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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Irish book signing

Author Rose Marie Rivard, of New Baltimore, will be available to sign copies of her book, Life's Hidden Treasures: An Irish Woman's Heritage, from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, at O'Brien's Irish Cottage, 13717 19 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights.

The true story of a young Irish girl named Katherine, Life's Hidden Treasures captures her early life in Ireland, one filled with struggle and hardship. Courageously, Katherine leaves her homeland and makes a perilous and lonely journey to America. Upon arrival, Katherine finds her new life filled with challenges and opportunities that will test her character and strength. As she faces incredible obstacles, Katherine develops a strong, trusting relationship with God and an unwavering faith giving her the courage and strength that she needs to face life's daily challenges. Walk with Rose Marie Rivard as she retraces the many stories told by her mother of childhood, hardships, and American history, capturing Katherine's spirit and grace as she aspires to discover a better life in 'the land of the free and the home of the brave.'


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bloomfield Hills-based "Think Club" picks book

The Think Club Publication Announces 2010 Book of the Year


The Think Club Publication has chosen Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach, published by W.W. Norton & Co. as the Book of the Year for 2010. Think Club Publication is a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings. This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking.

The announcement was made by Anil Shrivastava, Partner And Managing Editor of Think Club Publications, P.O. Box 451, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0451

The Think Club chose Packing for Mars as the Book of the Year because the author provides us the facts to think independently whether "Is Mars possible" and "Is Mars Worth it?" She also gives us enough ammunition to decide whether we should be spending $500 billion on human Mars mission or rely on cheap, reliable, robotic missions.

Mary Roach is a columnist and popular science writer writer. Raised in Etna, New hampshire , she holds a bachelor's degree  in psychologyfrom Wesleyan University and currently resides in San FranciscoCalifornia. To date, she has published four books: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers(2003), Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife(2005) (published in some markets as Six Feet Over: Adventures in the AfterlifeBonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex2008) and Packing for Mars (2010).

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Commerce Township author writes about a nice hitman

PublishAmerica is proud to present Jiggery-Pockery: A Carlton Winship Novel by Commerce Township, Michigan author Robert M. Brown.
In the book Hugger-Mugger; Carlton Winship first took on the job of contract killing to supplement his depleted retirement portfolio. Being a really nice guy, and good Methodist, Carlton wants to only kill bad people who have done really bad things. In Jiggery-Pockery, he is again short of money and to provide for the love of his life, Anna, his lovely wife, he again seeks a contract from the Santana family. But this time he is given a contract and the victim is to be himself!
Sauli, the nasty mobster dwarf, Vincent Annatonelli, the arrogant discount store magnate who regularly beds the comely Jean Bakke with costume sex scenarios, and Alan Hightower, the J. Edgar Hoover, FBI, wannabe and head of G-Mark security, provide bigger than life characters who impact Carlton's life.
This book is another entertaining story from Robert M. Brown.
Into his fourth career, Robert M. Brown, has been an automotive engineering supervisor, a steel industry executive, owner of a successful chain of retail stores and now a writer. In all pursuits he has shown a talent for spinning stories which are creative and compelling to those who read them. Once begun, a Robert M. Brown story is nearly impossible to put down.
PublishAmerica is the home of 50,000 talented authors.  PublishAmerica is a traditional publishing company whose primary goal is to encourage and promote the works of new, previously undiscovered writers.  Like more mainstream publishers, PublishAmerica pays its authors advances and royalties and makes its books available through all bookstores.  PublishAmerica offers a distinctly personal, supportive alternative to vanity presses and less accessible publishers.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Book signings for "The Kitchen Assistant"

Author Darla P. Jaros Book Signing Event

WHEN: 1-11-11
TIME: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lyon Township Public Library, 27005 S. Milford Rd., South Lyon, MI 48178

WHEN: 1-13-11
TIME: 7-8 p.m.
WHERE: Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion, MI 48362

Jaros, a resident of Waterford, MI, will be available to sign copies of her Cookbook, The Kitchen Assistant: Time and Money Saving Tips in the Kitchen.

As a single mom supporting three children, Darla Jaros learned the importance of fulfilling her children's preferential tastes with presentation as well as nutrition. After collecting recipes and helpful kitchen tips for over thirty years, Darla combined her knowledgeable and tried-and-true basic principles of cooking into this helpful and unique cookbook. Darla utilizes fresh ingredients and a handful of useful guidelines to cook quick-and-easy meals on a tight budget. She is well versed in providing delicious, wholesome, and inexpensive meals while saving time and cleanup in the kitchen. Darla will teach you which staple items to always keep handy, how to make a meal for the entire family when the cupboards seem bare, and the multiple uses of spices, as well as a weight-management plan. Her useful and unique tips will help you successfully prepare for a healthy dining experience while stretching your grocery dollars. The Kitchen Assistant is sure to become your daily reference guide and a permanent fixture in your family kitchen.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Book about Kwame disgrace to help charity

Kwame Kilpatrick will spend the holidays behind bars, but you can still share his words of wisdom with your family and friends.

Hizzoner's unforgettable utterances – ranging from the romantic to the profane – are captured in "The Kwame Sutra: Musings on Lust, Life and Leadership from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick." The handy little volume captures some of Kilpatrick's most unforgettable (and regrettable) quotations, text messages and even some private remarks made before, during and after the infamous text message scandal that made worldwide headlines. Kilpatrick's indiscretions first came to light in 2008, when the Detroit Free Press obtained nearly 14,000 text messages proving that the then-mayor lied under oath in a civil lawsuit when he denied having an affair with his chief of staff and testified that he did not try to fire the deputy police chief investigating him. Kilpatrick's remarks range from the arrogant to the offensive to the downright hilarious. "The Kwame Sutra" even contains never-before published comments and photos.

The book is the work of M.L. Elrick and Jim Schaefer – the Pulitzer Prize winners who brought Kilpatrick down. Their reporting exposed corruption and led to the mayor's resignation and incarceration.

While Kilpatrick put self service before public service, The Kwame Sutra has so far raised money for journalism scholarships, anti-domestic violence efforts, a laid-off worker battling leukemia and school tuition for an autistic child. This month, 20 copies will be shipped to troops stationed in Afghanistan. The book's main charity partner is Eagle Sports Club, a faith-based non-profit that saved one of Detroit's largest parks and which is dedicated to providing positive role models through sports and tutoring. Elrick and Schaefer are both former Eagle Sports baseball coaches. They hope to use publicity generated by the book to increase awareness and support for Eagle Sports Club's noble mission.

"We're using a book about a man who did bad to do some good," Elrick said.

Named "The Perfect Detroit Souvenir" by Time Magazine, The Kwame Sutra captures the essence of the "Hip-Hop Mayor" and the saga that was his political and criminal career. It tells the tale of bribery and betrayal in Kilpatrick's own uproarious words. You'll laugh, you'll cry … you'll delete your messages.

The Kwame Sutra has a retail price of $7.99 and is available at and major booksellers, including Barnes & Noble, Borders and