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31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™

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Congratulations to the 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ Winners for Excellence in Book Publishing!

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, which include over fifty categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. See below for a list of the 31st annual winners. Gold winners were announced April 5, 2019 during a gala dinner ceremony held in conjunction with IBPA Publishing University in Chicago, Illinois.

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Categories

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01. Animals & Pets
02. Art & Photography
03. Autobiography & Memoir
04. Biography
05. Body, Mind & Spirit
06. Business & Career
07. Children's Picture Book (0-3 years)
08. Children's Picture Book (4-7 years)
09. Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 Years)
10. Young Reader: Nonfiction (8-12 Years)
11. Teen: Fiction (13-18 Years)
12. Teen: Nonfiction (13-18 Years)
13. Coffee Table Book
14. Cookbooks
15. Craft, Hobby, Home & Garden
16. Education
17. Gift Book
18. Popular Fiction
19. Fiction: Historical
20. Fiction: Mystery/Suspense
21. Fiction: Romance
22. Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy
23. Graphic Novel
24. Poetry
25. LGBTQ
26. Health & Fitness
27. History
28. Humor
29. Inspirational
30. Multicultural
31. Nature & Environment
32. Parenting & Family Issues
33. Political & Current Events
34. Professional & Technical
35. Psychology
36. Reference
37. Regional
38. Religion
39. Self-Help
40. Sports & Recreation
41. Travel
42. Cover Design: Small Format
43. Cover Design: Large Format
44. Cover Design: Children's/Young Adult
45. Interior Design
46. Interior Design: Children's/Young Adult
47. Audiobook: Fiction
48. Audiobook: Nonfiction
49. Best New Voice: Fiction
50. Best New Voice: Nonfiction
51. Best New Voice: Children's/YA
52. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction
53. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction
54. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children's/Young Adult

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animals & Pets


Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion

Author: Jim Wiliams; Douglas Chadwick (Foreword)
Publisher: Patagonia
ISBN: 978-1-93834-072-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

The intrepid mountain lion -- aka puma, a cougar – has experienced reinvigoration and expansion of territory. Their story informs the protection of all species in times of challenge and decline.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Wild Family: Seven Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendship

Author: Bhagavan "Doc" Antle
Publisher: Earth Aware Editions
ISBN: 978-1-68383-130-3
Purchase: Publisher Website

WILD FAMILY reminds us that friendships aren’t just for humans. This collection of extraordinary stories and amazing photographs chronicles seven such interspecies friendships.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Zelda, The Queen of Paris: The True Story of the Luckiest Dog in the World

Author: Paul Chutkow
Illustrator: Jean-Claude Suarés
Publisher: Val de Grace Books
ISBN: 978-0-9976405-5-7
Purchase: Amazon

The Cinderella story — all true — of a high-spirited mutt who rises from misery in India to become "The Queen of Paris.” Five stars!

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Art & Photography


Timeless: Classic American Architecture for Contemporary Living

Author: Patrick Ahearn
Publisher: ORO Editions
ISBN: 978-1-939621-93-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

TIMELESS reveals how Patrick Ahearn’s historically motivated, human-scaled designs have advanced the art of place-making in some of America’s most affluent and storied destinations.

 GOLD WINNER

 

50 Contemporary Women Artists

Editors: John Gosslee and Heather Zises; Elizabeth Sackler (Foreword)
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5653-7
Purchase: Amazon

This one-of-a-kind compendium profiles an international cross section of living women artists—from emerging to established—who address critical issues through their art.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Trees: Between Earth and Heaven

Author: Art Wolfe (Photographs); Gregory Namee (Text); Wade Davis (Introduction)
Publisher: Earth Aware Editions
ISBN: 978-1-68383-082-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

Through the vivid images of legendary photographer Art Wolfe, TREES offers a sweeping yet intimate look at an arboreal world.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Autobiography & Memoir


Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles' Guru

Author: Susan Shumsky
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-5107-2268-2
Purchase: Amazon

Behind the curtain of the Beatle’s guru: both inspirational and unsettling — the author’s intimate, compelling, haunting, emotionally intense rollercoaster ride through the 1960s-70s hippie spiritual revolution.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Rudy's Rules for Travel: Life Lessons from Around the Globe

Author: Mary K. Jensen
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-322-9
Purchase: Amazon

When this marriage of opposites goes traveling, their stories combine laugh-out-loud humor with poignant lessons from the odyssey of a World War II veteran.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Swell: A Sailing Surfer's Voyage of Awakening

Author: Captain Liz Clark
Publisher: Patagonia
ISBN: 978-1-938340-54-3
Purchase: Publisher Website

True stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, at the whim of the weather, of relationships sweet and sour, of nature’s marvels and colorful cultures.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Biography


T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer

Author: David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito
Publisher: Independent Institute
ISBN: 978-1-59813-312-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

A renaissance man, T.R.M. Howard’s (1908-1976) story reveals the importance of the black middle class, their endurance and entrepreneurship in the midst of Jim Crow, and his critical role in the early Civil Rights Movement.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon

Author: Henry Martin
Publisher: Schaffner Press
ISBN: 978-194315630-6
Purchase: IndieBound

An intimate and revealing biography of Agnes Martin, renowned American painter, considered one of the great women artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Child of the Forest: Based on the Life Story of Charlene Perlmutter Schiff

Author: Jack L. Grossman and James Buchanan
Publisher: SPARK Publications
ISBN: 978-1-943070-49-7
Purchase: Author Website

Escaping the Horochów ghetto was just the beginning for twelve‑year‑old Musia Perlmutter. Alone, starving, and running for her life, Musia sought refuge in the forest.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Body, Mind & Spirit


Karma: A Guide to Cause and Effect

Author: Jeffrey Armstrong
Publisher: Mandala Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-68383-380-2
Purchase: Publisher Website

In this in-depth introduction to the Hindu concept of karma, award-winning author Jeffrey Armstrong explores the ways in which cause and effect influence our lives.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy

Author: Bella Mahaya Carter
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-93152-345-8
Purchase: Amazon

RAW is the story of one woman’s quest for health and happiness, which dragged her kicking and screaming into spiritual adulthood.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Sacred & Delicious: A Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook

Author: Lisa Joy Mitchell
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-347-2
Purchase: IndieBound

SACRED & DELICIOUS is a primer on India’s ancient dietary approach to wellness, a food memoir, and a glorious vegetarian cookbook with dazzling food photography.

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Business & Career


Ideas, Influence, and Income: Write a Book, Build Your Brand, And Lead Your Industry

Author: Tanya Hall
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN: 978-1-62634-514-0
Purchase: Amazon

This is your comprehensive field guide to using a strategic and successful publishing experience as the groundwork for a larger plan to monetize your content.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need

Author: Kimberly Davis
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN: 978-1-62634-433-4
Purchase: Amazon

BRAVE LEADERSHIP bridges business how-to with a personal development approach to demystify what it takes to be the brave leader you were born to be.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Get Noticed. Be Remembered: Creating a Personal Brand Strategy for Success

Author: Krista Clive-Smith
Publisher: Merack Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9734274-2-4
Purchase: Amazon

In this step-by-step system for personal transformation, you'll learn how to create your own personal brand image. Get Noticed. Be Remembered.

