Books That Deserve To Be Read

There are more than half a million books published each year in the US alone. Not all of them make the best seller lists. We are on a quest to find the books that deserve to be in the best seller list.

I AM: Words of Encouragement & Inspiration Alphabet Coloring Book

I AM: Words of Encouragement & Inspiration Alphabet Coloring Book is a children coloring & activity book for ages 4-7. It provides encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring words from A – Z, as well as a character or characters with captions to bring the meaning of the word to life and in a way that is relatable. It also includes a glossary to define each word used. Bonus page: There is an alphabet photographic & traceable letter activity page that can also be colored at the end of the book. Happy Coloring!

The Handyman’s History

The New Era.Handyman Ed Stephens and his partner, Rick Benton are beginning their new life as the masters of Penfield Manor. After the first big event in their new home, Rick’s sister’s wedding, they hope for a long stretch of peace of quiet. Instead, Ed and Rick both find themselves involved in new activities. As Rick’s boss, Realtor Vince Cummings, becomes aware of the opportunities available in the sudden expansion of Porterfield, he and Rick become guiding forces for a major redevelopment project. Meanwhile, Ed’s innocent suggestions regarding the revival of a local festival lead him to become a member of the Porterfield Days Association, and the acceptance of additional responsibilities. It’s Rick’s discovery of a tombstone in a disused town cemetery that sparks Ed’s curiosity about the background of his father’s family. Ed begins to question the relationship he had with his deceased father and hopes to learn some of the Stephens family secrets will enable him to make peace with his unresolved feelings. The usual cast of suspects is back to both enrich and complicate Ed’s life: His sharp-tongued but supportive mother Norma, his sister Laurie, and housekeeper Effie Maude, who maintains her position at Penfield Manor, and provides amusement for Ed and Rick with her observations and pronouncements. Their best bud Gordy is on the scene as well, struggling to build a relationship in the early years of AIDS. Even Ed gets a taste of the hostility becoming more common as fear of the disease spreads. As Ed deals with the realities of being a gay man in a small town in 1985, he unexpectedly finds support from two unlikely sources, a visually impaired client, and a clergyman new to the town. THE HANDYMAN’S HISTORY, with its soundtrack of classic oldies, will take its readers both forward and backward in the continuing saga of Ed and Rick, as their relationship strengthens, matures, and endures.

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

“You’ll not only break the ice, you’ll melt it away with your new skills.” — Larry King

“The lost art of verbal communication may be revitalized by Leil Lowndes.” — Harvey McKay, author of “How to Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive”

What is that magic quality makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their “Midas touch?”

What it boils down to is a more skillful way of dealing with people.

The author has spent her career teaching people how to communicate for success. In her book How to Talk to Anyone (Contemporary Books, October 2003) Lowndes offers 92 easy and effective sure-fire success techniques– she takes the reader from first meeting all the way up to sophisticated techniques used by the big winners in life. In this information-packed book you’ll find:

9 ways to make a dynamite first impression
14 ways to master small talk, “big talk,” and body language
14 ways to walk and talk like a VIP or celebrity
6 ways to sound like an insider in any crowd
7 ways to establish deep subliminal rapport with anyone
9 ways to feed someone’s ego (and know when NOT to!)
11 ways to make your phone a powerful communications tool
15 ways to work a party like a politician works a room
7 ways to talk with tigers and not get eaten alive

In her trademark entertaining and straight-shooting style, Leil gives the techniques catchy names so you’ll remember them when you really need them, including: “Rubberneck the Room,” “Be a Copyclass,” “Come Hither Hands,” “Bare Their Hot Button,” “The Great Scorecard in the Sky,” and “Play the Tombstone Game,” for big success in your social life, romance, and business.

How to Talk to Anyone, which is an update of her popular book, Talking the Winner’s Way (see the 5-star reviews of the latter) is based on solid research about techniques that work!

By the way, don’t confuse How to Talk to Anyone with one of Leil’s previous books, How to Talk to Anybody About Anything. This one is completely different!

Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House

“Sims’s vivid portrait of Trump shrewdly balances admiration with misgivings, and his intricate, engrossing accounts of White House vendettas and power plays have a good mix of immersion and perspective. The result is one of the best of the recent flood of Trump tell-alls.” —Publishers Weekly

The first honest insider’s account of the Trump administration.

After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy.

He soon found himself pulled into the President’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. Sometimes all in the same conversation.

As a result, Sims gained unprecedented access to the President, sitting in on private meetings with key Congressional officials, world leaders, and top White House advisors. He saw how Trump handled the challenges of the office, and he learned from Trump himself how he saw the world.

For five hundred days, Sims also witnessed first-hand the infighting and leaking, the anger, joy, and recriminations. He had a role in some of the President’s biggest successes, and he shared the blame for some of his administration’s worst disasters. He gained key, often surprising insights into the players of the Trump West Wing, from Jared Kushner and John Kelly to Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway.

He even helped Trump craft his enemies list, knowing who was loyal and who was not.

And he took notes. Hundreds of pages of notes. In real-time.

Sims stood with the President in the eye of the storm raging around him, and now he tells the story that no one else has written—because no one else could. The story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the President’s team. The story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.

Team of Vipers tells the full story, as only a true insider could.

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1)

Book one of the New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy—”a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People)

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Tuscan Child

From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father’s hidden past to discover his secrets…

“Pass the bread, the olives, and the wine. Oh, and a copy of The Tuscan Child to savor with them.” —NPR

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.

Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…

The Android’s Dream

From New York Times bestseller and Hugo Award-winner John Scalzi, a wild-and-woolly caper novel of interstellar diplomacy

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most . . . unusual . . . way. To avoid war, Earth’s government must find an equally unusual object: a type of sheep (“The Android’s Dream”), used in the alien race’s coronation ceremony.

To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinare, who, with the help of a childhood friend turned artificial intelligence, scours the earth looking for the rare creature.
But there are others with plans for the sheep as well. Mercenaries employed by the military. Adherents of a secret religion based on the writings of a 21st century SF author. And alien races, eager to start a revolution on their home world and a war on Earth.

To keep our planet from being enslaved, Harry will have to pull off a grand diplomatic coup, a gambit that will take him from the halls of power to the lava-strewn battlefields of alien worlds. There’s only one chance to get it right, to save the life of the sheep—and to protect the future of humanity.

Here Is Real Magic: A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World

An extraordinary memoir about finding wonder in everyday life, from magician Nate Staniforth.

Nate Staniforth has spent most of his life and all of his professional career trying to understand wonder–what it is, where to find it, and how to share it with others. He became a magician because he learned at a young age that magic tricks don’t have to be frivolous. Magic doesn’t have to be about sequins and smoke machines–rather, it can create a moment of genuine astonishment.

But after years on the road as a professional magician, crisscrossing the country and performing four or five nights a week, every week, Nate was disillusioned, burned out, and ready to quit. Instead, he went to India in search of magic. Here Is Real Magic follows Nate Staniforth’s evolution from an obsessed young magician to a broken wanderer and back again. It tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishment–and the importance of wonder in everyday life–during his trip to the slums of India, where he infiltrated a three-thousand-year-old clan of street magicians. Here Is Real Magic is a call to all of us–to welcome awe back into our lives, to marvel in the everyday, and to seek magic all around us.

The Hallucigenia Project

The first book in a new, epic dystopian thriller series has arrived and is ready to change the way you look at the world.

When ex cop John Richter accepts a job offer too good to refuse he leaves behind the streets and heartache of Sydney for the sun drenched concrete of Miami. What should be a simple missing persons case however, quickly descends into a surreal and dangerous journey into the heart of a cult determined to take control in the aftermath of a predicted global nightmare.

