New Release Books by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Mike Bender and Doug Chernack is the author of The End Is Just the Beginning (2021), The Book About Nothing (2018), Everything Is Awkward (2016), Born to Be Awkward (2015) and other 12 books.

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The End Is Just the Beginning

release date: Apr 20, 2021
The End Is Just the Beginning
A timely message of hope and comfort, this stunning picture book is the perfect treasure to share with anyone trying to navigate these uncertain times—or any life transition! Starting a book at the end may seem confusing. But the end of one thing is just the beginning of something new in this innovative and heartfelt book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mike Bender. Accompanied by beautiful and inspiring illustrations by Diana Mayo, this story is ideal for helping kids understand how to meet life’s challenges with optimism and hope. A wonderful gift for all ages.

The Book About Nothing

release date: Feb 13, 2018
The Book About Nothing
Fans of The Book with No Pictures and A Perfectly Messed-Up Story will enjoy this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud from the adult humor bestselling authors of Awkward Family Photos and T-Rex Trying. This book has nothing to do with rainbows, rocket ships, meatballs, or wizards. Instead, it’s full of zip, zilch, diddly-squat, bupkus. But don’t worry, reading this book isn’t all for nothing, because sometimes nothing is actually something. Like if you pick up all the toys in your room, what will be on the floor? NOTHING. When you take a bath, what are you wearing? NOTHING. And when you shut the lights off to go to bed, what do you see? NOTHING. Mike Bender and Hugh Murphy stop at nothing to explore the key concepts of nothing and zero using playful language and hilarious illustrations.

Everything Is Awkward

release date: Sep 20, 2016
Everything Is Awkward
The authors of the New York Times bestselling Awkward Family Photos franchise shine a light on the awkwardness of childhood. Warning: May cause uncontrollable laughter, snorting, and milk-spewing awkward moments for parents and kids alike. Life isn’t perfect, and things don’t always go as planned. Like when you try to feed yourself and the food ends up all over your clothes. Or when you try to ride a bike and end up taking an epic spill. Or when you try to go potty and end up in the potty! But laughing at ourselves makes it all a little easier, and a whole lot more entertaining. So go ahead and embrace all of life’s awkward moments. Because nobody’s perfect…but everyone’s awkward.

Born to Be Awkward

release date: Sep 15, 2015
Born to Be Awkward
From the folks who brought us the bestselling Awkward Family Photos series comes a tribute to those awkward early years of life. Our first few years are the most photographed time of our lives. Our parents document every milestone and then feel compelled to share these photos with the world. The only problem is, we haven''t developed our motor skills and can''t control our faces, or any other parts of our body for that matter. This, of course, leads to some of the most hilarious and unexpected family pictures. From our first post-delivery scowl, to our first throw-up, and yes, even to our first bikini--Born to Be Awkward is a celebration of what is literally the most uncomfortable stage of life.

Awkward Family Holiday Photos

release date: Oct 29, 2013
Awkward Family Holiday Photos
From the authors of the New York Times bestsellers Awkward Family Photos and Awkward Family Pet Photos comes a celebration of those special times throughout the year when our families embarrass us the most . . . the holidays. Holidays. They’re those momentous occasions when we gather with family to eat, drink, celebrate, and, of course, pose for photographs. From Mom’s homemade Halloween costumes to re-creating a Nativity scene for the Christmas card to that overly patriotic uncle who literally wears the flag on the Fourth, holidays make for humiliating memories that we carry in our hearts for years to come. Whether your family loves Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, July Fourth, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah, this book pays homage to all of the holidays’ most uncomfortable moments.

Awkward Family Pet Photos

release date: Nov 01, 2011
Awkward Family Pet Photos
The authors of the New York Times bestseller Awkward Family Photos are back with a hilarious tribute to the unbreakable and sometimes uncomfortable bond between people and their pets. There are few things more rewarding than having a pet. They love us unconditionally, shower us with attention, and because of them, we actually live longer. So, what can possibly be awkward about our animal BFFs? Well . . . nothing. In fact, we’re the awkward ones. We adore our pets, but let’s face it—sometimes L-O-V-E makes us go a little overboard. Like giving them middle names, throwing them elaborate birthday parties, and making them a Christmas sweater to match with the rest of the family. Truth is, what they cherish most is our companionship. And maybe that’s the reason we care about them so much—because for such simple pleasures, they allow us to be as awkward as we want.

