Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December Classic of the Month: Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates

This December, pick up a classic for the little one in your life! We recommend our Book of the Month, Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge and illustrated by Alice Carsey as the perfect stocking stuffer.

A beloved childhood favorite for a century and a half (and a book that readers continue to enjoy and appreciate long into adulthood), Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates went through more than 100 editions during the author's lifetime alone.

First published in 1865, this replica of the 1917 edition features the exquisite illustrations by Alice Carsey, whose sensitive eye and delicate pen-and-ink lines enliven the tale of the poor but virtuous Dutch boy in a way that few other artists have achieved. This replica edition brings the enchanting work of Dodge and Carsey to a new generation of children.

Dodge's book takes place in the Netherlands and is a fictional portrait of early 19th-century Dutch life. The perfect gift for the children's lit lover, young adult reader, and avid bookworms in your life.

About the Author
Author and editor Mary Mapes Dodge (1831-1905) was born in New York City. She served as editor of the children's magazine St. Nicholas, to which she attracted such writers as Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Rudyard Kipling. She also authored the short-fiction collection Irvington Stories (1864).





Thursday, December 6, 2018

December Book of the Month: The Joy of Ritual by Barbara Biziou

December is upon us and we are getting into the holiday spirit! Prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah by reading our Book of the Month, The Joy of Ritual by Barbara Biziou.

Ritual is a universal language that gives substance and meaning to our lives. People are eager to honor the significant moments in their lives and Barbara Biziou, one of America's foremost ritual experts, teaches us how to restore ritual to its rightful place as food for the soul through practical, easy-to-use ritual recipes that are inspiring and fun.

Rituals can enhance daily routines, enrich milestones, and guide us through difficult transitions. Whether you're releasing fear, bringing deeper meaning to a family or community gathering, or celebrating an important event, The Joy of Ritual is like a wise best friend that reconnects us to our hearts and souls.

About the Author
Barbara Biziou is an interfaith minister, motivational speaker, and a life-strategy coach. She is the author of The Joy of Ritual & The Joy of Family Rituals, as well as a Huffington Post blogger, executive consultant, dynamic public speaker, and national TV personality. Biziou has a deep commitment to integrating practical spirituality into people's lives, both personally and professionally. She is a frequent guest on radio and television and has appeared in the New York Times, Body and Soul, Harper's Bazaar and Parent's Magazine.

Cosimo offers this title in paperback at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and also as an eBook.





Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Consider 1% for the Planet as You Plan Your Philanthropic Gifts

As we approach the holiday season when many citizens make charitable donations, please keep in mind an organization Cosimo often works with, 1% for the Planet during your selections this month.

Cosimo joined 1% for the Planet in 2012, an organization of over 1,200 companies in 48 countries that support sustainable causes by donating 1% of their sales to a network of almost 3,700 approved environmental organizations worldwide. To date over $100 million has been donated to this network of environmental organizations.

As Cosimo's mission is to create a smart and sustainable society by publishing books covering wisdom through the ages, it was a natural step to join 1% for the Planet. In recent years, Cosimo has helped support the following organizations:

EcoHealth Alliance
charity:water
Green Map System
ioby
Just Food
Oceana
Solar One
The Turtle Conservancy
World Monuments Fund
- and more!



About 1% for the Planet
Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of member companies that donate to environmental organizations worldwide. As a network, the 1% community has become a front runner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. Readers can find out more, straight from Yvon and Craig, in this video.


1% is Looking Ahead
This summer, 1% will be launching their first consumer-facing campaign to inspire individuals to take measurable actions on behalf of our planet. Watch their Facebook page for the latest news and updates.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

November Organization of the Month: The Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum

In honor of the author of our November Series of the Month, we have selected The Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum as our Organization of the Month!

Nestled in the heart of the New York Fingerlakes region, the museum is located in Dresden, the birthplace and home of Ingersoll.

Period furniture and replica rooms are open and available for tours; see where Ingersoll was born, learn about his war service, and his law career.

The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm, and a $5 donation is suggested.

Get a sneak peak in this short video from the museum before you plan your trip!



** Please take note, the museum is currently closed until Memorial Day 2019




Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Loren Coleman Announces Next International Cryptozoology Conference

For those of you who attended the last Cryptozoology Conference and had a blast (or for those that missed it, you have a second chance!), the next dates have been announced!

The Fourth Annual International Cryptozoology Conference will be taking place April 26th - April 28th in 2019 once again sponsored by the International Cryptozoology Museum. Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum and Cosimo author, had originally planned to skip ahead to 2020 due to costs, but thanks to the generous donations of museum patrons, fans of his work, passionate readers, and friends, the Conference is schueled to continue its annual presence in Maine.

