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Announcing 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards Semi-Finalists

Semi-finalist results for our 11th Annual event
The first phase of IPPY Awards judging is complete, and here is the list of semi-finalists in this year’s 11th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Final results for the entire contest will announced on May 18th; at that time the gold, silver, and bronze medalists in each category will be named.
Winners will be formally recognized at the 11th Annual IPPY Awards event on Friday, June 1st, in New York, as Jenkins Group presents "Books Off-Broadway: a Celebration of Excellence in Independent Publishing,” sponsored by Desktop Miracles, Color House Graphics, and Combined Book Exhibit.

This year, winners in each category will receive gold medals; runners up receive silver medals; all other semi-finalist will become Honorable Mentions and receive certificates. A limited number of bronze medals will be available for those who attend the awards ceremony.

Due to space limitations, this year’s event is by invitation only and will be open strictly to Award-winning authors, publishers, and the media.

We applaud the efforts of all entrants and sponsors. Stay tuned!

2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Outstanding Books of the Year


For 24 years our mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society. These books exemplify that daring spirit.

Most Original Concept
Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers/Seeds: Time Capsules of Life, by Rob Kesseler and Madeline Harley (Papadakis Publisher); Looking for Goodwill, by Pat Price and Scott Price (Providence House Publishers); Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America, by Matthew Coolidge, Sarah Simons, and Ralph Rugoff (D.A.P.).

Most Likely to Save the Planet
Precious Air, by Alan Reed (Green Fields America); Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You! An Activist’s Guide, by Laurie David (Fulcrum Publishing); Low Carbon Diet, by David Gershon (Empowerment Institute).

Best Corporate Branding Book
Luby’s Recipes & Memories, (Luby’s Restaurant Limited); Bacardi: A Tale of Merchants, Family and Company, by Pepin Avgamasilla and Mari Aixala Dawson (Facundo and Amalia Bacardi Foundation); Best Remudas, by Jim Jennings (Bright Sky Press)

Most Outstanding Design
Pictures Showing What Happens on Every Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow, by Zak Smith (Tin House Books); Chic in Paris, by Susan Tabak (Jade Dressler Communications); The Sedona Gardens of St. John Vianney, by Rev. J.C. Ortiz (Zitro Publishing).

Best Book Arts Craftsmanship
Gonzo, by Hunter S. Thompson; Design by John Heiden and Ryan Corey for SMOG Design (AMMO Books); The Art of Open Season: A Field Guide, by Linda Sunshine; Art Director & Designer: Iain R. Morris (Insight Editions); Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal), Poems by Charles Baudelaire; Photographs by Eikoh Hosoe; Published by Steven Albahari (21st Editions)

Story Teller of the Year
Riley Weston, author of Before I Go (Campfire Press); Dot Jackson, author of Refuge (Novello Festival Press); Mark Louis Lehman, author of Mocky’s Revinge (Little Possum Press).

Most Inspirational to Youth
Nappy, by Charisse Carney-Nunes (Brand Nu Words); From the Inside Out, by Linda Lee and Jesse Lee (4th Floor Press); New Kid Readers, by Mike Baron (Attainment Company).

Most Life-Changing
It Takes a Nation: How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, edited by Laura Dawn; photographs by C.B. Smith (Earth Aware Editions); Breast Cancer Recovery: No One Wrote a Manual, by Fran Padgett (Bayou Publishing); In Search of Peace, by Yousef Khanfar (Art Blanc)

Most Progressive Health Book
A Spiritual Path to Overcoming Infertility, by Dr. Matthew McQuaid (Reverence Press); The Live Food Factor, by Susan Schenck (Awakenings Publications); The Good Bowel Habit, by Dr. Robyn Nagel (Dr. Robyn Nagel).

Business Breakthrough of the Year
Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World, by Christopher M. O’Brien (New Society Publishers); Making Money by Speaking, by Gary Gagliardi (Clearbridge Publishing); The Carey Formula: Your Ideas Are Worth Millions, by Barbara Carey (Carey Press)

Peacemaker of the Year
The PeaceFinder: Riley McFee’s Quest for World Peace, by Joan McWilliams (Balue Fox Publishing); The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict, by The Arbinger Institute (Berrett-Kohler Publishers); Just Peace: A Message of Hope, by Mattie J.T. Stepanek with Jimmy Carter (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Freedom Fighter Award
What Do You See?, by Irene Kai (Silver Light Publications); The Constitution of the United States of America, Inscribed and Illustrated by Sam Fink (Welcome Books); Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror and War, by Mary-Wynne Ashford with Guy Dauncey (New Society Publishers)

2007 Independent Publisher Regional Book Awards - Best Regional Fiction and Best Regional Non-Fiction

These regional “IPPYs” were designed to spotlight the best regional titles from around North America. Books were judged alongside books from their region only, based on their quality and regional significance.

U.S. North-East - Best Regional Fiction:

The Will to Defy, by Ken Myler (Acme Publications); This Desired Place, by Julia Older (Appledore); Surrey Square, by Mary Ann Artrip (Port Town Publishing)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

Woodstock: History and Hearsay, by Anita M. Smith (WoodstockArts); Good Fences: A Pictorial History of New England’s Stone Walls, by William Hubbell (Down East Books); The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York, by Jef Klein; photography by Cary Hazlegrove (Turner Publishing); The Landscape Diaries: Garden of Obsession, by Gayatri Carole Rocherolle (Ruder Finn Press); New Milford Portfolio: Woldemar Neufeld’s Paintings and Blockprints of New Milford, Connecticut, edited by Laurence Neufeld & Monika McKillen (Neufeld Studios).

