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They say a dog is a man’s best friend. We certainly treat them like it: we take our dogs to the best vets, to doggy daycare, and to holistic specialists when they are ill. We buy coats and Halloween costumes, and we set them up with their own blogs, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. But do our dogs—and other animals—feel the same way about us? And what exactly does a dog—or a bat or a dolphin for that matter—think and feel in general?

Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University and author of the New York Times bestselling book How Dogs Love Us, pondered these very questions. After viewing photographs of the capture of Osama bin Laden in which dogs were jumping from helicopters under chaotic conditions, Berns had a thought. If a dog could be trained to jump out of a helicopter, why couldn’t a dog be trained to enter an MRI machine? And if that was possible, what if one could compare the functioning of human and dog brains? Berns would be the perfect person to unwrap these mysteries of the animal mind—early in his career he pioneered the use of brain imaging technologies to understand human motivation and decision-making. Could this be a step towards figuring out how dogs think? Berns and his team endeavored to find out.

The results of this experiment is found in Gregory Berns’ groundbreaking new book WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience (Basic Books; September 5, 2017). Berns’ exploration of the inner minds of dogs, as well as other creatures, heralds a new world, one in which complex intelligence is all around us. As Berns explains, understanding how animals think will revolutionize the way we communicate with them and how we treat them.

 

“An impressive overview of modern neurology and the still-unanswered issues raised by our treatment of our fellow living creatures.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Groundbreaking research that shows that dog emotions are similar to people.  Training dogs to voluntarily lie still in the MRI brain scanner was a brilliant way to explore the workings of their brains.  Dog lovers and neuroscientists should both read this important book.”

—Temple Grandin, Author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human

“Gregory Berns is a remarkable scientist, whose pioneering MRI studies of the brain across a range of species have opened up a pathway to deeper understanding of animals’ internal awareness and perspectives.  He’s also an exceptional thinker, whose grasp of the ethical and practical significance of his findings for the status and treatment of animals is pervasive in this absorbing work.”

—Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

Do our dogs love us? Do they really get *that* excited when we come home? Do they like the toys we have bought for them? Do they have the same undying love and affection for us that we have for them? How would we even know if they do? These questions swirled around neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns’ mind when his beloved pug, Newton, passed away. He began to wonder if Newton had loved him as much as he had loved him—or if all the affection and tail-wagging just an evolutionary response to gain more treats.

Determined to seek out the answer to these questions, Berns and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner—completely awake—so he could figure out what they think and feel. What they found was astonishing—dogs, like people, are individuals. They have varying abilities for self-control, how they understand language, and even whether food or companionship is more important. And all of these traits are being revealed in the brains of these MRI-dogs.

The deeper Berns dug into the dog brain, the more obsessed he became with learning about other animals. What if a dog could tell us exactly how she felt? And what would a pig say about a slaughterhouse? What did a whale think about all the noise flooding the ocean from ships and submarines? The result of these investigations would not only enrich our understanding of the inner world of animals—it would inevitably force us to rethink how we treat them.

Now, after five years of research, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience (Basic Books, September 5, 2017) lays out what Berns and his team learned. Organized in the order in which Berns and his team endeavored to look at various species, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG shows us that each animal analysis conducted has a connecting aspect: the structures in the brains of animals are organized in the same way as corresponding parts of our own brains. And not only did these parts look the same, but they functioned in the same way—from dogs and cats to dolphins, sea lions, and even the extinct Tasmanian tiger.

With empathy and humor, Gregory Bernsshows us how animal brains are similar to humans and that we can understand what it is like to be a dog, or a dolphin. His results prove that animals have many experiences and feelings in common with humans. This leads to a startling reconsideration of the rights of animals and the relationships we have with them.

As Berns explains, “All neuroscience is comparative at some level, but few neuroscientists dig deep and ask why the brains of animals look the way they do and how that relates to their mental experiences. These are hard questions. They get at the heart of what makes us human, and they raise troubling issues about the possibility that we may not be that different from many of the creatures with whom we share the planet.”

