Doc investigates late WWII vet’s deathbed confessions

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Check out Deseret News coverage of  Dr. Scott Zuckerman's work:

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"Dreams of my Comrades is, blessedly, not just another misty-eyed WWII war story valorizing the flawless heroism of a soldier. Nor is it a cynical exposé of the horrors of war. It is, instead, a compelling humanist encounter between generations — the telling of the same story by one who was there and one who was not."

~ Brandi Chase

Book overview:

The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs

When a ninety-five-year-old World War II veteran from Utah agrees to reveal the untold details of his wartime experiences to a pediatrician from Brooklyn, an intense bond is formed between the two men, each of whom is taken on an unexpected journey in search of the truth.

Dreams of My Comrades chronicles the life of Murray Jacobs, a former Navy Seabee, who served in the Pacific Theater and was treated for PTSD until his death at the age of ninety-eight. He agreed to a series of interviews, under the strict conditions that his real name could not be used, and the details of the conversations could not be disclosed to anyone until after he was dead.

 

Murray’s story is not one of heroism, nor does he portray himself as heroic in his narrative. In the course of his dialogue with the author, Murray confesses to wartime atrocities the likes of which have never before been heard. Despite his advanced age, his recollections are entirely lucid, and he describes the events of his life in vivid detail. As the conversations progress, however, the author comes to recognize the challenges involved in trying to depict history based on the account of a single elderly man. Discrepancies lead to doubts, doubts lead to disbelief, disbelief leads to investigation, and after exhausting all possible avenues of research, unanswered questions linger and tantalize. This is a unique story, one that will not only appeal to connoisseurs of history but to anyone interested in the psychology of the human condition. It is unlike any narrative ever told about a veteran of the Second World War.

Book review:

"Outstanding book. Not just for people who enjoy biographies or stories about World War II...

This book is an excellent book for people who are interested in the stories of our World War II veterans that are slowly being lost to time, but it turns out that the book is so much more than the simple telling of one man's story of his service to our country. The book evolves into a complex journey of two men, the author and the subject, challenging the concepts of truth. In one man's story, it turns out there are many people's story, including the author. It is told in a warm, engaging manner that respects the subject matter, yet challenges it at the same time. The author takes on his own personal journey, sometimes funny and sometimes painful, of this intriguing and ever-evolving subject."

        ~ Michael Lucas, 5-star review on Amazon

About the author:

Dr. Scott Zuckerman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan. His high school English teacher, Frank McCourt—who would later win a Pulitzer Prize for his memoir, Angela’s Ashes—inscribed in his yearbook, “You have displayed the writer’s gift. Cultivate it.” Forty years later, after a successful career as a physician, Zuckerman has heeded McCourt’s advice. Dreams of My Comrades was awarded first place in the nonfiction category of the 2015 Utah Original Writing Competition.

 

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by Scott Zuckerman, MD

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9781620067451

296 Pages

PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

HISTORY / Military / World War II

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

 

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A dark, heart-pounding glimpse into the possible future of genetic engineering

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After learning about Dystopian literature's newest addition, re-immerse yourself in the world of the Titan Strain and learn where to get your copy, today.

In a post-World War III London, humans have developed black-market genetic modification that allows them to take on animalistic strength and speed.

“Genetic engineering is part of our everyday life and has been since humans first began to raise crops and domesticated animals. I think it’s in our nature to want to perfect the world around us, including our own genetic structure. It helps us do incredible things, cure countless diseases. Every day scientists are learning more and more about how to manipulate the genetic structure of humankind. In the true spirit of science-fiction, I wanted to explore what might happen if this desire to change the human genetic code went very, very wrong.”

~ Virginia Soenksen, author

Book overview:

The city of London is beginning to rebuild from the ashes of the Third World War. Ruled by the fascist Libertas Party, the city is a desolate landscape of crime, corruption, and illegal genetic modification that turn humans into animalistic mods. Ineffectually policed, mods blend into normal society by day and rule the ruins beyond the city limits at night. People frequently go missing in this world, and those who want to survive must close their eyes to the crimes committed on their streets.

 

Within the city lives Liane, a girl trained since childhood to be an unfeeling, unthinking killing machine known as an Agent. Beautiful and deadly, Liane exists in a world of constant surveillance and brutality, living only to carry out the orders of the all-powerful Agency. This secret government organization enforces the laws of Libertas, killing anyone who threatens the tenuous peace within the country. Liane’s only human contact comes in the form of her Handler, Damian, who demands perfect obedience from her and desires for them to be far more than Agent and Handler. Chafing under the rules of the Agency, Liane secretly longs for a normal life and steals away to the ruins to spend time with the mods.

