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Volume 9, Number 2 February 2010 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Biography Shelf Fiction Shelf
Science Shelf Political Science Shelf Business Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Poetry Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Parenting Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Psychology Shelf Nautical Shelf
Buddhist Studies Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Helping A Mentally Ill Loved One In A County Jail
Barry T. Schnell
Social Sciences Publishing
1832 Sonya Way, Bear, DE 19701
9780910599009, $23.95,

Some people are not fully equipped for the horrors of prison life. "Helping A Mentally Ill Loved One in a County Jail" is a guide for those who want to help their friends and family who have been incarcerated for whatever reason and may not be in the best mindset to help themselves out of the situation their in. These individuals face different challenges, and Barry Schnell hopes to help readers have the knowledge and tools they need to make sure their friends and family with a mental illness gets a fair shake and doesn't get a harsher punishment than they deserve. "Helping a Mentally Ill Loved One in a County Jail" is a must for anyone facing the titular situation.

The Untold 60s
Alex Gross
Cross-Cultural Research Projects
PO Box 660, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276
9780982317808, $29.95

The ideas of hope and change reside side by side, and have been for over fifty years. "The Untold 60s: When Hope Was Born" discusses the birth of hope and its union with change, as throughout the world, it was rapidly changing. Revolution was the name of the game, and whether it was the military-driven revolution of Vietnam, the social revolution of the western world, Alex Gross gives readers his own personal views of life in an era where one day was radically different than the next. "The Untold 60s" is well worth the read for those looking to get a better understanding of the decade.

Patchwork & Ornament
Jeanette Feldman
Gal in Sky Publishing Company
PO Box 70976, Houston, TX 77270
9780967441610, $24.95,

With little other ways to express herself, Jeanette turned to art. "Patchwork & Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art" is one woman's memoir of a life and a love of art. Discussing the power of art, its value as expression and hat it can do for a family Jenny Feldman gives readers a lot to think about with her work and application of her artistry. Inspiring and motivational, "Patchwork & Ornament" is a must read for anyone who uses art for more than a hobby.

The Biography Shelf

Tell Me No, I Dare You!
Scott H. Silverman
GKS Books
c/o Strategies
PO Box 178122, San Diego, CA 92177
9780615325323, $14.95,

180 degree turns in life are very possible. "Tell Me No, I Dare You!" tells the story of Scott H Silverman, as he kicked his drug habit and turned his life around, starting a non-profit organization to help others who were in similar situations in their life. Winning the CNN Hero award, Scott H Silverman has an intriguing life story as he hopes to inspire others to greatness with is tale. "Tell Me No, I Dare You!" is a story that should not be ignored for those looking for inspirational tales.

Letters to Zerky
Bill Raney
Nickelodeon Press
PO Box 3573, Santa Cruz, CA 95063-3573
KSB Promotions (publicity)
55 Honey Creek NE, Ada, MI 49301
9780982138403, $27.00,

Wanderlust doesn't wait for peace. "Letters to Zerky: A Father's Legacy to a Lost Son... and A road Trip Around the World" is a unique memoir as a father addresses his son about a roadtrip the son took when he was a young child. Bill Raney took his son across the globe when he was only an infant, as they toured Europe and Asia. Aimed at his son, there's no exclusion as any reader will be mesmerized by this truly unique and legendary family vacation that makes Disney World look dull. "Letters to Zerky" is an enticing and fun read, well worth reading for lovers of true adventure.

From Worlds Apart...
Billy Joe Neese
c/o The HayeCountry Collection
Central Printers and Publishers
4507 Whites Ferry Road, West Monroe, LA 71291
9780615332536, $29.50

Love doesn't care about race or religion. "From Worlds Apart...: The Story of Jesse Neese and Carrie Falcon" is a nonfiction historical look back as Billy Joe Neese looks towards his ancestors and the chance meeting of a Lutheran German farm boy and a Spanish immigrant with a strong Catholic faith. A unique story of the American melting pot, "From Worlds Apart..." is a choice pick for those looking for a tale of early Americana.

Tales of the Troupe
Rob Dinsmoor
Zingology Press
9781448644070, $15.00

Show business is not a business for those who want a quiet, normal life. "Tales of the Troupe" is a memoir of Rob Dinsmoor, reflecting on his time in the comedy troupe Chucklehead, which gained some degree of notoriety in New York throughout the 1980s. With intriguing tales of the nightlife and the chaotic life of a young comedian, "Tales of the Troupe" is a choice pick for those seeking a taste of the lifestyle without actually living it.

Hidden Conflict
E. N. Holland
Cheyenne Publishing
PO Box 872412, Vancover, WA 98687-2412
Bristlecone Pine Press
10A Beach Street, Suite 2, Portland, ME 04101
9780979777387, $16.99,

Dedication to one's country may not overcome a dedication to one's love. "Hidden Conflict: Tales from Lost Voices in Battle" is a collection of four short novellas focusing on gay men in the military throughout history. A British sea captain faces mutiny with his lover, a corporal of Colonel Custer is torn between doubting his unit's cause, and love he can't have. Two strangers become stuck in the trenches in the Western Front, and find love comes in strange places, and a World War II veteran is faced with a loss he cannot properly grieve. "Hidden Conflict" is an intriguing exploration of homosexuality and the military, highly recommended.

A Good Mule is Hard to Find
Kirk H. Neely
Hub City Writers Project
PO Box 8421, Spartanburg, SC 29305
9781891885679, $14.95,

Where there are humans, there are stories worth telling. "A Good Mule is Hard to Find: And Other Tales from Red Clay Country" is a collection of short stories set in the backwoods of America where getting by and through the day is the top concern and the unusual to most is nothing more than the plain and everyday usual. "A Good Mule is Hard to Find" is an endlessly entertaining and worthwhile investment for short fiction readers.

