You've landed on the site of author W. Nikola-Lisa, the award-winning author of over thirty books for readers young and old. In case you're wondering, Gyroscope Books™ is the trademark name of the author's independent publishing arm. All books published by Gyroscope Books are written, designed, and produced (with the help of Deb Tremper at Six Penny Graphics) by the author.
This Fall's Highlighted Nonfiction Titles
Circles, Lines, and Squiggles:
Astrology for the Curious-Minded.
After the author finds a natal chart tucked away in his files, he sets out to explore the underlying principles of this ancient and often misunderstood art form, applying what he found to the original interpretation of his chart, which stated that he had all of the Writers Destiny Marks except one—contact with publishers. Click here for details.
From Lectern to Laboratory: How Science and Technology Changed the Face of America's Colleges. Following the educational and early work experiences of Edward Pickering, Harvard Observatory's fourth director,From Lectern to Laboratorychronicles changes in America's liberal arts curricula due to the increasing economic needs of the country during the early and mid-nineteenth century. Click here for details.
The Men Who Made the Yankees:
The Odyssey of the World's Greatest Baseball Team from Baltimore to the Bronx. In a unique take on the origin of the New York Yankees, W. Nikola-Lisa takes us back to the rise of the American League under Bancroft "Ban" Johnson, a former Cincinnati reporter who took over the Western League, a minor league circuit operating in the Midwest in the late 1890s. Johnson moved the league's teams eastward, claiming major league status along the way, hoping to challenge the dominant National League. His plan worked—until he got to New York. Click here for details.
New Books Address Old Concerns
Please Don't Say An X Word is an Independent Press "all ages" picture-book award winner that addresses the appropriate use of language. A great discussion-starter for the upper elementary and middle school student. Click here for details.
This We Pray | Sea of People offers two visual poems for the young adult reader that address the current social unrest in our country. Sure to provoke a deep and meaningful conversation with any population of young adults. Click here for details.
To navigate the site, click on a book title in the left-hand menu. There you'll find an image of the book's front cover, several interior shots, and, in some cases, several childhood photos that connect with the theme or content of the book. You'll also find a few other things: background and description, honors and awards, reviews, and an overview of the book's publishing data (author, illustrator, publisher, release date, genre, etc.). There are also links to an online bookseller who carries the book. For more information, or to contact the author, use the links below.