Many of the world’s species are disappearing at an alarming rate, with the WWF estimates that two-thirds of many species populations may be gone by 2020. In WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG, Berns hopes to raise awareness of the mental lives of the animals with whom we share the planet—and in doing so, provide a new manifesto for animal liberation of the 21st century.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gregory Berns is a distinguished professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University, where he directs the Center for Neuropolicy and Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller How Dogs Love Us. He lives in Atlanta. Follow him at @gberns

ABOUT THE BOOK:

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

Published by Basic Books

Publication date: September 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-465-09624-4 · $28.00 / $36.50 CAN · Hardcover · 320 pages

E-book ISBN: 978-0-465-09625-1

Advance Praise for

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

(Basic Books; September 5, 2017)

“The author explains that his purpose in writing this book is ‘to raise awareness of the mental lives of the animals with whom we share the planet.’ In that, he succeeds. An impressive overview of modern neurology and the still-unanswered issues raised by our treatment of our fellow living creatures.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“It’s the rare neuroscientist who has the patience and curiosity to train dogs to hop into an MRI machine, tails wagging. Or delve into the mysteries of the dolphin brain. Or venture to the far side of the globe to find the brain of an extinct, yet still fascinating species: the thylacine. Thankfully, Gregory Berns did all of these things. In this big-hearted book, he applies cutting-edge science to questions that have never been so timely: How do other animals perceive their worlds? How do they experience emotions? How does their language work? What It’s Like to Be a Dog is a delightful, illuminating look at the minds and lives of our fellow creatures.”—Susan Casey, author of Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins

“Have you ever wanted to peek inside the mind of a dog? Gregory Berns’ brain scanner does precisely that. But this book also contains many remarkable insights into the inner lives of other animals. Dolphins, sea lions, raccoons, Tasmanian devils – even the long-extinct Tasmanian tiger – they’re all here. A fascinating journey towards an understanding of what dogs – and their mammalian cousins – might be thinking about us.” —John Bradshaw, author of the New York Times bestsellers Dog Sense and Cat Sense and the forthcoming The Animals Among Us

“Berns has done it again; woven a compelling story with a scientific revolution. From building an MRI simulator in his living room to tracking down one of the four remaining brains of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, Berns takes us on an incredible journey of exploration and discovery. Marvelously written and intellectually engaging, What It’s Like to Be a Dog will establish Berns as one of the most skilled neuroscientists of our day, as well someone with the intuition that understanding other animals will lead to greater insight and knowledge about ourselves.” —Dr. Brian Hare, New York Times Bestselling author of The Genius of Dogs

“Dr. Gregory Berns’ new book is a fascinating read. Packed with personal stories, What It’s Like to Be a Dog clearly lays out just who these amazing beings are, from the inside out. We can now learn what each individual animal wants and needs to have the best life possible in a human-centered world, and what we must do to make sure they do.”—Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age and Canine Confidential: An Insider's Guide to the Best Lives for Dogs and Us

“We know a lot about the intelligence of animals and nearly nothing about their brains. Greg Berns is changing all of this by means of noninvasive techniques that respect the animals. He is boldly going where no one has gone before, offering a lively, eye-opening peek into his neuroscience kitchen.”—Frans de Waal, author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels Featured on Title Track

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 16, 2017) – Scooter Brown Band announced that they will release their first-ever nationally distributed album, American Son. The project will is being released by Red River / BFD  / Sony Orchard on Friday, September 8 and is now available for presale at www.scooterbrownband.com.

“This album sets the tone for what fans can expect from us on the road and on their radios. True country and southern rock music, what we were born and raised on,” said lead singer Scooter Brown.

The title track, “American Son,” features none other than one of America’s truest sons, Charlie Daniels, a southern rock and country icon that Scooter Brown has looked up to his entire life and sought advice from often in recent years. The Country Music Hall of Famer contributes his gritty southern drawl to the track like only he can, driving it home as one of the most anticipated songs on the album.  Nashville Country Club debuted the track earlier this week calling it “a gritty unapologetic track that has a rockin’ musical arrangement for the band’s Southern Rock appeal.” Fans can listen to the single on Spotify and Apple Music and purchase it on iTunes or Amazon.

The southern-rock revivalists, as they’ve become known, have been on the road for the past few years playing for fans around the country with 100 plus shows both headlining and opening for iconic acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, the Marshall Tucker Band and many more. Scooter Brown Band is managed by David Corlew and booked by APA Nashville.

