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Give "Peas" a Chance: new plant-based diet book in time for Earth Day's 50th this April

Posted: 2020/01/22

“I think now consuming animal products is no longer just a personal choice. It is having a drastic and vast consequence on the rest of the world and all of us.” Joaquin Phoenix, in support of the vegan diet after winning the “Best Actor” Golden Globe for his role in Joker

Garden City Park, NY:
All jokers aside, the current state of the Standard American Diet (SAD) is no laughing matter. The ethical wasteland of Big Business, Power Politics, and Advertising that stretches across our country and to various points overseas has manufactured a diet that is the root cause of so many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as well as a broad range of common ailments. It has also created an industry that kills over 70 billion land animals every year. Too few of us realize how our food choices actually contribute to the climate change we are now experiencing worldwide. Recognizing and understanding the impact of our food choices is the first important step in reversing habits that damage the body, heart, and soul.

How to Eat Right and Save the Planet (Square One), the new book from macrobiotics pioneer and natural health advocate Bill Tara, cuts through the hype and nutritional confusion that surround us by first showing how they hide the truth. It then explains how the food that we eat can be a massive force for good in creating personal, social, and environmental health. The author not only provides vital nutritional facts based on the latest dietary and medical research, but also explains in plain English how our diet impacts social justice and environmental sustainability.

Here is a complete guide to creating a healthy and earth friendly “plant-based” diet for you and your family. And starting today—January 22, 2020—Square One will inaugurate its recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020) by offering the digital “e-book” version of this title at a reduced price of $1.99 USD for one month only.

With How to Eat Right and Save the Planet in hand, you will understand that each of us can take back control of our health, our family’s health, and, to a great degree, the health of this planet—and it can all begin with your next meal.

To take advantage of our “Earth Day 50th Anniversary” reduced e-book price of $1.99 USD, feel free to click here for a special link to the book on the Square One Publishers website—or you can get a hold of the e-book by visiting or We hope that you will join with us in trying to help make the world a healthier place.

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Rest In Peace, Dr. Nancy Appleton (1935 - 2019) - acclaimed nutritionist and bestselling author of SUICIDE BY SUGAR among others

Posted: 2020/01/13

Garden City Park, NY: We at Square One are sad to share the news that our author and friend, Dr. Nancy Appleton, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2019 in San Diego, California with family by her side. She was 84 years old, and is survived by a sister; her two children; a son-in-law; and two grandsons. Dr. Appleton's life will be celebrated at a private memorial, according to her wishes.

An impassioned nutritionist and longtime anti-sugar pioneer, Nancy Appleton devoted her life to the cause of bringing people better lives through healthier living. Having determined by the mid-1970s—through her own extensive studies of diet and its effect on health lifestyle—that overconsumption of sugar was a key component in a number of both chronic and acute human diseases, Dr. Appleton went on to lecture and work tirelessly throughout the US and as far across the globe as Zimbabwe, Africa to bring the various benefits of a sugar-free diet and lifestyle to as many families and citizens as possible.

After writing her first book on this topic—the bestselling title Lick the Sugar Habit (Avery), with more than one million copies sold—Dr. Appleton continued her work and research. The results of her continued vigilance in the face of this all-too-real consumer health danger then led to publication of her other bestselling titles Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction and Killer Colas: The Hard Truth About Soft Drinks (both published by Square One, and co-written by G. N. Jacobs).

To date, Dr. Appleton's book Suicide by Sugar has also been translated into eight languages and continues to help readers everywhere to wake up to the health perils at play in all forms of sugar. Her life was spent in service to others, and Square One will proudly keep those messages of health alive across the books that she published with us. Rest In Peace, Nancy . . .