Mid-Atlantic – Best Regional Fiction:

Follow Me to Glory, by Will Hutchinson (Infinity); The Chase, by Jan Neuharth (Paper Chase Farms); The Last Call, by Philip James Johnson (iUniverse)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

Paving the Way: Asphalt in America, by Dan McNichol (National Asphalt Pavement Association); Black in Two Worlds: A Personal Perspective on Higher Education, by Carl A. Fields (Red Hummingbird Press); Empires in the Forest: Jamestown and the Beginning of America, by Avery Chenoweth and Robert Llewellyn (Rivanna Foundation); State Fair of Virginia - Since 1854: More than a Midway, by Lou Ann Meadows Ladin and Wayne Dementi (The State Fair of Virginia); Empires of the Crab: The Phillips Odyssey, by Dale Cathell (AuthorHouse)

South-East – Best Regional Fiction:

Useppa: A Passage in Time, by Dale Ludwig; illustrated by John Seerey-Lester (Passages); Raging Silence, by Amanda Stone (Synergy Books); Sorrows Multiplied, by Staci E. Barfield (Publish America)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

Wherever Waters Flow, by Doug Woodward (Headwaters Publishing); Loosening Corsets, by A. Louise Staman (Tiger Iron Press); Tropical & Garden Flower Identification, by Graeme Teague (18 Rabbit Press); Florida… Beyond the Blue Horizon, by Alan S. Maltz (Light Flight Publications); Venice History Illustrated, by Kim Cool; featuring the paintings of Ilse Kern (Historic Venice Press)

South – Best Regional Fiction:

The Lawless Frontier, by Randy Denmon (Kensington Publishing Group); Laguna, by Michael Putegnat (Synergy Books); Points of Origin, by Darden North, MD (Ponder House Press)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

Mississippi: Photographs by Ken Murphy, by Ken Murphy (Ken Murphy South); Napoleon House, by Mikko Macchione; photography by Kerri McCaffety (Vissi D’Arte Books); River Walk: The Epic Story of San Antonio’s River, by Lewis F. Fisher (Maverick Publishing Company); More Snow: The South Texas Christmas Miracle, edited by Kathryn Childers (Kathryn Childers Company); Printmaking in New Orleans, edited by Jessie J. Poesch (The University Press of Mississippi)

Great Lakes – Best Regional Fiction:

Motown Burning, by John Jeffire (Trafford Publishing); Littsie of Cincinnati, by Jinny Powers Berten and Norah Holt (Fountain Square Publishing); My Father’s Keeper, by Kip Vander Hyde (Sea Lark Press)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

The Fighting McCooks: America’s Famous Fighting Family, by Charles and Barbara Whalen (Westmoreland Press); A Place Called Home: The People & Landscape of Clinton County, Ohio, edited byJohn Baskin; photography by Ty Greenlees (Orange Frazer Press); Soul of a Black Cop, by Brian Willingham (Willingham Enterprises); Lost Ohio: More Travels into Haunted Landscapes, Ghost Towns, and Forgotten Lives, by Randy McNutt (The Kent State University Press); Richard Nickel’s Chicago: Photography of a Lost City, by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams (CityFiles Press).

Mid-West – Best Regional Fiction:

Jagged Fate
, by Steve Santel (iUniverse); The God Stories, by Marie Sheppard Williams (Fire Tree Press); Medicine, by Donald R. Frey (iUniverse)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

A Way of Life: A Story of the Sioux City Stockyards, by Marcia Poole (G.R. Lindblade & Co); Henry Shaw’s Victorian Landscapes: The Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park, by Carol Grove (Library of American Landscape History); St. Louis: Seen & Unseen, by Michael Kilfoy (Virginia Publishing); Chickasaw: Unconquered and Unconquerable, by Bill Anoatubby, Jeannie Barbour, Amanda Cobb, and Linda Hogan (The Chickasaw Nation); Dakota Flora: A Seasonal Sampler, by David J. Ode (South Dakota State Historical Society Press)

West-Mountain – Best Regional Fiction:

Places the Dead Call Home
, by Paul L. Hall (iUniverse); Summer Snow, by Stan Lynde (iUniverse); Too Near the Edge, by Lynn Osterkamp (PMI Books)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

Blown Away: A First Year in Santa Fe, by Gail Reitenbach (Right Hand Communications); Navajo Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 Collected by Robert V. Gallegos, by Robert Bauver (Rio Grande Books); Camp Coffee: Tales of a Wyoming Cowboy, by Bob Sullivan (The Lowell Press); Pinedale, Wyoming: A Centennial History 1904-2004, by Ann Chambers Noble (Sublette County Historical Society/Museum of the Mountain Man); A Photo Tour of Las Vegas, by Andrew Hudson (Photo Tour Books)

West-Pacific – Best Regional Fiction:

The Red Mitten, by Sarah Birdsall (McRoy & Blackburn, Publishers); Julia Fairchild, by Louise Gaylord (Little Moose Press); Better Days Ahead, by Charlie Valentine (English Mill Press)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

