Top Books by e-book and Print from Seattle Libraries

LibraryKing County Public Library and the Seattle Public Library systems lead the nation in patrons’ checkout of e-books. King Country had an incredible 1.3 million checkouts last year. So what were the most popular books in e-book and print?

Writer Mary Ann Gwinn found some interesting tidbits about reader preferences:

For 2012, here were the top five e-books: “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James, “The Litigators” by John Grisham, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson and“Explosive Eighteen” by Janet Evanovich.

Read the full article and learn how print books checkouts were entirely different.

New Book for Horse Racing Fans – Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns 2013 Spring Meet edition

The 2013 Spring Meet Edition of “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns” is now available in e-book form from publisher All Star Press.

Handicapper and author Art Parker has put trainers, Keeneland, and the past six meetings together (3 years) to try and have the best results possible for the upcoming spring meet at the Kentucky track that opens in early April. The book’s focus is on the trainers that do more than show up and win a race. Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns details the individuals from the last six meetings that were multiple winning trainers. In other words, a trainer had to collect at least two victories to be recognized.

Just how good were the multiple winning trainers? Here are a few facts that validate the importance of these successful trainers.

 Keeneland held 912 thoroughbred races collectively in the Spring and Fall meetings of 2010, the Spring and Fall meetings of 2011, and the Spring and Fall meetings of 2012.

Trainers winning at least 2 races totaled 103.

The 103 multiple winners won a total of 817 races collectively or 89.5% of all races.

Of the 103 multiple winners, 47 trainers won at least 5 races.

Those 47 trainers collected a total of 625 wins or 68.5% of all races.

The details of all 103 trainers and their corresponding victories over the past 6 seasons at Keeneland are presented to handicappers in this book, Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns. A one-of-a-kind publication.

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Attention KINDLE users – the book will be available on Amazon in that format early next week.

Help for Those Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

As helpful as friends and family can be, often times they cannot provide the understanding you need because they don’t know what you are going through after suffering a devastating loss.

In “The Road to Recovery” you learn that you come to a crossroads in life when you lose someone very dear to you. To help you choose the right path, it is vital to read the work of someone who knows full well the deep sorrow you feel and can provide both comfort and practical advice that works. The author lost his college sweetheart and wife of four and a half years in a commercial airline crash in 1997. She was only 27 years old. He wrote this book to help other through the grieving process.

Grief HelpWhat Others are Saying about “The Road to Recovery: Overcoming & Moving Beyond Your Grief.”

“The contents are amazing and profound. Your words rang loud and true when I read them. Wish I had found this book earlier.” – Terry Welch, sister to Michael Ryan lost on Comair flight 5196, Aug. 27, 2006.

“This book contains so many insightful, appropriate and helpful ideas and suggestions. God bless you.” – Kelly Markillie, pastoral counselor at The Cathedral of Christ The King, Atlanta, GA.

“I lost my son in the World Trade Center [911] and I found your book so comforting.”Patricia Noah, mother of Leonard M. Castrianno, Cantor Fitzgerald, 105th floor WTC. 

Excerpt from this grief support guide:

If grief can be summed up in a nutshell, it is how we feel now that an important person is no longer in our life. In essence, we hurt and feel sorry for ourselves. Our focus is usually on what WE lost. Grief, of course, is a normal reaction to the loss of someone or something. Each of us will handle these feelings in our own way and in our own time. There is no blueprint to the process and no timetable to how long you will hurt.

Author J. William Worden describes four facets of mourning:

1 – Accepting the reality of the loss

2 – Experiencing the pain of grief

3 – Adjusting to an environment without the lost loved one

4 – Reinvesting emotional energy in life

Having been through the complete grief process, I can relate to each of these “steps.” Accepting the loss almost immediately helped me move on with my mourning quicker, although it didn’t make anything easier.

I cannot help you acknowledge the reality of your loss. Only you can do that, and hopefully you are well past that stage by the time you receive this book.

Sometimes, intense feelings of grief will catch us by surprise. It may startle you when you fall “into the pits” several months after the tragedy. It is at this time that many people will be expecting you to be over your loss. Don’t believe them. It is only normal for this to happen. Just remember your grief is unique. No one else is just like you. No one else had the same relationship with the person who died.

Understand that a main purpose of grief is to help you reach the point in your life when you can remember without the pain.

What I present in this book are several steps to help you get through the grieving process in a positive way.

 “The Road to Recovery: Overcoming & Moving Beyond Your Grief” has now been reduced to only $0.99 (effective Summer, 2014). Available in instant downloadable PDF format:

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“Grief only comes in one size, extra large.” — Dennis Manning