september Book Giveaway winners


A (Somewhat Irreverent) Introduction to Philosophy for Medical Students and Other Busy People (2 Copies)
Niall McLaren
Future Psychiatry Press
ISBN: 9781615991563

During their careers, many students become aware that, lurking in the background, there are complex and conceptually difficult questions that, all too often, their teachers either can't answer, or can't even understand. These are traditionally the questions addressed by philosophy, and this little primer is the result of another student's journey over many years. Niall McLaren MD has spent over three decades banging his head against the Really Difficult questions behind psychiatry, and offers his a personal view of how these questions should be approached. Very deliberately, he simplifies the convoluted language and reasoning that set philosophers apart, making it accessible to students of scientific fields in particular.In this book, you will gain a background in the following fields: 

  • Religion and the origins of philosophy
  • Mentalism, antimentalism and behaviorism
  • Epistemology, as the study of knowledge itself
  • Philosophy and the nature of science
  • Philosophy and the nature of ethics

Included is a glossary explaining some of the many -isms that can be so daunting to non-philosophers because philosophers too have their jargon but it is not meant to intimidate. True, it can be complex, but the issues involved are complex. The goal of this book is to show that, with clear thinking, the complexities need not be overwhelming.

Winners: Kevin Gildersleeve, Liz Sawyer

Alfredo's Journey: An Artist's Creative Life with Bipolar Disorder (2 Copies)
Alfredo Zotti
Modern History Press
ISBN: 9781615992249

More than a just a journey, Alfredo gives us a blueprint for humane treatment of mental illness.

In 1981, twenty-three-year-old Alfredo Zotti began his lifelong challenge of living with Bipolar II Disorder. He quickly hit rock bottom, spending time as a homeless person and turning to street drugs and alcohol to medicate his symptoms. After hospitalization and careful outpatient monitoring, he became a successful musician and completed university. In 2004, he started to mentor sufferers of mental illness, and together, they developed an online journal. Alfredo now sees mental illness from a new perspective, not of disadvantages but advantages. In his words: "Having a mental illness can be a blessing if we work on ourselves." In this memoir and critique of mental illness, the reader will learn:

  • How empathic listening and being with someone can help calm that person's symptoms
  • The power of singing to create a safe space in a community
  • Why spirituality can be a key component in the healing process
  • The connections between mental illness, artistic expression, and people who think differently
  • The impact of childhood trauma on our psyche and its role in mental illness
  • The dangers of antipsychotics and antidepressants
  • The amazing connection between heart and brain and how we can cultivate it
  • The challenges of love and marriage between partners with Bipolar Disorder

Winners: Tania Becerra, Gina Cousins

Presidential Declarations   (5 Copies)
Douglas J. Wood
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781508806318

Ripped from today’s headlines, PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATIONS is a behind-the-scenes political thriller and an inspiring portrayal of a woman’s rise to the highest office in the land that gives readers a lot to think about when casting their votes in the next presidential election. Ambitious, smart and one of Washington D.C.’s power elite, Samantha “Sam” Harrison’s entire political career, once seemingly unstoppable, is in question and her loyalty to her country is about to be tested as never before. Washington, D.C. sustains the worst terrorist attack in American history, and the President of the United States needs Sam to serve her country once more. Political rivals on opposite sides of the aisle, Sam and the president have never agreed on deeply dividing issues. While Sam realizes that it’s time to put aside political differences, get justice, and help the nation to heal, she’s not sure whom she can trust. Leading the country out of chaos could put the White House once more within her grasp, but will place Sam, her daughter and her daughter’s first child directly in harm’s way. Sam’s actions in the coming days will decide her family’s survival, her political future, and the fate of the United States of America. The stakes have never been higher.

Winners: Patty Adams, Erik Little, Joyce Long, Micky Martin, Ellen McCague

A Home for Abigail (1 Copy)
S. Marriott Cook
Jabberwocky Books
ISBN: 9781634132794

Alone and abandoned on a deserted street, a dog tries her best to tell people she needs help. When she has almost given up--a kind lady stops . . . .Join Abigail on her journey as she becomes a beloved family member in a forever home. Based on a true story, A Home for Abigail is a book to be enjoyed by pet lovers of all ages.

