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Volume 9, Number 5 May 2010 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Poetry Shelf Parenting Shelf
Fiction Shelf Health/MedicineShelf Business Shelf
Education Shelf Cookbook Shelf American History Shelf
Sports Shelf Biography Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Homeowner's Shelf Economics Shelf Travel Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Self-Help Shelf Criminology Shelf
Jobs/Careers Shelf Mathematics Shelf Photography Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Literary Studies Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

The Little Blue Reasoning Book
Brandon Royal
Maven Publishing
4520 Manila Road SE, Calgary, AL Canada, T2G 4B7
9781897393604, $19.95,

Understanding how the mind works is the basis for a good argument. "The Little Blue Reasoning Book: 50 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking" discusses the thought processes that we all go through and outlines the four classic mindsets, facing problems, overcoming them, and arguing for one's viewpoint. Thoughtful, insightful, and fascinating, "The Little Blue Reasoning Book" is well worth reading for application to all of life's problems, both big and small.

The Poetry Shelf

Gary Beck
Rogue Scholars Press
228 East 35th St., Suite 2, NY, NY 10010
9780984098200, $13.95,

Written by an accomplished poet, playwright, essayist, and documentary director, "Expectations" is a volume of Gary Becks poetry showcasing his own unique approach to utilizing free form verse to explore how ordinary people in extraordinary times deal with the conflicting demands of their lives. Penned by a superbly gifted wordsmith, Beck's poetry is as original as it is memorable. "Expectations" is very highly recommended and rewarding reading. 'Serena': Serena, withered / sits among swollen grape vines / bursting purpose spurts of potency / dreaming of a back seat / in another life / when a migrant hand / plucked the ripeness of her breast / a ravenous traveler / lusting a land of opulence. / Serena turned into a pair of shears / rusting in an orchard.

Coffeehouse Meditations
Nina Romano
Kitsune Books
PO Box 1154, Crawfordville, FL 32326-1154
9780981949529, $12.00,

The start of the day as coffee brings you out of a slumber can bring quite the thoughts. "Coffeehouse Meditations" is a collection of poetry from Nina Romano as she brings her own brand of wit and wisdom on the world to the page and provides for much thought provoking reading. "Coffeehouse Meditations" is a choice pick for poetry lovers. "Travelling": in the gait of a fox,/in need of rest,//I couch myself/upon a feather/bed of ease.//But then I feel/the earth open/beneath me/and a spectral hand//reaches up to touch me,/and the grasp/carries away the baby/nestled so snugly,/so wanted in my womb.

Collected Poems
Gustaf Sobin
Talisman House Publishers
PO Box 896, Greenfield, MA 01302
9781584980728, $27.95

Sometimes you don't seek to write on a general theme, just write for the sake of writing. "Collected Poems" is a massive collection from Gustaf Sobin as he collects his life's work on the subject in a single half-thousand page tome. A great variety of work, "Collected Poems" is a pick for anyone who can't get enough of poetry. "Psalmodic": knelt there, in that/knuckle of/rock. nothing's/less than the word, brittle/as//crumbs, not/even the wind, what's/rising-- gentian -- just now,/be-//fore you.

Rising at 5am
Marc Elihu Hofstadter
Latitude Press
2301 Tice Creek Drive, #1, Walnut Creek, CA 94595-5274
9780981953403, $14.00

A little bit of one's soul always finds its way into one's work, no matter what it is. "Rising at 5am" is a collection of poetry from Marc Elihu Hofstadter who offers readers a bit of his life and philosophy through his work. Entertaining as it is enlightening, "Rising at 5am" is a choice collection for poetry readers.

Lara Glenum & Arielle Greenberg, editors
Saturnalia Books
105 Woodside Rd., Ardmore, PA 19003
9780981859149, $20.00,

Just because you mock it doesn't mean you don't respect it. "Gurlesque: The New Grrls, grotesque, burlesque poetics" Is a collection of poems, short plays and stories as eighteen female writers come together under one cover and provide a humorous, insightful book that is by no means lady like but is none the less valuable and insightful. "Gurlesque" is a solid and very highly recommended read for any poetry reader or women's studies reader.

The More Difficult Beauty
Molly Fisk
Hip Pocket Press
5 Del Mar Court, Orinda, CA 94563
9780917658365, $15.00,

Beauty is something that proves harder to acquire as time rolls on. "The More Difficult Beauty" is a collection of poetry form Molly Fisk, as she reflects on the passage of time and how a woman's life alters over its course and changes radically for each stage of it. "The More Difficult Beauty" is a thoughtful read, recommended. "Sunset, Stinson": Especially the way thin layers of water/slide up the sand and take on the color/of endings - silver or pewter never/ocean blue -- and then recede into just/a little spent foam of a half-hearted/undertow according to the tide and/then again slide up, scattering the quick/feet of godwits and willets, their curved bills/plunging as the water slips down, toward/itself, easily, and is taken in.

Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt
Jason Tandon
Black Lawrence Press
8405 Bay Parkway C8, Brooklyn, NY 11214
9781934703595, $14.00,

There is no one more unbiased than the heckler, because he hates everyone equally. "Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt" is an anthology of poetry from Jason Tandon who provides a dry, witty analysis of the world through his verse. Entertaining and insightful, "Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt" is a fine addition to any community library poetry collection. "For Our Anniversary": Now that the flowers have dried and withered,/I will tell you that they were a re-wrapped/bouquet-- severely discounted --/which allowed me to purchase/those two salmon fillets I glazed/with a bottle of maple dressing,/the crab cakes I served with a spoonful/of spicy mustard from the housewarming sampler/your mother had gifted us,/the package of pre-mixed chocolate chunk/cookie dough I baked from scratch,/and from a fundraising ballet troupe,/that banana nut votive candle/which lasted just the one night.

Checking Out
Tim Peeler
Hub City Press
149 S. Daniel Morgan Avenue, Suite 2, Spartanburg, SC 29306
9781891885716, $12.95,

When times change, some take it as a cue to move on. "Checking Out" is a collection of poetry from Tim Peeler, set in a time where his world was changing, as the eighties rolled on, and his surroundings began to change. Poignant and thoughtful, "Checking Out" is a solidly recommended work of poetry. "XXXII": We were movie buffs then;/they seemed important, huge,/darkly escapist, worlds away/from rent houses, complaining/customers, screaming babies;/we argued Pacino or De Niro,/Walken or Hopper, Streep or/Keatonl we rented VCRs,/sat through cheap matinees,/watched illegal cable boxes/and thought we could maybe walk out the lobby door/across the reel of moonlight/into Peter Built High beams/projecting our existential future/against the still, black sky.

