90 Lessons For Living Large In 90 Square Feet (...Or More)
Could you live in an apartment with 90 square feet of floor space, the area approximately the same as a Honda Accord? Could you do it for five years? And could you be happy? Felice Cohen could. And she was. A YouTube video of her astonishing use of space went viral with millions of hits. Felice’s highly organized approach, gleaned from more than 20 years as a professional organizer, prepared her for the challenge of a tiny space, smack in the middle of Manhattan, where the city itself became her “extra rooms.” 90 Lessons is a “want to” guide on how to “live large” in any size space, the message being: eliminate clutter and focus on the things that matter. Whether you live in 90 or 9,000 square feet, this book will be of real practical and immediate value.
"Best HOW TO Book”
2017 New York Book Festival
“Best SELF HELP Book"
2016 Pacific Book Review
2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards: Adult Non-Fiction (UK)
2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Non-Fiction
2016 Bookvana: Self-Improvement: Motivational
2016 New England Book Festival Awards: General Non-Fiction
What Papa Told Me
What Papa Told Me is the story of Felice’s grandfather, Murray Schwartzbaum, whose courage and sheer will to live helped him survive eight different labor and concentration camps in the Holocaust, start a new life in America, and keep a family intact in the aftermath of his wife’s suicide. Endorsed by Elie Wiesel and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, What Papa Told Me is a 3-time Honorable Mention book award winner, has sold tens of thousands of copies around the world, was translated into Polish, and continues to be taught in schools as part of their Holocaust curriculum.
2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorable Mention
2011 New York Book Festival Honorable Mention
Elie Wiesel, author of Night
“Children and grandchildren of survivors also have their stories to tell. As is this one. All are poignant, just as they all are important to the understanding of the Event and its human implications and consequences.”
Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust
"This is the Holocaust testimony of Murray Schwartzbaum, from Szczekociny, Poland, as told to his granddaughter, Felice Cohen. While many such stories are told in the first-person with the help of a family member, Cohen also includes pieces of her conversation with her grandfather, opening the dialogue with the third-generation, a topic not always incorporated into Holocaust testimonies. This touching and heart wrenching story begins when Murray is a child, born in 1921, to a traditional Jewish family. Owners of a family-run lumber company, he has fond memories of his sisters and brother and the "normal" life that they all shared. When the Nazis invaded Poland, Murray's brother escaped to the Soviet Union, while the rest of the family tried to move to Bedzin but quickly learned of the killings of Jews and chose to return to their home. Murray lived most of the war in a series of slave labor camps, eventually being transported to Bergen-Belsen where he found his sister Cecia and learned of the tragic fates of the rest of their family. With his sister's help, Murray survived and together they were liberated by the American army in 1945. They each married a Holocaust survivor and began rebuilding their lives. But the story does not end there. Cohen asks her grandfather about her grandparents' move to the United States and the hardships they faced as Holocaust survivors. Both Murray and his wife Fela were deeply traumatized by what had occurred during the six years of the Nazi occupation. Murray recalled those difficult years and yet the story concludes in an inspiring and uplifting manner, and he explains to Felice the legacy that he has left for her, his other grandchildren, and future generations. This book can be graphic, exposing the horrors of the Nazi atrocities. Teachers should use their discretion when using this with middle-school students, though there is much to be learned from the story. It is written in an easy-to-understand style and tells the story of people their age who lived in an unfortunately devastating time. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons to use this with students is its emphasis on talking to grandparents, listening to their stories, and retelling them."
Rebecca McFarland Kyle, Writer & Book Reviewer
"Listening to your elders is important. The stories they tell you can help you choose your own path in life. And nobody tells history better than someone who's been there. This book is the life story of Felice Cohen's grandfather, Murray. He grew up in Poland with loving parents and five siblings. When Murray was nineteen, the lot of them were consigned to ghettos or shipped off to German camps. "What Papa Told Me" is primarily Murray's oral history of his experiences in the camps. It took ingenuity, resourcefulness, and plain luck to survive. Clearly, Murray had all of those and an indefatigable spirit. He worked for the Germans for five years of his life combating pestilence, plague, and unimaginable abuse. The secondary portion of this book is how Murray made a life for his family in America afterwards. That combination of skills got him from abject poverty to a successful grocery business and a lovely retirement in Boca. Murray doesn't lecture in his tales. He shines by example and that's the best kind of hero to have."
Amazon Book Reviews
Over 200 reviews on Amazon! Here are two.
"If you've ever read Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" and enjoyed that, you'll enjoy this. That is not to say that this is meant as a Logotherapy teaching tool; it is not. But it spoke to me in the same way as Frankl's narrative did and it reminded me as to the slippery slope that humanity can enter into if we are not always on guard against fascist bigotry." I was grateful for this book!" --C. Grove
"Felice Cohen does a wonderful job of fulfilling the wish of her grandfather, Murray Schwartzbaum, who survived eight German concentration camps through his sheer determination to survive. As "the writer" of the family, he tasked her with chronicling the nightmare of his ordeals, so that people would know what prisoners were subjected to. Whether Jew, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, one of the other many religions of the world or atheist, this tale of suffering, determination, hope and despair is one you should read. Saying "Yes, I know there was a holocaust" isn't enough... we all need to examine it and understand the impacts it had and continues to have." --Doc Sheldon
A Father's Advice
Here is advice your father may never have given you. Advice about love, career, hope, diligence, and perspective. In a letter to his son, Manny imparted genuine life lessons about becoming an adult. There was never a more timely need for just such a message. This book is a perfect gift for anyone needing to have the path to adulthood set forth in a straightforward and loving fashion. This story will become a cherished keepsake for years to come for you and your children.
