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a uNIVERSE LESS TRAVELED

By Eric Von Schrader

What if there were another world, almost like ours, brushing up against us like a fragment of a half-forgotten dream, and just barely out of reach?

 

What if you found a way to go there?

 

A man struggling with a midlife business crisis stumbles into an alternate version of the city he has spent his life in.  At first, his visits are the most fun he’s had in years, then they become an obsession that upends his life, his family, and his entire world.  

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a FOOLISH CONSISTENCY

By Andrea Weir

 

Sparks fly when Callie Winwood comes face-to-face with Will Tremaine, the man she fell in love with and thought she’d marry twenty-five years earlier. A chance encounter in a hospital emergency room reignites the feelings they have harbored for each other for more than two decades.

But their journey back to one another is anything but simple. In the two years since the death of his wife, Joanna, which he believes he caused, Will has devoted himself to caring for his young son and daughter.

A Foolish Consistency explores the dynamics of families in crisis and the emotional damage wrought by unacknowledged fear and grief. Yet it is also a passionate love story and a testament to the power of hope, the importance of forgiveness, and, ultimately, the joy of redemption

The fourth generation

By Roy Mankovitz and Alan Mankovitz

2019

Something is killing fetuses before they are born. Veregro, the world’s primary provider of seeds and fertilizers, is offering a reward to anyone who can discover the cause. Except Veregro’s own products are at fault. Two former Veregro executives know the truth. Will they be able to convince the world before Veregro manages to silence them?

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The Rabbi wore a fedora

by Arthur Gross Schaefer

2017 

Rabbi Elijah Daniels experiences more than a little anxiety when he agrees to tour Germany with a group of Evangelical Christian students. His pastor friend assures him the students would benefit from a rabbi’s perspective as they tour the country. Nevertheless, the rabbi worries about how he will respond to the nation that massacred more than six million Jews during World War II.

 

After his arrival, he encounters more challenges than he bargained for: He becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a cleaning woman who lives in the institute where he is staying. Follow Rabbi Daniels as he searches for clues to the killer or killers, all the while tailed by a very suspicious police kommissar.

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the rabbi wore moccasins

by Arthur Gross Schaefer

2012, second edition 2017

Rabbi Elijah Daniels is invited to a Native American sweat lodge ceremony, where he meets and befriends the leaders of the nearby Antchu community. When a spiritual elder confesses to the murder of his wife, the tribe asks the rabbi, who is also an attorney, to take his case. The rabbi's concern over the ethics of representing a confessed murderer fades when the evidence against the elder doesn't seem to add up. Something's amiss, and the rabbi finds himself risking his reputation and even his life to find the truth. 

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the art of sparkling
share your inner light
with the world

by Becky Brittain, Ph. D.


We are all made up of energy, and Becky Brittain’s fun and (de)light-filled book The Art of Sparkling, Share Your Inner Light With the World tells us how to use that energy to help ourselves and others.

 

A clinically trained psychotherapist, life coach and registered dance-movement therapist, Dr. Brittain’s passion is helping others shine more brightly. Sparkling is a transmission

of energies visualized as sparkling light. She sends out this radiant light through her fingers to intentionally enliven people, nature and animals. As she says, it’s a dance in light! 

Once you’ve read The Art of Sparkling, Share Your Inner Light With the World, you’ll be sparkling, too! 

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unmasked
women write about sex and intimacy After fifty

Edited by Marcia Meier and Kathleen Barry, Ph.D.
 

Women over fifty are “the invisible woman” in American culture. In a society that reveres youth – and particularly young, sexy women – women over fifty fade into the shadows.

 

For many women at mid-life, this is a time of flowering and coming into one’s own, sexually and otherwise. Yet there is a dearth of work written by women about their sexual experiences after fifty. 

 

This award-winning collection of essays and poetry is meant to bring sex after fifty for women into the open, to proclaim that it is important, it is natural and healthy and, for some women, it is absolutely necessary. E.L. James and her Fifty Shades of Grey protagonist Anastasia Steele have nothing on some of our essayists. 

 

Unmasked will surprise, inform, and—it is hoped—encourage all women of a certain age to (re)discover their sexuality.

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Stories from the garden shed

by Merrill Williams

 

After discovering a trove of old family photos in her late mother’s garden shed, Williams embarks on a years-long genealogical search that leads back to her ancestors who arrived from England in the 1800s. Along the way, she learns their surprising stories, and her own.

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a flight surgeon's Odyssey
in vietnam

Sharkbait, A Flight Surgeon's Odyssey in Vietnam

By Guy S. Clark, M.D.