 SILVER WINNER

 

The Shopping Revolution: How Successful Retailers Win Customers in an Era of Endless Disruption

Author: Barbara E. Kahn
Publisher: Wharton Digital Press
ISBN: 978-1-61363-086-0
Purchase: Amazon

Barbara E. Kahn examines the companies that have been most successful during an era of radical disruption and offers fresh insights into what we can learn from their ascendance.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Children's Picture Book (0-3 years)


He's Your Daddy! Ducklings, Joeys, Kits, and More

Author: Charline Profiri; Andrea Gabriel (Illustrator)
Publisher: Dawn Publications
ISBN: 978-1-58469-626-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

Compelling illustrations and rhyming text introduce a dozen fascinating animal dads and their adorable babies… "A clever, multispecies celebration of the father-child bond." ‑Kirkus Reviews

 GOLD WINNER

 

The Big Book Adventure

Author: Emily Ford; Tim Warnes (Illustrator)
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
ISBN: 978-1-68412-378-0
Purchase: Publisher Website

Journey back through childhood classics like Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and more in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

 SILVER WINNER

 

Eppie the Elephant (Who Was Allergic to Peanuts)

Author: Livingstone Crouse; Steve Brown (Illustrator)
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
ISBN: 978-1-68412-377-3
Purchase: Publisher Website

Go on a school-time adventure with Eppie, the elephant who is allergic to peanuts!

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Children's Picture Book (4-7 years)


I'm a Big Sister Now

Author: Katura J. Hudson; Sylvia L. Walker (Illustrator)
Publisher: Marimba Books, an imprint of Just Us Books
ISBN: 978-1-60349-022-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

Being a big sister is a big job. It takes a lot of work, and patience, but it's a lot of fun. This charming picture book explores the anticipation, excitement, and pride a young girl experiences as she helps to welcome a new baby to the family. Companion follow-up to I'm A Big Brother Now. Ages: 3-8, Grade k-2, PB 32 pages, full color.

 GOLD WINNER

 

The Jaguar's Story

Author: Kosa Ely; Radhe Gendron (Illustrator)
Publisher: Chandra Media
ISBN: 978-0-9996654-0-4
Purchase: Book Website

Deep in the Amazon two cubs are born to a loving mama jaguar. This is their story of adversity and adventure on their journey to find a new home.

 SILVER WINNER

 

My Papa is a Princess

Author: Doug Cenko (Author & Illustrator)
Publisher: Blue Manatee Press
ISBN: 978-1-936669-70-7
Purchase: IndieBound

A loving story highlighting the importance of imaginative play shared between parents and their children.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Santa's Dog

Author: JoAnn Sky; Ed Koehler (Illustrator)
Publisher: Dogs and Books
ISBN: 978-0-9998430-0-0
Purchase: Publisher Website

Santa’s best dog shows us how love is a beautiful gift, when he falls from the sleigh one Christmas Eve and finds a family who needs him.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 years)


Chula the Fox

Author: Anthony Perry
Publisher: White Dog Press
ISBN: 978-1-935684-61-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

Young Chula vows vengeance after an ambush costs him his father. Is he destined to be a warrior, or will a different future await him?

 GOLD WINNER

 

Phoebe's Heron

Author: Winnie Anderson
Publisher: Crickhollow Books
ISBN: 978-1-883953-91-1
Purchase: Amazon

"An enchanting book full of forgotten history, the tension of friendship, a brave girl, and deeply overflowing with the love of wild nature." - Polly Carlson-Voiles, author of Summer of the Wolves

 SILVER WINNER

 

Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash

Author: Amberly Kristen Clowe; Janet Samuel (Illustrator)
Publisher: Little Lamb Books
ISBN: 978-0-9986243-6-5
Purchase: Amazon

With third-grader Teeny Sweeney, young readers will learn that even when things don’t seem to work out, including one-upping perfect Amanda Mayweather, you can always trust God’s plan.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Young Reader: Nonfiction (8-12 Years)


Ruuxa & Raina: A Cheetah and Dog's True Story of Friendship and Miracles

Author: Georgeanne Irvine
Publisher: San Diego Zoo Global Press / Blue Sneaker Press
ISBN: 978-1-943198-06-1
Purchase: Amazon

Ruuxa, a cheetah born with legs that grew crooked, and Raina, a dog diagnosed with terminal cancer, prove that miracles can happen when you have a best buddy by your side.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Karen's Heart: The True Story of a Brave Baby Orangutan

Author: Georgeanne Irvine
Publisher: San Diego Zoo Global Press / Blue Sneaker Press
ISBN: 978-1-943198-04-7
Purchase: Amazon

KAREN'S HEART is the true story of Karen the orangutan’s journey through history-making heart surgery—the first time this had ever been done on an orangutan.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Robotpedia

Author: Brenna Maloney
Publisher: Insight Kids, an imprint of Insight Editions
ISBN: 978-1-68383-608-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

This encyclopedic guide takes kids through the evolution of robotic technology: from the ancient Greek inventors, to nanotechnology, and a peek into the robotic future.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Teen: Fiction (13-18 Years)


Running with Lions

Author: Julian Winters
Publisher: Duet Books, an imprint of Interlude Press
ISBN: 978-1-945053-62-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

When an ex-friend joins his soccer team, goalie Sebastian must try to reconnect. But to Sebastian’s surprise, days on the pitch spark a new relationship.

 GOLD WINNER

 

But Not Forever: A Novel

Author: Jan Von Schleh
Publisher: SparkPress
ISBN: 978-1-973006-58-8
Purchase: Amazon

Switched in time, identical fifteen year-olds are desperate to get back to their own lives. But along the way, Sonnet McKay falls in love with a boy and Emma Sweetwine falls in love with a life. Suddenly—it’s complicated.

 SILVER WINNER

 

The Leaving Year: A Novel

Author: Pam McGaffin
Publisher: SparkPress
ISBN: 978-1-943006-81-6
Purchase: IndieBound

In the late 1960s, a teen-age girl searches for the truth about her missing father, a Pacific Northwest fisherman who is presumed lost at sea.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Teen: Nonfiction (13-18 years)


The Colorado Coal Field War: Massacre at Ludlow

Author: K.D. Huxman; Lisa Greenleaf (Illustrator)
Publisher: Apprentice Shop Books, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9850144-2-1
Purchase: Amazon

In 1914, when Colorado coal miners wanted fair and safe working conditions, mine owners refused. Even women and children died in the war that resulted.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist

Author: Angelica Shirley Carpenter
Publisher: South Dakota Historical Society Press
ISBN: 978-1-941813-18-8
Purchase: Publisher Website

Radical, feminist, writer, suffragist—Matilda Joslyn Gage changed the course of history, yet she is forgotten where others are celebrated. To explain, Angelica Shirley Carpenter explores Gage’s life.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Mr. President: A Life of Benjamin Harrison

Author: Ray E. Boomhower
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society Press
ISBN: 978-0-87195-427-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

Examines Benjamin Harrison's rise to political prominence after his service as a Union army general during the Civil War. Although he served only one term in office, Harrison had some impressive achievements during his four years in the White House.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Coffee Table Book


The Gift of Color: Henry Lawrence Faulkner

Author: John S. Hockensmith
Publisher: Fine Art Editions
ISBN: 978-1-5323-5328-4
Purchase: Publisher Website