American Son Track Listing:
1. American Son feat. Charlie Daniels
2. This Town
3. Won’t Back Down
4. Never Met a Heart I Wouldn’t Break
5. Pistols and Pearls
6. Broken Arrow
7. Georgia
8. Story of My Life
9. Guitars, Gun and Whiskey
10. Time is Money
11. Rise Up
12. New York City King Size Rosewood Bed
13. Huntsville

About Scooter Brown Band
After 4 years and 3 months, 2 tours overseas with 1 tour of combat in Iraq as a United States Marine, Scooter Brown traded his guns in for guitars and hit the road. Scooter Brown Band was formed and began playing mainly in and around Houston, Texas. Along with their growing notoriety came their first radio single “Apology.” Other regional radio releases were soon to follow and include “Whiskey Talkin”, “Soldiers Christmas Eve”, “Feels Like Home,”, and “Summer Song”. The band has released a number of independent albums, strengthening their chops in the studio, however they truly shine in their live show. SBB has toured the country and opened for some of their biggest influences including  Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt and the Marshall Tucker Band, just to name a few. For the last year the band has been building a new era in their career and are gearing up for the release of their newest project this Fall — defining modern southern rock.

For more information, please visit scooterbrownband.com. To keep up with the Scooter Brown Band on social media, follow them at @scooterbrownbnd on Twitter & Instagram and on Facebook.
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KATE MARA STARS IN THE INSPIRATIONAL FILM BASED ON A TRUE STORY
 
MEGAN LEAVEY
 
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD AUGUST 22, 2017
AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
 
Universal City, California, July 13, 2017 - Follow the devotion and partnership in the remarkable film, Megan Leavey, coming to Digital HD on August 22, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on September 5, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Kate Mara ("House of Cards," The Martian) shines in her role as a military officer, beautifully capturing the unbreakable bond between two soldiers and their fight for survival. The film also includes outstanding performances from Common (Selma, John Wick: Chapter 2), Tom Felton (Harry Potter franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Edie Falco ("The Sopranos," "Nurse Jackie") and Bradley Whitford (Get Out, "The West Wing"). Megan Leavey on Blu-rayTM and DVD and Digital delivers a powerful and moving portrayal of the powerful bond between human and dog.
 
Megan Leavey is based on the life of a young Marine Corporal (Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.
 
BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL HD BONUS FEATURES:
  • Never Give Up: An inside look at how Megan Leavey learned to trust Rex.  
 
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FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Sam Keeley, Common, Edie Falco
Directed By: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Written By: Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt
Produced By: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Jennifer Monroe
Executive Produced By: Robert Huberman, Scott Holroyd, Josè Luis Escolar, Nicole Stojkovich
Director of Photography: Lorenzo Senatore
Production Designer: Ed Verreaux
Edited By: Peter McNulty
Music By: Mark Isham
Music Supervised By: Julianne Jordan
Costumes By:  David Tabbert
Casting By: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: September 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 57187474
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Rated PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material and thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour and 56 minutes        
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: September 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 57187470
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Rated PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour and 56 minutes
 
About Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street (bleeckerstreetmedia.com) is an independently financed U.S. film distribution company founded in 2014 by Andrew Karpen. The company's recent releases include MEGAN LEAVEY starring Kate Mara, Academy Award nominated, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, Gavin Hood's hit thriller, EYE IN THE SKY, the Academy Award nominated TRUMBO, the Blythe Danner starrer I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, and the Golden Globe nominated DANNY COLLINS with Al Pacino and James Gray's THE LOST CITY OF Z. Upcoming films include Steven Soderbergh's LOGAN LUCKY, BREATHE directed by Andy Serkis, and THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS with Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer.
 
About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE- www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – WorthyKids/Ideals is pleased to announce the September release of Maverick and Me, the first picture book from bestselling author and animal activist Katherine Schwarzenegger. Based upon the life of Schwarzenegger’s own rescue dog, the book tells the story of Maverick, a lovable, abandoned puppy, and Scarlett, the big-hearted girl who gives Maverick a forever home.

