Books

Many of the books on our gift list can be found on Amazon.com, your local book retailer, and on the author’s websites.

Advice and Inspirational

The Daughter-in-Law Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Make Friends with Your Mother-In-Law!
The Daughter-in-Law Rules
covers everything from everyday household matters to unwanted advice on childrearing. Author Sally Shields provides you with a chock full of real-life situations and scenarios and how to deal with them all with grace and humor.

Journey To You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be
There’s simply no better gift for someone you love than the gift of helping them discover their WHAT — that is, the one thing they were born to do.  Journey To You teaches readers how to make this happen and provides so much more. The book has been described as “What Color is Your Parachute? meets The Secret in 21st Century form. It is life-changing and transformative and a welcome change to the all-too stodgy ‘go out and change your life’ banter too often found in today’s self-help manifestos.

The Next Ten Minutes: 51 Absurdly Simple Ways to Seize the Moment
The Next Ten Minutes consists of a collection of exercises originally created for use in Dr. Peterson’s successful counseling practice. Rather than taking readers out of the everyday, Author Dr. Andrew Peterson invites them to move more deeply into the familiar tasks of ordinary life, such as turning simple breathing, eating, physical love, or throwing out the trash into meditative exercises that can transform your day. Based on both Buddhist philosophy and proven psychology techniques, these succinct and accessible meditations also offer simple and effective methods for therapeutic counseling and personal growth. The power to seize the day is but a few simple steps away.

The Nanny Factor, A Parent’s Guide to Finding the Right Nanny for Your Family
This book gives you the edge in interviewing, hiring and keeping a nanny that is perfect for your family. As a former nanny herself and now as a working mother with a nanny for her own children, author Candi Wingate knows and shares the qualities of both the business and personal side of the nanny business. With over 20 years in the Nanny Industry, Wingate reveals her secrets on:

  • The health benefits for your children of having a nanny in your house
  • The myths about nannies and the real truth
  • How to hire the right nanny for your children’s needs
  • What to pay your nanny (and it’s less than you think)
  • How to stay in touch with your children while you’re at work
  • How to check references and what background checks to run
  • How a nanny can keep your household running smoothly

Children and Teens

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter
Abbie Adams is a regular eleven-year old girl with normal problems like a really strict-fifth grade teacher. (Meet Miss Linegar. Rhymes with vinegar.) She’s chronically behind in homework, forced to keep a big secret from her very best friend and hoping like heck she can remember all her lines in the drama club play. But Abbie also happens to be a witch and in addition to everything else, she has to cope with stuff like her little brother morphing into a werewolf and trying to eat his first-grade teacher…not to mention figuring out what exactly is up with her very, very peculiar cat.

My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?
Ask Isabella… She takes a wild ride—and discovers the sky’s the limit. Who Is Your Hero? Isabella’s include U.S. Astronaut Sally Ride, activist Rosa Parks, and sharpshooter Annie Oakley—but there’s no bigger hero than Isabella’s own mommy. Join Isabella on an adventure of discovery—and find out how imagining to be these extraordinary women teaches her the importance of being her extraordinary self.

If I Could Keep You Little…
This book exemplifies author Marianne Richmond’s real insights into the human spirit and her beautiful illustrations that will touch children and adults and that are sure to be cherished for generations to come. Taking the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, If I Could Keep You Little showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.

Employment

Get a Job Without Going Crazy: A Practical Guide to Your Employment Search
Since the January hiring season is just around the corner, this book is a great gift for any job seeker. In this practical guide, author Donna Shannon shares her eight years of corporate recruiting secrets to teach you simple yet effective techniques for your job search.

Health and Wellness

The Secret to Skinny: How Salt Makes You Fat, and the 4-Week Plan to Drop a Size and Get Healthier with Simple Low-Sodium Swaps
The Nutrition Twins, Tammy Lakotos Shames, R.D. and Lyssie Lakotos, R.D., have helped hundreds of clients lose weight, eliminate bloating, and tone up for good on their salt-slashing program—with the side benefits of reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Simple and effective, their 4-week diet is built around key lo-so foods: green-light “Anti-bloaters,” “Flushers,” and “Slimmers,”–foods that keep you slim by helping your body excrete salt and pounds. They shine a light on the red-light “Bloaters,” “Pluggers,” “Chubbers,” and “Flabbers,”–foods that you should avoid because they pack on the pounds. With easy-to-find foods that are full of flavor, they will show you how to swap out salt saboteurs with foods that keep you satisfied and slim.

