Writing the Big Book: The Creation of A.A.

Writing the Big Book: The Creation of A.A.

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The definitive history of writing and producing the”Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, told through extensive access to the group’s archives.

Alcoholics Anonymous is arguably the most significant self-help book published in the twentieth century. Released in 1939, the “Big Book,” as it’s commonly known, has sold an estimated 37 million copies, been translated into seventy languages, and spawned numerous recovery communities around the world while remaining a vibrant plan for recovery from addiction in all its forms for millions of people. While there are many books about A.A. history, most rely on anecdotal stories told well after the fact by Bill Wilson and other early members―accounts that have proved to be woefully inaccurate at times. Writing the Big Book brings exhaustive research, academic discipline, and informed insight to the subject not seen since Ernest Kurtz’s Not-God, published forty years ago.

Focusing primarily on the eighteen months from October 1937, when a book was first proposed, and April 1939 when Alcoholics Anonymous was published, Schaberg’s history is based on eleven years of research into the wealth of 1930s documents currently preserved in several A.A. archives. Woven together into an exciting narrative, these real-time documents tell an almost week-by-week story of how the book was created, providing more than a few unexpected turns and surprising departures from the hallowed stories that have been so widely circulated about early A.A. history.

Fast-paced, engaging, and contrary, Writing the Big Book presents a vivid picture of how early A.A. operated and grew and reveals many previously unreported details about the colorful cast of characters who were responsible for making that group so successful.

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The Inspiring history of AA—first rank scholarship

Review by Patrick R. Murphy • February 1, 2020

I’ve been sober and active for 52 years. Read all the written material on history/beginnings of AA…read ‘em all. I’ve met and talked to Marty Mann and Clarence Snyder, Sue Windows etc. The new book Writing the Big Book is far and away the best ever. Besides the documented information, Schaberg’s writing style is as good as it gets…no ego…no boring opinions…just plain nifty writing style. Love the book…can’t put it down. Does away with all the “an old-timer told me” B.S. Thank you so much for your gift to we AA history lovers.

Patrick Murphy Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Key Selling Points

An extensive scholarly history of one of the most important books ever written

Reveals unreported details about the founding of A.A. and debunks myths about its founders

A compelling narrative portrait reveals the process of writing the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

The definitive book on the origin of A.A.

Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level B: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers

Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level B: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers

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Set your child on the path to reading success with this exciting collection of little books on favorite science topics: frogs, baby animals, mammals, snow, seasons, and many more. These level B full-color books feature engaging photos paired with simple text and are just right for readers with just a little bit of experience. Includes a 16-page mini-activity book, motivating stickers, and 2-page parent tip sheet. A great way to help children step up to the next reading level with ease. For use with Grades PreK-1.

Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level B: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers

Jewish Humor: What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews

Jewish Humor: What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews

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Here are more than 100 of the best Jewish jokes you’ll ever hear, interspersed with perceptive and persuasive insight into what they can tell us about how Jews see themselves, their families, and their friends, and what they think about money, sex, and success. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is as celebrated for his wit as for his scholarship, and in this immensely entertaining book, he displays both in equal measure. Stimulating, something stinging, and always very, very funny, Jewish Humor offers a classic portrait of the Jewish collective unconscious.

Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

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In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian’s courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history’s most thrilling survival epics. 

On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will.

Featuring more than one hundred photographs plus an exclusive interview with Zamperini, this breathtaking odyssey—also captured on film by director Angelina Jolie—is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the ability to endure against the unlikeliest of odds.

Praise for Unbroken

“This adaptation of Hillenbrand’s adult bestseller is highly dramatic and exciting, as well as painful to read as it lays bare man’s hellish inhumanity to man.”—Booklist, STARRED

“This captivating book emphasizes the importance of determination, the will to survive against impossible odds, and support from family and friends. A strong, well-written work.”—SLJ

“This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to young readers.”—Kirkus

Turbulent: A Post Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (Days of Want Series Book 1)

Turbulent: A Post Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (Days of Want Series Book 1)

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In an instant, everything stops. No lights. No phones. No transportation.

