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The Tribes of Burning Man
Steven T. Jones
Consortium of Collective Consciousness Publishing
530 8th Avenue, #6, San Francisco, CA 94118
9781888729290 $17.95 www.cccpublishing.com
The Tribes of Burning Man: How an Experimental City in the Desert is Shaping the New
American Counterculture offers an extraordinary, up-close and personal view of the Burning
Man social experiment. Over the course of 25 years, what began as an unusual San Francisco
beach party has evolved into an annual event in which 50,000 people assemble a city in Nevada's
Black Rock Desert for one spectacular week. Fire artists, circus freaks, music aficionados,
idealists, the sexually adventurous and many more types representing modern American
counterculture assemble and learn from one another. The Tribes of Burning Man focuses upon
the impact that this grand undertaking has had on the people who participate within in and
American society at large from 2004 to the present day, and is highly recommended for public
and college library cultural studies shelves.
Four Little Lindsays
Jeanne Warren Lindsay
Morning Glory Press
6595 San Haroldo Way, Buena Park, CA 90620-3748
1932538992, $14.95, www.morningglorypress.com
No television, no radio, no video games, just your siblings and parents and new experiences.
"Four Little Lindsays: And How They Grew 1957-1959" discusses life for the very young
children in rural Des Moines, Iowa, as Jeanne Warren Lindsay reflects on this period in the late
1950s and life in a very different time. Charming and thoughtful as it is entertaining, "Four Little
Lindsays" is a collection of thought that will be hard to beat.
Ozark Mountain Publishing
PO Box 754, Huntsville, AR 72740
9781886940116, $15.00, www.ozarkmt.com
The concepts of time and space present so many possibilities that it boggles the mind. "Twidders:
Exploration of the Time-Lost Continuum and Travel" explores time, as Anita Holmes presents
her thoughts on the many possibilities of our world in relations to time, alternate realities,
alternate histories, and the reality of passing over into these other universes. With plenty to
ponder and think about the applications of such a science, "Twidders" is a fine read and is very
Love and Lust: An Anthology
Andrea Potos, editor
PO Box 7355, Berkeley, CA 94707
9781934795293 $TBA www.parallaxpress.com, 1-800-863-5290
Love and Lust: An Anthology is a free-verse poetry chapbook featuring a variety of female
contributors; all seek to celebrate 17 years of romance, passion, love and lust remembered in the
feminist bookstore "A Room of One's Own". At times hopeful, at times heartbreaking, Love and
Lust: An Anthology is a soulful reflection of what the bonds that tie human beings and their
emotions together truly mean. "Reasons To Stay Put": Because didn't my ancestor Odysseus /
once tie himself to a mast / to save himself, // because didn't I once almost / enter a field where
snakes tangled / near an open hole, big enough to catch a wandering / foot, and tall tilting grasses
/ nearly concealed them, grasses that could tickle / and scratch and nearly coax one into believing
/ they would make the perfect bed / for some ancient, exhausted ache?
Find a Place That Could Pass for Home
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9781907056543, $21.95, www.salmonpoetry.com
The world's imperfection is what boggles the mind of many a thinker, poet Glenn Shea included.
"Find a Place That Could Pass for Home" is a collection of poetry from him, as he ponders on
these imperfections and the search for perfection that drives our lives. Thoughtful and
enlightening, "Find a Place That Could Pass for Home" is a choice collection, very highly
recommended. "A Tree on Inishmore": so withered its trunk bends/to permanent west, its
leaves/being in green well above/where branches breach the/trunk. Obeisance its trick,/it stands.
It leaves leaning east against the wind to us.
Music of Note
Gracie Station Box 286, New York, NY 10028
9780982620908, $15.95, www.atlasbooks.com
Widely published and thoughtful poet Annette Basalyga offers some unique thought with "Lifer".
Drawing most importantly on her wide array of life experiences and love of life and poetry, her
work offers many different dimensions of thought. "Lifer" is a fine collection of thought and
wisdom, not to be easily put down. "Recovery": Shaky after a week of flu,/shopping to find a
cactus pear/for the papain or some other enzyme like it,/might not be the first choice for
anyone/too poor to buy a pineapple. But imagine a salad/of those prickly pears, knobs puckered,
skinned/to their red flesh, and add, say, grey-green kiwis,/hairy, then gelatinous, and ask
yourself;/if you can stand it long enough,/what doesn't loneliness cure?