If you would like to help make this event a reality, please consider donating to the GoFundMe page for the International Cryptozoology Conference. Coleman and his staff would need to raise all funds by December 2018 to be able to secure the speakers and place deposits on the rentals and equipment.


About Loren ColemanLoren Coleman is one of the world's leading crypozoologists. In 1960 he started his fieldwork, and after years pursuing cryptozoological mysteries, he began writing. He is the author of numerous books on cryptozoology, including Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. Coleman is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine (www.cryptozoologymuseum.com). Loren Coleman can be followed on Twitter at @CryptoLoren and on his blog, www.cryptozoonews.com

Thursday, November 22, 2018

November Quote of the Month: "I have no idea who shot President Kennedy or why. What I do know is there was a medical cover-up."


"I have no idea who shot President Kennedy or why. What I do know is there was a medical cover-up."
 - Dr. Charles Crenshaw


This November, we are presenting Trauma Room One: The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed by Charles A. Crenshaw with a foreword by Oliver Stone, as our Quote of the Month.

In this gripping account, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, one of the several Dallas surgeons who worked on JFK in Trauma Room One, shares what really happened within those walls.

In November of 1963, the doctors who tried to save President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital agreed---either out of respect or fear---not to publish what they have seen, heard, or felt. But in 1990, Charles Crenshaw stepped forward and decided that the American people ought to know the truth.

In 1992, when the first edition of this book was published under JFK: Conspiracy of SilenceCrenshaw revealed what he never had the opportunity to tell the Warren CommissionCrenshaw states, "The wounds to Kennedy's head and throat that I examined were caused by bullets that struck him from the front, not the back, as the public has been lead to believe."

Shortly after publication, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called Crenshaw's book a fabrication. But in court, the claim did not hold up, and Crenshaw subsequently prevailed in a defamation suit against JAMA. In the process, a number of new medical disclosures have emerged on the startling medical cover-up of the JFK assassination.

Cosimo offers this title in both hardcover and paperback at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble and Amazon, as well as in eBook format.





Tuesday, November 20, 2018

November eBook of the Month: Trauma Room One by Charles A. Crenshaw

We are continuing our spotlight on Trauma Room One by Charles A. Crenshaw by naming this classic title as our November eBook of the Month!

In this gripping account, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, one of the several Dallas surgeons who worked on JFK in Trauma Room One, shares what really happened within those walls.

In November of 1963, the doctors who tried to save President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital agreed---either out of respect or fear---not to publish what they have seen, heard, or felt. But in 1990, Charles Crenshaw stepped forward and decided that the American people ought to know the truth.

In 1992, when the first edition of this book was published under JFK: Conspiracy of SilenceCrenshaw revealed what he never had the opportunity to tell the Warren CommissionCrenshaw states, "The wounds to Kennedy's head and throat that I examined were caused by bullets that struck him from the front, not the back, as the public has been lead to believe."

Shortly after publication, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called Crenshaw's book a fabrication. But in court, the claim did not hold up, and Crenshaw subsequently prevailed in a defamation suit against JAMA. In the process, a number of new medical disclosures have emerged on the startling medical cover-up of the JFK assassination. This November when we remember President Kennedy's death, now already fifty-one years ago, Trauma Room One has become a classic book that shows current readers how President Kennedy was killed.


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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving is Only One Week Away! Let Cosimo Help You Prepare with a Classic Cookbook!

Are you frantically trying to clean the house for your guests and prepare mounds of food for the fast-approaching Thanksgiving holiday? Look no further, these classic cookbooks and household guides are sure to bring you comfort, advice, and possibly, a few laughs.



Old Time Recipes, originally published in 1909, is a descriptive, charming cookbook for those who want to make their own wines and liqueurs from any and all available ingredients, including fruits, flowers, vegetables, and shrubs. It includes an introduction from the author and the ingredients and instructions for making and fermenting your own spirits, from wine and ale to sherry, brandy, cordials, and even soda. Not only is this book interesting for those who want access to recipes from the old country, it's also good for those looking for a laugh: cock ale, cowslip wine, koumiss (a tartar wine that uses fresh mare's milk), and elephant's milk recipes are all included.