When coordinated EMP and Cyber attacks wipe out the nation’s power grid and communications, ultra marathon runner, Maddie Langston, is forced to run for her life.

Stranded in a Chicago airport when the lights go out, Maddie is in a race against time. According to her father, she doesn’t have long before the city descends into chaos. She must leave the airport before it is too late.

Although she knows she must flee the Windy City, Maddie’s first battle is to overcome her fear of the violence she knows is coming. She’s a fighter; she just doesn’t know it yet.

The perilous journey out of the city becomes even more difficult when Maddie takes responsibility for an orphaned ten-year-old girl. Together, as chaos fills the streets, they must fight to survive in a Turbulent new world.

Would you have what it takes to survive?

This heart-stopping post-apocalyptic thriller is the first book in T. L. Payne’s Days of Want Series.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Turbulent has recently undergone a second round of professional edits to take care of those pesky typos. 

FIVE STAR REVIEWS FOR TURBULENT

“One of the best post apocalyptic books I have read.”

“Good character development and a great plot made this book hard to put down. A credit to this genre!”

“Great book I was on the edge of my seat reading it . Got to the last page immediately downloaded the next book in the series. Great reads great author.”

“Scary realistic. Could not stop reading and have already ordered the next book in this series. Recommend this to all fans of the genre.”

“I truly enjoyed the story line, it kept me interested from cover to cover.”

“Excellent storyline and realistic characters make this a book hard to put down. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.”

“One of the best post apocalyptic books I have read.”

“This had me totally engrossed the whole time, very hard to put this one down.”

“T.L. Payne delivers a realistic rendering of what we may face in the event off a grid down scenario.”

“This story caught my attention right from the very beginning and didn’t let go until the very end. Eye opening and disturbing in many ways.”

“I was immediately swept up into Maddie’s world and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. This story has everything including hope! A must read for the post apocalyptic/prepper reader.”

“I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and the characters were well developed. There was suspense and thankfully NO ZOMBIES lol. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series.”

“What!!! How did this book end so quick? I was enjoying this books so much that I forgot to keep track of my percentages as I went along! I was shocked to find myself at the last page. Easy engaging and chucked full of realistic scenarios and information that can be utilized now!”

“This book is fantastic. The story line is interesting from the start to the end, it hardly makes you want to stop reading it. Being able to read the perspective of different characters adds more to the story and does not drag the story line as some books do. If you read it you will not regret it.

OTHER BOOKS BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR T.L. PAYNE

Days of Want Series
Hunted
Turmoil
Uprising
Upheaval
Mayhem (Coming soon!)

Gateway to Chaos Series
Seeking Safety
Seeking Refuge
Seeking Justice
Seeking Hope (Coming Soon)

Fall of Houston Series (Coming Autumn 2020!)
No Way out
No Other Choice
No Turning Back
No Surrender

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 30th Anniversary Edition

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 30th Anniversary Edition

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*New York Times bestseller—over 40 million copies sold*
*The #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century*

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for nearly three decades. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—millions of people of all ages and occupations. Now, this 30th anniversary edition of the timeless classic commemorates the wisdom of the 7 Habits with modern additions from Sean Covey.

The 7 Habits have become famous and are integrated into everyday thinking by millions and millions of people. Why? Because they work!

With Sean Covey’s added takeaways on how the habits can be used in our modern age, the wisdom of the 7 Habits will be refreshed for a new generation of leaders.