On My Way to Someplace
Sandra Hurtes
Poetica Publishing Company
PO Box 11014, Norfolk, VA 23517
Irwin Arieff (publicity)
136 E. 36th Street, New York, NY 10016
9781615846368, $15.00,

Even when you've been through hell itself, you keep going. "On My Way to Someplace Else" is a collection of essays from Sandra Hurtes reflecting on her childhood of growing up with Holocaust survivor parents. These essays have been previously published elsewhere, but here they are compiled and give readers much to appreciate through Hurtes work. "On My Way to Somplace Else" is a top pick for memoir collections.

The Fiction Shelf

Through The Pale Door
Brian Ray
Hub City Writers Project
PO Box 8421, Spartanburg, SC, 29305
9781891885662, $24.95,

Love is something that can always prove to be the ever increasing inconvenience. "Through the Pale Door" tells the story of Sarah West, daughter of an artist and a workaholic. Her artistic mother slowly gave way to her own mental demons, and she soon finds a repeat of history as her newest attraction in life may be the artistic type wrestling their own inner demons. A story of grief, a story of history repeating itself, and a story of the future, "Through the Pale Door" is fine literary fiction that will make readers think and have something to take away from it.

Moriah Jovan
9457 N Ash Avenue, #204, Kansas City, MO 64157
9780981769639, $23.99,

The idea that you can't have it makes it ever so sweeter. "Stay" is the story of Vanessa, and her long lusting dream of Eric. Once simply a teenage crush, a decade and a half did nothing to quell it as Vanessa meets Eric once more when they are both adults. But there may be no long awaited happy ending, as Eric remains unattainable. "Stay" is a fine read of a woman's pursuit of romance and life, a read many women will relate to.

Splendid Isolation
Pamela Bauer Mueller
Pinata Publishing
626 Old Plantation Road, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Maxbook PR (publicity)
2865 Lenox Road #302, Atlanta, GA 30324
9780980916300, $18.00,

The richest people in the world, through the eyes of the people whose paychecks they sign. "Splendid Isolation: The Jekyll Island Millionaire's Club 1888-1942" tells the tale of four employees of an exclusive club of Jekyll's island, a Millionaire's club filled with names such as Morgan, Pulitzer, Vanderbilt, among many others. This island became so exclusive that it may have almost became a nation of its own. "Splendid Isolation" is a fine choice and intriguing reading using the characters of the great tycoons of a century ago.

WEB on the Go
Bala Sankar
InnoWin Publishing
4104 Thain Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306
9780982490822, $35.00,

When a whole world of information can be accessed anywhere in the world, the face of the world changes. "WEB on the Go: A Preview of the Way of Living in a Wireless Web World" discusses the spread of technology in our world and what it has changed for all of us. New technologies have brought new innovations and revolutions to other technologies, to where software companies have the power and new ideas emerge everyday. "WEB on the go" is an intriguing read and highly recommended.

The Something That Happened in Pepperville
Joann Keder
Virtual Tales
PO Box 822674, Vancouver, WA 98662
9781935460077, $10.95,

The slightest change in one's life can begin a spiral of transformation. "The Something That Happened in Pepperville" is the story of Jenna Thompson and the tree-dwelling vagrant who enters her own life. Determined to rid her town of the man who everyone else welcomes, Jenna soon finds there's more to this unusual gentleman than she truly knows. "The Something that Happened in Pepperville" is an entertaining novel of small town life.

Under in the Mere
Catherynne M. Valente
Rabid Transit Press
528 Granite Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55128
0981743714, $10.00,

The story of the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legend is one that has piqued much interest. "Under in the Mere" elaborates on the story of the Lady in the Lake as Catherynne M. Valente expands on the imagination of the event as far as she can take it and gives readers an intriguing read on the matter that there's more to the matter than simply a lady, a sword, and a body of water. "Under in the Mere" is an original and very creative work, highly recommended.

Payback for Revenge
Alex Markman
Asteroid Publishing
PO Box 3, Richmond Hills, ON Canada, L4C 4X9
9780981163765, $22.95,

An eye for an eye makes the world go blind. "Payback for Revenge" delves into the criminal underworld and the vicious cycle that occurs in a world of drugs, prostitution, and the shady dealings that fuel these things around the world. Set in Yugoslavia, lives are ended too early, lives are ruined too early and in the midst of all of this awfulness, love can still bloom. "Payback for Revenge" is a strong pick for criminal thriller fans.

Robert Scott Leyse
Shatter Colors Press
9780982171028, $26.95

No sleep, no rest for the mind just makes the descent all the more quick. "Self-Murder" is the tale of a man who falls deeper and deeper into a haze of confusion, as his insomnia deprives him of sleep ad he finds his only comfort in the excesses of life. As he pursues love, the strength of that emotion only spins his life out even more, and as he loses control of reality, he may do things he regrets. "Self-Murder" is a fascinating and excellent psychological thriller readers won't be able to put down.

Carl Eeman
Melange Press
c/o Word Alchemy
5 Albany Avenue, PO Box 696, Round Lake, NY 12151
9780982433737, $14.95,

War is divisive, but racism seems to be more so. "Encampment" is a take of alternative history. In real history, 1913 was a year where tens of thousands of veterans of Gettysburg from both the North and South met in a field that was meant to bury the hatchet between the two factions. But all of the veterans that showed were white, and Carl Eeman takes an alternative history look as a black man dares to show, as differing opinions and racist views collide. "Encampment" is a fascinating look at the waning lives of those who fought during the Civil War, and the progress of equality.

