May 2012

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•The French Country Diary was formerly published by Workman and has been selling more than 10,000 copies annually for the last two decades. •The author's other previous titles have been published by Random House and Abrams. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of this iconic and elegant desk calendar, the rose- and lavenderhued slipcase of this 2013 celebration edition features a gorgeously detailed classic Provencal toile pattern from Olivades called “Les Quatre Saisons”—the four seasons. Vintage typography and evocative photographs enhance the captivating design within the calendar, with each of the week-at-a-glance spreads offering an intimate vignette of the French countryside, including gardens, private homes, villages, and inspiring landscapes. This year’s edition features a visit to a luminous stone farmhouse surrounded by lavender fields near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence; a sunlit drive through the hidden coves and harbors of the Côtes d’Armor, Brittany’s rocky northern coast; a snowy winter’s day in Paris; and an afternoon discovering the Potager du Roi, Louis XIV’s extraordinary vegetable garden at the Palace of Versailles. Also included are lush four-color endpapers, generous space for jotting daily notes, a stitched-in ribbon to mark each week, and decorative address pages. Linda Dannenberg has written articles on cuisine and travel for numerous publications, including House & Garden, the Los Angeles Times, Town & Country, Travel & Leisure, and the Wine Spectator. She is the author of 11 books focusing on French lifestyle, design, and cuisine, including Ducasse: Flavors of France, French Country Kitchens, Paris Boulangerie-Pâtisserie, and the Pierre Deux series. She lives in Katonah, New York. Guillaume de Laubier is one of France’s foremost decorative arts and lifestyle photographers whose work illustrates numerous books such as A French Home: Style and Entertaining and The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World. His work has also appeared in leading style magazines such as Architectural Digest, Decoration, Elle, and Vogue.

French Country Diary 2013
Linda Dannenberg Photographer Guillaume de Laubier
Art/Travel, 128 Pages, 8 x 8.25 58 Color Photos, Four-color Interior Cloth, $21.99 (CAN $24.95) ISBN: 9780615600161 Arts & Style Publishing July V12. 1-23

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•#3 on Entertainment Weekly's MUST LIST, June 1–8, 2012 •The first issue of the Lowbrow Reader was published in 2001. All eight issues have sold out. This collection gathers together the best writing and drawings from the first eight issues of the Lowbrow Reader, a lushly illustrated comedy journal published in New York since 2001, along with brand new material. The book features bizarre encounters with Muhammad Ali, the White Stripes, and Jackie Mason; a rip-roaring interview about sex with Mo’Nique and Queens of the Stone Age; the definitive account of Billy Madison; and an illustrated guide to America’s CEO dilemma with words from John Waters, Patton Oswalt, George Saunders, and Randy Newman. Contributors include Shelley Berman from Curb Your Enthusiasm, David Berman from the Silver Jews, Gilbert Rogin from the New Yorker, Neil Michael Hagerty from the Howling Hex, and the late singer Lee Hazlewood. “A smart little journal about what’s sometimes perceived as dumb humor . . . it feels like a steal.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times “Excellent and actually quite high-minded” —Village Voice “The killer zine about comedy to end all killer zines about comedy.” —Comics Journal Jay Ruttenberg has written for Details, the New York Times, Spin, Time Out New York, and Vibe. He lives in New York City.

The Lowbrow Reader Reader
Edited by Jay Ruttenberg
Humor, 297 Pages, 6.75 x 8.25 87 B & W Illustrations Trade Paper, $19.95 (CAN $21.95) ISBN: 9781937112042 Drag City Available V12. 2-23