With FBI agents circling the waters and an overworked neuroscientist frantically trying to crack a code hidden in blood, John has no choice but to head straight for the fires of fate that will test all he has ever believed in. Truth and lies will push the very limits of his sanity while beneath the city strange forces battle for the power of hidden knowledge, but he’ll stop at nothing to learn the secrets of The Hallucigenia Project and what they mean for the future of the planet.

Will he discover the contents of the blood drenched code? Is the world really on the brink of destruction? Can a young, wheelchair bound girl really be our chance of survival?

It’s time to delve deep and take the trip…

A heart pulsing vision of the journey to discover our place amongst the stars, The Hallucigenia Project is the latest release from author Darren Kasenkow.

Coming Out Of The Dark

This book is my personal story of my ongoing process of recovery from a lifetime of abuse. As a result I developed Dissociative Identity Disorder and PTSD. It does not focus on the graphic details of the abuse. I chose rather to talk about my recovery. What helped me, and what didn’t. The biggest lesson I learned is that healing is very much connected to love. Learning how to love yourself and break away from the old patterns of being told you were worthless.

Into The Artist Mind

Into the artist mind is a book of poems written to elevate the conscience of people on the current issues effecting our society today. Topics covering family, relations, religion, politics, social injustice along with the beautiful attributes of the human race. Every poem contains a message and is easily understood by people of all ages.

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia 1st Edition

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the diplomat Putin wants to interrogate—and has banned from Russia—a revelatory, inside account of U.S.-Russia relations from 1989 to the present

“A fascinating and timely account of the current crisis in the relationship between Russia and the United States.” —New York Times Book Review

Putin would need an enemy, and he turned to the most reliable one in Russia’s recent history: the United States and then, by extension, me.

In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy known as “reset” that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president. From the first days of McFaul’s ambassadorship, the Kremlin actively sought to discredit and undermine him, hassling him with tactics that included dispatching protesters to his front gates, slandering him on state media, and tightly surveilling him, his staff, and his family.

From Cold War to Hot Peace is an essential account of the most consequential global confrontation of our time.

Mino

This is the story of a sparkling childhood and teenage years, nourished by the confluence of three cultures – Europe, USA and Japan – laying the foundation for a stellar career at NASA. A life that explored the universe from its largest dimensions to the smallest nano-scale. A life rich in art and music. A life full of nature and gods. A life carried by optimism and joy, tragically cut short at its zenith by an unrelenting brain tumor. The eternal question runs through: Where are we going after death?

Fudge and Smudge ~ Pet Detectives

“A fantastic story for parents to read as a bedtime story to young kids or a great ‘read by themselves’ book for older kids” During the day Fudge and Smudge were guinea pigs, just like any other guinea pigs that you might see at a friend’s house or in a pet shop. However, when the sun goes down and night arrives, and all humans are fast asleep in their beds, Fudge and Smudge have a very special job to do. For Fudge and Smudge are pet detectives. Their mission to patrol the village of Barley Close protecting and serving all the pets who live there.

Pianist in a Bordello

Pianist in a Bordello

What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth—the whole truth?

Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency—and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election.

And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all.
He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas—three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become.

Are voters really ready for the whole truth?

Are you?
Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.

Keeping The Ministry Pure

The Hardest thing in Ministry… is Keeping the Ministry Pure… this book is written to apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. In the last days there is a great falling away… and it is here now. The son’s of Issachar, knew the times in which they lived and they knew what to do.Many Ministers know the time in which we live… but few really know what to do, because of the great deception that is operating in our time. The beauty of deception is that you do not know that your are being deceived. We know a great falling away is come, but we must realize that most of this falling away will come through leadership.. for where the head goes, the body follows. Are we producing the caliber of Christian that we see in the Book of Acts? We must go back to the methods that raised the caliber of Christians Disciple, that turns the world upside down… for it is not about our programs, events, performance or numbers… how many we attract and keep… it is about what we are truly producing at the end of the day. We can no longer raise a generation of people who pick and choose, serving Christ on there own terms. Again, where the head goes, the body follows… so it is time for leadership to get back to the purity of the Gospel. 100% of the proceeds of this book will go to support mission efforts of Shepherds Of Grace International.