Mrs. Beeton's Cookery Book and Household Guide by Isabella Mary Beeton

Isabella Mary Beeton was the 19th century's Martha Stewart, and she is responsible for organizing the rules of domestic life into the first easy-to-follow guide. Eminently browsable and still highly useful today, Beeton's tome is a masterly compendium of practical information, and covers such essential topics as: recipes of cooking all manner of meat, fish, vegetable, pudding, and pastry; hints on the proper arrangement of a functional kitchen; ideas for table decorations (including the correct way to fold napkins); tips for carving poultry; charts on the seasons and prices (in the 1800s, of course) of all manner of edibles; and much more.




The Cook's Oracle by William Kitchiner

Care for a bit of Colcannon? Craving some Winter Hotch-Potch? Wishing for Wow-Wow Sauce? This newly released edition of The Cook's Oracle is an exact replica of Dr. Kitchiner's original book first published in 1829. A bestseller in its day, Kitchiner's fundamentals of 19th-century cookery cover the gamut from meat & fish to gravies & sauces to puddings & pies, including many of his favorite "receipts." Interestingly enough, he toured with a moveable taste cabinet; a folding cupboard stocked his unique mustards and sauces. And, unlike most food writers of the era, he whipped up the recipes himself, carried out the dreaded after-dinner clean up, and did all his own housework! A marvelous culinary artifact of 19th-century cookery, this book is certain to delight both social historians and food-lovers alike.



National Cookery Book: America's First Cook Book by Elizabeth D. Gillespie

Compiled in honor of the American centennial in 1876 and consisting of recipes solicited from American women all over this country, this 1876 work is the best reflection we have today of how and what Americans ate in the mid 19th century. But this isn't just a vital work of culinary history—it's also bound to make you hungry for the hearty fare it promotes. Renowned for its extensive selection of recipes for cooking game (venison, rabbit, and game birds were staples of the American diet at the time), but instructions for preparing them became hard to find after game fell out of favor. This book also includes such delicious-sounding dishes as: New Orleans Gumbo Soup, Barbecued Fish, Oyster Omelet, Beefsteak Pie, Squabs in Olives, General Washington's Breakfast Cake, and Sweet Potato Pudding.



Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Cosimo!











Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November Classic of the Month: The Art of Money-Getting by P. T. Barnum

As the holiday season quickly approaches, money, budgeting, and overspending will likely be on many minds. The Art of Money-Getting by P. T. Barnum, our November Classic of the Month, can help guide you through this gifting season, savings account intact!

First published in 1880 by P.T. Barnum, The Art of Money-Getting is a short book encouraging the general public to aspire to wealth through proper economic means: building a savings, collecting on interest, operating business with integrity, learning the true value of money, working for what you earn, and foregoing extravagances in order to live a more modest lifestyle where saving money is the goal.

Based on P.T. Barnum's own experiences as a showman and businessman, he outlines a way of life rather than a get-rich-quick scheme. Despite its 19th-century publication date, his advice is remarkably relevant, and will be of interest to young and old readers alike who desire to be more responsible with their finances.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Cosimo!


About the Author
Phineas Taylor ("P.T.") Barnum (1810-1891) is one of the most peculiarly famous personalities in American history. A consummate showman and entrepreneur, Barnum was famous for bringing both high and low culture to American audiences. From the melodious opera singer Jenny Lind to the bizarre hoax of the Feejee Mermaid, from the clever and quite diminutive Tom Thumb to Jumbo the Elephant, Barnum's oddities, spectacles, galas, extravaganzas, and events tickled the fancies of Americans of all ages.






Thursday, November 8, 2018

November Series of the Month: The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll

We are shining the spotlight on this controversial election month, midterms, and America politics, by reading The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll as our Series of the Month.

Ingersoll was a notorious radical whose uncompromising views on religion and slavery (they were bad, in his opinion), women's suffrage (a good idea, he believed), and other contentious matters of his era made him a wildly popular orator and critic of 19th-century American culture and public life. 

Legendary as a speaker—he memorized his speeches and could talk for hours without notes—and as a proponent of freethought, Ingersoll is an American original whose words still ring with truth and power today. His most important works are gathered in this 12-volume collected edition, first published posthumously in 1901.

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The paperback retail list price for this series is: $215.88, but now our price is: $174.99 (you save $40.89 or a 19 percent discount)

The hardcover retail list price for this series is: $407.88, but now our price is: $324.99 (you save $82.89 or a 20 percent discount)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November Book of the Month: Trauma Room One by Charles A. Crenshaw

This November, we are presenting Trauma Room One: The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed by Charles A. Crenshaw with a foreword by Oliver Stone, as our Book of the Month.

In this gripping account, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, one of the several Dallas surgeons who worked on JFK in Trauma Room One, shares what really happened within those walls.

