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11803 Priscilla Lane, Plymouth, MI 48170
9780975996935, $25.00, www.hardaleepress.com
Writing is a talent that can be taught, but it can also come naturally. "Shoestring Reporter: How I
got to be a Big City Reporter Without Going to J School and How You Can Do it Too!" is a
memoir and advisory guide from Joel Thurtell about his journey to landing his dream job without
going through the formal channels. Independent thinking and a way of words are all that's truly
needed to succeed and many papers don't simply want traditional styles alone any longer.
"Shoestring Reporter" is a top pick for anyone who has big dreams of journalism but can't or
doesn't want to look towards a higher education in their pursuit.
America's Misadventures in the Middle East
Chas W. Freeman Jr.
Just World Books
PO Box 5484, Charlottesville, VA 22905
9781935982012, $22.95, www.justworldbooks.com
America may not have handled itself the best it could in Middle Eastern affairs. "America's
Misadventures in the Middle East" is a collection of essays from Chas W. Freeman Jr., who has
acted as a diplomat on America's behalf against one hundred countries and served under
President Nixon. Here he presents two dozen of his essays on the subject of the Middle East and
provides much insight on what America has done right and what they have failed to do right.
"America's Misadventures in the Middle East" is a thoughtful and scholarly read, not to be
missed by any student of international affairs.
Angles of the English-Speaking World
Simon Frost & Robert W. Rix
Museum Tusculanum Press
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
9788763535106, $23.00, www.isbs.com
Language is the great spreader of ideas. "Angles of the English-Speaking World: Moveable Type,
Mobile Nations: Interactions in Transnational Book History" is a collection of essays discussing
the movement of ideas throughout history, ranging from the revolution of the printing press, what
GIs read during World War II, wars against books, and the constant social change language has
brought. A scholarly collection of ideas, "Angles of the English-Speaking World" is a fine
addition to any history collection focusing on the history of written language.
The Relationship Shelf
From Heartbreak to Heart's Desire
Central Recovery Press
3371 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129
9780981848266, $14.95, www.centralrecoverypress.com
The dating game can be a very tiring process. "From Heartbreak to Heart's Desire: Developing a
Healthy GPS (Guy Picking System) is a guide to understanding what one truly needs out of a
relationship and how to get out of a relationship that's gone sour. Stating that forming one's own
vetting system is the best way to relationship success, "From Heartbreak to Heart's Desire" is a
thoughtful and solidly recommended read that shouldn't be missed.
Things I Learned From My Wife
11700 Mukilteo Speedway, 201-1084, Mukilteo, WA 98275
Marriage is a never ending learning experience. "Things I Learned from my Wife" is a discussion
from Robert Brown reflecting on the lessons he has learned as a man from his wife about
responsibility and what it means to be a husband and father. Aimed at both men and women to
gain an understanding of how the male mind works and how to bridge it, "Things I Learned from
my Wife" is a remarkable read, highly recommended.
The Loving Divorce
Dr. LeeAnne Del Rio
1339 Roper Way, Santa Maria, CA 93455
9781450719933, $15.95, www.thelovingdivorce.com
A divorce doesn't have to be a full scale war. "The Loving Divorce" is a guide to having a divorce
that doesn't result in screaming every encounter. From understanding the need to split, dealing
with the children with common sense, dealing with new mates and partners, and in general
having a harmonious next step in one's relationship. "The Loving Divorce" is a wise and highly
recommended read for anyone who doesn't want their divorce to be facing nonstop venom.
The Military Shelf
Pitching My Way Through World War II
Joy V. Bliss, Rosanne E. Bliss, and G.L. Dybwad
The Book Stops Here
1108 Rocky Point Court NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123-1952
9780963161260, $29.95, www.bookstopshere.com
Pitching My Way Through World War II collects over 300 letters that Pfc. Vernon E. Ellingson
wrote to his parents and sister in North Dakota, while serving in the U.S. Army for three and a
half years during World War II. Ellingson was a message clerk with combat infantry training in
the Battalion Headquarters Company of the 359th Regiment, 90th Infantry Division; he delivered
messages to Patton's front lines. His letters tell of the rigors of basic and advanced training, the
build-up to Normandy in Great Britain, his efforts in five European campaigns, and the
occupation of Germany after Victory in Europe Day. In addition to serving as a citizen soldier, he
was also the pitcher for his company's softball team. A wealth of black-and-white photographs on
almost every page illustrate this unforgettable grounds-eye-view correspondence anthology,
worthy of the highest recommendation.
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Must Love Dragons
12811 Pacific Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066
9780979067457, $22.95, www.huntpress.com
Must Love Dragons is a whimsical novel that blends its fantasy world with recognizable elements
from our own. A househusband hero, who has spent the past few years changing diapers and
raising his family, has to go back to work in the Ranger trade. In his day job, trolls, elves and
magic are as commonplace as lower back pain, but he has many mouths to feed, and a dragon of
a wife to tend to! In Must Love Dragons, ordinary as well as extraordinary problems besiege
heroes every day; it takes a good sense of humor as well as a stiff upper lip to make it through a
typical working shift. Highly recommended.
C. J. Gosling
c/o Brighter Books
5765 Turner Road, Unit 1, Suite #409, Nanaimo, BC V9T 6M4, Canada
9780986555527, $14.95, www.brightebrooks.com
Abandoned, a sister is all you have to connect to your world. "The Guardian " is the first book in
the Shadowlands Series, following Tavin, facing the loss of his mother and father, seeing his
sister as the one thing keeping him rooted in the world. As his sister falls ill, Tavin must travel
through a small door in the attic to another world, that might hold the cure for her. "The
Guardian" is a riveting fantasy, highly recommended.
The Dying Times
Late Nite Books
PO Box 321, Brandon, MS 39042
9780982949597, $13.95, www.latenitebooks.com
It's not easy facing the teen years. Especially during a Zombie Apocalypse. "The Dying Times:
Nadene's Story" tells of the rise of the living dead in America and Apocalypse that seems to
come with it. A thirteen year old girl, Nadene, possesses a special talent that may be vital to turn
the tide of battle against the swarms of the dead. "The Dying Times" is a thoughtful read with
much to be relished for readers of zombie fiction.
7740 SW 103 PL, Miami, FL 33173
9780615330204, $13.95, www.pcwbooks.com
To make a greater difference in the world, a girl has to rail against the standards of the world.
"Halith" tells the story of a sixteen year old girl of Aessyra, a land on the brink of an
all-consuming world. Sent off to a fosterage, she leaves on her path to the way of the warrior, and
must make her own way to find her father, the high king, and make her mark for peace. "Halith"
is a riveting fantasy, highly recommended.
1710 1st Avenue, Suite 169, New York, NY 10017
9780982952306, $15.99, www.delsonarmstrong.com
Against a vicious predator, humanity must struggle to stay alive. "Red Serpent: The Falsifier"
tells the story of Alex, one of the last of mankind in a space station orbiting earth. Vampires have
claimed the Earth as their own, seeking to use humans as livestock. Finding that his destiny is to
bring down the vampiric empire, "Red Serpent" is a thrilling read that will be hard to put
The American History Shelf
Lost Mines & Buried Treasures of Old Wyoming
High Plains Press
403 Cassa Road, Glendo, Wyoming 82213
9780931271953, $15.00, www.highplainspress.com
Written by expert treasure hunter W.C. Jameson, who has published 60+ books on treasuring
finding and served as an advisor to Walt Disney Productions on the "National Treasure" movies,
Lost Mines & Buried Treasures of Old Wyoming lives up to its title with a cornucopia of
legends, lures, and folklore about Wyoming's hidden riches. From the story of Snake River
Pothole Gold, to the mystery of the Hallelujah Gulch Robbery Loot, the Lost Treasure of Big
Nose Gorge, and more, Lost Mines & Buried Treasures of Old Wyoming will prove fascinating
to treasure seekers and armchair travelers alike. The legends behind these long-lost loots are so
entertaining they form virtual treasures in and of themselves!
