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THE RUNAWAY’S DIARY de James Patterson

James Patterson’s first original YA graphic novel, a page-turning story of sisters, secrets, and second chances, for readers of Rainbow Rowell’s Pumpkinheads.

by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
illustrated by Valeria Wicker
‎ Little, Brown, April 2022
(via Kaplan/DeFiore Rights)

I’m running away. Not to a place—to a person.
Eleanor is happiest when she’s left alone to dream up elaborate stories. Sam is polished, fun, and popular. Still, the sisters have always been there for each other—until everything changed.
Now Sam is somewhere in Seattle, and Eleanor runs after her. Nothing is easy in the big, unforgiving city. As Eleanor faces new setbacks, she also makes new friends and tells new stories. Eleanor can rewrite her life in so many ways…but can she make a happy ending her reality?

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. The creator of Maximum Ride and Crazy House, he has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers, as well as millions of dollars to independent bookstores and school libraries. He lives in Florida with his family.

THE GALVESTON DIET de Mary Claire Haver

Why do women, especially around mid-life, have so much trouble losing belly fat and managing their weight?

by Mary Claire Haver
Rodale, February 2023
(via Kaplan/Defiore Rights)

Dieting methods vary, but most fail to consider the impact a woman’s metabolism and hormones has on weight control. Our bodies, for example, are designed to store energy for activities like pregnancy and breastfeeding, which means we naturally store fat easily and have a tougher time converting calories to muscle. Also, we need fewer calories than men do, but we have higher vitamin and mineral requirements at various life stages. So our food choices matter and are vitally important.
Once Dr. Haver began her own study of the nutrition and weight-loss literature, she discovered that with certain unique dietary shifts, a woman’s body begins to burn fat more easily, and it stops laying down fat in undesirable places like the waist, butt, and thighs. Using these shifts, she created a female-focused protocol that allows women to not only lose unwanted fat, but also gain health benefits that last a lifetime.

Phase One—intermittent fasting, a strategy that has enormous benefits for women in terms of hormone balance, metabolism, and weight loss.
Phase Two—anti-inflammatory nutrition. Chronic inflammation underlies many diseases, as well as being overweight, and gets worse in women as they age and experience natural hormone fluctuations.
Phase Three—Fuel Refocus. For consistent, lasting weight loss in women, the body must shift its energy usage to rely more on fat as fuel, rather than on glucose.

Here’s the real secret behind why The Galveston Diet is so effective: All three phases work together synergistically. You can’t just fast, but eat the standard American diet of inflammatory foods, then expect to burn fat and keep it off. You have to refocus your fuel, and you have to nourish your body with a great variety of anti-inflammatory foods.
This is an important book. Dr. Haver is uniquely qualified to address overweight and obesity in women, particularly as they approach midlife and live well far beyond it. Research in the journal Menopause points out that obesity and metabolic syndrome (a precursor to type 2 diabetes) are found in women three times more often in menopause than before menopause.
Weight is far more than a cosmetic issue; it can be a life-or-death problem. Around menopause, weight gain and inflammation greatly increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. The Galveston Diet works. Period. No caveats, no exceptions. And it will work for you when other diets have not.

Dr. Mary Claire Haver is a wife, mother, physician, and entrepreneur who has devoted her adult life to women’s health. As a Board Certified ob/gyn in the Houston, Texas area, Dr. Haver has delivered thousands of babies, completed thousands of well-woman exams, counseled patients, taught residents, and did everything an academic professor and ob/gyn can do. She is also a Certified Medical Specialist, focusing on medical nutrition.


Anxiety, stress, and grief aren’t going away anytime soon, and this book won’t make you happy. But with wit and empathy, Feliciano leads you right past happy to calm. No matter how « happy » your life is—or isn’t—you can reach a deeper, truer, and longer-lasting place of contentment.

Eight Keys to Finding True Contentment
by Niro Feliciano
‎ Broadleaf Books, April 2022
(via Kaplan/Defiore Rights)

When people find out she is a therapist, Niro Feliciano knows she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. At soccer games, at cocktail parties, in waiting rooms, people corner her and ask: Why am I so stressed? Is the way I feel normal? Why can’t I just be happy?
The truth is happiness is fleeting, and we are stressing ourselves out trying to achieve it. In This Book Won’t Make You Happy, national media commentator and Psychology Today columnist Feliciano offers a path to something much more achievable and abundantly more satisfying: contentment.
By incorporating eight simple postures rooted in cognitive behavioral science and mindfulness practices into our daily routines, we can move away from anxiety and toward balance and calm. Acceptance, gratitude, connection, a present-focused perspective, intentionality and priority, self-compassion, resilience, and faith: through these practices we will overcome obstacles that hold us back from living full, meaningful, contented lives.