Capturing the unique creativity of Kentucky-born painter Henry Lawrence Faulkner through an insightful account of his turbulent life while showcasing his soulful art and poetry.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Connections

Author: Kristin Parker; Paul Crosby (Photography)
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-63489-143-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

CONNECTIONS, from Charles R. Stinson Architects, showcases his signature vision in harmony with nature and the intimate stories of people behind the homes he designs.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Donald M. Jones' Wild Montana

Author: Donald M. Jones
Publisher: Farcountry Press
ISBN: 978-1-56037-709-2
Purchase: Amazon

The life’s work of award-winning wildlife photographer Donald M. Jones is showcased in this gorgeous volume of candid images of Montana’s wild creatures and spectacular scenery.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Cookbooks


The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by the Extraordinary Produce of California's Most Iconic Market

Author: Laura McLively
Publisher: Parallax Press
ISBN: 978-1-941529-96-6
Purchase: Publisher Website

Celebrating the extraordinary produce from California’s most iconic market, Berkeley Bowl, this cookbook offers recipes for a panoply of fruits and vegetables that have been largely overlooked or forgotten in popular cuisine.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Jim Beam Bourbon Cookbook: Over 70 Recipes & Cocktails to Make with Bourbon

Author: Editors of Thunder Bay Press
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
ISBN: 978-1-68412-081-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

JIM BEAN BOURBON COOKBOOK contains 70 recipes that include this classic bourbon whiskey, from appetizers to main dishes to desserts–and cocktails, of course.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Wookwan's Korean Temple Food: The Road to the Taste of Enlightenment

Author: Wookwan; Dukgwan Moon (Photography)
Publisher: ICP Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-7321914-0-2
Purchase: Amazon

Buddhist nun Wookwan breaks the boundaries of spiritual exercise and culinary practice in this first-of-its-kind meditative cookbook of Korean temple cuisine.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Crafts, Hobby, Home & Garden


Artful Color in Nuno Felt: Creating Inspirational Nuno Felt Projects and Palettes

Author: Beverly Ash Gilbert
Publisher: Gilbert Designs LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9817161-4-5
Purchase: Author Website

Journey into the world of Nuno Felting with over 50 colorful projects for home and wardrobe. Be inspired with easy-to-follow instructions and scrumptious color palettes.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios

Author: David A. Bossert
Publisher: The Old Mill Press
ISBN: 978-1-7326020-0-7
Purchase: Amazon

The Disney Studios animation furniture designed by mid-century architect Kem Weber from concept paintings, drawings and photos to interviews with the artists who used it.

 SILVER WINNER

 

The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting: Sew Great Clothes for Every Body - Fit Any Pattern

Author: Pati Palmer and Marta Alto
Publisher: Palmer/Pletsch Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61847-101-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

Sewers, learn all facets of pattern fitting and alteration. Get the guidance needed to achieve a custom fit on any pattern from any company.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Education


Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers

Author: Amanda Trimillos and Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman
Publisher: Elva Resa Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-934617-42-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

Strategies and tips for supporting military-connected students (pre-K through high school), as they transition from school to school.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Robotpedia

Author: Brenna Maloney
Publisher: Insight Kids, an imprint of Insight Editions
ISBN: 978-1-68383-608-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

This encyclopedic guide takes kids through the evolution of robotic technology: from the ancient Greek inventors, to nanotechnology, and a peek into the robotic future.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Wordstruck! The Fun and Fascination of Language

Author: Susanna Janssen
Publisher: Lexicon Alley Press
ISBN: 978-0-9983048-2-3
Purchase: Amazon

For all who love to read or wish they did: 60 delightful engagements into words/language/cultures to excite brains, warm hearts, and tickle funny bones.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Gift Book


Harry Potter: Creatures - A Paper Scene Book

Editor: Greg Solano; Scott Buoncristiano (Paper-Cut Illustrations)
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN: 978-1-68383-400-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

Revisit the magic of Harry Potter through four gorgeously detailed, multilayer dioramas that capture beloved moments from the films.

 GOLD WINNER

 

At First Light: Poems & Photography

Author: Wende Essrow
Publisher: Buffalo Heritage Press
ISBN: 978-1-942483-42-7 (HC); 978-1-942483-41-0 (PB)
Purchase: Publisher Website

Join Wende Essrow's off-trail adventures as she weaves a tapestry of beauty in words and photographs. This book reminds us that each day is a gift to cherish and explore.

 SILVER WINNER

 

The Meaning of Life According to Bikers: The Biker Book for Charity

Editor: Lousie Lewis
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5596-7
Purchase: Amazon

Motorcycle riders from all walks of life peel back their "badass" masks and answer one question: What is the meaning of life?

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Popular Fiction


Tiger Drive: A Novel

Author: Teri Case
Publisher: BZCE Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9909175-6-4
Purchase: Amazon

TIGER DRIVE: One family. Too many secrets. Four people who want to matter.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Better Than This: A Novel

Author: Cathy Zane
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-403-5
Purchase: Amazon

When Sarah’s seemingly perfect life begins to crumble, she is forced to confront the reality of her abusive marriage and dark past.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Float Plan

Author: Rob Hiaasen
Publisher: Apprentice House Press
ISBN: 978-1-62720-200-8
Purchase: Amazon

FLOAT PLAN is a contemporary novel by slain Annapolis Capital Gazette columnist Rob Hiaasen. Published posthumously, it’s a love story to Annapolis and Baltimore.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Guarding Savage: A Peter Savage Novel

Author: Dave Edlund
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61153-243-2
Purchase: Publisher Website

Summoned to Brunei, Peter Savage unearths dangerous secrets that threaten the security of the US Navy. Called "a near-perfect international thriller" by Foreword Reviews.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Fiction: Historical


Deep Grass Roots: The Adventures and Challenges of Two Women Homesteaders

Author: Marcia Neely
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press
ISBN: 978-1-59298-687-3
Purchase: Amazon

Two young women leave Minnesota in 1900 for homesteads on the northwestern North Dakota prairie where challenges strain their stamina while developing their character and strength.

 GOLD WINNER

 

House of Rougeaux: A Novel

Author: Jenny Jaeckel
Publisher: Raincloud Press
ISBN: 978-1-941203-24-8
Purchase: Amazon

This literary family saga follows an extended family from slavery in the Caribbean to the Civil Rights era in the US and Canada.

 SILVER WINNER

 

In the Company of Like-Minded Women: A Novel

Author: Elaine Russell
Publisher: Belle Histories
ISBN: 978-1-73249-940-9
Purchase: Amazon

Three sisters reunite in 1901 Denver following a family rift, as they join the fight for women’s rights, demanding an equal voice.

 SILVER WINNER

 

The Viking Priest

Author: Linda Kay Dahlen
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press
ISBN: 978-1-59298-775-7
Purchase: Amazon

A saga of fate, faith, love and adventure, THE VIKING PRIEST follows the life of a Viking warrior who converts to Christianity around 1000 AD.

