Controversial "Jesus the Phoenician" tops Sunbury Press bestseller list for December

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Jesus the Phoenician, Karim El Koussa’s well-researched alternative history regarding the origins of Jesus Christ, ranked #1 due to international export sales. Barbara Matthews and Barbara Trainin Blank took the second spot with their self-help book What to Do About Mama: A Guide to Caring for Aging Family Members, thanks to author activities.

jtp_fcSunbury Press’s sales for 2013 were up 15% over 2012. EBook sales were up only 6% over last year, significantly lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the 4th quarter were up 1% compared to the same period in 2012.

Judi Markowitz’s The View from Four Foot Two, debuted at #3, thanks to strong advance sales, including to Europe.

Tony Julian’s Pit Bulls: Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls and the People Who Loved Them moved up the rankings, taking #4 on the list, due to sales to dog enthusiasts.

Madelyn Killion’s At the End of the Day, a novella about a nosy postman, grabbed #5 thanks to author activities.

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart – The Truth At Last moved up on the list, taking #6, thanks to bookstore and library sales.

John Lindermuth’s Digging Dusky Diamonds, a history of the Coal Region of Pennsylvania, ranked #7 due to sales in the Shamokin area.

Pink Flamingos All Around, Dr. Matt Anderson’s humorous and educational children’s book about the pink birds, nabbed the 8th position

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

thanks to author activities and bookstore sales.

Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People returned to the rankings, taking #9 on the list, due to sales in the southwestern US.

Alan Mindell’s baseball novel, The Closer, returned to the rankings, notching #10 on the list, due to steady sales on all fronts.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Fiction  – At the End of the Day by Madelyn Killion
Horror/Mystery – A Little Indiscretion by Joseph Tarone
Children/YA – Pink Flamingos All Around by Matt Anderson
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – What to Do About Mama? by Matthews and Blank
Metaphysical/Spiritual – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Reference – Education Behind Bars by Christopher Zoukis

tvf4f2_fcThe company released six new titles during the month of December:
A Little Indiscretion by Joseph Tarone, The View from Four Foot Two by Judi Markowitz, Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure by Steve Kious, An American Hiroshima by Don Wulffson,GXM731 by Terry Ray and Stink Bomb by Ricky Bruce.

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

New book chronicles the life of a child with Marshall-Smith Syndrome

DETROIT — Sunbury Press has released The View from Four Foot Two, Judi Markowitz’s biography of her daughter Lindsay and her rare medical condition, Marshall-Smith Syndrome.

About the Book:

tvf4f2_fcThere are 30 million people around the world with syndromes you have never heard of — Weaver, Soto’s, Stickler, and Ehlers-Danlos just to name a few.  And, there are 30 million mothers who, like Judi Markowitz, were informed of the syndrome their baby was born with in words that sounded something like this:

“Your child is not normal.  Blah, blah, blah.  Your child will be different from all the other children.  Blah, blah, bah.  Those eyes you’re staring into right now belong to someone who’s damaged.  It is not your fault.  Or, maybe it is your fault.  Blah, blah, blah.  You have just delivered a functioning baby, but you have also delivered yourself a life sentence.”

Some mothers, like Judi, whose children were born with Marshall-Smith Syndrome, also heard these words:  “We have no record of a child with this syndrome living beyond the age of two.”

Sometimes these words are delivered with compassion and sorrow.  And sometimes they’re delivered no differently than a diagnosis of heartburn.

Judi’s first child, Lindsay, was born with Marshall-Smith Syndrome in 1979.  She can still hear the doctor’s words when she shut her eyes at night.  She did not completely understand them at the time.  She does now.  Denial has coalesced into reality with a brutal vengeance.  It affected her life and the life of every person she has ever known and loved.

This year, Judi decided it was time to share a mother’s story to celebrate the miracle of Lindsay and, hopefully, to allow every mother of a normal child never to take their miracles for granted.

About the Author:

Judi Markowitz has been teaching English for 27 years. She instructs 12th graders in the morning at Berkley High School and in the afternoon she teaches a Detroit Film class at CASA (Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts). It’s a consortium of six school districts.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Masters Degree in Education Leadership from Wayne State University. Judi is married to Jeffrey Markowitz, her best friend. They live in Huntington Woods, Michigan and have four grown children Lindsay, Chad, Eli, Todd, and daughter-in-law, Chana Tova. They also have three beautiful grand-daughters. The View From Four Foot Two is Judi’s first published book.

The View from Four Foot Two

Authored by Judi Markowitz

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
184 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062883
ISBN-10: 1620062887
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Medical

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-View-from-Four-Foot-…