The Fiction Shelf
Phyllis A. Humphrey
PO Box 70515, Seattle, WA 98127
9781603818223, $15.95, www.camelpress.com
The tragedy of the Titanic is not just the loss of life, but the shambles of personal stories lost
within it all. "Cold April" tells the story of Elizabeth Shallcross, as she cares for her the child of
Richard Graham on a trans-Atlantic voyage. During her journey, she has many offers of love, but
her journey through life and across the ocean will be seriously threatened by the ocean tragedy
history remembers most. "Cold April" is a riveting read of Titanic drama, highly recommended.
Also recommended from Camel Press Fiction is "Heartbreak Trail" (9781603818315, $18.95) by
Shirley Kennedy, telling of romance and life's challenges on the trail towards California, and how
just because they reach California, their journey is not yet over.
The Wessex Collective
36 Doe Trail PO Box 1088, Nederland, CO 80466
What drives humanity to embrace story telling? "Telling Tales" is a collection of short fiction
from John Wheatcroft, as he hopes to explain the elements of humanity, fiction, and the strong
relationship between the two that harkens back generations. "Telling Tales" is a fine assortment
of short stories, and is a very highly recommended read.
A Shower of Roses
PO Box 1448, Yonkers, NY 10702
9780982990414, $12.95, www.nepperhan.com
The little things in life can lead to something much bigger. "A Shower of Roses" tells the story of
Eva, a pediatric nurse who takes pride in making the world a better place through small and
simple actions. She soon finds herself through love dragged into the world of Marek, a CIA agent
and her life will never be the same. "A Shower of Roses" is a fun read of international intrigue
and love, highly recommended.
A. S. Johnson
Strategic Book Group
PO Box 333, Durham, CT 06422
9781609765453, $14.50, www.strategicpublishinggroup.com
Millions of miles away from Earth is the last place you want love to show up. "Orion" is a
romance set on the space shuttle Orion, where she and Chance Walker find something about each
other and put love and romance to the ultimate test that their lives can set it to. "Orion" is quite
the fun read that should prove very difficult to put down.
PO Box 181389, Arlington, TX 76096-1389
9780983034001, $15.00, www.circle1publishing.com
One lies spawns so many more. "Love Script" tells the stale of Nicholas Sinclair, and in his
stupidity and desire to seem like a family man, tells his newest potential client he's married when
he's not and now must live the lie. Laney Parks finds herself with a script and a very close status
to Sinclair as their on a cruise ship trying to make the lie something true. Romance seems the
furthest thing from her mind, even with all the intimacy. "Love Script" is a fun and humorous
journey into how appearances can be deceiving and lies can become truth.
595 Bay Isles Road, 120-G, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Maryglenn McCombs (publicity)
2817 West End Avenue, Suite 126-274
9781608090136, $25.95, www.oceanviewpub.com
Family makes you do strange things with your life. "Someone's Watching" tells the story of
Robbie Ivy, a young woman who wants simplicity in her life. Trying to shun away her family
ties, she finds them calling out to her, and when it may be too late, she realizes that's a bad idea
and finds that finding her lost sister is going to be just the complication in life she doesn't want.
"Someone's Watching" is a riveting thriller about family and what they mean to everyone
Reid Lance Rosenthal
Rockin SR Publishing
9780982157619, $14.95, www.rockinSRPublishing.com
The allure of the west brought many people out there, but their success was greatly varied.
"Threads West: An American Saga" is the first in Reid Lance Rosenthal's series about a four
generations of Americans as they looked westward and the travels they made to claim their own
bit of prosperity and life, forming the American spirit and the will to succeed. With plenty of
intriguing characters, "Threads West" is a novel well worth reading for those with a love for the
A & N Publishing
3150 South Street, NW Suite 2F, Washington, DC 20007
9780982073544, $21.95, www.elijahscoin.com
When your life falls apart, it takes less than one knows to be set on the right path in their life
once more. "Elijah's Coin: A Lesson for Life" tells the story of Tom, a man whose life is
crumbling around him. Watchman Elijah King gives him a coin, and Tom slowly finds out about
himself and how to recover what he has lost, and how he can set an example for others. A
thoughtful tale of life, its challenges, and how to overcome them and be a leader, "Elijah's Coin"
is a fine choice for general fiction collections.
443 Park Avenue South, Suite 806, New York, NY 10016
9781606841266, $16.99, www.egmontusa.com
To please one's parents and to please oneself is a conflict that many young people find
themselves stuck in. "Bitter Melon" tells of Frances, a young woman who is living her mothers
dream of becoming a doctor. But she soon finds her true hopes lie in public speaking, and to tell
the truth, it will go against everything her mother wants of her and she believes it'll break her
heart. A soul split between what she believes in selfishness and selflessness, "Bitter Melon" is a
fine and very highly recommended read.