Broken Levee Books
c/o Chin Music Press
2621 24th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199
9780984457618, $16.00, www.chinmusicpress.com
Hurricanes, oil spills, nature seems dedicated to driving people out of New Orleans, but the
people won't leave. "Where We Know: New Orleans as Home" is a collection of essays from
authors of New Orleans, about New Orleans, compiled by David Rutledge. Along with these
essays from a wide range of authors, there are also many photos that speak to the New Orleans
spirit. "Where We Know" is a must for anyone who wants a more excellent understanding of the
tenacity of the people of New Orleans.
The Fiction Shelf
I Am Santa!
Happy Bean Publishing
c/o The Barrett Company
12021 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angels, CA 90025
9780982704318, $9.99, http://iamsantabook.com
Author Kristy Haile was brilliantly inspired by the imagination of her son when Ty believed that
he was himself the new Santa Clause at the tender age of 2 1/2 years. Haile kept a record of what
her son said and did over the next two years -- as well as other people's responses to Ty's
self-identification as Santa. The result is "I Am Santa!", a fictionalized account that thoroughly
engages the reader's attention in a 343-page novel that is a heartfelt enjoyment and a pure
pleasure read from first page to last. Especially recommended for pre-teens, parents, and anyone
who has ever felt the wonder of the Christmas icon that is Santa Clause, Kristy Haile's debut
novel is superbly written in a conversational tone. Superbly crafted fiction from beginning to end,
"I Am Santa!" will be available in 2011 in a hardcover edition (9780982704301, $TBA) which is
especially recommended for school and community libraries, and also currently available in an
eBook format (9780982704326, $9.99). This is a Christmas title that is recommended reading at
any and all times of the year!
Obey or Die
A. J. Cushner
8240 Grand Messina, Boynton Beach, FL 33472
The circuit will be the weapon that trumps the nastiest of explosives. "Obey or Die" is a
technological thriller following old school CIA analyst as he hunts down the truth behind a series
of murders throughout the world, tied to MIT's secret Facets project. In a race against time as
more murders occur and Washington DC targeted, "Obey or Die" is a techno thriller that will be
hard to but down, highly recommended.
Elk Run Press
50 Elk Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439
9780984533107, $14.95, www.elkrunpress.com
The urges of motherhood can be draining when they can't be fulfilled. "Primal Whispers" tells the
story of Kate Cochran, a middle age woman facing the rest of her life. When faced with the
emergence of an old childhood friend, a lost lover who she hasn't forgotten, and the daughter she
wishes she had, "Primal Whispers" is a fascinating story of coming to terms with middle age and
facing the rest of one's life well.
Whatever Gods May Be
Sophia Kell Hagin
Bold Strokes Books
PO Box 249, Valley Falls, NY 12185
When no one cares if you die, you don't care if you die. "Whatever Gods May Be" follows Jamie
Gwynmorgan as she finds her path in life through becoming a woman of war, seeing that she has
no strong bonds to those around her. Forgetting the other pleasures of life, those pleasures might
find her, as the ability to love has not yet abandoned her. A riveting novel with a twist of
romance, "Whatever Gods May Be" is a fun and exciting read, hard to put down.
c/o Ampersand Press
58 Kathleen Circle, Rowley, MA 01969
Billions of people around the world find the Dome of the Rock sacred, and it has become quite
the target. "The Dome" is a political thriller from Lior Samson, as he follows a terrorist plot
surrounding the sacred place and terrorists who wish to destroy it. Set amongst the turmoil of the
Middle East, Samson makes for an exciting thriller that will be hard to put down. "The Dome" is
an excellent read, and very highly recommended.
Until I Return
Kenneth E. Nowell
5460 Corsica Place, Vero Beach, FL 32967
9780982827901, $16.99, www.verohousepublishing.com
The world seems destined for destruction. "Until I Return: Dawn of the Shining Darkness" is a
Christian novel based on the prophecies of the saints throughout history. Crafting a riveting story
with plenty of Christian history weaved in, "Until I Return" will be a novel that will be hard to
put down for many readers.
In the Lap of the Gods
Li Miao Lovett
PO Box 2110, Teaticket, MA 02536
9781935248132, $15.95, www.leapfrogpress.com
The people of modern China still struggle to succeed in their lives and find happiness. "In the
Lap of the Gods" is a novel following the story of a dam called the Three Gorges. Lives are
shattered and changed by the construction of the dam, as Li Miao Lovett tells a story of the high
human cost that still dwells in today's world. "In the Lap of the Gods" is a riveting read and
solidly recommended for world literature collections.
Barefoot Through the Goathead Patch
PO Box 6298, Whittier, CA 90609
9780982596104, $24.95, www.all-americanbooks.com
Life didn't magically get awesome even as the depression came to an end. "Barefoot Through the
Goathead Patch: The Adventures of a Precocious Little Boy" is the story of a young boy through
the challenges of youth and the first encounters with love, and facing the looming troubles of life
ahead of him. A fun read of growing up and coming of age in the 1940s, "Barefoot Through the
Goathead Patch" is a charming read that will prove hard to put down.
Christopher C. Payne
199 State Street, San Mateo, CA 94401
9780982811948, $22.95, www.journalstone.com
The most horrible monsters are the ones who didn't start off as such. "Duncan's Diary: Birth of a
Serial Killer" tells the story of Duncan, a man facing a mid life crisis. Finding that his only joy
lies in cruelty to others, he's split between his own sadistic pleasure and the morality that tells
him it's wrong to do what he does. On a collision course with his police best friend, "Duncan's
Diary" is a fascinating read of the descent into madness of a serial killer.
James J. Kaufman
1908 Eastwood Road, Suite 324, Wilmington, NC 28403
The Cadence Group (publicity)
103 Remsen Street Cohoes, NY 10247
9780982587317, $24.99, www.thecollectiblesnovel.com
No matter how different we are, there are always factors to unite us. "The Collectibles" tells of
two individuals, Joe Hart, an orphan and blue-collar worker. Preston Wilson is a man who would
never have to work a day in his life if he didn't want to, and the fear of having to makes him have
to cut a bargain with Joe. Joe's return favor though, is not one that money can simply solve. "The
Collectibles" is a poignant and thoughtful read, highly recommended.
Friends of the Deceased
Dale J. Moore
Northern Amusements, Inc.
2930 Sandlewood Crt, LaSalle, ON N9H 2S3
9780981281735, $14.99, www.northernamusements.com
Katrina wanted to work at a salon. She still works on making people pretty and presentable, but
not in the way she'd hope. "Friends of the Deceased" is an entry in Dale and Maureen Moore's
'Trials of Katrina' series, following Katrina through her life and endlessly trying to make ends
meet. Working at a Salon, Katrina finds herself dragged into a Funeral home, dragged into a
mystery and trying to find the truth. Light hearted and fun, "Friends of the Deceased" is sure to be
a fun read. Also recommended, is Maureen Moore's "Life of the Party" (9780981281704, $14.99)
in the 'Trials of Katrina' series, following Katrina in her ongoing adventures, this time as a
professional party guest.
Diana E. Sheets
Jorge Pinto Books
151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022
Gulotta Communications (publicity)
341 Lexington Street, Newton, MA 02466
Being completely white is almost un-American at this point. "American Suite" tells the story of a
white family dropped into the multi-cultural pool and how the family copes with their world
suddenly shifting so drastically. With plenty of humor and a unique take on family, romance, the
self, and much more, "American Suite" is a fine piece of 'chick lit' and will prove to be hard to
put down, no matter who you are.
Reid Lance Rosenthal
Rockin SR Publishing
1920 Thomas Avenue, Ste. 600, Cheyenne, WY 82001
9780982157619, $14.95, www.rockinsrpublishing.com
The lure of the west brought many people there in search of fortune. "Threads West: An
American Saga" is the first novel in a series telling the story of a family traveling west.
Promoting it as a story that tells much of the story of people who looked towards the west to
make their mark in life, this is a fine historic novel that many will relate to and enjoy. Hard to put
down, "Threads West" is a choice pick for any western fiction collection.
