As we find ourselves already halfway through December with only two weeks left in the year, it’s appropriate to start this newsletter off with a photograph of a sunset to mark the passing of the year 2016, which, while tumultuous in many respects, was for this little house in the desert a very exciting and rewarding year! We had many landmark occasions to celebrate, and some firsts as well, with banner reviews both in print and online, award nominations, author events in packed venues, and many other thrilling moments.

First, our hats off to the four authors whose books have made this such a successful year: Terese Svoboda (Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet); Alida Brill (Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty: The Memoir of a Romantic Feminist); Carol E. Miller (Every Moment of A Fall: A Memoir of Recovery Through EMDR Therapy); and Glenn Berger (Never Say No To A Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sintra, Jagger, and More)!

We look forward to another great year with three terrific new titles lined up for the spring, and more scheduled for fall ’17/ winter ‘18 releases. More news on these to appear soon in upcoming newsletters. But, we would also like to celebrate and acknowledge six of our backlist titles which have been the mainstay of our list over the years, and which would make for terrific holiday gifts as well (hint, hint!).

Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed by Marc Blatte: A dark and satirical urban noir set in the hip-hop scene of New York with a multicultural cast and a billionaire real estate developer as nemesis and an intrepid detective investigating a murder in clubland.

Dancing at the River’s Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness by Alida Brill and Dr. Michael Lockshin, M.D.: This dual memoir between author Alida Brill who has had a longtime chronic illness and her doctor of whom she has been a patient over three decades, cast a powerful and honest light on the doctor-patient relationship and the realities of living with autoimmune disease.

The Lost Childhood: The Complete Memoir by Yehuda Nir. This classic Holocaust memoir by the late Yehuda Nir is a powerful testament of human endurance and will to survive, detailing Nir’s childhood as an escapee from the Nazis, hiding in plain sight with his mother and sister, posing as Catholics in the heart of Warsaw.

This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 by James Lough. A fascinating, hilarious, poignant and anecdotal oral history of the notorious Hotel and bohemian enclave in its final years, as told by those who lived there and mixed, mingled and created mayhem with its legendary denizens such as Herbert Huncke, Gregory Corso, Viva, Joey Ramone, etc.

 Lee Marvin: Point Blank by Dwayne Epstein. This is the most authoritative and detailed account of the much overlooked actor’s life with countless interviews by those who knew him best. With over 500 reviews on Amazon, and still going strong after four years in print, this biography is a must for all Lee Marvin fans.

Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness by Edward Butscher is the first of many biographies written about this tragic poet, whose life and death have attained near mythic proportions. Unlike more recent volumes, Butscher’s book is unauthorized and thus revealing of truths and insights to Plath’s character that might not conform to today’s legend.

And if music, (and jazz in particular) is your thing, Steve Slagle, author and world-renowned jazz saxophonist has just released his latest ode to his town: ALTO MANHATTAN. With accompaniment by Joe Lovano and other luminaries, this is a perfect stocking stuffer for the jazz aficionado(a) in your life. Here’s a YouTube clip, and to order go to CDBaby.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7zPqWoqHJ4

HERE’S WISHING ALL A HAPPY HOLIDAY!