After graduating as the salutatorian of Miami Beach Sr. High, a Florida public high school,
Mandee Heller Adler went on to graduate from the University of
Pennsylvania with two degrees. She then received an MBA from Harvard
Business School. Adler founded International College Counselors in 2005
to help public school students make the journey
to the Ivy League at a time when many high schools could no longer
afford adequate in-house college counseling help for their students.
Today, the company is one of the world’s largest and most successful
college and graduate school admissions counseling businesses.
Via visits and webinars, Adler has shared her experiences and expertise
with students around the world. She is making her knowledge accessible
to all parents and students with her new book, From Public School to the Ivy League: How to Get into a Top
School Without Top Dollar Resources.
In The Big, Bad Book of Botany,Michael Largo tells of plant recipes used by assassins to kill kings, and of botanical concoctions by sorcerers to revive the dead. He also recounts the amazing properties of certain plants to cure and heal—many of which have long since been forgotten by modern medicine. In a winning A-to-Z format and with over 140 original illustrations, The Big, Bad Book of Botany combines the latest in biological data with bizarre facts about the plant kingdom’s most unusual species, creating an expansive and endlessly captivating book that will forever transform the way readers look at the vast greenness of planet Earth. For both nature and trivia enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy, here is a sampler of interesting facts:
Although many believe coffee has been used since ancient times, the first documentable
evidence that it was prepared as a beverage similar to what we drink today only dates to the
fifteenth century. The monks at a Sufi monastery in Yemen instantly praised the first cup of
hot coffee as a gift from Allah.
Survival technique: if you break a leg or a bone in the wilderness, soak some birch bark until
moist and you’ll find it makes a fairly sturdy temporary cast.
The giant bamboo of China, which grows to 60 feet, is actually the tallest grass in the world.
The familiar name lavender comes from the Old French word lavandre and Latin lavare (to
wash), from its use as a soap and additive to baths since early antiquity.
On October 12, 1492, in the Bahama Islands, the crew of Christopher Columbus’s ship
brought reports of natives smoking dried tobacco leaves rolled in other leaves—the original
Ancient Egyptians actually worshipped the onion, believing that its spherical shape
symbolized eternal life!
About the Author:
Michael Largo is the author of God’s Lunatics, Genius and Heroin, The Portable Obituary, the Bram Stoker Award-winning Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die, and three novels. He is the former editor of New York Poetry and the researcher/archivist for the film company Allied Artists. He and his family live in Florida with their dog, two turtles, a parrot, two canaries, and a tank of fish.
Shotgun houses...vibrant street scenes...grand villas and mansions...colorful facades...they're all part of a historically rich, interconnected Creole world. New Orleans is often hailed for its distinctive Creole heritage--evident in its food, architecture, and people--but it is far from alone. Its creoleness may be unique to the United States, but New Orleans is part of an entire family of Latin Caribbean cities with similar colonial histories. Founded as New World outposts of Old World empires, these cities forged new identities from European, West African, and indigenous influences--by turns inspired by, in defiance of, and adapted from all of them.
In Creole World, author and photographer Richard Sexton explores the architectural and urban similarities among these cultural cousins, from Haiti, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia, and Ecuador back home to New Orleans.
Setting the stage for the book's two hundred color photographs are essays by Creole-architecture scholar Jay D. Edwards and photography historian John H. Lawrence. Together, they take readers on a fascinating journey across time and place, through the ever-changing Creole world.
About the Author:
Richard Sexton is a fine-art and media photographer whose work has been published and exhibited worldwide. Born in Atlanta and raised in Colquitt, Georgia, his work has been published in Archetype, Harper's, Photographer's Forum,and View Camera magazines, as well as many others. Creole World is his thirteenth book, joining titles such as Terra Incognita: Photographs of America's Third Coast (Chronicle Books 2007) and the best-selling New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence
The house is historic, some say haunted. It is also slated to be razed and replaced by condos, unless Hannah Smith can do something about it. She’s been hired by a wealthy Palm Beach widow to prove that the house’s seller didn’t disclose everything he knew about the place when he unloaded it, including its role in a bloody Civil War skirmish (in which two of Hannah’s own distant relations had had a part), and the suicides—or were they murders?—of two previous owners.
Hannah sees it as a win-win opportunity: She can stop the condo project while tracking her family history. She doesn’t believe in ghosts, anyway. But some things are more dangerous than ghosts. Among them, as she will learn, perhaps fatally, is human obsession.
About the Author:
Randy Wayne White is the author of twenty-one Doc Ford novels, most recently Bone Deep; the Hannah Smith novels Gone and Deceived; and four collections of nonfiction. He lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he was a light-tackle fishing guide for many years, and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball and hanging out at Doc Ford's Rum Bar.