Fight for Your Long Day
3766 Howard Avenue, Suite 202, Kensington, MD 20895
You spend years slavering over the best of grades, only to continue slavering in a classroom.
"Fight for Your Long Day" is a novel focusing on the trials and tribulations of the professor.
With much discussed in the dilemmas that face modern academics and with a good dose of dark
humor, "Fight for Your Long Day" is an excellent read and solidly recommended.
Barney and the Runaway
Max Elliot Anderson
PO Box 6265, Concord, NC 28027
Rebelling against one's parents is rarely thought out the best it can be. "Barney and the Runaway"
tells the story of Mike Ellis, who flees his parents with his dog, sick of their rules. Ending up in a
circus, Mike soon learns that parental love may not be obvious, but it's always there. A story of a
child coming to understand their parents, "Barney and the Runaway" is a fine and thoughtful
PO Box 204, Prineville, OR 97754
0945134010, $4.95, www.ricksteber.com
A great journey westward, the Oregon trail has its own engraved place in history. "Oregon Trail"
is a collection of stories on the trail from prolific western writer Rick Streber. These stories
provide a fascinating and intriguing light on the journey and will prove highly fascinating.
"Oregon Trail" is a fine addition to any western fiction collection.
1610 South Pine St., Cabot, Arkansas 72023
9781935142164, $25.95, www.variancepublishing.com
666 years later, another plague threatens to wipe out mankind. "Grim Reaper: End of Days" is a
thriller from Steve Alten as he tells a story of a deadly plague that is set to consume mankind in
2012 called Scythe. Telling his story concurrently with his take on the memoir of a French plague
doctor from 1347, he provides an intriguing thriller. "Grim Reaper: End of Days" is an excellent
read, well worth considering for thriller fans.
A Hundred Miles to Water
PO Box 406, Lometa, TX 76853
9780978842246, $29.95, www.mikekearby.com
Blood feuds and peace polar opposites. "A Hundred Miles to Water" tells the story of the fierce
feud between two clans in the late eighteenth century as they fight over cattle, patriotism, and
everything else. A riveting read of the cruelty of man to one another and the hostility that waited
on the frontier, Mike Kearby brings forth a read that will prove hard to put down. "A Hundred
Miles to Water" is a fine western, very highly recommended.
1500A East College Way #554, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
9780975431498, $12.95, www.armchairadventurer.net
Big Foot has done much to captivate the imaginations of those in the pacific Northwest.
"Endangered Species: The Great American Sasquatch Novel" turns this famed beast into the
basis of his tale, as the hunt for this link between man and ape is being hunted. With plenty of
fascinating characters, "Endangered Species" is a fun read and quite the thriller,
Don't Mean Nothin'
Robert C. Marsett
5031 N. Calle Tobosa, Tucson, AZ 85749
9780984103003, $13.95, www.robertmarsett.com
Becoming a warrior changes one's life. "Don't Mean Nothin'" is a novel following the maturation
of Bobby Marshall from young man into veteran warrior. A story of growing up and growing up
fast under fire, "Don't Mean Nothin'" is a fine volume and has much for readers to ponder about
the effects of war on the youth.
PO Box 838, Salem, UT 84653
9780984588206, $22.95, www.jaredsouthwick.com
Some gifts are never asked for. "Marysvale" tells of John Casey, an individual with the ability to
look into souls. His gift leads him to always running in life, but his journey may end when he
finds something he may call love in a small town called Marysvale. A psychological thriller with
a lot to think about, "Marysvale" may be an ideal pick for anyone looking for a story of someone in a
constant conflict with a dark secret.
Dripping Blood Cave
3147 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207
9781933987132, $13.95, www.crickhollowbooks.com
It's annoying when you can't go a week without encountering more ghosts. "Dripping Blood Cave
& Other Ghostly Stories" is a fascinating collection of mysteries and ghost stories as young
teenager Hank Cantrell and his comrade Clifford Hopkins face off against waves of lost souls
who depend on Hank to find a way to let them move on with their deaths. "Dripping Blood Cave
& Other Ghostly Stories" is a fun collection, and not one to be missed.
American Indian Story: The Adventures of Sha'kona
Jana Mashonee and Stephan Galfas
115A Pine Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
9780984201211, $16.95, www.wampumbooks.com
Destiny has a strange way of appearing in one's life. "American Indian Story: The Adventures of
Sha'kona" is based on the album American Indian story, providing a novelization of the said
story. Blending fantasy, history, and other elements, it blends native American history and much
more. "American Indian Story" is a thoughtful story with much inspiration, highly
Captive: A Novel
Megan Lisa Jones
440 S. El Cielo Road Ste. 3-670, Palm Springs, CA 92262
9780976861768, $15.95, www.polimediaent.com
The need to get information from terrorists is a matter of life and death. "Captive" follows the
challenge of George, a psychology professor charged with getting information out of Khalil.
Racing against the clock, George is unknowingly pit against Omar, Khalil's comrade in terror
with bombs set across the country. "Captive" is a riveting thriller of the fight against terror,
proving to be a compelling read.
The Spur & The Sash
Three Towers Press
1288 Summit Ave., Suite 107/115, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
9781595980922, $26.95, www.ThreeTowers.Press.com
The lost stories of history can be just as interesting as any fiction. "The Spur & The Sash: Middle
Tennessee 1865" draws on the real story of Sergeant George Van Norman, a wounded Union
solider near the end of the Civil War. Author Robert Grede draws on history to tell Norman's
remarkable story of bridging the gap that the war left between the states and standing amongst
the tumultuous reconstruction years. An exciting piece of historical fiction with a good dose of
fact, "The Spur & the Sash" is a read that will be hard to put down.
The Slow Creek and Other Stories
F. De Sales Meyers
Abecedarian Books, Inc.
2817 Forest Glen Drive, Baldwin, MD 21013-9574
There's more to Appalachia than a few more remote towns. "The Slow Creek and Other Stories"
is a collection of stories from F. De Sales Meyers focusing on the human drama that spills out in
our lives, focusing on the unique setting of the still small towns in the mountains. Using an
intriguing and entertaining assortment of characters, Meyers gives readers quite the emotional
investment, and makes "The Slow Creek and Other Stories" a very good pick for short fiction
fans looking for unique contemporary work.
S. L. Stoner
PO Box 42348, Portland, OR 97242
9780982318447, $14.95, www.yamhillpress.com
In the search for truth, you'll often find more truth than the simple truth you're looking for. "Land
Sharks: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery" is a riveting mystery from S. L Stoner, following his
protagonist Sage Adair who is charged with finding two lost individuals in 1902, diving into the
seedy side of Portland in order to find out what happened to them and what can be done. He may
find them, but he finds so much more than that, "Land Sharks" is an exciting piece of historical
1213 N. Sherman Ave. #306, Madison, WI 53704
9781935562276, $14.95, www.tyrusbooks.com
The age of fourteen is no time to be a vigilante. "Young Junius" tells the story of Junius Posey, a
fourteen year old boy intent on finding the truth behind the death of his brothers with only fifty
dollars and a few friends to his name. Meeting with the downtrodden side of Cambridge and a
need to not live in hiding and find closure, "Young Junius" is an exciting read of youth crime,
and proves to be quite the thriller.
S. R. Dixon
Ozmoment's House of Twilight Press
33 3rd St. SE, Plainview, MN 55964
The unknown has plenty of interesting things in store, even if they aren't something you want to
face. "Beyond Midnight" is collection of short stories from S. R. Dixon focusing on the unknown
and what it brings to face people after the clock ticks midnight. From ancient malice, to last
dances in the face of death to the nightmares that face every father, "Beyond Midnight" is an
excellent read with plenty of reading, not to be missed by short fiction fans.
Isis Publishing Limited
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
Romantic allure can come on strong, but sensibility often makes us resist. "Flamingo Flower" is a
romance from David Creed, following young official John Benning, set to marry his finance. But
the engagement has six more months when Jeanne comes onto the scene and John finds that his
attraction may not belong wholly to his fiance any longer. "Flamingo Flower" is a fascinating
take on romance, and presented in large print for ease of reading for vision impaired readers.