A Journey into Steinbeck’s California, by Susan Shillinglaw; photographs by Nancy Burnett (Roaring Forties Press); The Golden Highway: Highway 49, by Ric & Jody Horner (19th Century Books/Electric Canvas); Big Sur Inn: the Deetjen Legacy, by Anita Alan (Gibbs Smith); The Portland Bridge Book, by Sharon Wood Wortman; photography by James Norman (Urban Adventure Press); The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History, by Gregory Paul Williams (BL Press)

Canada–East – Best Regional Fiction:

Suddenly the Minotaur
, by Marie Hélène Poitras; translated by Patricia Claxton (DC Books); Moody Food, by Ray Robertson (Santa Fe Writers Project); The Eastern Door, by David More (iUniverse)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

Lighthouse Legacies: Stories of Nova Scotia’s Lightkeeping Families, by Chris Mills (Nimbus Publishing); Best of the Best of Times Magazine 2006 Edition, edited byElaine Weeks (Walkerville Publishing); East Coast Rug-Hooking Designs, by Deanne Fitzpatrick (Nimbus Publishing); Through the Eye of an Eagle: The Bald Eagle in New Brunswick, by Rudy Stocek (Rudolph Stocek, Publisher); Ceramic Millennium: Critical Writings on Ceramic History, Theory and Art, edited by Garth Clark (NSCAD University Press)

Canada-West – Best Regional Fiction:

Loyalty’s Haven
, by J. Robert Whittle (Whitlands Publishing); The Gamble, by Laurie Hannan (AuthorHouse); Port of Climax, by Rol Wellman (Trafford Publishing)

Best Regional Non-Fiction:

Oak Bay, British Columbia: in Photographs: 1906-2006, by Jean Sparks & The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay (Reber Creative); Arctic Journeys: Diamonds, Caribou, and Tundra, by June L. Cridland (The Vancouver Desktop Publishing Center); Reading Writers Reading: Canadian Authors’ Reflections, Photographed and Edited by Danielle Schaub (University of Alberta Press); Chainsaws: A History, by David Lee, with Mike Acres and the Chain Saw Collectors Corner (Harbour Publishing); Jackrabbits in the Outfield, by John Hindle (John Hindle, Publisher).

Semi-Finalists by category:

1. Fine Art


A Gallery of Paintings by Clark Hulings (White Burro Publishing); Saul Steinberg: Illuminations(Yale University Press); Richard Bellamy / Mark di Suvero (Storm King Art Center); Tom Corbin: The Inevitable Artist (Corbin Bronze Ltd.); Thomas Moran’s West (University Press of Kansas); Eva Hesse: Catalogue Raisonne (Yale University Press); Carved Splendor (Getty Publications); Painting People: Figure Painting Today (DAP)

2. Performing Arts

William Fox: A Story of Early Hollywood 1915-1930 (Midnight Marquee Press); Cinema By the Bay (George Lucas Books); Fifty Years: Joffrey Ballet (Women’s Board of The Joffrey); In Their Company (Umbrage Editions); The Guthrie Theater (Nodin Press); Elvis at 21: New York to Memphis (Insight Editions)

3. Photography

Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection (Getty Publications): After the Flood, by Robert Polidori (Steidl); Enduring Spirit of Vietnam, by Peter Stienhauer (Art Vietnam Gallery); 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide (Luerzers Archive); Living Light (Bitterroot Press); Carte Blanche Vol. 1(The Magenta Foundation); Recollections: Three Decades of Photographs, by John Sexton (Ventana Editions); Point Reyes: 20 Years (Mt. Vision Press); Ancient Marks: The Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Markings (Mandala Publishing)

4. Architecture

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (Yale University Press); The Archaeology of Tomorrow (Earth Aware); The Creative Community Builder (Fieldstone Alliance); London: An Architectural History (Yale University Press)

5. General Fiction

The Space Between, by Kali Van Baale (River City Publishing); My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet), by Toby Devens (Sourcebooks); The Tour, by Dave Shields (Three Story Press); Coventry, by Joseph Bathanti (Novello Festival Press); What is the What, by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s); Margherita Dolca Vita, by Stefano Benni/translated by Anthony Shugaar (Europa Editions); The Catastrophist, by Lawrence Douglas (Other Press); Prairie Perpendicular, by Marston Moore (Beaver’s Pond Press)

6. Short Story Fiction

After the Gold Rush, by Lewis Buzbee (Tupelo Press); The Hour of Bad Decisions, by Russell Wangersky (Coteau Books); Necessary Lies, by Kerry Neville Bakken (BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City); Bothering the Coffee Drinkers, by Doug Hoekstra (Canopic Publishing); Pacifist Chicken and Other Largely Humorous Stories of Small Hopes, by Andrea Kampic (Blue Agave Press); Giraffes, by Steven Gillis (Atomic Quill Press)

7. Anthologies

Food & Booze (Tin House Books); Legitimate Dangers (Sarabande Books); Connecting Lines (Sarabande Books); Stone Canoe (Syracuse University); Eros & Equus (Willow Creek Press); Reading Writers Reading (University of Alberta Press)

8. Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction

Hobson’s Choice, by Robert Holland (Frost Hollow Publishers); How It’s Done, by Christine Kole MacLean (Flux/Llewellyn); Dark Hours, by Gudrun Pausewang/translated by John Brownjohn (Annick Press); Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, by Lee Welles (Daisyworld Press); Kristins’ Wilderness: A Braided Trail, by Garrett Conover (Raven Productions); Finding Day’s Bottom, by Candice Ransom (Carolrhoda Books); My Summer Vacation, by Hannah R. Goodman (iUniverse); The Mastery Club, by Liliane Grace (Grace Productions)