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Fiction: Mystery & Suspense


An Accidental Corpse

Author: Helen A. Harrison
Publisher: Dunemere Books
ISBN: 978-1-947936-05-8
Purchase: IndieBound

An intriguing whodunit set in the art world in the 1950s that reimagines Jackson Pollock’s car crash as murderous cover-up.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Black Hearts White Minds: A Carl Gordon Legal Thriller

Author: Mitch Margo
Publisher: Mission Possible Press
ISBN: 978-0-9861818-4-9
Purchase: Amazon

"At once magical and poignant and terrifying ...You will be enchanted by this powerful story." - Michael A. Kahn, Award-winning Author, Rachel Gold Mysteries Series

 SILVER WINNER

 

Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Author: Margaret Mizushima
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
ISBN:978-1-68331-778-4
Purchase: Amazon

Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo investigate a charred body found in a shallow grave, but soon become targets of a ruthless killer.

 SILVER WINNER

 

Welcome to Sugarville: A Novel in Stories

Author: J.J. Haas
Publisher: Lanier Press, an imprint of BookLogix
ISBN: 978-1-61005-923-7
Purchase: Amazon

This collected volume of short stories relies on a wry wit that explores each sinister twist and turn the human spirit has to offer.

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Fiction: Romance


Deja Vu All Over Again

Author: Larry Brill
Publisher: Black Tie Books
ISBN: 978-0-9960834-1-6
Purchase: Amazon

Two hearts, torn apart by one comical moment of raging teenage hormones, try to make things right by recreating their high school days 40 years later.

 GOLD WINNER

 

Landslide

Author: Melissa Leet
Publisher: Antrim House Books
ISBN: 978-1-943826-33-9
Purchase: Amazon

LANDSLIDE is a hopeful and sympathetic story about friendship, loss, and growing up, with gratifying elements of drama and romance.

 SILVER WINNER

 

A Promise Given: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel

Author: Michelle Cox
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-373-1
Purchase: Books2Read

In this third book of the series, Clive and Henrietta are drawn into a murder case while honeymooning in the English countryside. A delightful romp!

 SILVER WINNER

 

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Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy


ISAN - International Sensory Assassin Network

Author: Mary Ting
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
ISBN: 978-1-944109-56-1
Purchase: Book Website

“… this thrilling sci-fi drama explores autonomy and survival in a world where there are few remaining citizens after meteors crashed into Earth.” ~School Library Journal

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L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Vol. 34

Author: 24 Award-Winning Authors and illustrators
Publisher: Galaxy Press
ISBN: 978-1-61986-575-4
Purchase: Amazon

Your search for something new and different in sci-fi and fantasy ends here. #1 Bestselling Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Stories of the Year.

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Smoke City: A Novel

Author: Keith Rosson
Publisher: Meerkat Press
ISBN: 978-1-946154-16-3
Purchase: Publisher Website

Foreword Reviews (starred review) – "A brilliantly haunting tale of forgiveness and redemption even in the face of abject failure . . . Depravity and grace meet in a powerful, profound, and lavish banquet for the soul."

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Graphic Novels


Mandela and the General

Author: John Carlin; Oriol Malet (Illustrator)
Publisher: Plough Publishing House
ISBN: 978-0-87486-820-3
Purchase: Publisher Website

Will the freedom struggle end in a bloodbath? Only two men can avert it… A historically and artistically rich graphic novel relevant to today’s politics.

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Dark Tales: The Snow Queen (A Graphic Novel)

Author: Hans Christian Anderson; Emilie Majarian (Illustrator)
Publisher: Canterbury Classics
ISBN: 978-1-68412-102-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

Seven vignettes in a graphic novel format make up Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale THE SNOW QUEEN, which depicts the struggle between good and evil.

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T. Rex Generations

Author & Illustrator:Ted Rechlin
Publisher: RexTooth Studios
ISBN: 978-1-59152-229-4
Purchase: Publisher Website

Step back into the late Cretaceous in this action packed, science based thriller in a coming of age story like no other.

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Poetry


The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016

Author: Maurya Simon
Publisher: Red Hen Press
ISBN: 978-1-59709-610-2 (HC)
Purchase: Publisher Website

THE WILDERNESS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS compiles Maurya Simon's intellectual and compassionate exploration of life through nature and relationships.

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The Promised Land: Poems

Author: Philip S. Bryant
Publisher: Nodin Press
ISBN: 978-1-947237-14-8
Purchase: Amazon

The cooking of the Deep South and the hum of Chicago’s South Side meet the pastoral beauty of small-town Minnesota life in this jazzy collection.

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Where Night and Day Become One: The French Poems, 1983-2017

Author: Steve Dalachinsky
Publisher: great weather for MEDIA
ISBN: 978-0-9981440-3-0
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Celebrated avant-jazz poet Steve Dalachinsky explores the legacy of expatriate art and an unresolved past. Experimental, contemplative, joyful, Dalachinsky is top of his game.

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LGBTQ


Gay & Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer: From Diagnosis to Recovery

Editors: Jane M. Ussher, Janette Perz, and B.R. Simon Rosser
Publisher: Harrington Park Press
ISBN: 978-1-939594-25-9
Purchase: Amazon

Deals with the specific needs of gay and bisexual men living with prostate cancer, as well as their partners.

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The '49 Indian: A Novel

Author: Craig Moody
Publisher: Vivid Imagery Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9986558-4-0
Purchase: Amazon

Intense and beautifully tragic, THE '49 INDIAN tells a timeless, universal coming-of-age love story, vividly capturing the fierce, uncompromising loyalty of a profound and mighty bond.

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The Artist and The Soldier: A Novel

Author: Angelle Petta
Publisher: Warren Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-943258-72-7
Purchase: Amazon

THE ARTIST AND THE SOLDIER is intense, fast moving, and sheds light on largely untouched stories in American and Italian history.

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Health & Fitness


Acid Reflux & Heartburn in 30 Minutes: A Guide to Acid Reflux, Heartburn and GERD for Patients and Families

Author: J. Thomas Lamont, M.D.
Publisher: i30 Media
ISBN: 978-1-64188-007-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

Harvard Medical School Professor J. Thomas Lamont, M.D. uses plain-English explanations, case studies, and illustrations to explain the basics of heartburn and acid reflux.

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Achieving a Healthy Weight for Your Child: An Action Plan for Families

Author: Sandra G. Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
ISBN: 978-1-61002-154-8
Purchase: Publisher Website

Help children with weight concerns by giving their parents the clear-cut information on nutrition and fitness that they need. Dr. Hassink’s plan will help families meet their goals with details on diet and physical activity for at home, in school, and in the community.

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Diabetes Head to Toe: Everything You Need to Know about Diagnosis, Treatment, and Living with Diabetes

Authors: Rita R. Kalyani, MD, MHS; Mark D. Corriere, MD; Thomas W. Donner, MD; Michael W. Quartuccio, MD
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 978-1-4214-2648-8
Purchase: Publisher Website

A comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to understanding and managing your diabetes — straight from the experts.

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History


Misfits, Merchants, and Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934

Author: Lee Bruno
Publisher: Cameron + Company
ISBN: 978-1-944903-27-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

Featuring over 100 historical images, MISFITS, MERCHANTS, AND MAYHEM celebrates the famous (and infamous) characters whose charismatic personalities and perseverance created the institutions, businesses, and cultural fabric of San Francisco.

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Fighting Auschwitz: The Resistance Movement in the Concentration Camp

Author: Józef Garliński
Publisher: Aquila Polonica Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60772-024-9 (HC); 978-1-60772-025-6 (PB)
Purchase: Amazon

The definitive study of underground prisoner resistance at Auschwitz, and the evolution of Auschwitz from a concentration camp for political prisoners to a death camp for Jews.