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The author's previous books have sold more than 5,000 copies, including poetry books published by University of Chicago Press and nearly 40 volumes of the literary journal TriQuarterly from Northwestern University Press. Telling the story of a family of Jewish Hungarian immigrants settled in Chicago in the first half of the 20th century, this novel follows their rise from poverty to prosperity as Cecil Slaughter’s children—out of equal measures glorified memory and sibling rivalry—name their daughters after him, with subtle variations: Ceci, Cecilia, Cecily, Celine, Celie, and Celeste. Despite— or perhaps because of—this and other familial forces pushing on them, each has a personality and direction of life distinct from her cousins. Celine is the top saleswoman in an upscale dress shop; Cecily is a playwright; Cecilia is a poet; Celine finds her expression in the seduction of men; and Celeste died as an infant. Ceci, the eldest of the Slaughter grandchildren and daughter of the admired and envied family beauty, Rose, died as a young adult and she serves as narrator of the novel from the afterlife. Through reflection, and with the counsel of Lao Tzu, she gradually attains a greater understanding and acceptance of Earthly human weakness, even as the lives of her living cousins lead inexorably to a violent and tragic conclusion. Set in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, this unusual page turner utilizes poetry and a sense of theatrical staging to original and haunting effect, rending a family saga with both distance and intimacy. Susan Hahn is the former editor of TriQuarterly and the author of two produced plays and nine books of poetry, including Self/Pity and The Scarlet Ibis. She has won numerous writing awards, including the George Kent Prize from Poetry Magazine, the Society of Midland Authors Award, the Pushcart Prize, a Jeff Recommendation, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Winnetka, Illinois.

The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter
Susan Hahn
Fiction, 272 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5 Cloth, $22.00 (CAN $25.00) ISBN: 9780984651009 Fifth Star Press, NFP September V12. 3-23

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•The author's extensive research on a Northern Cheyenne reservation provides an authentic look at the customs and changing times of the Plains Indians before the arrival of the white man. •As of 2011, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe based in southeastern Montana reported 9,945 enrolled tribal members. This coming-of-age historical novel encompasses a year in the life of a Cheyenne teenager on the brink of manhood. After his vision quest, Otters Circling seeks adventure as a warrior and longs for love with the beautiful Pretty Day Walking. He leaves childhood behind as his tribe obtains firearms and wars with their enemies. Plagued with self-doubt, Otters Circling strives to survive the warrior’s path and return to the girl who has stolen his heart. William F. Higbie is a historical reenactor and was awarded a Geraldine Dodge Foundation Grant to study on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. He is the author of A Circle of Power and Provolone in the Casket. He lives in Stonyton, New Jersey.

The Winter of the Iron Bow
William F. Higbie
Fiction/History, 192 Pages, 6 x 9 Trade Paper, $12.95 (CAN $14.95) ISBN: 9780985243104 Christopher Matthews Publishing Available V12. 4-23

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The Long Ride
The Record-Setting Journey by Horse Across the American Landscape
Lucian Spataro, Jr., PhD Foreword by Jane Goodall, PhD Introduction by Bazy Tankersley
Environmental Studies/Horses 216 Pages, 10 x 9.5 131 Color Photos, 44 B & W Photos, 7 Color Illustrations, 3 B & W Illustrations, 4 Line Drawings, 17 Maps Cloth, $35.00 (CAN $38.95) ISBN: 9780983501909 Green Rider LLC Available V12. 5-23 $25,000 marketing budget; co-op available Lucian Spataro, Jr., PhD, is an environmentalist, a businessman, an educator, and an adventurer. He is the former director of the Program on Sustainable Development at the University of Arizona’s International College. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jane Goodall, PhD, is a preeminent conservationist, the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Bazy Tankersley is a breeder of Arabian horses and the founder and owner of Al-Marah Arabians. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