While fostering rescue dogs, Schwarzenegger cared for Maverick, a small puppy who had been found under a highway overpass. Schwarzenegger nursed Maverick through a serious illness and decided to adopt the brave puppy who had stolen her heart. Maverick and Me (September 5, 2017; ISBN 9780824956875) stems from Schwarzenegger’s passion for homeless dogs and the animal shelters and rescues that support them.

“It's an honor to work with Katherine, who has such an important message to share with children,” says Peggy Schaefer, Vice President & Associate Publisher, WorthyKids/Ideals. “I’m thrilled that she’s chosen Worthy to partner with her on this project.”

In Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind stranger after being found on the side of the road. Young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event and adopts the overlooked dog with the mottled coat. Heartfelt and moving, Maverick and Me shows children the importance of pet rescue and empowers them to advocate for animals in need. Parents and kids alike will cherish Maverick’s story of love, friendship, and second chances.

“Adopting a puppy or dog is an incredible opportunity that kids don’t know much about,” says author Katherine Schwarzenegger, an ASPCA Ambassador. “This book celebrates adoption and introduces the concept to kids so that when they get their first dog, they choose to adopt and not shop.”

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Author/Illustrator: Katherine Schwarzenegger/Phyllis Harris

ISBN: 9780824956875

Price: $16.99

Format: Jacketed Hardcover

Page Count: 32

Ages: 4-7

Katherine Schwarzenegger is a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist, and animal activist. Katherine and the real Maverick live in California, where Katherine blogs about their adventures. Together, Maverick and Katherine spread a message of hope, defying all odds, and the joys of finding forever friends through pet rescue.

Phyllis Harris is a passionate supporter of pet adoption and has adopted two dogs, Brandy and Cassie, over the years. She has been illustrating children’s books since 2001, including On Christmas Day by Margaret Wise Brown and My Mama & Me by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband.

Worthy Publishing Group (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held, independent voice in inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Worthy has four imprints: Worthy Books publishes a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, pop culture, biography, fiction, spiritual growth, and specialized Bibles; WorthyKids/Ideals creates colorful, interactive children’s books, including VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears, for ages 2 to 8; Ellie Claire produces beautifully crafted journals, gifts and paper expressions; and Worthy Inspired publishes inspirational felt-need, personal growth, and devotional books.

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Local author publishes heartwarming story of rescue cats and gains international attention.

ENFIELD, CT, Feb. 2, 2017 – Local author and long-time Connecticut resident, Shawn Flynn, is pleased to announce the release of, “THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him,” currently available from Amazon.com and everywhere books are sold. A touching and inspiring story of heartfelt companionship, THE KITTY offers an uplifting perspective on what it means to find true friendship in this world.

“I’ve had this story in my head for years about the love affair I have with my cats and decided to take some time to document my thoughts,” commented Mr. Flynn. “Before I knew it, I had a book. People who I shared my initial manuscript with were touched, and they encouraged me to see if I could get it published.”

What people are saying about THE KITTY:

“This book would be great for families and to read to your kids… I promise this book is a perfect cat lover best read!!” -Katzenworld, United Kingdom

"Heartwarming story of the love and healing power that rescue cats can bring into our lives and homes. Even if you are not currently a cat-lover, you'll become one after reading this story. ENJOY!" -Kathy McAfee, author of Stop Global Boring

"A very touching, nice story to read. Animal children love you unconditionally and make your world brighter." -Tamara Taylor

"This would be the perfect book for any cat lover on your shopping list. A funny, sweet and endearing true tale of a single man and his cats. Shawn Flynn captures the true essence of the profound impact our pets can have on our happiness and sense of stability." -John McLeod

After 25 years working in a market research career, Mr. Flynn decided to step away to pursue his passion for writing. He knew he wanted to explore his deep connection with cats, particularly the first cat he ever rescued.

More information can be found at Amazon, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Check out Mr. Flynn’s interview with Hartford book reviewer, John Valeri.

