I Am Different by Rolandas Dabrukas (Children's Book)
I AM DIFFERENTis a children’s book about discrimination and true friendship. Tutis is a little frog, ostracized by other frogs because of his orange skin color. He is captured by a young stork who becomes his best friend and shows him that being different isn’t important – that being friendly and sensitive toward each other is what matters. (Ages 3-10)
“This is an inspiring story about kindness and inclusion, whimsically illustrated by the author.” – Gail Mishkin, Flintridge Bookstore
ROLANDAS DABRUKAS was born in Lithuania, where he received his B.A. degree in fine art and taught art before emigrating to the U.S. in 2001. He received his M.F.A. from Western Connecticut State University and served on the faculty there as well as at other colleges in the state. In 2011, he moved to Los Angeles, where he currently teaches art both privately and at the Learning Castle & La Cañada Preparatory School. He has an illustration and design business, is a performance artist, and is very involved in the Los Angeles Lithuanian cultural community.
Finding Love After 40: Real Stories About Real Love in the Prime of Life (and a Little Beyond) by Belinda Busteed Burum (Non-Fiction)
If you think you’re too old for love or that you’ll never find “the one,” this #1 International Bestseller - aninspiring, engaging, must-read book - will give you hope. An IndieReader Best Reviewed Book, FindingLove After 40 includes dozens of fun, relatable and refreshingly honest stories that reveal how a range of “normal” and famous couples found the most fulfilling love of their lives in midlife and even into their 90s. The book also shares insights and advice from experts, many of whom also found love later in life.
IndieReader approved: “…inspiring anecdotal evidence that love is available to everyone without having to compromise values or settle for someone, merely to avoid being single.”
Belinda Busteed Burum has worked as a writer/editor in journalism, advertising and marketing communications since her first job as a feature writer for the Pasadena Star-News in the mid-70s. She served as San Jose Bureau Chief for Bay City News Service before switching to high-tech in the 80s. Divorced after 25 years of marriage and three children, she taught ESL in Boston and Ecuador before returning to Southern California to be with her mother in Whittier. She is passionate about dancing, traveling, love, and grammar.
Letter Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence Collected from Students of Stanford University by Alison Carpenter Davis
A collection of student letters, emails, and texts spanning 125 years, Letters Home from Stanford evokes a sense of the heritage, history, and shared experience common to students across colleges, generations, and the country. Far from being just about Stanford, Letters Home speaks to a time in our lives when many of us leave home for the first time, setting out to discover purpose, meaning, self—and how to do the laundry. Ultimately, the book is about being human.
Prior to his death this year, newspaperman Ron Funk, whose grandfather once owned the Glendale News-Press, called Letters Home from Stanford "a wonderful and important book".
Per Tony Award-winning playwright (M. Butterly, Chinglish) and L.A.-native David Hwang, "Letters Home from Stanford is essential reading for anyone seeking to anticipate or revisit the joys and challenges of the life passage known as college."
Alison Carpenter Davis grew up in Los Angeles, where she attended the then-Westlake School for Girls. She went on to graduate from Stanford in 1979 with degrees in Psychology and Communications. Her essays have appeared in Stanford magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the International Herald Tribune, and The Des Moines Register, among others. She was formerly an editor at Outside magazine and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She believes in the power of stories to connect people across generations and the dinner table.
Heal Your Soul History by Tracee Dunblazier
The Demon Slayer’s Handbook Series—this national award-winning series is the light in dark places and a game changer for those who suffer.
Heal Your Soul History: Activate the True Power of Your Shadow
Is Reincarnation ruining your life? This book will change how you look at your life and the lives of others from now on. Every page will take you on a soul excavation, helping you to cultivate spiritual awareness and fostering the opportunity to resolve deep-seated life patterns that shape your everyday relationships. Learn the spiritual effects of post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety: what they mean to you and what to do about them.
“The book is for everyone who is trying to find a new perspective on the mysteries of life, and particularly for people who find human nature fascinating. 5 STARS!”SeriousReading.com
Master Your Inner World: Embrace Your Power with Joy
This book covers many relevant topics such as: spirit guides and other dimensional entities, tools for healing, the spiritual purpose of anger, grief, and depression and how to transform strong emotions.
