A high-powered Manhattan attorney finds love, purpose, and the promise of a simpler life in her grandmother's hometown.
Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish--to find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough.The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe is a warm and delicious debut about the power of a simpler life.
About the Author:
Mary Simses grew up in Darien, Connecticut and started writing stories when she was eight. She always loved to write but was too afraid she would never make a living as a fiction writer, so in college she majored in journalism. She worked in magazine publishing for a few years and then went back to school to become a lawyer. After graduating from law school and began working as an attorney, she enrolled in an evening fiction writing class at a university in Connecticut, not far from where she lived. From then on, she was hooked. Simses wrote a lot "on the side," at night and on weekends, and managed to get several short stories published in literary magazines. Finally, Mary took the big leap and wrote a novel. She now lives in South Florida with her husband, who is also her law partner, and their sixteen-year-old daughter, is quite a writer herself.
Enrisco para presidente recoge lo más selecto de los artículos producidos
por el iluminador pensamiento político del compañero Enrisco en la última
década sobre temas que van desde el deporte a la literatura, desde Cuba hasta
su virreinato de Venezuela pasando por Miami, por su correspondencia abierta y
unilateral con el cantante Juanes, sus tests de conocimiento del cancionero de
Silvio “El Unicornio” Rodríguez y la debatida pero indemostrada mortalidad de
Sobre el autor:
Enrisco comparte el cuerpo abundante de Enrique Del
Risco (1967) pero mientras este último publica títulos pretenciosos como “Leve
Historia de Cuba” (en colaboración con Francisco García), “¿Qué pensarán de
nosotros en Japón?”, “Elogio de la levedad” y “Siempre nos quedará Madrid” el
primero prefiere libros más ligeros como “Obras encogidas”, “Pérdida y
recuperación de la inocencia”, “Chick Ferrari, detective espacial” y “El
Comandante ya tiene quien le escriba”. Enrisco además ha colaborado en
publicaciones como Dedeté, Bohemia, La Tribuna Hispana, Cubaencuentro
y Diario de Cuba además de mantener su propio blog, El Blog de
Enrisco, desde el 2007.
The adventurous woman nicknamed La Belle Créole is brought to life in this book through the full use of her memoirs, contemporary accounts, and her intimate letters. The fascinating María de las Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, also known as Mercedes, and later the Comtesse Merlin, was a Cuban-born aristocrat who was years ahead of her time as a writer, a socialite, a salon host, and a participant in the Cuban slavery debate. Raised in Cuba and shipped off to live with her socialite mother in Spain at the age of 13, Mercedes triumphed over the political chaos that blanketed Europe in the Napoleonic days, by charming aristocrats from all sides with her exotic beauty and singing voice. She married General Merlin in Napoleon’s army and discussed painting with Francisco de Goya. In Paris she hosted the city’s premier musical salon where Liszt, Rossini, and great divas of the day performed for Rothschilds, Balzac, and royalty. Celebrated as one of the greatest amateur sopranos of her day, Mercedes also achieved fame as a writer. Her memoirs and travel writings introduced European audiences to 19th-century Cuban society and contributed to the debate over slavery. Mercedes has recently been rediscovered as Cuba’s earliest female author and one who deserves a place in the canon of Latin American literature.
About the Author:
Born in Havana, Alina García-Lapuertaholds degrees in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and worked for a number of years in banking. Now based in London with her Spanish American husband and their two children, she spends considerable time in South Florida. She is a member of Biographers International Organization and the Biographers’ Club.
Sanford Distinguished Professor Series presents...
ROBERT N. PROCTER
The cigarette is the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization. It is also one of the most beguiling, thanks to more than a century of manipulation at the hands of tobacco industry chemists. InGolden Holocaust, Robert N. Proctor draws on reams of formerly-secret industry documents to explore how the cigarette came to be the most widely-used drug on the planet, with six trillion sticks sold per year. He paints a harrowing picture of tobacco manufacturers conspiring to block the recognition of tobacco-cancer hazards, even as they ensnare legions of scientists and politicians in a web of denial. Proctor tells heretofore untold stories of fraud and subterfuge, and he makes the strongest case to date for a simple yet ambitious remedy: a ban on the manufacture and sale of cigarettes.
About the Author:
Robert N. Proctor is Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and author of Cancer Wars, Racial Hygiene, and The Nazi War on Cancer. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
We are living in an age of conspiracy theories, whether it's enduring, widely held beliefs such as government involvement in the Kennedy assassination or alien activity at Roswell, fears of a powerful infiltrating group such as the Illuminati, Jews, Catholics, or communists, or modern fringe movements of varying popularity such as birtherism and trutherism. What is it in American culture that makes conspiracy theories proliferate? Who is targeted, and why? Are we in the heyday of the conspiracy theory, or is it in decline?
