Selected Books

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Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids—and How to Break the Trance

by Nicholas Kardaras

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras examines how technology—more specifically, age-inappropriate screen tech, with all of its glowing ubiquity—has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation. Kardaras dives into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids.

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is one of the country’s foremost addiction experts and Executive Director of the Dunes—one of the world’s top rehabs. He is a former Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine, has taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level, is the author of How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life (Conari, 2011), and is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today and Fox News.

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Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me

by Ron Miscavige

The revealing story of David Miscavige’s childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology as told through the eyes of his father, Ron Miscavige

Ron Miscavige joined Scientology in 1970, and he worked for the Sea Org for almost 27 of those years before leaving the church entirely in 2012.

PUBLICITY: #1 New York Times “Religion” bestseller in first week of sales, ABC News Special Edition 20/20, Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Good Day NY, Fox’s The Kelly File, 10-station radio satellite tour (including Leonard Lopate, PW Radio)

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ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State

by William McCants

A comprehensive history of ISIS based on insider accounts and secret communications few outsiders have seen

Will McCants directs the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution. He is a former U.S. State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism.

PUBLICITY: Translated into ten languages. Charlie Rose, O’Reilly Factor, The Diane Rehm Show, The Brian Lehrer Show, reviews in The Economist, Foreign Affairs. One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 Must-Read Books on the Evolution of Terrorism in the Middle East, and one of ABC News's Books of the Year in 2015. Will continues to be the go-to expert on ISIS and continues to be in national media discussing ISIS.
The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore
Pub: Spring 2016

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The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

by Natalie Y. Moore

In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation in the city’s South Side; with a memoirist’s eye, she showcases the lives of these communities through the stories of her own family and the people who reside there.

Natalie Y. Moore is the South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR-member station. Her work has been published in Essence, The Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

PUBLICITY: Interview on Marketplace, reviews in Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Post, the Chicago Review of Books.

Glowing review from Ta-Nehisi Coates: "An exquisite exploration."

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Finding Zero: A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers

by Amir D. Aczel

A riveting account of mathematician Amir Aczel’s lifelong obsession: to find the sources of our numbers. Aczel takes the reader on a fascinating ride as he doggedly crisscrosses the world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross-examining self-proclaimed experts who offer wildly differing theories, and ultimately penetrating deep into the Cambodian jungle to find definitive proof.

Amir D. Aczel is the author of twenty books, including the international bestseller Fermat’s Last Theorem. An internationally known writer of mathematics and science, he was a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

HARDCOVER PUBLICITY: NPR Weekend Edition, Smithsonian Magazine article by Amir, reviews from The New York Times (“A captivating story”), Nature, Scientific American, Maclean’s, etc.

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Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses

by Lawrence Ross

An explosive and controversial book that pulls back the veil on America’s hidden secret: our colleges have become a hostile space for African American students. Blackballed is a call to action for universities to make radical changes to their policies and standards in order to foster a better legacy for all students.

Lawrence Ross is a bestselling author, lecturer, writer, filmmaker, social media and consumer trends expert. His groundbreaking book, The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, has become the preeminent book on African American fraternities and sororities.

PUBLICITY: Weekend All Things Considered, Brian Lehrer Show, Politics Nation, SiriusXM “Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang.” Reviews from The Washington Post, The Root, and PoliticsNation. Major campus events across the country.
The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink by Maria Shriver
Pub: Spring 2014

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The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink

by Maria Shriver

Chronicles American women and families and the dire situations they face on a daily basis, with the latest data on women in the economy and labor force, poverty statistics, the growing multiplicity of family structures, and rates of educational attainment, among others.

Maria Shriver is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life.

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Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

by Stephen P. Hinshaw

In Stigma, Hinshaw explores the burden of living in a family "loaded" with mental illness, his evolution as a clinical scientist and the mental health crisis in our nation and worldwide. He debunks the "stigma" behind mental illness, a disease that in today's society can result in a loss of a driver's license, inability to vote or run for office, ineligibility for jury service, or automatic relinquishment of child custody. With a moving personal narrative and shocking facts about how America views mental illness in the 21st century, Stigma is a passionate call to arms regarding the importance of destigmatizing mental illness.

Stephen Hinshaw is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the Vice-Chair of Psychology at UC San Francisco. Hinshaw is the author The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change(Oxford, 2007), the first book in the U.S. on mental illness stigma. His research has been covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, among others. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

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Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States

by Tony Platt

A revealing investigation into the origins of the modern criminal justice system that will broaden how we define the current crises and generate ideas for real structural change.

Tony Platt is in residence as a Distinguished Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of eleven books and 150 essays. He has written for newspapers and magazines across the country, including The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, and National Public Radio (national and local).

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Letters to a Young Muslim

by Omar Saif Ghobash

From the Ambassador of the UAE to Russia, a bold, personal narrative that explores what it means to be a Muslim in the twenty-first century. Letters to a Young Muslim will be a heartfelt explanation of how his two young sons as well as the next generation of Muslims need to assess the Muslim landscape on a global scale, and take up the mantel of responsibility to question and condemn Islamic extremism while staying true to their faith and culture. 

Omar Saif Ghobash is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia. In addition to his post in Moscow, Ambassador Ghobash sponsors the Saif Ghobash–Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation and founded the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in collaboration with the Booker Prize in London. Ambassador Ghobash studied law at Oxford and math at the University of London.

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In Shock: A Doctor Turned Critically Ill Patient Explores the Humanity Gap in Medicine

by Rana Awdish, MD

A riveting first-hand account of the health care world's misguided standard of care and the revelation of a new and better possibility for all, from a young critical care physician who is transfigured into a dying patient.

Dr. Rana Awdish is a Pulmonary Hypertension specialist and Critical Care Physician practicing at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Recently named Chief Experience Officer for the ($6 billion, 24,000 employee) health system, Dr. Awdish’s mandate is to improve the patient experience across the system and speak on patient advocacy at health care venues nationally.