•Foreword by Jane Goodall, PhD •This horse ride across the United States passed through the following cities: Los Angeles, CA; Lake Havasu, AZ; Flagstaff, AZ; Window Rock, AZ; Gallup, NM; Albuquerque, NM; Santa Rosa, NM; Amarillo, TX; Cordell, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; Tulsa, OK; Joplin, MO; Springfield, MO; Farmington, MO; West Frankfurt, IL; New Albany, IN; Madison, IN; Selvin, IN; Covington, KY; Athens, OH; Grafton, WV; Parkersburg, WV; Winchester, VA; and Washington, DC. A vivid, sweeping, passionate story about a modernday adventure, this is a beautiful chronology of Lucian Spataro and his team’s record-setting Arabian horse ride across the United States to draw attention to the destruction of the world’s rainforests. Told with wit and eloquence, the story moves from the beaches and crowded streets of Los Angeles, across Death Valley and the Painted Desert, through hundreds of towns and cities in the Midwest, before ending on the East Coast in an effort to bring an eye to environmental issues that in 1989 had no visibility or advocate in the United States. The urgency and importance of Spataro’s mission remains today as 20 years later the situation has not improved. Like the original ride itself, this book serves as both a report from the environmental front line and a fresh call to action.

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•This new edition features an updated section on Pilsudski's foreign policy (his plans for a preventive war against Hitler) plus new maps and photographs. •There are roughly 10 million Polish Americans, representing about 3.2% of the population of the United States. •Chicago bills itself as the largest Polish city outside of Poland, with approximately 185,000 Polish-language speakers. Telling the epic story of Joseph Pilsudski, the father of Polish independence, this vivid biography reads like an adventure novel, including swashbuckling tales of both World Wars, a plot to kill the czar, Siberian exile, life in the underground, a dramatic prison escape, and one of the most successful train robberies in European history. Although he is largely either unknown or misunderstood in the West, Pilsudski was a consequential historical figure whose defeat of the Red Army in 1920 preserved Poland’s sovereignty and quite possibly spared Europe from Bolshevik revolution. This extensive and definitive account of Pilsudski’s life places this and other achievements in the proper context by providing sufficient background in Polish history and illuminating his interconnectedness with more well known historical events. This new edition includes updated information, maps, and photographs. $20,000 marketing buget Peter Hetherington holds degrees in geology from the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky and has worked for more than 30 years as an explorationist. He lives in Houston.

Joseph Pilsudski, Resurrected Poland, and the Struggle for Eastern Europe Second edition
Peter Hetherington
Biography/History, 768 Pages, 6 x 9 26 B & W Photos, 4 Maps Cloth, $21.95 (CAN $22.00) ISBN: 9780983656319 (REPLACES 9780983656302) Pingora Press Available V12. 6-23

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•The highest denomination of a banknote ever issued in the United States was the 1934 Gold Certificate for $100,000 featuring the portrait of Woodrow Wilson. It was used between banks and never issued to the public. •Martha Washington is the only woman whose portrait has appeared on U.S. paper currency, on the $1 Silver Certificates issued in 1886, 1891, and 1896. Presenting U.S. currency used from the colonial period to the present day, this reference surveys the world of American banknotes and paper currency in three parts. Part one presents all the banknotes in circulation today, including those being slowly withdrawn as newer designs replace them, along with color photographs and a brief description of the people and sites depicted on each note. Part two provides a brief review of the history of the U.S. monetary system, covering the many different types of banknotes that have been used from the colonial period onward. Part three features the high-denomination banknotes no longer in circulation, including the $100,000 note. This book is a nontechnical, accessible journey through a dimension of history often overlooked in its uniqueness and interest. Yigal Arkin is a longtime collector of world banknotes, specializing in Cuban, Palestinian, Israeli, and United States currency. He is the author of The Currency of Israel.

Monumental Money
People and Places on U.S. Paper Money
Yigal Arkin
History, 112 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5 201 Color Photos, 6 B & W Photos, 8 Color Illustrations, Four-color Interior Cloth, $17.95 (CAN $19.95) ISBN: 9780615464541 Arkin Publishing Available V12. 7-23

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The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering
Techniques, Projects, Inspiration Revised edition
Annie Cicale
Art/Design, 192 Pages, 10 x 10 275 Color Photos, 8 B & W Illustrations, 162 Line Drawings, 6 Watercolor Illustrations, 17 Diagrams Trade Paper, $19.95 (CAN $21.95) ISBN: 9780615466965 Bloomin Books Available V12. 8-23

This longtime calligraphy classic was previously published by Lark/Sterling in 2004 and sold more than 10,000 copies. One of the most highly recommended instructional books for broad-edged calligraphy, this handbook is ideal for classes or self-study to master the basics of calligraphy. All of the essentials are included in this volume, from the history and practices of this ancient art to a guide to the tools, materials, and design basics needed to create elegant, beautiful writing for all occasions. Also featured is a gallery of examples from today’s best scribes, along with detailed exemplars and diagrams.