Though there is significant scholarly literature on the topic in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and more, American Conspiracy Theories is the first to use broad, long-term empirical data to analyze this popular American tendency. Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent draw on three sources of original data: 120,000 letters to the editor of the New York Times and Chicago Tribune from between 1890 and 2010; a two-wave survey from before and after the 2012 presidential election; and discussions of conspiracy theories culled from online news sources, blogs, and other Web sites, also from before and after the election. Through these sources, they are able to address crucial questions, such as similarities and differences in the nature of conspiracy theories over time, the role of the Internet and communications technologies in spreading modern conspiracy theories, and whether politics, economics, media, war, or other factors are most important in popularizing conspiratorial beliefs. Ultimately, they conclude that power asymmetries, both foreign and domestic, are the main drivers behind conspiracy theories, and that those at the bottom of power hierarchies have a strategic interest in blaming those at the top-in other words, "conspiracy theories are for losers." But these "losers" can end up having tremendous influence on the course of history, and American Conspiracy Theories is an unprecedented examination of one of the defining features of American political life.
About the Authors:
Joseph E. Uscinski received his
bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University, his Master’s from University
of New Hampshire, and his Doctorate from University of Arizona. His research
has appeared in Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Critical Review among other scholarly
outlets. His first book, The People’s
News: Media, Politics, and the Demands of Capitalism addresses how audience demands drive news content. He is currently
associate professor of political science at University of Miami.
Joseph M. Parent received his bachelor’s degree from the
University of Chicago and his doctorate from Columbia University. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, International Security, and Political
Science Quarterly, and his first book was Uniting States: Voluntary Union in World Politics . He assisted the National
Intelligence Council on its Global Trends
2030 report and served as a fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute. He is
currently associate professor of political science at University of Miami.
Ramgiri is a spiritual teacher and the creator of HeartSourcing. HeartSourcing is an integral practice that combines today's most effective methods for inner peace, emotional harmony and Self-realization, and opening the heart of love.The book offers a simple and direct path to unconditional love. You will find within its pages clear instructions to dissolve fear and suffering through practical means: stillness, cultivating self-love and devotion, releasing emotions, and clearing the mind. Ramgiri’s (born Andreas Braun) spellbinding journey from the aftermath of the Holocaust in Germany to the legendary Indian sage Neem Karoli Baba, Maharajji, to the Concentration camp of Auschwitz and into the depth of the heart is the ultimate adventure, which we all take in our own way. His message is nothing less than the liberation from all fear and pain into Self-realization. HeartSourcing takes us to the Source of that one supreme remedy - to live out of the inexhaustible core of the Heart.
About the Author:
Ramgiri Braun, Ph.D. was born into the dark shadow of the Holocaust in Germany. Out of deep depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, a powerful awakening at age 17 made him realize that limitless love, harmony and enlightenment are the true nature of his being, and of all beings. Profoundly inspired by this liberating love, Ramgiri spent the next 40 years learning from great masters and developing HeartSourcing Yoga™. Ramgiri offers training and personal mentoring to people anywhere in the world.
In this exciting tale of adventure, 'Mollee,' a charming and precocious manatee, is sent on a quest halfway around the world in search of the illusive and mysterious Reindeer People. What Mollee learns from these compassionate people and their reindeer may change her life forever! 'Mollee Manatee and the Reindeer People' emphasizes the valuable connection between people and animals, and living in peace and harmony with nature. Her travels through the magical land of Mongolia will delight adults and children alike.
The first 30 owners of this beautiful book will receive Mollee's magical sea-bean!
About the Author:
Lynda Green has had a lifelong passion for working with dolphins, whales, and manatees, especially with manatees. She is presently working in Belize caring for injured and orphaned manatees, and gives talks around the world, educating people about this interesting and unique species. 'Mollee Manatee Visits the Reindeer People' is the first in an intended series that emphasizes the valuable connection between people and animals.
Stone, former Advisor to Richard Nixon and New
bestselling author of The
Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ,
gives us the inside scoop on Nixon’s rise and fall in Watergate in
a new book, called NIXON’S
charts Nixon’s rise from election to Congress in 1946 to the White
House in 1968 following his razor-thin loss to John F. Kennedy in
1960. He goes on to explore Nixon’s disastrous campaign for
Governor of California in 1962 and the greatest comeback in
American presidential history.
Stone reveals how the Kennedys wiretapped Nixon’s hotel room the
night before the historically infamous 1960 Nixon-Kennedy debate, and
stole Nixon’s medical records from his psychiatrist’s office.
Stone lays out how Kennedy running mate Lyndon Johnson claimed Texas
for JFK through vote fraud, while Mayor Richard Daley took Illinois,
and how JFK actually lost the popular vote.
outlines how White House Counsel John Dean planned, pushed, and
covered up the Watergate break-in, then sought to avoid
responsibility for it. In his book, Stone argues that Dean continues
to obscure his own role in Watergate and has manipulated the Nixon
tapes to deflect blame to the president and away from himself.
tells us how Nixon used his knowledge of Gerald Ford’s dark secrets
to avoid prosecution by blackmailing Ford for a full, free, and
unconditional pardon. Not only would this destroy Nixon’s presidency,
it would save him from prison and allow him to launch his final
comeback as adviser to President Bill Clinton on foreign affairs,
despite Hillary’s attempts to block him.