9781935586142, $19.95, www.theonenovel.com
There is one person out there of you that can save your life and change it for the best. "The One"
tells of the story or Chelsea and Kyle, two people quickly approaching adulthood. Separated for a
decade, the two reunite their childhood friendship into something more, and through the
challenges of their lives becoming more and more complicated around them, "The One" is a fine
read and very highly recommended.
The Self-Help Shelf
Pacific Highlands Press
10350 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90025
9780982932414, $14.95, www.pacifichighlandspress.com
Love will sustain an attraction and provide glue to a relationship, but it takes a bit more to keep it
together. "Happy Together: Creating a Lifetime of Connection, Commitment, and Intimacy" is a
guide to making a relationship that withstands the test of time as Bill Cloke offers advice on
forging that ironclad relationship through sexuality, anger, and facing life intelligently through
cooperation and unity. "Happy Together" is a wise choice for any couple who wants to be prepared for
The Happy Mind
William R. Yoder
PO Box 524, Sauquoit, NY 13456
9780972155618, $14.95, www.thehappymindbook.com
Happiness is something that can be attained with the right drive and determination. "The Happy
Mind: Seven Principles to Clear Your Head and Lift Your Heart" is a thoughtful collection of
wisdom and insight from William Yoder, who presents a combination of western and eastern
philosophy with the goal of finding what one's true happiness and making choices that will
maintain that happiness. "The Happy Mind" is a thoughtful read with much to ponder, highly
Half a Glass
Blooming Twig Books
PO Box 4668 #66675, New York, NY 10163-4668
9781933918600, $14.95, www.bloomingtwig.com
The world isn't perfect, but it isn't going totally to hell either. "Half a Glass: The Realist's Guide"
is a different sort of philosophy guide from Craig Price as he presents a more straight set of
philosophy as he urges people to be realistic about their own hopes and dreams, and while they're
not going to be an astronaut, it doesn't mean their life can't turn out well. "Half a Glass" is
charming and wise reading, very highly recommended.
The Sports Shelf
Will You Manage?
c/o Meryl Zegarek Public Relations
255 West 108th Street, Suite 901, New York, NY 10025
9781846687242, $15.95, www.serpentstail.com
Management is leadership, and is much harder than it seems. "Will You Manage?: The
Necessary Skills to be a Great Gaffer" is a guide to football management, football management
of the soccer variety. With plenty of tips on how to be an excellent leader and dealing with
problem players and pushing them to take your team further, "Will You Manage?" is a
fascinating and useful read for any sports coach, although focused at football/soccer.
The Religion/Spirituality Shelf
It Was Only a Moment Ago
William E. Hablitzel
Sunshine Ridge Publishing
PO Box 69, Blue Creek, OH 45616
9780977218547, $24.95, www.itwasonlyamomentago.com
Life becomes clearer when you understand the context of time much better. "It Was Only a
Moment Ago: More Stories of Healing and Wisdom Along Life's Journey" is an inspirational
read from William E. Hablitzel as he advises readers with simple wisdom to help them make the
most of their short time on this planet. Drawing on spirituality as well as the author's medical
expertise, "It Was Only a Moment Ago" is a thoughtful read that shouldn't be missed.
The Health/Medicine Shelf
Stop Alzheimer's Now!
PO Box 25203, Colorado Springs, CO 80936
9780941599856, $19.95, www.piccadillybooks.com
Alzheimer's is something to be feared, but it is not an inevitability. "Stop Alzheimer's Now!" is
a guide for those who want to do their own fight to stop Alzheimer's from taking control of them,
with plenty of preventative measures that one can take through therapy and diet, and how these
can fight other neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease as well. A must for anyone who
wants to ward off these age-related mental diseases, "Stop Alzheimer's Now!" is a sage and wise
guide for anyone concerned about greater mental health.
No More Stress!
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781855755017, $24.95, www.karnacbooks.com
Stress impacts us all in so many ways. "No More Stress!: Be Your Own Stress Management
Coach" is a guide to overcoming stressful situations of one's own and making the most of these
situations that can easily take apart one's life. With a bit of choice wisdom for exercise, diet, and
other skills, Gladeana McMahon uses her craft and position as one of the UK's most famous
stress coaches to help readers a great deal. "No More Stress!" is a fine pick for those being
crushed under their own stress.