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The Stephen Decatur House: A History

Authors: James Tertius de Kay, Michael Fazio, Osborne Phinizy Mackie and Katherine Malone-France; Bruce M. White (Photography)
Publisher: The White House Historical Association
ISBN: 978-1-931917-70-4
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The first comprehensive volume of the history of the Stephen Decatur House and its occupants told in four parts.

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Tractor: The Heartland Innovation, Ground-Breaking Machines, Midnight Schemes, Secret Garages, and Farmyard Geniuses That Mechanized Agriculture

Authors: Lee Klancher
Publisher: Octane Press
ISBN: 978-1-937747-95-4
Purchase: Publisher Website

This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines.

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Humor


Koren: In the Wild

Author: Edward Koren; Howard Norman (Preface); Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's (Introduction)
Publisher:Button Street Press
ISBN: 978-1-939767-18-9
Purchase: IndieBound

New Yorker cartoonist Edward Koren creates an Insider's Guide to Country Life, with his famous critters exploring exurbanites, locals, and life in the boonies.

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Lacks Self Control: True Stories I Waited Until My Parents Died to Tell

Author: Roy Sekoff
Publisher: Big A Books
ISBN: 978-0-9998927-1-8
Purchase: Amazon

A rollicking collection of true tales -- often outrageous, occasionally moving, always hilarious -- from the founding editor of the Huffington Post.

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Strange Crime: Oddball Crimes, Capers, Plots, Laws, and More

Author: Editors of Portable Press
Publisher: Portable Press
ISBN: 978-1-68412-277-6
Purchase: Publisher Website

Dumb crooks, celebrities gone bad, unsolved mysteries, odd laws, and more—Strange Crime has plenty of stories that will make you ask yourself, "What could they possibly have been thinking?"

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Inspirational


My Father's Gift: How One Man's Purpose Became a Journey of Hope and Healing

Author: Sixtus Z. Atabong, PA-C
Publisher: Koehler Books
ISBN: 978-1-63393-675-1
Purchase: Amazon

An engaging account of one man’s incredible journey from a poverty-stricken village in West Africa to the quintessential American success story. A lesson on faith, love, perseverance and sacrifice.

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Hogan's Hope: A Deaf Dog, A Courageous Journey, and A Christian's Faith

Author: Connie Bombaci
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1-5320-4327-7
Purchase: Amazon

Rescued from mandated death and severe abuse, a legendary deaf hero's prevailing courage inspires everyone to choose hope and its promise for love and acceptance.

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Monday Moments: Footprints of Faith, Hope, and Love

Author: Ann Hales
Publisher: Top Reads Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9986838-4-3
Purchase: Amazon

Filled with optimism and promise, faith, and a disposition of never giving up, MONDAY MOMENTS weaves a golden thread of gratitude as inspiration for everyday living.

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Multicultural


Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives

Author: Susan Schaefer Davis; Joe Coca (Photography)
Publisher: Thrums Books
ISBN: 978-0-9990517-1-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

WOMEN ARTISANS OF MOROCCO tells the in-depth evocative stories of 25 artisans who practice ancient craft traditions with an inspiring pride and fortitude.

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Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias

Author: Michael Wilken-Robertson
Publisher: Sunbelt Publications
ISBN: 978-1-941384-30-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

KUMEYAAY ETHNOBOTANY explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias.

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Rug Money: How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives through Art and Innovation

Author: Mary Anne Wise and Cheryl Conway-Daly
Publisher: Thrums Books
ISBN: 978-0-9990517-8-8
Purchase: Publisher Website

At the heart of RUG MONEY is the work of artist Mary Anne Wise and her committed team at Multicolores, the nonprofit rug-hooking cooperative they formed in Guatemala.

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Nature & Environment


North American Wildlife Policy and Law

Editors: Bruce D. Leopold, Winifred B. Kessler, and James L. Cummins
Publisher: Boone and Crockett Club
ISBN: 978-1-940860-27-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

This comprehensive text thoroughly examines the history and foundation of policy, reviews and analyzes major federal, state, and provincial laws and policies important to natural resource management, and discusses application and practice of policy to ensure sustainability of wildlife, fish and their habitats.

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Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion

Author: Jim Wiliams; Douglas Chadwick (Foreword)
Publisher: Patagonia
ISBN: 978-1-93834-072-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

The intrepid mountain lion -- aka puma, a cougar – has experienced reinvigoration and expansion of territory. Their story informs the protection of all species in times of challenge and decline.

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Trees: Between Earth and Heaven

Author: Gregory Namee; Wade Davis (Introduction); Art Wolfe (Photography)
Publisher: Earth Aware Editions
ISBN: 978-1-68383-082-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

Through the vivid images of legendary photographer Art Wolfe, TREES offers a sweeping yet intimate look at an arboreal world.

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Web Watching: A Guide to Webs & The Spiders that Make Them

Author: Larry Weber
Publisher: Stone Ridge Press
ISBN: 978-0-9909158-7-4
Purchase: Barnes & Noble

Spider webs are a thing of beauty. In WEB WATCHING discover how to identify the webs of nearly 50 species of spider.

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Parenting & Family Issues


Caring for Your Adopted Child: An Essential Guide for Parents

Authors: Elaine E. Schulte, MD, MPH, FAAP and Robin L. Michaelson
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
ISBN: 978-1-61002-215-6
Purchase: Publisher Website

Whether a child joins a family through domestic adoption, international adoption, or foster care, he or she may have needs that require special consideration. This comprehensive resource offers trusted parenting advice from a leading adoption medicine expert, adoptive parents, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, focusing on the physical and emotional well-being of children.

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10 Powerful Things To Say To Your Kids: Creating the Relationship You Want with the Most Important People in Your Life

Author: Paul Axtell
Publisher: Jackson Creek Press
ISBN: 978-0-943097-18-3
Purchase: Publisher Website

Updated with the latest research and stories from parents, this new edition provides practical, ready-to-use tips for fostering remarkable relationships your children—whatever their age.

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Off the Rails: One Family's Journey Through Teen Addiction

Author: Susan Burrowes
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-467-7
Purchase: Amazon

A mother and her addicted daughter lose and then fight to find each other again. A story of love, strength and determination in two voices.

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Same Here, Sisterfriend: Mostly True Misadventures in Motherhood

Editor: Holly Mackle
Publisher: Dexterity, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9983253-4-7
Purchase: Amazon

SAME HERE, SISTERFRIEND is a collection of mostly true, often funny, and sometimes irreverent tales of motherhood, by and for moms in the trenches.

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Political & Current Events


Congressional Procedure: A Practical Guide to Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress

Author: Richard A. Arenberg
Publisher: TheCapitol.Net, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-58733-299-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

This non-partisan comprehensive guide to Congress explains the legislative and congressional budget processes along with all aspects of Congress.

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Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Female Islamic Radicals

Author: Farhana Qazi
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-938218-15-6
Purchase: Amazon

Farhana Qazi offers an insider’s view into what drives ordinary women to join radical Islamic movements and offers solutions to prevent them from making this choice.

