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How and Why
222 S Rogers St, Bloomington, IN 47404
9781934620045, $14.00, www.microcosmpublishing.com
Doing it yourself saves money and installs a sense of success found unlike any place else. "How
and Why: A Do It Yourself Guide" is a book packed cover to cover with wisdom and advice on
many topics with tons of information on everything from growing one's own food to educating
one's children to creating working musical instruments, making "How and Why" a must for
anyone who wants to be prepared for the apocalypse - or just likes being able to do things
Marijuana & Hemp
Marijuana is perhaps the most controversial plant in both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
"Marijuana & Hemp: History, Uses, Laws and Controversy" traces the recent and chaotic history
of the plant, its prohibition and the fights against it. But Hemp has far more uses than as a
recreation drug, a versatile and strong substance that can be used as countless things. Criticizing
the drug wars, stating that many of the laws are corrupt and not for the good of the American
people, "Marijuana & Hemp" is a scholarly study of the cannabis plant and its tumultuous history
The Self-Help Shelf
In the Affirmative Publishing
2125 Prosperity, Protage, MI 49002
KSB Promotions (publicity)
55 Honey Creek NE, Ada, MI 49301
9780979902536, $14.95, www.erikaoliver.com
Why assume the worst is always going to happen? It can really ruin the day. "Happy Crap: 8
Tools to Choose Your Thoughts for Prosperity, Productivity, and Peace" is a guide to encourages
happy assumptions and using that to have a more positive force in life. Speaking out against
pessimism while remembering most things are crap, author Erika Oliver brings readers a unique
approach, and makes for humorous and empowering reading. "Happy Crap" is a fine read, a solid
addition to any business or self-help collection.
One Peace Books
57 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
9781935548065, $19.95, www.onepeacebooks.com
Motivation is what makes the world go round. "Shift: 13 Exercises to Make You Who You Want
to Be" is a guide to maintaining that motivation that is so easy to lose when you need it most.
These exercises are designed to keep that fire going even through the most draining periods of
life. Designed to help those who want to change where they are, look towards the help they have
access to, and more, "Shift" is an inspirational read with plenty of wisdom that shouldn't be
overlooked for community library self-help collections.
It's Not Personal
Orange Sun Press
3028 Elmhurst Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073-4601
9780984544301, $14.95, www.orangesunpress.com
When someone is hostile to you, remember it's not always because of you. "It's Not Personal:
Lessons I've Learned From Dealing with Difficult Behavior" is a self-help guide from Cindy
Hampel as she advises readers on how to deal with ever so difficult people we undoubtedly
encounter in our lives. Encouraging readers to not let it get them down and more, "It's Not
Personal" is a choice read for those who want to face hostility and leave with their positivity.
Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying
Goodman Beck Publishing
PO Box 253, Norwood, NJ 07648
9780979875588, $14.95, www.allenklein.com
It's hard to reverse the weight of grieving. "Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying:
Embracing Life After Loss" is a guide to facing grief and overcoming it to find that bright light at
the end of your tunnel of misery. With plenty of experience drawn from author Allen Klein's own
overwhelming loss, Klein gives plenty of reassurance to face crisis and a reminder that life will
go on. "Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying" is a fine read with plenty of wisdom,
Many Faces of PTSD
Susan Rau Stocker
Holy Macro! Books
PO Box 82, Uniontown, OH 44685
9781615470020, $12.95, www.susanstocker.com
Trauma does many things to people. "Many Faces of PTSD: Does Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder Have a Grip on Your Life?" tells the story of those who have faced PTSD and the long
lasting effects of these events. Designed to help others realize the effects of PTSD and how to
combat them more effectively, author Susan Rau Stocker draws on her experience well. "Many
Faces of PTSD" is a thoughtful delve into this serious issue, highly recommended.
Living Life as a Thank You
Nina Lesowitz & Mary Beth Sammons
PO Box 14697, San Francisco, CA 94114
9781573443685, $15.95, www.vivaeditions.com
Life is a truly wonderful gift. "Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily
Gratitude" is an inspirational guide to living life with gratitude for life and keeping one's hopes
and eyes upwards for a better tomorrow. Encouraging readers to share in this optimistic view,
"Living Life as a Thank You" is a choice collection, not to be overlooked.
The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Renee Newman GG
International Jewelry Publications
560 W. Main St., Suite C-200, Alhambra, CA 91801
9780929975450, $19.95, www.reneenewman.com
The luxury of jewelry is historic, and understanding its value is key to making the most of it. "Exotic Gems: How to Identify and Buy" is a guide to a wide array of gems, packed cover to cover with full color photos and plenty of information on identifying the gems and caring for them, and getting the best bang for your buck. For anyone with more than just a casual interest in jewelry and gems, "Exotic Gems" is an ideal pick.
The Money/Finance Shelf
How You Can Maximize Student Aid
27 West 86 St, Ste 17B, New York, NY 10024
9780981473741, $19.99, www.tracytrends.com
College is expensive and it's always quite the challenge to keep your head up over the water
while getting that education. "How You Can Maximize Student Aid: Strategies for the FAFSA
and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) To Increase Financial Aid for College" is a guide
for those who want to get the most financial aid they can and make the most of what they can get.
From tax benefits, insurance, loans, and more, "How You Can Maximize Student Aid" is a sage
guide for those who have to navigate the complex web of bureaucracy they must face to get that
college education they need to succeed.
Live It Up!
PO Box 849, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
9781934354179, $21.95, www.w-apublishing.com
Wise money management is being happy without being broke. "Live it Up!: But Don't Outlive
Your Income" is a guide to attaining that balance, as Scott Harstad advises readers on saving
money, spending money wisely, and living it up. Understanding one's income and understanding
where good investments lie is a necessary aspect of money management in today's world, and
Harstand shares his expertise with twenty five years of dealing with investments and money well.
"Live It Up!" is a must for anyone who wants to live with their paycheck without living paycheck
From Ramen to Riches
James G. Wood
The Tannywood Group
13965 Royal Melbourne Sq., San Diego, CA 92128
9780982825105, $14.95, www.tannywood.com
Prosperity is not completely foreign to the twenty-something. "From Ramen to Riches: Building Wealth in Your 20s" is a guide to ceasing to struggle through the prime of one's life, and improving the management of one's finances. Good finance and a prosperous life without money worries need to be developed early in one's adulthood. "From Ramen to Riches" is a must for anyone who is already sick of ramen at 21.
How to Audit
PO Box 44, Chico, CA 95927-0044
9781932828313, $49.00, www.patonprofessional.com
Taking a complete inventory of someone's finances can prove to be a very daunting task. "How to
Audit ISO 9001:2008" is an up to date guide to understanding the latest auditing laws to gain a
more complete and comprehensive understanding of how to audit completely and effectively.
Through the volume, Chad Kymal explains the forms and procedures, strategies, relations to
business, how many business subjects can complicate the system, and plenty of information to
create a complete and comprehensive checklist for an auditor. With a chapter explaining the
updates from previous forms, "How to Audit ISO 9001:2008" is a must for anyone who is
preparing themselves for this daunting task.
The World History Shelf
David K. Thanjan
305 Vineyard Town Center, Suite 302, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
9781589098176, $18.95, www.bookstandpublishing.com
There was a time before humanity began to write things down, and this time proves to annoy
those who want to know what happened during that period. "Pebbles" is an analysis of history
from Davis K. Thanjan as he presents his own research on people before the time of Christ, of
human accomplishments that aren't so heavily well documented. "Pebbles" is an intriguing read,
and solidly recommended.
Soldier of the Cuban Revolution
Luis Alfonso Zayas
PO Box 162767, Atlanta, GA 30321-2767
9781604880311, $18.00, www.pathfinderpress.com
No one man can change history alone, and Castro was no exception. "Soldier of the Cuban
Revolution: From the Cane Fields of Oriente to General of the Revolutionary Armed Forces"
tells the story of Luis Alfonso Zayas, one of the most important figures in the Cuban Revolution
which has shaped Cuba's path for the past five decades. Telling his own life story of being a farm
worker to leading armies, he provides his own unique perspective on Cuba's revolution and much
more. A fascinating delve into history from another perspective, "Soldier of the Cuban
Revolution" would do well in international history collections.