In November of 1963, the doctors who tried to save President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital agreed---either out of respect or fear---not to publish what they have seen, heard, or felt. But in 1990, Charles Crenshaw stepped forward and decided that the American people ought to know the truth.

In 1992, when the first edition of this book was published under JFK: Conspiracy of SilenceCrenshaw revealed what he never had the opportunity to tell the Warren CommissionCrenshaw states, "The wounds to Kennedy's head and throat that I examined were caused by bullets that struck him from the front, not the back, as the public has been lead to believe."

Shortly after publication, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called Crenshaw's book a fabrication. But in court, the claim did not hold up, and Crenshaw subsequently prevailed in a defamation suit against JAMA. In the process, a number of new medical disclosures have emerged on the startling medical cover-up of the JFK assassination.

Cosimo offers this title in both hardcover and paperback at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble and Amazon, as well as in eBook format.





Tuesday, October 30, 2018

October Quote of the Month: "Mothman...is more terrifying than we ever knew"


"Mothman, one of America’s most haunting monsters , is more terrifying than we ever knew."
 - Richard Hatem, The Mothman Prophecies screenwriter

Our October Quote of the Month is so spooky, it refers to not one, but two books! Mothman and Other Curious Encounters and Mothman: Evil Incarnate, both by Loren Coleman are our featured titles for this month's quote from Richard Hatem.

On November 15, 1966, a huge, red-eyed creature with wings appeared over Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Thus began thirteen months of otherworldly mystery, madness, and mayhem for the people of Point Pleasant, culminating in the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which left 46 dead.

But contrary to popular belief, Mothman is not a one-off phenomon. Leading cryptozoologist and investigator Loren Coleman looks at the precursors of Mothman, like the Flatwoods Monster of 1952, then brings the story up to date, detailing the sightings of the spawn of Mothman at the beginning of this century. Coleman also examines the impact on investigations into the unknown by John Keel, the newsman who spend a year in Point Pleasant looking into the Mothman story and lived to write about it.

Mothman: Evil Incarnate, by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, is the new companion title to the late John Keel's The Mothman Prophecies (1975), which investigated the sightings of a winged creature called Mothman and became popularized in the 2002 movie of the same name starring Richard Gere.

With new material by Loren Coleman, extensive annotations on each chapter of The Mothman Prophecies, a detailed Mothman death list, and a gallery of images, Mothman: Evil Incarnate comprises the most up-to-date information on Mothman phenomena. In addition to providing context to John Keel's cult classic, Coleman expands on missing details from the movie, explores the deaths that followed the West Virginia incident, describes the recent Chicago Mothman sightings, and delves into the life of John Keel. This companion book should find its place on every Mothman aficionado and cryptozoology fan's bookshelf. The mystery continues!

About the Author
Loren Coleman is one of the world's leading crypozoologists. In 1960 he started his fieldwork, and after years pursuing cryptozoological mysteries, he began writing. He is the author of numerous books on cryptozoology, including Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. Coleman is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine (www.cryptozoologymuseum.com) and 2018 marks his 58th year investigating. Loren Coleman can be followed on Twitter at @CryptoLoren and on his blog, www.cryptozoonews.com







Thursday, October 25, 2018

Happy Birthday Theodore Roosevelt, Author, Explorer, Soldier, Naturalist, and Politician

Happy birthday to Theodore Roosevelt! In honor of the birth of the 26th President on October 27th, 1858, Cosimo would like to highlight some of his classic books.


A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open
As much a symbol of the nation's adventurous past as he was the very picture of booming 20th-century progress, Theodore Roosevelt, politician and soldier, naturalist and historian, was still a young man when he left the Oval Office, and he spent the decade after his presidency exploring the world -- and sharing his experiences in his inimitable prose. In this 1916 book, he leads us: on a cougar hunt on the rim of the Grand Canyon, trekking across the Navajo Desert, to a Hopi snake dance, across the Andes and Northern Patagonia, through bird reserves at the mouth of the Mississippi, and much more! Roosevelt's rip-roaring, real-life exploits are just as entertaining today as they were a century ago, and serve as a stirring reminder of the breathtaking beauty and lurking danger of the natural world.



Theodore Roosevelt's Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail 
Before he ascended to the highest office in the land as the United States' youngest president, Theodore Roosevelt, though a New York City man born and bred, was a devotee of the Old West. In 1888, he published this charming ode to the American frontier, from the rewarding hard work of a rancher on the open plains to the pleasures of hunting the big game of mountains high. Today, the inimitable prose and infectious enthusiasm of Roosevelt's writing here serves as much to describe a unique aspect of the character of the nation as it sings an elegy for a disappearing way of life. Includes numerous illustrations by Frederic Remington.




