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Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, dead at 51 - a health cautionary tale

Posted: 2019/05/06

Garden City Park, NY:  The sad news that revered and Oscar-nominated Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton died last week at age 51 after having a massive stroke serves as a reminder to the African-American community that preservation of everyday health is needed.

As pointed out in the wake of his death by various media throughout the US—including CBS affiliate WTVR-TV based in Richmond, Virginia—Mr. Singleton's stroke, exacerbated reportedly by years of hypertension (high blood pressure), mirrors the likelihood that many other black men in America will also suffer the dangers of stroke based on a number of alarming health statistics concerning the African-American community.

According to acclaimed African-American doctor Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD in his book African-American HealthyWhat You Need to Know to Protect Your Health ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0361-5), the African-American community "tops the list of groups afflicted by hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and cancer." Of strokes in particular, Dr. Walker observes that it "is the third greatest cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. The occurrence of stroke doubles every decade after the age of 55." As he goes on in his book to quote a fairly recent University of Michigan study concerning the rapidly escalating costs of caring for stroke victimes—"$2.2 trillion over the next 45 years"—Dr. Walker points out that both African-Americans and Latinos are twice as likely to suffer strokes at younger ages than their Caucasian counterparts.

In addition to an immediate embrace of better diet along with increased exercise, though, Dr. Walker explains in his book that the reversal of vitamin D3 deficiency—particularly within the African-American community—will do much to improve the population's overall health. To his patients and readers alike, Dr. Walker says that "Most physicians now recommend vitamin D3 (called cholecalciferol) . . . Because it is so important to your health, I want you to know that the bioactivity of vitamin D3 is absolutely crucial to the quality and length of your life."

African-American Healthy has been awarded the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Health Title, and has been recognized by Publishers Weekly ("Walker's efforts will undoubtedly prove valuable") and Library Journal  ("Walker provides good, commonsense advice for African Americans concerned about their health") among other fine publications.

When it comes to strokes, of course, the illness ultimately continues to grow ever more color-blind in our country—the most recent example being the death of beloved actor and one-time Beverly Hills 90210 hearthrob Luke Perry, who passed away this past March at age 52 after also suffering a massive stroke. In light of the growing prevalance of this worrisome condition among all Americans, Square One will publish later this year a book entitled What You Must Know About Strokes ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0483-4). Knowledge put into action remains our most vital weapon against all manner of disease—these books can show the way.

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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 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, 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.

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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 and wherever else books are sold.

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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 a.k.a. "The United Voice of Thyroid Patients Worldwide" and the UK-based blogger Rachel Hill, whose website is a top source of information for patients worldwide. These two groups have the following praise to share about the book, now available from or wherever else books are sold:

* "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"[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:

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.

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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 and wherever else books are sold nationwide.

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