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And the Winner Is . . . Square One's ADHD & THE FOCUSED MIND!

Posted: 2017/06/26

Garden City Park, New York: Square One is proud to announce that it has won another Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) announced at their annual awards ceremony during their Publishing University event (held this year in Portland, Oregon).

ADHD & The Focused Mind (Square One, $17.95 USD) is the book that brought home the gold for Square One in the "Best Parenting & Family Issues" category; no coincidence, given the book's central emphasis on the same focus and self-discipline that Olympic medal-winning legend Michael Phelps was taught by his mother, Deborah, when he was diagnosed with ADHD as a young boy. Twenty-two Olympic medals and thirty-nine broken world records in swimming later, it seems safe to say that Phelps' life and incredible level of achievement to date has been served wonderfully well by this important and child-specific approach.

Written by husband-and-wife MDs (Sarah Cheyette, MD and Ben Cheyette, MD, PhD) who joined forces with martial arts master instructor Peter Johnson, ADHD & The Focused Mind is designed specifically to help explain for readers the core basics of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), including its common signs and what researchers have discovered about it. The book's remaining chapters detail the components of the authors' own program for dealing with ADHD, including its principles, its goals, and the practical ways in which these goals can be achieved. The authors recognize that all children are different, so the program has the flexibility to work within a child's own particular comfort level while still attaining the necessary level of focus. The book then concludes with a discussion of medications for ADHD, and how to decide what's right for your child.

To date, ADHD & the Focused Mind has received critical praise from Publishers Weekly ("[A] fresh and practical approach . . . [p]arents and kids will plenty of useful ideas in this innovative, 'athletic mindset' approach to tackling ADHD") and Library Journal ("Filled with resources and further reading to assist parents, teachers, and coaches, this manual will aid those with ADHD to learn to hone their attention skills in ways that will be familiar to those who enjoy and participate in sports").

Summer may now be in full swing, but the next new school year will be here before we know it. Feel free to order a copy of this award-winning book today wherever books are sold.

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New Pride Month Rave for Tiber's Swan Song . . .

Posted: 2017/06/06

Garden City Park, NY: June is Gay Pride Month, and there is now a wonderful new rave up on Facebook in recognition of the late gay rights pioneer and memoirist Elliot Tiber's final book, After Woodstock.

Earlier today, acclaimed author/memoirist Steven Sorrentino (former VP and Exec PR director at HarperCollins and also Special Events Director at the esteemed Barnes & Noble store located at NYC's 86th & Lexington) posted the following about the third part of the "Tiber Trilogy":

Pride Month Reading Recommendation: Check out this hilarious and often painful (third) memoir of Gay Rights (and Woodstock!) pioneer Elliot Tiber--AFTER WOODSTOCK. He tells his--and a gay culture's--post Woodstock story with such a mixture of humor and pathos but ultimately a story about love, family and self-liberation in the context of another time. Some high points for me were a journey to Belgium to follow his heart, a searing and touching recounting of his father's death and oh the descriptions of the mother!! A scene where Tiber and his lover go to Israel to meet his mom's Russian fiancee and attend their wedding is worth the price of admission alone! Some great descriptive writing here, a wonderful ear for dialogue, and a cultural history lesson for all . . .

Sorrentino's own hilarious and touching first book, Luncheonette: A Memoir (Harper Paperbacks), tells the especially poignant story of Sorrentino's loyal and loving relationship to his family and especially his father during a period of hard illness and recovery. Sorrentino has recently completed his first novel.

Before After Woodstock, Tiber (who passed away last year on August 3, 2016) had written previously the two acclaimed memoirs Taking Woodstock (2007) and Palm Trees on the Hudson (2010). It was Taking Woodstock that was turned into the 2009 feature film directed by two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee (who wrote an especially gracious and appreciative Foreword to After Woodstock). The popular comedian and all-around creative genius Demetri Martin (who played Tiber in the Ang Lee film) has now released his first film as a director entitled Dean, which is now opening to a number of positive reviews nationwide. And with the 50th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival now only a few years away, it seems safe to say that the life and times of Elliot Tiber will remain a zany yet preciously celebrated thing for years to come.

