Several Upper Access authors are actively available for interviews and expert commentary on subjects that are in the news. For additional information or to arrange an interview, contact Steve Carlson at 802-482-2988, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overcoming Addiction with Common Sense
Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is an addiction expert who has investigated, written about, and treated addiction for over five decades. His contributions to research and treatment have been widely recognized, including a rank in The Atlantic as one of “10 people who are revolutionizing how we study addiction and recovery.” He has written or co-authored twelve books on the subject and hundreds of articles in scholarly and popular publications. His latest is Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of “Disease” Therapy with co-author Zach Rhoads (see below). More information about Stanton can be found on his Web site at https://peele.net/.
Zach Rhoads is a consultant for school children who encounter life problems, along with families and teachers who are stymied by their failures to reach these children. Zach’s personal history has helped in developing empathy for the children he works with. As a child, he was not successful in school, and as a young adult, as a touring musician, he developed a heroin addiction, which, after several years and a near-death experience, he was able to put behind him. Zach is also a Life Process Program coach and a family systems developer. He is co-author, with Stanton Peele, of Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of “Disease” Therapy
Recovered Memories of Abuse
Mark Pendergrast is an independent scholar and science writer, author of many well-researched and critically acclaimed nonfiction books on a variety of topics. His newest book, Memory Warp: How the Myth of Repressed Memory Arose and Refuses to Die, documents in detail the rise of a phony therapy that destroyed millions of American families, and which is now coming back to prominence despite being totally discredited by scientific researchers. Pendergrast played a major role in exposing the scourge in the mid 1990s with his landmark book Victims of Memory, which was also published by Upper Access. His research for that title is brought up to date with his new book, along with the bad news that the therapy method is still here, still widely practiced, and still destroying huge numbers of families in America and elsewhere in the world. Mark’s Web site is at markpendergrast.com.
Taking Control of Your Own Death
John Abraham, an Episcopal priest and thanatologist, has devoted most of his adult life as a pioneer in the fields of grief therapy, hospice care, and, more controversially, the right-to-die movement. He currently serves as leader of the Arizona chapter of the Final Exit Network. He is author of the highly acclaimed book How to Get the Death You Want: An Ethical and Moral Guide. More about his work is outlined on his Death and Dying Help Web site and his personal site, JohnLAbraham.com.
Abraham is also known for his sometimes unconventional sense of humor, making it easier for people to become educated on a deadly serious subject. He is knowledgeable about all of the legal issues, and practical steps that need to be taken in order to take charge of one’s own death. He is a strong advocate for changing laws to make it easier for people to choose to die in comfort, according to their own wishes, rather than being forced to spend their final years enduring painful medical procedures and bankrupting their families. Any journalist covering any aspect of this subject will find John to be a valuable source of information.
Protection of Consumer Rights in Dealing With the Funeral Industry
Lisa Carlson is a consumer advocate and occasional hell-raiser, helping people to control the funeral arrangements for their loved ones without being exploited by the funeral industry. She is executive director of the nonprofit Funeral Ethics Organization, a group that works with the funeral industry to improve ethical practices. She is co-author of Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death. On a lighter note, she’s also the author of I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch, a collection of jokes and cartoons that can serve as icebreakers to discuss the inevitable and begin the planning process.
Joshua Slocum is the current executive director of Funeral Consumers Alliance. With over 100 local chapters nationwide, FCA is the primary voice for consumers in dealing with the funeral industry. Now, he has joined forces with Lisa Carlson as co-author of the ultimate funeral consumer handbook, Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death. He is a dynamic public speaker, and often consulted on funeral issues by government officials, lawyers, and journalists.
In addition to the book, Slocum and Carlson have joined forces with their informative Web site, FinalRights.org.
A Trusted Expert on Home Repair and Remodeling
Henri de Marne is well known nationally for his long-running syndicated newspaper column “First Aid for the Ailing House,” which has appeared in newspapers throughout the U.S. for over 40 years. He is author of the popular book, About the House with Henri de Marne, as well as the blog site, also called About the House with Henri de Marne. As a result, he has answered just about every possible question faced by homeowners. The Web site and the book are both published by Upper Access
Expertise in Architecture, Structural Failure, and Global Warming
Matthys Levy is author or co-author of several books that make complex science readily accessible to the layperson. These include the best-selling Why Buildings Fall Down, Structural Design in Architecture, Why the Earth Quakes, Earthquake Games, and Engineering the City. In his book Why the Wind Blows: A History of Weather and Global Warming, he tackles the most serious environmental issues facing the world today. His latest book is a novel, Building Eden, a dramatic page-turner about the turbulent twists and turns of constructing a magnificent new skyscraper in New York City. While the book is fiction, critics agree that the fascinating story could not have been told by anybody with less intimate knowledge of the construction industry.