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Because I Said So! Life in the Mom Zone

Annie Oeth | Category: Non-fiction / Parenting / Humor
Available formats: Trade paperback and eBook

Laughter, tears and everything in between. It’s all a part of being a mama. Because I Said So: Life In The Mom Zone tells tales of growing up in a small town in the South, raising children and somehow getting it all done. Annie Oeth writes about families and fun at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., and is a busy mother of four.

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One More Mountain: Road Warriors Explore America

Janet Buckwalter (editor) | Category: Non-fiction
Available formats: Trade paperback and eBook

Dip your toes into the Pacific Ocean after pedaling 4,100 miles with a silver-haired, spitfire grandma on a trike. Feel your lungs explode as you struggle the last few miles up and over the Rocky Mountains with Dick & Rick on their bike/wheelchair. Beg your quivering biceps to stay in the race with Team Can Be racing their hand-cycles. Hear the wheels of your skateboard hug the hairpin turns down the Appalachians as Jack shares the memory of his son across the US. Find refreshment in the warm, plastic tasting water as Matt & Brandon run mile after mile, sharing their dream to bring clean water to the children of Africa. This book is a celebration of strength: Of ordinary folks doing extraordinary things.

Freelance writer Janet Buckwalter gathered the material for this book and wrote about her own adventure crossing the U. S. on a recumbent tricycle. She made her journey over a three-year period, traveling from Yorktown, Virginia, to Kentucky on the first leg, following up the second year with a trip from Colorado back to Kentucky, and, finally, pedaling from Colorado to the Oregon shore of the Pacific Ocean.
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Playing To Win: The Sport of Selling and How You Can Win the Game

Allen Guy | Category: Business/sales
Available formats: Paperback and eBook scheduled for April 2013

A self-help guide for women and men that uses sports analogies to teach the art of selling

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Sons Without Fathers: What Every Mother Needs to Know

Dr. Mardi Allen and James L. Dickerson | Category: self-help/parenting
Available formats: Paperback and eBook

If you are a mother raising a son without a father this book was written for you. What are the 5 major diseases and ailments that your son is more likely to acquire without his father (or a suitable male role model) in his life? What are the 4 critical skills that a father can teach his son that a mother cannot teach? What are the 4 characteristics that adult sons without fathers possess that put them at a disadvantage in developing relationships? These questions—and many more—are answered in this book.

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Memphis Going Down: A Century of Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll

James L. Dickerson | Category: Music history
Available formats: Paperback and eBook scheduled for March 2013

A 100 year history of Memphis music, from W.C. Handy to the present day.

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That’s Alright, Elvis: The Untold Story of Elvis’s First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore with James L. Dickerson | Category: autobiography
Available formats: eBook

The 1997 biography of Elvis Presley’s first guitarist, who along with Elvis and bassist Bill Black defined rock ‘n’ roll.

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Ashley Judd: Crying on the Inside

James L. Dickerson | Category: biography
Available formats: Paperback and eBook

A biography of the actress and newly emerging social activist. This book was a 2012 #1 bestseller on Amazon.com.

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Faith Hill:The Long Road Back

James L. Dickerson | Category: biography
Available formats:Paperback and eBook

A biography of the country/pop star that examines her life from birth to her 2012 comeback attempt. This book was a Top 10 bestseller Kindle book on Amazon.com. The book will be updated in 2013.

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Natalie Portman’s Stark Reality

James L. Dickerson | Category: biography
Available formats: Paperback and eBook

A biography of the Oscar-winning actress. The author was recently featured in a Biography Channel look at the actress’s complicated life.

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Trader Jon's: Cradle of U.S. Naval Aviation

Text by James L. Dickerson, Photographs by Steve Gardner | Category: biography/history
Available formats:Paperback and eBook

“Trader Jon’s was a place where Naval Aviators went to relax, swap stories and enjoy each others' company. I cherish the memories of my time spent there.” U.S. Senator John McCain

Trader Jon’s: Cradle of U.S. Naval Aviation is a history of one the most famous bars in American history—and a tribute to all the U.S. Navy Aviators who passed through its doors. A gritty strip joint in which local women made good money taking off their clothing, it also was the secret location for the initiation of Newbie flyers for the legendary Blue Angels and Thunderbirds.

When Trader Jon’s owner, Martin Weismann, died in 2000, the bar was closed and his memorabilia collection, valued at more than $2 million, was purchased by a Pensacola law firm and donated to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, where it will be preserved and maintained in Pensacola. Among those who mourned the bar’s passing is Retired Vice Admiral Jack Fetterman, who recalls Weismann as someone who never said anything bad about anyone: “You talk about bonding, and you talk about brotherhood, and you talk about what naval aviation was all about. Trader kind of provided that foundation.”

One measure of the Navy’s deep regard for Weismann is the singular honor it afforded him by naming a runway after him—TRADR-ONE.

Pure Americana
“This is an interesting piece of Americana. The US reviewers presumably knew the bar, and the aviators, and wanted more on them. For the UK reader, however, this is an intriguing slice of US life.

Trader Jon ran a bar in Pensacola, which was frequented by actors, aviators, early astronauts, locals and tourists - including Prince Andrew. The bar had strippers for many years, but later changed to bands.

