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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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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


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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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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 

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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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 

irrevocable 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.

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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.
​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 capit
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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.
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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. 

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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.




Nathaniel Popkin

Nathaniel Popkin is a nationally recognized writer and editor of fiction and non-fiction, film, criticism, and journalism. He is the author of three books of non-fiction and two novels, including Everything is Borrowed (New Door Books) and Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press), which re-imagines the life and tragic death of the first great American genre painter, John Lewis Krimmel. Lion and Leopard was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews Indie Book of the Year Award. He is also the co-editor of a recent anthology, Who Will Speak for America? (Temple University Press). In 2018, he turned his attention to the ecological crisis, describing the present era as an “age of loss” in a short essay in The New York Times

Popkin has been a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Writer-in-Residence at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and Jefferson University, and an artist-in-residence at Rivendell Writers Colony in Tennessee and the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. Popkin is the writer of the 2018 film documentary “Sisters in Freedom,” the extraordinary story of the trailblazing women who crossed racial lines in the fight to end slavery. He is the recipient of several Emmy Awards for documentary film writing.

How to Collect Great Art on a Shoestring
David L. Gersh

A how-to guide for new and experienced collectors, How to Collect Great Art on a Shoestring explores the unique opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind works for $2000 or $3000 by hundreds of mostly forgotten yet startlingly good artists who are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Met, among many other museums. 

A veteran and avid collector, Gersh offers pro tips on how, what, and which artists to look for while providing unique insights, an invaluable perspective, and a dash of humor into the world of collecting great art.



Chechnya: The Inside Story
From Independence to War
by Mairbek Vatchagaev

In Chechnya: The Inside Story historian and former advisor to the president of Chechnya Mairbek Vatchagaev chronicles the dramatic events that took place in Chechnya during the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Engaged on one side of the Russian-Chechen conflict, he presents what he witnessed, how he 
​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 pioneering approach offers new promise to a society struggling with fear and doubt about those in powerful positions. 

Foreword by Brian Kelly, Notre Dame football coach
Throughout history, notable Americans including writers, journalists, politicians, musicians and performers, artists and architects, and many others have been drawn to the French capital, Paris. Learn more about the American experience in the City of Light with these 4 must-read books about Americans in Paris.
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became involved, how the struggle with Russia and the internal Chechen rivalries evolved, and how it impacted his family, his friends, his acquaintances, and the Chechen people.

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The Bar Jonah Trilogy 
by John E. Espy, Ph.D.

Culled from hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with Bar Jonah, dozens of others who either knew or were involved with him, Montana State investigators and prosecutors, and Zach Ramsay’s mother, Espy retells Bar Jonah’s entire life—from the time before he was conceived to after his death—and those who were harmed by him in unparalleled detail and scope.



Publication Dates: Eat the Evidence, March 2019; A Parasite in the Mind, June 2019; There is No Body, September 2019
Laughing in the Dark 
by Susan Swartz

Three longtime friends go on their annual lake camp-out in Northern California to eat and drink, skinny dip and whoop into the night when the subject turns to death. What do you want to do before you die? What will you wear to your funeral? Who will do your makeup?

It gets darker back home as Jude fears she’s developing her mother’s dementia and starts to stash pills, research suicide and withdraw from her friends. Before the next camping trip each woman’s life is turned upside down, along with her faith in the future and her friends in a year of suspicions, infidelity, the latest in California dying styles, the politics of assisted suicide along with debates on why breasts are not boobs and what wine to have with your last meal. Because, what better way to deal with the absurdity and certainty of mortality than to cry and laugh with your best friends?



The Year of the Return 
by Nathaniel Popkin

Set against the backdrop of 1976 Philadelphia, The Year of the Return follows the path of two families, the Jewish Silks and African American Johnsons, as they are first united by marriage and then by grief, turmoil, and the difficult task of trying to live in an America failing to live up to its ideals. 

Paul Silk and Charlene Johnson are journalists whose love for each other and commitment to social justice were formed in the peace movements of the 1960s. But the idealism of that era leads to the urban deterioration of the 1970s. Mayor Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia is a place of crime, white flight, and class resentment that is inhospitable to their interracial marriage, forcing them to move away. But when Charlene dies of cancer, Paul returns. Unmoored and unable to let go of Charlene, he wades back into the lives of the two families, with the hope of helping Charlene's younger brother Monte, once a prodigy and now a troubled veteran of the Vietnam War. Their explosive reunion leads to the baring of personal revelations and dangerous secrets.

The Year of the Return is a vivid story of families trying to reconnect with and support each other through trauma and loss, and a meditation on the possibility of moving on to a better future.