The Memoir Shelf
My Father's Love, Vol. II
Wild Ocean Press
38 Bob Kaufman Alley, San Francisco, CA 94133
9780984130436, $20.00, www.wildoceanpress.com
Secrets can fester and rot everyone who keeps them. "My Father's Love, Vol. II" is the second memoir of Sharon Doubiago as she reflects on the abuse that her Father wrought on how it led to a poisonous nature that spread throughout her family, who kept it secret in the name of familial love, and how the abuse of one spreads to us all, as she warns how this epidemic of abuse is having bigger repercussions in the national picture than most know. "My Father's Love, Vol. II" is a fascinating memoir with a powerful message.
Odd Road to Kabul
Bucky and Chicky Publishing
314 Green Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
9780557948109, $28.30, www.buckyandchicky.us
Trying to escape when you're seemingly cursed is quite the endeavor. "Odd Road to Kabul" tells
the story of Patricia Diaz, as she faces the cruelty of early life and a family where love and
compassion seemed so foreign. Fleeing from neglect, Diaz tells a story that brings her all over the
world in the pursuit of something resembling peace. Touching and tragic yet inspirational all the
same, "Odd Road to Kabul" is a strongly recommended pick for memoir collections.
Hops and Dreams
2 Stansbury Court, Chico, CA 95928
There is nothing quite like the taste of home. "Hops and Dreams: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co." is company's biography from Rob Burton as he tells this company's story of the two men who formed the company and turned it into a local icon of brewing, and to offer something that is truly beer to fight against the usual cliches of American beer. The company grew from a two-man venture into the sixth largest brewery in the U.S. in less than thirty years. A driven story of small business success, "Hops and Dreams" is a must for anyone who wants to read a story of the rise of microbrewing.
Breaking Through the Spiral Ceiling
Laura L Mays Hoopes
175 West Sixth Street, Claremont, CA 91711-6339
Science has never been a very attractive field for women. "Breaking Through the Spiral Ceiling"
reflects on author Laura L. Mays Hoopes as she describes her own journey into the science of
DNA and the barriers placed in front of her because of her gender. A thoughtful look at women
in science and how they can contribute just as much as any man, "Breaking Through the Spiral
Ceiling" is an intriguing read.
The Polio Journals
Anne K. Gross
Diversity Matters Press
5555 DTC Parkway, Ste. C-3200, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
9780578065915, $16.95, www.thepoliojournals.com
Polio is a plague all but eradicated, but its causalities remain. "The Polio Journals: Lessons from
My Mother" looks at the shame faced by victims of the disease and how they faced shunning by
society throughout the 1920s. Author Anne K. Gross tells Carol Rosenstiel's story of growing up
with polio and overcoming it. A thoughtful and personal analysis of this former scourge of the
world, "The Polio Journals" is a fine addition to any memoir or health collections.
Surviving the Folded Flag
Deborah H. Tainsh
Elva Resa Publishing
8362 Tamarack Vlg. Ste. 119-106, St. Paul, MN 55125
9781934617137, $14.95, www.elvaresa.com
Losing a child to war is a truly terrible experience. "Surviving the Folded Flag: Parents of War
share Stories of Coping, Courage, and Faith" is a collection of stories from parents who have
faced these tragic events and how they have used it to gain strength and face the challenges of
their life all the more effectively. Insightful and dedicated reading designed to help those who
have lost cope with those losses, "Surviving the Folded Flag" is a fine and thoughtful read, very
Gregory F. Tague
Editions Bibliotekos, Inc.
562 - 76th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209
9780982481943, $15.95, www.ebibliotekos.com
War not only tears the land of where the fighting occurs apart, but pulls anything remotely near it
apart. "Battle Runes" is a collection of memoirs compiled by Gregory F. Tague on the effects of
war on many fronts throughout the world, drawing on reflections on the effect the combat has
had on them both directly and indirectly. "Battle Runes" is a fine collection of thought, very
highly recommended reading for those with an interest in the less pronounced effects of war.
The Gift of El Tio
Larry Buchanan & Karen Gans
1350 Beverly Road, Suite 115-162, McLean, VA 22101
A discovery can send a village in a direction they thought was impossible. "The Gift of El Tio" is
a memoir of Larry Buchanan and Karen Gans as they reflect on their journeys through the remote
Quecua village in Bolivia, as a discovery sends the city into a whirlwind that changed it forever.
A remarkable story of the many things that can radically these remote communities, "The Gift of
El Tio" is an insightful exploration of history and the dangers that go into exploring it.
O. Ross McIntyre
1 Main Street, Lyme, New Hampshire, 03768
9781935655121, $14.00, www.graybookspublishers.com
Facing adversity is an excellent way to strengthen relationships. "Paddle Beads" is a memoir
from O. Ross McIntyre as he reflects on he and his wife facing the many aspects of river rafting
throughout North America's wilderness and what it has taught him about life and love as well as
adventure. A fun read that is sure to charm, "Paddle Beads" is a solidly recommended pick, not to
Before Truth Set Me Free
Vanessa "Fluffy" Murray-Yisrael
Mill City Press
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781936400737, $13.95, www.millcitypress.net
How does one fall from talk of the town to common criminal? "Before Truth Set Me Free" tells
the story of Vanessa "Fluffy" Murray-Yisrael as she landed a job at a high level record label and
how it spun downwards and left her in a maximum security prison. A story of facing the harsh
realities of life and meeting them head on, "Before Truth Set Me Free" is a fascinating and very
touching memoir of life and all of its twists and turns.
Inside the President's Helicopter
LTC Gene T. Boyer
14090 E Keinenen Rd., Brule, WI 54820
9781934980910, $17.95, www.cablepublishing.com
The Presidential Helicopter is used often to quickly get him around, and one who has flown him
has many stories. "Inside the President's Helicopter: Reflections of a White House Senior Pilot"
is the memoir of Gene Boyer, who discusses his US army career and his time as the personal
Helicopter pilot for Richard Nixon, telling his own story of the Nixon administration and the
whirlwind of his resignation. "Inside the President's Helicopter" is a thoughtful read with plenty
of fascinating stories.
The Poetry Shelf
The Horse Portraits
Ara Pacis Publishers
PO Box 1202, Des Plaines, IL 60017-1202
9780962530661, $14.95, www.arapacispublishers.com
The majesty of the horse can quickly vanish in an instant, as what happens much with human
life. "The Horse Portraits" is a collection of poetry from Robert Prochaska, who touches on the
quickness of the beauty of the world to decay and show its uglier face to us all. Honest poetry
with a clear message, "The Horse Portraits" is a riveting read, highly recommended. "Intimation
of Black": The saber-tooth moon pierces the black umbrella/of limitless sky, goes a shower of
stars/into shapeless orbit, and foments revolution/among phalanxes of dust./Below we explain
ourselves all too often,/and ask too much of the heavens/that among men cannot be
conceived/but as diagrams of our own ventricular selves.
Sari Friedman & D. Patrick Miller
PO Box 1292, Berkeley, CA 94701
9780982279953, $9.95, www.fearlessbooks.com
The drive of the joyful emotion of love is all that makes some people get up everyday.
"Touching: Poems, of Love, Longing, and Desire" is a collection of poetry from several authors,
compiled by Sari Friedman & D. Patrick Miller who present this volume dedicated to love and
everything around it. Thoughtful with black and white photography scattered throughout to
accentuate the feeling, "Touching" is an anthology that will inspire the senses and remind readers
of the fire of humanity.
Why We Have Evening
Cherry Grove Collections
PO Box 541106, Cincinnati, OH 45254-1106
The mere status of existence leads us to ask many questions. "Why We Have Evening" is an
anthology of poetry from Leonard Orr, as he ponders this and greater questions and what it
means to be, and the bigger picture behind it all. "Why We Have Evening" is worth considering
for many poetry collections. "Gabbles of geese,/raw-voiced blackbirds,/cut winter fog,/cool and
recumbent,/slumbering in the field.//I hear their foreign phrases/before their milling/gray black
figures emerge/emerge from the mist, davening,/a minyan dutifully/gathering to say
An Endless Skyway
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Collaborators, editors
Ice Cube Books
205 N Front Street, North Liberty, IA 52317
9781888160529, $24.95, www.icecubepress.com
Every state has its wordsmith, who can use their gift to spin the thoughts and beliefs of the people around them. "An Endless Skyway" is a collection of poetry derived from the poets laureate of every state of the union to give readers a sampling of the best that America has to offer. Compiled well with plenty to ponder, "An Endless Skyway" is a must for any community library poetry collection. "When Meeting the Other" by Jim Barnes of Oklahoma: Given arms, the sun/would choose to grow many./Having many narrow arms,/the sun would -- at each limb's end --/flare into a palm and fingers,/into the curves made for reaching.//Extremities of flame, of shine./Hands that carry enough/heat and light to give away.//Be that sun. One small sun.
