Brett Books
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 The Books of Barbara and Hy Brett
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

"People say life is the thing, but I prefer reading." So said Logan Pearsall Smith, the Anglo-American essayist, critic, and litterateur who lived at the turn of the twentieth century. How right he was, for reading is life. It hands us the keys to our world, and it was our desire to understand the world and our love of words that set both of us on our careers, Hy as a newspaperman and Barbara as an editor and publisher. Later, we also became authors.

We welcome you to our website. Here you will find all of our critically acclaimed fiction and nonfiction, and we hope you'll discover something to delight and stimulate you in every one of our books—humor, mysteries, love stories, and more. We thank our many publishers—Avon, Harper & Row, Zebra, Rutledge Hill, and Homecrest Press—for their enthusiasm, and we thank readers around the world for their five-star reviews. Shortly before Logan Pearsall Smith died, a friend asked him if he had found a meaning in life. "Yes," he said, "...for me, there is one thing that matters—to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people." We hope our books will do that for you!

-Barbara and Hy Brett



Secret Report To The True American Faith Society | Senior Citizens and Their Threat to America New Book!
A SECRET REPORT TO THE TRUE AMERICAN FAITH SOCIETY
Senior Citizens and Their Threat to America

By Hy Brett

Social Security and Medicare were once lauded as prime examples of America's great compassion and our superiority to other nations. Now the programs are being condemned by the privileged and the greedy as costly entitlements that are leading the country to ruin. Hy Brett's SECRET REPORT is a spoof on how the public, including seniors, might be manipulated to approve of novel legislation that promises to resolve the so-called crisis. Whether a spoof or, maybe, a forecast of things to come, it's a rollicking send-up of powerbrokers and the media, think tanks and politicians!

"[Hy Brett,] you are indeed a fine satirical writer."
-Joyce Appleby, Professor Emerita of History, UCLA; Past-president of The Organization of American Historians and The American Historical Association. Author of Shores of Knowledge

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SIZZLE - Read More... New!
SIZZLE

By Barbara Brett

She's the most beautiful, ruthless CEO in the nation. He's the most dangerous corporate raider in the world. Neither has ever lost a battle in the boardroom-or the bedroom. Now they're warring for America's biggest publishing prize.

SIZZLE-a novel of breathtaking power and ambition, set against the jet-setting world of Manhattan's elite!

"[A] battle fraught with...the dirtiest of tricks...the stuff that destroys marriages, people, lives.... Sizzle through the summer with Sizzle." -The Salem News

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WISHFUL WEDDINGS WISHFUL WEDDINGS
By Hy Brett

Throw away your handkerchief! The book that brings happily-ever-after to everyone's favorite star-crossed lovers is here. In Wishful Weddings Hy Brett corrects the heartless endings of Casablanca, Titanic and fifty more classics. We can follow Rick and Ilsa, Jack and Rose, Romeo and Juliet down the aisle—and read their wedding announcements in their local paper. A triumph of love and laughter!

"You owe a 'time out' to yourself. Even reading one wedding report a day will lift your spirits. Enjoy!" -Radine Trees Nehring (author of the prize-winning "To Die for…" mysteries) Radine's Weblog
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BETWEEN TWO ETERNITIES - Read More... New!
BETWEEN TWO ETERNITIES

By Barbara Brett

After ten years of marriage, two wonderful children, and the financial struggles of building successful, but separate, careers-he as an English professor, she as an illustrator of children's books-Robert and Marcie are still very much in love. But Robert's heart is breaking: he knows Marcie is about to die...

"The facts are cold; the story that unravels is warm and extremely moving.... Brett handles it impeccably." -Publishers Weekly

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PROMISES TO KEEP PROMISES TO KEEP
By Hy and Barbara Brett

It's the 1980's and morning in America-or is it? When ex-homicide cop Gil Ferguson and his wife, Connie, leave New York City to open an antiques shop in a charming New England town, they find that murder, danger, and ugly secrets can lurk in even the quietest corners of America. They had hoped to pursue the idyllic life-but find themselves pursued by neo-Nazi killers instead...

"The Bretts' literary style should hold readers fast..." -Publishers Weekly

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THE ULTIMATE NEW YORK CITY TRIVIA - Read More... THE ULTIMATE NEW YORK CITY TRIVIA
Compiled by Hy Brett

Whether you live in the Big Apple or any other town on our planet, The Ultimate New York City Trivia will both delight and enlighten you. Whatever your interests--sports and entertainment, science and nature, history and geography, arts and literature, heros and villains--you'll find delectable tidbits about them all. There are 1300 fascinating and surprising facts packed into these fun-filled pages, plus maps, photos, and sidebars. In lively, fun-to-read questions and answers, humorist Hy Brett presents us with a wealth of information that will captivate and amuse native New Yorkers, tourists, and armchair travelers alike!

Featured on New York City's Centennial Web site!

Featured by the New York Daily News in its special Centennial Section!

"It's a fabulous book! A great book! Once you pick it up, you can't put it down!" -Joe Franklin, WOR, New York

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LOVE AFTER HOURS - Read More... LOVE AFTER HOURS
By Barbara Brett

Five savvy New York women: Gwen, the dreamer...Terri, the sexpot...Frances, the feminist...Andrea, the Ice Queen...Nadine, the genius...

Together, they edit the ultimate magazine about love. They're the experts. Or are they? What really happens to them when night closes in?

"The lowdown on the publishing world-and the steamy love lives of the women in it. A delicious read!" -Julie Ellis, author of Far to Go

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HOW TO SURVIVE THE NEW MILLENNIUM - Read More... HOW TO SURVIVE THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Recycled Wisdom for an Age of Diminished Expectations
Compiled by Hy Brett

Year by year, as we work our way through the 21st century, we find ourselves looking into a future that holds more problems than promise. Can we cope with this Lean-and-Mean Millennium, with its downsizing, outsourcing, layoffs, and guaranteed lifetime memberships in the new Anxious Class? Absolutely! For Hy Brett has compiled the indispensable handbook for the age of diminished expectations. How to Survive the New Millennium is a manual of wit and wisdom from the past that provides inspiration and amusement for coping with the challenges of the present. Be good to yourself-don't face another day without it!

"An indispensable book for the Anxious Class!" -Brian Butler, KPIX San Francisco

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