In Hindsight by Sharon Bonanno and Lisa Scott

In Hindsight By Sharon Bonanno and Lisa ScottThis is our story. 

On the outside, Sharon and Lisa appear to be two normal sisters living life in a quiet suburban neighborhood of New Jersey. Their parents divorce when they are young; every other weekend is spent at their dad’s house with his new wife, Janet, and their two children, who seem to dominate their father’s time and devotion. Their mother, on the other hand, works multiple jobs at a time to stay afloat and provide everything she possibly can for her beloved daughters.

“Mom had a way of finding out what we wanted and needed and made sure that it appeared.”

Like many sisters, Sharon and Lisa are competitive; they fight for their parents’ attention and call each other out when necessary. However, as they enter adulthood, life takes two very different turns for the women. Sharon moves into a career and starts a family, while Lisa finds herself tumbling down a dark path of addiction, deceit, and depression – a path only tough love and accountability can help pull her out of. But when Lisa’s drug addiction and constant deception lead to her inevitable breaking point, it’s no one other than Sharon who provides the wake-up call Lisa needs to finally seek professional help. 

“But when I looked at Mom, and then at Sharon, I could see how injured they were, and I knew that I’d done it to them. That realization shattered the shell inside my skin that I thought had been protecting me but really had been holding me captive.”

IN HINDSIGHT: The Story of Two Sisters Who Hurt, Hindered, and Healed Each Other (Advantage Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-64225-131-9, Original Trade Paperback) explores both the good and bad sides of Sharon and Lisa’s childhoods while also examining the differences between their personalities and perspectives. It authentically highlights the duo’s unbreakable bond that allows them to conquer hardships and challenge each other to be the best versions of themselves. This woven memoir acts as an incredible success story for those who have battled with their own inner demons, proving you too can turn your life around and even find success assisting those who struggle with the same issues you were once able to defeat. 

“I understand that we model behavior unconsciously. But I also know that it is possible to transcend your past, consider how your behavior affects others, and end abusive cycles.”

IN HINDSIGHT is a beautiful representation of the special bond sisters share and a true testament to all that can happen when you not only overcome your situation, but flourish into the successful person you were always meant to be.  

About the Authors: 

Sharon Bonanno is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She takes her relationships seriously and always makes them a priority. Sharon has been a teacher for 22+ years and is passionate about her job. Leading and guiding young people has been her specialty since 1994. Her goal every day is to continue to make people feel that there isn’t anything they can’t do and to help others be the best versions of themselves.

Lisa Scott is a wife, mother, and experienced entrepreneur. Driven by her passion for helping others, she is motivated by her belief that all people deserve second chances. Her number one goal is to show as many people as possible that they can achieve anything they want in life.  Lisa is forever optimistic and believes that life is always speaking to us; we just have to learn to listen.

IN HINDSIGHT: The Story of How Two Sisters Who Hurt, Hindered, and Healed Each Other
By Sharon Bonanno and Lisa Scott
Advantage Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-64225-131-9
Price: $19.99
Original Trade Paperback
165 pages

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The Adventures of Veggieman: Food Fight by Karla Farach

The Adventures of Veggieman: Food Fight It is the first day at his new school, and Niko can already sense trouble in the air. Kids are throwing candy wrappers at each other, jumping on tables, and even sleeping at their desks. Perhaps the most shocking part of it all is that their teacher is doing nothing to stop the chaos. Naturally, Niko knew he had to step in and try to find the principal. Little did he know he would find himself in the middle of an epic battle between the forces of good and evil – evil junk food and good fruits and vegetables, that is.

In book one of THE ADVENTURES OF VEGGIEMAN: Food Fight! (Mascot Publishing; July 2020, ISBN: ; Original Trade Paperback), author Karla Farach takes young readers for a ride as they follow Niko, Veggieman, and more healthy superheroes in a battle for wellness against the gummy villain. Will the evil junk food’s pandemonium persevere? Or will the good guys come out on top in pursuit of health and vitality? 

Perhaps most important of all, THE ADVENTURES OF VEGGIEMAN acts as a fun, engaging, and informative tool for parents and educators to start conversations with their children about the power of wellness and the ability to make smart food choices. It’s a helpful reminder that it is never too early to teach kids about the benefits of healthy eating habits as well as the dangers of overconsumption. Farach’s ultimate goal with this book is to empower every child to become curators of their own superhero stories of health.

About the Author: Karla Farach is the CEO of Mothers of Health, LLC, a company she founded to inspire women and parents to adopt a healthier lifestyle. She is passionate about nutrition and wellness and is certified as a health and life coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Karla was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband and two sons. Karla’s favorite vegetable is kale.

You can visit her on the web at www.veggieman.com.

THE ADVENTURES OF VEGGIEMAN: Food Fight!
By Karla Farach
Mascot Publishing
Publication Date: July, 2020
ISBN (lib.): 
Format: Paperback
Price:
Page Count: 60

Anarchy And Other Lies by Jesse Mckinnell

Anarchy and Other Lies

“Sam takes her book out from her pack and begins flipping through the pages. ‘It is better to live on your knees than die on your feet – Emiliano Zapata,’ she recites defiantly to the towering phantom. I don’t know if she got the quote backward on purpose. In any case, it makes more sense to me this way.”

