor, Denmark. After plunging deep inside the world of al Qaeda, he became a double agent employed by the American, British, and Danish intelligence agencies. He lives in an undisclosed location.
Paul Cruickshank is CNN's Terrorism Analyst, and the editor of Al Qaeda, a five-volume collection of key scholarly works on the terrorist network.
Tim Lister has worked for CNN and the BBC and has extensive experience of the Middle East.
Paper: 300 pages
Publisher: Namaste Publishing
The Conscious Parent
Transforming Ourselves, Empowering our Children
NAUTILUS AWARD WINNER, 2011
MOM's CHOICE AWARD WINNER, 2011
Written by Namaste author Shefali Tsabary, PhD, with the Preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and advance acclaim by authors Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Wiliamson, Marci Shimoff, Laura Berman Fortgang, and other leaders in the field of parenting, this is the book we've all been waiting for.
This innovative parenting style recognizes the child’s potential to spark a deep soul-searching leading to transformation in parents. Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents’ psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parent’s development.
Once parents are learning alongside their children, power, control, and dominance become an archaic language. Instead, mutual kinship and spiritual partnership are the focus of the parent-child journey.
Parents unwittingly pass on an inheritance of psychological pain and emotional shallowness. To handle the behavior that results from this, traditional books on parenting abound with clever techniques for control and quick fixes for dysfunctionality.
In contrast, in Dr. Tsabary’s conscious approach to parenting, children serve as mirrors of their parents’ forgotten self.
The parent who is willing to look in the mirror has an opportunity to establish a relationship with their own inner state of wholeness.
Once a parent finds their way back to their essence, they enter into communion with their children. The pillars of the parental ego crumble as the parent awakens to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence.
Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, New York. Dr. Shefali was exposed to Eastern philosophy at an early age and integrates its teachings with Western psychology. It is this blend of East and West that allows her to reach a global audience, and establishes her as one of a kind in the field of mindfulness psychology.
Dr. Shefali has worked with a varied demographic: survivors of the Tsunami, women from economically disadvantaged countries, inner city youth, suburban families, and corporate leaders. She lectures extensively on Mindful Living and Conscious Parenting around the world and currently has a private psychotherapy practice in New York city. Her first book, It's a Mom: What you should know about the early years of motherhood debuted on the Indian bestseller list for four weeks. She recently published a follow up to The Conscious Parent, Out of Control, which is now available.
Out of Control
Cloth: 112 pages
A Load of Hooey
Bob Odenkirk is a legend in the comedy-writing world, winning Emmys and acclaim for his work on Saturday Night Live, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and many other seminal TV shows. This book, his first, is a spleen-bruisingly funny omnibus that ranges from absurdist monologues (“Martin Luther King, Jr’s Worst Speech Ever”) to intentionally bad theater (“Hitler Dinner Party: A Play”); from avant-garde fiction (“Obituary for the Creator of Madlibs”) to free-verse poetry that's funnier and more powerful than the work of Calvin Trillin, Jewel, and Robert Louis Stevenson combined.
Odenkirk's debut resembles nothing so much as a hilarious new sketch comedy show that’s exclusively available as a streaming video for your mind. As Odenkirk himself writes in “The Second Coming of Jesus and Lazarus,” it is a book “to be read aloud to yourself in the voice of Bob Newhart.”
“Whip-smart and laugh-out-loud funny.”—Publishers Weekly
“delightfully absurd”—The Weekly Alibi
Bob Odenkirk lives in Los Angles, CA.
Cloth: 56 pages
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Take Away the A
This ALPHABEAST of an alphabet book makes for entertaining, mentally engaging wordplay fun! It's also a visual beast feast!
Take Away the A is a fun and imaginative romp through the alphabet. The idea behind the book is that within every language there are words that become other words through the subtraction of a single letter. In other words, without the "A," the Beast is Best. Or, without the "M," a big chomp becomes a chop!
Michael Escoffier was born in France in 1970. Raised by a family of triceratops, he discovered his passion for writing and telling stories at a young age. He lives in Lyon with his wife and two children.
Born in Brazil of American parents, Kris Di Giacomo is a popular children's book illustrator. After living in the US for a while she moved to France, where teaching English to young children and discovering French picture books were the triggers that led her into picture books and illustration.
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Renegade Arts Canmore Ltd.
Robbie Burns: Witch Hunter
'Burns was loved as a lyricist, farmer and even as a ladies' man. Now prepare to meet Burns, scourge of all evil and witch hunter in training!'
