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Nice review from Library Journal for BLACK HEALTH MATTERS

Posted: 2021/12/03

Garden City Park, NY: We are happy to share the news that Library Journal has just put out a nice review of our most recent health title, Black Health Matters: The Vital Facts You Must Know to Protect Your Health and That of Your Loved Ones by Texas-based African-American author Richard W. Walker, Jr. MD.

Here's a key quote from the review:

"The fundamental health information is well supported, clearly presented, and helpful. Walker’s inclusion of historical context for Black health issues is key."

To read the full review, feel free either to CLICK HERE or to visit the Library Journal site URL below:

Black Health Matters ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0507-7) is available wherever books are sold.

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AudioFile Magazine Gives Great Review for the New Audiobook Version of MATCHSTICKS

Posted: 2021/12/01

Garden City Park, NY: Square One is delighted to share the news that AudioFile Magazine has given a wonderful review to the new audiobook edition of our acclaimed hardcover memoir, Matchsticks: An Education in Black & White by Fred Engh with Jann Seal.

The audiobook narrator, Eddie Frierson, is given the lion's share of praise for his performance throughout.

Here's an especially good quote from the review:

"[Narrator] Eddie Frierson gives a broadcast-worthy narration of Engh's Civil Rights-era memoir . . . Frierson's commentator tone belies the anxiety conveyed in Engh's story; his smooth narration somewhat cushions the listener from Fred's experience of being a local curiosity—a 'white matchstick' in a book of black matches . . . Frierson's voices for Bob Taylor, Engh's Maryland State football friend, and assorted white characters who distrust any bond between races bring the unfairness of this time and place to life."

If you want to listen to Matchsticks in audio, we encourage you to visit Amazon/Audible - to do so, you can CLICK HERE or visit the site URL below:

This newest accolade for Matchsticks only adds to the great things already said about the book by other publications such as Kirkus Reviews ("Thought-provoking memories of a civil rights-era friendship that crossed racial lines"), Publishers Weekly ("This fascinating fish-out-of-water account provides a unique perspective on race and culture"), ("Filled with heartening moments, told with warmth as well as honesty"), and Sport Literature Association/SLA ("Presents an honest portrayal of the potential to change the hearts and minds of people subscribed or apathetic to America's systemic racism") among others.

To see the entire review, feel free either to CLICK HERE or to visit the AudioFile URL listed below:

To read more about other audiobooks that you may enjoy, we encourage you to follow AudioFile over at Twitter @AudioFileMag or on Facebook @audiofilemagazine.

To learn more about Fred Engh's non-profit organization the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), be sure to visit their site at (or CLICK HERE).

And if you want to hear the story behind Matchsticks from Fred Engh himself, we encourage you to check out the inspiring "Breaking Barriers" segment that he did with tv's Golf Channel - you can see on YouTube if you CLICK HERE or visit the URL listed below:

Matchsticks ($24.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0505-3) is now available wherever books are sold, as is Engh's other book with Square One titled Why Johnny Hates Sports: Why Organized Sports Are Failing Our Children and What We Can Do About It ($14.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0041-6).

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A Book to Help Get You Through This Holiday Season

Posted: 2021/11/29

Garden City Park, NY: Square One Publishers hopes everyone everywhere had a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. Hopes and reality are sometimes two different things, though. With word now that COVID rates are again on the rise in Europe and in certain parts of the US, and the new Omicron variant starting to make its mark, the subject of immunity is very much on peoples' minds.

To aid you as the holiday season swiftly approaches, consider getting a copy of bestselling health author Dr. Pamela Wartian-Smith's newest book Max Your ImmunityHow to Maximize Your Immune System When You Need It Most ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0512-1).

A book like Max Your Immunity should be in everybody's home—especially now.

Stay happy, stay healthy, stay vigilant—stay safe.

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Posted: 2021/10/17

The Point
As a publisher, sometimes you come across projects that can
unexpectedly reshape the direction of your company and your life.
Take the subject of food and your health—Part One.

When I started out in the publishing business, I was lucky enough to land a job with a college textbook company, first as a salesperson and then as an associate editor. So when I started my first publishing company along with two partners, it was natural that we focused on what I knew: books and lab manuals designed for college courses. The problem was that our sales were seasonal, based solely on when semesters began. Having to wait months to get paid was hard on our cash flow, and after a time, I knew that we needed to do something different.

One of our printers told me about a book he had been printing for a customer. He said the interior of the book looked pretty bad, but based on the number of reprints, it must have been selling. He handed me a copy and told me to check it out. He wasn’t wrong about the way the book looked, but in spite of its unappealing appearance, it was selling. The question was why? It was essentially a cookbook that focused on raw fruits and vegetables and something called wheatgrass. Having been raised on meat and potatoes, I didn’t understand the attraction of a vegetarian-style cookbook, but it obviously had an audience. It made me think that this type of market might be worth checking out.

The author was a woman named Ann Wigmore, and she had founded a teaching center located in Boston called the Hippocrates Health Institute. I called the Institute to set up a meeting with Ms. Wigmore and was connected to Stephen Blauer, the Institute’s director. When I expressed my interest in Ms. Wigmore’s book, Stephen was kind enough to invite me to see the center and meet with Ms. Wigmore. A week later, I stood in front of a beautiful four-story turn-of-the century building in the heart of downtown Boston. When I walked inside, I was immediately stuck by the strong odor of grass, much like a freshly mowed lawn. I was met at the reception area by Stephen, who took me on a tour.

