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Volume 10, Number 1 January 2011 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Fiction Shelf Business Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Humor Shelf
Literary Shelf Self-Help Shelf Biography Shelf
Photography Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Education Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Poetry Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Parenting Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Criminology Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Women's Studies Shelf
Art Shelf Social Issues Shelf Travel Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names
Walter von Erhardt, et al.
Timer Press
133 S. W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204-3527
9781604691153, $39.95

Earth is a varied planet with countless species of plant and we're finding new species everyday. The collaborative work of Walter von Erhardt, Rich Gotz, Nils Bodeker, and Siegmund Seybold, "The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names: Entries For More Than 20,000 Plants" is a guide to the countless plant names all over the world with a bit of information on each of them, including their names in many major languages as well as their location, toxicity, season, and more. A strong resource in helping to classify plants, "The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names" is something for every botanical studies bookshelf.

Why Do I Have to Think Like a Man?
Shanae Hall
Farrah Gray Publishing
PO Box 33355, Las Vegas, 89133
9780982702703, $14.95

To understand men, you don't have to be one. "Why Do I Have to Think Like a Man?: How to Think Like a Lady and Still Get the Man" is a relationship guide from Shanae Hall on finding the right man for you in today's world where it isn't all about the man, Hall writes her book as a retort to Comedian Steve Harvey's famous "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man". A thoughtful and humorous read that will prove useful as well as entertaining, "Why Do I Have to Think Like a Man?" is highly recommended.

The Fiction Shelf

Max and Menna
Shauna Kelley
Lucky Presss
PO Box 754, Athens, OH 45701
9780984462742, $14.95,

The protection of parents for the first few decades of life is all too often taken for granted. "Max and Menna" tells the story of two lost children who only have each other for support. Abandoned and lost, Max and Menna struggle to survive and learn more than the value of companionship even in self-reliance. "Max and Menna" a charming and riveting read, recommended.

The Ghost of Bud Parrott
Judson N. Hout
Parkhurst Brothers
415 North McKinley Street, Suite 510, Little Rock, AR 72205
1935166395, $24.95,

The quiet southern town is quickly fading away. "The Ghost of Bud Parrott" is set primarily in the town of the quiet in Arkansas in the 1950s. Following Bud Parrott, a black man looking for something better in his life, as he travels through the south on the eve of the racial unrest in the United States. A fun and adventurous read of a time gone past, "The Ghost of Bud Parrott" is quite the read, a solid addition to any fiction collection, highly recommended.

Montooth and the Canfield Witch
Robert Jay
Montooth Press
c/o Cloverleaf Corporation
1916 South Tamiami Trail, Ruskin, FL 33570
9780615296456, $27.99

Last of a long line of witches, there is much to be feared by Carty. "Montooth and the Canfield Witch" tells the story of Carty Andersson, a young girl who discovers the witch in a swamp during the 1950s. The Crew, Carty's band of friends, look towards the witches house with curiosity. A fun and adventurous read that should resonate with modern readers in spite of the setting, "Montooth and the Canfield Witch" is a read that shouldn't be overlooked, highly recommended.

Soul Mate
Ronald Lewis Weaver
QuestFiction Entertainment
4804 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Suite 47, Valley Village, CA 91607-3717
9780615357461, $14.99,

The student teacher relation is often romanticized but at the same time taboo. "Soul Mate" tells the story of Lance and Claudia, a student and teacher who go down the road of this forbidden relationship. Facing the world that shuns them, their romance comes along against it all with an assortment of unique and entertaining characters, "Soul Mate" is a read that shouldn't be overlooked.

Lee Harmon
Langdon Street Press
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781936183623, $16.95,

The book of Revelation causes a rift with some Biblical scholars. "Revelation: The Way it Happened" is a novel on the writings of the John of Revelations, writing in the first century AD, looking to provide insight into the lives of the earliest Christians and what mattered to them in a world that shunned them and the principles that Christians most held dear. Drawing on history and Revelations alike, "Revelations" is a well researched and thoughtful read that definitely should not be overlooked.

Julie Dolcemaschio
Krill Press
c/o Smith Press
1930 E. Marlton Pike, Suite I-46, Suite I-46, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
9780982144350, $17.95,

No secret remains secret forever. "Testarossa" tells of transplant New Yorker into the LAPD John Testarossa who in his service to the LAPD has become quite familiar with death. On the case for another murder, he finds that he's not the only one with secrets and theirs plenty on top of it all to worry about. With love spilling into his latest case, he may find that there is more in the line than ever in bringing justice. "Testarossa" is an exciting thriller that will prove very hard to put down for many readers.

The Last Jewish Virgin
Janice Eidus
Red Hen Press
PO Box 3537, Granada Hills, CA 91394
Jennifer Post (publicity)
51 Christopher Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
9781597093934, $24.95,

Vampires are a staple of literature, but Janice Eidus takes them in a whole other direction. "The Last Jewish Virgin" tells the story of Lilith Zeremba, a young Jewish woman seeking her own way through life, and finds herself drawn between two men. Eidus twists the vampire mythos for her story and brings a new collection of thought and opinion to the table for a very different read. "The Last Jewish Virgin" is an intriguing read that will prove hard to put down with its originality.

Drop Dead Divas
Virginia Brown
Bell Bridge Books
PO Box 300921, Memphis, TN 38130
9781935661962, $14.95,

High heels aren't the best choice for solving crime, but these ladies make it work. "Drop Dead Divas" follows Trinket, Bitty, and their close friends as their fashion and love of the Diva life seems to slam them into another murder mystery. With a good bit of humor blended in with the mystery and adventure, "Drop Dead Divas" is a charming and highly entertaining read that will be good for hours of fun.

The Lost Lagoon
Reg Down
Lightly Press
4033 San Juan Ave., Fair Oaks, CA 94628
9781453801963, $16.50

The call of adventure can strike at any time. "The Lost Lagoon" is charming story of the flood of the Running River in Spring, where Tiptoes, Jeremy, and Greenleaf embark on an adventure into the Lost Lagoon. They meet plenty of characters along the way, and make for a fun read for younger readers. With an assortment of illustrations spread throughout, "The Lost Lagoon" is a fun and recommended pick for younger readers.

Swimming with Wings
Lee Libro
The Quill Guild
PO Box 110321, Bradenton, FL 34201
9781450580434, $13.99,

As an eccentric with love of freedom of expression, it can be hard to find one who understands you for you. "Swimming with Wings" follows Lark Jennison, free spirit in the 1970s. Finding someone she describes as a river gypsy in Peter Roma, she may have found romance and a whole new world on top of her own. Exciting reading with a strong dose of new age, "Swimming with Wings" is a choice read and solidly recommended.

Personal Wisdom
Robert Brown
Denro Classic
11700 Mukilteo Speedway #201-1084, Mukilteo, WA 98275
9781438257563, $16.95

Understanding the self is the key to understanding others. "Personal Wisdom: Making Sense of You, Others, and the Meaning of Life" is an advice manual to help readers gain a better understanding of the self and its value for understanding others and the world around them. Reminding the reader than the world isn't fair and encouraging them to continue pushing for their dreams in spite of that, "Personal Wisdom" is a useful and highly inspirational resource.

Murder at Cuyamaca Beach
Sue McGinty
Aberdeen Bay
1411 17th Street, Los Osos, CA 93402
9781608300372, $15.95

Everyone is smiling and having fun, giving no insight to the darker secrets hidden beneath. "Murder at Cuyamaca Beach" is a tale of California's central coast and the hidden rot that lies in Cuyamaca Beach. Prosperous up front, the people of the towns life begin to collapse on them, as author Sue McGinty spins a riveting tale of intrigue. "Murder at Cuyamaca Beach" is an exciting read that will prove hard to put down.

Redeeming Liberty
Diane/David Munson
Micah House Media
5355 Northland Drive, Ste. C106, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-1090
9780982535547, $14.99,

Freedom is something that has to be defended by those who would harm it. "Redeeming Liberty" is a thriller from Diane and David Munson as a woman is taken by African Slave-Traders and parole officer Dawn Ahern seems charged with finding what happened and bringing justice to those responsible. Brining allies in FBI and CIA agents, she soon finds that it isn't the fate of a single woman on the line, it may be the fate of us all. "Redeeming Liberty" is a fun and enticing read, very highly recommended.