Searching for Suzi
Nancy Stohlman
Monkey Puzzle Press
3116 47th St., Boulder, CO 80301
9780980165067, $11.95,

The exploitation has to be turned around on itself at some point. "Searching for Suzi" tells the story of Natalie, an ex-stripper who reflects on her life as she returns to Omaha Nebraska where she grew up. Discussing the obsession with appearance and the concept of sexy that ranges from the glamour and stripping industry down to childhood beauty pageants, "Searching for Suzi" is a fascinating and very highly recommended read.

Will Robbins
Triple Crown Publications
PO Box 6888, Columbus, OH 53205
9780982099681, $15.00,

In the drug game, there are no rules for dealing with competition. "ICE" is a novel of the criminal underground of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Black and E-Double leave their former leader Ice to form their own take on the business, only to find blood as his severance package. Even as a gang war erupts, Black may see a chance to leave it all, but war still rages from all sides, even from the supposed law. "ICE" is a top pick for those who enjoy gang fiction.

Lost and Found
Tom Williams
ArcheBooks Publishing
9101 W. Sahara Ave. Suite 105-112, Las Vegas, NV 89117
9781595072115, $27.99,

There's no such thing as easy money. "Lost and Found" tells the tale of science and lost treasure, and two men who use a satellite to explore, originally looking for oil. But on the ocean floor they find countless sunken treasure, ripe for the taking. To profit, Brian, Peter, and Billie must go into the deep, but it won't be a simple excavation as there are forces that are out to prevent their seizing of the riches. "Lost and Found" is an exciting novel of adventure, highly recommended.

Forever Zombie
Stan Swanson
Dark Moon Books
c/o Stony Meadow Publishing
1690 Dunn Ave. #619, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
9780978792558, $14.95,

There's more to zombies than brain eating. "Forever Zombie: A Collection of Undead Guy Tales" is a collection of different sorts of zombie stories, as Stan Swanson presents his take on the ways of the Undead, and the concerns of the after life. The legal rights of zombies, winning a heart after yours has stopped, how smart is a zombie anyway, and much more, "Forever Zombie" is a must for anyone who can't get enough of the disgusting shamblers.

Red School
Bryce Holt
Minor Planet Press
13844 Bradshaw St., Overland Park, KS 66221
9780984092017, $13.95,

Knowledge is the most dangerous thing in the world. "Red School" tells the tale of Brian Mason, a man who may have uncovered a secret government school where five children were taught the art of assassination from as early as possible. But such knowledge wouldn't sit well with the public, and Mason finds that survival can prove difficult when you cross someone with a team of assassins at their disposal. "Red School" is an exciting thriller, very highly recommended.

Angels' Gardens
Gabriella Kasoulidou
Eloquent Books
c/o Strategic Book Group
PO Box 333, Durham, CT 06422
9781608609970, $24.15,

There is more to life than the obvious and mundane existence. "Angels' Gardens" tells the story of Michaella and her angels from another, parallel plane of existence and their impact on her life. Author Gabriella Kasoulidou delves into a spiritual discussion of angels, and existence to provide readers with a unique and thought-provoking novel. "Angels' Gardens" is a worthwhile read for metaphysical and fiction fans.

Feng Shui Love
Joni Davis & Lisa Hyatt
Palari Publishing
PO Box 9288, Richmond, VA 23227-0288
9781928662242, $14.95,

There may be more to this feng shui thing yet. "Feng Shui Love" tells the story of Lily Chamberlayne, torn apart by a failed marriage and her new bachelorette life. Searching for new love, she can't help but see her life turn around when her mother brings the element of feng shui into her home, and Lily thinks there just might be more to it than she knows. "Feng Shui Love" is a charming and fascinating romance, recommended.

Pamela Barratt
PlowShare Media
PO Box 278, La Jolla, CA 92083
9780982114506, $14.95,

There are dark mysteries behind the most innocent of things. "Blood: The Color of Cranberries" is a tale of early cranberry cultivation and how a Wisconsin farmer, a Chicago flapper girl and one native American face their own histories and the hardship of cranberry farming. Proving an intriguing mystery as well as a snapshot of a lost time, "Blood: The Color of Cranberries" is a fine and very highly recommended read.

Pascale Torracinta
Mercy House
PO Box 192850, San Francisco, CA 94119
9781562791346, $14.00,

Three art forms with different applications link three different lives. "Sarinagara" is a novel translated from the original French by Pascale Torracinta, originally written by Phillippe Forest. It ties the stories of an eighteenth century Haiku master, the innovator the modern Japanese novel in the nineteenth century, and a photographer of the horrors of Nagasaki. Tying these three tale together, "Sarinagara" won many awards in its original French language, and readers in English will now also see why as it poses and answers many questions.

The Furax Connection
Stephen L. Kanne
Fireside Publications
1004 San Felipe Lane, Lady Lake, FL 32159
9780981467269, $16.95,

When you join the military, you don't expect the biggest threat to be anyone but the enemy soldiers. "The Furax Connection" tells the tale of Billy Rosen as he joins the military only to be put on a collision course against his own father, who has delved into a criminal syndicate. A story of a military family and being pitted against one's own blood, Stephen Kanne offers an intriguing story not to be missed.

Emma Snow
Joaquin Peralta
Balona Books
PO Box 690106, Stockton, CA 95269-0106
9781934376195, $17.00,

Left to their own devices, little girls are in no ways helpless. "Emma Snow: At the Edge of the World" tells the story of young Emma Snow and her little brother, uprooted from their beloved Bostonian life and taken west by their driven stepfather. But soon they find themselves without a guardian, and in the nineteenth century, Emma must find a way to live for herself, and for her cunning little brother. "Emma Snow" is a fine read that many younger readers will relish.