“A very elegant and beautifully illustrated guide to calligraphy.” —Library Journal “Visually stunning. For the uninitiated, the techniques will be fresh, and the letter styles are new and exciting, going far beyond simple calligraphy.” —Craftrends Co-op available Annie Cicale is a former chemical engineer who holds a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in graphic design. She has taught art on the elementary through university levels, has served on the faculty for international calligraphy conferences, and teaches workshops throughout North America. She lives in Fairview, North Carolina.

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•From the foreword by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: "Enjoy these stories of Chicago’s innovators and learn their secrets. It is Chicagostyle innovation that will meet the challenge of the new economy, expanding opportunity in this great city and improving lives around the globe." •27 of the 80 innovations profiled in the book have generated more than $20 billion in revenues, created 15,000 jobs, and received 1,005 patents. •The author's previous books have sold more than 30,000 copies. More timely than ever, this volume features interviews with 80 of the most successful innovators of the past decade from the Chicago region, showing how the key to unlocking economic growth and recovery is through innovation. Each example highlights the consumer need being met, pinpoints the uniqueness of the innovation, covers the fascinating background story, reveals the extent of the impact on society, and takes a glimpse into what is in store for the future. Many of the innovators featured in this book are winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards, a yearly celebration of the most innovative products and services in the Chicago region. $50,000 marketing budget; co-op available Thomas D. Kuczmarski is the founder, senior partner, and president of Kuczmarski & Associate, an innovation-management consulting firm. He is the author of Apples Are Square, Innovation, Innovating the Corporation, Managing New Products, and Values-Based Leadership. Dan Miller is the former business editor for the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times and the former editor of Crain’s Chicago Business. He has previously been named Illinois Journalist of the Year and is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. Luke Tannen is the director of the Chicago Innovation Awards, an annual celebration of the Chicago region’s most innovative new products and services. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama and the current mayor of Chicago. They all live in Chicago.

Innovating . . . Chicago-Style
How Local Innovators Are Building the National Economy
Thomas D. Kuczmarski, Dan Miller, and Luke Tanen Foreword by Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Business/Regional: Midwest, 240 Pages, 6 x 9 120 B & W Photos, 5 Charts, 5 Graphs, 5 Diagrams, 5 Screen Shots Trade Paper, $27.95 (CAN $30.95) ISBN: 9780615548852 Book Ends Publishing Available V12. 9-23

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•Dietitians are registered experts in food and nutrition. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal. •According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 64,000 jobs for registered dietitians in 2010 and the field has a growth rate of 20%, which is faster than average.

Launching Your Dietetics Career
How to Thrive in the Classroom, the Internship, and Your First Job!
Kyle W Shadix, MS, RD, D. Milton Stokes, . MPH, RD, and Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD
Health/Career, 232 Pages, 6 x 9 1 Table Trade Paper, $19.95 (CAN $21.95) ISBN: 9780983725510 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/ Eat Right Press Available V12. 10-23

Providing valuable education and career advice, this guide serves as a roadmap through the growing field of dietetics to becoming a registered dietician. Whether thinking about a career in nutrition or already in a program or internship, these lessons succinctly, effectively, and inexpensively explain what comes next. Topics range from types of dietetics programs available and tips for landing internships to advice for career changers and how to keep current professional development portfolios. Also included are inspiring profiles of the movers and shakers in the field of nutrition. Kyle W. Shadix, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, food scientist, and food-safety expert, who serves on the editorial advisory board for Today’s Dietitian magazine, is a contributing editor for, and is a member of the advisory board for the nutrition department at Teachers College. He is currently the corporate senior research chef for PepsiCo Global Beverage R&D. He lives in Valhalla, New York. D. Milton Stokes, MPH, RD, is a registered dietician and owner of One Source Nutrition, LLC. He has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of food and nutrition as a nutrition professional and former restaurateur. He lives in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, is a nutrition communications consultant and member of the editorial advisory board for Today’s Dietitian. Her expertise has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Men’s Health, Pilates Style, Runner’s World, Self Magazine, and US Weekly. She is the coauthor of Burn: The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel Your Active Lifestyle. She lives in New York City.

