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Grace Paley’s Glad Day Books Proudly Announces Third Edition of Novel “Edges, O Israel, O Palestine”

Grace Paley’s Glad Day Books Proudly Announces Third Edition of Novel “Edges, O Israel, O Palestine”

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“Edges,” a story of a young girl’s sexual awakening in 1963 Palestine/Israel, has gone into a third printing. This novel was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for her own imprint at Glad Day Books. Author Leora Skolkin-Smith has written a special Afterword in commemoration to Grace Paley included in this new edition.

“Edges” is a dark and penetrating look at pre-1967 Israel and Palestine through the eyes of a 14-year-old Liana Bialik. After her American father’s suicide, Liana’s Jerusalem-born mother decides to take Liana and her sister back to her homeland, where her family had lived for four generations. Once they get to Israel Liana, who feels overwhelmed and suffocated by her mother, begins to detach herself from her. She embarks on a mission of self-discovery to learn why her mother does not speak about her father and why he took his own life. Edges is well-written, powerful in both imagery and subject matter…”

–Jewish Book World, Spring 2006

Vol. 24, Number 1

“Where, and how and to whom do we really belong? Skolkin’s brilliant debut novel is a hypnotic meditation on the ever-changing boundaries of love and need. A coming of age story of the bond between a young American and her powerful mother, etched in a wartime Mideast as shifting and dangerous and mysterious as the Israeli desert.”

–Caroline Leavitt, Columnist, Reviewer, Boston Globe, People Magazine, Author of Girls In Trouble

“With Edges, Leora Skolkin-Smith earns her place among the most gifted of contemporary American authors. The novel is a reminder that works of fiction can offer the depth, color, texture, passion of a fine painting and a great symphony. This is more than a coming-of-age story; it is a powerful and beautifully wrought account of passion and hope…for a girl and for a country.”

–Victoria Zackheim, Author, “The Boneweaver” Editor, Anthology “The Other Woman”, “For Keeps”

“In Edges Leora Smith skillfully tells the story of a girl of fourteen in the wake of her father’s suicide, brought abruptly by her distraught mother from a comfortable suburban Westchester to the harsh terrain of a young State of Israel. The girl is caught in the maelstrom of political claims between Israel and a West Bank, still part of the Kingdom of Jordan. The turmoil both of the girl and her mother is graphically detailed as they struggle to define themselves in the light of a haunted past and present. The poetry of the girl’s sexual awakening ripples through many pages, softening the fierce realities of the conflict between Arab and Jew. The pages evoke as well the memories of a shared land, and the mother’s childhood growing up in an old Jerusalem before physical barriers separated the city, the religious, cultural, divide between Arab and Jew easier to bridge. The author’s vivid sense of landscape, her gift for identifying with both mother and daughter, Arab and Jew, gives the novel a unique sense of balance and brings the reader, regardless of political conviction into sympathy with this portrait of a vanished Jerusalem.”

–Mark Mirsky, Author, Editor, Fiction

“Edges is an elegantly written, quite moving novel that has a lot to say about love, identity, history and the meaning of nationality. The book is worth reading alone for its superb language, but it is gripping and unforgettable as well in its story telling and evocation of place and emotions. It is a wonderful novel by an author with a quite accomplished voice and style, one well deserving a wide and receptive audience.

–Oscar Hijuelos, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel, “The Mambo King Sings Songs Of Love”

“Edges is an elegant and moving novel. Leora Skolkin-Smith has that rare gift of the writer who can convey the sensibility — the essence of a place and its people — with precision and clarity. A provocative debut.”

–Katharine Weber, book critic, author of Triangle

“Edges” is a novel told with restraint and poetic precision…memorable (for the) the sense of place that Ms. Skolkin-Smith has achieved — the sunny and scary Jerusalem and countryside — and the hope, love, hate and fatalism of the groups, Palestinian and Israeli, living amongst and apart from each other…”

– Robert Whitcomb, “The Providence Journal”

“A feverish, sensual, remarkable book.”

–Meredith Sue Willis

About the Book:

The novel “Edges” is set in a pre-1967 Israel, during the Cold War. Characters are drawn from Israel’s long-forgotten past, members of the 1940′s Haganah and Jewish underground who find themselves displaced amidst the chaotic and complex tensions of an Israel just beginning to modernize and expand.