Depth of Deceit
Betty Briggs
Sunrise Selections
PO Box 51602, Provo, UT 84605-1602
9780965630757, $17.99,

All too often people think beauty and brains are mutually exclusive. "Depth of Deceit" is the tale of Stephanie Saunders as she cuts through the legal webs of deception, as everyone seems out to disprove her worth as an attorney, even her so called boyfriend. Finding comfort only in her love for horses, she must establish herself as not just some floozy to be pushed around. "Depth of Deceit" is an entertaining novel of establishing oneself as a professional, recommended.

Courageous Cody's Western Adventure
Fatima R. Henson
Echo Media
1360 Western Ave N, Ste. #8, Saint Paul MN 55117
9780984271801, $8.99,

The wild west was called wild for a reason. "Courageous Cody's Western Adventure" is the story of Cody, a young man who dreamed of a life in a more exciting time. Getting his wish, he soon learns to be careful what he wishes for as he has to struggle to survive and makes a friend out of the darling Belle. An exciting read for the young, "Courageous Cody's Western Adventure" is worth considering.

Hanah's Paradise
Ligia Rave
New Door Books
c/o P. M. Gordon Associates
2115 Wallace Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
9780978863630, $14.95,

The stories you hear shape who you are. "Hanah's Paradise" is the story of Salomenia, a young girl who comes to Hannah's Paradise and soaks in the wonderful stories of her family. Combining many unique elements, Ligia Rave gives readers quite the original story about life through many eyes, making "Hanah's Paradise" a fascinating and very highly recommended read.

Where The Heart Was
Glenn G. Boyer
Legendary Publishing
3501 French Park Dr., Suite C, Edmond, OK 73034
Booth Media Group (publicity)
1386 Nightshade Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011
9781887747400, $34.95,

The worst of the depression made people travel far to find an opportunity. "Where the Heart Was" is a novel telling the story of Bennie Todd, a poor boy in a poor family in the worst time for the poor - the Great Depression. Author Glenn G. Boyer uses the story of Bennie Todd as a blend of autobiography and a family saga of what an American family is with connections to the many great events, both triumphant and tragic, throughout America's history. "Where the Heart Was" is a riveting novel of Americana, a top pick.

Drifting Back
Trevor Scott
Schmidt Haus Books
c/o Salvo Press
1930486960, $14.95,

When your memory doesn't seem to last more than a day, you aren't in the best condition to uncover a conspiracy. "Drifting Back" tells the tale of gun shot to head survivor Sig Conrad as he's set forth in front of a rolling conspiracy that is claiming the lives of his friends. But, as a result of his injuries, he can't remember what happened yesterday or the day before. Racing against his own mind, Sig has to somehow overcome himself, pick up the pieces and find the truth before it's too late. "Drifting Back" is a fascinating mystery with quite the twist.

The Brightest Moon Of The Century
Christopher Meeks
White Whisker Books
1507 Nolden Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042
9780615249148, $18.95,

The man's quest to understand women is something that may take decades. "The Brightest Moon of the Century" tells the story of Edward, as the first novel from acclaimed short story author Christopher Meeks follows Edward through his life in boarding school to the pursuit of his dreams in Hollywood and the reality of being a convenience store owner. Charming and endlessly entertaining, "The Brightest Moon of the Century" is a fine read that is an excellent addition to literary fiction collections.

Desert Heat, Desert Cold, and Other Tales of the West
Charlie Steel
Condor Publishing
PO Box 39, 123 South Barlow Road, Lincoln, MI 48742
9781931079068, $12.95,

The western is a hallmark of American fiction, and Charlie Steel brings readers a collection of his own. "Desert Heat, Desert Cold, and Other Tales of the West" is a collection of short western fiction as Steel brings readers many samplings of the Western front, with the elements that western fans have learned to love over the years. "Desert Heat, Desert Cold, and Other Tales of the West" is a choice pick for fans of the western.

The Science Shelf

The Origin of Species
Charles Darwin
Bridge Logos Foundation
PO Box 1172, Bellflower, CA 90707
9780882709192, $4.99,

One of the most controversial books in history. "Origin of Species" is a reprinting of Charles Darwin's landmark work, with additional information on the life of Darwin, the modern debate, religion, additional research, scientists before and after Darwin, and much more. For anyone who wants to read the legendary work for themselves, "Origin of Species" is a fine update and well worth checking out.

The Political Science Shelf

Economic Contractions in the United States
Charles K. Rowley & Nathaniel Smith
The Locke Institute
4188 Dungannon Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
9780255366427, $12.00,

Could the economic crisis of recent times be a problem of too much government instead of too little government? "Economic Contractions in the United States: A Failure of the Government" is the scholarly argument of Charles K. Rowley and Nathaniel Smith placing the finger of blame on the recent crises on too much government intervention in big business, stating that laissez-faire capitalism is the right path to take America down. Using the model of Reagan to Clinton era economics as an idealized view of how American economics should be, "Economic Contractions in the United States" is an intriguing read that should be considered by many an economics reader.

The Business Shelf

Celebrity Leverage
Jordan McAuley
Mega Nichi Media LLC
8721 Santa Monica Blvd. #431, Los Angeles, CA 90069
9781604870060, $19.95,

People want to be like their heroes, so if their hero says they like something, they'll follow suit. "Celebrity Leverage: Insider Secrets to Getting Celebrity Endorsements, Instant Credibility and Star-Powered Publicity" delves into how businesses get these all powerful celebrity endorsements for their products and getting their products well known. With many tips that are not stated in advertising in getting a celebrity on board, "Celebrity Leverage" is a guide that should not be missed for businesses who want to get their product moving quick.

