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CRAZY-STRESSED Now Available on NetGalley

PrintThe teen years have been rife with struggles since time immemorial–but for adults who didn’t grow up with cyberbullying, today’s academic demands, and all of the crazy contemporary issues that fall on the shoulders of those who are just learning how to handle life, today’s teens’ stresses are almost unimaginable. How can parents truly help? CRAZY-STRESSED: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience (AMACOM April 2017) offers parents a wealth of the resiliency-boosting strategies teens need. The book combines adolescent neurology with a practical action plan for parents to improve communication, cope with conflict, and strength all of the key components of resilience. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in parenting are invited to request Crazy-Stressed for review.

A little resilience goes a long way….

Peel back the cheerful façade that parents present, and you’ll find that many are worried about their teens.

Mood swings, impulsiveness, poor judgment, and other problems peak in these years. Add stressors such as screen addiction, cyberbullying, increasing academic demands, and time-consuming athletic commitments . . . and it’s no surprise that today’s teenagers rank as the most anxious in 50 years.

Parents long to help, but how? Based on a career counseling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks.

Packed with insights from neuroscience and psychology, real-life case studies, and a dose of humor, Crazy-Stressed sheds light on the teen brain and offers a wealth of resiliency-boosting strategies. In it, Dr. Bradley reveals:

What kids these days are really going through • Ways to strengthen the seven skills every teen needs to survive and thrive • What-to-do-when suggestions for common behavior, school, and social issues • Tactics for coping with conflict, teaching consequences, improving communication, staying connected, and more

It’s not easy being a teen—and it’s certainly not easy parenting one. Always frank and often funny, Crazy-Stressed will become your go-to guide . . . and your kids may even thank you for it.

MICHAEL J. BRADLEY, Ph.D., is a psychologist, a leading expert on adolescent behavior, and is certified by the American College of Professional Psychology in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. The author of the bestselling Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy, he has been featured in the national media, including CNN, Fox News, NPR, Today, Good Morning America, The New York Times, USA Today, and Rolling Stone.

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TIME TO TALK Now Available on NetGalley

timetotalk Parents want to be there for their children–and when you know how your children communicate, you can help them talk more, listen better, interact with friends and teachers, move on to the written word, and know when challenges are on the horizon. TIME TO TALK: What You Need to Know About Your Child’s Speech and Language Development (AMACOM March 2017) is a parent’s complete and trustworthy guide to speech and language development. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in parenting and speech-language development are invited to request Time to Talk for review.

Is your child on track?

Wondering when to expect baby’s first word? Want to get your toddler talking? Worried your child is not speaking as clearly as his peers?

When it comes to language acquisition, all parents have questions…and Time to Talk has the answers. Written by an experienced speech-language pathologist and mom, this practical and proactive guide will help you:

Understand the building blocks of speech and language • Monitor progress against expected milestones • Enhance your child’s communication skills • Spot signs of potential problems with hearing, speech, or language development • Address common concerns, such as articulation, late talking, stuttering, dyslexia, and more • Get the best results from speech and language therapy • Foster literacy • Raise bilingual children successfully • And more

From baby’s first babbling to reading readiness, this speech-language booster and troubleshooter covers it all.

MICHELLE MACROY-HIGGINS, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has worked as a speech-language pathologist for more than 15 years, focusing on the treatment of infants, toddlers, and young children. An associate professor in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Program at Hunter College, Michelle has a M.S. in Communication Disorders and a Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. She is the mother of two girls. CARLYN KOLKER is a freelance writer, former reporter for Bloomberg News and Reuters, and the mother of two boys.

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TRUST FACTOR Now Available on NetGalley

Cover art for Trust Factor by Paul J. ZakA trailblazing brain scientist, Paul J. Zak was the first to discover the connection between being trusted and the release of the feel-good neurochemical oxytocin, which then triggers the brain to reciprocate trust by being trustworthy. In TRUST FACTOR: The Science of Creating High-Performing Companies (AMACOM January 2017), Zak makes a clear, concrete, and compelling business case for building a culture of trust. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in business are invited to request Trust Factor for review.

For decades, alarms have sounded about declining engagement. Yet companies continue to struggle with toxic cultures, and the low productivity and unhappiness that go with them.

Why is “culture” so difficult to improve? What makes so many good employees check out? Neuroscientist Paul Zak shows that innate brain functions hold the answers. It all boils down to trust.

When someone shows you trust, a feel-good jolt of oxytocin surges through your brain and triggers you to reciprocate. This simple mechanism creates a perpetual trust-building cycle—the key to changing stubborn workplace patterns. Drawing on his original research, Zak teases out science-backed insights for building high-trust organizations. Trust Factor opens a window on how brain chemicals affect behavior, why trust gets squashed, and ways to consciously stimulate it by celebrating effort, sharing information, promoting ownership, and more. The Ofactor™ survey, data, and examples support the action plans.

