WINNER Nonfiction: Narrative 2023 Best Book Awards
On the Rocks chronicles the real-life journey of restaurateur Joseph Costanzo Jr., from his rise to success in the 1990s as a owner of the highly acclaimed Primadonna Restaurant, radio host, columnist, and aspiring politician to his sharp fall in the early 2000s, ending in an investigation and a stint in federal prison. Costanzo is a complex character, whom readers will admire for his confidence and rebuke for his arrogance, will love for his generosity and despise for his egotism, and will learn from in both his attention to detail and lack thereof. This driven, not-your-average-Joe is an unforgettable character who achieves the seemingly impossible but can't help getting in his own way. Come along with Joe for a bumpy ride on the Rocks!
WINNER Narrative Nonfiction 2023 International Book Awards
In early 2022, life in the port city of Mariupol, Ukraine was safe and predictable for Adoriana Marik.
The thirty-one-year-old tattoo artist loved walking her dog by the seaside and meeting friends at cafés and public gardens. But all that changed on February 24, 2022, when Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his "special military operation."
Adoriana was forced to hide in a filthy network of basements and underground tunnels. For more than a month, under deafening round-the-clock bombardment, she huddled with little food or water and no heat, surrounded by groans from the sick and the smell of death. She decided to escape.
Escape from Mariupol: A Survivor's True Story is the account of her perilous journey to freedom, an incredible tale of a brave young woman's indomitable will to survive. As told to award-winning author Anne K. Howard, the book is a must-read for those who appreciate stories of extraordinary courage.