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UNSAFE AT ANY MEAL author Dr. Renee Dufault on "Coast to Coast AM"

Posted: 2017/05/25

Garden City Park, NY: Dr. Renee Dufault, author of Square One's important new book Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat (Square One, $16.95 USD), will appear later this evening (May 25, 2017) on the internationally popular program "Coast to Coast AM" with host George Noory.

The interview will air from 10pm to 11pm PST, and can be heard both in the US and abroad both across terrestrial and online radio stations/formats (the interview can be heard early tomorrow morning - Fri., May 26 - from 1am to 2am EST in NYC on WOR-AM Radio / 710 AM). Tune in!

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Why Is Mercury Still in Our Food, FDA?

Posted: 2017/05/08   Source: Square One Publishers, Inc.

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: Over the past decade, there has been an ongoing and heated debate in this country about the dangers inherent in vaccines given to newborns and young children. What the public seems to be unaware of is the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has looked the other way when it allows processed food manufacturers a free pass in producing foods that contain harmful levels of mercury, as well as many other heavy metal toxins—such as lead, cadmium, and arsenic, among others. These chemicals build up in our bodies over time, and they are shown to wreak serious havoc with our health—especially when it comes to autism, which is shown through science to be tied closely to heavy metal toxicity.

Why has this been allowed to happen? In her new landmark book Unsafe at Any Meal ($16.95 USD, Square One), Dr. Renee Dufault—former food investigator for the FDA—provides some startling answers to that question.

In the tradition of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 book on the dangers of pesticides, Silent Spring, Dr. Dufault aims now with several years of research to both educate and hopefully save millions of American lives impacted negatively by the alarming allowances made for toxic amounts of heavy metals (mercury, in particular). The science proves these trace metals are allowed into our processed foods in order to maintain shelf life—and to increase profits. “Contaminants, such as heavy metal and pesticide residues,” according to Dr. Dufault, “are legally allowed in food ingredients in small amounts. These small amounts can eventually bioaccumulate in your body and create conditions of disease through unhealthy gene regulation. This is why,” she continues, “eating a Western diet high in processed foods will create Western disease conditions. Examples of these disease conditions include ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease among others.”

Unsafe at Any Meal shares the following alarming facts about the state of processed foods at this time:

•    Significant amounts of processed food contribute to high blood mercury levels, which can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

•    Food coloring—still the most common food ingredient in American and Canadian food supplies—brings significant risk to an increase of blood mercury levels and neurotoxins throughout the body.

•    Mercury cell sodium hydroxide is put into processed foods by the High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) industry to increase product shelf life.

•    Mercury, found in much of our water and food supply, is a scientifically proven toxicant that can cause a significant and increasing amount of damage to the body even at low-level exposure.

•    A diet low in zinc makes it difficult for a person to excrete the mercury and other heavy-metal toxins found in processed foods, which leads to all manner of illness including chronic liver and kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and—especially alarming—autism.

If you have ever or now continue to consume sweetened and processed foods such as assorted cookies, canned soups, TV dinners, or even a bag of potato chips, then you have more than likely already been exposed to mercury. There is hope, however. When describing in her book what we can all do to create and maintain a safe food environment for ourselves at home, Dr. Dufault presents the following revised version of the United States government’s guidelines for a healthy diet:

•    A variety of vegetables (dark green, red and orange, beans, peas, starchy)
•    Whole fruits
•    Whole grains
•    Fat-free or low-fat dairy (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese)
•    Variety of protein foods (e.g., fish, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes [beans
     and peas] and nuts, seeds, and soy products)
•    Healthy lipids (fats)

