A spellbinding novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, in which Miami’s top prosecutor becomes a prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance, which may have a chilling connection to the woman he can’t forget.
Unbelievable was the word for her. Samantha Vine was unbelievably beautiful. It was unbelievable that she’d married me. Even more unbelievable that she was gone . . .
Samantha died too soon. Abe Beckham’s new wife has helped him through the loss, but some say it was a step back to marry Angelina, a love from Abe’s past. Abe doesn’t want to hear it, and through the ups and downs, he’s even managed to remain a star prosecutor at the Miami State Attorney’s Office.
Then everything goes wrong. A woman’s body is discovered dumped in the Everglades, and Abe is called upon to monitor the investigation. The FBI is tracking a killer in South Florida they call “Cutter” because his brutal methods harken back to Florida’s dark past, when machete-wielding men cut sugarcane by hand in the blazing sun.
But when the feds discover that Abe had a brief encounter with the victim after Samantha’s death, and when Angelina goes missing, the respected attorney finds himself under fire. Suspicion surrounds him. His closest friends, family, professional colleagues, and the media no longer trust his motives. Was Angelina right? Was their marriage not what they’d hoped for because he loved Samantha too much? Or was there another woman . . . and a husband with a dark side who simply wanted his new wife gone?
Get a free, autographed paperback by James Grippando with
each purchase of his new book, CANE AND ABE, if you are present at the event on January 28th.
El Coaching es una disciplina nueva que trabaja en una dinámica de transformación personal mediante la cual las personas buscan desarrollar y optimizar sus talentos, habilidades y recursos para poder poner todo esto a disposición del alcance de sus metas, objetivos, el logro de la felicidad y una mejor calidad de vida. El Coachng posibilita nuevos campos de acción al mejorar la capacidad de escuchar y ver las oportunidades en el entorno.
Sobre la autora:
Patricia Hashuel es la Directora del Instituto de Capacitación del Coach que desde hace 15 años se dedica a formar Coaches Ontológicos. Hace 5 años se ha instalado en Miami siendo el único instituto que da esta capacitación en idioma español, que aplica a la ICF y licencia para trabajar en USA. Ella es Lic. en Administración de Empresas (UBA) y Master Coach Profesional (ICF y AAPC). Ha sido nominada por su labor como una de las grandes mujeres del Siglo XXI por The American Biographical Institute en 2007 y 2010. Es la creadora del Modelo de Formación de Coaches del Instituto de Capacitación del Coach que funciona en simultáneo en Buenos Aires, Miami y México. Su Instituto tiene una Plataforma Virtual que consta de 6 Cursos diferentes y funciona desde el año 2000. Ha diseñado y entrenado a mas de 200 empresas multinacionales y ha sido coach de muchos de sus ejecutivos. Es la autora de la Newsletter: “Conversando con un Coach” que llega semanalmente, desde octubre de 1999, a más de 130,000 personas en todo el mundo. Tiene 17 libros escritos de los cuales están publicados en español 8 títulos, algunos han llegado a su décima edición. El resto se venden en su página en el formato de E-books. Motivadora y speaker de importantes Congresos Internacionales, su misión es asistir liderando y enseñando a crear conversaciones que permitan vivir desde la excelencia, reconocer los dones y concretar los sueños.
Four undocumented Mexican American students, two great teachers, one robot-building contest . . . and a major motion picture
In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much—but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot. And build a robot they did. Their robot wasn’t pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition—and yet, against all odds . . . they won! But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story—which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement—will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan. Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country—even as the country tried to kick them out.
About the Author:
Joshua Davis is a writer, television host, documentary director and film producer.
In 2003, Josh covered the Iraq war for Wired Magazine, where he is a Contributing Editor. He has tracked rumors of genetically modified cocaine behind rebel lines in Colombia, investigated the world's largest diamond heist, and hunted the source of a cyberwar in Russia. In 2005, Random House published Josh's memoir, "The Underdog," which details his journey through some of the world's most outlandish competitions. The Los Angeles Times calls it "laugh out loud funny," and Entertainment Weekly declares "the rewarding Underdog proves that Davis is a winner at something."
Half a century after viewers first watched a father and son walking to the local fishing hole, whistling a simple, yet unforgettable, tune, The Andy Griffith Show remains one of the most popular sitcoms in the history of American television. Tens of millions of viewers have seen the show either in its original run, its ongoing reruns, on DVD, or on the internet. Websites devoted to the show abound, hundreds of fan clubs bring enthusiasts together, and a plethora of books and Mayberry-themed merchandise have celebrated all things Mayberry. A small cottage industry has even developed around the teachings of the show's episodes. But why does a sitcom from the 1960s set in the rural South still evoke such devotion in people today?
InA Cuban in Mayberry, acclaimed author Gustavo Pérez Firmat revisits America's hometown to discover the source of its enduring appeal. He approaches the show from a unique perspective—that of an exile who has never experienced the rootedness that Andy and his fellow Mayberrians take for granted, as folks who have never strayed from home or lived among strangers. As Pérez Firmat weaves his personal recollections of exile from Cuba with an analysis of the show, he makes a convincing case that the intimacy between person and place depicted inTAGSis the secret of its lasting relevance, even as he reveals the surprising ways in which the series also reflects the racial, generational, and political turbulence of the 1960s.