All are invited to attend the upcoming author events with Mr. Flynn:

Book Club Bookstore, 100 Main Street, Broad Brook, CT, Saturday, February 11, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sharing the Light Wholistic Center, 395 West Avon Road, Avon, CT, Friday, February 17, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Blue Umbrella Books, 2 Main Street, Westfield, MA, Saturday, March 11, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Talkin’ Pets On-Air RADIO INTERVIEW

6:30 PM ET, Saturday, August 19, 2017

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ABOUT TAMILEE’s PETS:

Izzie “Izzabella Cinderella (Shih Tzu):

approximately 10 years old, 3 years old when I adopted her from Holly’s Garden Rescue http://www.hollysgarden.com/index.html. Izzie was picked up on the streets of San Bernardino CA, she was matted and her front right leg was mangled.  She was taken to a high kill shelter where she was then rescued by Susan of Holly’s Garden, after no one claimed her in 10 days.  She needed her leg amputated and to be spayed.  I had lost a dog to a coyote a month before and my second dog (Pug/Boston mix) was blind and depended on her.   After consulting with experts, I was advised to get another dog (not a puppy) that my blind dog would like.  That is when I went on Pet Finders and saw Izzie with big beautiful eyes.  My blinded dog loved her immediately which made it easy.  I had no idea that she was missing a leg when I saw her, not that it matter.  Three months afterwards, my blind dog passed or kidney failure and then it was just the two of us.  She went everywhere with me and enjoyed traveling and meeting people.  She just wanted love and food, lots of food.  This past March, Izzie got an ulcer in her left eye and it had to be removed.  She now is a 3 legged 1 eye dog that is so happy.

Bruno Mars (Boston Terrier):

Born Oct 7, 2013.  Came to us before Christmas in 2013.  After four years of just me and Izzie, it was time to enhance our family dynamics with a funny breed and that is Boston Terriers.  He Keeps us laughing, always full of energy, sometimes too much and loves his sister. He enjoyed attending Agility course at six months to direct his energy. Today he attends Camp 4 dogs once a week to keep him socialized with other dogs.  He is a gentle spirit with lots of energy and ready to play at all times.

KittyGaga: Rescued, short hair born sometime in Oct of 2014

This little kitten was at one of our local shelters which I adopted for my Mother as a Christmas gift (yes she wanted a kitten).  However, the kitten had to live with us for three weeks before Christmas.  During this time, BrunoMars and her became best of friends and played together, slept together and I didn’t have the heart to separate them, so we kept her, named her KittyGaGa since we had been calling her ‘kitty’ and adopted another kitten a week before Christmas for my Mom.

Izzie At Shelter

Tamilee Izzie, Bruno & KittyGaga

 

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“A timely tale of science and suspense.”*

AMERICAN ECLIPSE

A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

David Baron

“Baron skillfully builds tension, giving readers a vivid sense of the excitement, hard work, and high stakes in play. With the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years set to occur in late August 2017, this engrossing story makes an entertaining and informative teaser.”

éPublishers Weekly (starred review)*

 “Baron brilliantly presents these three pioneers, their ambitions, and their struggles. As America again prepares to experience solar totality, Baron transports us to a remarkable moment that brought a nation together to witness the wonders of the heavens.”

éBooklist (starred review)

“Captivating....As Baron capably and enthusiastically shows, the solar eclipse of 1878 proved to be an important moment in the emergence of American science.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Throughout, the book depicts the United States as a young country striving to achieve parity with Europe on the intellectual stage…Baron tells a compelling tale.”

Library Journal

To understand eclipse chasers, it helps to be one. In AMERICAN ECLIPSE, David Baron—umbraphile[1] extraordinaire and an acclaimed science writer—travels back in time to profile three outsized personalities hell-bent on making their names at the dawn of American astronomy. The result is a gripping and entertaining account of the frontiers of science set on the literal frontier, and it comes just in time for the first total solar eclipse to traverse the entire continental U.S. in 99 years.

While we await that momentous event (on August 21; an experience that will awe tens of millions of Americans), David Baron gives us the gripping tale of a solar eclipse 140 years ago that inspired the country like never before. On a July afternoon in 1878, at the start of the Gilded Age and the height of the Wild West, the moon’s shadow descended on the American frontier, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. This eclipse, which had been predicted by astronomers, lured many of the era’s great scientists to the West in an era of train robberies and Indian hostilities.