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•According to the National Organization for Women (NOW), young women, lowincome women, and some minorities are disproportionately victims of domestic violence and rape. •Women ages 20-24 are at greatest risk of nonfatal domestic violence. •Women age 24 and under suffer from the highest rates of rape.

Finding Sanctuary on the Outside
Daisy Rain Martin
Autobiography/Religion & Theology 260 Pages, 6 x 9 Trade Paper, $12.95 (CAN $13.95) ISBN: 9780985243128 Christopher Matthews Publishing June V12. 11-23

In this narrative pilgrimage, Daisy Rain Martin shares how she survived a sexually and mentally abusive childhood and illustrates how to embody peace, health, and love despite a broken world. Raised in a show business family under the bright lights of Las Vegas while simultaneously living in an abusive, ultraconservative, religious home, Daisy found strength in herself to overcome adversity and escape her situation. Her story is a raw and poignant, yet at times funny, journey of survival through abuse while finding faith outside of structured religion. Daisy Rain Martin is a survivor of an abusive childhood and a motivational speaker. She lives in Nampa, Idaho.

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In this thrilling, bloodcurdling page-turner, U.S. Marshal Cameron Piquet is the Justice Department’s best, and to stop a serial killer nicknamed the Exterminator, he is partnered with his longtime FBI rival. Their case becomes a race against time when Piquet discovers that the killer has been summoned by the Angel of Death, a powerful conjurer who wants him dead. Enlisting the help of an abrasive forensic genius and a beautiful psychic, Piquet must come to terms with his troubled past and break the fiendish spell before the Exterminator sends him to his grave. Doug Christi is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, is a former staff writer for the Silver State Post, and has written more than 35 short stories. He lives in Deer Lodge, Montana.

The Conjurer
Doug Christi
Horror/Fantasy, 300 Pages, 6 x 9 Trade Paper, $12.95 (CAN $13.95) ISBN: 9780985243142 Christopher Matthews Publishing June V12. 12-23

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The full list of contributors includes: •Nina Berry •Sarwat Chadda •Leah Cypess •Sayantani DasGupta •Shannon Delany •Leigh Fallon •Angie Frazier •Jessie Harrell •Nancy Holder •Heidi R. Kling •Suzanne Lazear •Karen Mahoney •Lisa Mantchev •Georgia McBride •C. Lee McKenzie •Gretchen McNeil •Max Scialdone •K.M. Walton •Suzanne Young •Michelle Zink

In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.

Two and Twenty Dark Tales
Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
Edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink Foreword by Francisco X. Stork
Fiction/Fantasy, Ages 12 & Up, Grades 7 & Up 340 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5 Trade Paper, $14.95 (CAN $16.95) ISBN: 9780985029418 Month9Books, LLC October V12. 13-23

“Nancy Holder’s writing is taut and evocative, allowing a suspension of disbelief that makes this a thrilling read.” —Booklist “Michelle Zink’s methodical unfolding of events will draw readers in.” —Kirkus “The world Lisa Mantchev creates is theatrical and spectacular.” —Fantasy Magazine Co-op available Georgia McBride is a speculative fiction writer and founder of She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Michelle Zink is the author of Prophecy of the Sisters and A Temptation of Angels. She lives in New York City. Francisco X. Stork is the author of Irises, The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, and Marcelo in the Real World. He lives in Boston.