And This Is What Happens Next
Marcus Rome
Birch Brook Press
PO Box 81, Delhi, NY 13753
9780978997496, $16.50,

Poets are products of their time. This is particularly true with respect to Marcus Rome whose poetry collection "And This Is What Happens Next" takes for his subject matter the contemporary political polarization, economic corruptions, government intrusions and militarism, increasingly visceral conflicts and a keenly personal sense of isolation and estrangement in America society. Through them all, the poetry of Marcus Rome documents him as a master wordsmith dealing with a true poetic flair the world of today. 'The Appropriate Man': When was it proper to applaud? / He didn't know / so he sat still / and in the end / he gave himself a hand / for perseverance / and the audience / applauded him / for standing out / in a crowd. // He loved the theater. / It was so much better / than watching TV / with his cat.

Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon
Ray Hsu
Nightwood Editions
c/o Harbour Publishing (publicity/distribution)
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
9780889712447 $17.95 1-800-667-2988

The second book in a prospective trilogy intended to explore the "grammar of personhood", Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon is the free-verse poetry collection of Canadian poet Ray Hsu, whose life's work includes teaching for two years at a nearby prison and founding an award-winning Prison Writing Workshop. The brief yet memorable poems offer glimpses into the day-to-day drama of the human condition, with particular focus on the borders that divide harmony and dissent, and the seeds of conflict that grow amid strife between individuals and society as a whole. A thoughtful and provocative compilation, that lingers in the mind and spirit long after being read. "Citizen": Like a magnificent glass / In a cupboard, we learned / An entrance test that made us helplessly // Invincible. From a central hall / We glimpse spectres outside, / And doubt, and even this // Is perfect. Whatever sickens / And decays, in here the world / Is finished.

The Parenting Shelf

First The Broccoli, Then The Ice Cream
Tim Riley
Two Fish Books
PO Box 540094, Omaha, NE 68154-0094
Concierge Marketing (publicity)
13518 'L' Street, Omaha, NE 68137
9780984142316, $15.95,

Just about every parent has wished that children came with an instruction manual. And now with psychologist Tim R. Riley's "First the Broccoli, Then the Ice Cream: A Parent's Guide to Deliberate Discipline", they do! This 208-page compendium of information, insight, and real-world advice on what effective discipline is, as well as how and when to apply it, is a thoroughly 'parent friendly' guide in which caring for children and wanting to help them become competent, honest, successful adults comes through quite clearly. Parents will learn usefully applicable and basic principles of child behavior; six do-it-yourself steps to effectively appropriate discipline; positive reinforcement for desired behavior and negative reinforcement for undesired behavior; and specific disciplinary solutions for the most commonly encountered childhood disciplinary needs. Of special note is the final chapter 'The ABCs of Deliberate Discipline'. "First The Broccoli, Then The Ice Cream' is strongly recommended for academic and community library Parenting collections, and will prove to be an enduringly valued reference for any parent (as well as care givers and teachers) having to deal with child discipline issues at any age.

GrandLoving, fifth edition
Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson, & Elizabeth Bower
Heartstrings Press
49 Starview Place, Lancaster, VA 22503
9780967534978, $18.95,

The role of the grandparent is a unique one. "GrandLoving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren" is a guide for the new grandparent who wants to create a bond that will be remembered even when you're thousands of miles away from your grandchild. Activities, traditions, the power of technology, and much more, for the grandparent who really wants to make a difference, "GrandLoving" is a choice and very highly recommended pick that shouldn't be missed.

The Fiction Shelf

The Steam
Steve Alper
Grace Manor Press
9910 1/2 Durant Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Tallfellow Press (publicity)
1180 So. Beverly Drive, Suite 320, Los Angeles, CA 90035
9780615316338, $14.95,

For one's family, one would do anything, no matter how shady. "The Steam" tells the story of Tom Freedman as he finds himself over his head due to bad gambling decisions. If his luck doesn't change, both he and his family will be out of house and home, and perhaps worse. But when he finds a way to force his luck to change with a corrupt referee, "The Steam" develops into a riveting read of corruption, gambling, and the drive for money.

The Longbridge Decision
Robert M. Brown
Great Little Books
c/o Gail M. Kearns, To Press and Beyond
825 East Pedregosa Street, Suite #2, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
9780979066153, $26.95,

The Supreme Court may be a collection of the most powerful individuals in America. "The Longbridge Decision" delves into a conspiracy plot that may wreak havoc on the higher branches of power in the United States government, from the presidency to the senate to the supreme court. A tale wrought with murder and deception, Robert Brown creates a believable political doomsday scenario and makes "The Longbridge Decision" one very highly entertaining read.

The Damascus Letter
Daniel Dick
Black Diamond Publishing
9780986495908, $14.99,

All too often the lives of many rest in the hands of one. "The Damascus Letter" tells the tale of Akil Hassan, a CIA agent in the Middle East who doesn't have the highest reverence for the rule of espionage. But on his second chance, he finds that breaking the rules is not something that should always be condemned, ad his maverick actions may lead to him being the savior against nefarious plots. "The Damascus Letter" is a fine read for those who enjoy good spy fiction.

Guest House
Barbara K. Richardson
Bay Tree Publishing
PO Box 70236, Richmond, CA 94807-0236
9780981957715, $14.00,

You can give up on life, but it doesn't mean give up on you. "Guest House" tells the story of Melba Burns, a woman devastated by witnessing a horrible tragedy, resigning herself to a quiet life. But when JoLee comes into her life, Melba quickly finds a quiet life just isn't in the cards for her. A fun and entertaining read, "Guest House" is well worth picking up.