Robbie Burns is one of the most well known and celebrated poets worldwide. However, little is ever written about the man's sideline career as one of Scotland's most renowned Witch Hunters.
The story asks what if the events of the narrative poem Tam o' Shanter, Burns' most famous work, were actually based on something that happened to Burns himself...
Burns takes the wrong road and ends up at a witches’ Sabbath. The hot-blooded poet is entranced by the dancing witches, but is saved from an eternity in hell by witch-hunters. So begins his witch-hunter training, as McKay and Meg struggle to keep him out of the clutches of demons, witches, and local farm girls.
Coming November 24th!
Dept of Monsterology: Monsterology 101
Trade Paper: 384 pages
Publisher: Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press
An Untamed State
“An Untamed State is breathless, artful, disturbing and original. I won’t ever forget it.” —Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings
Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have earned her an enthusiastic audience. Flavorwire has already dubbed her one of 25 Women Poised to Lead the Culture, and An Untamed State one of their 15 Most Anticipated Books of 2014. In this debut novel, she delivers a powerful, unflinching story of a Haitian American woman kidnapped for ransom, the privilege that made her a target, and the strength she must draw on to survive.
Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port-au-Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As her father’s standoff with the kidnappers stretches out into days, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.
An Untamed State is a novel of wealth in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.
Praise for An Untamed State
“A harrowing and emotionally cleareyed vision of one woman’s ordeal during and after her kidnapping in Haiti. . . remarkable . . . A cutting and resonant debut.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A searing portrait of a politically and economically divided Haiti . . . Deeply felt . . . Disturbing and frighteningly resonant.” —Publishers Weekly
“A fairy tale . . . its complex and fragile moral arrived at through great pain and high cost. . . . Perhaps Haiti, too, is a beautiful princess, well-versed in the vagaries of men, still searching for a happily ever after.” —Holly Bass, The New York Times Book Review
“[A] superbly written and excoriating first tale of terror and suspense. . . . Gay is a daring and transfixing storyteller, depicting with valor and deep intent hellishly intrusive violence, shocking betrayal, and psychological devastation, the poison fruits of prejudice, injustice, greed, and desperation. Ferocious, gripping, and unforgettable.” —Booklist (starred review)
Roxane Gay's writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. Her first book, Ayiti, was a collection of poetry and short stories. She is the coeditor of PANK and essays editor for The Rumpus.
Cloth: 288 pages
Publisher: Agate Publishing
Indian for Everyone
The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites
Indian for Everyone is the go-to Indian cookbook that every home cook should own. This is Anupy Singla's most comprehensive cookbook yet, with more than 100 classic recipes, including many with meat and seafood, but written to be adaptable for vegan and vegetarian diets. The majority of the recipes are also safe for gluten-free readers, making Indian for Everyone a flexible, practical resource for almost every reader.
Indian for Everyone begins with helpful sections outlining the most useful cooking equipment needed for preparing Indian food and a primer on Indian spices, herbs, and other common ingredients. The book is divided into eight sections: The Basics (spice blends, chutneys, drinks); Street Food and Snacks; Vegetable Stir-Fries; Dal; Vegetable Curries; Poultry, Meat, and Seafood; Bread; and Dessert.
From classic favorites like Mattar Paneer (Peas and Homemade Cheese), Tandoori Chicken, and Vegetable Samosas that will be familiar to anyone who frequents Indian restaurants in the US, to less well-known dishes that originated from different regions across India, Indian for Everyone opens up the diverse world of delicious Indian cuisine to home cooks everywhere. This is the one Indian cookbook that every home cook should own.
"Singla debunks misconceptions that Indian food is spicy, complicated, and unhealthy. Highly recommended."
--Library Journal, starred review
"As with her first book, readers can expect a can-do candor about cooking from the author.... The title reflects the belief of this Indian-born and Pennsylvania-raised woman, a self-described 'nontrained home chef,' that there's nothing to be afraid of when it comes to Indian food — not even the cost of supplies."
--Chicago Tribune, Bill Daley
"Through her writing, cooking and educating about healthy, homestyle Indian food, she is poised to become a household name."
Anupy Singla is the author of the best-selling titles, The Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooking. She is the founder and CEO of Indian as Apple Pie, her company that creates and sells custom spice blends as well as unique homegoods.
