Is American Football Safe Enough for our kids to Play?
Did you know that not all concussions are the same? Can playing flag football improve your tackling skills? Are there better alternatives to Big Time college football?
This book answers these difficult questions and many more. Written by a successful businessman, father, and high school coach with nearly twenty years of experience playing and coaching football, Tackling Dummies provides both an objective and insider’s look at the game, shining a clear and sometimes uncomfortable light on the key problems with the sport and culture of amateur football. Both technical and common sense solutions are provided in a simple and easy-to-understand way, which will help all players and coaches perform better, play safer, and have more fun. With real and often hilarious football stories told from the author’s perspective, descriptions and photos of safer and more effective tackling techniques, recommended alternatives to early youth football, suggested changes to the rules of the game, and honest insights into college and NFL “careers”, this book is a must-have for any football fan, player, coach, or parent.
About the Author
Bobby Vernon is an accomplished entrepreneur, having started, managed, and sold several companies. He received his MBA from Duke University and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he played varsity football for the Hoyas. He was a three-year starter at defensive back and led the team in interceptions his senior year. Bobby currently coaches high school football in Miami, Florida, where he resides with his wife Lelis and their three amazing sons.
Bobby is a best-selling author and is an active investor, consultant, and board member in the financial and technology industries.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Miami Palmetto High Football Booster Club. Specifically, donations will be allocated to travel and fees associated with college football camps, campus visits, and college prep work for players requiring financial assistance. In addition to helping players achieve on the field, a central mission of our coaching staff is to help these young men achieve in the classroom and secure an opportunity for a college education. Our entire coaching style and philosophy stresses the development and education of young men over all else. Please join us & support this worthy cause!
Join us, as Lynn Hubschman presents on her book, Woozie Wisdom: a lively, fun, and down to earth book in which you'll find helpful ways to look at life, sex and love. With forty years as a licensed therapist, marriage counselor and sex educator, you can be sure that you'll find methods geared toward practical applications to make life fulfilled and joyful. The goal is to make life easier.
1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck – in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle. James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut; while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life.
1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace, collecting seeds for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to the gardeners of England. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert’s past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last.
Chevalier tells a fierce, beautifully crafted story in At the Edge of the Orchard, her most graceful and richly imagined work yet.
About the Author
Tracy is the author of eight historical novels, including the international bestseller GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, which has sold over 5 million copies and been made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. American by birth, British by geography, she lives in London with her husband and son and cat. Her new novel, AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD, is set among the apple trees in Ohio and the redwoods and sequoias of California. She is also editor of READER, I MARRIED HIM: STORIES INSPIRED BY JANE EYRE. Tracy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has honorary doctorates from her alma maters Oberlin College and the University of East Anglia. Her website www.tchevalier.com will tell you more about her and her books.
With impeccable research and flawless prose, Chevalier perfectly conjures the grandeur of the pristine Wild West . . . and the everyday adventurers male and female who were bold enough or foolish enough to be drawn to the unknown. She crafts for us an excellent experience. USA Today
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
On a February evening in 2012, in a small town in central Florida, seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighborhood watchman ended his young life. The watchman was briefly detained by the police and released. Trayvon’s father—a truck driver named Tracy—tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored. Trayvon’s mother, a civil servant for the city of Miami, was paralyzed by the news of her son’s death and lost in mourning, unable to leave her room for days. But in a matter of weeks, their son’s name would be spoken by President Obama, honored by professional athletes, and passionately discussed all over traditional and social media. And at the head of a growing nationwide campaign for justice were Trayvon’s parents, who—driven by their intense love for their lost son—discovered their voices, gathered allies, and launched a movement that would change the country.
Five years after his tragic death, Travyon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade?
Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, answers, for the first time, those questions from the most intimate of sources. It’s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning.
It is 1914. Germany has just declared war on France. Piet Barol was a tutor before he came to South Africa, his wife, Stacey, an opera singer. In Cape Town they are living the high life, impersonating French aristocrats—but their lies are catching up with them.
The Barols’ furniture business is on the verge of collapse. They need top-quality wood, and they need it cheap. Piet enlists two Xhosa [pron. KO-sa] men to lead him into a vast forest, in search of a fabled tree.
The Natives Land Act has just abolished property rights for the majority of black South Africans, and whole families have been ripped apart. Piet’s guides have their own reasons to lead him through the trees, and to keep him alive while he’s useful to them.
Far from the comforting certainties of his privileged existence, Piet finds the prospect of riches beyond measure—and the chance to make great art. He is sure he’ll be able to buy what he needs for a few glass trinkets. But he’s underestimating the Xhosa, who believe the spirits of their ancestors live in this sacred forest.
