Andy’s Authors and Books

lankovAndrei Lankov. The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia. The author is professor at Kookmin University in Seoul and one of the world’s most prominent scholars of North Korea. Lankov presents a picture of North Korea that is different and more complex than the  stories we read about in the media. He discusses its history; he describes the internal workings of its government;  he explains the  not always irrational motives that drive its  international policies; he assesses the personalities of the leaders of history’s  only communist monarchy, and he gives informed speculation on the likely future of the country under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.

Published by  Oxford University Press, 2013.

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The Jersey Sting: A True Story of Corrupt Jersey Pols, Money Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys,and the Informant Who Brought it all Down.  . The real story behind the biggest corruption bust in New Jersey’s notoriously corrupt history. Among the forty-four people arrested in July 2009 were three mayors, five Orthodox rabbis, two state legislators, and the flamboyant deputy mayor of Jersey City, once a stripper using the stage name “Hope Diamond.”

Published by St. Martin’s Press, 2011

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phoebeJill Koenigsdorf.  Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall. This debut  novel revolves around efforts of Phoebe, the heroine, and the ghost of Chagall to recover a painting of Chagall’s lost during the liberation of Paris in 1944. It is a remarkable and very original comic novel that seems to find its inspiration, at least in part, in classic 18th century farce. The  humor covers the spectrum from sly to slapstick. It has a great ensemble of characters including Chagall’s ghost (of course),sinister art thieves, sleazy Parisian café owners –art fences, an auberge owner in Provence, two elderly sisters who are witches, and other assorted heroes and scoundrels.

Published by MacAdam/Cage Publishers, 2012.

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Mary Jo McConahay. Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest. In Maya Roads,  Mary JoMcConahay, winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for travel journalism,  draws upon her three decades of traveling and living in Central America’s remote landscapes to create a fascinating chronicle of the people, politics, archaeology, and species of the Central American rainforest, the cradle of Maya civilization. She witnesses archaeological discoveries, the transformation of the Lacandon people, the Zapatista indigenous uprising in Mexico, increased drug trafficking, and assists in the uncovering of a war crime. Winner of the 2012 Northern California Book Award for Creative Non-fiction.

Published by Chicago Review Press,  2011

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Daniel BoyarinThe Jewish Gospels makes the powerful case that our conventional understandings of Jesus and of the origins of Christianity are wrong. In Boyarin’s scrupulously researched account, the coming of the Messiah was fully imagined in the ancient Jewish texts. Jesus, moreover, was embraced by many Jews as this person, and his core teachings were not at all a break from Jewish beliefs and teachings. Jesus and his followers, Boyarin shows, were simply Jewish.

Published by New Press,  2012

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MARLOWE (1 of 1)John  RobertMarlow. Make Your Book a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Story for Hollywood.  Every author wants to see his story on the screen. Though the writer may profess modesty, deep in his heart we all know that he is waiting for that fateful phone call from Steven Spielberg. This book is for those authors and writers. This is the first book directed to book authors that  leads the reader through the often Byzantine world of Hollywood deal making and explains how they can adapt their book to the silver screen.

Published by St. Martin’s Press, 2012

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VinaigrettesNew200Michele Anna Jordan. Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings: 60 Sensational Recipes. James Beard Award Winner       Michele Anna Jordan has been perfecting her dressing-making       craft over several decades as a chef, food columnist, and cookbook author.       While the emphasis is on dressings for green       salads, there are ample ideas for other uses, such as for potato salads,       fruit salads, and salads that include meats or fish. There’s also a bonus       chapter with thirteen basic “foundation” salads.

 Published by Harvard Common Press. April, 2013

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Peter Rudiak-Gould.        Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island.  Just one month after his 21st birthday, Peter Rudiak-Gould moved to Ujae, a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands located 70 miles from the nearest telephone, car, store, or tourist, and 2,000 miles from the closest continent.Rudiak-Gould goes beyond the personal, interweaving his own story with fascinating political, linguistic, and ecological digressions about the Marshall Islands. Most poignant are his observations of the noticeable effect of global warming on these tiny, low-lying islands and the threat rising water levels pose to their already precarious existence.

Published by Union Square Press, November 2009

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Michael Parenti.  God and His Demons. Michael Parenti brings his critical acumen and rhetorical skills to bear on the dark side of religion, from the many evils committed in the name of holy causes throughout history to the vast hypocrisies of its unworthy advocates past and present.  Parenti’s focus is the heartless exploitation of faithful followers by those in power, as well as sectarian intolerance, the violence against heretics and nonbelievers, and the reactionary political and economic collusion that has often prevailed between the upper echelons of church and state.