Relationships

Beware of Dogs: How to Avoid Dating Disasters
Whether a woman is sixteen years old or sixty, dating is a lot like navigating a mine field. When a relationship is good, it feels like we are soaring on top of the world. But more often than we would like to admit, things can go wrong; only after the smoke clears do we realize we never noticed the warning signs. Beware of Dogs: How to Avoid Dating Disasters helps women learn the important lessons gained from bad relationships while providing expert guidance leading them down a path to becoming happier, more self-fulfilled human beings. Barbara Hayes is a relationship therapist who relies on both her professional and personal experiences to help women discern whether their guy is nice or narcissistic, quirky or disturbed, intrigued or obsessed. Along with personal anecdotes and case studies, she includes fun quizzes and checklists that make it easy to sort out the dirty dogs from the dream guys and learn whether a partner’s habits are merely annoying or red flags signaling that the relationship is headed for disaster. Beware of Dogs: How to Avoid Dating Disasters provides the practical tools and suggestions that will teach any woman how to make wise relationship choices.

Thriving After Divorce: Transforming Your Life When a Relationship Ends
The end of a significant relationship initiates painful and powerful change in one’s life, daily habits, and even in one’s personal identity. In Thriving After Divorce, author and relationship coach Tonja Evetts Weimer offers readers a grounded approach to growing through the difficult life transitions that arise from the breaking of our most defining partnerships. Weimer’s book will guide readers through a potentially tumultuous time to a safe place by showing how to put one’s actions in alignment with one’s needs and values for positive outcomes that will strengthen and prepare the heart for a new path.

Seasonal

Celebrate Advent: 25 Legends and Ornaments
Author Judith Vicary Swisher provides readers with a collection of stories from around the world that reflect how people, animals, and birds are featured in ageless stories, one for each day of Advent.

The Last Ornament
Also, by Swisher, along with Molly Mann, this book offers a new way to wind down the holidays, this fun and unique picture book shows the annual family tradition of taking down the Christmas tree from a new and original perspective—that of the ornaments. Showing how these decorations feel about their role during and after Christmas, the story focuses on a single toy engine who is forgotten on the tree in the cold night and how his fellow ornaments take action. This book provides enjoyable yearly reading and a new game to play each year, with rewards for finding the last ornament. Ornaments can then be stored year to year in the book pockets provided.

Everything Christmas
Looking for the lyrics for the second verse of Silent Night? Need a new cookie recipe for your family’s annual cookie-baking night? Everthing Christmas is a cornucopia of seasonal cheer that will enrich any family’s holiday festivities. Corresponding with the days of Advent, Everything Christmas brings together the best ideas for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year—all in one place. Classic Christmas stories and new ones destined to become family favorites, mouth-watering Christmas recipes, lyrics to treasured hymns and carols, inspirational poems, decoration ideas, trivia, and Christmas humor will all help you and your family make this Christmas season one to remember.

Sports

Phenom
Phenom is the story of Mike “Sparky” Rosen.  A young second baseman in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Rosen is often brash, irreverent, and politically incorrect, but he can play baseball.  And if you don’t believe it, just ask him.  In Phenom, Rosen tells his own story in a personal journal that covers a year in his life from spring training to the end of the season and beyond. Rosen’s story is often humorous, often touching, but always entertaining for baseball fans and non-fans alike.

Warning Track Power
Warning Track Power is a sequel to Phenom, the story of Mike “Sparky” Rosen, a brash young second baseman who jumped from Class AA directly to his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates.  In Phenom, Sparky had a terrific rookie season and led the Pirates to playoff contention. Now Sparky is back for his second big league season.  Can Sparky produce the home run clout needed to drive the Pirates deeper into the playoffs, or will he and the Pirates be victimized by his warning track power? Both Phenom and Warning Track Power can be purchased on-line at www.authorhouse.com/bookstore. Author signed copies can be purchased directly from author Mike Roteman by emailing him at mrmike7777@yahoo.com .

Technology

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook
Facebook is not as user-friendly as the service would like people to think. As a result, it leaves many users scratching their heads over even the most fundamental features. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook gets readers registered and touring Facebook in the very first chapter and never lets up as it reveals the features that have made Facebook the number one social networking platform.

“Is This Thing On?” A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming
This book is the perfect gift for parents and grandparents and it’s budget-friendly at $15.95. This present is really a present for the giver because the tentative computer user in their life will stop asking them computer questions. What could spread the love more than that?! The book, with over 70,000 copies sold, is like no other out there for the computer fearful. It starts at the very beginning assuming the reader knows nothing about computers. It takes you sequentially through why you might want a computer, how to buy it, set it up, and then walks you through step-by-step to get online and send your first e-mail. Later chapters get into online shopping, digital photography, and file management. There’s even a chapter on iPods and Blackberries. The flavor of the book is friendly, personal, and reassuring..