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Dr. Espy retells the suspected serial killer’s entire life—from the time before he was conceived to after his death—and those who were
harmed by him in unparalleled detail and scope. Read an exclusive excerpt:

Eat the Evidence 
(Book One of the Bar Jonah Trilogy) by John E. Espy, Ph.D.
2018 Nautilus Award Winner!
A Parasite in the Mind (Book Two of the Bar Jonah Trilogy)
by John E. Espy, Ph.D.

Considered an expert in the area of psychopathic behavior, Dr. Espy has interviewed more than 30 serial murderers throughout the world including Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Eddie Gein.

But when he was assigned to be the lead evaluator for Montana State Prison inmate Nathaneal Bar Jonah, an already once convicted serial child molester and attempted murderer in Massachusetts, Espy encountered a parasitic personality beyond imagination: a modern-day Cronos, the Greek mythological figure who devoured his children.
Weighing over 375 pounds, Bar Jonah worked as a short order cook at Hardy’s, carried a stun gun, impersonated police officers, told masterful lies, wrote unbreakable codes, cooked and shared with friends strange-tasting chili and spaghetti sauces, and was thought by Montana State detectives to have murdered and cannibalized at least one victim, 10-year-old Zach Ramsay.

Culled from hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with Bar Jonah, dozens of others who either knew or were involved with him, Montana State investigators and prosecutors, and Zach Ramsay’s mother, Espy retells Bar Jonah’s entire life—from the time before he was conceived to after his death—and those who were harmed by him in unparalleled detail and scope.
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Consider the Feast
by Carmit Delman

New York City is obsessed with food. Especially in the streets of The Quarter, every imaginable delicacy is made and devoured, every unspeakable hunger is fulfilled. 

Talia, a recent divorcee, comes to The Quarter to be reborn. She discovers fresh purpose in the sensual pleasures there, and a possible new love. But eventually she finds herself face to face with the darkness under its surface—in both the privileged patrons who feast there, and the third-world laborers who feed them.

Now Talia must separate the truth from the madness because in The Quarter, the haves and have-nots are about to face a reckoning.

Open Books will publish Consider the Feast in Fall 2019.

Carmit Delman
Carmit Delman earned her BA in English Literature from Brandeis University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She has been a professor of Creative Writing and a student of food studies, and she is endlessly fascinated by the intersection of culture, gender, and food.

Carmit is also the author of Burnt Bread and Chutney: Growing Up Between Cultures, A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Girl (Ballantine). Her fiction and nonfiction have been published, anthologized, and debated in classrooms and book clubs. 

Carmit lives (and eats) with her husband and three children on the outskirts of New York City.

Open Books will publish her new novel, Consider the Feast, in October 2019.


Get Out of My Dream
by William A. Glasser

Whoever said it's important to follow your dreams was right.

Jobless, without a penny left in his pocket, stuck in a little room rented above a garage, and faced with another rejection letter, Les has all but given up hope of working as an editor in a publishing company. But then one night he has a dream.

Who are the Gleamers and the Glooms, why are they at war with each other, and what do they want with Les? When a Gleamer befriends him, Les embarks on an epic journey to help his new companions. Along the way he is inspired to contemplate his own dilemma—will he continue to pursue his dream, or give up and be consumed by his own darkness?

Fans of magical realism will enjoy this adventurous, humorous, and deceptively cerebral novella about the importance of following one's dreams. Open Books will publish Get Out of My Dream in July 2019.

Includes an excerpt from the popular novel The Autobiography of Satan by the same author, William A. Glasse
Popkin is co-founder of the web magazine Hidden City Daily and the reviews editor of Cleaver Magazine. His literary criticism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Kenyon Review, LitHub, Tablet, Public Books, and Rain Taxi, among many other publications. As a close observer of Philadelphia and American urban history, Popkin has sought a fresh way to understand urban change through layers of human endeavor. His 2017 book Finding the Hidden City follows on 2008’s The Possible City and 2002’s Song of the City. He was the guest architecture critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2011-12.

Open Books will Publish his latest novel, The Year of the Return in August 2019.
The Singing Bones 
by Stephen Spotte 

The Singing Bones recounts the life and times of eighteenth century polymath and explorer Georg Wilhelm Steller, the first European naturalist to visit Alaska.

