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Coming Soon: A ROMANCE ON THREE LEGS by Katie Hafner

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A ROMANCE ON THREE LEGS by Katie Hafner

We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould’s Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano, by Katie Hafner.

Glenn Gould was famous for his obsessions: the scarves, sweaters and fingerless gloves that he wore even on the hottest summer days; his deep fear of germs and illness; the odd wooden “pygmy” chair that he carried with him wherever he performed; and his sudden withdrawal from the public stage at the peak of his career. But perhaps Gould’s greatest obsession of all was for a particular piano, a Steinway concert grand known as CD318. A Romance on Three Legs is the story of Gould’s love for this piano, from the first moment of discovery, in a Toronto dept. store, to the tragic moment when the piano was dropped and seriously damaged while being transported from a concert overseas. Hafner also introduces us to the world and art of piano tuning, including a central character in Gould’s life, the blind tuner Verne Edquist, who lovingly attended to CD318 for more than two decades. We learn how a concert grand is built, and the fascinating story of how Steinway & Sons weathered the war years by supplying materials for the military effort. Indeed, CD318 came very close to ending up as a series of glider parts or, worse, a casket. The book has already been lauded by Kevin Bazzana, author of the definitive Gould biography, who notes that Hafner “has clarified some old mysteries and turned up many fresh details.”

Available soon from Audible and Amazon.

New Release: SAVING BEN: A FATHER’S STORY OF AUTISM by Dan E. Burns

SAVING BEN: A FATHER'S STORY OF AUTISM by Dan E. Burns

SAVING BEN: A FATHER’S STORY OF AUTISM by Dan E. Burns

Each year thousands of children are diagnosed with autism, a devastating neurological disorder that profoundly affects a person’s language and social development. Saving Ben is the story of one family coping with autism, told from the viewpoint of a father struggling to understand his son’s strange behavior and rescue him from a downward spiral.

“Take him home, love him, and save your money for his institutionalization when he turns 21.” That was the best advice his doctor could offer in 1990 when three-year-old Ben was diagnosed with autism. Read more…

New Release: BLOOD ON THE MOON: THE ASSASSINATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Edward Steers, Jr.

BLOOD ON THE MOON: THE ASSASSINATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Edward Steers, Jr.

Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York’s Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government.  Read more…