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Summer Reads 2021

It’s that time of year. Beach reading!

Life and Other Shortcomings by Corie Adjmi

Corie Adjmi, award-winning author and women’s empowerment activist, uses the power and relatability of storytelling to help empower women in all areas of life. Her award-winning book, Life and Other Shortcomings has been praised for its relatability and power to teach important life lessons. Recently featured and reviewed by the Jewish Book Council, and featured in Parade’s “20 Classic and New Books About Feminism That Will Get You Thinking and Talking” roundup, Life and Other Shortcomings is the perfect read for any graduate. 



This book illustrates the stories of 12 women, all on a different path in life, with one common overarching theme: the beauty, honesty and compelling nature of the female experience and what it means to be a woman. Through each character’s intimate journey, specific truths are revealed about what it means to be a woman—in a relationship with another person, in a particular culture and era—and how these conditions ultimately affect her relationship with herself.

“I am SO busy.”

How often do we say that to our co-workers, our family and friends, and ourselves?

The question that Maura Thomas, an award-winning expert on productivity and work-life balance, says what we should be asking is “what is truly important?”

In her latest book, From To-Do to Done, Thomas outlines a strategy for focusing on the things that truly matter, leaving you feeling more in control, less overwhelmed, and a greater sense of accomplishment by focusing on what is truly important to you.

Thomas is available for interviews to share:

  • Why time management doesn’t work
  • Why it’s so hard to get important work done
  • The three stages of productivity, and two questions to ask to achieve significant results
  • How to best organize your to-do list
  • How to make projects easier for the “doer” – that’s you!

Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker, trainer, and author on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely cited authority on attention management.

She has trained thousands of individuals at hundreds of organizations on her proprietary Empowered Productivity™ System, a process for achieving significant results and living a life of choice. She appears weekly in business outlets such as Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, and the Harvard Business Review.

Kentucky Moonshine
David W. Maurer
With a new foreword by Wes Berry

When the first American tax on distilled spirits was established in 1791, violence broke out in Pennsylvania. The resulting Whiskey Rebellion sent hundreds of families down the Ohio River by flatboat, stills on board, to settle anew in the fertile bottomlands of Kentucky. Here they used cold limestone spring water to make bourbon and found that corn produced even better yields of whiskey than rye. Thus, the licit and illicit branches of the distilling industry grew up side-by-side in the state. This is the story of the illicit side—the moonshiners’ craft and craftsmanship, as practiced in Kentucky. A glossary of moonshiner jargon sheds light on such colorful terms as “puker,” “slop,” and “weed-monkey.” 

With a new foreword by author Wes Berry, David M. Maurer’s classic history of this subject is tongue-in-cheek, but nevertheless provides a realistic look at the Kentucky moonshiner and the moonshining industry.


An ice-cold, sparkling hard seltzer is a tasty, low-cal, refreshing treat on its own. And now, these canned beverages are getting a mixed-drink makeover, thanks to The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book: 55 Unofficial Recipes for White Claw® Slushies, Truly® Mixers, and More Spiked-Seltzer Drinks [978-1646041855, $19.95, Ulysses Press, June 2021] by Casie Vogel.

The first of its kind, The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book is your go-to resource for transforming your favorite alcoholic seltzers into deliciously fun cocktails. Whether you’re a fan of Truly®,  White Claw®, Vizzy®, or Bud Light Seltzer®, there’s something for everyone with these easy-to-make recipes, including Aperol Spritz-o-Clock, Fizzy Fuzzy Navels, Watermelon Sugar Slushy, Millennial Cosmo, Fizzier French 75, Summer in the City Manhattan. Truly LIIT (Long Island Iced Tea), Lemon Drop It Like It’s Hot, Lost in the Jungle Juice and much more!

Author Casie Vogel, a self-declared lover of all things carbonated, is sharing her expertise to help you make every season hard-seltzer season. “At 4 to 6 percent alcohol content, it’s an easy beverage to imbibe anytime of day. But sometimes you have to take it up a notch…or several,” she said. “What’s the right ratio? What actually tastes like a cocktail, doesn’t skimp, but also doesn’t immediately send you to blackout town? Well, my friend, that is where my help comes in. The recipes are dangerously delicious and designed to get the party going, whether it’s a Friday night pregame or your next big party—or if it’s just been a tough day (girl, you do you). Instead of that next round of probably (always) regrettable tequila shots, pick up this book and let’s get bubbly.”

The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book offers everything you need to add a little snap, sparkle, and pop to your favorite cocktails.

Bestselling author and award-winning trainer Oonagh Duncan cuts through the wellness clutter to drop some truth bombs: it might not be six-pack abs you’re looking for ― it might be happiness, confidence, and acceptance. Whatever it is you need to feel confident in your own skin, it’s definitely not a bullshit diet.

Here’s the thing. All the people who say they want to lose weight? It’s not about their weight. It’s about happiness. People don’t want to be skinny, they want to be happy. 

In Ditch the Diet (6/1/21) Duncan talks about the mindset shifts you need to make to practice being happy with your body NOW as well as the habits and routines you can build into your life so that you feel amazing.

Please let me know if you are interested in receiving a review copy of the book, or in an interview with the author.

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