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down...
Vernadine A. Merrick
Eloquent Books
c/o AEG Publishing Group
845 Third Avenue, 6th Floor - 5016, New York, NY 10022
9781608602131, $29.95

When you're crawling out of the ghettos, you'll use every edge you can get, legal or not. "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down...: The Secret Life of Senator Jack" tells the story of two brothers who have very different lives. One fell into the criminal underworld, as the other made their way through life as a successful lawyer and eventual senator. The duality of this tale makes for a very intriguing read, making "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down..." a top pick, highly recommended.

Harold G. Ross
Harold G. Ross Publishing
9780980163421, $15.95,

Good looking to the ladies, young and confident in his abilities, and a very good hand with a gun, Robert Shannon decides to leave off herding cattle, dealing with outlaws and Commancheros, and living the relatively isolated life of a cowboy to adventure off and see the world. What he finds is that the world has other hazards for the unwary, including bad guys on the high seas and duplicitous diamond traders on land. Highly recommended for community library collections and personal reading lists, "Shannon" once again documents Harold Ross is a gifted storyteller and this, his seventh historical novel, his arguably his best one yet, and will leave readers new to his work seeking out his previous tales of western adventure including "Brannick" (9780897452427, $9.99); "Horizons West" (9780897452601, $14.95); "The Emerald Prairie" (9780897452748, $14.95); "Uncharted Journey" (9780897452779, $16.95); "Comanche Crossing" (9780971544086, $2.90); and "Across the Purple Divide" (9780971544024, $16.95).

Straight Down the Middle
Margaret Davis
Kelso Books
1150 Chula Vista Drive, Belmont, CA 94002
9780982504628, $15.95,

When stuck between two choices, it's always toughest when both are no longer available. "Straight Down the Middle" tells the story of lesbian couple Diane and Cindy and their pursuit of a child. Diane gets pregnant from a man called Sam so that Diane and Cindy may have a child of their own, but the bonds of fatherhood aren't as easily dismissed as anyone sees. Diane is driven between Sam and Cindy, only to see them both slipping away from her. Humorous and thought provoking, "Straight Down the Middle" is a fine addition to any fiction collection.

Hood Richest
Michelle Monay
Triple Crown Publications
PO Box 6888, Columbus, OH 43205
9780982588871, $15.00,

How much is love really worth, when placed against a pile of money? "Hood Richest" tells the story of Jayah Carter who has already pegged her path in life to marry rich to stay rich. But when Cheno begins to capture her heart, she struggles to keep on her path to what her mind wants, but her heart strongly disagrees. "Hood Richest" is a riveting work of urban romance, sure to entertain and please.

When Past and Future Meet
Frank Comstock
Quaker Hill Press
PO Box 1385, White Plains, MD 20695
9781601455789, $17.95,

When life is good, any change seems seriously scary. "When Past and Future Meet" is the story of the rural town of Allton, who are faced with the recent purchase of a huge stretch of land by a lawyer. Faced with potential urbanization projects, the people of Allton struggle how to deal with how their lives may never be the same again. "When Past and Future Meet" is a fascinating and very highly recommended read that shouldn't be missed.

Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase
Betty N. Thesky
Riverbend Publishing
PO Box 5833, Helena, MT 59604
9781606390115, $9.95,

Thousands of feet in the air is an adventure, just not the sort of adventure she'd like. "Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase!: Hilarious Stories of Air Travel by the World's Favorite Flight Attendant" is a compilation of stories from her beloved podcast, sharing her experiences serving as a flight attendant and dealing with insufferable patrons. "Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase!" is a top pick for those who want to understand the daily plight of the flight attendant.

Tom Milton
Nepperhan Press
PO Box 1448, Yonkers, NY 10702
9780979457951, $12.95,

In the face of terror, any differences can be quickly set aside. "Infamy" tells the story of Fenly Aquino and Raquel Lopez, two individuals working as a union of America and Spain in stopping a terrorist plot that seems to be targeting New York City once more. To find justice, they will have to find it through the criminal underworlds of both their countries, making "Infamy" a riveting novel.

Rage Against The Dying Light
Jan Surasky
Sandalwood Press
PO Box 285, Victor, NY 14564
9780578003672, $24.95, 1-585-924-7828

Boudicia was Celtic tribal royalty when Rome invaded the British Isles in the first century A.D. In their efforts to suppress the Celts, Rome attacked her tribe, killing her husband, raping her daughters, and publicly whipping her. As a result of this enormous affront Boudicca declared her own war against the Romans and any Celt that collaborated with them. With a following of thousands of warriors she nearly drove the Romans back into the sea -- but her ultimate destiny was to fail, the individual heroism of the Celts ultimately being no match for the superior Roman military armaments, tactics, and manpower. Now Boudicca's doomed but heroic struggle is the subject of Jan Surasky's gripping historical novel, "Rage Against The Dying Light". A thoroughly engaging and deftly written novel from first page to last, "Rage Against The Dying Light" is solidly entertaining and will prove a popular addition to personal reading lists and community library collections.

Penmark Publishing
PO Box 512, Sanibel, FL 33957

Christine Lemmon is the author of a series of superbly written novels with the theme of women struggling to realize their true potential. "Sanibel Scribbles" (9780971287419, $14.95) is the story of Vicki Brightman, her best friend Rebecca, a six-month journey to another country, a roster of colorful characters, and the unexpected demands that compel equally unexpected changes in one's life. Set in 1953 era Florida, "Portion Of The Sea" (9780971287457, $14.95), is the complex story of 15-year-old Lydia Isleworth, who meets Marlena DiPluma, an aspiring Hollywood actress who give Lydia her journal and admonishes that Lydia is capable of accomplishing anything that she wants to achieve. "Sand In My Eyes" (9780971287471, $14.95) is the story of Anna Hott, who leaves her high-pressure life, failing marriage, and demanding children behind when she moves from New York City to Sanibel Island, a barrier island off of Florida's Gulf Coast where life is lived at a very different pace and enables her. Very highly recommended for community library contemporary fiction collections and personal leisure time reading lists, all three novels document Christine Lemmon as a gifted writer with a very special flare for creating memorable characters with extraordinary stories of their own.