Everyone Loves the Situation
593 Vanderbilt Avenue #265, Brooklyn, NY 11213
9780983121930, $15.00, www.penmanshipbooks.com
Jersey Shore have put eyes on many people from the region, as they offer their own lives and art
to the world. "Everyone Loves the Situation" is a collection of poetry and related works from
Michael 'The Situation' Cirelli as he provides his own views of life as he presents his own brand
of how the world works. Fans of the show will see his humor shine through. "Everyone Loves the
Situation" is a must for Jersey Shore fans and for those looking for pop poetry. "Pauly D Brings
the Flowerbed": When he couldn't fit/The tanning bed/Out of his basement door/to take with
him/to the summer beach house,/Pauly went into his mother's/Garden and dug out/A 4 x 6 (and 3
inches thick)/Blanket of lowers/To lay over him at night/(Instead of fluorescent/lights) to remind
him/Of home, so that he could/Close his eyes and feel/The roots tickle his paling skin.
Reminders of an I Not Left Behind
Mia Elkovsky Phoebus
610 East Delano Street, Suite 104, Tucson, AZ 85705
9781604945102, $28.95, www.wheatmark.com
When alone, one struggles to find any evidence that someone is there for them. "Reminders of an
I Not Left Behind" is a collection of poetry from Mia Elkovsky Phoebus as she looks back into
her life to find out where she was not abandoned and found the strength to continue on in her
life's journeys. This large work of poetry draws well on her long life's experiences in literature
and the arts, and "Reminders of an I Not Left Behind" is an excellent volume, not to be
overlooked for community library poetry collections. "For Gina": A bird aloft on a pole /--
motionless /-- mocking wind an/pounding surf./Carved jade, basalt,/and yellow gold./Matchless
against/an azure sky./Still, as nature holds its breath --/measures distance not in miles,/but in
special emptiness.//When it alights and spreads/its wings, the world falls/into a trance and
knows, at last, what it is/to be free.
Per Aage Brandt
277 Broadway, Suite 210, New York, NY 10007
9780924047831, $30.00, www.hostpublications.com
The importance of self is not something to be forgotten when pursuing higher knowledge. "These
Hands" is a collection of bi-lingual poetry from Per Aage Brandt, as he reflects on life through
his position as a professor, presenting his work in both English and Danish. With humor and
humility, "These Hands" is a core addition to any international poetry collection. A sample: The
moon is an American politician,/slightly overfed and deeply religious,/it shines its curse over the
trees and/rooftops, while the night turns gray/and the darkness longs for its stars.
45 Francesca Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
9780971492677, $11.99, www.jasensousa.net
The long road from addiction is not an easy one. "Somewhere Lost" is a collection of poetry from
Jasen Sousa, as he reflects on addiction, something many of the people around him faced as he
entered adulthood. Heartfelt and profound, "Somewhere Lost" will resonate well with many
readers. "Beauty is Sold": With at least ten years of abuse under/her belt, I don't know if her mind
will ever/be hers again. She fights to regain all/that she ran away from, she wants to be/that little
girl she never came to/ appreciate. I knew that little girl,/ and I do not recognize this
woman/whose beauty is now sold in a dope sack,/squeezed into a syringe, and shot
into/abandoned veins tagged with drug dealer's names.
Pickled Dreams Naked
PO Box 2015, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113
9781935520306, $14.95, www.nyqbooks.org
With a profound honesty, Norman Stock's "Pickled Dreams Naked" may not be the most
intellectual pursuit, but it is certainly a fun one. His poetry pulls no punches with its observation
and humor, as he points out things that are not so obvious and leads to quite the entertaining read
along the way. "Pickled Dreams Naked" is a choice pick for anyone seeking a humorous work of
poetry. "All he has": all he has/he puts in bags/that he gives to boys/who give the bags to other
boys/then the girls come/they take the bags and throw them in the air/all he has goes sailing up to
the clouds/he loves it like that/it is how he lives.
Counting on Birds
PO Box 482, Madison, WI 53701
Calmly watching life as it passes by allows you to realize what exactly is happening. "Counting
on Birds" is a collection of poems from extensively published poet Sandy Stark as she talks on
her life, the nature around it and many others things. Thoughtful and devoted, "Counting on
Birds" is solidly recommended. "Big Bend National Park": Something about all this rock:/it
washes, wears, bears the marks of water/and wind,/builds the canyon's edge/and stands, dark, at
sunset/while we visit/its river-banked ledge.//Rock's still here,/used to intrusions and
escapades./I'm the one startled by change,/the one who, having calmly/arranged to trade a
week/of winter for Texas Rock,/stands suddenly/and solidly/amazed.
As We Are Sung
71 Elmgrove, Providence, RI 02906
9781936194056, $14.00, www.burningdeck.com
Poetry is not spoken word, yet it is not singing. "As We Are Sung" is a collection of work
by Christina Mengert, as she explores poetry and lyric and tries to find a place between them all.
A fine and unique work, "As We Are Sung" is a choice collection that should prove hard to put
down. "I've Forgotten How to Speak": I do think about the sensation; sun lodged/on the inside,
sky peeling itself under skin.//He says "do not mistake... a waterfall for a harbor."//So much for
calling out the interior./So much for fisherman in the dark.
Alice James Books
258 Main Street, Farmington, ME 04938
9781882295845, $15.95, www.alicejamesbooks.org
A state of worry and concern is no way to live, but many do it anyway. "Panic" is a collection of
poetry from Laura McCullough, her fourth volume of poetry as she speaks on her life and its
many panics that come along with simply living it. Charming and riveting work, "Panic" is an
excellent addition to any poetry collection. "Along the Surface": In Sea Bright early this
summer,/a fisherman gutted a pregnant female Mako on the beach./The crowd leaned against
each other,/a tightening coil,/to see better as the babies slipped out on the sand./When one flipped
its tail--/so it seemed to jump toward a child--/a father stepped on it, squashing its
head,/apologizing at first, then getting angry/when his girl cried out.
Destroyer and Preserver
1938 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
9781933517506, $16.00, www.wavepoetry.com
It proves hard to save the world when you're the one destroying it. "Destroyer and Preserver" is a
book of poetry from Matthew Rohrer who presents a thoughtful spin on life and its many twists
and turns as we try to make ourselves better people and face down everything that seems to take
us another direction. "Destroyer and Preserver" is a thoughtful collection with plenty of wise and
witty verse, recommended. "The Smell of Frying Fish": The smell of frying fish/drove me to the
fire escape/the sun took its time/filling the harbor/with ashes/sandpipers moved/they were
controlled/by song/I saw my neighbor/the pencil/turn sideways/in front of her mirror/she stepped
into her wineglass/as the sun brought everything/a little closer to raspberries.
The Business Shelf
No Sneakers at the Office
Adam T. Scholl
736 Highway 287 North, Crockett, TX 75835
9780984512904, $14.95, www.nosneakersattheoffice.com
After four years of college, you don't know everything yet. "No Sneakers at the Office: A
Practical Handbook for the Business World" is a guide to those who want to cut through the red
tape of business and not let it stand in front of their own drive for success. Designed for those
just entering the field, Adam Scholl gives novices all they need to know to not step on the wrong
toes and throw out the wrong signals. "No Sneakers at the Office" is a must for those with a drive
to succeed but may not know every little detail on how.
Secrets of a Working Dog
Ellen & Patrick Galvin
Joseph Rudolph Publisher
4133 NE 32nd Place, Portland, OR 97211
9780982868034, $19.95, www.secretsofaworkingdog.com
Man's best friend has much to teach us about man's most feared daily grind. "Secrets of a
Working Dog" is a humorous take on success in the corporate world as the Galvins present a
self-help guide through the eyes of Bella the Boxer, their director of goodwill, or D.O.G..
Encouraging readers to connect with their inner dog, what will get them moving, being a leader
when no one else will and not to drive oneself crazy while doing it, "Secrets of a Working Dog"
is an excellent and highly recommended resource for anyone who wants to succeed in life and in
the business world.
