After the second world war's end, baseball players left the trenches for the baseball field and the modern era of baseball began. Players like Jackie Robinson emerged as one of baseball's greatest players while established players like DiMaggio, Williams and Feller returned to the sport.
Robert Weintraub, author of The House that Ruth Built, returns to the subject of baseball, shedding light on an era that new generations of baseball fans never experienced and will doubtless be fascinated by.
The Victory Season serves as a great kick off to the spring baseball season and may also make an interesting gift for fathers and husbands as Father's Day approaches.
Read our review here and watch the book trailer put out by Hachette:
Are you a baseball fan? Will you read The Victory Season or give it as a gift?
When Steve Sjogren, author of Conspiracy of Kindness, flat lined and then revived on the hospital operating table, he experienced a peaceful time he attributes to God. When he awoke to a world of pain, he had a difficult time recovering physically as well as spiritually.
In Heaven's Lessons, Sjogren talks about what God has taught him from his experience and the limitations it has given him.
Says our reviewer: "This book offers readers the opportunity to benefit from Sjogren’s journey and to see how God turned a tragedy into a transformation."
Watch the book trailer that dramatizes Sjogren's death on the operating table:
What do you think about books that deal with experiences of the afterlife? Will you pick up Heaven's Lessons?
Oak Ridge, Tennessee didn't exist until the American government bought land in the hills of Tennessee in 1942. Soon, 75,000 people were living and working in Oak Ridge, many of them young women just out of high school recruited to help in the war effort. No one knew exactly what they were working on until the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Then they were told the truth: they had been enriching uranium for the atomic bomb.
Although most women never dreamed of staying on in Oak Ridge, many married and settled there. These women provided author Denise Kiernan with an oral history of their part in the war effort and their ambivalent feelings about what happened that she records in The Girls of Atomic City.
Read our review in BookPage here and watch an interview-style book trailer with Denise Kiernan about The Girls of Atomic City:
Will you read The Girls of Atomic City? Do you think the government could keep such a big secret like the Manhattan Project today?
When Becky Aikman's husband died, she was not ready to be a widow, and certainly not ready to give up on finding happiness again like some of the widows she had met.
Aikman decided to form a group of widows like her—determined to to move forward—and she writes about their experiences in her memoir, Saturday Night Widows. She and five other widows met together once a month for a year on Saturday nights, sharing meals and going to art museums. Most importantly, they learned how to live on after the worst thing they thought could happen to them, happened.
Read our review at BookPage.com and watch the interview-style book trailer:
Will you read Saturday Night Widows? What are you reading today?
Margaret Roach's The Backyard Parables is both a spiritual and scientific field guide for the modern gardener. The book gives reader a glimpse of her spiritual practices, but also includes many practical tips for gardeners.
Roach, former editorial director for Martha Stewart, followed a passion, cultivated it devoutly and turned it into a career. She doesn’t need to discuss the how-to of mindfulness; her life is the best example of the way love and attention will make things bloom.
What do you think about Roach's blending of memoir and gardening manual? What are you reading this week?
Faced with the absence of her grown sons and the heartbreaking loss of a close friend, Katrina Kenison turned to introspection and yoga in order to heal. She records her results in Magical Journey, chronicling her path to discover the joy of living in the present moment.
"I can either run away from my loneliness, or I can practice tolerating myself as I am," she says, choosing to embrace the latter.
Read our review of Kenison's book at BookPage.com here and watch the inspirational book trailer:
What are your reactions to Kenison's Magical Journey? Will you be reading the book or passing it to a friend?
When Sal Lizard's hair and beard turned white while he was still in his 20s, he decided to embrace the look.
Being Santa Claus is Lizard's funny and touching account of his 30 years of playing Santa in malls, homes and hospitals. The book includes heart-warming stories of Christmas cheer as Lizard shares how being Santa Claus taught him what the holiday is really all about.
Read our review of the book here, and watch this trailer put out by Penguin Group:
Did you interact with Santa this year? Did he seem as realistic as Santa as Sal Lizard does?
If "heaven is for real," then it must change everything. In their latest book since they told the story of the four-year-old son's journey to heaven, Todd and Sonja Burpo reflect on their Heaven is for Real experience.
In this devotional style book based on excerpts from their previous book, the Burpos share their insights into God's plans during hard times in our lives in order to keep the hope of heaven alive every day.
Check out our review of Heaven Changes Everything at BookPage.com and watch the book trailer put out by Thomas Nelson:
Will you read Heaven Changes Everything or give it as a gift this holiday season?
First she thought she had bed bugs. Then she thought she was overworked. A friend suggested that she might have bipolar disorder. After a month of tests totaling almost a million dollars, Susannah Cahalan drew a clock at the request of the doctor. The drawing showed that her brain was inflamed.
Cahalan, a journalist, chronicles her journey from sane to manic to catatonic and back, relying on interviews with family and friends to shed light on the month she can hardly remember in her new book, Brain on Fire.
Read our interview with Cahalan at BookPage.com and check out this interview style trailer where she elaborates on her month of madness:
What do you think about Cahalan's experience? What are you reading right now?
Oliver Burkeman wants us to rediscover the power of negative thinking in order to reach our goals.
If this logic seems strange to you, Burkeman just might convince you otherwise in his new book The Antidote.
Burkeman’s book is indeed a witty antidote to the shelves of self-help books that don’t seem to help anyone but their authors; but it also has a serious purpose. Embracing uncertainty and detaching from our monkey-minds may help us become happier.
Do you believe in a negative road to happiness? Will you give The Antidote a try?