The Absence of Anyone Else
Amy L. Alley
Aonian Press
900 South Irby Street, #508, Florence, SC 29501
9781596636712, $16.95

Dreams can lead people to much pain. "The Absence of Anyone Else" tells the story of starving artist and single mother Grace Pruitt, as she faces the despair of her life, dreading what she could have once had. Through an encounter with her child's father, and a glimmer of hope for the future, she finds that happiness may not lie in what she's always wanted, but on a side path which can be just as fulfilling. Poignant and thought provoking, "The Absence of Anyone Else" is a choice pick for those seeking a fine romance.

Pleasure Coast Pilgrims
Charlie Peart
Fiction Publishing, Inc.
5626 Travelers Way, Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
9780982616802, $18.99,

To get away from oppression, one may dive into the unknown. "Pleasure Coast Pilgrims" tells the story of Gary, a man faced with an unusual situation of pilgrims from another dimension, not too unlike Gary's own. But new issues come when dealing with immigration, especially immigration where no country lines are present. An intriguing work of science fiction, "Pleasure Coast Pilgrim" is a choice pick.

Lily's Odyssey
Carol Smallwood
All Things That Matter press
PO Box 1485, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804
9780984098453, $18.99,

Some people never heal from the wounds of childhood. "Lily's Odyssey" tells the story of Lily, a girl with a troubled past that seems to be leaking out into her future. Carol Smallwood creates a vivid tale of facing abuse and finding one's life after the misery of a childhood. "Lily's Odyssey" will intrigue and please many a reader.

Ruby of the Realms
Dan Kamin
Black Rose Writing
5800 N. Overhill Ave., Chicago, IL 60631
9781935605089, $16.95,

Something always has to mess up paradise. "Ruby of the Realms" tells the story of Ruby, a dog who loves her family and what they have given her. When a blue bunny steps into her life, she finds herself fighting against the many evils of the realm of Rocia, and far from home. Having to brave many dangers, "Ruby of the Realms" is a fun read that young readers will simply adore.

Face the Tiger
Douglas Meador
Ellem Publishing
PO Box 22980, Carmel, CA 93922
9780984307906, $28.95

Some soldiers never stop fighting. "Face the Tiger" tells the story of three Vietnam war veterans as they recollect their battle tales from fighting the heroin trade that stretched from Vietnam to America. Now, they face a new foe at home, as they bring themselves to fight once more. A novel of war and the lives of its veterans, "Face the Tiger" is an intriguing read that shouldn't be missed.

Tell Me About Orchard Hollow
Lin Stepp
Canterbury House Publishing
225 Ira Harmon Road, Vilas, NC 28692
9780982539613, $15.95,

A brief stay in the mountains can do wonders for the soul. "Tell Me About Orchard Hollow" tells the tale of Jenna Howell as she takes a tip into the Smokey mountains. Finding love and peace, a tragedy rattles her serenity as she faces new challenges in her life, and she hopes her stay in the mountains will give her strength to face them. "Tell Me About Orchard Hollow" is a thoughtful read that many will find inspiration in.

Cry for the Water Buffalo
James N. Zitzelsberger
Moki Lane Publishing
1199 E. Black Wolf Avenue, Onkosh, WI 54902
9780615316475, $15.95,

Some wounds never heal. "Cry for the Water Buffalo" tells the story of how some Vietnamese are still torn apart by that war three or four decades ago, which split a people against itself. James N. Zitzelberger tells a story of one of these families who struggle to cope with their pasts. "Cry for the Water Buffalo" is an intriguing and fascinating read that should not be missed.

Nancy Deville
Heavenly Clouds
46 Appleton Street, Boston, MA 02116
9780984128402, $24.00,

This was not the life she expected. "Karma" tells the story of American doctor Meredith Fitzgerald as she's swept into the human sex slave trade during a visit to Istanbul, Turkey. Forced to work as a doctor under horrible conditions, she provides insight on what these unfortunate women face. Nancy Deville uses her expertise as a health writer well to provide additional insight through her protagonist, making "Karma" a truly intriguing and enlightening on top of entertaining read.

Where the Dog Star Never Glows
Tara L. Masih
Press 53
PO BOX 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130
9780982576052, $14.00,

Award winning poet, essayist, and author Tara L. Masih gives reader a taste of her best work with "Where the Dog Star Never Glows". She presents numerous short stories on numerous topics, each with their own message for quick digesting. Weaving her love of poetry into her prose, "Where the Dog Star Never Glows" is entertaining short fiction that makes for quite the fulfilling read.

Arianna Snow
Golden Horse
PO Box 1002, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-1002
9780977230877, $13.99,

Finding truth and peace never seems to find its way to McDonnally manor. "Kade" is the eighth volume of the Lochmoor Glen Series, following the unceasing events of the manor, as new faces begin to appear and violence rears its ugly head. Another exciting thriller from Arianna Snow, "Kade" is not a read to be missed for fans of the series.

Awakening to Sunlight
Lindsey Stones
Bold Strokes Books
PO Box 249, Valley Falls, NY 12185
9781602821439, $16.95,

Necessity breeds understanding. "Awakening to Sunlight" tells the story of two women in Judith and Lizzy. Judith is a single mother fleeing a cruel husband, and Lizzy is a solitary woman. When Judith finds herself bringing her child under Lizzy's roof, the two gradually gain an understanding and a good deal of strength from one another to confront he challenges of their lives. "Awakening to Sunlight" is a fine novel with many lessons, highly recommended.

The Castaway
Piero Rivolta
New Chapter Publisher
1765 Ringling Blvd., Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34236
9780984174522, $21.95,

To know oneself is the first step to finding oneself. "The Castaway" tells the story of a man who washes up on the Yucatan, lacking his memory. Through the help of a priest and a school teacher, he tries to find his memory, Piero Rivolta brings readers a follow up to 'Sunset in Sarasota', as he brings a discussion of many of these elements for readers. "The Castaway" is a choice pick for those seeking literary fiction.

Young Einstein
Barry Parker
Stardust Press
13277 Billy Lane, Pocatello, OD 83202
9780976407645, $14.95,

What is the life of a young genius truly like? "Young Einstein" is a novelization of the early life of notable physicist Albert Einstein. Barry Parker hopes to stay true to the life of Einstein, approaching the realm of creative-nonfiction. His novel paints Einstein as a man not so different from the rest of us without genius IQs, and the problems he faces that are spurred from his intellect. "Young Einstein" is a captivating read, highly recommended.