The Small Business Guide 2011 Edition
Owen O. Daniels
Small Business Zone
PO Box 251, Evanston, IL 60204
The small business failure statistic is read off all too often. "The Small Business Guide 2011 Edition" is designed to help aspiring business people not join those statistics and find their own level of success. Comprehensive with plenty of resources on start up, advertisements, charts and forms to make number crunching easier, Owen O. Daniels keeps the limited resources of small business strongly in his mind for his suggestions. "The Small Business Guide 2011 Edition" is a strong pick for someone considering their own small business.
Hot Leaders, Cool Facilitators
Bart R. Wendell
Net Worlding Publishing
222 North Columbus, Chicago, IL 60601
9780984194896, $19.95, www.networlding.com
There is a time to act, and a time to let others act. "Hot Leaders, Cool Facilitators: Learning to
Lead One Meeting a Time" is a guide to when to do what in regards to a business meeting to
know when one should take charge and when to allow someone else's ideas to take the stage. A
business meeting is where to let ideas blossom, and Bart R. Wendell lets plenty of expertise in
the avenue shine through. "Hot Leaders, Cool Facilitators" is a business guide to consider for
anyone who wants to lead the meetings in the right direction.
The Center of Gravity
423 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 208, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
A good business doesn't do things on the fly, success is pre-meditated. "The Center of Gravity:
Creating a Battle Plan for Your Business" grants business advice with the idea of center of
gravity, focusing on protecting your vital areas while striking at your competitors. Drawing on
some military philosophy, Jack Bernstein grants readers quite a bit of wisdom, and makes "The
Center of Gravity" packed cover to cover with sage wisdom.
Death of the American Investor
Nico R. Willis
1661 East Camelback Road 2nd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85016
9780615392622, $17.95, www.networthpublications.com
Investment is a key component to wealth, and how Americans gained their prosperity today. But
that prosperity is drifting elsewhere. "Death of the American Investor: the Emergence of a New
Global eShareholder" discusses the financial future of a world where America's financial power
wanes. Offering his work as a warning, solution, and advisory to the would be investors of the
world, "Death of the American Investor" proves to be quite the well-researched read.
The Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Don't Write My Obituary Just Yet
Upper Room Books
1908 Grand Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212
9780835810463, $12.00, www.missybuchanan.com
The twilight of your life is not the end. "Don't Write My Obituary Just Yet: Inspiring Faith
Stories for Older Adults" is a collection of stories from those with advanced age who use their
advanced wisdom to still contribute meaningfully to life and society. With thirty stories and
plenty of wisdom and faith, Missy Buchanan's compilation will uplift any elder who reads it to
remember that it isn't over until it's over. "Don't Write My Obituary Just Yet" is a strong and
highly recommended read, not to be missed.
34 Longshore Ln, Bellingham, WA 98229
One must remember the connection they share strongly with the world around them. "Simple
Meditation: A Spiritual Connection for Transforming Your Life" is a driven spirituality guide
from Curt Remington as he advises readers to find their own peace in life and use that peace to
further their relationships and lives more effectively. With strong metaphysical thought, "Simple
Meditation" is a wise and solidly recommended read, not to be missed.
Why We Believe in God(s)
J. Anderson Thomson
1909 Stillhouse Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22901
9780984493210, $12.95, www.pitchstonepublishing.com
Is there more to faith than just ancient stories? "Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to
the Science of Faith" is a discussion of why mankind has readily created something greater to
them to grant them cause and belief for their lives. Drawn on the studies of psychologists, and
with a foreword by famed author and thinker Richard Dawkins, "Why We Believe in God(s)" is a
fascinating study to the human nature involved in faith and the reason for its lasting
Sweet Olive Press
PO Box 872, San Anselmo, CA 94979
9780692001110, $35.00, heatherprestonart.com
Trees have surrounded mankind for their entire existence, and much has been said about them.
"Tree Spirits: Tales and Encounters" is a blend of spiritual fiction and art from Heather Preston,
as she focuses on the story of the trees and their relationship with the long history of mankind.
All around the world, different cultures have different perspectives on the meaning and
importance of these ancient plants that last generations. "Tree Spirits" is a fascinating experience
that will make readers ponder the importance of trees and human history.
Circle of Catholic Women
Juloya Celebrating Life
8362 Tamarack Vlg, Ste. 119-106, St. Paul, MN 55125
9781934617113, $16.95, www.circleofcatholicwomen.com
Womanhood and a bit of faith are things that often go well together. "Circle of Catholic Women:
Personal Reflection and Group Sharing to Help You Deepen Your Faith and Find Balance in
Your Everyday Life" is a spiritual workbook for Catholic women as they ask themselves the
many questions of their life and seeks to help them focus their energies on many aspects of
modern life. "Circle of Catholic Women" is a choice pick for women of faith.
The Alabaster Jar
White Cottage Publishing Co.
17675 Eureka Ave. West, Farmington, MN 55024
Faith still guides women as it has for thousands of years. "The Alabaster Jar: Deep Calls Unto Deep: Devotions for Women" is a collection of scripture and thought from Anna Alden-Tirrill who offers her own thought, drawing from the Bible and other women of faith. With plenty to ponder and empower, "The Alabaster Jar" is a spiritual and highly recommended read.
The Sports Shelf
Fantasy Baseball for Beginners
PO Box 206, Forest, VA 24551
9780982428696, $10.95, www.xppress.com
Many people think they can pick players better than the real coaches, and Fantasy Baseball lets
them try their hand. "Fantasy Baseball for Beginners: The Ultimate 'How-To' Guide" is from Sam
Hendricks, author of a Fantasy Football book in the same vein, applying his expertise this time to
America's pastime. With a certain flare and wisdom, Hendricks explains everything you need to
know to do well and succeed in fantasy baseball, stating a clear understanding of official MLB
and traditional fantasy baseball rules. "Fantasy Baseball for Beginners" is a fine read, well worth
considering for those who want to break into the hobby.
The Fiction Shelf
Parklane Drive, Strathmore, AB T1P 1V8, Canada
9780986727313, $9.99, www.kitpublishing.com
Love does strange things to otherwise rational people. "The Bench" follows Jenny, aspiring yet
going nowherre author as she works in a big city publishing house, as she hunts down the
romance that may lie in the trail of an author applying to work with her workplace. The hunt may
cost her everything, and the hunt may be for something that's not even there. "The Bench" is an
entertaining romance that will be hard to put down.
Attraction and Repulsion
Robert Scott Leyse
Shatter Colors Press
400 East 85th Street, Suite 15C, New York, NY 10028
9780982171059, $15.95, www.robertscottleyse.com
Love can't fully bloom while obstacles stand in its way. "Attraction and Repulsion" tells the story
of a pair of two lovers in Paris, as they pursue love and the forces that keep them apart try even
harder. A story of love in spite of all those who would end it, Robert Scott Leyse constructs a
gripping story that will be hard to put down. "Attraction and Repulsion" is a gripping read that
will prove hard to put down.
Marines and Renegades
Warriors Publishing Group
16129 Tupper St., North Hills, CA 91343
Good and evil become blurry concepts at the lowest level of battle. "Marines and Renegades" is a
novel of post-World War II as author Gene Rackovitch tells the story of a zealous Japanese
soldier who after the war continues his own fight as American Marines sweep Guam in 1946.
Hoping to bring the ambiguous nature of war, honor, and revenge into light, "Marines and
Renegades" is an enticing novel that will prove hard to put down, highly recommended.
c/o Strang Company
600 Rineheart Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746
9781616382025, $17.99, www.dawndyson.com
Sometimes against your life falling apart, all you have is faith. "Bella Maura" tells the story of
Sienna, a woman who seeks to help her friend Cheney recover from crippling addictions. In the
process of helping, she finds Jonathan, who might be able to help Sienna recover from the life
she lost too. A novel of romance and faith, "Bella Maura" is touching and riveting reading for
anyone who has ever looked to others to overcome their own adversity.
I'll Always Be There For You...