Fear: Trump in the White House

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence.

Noesis

Noesis takes readers through a transcendent journey into the substratum of our collective consciousness serving as a poetic complement to Rob Taylor’s first book, The Irreducible Primary. In unison, these fifty poems boldly engage contentious spiritual, social, and political conditions commonplace in today’s global community.

Rob Taylor’s poetry sharply captures how the widespread absence of spirituality is causative to conditions of child abuse, violence, and failures by government and religion; equally contributing to the apathy, pain, suffering, and despair infecting the human population and threatening any possibility for a harmonious existence within the species.

In contrast, many of the poems are inspirational and suggest an alternate course by which we all join in the process of mindfulness and spiritual introspection. We have an immense potential to achieve unconditional love for each other. Peace lives in this place.

Before We Were Yours: A Novel

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Fishing for Sanity

Jack McAllister enjoys what he’s sure is close to a happy life in the mountains of Pennsylvania. This unconventional existence he’s carved out for himself amounts to fishing his beloved trout streams near his home with longtime pal Soothsayer, the wizened sage of the Green Spring Valley, and guiding angling clients. But his life is soon to change with the sudden appearance of a mayfly hatch. Soon, the Shad River and the whole remote valley become a destination spot for too many fly-fishers and commercial interests. By the time, an intrepid reporter, a slick and fast-talking attorney, and a lovely magazine editor enter Jack’s life, things have become more than complicated. Fishing for Sanity is an often-humorous story, capturing a place, a way of life and the inevitable changes we all face

Northern Moons

The spiritually-based essence of Taylor’s poetry speaks to the layers of consciousness that compose our soul. Each line is constructed (regardless of content or perceived context) as an inspiration for the reader to engage in a mindfulness approach to understanding the dynamics and worth of human influence across the spectrum of creation. The outcome of that effort is a greater capacity for love of each other and eventually cultivating a community.

A Shout in the Ruins

Set in Virginia during the Civil War and a century beyond, this novel by the award-winning author of The Yellow Birds explores the brutal legacy of violence and exploitation in American society.

“A masterpiece. Powers has written a novel that includes all the ferocity, complexity, and racial violence of the American South” — Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust

Spanning over one hundred years, from the antebellum era to the 1980’s, A Shout in the Ruins examines the fates of the inhabitants of Beauvais Plantation outside of Richmond, Virginia. When war arrives, the master of Beauvais, Anthony Levallios, foresees that dominion in a new America will be measured not in acres of tobacco under cultivation by his slaves, but in industry and capital. A grievously wounded Confederate veteran loses his grip on a world he no longer understands, and his daughter finds herself married to Levallois, an arrangement that feels little better than imprisonment. And two people enslaved at Beauvais plantation, Nurse and Rawls, overcome impossible odds to be together, only to find that the promise of coming freedom may not be something they will live to see.

Seamlessly interwoven is the story of George Seldom, a man orphaned by the storm of the Civil War, looking back from the 1950s on the void where his childhood ought to have been. Watching the government destroy his neighborhood to build a stretch of interstate highway through Richmond, he travels south in an attempt to recover his true origins. With the help of a young woman named Lottie, he goes in search of the place he once called home, all the while reckoning with the more than 90 years he lived as witness to so much that changed during the 20th century, and so much that didn’t. As we then watch Lottie grapple with life’s disappointments and joys in the 1980’s, now in her own middle-age, the questions remain: How do we live in a world built on the suffering of others? And can love exist in a place where for 400 years violence has been the strongest form of intimacy?

Written with the same emotional intensity, harrowing realism, and poetic precision that made THE YELLOW BIRDS one of the most celebrated novels of the past decade, A SHOUT IN THE RUINS cements Powers’ place in the forefront of American letters and demands that we reckon with the moral weight of our troubling history.