Niro Feliciano is a psychotherapist, podcast host, national media commentator, and expert on anxiety, brain science, and spirituality. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and is a columnist for Psychology Today. A first-generation Sri Lankan American, she lives with her family in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

ASYLUM de Judy Bolton-Fasman

How much do we really know about the lives of our parents and the secrets lodged in their past? Judy Bolton-Fasman’s fascinating saga recounts the search for answers to the mysteries embedded in the lives of her Cuban-born mother and her elusive, Yale-educated father.

by Judy Bolton-Fasman
Mandel Vilar Press, August 2021
(via Kaplan/Defiore Rights)

In the prefatory chapter, “Burn This,” Judy receives a thick letter from her father and conjectures that the contents will reveal the long hidden explanations, confessions, and secrets that will unlock her father’s cryptic past. Just as she is about to open the portal to her father’s “transtiendas,” his dark hidden secrets, Harold Bolton phones Judy and instructs her to burn the still unopened letter. With the flick of a match, Judy ignites her father’s unread documents, effectively destroying the answers to long held questions that surround her parents’ improbable marriage and their even more secretive lives.
Judy Bolton, girl detective, embarks on the life-long exploration of her bifurcated ancestry; Judy inherits a Sephardic, Spanish/Ladino-speaking culture from her mother and an Ashkenazi, English-only, old-fashioned American patriotism from her father. Amid the Bolton household’s cultural, political, and psychological confusion, Judy is mystified by her father’s impenetrable silence; and, similarly confounded by her mother’s fabrications, not the least of which involve rumors of a dowry pay-off and multiple wedding ceremonies for the oddly mismatched 40-year-old groom and the 24-year-old bride. Contacting former associates, relatives, and friends; accessing records through the Freedom of Information Act; traveling to Cuba to search for clues, and even reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish for a year to gain spiritual insight into her father; these decades-long endeavors do not always yield the answers Judy wanted and sometimes the answers themselves lead her to ask new questions.
Among Asylum’s most astonishing, unsolved mysteries is Ana Hernandez’s appearance at the family home on Asylum Avenue in West Hartford, Connecticut. Ana is an exchange student from Guatemala whom Judy comes to presume to be her paternal half-sister. In seeking information about Ana, Judy’s investigations prove to be much like her entire enterprise–both enticing and frustrating. Was Ana just a misconstrued memory, or is she a still living piece of the puzzle that Judy has spent her adult life trying to solve?
Readers will relish every step and stage of Judy’s investigations and will begin to share in her obsession to obtain answers to the mysteries that have haunted her life. The suspense, the clairvoyant prophecies, the discoveries, the new leads, the dead-ends, the paths not taken—all capture our attention in this absorbing and fascinating memoir.

Judy Bolton-Fasman is an award-winning writer on culture―literary, visual and film―for and whose column on parenting and family life appears regularly in the Jewish Advocate. She frequently contributes to The New York Times “Motherlode blog” and the Boston Globe. Her work has also appeared in Lilith Magazine, O Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Cognoscenti, Brevity and Catapult. She is a four-time recipient of the Simon Rockower Award for Essay from the American Jewish Press Association. Judy grew up on Asylum Avenue near Hartford, CT and now lives with her husband, daughter and son just outside of Boston.

OTHER HOUSES de Paddy O’Reilly

A masterful and tender story about people who live at the fringes of society, from payday to payday. Acutely observed and lyrical, Paddy O Reilly’s novel paints a haunting picture of class, aspiration and the boundaries we will cross for love.

by Paddy O’Reilly
Affirm Press Australia, March 2022
(via Kaplan/Defiore Rights)

Photo credit: Rebecca Michael

All those memories. A man on his knees. The dark burn of Coke washing down a yellow wall. The night someone strung dead bats along the school fence, their black leather wings shredded into streamers. I never want to revisit that life.
Lily works as a cleaner. Each day she moves through the houses of wealthy Melbournians, unseen, scrubbing away the detritus of other people’s privilege. Her partner Janks, a reformed drug addict, churns vats of cheesy dip in a factory. With every measly pay check they inch further and further away from their former lives of poverty and addiction. Both Janks and Lily are determined that their daughter Jewelee won’t end up like them. She’ll have a career, not a deadend job. She’ll have savings, not debt. She’ll be able to afford a cleaner, not be the cleaner. Her future will be bright. But, like Sisyphus, one wrong move in their upward battle will see them back at square one, fighting to just get by.

Paddy O’Reilly is an Australian author. She wrote the novels The Factory, The Fine Colour of Rust and The Wonders, two collections of award-winning short stories, and a novella. Her novels have been shortlisted for major awards, and her stories have been widely published, anthologised and broadcast in Australia and overseas.