Healthier Without What
Innate Health Publishing
11300 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98125
9780976853794, $19.95, www.healthierwithoutwheat.com
Wheat is not a food that comes under fire for health often. "Healthier Without Wheat: A New
Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance" warns of
the hidden problems that can bring to many people's lives. With advisory on finding out how
gluten affects some individuals, Dr. Stephen Wangen advises how to understand one's gluten
tolerance, and how to avoid it. "Healthier Without Wheat" is a choice pick for those who may
feel they have a gluten-intolerance.
The Christian Studies Shelf
Praying with Your Children
Resource Publications, Inc.
160 E. Virginia, St. #290, San Jose, CA 95112-5876
Prayer is not a strictly solitary practice. "Praying with Your Children: A Guide for Family" is a
quick and simple guide for parents who want to enrich their families life with better prayer and
dedication. With plenty of wisdom, "Praying with Your Children" is a fine collection and very
highly recommended read, not to be missed for Christian families.
The Hand of God
Biblical Concepts Press
3016 Plumtree Lane, Plano, TX 75074-3147
9780983065814, $11.99, www.barryapplewhite.com
Knowing where to find God's hand is vital in following the path he has planned for you. "The
Hand of God: How God Gets Personally Involved in Our Lives and Why He Wouldn't Have it
Any Other Way" is a spiritual guide for finding God in one's life and spotting where his hand is
at work. With a powerful message, "The Hand of God" is a thoughtful read for Christian
The Craft of Love
PO Box 4066, Antioch, CA 94531
9781893426030, $28.95, www.solaspress.com
Love's choice is a very Christian thing. "The Craft of Love: Love and Intimacy in Christian
Marriage" analyzes a long history of the sum of male and female in Christian society, and looks
at how through history this fact has remained true even as it has been challenged for years on end
on the nature of choice on both sides of the union. With plenty to think about drawing from
scripture, history, and good Christian sense, "The Craft of Love" is a grade-A pick, highly
Walking in Broken Shoes
Susan Magnuson Walsh
Grace Acres Press
PO Box 22, Larkspur, CO 80118
An earthquake can tear apart one's world both literally and figuratively. "Walking in Broken
Shoes: A Nurse's Story About Haiti and the Earthquake" is a wise read as Sue Walsh reflects on
her own trip as she traveled to Haiti as the earthquakes tore through the island in 2010 and left an
already rough country in even worse shape. With wisdom and empathy, "Waling in Broken
Shoes" is quite the read and is very highly recommended.
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Murder on Mt. McKinley
Charles G. Irion & Ronald J. Watkins
CGI Irion Books
9780984161836, $19.95, www.irionbooks.com
Mountain climbing is something very dangerous innately, when murder enters into it, it grows
even rougher. "Murder on Mt. McKinley: A Summit Murder Mystery" is another entry into the
Summit Murder mystery series, spinning a murder mystery around a mountain climbing
expedition, focusing on each of seven major mountains around the world. A fun read with no
shortage of adventure, "Murder on Mt. McKinley" will prove a top pick.
Nine Man's Murder
Ransom Note Press
PO Box 419, Ridgewood, NJ 07451
9780977378777, $13.95, www.ransomnotepress.com
Students of crime solving, their ultimate test has their lives as the reward for passing. "Nine
Man's Murder" tells the tale of nine graduates of a detective school who on a class reunion, starts
to pick them off one by one. As time starts to dwindle down, they must act quickly and use
everything they learned to survive. "Nine Man's Murder" is a fine read with plenty to ponder,
The Business Shelf
Start It Up
c/o Orange Avenue Publishing
35 Stillman Street, Suite 121, San Francisco, CA 94107
9780981973357, $14.99, www.zestbooks.net
The ultimate goal in life is not to be rich, but to do what you enjoy doing. "Start It Up: The
Complete Teen Business Guide to Turning Your Passions Into Pay" is a guide for those who
want to pursue their dreams and live their lives while still making a living. Kenrya Rankin
discusses what one can do to realize what they want to create, and do it to the most successful
degree that they can do. "Start It Up" is a top pick for any aspiring entrepreneur, very highly
Entrepreneurial Operating System
17197 N. Laurel Park Drive, Suite 149, Livonia, MI 48152
9780979799037, $16.95, www.eosworldwide.com
Traction is all about formulating one's plan and sticking to it. "Traction: Get a Grip on Your
Business" is a guide to forming a shared and useful vision for business and executing that goal
in the more effective way possible. Stating that the ability to stay on the road and avoid things
that would swerve you off your path to success is vital to a good business, "Traction" is full of
good wisdom for business success that talks on countless things that would make your business
lose said traction to succeed.