Published by Prometheus Books, March 2010

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Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Dead Love. Zombies in Japan? You bet your life! Dead Love is an artful supernatural thriller that follows a cast of nefarious characters—both human and otherworldly—as they foul one another’s plans and power plays in a conspiracy of global proportions.

“Delightfully disgusting, Dead Love is the new horror genre at its best. Fans of Twilight, World War Z, and Neil Gaiman will devour this fine novel whole.”—ForeWord Magazine

Published by Stone Bridge Press, October 2010.

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Paul Krassner. Who’s to Say What’s Obscene?: Politics, Culture, and Comedy in America Today In this collection of irreverent and satirical essays, counterculture icon Paul Krassner explores the moral obscenity of contemporary politics and culture—from censorship of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed to lessons learned from his mentor, Lenny Bruce.

Published by City Lights Books, July 2009

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Carol O’Dell. Once Upon a Time In the Kitchen: Recipes and Tales from Classic Chidren’s Stories. This picture book combines excerpts from the children’s literature canon with kid-friendly recipes. The story and recipe pairings are creative. In a passage from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, for example, Baloo tells Mowgli that “honey and nuts” are “just as pleasant to eat as . . . meat,” and on the accompanying page, children will find instructions for stirring up the honey-nut concoction Mowgli Magnificent Muesli.

Published by Sleeping Bear Press, April 2010

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Jonathan Boyarin. Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul: A Summer on the Lower East Side  In these pages Jonathan Boyarin invites us to share the intimate life of the Stanton Street Shul, one of the last remaining Jewish congregations on New York’s historic lower east side. Through the eyes of Boyarin, at once a member of the congregation and a bemused anthropologist, the book follows this congregation of “year-round Jews” through the course of a summer when its future must once again be decided.

Published by Fordham University Press, November 2011

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DogWhoCouldntStopLoving[1]Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years. The  groundbreaking and inspiring exploration of the unique relationship between dogs and humans, from the bestselling author of Dogs Never Lie About Love. In The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving, Masson considers the far-reaching consequences of the coevolution of dogs and humans.

Published by HarperCollins Publishers, October 2010

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 dogs make us human (100 of 1)Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson text, Art Wolfe photography. Dogs Make Us Human: A Global Family Album . This book illuminates with breathtaking photographs from around the world the universal experience of the human-dog relationship. It has been inspired by the spirit of the great book by Edward Steichen, The Family of Man.

Published by Bloomsbury Press,  October, 2011

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Titles Under Contract To Be Published

Daniel Ellsberg. The American Doomsday Machine.  Before the Pentagon Papers, before Watergate, before his involvement as an advisor in Viet Nam, Daniel Ellsberg worked in the U. S. national security system at the highest levels on  command and control of nuclear weapons, plans for general nuclear war, and preventing nuclear Armageddon between the superpowers.  This book is a memoir of that time. Much of the information and revelations in this book has never been exposed in previous memoirs by the principals of the period nor in subsequent histories.  This will insure that The American Doomsday Machine will be an historical document of enormous importance.

To be published by Bloomsbury Press, date not set

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Beast-HCJeffrey Moussaieff Masson. Apex Predator: Animals and the Origins of Good and Evil. A summation of  Masson’s 30 years of thought about the emotional life of animals and an audacious attempt to integrate those insights into a new interpretation of the origins of evil in human history. The author uses his understanding of animal emotions as a perspective in understanding why humans are unique in the animal world in that they alone practice cruelty and murder against their own – and against other animals.

To be published by Bloomsbury USA, March 2014

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 sedlakDavid Sedlack Drinking Water: The Past, Present and Future of Our Essential Ingredient .  This book  is about the water we drink. It looks at its history beginning with ancient Rome, its chemistry, the story of how it is treated and  delivered to our homes, and the challenges and changes that will be required to accommodate a growing world population. The author is Professor of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley specializing in environmental chemistry and water quality engineering.

To be published by Yale University Press, January 2014

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 Peter Richardson No Simple Highway: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead.  For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America’s most popular touring band.  This book asks a simple question: why? Drawing on new research, interviews, and a fresh supply of archival material at UC Santa Cruz, No Simple Highway vividly recounts the Dead’s colorful history and probes the riddle of the Dead’s unique and durable appeal. Arguing that the band successfully tapped three powerful utopian ideals— ecstasy, mobility, and community—it also shows that the Dead’s lived experience with these ideals and their consequences was complex and paradoxical.

To be published by St. Martin’s Press, date not set







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