About the Author:
Born in Havana and raised in Miami, GUSTAVO PÉREZ FIRMAT is currently the David Feinson Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University in New York City, as well as a resident of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A noted writer and scholar, he is the author of many books, including the award-winning Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way, and numerous essays and reviews. Newsweek included him among “100 Americans to watch for in the 21st century” and Hispanic Business Magazine selected him as one of the “100 most influential Hispanics” in the United States.
Vilna 1941. An inquisitive young girl asks her grandmother why she is carrying nothing but a jug of lemons and water when they are forced by the Germans to evacuate their Vilna ghetto. "Something to remind me of the sweetness," the wise woman tells her, setting the theme for what they must remember to survive. Set during World War II, the novel is the parallel tale of two Jewish girls, cousins, living on separate continents, whose strikingly different lives promise to converge. Brooklyn-born Mira Kane is the talented eighteen-year-old daughter of a well-to-do manufacturer of women's knitwear in New York. Her cousin, eight-year-old Rosha Kaninsky, is the lone survivor of a family abroad exterminated by the invading Nazis. Yet, unbeknownst to her American relatives, the orphaned Rosha did not perish. Desperate to save his child during a round-up, her father thrust Rosha into the arms of a Polish Catholic candle maker, who hides her─ putting her own family at risk. The headstrong Mira, who dreams of escaping Brooklyn for a career as a fashion designer, finds her ambitions abruptly thwarted when, traumatized at the fate of his European relatives, her father becomes intent on safeguarding his loved ones from all threats of a brutal world. Everyone must challenge his injurious and spiraling survivor guilt. Though the Kanes endure the experience of the Jews who got out, they reveal how even in the safety of our lives, we are profoundly affected by the dire circumstances of others. Like The Book Thief and Those Who Save Us, The Sweetness is a poignant portrait of life during a most tragic time in history.
About the Author:
After two decades as a scriptwriter and video/film producer for
Fortune 500 companies, Sande Boritz Berger returned to writing fiction and
non-fiction full time. For years she attended The Writer’s Voice in NYC and
writing conferences at Stony Brook Southampton College, where she once got lost
driving Joyce Carol Oates to a dinner in her honor. Ms. Berger’s stories and
essays appear in a multitude of publications, including Every Woman Has
a Story , Ophelia’s Mom and Aunties:
Thirty-Five Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother. Her fiction
and poetry have appeared in The Southampton
Review, Confrontation Literary Review, Tri-Quarterly
Magazine, Epiphany, and numerous
other publications. The Sweetness was a semi-finalist
in Amazon’s annual Breakthrough Novel Awards. Ms. Berger has taught creative
writing as a volunteer at NYU’s Medical Center Rusk Institute’s pediatric
division and recently completed an MFA in Writing and Literature at Stony Brook
Southampton College. In 2010 she received the college’s Deborah Hecht Memorial
prize for fiction.
Lili was about to jump off the eighth floor of her Madrid apartment. She had endured yet another night of spousal abuse and was certain the pain of the impact would be less than the agony she was experiencing.
“To be alive and to be treated as nothing of value is worse than to be dead and to be acknowledged as dead,” Lili thought.
The voice of a guardian angel caught her as she began to lose balance. It convinced Lili to consider that there might be more to life if she gained a new vision of herself in a situation where she felt happy and peaceful.
Lili is the heroine of author Mimi Lutz's fictionalized memoir, “I'm right here, with you.” On Saturday, Jan. 31, Lutz addresses life situations such as these as part of a free “Reaction or Response” workshop.
REACTION OR RESPONSE
We have the choice. How do we become more present and more deeply aware of our inner workings so we can clearly make the choice? What are the advantages of responding versus reacting? Exploring these questions, we will, through guided meditation, experience tools for embracing new inner states. You are invited to a two hour workshop at Books and Books, facilitated by Mimi Lutz, author of the new book,"I'm right here, with you".
Mimi was an instructor for The Silva Method and has been working as a clinical hypnotherapist for over twenty years.
A former Miami hypnotherapist who now resides in Groton, Mass., Lutz is trained in the Silva Method of Mind Development and Stress Control, a personal growth program designed to awaken the hidden powers of the mind and help people to make changes in their careers, finances, relationships and well-being so that they can live the lives of their dreams.
Several months ago Pigs Do Fly Productions put out an on-line call to playwrights from around the world for submissions of 10-minute contemporary comedies written to highlight “vibrant, healthy people over 50 who are doing interesting things with their lives”. Approximately 200 plays were submitted from as far away as Canada, Australia, and Israel, and a committee of 6 took on the task of reading and rating each one. The plays that will be read were rated the highest of the lot, and audiences will be asked for their opinions at the end of each reading. The top four selections, along with plays by Michael McKeever, Michael Leeds, and Marj O’Neill-Butler will form Pigs Do Fly’s next production, scheduled to take place in May.