The Cave of Storms
Patricia Weenolsen
Rubythroat Press
4026 Stone Way N., #501, Seattle, WA 98103
9781935420057, $19.95,

Is it damnation or salvation that awaited them? "The Cave of Storms: Remembrance of Things That Never Happened" is a novel set during the time of the witch hunts as a teenage girl flees Salem after her sister is executed as a witch. Captured by Abenaki, they face a new life with the native Americans, becoming wrapped int heir traditions and the chaotic times of Colonial New England and the warring factions of the region. "The Cave of Storms" is a fascinating adventure, well worth experiencing.

Confrontation: An Axe of Iron Novel
J. A. Hunsinger
Vinland Publishing
661 Tamarron Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506
9780980160154 $16.95

With no understanding there is conflict. With understanding, there is peace. "Confrontation: An Axe of Iron Novel" tells the story of Vikings from Greenland who land on the coasts of the Americas and encounter the native people of the Americas. Though started in conflict, there may soon be a peace as the Northmen realize they need the natives to survive. "Confrontation" is an intriguing piece of historical fiction, highly recommended.

Project: Dragonslayers
K. Rowe
Black Rose Writing
PO Box 1540, Castroville, TX 78009
9781935605072 $20.95

The hardest challenges don't come from being a woman, but from those who would sabotage you along the way. "Project: Dragonslayers" tells the story of a determined Air Force woman in the form of Eagle Tryggvesson who tries to make her unit the most successful it can become. But success is not wished on her by Navy man Richard Westland, who seems to be out to prevent her successes every step of the way. "Project: Dragonslayers" is a riveting read of battling terrorism and discrimination in one fell swoop.

The Wee Musketeers
Robert Bresloff
Hungry Goat Press
c/o Gauthier Publications
PO Box 806241, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
9780982081259, $14.95,

Magic has a way of changing the world, but all too often not in a good way. "The Wee Musketeers" tells the story of three young boys and their encounter with a magical copy of the Three Musketeers, which transports them into its world. But meddling in the world of fiction can have its drawbacks, as they get the more famous trio captured and it's up to them to save the day, or their beloved story will never be the same again. "The Wee Musketeers" is a choice and very highly recommended read for young readers who are being encouraged to embrace literary classics.

Seven Cities of Greed
Jean Sheldon
Bast Press
PO Box 2043, Hillsboro, OR 97123
9780972354172, $15.95,

The desire for money is the desire for power, which drives way too many people. "Seven Cities of Greed" tells the story of Jacqueline Tracy and her friends as they find a journal which may hold the locations of the legendary cities of Gold. But knowledge is also power as there are people out to take Tracy's book for their own greed, making Tracy's own journey all the more perilous. "Seven Cities of Greed" is an insightful and very highly recommended pick for general fiction readers.

Etre the Cow
Sean Kenniff
3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
9780757315022, $11.95

There is nothing more terrifying than being completely powerless to alter one's surroundings. "Etre the Cow" is the story of Etre, a sentient bull aware of the world around him. Although he bares a voice, he finds that a voice is worth nothing as everything around him is rigidly determined, as his fellow cows do nothing, and his protests go unheard. "Etre the Cow" is a unique and insightful novel well worth reading and thinking about.

Anna Mei
Carol A. Grund
Pauline Kids
50 St. Pauls Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
0819807885, $8.95,

Trying to fit in is the goal of any new kid, and some go to untold lengths. "Anna Mei: Cartoon Girl" tells the stale of Anna Mei who is trying to fit into her sixth grade class, as the child of an adoptive family. Fearing being an outcast, she manufactures herself a personality, only to find that reality will keep up with her and being herself is hard after trying not to for so long. "Anna Mei: Cartoon Girl" is a top pick for middle school fiction readers.

The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores
Cory Mesler
Bronx River Press
3915 Dyre Ave. PO Box #98, Bronx, NY 10466
9780978984717, $15.95,

A new face always shakes up small town America. "The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores" tells the story of Tom More and another man called Tom More who walks into his life. When the men of Queneau, Tom's town, start dropping dead, Tom's story gets weirder and brings him much to find out and wonder. "The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores" is a choice and very highly recommended read for general fiction readers seeking something with a country tint.

Winner's Way
Kirkland R. Gable
Star Cloud Press
6137 East Mescal Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-5418
9781932842326, $17.95,

The obligations between oneself and their family is a conflict many face. "Winner's Way" tells the story of Mark a man who is facing just such a split in his life. When he meets a gardener who is called Sensei, Sensei lives up to his names and equips Mark with what he doesn't learn in college and of the many lessons of life. "Winner's Way" is a top pick for general fiction collections, and for reader looking for a bit of inspiration in their fiction.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

One Man Alone
Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD
New Spring Press
PO Box 200, New York, NY 10156
9780982196519, $39.95,

The product of years of research and investigation by Doctor Nicholas J. Gonzalez into nutritional/enzyme approaches to the treatment of cancer, "One Man Alone" is a 520-page work of seminal medical scholarship that provides the reader with an informed and informative critique of the theories and practices of Doctor William Donald Kelley, a pioneer in the field of treating aggressive cancers. Drawing upon fifty illustrative case histories, the value of nutritional supplements (including large doses of pancreatic enzymes) in the treatment of cancer is presented in this seminal study. Superbly organized, deftly presented, essential reading for all medical and health professionals dealing with the research and treatment of cancers, "One Man Alone" is a core addition to professional and academic library Health/Medicine reference collections and supplemental Cancer Studies reading lists.

The Business Shelf

Scar Tissue
Daryl Erdman
Brio Press Publishing
12 South Sixth Street #1250, Minneapolis, MN 55402
9780981929040, $22.95,

Being a successful entrepreneur, operating a profitable business is a very hard way to make a living. That's why Daryl Erdman's "Scar Tissue: Lessons from the World of Entrepreneurship" is such an instructive and engaging read. Drawing upon his more than forty years of experience and expertise as a developer of businesses, Erdman provides his readers with a cornucopia of instructively illustrative stories enhancing his rock solid advice and insightful commentary. From deciding to become an entrepreneur and getting an idea, to concluding a business and/or a business career, and every step of the way in between, "Scar Tissue" will prove to be an invaluable resource and a thoroughly 'reader friendly' approach to decision making and problem avoidance.

