Thursday, May 24, 2018

May Classic of the Month: Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

In celebration of the announcement for a new movie about Grant's life, we are highlighting Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant as our Classic of the Month for May.

Completed just days before his death and hailed by Mark Twain as "the most remarkable work of its kind since the Commentaries of Julius Caesar," this is the now-legendary autobiography of Ulysses Simpson Grant.

18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.

This unabridged edition features all the material that was originally published in two volumes in 1885 and 1886, including maps, illustrations, and the text of Grant's July 1865 report to Washington on the state of the armies under his command.

About the Author
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May Series of the Month: Abraham Lincoln: A History by John M. Hay

We are showcasing Abraham Lincoln: A History by John M. Hay as our Series of the Month this May to celebrate Lincoln becoming the Republican candidate in May during the 1860 presidential election.

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this 10-volume portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly.

Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations.

About the Authors American journalist and statesman John Milton Hay (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the New York Tribune and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley.

American author John George Nicolay (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois.

The hardcover retail list price for the series is $449.90, but now: our price: $359.99 (you save $90 or a 20 percent discount)

The paperback retail list price: $279.90, but now: our price: $229.99 (you save $50 or a 18 percent discount)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

May Book of the Month: Mystic Journey by Robert Atkinson

This May, we are showcasing Mystic Journey as our Book of the Month in celebration of the author, Robert Atkinson, appearing on a radio tour!

The segment, titled The Mystic Journey of Soul Making, features Dr. Jeanette and Robert Atkinson discussing the spirituality, unity,  transformation, and consciousness,  and can be found at

In this life-changing and award winning book, Atkinson uses a multi-faith approach to reveal the path of the soul. Guiding readers to use their life stories to help solidify their identities, live with an eternal perspective in mind, and reclaim their common spiritual heritage, Mystic Journey reveals why we are deeply connected to others. Getting to the heart of your soul is soul-making, and it is through this journey that leads us to personal and collective transformation.

This book is a must-read for any individual who seeks spiritual insight, or who simply wants to make positive changes to his/her life.

To learn more about Dr. Jeanette, please visit: or

About the Author:
Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority in helping people tell their life stories, is an author of eight books, professor of human development and religious studies, and director of the Life Story Center at the University of Southern Maine. He is online at

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May eBook of the Month: Reading Baby Toes by Imre Somogyi

We are raising our glasses this month to all the moms out there! Say hello to our May eBook of the month, Reading Baby Toes: What Your Baby's Toes Know That You Don't by Imre and Margriet Somogyi.

Every parent wonders, while looking down at their newborn child, what kind of person he or she will grow up to be. This book can help parents answer that question without waiting a dozen years or more for the child to grow up.

Imre & Margriet Somogyi's research has led them to believe that parents can learn to read their baby's toes for clues to their personality and behavior. "We came to realize that the toes symbolize the many facts of our personalities. Not only is their shape important, but so are their various features and positions." By learning how to read baby toes, not only will parents be able satisfy their curiosity about their newborn, but this knowledge will provide parents with a tool that will allow them to better understand their child's earliest stages of life and development and help them optimize their child's full potential, allowing him or her to develop into a healthy and well-balanced individual. 

About the Author
Imre Somogyi was a journalist and producer at Dutch Radio & Television. Margriet Somogyi worked as a medical assistant at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Both authors have been active polarity therapists and teachers.

Cosimo is proud to offer a paperback edition of Reading Baby Toes at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble (paperback and eBook), and Amazon (eBook and paperback).

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Give the Gift of Reading this Mother's Day!

What better present is there for your best friend, mom, grandma, mother-in-law, mentor, or any other mother figure you may have? Why, a book of course! See our selection of books below we think your mom may like, wether she likes mysteries, short stories, or literary fiction!

Among the Himalayas by Laurence Austine Waddell

The soaring peaks of the greatest mountain range on Earth have long drawn visitors from around the globe, and one of the most famous of the 19th century was British adventurer and scholar Laurence Waddell, who spent most of a decade and a half exploring the nations that cling to the sides of the mighty mountains, learning the ways of their peoples, and sharing his experiences with Western readers. Here, in this 1899 classic of Himalayan travel, Waddell introduces us to the challenges of traveling in the region, takes us on visits to Nepalese and Tibetan tea gardens, journeys to monasteries, palaces, and temples, and much more. 

Penny's Gift by Edna Ventre-Auerfeld

Penny Chaney was a living miracle. The victim of a lethally sudden virus, no medicine could help her, and no doctor could bring her back. Then, in the realm between this world and the next, she was given a choice: enter the hereafter, or return to her life with the extraordinary ability to heal others -- but at a great personal price. Penny chose life. When her exceptional power is discovered, the world's reaction ranges from reverent awe to outraged disbelief. Penny and her family find themselves besieged by devoted followers as well as crass opportunists -- two of whom are seeking her out, each for personal reasons. One, driven by warped fanaticism, wants to kill her. The other will try to show her why she was chosen, and help her face the final, terrible cost of Penny's Gift.

A Dog of Flanders and Other Short Stories by Maria Louise and Beatrice Harraden

Here in one compact volume are five short stories-all set in Continental Europe-often hard to find on their own from 19th-century British writers, some still well known, some who have slipped into near obscurity: "The Bird on Its Journey," by suffragette writer Beatrice Harraden, "Koosje: A Study of Dutch Life," by John Strange Winter, "A Dog of Flanders," by Ouida, "Markheim," by Robert Louis Stevenson, and "Queen Tita's Wager," by William Black.

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, and much more.

Understanding your previous incarnations can turn into a fascinating journey of self-discovery and healing. You can gain insight into destructive habits that may have begun in a past life -- and then create a more positive and creative new life. In "Astrology and Your Past Lives," astrologer and regression therapist Jeanne Avery provides a simple yet profound way to understand one's blocks and blessings. By focusing on the meaning of one planet -- Saturn, the planet of limitations -- Avery shows how we "pick our own type of gravity" that connects this life to our previous incarnations.

Hatha Yoga Or, The Yogi Philosophy of Physical Well-Being by Yogi Ramacharaka 

Followers of the early-20th-century "New Age" philosophy of New Thought believed they could learn the secrets of mind over matter, and one of their most influential teachers, enormously popular writer and editor William Walker Atkinson, writing pseudonymously here-revealed to them, in this 1904 work, the teachings of Hatha Yoga. His lessons cover: the body's Vital Force, the laboratory of the body, how what we eat impacts the "life fluid" of the blood, the yogi's approach to food and eating, the yogi theory of the "prana absorption" of nutrients, mastering "yogi breathing," harnessing "pranic energy," rules for relaxation, and much more.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!