Engagement programs and monetary rewards are Band-Aids on broken bones. To get to the root of the problem, you’ve got to go deeper. Packed with examples from The Container Store, Zappos, and Herman Miller, Trust Factor harnesses our neurochemistry to effectively cultivate work places where trust, joy, and commitment compound naturally.

PAUL J. ZAK, Ph.D. is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology, and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He was part of the team of scientists that first made the connection between oxytocin and trust—and his TED talk on the topic has received over a million views. He has appeared on CNN, Fox Business, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, and is the author of The Moral Molecule.

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FEARLESS AND FREE Now Available on NetGalley

Cover art for Fearless and Free by Wendy SachsSo many women feel–no, know–that they need to make a change in their careers, but, for better or for worse, prioritize safety.  Wendy Sachs, author of FEARLESS AND FREE: How Smart Women Pivot–and Relaunch Their Careers (AMACOM February 2017), is a master of the career pivot (she’s been an Emmy-award-winning TV news producer, a Capitol Hill press secretary, public relations executive, media and content strategist, CNN contributor, and editor-in-chief of Care.com) and has interviewed a wide range of women who reinvented themselves. Now she shares the tactics that make the big moves manageable. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in careers are invited to request Fearless and Free for review.

We are in the midst of a wild job market. Technology has disrupted nearly every industry, blowing up many careers, but creating millions more. Many women feel forced to pivot to stay relevant, while others choose to pivot to keep engaged. Or we may be struggling to get back into the workforce after taking time off to raise kids.

We hear words like hustle and grit and are told we need to think strategically, cultivate our own brands, and sell ourselves. But how do we do that? How do we pivot or radically relaunch our careers? How do we become unapologetically bold and badass—the boss of our own future?

Getting ahead today requires the action-first, fake-it-’til-you-make-it ethos celebrated in the tech world. It’s the tech industry that’s redefined our culture, and perhaps not surprisingly, it’s those Silicon Valley lessons that can help all women in all stages of their careers succeed.

This mindset is not typically a female one. Women tend to be cautious. We overthink our next moves. We might be safer . . . but we’re also stuck. What if women embraced the startup spirit? What if we had the confidence to take chances, even if we knew we may fail first? What if instead of agonizing over which step to take, we leapt forward quickly? Fearless and Free empowers women, showing us how to lean into our strengths, increase our confidence, and follow successful lessons from Silicon Valley that can help us pivot in any career—and unlock a world of possibilities.

Author Wendy Sachs talked to a wide range of women who faced down fears, roadblocks, and failures to reinvent themselves. The book weaves their insights and experiences together with current research and actionable advice. You’ll learn how to:

Capitalize on your skills and expand them • Grow comfortable with being uncomfortable • Boost your confidence • Sell your story • Engineer serendipity • Nurture your network • Shake off setbacks • Brand yourself—without bragging • Build momentum • Compete with digital natives • Reposition yourself if you’re reentering the workforce • And more

Whether you want out of a shrinking industry or into a business of your own creation, Fearless and Free helps you dream big—and act now.

WENDY SACHS is a master of the career pivot. An Emmy-award winning TV news producer, Wendy has worked at Dateline, NBC, Fox, and CNN. She was also a Capitol Hill press secretary, public relations executive, media and content strategist, CNN contributor, and editor-in-chief of Care.com. A frequent speaker, she has also written about work/life and women’s issues for multiple publications, and appeared on dozens of radio and TV shows, including Good Morning America, Today, and CNN’s Headline News. Wendy lives with her husband and two children in South Orange, New Jersey.

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PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF, Second Edition Now Available on NetGalley

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It can be hard to grapple with life’s big questions without the answers that religion seems to provide–but it gets much harder once children are involved. Those on the journey of secular parenting will find support and empowerment in PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion, Second Edition (AMACOM December 2016), a book of many perspectives edited by Dale McGowan. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in parenting and secular ethics are invited to request Parenting Beyond Belief for review.

Why am I here? What happens after we die? These are some of the hardest questions a child can ask—and even harder for parents to answer, especially if you’ve chosen to raise your child without religion.

Gathering the perspectives of educators and psychologists, as well as wisdom from everyday parents, Parenting Beyond Belief offers insights and advice on a wide range of topics including:

Instilling values • Finding meaning and purpose • Navigating holidays • Coping with loss • Finding community without religion…and more

The second edition of this secular parenting bestseller brings back reflections from such celebrated freethinkers as Richard Dawkins and Julia Sweeney, and adds new voices including journalist Wendy Thomas Russell, essayist Katherine Ozment, sociologist Phil Zuckerman, and many others.

Wise, entertaining, and deeply supportive, the book will empower parents in their quest to raise ethical, compassionate, and open-minded children—without religion.

DALE MCGOWAN was named Harvard Humanist of the Year and is the founder of the nonprofit Foundation Beyond Belief. He is the author of Raising Freethinkers and In Faith and in Doubt.

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