 

But when mods begin to turn up murdered and mutilated around the city, Liane finds herself wanting to help protect the people who have been her only friends. Working alongside Seth, a young police officer on the Genetic Modification Task Force, Liane defies her Handler in an effort to find the killers. Together, Liane and Seth weave their way through the dark world of cyberpunk London, following whispers of the next genetic advancement known as the Titan Strain.

Book review:

"I was able to preview an advanced copy of this book. AMAZING BOOK! Not my normal genre, but I was extremely engrossed and invested in the outcome. Lianne and Seth are my favorite characters and I could not make myself stop reading, I had to know more! This book did not disappoint, and I eagerly/anxiously await the sequel!!"

~ Sydney, five-star rating

About the author:

Virginia Soenksen is an art historian, and also writes about Japanese textiles. Having lived and worked all over the world, she now resides in the Shenandoah Valley where she is an associate director of a museum. This is her first novel.

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by Virginia Soeknsen

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS

Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x .5

9781620061732

194 Pages

FICTION / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering

FICTION / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk

FICTION / Dystopian

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Dystopian

 

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Sunbury Press Releases “German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California,” by Jeffrey E. Geiger

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Sunbury Press is proud to announce the release of German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California. It comes on the 75th anniversary of the first large wave of German POWs to arrive in America in 1943.

About the Book: Hitler’s soldier’s came to America not as goose-stepping conquering heroes, but as prisoners of war. By the time World War II ended in 1945, more than six hundred POW camps had sprung up across America holding a total of 371,683 German POWs. One of these camps was established at the U.S. Army’s training installation Camp Cooke on June 16, 1944.

The POW base camp at Cooke operated sixteen branch camps in six of California’s fifty-eight counties and is today the site of Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County. Compared to other prisoner of war camps in California, Camp Cooke generally held the largest number of German POWs and operated the most branch camps in the state.

A large number of the prisoners were from Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps, as well as from other military formations. Under the terms of the Geneva Convention, the prisoners received comfortable quarters and excellent care. They filled massive wartime labor shortages inside the main Army post at Cooke and in the private sector, mostly performing agricultural work for which they were paid. On weekends and evenings, they enjoyed many recreational entertainment and educational opportunities available to them in the camp. For many POWs, the American experience helped reshape their worldview and gave them a profound appreciation of American democracy.

This book is the compelling story of fourteen German soldiers who were captured during the campaigns in North Africa and Europe, and then waited out the remainder of the war as POWs in California. It is a firsthand account of life as a POW at Camp Cooke and the lasting impression it had on the prisoners.

Book review:

"This is one of the best books that you will ever read about the German POW experience in America.I purchased my copy at the author's book discussion. Mr. Geiger gives his interviews full reign to discuss their experiences as soldiers in the Third Reich and their recollections as prisoners of war, while gently asking probing questions that elicit fascinating morsels of information. For instance, the terrible food supply in the German army, Nazi propaganda that claimed the Luftwaffe had bombed America; and hardcore Nazis intimidating fellow prisoners. Then there are instances of humanity between "enemies" such as when prisoners returned the rifles to the guard who has forgotten them while watching the POWs harvest crops; and the guards who handed his rifle to one of the prisoners when he had to relieve himself behind a bush. These are just a few of the anecdotes that make this book so fascinating. As I read each man's account, I began to feel as if I knew him personally. The excellent collection of illustrations adds to the feeling of being in the camp. The last chapter of this book should be read and studied by anyone who thinks that war is fun. These old warriors, who experienced the tragedies of war, share their views on how senseless it all was. This book review is for the expanded second edition of the book, published in 2018."

~ Joan Pirtle, five star Amazon review

Softcover 6 x 9

280 pages with more than 50 vintage photos

ISBN: 9781620067505 (softcover). Suggested retail price $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-62006-751-2 (eBook)

 

About the Author

Jeffrey E. Geiger is a retired professional historian. He is the author of Camp Cooke and Vandenberg Air Force Base, 1941-1966, and has published articles in magazines and newspapers.

 

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Psychological services in nursing homes

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"If I can stop just a small part of their suffering by helping others to understand the illness from my viewpoint, then all my efforts will not be in vain." ~ Karen Severson, M.D.