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Vote and See: A Conversation with Pepe Mujica

Author: Dario Klein
Publisher: Syncretic Press
ISBN: 978-1-946071-19-4
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Pepe Mujica, the poorest president in the World, shares his insights about politics, democracy and the key role of our participation.

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Professional & Technical


Victory Motorcycles 1998-2017: The Complete History of an American Original

Author: Michael Dapper and Lee Klancher
Publisher: Octane Press
ISBN: 978-1-937747-93-0
Purchase: Publisher Website

This richly illustrated book covers the brand’s history model-by-model, and analyzes why the parent company announced in early 2017 that its Victory division would cease operation.

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Innovations in Automotive and Aerospace Assembly

Author: George Nicholas Bullen
Publisher: SAE International
ISBN: 978-0-7680-8281-4
Purchase: Publisher Website

INNOVATIONS IN AUTOMOTIVE AND AEROSPACE ASSEMBLY provides the latest technologies and methodologies being introduced into automobile and aerospace manufacturing with the use of disruptive materials.

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North American Wildlife Policy and Law

Editors: Bruce D. Leopold, Winifred B. Kessler, and James L. Cummins
Publisher: Boone and Crockett Club
ISBN: 978-1-940860-27-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

This comprehensive text thoroughly examines the history and foundation of policy, reviews and analyzes major federal, state, and provincial laws and policies important to natural resource management, and discusses application and practice of policy to ensure sustainability of wildlife, fish and their habitats.

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Psychology


A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention

Author: Susan Hannifin-MacNab
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-63489-084-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

A TO Z HEALING TOOLBOX combines the author’s experience and knowledge into an alphabet's worth of techniques to accompany people on their healing journey.

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Bipolar Wellness: How to Recover from Bipolar Illness

Author: Michael Rose, M.A.
Publisher: Being Well Press
ISBN: 978-0-9991112-0-8
Purchase: Amazon

Filled with humor and wisdom, BIPOLAR WELLNESS is the guide to recovery from bipolar illness. Twenty clearly explained steps from breakthrough nutritional supplements to stigma busting to suicide prevention & more.

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder Toolbox: 55 Practical Treatment Techniques for Clients, Their Partners & Their Children

Author: Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D.
Publisher: PESI Publishing & Media
ISBN: 978-1-683731-52-8
Purchase: Publisher Website

NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER TOOLBOX includes invaluable tools to treat clients on the narcissistic spectrum, and help their partners and children grow beyond the hurt and pain.

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Reference


North American Wildlife Policy and Law

Editors: Bruce D. Leopold, Winifred B. Kessler, and James L. Cummins
Publisher: Boone and Crockett Club
ISBN: 978-1-940860-27-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

This comprehensive text thoroughly examines the history and foundation of policy, reviews and analyzes major federal, state, and provincial laws and policies important to natural resource management, and discusses application and practice of policy to ensure sustainability of wildlife, fish and their habitats.

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The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari to XBox

Author: Evan Amos
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 978-1-59327-743-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

THE GAME CONSOLE is a tour through the evolution of video game hardware, with gorgeous full-color photos of 86 consoles and their grisly innards.

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Victory Motorcycles 1998-2017: The Complete History of an American Original

Author: Michael Dapper and Lee Klancher
Publisher: Octane Press
ISBN: 978-1-937747-93-0
Purchase: Publisher Website

This richly illustrated book covers the brand’s history model-by-model, and analyzes why the parent company announced in early 2017 that its Victory division would cease operation.

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Regional


Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias

Author: Michael Wilken-Robertson
Publisher: Sunbelt Publications
ISBN: 978-1-941384-30-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

KUMEYAAY ETHNOBOTANY explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias.

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Chicago Eternal

Author: Larry Broutman
Publisher: Broutman Photography, LLC
ISBN: 978-1-893121-74-4
Purchase: Publisher Website

Beautiful and moody photography offers a tour of death's domain in Chicago's historic cemeteries while celebrating life and the living. Includes 3D glasses for special chapter.

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Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred

Author: Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard
Publisher: Documentary Media
ISBN: 978-1-933245-53-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

An inspiring compilation of the city's heritage by Seattle public historian Paul Dorpat. The most compelling and essential of his historical photo essays, paired with a new, matching full-color "now" photograph by co-author Jean Sherrard.

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Religion


The Scandal of Redemption: When God Liberates the Poor, Saves Sinners, and Heals Nations

Author: Oscar Romero
Publisher: Plough Publishing House
ISBN: 978-0-87486-141-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

Oscar Romero was a fearless defender of the poor and suffering. Discover his faith through his own words - words that cost him his life.

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Early Churches in South Dakota: A Lasting Legacy

Author: Robert W. Sebesta, with an essay by Elizabeth J. Almlie
Publisher: South Dakota Historical Society Press
ISBN: 978-1-94181-317-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

Churches represent shared religious beliefs, local craftsmanship, and community. Sebesta details, decade-by-decade, the early efforts to create these places of worship and the modern-day struggles to preserve them.

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Finding God in Ordinary Time: Daily Meditations

Author: Christine Marie Eberle
Publisher: Green Place Books
ISBN: 978-1-7320815-3-6
Purchase: OpenBook Bookstore

Take a wide-eyed look at your life—the commonplace, joyful, and even heartbreaking events—and discover the presence of God, hidden in plain sight.

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Self-Help


A Beautiful Morning: How a Morning Ritual Can Feed Your Soul and Transform Your Life

Author: Ashley Ellington Brown
Publisher: Leo Press
ISBN: 978-0-99951-011-7
Purchase: Amazon

Discover how a morning ritual can enhance clarity, energy, and inspiration; refresh and restore you; improve relationships; and help you create a life you love.

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The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction

Author: Rebecca E. Williams, PhD and Julie S. Kraft, MA, LMFT
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 978-1-68403-070-5
Purchase: Amazon

THE GIFT OF RECOVERY offers 52 powerful mindfulness skills and daily affirmations to help you cope with daily stress and stay grounded in your recovery.

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The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People and Things as They Are

Author: Daniel A. Miller
Publisher: Ebb and Flow Press
ISBN: 978-0-9828930-5-0
Purchase: Amazon

Illustrates the profound blessings of accepting our loved ones, children, friends, parents, and others as they are, as well as life's challenges and adversities. It provides tools, intentions, and strategies for practicing acceptance so you can live a more serene life.

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Sports & Recreation


The T206 Collection, Second Edition: The Players & Their Stories

Authors: Tom & Ellen Zappala, with Lou Blasi; Joe Orlando (Foreword & Contributions); Derek Hogue (Contributions)
Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher LLC
ISBN: 978-1-937721-60-2
Purchase: T206 Society

A collection of baseball biographies and statistics as shown through the timeless and extraordinarily beautiful 1909-11 T206 baseball card issue, featuring two new chapters and brand new imagery.

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How to Coach Girls

Authors: Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley
Publisher: Audrey Press
ISBN: 978-1-936426-03-4
Purchase: Publisher Website

FACT: Girls quit sports 6x the rate of boys. HOW TO COACH GIRLS shares advice and tactics to help coaches keep young female athletes in sports!

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Paddling My Own Canoe: A Solo Adventure on the Coast of Moloka'i

Author: Audrey Sutherland
Publisher: Patagonia
ISBN: 978-1-93834-076-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

An epic memoir of an intrepid adventurer, a woman who lived by the philosophy "Go Simple, Go Solo, Go Now."

