Under the Influence: A Novel by J. Maynard

bookcoverjmRecently I picked up the engaging novel “Under the Influence” by Joynce Maynard. For those of you don’t know, she is also the author of the bestselling novels “Labor Day” and “After Her” and she has been featured in the New York Times as well.

This is a touching novel about friendship and addiction. Helen, who was once a promising art photographer, now struggles with alcohol addiction and raising her young son. Then her life is changed when she meets wealthy philanthropists Ava and Swift Havilland. Through them, she also meets Elliott, an introverted accountant who she starts dating.

Much of this novel centers on the debts that sometimes accompany frienships, and chosing between truth and friendship. It is a powerful and engaging novel that I really enjoyed! If you are looking for a novel to read during Christmas vacation, I highly recommend this book. It’s available both in hardcover and softcover editions, and you can also download it for your Kindle. There is also an Audio CD version, but I don’t recommend it as it costs over $40, but maybe Audible might offer a more affordable audio version soon.


Under the Influence by Straight No Chaser (CD)


Straight No Chaser is a well known a cappella group. Their album “Under the Influence” was produced by Mark Kibble, who was one of the founding members of Take 6 and a huge influence on Straight No Chaser.

The album features some amazing collaborations, including Phil Collins, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Seal, and Dolly Parton. If you enjoy a cappella, this is definitely an album you want in your collection!

Here is a list of the songs you will find on this album:

1. I Want You Back (featuring Sara Bareilles)
  2. Rolling In The Deep
  3. Against All Odds (featuring Phil Collins)
  4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) [featuring Stevie Wonder]
  5. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (featuring Elton John)
  6. Some Nights/We Are Young
  7. I Won’t Give Up (featuring Jason Mraz)
  8. This Is How A Heart Breaks (featuring Rob Thomas)
  9. Kiss From A Rose (featuring Seal)
  10. Jolene (featuring Doll House Parton)
  11. Hallelujah
Currently this album is available online from Amazon and other online music stores.



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Author Erin Patton begins with his own journey as a product of Hip-Hop’s Generation X from Pittsburgh’s steel-tough inner city to navigating corporate America’s advertising and marketing worlds. Using case studies and proprietary insights from his breakthrough 7 Ciphers™ segmentation framework, Patton gives readers a front-row perspective as the early architect of Nike’s Jordan Brand and consultant to both Fortune 500 brands and celebrity icons to chronicle how Hip-Hop became a dominant social and economic force, building brands and influencing the behavior of consumers of all ages and races throughout the world.

Tracing the Hip-Hop Generation’s Impact on Brands, Sports, & Pop Culture by Erin O. Patton. Dallas Book Launch hosted by The Marcus Graham Project.