Build the Swing of a Lifetime

release date: Apr 01, 2012
Build the Swing of a Lifetime
From one of Golf Digest''s Top 5 teachers--a simple, scientific program to build a great swing Most golf instruction is based on helping students emulate the best players, but for top golf teacher Mike Bender, physics provides a better model for developing a swing that is as efficient, consistent, and timeless as that of Iron Byron, the PGA robot that tests clubs and balls. Now Mike Bender shows you how to put the secrets of science into your own swing with a simple, proven program that will take your play to a different level and transform your approach to the game. Explains Mike Bender''s unique biomechanical approach to building a simple, repeatable, and effective swing Shares the same approach Bender teaches his students, who include two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen, PGA Tour winner Jonathan Byrd, and 2006 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year Seon Hwa Lee Shows you how to build your scientific swing step by step Includes 150 photographs to help you put principles into practice on the golf course Includes a Foreword by Zach Johnson, 2007 Masters champion and one of Mike Bender''s star students As Mike Bender puts it: would you rather fly in an airplane that was built by engineers who understood the principles of lift and acceleration, or would you rather fly in one built by people who simply went out to the airport and watched them taking off and landing? Once you develop a scientific swing, it''s your own game that will really soar.

Search and Find Puzzle Book For (Immature) Adults

release date: Nov 09, 2020
Search and Find Puzzle Book For (Immature) Adults
The only brain activity book scientifically proven to make you both smarter and slightly dumber at the same time! Successfully launched on Kickstarter and from the folks behind AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. Search and Find Puzzles for (Immature) Adults is a humorous twist on the classic search and find puzzles we all remember doing as kids. It makes the perfect brain activity, gag gift, or boredom buster. The book includes 40 unique puzzles from veteran illustrators with 500 + expertly hidden objects such as lederhosen, avocado toast, breast pump, lower intestine, and Socrates-- it might possibly be the most random book ever. This book features: 40 hilarious search and find puzzles that are as equally challenging as they are humorous created by the world''s most talented search and find illustrators like Chuck Dillon, Laura Close, Brian Michael Weaver, and MAD Magazine alum, Rich Powell. 500 + hidden objects including shuttlecock, Dadbod, Dee Snider, rotary phone, lederhosen, hypodermic needle, and many, many more. We dare you to find them all. Complete answer key (for cheaters). It makes the perfect boredom buster, quarantine calmer, gag gift, coaster, and fly swatter so pick one up today. Or seven.

A New History of Yachting

release date: Jan 01, 2017
A New History of Yachting
An overview of the history of yachting in its social, cultural, political and economic contexts.

Awkward Family Photos

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Awkward Family Photos
Presents awkward photos of families, accompanied by humorous captions and stories about awkward and amusing family moments, and organized into such categories as pets, birthdays, and holidays.

Explorations in Dementia

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Explorations in Dementia
Drawing on contemporary theoretical concepts including multiple selves, personal construct theory, intrapsychic survival and the effect of historical and political factors on older people''s well being, the author calls for a more positive and constructive approach to improving the lives of people with dementia.

The Therapeutic Purposes of Reminiscence

release date: Dec 29, 1998
The Therapeutic Purposes of Reminiscence
`I was impressed with the accessibility of the book, offering a guided tour through the history, context and purposes of reminiscence therapy, the range of applications from promoting social and emotional stimulation to reminiscence as psychotherapy. It also provides a brief overview of its theoretical underpinnings... As a book for health professionals interested in reminiscence work, it is a must for the shelf... most importantly it emphasizes the need for adequate training and supervision for those undertaking this type of work... the authors [also] provide a very good working guide to the assessment process'' - Aging and Health In this practical and accessible book, leading exponents of reminiscence work describe the purposes and techniques of reminiscence and set out detailed guidelines on how to implement and conduct a wide range of reminiscence activities with different types of client. Highlighting its tremendous diversity and potential - and its special ability to allow people of all ages and abilities to communicate deeply about their lives - the authors separate out the different aims of reminiscence, which include intellectual or social stimulation, allowing people to leave behind them a cultural legacy, or a means of intergenerational communication. They show clearly how each can be directly beneficial either to clients or their carers, or for improving the culture of the arena in which the activity is being carried out.

Groupwork with the Elderly

release date: Jan 01, 1991
Groupwork with the Elderly
A handbook that provides all those working with elderly people in residential care hospitals and within the community practical information on groupwork with elderly individuals.

Understanding Dementia

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Understanding Dementia
Over the last ten years a number of new concepts have emerged within social psychology, gerontology, socio-linguistics and psychotherapy which present a challenge to the view of dementia as simply an organic illness. These ideas have led to service innovations including the development of support groups for people with dementia; the adaptation of psychotherapeutic approaches to this client group; and the development of methods of care evaluation from the perspective of the dementia sufferer. This book seeks to summarize these ''new'' ideas thereby bringing together, for the first time, a wide range of critical thinking relating to old age and dementia.The authors aim to advance a psychological framework from which to understand the experience of dementia from the perspective of the dementia sufferer, so making intelligible the symptoms of dementia and setting out new avenues of care such as the need to adopt psychotherapeutic/counselling approaches as an integral part of care. Including background, clear argument and practical guidelines, this insightful and comprehensive study makes an important contribution to the currently emerging trend in dementia care towards person-centred work.
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