“An encouraging playbook for would-be demon-slayers.” Kirkus Reviews
Tracee Dunblazier is an award-winning author, spiritual empath and shaman based in Los Angeles. As a multi-sensitive, Tracee’s blend of intuitive information combined with different modalities has been the opportunity for thousands of clients and readers to achieve deep healing and create the success and peace they seek in their daily lives.
TRY by Greg Lato
TRY is an inspiring children's book with an original song that encourages children to tackle fear or discouragement when taking a chance on dreams or goals. Any accomplishment in life starts with the first step of trying regardless of fear of failure.
TRY is designed as a sing-a-long storybook by notable singer/songwriter and father, Greg Lato, to enhance the belief in oneself through words, pictures and song. The TRY song is upbeat and positive with a beachy vibe and will have you singing along with a smile.
Whether the reader is facing challenges through illness, bullying, exclusion, home life, feelings of helplessness or simply chasing dreams, TRY addresses each one by offering an encouraging solution through the lyrics and illustrations. TRY will leave the reader singing along and smiling; self-assured and ready to try and take on their own challenge.
Scruffy & the Egg by Angela M. Sanchez
When Scruffy, a family dog, is left behind by his owners, he is shocked. Not giving up, he embarks on an adventure to find his family. But no adventure is complete without a couple of surprises. Find out what’s awaiting Scruffy in his search for love, family, and a home.
Scruffy and the Egg is a story that Angela M. Sanchez and her dad used to tell back and forth to each other. The funny adventures of a wandering dog and his blank-faced egg helped Angela and her dad get through tough times together. She hopes other families will enjoy these heartwarming characters, too.
When Angela isn’t drawing cartoons or writing stories, she’s exploring her home city of Los Angeles. Angela is a graduate of UCLA. This is her first book.
Read about and listen to Angela Sanchez talk about her book and the difficult but inspiring story behind it. http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-angela-sanchez-20180104-story.html
California Goes Green: A Roadmap to Climate Leadership by Michael Peevey & Diane Wittenberg
"As US policy cedes it international climate leadership, California has the expertise and experience to step up and fill the void. This book details California’s move to clean energy, clean air and climate leadership over 40 years in a very readable and colorful style." - Kirkus review
“… CALIFORNIA GOES GREEN is humankind's handbook for a better future. Read it; get all your politicians to read it, and we can change the world." - Bill Nye, Science Guy, CEO The Planetary Society
This green roadmap describes the energy and environmental progress of the state over the past decades and lessons learned that can be transferred anywhere for building long-term environmental policy.
Michael R. Peevey helped found the California Council of Environmental and Economic Balance and later joined Southern California Edison Company, rising to president in 1990. He was president of the California Public Utilities Commission under governors Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenneger, and Jerry Brown. He retired in 2014 and turned his attention to writing this insider’s account of California’s storied environmental and energy policies over the last 40 years.
Diane O. Wittenberg was the founding president of California Climate Action Registry, which led the development of greenhouse gas reporting standards. In 2011, she became the first executive director of the PEV Collaborative, created to promote sales of electric vehicles. She was vice president of corporate communications at Southern California Edison and is currently chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.
"The FI Experiment" by Paul David Ali (Science Fiction)
An ancient alien civilization makes contact with an unlikely representative of the human race – Dicky, an antisocial hermit living in Arizona’s Sonora Desert. After recruiting him to be mankind’s representative, they share all of Earth’s secrets from Atlantis to Big Foot. They also reveal who they are and why they are on Earth. This novel contains links to videos as well as transcripts of Dicky’s weekly reports on his discoveries. Paul Ali was nine years old when he watched a formation of saucer shaped UFOs fly over his family’s farm outside of Yuma, Arizona. This novel explores his life long musings of who were in those saucers.