Static Mayhem
Edward Aubry
World Maker Media
PO Box 610383, Newton, MA 02471
9780982827307, $19.99,

Being alone is quite the terrifying nightmare for many people. "Static Mayhem" tells the story of Harrison Cody, who is stranded alone in a world where humanity has vanished. With only a voice on the radio leading him to believe that there is anyone out there still alive, he embarks on an epic journey for some form of contact. "Static Mayhem" is a fascinating and fun take on the last man on earth concept.

Search Me
Erin Petscher
Colossians Press
PO Box 16182, Tallahassee, FL 32317
9780615379418, $16.99,

There is nothing wrong with wanting the most out of life, but such wants can be hard to attain. "Search Me" is the story of Emily Johnson and her drive to have her ideal life. From love, to friendship, to a wonderful career, she soon learns that wanting it all is a lot to ask for and she questions whether she can work for it. A read that will resonate well with many readers who are burdened with life, "Search Me" is a powerful and very solidly recommended read.

The Emperor's Tomb
Steve Berry
Ballantine Books
155 Post Road East Suite 8, Westport, CT 06880
9780345505491, $26.00,

A culturally protected site, or something more? "The Emperor's Tomb" is a thriller following Justice Department Operative Cotton Malone as he investigates the tomb of China's first emperor as it has importance to the woman he owes his life to, Cassiopeia Vitt who is being blackmailed. To find some semblance of the truth, Malone is put against ancient culture and those who protect it in order to find the secrets of Emperor Chin's tomb. "The Emperor's Tomb" is an exciting thriller that won't be easily put down.

Return the Heart
T. K. Richardson
Yorkshire Publishing
9731 East 54th Street, Tulsa, OK 74146
9780881442601, $14.99,

To see into the soul is a gift that seems to be a curse. "Return the Heart" tells the tale of Lilly Paige, a seventeen year old girl who can peer into the hearts of those around her, something that has proven more troublesome to her than useful. Seeking to learn more about her talents, she finds that there are those who wish to use her and exploit her to their own gains. "Return the Heart" is a riveting tale about the soul and what it does to those around you.

Dancing with Eternity
John Patrick Lowrie
Camel Press
PO Box 70515, Seattle, WA 98127
9781603818100, $22.95,

In the far flung future, the human experience is a much different one indeed. "Dancing with Eternity" is a science fiction novel set in the fortieth century and following the misadventures and failures of Mohandas in an otherwise more perfect universe. Humorous and thoughtful, "Dancing with Eternity" may prove a fun read for science fiction fans with a strong interest in deep space travel and other elements of the far flung future.

Degrees of Elevation
Charles Dodd White & Page Seay, editor
Bottom Dog Press
PO Box 425, Huron, OH 44839
9781933964393, $18.00,

The world has changed, but Appalachia still has its traditional charm. "Degrees of Elevation: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia" is a collection of short stories edited by Charles Dodd White & Page Seay, as they bring readers an assortment of stories that present the Appalachian brand of Americana through the eyes of many different writers. Poignant and intriguing work sure to offer much food for thought, "Degrees of Elevation" is a recommended and excellent collection.

Souls on the Wind
Roger L. Conlee
Pale Horse Books
706 Monumental Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23185
9780971036260, $13.95,

Through the annals of time, some souls continue to clash and interact. "Souls on the Wind" tells the story of several souls throughout history. A thriller with a unique phenomena investigating various metaphysical concepts and the theory of past lives. With plenty to ponder and think about, "Souls on the Wind" is a unique read, very highly recommended.

Labyrinth of Terror
Richard P. Wenzel
5 South First Street, Richmond, VA 23219
9781883911393, $16.00,

A biological attack is unseen, and by virtue, completely terrifying. "Labyrinth of Terror" tells the story of the King's College Hospital in London and the biological attack that has infected numerous post-op patients and seems to spread through the culture. Racing to find a cure and find who is responsible, two biologists and a special agent must race against the clock. "Labyrinth of Terror" is a fine and solidly recommended read, not to be missed.

A Homeless Man's Burden
Wesley Murphy
Lost Creek Books
15789 Deedon Road, La Pine, OR 97739
9780964132085, $15.95

Some things are terrible things to carry on the conscience for decades. "A Homeless Man's Burden" is the story of penniless and dying Sam Hostick as he reveals evidence that may bring justice to a long standing cold case surrounding the death of a nine year old girl. Shane Coleman takes this evidence and carries to now dead Sam's words in order to find justice years later. A riveting thriller that will keep the pages turning, "A Homeless Man's Burden" is not to be overlooked.

The Legend's Son
Willie Backer
Outskirts Press
10930 S Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
9781432757564, $16.95,

In your father's shadow, it's a lot to ask to stand behind it uniquely. "The Legend's Son: THe The Ultra-Competitive World of Alabama Football" is the story of Northern boy Pat Murphy as he travels to the deep south of America and finds he may as well be across the world. Fascinated by the spirit and pride of local sports, he follows a local legend's son into his own game. A novel of the South's passion, "The Legend's Son" is a fascinating and highly recommended read.

Parallel Lies
Stella Duffy
Bywater Books
PO Box 3671, Ann Arbor, MI 48106
9781932859751, $14.95,

Secrets can kill. "Parallel Lies" tells the story of Yana Ivanova, a big Hollywood star with many things in the closet, including herself. When someone learns that her personal assistant is more than just a friend to her, she is dragged into a plot that is boiling with murder, blackmail, and trying to keep the truth under wraps for her career. A riveting thriller, "Parallel Lies" is a fun read for anyone, although it is aimed at Gay and Lesbian readers.

The Pirate's Bastard
Laura S. Wharton
Second Wind Publishing
931-B South Main Street, Box 145, Kernersville, NC 27284
9781935171201, $11.95,

Having a pirate for a father leads to more harm than good. "The Pirate's Bastard" is an adventurous tale following Edward Marshall as he's dragged into his father's trade by Ignatious Pell, a friend of his father and has plenty of blackmail to counter Edward's protests. A fun story of treasure hunting and the notoriety of the father, "The Pirate's Bastard" is a fine addition to any historical fiction collection.

The Two Sisters' Cafe
Elena Yates Eulo & Samantha Harper Macy
Portal Books
9454 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 550, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
9780984126309, $24.95,

Magic can lurk where you least expect it. "The Two Sisters' Cafe" tells of fifties cafe with an unusual place in their own small town of Willow Creek. Alma and Vannie May run this cafe and it serves as the centerpiece for a series of unusual events in what authors Elena Yates Eulo & Samantha Harper Macy spin into what they call an adult faerie tale that changes the lives of their patrons. "The Two Sisters' Cafe" is a thoughtful and thought provoking read, very highly recommended.

Van Diemen at 17
Jeanja Kimbrough
Smoke Signal Press
5025 N. Central Avenue, Suite 520, Phoenix, AZ 85012-1520
9780615387178, $17.00

Transplanted into a new world, it can prove to be quite the learning experience and nothing like one expects. "Van Diemen at 17" follows Kara Jagger, a girl on a year long exchange to Australian in the 1980s. At first, she thinks it'll change her life for the better, but she soon learns that it isn't quite as simple as she hoped. "Van Diemen at 17" is a unique coming of age novel with many creative and thoughtful twists.

The Vampire Hunters
Scott M. Baker
Pill Hill Press
343 W 4th St., Chadron, NE 69337
9781617060519, $14.99,

It's hard enough to deal with monsters when they aren't actually monsters. "The Vampire Hunters" tells the story of Drake Matthews and Alison Monroe as they find their usual pursuit of serial killers and other scum of the earth brings them into a war of the undead that has raged over Washington D.C. Two street smart cops against a legion of Vampires isn't fair, but it makes "The Vampire Hunters" very entertaining reading.

Dave Wilkinson
Phase Nine Publications
c/o Incredible Maine
22 Stonewall Road, Harpswell, ME 04079
9781452875859, $14.99

When it turns children against parents, the Drug war may have gone too far. "Witchgrass" tells the story of a rural Maine family that is facing a crisis as a daughter in a DARE class is sent to spy on her parents. A novel with a strong pro-Marijuana sentiment, "Witchgrass" brings up some fascinating points and makes for an intriguing read.