Singla blogs at IndianASapplepie.com, and her writing has been featured in many print and online outlets. She formerly worked as an on-air TV reporter and anchor for CLTV News, the cable arm of the Tribune Company broadcasting and sister station to Chicago's WGN-TV, and for Bloomberg TV. Her books have been praised in Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, and the Wall Street Journal. Singla lives with her husband and two young daughters in Chicago, IL.
The Indian Slow Cooker
Vegan Indian Cooking
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Running Press
Lessons In Balance
Based on the Tumblr page, Stuff on Scout’s Head, Lessons in Balance showcases Scout and his unique talent for balancing anything on his head. Scout has an uncanny ability to balance anything on his head. Whether it’s a sombrero, a tiara, or a single strawberry or baseball, this patient pooch knows not to get overwhelmed by the challenges life throws at him.
However, Lessons in Balance isn’t just another cute pet book. An introduction from Scout’s owner Jennifer Gillen reveals the touching story of how he was rescued, given a home, loved and eventually overcame earlier abuse and trauma. This delightful book will bring a smile to all animal lovers, while teaching them the finer point of mindfulness and yes, balance!
“Pure joy in canine form”—Pawnation.com
Scout is a nine-year-old pit bull, who likes to spend his days snoozing, snacking, and getting his ear scratched. Scout lives in a full household with two cat brothers, and a new dog sister who’s trying to steal his thunder. He hopes to use his talent to show how important it is for humans to be involved in animal rescue.
Jennifer Gillen is Scout’s owner and creator of the Tumblr blog Stuff on Scout’s Head. She rescued Scout four years ago and created the blog on a whim to not only showcase Scout’s unique skill but to show how patient, loyal, and gentle pit bulls can be with the right training. Now, she uses the blog to draw attention and donations to various animal shelters and advocates for responsible dog ownership. Jennifer and Scout live in Toronto.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Running Press
Preserving by the Pint
Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces from the author of Food in Jars
Preserving by the Pint contains roughly 100 recipes divided by season: pestos, fruit spreads, condiments, syrups, whole fruits, and more, done on a small scale.
Marisa McClellan was an adult in a high-rise in Philadelphia when she rediscovered canning, and found herself under the preserving spell. She grew accustomed to working in large batches since most “vintage” recipes are written to feed a large family, or to use up a farm-size crop, but increasingly, found that smaller batches suited her life better. Working with a quart, a pound, a pint, or a bunch of produce, not a bushel, allows for dabbling in preserving without committing a whole shelf to storing a single type of jam.
Preserving by the Pint is meant to be a guide for saving smaller batches from farmer’s markets and produce stands—preserving tricks for stopping time in a jar. McClellan’s recipes offer tastes of unusual preserves like Blueberry Maple Jam, Mustardy Rhubarb Chutney, Sorrel Pesto, and Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles. Organized seasonally, these pestos, sauces, mostardas, chutneys, butters, jams, jellies, and pickles are speedy, too: some take under an hour, leaving you more time to plan your next batch.
Marisa McClellan is a full-time writer, teacher, and blogger at Food in Jars (three times nominated by Saveur magazine for a Best Food Blog award, and winner of Best of Philly from Philadelphia Magazine). Her writing appears on The Food Network blog, Saveur.com, and Food52.com. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband. Visit her at foodinjars.com.
Cloth: 64 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions
C. Montgomery Burns’ Handbook of World Domination
Vault of Simpsonology
Does power corrupt? Absolutely! Does the hunger and lust for absolute power course through your icy blue veins? Do you feel the need to rule the world with an iron fist? To subjugate the masses with a whimsical snap of your fingers? To rise above the insolent and unworthy with your superior intelligence and unlimited supply of cold hard cash? Have you ever wondered if there was a simple step-by-step guide for following your impulses and instincts toward world domination? You’ve come to the right place. Here is the opportunity of a lifetime—the chance to turn your sociopathic needs into bloodthirsty greed! Now you can learn at the feet of the Master of Megalomania . . . Charles Montgomery Burns! Don’t just stand there, you sniveling slugabed. Purchase this portable periodical posthaste and leave your conscience at the cash register!
Matt Groening is the creator of the longest-running comedy in television history, The Simpsons. It exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. He followed it with his creation of the hit sci-fi series Futurama, currently one of the top-rated shows on Comedy Central. As a cartoonist, Groening began his “Life in Hell” weekly comic strip series in the 1980s, which he concluded in 2012. He lives in Southern California.