Ebooks, Ebooks, Ebooks!

Jim and Ralph created a series of ebooks designed to give you insight several areas of life, wellness and forms of disabilities and mental illness. Browse at your leisure. We use Paypal for the payment.

Understanding Autism

This ebook shows you the many faces of autism. There are some accounts of the real life experiences of people who have lived with this disease and have managed to come through to the other side.

Included are also movies that you can view if you wish, and there are books to read. It is our hope that you will have an appreciation for the complexity of this disorder by the time you get through the first half of this book. Beyond that however, we present some of the latest research on autism that offers hope for the future. Treatment modalities are explored and the reader is directed to on line sources of support.


Protecting Your Family’s Health

This important guide will give you cutting edge health and dietary information. We created it because you guys are important to us. We want you to, in the immortal words of Star Treks’ Spock, “Live long and prosper.

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Understanding Schizophrenia

schizopreniaWhat exactly is schizophrenia and what can be done to treat, or better yet, prevent it? Often called “the cancer of psychiatry” schizophrenia is the most devastating, and least understood mental illness. But what is it, and how can a person affected understand this disorder?

Jim and Ralph set out to unravel the mysteries. The result is a multimedia e-book titled Understanding Schizophrenia. It is an absolute necessity for persons needing to know more about this devastating diagnosis.


Books Ralph and Jim Recommend

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Why We Sleep.

This New York Times best seller is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. The author shows how a good night’s sleep can make us cleverer, more attractive, slimmer, happier, healthier, and it can even ward off cancer.

In this book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshaling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s sleep every night.

The Psychology Book –

Explore the history, theories, and concepts of psychology through more than 100 groundbreaking ideas with straightforward text, witty illustrations, and vocabulary glossary that demystify an often daunting subject matter.

From its philosophical roots through behaviorism, psychotherapy, and developmental psychology, The Psychology Book incorporates the latest thoughts of today’s psychologists alongside the theories of ancient philosophers, as well as the key experiments and ideas of the scientists and practitioners of the 19th and 20th centuries.


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Looking for good reads? Ralph and Jim’s recommendation for some good summer reading.In the interest of full disclosure, the Amazon links earns a few pennies :-). In addition to giving you the title, where appropriate we include links to Ted Talks that provide new ideas. To get to a description of the book press Control + Click on the blue URL.

1          Love Star by Andri Snaer Magnason

A suspenseful and inspiring novel about man vs. machine, the imperfections that make us human, and what it is that really matters in life.Thordis Elva (TED Talk: Our story of rape and reconciliation).

2          Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer

Dyer had a residency aboard a US naval air carrier. While his description of the experience is informative, more than that it’s also hilarious and surprisingly moving. He is such good company — they were lucky to have him.

Mary Norris (TED Talk: The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker’s Comma Queen)

3        Elizabeth Street Green Light by Laurie Fabiano

I enjoyed reading this historical novel that was based on true events. It gave me a vivid sense of what it was like to live in New York City in the early 1900s as an Italian immigrant — and what it may have been like to be targeted by the Black Hand, the precursor to the Mafia.

Eduardo Briceño (TED Talk: How to get better at the things you care about)

4          The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

I’m re-reading my favorite gothic horror book in its original French format. Leroux was a popular mystery author in the early 1900s. The book is far from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romanticized musical version, and it’s frightening in the most compelling way.

Alix Generous (TED Talk: How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger’s)

5          Version Control by Dexter Palmer


This novel treads a fine line between modern literature and science fiction, perfectly adapting the evocative prose and mystery of one and the excitement and uncertainty of the other. Primarily following the middle-age crisis of Rebecca — a woman who feels something is deeply wrong with her universe — the book explores whether her ennui is caused by the banality of modern life, a mysterious family tragedy or something that’s gone terribly wrong with her physicist husband’s “causality violation” experiment. While it’s set in a not-too-distant future of autonomous cars, pervasive social networking and online dating, the struggles of the characters to find meaning, purpose and love are timeless.

Natasha Hurley-Walker (TED Talk: How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies)

6          Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

A charming story based on a real character.  The protagonist is a very successful advertising executive at Macy’s, and the book spans her life from early adulthood through old age.  It gives wonderful glimpses of NYC and its neighborhoods.