The Diva of Peddler's Creek
Wild Rose Press
PO Box 708, Adams Basin, NY 14410-0706
9781601548375, $14.99, www.thewildrosepress.com
Big city girl in a small town looks like a problem waiting to happen. "The Diva of Peddler's
Creek" tells the story of ambitious Romance novelist Taylor Beir as she finds her way to
Peddler's Creek, West Virginia, a major change of scenery for her. In this small town, Taylor
doesn't seem to slide in perfectly, but she will soon learn she has her role in making the town
much better than what it is. "The Diva of Peddler's Creek" is an excellent read with a collection
of brilliant characters and a moving story.
Regis Tove Stella
c/o Masalai Press
368 Capricorn Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611-2058
Being the outcast isn't much fun. "Mata Sara (Crooked Eyes)" is a novel of displacement and the
need to belong in today's world. Telling the story of four individuals traveling to a new country
on scholarships, their alien values clash with the new people they meet and find blending in and
friendship hard. Thoughtful and valuable reading, "Mata Sara (Crooked Eyes)" is an excellent
read that shouldn't be easily dismissed.
From a Distance
27655-128th Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC Canada, V2W 1N5
9781933720753, $20.99, www.pdpublishing.com
On the run, you take what little help you can find. "From a Distance" tells the story of military
assassin Kenzie and her fleeing from her former superiors. Her only help is a college student, and
the two are led to run through their lives throughout the turbulent Mexico with only each other
for support. An exciting and riveting read that will be hard to put down, "From a Distance" is a
choice pick for any thriller fan.
Blood of my Brother
The Story Plant
PO Box 4331, Stamford, CT 06907
9780981956886, $16.95, www.thestoryplant.com
A brotherhood formed by friendship, not blood, is something not to be violated. "Blood of my
Brother" tells the story of Jay Cassio and Dan Del Colliano, brothers of circumstance and
friendship. When Dan is murdered, a job done professionally, Jay uses his power as a lawyer and
determination as a man to find the truth, and sees that his journey to find justice is littered with
peril and even a bit of romance. "Blood of my Brother" is an exciting thriller that will prove hard
to put down.
The Savannah Project
95222 Village Dr., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
9781936214075, $16.95, www.chuckbarrett.org
The truth can be a truly dangerous thing. "The Savannah Project" tells the story of an NTSB
investigator charged with finding what happened when a plane crashes during a Saint Patrick's
day investigation. The investigator soon finds evidence of foul play and finds that the truth isn't
being welcomed freely. "The Savannah Project" is an exciting thriller that will prove hard to put
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
The Big Show Stopper
Different Drummer Press
860 March Ave., Healdsburg, CA 95448
Made to look like an accident, no one bothers to seek a murderer. "The Big Show Stopper" is a
mystery filled with unusual and offbeat characters surrounding the death of Brady Blackstone, a
famed and popular concert performer. As two of his fans travel the country in search of the truth,
they find quirks in every step of the law and find something quickly afoul with Brady's accident.
"The Big Show Stopper" is a mystery that will be hard to put down.
Three Devils Dancing
c/o Harrison Mountain Press
PO Box 1386, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
9780895873989, $24.95, www.blairpub.com
The need for a clear thinking mind is a demand that will never be met. "Three Devils Dancing"
follows Donald Youngblood, a private investigator who wants to leave murder and crime behind
him. A girl turns up dead at a lake and Donald's only lead is her unusual tattoo, and Donald is
unsure if that is even relevant. In the pursuit of a killer, Donald only has so much time. "Three
Devils Dancing" is a fast paced and riveting read that should prove hard to put down.
The Health/Medicine Shelf
Answers to Anorexia
James M. Greenblatt
Sunrise River Press
39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
9781934716076, $16.95, www.sunriseriverpress.com
Anorexia is a disorder that can destroy lives. "Answers to Anorexia: A Breakthrough Nutritional
Treatment That is Saving Lives" looks at one potential treatment to fight the mental and physical
disorder of anorexia. Stating that anorexia is a medical illness that encourages malnutrition in the
mind instead of a mental illness, Greenblatt offers his own treatment for the disorder. Thoughtful
reading with plenty of ideas, "Answers to Anorexia" is a useful text for those trying overcome
their own disorders.
Getting Over Going Under
Barry L. Friedberg
PO Box 10336, Newport Beach, CA 92658
Anesthesia scares many individuals. "Getting Over Going Under: 5 Things You Must Know
Before Anesthesia" is a guide to drug and surgery aid, and how to better understand it. For too
long there have been sensations over the misuse of it, which much be approached differently for
countless people. The fear of not waking up from application, the fear of waking up too soon are
all addressed as Dr. Barry L. Friedberg applies his expertise to spread understanding. "Getting
Over Going Under" is a fascinating and very useful read for anyone who might be facing
anesthesia in the future.
How to Lose Weight in the Real World
Dr. J. deValentino
PO Box 420613, Houston, TX 77242
9780982894606, $19.95, www.devalentino.com
No carbs? You know in that bread thing that's everywhere, that rice, potatoes, that's a staple of
everything you see everywhere? A fantasy prospect. "How to Lose Weight in the Real World:
Why Other Diets Suck and You're Not Losing Weight" is a health guide for those who can't live
where their diet is perfectly controlled and can be easily managed with no real issue. With tips on
facing down common diet follies, facing temptation, using your metabolism, and more, "How to
Lose Weight in the Real World" is a thoughtful guide for those who want to lose weight but
aren't ready to embrace delusion.
The Truth About Coffee
1835 East Hallandale Beach Blvd. #232, Hallandale, FL 33009
9780974758251, $14.95, www.scrbooks.com
Coffee has slowly had a controversy brewing up about it. "The Truth About Coffee" delves into
the downsides of this caffeine fueled drink that many people have grown dependent on
throughout the years. Stating that coffee has many problems that could be drawn as parallels to a
drug addiction, "The Truth About Coffee" offers some intriguing dissections and advice, highly
100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa
Sari Fine Shepphird, PhD
Jones & Bartlett Publishers
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
9780763754501, $19.95, www.jbpub.com
Anorexia is a disorder that can dominate one's life if if isn't overcome. "100 Questions &
Answers About Anorexia Nervosa" discusses Anorexia Nervosa, a disorder which commonly
affects many young women in today's thin-driven culture. Written by a clinical psychologist with
decades of experience, she provides a thorough investigation of this disorder and how to
recognize the warning signs. "100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa" is a strong
addition to health and self-help collections, highly recommended.
Walk Tall! second edition
Triad Publishing Company
PO Box 13355, Gainesville, FL 32604
One doesn't have to succumb to the cruelties of aging and pain without a fight. "Walk Tall!" is an
exercise program aimed at those currently fighting their own back pain and other muscle ailments
of aging. Giving a method that she believes will help fight these physical ailments of aging,
"Walk Tall!" is a very useful and very highly recommended read, not to be missed.
Trillium Health Press
PO Box 9633, Tacoma, WA 98409
What's natural for one may not be natural for another. "Nature's Diet: Heal Your Body and Stay
Healthy by Following Nature's Simple 21 Day Plan" is a discussion of the nature of one's health
and how to find it and live one's life to its higher regard. With a huge slew of tips on how to
embrace the power of certain sugars, why meat may be vital for some people, avoiding the
chemicals of some food, and more, "Nature's Diet" is a fine read with plenty of sage advice that
can help one find that's natural for them for a more complete and better health.
