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The Irrationalist  by Andrew Pessin
​The sad life and tragic murder of René Descartes, 
the world’s most famous philosopher

The Irrationalist 
by Andrew Pessin

Who would want to murder the world’s most famous philosopher?

Turns out: nearly everyone.

The feminine spirit of the West comes alive in early twentieth century Montana.

Copper Sky
by Milana Marsenich
(Fiction) 

Set in the Copper Camp of Butte, Montana in 1917, Copper Sky tells the story of two women with opposite lives. Kaly Shane, mired
In 1649, Descartes was invited by the Queen of Sweden to become her Court Philosopher. Though he was the world’s leading philosopher, his life had by this point fallen apart. He was 53, penniless, living in exile in Amsterdam, alone. With much trepidation but not much choice, he arrived in Stockholm in mid-October.

Shortly thereafter he was dead.

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in prostitution, struggles to find a safe home for her unborn child. Marika Lailich, a Slavic immigrant, dodges a pre-ar-ranged marriage to become a doctor. As their paths cross, and they become unlikely friends, neither woman knows the family secret that ties them together. 

"Copper Sky is a riveting story of darkness and redemption, rising from the ashes of two fiery tragedies in Butte, Montana. Marsenich creates two heroines whose great losses lead them ever closer to truth. And as their stories unfold, the Butte of one hundred years ago startles to full and undeniable life." -- Phil Condon, author of Clay CenterMontana Surround, and Nine Ten Again 

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Film documentary by Eleanor Bowen-Jones about the writing of Mameluke Bath by Andrew Asibong


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Discusses the writing of his novel, Paloma Negra



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Beneath the Same Heaven
by Anne Marie Ruff

A story of love and terrorism...

Beneath the Same Heaven is a love story of an American woman and a Pakistani-born Muslim man, who seem to have bridged the divide between Western and Islamic world views. But when the husband's


The Swan Keeper
by Milana Marsenich
Author of Copper Sky

Girlhood, courage, nature, and flight from a tyrant’s hand in post-frontier Montana

The Swan Keeper is an historical, coming of age novel set in Northwest Montana's Mission Valley in the late 1920s.

Lillian Connelly loves trumpeter swans and vows to protect them from a hunter who is killing them and leaving their carcasses for the wolves and coyotes to ravage.

On her eleventh birthday Lilly’s family visits the Cattail Marsh to see the newly hatched cygnets. The family outing turns tragic when Dean Drake shows up with his shotgun and fires on not only the swans, but on Lilly’s family. Unable to prevent tragedy, Lillian witnesses Drake kill her father, injure her mother, and slaughter the bevy of trumpeter swans. 

The sheriff, Charlie West, thinks that Lilly is reacting to the trauma and blaming Drake because of a previous conflict between Drake and her father. Lilly’s mother, sister, and her best friend, Jerome West, the sheriff’s son, all think the same thing: that Lilly is trying to make sense of a senseless accident. 

Left alone to bring Dean Drake to justice, Lilly’s effort is subverted when Drake woos her sister, courts her mother, and moves into their home.

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Wings of a Flying Tiger
by Iris Yang

World War Two. Japanese occupied China. One cousin's courage, another's determination to help a wounded American pilot.

In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japan-

​ese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim. 

Jasmine Bai, an art student who had been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American.

With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered.

Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.

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A Conversation with a Cat: A Novel
by Stephen Spotte
Author of In An Empty Room

Stephen Spotte's imaginative novel recounts the tales of a scroungy former alley cat named Jinx, whose memories aren't just his own but those of other cats who existed before him, one of which was Annipe, Cleopatra's pampered pet. Through Annipe's eyes the ancient Mediterranean world of Cleopatra and her legendary lovers, Caesar and Antony, is spread before us in all its glory, pathos, and absurdity. Jinx reveals these stories telepathically one night to his stoned and inebriated owner just home after gall bladder surgery. Annipe's memories are bookended by Jinx's own that detail his early scavenging days in bleak urban alleys. 