“Edges” was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award and The PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award by Grace Paley.

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Montreal, Quebec Author Publishes New Book with RoseDog Books

Montreal, Quebec Author Publishes New Book with RoseDog Books


Montreal, Quebec (Vocus/PRWEB) December 29, 2010

Just.Another.Common.Killer, a new book by Chantal Bellehumeur, has been released by RoseDog Books.

Under hypnosis, six-year-old Jack Huntington tells his psychiatrist the dark unsolved tale of Jack the Ripper’s 19th century murders. Such details are given, that Dr. Philips begins to believe that his patient might be the Ripper himself in another life. When the boy fails to give him any information that would reveal the identity of the White Chapel killer, Dr. Philips ridicules himself for having thought the impossible.

Years after killing his sisters in a sleepwalking state, Jack is claimed normal and able to re-enter the real world. He is released from the mental institution to start a new life, but slowly starts to act upon his killer instincts and begins to remember events that happened over one hundred years ago.

Jack is ready for new games!

Chantal Bellehumer was born on June 30th 1981. She lived half of her childhood in Toronto, and the other in Ottawa. At the age of 14, she started taking acting classes to overcome her shyness. She enjoyed it so much that theatre became her favourite hobby. After performing in a couple of amateur stage productions, she joined a youth-run theatre company. Bellehumer moved to Montreal at the age of 19 so that she could study theatre at Concordia University. But, once her son Aidan was born, he became her number one priority. She decided to put her acting career on hold before it really began. However, she still worked as an extra in several movies, television shows and commercials. She completely stopped this part time work once she found a suitable office job.

Bellehumeur wrote in her spare time. She published her first novel Veronica’s Soap Opera Life in 2009 along with its sequel Veronica’s Attempt at Romance. People always expected her to write a thriller, so she began to work on Just.Another.Common.Killer.

Bellehumeur lives in Montreal with her son, whom she loves more than anything in the world!

Just.Another.Common.Killer is a 168-page paperback with a retail price of US retail price of $ 17.00 and Canadian retail price of $ 19.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-9932-0. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information or to request a review copy, please visit our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at


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Three New Books by Adler School Faculty Members Apply Adlerian Psychology Insights to Contemporary Issues

Three New Books by Adler School Faculty Members Apply Adlerian Psychology Insights to Contemporary Issues

(PRWEB) January 24, 2010

The Adler School of Professional Psychology is pleased to announce the newly published works of three faculty members – Shaifali Sandhya, Ph.D., Stephen Kahn, Ph.D., and Thor M. Johansen, Psy.D. – applying the academic and clinical insights of professional psychology to contemporary issues of culture, religion and therapy.

Dr. Shaifali Sandhya’s book, “Love Will Follow: Why the Indian Marriage is Burning,” published October 2009 by Random House India, is a first-of-its-kind clinical and cultural study of the lives of middle class married Indians, living in India and abroad. For the book, which explores the relationships between husbands and wives, Dr. Sandhya conducted 400 interviews with Indian couples about sex, love and marital issues. The book has been well received, and has garnered recognition in India Today Magazine, Air India’s in-flight magazine, and Asian Age Newspaper. Dr. Sandhya, a former Andrew Mellon Fellow at the University of Chicago, also facilitates discussion of her book on a dedicated Facebook group page.

In his book, “Religion and Spirituality in Psychotherapy: An Individual Psychology Perspective,” fifth edition, published December 2009 by Springer Publishing Company, Dr. Thor M. Johansen provides methods and case examples as guidelines for applying Adlerian psychological practices to clients of each of the world’s major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. He offers insight into the traditions, theories, and values of each religion, offering new possibilities for mental health professionals seeking to adapt traditional therapy and counseling to more fully understand and help clients with spiritual and psychological issues.

Dr. Stephen Kahn, director of the Adler School’s Clinical Hypnosis program, advocates for integration of hypnotic techniques with standard medical care in a book he co-authored, “Medical Hypnosis Primer: Clinical and Research Evidence,” published in 2010 by Routledge. The book explains the greatly misunderstood field of medical hypnosis and encourages mental healthcare practitioners to learn how to use hypnosis for a wide range of disorders. Dr. Kahn provides an overview of clinical and research evidence to support use of medical hypnosis in treating stress and anxiety issues.