Price World Publishing
1300 W. Belmont Ave., Suite 20G, Chicago, IL 60657
9780972410298, $14.95, www.priceworldpublishing.com
Getting to the most of one's musculature potential only takes a month. "Muscle Explosion: 28
Days to Maximum Mass" is a guide to maximizing one's muscle growth into a short period. With
a large assortment of training techniques, dietary suggestions, and much more, for those who
want to be ripped to shreds and get to their peak muscle, "Muscle Explosion" is a useful and
The Christian Studies Shelf
c/o Abilene Christian University Press
1626 Campus Cort, Abilene, TX 79601
9780891126768, $15.99, www.gracecreates.com
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's 'The Cost of Discipleship' gave a different opinion on religion that shifted
the opinion of Christ in World War II Germany. "Costly Grace" analyzes this work decades later
as he focuses on Bonhoeffer's work and what it means in today's culture which has totally shifted
and morphed. A dedicated and scholarly study and musing on the work, "Costly Grace" is a
strong pick for any Christian thinker, very highly recommended.
Why Four Gospels?, second edition
David Alan Black
PO Box 8411, Gonzalez, FL 32560
9781893729872, $11.99, www.energionpubs.com
Where did the original four gospels of the Bible find their ground? "Why Four Gospels?: The
Historical Origins of the Gospels" is a discussion of the history surrounding the four gospels of
the new testament, and the work of these figures that they surround. Offering much insight on
biblical history, "Why Four Gospels?" is a solid choice for anyone looking for more information
in understanding Christianity and its origins.
The Business Shelf
Richard S. Levick
1900 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
The day to day grind can be done without saying much. It's when the machine stops working well
where the great leaders emerge. "The Communicators: Leadership in the Age of Crisis" is an
inspirational business read from Richard S. Levick as he provides advice and wisdom from the
great leaders in business who have taken a down period and turned it into truly something special
for their people. With a foreword from billionaire Steve Forbes, "The Communicators" is a
choice pick for anyone who wants to call themselves a leader in business.
I Come First
M. H. Nicholas
Barely Lit Publications
2408 Mackay Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
9780982688809, $21.95, www.icomefirst.com
Self-importance isn't egomania; it's common sense. "I Come First: How the Individual Ego Rules
Every Business Decision" is a guide to surviving the business world with a wise reality of the
importance of self in business. Facing these principles with reality, M. H. Nicholas states what
truly motivates people to go further in their lives and work to further your goals and your
businesses. Thoughtful reading, "I Come First" is a business guide with intriguing and highly
useful principles, a must for any business person who isn't afraid of thinking outside the
Leading at Light Speed
Eric F. Douglas
6750 SW Franklin Street, Suite A, Portland, OR 97223-2542
9781592994366, $20.95, www.inkwaterpress.com
Being sluggish in today's world is asking for failure. "Leading at Light Speed: Build Trust, Spark
Innovation, and Create a High-Performing Organization" is a guide to agile leadership from Eric
F. Douglas drawing on his long experience in many sorts of business to advise readers on how to
quickly change their business with the time and how to be a quick thinking leader to lead their
company to a more profitable tomorrow. "Leading at Light Speed" is a valuable resource for
inspiration, highly recommended.
John H. Vanston
13740 Research Boulevard, Building C, Austin, TX 78750-1859
9781884154362, $19.95, www.minitrends.com
The most successful people in business are the innovators. "Minitrends: How Innovators &
Entrepreneurs Discover & profit From Business & Technology Trends" is a guide for businesses
looking for the next trend in business and how it doesn't need to be the next big thing to be a
major growth point for industry. Minitrends are small bubbles that can be used, and John
Vanston hopes to give readers and business leaders what they need to make a difference.
"Minitrends" is filled with useful information and advice on the concept, a vitally important
addition to business collections.
The Loyalty Factor
579 Sagamore Ave, Tidewatch Unit #109, Portsmouth, NH 03801
9781453762691, $19.95, www.loyaltyfactor.com
If you care, it shows much more in one's work. "The Loyalty Factor: Building Employee,
Customer, and Brand Loyalty" is a guide for managers and other business leaders in making one's
brand and company something that both the employees working for you and your customers feel
as if it is something that truly matters. Simple steps can be done to inspire these qualities, and
Durkin explains it well. "The Loyalty Factor" is not to be overlooked for the small business
Scrappy General Management
20660 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 210, Cuptertino, CA 95014
9781600051487, $19.95, www.scrappyabout.com
A good manager avoids cataclysmic problems. "Scrappy General Management: Common Sense
Practices to Avoid Calamities, Catastrophes, and Lackluster Results for Corporations and Small
Businesses" is a guide to avoiding the worst of events as a business leader and facing these
problems well. Damage control and facing crisis from within and when facing outward
challenges is what management is all about. "Scrappy General Management" is a fine treatise
with lots of advice for readers, very highly recommended.
Echo Bay Publishing
5702 Seven Oaks Court, Minnetonka, MN 55345
9780982656204, $19.95, www.nicebike.com
Connecting to others is a guide to find success in any avenue of life. "Nice Bike: Making
Meaningful Connections on the Road of Life" is a guide to forming those little bonds that mean
so much in the world of business. Through two little words used as an example, the simple
phrase of 'nice bike' lets you know that you understand what's important to them, are willing to
talk further, and acknowledges them. Stating that connections are so simple yet so important,
"Nice Bike" is a business and motivational guide with a clear goal that it does well.
The Termite Effect
PO Box 48177, Charlotte, NC 28269
9780982957806, $19.95, www.thetermiteffect.com
It's the little things that matter in the end. "The Termite Effect: 25 Common Business Mistakes
and Their Hidden Consequences" is a business guide focusing on the small mistakes that can take
a business down, slowly but surely, over a long period of time. From simple mistakes fo lack of
organization, not acting until it's too late, and not balancing your business well, "The Termite
Effect" tells of how what you don't see may be the death of your business, highly
430 Oak Grove, Street Suite 205, Minneapolis, MN 55403
There is much to be learned in business by looking at business as a huge stage production.
"Smoke: Pulling Back the Curtain on Change" analyzes business with a flare for the dramatic.
Making many analogies and allegory, Paul Devetter gives plenty of valuable business
information for gaining a better and more complete understanding of business and much more.
"Smoke" is a choice pick, with plenty of creative info, highly recommended.
The Elite Entrepreneur
Ephren W. Taylor
10300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75232
9781935618058, $19.95, www.benbellabooks.com
No one is a millionaire overnight. "The Elite Entrepreneur: How to Master the 7 Phases of
Growth & Take Your Business from Pennies to Billions" is a business guide from Ephren W.
Taylor, noted business writer. Drawing on his own experience of growing to a successful
business before he hit 30, he shares his experiences and principles where he hopes he will help
readers take this advice and learn to face the troubles of their life. Thoughtful and useful reading,
"The Elite Entrepreneur" is an out and out excellent read with no shortage of invaluable
The Little Professional P.I.N.K. Book of Success
PO Box 480293, Los Angeles, CA 90048
9780615313030, $14.95, www.mondaysmiles.com
Being successful is the first step to greater success. "The Little Professional P.I.N.K. Book of Success" is an inspirational guide to help readers reach for a greater sport in their business lives, as Erica Moore-Burton encourages readers to reach for something more in their business lives. Telling the importance of finding a teacher, the importance a good reputation, and much more, "The Little Professional P.I.N.K. Book of Success" is an invaluable read, very highly recommended.
The Philosophy Shelf
Destination of the Species
c/o ASCOT Media Group
PO Box 133032, The Woodlands, TX 77393
9781846942631, $19.95, www.o-books.net
Purpose to an individual means many things, but what is purpose to the greater picture of it all?
"Destination of the Species: The Riddle of Human Existence" is a philosophical discussion of the
purpose of human kind in the much more massive picture of the universe. Michael Meacher
muses about the universe, and looks for without bias, the evidence for God, and what it means
for humanity on this little rock floating through space. "Destination of the Species" is a
thoughtful and intriguing read, highly recommended.