9. Fantasy/Science Fiction

The Anvil Stone, by Kathleen Cunningham Guler (Bardsong Press); Sojourn, by Jana G. Oliver (Dragon Moon Press); The Future is Queer, edited by Richard Labonté and Lawrence Schimel (Arsenal Pulp Press); Red Ivy Afternoon, by Mark R. Brand (Silverthought Press); The Plants of Middle-Earth: Botany and Sub-Creation, by Dinah Hazell (Kent State University Press); Raising the Past, by Jeremy Robinson (Breakneck Books)

10. Historical/Military Fiction

Ursula’s Maiden Army, by Philip Griffin (Beagle Bay Books); Rachel’s Story, by Marian Coe (High Country Publishers); On the Wing of Speed, by Donald T. Phillips (iUniverse Star); To the Ends of the Earth, by Frances Hunter (Blind Rabbit Press); Darcy & Elizabeth, by Linda Berdoll (Sourcebooks); The Eastern Door, by David More (iUniverse); The Figurehead, by Paul Dean Coker (Coastwise Communications); A More Obedient Wife, by Natalie Wexler (Lulu)

11. Horror

King of Nod, by Scott Fad (Monogram Books); The Literary Six, by Vince A. Liaguno (Outskirts Press); Shadows in the Mist, by Brian Moreland (Blue Morpho Publishing); Deleon City: Book Two of The Oz Chronicles, by R.W. Ridley (Middlebury House Publishing)

12. Multicultural Fiction Adult

The Aura of Love, by Kathy J. Marsh (BlackDiva Publishing); Frank Yerby: A Victim’s Guilt, by Eugene Stovall (Regent Press); Earth’s Waters, by Nicole Blades (DC Books); The Medicine Box, by Shan-Tung Hsu(Blue Mountain Feng Shui Institute); The Room with Closets, by A. Pablo Iannone (Vagabond Press)

13. Multicultural Fiction – Children’s

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You, by Hanna Jensen (Carolrhoda), Ribbons of the Sun, by Harriet Hamilton (Brown Barn Books), The Little Duck/Sikihpsis, by Beth Cuthand, Cree by Stan Cuthand (Theytus); How to Ruin a Summer Vacation , by Simone Elkeles (Flux)

14. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Too Big to Miss, by Sue Ann Jaffarian (Midnight Ink/Llewellyn); Candy From Strangers, by Mark Coggins (Bleak House Books); Fire with Fire, by Allan Kahane (Pyro Publishing/Greenleaf Book Group); Death’s Witness, by Paul Batista (Sourcebooks); Louisiana Burn, by Carl T. Smith; Deuces’ Wild, by Clyde W. Ford (Midnight Ink/Llewellyn); Triple Cross, by Kit Ehrman (Poisoned Pen Press); Trust, by Charles Epping (Greenleaf Book Group Press)

15. Religious Fiction

Mudball Sam, by James D. Yoder (Infinity Publishing); Silent Night, Holy War, by Ron Susek (Golden Quill Publishing); The Book of Mary, by Gail Sidonie Sobat (Sumach Press); Final Pontiff, by James Kilcullen (Literally Publishing); By Many or by Few, by Walker Buckalew (Providence House Publishers)

16. Romance

Turn Back Time, by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books); The Devil’s Bastard, by Charlsie Russell (Loblolly Writers House); The Vengeance Trap, by A.L. Hansen (Ophir Publishing); Mistress in Training, by Edwina Columbia (Dorian Press); The Crossroads Cafe, by Deborah Smith (BelleBooks)

17. True Crime

The Good-Bye Door (Kent State University Press); Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder (Momentum Books); Ripperology (Kent State University Press); Texas Death Row (Mapache); Three Boys Missing (HPH Publishing)

18. Visionary Fiction

The Huna Warrior: The Magic Begins, by Jennifer Martin (Prairie Angel Press); The Heart of a Cult, by Lena Phoenix (Garuda Inc.); Ancient Pact Vol. 1: The Element of Air, by Caryn Colgan (Good Spirited Company); Donovan’s Paradigm, by Lynn Price (Behler Publications)

19. Children’s Picture Books (6 & Under)

Once Upon a Rainbow, written & illustrated by Jennifer Woods Tierney (Honey Suckle Press); People Are So Different!, by Ann Clarke/illus. by Duncan Smith (Precious Little Books); Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen, by Howard Binkow/illus by Susan F. Cornelison (Thunderbolt Publishing); The Knot Fairy, by Bobbie Hinman/illus by Kristi Bridgeman (Best Fairy Books); A Frog Thing, by Eric Drachman/illus by James Muscarello (Kidwick Books); Scaredy Squirrel, written & illustrated by Mélanie Watt (Kids Can Press); Love, Ruby Valentine, by Laurie Friedman/illus by Lynne Avril Cravath (Carolrhoda Books); The Princess Who Picked Her Nose, written & illustrated by Jilly Rebell (Royal Rebel Publishing)

20. Children’s Picture Books (7 & Over)

Please Knock! by Erin Dolgan MA, LPC/illus by John D. Woods (Paros Press); The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale, by Trinka Hakes Noble/illus by Robert Papp (Sleeping Bear Press); Little Lost Bat, by Sandra Markle/illus by Alan Marks (Charlesbridge); Naomi’s Gift, written & illustrated by Scott Freeman (Big Picture Publishing); Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers & Eaters, by Jane Yolen/recipes by Heidi E.Y. Stemple/illus by Philippe Béha (Crocodile Books); Cheyenne Medicine Hat, by Brian Heinz/illus by Gregory Manchess (Creative Editions); The Extinct Files: My Science Files, by Wallace Edwards (Kids Can Press); Kelly of Hazel Ridge, by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen/illus by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (Sleeping Bear Press)

21. Children’s Interactive

Adventures with Jonny: Let’s Go Fishing (Running Moose Press); Wild West Trail Ride Maze (Bright Sky Press); Heavenly Skies & Lullabies (Heavenly Productions); Learn Spanish Through Fairy Tales (Slangman Kids); One Minute Reader (Read Naturally, Inc.)