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Travel


Rudy's Rules for Travel: Life Lessons from Around the Globe

Author: Mary K. Jensen
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-322-9
Purchase: Amazon

When this marriage of opposites goes traveling, their stories combine laugh-out-loud humor with poignant lessons from the odyssey of a World War II veteran.

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Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do it Right and Be Polite!

Author: Amy Chavez; Jun Hazuki (Illustrator)
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-61172-043-3
Purchase: Amazon

This illustrated guide to common courtesy, acceptable behavior, and manners is essential for any visitor to Japan.

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Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance

Author: Tracey Carisch
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-411-0
Purchase: Amazon

A mother’s candid and insightful account of her family’s globe-trotting journey offers laughter, a few tears, and the memorable life lessons of nomadic travel.

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RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips

Author: Rick Quinn
Publisher: Imbrifex Books
ISBN: 978-1-945501-05-0
Purchase: Amazon

Discover 25 scenic alternatives to Interstates, stunning photography, detailed maps, easy-to-follow narrative guide the way through breathtaking landscapes and iconic western towns in Arizona and New Mexico.

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Cover Design: Small Format


Running with Lions

Author: Julian Winters
Publisher: Duet Books, an imprint of Interlude Press
ISBN: 978-1-945053-62-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

When an ex-friend joins his soccer team, goalie Sebastian must try to reconnect. But to Sebastian’s surprise, days on the pitch spark a new relationship.

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17 Dresses: A Novel

Author: Pamela Klein
Publisher: Padaro Press
ISBN: 978-0-9906966-9-8
Purchase: Amazon

A haute and hunting glance at the suffering that comes from not wanting to "fit in" to anything but that venerable dress in the window.

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(Extra)Ordinary Women: Ten Inspirational Stories

Author: Krisin Bartzokis
Publisher: KiCam Projects LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9991581-4-2
Purchase: Amazon

"A journey into the very marrow of which strong women are made."– Joanie Cox-Henry, journalist and blogger

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Cover Design: Large Format


Victory Motorcycles 1998-2017: The Complete History of an American Original

Author: Michael Dapper and Lee Klancher
Publisher: Octane Press
ISBN: 978-1-937747-93-0
Purchase: Publisher Website

This richly illustrated book covers the brand’s history model-by-model, and analyzes why the parent company announced in early 2017 that its Victory division would cease operation.

 GOLD WINNER

 

The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari to XBox

Author: Evan Amos
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 978-1-59327-743-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

THE GAME CONSOLE is a tour through the evolution of video game hardware, with gorgeous full-color photos of 86 consoles and their grisly innards.

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Jazzy Vegetarian's Deliciously Vegan: Plant-Powered Recipes for the Modern, Mindful Kitchen

Author: Laura Theodore
Publisher: Scribe Publishing Company
ISBN: 978-0-99160-215-5
Purchase: Amazon

Celebrity vegan chef Laura Theodore (The Jazzy Vegetarian on PBS) shares over 175 new plant-based recipes, each with full-color photography.

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Wonderous West Shore

Authors: Todd and Brad Reed and West Shore Bank
Publisher: Todd and Brad Reed Photography
ISBN: 978-1-5323-7048-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

Nine Lake Michigan shoreline & adjacent area counties are the focus of WONDEROUS WEST SHORE. From the imagery, to printing & binding, this book was fully created in Michigan.

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Cover Design: Children's/Young Adult


C is for Christmas

Author: Michelle Medlock Adams; Louise Hargreaves (Illustrator)
Publisher: Little Lamb Books
ISBN: 978-1-7323158-0-8
Purchase: Amazon

Pairing scenes from the first Christmas with today’s traditions, this A-B-C picture book brings together the best elements of the season into a delightful read-aloud families will enjoy every year.

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Mission Python: Code a Space Adventure Game

Author: Sean McManus
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 978-1-59327-857-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

Launch into coding with MISSION PYTHON, a space-themed guide to building a complete computer game in Python.

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Seed Savers - Treasure

Author: Sandra Smith
Publisher: Flying Books House
ISBN: 978-1-943345-05-2
Purchase: Amazon

In a future where gardening is illegal and Big Brother is always watching, two children embark on a journey to find a place where real food still exists.

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Tractor: The Heartland Innovation, Ground-Breaking Machines, Midnight Schemes, Secret Garages, and Farmyard Geniuses That Mechanized Agriculture

Authors: Lee Klancher
Publisher: Octane Press
ISBN: 978-1-937747-95-4
Purchase: Publisher Website

This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines.

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RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips

Author: Rick Quinn
Publisher: Imbrifex Books
ISBN: 978-1-945501-05-0
Purchase: Amazon

Discover 25 scenic alternatives to Interstates, stunning photography, detailed maps, easy-to-follow narrative guide the way through breathtaking landscapes and iconic western towns in Arizona and New Mexico.

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The Stephen Decatur House: A History

Authors: James Tertius de Kay, Michael Fazio, Osborne Phinizy Mackie and Katherine Malone-France; Bruce M. White (Photography)
Publisher: The White House Historical Association
ISBN: 978-1-931917-70-4
Purchase: Publisher Website

The first comprehensive volume of the history of the Stephen Decatur House and its occupants told in four parts.

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Interior Design: Children's/Young Adult


The Jaguar's Story

Author: Kosa Ely; Radhe Gendron (Illustrator)
Publisher: Chandra Media
ISBN: 978-0-9996654-0-4
Purchase: Book Website

Deep in the Amazon two cubs are born to a loving mama jaguar. This is their story of adversity and adventure on their journey to find a new home.

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The Black Cloud Blues

Author: Christine A. Emery; Kellie R. Emery (Illustrator)
Publisher: Koehler Kids, an imprint of Koehler Books
ISBN: 978-1-63393-821-2 (HC); 978-1-63393-819-9 (PB); 978-1-63393-820-5 (EBOOK)
Purchase: Amazon

A cute story about how to get rid of a stubborn storm cloud, while encouraging children to ask for help with emotional needs.

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Dinosaurs Living in My Hair! 2

Author: Jayne M. Rose Vallee; Anni Matsick (Illustrator)
Publisher: Rosevallee Creations LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9861922-1-0
Purchase: Publisher Website

"Rose-Vallee’s rhyming text flows in perfect rhythm and rhyme . . . great choice to highlight diverse friendships and believing in yourself." – Kirkus Reviews 2018

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Audiobook: Fiction


The Benghazi Affair

Author: Steven E. Wilson; Jeff Hoyt (Narrator)
Publisher: H-G Books
ISBN: Audible
Purchase: Audible

CIA operative extraordinaire, Stone Waverly, finds himself in treacherous revolutionary Benghazi.

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Crow's Rest: Faerie Crossed Book 1

Author: Angelica R. Jackson; Brenda Scott Wlazlo (Narrator)
Publisher: Crow & Pitcher Press
ISBN: 978-0-9987214-3-9
Purchase: Author's Website

Sixteen-year-old Avery is determined to reclaim her almost-boyfriend from the Fae, with the help of the creature who stole his body in the first place.

