Summer/Fall 2015 New Books

A sample of current MindBuck Media books on tap:


41q43hXsb3L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_War: A Crime Against Humanity by Roberto Vivo

A book that will open your eyes to the evolution of war and the promise of enduring peace.

War: A Crime Against Humanity is a fascinating history of war and the search for enduring world peace.
Roberto Vivo deftly guides the reader through the history of war and peace, from early civilizations to the major conflicts and peace efforts of today. The book zeros in on the historical moments that have shaped the practice of war in dozens of examples, from the ancient Greeks to Cambodia to Rwanda, and juxtaposes such examples with our best experiments in peace.

Vivo then draws on the history of movements to outlaw practices such as apartheid and slavery to build a case for criminalizing the use of war and holding world leaders accountable for initiating conflicts before the International Criminal Court.

His outspoken criticism of the politics and industry of war is tempered by a profound optimism about what people can learn from history and what we can achieve together. War: A Crime Against Humanity is not another diatribe against the status quo; it is an inspiring and profoundly hopeful vision of the future we can dare to create.

Release: April 2015
Publisher: Hojas del Sur
ISBN: 978­987­1882­34­2
Kindle Price: $9.99
Pages: 357
Distribution: Amazon
eBook Distribution: Kindle

everydayahopeEvery Day A Hope by Marci Mathews

Through tiny stories and illustrations, Every Day a Hope​encourages and empowers readers to examine emotionally difficult issues, while instilling confidence, introspection, and creativity. In each page, Marci M. Matthews addresses familiar concepts in a unique manner, designed to evoke thoughts, feelings and the ability to embrace the positive.

The concepts in E​very Day a Hope a​re taken from Matthews’ work with survivors, but the book is accessible to anyone. The book challenges readers by asking questions and providing space to draw, write, keep lists, and be creative.

“This debut picture book for a general audience deploys text and drawings to showcase a series of musing, motivational messages. (E​very Day A Hope)​has plenty of gentle charm and will certainly be accessible to a wide audience… a sweet, simple roundup of illustrated inspirational thoughts.” ­
– KIRKUS

Release: M​ay 19, 2015
Publisher: Off to See
ISBN: 978-0-9908218-1-6
Price: $18.99 hardback
Price: $14.99 paperback
Pages: 131

Girl in the River resizedGirl In A River by Patricia Kullberg

Her pimp wants her dead, a hooker wants her heart, and the DA just wants her …

On the eve of World War II, Portland, Oregon, battles corruption as the city falls into the hands of gangsters. Newly orphaned, Mae Rose wanders the rain-stained streets alone, on the lam from a knife-wielding pimp and mustering her own worst impulses to survive. As Mae rises to power in Portland’s gritty sex industry, she’s pursued by a district attorney who seeks to snare her for more personal reasons. In the city’s smoky nightspots, the glamorous Dr. Ruth Barnett turns heads, but by day she operates a wildly successful abortion service. At war’s end, both Mae and Ruth are caught in the crosshairs of Portland’s anti-vice crusade. The women’s survival, as well as any chance at lasting love, depends on their allegiance to each other and their abilities to outsmart the cops and politicians who no longer protect them. This novel, based in part on the true story of Dr. Ruth Barnett, takes an unflinching look at the power dynamics of sex and post-war assaults on reproductive rights.

“… Like one of those hardboiled film noir movies, this novel is smart and raw and full of sassy dialogue …” –M​aryka Biaggo, author of​Parlor Games

Release:, August 20, 2015 P
ublisher: Bygone Era Books, Ltd.
ISBN: 978-1-941072-24-0
Price: $19.95 Paperback
Price: $6.99 e-book
Pages: 378

summerColdwarSummer on the Cold War Planet by Paula Closson Buck

Their first encounter disrupted her sense of who she was. Years later, she still finds him as irresistible as he is forbidding.

“Each story he told shed about as much light as a match and made all the dark around it worth wanting to know…”

In the late spring of 1989, Lyddie, a young American art historian, finds herself alone and pregnant when her husband, Phelps, disappears in Kurdish Iraq. Set adrift from the security of their marriage, she returns to the divided city of Berlin where they met four years before, seeking truths she believes Phelps may have kept from her.

Now the ferment at Germany’s borders is spilling into the private lives of their bohemian friends—particularly that of exiled East German painter Axel Herzog. Lyddie has always felt the gravitational pull of Axel’s art and of the stories of mystics he learned as a boy in Greece. And though Phelps once warned her away from Axel, the attraction grows stronger as she uncovers a vulnerability beneath the scorn he learned on the other side of the Wall. When revelations about Axel’s past force her to retreat to an island in Greece, Lyddie finds she has run headlong into everything she has tried to avoid.

In this novel of conflicting allegiances played out between a richly realized late Cold War Berlin and the stark beauty of the Cycladic islands, travellers, natives, and refugees circle one another warily, their fates hanging on the question of which trusts if any, will remain unviolated.

Release: September 3, 2015
Publisher: Fomite
ISBN: 978­1­942515­11­1
Price: $14.95
Kindle Price: $4.99
Pages: 357
Distribution: Ingram, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
eBook Distribution: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords

size500_Ice_Cream_Work_Cover_1000-1Ice Cream Work by Naoshi

Where will Ice Cream Man work next??

Ice Cream Man knows there’s lots of work to be done! Whether it’s cheerfully posing next to chocolate cake, beaming team spirit as 1/8th of a sunflower, or glowing bright as he becomes a fabulous night light, Ice Cream Man is ready for the job!

This delicious, quirky children’s book by internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Naoshi combines a whimsical story with colorful sunae (sand art). A “Look & Find” section challenges youngsters to scour the pages for small details, and a “How To Make Sunae” section guides readers step‐by‐step through a “sand painting” art project of their own.

“Ice Cream Work is a meticulous and stunning piece of art. The story exudes a
loopy, anarchist joy: chronicling the adventures of a hard­working and stylish frozen dairy confection and his eclectically industrious week.” ­­ Dale Bayse, author of Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go series

Release: October 1, 2015
Publisher: Overcup Press
ISBN: 0­9834917­3­9
Price: $14.99 hardcover
Pages: 40
appropriate for ages 3 and up

LostJournalsThe Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath by Kimberly Knutsen

Katie’s bored stiff in her marriage. Wilson’s clawing the walls to stay sober. Can they survive January?
Katie Lavender’s life boomerangs between diapers and benzodiazepines, hot sex and married sex. A genuine earth mother, Katie is an anxious hippie with a PhD. She spends her afternoons leafing through People magazine, snacking on her kids’ cereal and seducing her young neighbor. She’s restless for something to change ‐ fast. Katie’s fumbling husband Wilson is a sober alcoholic and professor of women’s studies, though he’s beginning to suspect he knows nothing about the other gender. With three children underfoot, Katie and Wilson each wonder if they’re meant to be together. The Lavender’s stagnant marriage is upended when Katie’s pregnant sister January arrives on their doorstep. Obsessed with her big‐haired ex‐lover ‐ 80s rocker Stevie Flame ‐ January is a free‐spirited, wild child who drives Wilson crazy. January’s arrival unearths memories from Katie’s violent past, and a trauma she thought she’d overcome haunts her anew. Can Katie reclaim the love she deserves?

“Consistently funny and well­ observed … the novel is a pleasure to read.” ‐‐ Andy Mozina, author of The Women Were Leaving the Men and Quality Snacks.

Release: October 2015
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 978­0­87580­725­6
Price: $18.95 hardcover
Pages: 384

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