22. Juvenile-Teen-Y/A Non-Fiction

Dr. Susan’s Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide (Parent Positive Press); Be a Better Writer (Leverage Factory); Like a Pro (Maple Tree Press); Little People and a Lost World (Twenty-First Century Books); I Found a Dead Bird (Maple Tree Press); My Childhood Under Fire: A Sarajevo Diary (Kids Can Press)

23. Multicultural N-F Juv-Teen-YA

Malian’s Song (Vermont Folklife Center); Tatanka (South Dakota State Historical Society Press); VICTORious Life (The Knowing Press); The Four Hills of Life (Afton Historical Society Press)

24. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult

In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors (Living Justice Press); Cholo Style (Feral House); New Americans, New Promise (Fieldstone Alliance); The Ethiopian Jews of Israel (Jewish Lights); Chickasaw: Unconquered and Unconquerable (Chickasaw Press); A Wealth of Family, by Thomas Brooks (Alpha Multimedia); Flor y ciencia: Chicanas in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, edited by Norma E. Cantú (The Adelante Project); Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools, by Tim Giago (Clear Light Publishing); The General’s Lady: God’s Faithfulness to a Military Spouse, by Charlene Curry (Believe Books); From Private to General: An African American Soldier Rises Through the Ranks, by Jerry R. Curry (Believe Books)

25. Essay/Creative Non-Fiction

A Bridge to Nowhere: Memories, Morals, Martinis and the Myth of the Promiscuous Man, by Anthony Baggadontz (Three Angels Publishing); Texas In Her Own Words, by Tweed Scott (Redbud Publishing); Sweet Swan of Avon: Did a Woman Write Shakespeare? by Robin P. Williams (Wilton Circle Press); Disrobe Completely: Real Life Cases Reveal the State of American Medicine, by Jeffrey Thurston, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. (Brown Books)

26. Autobiography/Memoir

Cary Grant: The Wizard of Beverly Grove, by Bill Royce (Cool Titles); Mayday! A Physician as Patient, by Allan Lohaus MD (Synergy Books); Face to Face with Katrina Survivors: A First Responders Tribute, by Lemuel A. Moyé, MD, PhD (Open Hand Publishing); Prisoner of X: 20 Years in the Hole at Hustler Magazine, by Allan MacDonell (Feral House); From Ghetto to Guerrilla: Memoir of a Jewish Resistance Fighter, by Samuel Lato (Preeminent Publishing); Contaminated: My Journey Out of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Gerry Radano MSW (Bar-Le-Duc Books); Ya Can’t Let Cancer Ruin Your Day, by Syd Birrell (Green Train Books)

27. Biography

Brando Unzipped: A Revisionist and Very Private Look at America's Greatest Actor, by Darwin Porter (Blood Moon Productions); Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the Purpose of American Psychology, by George Prochnik (Other Press); In Search of Nella Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line, by George Hutchinson (Belknap/Harvard); A Woman At War: Marlena Deitrich Remembered,edited by J. David Riva (Wayne State University Press): A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever, by Josh Karp (Chicago Review Press); Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights, by Diane Eickhoff (Quindaro Press); Crazy Horse, by Kingsley M. Bray (University of Oklahoma Press)

28. Aging/ Death & Dying

Dying Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me (Sunshine Ridge Publishing); Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America (Amacom); Faces of Life (Covenant Hospice); Love in the Land of Dementia (The Creativity Connection Press); What to Do Before & After Someone Dies (Little Moose Press)

29. Animals/Pets

Spirit Dogs: Heroes in Heaven (Owl of Athene Press); I'm Just a Cat Mattress… (Crescent Hill Books); Ball Pythons: The History, Natural History, Care, and Breeding (VPI Library); All My Patients Have Tales (Hadley Inc.); Kodiak Kings (Nodin Press)

30. Business/Career/Sales

Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (New Society Publishers); Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Value (Sounds True); 365 Foolish Mistakes Smart Managers Make Every Day (Atlantic Publishing Group); The Small-Mart Revolution (Berrett-Koehler); U R a Brand! (Davies-Black Publishing); Kiss Theory Good Bye (Gold Pen Publishing); Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets (Berrett-Koehler)

31. Coffee Table Books

Medicine: Perspectives in History and Art (Ponteverde Press); One World: A View of 50 Countries (Michael Lewis Photography); Piazza: Italy's Heart and Soul (Eccola Press); Mandela: The Authorized Portrait (Andrews McMeel); Fish: 77 Great Fish of North America (Greenwich Workshop); American Indian Horse Masks (Hawk Hill Press)