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The 13 (Ashi-niswi)
by Lorin R. Robinson
Author of Tales From The Warming

“A gripping adventure in which 13 young Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) seek to regain the honor of their band. A delightful work of historical fiction.”
—Midwest Book Review

As the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) slowly migrated into the Lake Superior region centuries ago, they were met by a potent adversary—the Dakota (Sioux) who fiercely resisted their spread into its territory. Gradually the Anishinaabe pushed them out of the northern woodlands and into the plains to the south. This long-running and bloody conflict lies at the heart of the story of Ashi-niswi, The 13.


Following a devastating raid on their camp, 13 Anishinaabe teenagers vow to restore the honor of their band by tracking down and savaging the Dakota raiders. The story is a parable posing the universal question: “What is the price of honor?” It is also a poignant coming-of-age story as the youngest of the youthful warriors struggles to come to grips with the aftermath of the quest.

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The 13 (Ashi-niswi) by Lorin R. Robinson
The Last Devadasi: A Novel
by Barbara L. Baer
Author of The Ballet Lover

Passionate and forbidden love clashes with tradition and caste in a changing India.

Kamala Kumari is more than a Gemini Studio starlet: she’s a classical dancer trained in the age-old line of Devadasis, a caste set in place a thousand years ago when girls were first dedicated in south Indian temples to serve the gods and men. From the promise of art and devotion, the sacred dancers fell into the hands of priests who both exalted and betrayed them. Beautiful, brilliant and proud, Kamala struggles to escape the old ways, entangling her Indian assistant, Dutch lover, and his young American wife.

father is killed by a US drone attack near the Afghan border, their cross-cultural family descends into conflicting ideas of loyalty, justice, identity, revenge, and terrorism. With candor, beauty, and unusual insight, their story reveals both how decent people can justify horrific acts, and the emotional power required to heal.
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War Cries
by Kery Arquette
(Poetry / Social Conscience) 

As long as I reside in their minds and hearts, I will never truly be gone.

The devastation caused by World War II is described by historians in terms of military strategies and battles, the toll on economics, and 
the numbers of dead. But only the stories of those whose lives were changed or lost, can convey the true horror of the war. These were people very much like ourselves—men, women, children, siblings, poets, soldiers, students, professionals, laborers, givers, takers, jokers, dancers, lovers, dreamers, cowards and brave.  

Like all of us, they want to be heard. They want to be understood. Most of all…they want to be remembered.

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With its turbulent passions amid social upheavals, The Last Devadasi takes readers on a sensual feast in the 1970s palm-shaded trading city of Madras.



Debut Novel 2018
Rosemary in Bloom
by Khristy Reibel

What if war separated you from your true love? What if you married the wrong man? What if the power of love brought you together again?

When Rosemary meets Albert it is instant chemistry. But it is also the summer of 1942, and scores of young men—Albert included—feel compelled to enlist to fight the war against Hitler. Albert wants to marry Rosemary before he leaves for Europe, but she just can't commit. Like so many young women of her time, Rosemary finds herself left behind to work and worry, desperate for love but frightened of abandonment.


Three years later, and with Albert's fate still unknown, Rosemary meets Harry, a charming and handsome man. Rosemary feels guilty for spending so much time with Harry, but she has all but lost faith that Albert will make it safely back home, especially when she receives news of her brother's serious combat injury. Should she wait for Albert, or settle for second best?

Inspired by a true story, Rosemary in Bloom explores faith, forgiveness, enduring love against all odds, and the difficult decisions that strong, smart women on the home front had to make during World War II.

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Don't Let Me Die in Disneyland
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Invisible (Short stories)
by Stephen Spotte

“Spotte has an eye for ironic detail, couched in vigorous, pragmatic prose. In him, Hemmingway meets Kafka.”
—Bruce R. Powers, co-author (with Marshall McLuhan) of The Global Village

The 19 stories in marine scientist Stephen Spotte's latest collection penetrate the stormy, watery depth of the human psyche, blending elements of make-believe with sharp, systematic observations and insights into the twisted manifestations of life, love, and death. The tales skip across genres at breakneck speed, mixing humor and pathos with fantasy, sometimes in settings that juxtapose gritty reality with magical realism. Throughout, Spotte scrapes aside the thin patina of everyday existence, offering a glimpse into the strange abyssal world of his imagination.
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Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association.