Angels Carry the Sun
Phoebe Wilcox
Lily Press
1848 Finch Dr., Bensalem, PA 19020
9780980177565, $14.95,

Love can drive you further than anything else. "Angels Carry the Sun" is a novel from Phoebe Wilcox as her protagonist Flora McDermott finds love. Driven by these new found feeling, she assaults her desire with love notes and poetry, driven to win his heart. A story of coming to terms with reality and coming of age, "Angels Carry the Sun" is a thoughtful read and will be hard to put down.

At the Concord of the Rivers
Anne Ipsen
ibus Press
9780982877814, $25.00 hc
9780982877807, $18.00 pbk,

The colonial times are much different from the modern place of Concord, Massachusetts. "At the Concord of the Rivers" tells the story of Abigail who finds herself thrown back nearly four hundred years in history. A whole different world, Abigail's state in the world finds her own beliefs and customs vastly different form that of puritan society. Finding love that pushes the accepted place of women in society even further, "At the Concord of the Rivers" is a thoughtful piece of historical fiction, highly recommended.

God Took His Coffee Black
G. W. Drum
Cool Moon Publication
1803 Prentisvale Rd., Eldred, PA 16731
9780615377575, $8.95

What lies beyond leaves us ask many questions. The answers we get may have not been what we were seeking. "God Took His Coffee Black" is a humorous novel following Jerry as he shares coffee with God and a few other individuals from the great beyond. A humorous tale of what's waiting for us after it all and how it may not be what we expect, "God Took His Coffee Black" is a read that will be hard to ignore.

The Wind Came Running
Marianne Gage
Plain View Press
134 East Lupita Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
9781935514466, $28.95

Small town America of years past is another planet compared to today. "The Wind Came Running" is a novel from Marianne Gage who uses her characters and settings to paint the romanticized parts these time while bringing ahead the demons that should not be forgotten. Thoughtful and fascinating writing, "The Wind Came Running" is a work of historical fiction that will prove very hard to put down easily.

Einstein's Tears
Joseph Prindle
Roma J Press
1223 Wilshire Blvd #E, Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400
9780982310601, $25.95,

Einstein is ingrained into our culture as a synonym for phenomenal intellect. "Einstein's Tears: A Touch of Genius" is a collection of short stories from Joseph Prindle focusing on genius and how it affects our world, through the story of fictional aspects of Einstein's impact and influence through his belongings and the bend of space and time. "Einstein's Tears" is an excellent pick with plenty to think about, very highly recommended for short fiction collections.

The Legends of Lake on the Mountain
Roderick Benns
Fireside Publishing House
121 Guthrie Cr, Whitby, ON L1P 1A6
9780981243320, $10.00,

A ratty old treasure map is for more than just some old treasure. "The Legends of the Lake on the Mountain" follows young teenager John A. MacDonald as he is given an old treasure map and finds it leads him to a cursed lake and soon discovers it's not just about where the map leads; it's about finding the truth, or his family is in for more than disappointment. "The Legends of the Lake on the Mountain" is an exciting pick for younger readers, highly recommended.

Silent Partner
Jennifer Chase
JEC Press
PO Box 214, Aromas, CA 95004
9780982953600, $15.95

It's deadly when you're a cop and you fall for your suspect. "Silent Partner" is a riveting crime drama as K9 cop Jack Davis finds a dead woman, and her sister is the prime suspect. With lots of red tape, Jack finds himself finding Megan, the suspect, to be more than a hardened criminal and with a deeper, darker secret. When someone seems to be pulling the strings behind it all, finding the truth will prove quite difficult. "Silent Partner" is highly riveting and full of nonstop action.

Lou Aronica
The Fiction Studio
211 Riverbank Drive, Stamford, CT 06903
9781936558001, $16.95,

What you create long ago may still need your help years later. "Blue" is a novel following the coming of age of Becky, who must face what her childhood left behind in the fantasy world she created with her father. Miea, queen of the abandoned fantasy land, is burdened with a world that may collapse. A unique story with plenty to ponder and excite, "Blue" will prove moving and very hard to put down.

The Best of Talebones
Patrick Swenson, editor
Fairwood Press
21528 104th St Ct E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391
9781933846248, $18.95,

Short science fiction is a small bite of what could be. "The Best of Talebones" is a collection of the best short stories to be published in 'Talebones' magazine over its past 39 issues. With a wide array of authors and topics, there is sure to be something to intrigue and entertain any science fiction fan, and makes for a fascinating and very highly recommended anthology. "The Best of Talebones" deserves a place in any community library fiction collection.

The Trouble with Being a Horse
Emily Edwards
Single Stride Publishing
PO Box 25118, Halifax, NS B3M 4H4
9780986671500, $12.95 US / $13.95 CAD,

Many young girls have a thing for horses. But these love and charm doesn't extend to actually wanting to be a horse. "The Trouble with Being a Horse" is a novel following young Olivia as in her rebellion against her parents, she rides horses against their will and finds herself a new member of the equine species. Her unusual problem assaults her with plenty of new challenges in trying to connect with her life. Thoughtful, a coming of age story with a twist, "The Trouble with Being a Horse" is a top pick for younger readers and horse lovers.

Silverton Gold
Jon Hovis
Casa De Snapdragon Publishing
12901 Bryce Court NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112
9780984568109, $13.95,

Full of riches and adventure, the Wild West is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. "Silverton Gold" is another fun western adventure from Jon Hovis, exploring his favored genre. In the 1890s, government agents face off against Outlaws in Colorado in a last grab for high riches before the turn of the century. "Silverton Gold" is an exciting and very hard to put down read, recommended.

Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls
Cris Mazza
Emergency Press
154 W. 27th Street, #5W, New York, NY 10001
9780975362389, $16.00,

Human trafficking is a vile thing that still occurs to this day. "Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls" follows protagonist Hester Smith as she faces her past as she works with law enforcement against an illegal sex trade cartel. Through her own crusade, she faced with the regrets of her past and what could have been, trying to come to terms with her own insecurities. "Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls" is a thoughtful and fascinating read, very highly recommended.

Hitching to Nirvana
Janet Mason
Cycladic Press
PO Box 4993, Philadelphia, PA 19119
9781453631393, $11.95,

You can't ignore your past forever. "Hitching to Nirvana" tells of the midlife crisis of Adrianne, coping with the lies and past she left behind. When it begins to catch up with her, she realizes she must deal with what she's been running from for so long to move forward. A web of sex and drugs and the home she left behind, "Hitching to Nirvana" is an excellent read and very solidly recommended, not to be missed.

Murder in the Stacks
Mary Clay
PO Box 2509, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170-2509
9780971042940, $14.95,

A simple dispute can turn bloody with the right nudging. "Murder in the Stacks" is another entry into Mary Clay's DAFFODILS series, following a trio of middle-aged women celebrating their freedom from men they stayed with for far too long. When they go to the Floridian town of New Smyrna, a debate of its founding day versus St. Augustine flares up. As the DAFFODILS soon find, it may be up to them to solve this at first harmless debate which has spiraled out to the furthest thing from it. "Murder in the Stacks" is a fun read that should prove very difficult to put down.

The Adventures of the Poodle Posse
Chrysa Smith, author
Pat Achilles, illustrator
Well Bred Book
PO Box 50, Pt. Pleasant, PA 18950
9780615364872, $7.95,

Who says humans should monopolize putting on goofy costumes and getting free candy? "The Adventures of the Poodle Posse: Creepy Tails" is a combination story and activity book from Chrysa Smith. Telling first a fun and story of adventurous poodles and the event of Halloween, also contained is a series of activities surrounding the characters and the story of the book. Enhanced with simple yet charming artwork from Pat Achilles, "The Adventures of the Poodle Posse" is an excellent pick for any younger reader.