Theodore Roosevelt's Letters to His Children
Remembered today for his expansive personality and grand sense of adventure, Theodore Roosevelt -- politician and soldier, naturalist and historian -- was also a devoted, doting father and husband. This beautiful selection of the letters he wrote to his children over the courses of their lives, as well as a few written to other correspondents about the children, reveal a man deeply in love with his family and with the joys of fatherhood. The tales of Christmases at the White House and whistle-stop tours through the American countryside offer a cozy glimpse into one of the greatest American presidencies -- and Roosevelt's tenderness with his sons and daughters as he treats them as friends, confidantes, and equals -- creates a warm and intimate portrait of one of the great American characters.



The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses
Of all the many sides of Theodore Roosevelt, politician and soldier, naturalist and historian, today he remains a grand symbol of booming American progress in the 20th century. Indeed, he is largely responsible for setting the nation on the course it has followed over those hundred years, as this 1904 volume handily demonstrates. This collection of speeches Roosevelt gave and essays he wrote from 1899 through 1901 illuminates his keen image of America as a nation strong of character, honest of leadership, and rich in material and moral wealth, and represents the splendid challenge he extended to the American people to match him in action and in spirit, and to create a political and social life for the country as robust as his own personal and public life was. This is, in the aggregate, a revealing picture of the character of one of the great American personalities.


Please visit our website to view all of our books written by Theodore Roosevelt, or visit our reports and history sections to learn more about the politics and the past events of that time.

Happy Birthday Roosevelt!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

October Organization of the Month: International Cryptozoology Museum

Cosimo is excited to announce International Cryptozoology Museum as our Organization of the Month for October!

Cryptozoologist and Cosimo author Loren Coleman is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum, one of the world’s only cryptozoology museums.


The ICM offers guests a wide range of exhibitions from rare, one-of-a-kind scientific specimens to popular cultural homages to sightings, encounters, art, and research. The museum's mission is not only to educate, but to entertain as well! A gift shop with unique souvenirs (and maybe even a few books or two!), conferences and trips, as well as many talks and speeches are also available throughout the year.

The museum is open every day but Tuesdays, and is located at 4 Thompson’s Point Road, in Portland, Maine.

To learn more about Loren Coleman and the International Cryptozoology Museum, watch the museum's trailer, or visit the website.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman has been investigating cryptozoological evidence since the Abominable Snowmen caught his interest more than five decades ago. Today, as one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, Coleman is an honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, a life member of the International Society of Cryptozoology, and an inaugural inductee of the Roger Patterson Memorial Bigfoot Museum in Oregon. He is the author of Mothman and Other Curious Encounters, Bigfoot! : The True Story of Apes in America, Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nations Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures, and The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrows Headlines, as well as the curator of the Loren Coleman Presents series, a collection of cryptozoology classics.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

October Classic of the Month: Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life

After our very humid summer, all of us at Cosimo are ready to curl up with a good book and dream about winter. Join us this October with our Classic of the Month Abominable Snowmen - Legend Come to Life by Ivan T. Sanderson, with an introduction by Loren Coleman.

Scottish zoologist Ivan Terrance Sanderson coined the word cryptozoology and first used it in print in this hard-to-find 1961 work, the story of "hairy hominids" across the planet from the very beginnings of human civilization until the mid 20th century.

With its scientific, anthropological approach, this is one of the first books to treat the phenomenon of "Bigfoot" seriously, and introduced a groundbreaking classification system for the spectrum of subhumanoids. 

"I am happy that a whole new generation of cryptozoologists-in-training will be able to read Ivan T. Sanderson's classic book," says cryptozoologist Loren Coleman in his new introduction. "This book opened the minds of many to the vastness of the hominoid reports. and spotlighted for people that Bigfoot/Sasquatch research was the next area for exploration in North America."
Cosimo is proud to offer Abominable Snowmen - Legend Come to Life by Ivan Terrance Sanderson with an intro by Loren Coleman in both hardcover and paperback.

For those interested in learning more about this elusive creature. Check out all of our Cosimo titles for even more information on the fascinating topic of cryptozoology.

About Loren Coleman
Today, Loren Coleman, as one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, is an honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, a life member of the International Society of Cryptozoology, and an inaugural inductee of the Roger Patterson Memorial Bigfoot Museum in Portland, Oregon. He travels extensively for fieldwork and lectures and writes a daily blog at the Internet’s most popular cryptozoology news site, Cryptomundo. Coleman is the director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.