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Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge: The Sequel to A Christmas Carol

Author: Norman Whaler; Gordon Griffin and Naomi Frederick (Narrators)
Publisher: Beneath Another Sky Books
ISBN: 978-0-69208-403-8
Purchase: Author Website

In this romance sequel to Dickens’ classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Ebenezer Scrooge suddenly dies, but returns to teach Tiny Tim a much needed lesson.

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Audiobook: Nonfiction


Football Flyboy: First Lt. Bill Cannon, Piloting More Than His Own Aircraft

Author: Lisa Reinicke; Lisa Reinicke and Richard Rieman (Narrators)
Publisher: Our House Publications
ISBN: 978-0-9993637-3-7
Purchase: Audible

Not your typical war story. Old letters seeded FOOTBALL FLYBOY, letters that are a one-sided conversation of a man who loved for someone other than himself.

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The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People and Things as They Are

Author: Daniel A. Miller; Doug McDonald (Narrator)
Publisher: Ebb and Flow Press
ISBN: 978-0-9828930-5-0
Purchase: Audible

Illustrates the profound blessings of accepting our loved ones, children, friends, parents, and others as they are, as well as life's challenges and adversities. It provides tools, intentions, and strategies for practicing acceptance so you can live a more serene life.

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Miracle at Quecreek Mine

Author: Bill Arnold; Joseph Cullen Brown (Narrator)
Publisher: Encourage Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9985592-9-2 (Audio); 978-0-9985592-4-7 (PB)
Purchase: Amazon

A true American story by the dairy farmer who had a front-row seat.to a string of miraculous events that saved lives and uplifted a nation.

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Best New Voice: Fiction


Heir of Ra: Blood of Ra Book One

Author: M. Sasinowski
Publisher: Kingsmill Press
ISBN: 978-1-7324467-1-7
Purchase: Amazon

An ancient artifact found in the fabled Hall of Records beneath the Sphinx could help save Alyssa’s father and change history—or destroy our future.

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Gina in the Floating World: A Novel

Author: Belle Brett
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-407-3
Purchase: Amazon

Introduced to an unorthodox world of art, Zen, and pleasure, a naïve American, working as a bar hostess in 1981 Tokyo, slides willingly into prostitution.

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The Orchard Lover: A Novel

Author: Christianna McCausland
Publisher: Spring Idyll Press
ISBN: 978-0-69208-403-8
Purchase: Amazon

Each year Alden takes a lover until the arrival of a revivalist minister changes everything. She must decide if love will save or destroy her.

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The Witness Tree: A Novel

Author: Amy Pendino
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-63489-145-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

Unexplained events occur after a woman moves to an old Iowa farmstead and helps neighbors take down a strange double-headed tree, said to be cursed.

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Best New Voice: Nonfiction


Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir

Author: John Stillman with Lori Stillman
Publisher: Turtle Creek Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-7327361-0-8
Purchase: Book Website

"Unearthing fifty years of repressed memories with stunning accuracy and raw details, it is a vivid and moving Vietnam memoir that will open your eyes.

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Boot Language: A Memoir

Author: Vanya Erickson
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-465-3
Purchase: Amazon

Click here for the BOOT LANGUAGE book trailer. Sign up for the latest updates and receive a gift here.

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Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback

Author: Bernice Ende; Shirley Machonis (Book Designer)
Publisher: Farcountry Press
ISBN: 978-1-56037-722-1
Purchase: Amazon

This incredible memoir follows Bernice Ende, a solitary figure with the daunting goal of traveling from Montana to New Mexico with her horses and an exceptional dog named Claire.

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Official Residences Around the World

Author: Abby Clouse-Radigan
Publisher: The White House Historical Association
ISBN: 978-1-931917-87-2
Purchase: Publisher Website

This book reveals how official residences and offices of nations around the world reflect a nation’s political systems, culture, architecture, landscape, and history.

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Best New Voice: Children's/Young Adult


I Am the Rain

Author: John Paterson
Publisher: Dawn Publications
ISBN: 978-1-58469-616-2
Purchase: Publisher Website

Water is always changing—lyrical verses present water in its many colors, shapes, and forms as it follows its natural cycle through the seasons.

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The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia

Authors: Audrey Smit and Jackie Knapp
Publisher: This Little Street
ISBN: 978-1-7326961-0-5
Purchase: Amazon

The first book of a new travel series for little wanderers – follow Lily in this whimsical tale about the thrills of being brave + discovering the world.

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Oliver's Otter Phase

Author: Lisa Connors; Karen Jones (Illustrator)
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-607184-62-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

What child hasn’t wondered what it would be like to be an animal? After a trip to an aquarium, Oliver decides he wants to be a sea otter. But being an otter isn’t easy for a human. What’s an otter, we mean a boy to do?

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The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Fiction)


The Way of Glory

Author: Patricia J. Boomsma
Publisher: Edeleboom Books
ISBN: 978-1-732682-00-9
Purchase: IndieBound

Cate faces the terror and contradictions of holy war and its impossible choices when she joins her brothers’ battles against the Moors in 12th-century Hispania.

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Little Girl Leaving: A Novel Based on a True Story

Author: Lisa Blume
Publisher: Illumine LLC
ISBN: 978-6-9210-406-4
Purchase: Amazon

For a child whose family falls into deeper and darker cycles of sexual abuse and violence, survival means finding beauty and goodness in her world.

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Margaret's Dove: A Novel

Author: Gary J. Gemme
Publisher: Mill City Press
ISBN: 978-1-5456-3103-4
Purchase: Amazon

A story that transcends time and distance to find love and happiness becomes an odyssey to learn the unique and personal meaning of love.

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The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction)


Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios

Author: David A. Bossert
Publisher: The Old Mill Press
ISBN: 978-1-7326020-0-7
Purchase: Amazon

The Disney Studios animation furniture designed by mid-century architect Kem Weber from concept paintings, drawings and photos to interviews with the artists who used it.

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A Boy Named Courage: A Surgeon's Memoir of Apartheid

Author: Himmet Dajee, MD, with Patrice Apodaca
Publisher: Cynren Press
ISBN: 978-1-947976-00-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

From the ugly past of South African apartheid to a dazzling career in medicine, one man is determined to live up to his name: Courage.

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Thrive: Ten Prescriptions for Exceptional Performance as a Commercial Real Estate Agent

Author: Blaine Strickland
Publisher: Resourceful Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9997690-0-3
Purchase: Publisher Website

This book contains the prescriptions to the challenges that you have faced (or will) as you take the next step up the ladder.

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The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children's/Young Adult)


Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus

Author: Sheri Roloff
Publisher: KWiL Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9991437-1-1
Purchase: Amazon

HIDE & GO SEEK-A-SAURUS is a comic-style, interactive adventure starring two funny dinosaur friends.

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Santa's Dog

Author: JoAnn Sky; Ed Koehler (Illustrator)
Publisher: Dogs and Books
ISBN: 978-0-9998430-0-0
Purchase: Publisher Website

Santa’s best dog shows us how love is a beautiful gift, when he falls from the sleigh one Christmas Eve and finds a family who needs him.

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The Tukor's Journey

Author: Jeannine Kellogg
Publisher: Jagged Compass LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9995714-0-8
Purchase: Amazon

Siblings Mitch, Tony, and Jovi discover a centuries-long battle to stop mysterious creatures called Grezniks from blowing up Earth and shattering Life to bits, but will they have the courage to join the battle?

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