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NONFICTION / ADULT / ESSAYS

A Delightful Little Book on Aging

By Stephanie Raffelock

She Writes Press

136 pages

Available in audio book, hardcover, eBook

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All around us, older women flourish in industry, entertainment, and politics. Do they know something that we don’t, or are we all just trying to figure it out?

This collection of user-friendly stories, essays, and philosophies from author Stephanie Raffelock invites readers to celebrate whatever age they are with a sense of joy and purpose and with a spirit of gratitude.

 

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NONFICTION / ADULT / ANTHOLOGY 

Art In the Time of Unbearable Crisis

By Stephanie Raffelock

She Writes Press

368 pages

Available in paperback, eBook

 

An anthology of women artists and writers answering the call and the question of art in times of unbearable crisis.

Proceeds from this work will be donated to the nonprofit World Central Kitchen, an organization conceived by chef José Andrés as a way to feed people affected by natural disasters and war.

 

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NONFICTION / TRUE CRIME / METOO / COURTS

Code of Silence: Inside the Case That Led to the First Federal Judge to Be Impeached for Sexual Misconduct

By Lise Olsen

Beacon Press

288 pages

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Code of Silence tells the story of federal court employee Cathy McBroom, who had to flee her job as a case manager in Galveston, Texas, after enduring years of sexual harassment and assault by her boss-US District Judge Samuel Kent. Following a decade of firsthand reporting at The Houston Chronicle, investigative reporter Lise Olsen charts McBroom’s assault and the aftermath, when McBroom was thrust into the role of whistle-blower to denounce a federal judge.

What Olsen discovered by investigating McBroom’s story and other federal judicial misconduct matters nationwide was shocking. With the help of other federal judges, Kent was being protected by a secretive court system that has long tolerated or ignored complaints about corruption, sexism, and sexual misconduct-enabling him to remain in office for years. Other powerful judges accused of judicial misconduct were never investigated and remain in power or retired with full pay, such as US Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski and Kozinski’s mentee, Brett Kavanaugh.

 

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NONFICTION / SELF HELP / MEMOIR

Creatrix Rising: Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women

By Stephanie Raffelock

She Writes Press

August 24, 2021

176 pages

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Ever since Eve was banned from the garden, women have endured the oftentimes painful and inaccurate definitions foisted upon them by the patriarchy. Maiden, mother, and crone, representing the three stages assigned to a woman’s life, have been the limiting categories of both ancient and modern mythology. One label in particular rankles: crone. 

None of us has ever truly fit the old-crone image, and for today’s midlife women, a new archetype is being birthed: the creatrix.

In Creatrix Rising, Stephanie Raffelock lays out the highlights of the past fifty years, in which women have gone from quiet strength to a resounding voice. She invites us on her transformational journey by providing probing questions for reflection that help us to enliven this new archetype within ourselves. If what the Dalai Lama has predicted—that women will save the world—proves true, then the creatrix will be out front, leading the pack.

 

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NONFICTION / TRAVEL  / TRAVEL ACTIVITY / LOCAL HISTORY

DFW Scavenger

By Tui Snider

Reedy Press Press

October 15, 2022

192 pages

Available in spiral-bound print

 

Looking for a new way to explore the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex? Put on your walking shoes and channel your inner Sherlock to solve riddles that will take you on a unique scavenger hunt through 26 neighborhoods in 12 cities. 

Each rhyming clue includes a photo to help you discover intriguing places, many of which are hidden in plain sight. 

Use this book for inspiration when guests visit, to take your family and friends on an adventure, or simply solve clues on your own. Plan a day for each section, then linger to enjoy the shops, restaurants, and parks in each featured area. Along the way you’re bound to discover new-to-you places and overlooked history while gaining a deeper appreciation for the many delights to be found in the Metroplex. 

 

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NONFICTION / MEMOIR / LAW / BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens

By Chrysta Castañeda and Loren C Steffy

Stoney Creek Publishing

September 15, 2021

304 pages

Available in paperback

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This is T. Boone Pickens as you’ve never seen him before. The erstwhile corporate raider, in the twilight of his career, dug in for one last legal battle in Pecos, Texas – a piece of the Old West made famous by Judge Roy Bean. Told through the eyes of his lead attorney, Chrysta Castañeda, The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens is a high-stakes courtroom drama that combines the rough-and-tumble world of oil-and-gas dealmaking with a legal procedural. 

 

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NONFICTION / POETRY / FLASH FICTION / DYSTOPIAN

Insatiable Consumption of Being

By Tiffany Sunday

Tilton House Press

October 12, 2022

106 pages

Available in paperback

 

In the revised second edition of Insatiable Consumption of Being, Tiffany Sunday's micro stories showcase her endless creative energy. Her poetry, composed using tight visual language, navigates a woman's determination to overcome shattering relationships to regain her strength. This book includes new poems and micro stories demonstrating Sunday’s writing depth and visceral imagery.

 

Sunday's new micro stories are an imaginative feast, offering readers tight dialogue balanced with enticing characters in assorted story genres. Her understanding of advanced technology adds mystery to her dystopian world. Sunday poignantly strips away inhumanity in a flawed virtual reality program by employing a lowly sea bean.

 

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NONFICTION / CRAFTS / SEWING & QUILTING

Quilting a LOT with a little: My Adventures in Quilting

By Tiffini Love Sobhani

Aqua Moon Studio Publications

123 pages

Available in eBook

 

Come share in the author's Adventures in Quilting a Lot With a Little! You'll want to read it if you are keen to learn more about quilting using the Internet, you need a little creative encouragement or you just really want to learn from someone who spent years learning to quilt, sometimes in unconventional ways! It includes:

-stories from a creative life

-difficulties in quilting and ways to overcome them

-hints, tips and shortcuts -standard and alternative quilting

-upcycle fabric, find material in unexpected places

-choosing a sewing machine

-special collection of links to instructional videos: basics, threads, tools, supplies, color theory, backing, batting, binding, piecing, special techniques, art quilting, history, online resources, quilt guilds, community and more!

 

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NONFICTION / POETRY / MUSINGS

To Be Human – Always

By Tiffany Sunday

Tilton House Press

September 20, 2022

110 pages

Available in paperback

 

If you could change your life, would you dare do it? Do you have the courage to be you? These soul-searching questions were the catalyst for Tiffany Sunday’s thought-provoking and inspiring book, To Be Human – Always. In her third poetry collection, Sunday searches for her authentic self while defending her humanity from the invasive nature of digital technology.

 

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