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We're launching a new feature on the blog to give you the low-down on top media hits for our recent books and buzz for our upcoming releases. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Recently Published:

QapdA Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today by Kate Bornstein

Entertainment’s Shelf Life column lists 8 books that should be bestsellers according to Goodreads. A Queer and Pleasant Danger is #6. The mention runs with a large cover and Entertainment Weekly calls it a: “one-of-a-kind memoir.” Entertainment

White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf by Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Bobrow-Strain’s mention in the New York Times’ dinning section is now online. The article by Jeff Gordinier, has been picked up by the Seattle TimesThe Honolulu Star, and various online resources. NYT Dining Section Online

A Twist of Faith: An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa by John Donnelly

Shelf Awareness book trailer of the day, July 09; Shelf Awareness

A Queer History of the United States, Michael Bronski, $17.00 PB, 978-0-8070-4465-0

Mention in the “Gay Voices” section of the Huffington Post July 04 as a part of a slideshow, “Gay American History.” Huffington Post

Coming Soon:

We Shall Not be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina by Tom Wooten (August)

Booklist Online Review of the Day, July 09; and posted on Booklist’s Facebook and Twitter. “Compelling beyond belief, deserving the broadest possible readership… this is a tour de force about one American city and what it means to fight for the survival of your hometown.”  

They’re Bankrupting Us!: And 20 Other Myths About Unions by Bill Fletcher, Jr. (August)

Bill Fletcher interview for Moyers & Company July 06. The interview features“They’re Bankrupting Us!” and other labor topics. Bill Fletcher segment on Moyers & Company

Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War by Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini (November)

“Those you send to war may come home with souls unclean and hearts drowning in bitter mistrust.  But the need for purification after battle has vanished into the blind spot of our culture. We neither offer it to returning veterans, nor remember that we—for whose sake, in whose name, our soldiers went to war—need purification with them. Potent challengers of conventional thinking, rich in heart, those who speak here are voices you will not forget.” —Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming, former Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership, US Army War College, MacArthur Fellow. 

"Very important and deeply moving.  I strongly recommend it.”    --James H. Cone, author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade by Thomas N. Dewolf and Sharon Morgan (October)

Kirkus Reviews: “The authors’ accomplishment stands on its own, but their book also serves as a great introduction to a shared past that ought to be better known.”

Gather at the Table is an honest exploration into the deep social wounds left by racism, violence and injustice, as the authors work through their own prejudices in search of reconciliation--and ultimately find friendship.--Leymah Gbowee,  2011 Nobel Peace Laureate

Fanpire: The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it by Tanya Erzen (October)

“Tanya Erzen ventures into ‘the Twilight zone’ in this compelling and ultimately sympathetic foray into fan culture, exploring the appeal of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books and movies in a postfeminist age. Erzen argues that what fans do with a text is as important as, or even more important than, the text itself. Part Cinderella Ate My Daughter andpart Reviving Ophelia, Erzen’s book is my own personal brand of heroin.”--Jana Riess, author of What Would Buffy Do? and Flunking Sainthood