The Traveling Salesman's Darktime Tales
Scott Swift
Darktime Tales Publishing
PO Box 172, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
9780615416014, $6.95,

No one likes being kept as an attraction. "The Traveling Salesman's Darktime Tales: The Innkeeper's Vampire" is another entry in Scott Swift's original series following an unnamed traveling salesman in his journeys. When he meets an innkeeper who keeps a vampire as an attraction, he finds the innkeeper's daughter has been kidnapped by the vampire's peers and sees that peaceful resolution may not be possible. "The Innkeeper's Vampire" is a fascinating read with plenty of original thought and concept, highly recommended.

The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy
Donald James Lawn
Castlefin Press
PO Box 46205, Seattle, WA 98136
9780982906408, $14.95,

With a bullet turned non-fatal, suddenly America becomes a different place. "The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy" is a work of alternative history, proposing an America where Kennedy survived the assassination, and won a second term. Told in the style of memoirs, Donald James Lawn explores how he feels America would be a different place had Kennedy remained at the helm. "The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy" is a fascinating and original work, very highly recommended.

Encounters in Paris
Carolyn Moncel
Mondave Communications
11519 South Laflin Street, Chicago, IL 60643
9781453898215, $17.99

Paris seems like the most romantic thing in the world, until you live there. "Encounters in Paris" is a collection of short stories from Carolyn Moncel and her protagonist Ellery Roulet, a nearing middle age woman working in Paris and finding out while there is love, there is also everything you hate about love. A fun read that blends plenty of romance, "Encounters in Paris" is quite the pick, recommended.

To Cook a Squirrel
Betty Rae McCormack
Mt. Hood Press
18365 NW Odell Court, Portland, OR 97229
9780615382913, $12.95,

From the big city life to preacher's wife. "To Cook a Squirrel" tells the story of Babs and Harry, who are drawn from San Francisco to life in rural Wisconsin. A funny and entertaining novel with an assortment of unique characters and situations, author Betty Rae McCormack makes "To Cook a Squirrel" well worth picking up for general fiction readers looking for a bit of Wisconsin flavor.

The Business Shelf

42 Rules to Turn Prospects Into Customers
Meridith Elliott Powell
Superstar Press
20660 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 210, Cupterinto, CA 95014
9781607730828, $19.95,

It's easy to stir interest; it's closing the deal that is the challenge. "42 Rules to Turn Prospects Into Customers: To Turn Prospects into Customers" is a guide to better understanding how to find your target audience, get them interested in your product, and turn that interest into profit. With plenty of tips and tricks for getting to the bottom line, Meridith Elliot Powell gives a very powerful resource. "42 Rules to Turn Prospects Into Customers" is something to be considered to anyone's business who requires landing the sale to be successful.

Chuck Bern
Heights Publishing
12340 S. Natchez, Palos Heights, IL 60463
9780615378107, $15.95,

It's not all about the big bucks; the small bucks help a good deal too. "Complementary Income: Unlock a World of Prosperity Through Passive Income" is a guide to gaining a little money on the side, which won't be one's primary source of income but still prove to help one's comfort level in gaining money. Drawing on the authors own varied work, "Complementary Income" is a thoughtful read that should be considered for anyone who likes having a financial safety net.

Better Good Than Lucky
Charles Rotblut
W&A Publishing
PO Box 849, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
9781934354148, $29.95,

Luck can go bad. Very bad. But skill is something that's not down to the roll of a dice. "Better Good than Lucky: How Savvy Investors Create Fortune with the Risk-Reward Ratio" is a guide to finding the ability to be an agile business person, using one's mind to find the ventures that will make you money and how to avoid the obvious failures. With plenty of stocks tips that encourages keeping a varied portfolio, understanding a business's future, and more, "Better Good Than Lucky" is an ideal read for anyone who wants to treat the market as an informed decision, rather than a fancy slot machine.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Mr. Awana
Art Rorheim
Grace Acres Press
PO Box 22, Larkspure, CO 80018
9781602650275, $19.95,

The life of mission is the life of the inspired. "Mr. Awana: Sixty-Plus Years of Changing the World for Christ" looks at the life of Art Rorheim, a co-founder of the Awana Church system. Following his life of sixty years for ministry and promoting Christianity world wide, his story is one of faith and drive to change the world for the better. "Mr. Awana" is an insightful piece of Christian history, sure to inspire others to pursue their own ministry in their lives.

Experiencing God's Love in the Church
Tom Blackaby
New Hope Publishers
PO Box 12065, Birmingham, AL 35202-2065
9781596692961, $16.99

It's easy for the house of God to lose sight of God. "Experiencing God's Love in Church" is a guide for church leaders to make sure that God's love is eminent in the church and looks to remain there even in tougher times. Urging readers to remember the values of the Bible, Tom Blackaby gives a thoughtful read for church leaders, making "Experiencing God's Love in Church" a thoughtful and inspirational pick for those who feel their church has lost sight of God.

Hymns & Lamentations
Tim Miller
S4N Books
6904 Colonial Road #28, Brooklyn, NY 11209
9780979870729, $12.00,

To remember God is an important aspect of those devoted to Christ. "Hymns & Lamentations" is a thoughtful collection of writings over the cruelty of life and how faith can help you endure the worst of it all. For those looking for the strength of life to face the worst of it, "Hymns & Lamentations" is a choice pick for Christian readers.

Unwrapping His Presence
Chris Maxwell
400 Fontana Circle, Building 1, Suite 105, Oviedo, FL 32765
97819325245391, $16.99,

In the frenzy of Christmas and shopping, many of us may forget the very origins of the holiday. "Unwrapping His Presence" is a Christian inspirational from Chris Maxwell as he urges readers to remember that through the Holiday season, Christ can be with them and make this wonderful time of year all the more special. For those who feel Jesus may abandon them during these also stressful times, "Unwrapping His Presence" may be the reassurance they need.

Because I Think, I Believe
Donald R. Wilson
Demand Promotions
355 Hillandell Drive, Hoover, AL 35244
9781589827547, $19.95

Keeping one's faith in today's world may prove quite difficult. "Because, I Think, I Believe: A Personal Christian Manifesto" is a guide for Christians who want to keep their faith in today's assault of the 'isms' as Donald R. Wilson terms them. Encouraging Christians to keep their beliefs strong and remember God in these times of many conflicting ideas, "Because, I Think, I Believe" is a choice pick for Christian readers seeking to keep their faith strong.

Letters to My Christian Friends, Darryl, and Others
Millet Harrison, Jr.
Brentwood Christian Press
4000 Beallwood Avenue, Columbus, GA 31904
9781595815873, $25.00,

Simple wisdom can help one go so very far in their life. "Letters to My Christian Friends, Darryl, and Others: Both Christians and Non-Christians Alike" is a collection of musings and wisdom from Millet Harrison, Jr., as he brings his own thoughts drawn from scripture and other sources to provide his own taste of wisdom that is unique in the world. "Letters to My Christian Friends, Darryl, and Others" is inspirational and recommended reading.

Friend of God
Ray C. Stedman
Discovery House Publishers
PO Box 3566, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
9781572933712, $14.99

There is a reason they are called Abrahamic religions. "Friend of God: The Legacy of Abraham, Man of Faith" is a sort of biography of Abraham, the man who has been deemed by many as the most important character of the Old Testament. Facing constant challenges from God, Abraham met them in subservience to the Lord, Pastor Ray Stedman states that each event in his life sheds light on a Christian principle. "Friend of God" is a fascinating and spiritual look at the most important mortal figure in the Old Testament.

The Animals' Bible
Ian A. Stuart
Thirteenth Level Media Inc.
190 Brittannia Rd. E. Unit 9, Mississuaga, Ontario, Canada L4Z 1W6
9780986571503, $39.95

Where does the rest of the animal kingdom sit in the kingdom of God? "The Animals' Bible" seeks to ask the Bible questions about the status of animals in God's plan. From the existence of a non-human soul to if exploiting animals for our own gain is a sin, Ian A. Stuart asks a wide array of questions and offers much thought in answers for those who wonder about their furry friends. Scholarly and insightful, "The Animals' Bible" is a collection that shouldn't be overlooked.