32. Computer/Internet

Software without Borders (Earthrise Press); Turn Browsers into Buyers (OC Publishing); How to Use the Internet to Advertise, Promote, and Market Your Business of Website (Atlantic Publishing Group); The eBay Success Chronicles (Atlantic Publishing Group); Java 6™: New Features(BrainySoftware)

33. Cookbooks

500 Cupcakes (Ronnie Sellers Productions); Lunchbox (Canavan Cookbooks); Margaret's Table: Easy Cooking & Inspiring Entertaining (Margaret’s™ Sense of Occasion); The Kitchen Table at Brennan’s of Houston (Bright Sky Press); Brothers in the Kitchen: A Celebration of Fine Food (Dream Cooks); 50 Great Pasta Sauces (Andrews McMeel); As Fresh as it Gets: Everyday Recipes from the Tomato Fresh Food Café (Arsenal Pulp Press); Luby’s Recipes and Memories (Luby’s Restaurants Ltd.)

34. Current Events

Free Speech 101: The Utah Valley Uproar over Michael Moore, by Joseph Vogel (WindRiver Publishing); One Nation Under Guns, by Arnold Grossman (Fulcrum Publishing); The Oil Depletion Protocol, by Richard Heinberg (New Society Publishers); Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9-11, by Barrie Zwicker (New Society Publishers); Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class, by Thom Hartmann (Berrett-Koehler Publishers); The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, by David C. Korten (Kumarian Press); The War Against the Common Good, by D.W. Sid Olufs and David Feller Schuman (Chandler Sharp Publishers)

35. Education/Academic/Teaching

Scenarios in American Government (Chandler Sharp Publishers); You Come Too: A Step Toward Inclusion for Teachers and Parents (Kiddo Publishing); Creating a Safe & Friendly School (Northeast Foundation for Children); Hormone Jungle: Coming of Age in Middle School (Maupin House); Creating Avenues for Change (Avenues for Change)

36. Environment/Ecology/Nature

Dry: Life Without Water (Harvard University Press); The Forager's Harvest: Edible Wild Plants (Forager’s Harvest); Green to Gold (Yale University Press); Made to Break (Harvard University Press); Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter (Umbrage Editions)

37. Erotica

Erotic Interludes 4: Extreme Passions, edited by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman (Bold Strokes Books); Room with a View, by Lucy Fur (Feral House); The Smart Girl’s Guide to Porn, edited by Violet Blue (Cleis Press); Gay Art: A Historic Collection, by Felix Lance Falkon with Thomas Waugh (Arsenal Pulp Press); Best Women’s Erotica 07, edited by Violet Blue (Cleis Press)

38. Finance/Investment/Economics

A Financial Minute (Clear Vision Press); Retire Rich with Your Self-Directed IRA (Atlantic Publishing Group); The Box (Princeton University Press); Yes, You Can…Achieve Financial Harmony (Stowers Innovations); Polar Perspectives (Polar Pacific)

39. Gay/Lesbian

Summer Cruising, by Dave Benbow (Palari Publishing); Blood Moon's Guide to Gay & Lesbian Film, by Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince & the staff at Blood Moon Productions (Blood Moon Productions); The Lavender Locker Room, by Patricia Nell Warren (Wildcat Press); Straight into Gay America: My Journey for Equal Rights, by Lars Clausen (Soulscapers); A Curious and Peculiar People, by David Grant Kohl (Spirit Press); The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives, by Marla Brettsschneider (State University of New York Press); The Secret Keeping, by Francine Saint Marie (Spinsters Ink); Trans/Forming Feminisms: Trans-Feminist Voices Speak Out, edited by Krista Scott-Dixon (Sumach Press)

40. Gift/Holiday/Specialty

Slap on a Little Lipstick…You'll be Fine (Tristan Publishing); Spirit Dogs: Heroes in Heaven (Owl of Athene Press); The Fit Traveler: Senior Edition (Publishers Design Group); A Cup of Christmas Tea (Waldman House Press); The Lighthouse Mouse (Vinland Press); Blessings We Celebrate: From Our House to Yours (Junior League of Hampton Roads)

41. Health/Medicine/Nutrition

Miracle Stem Cell Heart Repair, by Christian Wilde (Abigon Press); The Official Autism 101 Manual, by Karen L. Simmons (Autism Today); Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis, by David Spero R.N. (New Society Publishers); Herbs and Influenza, by Kathy Abascal RH, AHG (Tigana Press); Soul-Full Eating, by Maureen Whitehouse (Axiom Publishing); A Woman’s Guide to Saving Her Own Life, by Mellanie True Hills (Healthy Ideas Press); Confronting Lyme Disease, by Karen P. Yerges and Rita L. Stanley, PhD (The Mitre’s Touch Gallery); Avoiding Miscarriage, by Susan Rousselot (Sea Change Press); 911 Stroke! True Stories of Stroke Reversal, by Robert M. Rymer, MD and Marilyn M. Rymer, MD (St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation); Killing Your Cancer without Killing Yourself, by Allen S. Chips, DCH, PhD (Transpersonal Publishing); The Race to Cure Parkinson’s Disease: How Science will Defeat Evangelism, by Steven A. Zecola (Zax Publishing); Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Disorders, Sieglinde Martin, MS, PT (Woodbine House)

42. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book – Humor/Cartoon

The Wild Life of Love, by Leigh Rubin (Willow Creek Press); Dreamkeepers Vol. 1 Awakenings, by David Lillie (Vivid Publishing); Tails: Life in Progress, by Ethan Young (Bohemian Press); Somewhat Hip, by Mark Freeland (Oon Productions)

43. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book – Drama/Documentary

Vatican City, Las Vegas, by Rex & Wolfinger (ICCC Media Incorporated); Eye Witness: Acts of the Spirit, by Robert James Luedke (Head Press Publishing); The Museum of Lost Wonder, by Jeff Hoke (Weiser)

44. History

The General and Mrs. Washington (Sourcebooks); Medicine: Perspectives in History and Art (Ponteverde Press); Chicago in the Sixties (Chicago’s Neighborhoods Inc.); Mao’s Last Revolution (Belknap/Harvard); Harlem Speaks (Sourcebooks); Not in a Thousand Years (Geoff Fernald); Winning the Vote (American Graphic Press)

45. Home & Garden

1001 Ideas for Color & Paint (Creative Homeowner); Entertaining in Style (Andrews McMeel Publishing); The Fine Art of Wall Design (Wall Design Diva); Rainwater Harvesting (Rainsource Press); The Chandelier Through the Centuries (Vissi D’Arte Books), Orleans Embrace with the Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre (Morgana Press)

46. How-To (Crafts/Hobby)

Apron Book (Andrews McMeel); Arctic Lace (Nomad Press); Victorian Lace Today (XRX Books); Scrap City: Scrapbooking for Urban Divas and Small-Town Rebels (Sixth&Spring Books); Bead Style: Fabulous Chunky Jewelry (Creative Homeowner); Encyclopedia of Flower Design (The Flower Press); Applique: The Basics and Beyond (Landauer Books)

47. Humor

The Official Guide to Office Wellness, by William R. Vitanyi Jr. (Bayla Publishing); More Vintage Whine, by Patty Fedeli (Fedeli Corporation); What Color is Your Jockstrap? edited by Jennifer L. Leo (Travelers Tales); How to Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You, by Alan Thicke (iUniverse Star)

48. Inspirational/Spiritual

Sacred Visitations, by Ceci Miller (Five Wisdoms Press); Oki’s Island: A Hero’s Journey, by Kenny Kemp (Alta Films Press); Did I Say That Out Loud? Musings from a Questioning Soul, by Meg Barnhouse (Skinner House); The Truth About You: Things You Don’t Know You Know, by Mary M. Bauer (VanderWyk & Burnham); Fellowship with Jesus: A 365 Day Devotional, by Kris Thayer (d'Vine Words Publishing); Pink Lemonade: Freshly Squeezed Insights to Stir Your Faith, by Gayle Zinda (Pink Lemonade Presentations); Hugging Life: A Practical Guide to Artful Hugging, by Martin Neufeld (The Hugger Busker); Waking Up the West Coast: Healers and Visionaries, by Jaime Kowal (Catalyst Publications); True Meditation, by Adyashanti (Sounds True); Portraits of Success, by Barbara De Witt (Lupus International)

49. New Age (Mind-Body-Spirit)

Mystic Foundation (Llewellyn); Waking the Global Heart (Elite Books); When the Impossible Happens (Sounds True); A Soul Walk (Twainhart Hill); Tree Spirited Woman (Beaver's Pond Press); Body Brilliance (Elite Books)

50. Parenting

Got the Baby: Where’s the Manual?!? (Mountainside Press); What Babies Teach Us (Willow Creek Press); Optimistic Outcomes: What Every Parent Wants and Every Child Needs (Silverlining Press); Emotion Commotion: Children’s Poems and Activities (Depot Publishing); Nine Months & Counting (Ronnie Sellers Productions)

51. Poetry

Any Old Wolf, by Murray Silverstein (Sixteen Rivers Press); A Calm Position, by Jon Weinberg (In Due Time Press); Head Trauma: Sonnets and Other Poems, by Gary David Johnson (iUniverse); The Secret Powers of Naming, by Sara Littlecrow-Russell (University of Arizona Press); Thoughts I Left Behind: Collected Poems of William Roetzheim, (Level 4 Press); Spring Again, by Victor di Suvero (Pennywhistle Press); Adobe Odes, by Pat Mora (University of Arizona Press); Embracing Brings You Back, by Pat Clifford (Coteau Books); A Change of Maps, by Carolyne Wright (Lost Horse Press); The Other Side of Sorrow: Poets, Speak Out About Conflict, War, and Peace, edited by Patricia Frisella and Cicely Buckley (The Poetry Society of New Hampshire)

52. Popular Culture/Leisure

GONZO, by Hunter S. Thompson (AMMO Books); A Place Called the Bla-Bla Café, by Sandy Ross (SLR Productions); Arboretum, by David Byrne (McSweeney’s); Broken Screen, by Doug Aitken (DAP); Everything's Coming Up Sock Monkeys, by Bonnie Kraus Connelly (In My Own Dream Publishing); The Heeey Baby Days of Beach Music, by Greg Haynes (Rare Reads Publishing)

53. Psychology/Mental Health

The Gender Beyond Sex: Two Distinct Ways of Living in Time, Robert Pos, M.D. (Trafford Publishing); A Theory and Treatment of Your Personality, by Garry A. Flint, PhD (NeoSolTerric Enterprises); Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome, by Dennis McGuire, PhD & Brian Chicoine (Woodbine House); Dynamic Energetic Healing, by Howard Brockman, LCSW (Columbia Press); Psychotherapy as Religion, by William M. Epstein (University of Nevada Press); How Children Become Violent, by Katheryn Seifert, PhD (Acanthus Publishing)