I learned that the Institute had become one of the most popular health centers in the country thanks to a number of articles that had appeared in some elite fashion magazines. And as we walked through the building, the crowded classrooms clearly showed just how popular the Institute had become. When I asked if this popularity was due to a growing interest in raw veggies, he said, “Not quite. People are sick and they want to be healthy.” He pointed out that the Standard American Diet was likely to kill more of us than any single illness—in fact, most illnesses could be linked to our poor eating habits. Although I heard what he was saying, I had no intention of changing the way I ate.

After our tour of the center, Stephen took me to meet Ann, who had a beautiful apartment on the top floor. She was plainly dressed, relatively thin, and spoke with a slight European accent. She offered me a drink—a glass of wheatgrass juice. It had a distinctive odor, similar to the one I first encountered downstairs but stronger. It tasted the way I imagined grass would taste, only it was sweeter and had a little kick.

We then sat down and had a very informative conversation. She told me how she had discovered the benefits of wheatgrass juice, why she believed raw fruits and vegetables made you healthier, and how the Institute came to be. I told her about my company and said that I was interested in publishing her recipe book. She said she appreciated my interest and that she would talk to Stephen about my offer. By the time we were done, I had finished my drink, and I have to admit that I was feeling pretty good.

Stephen met me downstairs. I told him that I enjoyed meeting Ann and felt that our conversation had gone well. I also told him I had tried the wheatgrass juice. At first, I didn’t think it tasted all that good—but by the time I had finished, it wasn’t all that bad. He had a big smile on his face. “Was it a little sweet?” he asked. When I nodded, he told me that Ann sometimes added a little honey and then aged it. Some of the sugar in the honey then turned into alcohol. I said to Stephen, “Well, I’ve only been here a few hours, and I’m feeling a lot healthier.” We both laughed. A few days later, Stephen called to inform me that Ann had given me the go-ahead to publish her book.

During the book’s editing process, Stephen and I spoke frequently about the book. But he also wanted me to understand the power of food, and he was very convincing—so much so that I decided to go on a raw vegetarian diet. I really didn’t think it was going to make a difference, but I promised Stephen I would give it a try. My daily meals consisted of fruits, salads, or both. On the third day of that diet, I woke up and knew something was different. For the first time since I was a kid, my nose wasn’t stuffed and I was able to breathe easily. Now, that may not sound like a big deal, but if you’ve suffered from sinusitis most of your life, waking up without feeling pressure in your head and being able to breathe normally is a blessing. I called Stephen that day and told him I felt the diet was working—and I thanked him for being so persistent. About three months later, I had lost about forty unwanted pounds and was feeling very good.

As fate would have it, the moment I woke up and was able to breathe freely was a turning point in both my life and the direction of my company. Over the years that followed, we published five additional Ann Wigmore titles, all of which became bestsellers. With the publication of her books, we were able to expand our sales into health food shops and trade bookstores, finally freeing us from the rigid college textbook market. My belief in the healing power of food has also guided my second publishing company, Square One. We have stayed on track, always looking to publish the best, most informative health-based vegetarian cookbooks and diet titles. And as you can you see from our titles below, our commitment to healthy eating is as strong as it ever was. However, as my next post will explain, this was my first step towards expanding both my company and my own view of what good health entails.

To see some of my previous posts, I invite you to visit our website at, and click the “NOTES FROM” tab.


Rudy Shur, Publisher
Square One Publishers, Inc.

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Square One's debut novelist and 7-time Emmy winner TERRY JASTROW visits the Square along with Oscar-nominated wife ANNE ARCHER

Posted: 2021/10/13

Garden City Park, NY: Square One started this week off with a fun and productive visit from our debut novelist—the seven-time Emmy award winning producer/director Terry Jastrow—accompanied by his Oscar-nominated actress Anne Archer to talk about his book with us entitled The Trial of George W. Bush ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757005060).

A photo was taken of Ms. Archer and Mr. Jastrow alongside our VP of Marketing, Anthony Pomes, who made sure—while attending to ongoing plans for Terry's book—to compliment Anne's work in blockbusters like Fatal Attraction and Patriot Games alongside other projects as varied as Robert Altman's Short Cuts, Sylvester Stallone's 1978 directorial debut (and cult classic) Paradise Alley, and opposite the late great John Ritter in the sweet 1980 superhero comedy Hero at Large(See photo above.)

The picture was also picked this week by Publishers Weekly as the "Photo of the Day" in their PW Daily e-newsletter.

Based on a large measure of intense research by Jastrow over a number of years, The Trial of George W. Bush is a "fiction based on facts" and a conjectural one at that. While playing a round of golf on a course in Scotland, former President George W. Bush is picked up and helicoptered to the Hague's International Criminal Court in The Netherlands to "stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity." This fascinating trial brings together eyewitness testimony from a former Secretary of State, the Commander of US Central Command who oversaw military operations, an American counterterrorism expert, and a female Iraqi blogger, who reads from the blogs she wrote while Bush’s war was destroying her country starting back in 2003.

So far, the novel has been declared "provocative" (Publishers Weekly) and "controversial and enthralling" by top reviewer Grady Harp. More reviews are expected to come in, even as Jastrow soon intends to produce the audiobook version of his novel with acclaimed narrator Jim Meskimen. Meanwhile, Jastrow is just about finished with his second novel based around a series of friendships that are challenged and changed by the seismic events at play in America during the year 1969.

The Trial of George W. Bush: A Novel is available now on Amazon and wherever else books are sold.

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