The Sacred Journey
Chris Surber
Energion Publishing
PO Box 841, Gonzalez, FL 32560
9781893729858, $12.99,

Faith is a never ending journey for some. "The Sacred Journey" is a driven read from Chris Surber as he preaches on the journey with Christ that will all take in our lives. With simple wisdom and plenty of inspiration, Surer's work is sure to inspire many readers to keep Christ in mind in the journey of their lives. "The Sacred Journey" is a fine pick, and very highly recommended for Christian readers.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Passage to Nirvana
Lee Carlson
Henry Chapin & Sons
PO Box 161, Cutchogue, NY 11935
9780982688472, $17.95,

No one is perfect, and realizing this is the first step in finding that second opportunity in life. "Passage to Nirvana: A Survivor's Zen Voyage: Reflections on Loss, Discovery, Healing & Hope" is an inspirational and spiritual read from Lee Carlson. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury, he found new joy in life and found his own passage to joy in life through many arts of Zen. Thoughtful and riveting reading, "Passage to Nirvana" is an enlightening and educational read that shouldn't be overlooked for those looking for their own second chances.

Imagine God
H. Eric Fearman
Creation House
c/o Strang
600 Rinehart Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746
9781616382216, $7.99

Your imagination is more than your mind running free, as here is more divine inspiration in there than most know. "Imagine God" is an inspirational read from H. Eric Fearman as he presents a simple and thoughtful premise on the role of God in our imagination, stating that one's imagination can drive one to greater heights and spirituality if fully embraced. "Imagine God" is an excellent and driven read with a unique and powerful message.

Kimble Greene
Spirit-To-Spirit Publishing
PO Box 33, Amston, CT 06231
9780615386416, $16.95,

Understanding yourself is key to taking control of one's own life. "One...: Embracing Life and Illuminating Your Spirit" is a spirituality and self-improvement book as Dr. Kimble Greene encourages readers to find their own spirit and drive their lives to push themselves further stronger in their lives to get more out of their lives. From coping with loss and depression to driving oneself to greater successes, "One..." is a powerful read that shouldn't be overlooked for many spiritual readers.

Finding Personal Truth
Steven Paglierani
Emergence Alliance Publishing
55 Old Nyack Tpke, Ste 608, Nanuet, NY 10954
9780984489503, $29.95,

With a massive glut of information in the modern era, it's all too easy to lose oneself. "Finding Personal Truth: In the Too Much Information Age" is a philosophy and spirituality guide from Steven Paglierani where he hopes to help readers remember what is important to them in today's world. Stating that many people's minds are no longer whole, Paglierani provides much wisdom and much thought with his writing and the role of the spirit in today's shifting and chaotic world. "Finding Personal Truth" is a fine read with much to teach in everyone's own search for meaning in a world that at times feels meaningless.

The Modern Confessions of Saint August Stine
August Stine
An Ordinary Man Book
1112 Oakridge Drive, #104 PMB 228, Fort Collins, CO 80525
9780936407043, $14.95

Ministry can bring a whole new dimension to one's life. "The Modern Confessions of Saint August Stine" is a memoir of the anonymous August Stine as he details his own journey through faith and depression to come up with his own unique world view. A fascinating read with much to think about, "The Modern Confessions of Saint August Stine" is quite the read and very highly recommended.

The Humor Shelf

Dirk Quigby's Guide to the Afterlife
E. E. King
Exterminating Angel Press
1892 Colestin Road Ashland, OR 97520
9781935259084, $15.00,

Shopping around for where you spend eternity can prove quite overwhelming. "Dirk Quigby's Guide to the Afterlife: All You Need to Know to Choose the Right Heaven" is a humorous analysis of the world's religions with a focus on the afterlife. Tying the analysis together with a quirky and offbeat novel, the laughs roll together well with plenty of substance. "Dirk Quigby's Guide to the Afterlife" is excellently composed and a read that is fun and very hard to set down.

The Literary Shelf

Gin, Chittlins, & Blessings
Rava Shelyn
Cherrymoon Publishing
2221 Peachtree Rd., STE D 386, Atlanta, GA 30309
9780972436632, $14.95,

When the world hits us with its nastiest punch, it's too easy to fall back into the simple comforts of life. "Gin, Chittlins, and Blessings" is a collection of prose and poetry from Rava Shelyn, reflecting on her own vices of comfort and why they can't always be relied on in tough times. Focusing on the woes of the modern African American, "Gin, Chittlins, and Blessings" is a read that has plenty to teach, highly recommended. "A Winter Poem": Frozen fingers/snotty dar' noises/Handed down coats/Childhood giggles in the snow.

A Reader's Companion to J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye
Peter G. Beidler
Coffee Town Press
PO Box 70515, Seattle, WA 98127
9781603810135, $17.95,

Holden Caulfield is a literary icon of a character, the youth disaffected with the world. "A Reader's Companion to J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye" is a guide to fully understanding this classic novel and why it has gained fame today. On top of exploring the book, many theories and ideas about the work are explored, such as the fate of Holden after the events of the book and a greater eye on his familial relations. "A Reader's Companion to J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye" is for fans and those opening the book for the first time, highly recommended.

Ambrosius Aureliani
Leon Mintz
Erie Harbor Productions
223 W Cornell Avenue, Suite B, Pontiac, MI 48340
9780971782853, $15.00

The Arthurian legends are not about Arthur alone. "Ambrosius Aureliani" tells the story of King Arthur's uncle who has his own epic of the British isles to tell, of his own struggles for justice. For those with a love for fantasy and Arthurian lore, "Ambrosius Aureliani" is certainly a choice pick with plenty to entire readers to read further.

The Self-Help Shelf

Choose Your Story, Choose Your Life
Dean Erickson
Bionic Publishing
c/o Lisa Elia Public Relations (publicity)
1285 Barry Avenue, #302, Los Angeles, CA 90025
9781453787014, $9.95,

How do you want your life story to go? "Choose Your Story, Choose Your Life" is an inspirational book from Dean Erickson stating that the best way to get the most out of one's life is to reflect on how you would like your life story to go and use that as a goal to make that happen. With wit and wisdom, "Choose Your Story, Choose Your Life" is an uplifting and moving read, recommended.

John Tschohl
Best Sellers Publishing
9201 East Bloomington Freeway Minneapolis, MN 55420
9780982636909, $19.95,

You control your own destiny; it's just a matter of getting in the right mindset. "Empowerment: A Way of Life" is a guide to driving oneself and shaping one's world so that you can get the job done in business in a way that makes both you and your customers happy with their purchase and you with your world. Driven and thoughtful with much sage business advice, "Empowerment" is a fine and highly recommended read, not to be missed by anyone who wants the power to push themselves further.

Flight Plan
Lee Burns & Braxton Brady
PDS Publishing
c/o The B&B Media Group
109 South Main Street, Corsicana, TX 75110
9780615380612, $9.95,

If you rush into something thoughtlessly, you're setting yourself up to crash spectacularly. "Flight Plan: Your Mission to Become a Man" is an inspirational guide for boys on the long journey to manhood. With Christian thought and virtue, Lee Burns and Braxton Brady emphasize the importance of good decision making, being responsible individuals avoiding the demons that pull you from your path, and remembering the faith. "Flight Plan" is a fine gift for any young Christian on that road to manhood.

It's All Part of the Dance
Alan Gettis
Goodman Beck Publishing
PO Box 253, Norwood, NJ 07648
9780979875533, $16.95,

A bit of happiness goes a long way. "It's All Part of the Dance: Finding Happiness in an Upside Down World" is a guide for dealing with an unkind world and still finding those pieces of pleasure in one's life. These pits of happiness relax you, make you more approachable, and help you live your life with the ease and joy of something greater. Simple and profound wisdom, "It's All Part of the Dance" is a choice and very highly recommended read.

The Biography Shelf

Life Continues
Carmen Ambrosio
AMBROSart, Ltd.
PO Box 338, Dublin, OH 43017
9780615388755, $14.99

As life begins to strike with age, some women take it better than others. "Life Continues: Facing the Challenges of MS, Menopause, and Midlife with Hope, Courage, and Humor" is a memoir from Carmen Ambrosio who started life in the Virgin Islands and faces the full brunt of age in the much less tropical Midwest. "Life Continues" has a simple and powerful message for other aging women, very highly recommended.