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In this compelling and spirited debut novel, 16-yearold Rayna Evans has spent the last three years in a mental institution for seeing angels—intent on remaining free, she ignores signs that she may be slipping into a world she has tried to climb out of. When her hallucinations begin showing up at school, can she keep her sanity and prevent students from dying at the hands of angels she cannot admit to seeing? Psychiatry, fantasy, and realism come together here in a story of a young girl struggling with identity, secrets, and confronting her greatest fears. Lisa M. Basso is a writer and fan of young adult fiction. She lives in San Francisco.

A Shimmer of Angels
Lisa M. Basso
Fiction/Fantasy, Ages 9–12, Grades 4–7 250 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5 Trade Paper, $10.99 (CAN $11.99) ISBN: 9780985029432 Month9Books, LLC January 2013 V12. 14-23

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New in paperback; the original hardcover was self-published in 2007 and re-released in 2009 by Trafalgar Square Books. In this entertaining and educational story Jenny and Jason experience their very first riding lesson. At Red Barn Farms they are guided through the world of horses, learning about brushes, grooming, tack, safety rules, and much more. As Jenny and Jason feel the bond and magic that happens between horse and rider, the narrative captures the excitement and joy of riding and being in the company of these magnificent creatures. Co-op available Jonathan Boudin has been involved in the horse industry since the age of 10 and has trained and competed in dressage, driven draft horses, and been a member of the Eastern Oregon University polo team. He has written for numerous magazines including Blaze for Horse Crazy Kids, Good Old Boat, and Pacific Yachting. He lives in Vancouver.

The Little Red Riding Book
Jonathan Boudin
Fiction/Horses, Ages 7–9, Grades 2–4 94 Pages, 5 x 8, 36 B & W Illustrations Trade Paper, $8.95 (CAN $8.95) ISBN: 9780973633030 JB Max Publishing Available V12. 15-23

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•Winner of the 2011 Stars and Flags Gold Book Award •Selected for the Read Across America program by Maryland Senator Edward R. Reilly •A companion study guide, Teacher's Tack for Believing in Horses, is available from the author and provides teachers with lessons based on the book. After her family moves to Maryland and her dad deploys to Afghanistan, Sadie gets a new young horse named Lucky who proves to be a handful— but all of that is just the beginning of the trouble in this young adult novel. Together, Sadie and Lucky encounter horse thieves, Maryland storms, and unwanted horses destined for auction and uncertain futures. Sadie makes it her personal mission to save these animals, meeting fellow people dedicated to rescuing horses along the way, while learning that others are driven only by greed. “If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, this is your book. You don’t have to be a horse lover to be sucked into the emotional roller-coaster that Sadie’s life has become.” —Lois Szymanski, author, The True Story of Sea Feather Co-op available Valerie Ormond is a former Naval intelligence officer, a freelance writer, and a contributor to 5 Must Know Secrets for Today’s College Girl. She lives in Bowie, Maryland.

Believing in Horses
Valerie Ormond
Horses/Fiction, Ages 12 & Up, Grades 7 & Up 195 Pages, 5 x 8 25 B & W Photos Trade Paper, $11.95 (CAN $11.95) ISBN: 9780973633023 JB Max Publishing Available V12. 16-23

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A Little Zen for Little Ones
Sanjay Nambiar
Picture Books/Parenting & Family Care Ages 5–7, Grades K–2, 32 Pages, 9 x 9 32 Color Illustrations, Four-color Interior Hardcover Picture Book $15.99 (CAN $17.95) ISBN: 9780983824305 Umiya Publishing Available V12. 17-23 The Zen-themed children's books written by Jon Muth and published by Scholastic have each sold more than 50,000 copies.

Based on an ancient and beloved Zen fable, this picture book tells the story of a wise girl who experiences a series of events that at first seem lucky—or unlucky—but then turn out to be quite the opposite. A bike disappears, but then she gets a new one; she hurts herself, but then enjoys a nice day at home. For each incident, what happened may have been based on luck—or perhaps the girl simply does not get caught up in the emotion of the moment, understanding she can never know what an event might lead to. The beautiful themes and messages of this unique story are made accessible and relevant here to today’s children.