Among them were a young Thomas Edison, who hoped to leverage the eclipse to burnish his scientific credentials; the vainglorious James Craig Watson, who sought professional bragging rights for new planets and asteroids; and Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who aimed to use the event to show what women could do in science. An untold tale of ambition, failure, and eventual triumph, the book brings to life the intellectual and technological flowering of late-nineteenth-century America, a period that laid the foundation for the country’s eventual rise to scientific greatness.

AMERICAN ECLIPSE is the perfect antidote for a cynical and divided nation; proof of how we can still marvel at a natural spectacle that elevates us beyond our workaday lives, and how Americans can rally around a moment—and will, this August 21—to ponder our collective place in the cosmos.

AUTHOR TOUR: New York (June 2-3); Washington DC (June 4-6); Boston (June 8-10); New Jersey (June 11-12); Atlanta (June 13-14); Philadelphia (June 15); St. Louis (June 16-17); Kansas City (June 20); Boulder (June 29); Denver (July 12 and 24); Colorado Springs (July 13); Portland, OR (July 18); Seattle (July 19)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Baron, an award-winning journalist, is a former science correspondent for NPR and former science editor for the public radio program The World. An incurable umbraphile whose passion for chasing eclipses began in 1998, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Author website at www.american-eclipse.com.

TITLE: AMERICAN ECLIPSE: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

AUTHOR: David Baron

PUBLICATION DATE: June 6, 2017

PAGES: 352              PRICE: $27.95          ISBN: 978-1-63149-016-3

 

  
 

             

Cats Take To The Catwalk As The Algonquin Hotel

Hosts Cat Fashion Show And Fundraiser On August 3rd 

**Annual Event Celebrates Resident Cat, Matilda III, And Aims To Raise

$10,000 For Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals**

NEW YORK, NY (July 12, 2017) — It's not quite New York Fashion Week, but eight felines will be strutting their stuff in one-of-a-kind outfits designed by certified animal fashion designer Ada Nieves in celebration of The Algonquin Hotel's most famous resident, Matilda III, The Algonquin Cat.

The Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 3rd from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. This year's theme is a tribute to TONY award-winning musicals and highlights will include:

  • Cocktails, Hors D'Oeuvres, and Desserts
  • Cat Fashion Show
  • Silent Auction featuring a variety of items including Pet Tree Houses, Sleepy Pod, one-year supply of Merrick Cat Good, a pair of tickets to CATS the Musical featuring a backstage "meet and greet"
  • On-site mobile adoption unit will also be in front of the hotel that day from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for $60 per person which include the reception and fashion show. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. For additional information, to purchase tickets, or to bid on Silent Auction items, visit https://www.501auctions.com/algonquincelebration.

Guests are encouraged to wear their best feline-inspired outfit and share photos from the event on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.

ABOUT THE ALGONQUIN CAT

For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's, and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 11 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes seven Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Matilda began her residence in December of 2010. Today, Matilda is looked after by the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks her special meals on holidays. She receives fan mail and gifts constantly, from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia.  Matilda can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  She can also be reached via e-mail.

The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York 10036. www.algonquinhotel.com.

 

