New Releases

IBPA logo  APSS logo

News from the Square


Misko's PATH OF THE WIND wins award, heads over to audio

Posted: 2019/04/10

Garden City Park, NY:  James Misko's novel, The Path of the Wind (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0444-5, $17.95 USD / $25.95 CAN), has won the Nautilus Book Award for Best Fiction.  This is the newest award for Misko's book, which took 1st Place in the 2018 Feathered  Quill Book Awards for Adult Fiction and received First Place Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Book Festival that same year. He won his first Feathered Quill Award for Fiction in 2016 with his acclaimed novel As All My Fathers Were , which also won a Nebraska Book of the Year Award; the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award; and the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Adult Fiction in 2015.

The Path of the Wind is the fifth novel written by Misko since his debut work, For What He Could Become, was published in 2004. In its review, the Midwest Book Review declared Misko "a truly gifted novelist with a genuine flair for creating deftly created and memorable characters" while it recognized Path as "a consistently entertaining and highly recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections." It has also been embraced within the library market by none other than Nancy Pearl, whose own annual book contest with the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) named The Path of the Wind as one of only three finalists for the Nancy Pearl Award last year in the "Literary / Mainstream" category.

As much as Misko enjoys seeing his work positively reviewed and honored with awards, what matters most to him is his strong and always-growing fan base. Misko has appeared at more than 70 book signing events over the past few years in several cities across Alaska, California, and Nebraska. Events have taken place at an array of Barnes & Noble locations, along with "brick 'n mortar" stores; many CostCo and Sam's Club stores; WalGreen drugstores; and various airport bookstores across the US. In 2017, Misko gave the Keynote Address and taught a writing workshop at the Southern California Writers Conference; and in April 2018, he gave another Keynote Address and taught another writing workshop at the Nebraska Writers Conference (along with Square One's publisher, Rudy Shur, who appeared in support of an updated "Second Edition" of his own book, How to Publish Your Nonfiction Book).

In addition, all five of Misko's novels have recently been put into audio book production by Square One directly through the increasingly popular ACX.com site—three of Misko's novels (The Path of the Wind, For What He Could Become, and The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County) will be narrated by Edison McDaniels, while the other two (As All My Fathers Were, The Cut of Pride) are being voiced by Pat O'Brien. The audio editions of Misko's novels should all be available by this summer for digital download purchase exclusively through Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes (Apple).

Speaking of this summer, Misko will do several "in person" store events for all five of his novels at Mosquito Books in the Anchorage International Airport over a range of time that will stretch from May to August. He will also appear at a handful of other Anchorage events at the local Barnes & Noble store and Fireside Books in Alaska's nearby city of Palmer.

Never one to let the time pass too idly, Misko is in the final stages of completing his sixth novel (tentative title: Tomorrow Is My Day). All of his novels, including The Path of the Wind, are available wherever books are sold.

Square One is proud to share news of Mr. Misko's newest award, and congratulates him on this continued recognition of achievement.

Read Full Article

Say it ain't so, soda - Harvard's new study shows link between soft drinks and increased heart disease, breast and colon cancer risk

Posted: 2019/03/18

Garden City Park, NY: Though the morning after St. Patrick's Day might already be a time for folks to rethink what they drink, the American Heart Association's journal Circulation made that time even more urgent. According to a piece just published in the AHA's non-profit magazine, a group of Harvard researchers led by Vasanti Malik with the T.H. Chan School of Public Health have discovered a direct and dangerous link between drinking "sodas, sports drinks, and other sugary beverages" and the increased likelihood of dying from heart disease and breast or colon cancers. Spoken in everyday language, you shorten your life span by fourteen to eighteen percent (14 - 18%) if or when you drink just two cans of soda.

This, of course, is the kind of dire warning that stretches across nearly every page of our book Killer ColasThe Hard Truth about Soft Drinks ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0341-7). Written by nutritionist and longtime anti-sugar pioneer Dr. Nancy Appleton, the book draws on decades of extensive studies concerning diet and its effect on health and lifestyle. A key point in the book is that overconsumption of sugar has been a key component in a number of both chronic and acute human diseases. With this newest research conducted by Harvard and published by the AHA, what once may have seemed fringe now appears frighteningly commonplace and mainstream.

Killer Colastogether with Dr. Appleton's other two books Suicide by Sugar and Stopping Inflammation, is available on Amazon.com and wherever else books are sold.

Read Full Article

Square One's new book on Hashimoto's disease hits the ground running

Posted: 2019/01/24

Garden City Park, NY: With an estimated 20 million people in the United States alone affected by thyroid problems—the most common of which is Hashimoto's disease—the timing for Square One's newest health title What You Must Know About Hashimoto's Disease ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0475-9) couldn't be better.

Written by accomplished thyroid disease expert Brittany Henderson, MD, together with professional journalist Allison Futterman (herself a Hashimoto's patient who has found home in her treatment with Dr. Henderson), this new book has already earned the attention of the popular websites ThyroidChange.org a.k.a. "The United Voice of Thyroid Patients Worldwide" and the UK-based blogger Rachel Hill, whose website TheInvisibleHypothyroidism.com is a top source of information for patients worldwide. These two groups have the following praise to share about the book, now available from Amazon.com or wherever else books are sold:

* ThyroidChange.org: "A comprehensive resource of information regarding thyroid disease! Dr. Henderson provides patients with a handbook for understanding the sum of the root causes, as well as the complexities of the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid hormone imbalance."