"Just Average: A Lady Boomer’s Odyssey" by Allison Seaborn (Semi-fictional Memoir)
Whether corporate managers, administrative assistants earning middle-class wages, stay-at-home grandmas, or international travelers, those in their 50s and 60s need – and deserve – something to lighten their lives after a long, demanding day. This semi-fictional memoir with sassy humor deals with self-esteem, dating, "revirgination," conflict, finances, family, friendship and more.
Seaborn is twice-divorced, a mother-in-law, and a grandma. Just like many of her lady boomer sisters, she has started over emotionally and financially. With an M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota, she has taught community college courses in Interpersonal Communication. Writing and public speaking have also been at the core of her “other” career as a Director of Development/PR/Fundraising/Special Events/Volunteers for various nonprofits.
"Murder on Wilson Street" by Faye Duncan (Mystery)
Emma Robinson works for Nobel Prize winner Ray West who lives in Bungalow Heaven Pasadena. Ray calls to say that their neighbor has been killed. Because they found a blonde hair next to the body and Emma was the last one to be with her and has no alibi, she is taken into custody. The case is taken on by Pasadena’s very best homicide detective Peter McGinnis, whose personal history has left him an embittered sexist who keeps having to solve mysteries involving blonde women.
Faye Duncan is a screenwriter and novelist. She has a special eye for mysteries and architecture. She reports about her unusual findings on www.examiner.com. She also works as a script judge for an international screenwriting competition. Faye Duncan lives with her son in Altadena, CA.
"Feylin Lore: Reflections" by P.A. Wikoff (YA Fantasy)
Swords and shields clash with supernatural powers in this post-technological world. Talia - a broken heroine - takes you through dangerous lands, epic battles and unforgettable abilities during her emotional journey. Reflections tells a tale of love, loss and sacrifice as Talia fights for the one thing she cannot give up on...her destiny.
"Justice for Doug" by John R. Burrows (Non-fiction/Memoir)
The story of a father’s pursuit of justice for the death of his son, this book details the life and times of an incredible young man who overcame physical issues to achieve success as one of the premier photo-journalists in Los Angeles, until his life was cut short in a violent death.
John Richard Burrows Jr., aka “Jack” was born and raised in Belle Plaine, Iowa. He majored in journalism at the University of Iowa, where he served a stint as editor of The Daily Iowan. After graduating, he served in the army, and then returned to Iowa to earn his J.D. degree. John spent his career as a bank trust officer in Iowa and California. He has lived in La Cañada Flintridge for the past 35 years.
Molly & Monet: A Story About Surviving the Loss of a Loved One (Non-Fiction)
Molly & Monet provides a touching and original way of looking at grief – seeing two people who have lost their partners through the eyes of their pets, and watching them come to life again as they find comfort in each other. Dr. Isaacs has succeeded in capturing the essence of grief recovery in a way that is appealing to adults and children alike.
Diane Isaacs has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has degrees from Pasadena City College, Pacific Oaks College, and Phillips Graduate Institute and is trained and certified in grief counseling. She was on the faculty at Pasadena City College in the Early Childhood Development department.
Isaacs is a professional speaker and has presented on such topics as stress, human sexuality and chronic illness. She has facilitated workshops on self-esteem as well as for the Southern California Arthritis Association on Fibromyalgia, a disease for which she is a national advocate.
Isaacs was born in Los Angeles and lives with her husband Jim in La Cañada Flintridge. She currently spends her time in private practice and writing.
The Halloween Haunter by Tawney Anderson
This is the fourth book in the Jenny Adventure Series. Soon it will be Halloween, and it’s time for Fall Festivals in the country area where Jenny and Jonathan live. But bags full of horse feed are disappearing and the town is becoming uneasy about continued theft. Who is taking them? Why haven’t the dogs warned the farms? During a walk in the woods, Jenny and Jonathan are thrown into a new adventure as they discover a hidden graveyard and the mysterious thief who lives there.
TAWNEY ANDERSON grew up in a wooded area in Oregon. Although she has lived in different places, she has always lived surrounded by the outdoors with unexpected animal guests that have needed shelter and love. The Jenny series is based on those experiences and that of her daughter, Michelle, and her love of nature.