Dr. Ciaramicoli is a contributor to The Creative Living Foundation,was formerly the Chief Medical Officer of Soundmindz.org and is also in private practice. Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and Director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Ciaramicoli has lectured at Harvard Health Services, Boston College Counseling Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore and The Revelry Group as well as being a consultant to several major corporations in the Boston area.

Dr. Ciaramicoli has appeared on CNN, CNNfn, Fox News Boston, Comcast TV, New England Cable News, Good Morning America WeekendThe O'Reilly Report, and other shows. He has been a weekly radio guest on Your Healthy Family on Sirius Satellite Radio and Holistic Health Today, and has been interviewed on more than two dozen other radio programs airing on NPR, XM Radio, and numerous AM and FM stations.

Dr. Ciaramicoli is the author of The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience (New World Library, 2014) which has just been published in China. He also authored Performance Addiction: The Dangerous New Syndrome and How to Stop It from Ruining Your Life (Wiley 2004), The Curse of the Capable: The Hidden Challenges to a Balanced, Healthy, High Achieving Life (Wiley, 2010),and The Power of Empathy: A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-Understanding, and Lasting Love (Dutton 2000), which is now published in 7 languages.

His first book, Treatment of Abuse and Addiction, A Holistic Approach (Jason Aronson, 1997) was selected as Book of the Month by The Psychotherapy Book News. He is also the coauthor of Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism (Bantam 2000) and founder of The Empathy and Goodness Project on Facebook and Healthy Empathic Achievement on LinkedIn.

He has also authored the Anti-Anxiety appAnti-Depression App and workbooks Transforming Anxiety into Joy: A Practical Workbook to Gain Emotional Freedom (2012) and Changing Your Inner Voice: A Journey through Depression to Truth and Love (2012) in collaboration with Soundmindz.org.

Dr. Ciaramicoli lives in a suburb of Boston with his wife of 37 years.

Open Books will publish The Soulful Leader: Success with Authenticity, Integrity and Empathy by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli with c0-contributor Jim Crystal, founder of The Revelry Group in February 2019.
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OB Author Khristy Reibel 
To Launch Her Debut Novel, Rosemary In Bloom
at 2 Hometown Events
130 S. Park Street, Streator, IL
Saturday, Nov. 17th at 1:00 pm
and at 
Saturday, November 24th.  
Reading and signing at 317 IL-18, Streator, IL
Pilgrimage to Paris:
The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There
by Jayne R. Boisvert

An easy-to-use guide devoted to Paris, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There includes travel tips, main attractions, free (and nearly free) things to do, shopping, museums, churches, cafes, restaurants, as well as short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans who spent time living la belle vie in the French capital. 


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As a novelist, journalist, editor, teacher and actor, Wayzata native Anne Marie Ruff Grewal has spent most of her life capturing ideas and shaping
Swiss Cheese and Sibling Rivalry:
Whine & Cheese Cozy Mystery Series: Book 4
by Judy Volhart

Can Amalia cut through the cheese and find the killer before she goes Emmental?

When her wine and cheese tasting class gets creamed due to a brutal murder, she soon finds that investigating a case proves to be more challenging when it involves family.

Nathan’s never-before-mentioned sister returns to the town of Robin, only to get jacked before he has a chance to see her. The ex-lawyer had swindled many, including her family, before fleeing across the country and disappearing from their lives, leaving behind a mystery that fermented in their hearts for years.


As if that’s not bad enough, it seems Stephan has gotten himself into some financial trouble. Is he responsible for the latest break-in at the bistro? What type of Muenster would do that to his own sister? 

In this story of cheese, greed, lust, wine, deception, love and soul searching, Amalia is left questioning not only those around her, but her future and her very own sexuality. 

In her last mystery, and with more stress on her shoulders than she Camembert, Amalia must stay sharp as she muddles through this case that has more holes than Swiss cheese. 


Will of a Tiger
by Iris Yang
Author of Wings of a Flying Tiger

Sworn brothers—one American, one Chinese—captured, imprisoned, tortured. Survival is just the beginning of the battle...

