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Murder . . . in Your Ears! THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. DOYLE is now available as an audiobook!

Posted: 2021/07/29

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: True Crime fans, take note: Our acclaimed and already controversial book of The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle: A Journey Into Madness and Mayhem is now available as an audiobook!

The book has been narrated by David Seager, who brings his strengths both to the "biography" chapters about a younger Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and also to the "tour" chapters for which he voices a number of different characters in the midst of an imagined "Jack the Ripper" murder sites tour from the early 1900s.

If you want to check out a "Sample" from the just-released audiobook, CLICK HERE or copy/paste the URL below into your browser:

Here's what folks have had to say about The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle to date:

"A gripping and fascinating read." —Ripperologist Magazine (UK)

"A spectacular undertaking." —The Durango Herald

"Engaging . . . bound to be read by fans of Victorian murder." —Library Journal

"Extremely insightful, and well researched . . . illuminating." —Detective Mystery Stories

"Allows us to peek inside the mind of Arthur Conan Doyle." —Booklist

"Goes on to raise intriguing questions and possibilities." —Kirkus Reviews

And to hear an excellent radio interview featuring the book's lead author Daniel Friedman, MD, feel free to CLICK HEREor to hear Dr. Friedman's most recent interview with the internationally popular "Coast to Coast AM" late-night radio show, you can CLICK HERE.

With The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle, the game was already afoot . . . but now, it's also an audiobook.

Happy listening . . . you may never think of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the same way again.

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Whose Woodstock Is It, Anyway? (The Original 1969 Festival Remains the Grooviest, By the Way - Thanks to Elliot Tiber!)

Posted: 2021/07/26

(Back to the) Garden City Park, NY: If you've heard or read the word "Woodstock" in the past few weeks, it has all been about the incendiary new HBO documentary Woodstock '99: Peace, Love, and Rage.

While that "30th anniversary" Woodstock festival in 1999 remains enmeshed in all manner of bad vibes, and the eagerly-planned fiftieth anniversary back in 2019—pre-COVID pandemic—was cancelled amid a tsunami of overseas cash grabs and subsequent litigation, the original Woodstock Arts & Music Festival of August 1969 remains a steady beacon of light and groovy vibrations . . . thanks, in part, to our author and "the man who saved Woodstock '69 from cancellation," Elliot Tiber.

Tiber—born Eliyahu Teichberg in Brooklyn, 1935—passed away in August 2016. (To read his New York Times obituary, click here.) His initial memoir, Taking Woodstock (co-written by New York Times bestselling author Tom Monte), was made into an acclaimed feature film in 2009 by two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee. If you want to get away from all the vitriol coming off that new Woodstock '99 doc, feel free to check out the movie's trailer RIGHT HERE and you can stream it wherever you watch movies these days.

We also invite you to read the original memoir on which the film is based (available both in original hardcover and also in "movie tie-in" paperback (see cover below).

If you enjoy the film and/or book and want to enjoy more of Tiber's "stranger than fiction" stories, we invite you to check out the other two from our "Tiber Trilogy."

First, there is the "prequel":

Palm Trees on the Hudson: A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland, and Interior Decorating
ISBN: 978-0-7570-0351-6

(also available now in audiobook format, and winner of the IBPA Ben Franklin Book Awards for "Best Audio" in the Nonfiction category)

And then there is the "sequel":

After Woodstock: The True Story of a Belgian Movie, an Israeli Wedding, and a Manhattan Breakdown
with a "Foreword" by Ang Lee
ISBN: 978-0-7570-0392-9

To get a look at Elliot Tiber himself, telling the story of how he helped save Woodstock '69 with use of his legal concert permit back in Bethel, New York, feel free to click here.

The first Woodstock in the Summer of '69 was, and remains, a weirdly wonderful kind of cultural miracle. To find your way back to some very good years back in the day, let Elliot Tiber be your guide . . . dig it!

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TEN NEW BOOKS THAT WE'VE BROUGHT OUT DURING COVID (and that you may not have seen yet)

Posted: 2021/07/18

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: First, we here at Square One hope that you and yours have been able to stay safe and healthy since things shut down here in the US back in early March 2020.

Second, and like so many others right now in the book publishing field, we have certainly had our struggles and challenges keeping ourselves in the game as one of the top independently-owned publishers in the United States when it comes to conventional and complementary health books. We have also looked to publish a few titles in categories other than our usual niche consumer health mainstay.

With that in mind, we wanted to take the occasion of this email to place in one spot a list of the ten new books that we have published or distributed (so far) in 2021. Here below is a list of those titles for you:

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: A Novel

by D. S. Lliteras
A Rainbow Ridge Book (Square One, dist.)
$16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-1-937907-67-9

A struggling writer desperate for success decides to fake his suicide in order to make the bestseller list. That one decision leads to all kinds of complications.

