Eastern Mennonite University

Spring 2007

Successes in Book Business

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Phyllis Pellman Good

John Bomberger ’77, MA ’92

John BombergerEMU trustee
• CEO of Choice Books
• over 5 million books sold in 2006
• largest distributor of Christian books sold via kiosks in supermarkets, hotels, airports, drugstores, and other stand-alone displey sites
• of the top 10 bestselling books, seven are Biblically-based
• has sold 443, 426 copies of the Fix It and Forget It Cookbook<
• employs 25 EMU alumni - 17 in the business end and eight as volunteer book reviewers - plus three alumni serve as board members

Phyllis Pellman Good (class of ’70) is shown in a New York studio in January, taping a four-hour satellite “media tour.”

The tour put Phyllis on the airwaves of 15 TV news outlets from Pittsburgh to Tuscon, Ariz., and gave her a taped spot for the CNN Airport Network.

Phyllis and her husband, Merle ’69, own Good Books, publisher of hundreds of books, with Phyllis’ cookbooks topping their bestseller list at 9 million sold.

The New York Times and USA Today published major articles in 2006 on the success of these cookbooks.

Recipes from Phyllis’ latest book, Fix It and Forget-It 5-Ingredient Favorites, are being offered to fellow alumni and friends of EMU who return the coupon found inside Crossroads.

Good Books also publishes The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding series, with The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr, EMU professor of restorative justice and editor of the series, topping the sales list.

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