Karen Severson, M.D., gives us invaluable insight into dementia with her psychology background as well as her desire to care for families. This book intertwines mental health, nursing homes, and family coping to provide support and understanding of dementia care. She appropriately utilizes humor, so the novel is not emotionally taunting. She also provides stories of her own personal life and experiences to relate to her readers. Severson cares tremendously about her patients and the families, as everyone suffers. Her book finally creates a conversation about grandparents, dementia, how to help, and how to cope.

Book overview:

Karen Severson, M.D., has spent the last twenty years as a Geriatric Psychiatrist wandering the halls of those dreaded destinations called nursing homes. She became mentally exhausted from watching people with Alzheimer's disease decline and suffer. She wrote about the unnecessary suffering caused by doctors, nurses, and families who are on totally different pages regarding end-of-life issues. She realized doctors tend to avoid these conversations and families can remain in extended denial of dementia.

This book is intended to help families understand dementia and its associated behaviors in a down to earth manner. Dr. Severson uses a great deal of humor as not to scare people from the subject. She also discusses several other important issues, but mainly how we can better allow families to learn to let go of those with end-stage illness. Dr. Severson hopes to prevent unnecessary and potentially harmful medical interventions as well as allow more geriatric patients to die in peace.

Book review:

"I know, I know, a 5 star rating looks fake. I can assure you I really recommend this book. I wish it had been available to me when I was the primary caregiver for my mother. It's like Karen Severson has read my mind or diary, she touches on so many of the concerns and questions I encountered during my tenure. She writes from years of clinical and professional experience, but it's conversational rather than lecture. I could see this book as a reference right alongside The 36-Hour Day. If your Alzheimer's Organization has a book discussion group, or a reading list, I would definitely include Look, I shrank Grandma as a selection. This reference is practical, relatable, hopeful and empowering. I will definitely advocate for this book as I appreciate the care and clarity with which it is delivered. I think that what I appreciated most was that she didn't sugarcoat the expectations and the progression of the disease. Her section on end-of-life decisions is sooooo necessary to so many families."

~ Janet, five-star customer review on Amazon

 

About the author:

 

Karen Severson, M.D., is a geriatric psychiatrist with a passion for the elderly. After spending 20 years in nursing homes, she felt the need to write about what she saw in hopes of helping others. Severson used humor to survive the experience and felt her book needed to include that same humor as well. If she did not learn to laugh, then she would have cried. Severson tries to create a conversation between caregivers and nursing home staff; the goal is to improve dementia care for everyone. This book is the catalyst to start this overdue conversation between both sides.

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9781620067529

144 Pages

PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adulthood & Aging

FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Eldercare

 

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The Titan Strain: Dystopian literature’s newest addition

Why has the dystopian genre for young adults seem to have blown up in recent years? While this genre has been around for decades, it certainly seems to have blown up and taken the world by storm throughout the past ten years or so. It seems as if there are new additions to this genre rising up every single day. But what is it about this genre that has its readers fascinated and entangled in these foreign worlds? Maybe it’s because the world these novels paint aren’t so foreign after all.

In many dystopian novels, they showcase the protagonist fighting against a corrupt government or other societal power. Skipping over all the details that vary from book to book, this is general overview of dystopian literature. Any society anywhere in the world at any point in time can relate to corruption and disagreements with general authoritarian power. Despite dystopian literature being sometimes fantastical in nature, the basics are always something that readers can have a relation with.

The Titan Strain by Virginia Soenksen is a prime example of the Science Fiction/Dystopian literature that has taken over the young adult genre. The book’s the protagonist, Liane, is a young woman who has been trained by the government to be a genetically trained assassin. She is the perfect secret agent to help carry out the oppressive laws created by the government. However, when she saves the life of and forms an unexpected friendship with a police officer, Seth, they join forces to investigate the dark, underground organizations in their society. The closer they get to uncovering the dark truth about their world, they increasingly become closer to incredible danger.

Perhaps the most prevalent characteristic of dystopian young adult literature is the pervasive concept of young people rising up against authoritarian evil. This is so uplifting and brings hope to many of its readers, who are young people themselves. This type of literature gives its readers strong examples of what people can really do when they are up against problematic forces of control.

Another tremendous aspect of this novel is that the protagonist happens to be a female, which is so uplifting for young female readers. Girls and the heroic roles they play in many dystopian novels are so important because they teach young women that they can change the world too. Strong female protagonists such as Katniss in The Hunger Games series, Tris in the Divergent series, and now Liane in The Titan Strain (part one in the Genetics Chronicles series) are all examples of young women who take power into their own hands and strive for more out of their lives. Dystopian literature is so popular and so important in the young adult genre because it promotes the youth of society standing up for what they believe in and knowing that the power to make positive changes in the world is in their hands.

