Garden City Park, New York: It has been quite a healthy eighteenth year for Square One Publishers. Only days away from the brand new year that awaits us all in 2018, here below is a list of top highlights that took place in 2017:
* Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet: Along with co-authors Gary E. Striker, MD and bestselling healthy cooking author and registered dietitian Sandra Woodruff, visionary medical expert Helen Vlassara, MD brought her own pioneering studies of Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGEs) to the mainstream in a new book called "inspiring" by Booklist and commended by Publishers Weekly for "offering readers a lucid explanation of how these chemical compounds [AGEs] damage and age the body."
* Richard S. Isaacson, MD—lead author of The Alzheimer's Prevention & Treatment Diet and founder/director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian—continued his frequent appearances on TV's The Dr. Oz Show before taping a segment this past summer that appeared on the nationally popular TV show The 700 Club.
* ADHD & the Focused Mind by Sarah Cheyette, MD, Peter Johnson, and Ben Cheyette, MD, PhD won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Parenting Title awarded annually by the California-based Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
* Unexpected Recoveries, the most recent book from New York Times' bestselling author Tom Monte, was declared by MBR Bookwatch "a powerful tool" to be "especially commended to the attention of patients whose doctors told them there is no cure, no treatment proven to eliminate their particular condition," while acclaimed health writer Larry Trivieri, Jr.'s newest book Apple Cider Vinegar was applauded by IndieReader for "providing both a cultural and historical context and a clearly laid-out, step-by-step process for [apple cider vinegar's] uses in the fight against 80 ailments."
* The Fabulous Fiber Cookbook: In a review that has helped make it a winner in the library market alongside the traditional bookstore, Sandra Woodruff's newest cookbook was considered "Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections" (Midwest Book Review, "The Cookbook Shelf").
* Just in time for Thanksgiving this past November, bestselling author and Paleo lifestyle anthropologist Geoff Bond's new book Paleo in a Nutshell was featured by Taste for Life Magazine in their holiday round-up issue ("Give Thanks for Good Health: Head into the Holidays in Top Shape with These Recent Titles").
* And with a message as urgent and crucial to our times as the late Rachel Carson's anti-pesticides classic Silent Spring was in the 1960s, Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat by former FDA health investigator Dr. Renee Dufault has emerged and remained as one of the most important—and yes, controversial—health titles of the year. Recognized as a top health title by Library Journal ("offers an illuminating perspective on food safety in America"), Publishers Weekly ("portrays a federal food safety system rife with ineffective regulations and practices that have left an unknowing American public vulnerable to food contaminants"), the top online site for alternative stories, Alternet, and Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients ("[a] groundbreaking book, which may hold the answers to why we remain in the midst of such a devastating national health crisis") among others, Dr. Dufault's book was also shown to contain early evidence (discovered by Dufault over a decade ago) of heavy metal toxins present in processed foods like baby formula. This past October, a new study conducted by nonprofit organization The Clean Label Project found that alarming levels of arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals were detected in about eighty percent (80%) of all baby food brands including Enfamily, Plum Organics, and Gerber. Though she was able upon the book's release to plead her case to millions of Americans through the popular nighttime radio show "Coast to Coast AM," there are still a lot of people in this country and across the world who need to know what Dr. Dufault has discovered. For her and Square One alike, the work has only just begun.
As we head into the new year of 2018, all of us want to see that our world becomes a safer—and healthier—place. With a new list of titles once again focused on the undying need for truth and knowledge during an increasingly alarming and anxious age, Square One embraces proudly its mission statement as "The Best Place to Start." In the words of Shakespeare, "What's past is prologue." In this time of holiday presents and end-of-year remembrance, Square One is focused completely on the future—which begins now.