The first to propose that America was originally peopled by migrants from Siberia, Steller was aboard the packet boat St. Peter commanded by Vitus Bering on the Second Great Northern Expedition sponsored by the Russian Admiralty to determine if Asia and North America were connected by land or separated by a sea. When St. Peter was wrecked on Bering Island in what was later named the Bering Sea, Steller cured the survivors, who were marooned and dying of scurvy, while making remarkable discoveries in natural history. He was first to describe the behavior and biology of the northern fur seal and Steller's sea lion, and his descriptions of the whale-sized Steller's sea cow and spectacled cormorant (both now extinct) are all we know about these exquisite creatures as living beings.

The castaways eventually built a small vessel from the St. Peter's wreckage and sailed back to Kamchatka in autumn 1742, where Stellar continued his explorations, in part while living with the indigenous Itelmen people.

A blend of narrative adventure and biography, this historical first-person novel chronicles the professional visions and conflicted life of a deeply fascinating, flawed, and courageous man who devoted everything to advancing the frontiers of science and improving the lives of the native Siberians.

Three longtime friends go on their annual lake camp-out in Northern California to eat and drink, skinny dip and whoop into the night when the subject turns to death.
Former advisor to the president of Chechnya, Mairbek Vatchagaev chronicles the events that took place  during the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Singing Bones recounts the life and times of eighteenth century polymath and explorer Georg Wilhelm Steller, the first European naturalist to visit Alaska.

As a California journalist, columnist, author, speaker and public radio commentator, Susan Swartz has researched and reported on the themes in her new novel, Laughing in the Dark. 
Mairbek Vatchagaev is a Chechen historian and political analyst on the North Caucasus and was a senior ranking official in the Chechen government of Aslan Maskhadov.
Stephen Spotte is author or coauthor of more than 80 scientific papers on marine biology and aquaculture.  His  popular articles have appeared in National Wildlife, Animal Kingdom, Explorers Journal, and Science Digest
In The Autobiography Of Satan, The Devil Sets The Record Straight

Poor, pitiful Satan. He’s 
been so misunderstood 
and gotten a really bad 
rap all these centuries. 
And he’s stayed so quiet 
and continued to take the 
blame for all the evil in the world, but is it really fair? He believes it’s high time we all hear him out!


Gregory Russell Piché is a Denver lawyer who has practiced as a litigator for 45 years. He teaches health care law and ethics in a graduate degree program at the University of Colorado/Denver School of Business. 

While obtaining a degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, he worked in public relations for the Ford Motor Company during the summers of 1963 to 1966. He then attended law school at the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University Law School). He has made many appearances before trial and appellate courts and was twice nominated as a candidate for the Colorado Court of Appeals by the Colorado Judicial Nomination Commission. 

Mr. Piché's grandfather worked for the Dodge Brothers as their assistant treasurer, and was charged with the task, among others, of making amends to bar owners whose establishments were damaged by the Dodges’ weekend high jinks. Stories about Henry Ford and the Dodge Brothers have long been a part of Greg's interest and imagination.

Open Books will publish his unique biographical examination of Henry Ford, The Four Trials of Henry Ford: The Dark Fruit of Narcissism in October 2019.



Gregory Piché
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. 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.
The Four Trials of Henry Ford and his Pursuit of the Dark Fruit of Narcissism chronicles Henry Ford's forays into landmark litigation during the early years of the twentieth century. A man of extraordinary genius in the intricacies and workings of mechanical objects, and in the identification and hiring of talented engineers and administrative managers, Ford was constitutionally unable to permit a light to shine on anyone other than himself, and often employed humiliating tactics to terminate any employee who rose to prominence.

Piché follows Ford's lonely defense against alleged infringement of the Selden patent on the automobile brought by a powerful automotive monopoly determined to control prices and competition in the emerging automobile market. He explores a minority shareholder oppression lawsuit brought against Ford by the Dodge brothers who initially manufactured all of the mechanical parts for Ford's cars. He covers Ford's libel suit against the Chicago Tribune for calling him and "anarchist" and "ignorant idealist" in the midst of the patriotic fervor during the U.S.  Mexico Intervention and the run-up to World War I, and finally, he examines a Jewish lawyer’s persistent libel action against Ford for the defamation of himself and his race in anti-Semitic diatribes widely published and circulated in his personally owned newspaper, the Dearborn Independent.

In recounting the Ford litigation, Piché examines Ford’s parallel manipulation of public media to advance his own political and narcissistic agenda to become a public sage and an American President. It follows the initial rise of his reputation as a Progressive capitalist to its ultimate erosion as a mean-spirited bigot and contributor to the propaganda that fueled the Holocaust.

Open Books will publish The Four Trials of Henry Ford and his Pursuit of the Dark Fruit of Narcissism in Fall 2019.
The Four Trials of Henry Ford and his Pursuit of the Dark Fruit of Narcissism
by Gregory Piché
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