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: A Story of Resistance, Leadership & Courage

by Marty Brounstein
$16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0503-9

The remarkable true Holocaust story of Eta Chait, a young Jewish woman in Poland who joined a resistance group and fought back against the Nazis.

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: Essays on Faith and Citizenship in the 21st Century

by Carl Anderson
$24.95 USD / Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0504-6

The newest book from New York Times bestselling author and former Supreme Knight of the renowned Knights of Columbus organization, Carl Anderson.

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MATCHSTICKS: An Education in Black and White
by Fred Engh with Jann Seal
$24.95 USD / Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0505-3

The unique and timely memoir of Fred Engh, one of the first white students to attend an all-Black college in the early '60s—and the valuable lessons he learned.

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by Terry Jastrow
$16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0506-0

This first novel from seven-time Emmy winning producer/director Jastrow looks, through fiction, at the many damning facts at the center of President George W. Bush's decision to start the Iraq War of 2002.

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THE WORD GOBBLERS: A Handbook for Parents Working With Children Struggling to Read
by Catherine Matthias (Illustrated by Joan Gilbert)
$15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0502-2

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AVENCA: Nature's Secret for Weight Loss
by Leslie Taylor, ND
B&W photos
$16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0491-9

With so many folks now trying to lose the "Quarantine 15," naturopathic doctor Leslie Taylor presents the definitive book on the Avenca plant, which can act as an effective fat, sugar, and starch blocker.

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HOW TO MAKE REAL MONEY SELLING BOOKS (without Worrying About Returns), Second Edition:
A Complete Guide to the Book Publishers' World of Special Sales
by Brian Jud
$24.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0513-8

We can assure you this title is NOT a work of fiction.

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MAX YOUR IMMUNITY: How to Maximize Your Immune System When You Need It Most
by Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH
$16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0512-1

The newest book from longtime bestselling health author Dr. Smith focuses on the "Ten Most Important Things to Do to Help Increase Your Natural Defenses Against Viruses, Bacteria, & Other Pathogens."

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BLACK HEALTH MATTERS: The Vital Facts You Must Know to Protect Your Health & That of Your Loved Ones
by Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD
$16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0507-7

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With his new book, award-winning author Dr. Walker hopes to help bring about a lasting positive change in the relative health of the African-American community.

So that's where we are at this point. All of our titles are available wherever books are sold, either from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (both stores and site) or or any other places that sell books.

Be sure to check out our website to see all of our titles:

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PW presents thought-provoking new "Soapbox" column by our author Fred Engh on his new memoir, MATCHSTICKS: An Education in Black & White (see below)

Posted: 2021/07/11

Garden City Park, NY: Only a few weeks after Shelf Awareness Pro ran a "Q&A"-style interview with him in their popular e-newsletter, our author and National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) founder Fred Engh has now seen a new article of his picked up by Publishers Weekly for their weekly "Soapbox" column that touches on the story at the heart of his new hardcover memoir Matchsticks: An Education in Black & White ($24.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0505-3).

The column, entitled "Friendship Lessons: An author recounts how attending an all-Black college in 1961 taught him more than he expected," is located on the back page of this week's PW issue (July 11, 2021) and you can also CLICK HERE to read the article online as well - or you can copy/paste the link below instead:

To see Fred's interview with The Golf Channel about his interesting story as one the first white students to attend an all-Black college in the early 1960s, you can either CLICK HERE or click the link below:

has been declared "thought-provoking" (Kirkus Reviews); "filled with heartening moments" (; "warmly accessible" (Grady Harp, top reviewer); a "fascinating fish-out-of-water account" (Publishers Weekly); and "an inherently impressive and inspiring life story" (Midwest Book Review) with other reviews expected in the coming weeks.

Be sure to read Matchsticks: An Education in Black & White by Fred Engh with Jann Seal, available now.

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Posted: 2021/07/07

The Point
Sometimes there are reasons for publishing books
that are more important than turning a profit.
The Holocaust, for example.

A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to publish a book on a subject that was new to my company’s list. With no experience in bringing out such a title, I needed to learn as much as I could about its marketplace. After making numerous phone calls to various book retailers, I learned that while this subject was popular in fiction, there was only one nonfiction title on the topic that seemed to sell well year after year. Since the book I was looking at was nonfiction, my business sense should have dictated that I not go ahead with the project. However, the subject—for me, at least—was too important to be dismissed. It had, in fact, been a part of my life since I was a child.