Unsafe at Any Meal has already received a strong review from Publishers Weekly that applauds the book for being “scathing about food labeling that omits mercury, arsenic, or other contaminants that can be found in foods as a result of production” and for “leav[ing] readers with a disquieting picture of current American food safety standards.” In addition to other expected reviews from within the trade and the health media in the coming weeks (including a front-page article in the July issue of Bottom Line/Personal with a circulation of 1.5 million readers), Dr. Dufault will appear as the keynote speaker for the nationally popular Green Festival® Expo at Jacob Javits Center in New York City (June 10 – 11, 2017). To learn more about the event, feel free to click here.

Unsafe at Any Meal is now available wherever books are sold.

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Square One brings out the newest work from award-winning novelist James Misko

Posted: 2017/03/27

Garden City Park, NYSquare One Publishers is pleased to announce the recent publication of The Path of the Wind by novelist James A. Misko. Although the company started to sell reprints of four of Misko’s previous rural western-themed novels (As All My Fathers Were, For What He Could Become, The Cut of Pride, and The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County), The Path of the Wind is the first fiction novel Square One has published to date in its increasingly successful seventeen-year history.

In 2004, Square One published a successful non-fiction book written by Misko called How to Finance Any Real Estate, Any Place, Any Time, which continued in the company’s tradition of producing high-quality non-fiction with the goal of providing readers with applicable, valuable information. At the time, no one could have anticipated the relationship forged between Square One and Misko would result in the company’s debut fiction novel more than a decade later. However, the close bond formed between Square One’s publisher, Rudy Shur, and Misko continued over the years as the retired realtor-turned-novelist made sure to send Shur complimentary copies of each of his books, which he self-published originally on his own under the name of Northwest Venture Press.

The match was a perfect one: Misko was ready to take the next step beyond self-publishing, and Shur felt prepared to try out a new market: “When I received his fourth and most recent work, As All My Fathers Were, I knew it was time to expand the company’s horizons, and I knew who the right author would be.”

Over the years, Misko has developed his craft as a fiction writer to become one of America’s premier story tellers, borrowing from the tradition of John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. He has created alluring, endearing tales about the rural American experience that venerates and reflects on the days of old. The Path of the Wind is certainly no exception and continues this tradition by setting the story in a rural, late 1950s Oregon town. The plot follows Miles Foster, a young teacher, who must overcome a multitude of obstacles, both personal and professional, as he tries to settle in with his wife and educate his students who have been fairly neglected by the constraints of a budget-poor school system. Misko stays true to his roots as a novelist in The Path of the Wind, but the novel’s story and setting is one that evokes well-known and beloved films and television programs such as Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Welcome Back, Kotter; and Mr. Holland’s Opus. The book’s style is designed to entertain and keep readers enthralled as they journey alongside the protagonist of Misko’s newest novel—Misko has said, in fact, that Miles Foster is based on Misko’s own short career as a schoolteacher in the late ‘50s period in which he sets his tale.

Misko’s fourth book, As All My Fathers Were, won four gold awards: the IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards; a Nebraska Book of the Year Award; Feathered Quill Award; and Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. The novel also received positive reviews from Nebraska Life and Midwest Book Review, as well as praiseworthy blurbs from authors including the late Howard Frank Mosher, Alan Russell, and Andrew Neiderman. His ongoing success as an increasingly popular American novelist has led to recent appearances at the Southern California Writers Conference, which took place in San Diego from February 17-19, 2017. He has also been invited and will make appearances at the Alaska Writers Conference in Anchorage and Nebraska Writers Conference in Lincoln, which will occur from September 15-16, 2017 and April 13-14, 2018, respectively. Book signings have been arranged for Misko on April 29, 2017 at Anchorage’s Barnes and Noble and May 13, 2017 at Palmer, Alaska’s independent bookstore Fireside Books. Additional information can be found at the author’s website, www.jimmisko.com.

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