Heavy Hitter Sales Psychology
Steve W. Martin
Tilis Publishers
24881 Alicia Parkway, #E293, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
9780979796128, $24.95,

When dealing with more figures than you have fingers, there's a lot more thinking to sales. "Heavy Hitter Sales Psychology: How to Penetrate the C-Level Executive Suite and Convince Company Leaders to Buy" is a guide for salesmen who are trying to crack those six or seven figure deals and want to wrap their mind behind the thoughts of company leaders who don't want to be parted with that money. With sales tactics unique to this level of business, Steve W. Martin gives readers invaluable advice with plenty of real world examples and ideas. "Heavy Hitter Sales Psychology" is a must for any businessman who is moving in to playing with the big boys.

How to Sell Your Privately Owned Company
Eric R. Voth
ERV Productions
19102 Polo Meadow Drive, Humble, TX 77346
9780984050147, $27.00,

Sometimes you just want to be rid of the burden and want proper compensation for your time. "How to Sell Your Privately Owned Company: A Basic Guide for Independent Business Owners" is a guide for those who own their own business and want to sell the company they built and how to set oneself up to live well off the profits for years to come. From deciding a price tag, dealing with the legal trouble, letting go of one's company, and more, "How to Sell Your Privately Owned Company" is a top pick for any small business owner who wants out.

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know
Melanie R. Jordan
SunLover Publishing
7345 S. Durango Dr., B107-126, Las Vegas, NV 89113
9781601459152, $34.95,

Knowledge is power and power sells. "What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know" is a guide to getting in on the information marketplace and how to find out how much one's knowledge and skillset of the world is valued in the market place. From memoir to trades, Melanie R. Jordan draws on her own experience and gives readers a fine guide for those who want to find the treasures of their mind. "What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know" is a top pick for would be entrepreneurs.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Dancing at the Edge of Death
Jodi Lorimer
Kharis Enterprises Publishing
1711 SE 40th Av, Portland, OR 97214
9780957832954, $15.00,

Mazes, dungeons, the labyrinth has its origins in many cultures. "Dancing at the Edge of Death: The Origins of the Labyrinth in the Paleolithic" discusses the concept of the labyrinth and what it means to the human mind. The journey through the maze has been a tale of coming of age, a tale of an arduous task, a tale of punishment, or simply a tale of great adventure. Jodi Lorimer presents a fascinating discussion, which makes "Dancing at the Edge of Death" a fine addition to any philosophical, historical, or metaphysical library collections.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Gazing into the Eternal
Absolute Publishing Press
PO Box 99167, Emeryville, CA 94662
9780978986421, $14.00,

A nudge in the right direction is all you need in pursuit of a spiritual life. "Gazing into the Eternal: Reflections Upon a Deeper Purpose to Living" is a collection of deeper spiritual thoughts for readers, as Belzebuub, a Gnostic spiritual teacher provides his insights to the world and how he suggests people gain a better grasp of their own spiritual world. Discussing the many mysteries of life and how everyone can go on their own path to enlightenment, "Gazing into the Eternal" is a solid read for spirituality readers.

Bharat Jiva
Kari Edwards
Venn Diagram Production
c/o Litmus Press & Belladonna Books
925 Bergen Street, Suite 405, Brooklyn, NY 11238
9780981931005, $15.00

Gender is merely label, and rarely an accurate one. "Bharat Jiva" is Kari Edwards' unique approach to discussing the matter of gender. Issues of trans-sexuality, the concept of I, the definition of man and woman, and what the future holds, Kari Edwards offers readers some unique philosophy and much food for thought. For those seeking spiritual philosophy with a focus on gender issues, "Bharat Jiva" may be the choice for them.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

A Heart Attack Survivor's Guide
Nelson Anderson
HAS Books
2100 Jetty Rock Dr., Suite 201, Las Vegas, NV 89128
Sunbelt Publications (publicity)
1256 Fayette Street, El Cajon, CA 92020-1511
9780916251987, $17.95,

A heart attack is not the end, it can instead serve as a wake-up call. "A Heart Attack Survivor's Guide: To a Long, Healthy Life" is a heart attack survivor's reflection on how to turn one's life around after one has been almost pushed to the brink of death through a heart attack. With a hefty dose of humor and understanding, Nelson Anderson gives readers a solid advisory. "A Heart Attack Survivor's Guide" is a worthy investment.

Death By Medicine
Gary Null
Praktikos Books
PO Box 118, Mount Jackson, VA 22842
9781607660026, $17.00,

The fear of malpractice drives fear in public health care. "Death by Medicine" analyzes the flaws in modern health care, stating that all too often when people are sick and in need, they suffer from medical mistakes in prescriptions, unnecessary procedures, or worse. Gary Null and his collaborators warn that we cannot make health care more widely available until it is tested further, and gives an over half million annual death toll of malpractice as his argument. "Death by Medicine" is a well argued read for the health care debate that offers a more to the point health care reform idea.

University Hospital
James E. Dalen
Aventine Press
750 State St. #319, San Diego, CA 92101
Toni Hull Epic Book promotions (publicity)
594 Serrano Lane, Chula Vista, CA 91910
1593306032, $14.95

For doctors, learning doesn't stop when you graduate medical school. "University Hospital: Doctors and Patients" discusses the advances in medical health care that have occurred in the University hospitals throughout America as doctors research new methods and sciences for healing. The author, a cardiologist and educator brings his own insights on the university medical world and gives readers much hope for the future as well as insight on his own fears for the future. "University Hospital" is a fine read for the current state of medical technology, highly recommended.