Hope Springs Eternal Press
12370 Elizabeth Way, Grass Valley, CA 95949-9613
To think you can be the perfect spouse or parent is to be a fool. "I'll Always Be There for
You...Unless I'm Somewhere Else?!" is a memoir of the modern mother and wife, as Diane
Dean-Epps spins her own life of the real world into the table of the drive to be the best you can
be and slowly learning to settle with what you can really be. With humor and poignancy, "I'll
Always be There for You..." is thoughtful and realistically reassuring reading,
Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes, Barre, PA 18766
9780981968766, $15.95, www.etruscanpress.org
Sometimes you chase a past you never truly had. "Nahoonkara" is a novel following three
brothers as they face and try to come to terms with the reality of their lives and what is demanded
of them. Told between many characters but focused on the role of Killian, the eldest brother, this
story of family and their urge to try to keep their lives afloat in the cruelty of life will resonate
with many readers. "Nahoonkara" is an excellently composed read, enthusiastically
Donna Walsh Inglehart
PO Box 256, Hebton, MN 04238
9781890642075, $19.95, www.troubadourinteractive.com
A civil war consumes all of a country, and you can't hide from it. "Grindstone" is a novel of the
American civil war, as Anya MacGregor flees Ireland as the Famine consumes in hopes of a
better life. What she finds is a confederate spy on the island she was set to call home. Blending
romance with the conflict of civil war, "Grindstone" is an enticing and fun read for romance and
historical fiction readers, highly recommended.
Fear Not the Storm
St. Padraic Press
PO Box 43351, Cincinnati, OH 45243-0351
9780970415530, $16.00, www.cathalliam.com
Independence is something that lights fire in people to fight harder than they ever had before.
"Fear Not the Storm: The Story of Tom Cullen, An Irish Revolutionary" is a blend of history and
novel as Cathal Liam tells the story of one man in the legion of Irishmen who dared to rebel
against the British in the early twentieth century. To claim their independence, Tom Cullen had
to ally with the higher up ins the rebellion and faced opposition by some of Britain's most
ruthless tactics. "Fear Not the Storm" is a thoughtful novel of adventure and reality, highly
University of Strangers
Smog Veil Records
1658 N. Milwaukee Ave., #284, Chicago, IL 60647
9780615425955, $19.95, www.smogveil.com
What lies beneath a truly horrifying act? "University of Strangers" follows the murder trial of
Amanda Knox, a college student. In a tale of international intrigue, people come out of the
woodwork to work to clear her conviction, as author Bob Pfeifer crafts a unique story of secret
societies and the role of celebrity worship in today's world. "University of Strangers" will prove
quite difficult to put down, highly recommended.
A & N Publishing
3150 South Street, NW, Suite 2F, Washington, DC 20007
9780982073599, $14.95, www.AandNPublishing.com
The horse racing world is no stranger to corruption and foul play. "Bullet Work" follows Dan
Morgan, a jockey who fears for his horse as those around them have been targeted by malicious
attacks. Dan finds alliance in AJ Kaine, and the two find themselves at odds with a massive
extortion case that could crush them if they aren't careful. A tale of horse racing and intrigue,
"Bullet Work" is a fine and very highly recommended collection, not to be missed.
Victor David Giron
2816 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60618
9780615404431, $14.99, www.curbsidesplendor.com
It seems easy to abandon one's dreams for security. "Sophomoric Philosophy" is a novel of the
life of one Alejandro Lopez, an artist who abandoned his art to become an accountant. As midlife
approaches, he reflects on his choices that led him down this route, and the possibility of pursing
the dreams and choices he left behind. "Sophomoric Philosophy" is a thoughtful read that will
resonate strongly with many readers, highly recommended.
Scent of Danger
223 Buckingham Street, Oakville, CT 06779
The world's treasures can be lost...only to be found by those who will go through anything to get
them. "Scent of Danger" follows modern day treasure hunter Paul D'Arneau as he searches for a
perfume formula from the time of Napoleon and when the world was rediscovering its classical
knowledge. Through it all and around the world, Paul is faced with romance, danger, terrorism,
and everything else which stands in his way in competition or simply hostility. "Scent of Danger"
is a riveting read that won't be easy to put down.
Chasing God's River
Barry James Hickey
Tumble Brush Press
4860 Joliet St., Denver, CO 80239
We can't always live up to what the past expects of us. "Chasing God's River" is about the life's
crisis that Wade Jones goes to meet old friends, away from his wife and broken life. Blending
kayaking into the story as a strong focus, this story of life will draw people in and be tough to put
down. "Chasing God's River" is a fine read and very highly recommended.
The Story Plant
c/o The Aronica-Miller Publishing Project
PO Box 4331, Stamford, CT 06907
9781611880052, $16.95, www.thestoryplant.com
Building a life on lies is building a life on a shaky foundation. "Spinning" follows spin artist
Dylan Hunter as he faces a complete turn in his life. Thinking he had it made through his art of
spinning anything to get himself ahead, when the responsibility of a child is dumped in his lap,
Dylan quickly learns that there are costs to getting ahead quickly and soon learns there is
something to be said for little more honesty in life. "Spinning" is an exciting read with plenty of
life's lessons woven in.
Farewell to Freedom
Strategic Book Group
PO Box 333, Durham, CT 06422
9781609119324, $17.50, www.strategicpublishinggroup.com
Love makes everything seem like a good idea at the time. "Farewell to Freedom: What Happens
in Las Vegas Doesn't Necessarily Stay in Vegas" tells of Cheyenne Stevens challenges of life
where in dissatisfaction with her marriage, she flees to Vegas and finds love with a country boy
and is taken to a new life in Oklahoma. But the honeymoon for Cheyenne never seems to last
long, "Farewell to Freedom" is a thoughtful romance, highly recommended.
Starring in the Movie of My Life
254 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
9781933826677, $13.95, www.pmibooks.com
Love has a funny way of working out. "Starring in the Movie of My Life" is a story of entwined
love between the likes of middle aged Samantha, her husband Nathan, and eighteen year old
Melody. As Nathan's heroism spurs Melody's affections. The story grows ever more complicated
as they all look to each other and look to the constant problems that surround them as they all try
to take a step forward into the next stage of their life. "Starring in the Movie of My Life" is a
riveting romance and drama, highly recommended.
832 Dana Drive, Coatesville, PA 19320
9780971661134, $16.95, www.middletonbooks.com
The pursuits of love always lead one astray. "Gunther's Revenge" tells the story of a high school
teacher joining the community theater for other reasons that being involved in a production. With
a whirlwind of crime, intrigue, and much more, his intentions may make this a gambit that costs
him everything. "Gunther's Revenge" is a fun and entertaining read that will keep the pages
Wilderness House Press
145 Foster Street, Littleton, MA 01460
9780982711514, $24.95, www.wildernesshousepress.com
The gypsies of the Europe have lived in quiet oppression for centuries. "Dosha: Flight of the
Russian Gypsies" is a novel delving into the history of these individuals in the face of the Soviet
Empire, as Sonia Meyer draws on history highly as Dosha, a gypsy woman with an affinity for
horses, as she seeks to flee the country. An adventure of history and the search for freedom with
a focus on horses, "Dosha" is a fine read for anyone with a love of horses and historical
Diane Sherry Case
433 21st Street Santa Monica, CA 90402
Hollywood dreams aren't all their cracked up to be. "Elephant Milk" follows Sean Allison Hayes
as she flees Hollywood in search of true love, finding her way into Mexico. But she trades one
nightmare for another, as she finds herself in the jungle with more than the wilderness
threatening her life. A riveting dramatic thriller, "Elephant Milk" is a fun and exciting novel,
The Last Man Anthology
Sword & Saga Press
42 Haig Press, Bristol, CT 06010
9780615385051, $15.95, www.swordandsagapress.com
Loneliness can by truly a frightening thing. "The Last Man Anthology: Tales of Catastrophe,
Disaster, & Woe" is a collection of short stories drawing from the novel the Last Man, written by
famed horror fiction author Mary Shelley and how the concepts of the novel have inspired many
to their own stories of being the only person left of your kind, of being the last person carrying
the banner and the terror that comes with it. "The Last Man Anthology" is a thoughtful spread of
work, highly recommended.
My Father's Colors
Marian L. Thomas
4002 Hwy 78, Ste. 530-131, Snellville, GA 30039
9780615409412, $16.00, www.lbpublishingco.com
A past can be lost in a blurry haze, as easily as forgotten as it is lived. "My Father's Colors" is a
novel followings Naya Mona as she tries to answer that past she lost so long ago, one where she
gave birth to a daughter and never knew who she was. Author Marian L. Thomas spins a
complex web of stories of people trying to answer the questions that pollute their lives and trying
to find something that's a life in it all. "My Father's Colors" is a thoughtful read, highly
Bellevue Literary Press
550 First Avenue, OBV, New York, NY 10016
9781934137307, $14.95, www.blpress.org
In the face of disaster, one comes to many realizations just before it's too late. "Widow" is a
collection of short stories from Michelle Latiolais as she looks profoundly on our journey
through life and what rushes through our minds as we walk across those crossroads. "Widow" is
an exciting spin of short fiction, excellently executed and proves to be excellent reading, a fine
addition to any short fiction collection.