“Our faculty publishing accomplishments enrich both the education of our students and the depth of our academic curriculum,” said Martha Casazza, Ed.D., vice president of the School’s Academic Affairs “They also help to broaden the relevance of socially responsible psychology as it is practiced locally, nationally and around the globe.”

About the Authors:

    Dr. Sandhya is a core faculty member in the doctoral program of Clinical Psychology at the Adler School, she teaches culture, globalization, and social psychology. Her research interests include topics such as intimate relationships, culture, and leadership. Dr. Sandhya also is the director of CARE Family Consultation, a boutique relational consultancy firm specializing in issues related to fragile marriages and complex family matters in Delhi, India and Chicago.
    Dr. Johansen, an adjunct faculty member at the School, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, providing therapy in outpatient clinical settings, inpatient psychiatric settings, and college counseling centers. He has published several professional articles on misbehavior in children, psychotherapy, hypnosis, and religion.
    Dr. Kahn is a part-time program faculty member and coordinator of the Clinical Hypnosis Program at the School. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as Chair of the Clinical Practices Section at the Illinois Psychological Association.

More about the Adler School of Professional Psychology:

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for over 50 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who practice psychology throughout the world. The Adler School has ten graduate-level programs with approximately 900 students enrolled at the main campus in Chicago and a second campus in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Figure Skating Tips: How To Be A Better Figure Skater: The Seven Mental Toughness Habits Of World Champion Figure Skaters Revealed In Seminar, Books and CD Programs

Figure Skating Tips: How To Be A Better Figure Skater: The Seven Mental Toughness Habits Of World Champion Figure Skaters Revealed In Seminar, Books and CD Programs

River Edge, NJ (PRWEB) May 11, 2011

On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., Jay P. Granat, Ph.D., psychotherapist, author, coach of champions and founder of , will give a 90 minute seminar for figure skaters, parents of figure skaters and coaches of figure skaters at The William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Moorestown, N.J.

Dr. Granat will address many of the key psychological, emotional and mental aspects which challenge skaters who are competing at a high level.

Jackie Palawasta, a former competitive skater raised in Canada, and well known skating coach, invited Dr. Granat to help skaters, parents and coaches to better manage the stressors associated with figure skating competitions and training for top figure skaters.

According to Dr. Granat, who has coached top athletes from every sport around the world and has been featured in many major media outlets, “Figure skaters frequently come to talk to me to better manage the mental part of their sport. Young skaters are sometimes blocked or frightened. Others skate are great in practice, but report choking when the pressure is on. Some are involved in significant conflicts with their parents or coaches. Many have no ability to manage anxiety and they do not know how to ease their minds and their bodies into the zone. When skaters call me, they are stuck in a slump. Their confidence is low and their anxiety is high.”

This ninety minute seminar will outline strategies and techniques on performing one’s best on the ice.

“Figure skaters have lots of pressure. One mistake in a competition can cause them to lose. The judging is often impacted by politics and some of the moves skaters have t make can be scary and dangerous.

In addition, skaters need to be entertainers and performers as well as athletes. They have to connect with the audience and the judges as they execute very difficult routines. Figure skating takes a special kind of mental toughness,” notes Granat.

Young skaters and parents of skaters under age twelve can learn how to be calm, focused and confident by using Dr. Granat’s Bedtime Stories For Young Athletes Program and the free book How To Get Into The Zone In Just One Minute.

To reserve your spot at the seminar, call 973-326-7651. People who can not make the seminar might enjoy Dr. Granat’s CD program, How To Get Into The Zone And Stay In The Zone With Sport Psychology And Self-Hypnosis.

Hockey skaters and speed skaters who are competing at a high level are also encouraged to attend this seminar by Ms. Palawasta. They can benefit from learning how to manage and anxiety and perform their best when the pressure is on.

To reach Dr. Granat for a personal consultation in phone, in person or by Skype or to have him speak at your skating club or rink call 888 580-ZONE or write him at info(at)stayinthezone(dot)com.


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