Metaphysics and the Meaning of Life
Joshua Carl Davis
Three Brothers Press
3317 Normandy Drive, Port Charlotte, FL 33952
How does one apply the concepts of metaphysics in their search for meaning? "Metaphysics and
the Meaning of Life" is an examination of the metaphysical from Joshua Carl Davis drawing on
his own experience with eastern and western philosophies and brings an original take on the
relationships between the mind and the body. Thoughtful with plenty to think about,
"Metaphysics and the Meaning of Life" is a choice pick for philosophical metaphysics
The Political Science Shelf
Larry Allen Brown
Decent Hill Publishers
6100 Oak Tree Blvd., Ste. 200, Cleveland, OH 44131
9781936085330, $19.95, www.decenthill.com
Why do some people believe the things they believe, and call it rational? "Political Logic:
Defeating Conservative Theories of Rationality" is an attack on the trains of thought used by
many conservative thinking, and analyzes how they come to such conclusions. Stating that
inductive reasoning, a common element in modern American conservative thought, can never
prove the belief it claims, Larry Allen Brown presents an intriguing dissection of political
thought. "Political Logic" is a fine read with plenty to think about, highly recommended.
The Biography Shelf
Robert W. Hess
519 West Avon Court, Laredo, TX 78041
Lost in an icy wasteland, one's hope for survival wanes. "Blind Descent" is an exciting true
adventure memoir from Robert Hess who crashed into Antarctica as a flight turned sour. Faced
with trying to rescue the few survivors of the crash and the terror of trying to survive on a
continent that was never intended for human survival, "Blind Descent" is a fascinating and
exciting memoir about the tenacity of the human spirit.
The Accidental Anarchist
PO Box 928723, San Diego, CA 92192-8723
In a time between many wars and the falls of empires, "The Accidental Anarchist" tells the story
of Jacob Marateck, an unusual rogue Jew who found himself leading Russian armies that hated
him, into failed coups against the Czar, and taking long trips home. A story of the chaotic times
of Eastern Europe in the early 1900s, "The Accidental Anarchist" is a riveting read about one of
the truly unique characters and stories of history that is not often heard about.
San Miguel, De Allende, Mexico
65 Spoonbill Way Key West, FL 33040
9780982859100, $14.00, www.anteusbooks.com
The spice of life awaits anyone who seeks to find it. "San Miguel, De Allende, Mexico: Memoir
of a Sensual Quest for Spiritual Healing" is a tale from Rick Skwiot as he reflects on turning his
life around during an extended trip to Mexico and learning what it had to offer him. With a
thoughtful approach and no shortage of sensational writing that doesn't skimp on the interesting
parts, "San Miguel, De Allende, Mexico" is an excellent blend of travelogue, memoir, and
The Home for the Friendless
c/o Stephens Press
PO Box 1600, Las Vegas, NV 89125-1600
Stephanie Barko (publicity)
16100 Crystal Hills, Austin, Texas 78737
9781935043263, $24.95, www.stephaniebarko.com
Comfort and a good life can come in the weirdest of packages. "The Home of the Friendless:
Finding Hope, Love, and Family" is a memoir from Betty Auchard reflecting on her unusual and
somewhat broken home life. His parents splitting up multiple time soon lands them in the oddly
titled 'Home for the Friendless' where they find quite the security. "The Home of the Friendless"
is an unusual but poignant memoir with the important message that happiness can come in many
shapes in forms.
PO Box 441110, Aurora, CO 80044
9780984154326, $19.95, www.tendrilpress.com
It's quite a hike to cover the entire planet. "3 MPH: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk
Around the World" is the memoir of Polly Letofsky as she reflects on her journey walking
around the world, through 22 countries and covering 14,000 miles. During her travel, the events
of September 11th occurred, and granted Polly a truly unique view of the world. Thoughtful and
eye opening to the many people of the world, "3 MPH" is a solid and strongly recommended read
that shouldn't be missed.
Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories
Capt. Michael Bennett
Small Planet Adventures
1903 114th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Nature photography isn't as simple as it seems. "Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other
Stories: Adventures of a Reluctant Photographer's Assistant" is a collection of stories as Michael
Bennett reflects on what occurs sometimes when these pictures are taken, and while they aren't
always pretty, they can prove very amusing. "Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other
Stories" is an exciting read, not to be missed.
Letters from Under the Mushroom Cloud
The Fiction Works
2070 SW Whiteside Drive, Corvallis, OR 97333
9781581242539, $10.99, www.fictionworks.com
The power of a nuclear explosion is truly awe-inspiring. "Letters from Under the Mushroom
Cloud" is a collection of letters from Ray Hoy addressed to his late father as he reflected on his
time in the military and his viewing of one of the first nuclear detonations in the 1950s. "Letters
from Under the Mushroom Cloud" is a poignant look at the military and the early days of the
After the Last PR
Flying Feet Running Programs
55 Bonfire Ct., Westminster, MD 21157
Long distance running taxes the body and psyche in many ways. "After the Last PR: The Virtues
of Living a Runner's Life" is a memoir from Dave Griffin reflecting on the challenges that a
runner faces in pursuing their hobby. Stating that it never stopped being a challenge for him, the
disciplines it reinforces in its endeavor. Thoughtful and encouraging for others looking to
running as a test of their own dedication, "After the Last PR" is a strong choice for any potential
Life With My Wife
PO Box 476, Everly, IO 51338
9780982699256, $14.95, www.shapatopublishing.com
Small town life has a serenity all of its own. "Life with My Wife: The Memoir of an Imperfect
Man" is a collection of columns for a small town newspaper from Roger Stoner, reflecting on his
life alongside his life in Peterson, Iowa. The columns are humorous in nature and come with
plenty of simple wisdom. "Life with my Wife" is a read that will be hard to quickly put down,
A Platter of Chatter
Amber Skye Publishing
1935 Berkshire Drive, Eagan, MN 55112
9780981986067, $16.00, www.amberskyepublishing.com
It's a bit hard facing the full brunt of womanhood. "A Platter of Chatter" is a memoir from
Margie Zats as she reflects on her travels around the world, working as a professional chef and
what she faced and realized experiencing the world. With recipes scattered throughout, she does
plenty in humoring readers and offers much wisdom for life. "A Platter of Chatter" is a fine
addition to any library humor collection.
Do Tampons Take Your Virginity?
School shouldn't leave you with more questions than answers. "Do Tampons Take Your
Virginity?: A Catholic Girl's Memoir" tells of Mari Simas' upbringing in the sheltered and
repressive life of Catholicism. With humor and much honesty, she provides quite the read and
will prove quite enlightening and entertaining. "Do Tampons Take Your Virginity?" is a top pick
for memoir collections, highly recommended.
The Criminology Shelf
Investigating the Death of Innocents
3710 East Edison, Tucson, AZ 85716-2912
9781935437222, $15.00, imagobooks.com
How does one work to uncover the gruesome events of a child's murder? "Investigating the Death of Innocents" is a reflection of his work on one such tragic case in 2007. Covering the events of the case day by day along with the changes in the story surrounding it, author Michael Orozco gives readers a thorough look at the results of tragedy and what is done to prevent it and bring about justice. "Investigating the Death of Innocents" is a fine read with much to think about, highly recommended.
The Self-Help Shelf
Your Personal Success Quote Bible
PO Box 10503, Atlanta, GA 930348-5603
978098227625, $12.50, www.3sixtybooks.com
The first thing about success is believing in yourself that it's possible. "Your Personal Success Quote Bible: Over 1,001 Inspirational Quotes for Daily Living!" is an inspirational read from Lorraine Phillips as she encourages readers to keep their chins up in life. She draws inspiration and quotes from a wide range of advisers from music legend Bob Marley to the works of Confucius and Socrates. "Your Personal Success Quote Bible" is a choice pick for anyone who needs a pick me up in life.