The Stairway to Heaven
Gefen Publishing House
600 Broadway, Lynbrook, NY 11563
9789652294746, $14.95, www.gefenpublishing.com
Living with terrorism is just everyday life for Israel. "The Stairway to Heaven" is a novelization
of one such attack and what goes on through everyday life in the face of such a situation. Therese
Zrihen-Dvir draws on a real life event where the casualties numbered hundreds. Focusing on the
reality of living with terrorism, "The Stairway to Heaven" is a fine read, recommended.
Lost Coast Press
155 Cypress St., Fort Bragg, CA 95437
9781935448044, $16.95, www.cypresshouse.com
When searching for the conspirators of murder, one must struggle to avoid the conspiracy being
turned on them. "Deadlines: A Novel of Murder, Conspiracy, and the Media" tells of
investigative reporters Colm MacCay and Sebastian Palmer as they apply their expertise, and
with help from certain associates, they may find their journalistic integrity will cost them their
lives. "Deadlines" is an exciting thriller that will prove hard to put down, highly
6750 SW Franklin Street, Suite A, Portland, OR 97223-2542
9781592995455, $17.95, www.inkwaterpress.com
When war takes things away, you start to look for answers to why. "The Returning" is the
spiritual journey of Sara, coping with her father who was lost in the Pacific during World War II.
When she finds a man who reminds himself so much of her lost father, she discovers the
principle of soul transference and if the new pastor in town may have more in common with Sara
than she knows. A thoughtful read with plenty of metaphysical elements, "The Returning" is a
choice and very highly recommended read.
The Other Side
E. Thomas Finan
The Fieldnor Press
879 Main Street, Osterville, MA 02655
Defeat is another way to grow. "The Other Side" is a collection of short stories from E. Thomas
Finn, who focuses on the losses and disappointments of life and how they change our path
through it all. With profound storytelling on this common individual who will resonate well with
readers, "The Other Side" is a must addition to any short fiction collection.
Mama, You're Crazy
Pat Corcoran & Ashleigh Corcoran Weiss
Emerald Ink Publishing
PO Box 2870, Hot Springs, AR 71914
The mother is a figure who has little to do outside being a mother. "Mama, You're Crazy" is a
novel from Pat Corcoran & Ashleigh Corcoran Weiss on the challenges of life, motherhood, and
more. Speaking with a good dose of humor, this adventure of motherhood and what comes after
is a fun read that shouldn't be overlooked. "Mama, You're Crazy" is an entertaining adventure,
John F. Rooney
Senneff House Publishers
2433 NE 26 Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
9780975275610, $9.95, www.senneffhouse.com
When a serial killer systematically strikes, the police try to decipher that system quickly.
"Unprotected Love" is a thriller as Police Lieutenant Denny Delaney tries to track down a serial
killer who targets hustlers and johns and leaves them with a very pronounced calling card. The
pursuit becomes ever more tense as the murder realizes Denny is on their trail, and makes the
pursuit ever so more expensive for him. "Unprotected Love" will prove hard to put down, highly
The Salvation of Maggie Rider
North Florida Center for Documentary Studies, Inc.
15295 SE 100 Way, White Springs, FL 32096
9780615302881, $19.95, www.sudyeccauthen.com
Adulthood comes suddenly and drops a lot on those who were once children at once. "The
Salvation of Maggie Rider: Stories from Nokofta" tells the story of Maggie Rider, a young girl
becoming a woman in the early 1950s, set in a Florida that seems so alien to the modern day.
Thoughtful and moving reading with plenty to think about when coming into adulthood, "The
Salvation of Maggie Rider" is a fine collection of short fiction and is very highly
Hobbes End Publishing
PO Box 193, Aubrey, TX 76227
9780976351047, $11.99, www.hobbesendpublishing.com
There is little more primordially frightening to us than the unknown. "The Endlands" is a
collection of short stories aimed to frighten and ponder what we all fear the most, what's behind
that corner, what is there to antagonize us and what we simply cannot explain. With plenty to
ponder and plenty to make it quite hard to put down, "The Endlands" is an excellent read and
very highly recommended.
Beyond the Shickshock Mountains
PO Box 3, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 4X9
9781926720098, $19.95, www.asteroidpublishing.ca
A new world was a wondrous place before the powers thought to go to war over it. "Beyond the
Shickshock Mountains" tells the story of the Talon family, living in the 18th century before the
colonial powers clash over the future Canada. A fine tale of nature's adventure and the challenges
of being a family on an unfamiliar frontier, "Beyond the Shickshock Mountains" is a fine read
and solidly recommended addition to any historical fiction collection.
300 East 56th Street, New York, NY 10020
9781590060216, $9.95, www.warrenadler.com
Lust doesn't seem to care what's best for your career. "The Womanizer" is a novel following
Allen Harris, a man with a spotless reputation and is up to become university president. The only
problem is Harris' love for...love, and in order to keep his illusion and squeaky clean image. In
efforts to keep his escapades quiet, he finds that keeping the silence is much harder than he
thought. "The Womanizer" is an exciting drama that will be hard to put down. Also from Warren
Adler and Stonehouse Press is "The David Embrace" (9781590060223, $9.95), a thriller centered
around Michelangelo's David and how one woman discovers herself in a romantic affair gone
In Spite of the Dark Silence
Swan Isle Press
PO Box 408790, Chicago, IL 60640-8790
9780974888187, $28.00, www.swanislepress.com
Through understanding the past we can better understand ourselves. "In Spite of the Dark
Silence" tells the story of Jorge Cuesta, as written by author Jorge Volpi. A story of discovering
oneself through life and coping with one's own mental challenges along the way. A spinning
novel exploring suicide, the shocking trend of creative people to it and the world of literature, "In
Spite of the Dark Silence" is a fascinating and very highly recommended read, not to be
Brothers of a Band
B. J. Lambesis
Marketing Methods Press
2333 East Missouri Press, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Music and military aren't things that seem to combine well. "Brothers of a Band: Tooter's Tour of
Duty" tells of Theodore Rawling, also known as Tooter, whose love of music leads him to join
the Army's band so he can keep playing music. Such a decision doesn't come without its own
unique consequences as Tooter finds himself carrying a rifle soon enough. Constructed as a satire
of these modern battles, "Brothers of a Band" is a fun and thoughtful read that will be hard to put
Post Mortem Press
601 West Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215
Separating fantasy and reality isn't so simple for some. "Perpetual Night" tells the story of
Lilibeth, who struggles with nightmares that come whenever she sleeps. As her nightmares
follow her into her waking hours, the line between conscious and the subconscious blur, leaving
Lilibeth unable to find fact from her own mind's fiction. "Perpetual Night" is a riveting thriller,
and will prove hard to put down.
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Infinite Space, Infinite God II
Karina & Robert Fabian
Twilight Times Books
PO Box 3340, Kingsport, TN 37664
9781606192313, $18.95, www.twilightimesbooks.com
Faith and science are not enemies. "Infinite Space, Infinite God II" is a collection of stories where
science and the Catholic faith stand together hand and hand and offer a delight for those who
enjoy the vastness that science offers and combining it with the vastness that faith brings along
with it. An intriguing and thoughtful blend, "Infinite Space, Infinite God II" is a choice
collection, highly recommended.
443 Park Avenue South, Suite 806, New York, NY 10016
9781606841181, $15.99, www.egmontusa.com
When your aunt turns up dead, being on the bad end of a manhunt isn't how you'd like to grieve.
"The Rendering" tells the story of Doug Solomon, a thirteen year old who is on the run from the
evil organization VIRUS. Doug finds fingers pointed at him, calling him murderer, terrorist, and
other evil things. Riveting and thoughtful reading that will prove hard to put down, "The
Rendering" is a strongly recommended addition to any young adult fiction collection.
The Health/Medicine Shelf
You Can Prevent Alzheimer's!