A Home for Abigail, by award-winning author S. Marriott Cook received First Place in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards 2016 for the Young Reader category, the 2016 I Have Something to Say Press Award for Best Children’s Book of the Year, the Reader Views Kids Award for the Best Children’s Book of the Year, and various other awards.

A Home for Abigail is also on the approved reading list of the National Humane Education Society.

Winner: Danielle Aguado

My Tell-All: Celebrity Encounters, Strange Men & Shocking Secrets (1 Copy)
L.A. Justice
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781532816420

Author L.A. Justice didn’t decide to become a tabloid reporter. Her long and winding journey has taken her from New York City—where she began her career as a copywriter for Macmillan Publishing Company—through her years as a social worker, potter, bartender, wife, mother, divorcee and legal secretary in Florida, before finally returning to her true passion of writing, spending two decades at the Florida-based tabloids. This funny and honest revelation shows a woman who must constantly reinvent herself. My Tell-All is a must-read memoir that reveals an insider’s view of the world of tabloid journalism.

Winner: Marina Adams

Novus: The Cresecren Chronicles (1 Copy)
Crystal Marcos
Cat Marcs Publishing
ISBN: 9780984389988

Ideal for Hunger Games and Divergent fans, Crystal Marcos delivers Novus, a riveting novel set in a dystopian future of action-adventure, suspense, and romance. Intriguing characters and a gripping storyline keep the reader turning page after page.

Being a teenager is hard enough. And what if your life's path is predetermined? On top of that, you aren't even Human?

Cayden was given life as a Cresecren. He expected to live out his days with the dysfunctional Human family he was assigned to serve. One fateful night, however, landed him in Gavaron, the home of maimed, elderly, or defiant Cresecren.

Beyond its borders is the Den, an area much more dangerous than he ever imagined. Now seventeen, Cayden unwittingly becomes involved in a conspiracy and is one of a handful of survivors fleeing a deadly attack. They set off on a perilous journey in search of refuge and the truth. Along the way, Cayden begins to comprehend the difference between fully living and merely surviving, while trying to balance his emotions and a forbidden love.

Winner: Carol Tupitza

The Best Feeling in the World (2 Copies)
Steven DeGregorio
Alligator Suitcase Press
ISBN: 9780996122429

This is the story of a boy named Dego, written by a man called DeGreg; the story of a classic middle class middle child--a baby, then a boy, trying hard to become a man, and f-ing it up along the way. Growing up across the river from New York City has a certain affect on a Jersey boy; though we have no idea what that might be. The fun of it is, it doesn't matter where you grew up, you'll see yourself in these stories. You'll be running through the neighborhood right alongside the kids of the Mountain Way Gang--playing army, baseball, kick-the-can, or whatever else kids dream up when searching for fun, killing time, or chasing after...

The Best Feeling in the World.

And what a world it turns out to be, a freaky mess of good and evil, and a whole lot of middle ground. A kaleidoscope of life bombarding the senses, tempting us, scaring us, inspiring us forward. Even the best childhood doesn't last forever and none truly prepares any of us for what might happen next. Sometimes, things get a little hairy. Grade school innocence fades and crazy sexy heartbreaking adolescence rises up.

" I looked at the two-family houses next to us, I wondered if the people who lived there, in those exact houses, knew about this, about intercourse. Did everybody know, except me?"

It's a crazy world, crazier still inside the mind of fifteen-year-old having a tough time of it. It's funny how one wrong move can really mess things up, even change a person forever. Chances are Dego's journey is a lot like yours, and altogether different at the same time.

We're all chasing after it, whatever it is. It's not the same for everyone, and it might change over time. No matter what it is, you know it when you feel it, it's...

The Best Feeling in the World.

Get the book.  Read it now.  The Teenager in you will appreciate it, even if you end up flipping yourself off in the process.

Winners: Dennis Acker, Jaime Farkus

Raven's Peak (3 Copies)
Lincoln Cole
Lincoln Cole Publishing
ISBN: 9780997225976

A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven's Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to find out what is happening. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she's ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive. 

She rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she's forced to protect him, which is easy, and also trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven's Peak. Trust, however, is considerably more difficult for someone who grew up living on the knife's edge of danger.

Can they discover the cause of the town's insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

Winners: Matt Horn, Peggy Watkins, Jessica Epps


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