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New Books and News
Out of the Box Thoughts and Actions that Led to Extraordinary Outcomes
Unconventionally Successful is the first book released from a broad grassroots project Christopher Albrecht (2018 New York State Teacher of the Year & 2019 Inductee into the National Teachers Hall of Fame) has published, which uncovers what best practices schools, individuals, and communities need to consider to increase their levels of success. People want our world to be full of successful journeys and results. This book sheds light on many unconventional and potentially unconsidered out of the box thoughts and actions that led to extraordinary outcomes. Entertaining and informative, this novel binds three formats: interview, reflection, and narrative. Albrecht spent three years interviewing hundreds people with a diversity of backgrounds and lifestyles asking them to reflect on their recollections, memories and experiences with teachers and their many impacts on their lives. Focused around eight interviews, the author parallels research on similar historical narratives and reflections. The result is a one of a kind read that uncovers unconventional patterns, unique circumstances, and opportunities, which light the road of joy and happiness that root themselves in our schools and colleges. The patterns Albrecht has discovered and shares in this groundbreaking book have the potential for lifelong effects and impacts on the success of individuals, communities, schools, and the world we live in that are not explicitly obvious. This book is a must-read for all people who enjoy discovering non-linear, unique and creative pathes that lead to innovative ways individuals and groups have found happiness, joy and success.
New Documentary About Mark Twain in Buffalo
Produced with Rise Collaborative
Scribblin' For A Livin':
Mark Twain’s Pivotal Period In Buffalo: Expanded Edition
by Thomas J. Reigstad
In August 1869, thirty-three-year-old journalist Samuel Clemens—better known as Mark Twain—moved to Buffalo, New York. At the time, he had high hopes of establishing himself as a successful newspaper editor in the thriving metropolis at the western end of the Erie Canal.
In this engaging portrait of the famous author at a formative and important juncture of his life, Twain scholar Thomas J. Reigstad details the domestic, social, and professional experiences of Mark Twain while he lived in Buffalo. Based on years of researching historical archives, combing through microfilm, and even interviewing descendants of Buffalonians who knew Twain, Reigstad has uncovered a wealth of fascinating information.
The book draws a vivid portrait of Twain’s work environment at the Buffalo Morning Express. Colorful anecdotes about his colleagues and his quirky work habits, along with original Twain stories and illustrations not previously reprinted, give readers a new understanding of Twain’s commitment to full-time newspaper work.
Full of fascinating vignettes from the illustrious writer’s life as well as rare photographs, Scribblin’ for a Livin’ is essential reading for Mark Twain enthusiasts, students and scholars of American literature, and anyone with an interest in the history of Western New York.
A Rooster for Asklepios:
A Slave's Story, Book 1
A Bull For Pluto:
A Slave's Story, Book 2
A slave without a past. A master without a future. A journey of discovery that will forever change the lives of both men. The ancient world comes alive in this vivid and engaging trilogy by an expert on Roman social history.
What if you suddenly discovered that you were not who you thought you were—that your true family history had been hidden from you since birth? What if the truth about your origins would cause others to despise you? What if the man who had arranged the deception was seriously ill and needed your help? What if you were a slave and that man held your life in his hands—and you his? These are some of the questions explored in the first two volumes of the new historical trilogy, A Slave’s Story.
The story centers on a slave named Marcus who manages the business affairs of a wealthy Roman citizen in central Asia Minor in the first century AD. The first volume, A Rooster for Asklepios, narrates his eventful journey to a famous healing center in western Turkey following a dream in which the god Asklepios appears to promise that his master will be cured there of a nagging illness. The second volume, A Bull for Pluto, relates the aftermath of this journey.
Drunk on Sunday
by Ross Warner
Twenty five years in the making after almost as much time living it, Drunk On Sunday is a coming of age tale that is both familiar and unique. It’s a story for anyone who tried to find themselves on the road to responsibility without losing sight of who you are. From Westchester to Rochester to the Upper East Side to the East Village, Drunk On Sunday chronicles the story of Rob Gross and his battles against adulthood. It’s that, along with a whole lot of strong drinks, good friends, and great times along the way. Like so many, Rob discovers that his biggest obstacle isn't finding someone to share his life with, but figuring out how to deal once he does.