Beach Hill Publishing
PO Box 276, Aiea, HI 96701
The battle against Alzheimer's starts early. "You Can Prevent Alzheimer's!: A Neuropsychologist's Secrets to Better Brain Health" is a guide to combating dementia in its many forms starting in middle age. Encouraging readers to keep their brain stimulated, warning against links that could lead to dementia, and offering recommendations for keeping memory strong with practice, diet, and better health, and much more. "You Can Prevent Alzheimer's!" is a must for anyone who strongly values their mental health for decades to come.
Health is a Do-It-To-Yourself Program
Roselle Center Healing
8550 Arlington Blvd., Ste. 325, Fairfax, VA 22031
Good health is a personal responsibility. "Health is a Do-It-Yourself Program: Ageless Health
101" reminds readers that good health must first be the doing of the self. Thomas Roselle grants
readers tips on the importance of whole health, dealing with the mental, physical, emotional
health and how to keep them all in a healthy unity. Thoughtful reading, Roselle grants much
advice on how to attain an ageless health that is good enough for the entire life. "Health is a
Do-It-Yourself Program" is a solid addition to any community library health collection.
How to Get From There to Here
Emerald Book Co.
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9781934572399, $19.95, www.emeraldbookcompany.com
It's a front-loaded struggle to overcome obesity. "How to Get From There to Here: One Man's
Triumph Over Addictions, Obesity, and Being Down-and-Out" is a health memoir from Jay
Littman as he tells his story from being a dangerously obese drug addict who seemed to have no
control of his weight or his life, as it seemed a race to see if the drugs or weight would kill him
first. He tells his story of how he made a complete 180, not only controlling his life, weight, and
becoming a successful entrepreneur. "How to Get From There to Here" is an inspirational
memoir that reminds people that a comeback is always possible.
Who Is Nursing Them? It Is Us.
Jennifer R. Zelnick
26 Austin Ave., Po Box 337, Amityville, NY 11701
9780895033277, $45.95, www.baywood.com
Health care workers more than anyone else understand the need to fight illness. "Who Is Nursing Them? It Is Us.: Neoliberalism, HIV/AIDS, and the Occupational Health and Safety of South African Public Sector Nurses" looks at the impact of Neoliberal globalization and HIV/AIDS, an issue close to the hearts of South Africans, due to the shockingly high prevalence throughout the country as well as the continent. Telling the stories of South African nurses in the public sector who offer their own eyes and their hopes for the future, "Who Is Nursing Them? It Is Us." is a vital read for understanding their plight and hopes for the future.
Take Charge of Parkinson's Disease
Anne Cutter Mikkelsen
150 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065
9780982321935, $14.95, www.diamedicapub.com
Letting ill health take control of one's life is the biggest tragedy of all. "Take Charge of
Parkinson's Disease: Dynamic Lifestyle Changes to Put You in the Driver's Seat" is a guide to
living with Parkinson's disease, while avoiding letting it cripple you in your life. Health is a key
weapon is battling the disorder and Anne Mikkelsen, a sufferer herself, and Carolyn Stinson adds
her own touch to the thoughts and information. "Take Charge of Parkinson's Disease" is a highly
useful and highly recommended pick for any battling Parkinson's or have family who are doing
The Christian Studies Shelf
Where is the Fear of God?
Charles von Hammerstein
More Abundant Life
PO Box 24526, San Jose, CA 95154
9780976030218, $18.99, www.moreabundantlife.com
Fear is not a wholly negative thing. "Where is the Fear of God?: Finding the Treasure of the
Lord" is a call from Charles von Hammerstein to remember the fear of God in one's life and use
that fear to push one's life forward and to live more clearly and successfully. A must for any
Christian who thinks they have lost the direction in their lives, "Where is the Fear of God?" may
be the inspiration that they are looking for.
The Stories I Never Told You
c/o Wine Press
1730 Railroad St., Enumclaw, WA 98022
Worldwide adventures can lead one to be forgetful of God. "The Stories I Never Told You" is a
memoir from John Rozema as he tells of his international journeys and the many things he's seen
and how finding God during those journeys brought him down to earth and made him remember
what is truly important to us all. "The Stories I Never Told You" is a thoughtful Christian
memoir of seeing the world, highly recommended.
A New Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels
7661 N. W. 68th Street, Suite 108, Miami, FL 33166
9781934996119, $43.99, www.conviviumpress.com
As time rolls on, our understanding becomes greater. "A New Introduction to the Synoptic
Gospels" is an updated analysis of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, as author Roland
Meynet seeks to provide another angle of understanding of these works and how modern thought
brings a whole new light to the works, as he uses his own critical analysis and hopes to
understand the intentions of those who penned these works all those years ago. "A New
Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels" is a must for any student of Christian Studies who wants to
understand the faith further.
Bobby L. Sneed
All That I Am Publishing
PO Box 5416, Round Rock, TX 78683
9780615399577, $15.00, www.bobbysneed.com
Understanding marriage is a key part to having a truly great one. "Marriage: It's In Your Hands"
delves into how to make marriage work for oneself, explaining the faith behind marriage and
how to live your part of a marriage better for yourself, for your spouse, and for God. Spiritual and
driven reading, "Marriage" is a top pick for anyone who truly wants to understand how faith ties
into their own successful unions.
The Literary Shelf
Ellen Wade Beals
1326 Sleepy Hollow Road, Glenview, IL 60025
That bit of knowledge that everything will be alright is something not to be overlooked. "Solace"
is a collection of essays, stories, and fiction compiled by Ellen Wade Beals as she offers the
contributions of a wide range of individuals as they speak on the crises of the world all in their
own way. With a certain amount of wisdom, "Solace" proves to be an educational and insightful
medley of work, a solid addition to any literary collection.
New Letters to a Young Poet
Swan Isle Press
PO Box 408790, Chicago, IL 60640-8790
9780974888194, $24.00, www.swanislepress.com
Poetry's allure still remains strong in the modern day. "New Letters to a Young Poet" is a
discussion of poetry and its role in today's literature. Stating that poetry can express more than
just what the words read and into the soul of the author, Margarit gives readers a bit of memoir
within the literary discussion. Translated from Spanish with an afterword by Christopher Maurer,
"New Letters to a Young Poet" is a choice and solidly recommended addition to community
library literary collections.
The Social Issues Shelf
What We See
New Village Press
PO Box 3049, Oakland, CA 94609
9780981559315, $26.95, www.newvillagepress.net
Some people set the pace for the future of advancing thought. "What We See: Advancing the
Observations of Jane Jacobs" is a collection of essays dedicated to the thoughts and ideas of Jane
Jacobs who through her work set much of the foundation for modern city planning, the idea of
turning a city into a more perfect place to work and live. With ideas on encouraging prosperity,
working with people, the right level of complexity, and more, "What We See" is a must for
anyone wants to understand the forwarding thoughts surrounding city planning.
How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable?
Del Sol Press
2020 Penn Ave., NW, Suite 443, Washington, DC 20006
9781934832127, $14.95, www.webdelsol.com
Disillusion has been spreading faster than ever, and Norman Bill seeks to explain why. "How
Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable?" is a collection of essays from Bill as he seeks to
call out America's power base and how the elite on both sides of the political aisle have united
against the enemy that is the American people. With a bit of humor along with tragedy, "How
Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable?" is an intriguing work with plenty to entertain
The Jobs/Careers Shelf
Job Doctors International
PO Box 889173, Dunwoody, GA 30356
Landing a job is a massive challenge all in itself. "Jobpreneurship 101: From College to Dream
Jobs" is a guide from Jim Villwock as he advises new competitors onto the job market on how to
find their own success and will to succeed when everything seems stacked against them in today's
hostile economy. From understanding one's network which is bigger than one thinks, to when to
walk the traditional route and when to dare to rebel against it, to keeping the job once you've
gotten it, "Jobpreneurship 101" is a fine read with plenty to inspire those to get that job they so
Fast Track Guide to a Professional Job Seach
20660 Steves Creek Blvd., Suite 210, Cupertino, CA 95014
9781600051838, $19.95, www.happyabout.com
As the economy worsens, landing that job is more important than ever. "Fast Track Guide to a Professional Job Search: Expert Advice on How to Acquire Executive Jobs, Even in a Difficult Job Market" is a guide from Joanie Natalizio, as she offers her advice on cutting through the obstacles that often stand between them and landing the job that they deserve through their own expertise and success. For those with a drive to succeed but in need of a little help, "Fast Track Guide to a Professional Job Search" is a very useful resource.