If Seen... My Journey Living With Anxiety
Karla Yazzolino
Black Rose Publishing
2250 Military Road, Tonawanda, NY 14225
9781935605027, $16.95,

Anxiety can shut one down completely in some situations. "If Seen... My Journey Living with Anxiety"is a novel from Karla Yazzolino drawn from her own life long experience with anxiety and the challenges that come along with it. Inspiring strength in readers to face their own anxieties, "If Seen... My Journey Living with Anxiety" is a thoughtful and recommended read.

Mentors in the Garden of Life
Colleen Plimpton
Park East Press
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300, New York, NY 10170
9780982529201, $16.95

Gardens are more than just a plot of plants. "Mentors in the Garden of Life" is a gardening memoir from Colleen Plimpton who states how her garden formed a connection with her life and taught her much about herself and her world through her work. Blending humor and tragedy, "Mentors in the Garden of Life" is a fun read with plenty to teach would-be gardeners about the joys they do not yet know.

Greening My Life
David Gottfried
Regenerative Publishing
2150 Allston Way, Suite 240, Berkeley, CA 94704
9780692008898, $16.95,

There is much finite in the world, but our lives are what we so often forget. "Greening My Life" is a memoir from David Gottfried, who is known for his environmental contributions to making businesses and buildings more environmentally friendly. But after a life of this, he states he turned his conservation efforts to himself, as he found himself unhappy with his life. He tells his story of using the green principles to his own life, and hopes these ideas will resonate with other readers as well. "Greening My Life" is a thoughtful read with a unique, excellent method to approach one's life.

Ticket to Ride
Don Hussey
PO Box 194, North Weymouth, MA 02191
9780615373539, $18.95,

The American dream is not yet dead. "Ticket to Ride: The Promise of America" tells the remarkable story of Don Hussey as he clawed to the top of his world and made something of himself, overcoming the insurmountable odds that laid before him in his journey to becoming a success business man and politician. Thoughtful, driven, and inspiring, "Ticket to Ride" is a fine addition to biography collections.

Benjamin Rubenstein
Woodley Books
204 East Broad Street, Suite One, Bethlehem, PA 18018
9780978647292, $32.00

Cancer is the toughest opponent many will ever face. Benjamin Rubenstein not only faced it down, he won the rematch. "Twice: How I Became a Cancer Slaying Super Man Before I Turned 21" is an uplifting memoir with a grand dose of humor. Hoping to have retired from his cancer slaying career, he faced down testicular cancer and hopes his stories will help readers face down their own illnesses and problems with life. Sure to entertain from the writer of a blog entitled 'I Still Got Both My Nuts', "Twice" is not your usual cancer memoir and is not to be missed.

A Passionate Engagement
Ken Harvey
201 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024
9781929355686, $18.00,

The simple right to have your union with the person you love recognized is a struggle many face today. "A Passionate Engagement" is a memoir from Ken Harvey, focusing on the struggles of the gay community. Reflecting on growing up as a gay child in the 1960s and 1970s, and the battle for the right to marry in the modern day, his memoir speaks clearly on the plight of the modern homosexual. "A Passionate Engagement" is a fine addition to any Gay studies or memoir collection.

Sister of Silence
Daleen Berry
Nellie Bly Books
364 Patteson Dr., #275, Morgantown, WV
9780615388601, $18.99 US / $23.99 CAD,

What drives a mother to kill her own child? "Sister of Silence" is Daleen Berry's own thought and investigation into teenage mothers and the circumstances that lead them into the rough pressure of murder or taking their own lives as well. Facing her own tragedy, she reflects on what leads to this, and looks at other cases as well as a journalist. "Sister of Silence" is an intriguing look at tragedy and what it means to the woman and her family.

A Boy and His Balls
Chuck Wanninger
Morris Publishing
3212 E. Highway 30, Kearney, NE 68847
9780615407579, $11.95

Sports are life for some people. "A Boy and His Balls" is a humorous memoir from Chuck Wanninger as he reflects on growing up in a world where everyone wanted him to be the next ball player, and failing at that, he become a sports journalist and then some. A fun memoir with a look at the place sports has in our culture, "A Boy and His Balls" is a strong and solidly recommended read.

The Visiting Suit
Xiaoda Xiao
Two Dollar Radio
141 East Town St., Sutie 200, Columbus, OH 43215
9780982015179, $16.50

Brutality's history is best heard from the victims themselves. "The Visiting Suit" tells the stories of Xiaoda Xiao and the harshness of his history in the forced labor camps under the regime of Mao Zedung. A story of the Chinese and humanity's determination to live through it all and keep the human qualities of spirit, humor, and compassion above all intact, "The Visiting Suit" is a thoughtful piece of history and fine addition to any historical memoir collection about one of the twentieth century's great atrocities.

The Photography Shelf

Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5
Alexander S. White
White Knight Press
9704 Old Club Trace, Henrico, VA 23238
9780964987593, $24.95

Value is pushing a purchase to its limits. "Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5: Getting to Most From Panasonic's Advanced Digital Camera" is a guide to using this compact camera to above and beyond what most people will ever use it for. Detailing the camera's lesser known abilities dealing with motion, advanced techniques, and much more, Alexander White does well in educating readers with this resource. "Photographer's Guide to Panasonic Lumix LX5" is something to have on hand for any Lumix enthusiast.

Ethan Egret's Family Album
Linda Jump
Terra Sancta Press
304 Royal Palm Drive, Melbourne, FL 32935-6955
9780982964705, $16.95,

Birds have a natural charm that can't be seen much in the world. "Ethan Egret's Family Album: With Tips for Photographing Wild Birds" is a guide for those who have a certain fondness for our feather friends as Linda Jump gives a guide for young would be nature photographers to capture their favorite animals with film. Thoughtful and intriguing reading, "Ethan Egret's Family Album" is a choice read and very highly recommended.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Whole Health Healing
Thomas Potisk
Maven Mark Books
1288 Summitt Ave. #107/115, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
9781595980694, $24.95,

Health is more than one aspect of good practice. "Whole Health Healing: The Budget-Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages" is a health guide for readers explaining what is needed for greater overall health that applies for anyone trying to attain a healthier body and self, and wants to help their families attain it as well. With plenty of tips to keeping good health and how to avoid the misleading traps they are led into, "Whole Health Healing" is a valuable read for parents who want to keep their family healthy and strong.

Monica Moran Brandies
BB Mackey Books
PO Box 475, Wayne, PA 19087
9781893443181, $16.95,

Citrus has a grand assortment of health benefits and many don't know how to get the most of out of it. "Citrus: How to Grow and Use Citrus Fruits, Flowers, and Foliage" is a guide to getting the most out of citrus and its many uses, not just health, that citrus can have for the modern home. Monica Moran Brandies discusses how to grow citrus in one's own home as well as how to select store bought versions. "Citrus" is a very useful resource and highly recommended.

Caffeine Makes Me Bleed
Susan Lynn
Cool Books Press
PO Box 55, Diamond, OH 44412
9780983069607, $19.99

Caffeine is a drug, and many people don't entirely realize this. "Caffeine Makes Me Bleed (And How It Can Poison You, Too!)" is a warning against the dangers of caffeine and how years of use led to many problems in her health. Stating what caffeine can do to people and how to try to work it out of your life, she gives plenty of reason to work towards a caffeine free life. "Caffeine Makes Me Bleed" is a thoughtful read for those who want to know what caffeine truly is.

Your Health is Your Responsibility
Roya Wadley
7450 E 32nd Street N, #1601, Wichita, KS 67226
9781453625507, $22.95

It's your body, and what happens to it is up to you. "Your Health is Your Responsibility: Your Personal Health Reforms" is a guide to improving one's own health directly through turning one's life around and living a much healthier lifestyle that goes above and beyond what many people think is enough to change from their unhealthy ways. "Your Health is Your Responsibility" is a thoughtful and highly driven read, not to be missed by any who want to set themselves on the road to good health.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Dan Ronco
All Things That Matter Press
1960 Tulpe Way, Riegelsville, PA 18077
9780984621606, $18.99,

When the internet is ingrained with human consciousness, a whole new frontier is met. "2031: The Singularity Pogrom" tells of a future where human consciousness is about to be merged with artificial intelligence. But the next step of evolution comes with it, and a young child may take the merge even further to barely resembling humanity. "2031" is a fascinating work of science fiction with plenty of unique concepts.