“Our mission - to produce plays about people over 50 who are doing different things with their lives and living it to the fullest has found its wings and keeps “flying along”,” says Pigs Do Fly Productions’ founder and Executive Producer Ellen Wacher. “And our intention is to keep improving our product, the plays,” she continues. “One way is to pick some of the plays we like and have folks hear them – and then listen to the audience’s reaction - that can make a huge and important difference for our productions.”
Beverly Blanchette, will direct the January 25th readings.
She will also read, along with Todd Caster, Michael DeGrotta, and Ellen Wacher.
Carbonell Award-winning actress Karen Stephens will direct the February 1st production.
Actors participating that reading are Carol Sussman, Bonnie Robinson, Jerry Weinberg and Michael DeGrotta.
The six plays selected for the January 25th readings are:
Never on Sunday by Shirley King
Rose in a Room at the Hotel Roma by Jayne Hannah
Signals by Marv Siegel
Standing Tall by Marv Siegel
There’s Still Time by Jeffrey Strausser
Winds of Change by Hortense Gerado
The six plays selected for the February 1st readings are:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.
Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love.
Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.
Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.
About the Author:
Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She lives in Massachusetts.
About the Interviewer:
Pamela Lear moved to Miami from San Diego, CA just 3 years ago with her husband, Brett. From the get-go, she has fully immersed herself in the Miami community. Pamela had a career in Marketing for Affinity Group programs she also taught elementary school and high school English. Always a voracious reader, Pamela has started a few different book clubs and has been in at least 10 different book discussion groups in the past 20 years, often acting as facilitator. She is currently the President of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest. As Sisterhood president, with a group of over 200 members, she is very involved in programs that encourage advocacy, support social action, and facilitate involvement in cultural program opportunities. A primary focus of the Sisterhood is leadership training and empowerment of women, causes that she is devoted to. Pamela intends to continue finding ways to make a meaningful difference in all that she does! She proud to be living in a city that appreciates literature, with a bookstore like Books & Books, and she is honored to be interviewing Anita Diamant.
The famed—some would say notorious—author of Trainspotting and many other brilliant offenses against common literary decency comes at last to America, with a dark and twisted tale of personal training and abject codependency in the fading glitter of Miami's South Beach, with a novel that asks the provocative question: Why would you want to be "the Biggest Loser" anyway?
When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms an apparently crazed gunman chasing two frightened homeless men along a deserted causeway at night, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind. Within hours, Lucy becomes a hero. Her celebrity is short-lived, though: the "crazed gunman," turns out to be a victim of child sexual abuse and the two men are serial pedophiles. The solitary eye-witness, the depressed and overweight Lena Sorenson, thrilled by Lucy's heroism and decisiveness, becomes obsessed with the trainer and enrolls as a client at her Bodysculpt gym. It quickly becomes clear that Lena is more interested in Lucy's body than her own. Then, when one of the pedophiles she allowed to escape carries out a heinous sex attack, Lucy's transition from hero to villain is complete. When Lucy imprisons Lena, and can't stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, the real problems start. In Lucy and Lena, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sadomasochistic folie à deux in contemporary fiction. The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time—how we look and where we live—and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.
About the Author:
Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstasy, Glue, Porno, Filth, Marabou Stork Nightmares, The Acid House, If You Liked School, You'll Love Work, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs and Reheated Cabbage. He divides his time between Florida, Ireland, and Scotland.
Facundo Cabral: Crónica de sus últimos días es un libro testimonial narrado en primera persona por Percy Llanos, amigo y acompañante de la última gira del cantautor argentino, testigo fundamental de aquella fatídica madrugada del 9 de julio de 2011 en la Avenida Liberación de Guatemala, cuando Facundo Cabral fue injustamente asesinado. Una narración lineal, que comienza y termina en el Range Rover blanco al que nunca debieron subir. Siete días en Centroamérica, un concierto en Nicaragua, dos en Guatemala y un millón de recuerdos con los personajes que tanto influyeron en la vida de Cabral: Jorge Luis Borges, la Madre Teresa de Calcuta, Eva Perón, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Mercedes Sosa, Marcel Marceau, Astor Piazolla. Un relato testimonial, emotivo, imprescindible para los muchos admiradores de Facundo Cabral, cargado de ese humor cáustico y brillante que lo distinguía; reivindicando el mensaje positivo y la paz que procuraba transmitir al subir a un escenario.
Sobre los autores:
Percy Llanos (Argentina) es periodista y un reconocido hombre de radio. Fue director de Radio Universidad de Córdoba (Argentina) y del mítico programa “El Discotecario de la Noche”. Desde hace tres décadas es presidente de la empresa Contemporánea Producción Artística, que produce espectáculos y artistas de renombre internacional.
Gabriela Llanos (Argentina) es periodista y escritora. Actualmente trabaja en la Wradio, la emisora internacional del Grupo Prisa, y en la Cadena SER (España). Ha publicado relatos en las antologías Mareas y Laberintos, Festín de amotinados, Ruido de fondo y Huellas en el mar, e imparte clases de literatura creativa en la Universidad Francisco de Vitoria de Madrid.