With poverty at an all-time high and food rations at an all-time low, the future imagined in ANARCHY AND OTHER LIES (Montag Press, November 2020, 978-1-940233-82-6, $15.95, Original Trade Paperback) by Jesse McKinnell is a bleak one. Jake begins his story in a comfortable place, working his modest office job as a silverware designer, but his life is suddenly upheaved by the layoff of his entire department. Newly unemployed and facing the same fate as millions of others who have wound up homeless in his city, Jake finds himself wandering the streets in a dazed state until he strolls near a familiar landmark- an old, condemned bridge over a toxic river. In the second upheaval of the day, the bridge collapses in an explosive terrorist attack. It is the first, but certainly not the last, bombastic attack he will bear witness to. In the following week, Jake has another fateful meeting with the manic-pixie-dream-anarchist behind the bridge attack, Sam, when she saves him from getting blown up alongside her newest target. 

Immediately, Jake is caught up in the whirlwind that is Sam, a woman who leads a dangerous life of off the grid activism. Contrary to Jake’s profound ability to drift aimlessly through everything he has ever done, Sam seems to have a mission and strong driving convictions. Her want for revolution is infectious- digging its claws quickly into Jake and making him feel a spark of emotion for the first time in his drab, dull life. On the surface, it’s clear that Sam and her fellow partner in crime, Cap, want to enact change. They want to make people look up from their phones (or, in the case of this dystopia, their smart glasses) and see the state of the world, even for a few minutes. In time, though, the waters of her revolutionary dreams only become muddier and muddier, leaving Jake to ask: What does Sam really stand for? Does Jake want to support what seems to be chaos that is just as aimless as his former life? Is he a coward for wanting to return to the simplicity of protein bars, video games, and mind-numbing news cycles? 

Jesse McKinnell’s new parodical novel ANARCHY AND OTHER LIES takes the reader a step not-so far outside of our current reality. Using dark humor and self-aware cynicism, McKinnell explores the climate surrounding modern political issues and how easy it is to fall into a pattern of both numbness and performative activism. 

The dreary world that McKinnell paints is balanced with his dry wit, cautioning the reader against becoming too entrenched in either side of the spectrum of complete inaction or completely meaningless action. ANARCHY AND OTHER LIES touches on relevant topics- poverty, homelessness, dependency on technology, and the U.S. election cycles, to name a few.

About the Author
Jesse McKinnell is a writer living in southern Maine. His debut novel, Dead Cats and Other Reflections on Parenthood was published in May 2018 and was selected by Publishers Weekly as a semi-finalist for their 2017 Booklife Prize.

Anarchy and Other Lies
By Jesse McKinnell
Montag Press Collective
ISBN: 978-1-940233-82-6
Publication Date: November 2020
252 pp

The Brothers Silver by Marc Jampole

The Brothers Silver

Childhood trauma never goes away. It’s like a disability or injury that partially—and sometimes totally—controls you, awake and asleep.

Jules and Leon Silver attend school, play sports, are Boy Scouts, and they often come home to an empty refrigerator and a mother who cannot pull herself from bed. On the outside, they may seem like everyday middle-class boys. Inside each of them, a dark history is being written that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. In his debut novel, THE BROTHERS SILVER (Owl Canyon Press, ISBN: 978-1-952085-07-9, June 15th, 2021, Original Trade Paperback, $19.95) Marc Jampole tells a story of brothers, their bond, and their struggles and triumphs.

It is the early 1960s and Jules and Leon bounce back-and-forth between their parents, living with their father when their mother is institutionalized because of suicide attempts. As they grow into manhood, one takes to the road and rebellion, while the other looks for security in a committed relationship and work. Escaping the demons from the past is not a simple task, however, and these two highly intelligent young men find disarray, shame, pain, and heartache at every turn. Like many adults who experience emotional trauma as kids, Jules and Leon are plagued with combatting emotions—pride, guilt, shame, and anger—with no place to release their pain, except on themselves.

Marc Jampole has incorporated autobiographical elements in THE BROTHERS SILVER, making his rendering of their experiences harrowingly authentic. As a poet and artist, Jampole has written a masterful novel about love, tragedy, and hope, with complex characters and original voices chosen with precision and purpose.  

About the Author:

Marc Jampole wrote Music from Words (Bellday Books, 2007) and Cubist States of Mind/Not the Cruelest Month (Poet’s Haven Press, 2017). His poems and short stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies. About 1,800 freelance articles he has written have also been published. A former television news reporter and public relations executive, Marc writes the OpEdge blog, which appears on the websites of three national publications. He is past president of the board of Jewish Currents, a national magazine of politics and arts. He and his wife live in New York City.

THE BROTHERS SILVER: A Novel
By Marc Jampole
Owl Canyon Press
ISBN: 978-1-952085-07-9
Publication Date: 6/15/2021
Price: $19.95
Original Trade Paperback
296 pages