In 1942, Birch Bai, a Chinese pilot, and Danny Hardy, a downed American pilot, become sworn brothers and best friends.

In the summer of 1945, both airmen’s planes go down in Yunnan Province of China during one of many daring missions. They are captured, imprisoned, and tortured by the Japanese for information about the atomic bomb. Just days before the end of WWII, Danny makes an irrevoc-

able decision to save Birch's life.

For Birch, surviving the war is only the beginning of the battle. He must deal with the dreadful reality in China—the civil war, the separation of the country, the death of one friend in the Communist-controlled Mainland and another under the Nationalist government, and his wrongful imprisonment in Taiwan. 

From Chungking to Yunnan, and from Taiwan to San Francisco, the sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger takes readers along on an epic journey.

Swift Dam
by Sid Gustafson

Veterinarian Alphonse Vallerone dreams out this novel of dreamers dreaming, going back 50 years to the day after the Flood, when he assisted the surviving Indians. Riding from one devastated ranch to another, he tends to the surviving yet devastated animals and tries to mend the grief wrought by the Flood. 





Underpinned by the lingering and harsh reminders of the Blackfeet Nation’s heroic, tragic, and vibrant past, Gustafson’s third novel chronicles the heartrending drama of the Blackfeet people.
Heartbeats
by James E. Tatooles

Heartbeats will quite literally "warm your heart...

Heartbeats is a light-hearted memoir of one of the pioneers in modern cardiac surgery, Constantine "Dino" Tatooles, M.D. Dino's stories, as told to his brother James E. Tatooles, will quite literally "warm your heart" as well as provide a background to the advances in cardiac surgery made over the past fifty years. 





​Ironically, Dr. Tatooles recently had some difficult medicine of his own to swallow when he discovered that he needed a quintuple bypass. As his brother James E. Tatooles relates in Heartbeats, a procedure that Dino helped to develop eventually saved his life.
​There is something lurking beneath the layers of everyday life that fills Madame Lune with fear. 
In their midst is a watcher, and he has identified his next victim.

Madame Lune
by Kathleen Curtin

Who is the mysterious Madame Lune and why has watching Rue 

Lepic become a terrifying obsession for her? To the ordinary observer, Rue Lepic is a colourful street that meanders and climbs the northern part of Paris, from the Moulin Rouge in Pigalle’s red light district to Montmartre, where stands the lofty basilica of Sacre Coeur. It is full of character and characters, with its open-air markets and traders, street cleaners and concierges. It plays host to waves of tourists teaming past cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops.

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In An Empty Room
by Stephen Spotte

​When a Marine fireteam searches an isolated Vietnamese village believed to be a supply depot for the Viet Cong an IED explodes, leaving only one survivor of the five-man unit. But who is he: Bunny, Hillbilly, Poke, Injun, or "the LT"? Because he is horribly burned, disfigured, and unable to speak, the military doctors don't 



Stunning beauties, elaborate sets, and captivating song-and-dance numbers. Forget Hollywood. Hindi cinema—otherwise known as Bollywood—is the world’s largest film industry with an estimated 3.6 billion tickets sold annually across the globe.
Have you ever wondered what Satan might suggest we read? Maybe he’d offer classics like Dante’s Inferno, The Great Gatsby, or Silence of the Lambs. Or maybe he’d want us to read To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Host Emit Blackwell interviews OB Author Iris Yang
30-min. interview about Iris's unlikely journey to America and about her novel
Wings of a Flying Tiger
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Will of a Tiger
Sworn brothers—one American, one Chinese—captured, imprisoned, tortured. Survival is just the beginning of the battle...
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Told in the straightforward language of a young Native American boy, The 13 gives voice to the ceremonies of the tribe, the actions of the spirit guide, the imagery of the forest and the raven, and the prophesy of dream. There is power as well as music in simplicity that leaves readers to define the boundaries of honor, duty, respect, and love and to appreciate the burden of Aajim.
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them into stories that have won the hearts of audiences across the globe.

