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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Two JFK books in one eBook

We've heard and read plenty about the assassination of President Kennedy, but what do we really know about the man and what he did as President?  Well, here's our chance to learn about John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 

NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RosettaBooks adds to its William Manchester catalog with the ebook releases of Portrait of a President and One Brief Shining Moment. Manchester, an award-winning author, was Professor of History Emeritus at Wesleyan University and a prolific chronicler of historical events that shaped America and the modern world during the mid-20th Century. 

First published in 1962, Portrait of a President is William Manchester’s firsthand account of the life of President Kennedy. Drawn from his personal friendship with the President and the Kennedy family, and from more than 40 interviews conducted during JFKs first year in office, Manchester provides a glimpse into the chaotic, yet magical, world and times of the Kennedy administration. Manchester himself provided updates to the book after the assassination of the President, and Portrait of a President remains a classic must-read for anyone interested in John F. Kennedy, the man. 

One Brief Shining Moment, first released in 1983, is Manchester’s celebration of Kennedy and the extraordinary period of American history. Manchester admired Kennedy and was proud to call him a friend. Twenty years after JFK’s death, Manchester takes us from the wedding of Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier, through the presidency with a look back on those years as only time can provide. Manchester uses his own reality to show that the myth of Camelot was not just a label for the times. 

One Brief Shining Moment does indeed make the Kennedy days look glamorous again.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred)

RosettaBooks also publishes Manchester’s books ControversyThe Glory and the Dream, and H.L. Menken in eBook. 

About RosettaBooks: RosettaBooks is a leading independent trade publisher headquartered in New York City. The company launched in 2001 with a list of 100 preeminent digital backlist titles. Today the company’s 800-plus title list includes classic eBooks of every category, as well as an original line of frontlist nonfiction books. RosettaBooks’ prominent author collections include 100 works by M.C. Beaton, 52 works by Winston Churchill, 35 works by Arthur C. Clarke, 20 works by Kurt Vonnegut, 12 works by Stephen R. Covey, and 18 works by Robert Graves. In addition, RosettaBooks publishes eBook lines in collaboration with AARP, Harvard Health Publications, Mayo Clinic, and the Associated Press. Through a partnership with Ingram Publisher Services, RosettaBooks offers full nationwide print distribution. RosettaBooks’ trade program publishes high-profile thought leaders such as Alan Dershowitz, Jamie Merisotis, and William D. Eggers, as well as personal memoir, humor, and business titles. RosettaBooks was named an Inc. 500 company in 2015, on the exclusive list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Conversations with Philip K. Dick available now at Amazon

my book is up on Amazon! 
-- also available on Amazon UK and Amazon EU

Sit down and relax, spend time with Phil Dick and friends. Sip a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.Discuss God, Nazis and relationships, in no particular order.

Gain insight into the life of the author of Bladerunner, Total Recall, The Man in the HIgh Castle and more amazing stories. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stop Nestle from stealing our precious water

Did you know? 

Nestlé pays just $524 a year to pull tens of millions of gallons of water out of San Bernardino National Forest -- water it turns around and sells at a massive profit for $2 a bottle.
And when challenged on whether Nestlé should be able to continue to drain our watersheds for practically nothing, a chief executive replied, "Water belongs to no one."(1)
We beg to differ.
The water necessary to sustain our national forests belongs to the American people, and after years of historic drought, we need that water to replenish our aquifers, not to help pad Nestlé’s profits.
Courage Campaign Institute is continuing its legal battle to stop Nestlé from taking our water, but Nestlé will spend whatever it takes to drag it out. Will you chip in $5?
Nestlé has been pulling water out of the San Bernardino National Forest for decades on an expired permit, and Courage Campaign Institute has been fighting for more than two years to stop the company. Currently:
  • We are appealing a federal judge's ruling that allowed the outdated permit to continue.(2)
  • We've filed a Freedom of Information Act suit to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to turn over Nestlé's records so we may know the true extent of Nestlé's water operation.(3)
  • And we're planning a huge response for when the California State Water Resources Control Board opens its public comment period about disputes over water rights in the San Bernardino National Forest. We need an outpouring of comments highlighting just how much people want the Forest Service to stop Nestlé from draining the water supply needed for our forests.
Our legal bills are piling up, and Nestlé is hoping that we will just give up and go away. But we're not going anywhere.
Nestlé should not be allowed to pump our national forests dry, and we won't rest until we have justice for our environment. Will you chip in $5 to help fund our fight against Nestlé?
Susannah, along with Annie, Brenna, Caitlin, Cheyenne, Eddie, Emma, Kelsey, Lindsay, Mahdi, Mary, Molly, Raquel, Scottie, Tim, and William (the Courage team)
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Improve your mind by reading just 15 pages a day

Improve Your Memory and Mental Development: Read 15 Pages A Day!

New program promotes the benefits of reading on paper regularly

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To promote the many benefits of reading on paper, the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ campaign launches 15 Pages A Day, a new program encouraging everyone to take the pledge to read 15 Pages A Day in print. Similar to physical exercise, the consistent reading of print pages can yield several benefits including improved mental development and memory.

“Reading, like playing a musical instrument or speaking a second language or exercising, involves habit,” says Dr. Naomi Baron, Professor of Linguistics at American University in Washington, DC and author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (Oxford University Press). To read Dr. Baron’s full essay, “Make Books a Daily Habit: Why Regular Reading Matters, Especially in Print” and for more insights on the benefits of learning with paper see the Paper and Productive Learning Report: The Third Annual Back-to-School Report. 

The 15 Pages A Day program, launching just in time for the back-to-school season, offers parents, students and teachers a way to participate by pledging to read 15 print pages a day.
How Can People Participate? Take the Pledge!
Pledge to read at least 15 pages a day in print to realize the benefits of reading on paper. More details on how to take the pledge can be found at Participants can also share their involvement and invite their friends to take the pledge by using #15Pages.

The Benefits of Reading on Paper Each Day
Improved Memory/Recall

  • Current research indicates that taking notes by hand on paper aids memory and recollection.    
  • According to another recent study, “the findings show that people who regularly read and write have a markedly slower decline in memory than people who don’t.”

Increased Language/Mental Development

  • The American Library Association has found that “students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not.”  
  • Reading aloud for 15 minutes a day aids language development, instills a love of reading and increases understanding of how knowledge is gained and shared. 

To learn more about the 15 Pages A Day reading program, please visit: