‘Books to Bookmark’ for entertaining summer reading

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 9:31pm

On a warm summer night, there’s no better way to relax than with a good book. The problem, however, can often be the decision on which book to invest your time. PublishersNewsWire.com offers a solution to this dilemma.

Four times a year the site releases a list called “Books to Bookmark.” The list of accounts for only new releases and ranges in subject matter.

“We try to have a nice mix, where you have a historical book, techie book, entertainment, first time writer of some sort, or a business book,” Christopher Simmons, CEO of Neotrope publishing, explained.

“We like to think of the list as books you’ve probably never heard of that don’t entirely suck,” he added with a laugh.

The second quarter list includes nine different authors. Below is a condensed version of the original list.

1) 'The Dream' by Joe Puckett

High school basketball took hold of one small town - Peerless, Montana - and author, Joe Puckett, recounts the story. Laced with humor, small-town intrigue and anecdotes, it reveals just how closely one small town's identity and social life are connected to high school basketball.

2) 'Make the Cougar Purr' by Sonja Paris

This book is about betrayal, loss and sexual identification. "Cougar" depicts the life of Hannah, a middle-aged woman in a small Ohio town. Constantly betrayed by her husband, she drowns her sorrow in booze and spends his money freely, until he reveals to her that his last affair with a much younger woman is based on true love and not on pure lust. Driven by rage and desperate to find a new identity for herself, Hannah turns into a prancing cougar on the hunt and stumbles from one sexual escapade into another on her search for true love.

3)'The Words of the Founders' by Paul Rosenberg

Rosenberg has assembled 570 timely and poignant quotes from America's founding fathers: George Washington, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, George Mason, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and others. There are some amazing quotes and thoughts that were left out of our "civics" classes. Rosenberg is also the author of the counter-culture classic "A Lodging of Wayfaring Men."

4) 'Surprising Silhouettes' by Connie Tamaddon

Photographer Connie Tamaddon uses the properties of light and shadow to create a clever read-out-loud guessing game that illustrates that not everything is as it first seems. Using unusual materials to fashion seemingly familiar shapes, Tamaddon creates an imaginative way to entertain - and enlighten - readers young and old, and provides a playful yet serious opportunity for parents and children (ages 4-8) to discuss the dangers of prejudging objects and people.

5) 'One Black Woman's Opinion' by Valerie Stallworth Stephens

What started out as therapy, ended up as a compilation of motivational writings. Written for all age groups, as well as men and women, "One Black Woman's Opinion," is designed to promote the power of positive thinking. One of Stallworth's favorite pieces is titled, "It is not about waiting on the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain." This excerpt focuses on the unpredictability of life and the ability to embrace it no matter what.

6) 'The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business' by Producer Loren Weisman

Full of ideas and practical advice, this book provides comprehensive details on how to optimize success and achieve sustainability and self-empowerment in today's music business. From production and performance to marketing and career-building, this book instructs artists on how to take the hard-earned lessons of a fellow musician and put them to work in their own careers. Additionally, 25% of the book sales revenue goes each month to a different charity organization for their continued dedication to independent musicians and music education.

7) 'Papal Rogues' by Author Ron Wilk

In a daring and controversial "what if" scenario, Ron Wilk creates a compelling and multi-layered thriller that leaves readers wondering just how far a nefarious few will go to recapture the reins of power and just how vulnerable the world can be when the secrets of cyberspace fall into the wrong hands.

8) 'Tattoo Stories' by Marvin Malzahn

This debut book in the Tattoo Stories series benefits the Starlight Children's Foundation. The art of tattoos has intrigued many people in various cultures around the world. "Tattoo Stories" not only addresses taboos plaguing the art form, but draws readers in for an intimate look at journeys, experiences and cultures, through spoken word paired with stunning photography by Marvin Malzahn. The foreword is written by Chester Bennington, front man for Linkin' Park and Dead By Sunrise.

9) 'Funds to the Rescue' by Susan Daffron

Many books on fundraising don't offer specific and straightforward ideas for pet-oriented fundraisers, but "Funds" is written specifically for humane groups. Daffron is the founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals, an organization that offers tools and information to help rescue groups save more companion animal lives.

For more information on these and other books and entertainment publishing visit: http://publishersnewswire.com/news/publishing-news/book-news.

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