The Retail Jungle
J. T. LaPlante
Wasteland Press
11301 Ocean Road, Frisco, TX 75035
9781600474156, $19.95,

Salesmanship is a unique challenge all in itself. "The Retail Jungle: Tales of Adventure and Strategies to Assist You in Becoming a Professional Guide" is a guide to being the salesman in today's economy, and all of the challenges that come along with it. From the simplicity of introducing oneself, to the subtle nuances of the conversation to selling something when it's not on sale, "The Retail Jungle" is a must for anyone who makes their money through selling themselves along with their product.

Agile Excellence
Greg Cohen
Superstar Press
c/o Happy About
20660 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 210, Cupertino, CA 95014
9781607730743, $24.95,

A good manager doesn't panic when their plan is changed. "Agile Excellence: For Product Managers" is a guide to agile product management, managing when everything isn't going according to plan and dealing with these problems accordingly. Flexing the schedule, reworking one's plans, and meeting deadlines, new programs and languages for dealing with a marketplace that demands speed and flexibility, "Agile Excellence" proves to be an insightful collection of information, highly recommended.

Conscious Endeavors
Robert M. Abbott
Scriptorium/Palimpsest Press
c/o Green Frigate Books
P.O. Box 461, Sheffield, Vermont, USA, 05866
139780971X, $19.95,

Business needs resources, and the world's resources are finite. "Conscious Endeavors: Essays on Business, Society, and The Journey to Sustainability" is a collection of essays from Rob Abbott as he offers his own thoughts and insights on the many subjects that the planet faces today, split into four subjects such as origins, homage, reflection, and renewal. Thoughtful and enlightening, "Conscious Endeavors" is a choice pick for the environmentally conscious business man.

The Education Shelf

Great Minds Don't Think Alike!
Diane Payne & Sondra VanSant
Center for Applications of Psychological Type
2815 NW 13th Street, Suite 401, Gainesville, FL 32609
9780935652888, $34.95,

Given any thought at all, the old aphorism that 'Great minds think alike' is simply not true. On every political, cultural, social, economic, scientific, and religious issue there have always been differences of opinion between intelligent and knowledgeable men and women. Partly this is brought about by differing degrees of information, of life experiences, of cultural conditioning, of gender biology, and other such factors. But these differences are also a matter of differences in how people learn, including psychological and physiological issues. That's why "Great Minds Don't Think Alike: Success for Students through the Application of Psychological Type in Schools", the collaboration of Diane Payne and Sondra VanSant, is of such relevance and value to educators charged with the responsibility of teaching children of any age and all backgrounds. Informed and informative, "Great Minds Don't Think Alike!" begins with an introduction to the basics of personality type. The authors then go on to focus on the issues of personalizing instruction, the learning environment, assessment, and achievement. Further issues including team collaboration, collaboration in decision making and problem solving, conflict management, school operations. Of special note is the chapter focused on 'Introducing Type in Schools'. Enhanced with extensive appendices, a list of resources, an accompanying CD of resources, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in its approach, "Great Minds Don't Think Alike!" is to be very highly recommended for personal, professional, and academic library education instructional reference collections.

The Cookbook Shelf

Dining with the Dollar Diva
Elizabeth J. Fisher
The Elevator Group
PO Box 207, Paoli, PA 19301
9780982528242, $15.95,

Good food is not synonymous with expensive food. "Dining with the Dollar Diva: Divalicious Menus with Ingredients Costing $1 or Less" is a guide for the cook on a budget who doesn't want to spend a lot on their food but still wants to eat like a queen. Elizabeth Fisher gives guides to how you can be a dollar store gourmet without making the term ironic, with plenty of tips and tricks to making exquisitely cheap exquisite cuisine. "Dining with the Dollar Diva" is a must for the cook on a budget.

Flavors Of Friuli
Elisabeth Antoine Crawford
754 Great Highway, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94121
9780970371614, $29.95,

It's no culinary secret that Italy is home to some of the world's finest cuisine. It is also widely recognized by professional chefs and Italian housewives that there are fundamental distinctions in the cuisines of the various regions that comprise this nation of dedicated food enthusiasts. That's why "Flavors of Friuli: A Culinary Journey through Northeastern Italy" by Elisabeth Antoine Crawford (who spent five years researching, traveling, recipe-testing, and photographing this very special and specialized cuisine) is such a joy to browse through and inspiring to prepare memorably authentic dishes with. From Orzotto ai Funghi (Barley with Mushrooms); to Toc de Purcit (Carnian Pork Stew); to Crostata alla Marmellata (Mixed Berry Jam Tart); to Minestra di Bobici (Corn and Bean Soup); to Stinco di Vitello (Braised Veal Shank), "Flavors Of Friuli" truly lives up to its title. Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout, "Flavors Of Friuli" showcases the history and communities whose culinary heritages are represented, making it an informative pleasure to simply browse through. Simply stated, if a personal or community library's cookbook acquisition budget is limited, be sure to include adding a copy of "Flavors Of Friuli" to the ethnic and regional cookbook collection - family and patrons alike will truly appreciate it!

The American History Shelf

Who Killed Abraham Lincoln?
Paul Serup
Salmova Press
230 - 1126 3rd Ave., Prince George, B.C., Canada V2L 3E5
9780981168500 $23.00

Who Killed Abraham Lincoln? closely studies evidence of Roman Catholic Church complicity in the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, as well as damning evidence of the church's involvement in the devastating New York City Draft Riots during the civil war - a shameful rampage of murder, lynching and arson perpetuated primarily by Irish Catholics. From corruption in the church hierarchy, to laggard responses of church officials against violence, to the vested interest the church had in compromising America's democratic institutions, Who Killed Abraham Lincoln? is a severe indictment of a religious institution's historical hostility to fundamental American values. A well-researched and persuasively presented account, Who Killed Abraham Lincoln? is particularly recommended for college library collections.

