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Publisher: Laura Gross Literary Agency
Price: $4.99
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Thieves Never Steal In The Rain

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Grap­pling with her daughter’s fatal acci­dent, Joanna finds solace in the con­vic­tion that her daugh­ter lives on in the body of another child. But how will this affect her already crum­bling mar­riage, her career, and her rela­tion­ship with her father? Nancy’s deci­sion to lose a kid­ney in order to save her husband’s life jeop­ar­dizes her last chance for moth­er­hood. All that Bar­bara pos­sesses and iden­ti­fies with includ­ing com­pan­ion­ship with a ghost—vanishes overnight. Angie takes a dras­tic mea­sure to lose weight in order to regain her con­fi­dence and self esteem. Rose­mary, a renowned “agony aunt,” falls apart when her hus­band leaves her, only to find com­fort in the strangest of strangers.

Love and the super­nat­ural drive these sto­ries about the inter­twin­ing lives of five female cousins, who learn that loss—from mis­plac­ing keys to con­fronting death—is a con­stant force to be reck­oned with.

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ISBN: 978-1-57463-161-6
Publisher: Meredith Music Publications
Price: $35
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Great Music for String Orchestra

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This com­pre­hen­sive guide of inter­me­di­ate and advanced reper­toire high­lights 100 of the best com­po­si­tions and arrange­ments in print.

Anno­tated in detail– met­ric and key design, per­for­mance and pro­gram notes, alter­nate choices of music– it rep­re­sents all styles of clas­si­cal and pop­u­lar music. A grad­ing scale con­sid­ers both styl­is­tic and tech­ni­cal challenges.

Per­for­mance top­ics include reper­toire selec­tion, pro­gram design, rehearsal tech­niques, and score prepa­ra­tion. Music lists from the Renais­sance, string folios, patri­otic music arranged for string orches­tra, and a cur­rent con­tact list of publishers/distributors are included. An invalu­able resource for the string teacher, per­former and conductor.

“…a valu­able and long-awaited resource for teach­ers and con­duc­tors of string orchestras.”
–Louis Kosma, String bassist, Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera Orches­tra; Con­duc­tor, Ver­mont Phil­har­monic and Youth Orches­tras of Essex County

“… A must read for all musicians!”
–Bucky Piz­zarelli, Jazz gui­tarist and record­ing artist

…an amaz­ingly com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion and analy­sis of string orches­tra reper­toire.“
–Stephen Ore­mus, Music Supervisor/Arranger of Broad­way Musi­cal WICKED

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ISBN: 978-1601455802
Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc.
Price: $15
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Metamorphoses

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Meta­mor­phoses is a col­lec­tion of short sto­ries that explore the idea of life as a series of transformations.

Char­ac­ters change and are changed by the peo­ple and cir­cum­stances they encounter. Many wake up and dis­cover that things are not as they once were, and they must adapt to a new reality.

In “Dialogue,” a vic­tim of a car-jacking imag­ines hav­ing a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion with her assailant. In “Remembering Laura,” a griev­ing friend tells her story in coun­ter­point with the stream-of-consciousness nar­ra­tive of Laura, who keeps secret the fact that she is dying. And in “The Woman,” a tourist is vexed by her inabil­ity to trans­form the life of a beg­gar she encounters.

Meta­mor­phoses also illus­trates how every life is a col­lec­tion of sto­ries wait­ing to be told. Thus, as they share in the rich­ness of each character’s expe­ri­ence, read­ers may dis­cover their own sto­ries they may tell.

“Emotional odysseys of char­ac­ters who come to
cross­roads in their lives…an aes­thetic and most
sat­is­fy­ing read.”
— Elaine Bar­den, PhD, Mont­clair State Uni­ver­sity, Mont­clair, NJ

“A trea­sure of a book.”
— Ethel Lee-Miller, author of Think­ing of Miller Place: A Mem­oir of Sum­mer Comfort

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ISBN: 978-1413728453
Publisher: PublishAmerica
Price: $19.95
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Women in Transition: I am a Wanderer

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Women in Tran­si­tion is a col­lec­tion of sto­ries about indi­vid­ual women who are fac­ing moments of pro­found sig­nif­i­cance in their lives. Among them is Mag­gie, who is clean­ing out her big house in order to move from her “empty nest”; Ruth, who has Alzheimer’s dis­ease; Kim, a young mother with AIDS; and Joan, who is able to come to terms with a lost love and move for­ward in her life. There is also a name­less woman, one in seven, who has breast cancer.

Much of the mate­r­ial for Women in Tran­si­tion is drawn from the author’s per­son­al expe­ri­ences as a physi­cian. There are also sto­ries that include the author’s remem­brances of grow­ing up in Italy and the chal­lenges of liv­ing in two worlds, Italy and the Unit­ed States.

Under­ly­ing all of Mar­garet Brisco’s work is a spir­i­tual per­cep­tion that finds mean­ing in every­day life, while, at the same time, see­ing beyond it. Thus the reader is always led along a path of hope, even when con­fronting such stark real­i­ties as ill­ness, loss, aging, and death.

“Engrossing tales of nav­i­gat­ing life’s pas­sages”
— TaRessa Sto­vall, The Mont­clair Times

“An extra­or­di­nary experience…”
— Julie Mal­oney, Direc­tor, Women Read­ing Aloud

“I’m so glad I bought ‘Women in Transition.’”
— Ethel Lee-Miller, Enhanced Life Management

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ISBN: 978-0-984-15164-6
Publisher: WoodPecker Press
Price: $20
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Fabrizio’s Fable

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Inter­na­tion­ally renowned clas­si­cal singer, phil­an­thropist and edu­ca­tor, Patri­cia Brady-Danzig has expressed yet another side of her amaz­ing cre­ativ­ity.  Patri­cia will release the first book, “Fabrizio’s Fable” (La Favola di Fab­rizio) (Wood­pecker Press, 2011) in a series of Fab­rizioâ„¢ Children’s Books, avail­able now from PBD Music.

Chil­dren will be able to read and hear two lan­guages on the accom­pa­ny­ing CD while enjoy­ing this charm­ing tale of a brave lit­tle Ital­ian mouse who uses his wits to escape a hun­gry cat named Luigi. “Fabrizio’s Song” is also included. Writ­ten by the author, “Fabrizio’s Song” is sung in Eng­lish and Ital­ian by The Cel­e­bra­tion Singers Children’s Choir led by Music Director/Conductor, Jen­nifer Sell­man. Mag­i­cal illus­tra­tions by Grace Min.