Virginia Soenksen’s first novel, The Titan Strain, is such an accomplishment and a beautiful accompaniment in the realm of dystopian young adult literature. Any fans of this genre will greatly appreciate this novel on their bookshelf as another addition to this intriguing and inspiring genre.

Bohner and Gronsky’s “A Short Season” returns as the Sunbury Press bestseller for May

Bohner and Gronsky’s “A Short Season” returns as the Sunbury Press bestseller for May

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May. A Short Season, recounting the life of Josiah Viera, a baseball-loving youth battling progeria, climbed back to the top spot. Recently released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast took the 2nd spot. The biography of Eddie Plank, Gettysburg Eddie, was 3rd. Lawrence Knorr (and Bang) also took the 24th spot with The BANG Story. Doug Beed’s Vietnam memoir Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam was 4th. Michael Hawley nabbed 5th place with his exceptional investigation of Jack the Ripper: Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety.  Joe Regenbogen’s The Boys from Brookdale, about a group of WW2 veterans at the same nursing home, was #6. Cheryl Brooks’ Chicken Bone Beach grabbed 7th.  Sheldon Munn moved up to 8th place with his Freemasons at Gettysburg. Former Congressman Jason Altmire fell to 9th with his political book Dead Center, seeking to end the partisan divide in US politics. Mike Campbell’s mainstay Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last rounded out the top ten. John L. Moore took ten of the fifteen lower positions with his Frontier Pennsylvania series and Revolutionary Pennsylvania series books.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for May 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 A Short Season Jake Gronsky & David Bohner Sports Memoir
2 6 The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment Mark Pendergrast Legal History
3 4 Gettysburg Eddie Lawrence Knorr Baseball
4 13 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
5 12 Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Michael Hawley True Crime
6 5 The Boys from Brookdale Joe Regenbogen Biography
7 15 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks History
8 11 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
9 1 Dead Center Jason Altmire Politics
10 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
11 7 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
12 8 Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Charles Kniffen Military Memoir
13 Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas John L. Moore History
14 24 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L. Moore History
15 20 Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs Scott Zuckerman Military Memoir
16 21 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
17 18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
18 19 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
19 22 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L. Moore History
20 23 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
21 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History
22 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History
23 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L. Moore History
24 The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music History
25 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History

A Short Season was helped by broad interest across the country. Pendergrast’s book was boosted by ongoing interest. Knorr’s baseball books were helped by seasonal interest and recent promotions by the band. The rest were helped by online search, local bookstore sales, and author activities.

Virginia Soenksen’s debut novel “The Titan Strain” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for May

Virginia Soenksen’s debut novel “The Titan Strain” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for May

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. Debut author Virginia Soenksen was in the top spot with the first novel in her Genetics Chronicles series entitled The Titan Strain.  Jess Steven Hughes took the second spot with his historical novel set in Ancient Rome. The Sign of the Eagle, the first book of the Britannia Romanus series. Robert Miller’s Pennsylvania murder mystery from the 19th century The Cogan Legend returned to the rankings in 3rd place. Donald Dewey’s novels in the Paul Finley Mysteries series took 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, and 9th with The Bolivian Sailor, Wake Up and Smell the Bees, Green Triangles, The Fantasy League Murders, and Who’s Killing the Brooklyn Dodgers?.  John Cressler’s recently-released Fortune’s Lament slipped to 9th. Cressler took one other spot with his first book of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, Emeralds of the Alhambra at 6th place. Marie Sontag charted with her YA novels Rising Hope in 12th, The Silver Coin in 14th, The Bronze Dagger in 17th, and The Alabaster Jar in 20th. Bridget Smith slipped in the rankings to #18 with Where Elephants Fought.  Joan West’s third book in the Carlisle Crime Cases series, Darkness at First Light was 19th.  Wade Fowler also had two entries in the top 20 with Rising Sun Descending and The Compass Island Incident.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for May 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW The Titan Strain Virginia Soenksen Dystopian Thriller
2 12 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
3 The Cogan Legend Robert Miller Historical
4 20 The Bolivian Sailor Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
5 NEW Wake Up and Smell the Bees Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
6 16 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
7 NEW Green Triangles Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
8 NEW The Fantasy League Murders Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
9 1 Fortune’s Lament John Cressler Historical
10 NEW Who’s Killing the Brooklyn Dodgers? Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
11 Taking Lady Gibraltar Dick Schwirian Historical
12 4 Rising Hope Marie Sontag YA – Historical
13 Plain and Deadly Barbara Workinger Murder Mystery
14 The Silver Coin Marie Sontag YA – Historical
15 Rising Sun Descending Wade Fowler Historical Thriller
16 The Compass Island Incident Wade Fowler Historical Thriller
17 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA – Historical
18 5 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
19 14 Darkness at First Light Joan West Detective Thriller
20 The Alabaster Jar Marie Sontag YA – Historical

Soenksen’s novel was boosted by release activity and its sensational cover. Hughes’ books continue to sell well through bookstore events in the Pacific Northwest. Dewey was helped by interest in his native New York City. West’s books were helped by author activities, as were most of the others.

