Nonfiction Books




by Erin Whitmer and Jeanne L. Riether

With a foreward and special Q&A  section by

Professor Eric Kossoff, M.D. of  Johns Hopkins Children's Center

          Written by two mothers who have children on the Ketogenic diet to control seizures, Fighting Back with Fat provides essential information to educate parents on every aspect of diet therapy, as well as giving counsel for parents navigating the emotional minefields that often come with attempting Ketogenic diets. Common stress factors such as fear of failure, hyper - responsibility, dealing effectively with a child's non - compliance, and educating non - supportive relatives, friends and peers, are all addressed in heart - to - heart frankness from mothers who have covered the territory personally.


        Fighting Back with Fat guides the reader through the Ketogenic Diet, Modified Atkins Diet and The Low Glycemic Index Treatment for epilepsy, intrepidly discussing the struggles and emotional bombshells that come with diet therapy. The authors include first - person accounts of the successes and trails of other families as well as a rare glimpse of what kids think of the diets, in their own words. A recipe section in included.


 A Handbook of Practical Teaching Material for Disaster Recovery

by Jeanne Riether, H. de Gaalon and Anna de Gaalon​

Over 20,000 copies distributed during the Wenchuan Sichuan Earthquake.

Used by UNICEF Child Friendly Spaces

and the International Red Cross

The Healing Young Hearts Handbook provides teachers and volunteers with training and resources to help children with the practical applications of emotional healing after the trauma of disaster. It is designed for those working with children who need easy-to-understand material that is practical for use in both classroom settings as well as in one-on-one assistance.

The handbook includes lesson plans, activities, worksheet, games and more to help you guide children through the immediate trauma of disaster, and conduct activities that can be used with children in the years following disaster.

Originally published in Chinese for use during the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, an English version is available for free download in four separate booklets in the Disaster Resources section at



The Soul Sellers is a riveting tale that explores the ruthless 18th century trade in human cargo and indentured servitude, and the mysterious circumstances

that surround a murder aboard the sailing ship, the Oliver.  

Hans Etter undertakes his journey to the American colonies along with a band of Swiss dissenters in 1735, an age when reliable information is notoriously scarce, and sea travel perilously uncertain. 


Hounded by suspicion and prejudice, the Swiss Brethren struggle to retain their religious and cultural identity, and protect themselves from greedy extortionists who threaten to destroy them.

The Soul Sellers explores the pathos of the immigrant's tale, the poverty and oppression that  drives them to flee, and their willingness to risk everything to board a ship bound for a new life.


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