Spark The Stone Man
Asya Pekurovskaya
2170 Amherst St., Pal Alto, CA 94306
9780982848715, $27.00,

The fairy tale is a genre that will never truly go away. "Spark the Stone Man" is a collection of short fables and children's stories from Asya Pekurovskaya who provides an intriguing twist on many concepts of fantasy with his own Lemon Drop Valley, with his own brand of magic and wonder. With unique and descriptive illustrations from Olga Titova, "Spark the Stone Man" is a fine collection for younger readers.

The Education Shelf

Get Smart About Tests
Joseph D. Rocchio
Rocklin Publications
PO Box 39219, Solon, OH 44139
9780971406421, $16.95,

Tests are meant to gauge someone, and understanding them is key to success. "Get Smart About Tests: The Essential Parent and Teacher's Guide to Understanding Children's Educational and Psychological Testing" discusses and analyzes tests and what they mean on the bigger picture. Analytical and thoughtful coverage of how to read test scores, the meaning of IQ, society's impact and the different breeds of intelligence, "Get Smart About Tests" is recommended for anyone or any parent who is facing anxiety with tests and wants to be prepared through understanding.

Words' Worth's Vocabulary Verse
Susan Jones
Whimsy Publishing
PO Box 296, Tilghman, MD 21671
9780615388977, $12.95

The English language is a large and diverse language with history in the very words themselves. "Words' Worth's Vocabulary Verse" is a collection of rich words with plenty to ponder from Susan Jones as she offers many big words, how to use them, and their history, detailing fifty two words in total. A fun and enticing way to expand one's vocabulary, "Words' Worth's Vocabulary Verse" is an excellent collection and is very highly recommended.

Brain Snacks
Alex Southmayd
Cognosco Learning
170 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
9781453818831, $15.50

A little boost goes a long way with the energy of youth. "Brain Snacks for Teens on the Go!" is a guide for planting the seeds of success in one's life with simple and thoughtful ideas for teens to do to get them on the fast track for better success in life, be in the avenue of health, career, education, or many other aspects. "Brain Snacks" is an insightful pick, and a good resource for teenage readers with high hopes for themselves.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Jetta's Journey
Denise Solters
Oak Tree Books
140 E. Palmar, Taylorville, IL 62568
9781892343727, $17.50,

A dog can bring so much to life. "Jetta's Journey: My Life as a Service Dog" is a memoir told from the perspective of the dog of author Denise Solter's, reflecting on what her dog Jetta has done for her in turning her life around. Touching and poignant, "Jetta's Journey" is a story that will bring warmth to any dog lover.

Don't Leave Me!
Nicole Wilde
Phantom Publishing
PO Box 2814, Santa Clarita, CA 91386
0981722733, $19.95,

For some dogs, being alone is a terrifying prospect. "Don't Leave Me!: Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog's Separation Anxiety" is a guide for pet owners who want to help their dogs not freak out when they are left alone for a few hours or day. From nutrition to training and other therapies, Nicole Wilde will teacher dog lovers what they need to know to keep that bond strong but not so much it cripples your dog. "Don't Leave Me!" is an excellent guide, very highly recommended.

The Poetry Shelf

Kirby Congdon
Presa Press
PO Box 792, Rockford, MI 49341
9780983125105, $9.95,

Sport is not a physical excursion alone, as it is a tribute to the morality of our waning bodies "Athletes" is a collection of poetry form Kirby Congdon, focusing on the fragility of the human form, with a healthy dose of spirituality. "Athletes" is an excellent read and pick, highly recommended. "Motorcyclist": The intoxicating stench of gas/mixes with the body's sweat/and the smell of musk./Their leather torsos,/riding iron bulls,/intimate and crouched,/intense in the lover's act,/copulate with their hot machines./Blood and oil are one./They eat and digest death.

The Homelessness of Self
Susan Terris
Arctos Press
PO Box 401, Sausalito, CA 94966-0401
9780972538411, $16.00,

Home is such an illusion for many people. "The Homelessness of Self" is a collection of musings from Susan Terris on the status of being lost and trying to find ourselves in this world where it's easy to forget. With profound simplicity and drawing verse, "The Homelessness of Self" is a choice pick for many poetry collections. "Why You Envy the Swallow": A swallow touches both sky and branch,/but his life is hard to piece//against the puzzle of yours. The scissor/of his wing flaunts//his freedom. The brush of his feather/recalls an old dream where doors//open and behind each one: anticipation/of an eager mouth, of a safe nest.

The Utility of Heart Break
Charles Reynard
The Pikestaff Press
PO Box 127, Normal, IL 61761
9780936044095, $7.00,

No one likes having their heart broken, but what emerges is not a total loss. "The Utility of Heart Break" is a collection of poetry from Charles Reynard with a simple lesson of what we learn from failed love. With simple and quick verse, "The Utility of Heart Break" is a charming chapbook. "Driving William": He came from his jungle island/to this coastal prairie. He told/the rapt room poetry came/as inked markings of grief,//their most-breath-spaced vessels,/vowel sounds. I tested: dull/pain of a short a, Uhhh:/the keening of long e.

Derrick Harriell
Willow Books
c/o Aquarius Press
PO Box 23096, Detroit, MI 48223
9780971821415, $14.95,

Through the worst of it all, family can keep your head above water. "Cotton" is a collection of poetry from Derrick Harriell focusing on the black family in middle America and the challenges that affect us all, and the challenges of the African American in the mid-west. Poignant and driven, "Cotton" is a fine and very highly recommended read. "The Streetlight Has Eyes in the Back of His Head": I stand on shoulders,/record the carnage each time/a young brother dies.

The Really Funny Thing About Apathy
Chelsea Martin
PO Box 911, Buffalo, NY 14207
9781934513248, $13.00,

Not caring needs a care all of its own. "The Really Funny Thing About Apathy" is a collection of poetry from Chelsea Martin who seeks to attack poetry and life with her own style of lethargy and boredom, to create something that is anything but. "The Really Funny Thing About Apathy" is quite the read, and very highly recommended.

John Davis
Sol Books
c/o Skywater publishing Company
398 Goodrich Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102
9780981827902, $11.95,

You don't need to be a millionaire to enjoy the best of life. "Gigs" is a collection of poetry focusing on the simpler things and how to enjoy them. Davis speaks plainly yet beautifully, and makes "Gigs" a fine pick. "Legend": when day condenses/I hear your lips/flatten and spring/like a slinky./Sing my name and let me/watch you knot and unknot your hair./Take me to the delphinium leaves/raging green across your eyes/and breathe into me./My pores are open/like request lines on oldies radio.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

The Velvet Oratorio
Edward Einhorn & Henry Akona
Theater 61
2373 Broadway, Suite 802, New York, NY 10024
9780977019731, $14.95

A shifting of power without blood, something almost unheard of in history. "The Velvet Oratorio" is a play set on this historic event in 1989 Czechoslovakia, following a cast of characters as they deal with this shift of time. Praised throughout, this play may prove an excellent addition to any company's roster. "The Velvet Oratorio" is an excellent pick for theatre collections and for theatre fans.

The Needlecraft Shelf

1.6 Million African American Quilters
Kyra E. Hicks
Black Threads Press
3037 S. Buchanan Street, Arlington, VA 22206
9780982479674, $9.95

Quilting is a wonderful way to express oneself and create a bond with ancestry. "1. 6 Million African American Quilters: Survey, Sites, and a Half-Dozen Art Quilt Blocks" is a book filled with quilting ideas for African American quilters who want to play homage to their heritage and family with this wide assortment of ideas. A fine addition to any crafts of black studies collection, "1.6 Million African American Quilters" is a fine pick and very highly recommended.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Planetary Influences & Sojourns
Edgar Cayce
Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.
215 67th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-2061
9780876046029, $15.95,

Our soul is eternal yet our body is not, so what lies beyond? "Planetary Influences & Sojourns" is a reprinting of one of Edgar Cayce's most famous works, elaborating on the role of the soul in the bigger picture, that everyone's soul resonates stronger in the celestial picture than in our short mortal time. A powerful read for spiritual meta-physicists, "Planetary Influences & Sojourns" is quite the pick from one of the most famous and important to the concept.