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NOW IN TRADE PAPERBACK!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG
• Maple Smoked Rice Paper Bacon (NEW!)
• Alfredo Sauce (NEW!)
• Cashew Dill Cheese
• Nutty Chocolate Ice Cream Bars
• Esther-Approved Cherry Cheesecake
• A Conversation With Steve & Derek (NEW!)
Grand Central Publishing is proud to present the New York Times Bestseller, ESTHER THE WONDER
PIG: Changing the World One Heart at a Time by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, with Caprice
Crane in trade paperback on May 30, 2017 — with two new Esther-Approved recipes and a Conversation
with Steve and Derek!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG shares the heartwarming story of this titular social media superstar and
friend to all, and of how loving families really do come in all shapes and sizes. Esther has won the hearts
of people from many walks of life, amassing—with her parents’ love and support—over 1 million followers
across social media (and growing!) She is now declared a Global Influencer on Facebook in a special
partnership with the mega platform.
In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet.
Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little animal,
thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know how that decision would change his and Derek’s
lives forever. It turned out that there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually
signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Tiny Esther weighed just four pounds back then, but is now
a whopping 650 pounds. Esther quickly outgrew their small home—but not without some real growing
pains and a lot of messes. Esther voices her opinions, and boy does she have opinions!
When it became clear that Esther needed more space—and a lot of it—Steve and Derek made another
life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where
they could care for Esther once she was full-grown and for other animals like her, in need of a safe haven
when there usually is none for them. The couple continues to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and
abused farm animals there. Esther shares her life on the farm with lovable pigs, cows, birds, goats, donkeys,
horses, sheep, rabbits, and other canine and feline siblings!
Funny, heartwarming, and truly charming, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG follows Steve and Derek’s adventure
from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals. Esther is a true phenomenon with
an inspiring, love-filled message for the world.
Peace, Love & Esther!
 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
In just three short years, Steve and Derek have cemented a place for themselves among the world’s
most wellknown and successful animal activists, accumulating hundreds of thousands of followers from
all over the globe. In 2014, Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville,
Ontario, where they continue to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused farmed animals.
Caprice Crane is an award-winning, internationally bestselling, five-time novelist, screenwriter, and
television writer. Caprice’s humor and satirical observations have earned her a wildly loyal social media
following and the distinction as one of the Huffington Post’s “50 Funny People You Should Be Following
on Twitter.”
“First, Jenkins and Walter opened their hearts to one very special pig, and now they are opening their
doors and letting us in, too. ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a tender, funny story that manages to sneak
up behind you when you’re least expecting it and change your life. Be prepared to fall in love—with a pig.”
—Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir and co-host of Our Hen House
“Told with self-effacing humor and a sense of wonder at what life can bring, ESTHER is the story of
the transformative power of love between people and animals and how the decision to try to make a difference
on a personal level can effect positive change far beyond anything that might have been imagined.”
—Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
“Steve and Derek show us what we already know at Mercy for Animals-that farmed animals are just as
deserving of love and respect as the dogs and cats we share our home with-or, in their case, the pig they
share their home with.”
—Nathan Runkle, founder & president, Mercy for Animals
“An inspirational, enjoyable read, especially for animal lovers.”
—Booklist
“Written in a sincere, touching, and often quite funny voice, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a balm to
the soul . . . So far, definitely my favorite read of 2016.”
—Have Cake, Will Travel
“Funny, entertaining, enlightening, and touching, this book about an unknowingly influential little piggy is
a good read that also provides an education on the intelligence of pigs and their capacity for giving and
receiving affection.”―
—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
 

Neutricks and Neutricks for Cats are an exciting new approach to healthy brain aging for the senior pet wellness market.

Based on the success of the protein “apoaequorin” (originally discovered in jellyfish) in canine trials, Neutricks developed two new supplements to support your pet’s cognitive health with a unique approach for both dogs and cats. Neutricks for Dogs has been formulated as a tasty chewable tablet that dogs love. Neutricks for Cats is available in a great tasting fish flavored sprinkle.

About Neutricks

Neutricks is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel supplements to provide support during age-related changes in memory, cognitive performance and related issues of aging pets. The Company’s first product, Neutricks brand dietary supplement (apoaequorin), is now available for sale by veterinarians. Neutricks is backed by research that shows it helps support brain cell health.

Just like people, animals can experience mild memory problems associated with aging. A pet that seems strangely distant, confused, or disoriented, may be a candidate. More than 28 million pets (dogs and cats) in the U.S. have canine mild memory issues. Independent research and veterinarian testimonials have reported that Neutricks® has positive benefits on animals with mild memory issues. As veterinary care increases the life span of our pets, the senior pet wellness market will grow. The pet-nutritional market was valued at $2.1 billion dollars in 2007 and 43% of this figure is from the sale of pet supplements alone. Sales of pet supplements are expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2012. There is growing demand for new and effective products to meet the needs of older pets.

Better primary medical care has led to longer-lived dogs and cats, and a subsequent increase in the prevalence of senior mild memory issues. In a study at the University of California-Davis, 62% of 11- to 16-year-old dogs showed signs in at least one category of memory impairment. In a survey of pet owners, nearly half of dogs age 8 and older showed at least one sign associated with mild memory problems. The Veterinary Journal published a recent study of pets seen by veterinarians in whom they estimated that 14.2 percent of older pets presented with mild memory problems yet only 1.9% were addressing the problems.

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