Dr. Nancy Appleton
May 10, 1935 – December 21, 2019

Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction
($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0306-6)

Killer Colas: The Hard Truth About Soft Drinks
($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0341-7)

Stopping Inflammation: Relieving the Cause of Degenerative Diseases
($14.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0148-2)

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Remembering James A. Misko (1932 - 2019)

Posted: 2020/01/06

Garden City Park, NY: It is with sadness that Square One Publishers announces thepassing of our friend and creative author/novelist, James A. Misko. Mr. Misko died, surrounded by his family, on the night of December 31, 2019 from complications due to cancer. He was 87 years old, and is survived by his wife, Patti; his daughters Carrie, Shannon, and Laurie; and both his four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Private family time will take place in Anchorage, Alaska, one of two locations that Misko and his wife have called home since the mid-1970s (the other home being in Palm Springs, California).

Across a varied and passionate lifetime, Jim Misko was as robust and vibrant a personality as the many characters that he created in his largely rural-set brand of twentieth-century based American fiction. Born and raised in Ord, Nebraska—a time and place that influenced his most recent and most autobiographical novel, The Path of the Wind (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0444-5)—Misko went on to graduate college from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and made his living at different points in time as an oil-field roughneck; mink rancher; forest service lookout; YMCA Youth Secretary; truck driver; logger; lumber mill hand; journalist; teacher; and real estate broker.

It was his expertise in real estate that first brought him to the attention of Square One’s president, Rudy Shur, who signed Misko back in 2003 to write a nonfiction book on the topic titled How to Finance Any Real Estate (Any Place, Any Time)  (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0135-2). The book sold well and received good reviews (called “just the thing for investors” by Publishers Weekly and applauded by Foreword Reviews for “help[ing] investors think outside the box to land the property of their dreams”); and based on this initial project with him, Shur came to regard Misko as “a seasoned and totally responsive writer, sure of his many gifts and smart as a whip.”

The next year (2004), Misko became a first-time novelist who chose to self-publish this debut work of fiction entitled For What He Could Become . (ISBN: 978-096-40-82618). “Square One had been a nonfiction publisher,” Shur recalls, “and so I didn’t feel we were the right fit for Jim at the time.” Over the next decade or so, however, Shur kept an eye on Misko’s continued output as a self-publisher of novels (operating under the company name, Northwest Ventures Press) that went on to include The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County  (ISBN: 978-096-40-82625) and The Cut of Pride  (ISBN: 978-096-40-82632). When he read that Misko’s fourth novel, As All My Fathers Were (ISBN: 978-096-40-82649), had won the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award in the “Best Fiction Title” category, Shur took another look at Misko’s books.

Recognizing a measurable shift in commercial publishing towards more “self”-published writers, together with Misko’s hard-won success at becoming a top-quality fiction writer with a large and ever-growing audience base, Shur decided that Square One would “dip its toe into the fiction market” by acquiring the rights to all five of Misko’s novels (including The Path of the Wind, which was published in February 2017 and went on to win “Best Fiction” awards from both the Feathered Quill Book Awards and Los Angeles Festival of Books while also being named one of only three finalists for the prestigious PNWA Nancy Pearl Contest Award).

Having already established the Alaska Writers Guild by this time, Misko went on to give keynote speeches and conduct writing workshops at conferences both there and in California, together with his home state of Nebraska in April 2018. He also maintained author presence across several dozens of store appearances, both within the Barnes & Noble chain store system in both Alaska and California and a selection of key indie “brick ‘n mortar” bookstores including Mosquito Books at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport where he connected with all kinds of travelers heading to and fro. He even saw the first “Jim Misko Book Club” started this past year by a fan of his in the Philippines. And The Path of the Wind, for which Misko was recognized as “a truly gifted novelist” by Midwest Book Review, was declared “an inspiring story, a classic tale of trying to expand a small town’s rigid boundaries and change children’s lives for the better” by The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

This fifth novel was also the first of Misko’s novels to be put into audio format this past summer through Audible’s new system by Square One, in partnership with acclaimed fiction author and audiobook narrator Edison McDaniels, who had the following to say about Misko upon news of his passing:

“Jim Misko was an enormously talented writer. His stories were human stories, of the common man plodding through life’s little miseries with a simple truth. His voice was a sentimental testament to what the best writing can and should be.”