The Perfect Formula Diet
Janice Stanger
Perfect Planet Solutions
5580 La Jolla Blvd., #459, La Jolla, CA 92037
9780984106738, $18.95,

Processed foods and chemicals may contribute greatly to the ill health of many Americans. "The Perfect Formula Diet: How to Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now with Six Kinds of Whole Foods" is a guide for those who want to find a new method to weight loss by embracing whole and natural foods, which have many nutrients that you just can't get from processed equivalents, some of these nutrients that combat ailments that many people face. It also warns that some processed foods cause toxin problems. "The Perfect Formula Diet" is a fine pick for those who want to embrace natural food and its benefits.

Hardcore Circuit Training for Men
Jim McHale
Price World Publishing
1300 W. Belmont Ave, Suite 20G, Chicago, IL 60657
9780972410267, $17.95

Getting a six or eight pack of abs isn't something that happens by accident. "Hardcore Circuit Training for Men" is a guide to taking fitness to the next level, offering high intensity workouts aimed at men who are already fit to a degree but want to ramp it up. The exercises listed within have options available for many locations so that the individual can maintain the maximum level of fitness that they so desire. "Hardcore Circuit Training for Men" is a top pick for any men's health and fitness collection.

The Self-Help Shelf

How To Thrive In Changing Times
Sandra Ingerman
Weiser Publishers
65 Parker Avenue, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578634668, $12.95,

When times begin to change, one is best served changing with them. "How to Thrive in Changing Times: Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace, and Joy for Yourself and the Earth" is a guide to adapting to a world that changes the rules as it goes along. Uplifting and spiritual, Sandra Ingerman gives readers an uplifting take to take control of one's life and evolve with an evolving world. "How to Thrive In Changing Times" is a fine addition to any self-help collection.

Simple Rules
Debbie Anderson
Eminence Enterprises, LLC
280 First Street, No. 3, Jersey City, NJ 07302
9781448626847, $14.95,

Life on the open road is no longer something for the men. "Simple Rules for... The Road Warrior Princess" is a guide for the woman who wants to embrace the open road, either as a lifestyle or an entertaining adventure in their life. Debbie Andersen's rules focus on making your adventure stress your dollar to its fullest, car maintenance, good solid survival tips, and just surviving the pressures of one's mind. "Simple Rules for...The Road Warrior Princess" is a core and must have read for the woman of the road.

Oh, Shift!
Jennifer Powers
Blooming Twig Books
PO Box 4668, #66675, New York, NY 10163-4668
Cardinal Publishers Group (publicity)
2402 N Shadeland Ave., Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46219
9781933918488, $14.95,

Little changes can make a big difference. "Oh, Shift!: How to Change Your Life With One Little Letter" is an inspirational guide with plenty of fuel for the reflectional fire as Jennifer Powers encourages readers to look back at themselves to truly move their lives to where they want to be. Saying that radical change isn't the answer, gradual adaptation in life is the way to go, Powers' philosophy is fresh and original. "Oh, Shift!" is a worthy investment for those who want to change their lives, one day at a time.

Donald B. Louria
LouWat Publishing
61 Overleigh Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
9780615307213, $24.95

Thought is something some people say they do, but often is wrongfully ignored. "reThink: A Twenty-First-Century Approach to Preventing Societal Catastrophes" is an advocacy of systems thinking, a train of thought which advocates deep thought and brain storming to approach many of the world's modern problems, no matter what they may be, from political to social, to plotting the next generation of medical development. A solid new approach to thinking and the power of the group over the individual, "reThink" is a solid and highly recommended volume with very good ideas.

The Poetry Shelf

Little Songs & Lyrics to Genji
Adam Penna
S4N Books
6904 Colonial Road #28, Brooklyn, NY 11209
9780979870712, $12.00,

A poem can be a self-induced therapy. "Little Songs & Lyrics to Genji" is in a way, two volumes of poetry, as Adam Penna presents two trains of thought on his works of poetry. The 'Little Songs' half focuses on the spiritual side of the world, while 'Lyrics to Genji' focuses on friendship and memories, among other subjects. "Little Songs & Lyrics to Genji" is a unique team of poetry, highly recommended. "How Doubt Works, Too": Some men cross dangerous seas for love, and saints/give up their lives and worse, before they die,/endure terrific pain to catch a glimpse/of God. Then there are some, who work so hard//and find exactly what they want and yet/their lives seem small and empty otherwise./"Nothing is more ridiculously and cruel,"/a passerby, like you or me, concludes.

Tony's World
Barry Wallenstein
Birch Book Press
PO Box 81, Delhi, NY 13753
9780978997489, $16.00,

An urban life is a life where no two days are ever the same. "Tony's World" is a collection of poems from Barry Wallenstein, using his poems as a vehicle to tell a story about the life of Tony, a city man of the world. Drawing on his own inspirations, "Tony's World" is a unique collection that'll keep people reading with its creative methods of verse. "Tony Simplifies": bread and cheese/salt on something/low conversation/beads on a yellow string - /wind & weed.

In the Night Speaking
Richard Spilmon
Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
978091596815, $16.00,

Experienced poet and Illinois native Richard Spilmon brings readers another fine work of poetry with "In the Night Speaking". Bringing to life his own experiences and views of the world, Spilmon crafts intriguing verse that is sure to entertain and bring much thought to life. "In the Night Speaking" is not to be ignored, very highly recommended. "Vernal Falls, March": Shattered rainbows/glaze the cliff-face//while small continents of ice/heave and crack,//lurch over the edge,/explode on the rocks below.//We two barely on one glare step,//your hand in my pocket,/mind in your hair,//the mountain a shadow/ beneath our joined breath.