How Much More Longer?
c/o MM Publicity
2817 West End Avenue, Suite 126-274, Nashville, TN 37203
9781414114774, $15.99, www.elderspeaks.com
Life is short and it's not the best idea to waste time not living it your way. "How Much More
Longer?: How to Get Real Now About Living the Life You Want" is a guide to pushing one's life
int he direction you want it, instead of letting life push you around. A man of experience in a
world where everyone learns a bit of everything, Steve Elder gives readers the inspiration they
need to take control of their lives "How Much More Longer?" is a thoughtful read and very
The Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Health Esteem Press
240 Monroe Dr. #508, Mountain View, CA 94040
When plagued by a constant illness, it can be hard to keep one's chin high. "Spiritual
Transformation: Through Chronic Illness" is an uplifting spiritual read aimed at those facing a
debilitating illness that plagues their lives, and drains their spirit. With plenty of stories of those
facing down the things that ail them and staying strong, Kathleen Gardiser tells readers what they
need to get their life back. "Spiritual Transformation" is a thoughtful and recommended
Seena B. Frost
PO Box 8051, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8051
9781592750214, $26.95, www.soulcollage.com
Art can reflect things that you never even knew were there. "SoulCollage Evolving: An Intuitive
Collage Process for Self-Discovery & Community" is a guide to creating a SoulCollage of one's
very own to help one understand who they really are in their lives. Too often there are things
hidden in our souls that we feel are missing, and Seena B. Frost wants to help readers find that.
"SoulCollage" is filled with tips and tricks to creating the collage of one's own, with practical and
spiritual tips to be used along the way to creating it.
My Father, My Son
Carolinas Ecumenical Healing Ministries
13701 Port Patrick Lane, Matthews, NC 28103
9780982658116, $14.99, www.brucebrodowski.com
The need to bond is a strong one for many people. "My Father, My Son: Healing the Orphan
Heart with the Father's Love" looks at need to love and be love, through the eyes and thoughts of
Bruce Brodowski. Thoughtful, he looks at the value of the father I life and grants readers much to
ponder and think about in order to enhance their faith in God. "My Father, My Son" is a spiritual
guide with much to ponder, very highly recommended.
Laurie Ellis-Young & Nancy Chakrin
2355 Louisiana Avenue North, Golden Valley, MN 55427
9780931674808, $9.95, www.tristanpublishing.com
Friendship is a powerful gift, and can make all the difference in life. "Friendship: The Art of the
Practice" is a collection of full color photos and charming affirmations on the topic of friendship,
compiled by Laurie-Ellis Young & Nancy Chakrin, as they discuss what a good friend can do for
one's life, and what they can do is make it a truly wonderful and positive experience.
"Friendship" is a charming volume, solidly recommended.
2147 Blake Street, Berkeley, CA 94704-2715
9781930485259, $16.95, www.rodmellpress.com
True failure is failing in every sense, but one can fail with grace. "Elegant Failure: A Guide to
Zen Koans" is a collection of spiritual musings from Richard Shrobe, also known as Zen Master
Wu Kwang. Exploring twenty two cases from previous books to provide a unique look at the
nature of man, loss and how he takes it. With plenty of simple thought, "Elegant Failure" is sure
to help many readers in finding a bit of enlightenment of their own.
The Poetry Shelf
When You Come Again You Will Never Go
500 S. Mesa St. #389, El Paso, TX 79901
9780982293430, $10.00, www.unlikelystories.org
The enlightenment of understanding the world is both comforting and cruel. "When You Come
Again You Will Never Go" is a collection of prose and poetry from Andreas Morgner, providing
a way for America to see the rest of the world. "When You Come Again You Will Never Go" is a
unique read, solidly recommended. "Waterhole, Kruger Park": Hyenas laughing in the
dark./Tough music announcing the hunt/Mocking the gazelle and gnu./Run./We are coming./You
won't get far./You belong to us tonight./Our bite is a tender kiss./Our appetite is love like no
other./Run/You won't get far./We are coming./Mad eyes always mocking,/Always
Rooster Hill Press
230 Armstrong Hall, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN 56001
Experienced poet and experienced man David Salner brings readers a down to earth volume of
poetry with "Working Here". Drawing on his time as a miner, a farmer, and other labors as well
as his writing, "Working Here" is a unique blend of writing sure to relate to many a reader.
"Good Shoes": Good shoes, all of us need good shoes,/for they support us -- ankles, shanks,/even
our elbows when we dance,//and the voice at the very top,/the words, the don'ts and dos,/all of it
rests on good shoes.
My Gargantuan Desire
Greenview Review Press
26 South Prospect Street, Suite 8, Amherst, MA 01002-2251
What drives us further is something truly unique to us. "My Gargantuan Desire" is a collection of
poetry from Brad Crenshaw on the subject of who we are and what pushes us further. Drawing
on the various mythologies of the world to gain a more clear understanding of it all, "My
Gargantuan Desire" is a fine pick of poetry and is not to be missed with a unique conversational
style. "No Other Life": In the end he found his health again and brought us news of the
hallucinating pleasures of his opiates/and grand calamitous acts of/heart his rehabilitating
roommates proved./Sulamon the clear-eyed/man would steer for Africa and rejoice in his
concubines. The Hasid,/as he feared, would tell him good from evil. His own blue voice/spoke of
Tina freaked and completely blown away by all his sutures,/by the awkwardness of hearing him
eat. What's it worth to know she/left him for a Catholic and missed the parts that healed? Less
had changed, he found, than he had changed, as momentary as sound.
Splitting Hard Ground
La Alameda Press
9636 Guadalupe Trail, NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
9781888809565, $12.00, www.laalameapress.com
The world is vast and it's nearly impossible for one person to see it all alone. "Splitting Hard
Ground" is a collection of poetry from prolific author and widely published poet Marilyn Stablein
as she offers a take on the world and shares her experiences and journeys. Thoughtful and sure to
delight, "Splitting Hard Ground" is a read that shouldn't be overlooked for poetry lovers.
"Mourning, Dawn": Sandaled feet etch/a muddy path to the cove./Island children chase each
other/follow me to the cliff.//Orphelia chose a watery death./Isadora's children drowned/in a river
after their carriage/overturned. You, my child,/had no choice. No water/to douse burning car
1 Court Street, Lebanon, NH 03766
9780981859170, $16.00, www.saturnaliabooks.com
Her sixth volume of poetry, Star Black shows no signs of letting up. "Velleity's Shade" is an
assortment of poems from Black, as she blends her own words and verse with fellow poet and
artist Bill Knott. With plenty of colorful illustrations throughout, "Velleity's Shade" should prove
to be quite the treat. "Bridged by Eaves": Ceravolo, it snows. The sky is cotton-cold and
unseeming./I bathe to wash away non-feeling./The rice of daylight//whitens the roofs until
civilized streets are brambles/on Wang Wei screens--/mists adrift above rose-pink
mountains./Ceravolo, fresh snow on wet slate,/long ago is just a sec; no gift is late.
Wisdom of Our Mothers
PO Box 326, 1225 East Sunset Drive Suite 145, Bellingham, WA 98226
9781453631010, $14.95, www.familiabooks.com
The determination of a mother is something never to be underestimated. "Wisdom of Our
Mothers" is a collection of short stories and poetry written by an assortment of authors about the
wisdom and tenacity that their mothers showed throughout their lives and how it inspired them
well years later. Intriguing and solidly recommended reading, "Wisdom of Our Mothers" is a
charming and thoughtful read, very highly recommended.
I Face My Love
PO Box 153, Pomfret, CT 06258
Love changes one's outlook on life forever. "I Face My Love" is a collection of poetry from
Coemgen. Stated it is a memoir of sorts, looking at the rollercoaster that is love and marriage.
Moving and thoughtful, "I Face My Love" is not a read to be missed. "God's Name": God's name
is I AM./All that is from Eternity.
The Aviation Shelf
Aerial Aces of the Universal Newsreel
Phillip W. Stewart
PO Box 1496, Crestiew, FL 32536
9780979324376, $31.95, www.pmispress.com
Man could now fly and it was truly amazing for decades after wards. "Aerial Aces of the
Universal Newsreel: A Researcher's Guide to the Aviation Related Stories Released Nationally
by Universal Pictures 1929-1931" discusses the amazing newsreels of the early days of flying
that Universal studios commonly placed within its films during this era. It was common for an
amazing aviation story to be included. Focusing on these daredevils of a new technology, "Aerial
Aces of the Universal Newsreel" proves to be a riveting read with plenty of awe-inspiring
The Parenting Shelf
The Conscious Parent
PO Box 62084, Vancouver, BC Canada, V6K 1Z1
9781897238455, $19.95, www.namastepublishing.com
How can you lead a young child when you can't even lead yourself? "The Conscious Parent:
Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children" is a guide to parenting with an original
approach. Stating that a good parent is enlightened to themselves and that a relationship with
their child shouldn't be entirely talking down to them, author Dr. Shefali Tsabary encourages
parents to learn alongside their children for a better relationship and their own procession to a
happier life. "The Conscious Parent" is an excellent read with plenty of ideas, highly
Mamas and Papas
Alys Masek & Kelly Mayhew, editors
San Diego City Works Press
c/o Sunbelt Publications, Inc.