“This soulful little book, with its colorful pictures, teaches kids the valuable message that sometimes not getting what they want is a good thing . . . a message many adults are still struggling to learn.” —Dr. Jenn Berman, author, SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years “If kids take away even a smidgeon of this message, parents and caregivers will find them more relaxed and philosophically prepared to deal with events as they take place.” — “The parents I work with love how this book puts good luck and bad luck into perspective. The story is precious and has a real impact.” —Dr. Esther Hess, Center for the Developing Mind Co-op available Sanjay Nambiar is a former investment banker and strategic marketer who now does freelance writing and practices meditation on a daily basis. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Good People Everywhere
Lynea Gillen Illustrated by Kristina Swarner
Picture Books/Family & Relationships Ages 5–7, Grades K–2, 32 Pages, 9 x 9 2 Color Photos, 23 Color Illustrations, Four-color Interior Hardcover Picture Book $15.95 (CAN $17.95) ISBN: 9780979928987 Three Pebble Press August V12. 18-23

A colorful picture book that will warm the hearts of children and adults alike, each of its pages contain endearing examples and vibrant illustrations to inspire children to grow into grateful, caring, and giving people. It provides a wonderful way to calm children before sleep, ease their fears, and help them develop an appreciation for good work. Also included are activity pages to help children practice skills for creating gratitude, compassion, and beauty in daily life.

$20,000 marketing budget; co-op available Author tour to include Portland, Oregon, and Minneapolis (June) and Denver (September) Lynea Gillen has been a teacher and counselor for more than 30 years. She is the creator of Mindful Moments Cards, the DVD Kids Teach Yoga: Flying Eagle, and is the author of Yoga Calm for Children. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Kristina Swarner is the award-winning illustrator of numerous books, including Before You Were Born and Enchanted Lions. She lives in Chicago.

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Lima Bear Stories series
Thomas Weck and Peter Weck Illustrated by Len DiSalvo
Each picture book in the Lima Bear Stories series delivers messages for children to help them handle everyday situations with siblings and friends, including tolerance, honesty, and courage. Basic characters, each with their own distinct personality, appear and reappear throughout the series, allowing children to get to know them and anticipate how they are likely to act in different situations. Extended learning and activity questions are included to allow parents and teachers to further encourage children to become involved in the concepts presented. Thomas Weck is a national award-winning author and coauthor of the Lima Bear Stories series of children’s books. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Peter Weck is a board member of the Menlo Park Library Foundation, the CEO of StoryJumper, and the coauthor of the Lima Bear Stories series. He lives in Atherton, California. Len DiSalvo is an animator and illustrator for a wide range of print projects and award-winning computer games. He teaches art illustration and animation at the Art Center Design College. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. $25,000 marketing budget; co-op available

The Labyrinth
28 Color Illustrations ISBN: 9781933872049 August As princess Belinda Bean takes the throne as queen and ruler of Beandom, all are happy except for the duke, Mean Ol’ Bean, who wants to be king. He lures her into a magic labyrinth from which there is no escape—until L. Joe Bean, one of her subjects, discovers the plot and mounts a rescue attempt. The primary concept presented in the story is that learning how to be the bigger person and forgive is always better than jealousy and bullying.

The Cave Monster
26 Color Illustrations ISBN: 9781933872018 Available When L. Joe Bean has been captured by the cave monster, his cousin Lima Bean and friends enter the Black Cave to rescue him. When the cave monster attacks, they come together to save L. Joe Bean in time. The primary concept presented in the story is that friends, individually afraid, find courage acting together. Picture Books/Family & Relationships Ages 5–7, Grades K–2, 32 Pages, 8.5 x 11 Hardcover Picture Book $15.95 (CAN $17.95) Lima Bear Press, LLC V12. 19-23

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Lima Bear Stories series, continued

The Megasaurus
40 Pages, 38 Color Illustrations, Four-color Interior ISBN: 9781933872124 When the tiny, multicolored bean-shaped bears of Beandom come under attack by a monster, even the king’s wisest advisors seem unable to find a solution. Can an ordinary bear step forward with a plan that works? The primary concept presented in the story is to follow your convictions even when others think differently.

