Excerpt: "Going Places is funny, brash, heartfelt, mysterious, gripping, poignant, and human. It is everything you would want from a tale about growing up, and then some. I spent most of the novel laughing out loud and finished it in tears. I felt every emotion on the spectrum, mainly because the characters mirrored real people so exquisitely."
Black Autumn could be a revelation of what is to come. The catalysts of the novel are based on scenarios much of our population may scoff at, but others, foresee as a certainty. Whatever side of the fence you fall on, Black Autumn is a chilling portrayal of humankind's possible future, and one that readers will not easily be able to put down without asking, 'Am I ready?'"
Excerpt: "With Coming of Age, Madeleine May Kunin continues in her role as bearer of light for women everywhere. This time, she holds the lantern while walking gracefully, passionately and authentically toward her final years. Like the woman herself, Kunin's memoir is exquisite."
Excerpt: "Jim Krosschell's book, One Man's Maine, is both thoughtful and provocative. Published by Green Writers Press, a Vermont based publisher whose mission is to spread a message of hope and renewal, the book is all of that." -George Smith
Excerpt: "J.S. Breukelaar's Collision is speculative fiction that crosses genre. It is a medley of fantasy, horror and science fiction-now and then in a single story, as in 'Rogue Bay 3013', with its lethal angels and engineered beings, and in 'Like Ripples on a Blank Shore', the closing novella about sentient hosts on rampage in Deerport.
Excerpt: "Leah makes it clear that this book is only the beginning of her own work in fostering BenOp community. She envisions a future in which Christian families in an urban setting could share townhouses together-sharing meals every day, praying regularly together, and helping care for each other's families. In many ways, the end goal of this book is a return to an ancient sort of multigenerational living which breaks apart the nuclearization of (Christian and) secular America in order to foster something we've lost to the tides of modernity."
Excerpt: "Leah's book is intended to do a very specific thing: offer a basically hopeful perspective on the possibility of Christian community in today's western world and to give us some practical ideas on how to realize that life. And by that standard the book is a great success."
In this debut book, an entrepreneur views intellectual capital as securing the world's future.
"Jain's enthusiasm for the entrepreneurial mindset permeates a potent volume that is both a futuristic look at innovation and a recipe of sorts for success. Part One of this elegantly written treatise deeply explores in the broadest possible terms the thought process of the entrepreneur. The author makes a solid case for the entrepreneur as an imaginative visionary. Jain, a serial entrepreneur, celebrates in particular those magnates who take "moonshots," or reach for the impossible. He believes they "will emerge as leaders of the new world order," a bold if not wildly audacious prediction. Equally daring are some of Jain's educated guesses as to where entrepreneurial thinking will take readers in 30 to 50 years, examples intended to demonstrate exciting possibilities rather than accurately predict the future. The author waxes poetic about intellectual curiosity, motivation, perception, and wisdom, but none more important than imagination-all elements embodied in the moonshot entrepreneur. Parts Two and Three of the book are shorter but no less enticing. Part Two concentrates specifically on health care and education, two areas in which Jain thinks moonshots are sorely needed. Here, his pertinent illustrations are creative, stimulating, and thought-provoking; for example, his idea to "make illness 'optional' " is discussed in the context of Viome, a company he founded, which works in the microbiome space. Part Three is an exhortation for entrepreneurs to have "an openness to radical possibility" and to strive for moonshots, with some helpful advice for how to do so. "As long as you continue to learn," advises the author, "you never really fail." The "ten takeaways" offered at the end of Jain's volume-written with Schroeter (Between the Strings, 2004, etc.)- encapsulate his thoughtful counsel. The prose conveys breathless, almost soaring optimism; the book exudes an infectious passion for the role of the disruptive entrepreneur in meeting the world's challenges. There is so much genuine wisdom in this work that it is hard not to come away impressed with the breadth and depth of Jain's insights.
"An exuberant, mind-expanding, and at times enthralling call for inventive entrepreneurs."
(10/17) Selected as one of the Indie Best Books of the Month for December 2018.