Available in ebook. Paperback coming soon!
I Bared My Chest (Anthology)
What happens when 21 unstoppable women—including a Canadian radio host, a Nigerian actress, a bisexual Jew, a Break-Up Coach, an Indian Men’s Right Activist, a religious minister, a Brazilian law professor, a transgender activist, a teen author, a Muslim singer, a money Coach and more—unite their voices? They show that no matter what your life experiences have been, when you find a connection to someone or some experience, it will give you the freedom to show the world how BOLD, BRAVE & BALLSY you are. By getting “naked” these women reveal some of their most intimate secrets on finding their journey to self. This is an honest and provocative book that will remind you no matter where you come from, or the hand the Universe has dealt you, you can always choose to gift yourself the freedom to be UNSTOPPABLE.
The Future of Property (Anthology) Free eBook
Property Moose.com, one of the pioneers of the property crowdfunding market in Europe, put together stories from 17 industry professionals to curate an in-depth leadership e-book titled The Future of Property. Divided into three chapters, the conversations range from PropTech, housing and infrastructure, and property as an asset class. The initiative behind this collaborative e-book is to encourage discussion in a way that inspires, innovates and invites people to talk about the future of property – not only from a technological perspective, but from a housing perspective, and from an investment perspective, because we believe that conversations can catalyse change. This collaborative e-book is the first of many, and these 17 articles encourage further discussions around what is an increasingly exciting sector.
Habits and Attitudes (Anthology)
This highly inspirational and motivational book will give you insight into the daily habits, attitudes, and wisdom from extraordinary people. Each story leaves the reader with a “parting shot,” a deep truth about what they’ve come to understand about life, love, humanity, business, success, and true happiness. Discover the wealth of untapped knowledge and experience what makes these amazing people joyful and successful. When you’re done with this book we hope you will be inspired to find your own “Habits and Attitudes” to apply to your life, too.
In The Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation (Anthology)
This anthology is the first of its kind: an exploration of the experiences of the Third Generation—the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors who have particular relationships to the Holocaust, mediated through their interactions with their parents, grandparents, and communities. The contributors include historians, literary and cultural studies scholars, psychologists, and sociologists, together with autobiographical narratives from members of the Third Generation, which illuminate the scholarly research presented.
The Fancy Tales Modern Versions of Classic Fairy Tales
The Fancy Tales are modern day versions of the classic fairy tales we all grew up with that take place in New York City and contain a wholesomely presented and slightly sophisticated gay twist. They are for kids, teens, and adults (gay or straight!) to enjoy. Most boys and girls grow up reading fairy tales where the prince finds his princess. But what about those boys who dream of meeting the boy of their dreams? Or those girls who dream of finding the girl of their dreams? For them, there are The Fancy Tales.
She’safella A Modern Day Cinderella
She'safella is the story of Fella, a young women living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her father, a horrible stepmother, and two mean stepbrothers. Fella is happiest when she’s playing softball in Central Park, but her stepbrothers find a way to ruin that by coming to her games and shouting, “She’safella!” since she’s the only girl on the team. When the newspapers announce that the mayor is hosting a gala at Tavern on the Green for his daughter, She’safella couldn’t care less. At this point, enter She’safella’s “Don’t call me fairy” Godmother, some magic Freedom rings, the stroke of 2 a.m. (midnight is way too early in The Big Apple), and a missing Dr. Martens shoe.
Peter Pan Zee A Modern Day Peter Pan
Peter Pan Zee is the story of the great-great-great-great grandson of a great Indian chief who runs the School for Lost Boys, a group of boys whose families disowned them because they’re gay. Peter Pan Zee helps the boys channel their grief through rowing, however they’re plagued by their rival, the Pirates, led by a one-handed captain. But that’s not their only hardship. Living in Never Sleep Land takes its toll on the boys who are exhausted. When Peter Pan Zee overhears a teenage girl reading a book and it makes him drowsy, he recruits her to read to his Lost Boys. Unfortunately a certain captain foils their plan.
Jack and the Bad Stock A Modern Day Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Bad Stock is the story of Jack, a typical teenager who lives with his two mommies in Manhattan. When his mothers lose their life savings in a Ponzi scheme, Jack is told to sell Bessie, the family’s most valuable piece of art. Instead, Jack gambles away the sculpture in a street game, for a magic bean. His mommies are over the roof and one throws away the bean. When an enormous green stalk grows outside Jack’s bedroom window, he climbs it only to find a giant and his wife hiding out. Is this the same giant responsible for stealing his mothers’ life savings? Jack is determined to find out.