How Back Back Got His Name
32 Pages, 27 Color Illustrations ISBN: 9781933872148 After Plumpton the opossum loses his back, Lima Bear and his clever friends become detectives on the search. They try new and different ways of thinking in order to solve the mystery—even banding together to protect each other in times of danger. The primary concept presented in the story is that the tolerance of differences in others yields benefits.

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As of December 2010, approximately 219,000 people worldwide have received cochlear implants; in the United States, roughly 42,600 adults and 28,400 children are recipients. This fun and original picture book introduces Almigal, a spunky little girl with hearing loss who is now determined to hear every single sound in the universe thanks to her new cotton candy pink cochlear implants. These sounds include a baby’s funny giggle, the robin’s chirps outside the window, the soft song played during ballet class, and especially her best friend Chloe’s teeny-tiny voice. But most of all, Almigal wants to hear her parents whisper to her when they tuck her into bed every night. Almigal’s spirit will have both children and parents alike rooting for her, while the story delivers a positive message about accepting and celebrating differences. $50,000 marketing budget; co-op available Wendy Kupfer is an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing who has worked closely with Thomas Balkany, MD, former chair of the University of Miami Department of Otolaryngology, and one of the leading cochlear implant surgeons in the country. She lives in Delray Beach, Florida. Tammie Lyon is the award-winning illustrator of the Eloise and Katie Woo series of picture books. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Let’s Hear It for Almigal
Wendy Kupfer Illustrated by Tammie Lyon
Picture Books/Education Resource, Ages 5–7, Grades K–2, 32 Pages, 9.25 x 11.25 20 Color Illustrations Hardcover Picture Book, $16.99 (CAN $18.95) ISBN: 9780983829409 Handfinger Press Available V12. 21-23

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The latest edition of Lonely Planet's Mexican Spanish Phrasebook has sold more than 30,000 copies. This handbook to Mexican Spanish includes the correct words and phrases to use in Mexico. It contains a pronunciation guide, a phonetic transliteration guide, and information regarding what is normal and culturally accepted in Mexico. Continually updated since 2005, this brand-new fourth edition provides an all-new approach to the age-old problem of trying to use a phrase book while traveling in a foreign country. “In practical terms, this guide is a guaranteed favorite of anyone frustrated by their inability to communicate with the locals. It may not win you public speaking or elocution awards, but will make sure that you take the right bus.” —Guadalajara Reporter David Bodwell has traveled extensively throughout Mexico and has spent years researching pronunciation problems rooted in traditional phrase books and idiomatic Mexican Spanish.

Enjoy México in Spanish
A Guide to Mexican Spanish Fourth edition
David Bodwell
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An English translation, The Table Dancer's Tale, will be released by Editorial Mazatlán later this summer.

With stories collected through years of work as a table dancer, these true tales uncover a world of night clubs filled with housewives, mothers, students, drug addicts, minors, and illegal aliens working as dancers. The stories come from all across Mexico, including Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Sinaloa, and Puerto Vallarta. While some are tragic—murders, suicides, and addiction—others form strong narratives of personal growth and overcoming barriers, providing surprising humor and happy endings. Con historias acumuladas durante años como una bailarina, estos relatos verdaderos exponen un mundo de discotecas llenas de amas de casa, madres, estudiantes, drogadictas, menores de edad e indocumentadas trabajando como bailarinas exóticas. Las historias provienen de todos rincones de México, incluyendo Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Sinaloa y Puerto Vallarta. Aunque algunas son trágicas—asesinatos, suicidas y adicción—otras son narrativas impactantes de crecimiento personal y la superación de obstáculos, proveyendo un humor sorprendente y finales felices. Lupita Domínguez is a pole dancer who has worked in various cities throughout Mexico.

Historias del Table Dance
Lupita Domínguez
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