They include:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

This beloved classic presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Piano Literature – Book 3: Developing Artist Original Keyboard Classics Intermediate Level (The Developing Artist Library)

Piano Literature – Book 3: Developing Artist Original Keyboard Classics Intermediate Level (The Developing Artist Library)

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(Faber Piano Adventures ). Consists of carefully selected repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods with audio demos provided. Contents: KRIEGER: Minuet in A minor * DUNCOMBE: Fanfare in C Major * LULLY: Minuet in D minor * ANNA MAGDALENA BACH NOTEBOOK: Musette in D Major * Minuet in G Major * Minuet in G minor (PETZOLD) * March in D Major (C.P.E. BACH) * J.C. BACH: Solfeggio in D Major * GOSSEC: Tambourin * HASLINGER: Sonatina in C Major * HAYDN: German Dance in D Major * Minuet in G Major * Allegro in F Major * CLEMENTI: Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 1 * DIABELLI: Sonatina in G Major, 1st Movement, Op. 168, No. 2 * Rondo for Four Hands, Op. 163, No. 6 * BEETHOVEN: Two German Dances * LEOPOLD MOZART: Allegro in A Major * GURLITT: A Little Flower * BURGMULLER: Arabesque, Op. 100, No. 2 * Ballade, Op. 100, No. 15 * Harmony of the Angels, Op. 100, No. 21 * SCHUMANN: Wild Rider, Op. 68, No. 8 * Melody, Op. 68, No. 1 * ELLMENREICH: Spinning Song, Op. 14, No. 4 * HELLER: Avalanche, Op. 45, No. 2 * REINECKE: Gavotte, Op. 183, No. 1 * REBIKOV: Chinese Figurine * Playing Soldiers, OP. 31, No. 4 * FABER: The Moons of Jupiter * MCKAY: Song of the Range Rider * Cowboy Song * JACOBY: Sonatina

Piano Literature – Book 3: Developing Artist Original Keyboard Classics Intermediate Level (The Developing Artist Library)

The Persian Gamble: A Marcus Ryker Series Political and Military Action Thriller: (Book 2)

The Persian Gamble: A Marcus Ryker Series Political and Military Action Thriller: (Book 2)

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The instant New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly bestseller!

Over 100,000 copies sold!

“Joel C. Rosenberg continues to mix his unique blend of prophetic fiction and nonstop action unlike anyone else working today.” —The Real Book Spy on The Persian Gamble.

“The plot is intriguing. The pace just keeps accelerating. A must read!” —Porter Goss, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency on The Persian Gamble.

In the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Kremlin Conspiracy, Rosenberg’s latest international thriller tracks a terrifying nuclear alliance among three world powers―Russia, Iran, and North Korea―and the deadly mission former US Secret Service Agent Marcus Ryker must risk to halt their deadly strategy.

Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to somehow elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem―Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin. While frantically negotiating with his contacts in the White House, Marcus learns that the unstable North Korean regime plans to use the international chaos as a smokescreen to sell nuclear weapons to Iran. With the fate of the entire free world on the line, Marcus makes a deal with the U.S. government―he will go back to work as an international operative and track down the WMDs before they end up in the hands of those with the determination and the means to use them. Marcus and Oleg worked together once before to avert a world war. Can they now find a way to stop world destruction?

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Tales of Japan: Traditional Stories of Monsters and Magic (Book of Japanese Mythology, Folk Tales from Japan)

Tales of Japan: Traditional Stories of Monsters and Magic (Book of Japanese Mythology, Folk Tales from Japan)

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A goblin with no body and a monster with no face. A resourceful samurai and a faithful daughter. A spirit of the moon and a dragon king.
This collection of 15 traditional Japanese folktales transports readers to a time of adventure and enchantment. Drawn from the works of folklorists Lafcadio Hearn and Yei Theodora Ozaki, these tales are by turns terrifying, exhilarating, and poetic.

• Striking illustrations by contemporary Japanese artist Kotaro Chiba
• Special gift edition features an embossed, textured case with metallic gold ink, and a satin ribbon page marker

Fans of Celtic Tales, Ghostly Tales, and Japanese Notebooks will love this book.

This book is ideal for:
• Fans of fairytales, folklore, or ghost stories
• Anyone interested in Japan’s history and culture
• People of Japanese heritage
• Collectors of illustrated classics

Tales of Japan: Traditional Stories of Monsters and Magic (Book of Japanese Mythology, Folk Tales from Japan)

Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year

Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year

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National Geographic author Michael Farquhar uncovers an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula’s blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn’s unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919).

Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.

Bad Days in History