Nixon has been the subject of curiosity and public debate for six and
a half decades,” said Stone. “Since the time I served in his 1968
campaign, I have held a deep fascination with our 37th President and,
as his friend, I had the rare opportunity to witness firsthand much
of the history, key decision making, and people—both good and
bad—that made for his complex personae.”
compelling stories in the book include:
tells the public what is on the 18 ½-minute gap in the White House
Tapes and explains who erased the section and why;
explains why FBI man Mark Felt is not “Deep Throat,” and why
there is no “Deep Throat”;
shares why Nixon was demanding the CIA to turn over the records of
the Bay of Pigs and Kennedy Assassination;
looks at how a cabal of military and intelligence hard-liners spied
on and undermined Nixon to stop his pro-peace détente foreign
policy, his withdrawal of troops from Vietnam, his arms limitation
agreement with the Soviets, and his opening to Red China;
reveals how Vice President Spiro Agnew was set up to move Nixon out
of the presidential succession line; and
details General Alexander Haig’s orchestration of Nixon’s removal
from office in a coup
how he brokered the deal for Nixon’s pardon.
About the Author:
by the New
Maureen Dowd as “The Keeper of the Nixon flame,” Roger Stone was the
youngest member of the Nixon staff in 1972 and was credited with
Nixon’s rehabilitation in his post-presidential years. Stone has
been a Washington Insider for the last forty years and played a key
role in the election of Republican presidents Nixon, Ronald Reagan,
and George H. W. Bush. His book on Lyndon B. Johnson, The
Man Who Killed Kennedy,
was the second bestselling book during the 50th anniversary of
Kennedy’s murder. In addition to his books, Stone has a regular
column with the Huffington
The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine,
which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up
to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.
Homer, Greek epic poet, (Eighth
Century BC) The Odyssey
brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul, gives life to our hopes, bids
the coward turn and fight again, drives dull care away, and teaches us new ways
to fulfill our deepest desires.
- Horace. Roman poet
(65 – 8 BC)
is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural
things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it
offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other
purely sensory thing.”
“Alcohol makes other people less tedious, and food
less bland, and can help provide what the Greeks called entheos, or the slight buzz of
inspiration when reading or writing.”
Homer and Horace to Hemingway and Hitchens, wine has proved to be both the
inspiration and the consolation of great writers. Books and Books has long celebrated the
uniquely civilizing pleasures of words and wine and encourages South Florida
residents to embrace the two at our celebrated Wine Appreciation program
starting on Monday, September 15.
could be more indolent, cool and sensuous than spending your September evening
learning about wine and drinking it in the company of a dozen like-minded
people? For the past four years, Books & Books has been offering a
series of six-week classes, every Monday at 6PM during which students sample 24
different wines and learn everything about the magic grape from terroir and
varietal, to taste and history. After the final class, students select their
four favorite wines - to be paired with a delicious four-course meal prepared
by Chef Allen, the celebrity innovator of New World Cuisine.
now consumes more wine than even France or Italy and more and more Americans
are learning to enjoy and appreciate this most refined and civilized of social
pleasures. The more you understand the world of wine - the more you will
enjoy drinking and sharing it. We are proud and happy to offer our latest wine
program starting on Monday, September 15 – while the warm
South Florida scents of summer still linger in the sultry air.,
The program consists of six, two-hour classes held every
Monday evening, between 6:00 and 7:45PM, from September 15 through October 20,
at Books & Books’ Coral Gables’ store. Four different wines will be tasted
during each session and those students who wish to stay after class or to join
friends for dinner at the café will enjoy a 10% discounted price. They will
How to use all the senses to taste and appreciate wine
How wine is grown and how it is made
The 8,000 years of wine history and its importance to the growth of
How to distinguish between some 30 different varieties of grapes
The basic facts of French terroir – the wines of the Loire, of Alsace, of
Burgundy, of the Rhone and of course of Bordeaux
The importance and significance of the 1976 Judgment of Paris when the wines of
California out-performed the best wines of France
In addition to French wines, students will learn about other European wines
from Germany, Italy Spain and Portugal – as well as New World wines
from California, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Students will also learn about buying wine, reading wine labels, storing and
serving wine and pairing wine with food.
the final class on October 20, students will enjoy a special meal
prepared by Chef Allen to complement those wines which the
class has voted to be the most enjoyable throughout the program.
Alexander mixes literature and wine into a most refreshing summer
cocktail and will help you discover Marcel Proust’s “scent of invisible lilacs”
in a bottle of Alsace’s Gewurztraminer. Previously Director of the Wine
Appreciation program at the University of Miami and a judge for the Florida
International Wine Challenge, Patrick Alexander has been teaching these wildly
popular and critically acclaimed classes at Books & Books for over three
years. Patrick is also a published author and his writings include Marcel
Proust’s Search for Lost Time and The Nigerian Letter. He is currently working
on The Books & Books’ Book of Wine.
The $299 per-person
cost for the 6 week program includes 12 hours of lectures, 24 different wines
to taste, a detailed wine program work-book and a 4-course food and wine
pairing dinner. (Students may invite a guest to the final meal for an
program is limited to a maximum of 16 students and
classes sell-out quickly, so if you are interested, hurry and reserve your
place today! Contact Irving@booksandbooks.com. For more information go towww.GablesWine.com