54. Sports/Fitness/Recreation

The Little Big Book of Baseball (Welcome Books); Canoe Camping (The Heliconia Press); Blue Water Sailing Manual (South Atlantic Publishing); Porsche Moments (David Bull Publishing); Adventures with Jonny: Let’s Go Fishing (Running Moose Publications)

55. Reference

Concise Dictionary of Antique Collecting (Speedie Graphics); New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary (Rio Grande Books); Preparedness Now! (Process); The Early Intervention Dictionary (Woodbine House); Body Trauma (Behler Publications); The Songbirds Bible (Ronnie Sellers Productions); Twentieth-Century French Thought (Columbia University Press); A Search of African American Life, Achievement and Culture (Stardate Publishing)

56. Religion

Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2,000-year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse, by Thomas P. Doyle, A.W.R. Sype and Patrick J. Wall (Volt); Searching for Mary Magdalene, by Jane Lahr (Welcome Books); A Republic of Mind and Spirit, by Catherine L. Albanese (Yale University Press); Blessing the World, by Rebecca Ann Parker (Skinner House Books)

57. Science

The Owners Manual for the Brain, by Pierce J. Howard, PhD (Bard Press); The Evolving World: Evolution in Everyday Life, by David P. Mindell (Harvard University Press); Intervention: Confronting the Real Risks of Genetic Engineering and Life on a Biotech Planet, by Denise Caruso (The Hybrid Vigor Institute); The Origins of the Future: Ten Questions for the Next Ten Years, by John Gribbin (Yale University Press); MEN: Evolutionary and Life History, by Richard G. Bribiescas (Harvard University Press)

58. Self Help

You’re Only Young Twice: 10 Do-Overs to Reawaken Your Spirit, by Ronda Beaman, EdD (VanderWyk & Burnham); Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice, by Sandy Nathan (Vilasa Press); An Illumined Life: A Personal Yearly Retreat & Reflection Guide, by Melanie McGhee (Hickory Hill Press); Ideas: Original Perspectives on Life and Business from Leading Thinkers, by Matt Church et al (Thought Leaders); Fearless Leadership: Conquering Your Fears and the Lies that Drive Them, by Bruce E. Roselle, PhD (Leader Press); Breathe Your Way to Success: The Plasma Personality, by Hari Subramanian (Plasma Press); Why? Answers to Weather the Storms of Life, by Vernon Brewer (WH Books); Wake Up Inspired: Fuel Healthier Success and Love the Life You’re Meant to Lead, by Marian Baker (New Story Press)

59. Sexuality/Relationships

Taking Space: How to Use Separation to Explore the Future of Your Relationship (CharLer Publishing); The Disposable Male: Sex, Love, and Money (The Hunter Press); The Commitment Chronicles: The Power of Staying Together (Sourcebooks); Guide to Getting it On – Fifth Edition (Goofy Foot Press); Chance Meetings that Tied the Knot (The Newman Group); Ancient Chinese Sexual Positions (Secret Garden Publishing); Contact: The Yoga of Relationship (Insight Editions)

60. Travel Essay

Cool Creatures, Hot Planet (Encante Press); Hidden Scotland (Berlinn); The Nostalgic Heart (Cobalt); Es Cuba (Seal Press); Lincoln Highway (Robert B. Abel Publisher); Ten Years in Transylvania (Stephen Spinder Fine Art Photography)

61. Travel Guidebook

Arizona Trails: Northwest Region (Adler Publishing); Costa Rica (Interlink); Key to Rome (Getty Publications); The Top 100 Most Beautiful Rustic Vacations (Rusty Duck Press); The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook (Wizard Publications Inc); A Journey into Steinbeck’s California (Roaring Forties Press)

62. Women’s Issues

Why Aren’t More Women in Science? (American Psychological Association); The Courage Code (Utopia Press); The Bitch, the Crone and the Harlot (Elite Books); Remembering Women Murdered by Men (Sumach Press); Aging Artfully (Pal Publishing); More Than a Mom (Woodbine House); Retired with Husband (VanderWyk & Burnham); Renaissance Woman (Red Earth Publishing)

63. Writing/Publishing

Miss Thistlebottom's Hobgoblins: The Careful Writer's Guide to the Taboos, Bugbears, and Outmoded Rules of English Usage, by Theodore M. Bernstein (Centro Books); Writes of Life, by Robert Yehling (Koboca Publishing); The Dog Walked Down the Street: An Outspoken Guide for Writers Who Publish, by Sal Glynn (Cypress House); Let’s Get Creative: Writing Fiction That Sells! by William F. Nolan (Quill Driver Books); The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living, by Peter Bowerman (Fanove Publishing); Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace, by Sarah Bolme (Crest Publications); The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, by Mark Levine (Bascom Hill Publishing Group)

64. Best Book Marketing – Print

Firebelly (Philograph); Pink Lemonade (Pink Lemonade Presentations); Becoming Whole (Flow Books); Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee (Bumble Bee Productions)

65. Best Book Marketing – Online

Orleans Embrace (Morgana Press); Talk to Me: Communication Moves to Get Along with Anyone (New Insights Communication); The Fine Art of Wall Design (ALTA Press); The Strand Prophecy (Missile Rider Publishing); Leni the Pug: The Comet Christmas Caper (Brownstone Monkey Productions)

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