Fish Factories
Ruth Formanek
Pagonia Books
170 West End Ave., 27N, New York, NY 10023
9780981767017, $22.50

To make the most of the Ocean's bounty, you needed somewhere to process it. "Fish Factories: Ruins of an American Industry" is a collection of photos showing the decline of the Fish Factory industry in America, which had a boom in the early portion of the twentieth century, but now only ruins remain along the coastlines. Poignant and a snapshot of a past, these full color photos delve into the fish factory industry well, and make "Fish Factories" a solid addition to any American history photography collection.

The Sports Shelf

A Bitter Cup of Coffee
Douglas J. Gladstone
Word Association Publishers
205 Fifth Avenue, Tarentum, Pennsylvania 15084
9781595715128 $18.00

Journalist and baseball fan Douglas J. Gladstone presents A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve, an examination of how 874 Major League Baseball players who played professionally between 1947 and 1979 with brief trials in the majors ("just long enough to drink a cup of coffee", or so the metaphor goes). Ever since 1980, Major League Baseball players have only needed one day of service credit to be eligible for health benefits, and 43 days for a retirement allowance, but these benefits were not retroactive - dealing a "bitter cup of coffee" to the men who previously served the sport. A wealth of interviews with former players, including heart-touching stories of the hard times some of them have endured, peppers this thoughtful and timely account, which gains especial relevance in light of the current debate about the state of health care in America.

Heart of a Student Athlete
Karl Mecklenburg
Bernard Publishing
c/o Greenleaf Book Group
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9780984147502 $14.95,

A good student athletic career is the start of a good career of life. "Heart of a Student Athlete: All-Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families" is a guide advocating the power of student athletics and what it has on the young competitors, teaching them core values that are invaluable in any walk of life, while keeping them away from the things that often destroy young lives. "Heart of a Student Athlete" is a very motivational read aimed at inspiring young athletes, highly recommended.

The Biography Shelf

Belly River's Famous Joe Cosley
Brian McClung
Life Preservers Publishing LLC
2863 Jamie Rose Street, Las Vegas, NV 89135
9780984322916 $19.95 1-888-360-8162

Belly River's Famous Joe Cosley is the true-life autobiography of one of the first park rangers of Glacier Park - a man who engaged in illegal trapping and poaching on the sly. His questionable activities eventually got him arrested and taken to trial; yet he escaped the authorities and out-raced the rangers of Glacier Park to his cache of furs, a struggle that included crossing 30 miles of icy Ahern Pass in one night, by snowshoe. Black-and-white photographs illustrate this amazing story of an extraordinary (albeit greedy) man, along with new information on his family. A most enjoyable read cover to cover, highly recommended.

Under the Carmel Valley Sun
Pam and Fred Gilberd
Tunnington Press
27640 Selfridge Lane, Carmel, CA 93923
9780578025261, $17.95,

How to spend the retirement years is always a debate for long standing couples. "Under the Carmel Valley Sun: An Adventure in Remodeling, Relationship, and Red Wine" is a relationship memoir following Pam and Fred Gilberd as they reflect on their decision to move a run down ranch in California, with very different ideas and views on what to do with it. A charming read that many couples will relate to and cherish, "Under the Carmel Valley Sun" is a top pick and strongly recommended read.

Looking for Mr. Right but Slept with Mr. Wrong
Marsha A. Johnson
Morris Publishing
3212 East Highway 30, Kearney, NE 68842
Mpress Xpress
PO Box 9531, Tulsa, OK 74167
9780976535997, $24.99

No woman finds their love so easily. "Looking for Mr. Right but Slept with Mr. Wrong: Confessions of a Single Woman" is a memoir of a twice-divorcee in Marsha A. Johnson as she reflects on her failed relationships and how the desire for love leads her to believe that though a failed relationship is a tragedy, the fear of failure should never stop your search for love. "Looking for Mr. Right but Slept With Mr. Wrong" is an uplifting and highly recommended read that shouldn't be missed.

Sweet Home Acres
Mosezickle II
Total Publishing & Media
9731 East 54th Street, Tulsa, OK 74146
9780881445152, $21.99,

A plantation was something passed down for generations. "Sweet Home Acres" is a history of one particular family as it struggled through the nineteenth and twentieth century faced with constant challenges and conflict of inheriting the farm and the greater confusion of breeding with their slaves for over a century. Reading like a riveting soap-opera, "Sweet Home Acres" is a worthwhile family history for those looking an account of a South Carolinian plantation.

True Enema Stories
David Watson, editor
Nelson & Jones
2272 Colorado Boulevard, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90041
9780984367719, $14.95,

The enema, primarily a tool for medicine, has gained quite the diverse reputation. "True Enema Stories: Volume I" tells the tale of many stories surrounding the enema, ranging from the simply medical and therapeutic, to the taboo and the sexual. David Watson provides these many stories this taboo subject that should rise the curiosities of many readers. For anyone with a certain thing for the enema, "True Enema Stories" may be the pick for them.

David Fisichella
Leapfrog Press
PO Box 2110, Teaticket,MA 02536
9781935248101, $15.95,

Life at sea still has more adventure than anyone could ever bargain for. "Seven-Tenths: Love, Piracy, and Science at Sea" is a memoir from David Fasichella as he serves as a mechanical engineer at sea in the Arabian sea in 1995. He finds love with a blind oceanographer, but is faced with drama through the ship and the ever so annoying pirate attack. "Seven-Tenths" is an engaging and fascinating memoir, sure to entertain and enlighten.

Sixty Slices of Life... on Wry
Fred Flaxman
Story Books
36 Pickens Lane, Weaverville, NC 28787
9781891513015, $16.00

To become a public broadcaster, one must follow a truly unique path in life. "Sixty Slices of Life... on Wry: The Private Life of a Public Broadcaster" is a memoir from Fred Flaxman, a man who has worked with Public television for much of his life. He comes to readers with his unusual brand of wit and wisdom and provides a fascinating and charming collection of insight for readers that is well worth the price of admission. For those looking for a bit of insight with their humor "Sixty Slices of Life" is a top pick.

Tincture of Time
Judy Schreiber-Mosher
Soteria Press
2616 Angell Avenue, San Diego, CA 92122
Blessingway Authors Services (publicity)
134 East Lupita Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
9780982402306, $14.00,

Losing the one closest to you changes the world as you know it. "Tincture of Time: Living Through Grief to Hope" is the memoir of Judy Schreiber-Mosher as she tries to cope with the loss of her husband the the pain that comes after it. Encouraging other widows to try to find their way in life despite the worst of it, she comes with solid wisdom that helps readers through the worst times of their life. "Tincture of Time" is an insightful and highly recommended read that shouldn't be overlooked.