The Political Science Shelf
Six Political Illusions
James L. Payne
Lytton Publishing Company
PO Box 1212, Sandpoint, ID 83864
Veritas Communications (publicity)
PO Box 2075, Canon City, CO 81215
A dream is sometimes simply that, a dream. "Six Political Illusions: A Primer on Government for
Idealists Fed Up with History Repeating Itself" are the political opinions of James L. Payne as he
reflects on the problems with the current political push in society. Stating that the government
has limitations, he presents an even handed idea on what the government is and isn't capable of
and provides his own ideas for the future. "Six Political Illusions" is a thoughtful read that gives
plenty to think about.
The Biography Shelf
You Grew Up!
Paul Reed Jr.
Bear Manor Media
PO Box 71426, Albany, GA 31708
9781593936112, $14.95, www.bearmanormedia.com
When the American Dream succeeds, it's awe inspiring. "You Grew Up!: The Life and Career of
Paul Reed" is a devoted biography written by famed actor Paul Reed's son, Paul Reed Jr.
Following his life and career, and touching on the many angles and aspects of life that he learned
about his father along the way, this is a thoughtful story of the Golden Age of Television and
what it has left us with in today's world. "You Grew Up!" is touching and fine reading, not to be
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
The Journey of the Shih Tzu
Helen Asquine Fazio
Travel Dogs Books
521 Hill Lane, Suite 2, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
9780615396866, $19.95, www.traveldogbooks.com
Underneath the vain nature, the Shih Tzu breed of dog has more history than one would think.
"The Journey of the Shih Tzu: From Prehistory to Present, from Asia to the World" traces the
history of this remarkable breed which has roots deep into history unlike many vanity dogs of the
current day, such as pugs. Presented in full color, this exploration of canine history serves as a
fun and remarkable tale, making "The Journey of Shih Tzu" a choice pick for any young dog
The Art Shelf
Through an Artist's Eyes
Museum One, Inc.
7823 Yorktown Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308
Creativity is something we all have and should strive to embrace. "Through an Artist's Eyes:
Learning to Live Creatively" is a guide to using that creativity in life and finding one's own peace
and enlightenment in their own personal art. When you embrace creativity, life's problems should
become a bit less dominating, and "Through an Artist's Eyes" comes with many good ideas.
The Education Shelf
Guide to Private Special Education
Porter Sargent Handbooks
2 Lan Dr., Ste. 100, Westford, MA 01886
9780875581682, $32.00, www.portersargent.com
When you have the options, leaving special needs education to Public schools is sometimes not
what parents seek. "Guide to Private Special Education" is a guide for those who want to give
their child a private education in spite of their special needs caused by many physical and mental
disorders, trying to give them the best education they can possibly receive. With an index of
many schools and what they can focus on, their location, contact information, their type, tuition,
and much more, "Guide to Private Special Education" is a must for parents considering other
options for their special needs child.
My Dog Bites the English Teacher
PO Box 46239, Raleigh, NC 27620
9780979488412, $14.95, www.aviarypublishers.com
Grammar isn't hard, but it's easy to make costly little errors. "My Dog Bites The English Teacher:
Practical Grammar Made Quick and Easy" is a guide to staring down those costly little errors
with plenty of methods to minimize errors and increase test and paper scores to avoid those
technical deductions. For those who want to avoid the sea technicalities that is English Grammar,
"My Dog Bites the English Teacher" is a must get.
The Economic Studies Shelf
47 S. Meridian St., Suite 401, Indianapolis, IN 46204
9780615410852, $12.95, www.meltdown2010.com
As the country falls apart, the only person one can rely on is themselves. "Economic Meltdown:
A Family Preparedness Plan for Disaster" is a novel surrounding what could happen to a country
that falls apart and what it means for the American family. With much thought and opinion
blended in, "Economic Meltdown" has virtues worth taking to heart, making for an entertaining
and cautious read.
The Humor Shelf
The Geezer Handbook
Gred L. Rosenberg
A Lincoln Square Press
40 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Age gives you the wisdom to see how utterly stupid it all is. "The Geezer Handbook: A Primer
on Etiquette for Geezers (and Geezerettes)" is a collection of humor from Fred L. Rosenberg as
he provides his own musings on the universe and the rules of being a crotchety old person. Sure
to never let a smile leave your face, "The Geezer Handbook" is an excellent read and is not to be
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Visits to Heaven
4th Dimension Press
215 67th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
9780876046111, $16.95, www.arepress.com
What lies after death is what endlessly fascinates many readers. "Visits to Heaven" is a collection
of stories from Josie Varga as she recounts real life stories she learned of near death experiences,
meetings with ghosts and angels, and other sign from something far beyond the mundane. For
metaphysical readers with a study of what lies ahead in our personal future, "Visits to Heaven" is
a fascinating read, recommended.
More Adventures of a Mainstream Metaphysical Mom
M. A. Payton
The Left Side
1354 Heathbrook Circle, Asheville, NC 28803
9780971980464, $15.95, www.theleftside.com
It's hard to simply stay sane when being a parent, let alone find enlightenment. "More Adventures
of a Mainstream Metaphysical Mom" is a guide to finding a greater bit of spirituality in one's life
from M. A. Payton as she encourages other mothers to find time for their mind and ponder the
nature of the world as they take on the incredibly draining task of raising children, and finding
strength in others in your community. With plenty to ponder for the metaphysical mother, "More
Adventures of a Mainstream Metaphysical Mom" is a thoughtful and recommended read.
Mind of the Mystic
Glen A. Just
130 Teton Lane #2, Mankato, MN 56001
9780983205708, $17.49, www.eagleentertainmentusa.com
Something more than the mundane is around us, begging for us to understand it. "Mind of a
Mystic" is Glen A. Just's own studies into the ideas of ghosts, spirits, and all around us, following
up his previous work, Autobiography of a Ghost. With plenty of metaphysical ideas, "Mind of a
Mystic" has much to intrigue readers into the concepts of what lies beyond, both theistic and
The Cookbook Shelf
The Berlin Cookbook
Rose Marie Donhauser
255 W, 43rd St., #1012, New York, NY, 10036
9781935902508, $19.95, www.cafepress.com/Berlinica
People usually don't associate Germany with excellent cuisine. Those people are missing out.
"The Berlin Cookbook: Traditional Recipes and Nourishing Stories" is filled with recipes and
stories of the German dishes where they have gained much love through their tradition and
flavor, showing how they came to be a traditional German dish throughout history. "The Berlin
Cookbook" has everything from the expected bratwurst to the many German takes on beef to
sweets, potatoes, soups & stews, and so much more, highly recommended.
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
FM for Murder
Cozy Cat Press
9780984479542, $14.95, www.cozycatpress.com
No eyewitnesses, but plenty of earwitnesses... "FM for Murder" is a mystery novel following
Pamela Barnes, acoustic expert and psychology professor as she tries to answer the whodunnit
question as Disc Jockey Black Vulture is shot live on the air with no one seeing it but thousands
hearing it. Trying to connect the pieces, "FM for Murder" is the second entry in the acoustic
murder mystery series and makes for a truly fun and fascinating read, not to be missed.
Track of the Dragon
Bascom Hill Publishing Group
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781935098379, $16.95, www.bascomhillpublishing.com
The task put upon them may have been too much to ask. "Track of the Dragon" chronicles Peter
Moore as he faces the self conflict of duty and the urge to leave that duty when his unit Delta-19
finds themselves with a lack of support in a serious and deadly mission. A story of facing
overwhelming odds and finding the courage and strength to continue on as a young soldier,
"Track of the Dragon" is a thriller that will prove hard to put down.
The Military Shelf
At Ease, Soldier!
Gayle S. Rozantine
Optima Vita, Inc.
400 Commercial Court, Savannah, GA 31406
It was hard to leave it behind, it seems harder to come back. "At Ease, Soldier!: How to Leave
the War Downrange and Feel at Home Again" is a guide for soldiers who are struggling with the
transition from the battlefield to their everyday lives. Encouraging communication with the spouse,
the family, and the friends they return to and more. Drawn from the experiences of other soldiers,
Gayle Rozantine advises soldiers in dealing with the conditioning of combat and trying to ease
away from it. "At Ease, Soldier!" is a must for those facing difficulty from their military careers
and civilian life.
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