Superheroes Pagans & Deities
Karl C. Hendrixsen
CoryStevens Publishing, LLC
16051 SW 14th Avenue Road, Ocala, FL 34473
0942893077, $20.00,

Cultures create their own mythology to explain the unexplainable, and those stories bring them together. "Superheroes Pagans & Deities: Evolution of the Eastern Mediterranean's Great Faiths" is an analysis of culture and the supernatural, as Karl C. Hendrixsen gives readers a tour of the many united cultures throughout our worlds history with a focus on the cradle of civilization. Making many interesting points through the analysis, "Superheroes Pagans & Deities" is a fun read, packed cover to cover with interesting trivia.

Planetary Transformation
Imre Vallyon
Sounding Light
c/o Warwick Associates
18340 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, CA 94576
9780909038618, $15.95,

Understanding the planet is a key for understanding the self. "Planetary Transformation: A Personal Guide to Embracing Planetary Change" is a metaphysical spirituality book as Imre Vallyon as he encourages readers to find their own route to their transformational enlightenment, stating that the rough times ahead can serve as quite the catalyst. "Planetary Transformation" is a wise and solidly recommended read that shouldn't be overlooked by metaphysical readers.

Autobiography of a Ghost
Glen A. Just
Eagle Entertainment
130 Teton Lane #2, Mankato, MN 56001
9780615395623, $17.49

Pushed out of life at age 2, Glen Just has had a long array of experiences with near death. "Autobiography of a Ghost" tells his story of how his mother used to smother him at a young age to control his behavior and how this once went too far and nearly killed him, but leading him to his first out of body experience. Ideal for students of spirituality and new age ideas, "Autobiography of a Ghost" should prove quite intriguing to metaphysical readers.

The Parenting Shelf

Bring Out the Best
Ilene Val-Essen
Quality Parenting
4909 Saint Louis Court, Culver City, CA 90230-4317
9780967537115, $19.95,

Drive is contagious. "Bring Out the Best in Your Child and Your Self" is a guide for promoting the best in your family and encouraging respect among all members as well as self respect. Stating that families should be about encouraging a more loving and understanding situation instead of one that is under constant struggle and stress, Ilene Val-Essen gives readers a very thoughtful collection of ideas to motivate oneself and spread that motivation to their family. "Bring Out the Best" is a fine and very highly recommended pick for any parent who feels their home lacks respect.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Shadowed Mind
Julie Cave
Master Books
PO Box 726, Green Forest, AR 72638
9780890515907, $9.99,

With her own demons on her back, Dinah Harris is faced with another monumental task of justice. "The Shadowed Mind" follows Harris as she searches for a new career after her departure from the FBI. Faced with an underground world that is trying to push a new breed of eugenics onto the world, she battles her own problems as she tries to take the worlds on her shoulders as well. A riveting read that will prove very hard to put down, "The Shadowed Mind" is not a read to be missed.

The Cookbook Shelf

Cooking on the Light Side
Thienna Ho
236 West Portal Ave, #511, San Francisco, CA 94127
9780979210372, $39.99,

There are many ways one can pursue greater health in their life. "Cooking on the Light Side: Smart Recipes for Bright Skin and Vitality" is a cookbook of sorts to unlock greater health, by using certain foods that promote certain skin health and more energy. With plenty of vegetarian ideas for meals including soups, salads, and many other dishes that will be light and healthy and go far in promoting those traits in the cook and those the serve. "Cooking on the Light Side" is enhanced with plenty of full color photos and simple and easy to read instructions, perfect for the blossoming health nut.

Billy's Best Bottles
Billy Munnelly
McArthur & Company
322 King St. West, Suite 402, Toronto, ON, M5V 1J2
9781552788936, $19.95,

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the best wines of the world. "Billy's Best Bottles for Wines For 2011" is a guide for the blossoming wine enthusiast and advisory for the next year for wine lovers. Munnelly explains the finer details of enjoying wine and comes to readers with simple wisdom and things to remember when looking for new flavors and picking a wine to go with the meal. In the 2011 edition, he explains what to look out for in this coming year and what to dread. "Billy's Best Bottles for Wines for 2011" is a must for any wine enthusiast who wants to get the most out of their hobby.

The Criminology Shelf

Suicide and Homicide-Suicide Among Police
Antoon A. Leenaars
26 Austin Avenue, PO Box 337, Amityville, NY 11701
9780895033901, $48.95

What drives one police officer to kill another? "Suicide and Homicide-Suicide Among Police" is a study of this phenomena. Analyzing suicide and why it seems to be more common in police officers, and why some take other officers with them. With chapters discussing homicide and what it means to the psyche, studies and history of police homicide and suicide, and what can be done to prevent future occurrences as well as addressing modern problems. "Suicide and Homicide-Suicide Among Police" is a fascinating read aimed at law enforcement professionals and psychologists.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Gaylord Phoenix
Edie Fake
Secret Acres
75.22 37th Avenue, #452, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
9780979960987, $17.95

The sense of self and knowing the self is something many take for granted. "Gaylord Phoenix" is a unique graphic novel with its own style as author and artist Edie Fake shows a tale of a creature called the Gaylord Phoenix, as he explores transgender identity and how those with this condition are faced with an unsureness of who they are, and the plague of not knowing this simple fact. "Gaylord Phoenix" is an artistic and thoughtful read, highly recommended gay graphic novel.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots
Robyn Roche-Paull
Hale Publishing
1712 N Forest St., Amarillo, TX 79106
9780984503940, $29.95,

Nurturing one's child personally is something highly valued by many women. "Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A Survival Guide to Successful Breastfeeding While Serving in the Military" is a guide for those women in uniform who want to breastfeed their children while on duty. Taking pride as both a mother and a soldier, her wisdom will help many women in the field. "Breastfeeding in Combat Boots" is a must for any soldier mom or soon to be soldier mom.

The Art Shelf

Accelerating on the Curves
Katharine T. Carter
Katharine T. Carter & Associates
PO box 609, Kinderhook, NY 12106-0609
9780984545308, $95.00,

Art is a hard product to sell, so it can prove highly difficult to succeed. "Accelerating on the Curves: The Artist's Roadmap to Success" is a guide to getting started on the successful road to becoming a career artist. Drawn from Katherine T. Carter and others, she reflects on her own career and seeks to inspire other artists to follow her path to doing what they love. From exhibitions, making contacts, and basically getting started, Cater provides a must read for anyone who wants to create to pay their bills. With empowerment for those times where there will be failure and there will be failure, "Accelerating on the Curves" will prove a powerful and very highly recommended read, not to be missed.

The Social Issues Shelf

Afghanistan Journal
Joshua Foust
Just World Books
PO Box 5484, Charlottesville, VA 22905
9781935982029, $23.95,

Life in modern Afghanistan is not something many people currently understand fully. "Afghanistan Journal: Selections from" is a collection of correspondence from Joshua Foust, a military analyst who presents many articles from, granting a new understanding of Afghanistan and the efforts of the United States and its allies to rebuild it. Adding new perspective, "Afghanistan Journal" is a fine collection and is very highly recommended for world issues collections. Also recommended from Just World Books, "A Responsible End?: The United States and the Iraqi Transition 2005-2010" (9781935982036, $23.95), focusing on the shift of power between America and Iraq, and "Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between" (9781935982005, $24.95) with the opinions and thoughts of a mother in one of the most tumultuous places in the world.

The Travel Shelf

Driftless Area
Dean Klinkenberg
The Mississippi Valley Traveler
PO Box 15146, St. Louis, MO 63110-5416
9780615410531, $19.95

All along the greatest river of America, there is plenty to see and embrace. "Driftless Area Travel Guide" is a guide outlining all the sights and happenings that happen along this region, called Driftless because it long avoided the glacial drift during the Ice Age. With communities and town throughout, author Dean Klinkenberg equips readers with the knowledge they need to make the most of their visit. "Driftless Area Travel Guide" is a must for any Mississippi traveler.

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

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