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BHM x 2 = Black History Month / BLACK HEALTH MATTERS

Posted: 2022/01/18

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health
is the most shocking and inhuman.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: Square One Publishers has a new book, and medical expert author, that will be an important part of Black History Month in February—and all months to follow.

Black Health Matters: How to Overcome the Most Common Health Challenges Facing African Americans is the new book from award-winning African American author Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD. Library Journal has already said that the book “is well supported, clearly presented, and helpful. Walker’s inclusion of historical context for Black health issues is key.”

Now based in Texas, Dr. Walker grew up in the Spanish Harlem section of New York City. He received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed his residency at the University of Michigan. Much of his life as a physician has been devoted to helping his fellow Black Americans understand the many health problems especially common to the community—and how to avoid or better manage those conditions. Dr. Walker has already begun to share his experience and expertise with a variety of programs nationwide, and this will only continue as things move forward.

In addition, Black Health Matters also presents several informative insets and historical timelines—all of which illustrate the harrowing health and healthcare journey of African Americans from slavery times to current day. As an independent health book publisher, Square One wants to help ensure that as many as possible are made aware of this troubling history.

Already available wherever books are sold in trade paperback and most recently in eBook format, Black Health Matters (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0507-7) is very much a book of the moment—and not a moment too soon.

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Rest In Peace, Michael Lang

Posted: 2022/01/09

Garden City Park, NY: In a year that has already brought the passings of legendary actress Betty White, film director Peter Bogdanovich, trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier, and beloved Full House TV star and comedian Bob Saget, we now also sadly note the passing of Woodstock co-creator and promoter extraordinaire Michael Lang.

As reported by the Associated Press, Mr. Lang passed away at age 77 this past weekend from non-Hodkin's lymphoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Our author Elliot Tiber (who passed away in August 2016 at age 81) remained ever-thankful to Lang for having agreed to set up the 1969 Woodstock Arts & Music Festival headquarters at Tiber's El Monaco hotel when Tiber was able to provide the legal permit necessary to stage the festival in the town of Bethel, New York. This wild and hilarious Summer of '69 story is told in Tiber's memoir Taking Woodstock, which was made into the acclaimed feature film from director Ang Lee co-starring the great Jonathan Groff as the equally great Lang.

Upon Tiber's passing in 2016, Lang was considerate enough to provide The New York Times with the following quote in remembrance:

"Elliot was part of the magic of Woodstock. Without his phone call bringing me to Bethel, Woodstock might never have happened, and for that I am eternally grateful.”

On news of Lang's passing, we wanted to return the cosmic favor by providing here what Elliot wrote about Mike on the Dedication page of his memoir:

"Michael, you gave me an entire new life and opened up a world filled with dreams and self-esteem. You have my lifelong heartfelt thanks." —Elliot Tiber

Things being as ceaselessly crummy as they have been these past days, we thought it would be nice to remind folks here of the good energy between these two guys from Brooklyn, New York.

Rest In Peace, Michael Lang . . .

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Posted: 2022/01/04

The Point

As a publisher, sometimes you come across projects that can
unexpectedly reshape the direction of your company and your life.
Take the subject of macrobiotics and your health—Part Two.

In the 1980s and ’90s, I worked with Stephen Blauer—the then-director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston—on Ann Wigmore’s health books and then later his own titles. Stephen was the one who opened my eyes to the important role food plays when it comes to one’s health. I had grown up listening to all kinds of TV and radio commercials that equated fast foods, desserts, candy, and sodas to everything that made someone feel good. I was hooked—that is, until my experiences working with Ann and Stephen at the Institute began to show me the negative impact these “foods” could have on my body. With their help, I started to recognize how these ads had encouraged me to eat foods that were both addictive and unhealthy. But the interesting thing was that I was not alone. The “alternative health movement” was just beginning to gain national attention.

In reading an article published in a magazine called The East West Journal, I came to learn about a Japanese culture-based approach to health called Macrobiotics.  As it happened, one of the leaders in this movement was also located in Boston. His name was Michio Kushi. I called Stephen on the phone soon after reading that article, and he assured me that macrobiotics was in fact growing steadily in popularity. “Check into it for yourself on your next visit to us in Boston,” Stephen suggested. I was definitely curious.

Soon after, I learned that Mr. Kushi headed a learning center that was located only a short distance from Hippocrates. I called the Kushi Center, explaining that I was a book publisher and was interested in talking to Mr. Kushi about any writing plans he might have. I left my number and said that I would be happy to drive up from New York if there were any interest. The next day, I received a call back—and an invitation to come up and meet with Mr. Kushi and his staff.

The Macrobiotic Center was located in a large beautiful building, which I learned was once a finishing school for young women. I was greeted at the door by a staff member and taken into the library. There sat several men on a couch, all dressed in business suits. I was then introduced to a gentleman named Ed Esko who, in turn, took me over to the couch and introduced me to the other men—one of whom was Michio Kushi. It was a far more formal setting when compared to the relatively relaxed atmosphere over at Hippocrates.

Initially, I did all the talking—I explained who I was, and what my company did. I had taken a few sample books with me, along with a catalogue, as evidence that we were a solid independent book publisher. Once I was done, Michio spoke. He asked me if I knew anything about macrobiotics, and I said only what I had read in a magazine. He nodded his head and gave me a smile. He then gave me a brief explanation of what macrobiotics was based upon and how the world, our diets, and our health are to a great degree reliant on a balance of two natural forces—yin and yang. I listened but wasn’t exactly sure how that worked. For the most part, I was still working on Ann Wigmore’s raw vegan diet.

