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The Book Fair

We enjoy highlighting our members’ accomplishments. When asked to participate in a virtual “book fair,” we had a great response from our recently published authors. Here are their page turners…

Tony Berry The Devil Deals in Diamonds


The Devil Deals in Diamonds by Tony Berry

Author and editor Tony Berry has written quite a few books lately.  And they all are based in and around the Melbourne (Australia) suburb of Richmond, where his Sabbatical Homes apartment is located. The latest is The Devil Deals in Diamonds, a ride along the misadventures of a disgraced secret service agent investigating a mysterious murder. Interested in some of his other recent books? Check out: From Paupers to iPads (memoir), Washed Up (crime fiction),  and Done Deal (crime fiction).

Melanie Bishop My So-Called Ruined Life

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My So-Called Ruined Life by Melanie Bishop

Melanie Bishops latest book My So-Called Ruined Life  has been described as “…an introspective page-turner” by Publishers Weekly. The young adult novel (Book One of the Tate McCoy Series, published by Torrey House Press) was released January of this year. Bishop is retired from 22 years on the creative writing faculty at Prescott College in Arizona, where she was, for 18 of those years, founding editor, and fiction/nonfiction editor of the college’s national, award-winning, literary magazine, Alligator Juniper.

She and her husband now live in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where he is Dean of Advising and Student Services at Monterey Institute of International Studies and she runs a freelance editing/coaching business–Lexi Services–and hosts writing retreats.


Jim Carlson My Plan for Finishing Well

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My Plan for Finishing Well by Jim Carlson

My Plan for Finishing Well is a concise and comprehensive plan for vital and responsible aging.  Author Jim Carlson graduated from the University of Minnesota and served on the staff of IVCF in Missouri. He has extensive history working in the book business. Upon retirement he explored the topic of aging. What he has written is an inspiring book that’s satisfyingly affordable ($7.50).



Helen M. Davies Emile and Isaac Pereire: Bankers, Socialists and Sephardic Jews in 19th Century France (Manchester University Press, 2014)


Emile and Isaac Pereire: Bankers, Socialists and Sephardic Jews in 19th Century France by Helen M. Davies

Helen M. Davies is a Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Davies has written the first biography of brothers Emile and Isaac Pereire in English, taking the reader from their birthplace in the Sephardic community of Bordeaux to their spectacular rise and fall under the Second Empire of Napoleon III. Their fascinating personal story sheds light on dynamic change in the French economy and the ideas that contributed to its shaping, and the equally radical transformation of French society and politics during the period 1800-1880. It will appeal to teachers and students of French and Jewish history, as well as to general biography readers.

François Furstenberg When the United States Spoke French

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When the United States Spoke French by Francois Furstenberg

Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, François Furstenberg is interested in the history of the

United States from international perspectives. Furstenberg’s second book When the United States Spoke French was just recently published in the US by Penguin books. The book has already received laudatory reviews, including this comment from The Wall Street Journal: “[A] fascinating account of French involvement in the economic and cultural life of the young American Republic…. Mr. Furstenberg has the vision to encompass a broad pageant in this splendid book, which combines erudition and great flair.”

Robin Greeley Mexican Muralism. A Critical History

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Mexican Muralism by Robin Greeley

Associate Professor of Latin American Art History at The University of Connecticut, Dr. Robin Greeley recently co-edited the book: Mexican Muralism. A Critical History eds. Alejandro Anreus, Robin Adele Greeley, Leonard Folgarait (University of California Press, 2012).




Jake Halpern Bad Paper

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Bad Paper by Jake Halpern

Author Jake Halpern’s latest nonfiction book called Bad Paper tells the true story of a former banker and a former armed robber who go into business together and purchase $1.5 billion worth of bad debt for pennies on the dollar.  Their aim is to make a fortune in the Great Recession.  All goes well on this unlikely venture until some of the debt is stolen and the former armed robber has to track it down.


Lorna Hendry Wrong Way Round

Wrong Way Round by Lorna Hendry (Sabbatical Homes Book Fair)

Wrong Way Round by Lorna Hendry (Sabbatical Homes Book Fair)

Lorna Hendry’s newest book is a travel memoir about her family’s three year trek around Australia, which she attributes being made possible, in part, by finding homes on! Wrong Way Round (published by Explore Australia–an imprint of Hardie Grant) is a story about four people who had to get out of the city to become a family. It’s about this beautiful and harsh country. And it’s about the adventures that you can have if you step outside of your door and turn left instead of right.



Tasha R. Howe Marriages and Families in the 21st Century: A Bioecological Approach

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Marriages & Families by Tasha R. Howe

Professor of Psychology at Humboldt State University Tasha R Howe is headed to Croatia for her second Fullbright. Her work is focused on violence prevention and child abuse. Her textbook Marriages and Families in the 21st Century: A Bioecological Approach addresses historical and cultural trends within the construct of variables that shape individuals and families.



Jessica Huon The Dark Wet

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The Dark Wet by Jessica Huon

Australian author Jessica Huon recently had a book published called The Dark Wet (Giramondo). This lyrical collection of short stories has been described as a “brutally honest portrayal of lives grasping at fluidity and transgression, and the possibility of redemption and change.”



Plum Johnson They Left Us Everything: A Memoir

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They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson

Author Plum Johnson received an education degree from Wheelock College in Boston and attended the M.F.A. Theatre program at York University. Her latest book published by Penguin (Canada) is an unforgettable memoir about family love, loss, and legacies called They Left Us Everything.




Liza Weinstein The Durable Slum

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The Durable Slum by Liza Weinstein

Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, Liza Weinstein has recently published a new book, The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai. She researched for over a year in Dharavi, India to explore how the slum has achieved its precarious stability.




Christine Welldon Lifelines, The Lanier Phillips Story

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Life Lines by Christine Welldon

Author Christine Welldon has written a number of children’s books. Her latest book will be released this September and is called Lifelines, The Lanier Phillips Story. It is about an African American who was rescued by Newfoundlanders during World War II.




Leo Zeilig Eddie the Kid

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Eddie the Kid by Leo Zeilig

Dr. Leo Zeilig is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and director of the Ruth First Papers project.  He is also a Senior Research Associate, Research Chair in Social Change, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg. He has written several books on African politics and history.

His first novel, Eddie the Kid, has just been released by Zer0 Books. “Eddie’s fraught family life, overhung by his brutal, charismatic father, is at the heart of this honest and powerful novel…[T]his passionate, sad and well-told book offers a compelling portrait of a flawed young radical.” James Start, The Guardian.


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