— Kathy Hull (TED Talk: Stories from a home for terminally ill children)

7          Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar

In the tradition of books like Alive and In Cold Blood, Deep Down Dark is a nonfiction account that reads like a novel. Tobar tells the story of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months at the San Jose Mine. What makes the book so riveting is how he manages to capture both the detailed (and fascinating) logistics of staying alive and the fear and longing that shapes both their survival and their subsequent celebrity.

–Mandy Len Catron (TED Talk: A better way to talk about love)

8          A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


A very imaginative and well researched novel set in post-revolution Russia, with engaging and unique characters. I was sorry to reach the end of this one.

— Kathy Hull (TED Talk: Stories from a home for terminally ill children)

9          Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra

This seriously playful book, by one of the brightest young stars in the Latin American literary firmament, defies categorization. It calls on the reader to make parts of its narrative disappear. The book subtly alludes to the plight of “the disappeared” (i.e., Chileans who did not fit with the state’s narrative under Pinochet). But it also invites us to ask who is shaping the narratives of our own time and place. As a potent indictment of the multiple-choice test, the book will also appeal to students still smarting from poor grades in end-of-year exams.

Jonathan Marks (TED Talk: In praise of conflict)

10        The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

After the death of his mother, a grieving young boy enters a magical world. What follows is far from a children’s fairy tale — bloody, decomposed corpses dot the narrative — but an allegory for loss, anger and redemption. Plus: there are wolves, beasts, knights, etc.

Caitlin Doughty (TED Talk: A burial practice that nourishes the planet)

11        Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer

This erotically charged memoir grabbed me by the throat. Dederer reckons with the way her carefully crafted, mom-dad-and-two-kids idyll begins to crumble at mid-life (my favorite chapter is, “How to Have Sex with Your Husband of 15 Years”), as well as with her “chaotic past” as a “disastrous pirate slut of a girl.” This book is about being a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sexual being. Plus, as her experiments with form in various chapters show, she is a brilliant stylist.

Peggy Orenstein (TED Talk: What young women believe about their own sexual pleasure)

12        The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu — And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

. The librarians prove mightier than the sword.

Robert Sapolsky (TED Talk: The biology of our best and worst selves)

13        Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will by Judith Schalansky

. If you cannot afford to leave home this summer, open the book at random and allow Schalansky to be your guide. Unlike the book’s less fortunate characters, you are guaranteed safe passage home, but you will not return unchanged.

Jonathan Marks (TED Talk: In praise of conflict)

14        The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I read this several years ago but — much like Orwell’s 1984 — it seems particularly relevant given our current political morass.

Grady Booch (TED Talk: Don’t fear superintelligent AI)

15        Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Through the lens of sci-fi, a gripping, nuanced and often harrowing historical novel about life in the time of slavery unfurls.

Lucianne Walkowicz (TED Talk: Let’s not use Mars as a backup planet)

16        The Plundered Planet by Paul Collier

With precise cause-and-effect analyses, Collier deftly confronts how world leaders have mismanaged natural resources and created a malady of human-made ills for the poorest populations on Earth.

Hugh Evans (TED Talk: What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?)

17        Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail by Jason de Leon


de Leon evocatively captures the human experience of border-crossers and the federal policies that shape their lives and deaths.

Katie Hinde (TED Talk: What we don’t know about mother’s milk)

18        The More They Disappear by Jesse Donaldson

There’s a lot of talk about the opioid crisis these days. This novel, which focuses on Kentucky in the 1990s, gave me an understanding of the human stories involved.

Carrie Nugent (TED Talk: Adventures of an asteroid hunter)

19        One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong

This book is a fascinating exploration of one of the most radical experiments the world has ever seen — China’s population control policy — and its consequences. Fong tells unforgettable stories of resilience and ingenuity in Chinese families, without shying away from the horrors of forced abortions and sterilizations under the policy.

Thordis Elva (TED Talk: Our story of rape and reconciliation)

20        Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin by Clifford Gaddy and Fiona Hill

This book offers the consummate psychological profile of the man in the Kremlin. By understanding what drives Putin, we can see how he ledhis country to become the Russia we know today.

Laura Galante (TED Talk: How (and why) Russia hacked the US election