One of the other seated gentlemen, a kind-tempered fellow named Bill Tara, handed me a few books that Michio had translated into the English language that were produced by a publisher located in Japan. He said that the problem with the Japanese company was that they had very little representation in the US, and relied solely on his Macrobiotic center to market and sell the books. While they were selling copies, they were limited to only the handful of other macrobiotic centers located around the country. I asked to have a few copies to read, and concluded by saying that I felt my company could definitely do a better job in marketing any future titles, if Mr. Kushi was thinking of writing any more books. I said I would be coming back up in a few weeks and if it was okay, we could continue the conversation.  And that was the beginning of another aspect of health about which I was about to learn a good deal more.

I did not know very much about macrobiotics at that point, but I wanted to learn. To a great degree, the books I took back with me gave me a far better idea of what this approach actually entailed. The problem was that the Japanese publisher didn’t seem to have an editor proficient enough in English to make the copy more accessible. This made the books rather difficult to read—particularly for someone like me, who is dyslexia.

As I was to learn, macrobiotics as a philosophy is rooted in Japanese, Far Eastern, and other traditional cultures. Among many of its aims remains the achievement of good health through a diet of whole grains, local fresh land and sea vegetables, and beans. Unlike the Hippocrates raw vegetarian diet, the macrobiotic diet required cooking. There were several macrobiotic restaurants in the Boston area, and I would have lunch at one every chance I had on my trips there. It was definitely a learning experience.

A few months later, after which I had established a working relationship with Michio, I was given a manuscript on oriental diagnosis—and soon after that, a separate and more extensive manuscript on the overall topic of macrobiotics. My editorial team worked hard to make sure that all these books were made as accessible as possible for the general reader. On a personal level, I also learned that perhaps there should be more balance in the way meals are consumed. Raw foods had their place, but so did the right foods cooked properly. And as it turned out, my publishing house caught the macrobiotic movement at the right time. These first two titles unexpectedly became bestsellers, as did many of the other macrobiotic titles we would publish.

In addition to learning from Michio, I remain thankful to all the other macrobiotic educators with whom I have worked over the years. Each has broadened my view of health, and the positive ways in which we all can live our lives. And as you can see from the titles below, my commitment to macrobiotics remains as strong as ever. Still, though, I had one more crucial lesson to learn about health . . .

To see some of my previous posts, I invite you to visit our website at, and click the NOTES FROM” tab.

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Is Weight Loss One of Your New Year's Resolutions? If So, Then This Book's for You!

Posted: 2022/01/01

Garden City Park, NY: Well, here we are in the brand new year of 2022—not much changed, but hope remains.

So as the US continues its fight against COVID, Square One is here to remind folks who have declared weight loss as one of their New Year's Resolutions about our book Avenca: Nature's Secret for Weight Loss ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757004919) by bestselling naturopath Leslie Taylor, ND.

While there may not be any perfect formula for people to lose weight, nature may have created one that comes very close to being perfect. Avenca is a plant that grows in forests throughout the world, and for centuries it has been safely used as an herbal remedy for numerous aliments. Recently, however, new research has shown that along with its healing benefits, it can also prevent fats, sugars, and starches from being absorbed during digestion—the very elements responsible for weight gain. Based on Dr. Taylor’s research and testing, her new book provides a complete guide to understanding how avenca works and how it can be used to lose those unwanted pounds. And considering that over seventy million Americans are classified as obese, the timing could not be better.

Dr. Taylor begins by explaining what Avenca is and how, as a traditional herbal remedy, it has been used to treat dozens of health disorders—from respiratory issues to toothaches. She then goes on to look at the latest research on avenca’s use as a weight loss supplement. Dr. Taylor first examines the factors behind its ability to block fats, sugars, and starches, but then she goes further. Using the most recent and groundbreaking studies on the gut’s microbiome—the collection of good and bad bacteria in the gut—she explains why some of us are “naturally” fat and others “naturally” skinny. This is followed by a consumer’s guide to buying and using avenca. Just as important, Dr. Taylor includes a chapter on the avenca weight loss plan. And while the focus of the book is certainly on shedding extra weight, the author also provides a chapter that looks at all the other health conditions avenca has been used to treat.

With avenca, it’s no longer about counting calories, since you can eat what you normally eat. It’s about your body no longer absorbing fats, sugars, and starches. And interestingly enough, you are likely to feel fuller quicker. Yes, avenca will be a game changer, but as a consumer you will find that the information in this book will help you ask the right questions, become a savvy shopper, and most important, allow you to reach your ideal weight.

Avenca is available on Amazon and everywhere else that books are sold.

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Terry Jastrow's debut novel, THE TRIAL OF GEORGE W. BUSH, now available in audio!

Posted: 2021/12/14

Garden City Park, NY: Square One is pleased to share the news that seven-time Emmy winning producer/director Terry Jastrow's debut novel The Trial of George W. Bush has now been released in audiobook format.

Narrated by acclaimed actor Jim Meskimen, this new audiobook is available now through Audible and also features a new cover design.

To hear a sample of The Trial of George W. Bush in audio, be sure to click here.

If you would like to order the paperback book from Square One, visit Amazon or anywhere else books are sold.

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