New Depths of Deadpan
Michael Gizzi
Burning Deck
71 Elmgrove, Providence, RI 02906
Small Press Distrubution
1341 Seventh St., Berkeley, CA 94710
9781886224964, $14.00,

Deadpan is the blend of both comedy and tragedy. "New Depths of Deadpan" is Michael Gizzi's exploration of deadpan through poetry. Providing many intriguing thoughts and ideas to the matter and stating that comedy and tragedy are not that far apart, "New Depths of Deadpan" is an intriguing and very recommended read. "Arbor Day": An armory with no army/which every summer leaves obscure./Call it a respite./Say a train wreck dreamed it,/a purchase in the blue./Was there a split in the arborist?/A shame we ignore the same words./Sap becomes shellac./A hand goes up, flanked my magicians./A tale told to pigeons.

The Beginning of Sorrows
Marsh Hawk Press
Edward Foster
PO Box 206, East Rockaway, NY 11518-0206
9780978555597, $10.95,

A man of thought and education, Edward Foster brings readers a curious read with "The Beginning of Sorrows". Applying his experience with the genre of poetry with several previous volumes, he offers much to ponder on about the world through his work. "The Beginning of Sorrows" is a fine and solidly recommended volume with a lot to enjoy, it shouldn't be overlooked. "Basic Thought": No confection to be had: nothing to recall./All women then would offer. We learn./I'm on my guard. However much you want,/I want it back. Interest counts. So it is/within my rooms, I keep things neat and clean,/as I was told./As for books,/I simply don't have room./I get enough of reason down at work, you say./Just once, you pay the bills, and then for me/there's nothing left to do.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Killswitch Review
Steven-Elliot Altman & Diane DeKels Rittenhouse
Yard Dog Press
710 W. Redbud Lane, Alma, AR 72921-7247
9780982470404, $16.00,

Effective immortality is not without its drawbacks. "The Killswitch Review" is a delve into a science fiction world where disease and aging have been defeated and death is a choice, not an inevitability. Jason Haggerty, an agent who works with a government agency for suicide, is drawn into a plot of what can still kill humanity - murder. Staged as suicides, Haggerty believes it's murder, but going deeper, mass suicide may seem like the most rational thing after all. "The Killswitch Review" is an intriguing read, and a top pick.

Impatient Fire
William Hill
Otter Creek Press
3154 Nautilus Road, Middleburg, FL 32068
9781890611446, $15.95,

In losing her magic, Jules may lose her mind. "Impatient Fire: Jules and the Runt Dragon" is a fantasy following young teenage girl Jules as she faces the madness of her unique world. In search of a way to restore her seventh sense, the sense that allows the people her world to wield power over the arcane, she has quite the adventure and learns of other ways besides magic to conquer her problems. "Impatient Fire" is an entertaining fantasy that many young readers will relish.

Eldohr Adventures
T. L. Wood
Hobbes End Entertainment
PO Box 193, Aubrey, TX 76227
9780976351085, $9.99,

Peace and prosperity never lasts forever. "Eldohr Adventures: Search for the Lost Kingdom" is the story of Elrick Darmoore, and his quest to save Princess Zara who holds the key to protecting the two Kingdoms from the wrath of Alibastizor, a sorceress dragon with foul intentions. A fantasy tale that genre fans will simply enjoy, "Eldohr Adventures" is worth considering.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Don't Die Broke
David J. Reindel
B2 Books
c/o Agate Publishing
1501 Madison St., Evanston, IL 60202
9781932841497, $24.95,

It's nice to not leave debt as something for your children to remember you by. "Don't Die Broke: How Annuities Can Guarantee Your Income and Keep Your Retirement from Going Belly-Up" discusses how to prepare one's retirement fund through wise and smart use of annuities. Outlining how to make a long standing, sustainable retirement plan that can stand a test of time and financial instability, "Don't Die Broke" is an ideal and core choice for anyone planning the twilight years of their life and don't want financial woes dominating it.

Changing Your Money Mindset
Vicky Spring Love
Victory Jubilee Publishing
PO Box 3285, Southfield, MI 48037
9780974688312, $18.95,

Good money management is the key to a good life. "Changing Your Money Mindset: 21 Days to a More Prosperous Life" is a money help book aimed at helping readers establish good financial practices and keep them for the rest of their lives. Drawing much inspiration from scripture, Dr. Vicky Spring Love gives readers quite the lesson and educates them well. "Changing Your Money Mindset" is a treasure trove of knowledge, and a very highly recommended read for Christians who struggle with their finances.

Investment Strategies for Uncertain Markets
Santiago Maggi
Arbor Books
19 Spear Road, Ste 205, Ramsey, NJ 07446
9780615325811, $19.95,

Even when he future is cloudy, you can still make your fortune on the market. "Investment Strategies for Uncertain Markets" is an investing guide from Santiago Maggi trying to give readers the tools they need to succeed in a chaotic market when the economy is down. Placing his faith in the three principles of market fundamentals, technical analysis, and understanding how people think about the market, Maggi's advice reads well and will help would be investors stay ahead in the market. "Investment Strategies for Uncertain Markets" is a read that should not be missed for novice market players.

The Parenting Shelf

The Great Behavior Breakdown
B. Bryan Post
Post Institute
2819 Haden Martin Road, Palmyra, VA 22963
9780984080106, $19.95,

Rebellion is a natural part of youth, or is it? "The Great Behavior Breakdown" "The Great Behavior Breakdown" is a parent's guide to the many unusual behaviors that a child might enact and how to come to a better understanding of these behaviors and how to help a child get over them. Stating that many behaviors have roots in early life whether the parent knows it or not, B. Bryan Post, one of America's most well known Child Behavior experts. "The Great Behavior Breakdown" is a strongly recommended read for those who want to understand their child's defiant behavior.