As fate would have it, I was born in an American “DP” (Displaced Persons) camp just outside of Munich, Germany. My parents were lucky enough to have escaped the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. They had managed to make their way into the Soviet Union just as the German Army swept into western Poland. When the Nazis invaded Russia, my folks found themselves in the middle of the bloody Battle of Stalingrad. Again they escaped, making it all the way to Uzbekistan in the east. As the war came to a close, they knew that the Soviet Union was not where they wanted to spend the rest of their lives.

My parents had heard about American camps set up for Jewish refugees, and that was where they decided to go. So with my mom eight months pregnant, they made the trek back across the USSR to that DP camp in Germany—the place where I was soon born. One year later, my parents and I boarded a ship to New York. My parents’ sponsoring organization—the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)—placed us in a five-story walk-up located in an ethnically diverse south Bronx neighborhood that included Puerto Ricans, Blacks, and many other Jewish refugee families.

My father had taken with him several postcards from the DP camp that the US Army had produced, each of which showed graphic photographs of the many atrocities carried out in the Nazi-run concentration camps. The Army had given out the cards to the civilian German population to show what the Nazis had done.

I don’t believe my father ever wanted me to see those cards, but being a nosy ten-year-old kid, I eventually came across them in our small apartment—and to this day, I still remember many of the images. When I spoke to my father about the postcards, he tried to explain what had happened—that his grandmother, mother, two brothers, and six sisters, along with their entire families, had died in those terrible places. I certainly heard what he was telling me, but at the time, it seemed very distant.

As I grew up, I learned as much as I could about World War Two and what the Nazis had done—not only to the Jews, but also to Catholics, gypsies, gays, and anyone else that the Third Reich regarded as “impure.” It may have taken years for me to understand and appreciate what my folks had experienced, but it all came to a head with the book project that I found before me. It was a book about the Holocaust, and how one Jewish man had escaped into the Polish forest, where he would spend much of WWII fighting the Nazis alongside other brave partisans. What made this story that much more meaningful to me was the fact that I had met the man who lived it and survived to write about it.

That man was Shalom Yoran, and his book is The Defiant ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0078-2). As it turned out, Mr. Yoran had recorded his story a year or two after the war and then put it away, hoping one day to have the manuscript published. However, life got in the way, and he stumbled upon his writings about forty-five years later. With his manuscript in hand, I had the opportunity to publish it as a paperback. And while the book received rave reviews, its sales were slow.

A few years later, I was given an opportunity to publish the translated memoir of a young Polish Catholic priest who had been caught up in the Holocaust. Historically, the Catholic Church has had a powerful influence on the Polish people. For the Nazis to gain absolute control in that country, the solution was simple—the clergy had to be destroyed. Father Kazimierz Majdanski, who would later become an archbishop, was not prepared for the events that were to follow his arrest. You Shall Be My Witnesses ($17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0223-6) is his extraordinary memoir, which chronicles his experiences and the test of faith he underwent during that time. It is an amazingly insightful book, appreciated by only a small number of readers thus far.

And then came Marty Brounstein, a writer and gifted lecturer, who traveled around the country giving talks to groups of people on the Holocaust—until his untimely death last year. He focused his lectures on individual true stories of rescuers and survivors—remarkable tales of those who had endured the hells of ghettos and concentration camps, and of the women who fought beside the men to rescue prisoners and remind the Nazis that they were still vulnerable.

Brounstein’s first book, The Righteous Few ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0497-1), is the story of a young married Christian couple, Frans and Mien Wijnakker, living in the Netherlands. Through their extraordinary bravery, and at their own peril, they provided a safe haven for dozens of Jewish men and women who faced certain death if found by the Nazis. Brounstein’s second book, Woman of Valor ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0503-9), tells the story of Eta Chait, a young Jewish woman who was forced to live in a Polish ghetto along with her parents and siblings. Eta joined a resistance group in order to escape, and later, she returned to help free the rest of her family—with unexpected consequences. From that moment, Eta’s mission was clear. She would do everything she could to defeat the Nazis and to save as many Jews as possible. These are two amazing tales—tales of which a great many readers remain unaware.

And why do so few people know the stories of these great men and women? While novels about the Holocaust provide intriguing storylines, true stories about this period in history are written not to entertain, but to remind us how cruel people can be—and how individuals can take a stand against insane behavior. These books are in Square One’s list to remind readers that the Holocaust did happen—and that until we understand the nature of lies and their ability to gradually distort facts, history will continue to repeat itself. The fact that bookstores, libraries, and museum shops do not carry many nonfiction Holocaust-based titles is telling. And while Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl remains popular, Square One will continue to make available other stories that are just as compelling as Anne Frank’s story.

Kind regards,

Rudy Shur, Publisher
Square One Publishers, Inc.
Ph: 516-535-2010 x 111

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