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Jim Alkon

Jim Alkon has 3 articles published.

“The Mapmaker’s Daughter” Sheds a New Light on History

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The Mapmaker’s Daughter (Delphinium Books) is one of the charter participants this month in BookTrib’s Book Club Booster Program with The Girly Book Club. Here’s a BookTrib Q&A with author Katherine Nouri Hughes  shortly after the book debuted last year. In her debut novel, The Mapmaker’s Daughter, Katherine Nouri Hughes gives insight into the historical tale of Cecilia Baflo Veniero, later known as Nurbanu, Queen Mother of the Ottoman Sultans. In a dramatic deathbed confessional, Nurbanu recounts a tragic life story from her beginnings as an illegitimately born child who was abandoned by both parents despite being given both the advantages of her mother’s intellect and her father’s nobility. Her relationship with Suleiman the Magnificent and the birth of their…

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Immigration Attorney Memoir Reads Like Espionage Thriller

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It’s a collection of immigration case histories that read more like espionage thrillers, populated with KGB agents, nuclear whistle-blowers, and even accused terrorists fighting for their lives as well as legal standing in the U.S. With the publication of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (American Bar Association), Michael Wildes, Managing Partner of the premier immigration firm Wildes and Weinberg P.C., shares nearly a quarter century on the front lines of the immigration controversy. But he also tells human stories – children kidnapped to foreign countries in bitter divorce battles; families destroyed by the attack on the World Trade Center; a hero’s shabby treatment after standing up to terror; and more. As Safe Haven hits the bookshelves, BookTrib asked Wildes…

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“My Family Was Crazy, So Now I’m a Psychiatrist”

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One day at the age of 10, as a student at a New England boarding school, young Ned Hallowell was told to report to the school psychologist at the request of his mother. Getting right to the point, Dr. Merritt asked, “Well, how about if you tell me about your life so far?” “I remember starting to talk, and out of the blue the floodgates opened,” recalls Hallowell in his new memoir, Because I Come From a Crazy Family (Bloomsbury). “I talked and talked and cried and cried… Dr. Merritt sat there, not saying a word.” What Dr. Merritt said next, according to Hallowell, “makes me believe he was either the best or the worst psychologist on the planet. He…

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