 

In early 1966, a 28-year-old Air Force physician with a pilot's license received orders to go to Vietnam. It was exactly what Dr. Guy S. Clark had hoped for: a choice assignment as flight surgeon to the elite pilots based at Cam Ranh Bay Air Force Base on the South China Sea.
 

Those orders began a year-long assignment that would find Clark flying more than 90 bombing missions over Vietnam and Laos in the Phantom F4-C jet, plunging deep into the Viet Cong-infested jungle with a gaggle of Marines from the Republic of Korea in search of the remains of two lost Phantom pilots, and grappling with the reality of war as a patriotic "Son of the South."

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o tomodachi
(friend)

by Dick Jorgensen

2015

In 1954, as a 29-year-old grad student, Dick Jorgensen was selected to be one of four “ambassador” teachers in a first-ever exchange program with Japan universities. He spent the next two years teaching at the University of Hiroshima, founded in the wake of the atomic bombing of the city in 1945. Thus began an incredible journey for "A Kid from the Midwest."  


Once there, living with Japanese families, he was forced to find new ways to reach his young students, all of whom grew up in a Japan ravaged by World War II.  O Tomodachi (Friend) gives readers a wonderful sense of what it was like for a young American to go off to a foreign land, a place that had only recently been the enemy of the United States.


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yuko

friendship between nations

Dick Jorgensen takes readers along on his first around-the-world journey as he travels back to the United States from Japan in 1956. (O Tomodachi, Friend, Jorgensen’s first book, tells the story of his two years of teaching at the University of Hiroshima from 1954-56.)

 

Through Southeast Asia and then the Middle East, to Europe and finally, boarding a ship for New York from Genoa, Jorgensen gives us a firsthand view of life and times in the mid-20th-century world, cluing us into the history of various places along the way, and reminding us that the world is ever-changing and subject to the vagaries of man and politics.

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Ireland, place out of time

by Marcia Meier

2017

 

This collection of poetry and photographs grew out of an autumn 2015 trip to Ireland. Poet, journalist and editor Marcia Meier traveled from the south all the way up the west coast of Ireland, finding inspiration in Waterford, Kinsale, The Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the tiny burg of Doolin, the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and beautiful windswept Connemara. The book of poetry is a lovely journey of discovering Ireland, truly a place out of time.
 

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heart on a fence

by Marcia Meier

2016

 

A 44-page gift book of poet and editor Marcia Meier’s photos and poetry. Evoking both poignancy and optimism, Meier’s photos beautifully illustrate poems that delve into childhood fears and adult revelations that remind readers of the power of love, perseverance, and hope.

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“There have been many tales of parallel worlds, but few have offered this much heart, imagination, and good old-fashioned storytelling fun.”

—Steve Pick,

Co-author of St. Louis Sound: An Illustrated Timeline

 
 

nonfiction

"'Have you ever visited Germany?’ Pastor Dan inquired. Rabbi Daniels felt a chill come over him. He couldn’t place its source. He was unnerved and quiet for a moment before he was able to speak."

—Arthur Gross-Schaefer,

The Rabbi Wore a Fedora

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“The Art of Sparkling" will take you into new horizons of who we are and how we can live, all together, as sparkling beings uplifting ourselves, the people around us and the world.” 

—Soleira Green, visionary and author, The Real Art of Transformation 

and other books

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Memoir

 
"Over Samhain, the harvest beckons / spirits to the thinning veil /
the sky ashen and wet / as darkness descends upon the graves…"

—Marcia Meier, Ireland, Place Out of Time

"Ten-thousand feet below and off our left wing tip is a large, beautiful green valley, wedged between the coastal mountain range and the larger inland mountains. And then, directly, before my eyes, the beauty and grandeur of this valley are suddenly interrupted by a chain of silent explosions."

 

—Dr. Guy S. Clark, Sharkbait

“Sex for women after fifty is invisible for the same reason that contraception, abortion, and sex between two women or two men has been forbidden: sexuality is supposed to be only about procreation. This lie was invented by patriarchy, monotheism, racism and other hierarchies. Unmasked helps to restore a human right.”

—Gloria Steinem

"The solid beginning to this strong and enduring ‘friendship between nations’ began after World War II and developed during the first six years of The Asia Foundation’s program in Japan, from 1954-59. I feel privileged to have been a small part of this beginning."

—Dick Jorgensen, Yuko

poetry

"(A Foolish Consistency)… expertly juxtaposes the sadness of loss with the joy of new beginnings …” 

—Kirkus Book Reviews

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