1256 Fayette Street, El Cajon, CA 92020-1511
9780981602080, $12.95 cityworkspress.org
Parenthood is a decade long endeavor that changes people. "Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime
and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting" is a collection of fiction, poetry, essays, and other writings
on the subject of parenthood. Focusing on the wide spectrum from the inklings of wanting to
have a child to releasing them into the world as adults, these stories are profound and offer much
poignancy and humor. "Mamas and Papas" is an excellent read, very highly recommended.
Ann & Amanda Angel
Catalyst Book Press
2941 Kelly Street, Livermore CA 94551
9780980208160, $15.00, www.catalystbookpress.com
To give up your child for adoption is something that changes your life forever. "Silent Embrace:
Perspectives on Birth and Adoption" is a collection of essays from Ann & Amanda Angel's
termed adoption triad, the birth mother, those who adopt, and the adopted. From stories of
mothers pondering what could have been, what adoption can do for children and families, as well
as birth mothers finding their lost children and the virtues of both closed and open adoption,
"Silent Embrace" is a thoughtful collection with much to think about for any mother.
The Environmental Studies Shelf
Asphalt to Ecosystems
Sharon Gamson Danks
New Village Press
PO Box 3049, Oakland, CA 94609
9780976605485, $39.95, www.newvillagepress.net
The schoolyards of America can be the first step in teaching the power of growing things.
"Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation" is a call for schoolyards to
transform their unused grassland and asphalt yards into something more useful and educational.
Packed cover to cover with ideas on how to work these gardens and other agricultural aspects
into one's schoolyard, Sharon Gamson Danks provides much practical thought for the many uses
of such a project. "Asphalt to Ecosystems" is not a read to be ignored for any forward thinking
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Perennial Press Publishing
41 Hickory Rd, Nutley, NJ 07110
9780615386287, $18.95, www.shelbysgrace.com
Two broken halves can make a whole. "Shelby's Grace: From Abused Pup to Angel of Mercy" is
Joe Dwyer's memoir of meeting his pit bull Shelby, a dog with her own problems such as
crippled hind legs that required surgery. Joe reached out and assisted the dog, and Joe was in no
happy place himself. But through the dog, he gained a greater appreciation for life. Preaching the
virtues of man and dog, "Shelby's Grace" is a fine read, very highly recommended.
The Judaic Studies Shelf
The Non-Orthodox Jew's Guide to Orthodox Guide to Orthodox Jews
343 Terhune Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055
9780615342733, $24.00, www.jewsguide.com
It's easier to write someone off as backwards or look down on them than to reach out. This leads
to many problems. "The Non-Orthodox Jew's Guide to Orthodox Jews: Why we Do What We
Do, Wear What We Wear, and Think What We Think" is a guide to bridging the rift that has
been forming in Judaism as many have reformed and updated their beliefs with the times while
Orthodoxy seeks to remain true to the letter of the word of God. Stating that teaching
understanding rather than looking down on one another as inferior or backwards can unite the
Jewish nation much more than any politics, "The Non-Orthodox Jew's Guide to Orthodox Jews"
is an excellent read with plenty of thought and information.
The Women's Studies Shelf
The Working Woman's Rant & Rave Guidebook
Gina Covell Maddox
Orange Cat Press
2654 Bay Street, Gulf Breeze, FL 32663
9780578043944, $12.95, www.orangecatpress.com
Some days just want to make you want to tear someone's head off. "The Working Woman's Rant
& Rave Guidebook" looks into the stresses of a woman in today's world and coping with the
challenges that are thrown in one's face. With plenty of humor and inspiration, Gina Maddox
hopes her writing will empower many women to face their lives and bring a smile to their faces.
"The Working Woman's Rant & Rave Guidebook" is a choice pick, recommended.
The Sports Shelf
Performance Nutrition for Football
Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, LMHC
MomentumMedia Sports Publishing, Inc.
31 Dutch Mill Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
9780984280216, $18.95, www.primeathlete.com
You are what you eat isn't just said to be cute. "Performance Nutrition for Football" discusses
how diet proves to be an important edge in the game of football and other sports. Players need to
stay fit but emphasize building muscle for speed, power, and athleticism. Drawing on advice
from long time NFL veterans, and author Lisa Dorfman's own heavy influences in nutrition,
"Performance Nutrition for Football" is a must for any future football hopeful or any future
athlete as well.
The Travel Shelf
Jill Gibian, editor
2600 Tenth Street, Suitr 260, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781883513191, $14.95, www.whereaboutspress.com
Argentina has gained a unique place in South America with a history unlike its neighbors.
"Argentina: A Traveler's Literary Companion" looks at the place of Argentina in World
Literature, offering a tour of the country through literature and its modern and most famous
writers. Providing a story from one of Argentina's best writers throughout its history, "Argentina:
A Traveler's Literature Companion" is an ideal way to know the culture of this Latin state.
Berlin for Free
Verlag an Der Spree
255 West 43rd, St., Suite 1012, New York, N Y 10036
Berlin is one of the most famous cities in the world, and one can absorb its culture without
spending a dime. "Berlin for Free: A Guide book to Movies, Music, Museums, and More for the
Frugal Traveler" is a guide for touring Berlin for cheap who wants to see the many aspects that
one doesn't always see with paid tours and the like. Focusing on the culture and the people,
"Berlin for Free" is for anyone who wants to see what it means to be a Berliner first hand.
Over the Top & Back Again
PO Box 854, Volcano, HI 96785
9780977053629, $14.95 PilgrimsTales.com
The Swiss Alps are likely one of the most traveled mountain ranges in history, but it doesn't
mean they don't offer an adventure all their own. "Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the
Alps" chronicles Brandon Wilson's own time in the Swiss Alps, he dragged his wife into a truly
unique adventure on this mountains, and he provides readers with a story of a most unusual life
style. "Over the Top & Back Again" is an exciting read, sure to please and inspire readers to their
own mountaineering adventure.
The Education Shelf
Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms
721 W. Abram St., Arlington, TX 76013
9781935567233, $19.95, www.sensoryworld.com
Some disorders cause problems with standard education, and they're surprisingly common.
"Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms: To Support Children with Challenging Behaviors" is an
educational guide that discusses sensory processing disorders and their impact on the classroom.
Aimed at teachers who want to help educate these children and how to accommodate them,
"Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms" is a must for any teacher of young students who wants
to be more inclusive.
The Social Issues Shelf
Unmaking War Remaking Men
Phoenix Rising Press
PO Box 9567, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
9780982796702, $17.95, www.unmakingwar.net
War has been an institution of humanity since its creation, but does it always have to be?
"Unmaking War, Remaking Men" discusses the future of war and how Kathleen Barry feels that
in the future, war will become less and less of an option as diplomatic measures become more
and more advanced. Stating that human life shouldn't be considered expendable, "Unmaking
War, Remaking Men" is a thoughtful read with plenty to think about, highly recommended.
The Judicial Studies Shelf
A New Way to Win
11271 Ventura Blvd., Suite 271, Studio City, CA 91604
9780578049359, $16.25, www.peacefulsharecustody.com
It's cruel to separate a loving parent from their child. "A New Way to Win: How to Resolve Your
Child Custody Dispute Without Giving Up, Giving In, or Going Broke" is a discussion of how to
better share custody in divorce case4s which all too often go sour and deny loving parents from
their children and leave a lot of heartache all around. With much therapy between the parties and
reaffirming what is best for the child, "A New Way to Win" is a thoughtful read with many very
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