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  • Local Hoboken + Jersey City Authors That Debuted Books in 2017

    Looking for a few books to update your end-of-year reading list? In Hoboken and Jersey City, authors were in full force and wrote up a storm this year. If you’re looking to read “local” and support some locally-written books and residents in the area who are authors, then you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up a fun list Hoboken and Jersey City authors who have written books about a variety of topics. From a Baked by Melissa Cookbook {yes, she’s a Hoboken local} to a Thriller political novel, there’s a wide variety of unique books to choose from, all created locally. Here’s our 2017 list:

    Cakes by Melissa: Life is What You Bake It, Melissa Ben-Ishay

    Melissa Ben-Ishay is a mom, a baker, Hoboken local — and, of course, the founder of Baked by Melissa, the New York City-based brand famous for its signature, bite-size cupcakes and treats. Passionate about baking since childhood and with the idea that people should be able to taste more flavors without a post-dessert guilt trip {thank you, Melissa!}, she decided to do what she loved and launched Baked by Melissa in 2008. Melissa’s new cookbook has many yummy recipes for you to devour this fall!

    The Castle, Jason Pinter

    This thriller takes you through the controversial election of Rawson Griggs, who is a New York billionaire running for president {sound all-too-familiar?}. This exciting and fast-paced thriller will keep you hooked to the very end! Local author Jason Pinter is an internationally known bestseller of five novels and one children’s book; he and his wife live in Hoboken.

    Read More: 6 Hoboken and Jersey City Authors to Watch {and read!}

    Alive in the Sunshine, Nancy Colasurado

    This memoir covers selfreflections and change which begins with the effects of 9/11. Nancy Colsurdo walks us through her journey from established professional to active seeker of new experiences — a great read if you are looking to live more authentically and are trying to find more meaning in your everyday life. Nancy Colasurdo is an award-winning journalist, blogger, and professional coach who has worked in print, web, and television over her 30-year career, aaand she is a Hoboken local!

    Pathways, Jeff Lawenda

    Everyone and anyone who has fallen in love with Madison Square Park should pick up this read by local author Jeff Lawenda. Pathways follows 6 different individuals through the pathway of life in NYC all connected to MSP. A Hoboken local, Jeff is a tv/media veteran and is currently working on his 2nd novel — stay tuned.

    Holistic Living: The Not So Complicated Guide to Living Naturally in a Processed World, Jennifer R. Rossano

    This great e-book read comes from Jennifer Rossano, aka the creator and author of the vegan food blog NeuroticMommy. Jennifer explains the ins and outs of holistic living through food, self-care, and mindset, leaving no questions unanswered. As a full-time mommy who knows how crazy life can be, her mission is to do whatever she can to help women achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle. She has been named one of the ‘Top Plant-Based Instagram Foodies for Inspiration and Passion’ by Thrive Magazine and has been featured on BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and Yahoo. Use code hghealth for 40% off her ebook!

    Read More: Hoboken Girl of the Week: Jennifer {of NeuroticMommy} 

    The Healing Slow Cooker, Jennifer Iserloh

    Local Hoboken girl Jennifer Iserloh has blessed us with some 60 slow cooker recipes in her latest book that all aim to support a variety of wellness goals for excellent health. The recipes in each chapter use specific ingredients like ginger, turmeric, and chocolate in an attempt to lower stress, improve gut health, and decrease inflammation. Jennifer is a classically-trained chef {who used to make meals for the Seinfelds!}, certified yoga teacher, and the best-selling author of 50 Shades of Kale, Healthy Cheats, and many other books. You also may have seen her on Fox News or The Today Show {or on HobokenGirl.com ;)} discussing nutrition, healthy, eating, superfoods, and much more.

    Ten Years Later, Lisa Marie Latino

    This debut novel from Lisa Marie Latino tells the story of Carla A’gostino, a New Jersey-based 20-something working as a sports radio producer. After receiving a save-the-date for her 10-year high school reunion, she makes it her mission to achieve her goals through changing many things in her life. In real life, Lisa Marie is CEO and Executive Producer of Long Shot Productions, a media production company based in Fairfield, NJ. In 2014, she became the co-owner of HipNewJersey.com, a lifestyle site featuring all the trends of the Garden State. Lisa Marie currently lives in Jersey City.

    Dollars and Sense, Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler

    We all love our Hudson County area dearly, but know how pricey it can be. Dollars and Sense delves into the ways we think {and misthink} about money, and the ways that we can spend our money more wisely — all with a hysterical sense of humor thrown into the mix. Jeff Kreisler is a Hoboken resident, bestselling author, and award-winning comedian and Dan Ariely is a very well-known behavioral economist who also wrote Predictably Irrational. Combining science with humor, the two have teamed up to make this a perfect read for the always costly holiday season.

    Clean Cocktails, Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli

    Clean Cocktails comes to you from two holistic health coaches, Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli {a former Hoboken resident}. This book will bring tons of great cocktail recipes using only low-calorie spirits, fresh juices, natural sweeteners, and anti-inflammatory spices. Beth Ritter Nydick has appeared as a health expert on The Chew and The Dr. Oz Show and currently lives in Livingston, NJ. Tara Roscioli is the owner of Highway 2 Well, a holistic health and wellness practice and also a certified pilates instructor and lives in Maplewood, NJ — but delivers delicious organic, plant-based meals to Hoboken residents on a weekly basis.

     

    Know of other authors that should be on here? Leave a comment below!

     And if you’re looking to shop locally for your next book, head to Little City Books {they have an entire section for local authors} and pick up one of these local reads.


    Written by:

    Colleen is a twenty-something living in Hoboken. She works in publishing by day — but is typically dreaming of a good book on the beach, beverage in hand. A few of her favorite things: Puppies, pineapples, reading, and road trips. When she’s not reading, she can be found brunching and exploring Hoboken with friends.


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