The most recent of Misko's novels to be made into an ACX audio book is The Cut of Pride, voiced by popular audiobook narrator/producer Bill Brooks and newly available.

In the short round of weeks following a surprise diagnosis of stage 4 prostate cancer last month (December 2019), Mr. Misko opted even then to remain hopeful that he would remain with us for all five years of the expected survival rate for his illness. As a show of that positive attitude, he decided to “play Santa” over the past few weeks prior to the holidays by signing and handing out 250 assorted copies of his five novels to the more than 100 medical professionals and workers at the Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage, California; a book for each as a sign of his thanks, together with “one more [book] for them to give as a gift to somebody else.” Even in his final days, James A. Misko remained the same totally responsive and thoughtful individual that he has always been. He will be missed and remembered by family, friends, colleagues—and, perhaps especially, by his readers.

In Memoriam
James A. Misko
1932 - 2019

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Happy - and HEALTHY - New Year in 2020!

Posted: 2020/01/01

Square One wishes everyone a very HAPPY - and HEALTHY - NEW YEAR for 2020! First off for Square One in this new year will be the forthcoming publication of macrobiotics pioneer and natural health expert Bill Tara's new book, How to Eat Right & Save the Planet ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0486-5).

The book will be available everywhere starting January 22, 2020, and we hope you will take some time to check it out. A better life, and a better Earth, can be yours with a better diet. Be sure to get a copy of How to Eat Right & Save the Planet, and start your new year right.

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One of the best-reviewed war novels in years—SYLLABLES OF RAIN by D. S. Lliteras—earns praise from The Antioch Review

Posted: 2019/12/09

Garden City Park, NY: Delayed a few months due to a switch of printers, the Summer 2019 issue of the estimable literary publication The Antioch Review has brought forth the following rave from a highly positive review of Rainbow Ridge Books' book with acclaimed novelist and Vietnam War veteran D. S. Lliteras entitled Syllables of Rain (Rainbow Ridge - Square One, dist. / $16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-1937907-5-25):

"[A] tight, poetic, daring little book that offers ample dialogue and sparse prose, punctuated with zen-like koans in the style of the Japanese haibun . . . Lliteras has attempted that rarest of all things literary: a hybrid of poetry and prose in the service of a higher good. Lliteras aims for the stars and delivers, if not the moon, then a compelling, workmanlike journey into the fog of war, and the moral compass of return to the things we love and hold dear. A tale of camaraderie and survival in the face of misery and woe, told like a whisper with the power of a bomb, Syllables of Rain feels like a dream and reads like a prayer."
                                                                                                                         —Jefferson Adams, The Antioch Review

This is only the most recent of various remarkable reviews that this short but vast novel have earned since publication. See below for what else others have said about the book:

"Touching." —Publishers Weekly

"A compact, emotionally charged snapshot of two soldiers trying to make sense of the world around them." Library Journal

"A brilliant work of pure genius." The VVA Veteran

"A book that delivers what is most artful and true in Lliteras' writing." —The MacWire (TMW)

"Touches your heart, expands your empathy, and inspires you to go on." —The Echo World

"A short, poetic, cerebral novel . . . an epiphany of sorts." The Virginian-Pilot

"Both subtly jarring and comforting in nature . . . Lliteras skillfully takes us on a poignant journey." Military Writers Society of America Dispatches (MWSA)

"Offers a glimpse of the struggle many [veterans] seek to overcome."
                                                                          —SEMPER FI (magazine of the Marine Corps League)

"An inherently compelling and fully engaging read from beginning to end."
                                                                                                                                         —Midwest Book Review

"[A] sparse yet vital new novel . . . achieves something far richer than yet another war story."
                                                                                                                                                                   —Literary Heist

The next novel from Lliteras will be the seriocomic noir-esque novel Death Takes a Byline (due out from Rainbow Ridge Books in Summer 2020). To learn more about Mr. Lliteras' work, feel free to click here for a recent article about his life and career.

Syllables of Rain is available now wherever books are sold.

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