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​know, but the people back home in a coal mining camp in southern West Virginia think they know. Most unsettling of all the survivor himself isn't certain who he is.

Spanning the landscape from Vietnam's warn-torn jungles to hardscrabble Appalachia, In An Empty Room is a gripping examination of time, memory, consciousness, and selfhood and suggests unanticipated conclusions about the nature of human identity.
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The Autobiography of Satan (Authorized Edition) 
by William A. Glasser

The story of Satan's many struggles, across the history of Human existence, to unshackle the Human mind, and open the gates to forbidden knowledge.

From the moment of his first emergence as a single spark in the dimness of prehistory, to the more 
enlightening force into which he evolves across the full span of human existence, Satan, as he now clearly illustrates, has been urging human beings to open their eyes to the world around them, and to continue seeking, with unfettered minds, for ultimate answers, yet to be found. To do so he must struggle against the persistent attempts to stifle that urge by the "spoon feeders," as he calls them, individuals who have insisted, within every age, and often with a bloody fist, that they, and they alone, are the possessors of the only beliefs that every human being should accept and live by, without question. As Satan traces the history of their many attempts to stop human beings from thinking for themselves, he also takes his readers on a search for the ultimate source of all evil in this world. Readers will obviously enter the book with the standard concept of Satan as a supernatural figure of evil, however they will leave the book with a better understanding of how such mind-twisting concepts have been used to keep people away from the "forbidden" knowledge that lies beyond the borders of entrenched beliefs. 

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Don't Let Me Die in Disneyland: The 3-D Life of Eddie Loperena
by J.A. Marzan

Brought to New York from Puerto Rico when he was seven, Eddie Loperena grew up dreaming of returning to his island paradise. But as he approaches forty, the loss of his wife and his business partner have landed Eddie squarely at a crossroads when he gets a call from his estranged boyhood friend Carlos, now a well-known drug

dealer. Carlos asks Eddie to hold two suitcases full of “valuable papers.” After Eddie picks up the suitcases, Carlos disappears. During a run for political office, Eddie’s secret connection to Carlos is exposed and he is accused of absconding with Carlos’ drug money. In self-exile, Eddie writes a satire of the island that cast him adrift, and of his minority membership in “the country I was offered.” Writing from a place he calls Nowhere, Eddie implores: Don’t Let Me Die In Disneyland!

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The Ballet Lover
by Barbara L. Baer

The Ballet Lover exposes the beauty and cruelty of the ballet world.

As the orchestra plays the first ominous note of Swan Lake, Geneva, an American journalist and ballet lover, waits for the heart-stopping beauty and seduction of the romantic duet to start, but instead she witnesses Rudolf Nureyev failing to 
catch his Russian partner Natalia Makarova. The Ballet Lover is a refined, mesmerizing, fictional account of two of the most celebrated dancers in the dance world, how one compromised the other, and how the drama on the stage often mirrors those played out in real life.


Georgetown Historical Society, Georgetown, Maine, November 10, 2018
"We are all far more alike than we are different. “The other” is a bogeyman used to create fear and paranoia for the basest of political motives. It’s not speaking figura-tively to say that the starving babies of the world are part of the single human family to which we all belong.

My grandchildren this Christmas are going to be surprised and pleased, I hope, that their gift 
from gramps is a letter from Save the Children International thanking them for sponsoring a child.

I don’t know what else to do."

The Soulful Leader: Success with Authenticity, Integrity and Empathy
by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D. with Jim Crystal

The Soulful Leader provides poignant and practical examples of Dr. Ciaramicoli's ground-breaking AIE (authenticity, integrity and empathy) leadership platform for leaders in all industries to help them successfully optimize the potential of employees.

AIE leadership produces an environment where staff members grow to respect each other while producing on the highest possible level.

Dr. Ciaramicoli has developed this approach during 35 years of consulting with and counseling 

leaders in business, education, politics, and on athletic teams. His communication and leadership groups have been ongoing for over 30 years, which has allowed him to study the personal characteristics that lead to excellent leadership skills. His pioneering approach offers new promise to a society struggling with fear and doubt about those in powerful positions.