* Rachel Hill, blogger for TheInvisibleHypothyroidism.com"[B]oth medical professionals and thyroid patients themselves can benefit hugely from this book, supplying them with everything they ought to know, so that more people can live well with Hashimoto’s . . . Instead of promoting one treatment plan, [the authors] uphold that there is no one-size-fits-all approach but instead a need to treat each person as the individuals they truly are . . . [the book] is down-to-earth and also crucially honest . . . Overall, this book has become my new favourite."

To hear Dr. Henderson talk in depth about thyroid health and What You Must Know About Hashimoto's Disease, you can listen to her recent hour-long interview on the influential health podcast Doctor Thyroid with host Philip James. To hear the podcast, you can click here or copy/paste the link below on your computer and/or other digital listening device:

https://docthyroid.com/brittany-henderson-hashimotos

In addition, both Dr. Henderson and co-author Allison Futterman discuss what led to them working together on the book in a recently-published interview with People of Charlotte.

What You Must Know About Hashimoto's Disease is available now. More to come on this important new book. Stay tuned.

Read Full Article

NAYS stacks up support for author Greg Bach's new coaching book

Posted: 2019/01/23

Garden City Park, NY: Heading into its thirty-eighth year, the Florida-based National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) has always supported kids and adults alike in the shared pursuit of their non-profit organization's longtime motto: "Better sports for kids, better kids for life."

Now, NAYS has partnered once again with Square One Publishers to bring a new message to the reading public on how best for coaches to "build that better youth sports team."

Written and assembled by NAYS' own Senior Director of Communications Greg Bach (see photo), Secrets of Successful Coaching ($17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0468-1) provides a slew of winning tips and key advice from fifty of America's most successful coaches.

Among these top professionals are: Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe MaddonBaltimore Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh; North Carolina basketball coach Roy WilliamsOld Dominion women’s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson; Olympic gymnastics great Samantha PeszekEdmonton Oilers hockey coach Ken Hitchcock; and Duke softball coach Marissa Young, among more than 40 others.

NAYS has already begun to spread the word about the book through active social media with its more than 3,000 community-based and partnered organizations nationwide. In addition, a growing list of those fifty coaches interviewed for the book have begun to share news of the book to their own respective social media audiences—demographics that already number collectively in the tens of thousands.

Within the book trade, Publishers Weekly has this to say about the book in its winning review:

"[Secrets of Successful Coaching] supplies parents and youth coaches with helpful advice culled from interviews with 50 coaches from a wide range of sports . . . [t]hrough these informative interviews, Bach helps coaches motivate young players to reach their potential while providing them with effective role models."

Other NAYS-affiliated titles published and available from Square One Publishers include: Why Johnny Hates SportsYour First Coaching Book; and A Parents' Guide to Baseball and Softball.

Secrets of Successful Coaching is available now through Amazon.com and wherever else books are sold nationwide.

Read Full Article

Two more big reasons to avoid AGEs in your diet

Posted: 2019/01/14

Garden City Park, NY: In recent weeks, there has been much attention and discussion within 
the medical community concerning the harmful presence of AGEs (Advance Glycation 
Endproducts). Long ignored by conventional medicine and as-yet largely unknown by the general public, AGEs are chemical byproducts that form in our bodies through the consumption of processed foods high in sugar and fat. Certain popular cooking techniques—such as grilling, searing, and frying—remain a key cause of increased AGE formation at the heart of what remains for too many their Standard American Diet (a.k.a., SAD).

First, a scientific paper from Dr. Alan S. Green featured in the December 2018 issue of AGING
Magazine ("mTOR, glycotoxins and the parallel universe") talks about the importance of 
adopting an AGE-less diet to preserving one's own health and longevity. Dr.  Green believes that the embrace of an AGE-less diet—one that uses a low, moist heat as opposed to a high dry heat when cooking one's foods—alongside his suggested use of a naturally derived immunosuppressant medication called "Rapamycin" can provide people with their best chance to combat the aging process. "Until a super expensive new anti-aging drug comes along that can make Big Pharma 50 billion dollars a year," writes Dr. Green, "generic rapamycin and the AGE Less diet will do quite well."

Secondly, a new study released on ScienceDaily.com by a team with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in late December 2018 shows that "high AGE levels could prevent patients with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer from responding to tamoxifen therapy." The MUSC team, led by college faculty members David P. Turner, PhD and Marvella E. Ford, PhD, state that "By showing that AGEs in the diet may impact how well breast cancer patients response to therapy [like tamoxifen], we can make breast cancer patients aware of their existence. And we can can design lifestyle interventions aimed at reducing AGE intake."

Both of these studies count as old news to Square One's author Helen Vlassara, MD. After all, Dr. Vlassara has studied the phenomenon of Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGEs) since the late 1970s, first at The Rockefeller University of New York and later at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NYC). The "AGE" acronym was coined by Dr. Vlassara and her colleagues back in the 1980s, for the process whereby foods cooked or grilled in dry-heat settings and high temperatures bring forth a covey of naturally occurring toxic substances that we consume when we eat.

Though the years of study were trained principally on the problems of aging and diabetes—resulting in Mt. Sinai's irrefutable July 2016 announcement that the likelihood of diabetes can be decreased significantly by avoiding AGEs intake in one's diet—this strong research led and published by Vlassara has tied AGEs to any and all manner of chronic disease as well. And of course, that also includes issues of longevity and the prevalence of breast cancer as reported by both studies listed above.

To learn more about AGEs from the original source, check out Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0420-9, $16.95 USD) and its companion volume, The AGE Food Guide (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0429-2, $8.95 USD).

Read Full Article