Koscienski and Pisano’s “The Devil’s Influence” debuts to #1 at Hellbender Books for May

Koscienski and Pisano’s “The Devil’s Influence” debuts to #1 at Hellbender Books for May

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Brian Koscienski and Chris Pisano took the first and fifth spots with the two books in the Vengeful Prince Saga trilogy: The Devil’s Influence (book 2 – just released) and The Devil’s Grasp (book 1). Kyle Alexander Romine’s The Keeper of the Crows was bumped to 2nd.  Keith Rommel claimed the rest of the list with his supernatural thriller White River Monster in 3rd followed by recently-released crime thriller Southside Sinners in the 4th.

 

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for May 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW The Devil’s Influence Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano Dark Fantasy
2 1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
3 White River Monster Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
4 3 Southside Sinners Keith Rommel Crime Thriller
5 The Devil’s Grasp Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano Dark Fantasy

Koscienski & Pisano were supported by author events at conventions. Romine’s book was supported by author activities.  Rommel was helped by recent movie releases and social media outreach.

“Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston returns as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for May

“Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston returns as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for May

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA.  First place went to “The People’s Medium” Michele Livingston with her long-time hit Messages from Beyond. She also took the second spot with her visionary Living in the Afterlife, revealing her channeling of information from the other side.  Michelle Hoffer joined the top ten with her recent release of Soaring Minds Journal and Workbook, meant to help women in abusive relationships. Karim El Koussa took 4th, 5th, and 10th places with his popular well-researched alternative history of the life of Jesus Christ entitled Jesus the Phoenician, the nonfiction novel about Pythagoras the Mathemagician and his metaphysical fiction novel The Phoenician Code for which movie rights are being discussed. Anna-Karin Bjorklund’s The Dream Alchemist, as a travel memoir, slipped on the list to #6.  Terry Ray’s investigation into The Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs was #8. Susan Kiskis ’s new travel memoir Let Me Carry You Home recounting her recent trips to India was #9. The late John George Hohman’s Der Lange Verborgene Freund a guide to Pennsylvania Dutch Powwow moved up to #7.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for May 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 8 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
2 6 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
3 NEW Soaring Minds Journal & Workbook Michelle Hoffer Self-Help
4 2 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
5 1 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
6 5 The Dream Alchemist Anna-Karin Bjorklund Travel Memoir
7 9 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Folk Magic
8 3 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal/UFOs
9 7 Let Me Carry You Home Susan Kiskis Travel Memoir
10 4 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction

Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter and were boosted recently by author activities. El Koussa’s books continue to sell well internationally. Kiskis’ success is tied to the release activity of her book and her ongoing podcast series on the BookSpeak Network entitled Zen Up. Bjorklund was helped by author appearances in California and on Kiskis’s show. Ray’s book continues to sell well due to interest in the subject matter.
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PCCA’s artistic “Downtown Details” repeats as Brown Posey Press bestseller for May

PCCA’s artistic “Downtown Details” repeats as Brown Posey Press bestseller for May

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. The Perry County Council of the Arts architectural exhibition guide Downtown Details: An Artful Perspective of Newport, Pennsylvania repeated in the top spot. San Diego’s Dennis Clausen grabbed the next two spots with his novels The Search for Judd McCarthy and The Sins of Rachel Simms. Michael Barton’s humorous fictional ethnography of the Shipoke, aka Shitepoke, a neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was #4.  Sharon Marchisello’s Going Home was #4.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for May 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Downtown Details: An Artful Perspective of Newport, Pennsy… PCCA Architecture
2 NEW The Search for Judd McCarthy Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
3 NEW The Sins of Rachel Simms Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
4 3 Shitepoke Michael Barton Literary Fiction
5 4 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery

PCCA’s book was boosted by ongoing sales at the associated photography exhibition in Newport, Pennsylvania. Clausen’s books were helped by author activities.  Barton’s book was boosted by sales to local bookstores in the Harrisburg area. Marchisello’s title received activity due to social media mentions.