Singer, un escritor perseguido por los demonios - Voces e imágenes.
cargo de Henie Hajdenberg y Batia Cohen Moderadora: Gisela Savdie
Isaac Bashevis Singer obtuvo el Premio Nobel de
Literatura en el año 1978, por su importante obra literaria en lengua Yiddish. Uno
de los motivos que aparece con
persistencia en sus relatos es la presencia de figuras demoníacas. La muerte y
los espíritus en muchas ocasiones encarnados, ocupan un rol protagónico en sus
escritos. Henie Hajdenberg,especializada en literatura hebrea y Batia Cohen, Ph.D en historia del arte, abordarán la obra de Bashevis
Singer tejiendo una trama entre las disciplinas que ellas dominan. Un recorrido
a través de dibujos y pinturas complementarán imágenes de estos seres
misteriosos, a la vez mágicos y recurrentes en las novelas y cuentos cortos del
laureado autor. Esperamos que las lecturas y comentarios de fragmentos
selectos, juntamente con las
observaciones referidas a las obras
artísticas que se exhibirán, ofrezcan un ángulo innovador e iluminen uno de
los aspectos importantes que caracterizan la obra de Bashevis Singer.
fue hijo de un rabino y provenía del “shtetl”
– el villorrio judío de Europa oriental. Los mitos de la Biblia, del Talmud y
de la Kabalah, enardecieron su imaginación juvenil. Los motivos folklóricos
judíos y los de sus vecinos germánicos y eslavos, se integran a su vasta
creación. Haciendo uso de estos
elementos, Bashevis entreteje imágenes y crea sus propios tapices. Hilándolos
con maestría los adapta a su propia contemporaneidad y tal vez, también a la
Henie Hajdenberg, M. A., dicta conferencias en el Department of
Modern Lenguages de la Universidad de Miami y es la ex- Directora del
Profesorado de Hebreo Mijlelet Shazar, en Buenos Aires. Su formación académica
la realizó en Argentina y en la universidad de Tel Aviv, donde se especializó
en la lengua hebrea y literatura. Es autora de numerosas publicaciones.
Batia Cohen,Ph. D Historia del Arte. Experta en Estudios Mesoamericanos,
escritora y docente de Arte Prehispánico en Florida International University
(FIU) y en el Instituto Osher (OLLI) de Miami.
Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor . . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! Using real science, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction—an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers.
About the Author:
Jon Scieszka has sold more than 11 million books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, the Time Warp Trio series, Guys Read, Spaceheadz, and most recently, Battle Bunny with Mac Barnett. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Mad Cat in collaboration with Books & Books is pleased to announce the BANNED/NEW Reading Series featuring plays that have been formerly banned for their dissident, provocative content as well as new works that examine freedom of speech and expression.
A staged reading of Havel’s Audience.
Vaclav Havel, president, dissident, playwright, was thrown in prison several times for his political activism and writings. Audience is just one of his plays that was banned by Czechoslovakian authorities in the 1970s.
In the aftermath of “Prague Spring”, dissident writer Ferdinand Vanek is forbidden to publish and forced to work in a brewery. There, in a funny and moving conversation, he is made to examine several of his deeply held principles.
This reading is free to the public. There will be donations welcomed on nights when we are reading our new works, to be put towards future Mad Cat productions.
Siente en estos cuentos la frescura de quien relata historias porque quiere entablar un diálogo con el lector y usa para ellos más de una voz narrativa; una autora que maneja con viveza los diálogos y juega con el lenguaje coloquial. Hábil para trazar dos personajes protagónicos, Azucena y Lucía, que se alternan inteligente mente y, casi sin que el lector se dé cuenta, dan organicidad al conjunto de las historias, como si el libro creciera con ellas. Por último, es innegable su especial facilidad para crear ambientes. Pero decir esto no haría justicia total al libro. Debemos añadir su erotismo, sin que ello se adueñe del tono y del lenguaje de la obra, voz de mujer que se revela/rebela a través del erotismo, rasgo al que ya se ha referido Roberto González Echevarría en su prólogo a un libro de poemas de la autora: Cimarrona; los momentos de ingenuidad, por la cual los personajes protagónciso se empeñan en contar historias haciendo trasparente el trasfondo humano, cultural y político; y por último, una vocación de frontera que trata de matizar la experiencia del exilio al presentar "el extranjero suelo" como una compleja nación de diferentes culturas donde cada Estado obligará a una nueva reinvención de la identidad del exiliado.