See It. Say It. Do It.
Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein
HiClear Publishing
7180 E. Orchard Road, #103, Centennial, CO 80111
9780984177905, $25.00,

It's easy to say to do well in school, but actually doing it proves much more difficult. "See it. Say It. Do It.: The Parent's & Teacher's Action Guide to Creating Successful Students & Confident Kids" is a guide to helping students really gain a more consistent performance in school when they seem generally smart, bright students who just seem to shut down during school hours. Anxiety, confidence issues, fear are issues discussed so gifted children can use their gift, be it in academics or sports. "See It. Say It. Do It." is a fine read well worth considering for parents and teachers who don't want to see potential wasted.

Playing the Unified Field
Carla Hannaford
Great River Books
161 M Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
9780915556397, $16.95,

Every parent wants the best for the future of their child. "Playing the Unified Field: Raising & Becoming Conscious, Creative Human Beings" is a parenting guide that focuses on the spirituality as well as educational side of parenting as Carla Hannaford encourages parents to embrace science as well as spirituality, something Hannaford believes many of us fail to do. With many unique and creative ideas about parenting, those that think progressively and outside the box should consider "Playing the Unified Field".

The Christian Studies Shelf

Beginning Biblical Studies
Marielle Frigge
Anselm Academic
702 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987-1320
9781599820026, $29.95,

Reading the Bible is easy, but understanding it can prove difficult. "Beginning Biblical Studies" is a guide for those who want to take their Bible study further and do not know where to begin. Marielle Frigge gives readers a solid introductory to advancing one's Bible study and how to better understand the periods of biblical times. "Beginning Biblical Studies" is a top pick for those who want more in their understanding of scripture than the Bible can bring.

The Neo-Catholics
Betty Clermont
Clarity Press, Inc.
Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
9780932863638, $19.95,

It's no secret the deeply religious tend to lean conservative. "The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America" analyzes the religious right and its powerful influence on American politics. 'Neo-Catholics' tends to bring together the ideas of orthodox Catholicism, some Protestant branches, and more and Betty Clermont discusses its influences, and how it shifted from having many liberal views in the early 1980s to being an icon of the Conservative right in America. "The Neo-Catholics" is an intriguing read that offers much insight in the twist of politics and religion.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Welcome to Beeky Airlines
Seth Campos
Mubby Books
PO Box 2186, Redmond, WA 98073
9780982541715, $11.95,

Simplicity is all you need sometimes to have a good time. "Welcome to Beeky Airlines: A Carl and Ben... and Beeky Collection" is a collection of simple comics from Seth Campos, a fourteen year old home-school student who presents a story about a young middle school student named Carl, his best friend bear Ben and their annoying and clever bird friend Beeky. Aimed at all audiences, "Welcome to Beeky Airlines" is a choice pick for those who want a comic with a family friendly appeal.

Professor Googols
Samuel W. Valenza
Intergalactic Publishing Company
15 West Main Street, Marlton, NJ 08053-0487
9780936918006, $19.95

Some people teach mathematics with a chalkboard. Samuel Valenza teaches with his own abstract comics. "Professor Googols: Flying Time Machine & Atomic Space Capsule" is a unique way to learn about numbers as Valenza presents many comics discussing the nuances of mathematics in a quirky, bizarre style that will teach and entertain many young readers who are trying to grasp the finer details of mathematics. "Professor Googols" is a fine addition to any mathematics or educational comic collection.

The Psychology Shelf

The Boy Who Finally Stopped Washing
John B.
Cooper Union Press
9780979133961, $14.95

Constant hand washing as become an icon of obsessive compulsive disorder. "The Boy Who Finally Stopped Washing: OCD From Both Sides of the Couch" is a psychological memoir from a therapist who has seen both triumph and tragedy in his patients dealing with OCD at many levels. Stating that OCD is beatable and offers many ideas for conquering one's own battles with it, "The Boy Who Finally Stopped Washing" is an intriguing look into OCD and will give much hope to sufferers who want to overcome it.

The Nautical Shelf

Capable Cruiser, third edition
Lin and Larry Pardey
Pardey Books
PO Box 29, Arcata, CA 95518
9781929214778, $24.95

There are so many things that can go wrong on the high seas, so it's best to arm yourself with knowledge. Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded third edition, "Capable Cruiser" is a collection of tips and ticks on the subject from Lin and Larry Pardey offer much n the ways of advice in the field of sailing, with plenty of sailor's wisdom along the way. Encouraging more people to look to the sea as a good time and way to relax, "Capable Cruiser" is packed with all the skills one needs to have a comfortable journey.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Infinite Compassion, Endless Wisdom
Hsing Yun
Buddha's Light Publishing
3456 S. Glenmark Dr., Hacienda Hts., CA 91745
9781932293364, $15.95,

A Bodhisattva is something all Buddhists should yearn to be. "Infinite Compassion, Endless Wisdom: The Practice of the Bodhisattva Path" is a guide to the Bodhisattva, and how a Buddhist can embrace this path in their lives. Drawing from famed follower of the path, and how they do it and how the everyday person can start down the path as they live their lives, "Infinite Compassion" is quite the read for Buddhist who want to drive their spirituality further.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Irreconcilable Differences
Nathan J. Winograd
Almaden Books
8721 Santa Monica Boulevard, #948, Los Angeles, CA 90069
9781449591137, $13.95,

It is forbidden to kill a homeless person, but why is it okay to do so to a stray dog? "Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart and Soul of America's Animal Shelters" discusses the 'mercy killing' of stray animals and the mission of animal shelters to save and protect these animals. The essays are a continuation and a follow up to Wingrad's previous work with "The Myth of Pet Overpopulation & The No Kill Revolution in America", covering what has changed since he published that volume three years ago. "Irreconcilable Differences" is a must read for those concerned about the inhumanity of some humane societies.

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
phone: 1-608-835-7937

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