This book focuses on a series of interviews and photographs by a writer and photographer when the acts were strip shows, and Trader Jon ruled supreme. The photos are restrained, and are aimed at showing character, rather than flesh. The writing tries to give a voice to the dancers, and does so well. I suspect this started life as a magazine article, but it works well as a short book, taking under an hour to read.

The main part of the book gives a flavor of a day at Trader Jon's, probably already past its peak. There's a real feel for the complexity of the relationships, although it could perhaps have probed further into Trader Jon himself. There are some odd snippets - encouraging a reluctant bar maid to strip, and employing a childhood friend of his daughter as a dancer - that suggest a more nuanced character than is described in the book. The story arc is that of a day in a bar - quiet preparation, the build up of activity, the peak of the evening, and the slide in to slightly embarrassed tawdriness when the lights come up at the end of the night. Trader Jon's is closed, but there's a flavor of it left in this book.”—Medaris (Amazon UK).

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Trader Jon's Photographer

Rambling Steve Gardner

Rambling Steve Gardner is an internationally known bluesman who is based in Japan. But before the blues there was photography. In 1980 he left his photography job at the Clarion-Ledger/Jackson Daily News and moved to Japan where he freelanced for Japanese magazines as well as Time and Newsweek. He covered Asia and the US from Japan and still found time for the blues. He recorded his first CD in 2002, Rambling With The Blues.

Writes Gardner: “The photography still counts but it has taken a back seat to the guitars and harmonicas. I travel to several Universities in Japan where I play blues and do programs on Mississippi and southern culture. I even do this part-time for Meiji University, a very fine institution indeed. My new CD Wooly Bully Express more or less sums up what I think about these turbulent and changing times. If life is like a bottle of whiskey, you better drink it all and not waste a drop. Remember, you can't be afraid and live free. After all, everybody gets the blues . . . sometime.”

The Hero Among Us: Memoirs of an FBI Witness Hunter

By Jim Ingram with James L. Dickerson / Introduction by former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter

Crime-Fighting FBI Agent was America’s Top Expert on Terrorism

Jim Ingram is to the FBI what Elliot Ness was to the Treasury Department—a larger-than-life symbol of American justice, a Klan-busting crime fighter who was involved with some of the highest profile FBI cases of the 1960s and 1970s.

In his memoir Ingram provides insider information about those cases.

Jim Ingram was the primary source in journalist Jack Nelson’s 1993 bestselling book, “Terror in the Night: The Klan’s Campaign Against the Jews,” which focused on the FBI’s infiltration of the Klan in an effort to protect Mississippi Jews.

Jim Ingram passed away in August 2009 of cancer, but worked on this memoir with co-author James L. Dickerson right up until his death. Following his death, the FBI supplied Dickerson with more than 1,400 pages of previously classified documents to supplement Ingram’s recollections.

Interestingly, after nearly 30 years with the FBI, Ingram was brought out of retirement in the 2000s as a cold-case investigator of Mississippi civil rights-era murders, casting him into his fifth decade of crime fighting. Among the historic cases worked by Ingram:

  • The assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
  • The “Mississippi Burning” civil rights murders.
  • The assassination of Martin Luther King.
  • The murder of Federal Judge John H. Woods, known by friends and detractors as “Maximum John.” The convicted hit man was actor Woody Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson.
  • The bombing of Beth Israel Temple (Jackson, Mississippi).
  • The FBI counterintelligence operation known as COINTELPRO.
  • The FALN bombings by Puerto Rican separatists.

In this memoir, Jim Ingram provides insider information on the above high-profile cases and others, along with a personal perspective on his nearly 30-year career of law enforcement. During that career, he headed up the FBI offices in New York and Chicago, and was in charge of the violent crimes civil rights desk in Mississippi in the 1960s, and served in the 1970s as deputy assistant FBI director in Washington, DC. In the later years of his career, he became the FBI’s top expert on terrorism. This book discloses, for the first time, how he secretly trained U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force personnel on terrorism.

After his retirement from the FBI, Ingram served as Public Safety Commissioner for the State of Mississippi, which put him in charge of the Highway Patrol, an agency that had been heavily infiltrated by the KKK while he was head of the FBI civil rights desk in Mississippi. Appointed by Governor Kirk Fordice, a conservative Republican with a penchant for abrasiveness, Ingram became good friends with the man despite their political differences.

About the Editor/Author
Journalist James L. Dickerson has published numerous biographies and histories, including “Devil’s Sanctuary: An Eyewitness History of Mississippi Hate Crimes,” “Dixie’s Dirty Secret,” “Just for a Thrill: Lil Hardin Armstrong, First Lady of Jazz,” and “Yellow Fever: A Deadly Disease Poised to Kill Again.” An award-winning journalist, he has worked as a staff writer for three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), the Clarion-Ledger/Jackson Daily News (Jackson, MS) and the Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, MS). He is a leading writer of civil rights history and organized crime in the South. His writing is listed in the FBI’s Bibliography Related to Crime Scene Interpretation with Emphases in Forensic Geotaphonomic and Forensic Archaeological Field Techniques, compiled by Special Agent Michael J. Hochrein.