Even if you didn’t come of age in the ‘80s and ‘90s or have never been consumed with your favorite movie, team, or band you’ll enjoy this look at the rites of passage that so many of us must go through.
An Interview with Ross Warner, by Alan Paul
The Heretic’s Guide to Life: A Politically Incorrect Mémoire of Human Nature
by Terence O'Brien
They say there is no such thing as a dumb question but what if you don’t like the answers, what if you don’t like the questions either? What if you admit that your religions are fading in importance with each new generation and our technology is not giving the answers that awaken us to a deeper meaning of life?
The spark of truly being human and alive is to ponder some of life’s mysteries once in a while, this is called normal and pondering life’s mysteries is not done anymore. This is a no hold barred look at the realities of life, to once again find the spark of truly being human and alive.
The heretic seeks to find answers to:
-Why we humans became who we are.
-How the subconscious mind is the key to our success.
-What we must know to truly know ourselves.
-And, ultimately, what is the meaning of our lives.
Buffalo Sports Headliners and Insights
by Al Bruno
Buffalo’s Sports Headliners and Insights by Al Bruno is a scholastic sports publication, an anthology, presenting 23 of my best sports stories and insights about Buffalo sports headliners. It is a refreshing look at Buffalo sports headliners through a time tunnel, remembering and honoring Buffalo sports heroes and winning coaches from 1965 to the present date.What makes them special, great, and worthy of their accomplishments? They became the Buffalo sports headliners, and they earned it with hard work and determination. In fact, Buffalo sports headliners often achieved the unimaginable, beating the odds against them. They won, fairly and squarely, to the crowd’s delight and enthusiasm: Winning necessarily defines the Buffalo sports headliners, and they stand out, in front of the rest, the best, and are included in the city’s annals; some deservingly arrive for induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.Winning makes them memorable, entertaining, and ultimately Buffalo sports heroes, our Buffalo icons, like Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Wrestler Ilio DiPaolo did for me as a thrilled youngster in the early 1960s. We cheered on DiPaolo at the top of our lungs, our version of the “Italian Hercules,” while we anxiously awaited his much-anticipated, twirling, signature move, “the airplane spin” on Saturday nights, in front of a packed house at the old Memorial Auditorium in downtown Buffalo.
The Shadow of Forever: A Norse Saga
by Marshall Seddon
When a band of Berserkers enters the sleepy little village of Kinester on the west coast of Skattenoya, a string of events is touched off that disrupts the lives of every person in the village. Soon it becomes apparent that the Berserkers are part of a mysterious campaign led by a Norse lord named Maarku, whose lust for power knows no bounds. Villages up and down the coast are taken over, using an archaic custom called "Holmgang," where the winner of a duel takes the property and family of the loser.
Based on sagas, legends and myths, The Shadow of Forever is the account of the struggles of Eric and Bryn, a brother and sister forced by circumstance to come of age in the violent world Maarku has created.
The Witch's Return
Book One: The Stargazer Island Series
by Sionna Trenz
After fifteen years away, Sonya McKenzie is finally back on Stargazer Island, the one place she felt at home. As old friends welcome her back, Sonya creates new bonds and strengthens old. Love, soul deep and long dormant, springs to new life.
But an age-old darkness begins to encroach on the idyllic island, threatening everything and everyone Sonya holds dear. With her circle at her side and the island at her back, Sonya must stand against evil’s building energy. She must find the strength within herself to defend and defeat the dark in order to protect Stargazer Island. The fate of the entire world now hangs in the balance.
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A Semester of Death
A Cotton Cunningham Academic Mystery
by Dennis Collins
It was 1967, the year of the summer of love in San Francisco, but in Buffalo, New York, it was a year of rioting, looting, racial tension and later on, at the University of Buffalo, a little bit of murder. It was a year that saw visits by Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, and Mohammed Ali. Great rifts developed between faculty, students, administrators, and former Buffalo police detective and newly hired History professor, Cotton Cunningham was caught right in the middle of it.
BUFFALO, NY 14213