42 Rules of Product Management
Brian Lawley & Greg Cohen
c/o Happy About
20660 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 210, Cupertino, CA 95014
9781607730866, $19.95, www.superstarpress.com
Good management can make a good product great. "42 Rules of Product Management" is a
business guide form Brian Lawley & Greg Cohen as they advise readers on what they need to
know to more effectively market their product so that it reaches its maximum potential. Breaking
down the tips into 42 aspects of marketing, "42 Rules of Product Management" is a must for any
entrepreneur or business leader.
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
22647 Ventura Blvd., #422, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
9780983126171, $14.95, www.bfepress.com
Few are hospitable to their food source. "Mauria" is a delve into fantasy as author Steve North
tells a story of the Maurians and Vuervee, two races who are plunged into conflict with each
other with little hope of peace. As a few individuals try to push further for their beliefs of peace,
it seems more and more unlikely that anything but violence will come from their relations.
"Mauria" is a fascinating read with much to ponder, highly recommended.
The Hobby Shelf
1256 Fayette Street, El Cajon, CA 92020-1511
The state quarters inspired much in the way of patriotism, and even a greater fervor for
collectors. "Quarterama" follows the sensation following these fifty coins with an additional
dozen coins dedicated to the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States. With
slots to display one's quarters, credits to those who crafted the coins, dates, and more, all done in
full color, "Quarterama" is a must for anyone who has a special love for these all-American
The Science Shelf
The Handy Physics Answer Book
Paul W. Zitzewitz
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Road #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075
Physics are a daunting subject that even physicists are not entirely sure of. "The Handy Physics
Answer Book" is another entry in Visible Ink's Smart Reference series, seeking to answer plenty
of common and some uncommon questions about the fascinating topics of physics. From the
power of magnets and how they work, why high pitched noises will break glass, why
microwaving metal is a bad idea, and much more, "The Handy Physics Answer Book" is sure to
intrigue and entertain for hours on end.
The World History Shelf
America and the Vatican: Trading Information After WW II
Robert F. Illing
History Publishing Company, LLC
PO Box 700, 15 Heyhoe Woods Road, Palisades, New York 10964-0700
9781933909691 $25.95 www.historypublishing.com
Foreign Service veteran Robert F. Illing presents America and the Vatican: Trading Information
After WW II, a history of the relationship between a mission founded by the United States and
the Vatican from fifteen years after WW II onward. Illing, a non-Catholic, served as the charge
d'affaires of the small American mission; he draws upon personal experience, historical
anecdotes, portions of the Vatican's Secret Archives, and more to present a well-rounded
viewpoint. Of particular interest is Illing's insight into the Vatican's financial workings, and its
logistic nature as a city-state political entity, separate from its role as the center of the Roman
Catholic Church. America and the Vatican offers a wealth of food for thought, and is highly
recommended for history and international studies shelves.
The Money/Finance Shelf
Trading in the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes
Dr. Anthony Trongone
W&A Publishing / Traders Press Inc.
PO Box 849, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
9781934354186 $24.95 www.w-apublishing.com www.traderspress.com
Certified Financial Planner and graduate psychology professor Anthony Trongone presents
Trading in the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes: Balancing Probabilities for Successful Investing, a
guide to applying deductive and inductive reasoning worthy of the legendary icon of sleuthing
fiction to putting one's money to work. Chapters stress the importance of keeping a level head
and an objective eye when taking into account everything from news reports and public reactions,
to the difficult process of cultivating one's own ability to accurately perceive risk. "When there is
a meltdown, the standard risk measures are not an accurate signpost of the future because they
cannot quantify the psychological reaction of the crowd. Risk metrics by themselves are
unquantifiable because a mathematical model can never completely capture every aspect of
exogenous risk (the risk not contained in the model). Mathematical models aid judgment, but
they do not offer a foolproof solution to the dangers of risk." Quotes from Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle's classic Holmes novels and stories ground and illustrate key points, in this user-friendly
guide to effectively overseeing a diverse and productive portfolio.
The Nautical Shelf
Superships of the Great Lakes
Raymond A. Bawal, Jr.
42211 Garfield Rd. #297, Clinton Township, MI 48038
9780981815749 $19.95 www.inlandexpressions.com
Superships of the Great Lakes: Thousand-Foot Ships on the Great Lakes presents the amazing
true story of a gigantic class of ships on the Great Lakes, whose existence was made possible
through improvements to shipping channels. The first of these ships was the Stewart J. Cort,
commissioned in 1972; more mega-ships of unrivaled size and carrying capacity were to follow.
Superships of the Great Lakes combines black-and-white photographs with text histories of these
ships, the companies that made them, and the details of their nautical service. An index for quick
reference rounds out this heavily researched focus on these truly extraordinary vessels.
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