Battle lines are drawn. When Piet’s powers of persuasion fail him, he resorts to darker, more dangerous talents to get what he is determined to have. As the story moves to its devastating conclusion, every character becomes a suspect, and Piet’s arrogance and guile put him on a collision course with forces he cannot understand and that threaten his seemingly enchanted existence.
About the Author
Richard Mason is the author of four novels: The Drowning People (winner of Italy's Grinzane Cavour prize for Best First Novel), Us, Natural Elements(longlisted for the IMPAC and Sunday Times Literary Award), and History of a Pleasure Seeker ("A gorgeous confection"--The New York Times), longlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award and shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. History of a Pleasure Seeker is currently in development as a TV series, produced by Oscar winner Alison Owen and directed by BAFTA-winning Philippa Lowthorpe. Mason lives in London and Cape Town.
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 24th, 2017
A haunting, gloriously imagined novel by the acclaimed author of History of a Pleasure Seeker ( a classic The Washington Post), set in early twentieth-century colonial Cape Town, and a forest full of witch doctors, stingless bees, and hungry leopards.
New York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba explores a devastating period in Paris's history and tells the stories of how women survived―or didn’t―during the Nazi occupation.
Paris in the 1940s was a place of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation, and secrets. During the occupation, the swastika flew from the Eiffel Tower and danger lurked on every corner. While Parisian men were either fighting at the front or captured and forced to work in German factories, the women of Paris were left behind where they would come face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis, as waitresses, shop assistants, or wives and mothers, increasingly desperate to find food to feed their families as hunger became part of everyday life.
When the Nazis and the puppet Vichy regime began rounding up Jews to ship east to concentration camps, the full horror of the war was brought home and the choice between collaboration and resistance became unavoidable. Sebba focuses on the role of women, many of whom faced life and death decisions every day. After the war ended, there would be a fierce settling of accounts between those who made peace with or, worse, helped the occupiers and those who fought the Nazis in any way they could.
About the Author
ANNE SEBBA is a biographer, lecturer, and former Reuters foreign correspondent who has written several books and is a member of the Society of Authors Executive Committee. She lives in London.
Published: St. Martin's Press - October 18th, 2016
Anne Sebba has the nearly miraculous gift of combining the vivid intimacy of the lives of women during The Occupation with the history of the time. This is a remarkable book. Edmund de Waal, New York Times bestselling author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes
Tzippy is a wealthy widow, feisty, determined, vain and living in Florida. Her three children will be visiting for Tzippy's 80th birthday celebration and will be bringing with them the old wounds that Tzippy did more than her fair share to inflict. As her birthday approaches, the death of a close friend as well as the aches, pains and daily indignities of aging are preying on her mind. Tzippy wonders how she will be remembered?
Her relationship with her children is not good, particularly with Shari, her youngest and most screwed up. Shari is a problem drinker and still plagued by the eating disorder she's had since adolescence. She always blamed her mother for her problems and lately Tzippy has had the uncomfortable feeling Shari may be right.
On the day of the party, on edge and anxious, Tzippy decides on a shopping trip to Saks which is always her quick fix, and while there, sees a brooch she wants, but not enough to pay for it. It finds its way into her purse and as she is making her get away unlike the other times she is caught and hauled off to the police station.
Now that Tzippy is turning 80, there is not an infinite amount of time left. Will She be able to repair the damage that has taken a lifetime to create?
Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.
About the Author
Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at Storyman.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.
If you thought you knew your favorite fairy tales, then you’re in for an unexpected and astonishing surprise! Over a hundred years ago, the Grimm Brothers unearthed age-old fables of frightening worlds, dark forests and foreboding castles. Over the years, these lurid tales were domesticated into toothless bedtime stories for children, cleansed of much of the original fear and dread that made these tales so powerful and unforgettable.
“A set of clever takes on well-known stories.…Sanders delights in juxtaposing the mundane and the mythic. The adherence to original storylines can lead to some convoluted twists. However, finding out how Sanders makes these plots work is half the fun.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“The Evil That Men Do is brilliantly written in a way that will spark the brain cells and help the reader to have a deeper understanding of the original fairy tales as well as the world around them. The stories were so engrossing that it was sad to get to the end of them.”
— Manhattan Book Review
“Sanders has created fairy tales for a new age that are set in today’s fast-paced, cruel world. Unexpected endings are standard fare.”
— San Francisco Book Review
In The Evil That Men Do, author and storyteller Michael Sanders transforms eight original fairy tales into a thrill ride, with twists and turns from the amusing to the macabre, reimagining them as contemporary stories, with everyday characters who come face-to-face with the evil that lives in the hearts of those around them. The Evil That Men Do is a collection of fairy tales for our modern age, stories in which ordinary men, women and children must overcome human wickedness or else be destroyed by it. These are tales of villains and their victims entwined in plots that could have been taken from today’s headlines, yet stay true to the storylines of the original fables.