This Path We Share
Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad
Mulberry Hill Press
2710 S. Washington, Englewood, CO 80110-1679
9780963713964, $18.95,

How do you spend the better part of a century tethered to one person? "This Path We Share: Reflecting on 60 Years of Marriage" is a part memoir, part marriage guide from Lois Hjelmstad as she hopes to offer couples the tools they need to stay together for decades on end. Stating that people change and couples need to change with each other, fulfill each other's needs upon differing levels, and adjust with the times, "This Path We Share" is quite insightful and very highly recommended.

Leave the Light On
Jennifer Storm
Central Recovery Press
3371 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129
9780981848228, $14.95,

Recovering from assault and addiction is an endeavor none should have to face. "Leave the Light On: A Memoir of Recovery and Self-Discovery" is a sequel to Jennifer Storm's earlier memoir 'Blackout Girl'. Focusing on the long road to recovery, she tries to live her life free from drugs, facing her past mistakes and tragedies when trying to learn to love once more. "Leave the Light On" is poignant and a reminder that recovery is always possible.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Shamra Divided
Barry Hoffman
Edge Books
5307 Arroyo Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80922
9781934267165, $12.95,

All it takes is one person, no matter how insignificant, to take humanity off the road to Chaos. "Shamra Divided" is the second book of the Shamra Chronicles as young Dara must lead an army against oppression and rise up against a powerful force called Chaos, something she alone may be the only one to stop. "Shamra Divided" is a fantastic fantasy that genre fans will simply love.

Songs of Deep Green
Dale B. Mattheis
Ardent Publishing
PO Box 489, Northfield, MN 55057
9780970543028, $24.95,

No one can stand alone against a massive army. "Songs of Deep Green" tells the tale of Jeff & Carl, two transplants from Earth into this new world, as they set sale southwards to find allies to help the Northern Kingdom stand against the Salcheck invaders. But no sea journey is ever easy, especially as winter sets in. "Songs of Deep Green" is a choice pick for fantasy fans who like nautical adventure.

Dead Forever Awakening
William Campbell
Glyd-Evans Press
PO Box 14946, Portland, OR 97293-0946
9780971796027, $14.95

To overcome death has been the human goal since its existence, but perhaps they should have conquered tyranny first. "Dead Forever Awakening" takes place in a world where humanity has functional immortality, where when their body dies they simply get a new one, with no loss of any functionality or memory. But they live under an oppressive ruler, and one faction stands against this ruler, and although they too are immortal, evil has ways of subverting it. "Dead Forever Awakening" is a fascinating science fiction adventure, highly recommended.

Call of Destiny
Robert Wagoner
Beechstreet Publishing
10 Countryside Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452
9780982628508, $11.99

To see everything available to them has been the attraction to many throughout the ages. "Call of Destiny" is the first part of the 'One Small Step Out of the Garden of Eden' series from Robert Wagoner as he gives readers a tale of Michael Gillen, a bright eyed young cadet in a military cadet with dreams of seeing the galaxy in the twenty fifth century. But no dream goes uninterrupted as Michael soon finds, making "Call of Destiny" an enticing read.

The Homeowner's Shelf

Sell Your Home Fast
Norma Lehmeier Hartie
Lingham Press
PO Box 715, Crugers, NY 10521
9780977963317, $19.95,

Sometimes you want to be rid of something as quick as humanly possible. "Sell Your Home Fast: In a Buyer's Market" is a guide to selling one's home when the market seems to be in disfavor. With nine simple tips and tricks for presenting one's home as the ideal one to buy, Norma Lehmeier Hartie comes at readers with no shortage of sage advice. "Sell Your Home Fast" is a top pick for anyone trying to sell their former residence quickly.

The Economics Shelf

Free Trade Doesn't Work
Ian Fletcher
US Business & Industry Council
512 C St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
9780578048208, $24.95

Free trade relies on human nature, something very shaky and fallible in its own right. "Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why" discusses the flaw of the free market system as Ian Fletcher presents his argument to what should change and replace it in the future as society goes on. Intriguing and well argued, Ian Fletcher provides a very highly recommended dissection of the world's economy and how we can fix it. "Free Trade Doesn't Work" is a read that should not be missed, highly recommended.

Free People, Free Markets
Ralph L. Bayrer
3931 Ivy Terrace Court, NW, Washington, DC 20007
New Academia Publishing, LLC
PO Box 27420, Washington, DC 20038-7420
9780982386743, $30.00

Economics have more to do with people than many really know. "Free People, Free Markets: Their Evolutionary Origins" tells the story of how humanity came to embrace its many economical systems, stating that there are trends between different philosophies and societies and the success of their markets. Ralph L. Bayrer provides much scholarly insight, which makes "Free People, Free Markets" a highly intriguing read, well worth considering.

The Travel Shelf

Romancing the Impossible
Clarke Straughan
Travel Treasure Publishing
6705 Hwy., 290 W., Suite 502, Box 130, Austin, TX 78735
9780615234687, $19.95

Nothing in the world is free, but it doesn't mean you need a pile of cash to do anything. "Romancing the Impossible: Traveling the World Without Money" is a combination memoir and advice guide as Clarke Straughan tells his story on how he dared to see the world without having the money to back up his adventures. Straight and inspiring, he hopes to motivate others to try for the journey as well. For those taken by wanderlust but have empty wallets, "Romancing the Impossible" is a choice pick that should not be missed.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Christian Way to Be Happily Married
David Sanderlin
Christian Starlight Press
1002 Pansy Way, El Cajon, CA 92019
9780982439630, $12.95

A long lasting happiness doesn't focus on the material. "The Christian Way to Be Happily Married" is a Christian marriage guide that encourages couples to embrace their faith together to push for a greater union that will last longer than any money. Focusing on scripture and other sources, David Sanderlin comes to readers with inspirational writing to encourage them to reach for greater in their lives. "The Christian Way to Be Happily Married" is a treasure trove of love and inspiration, highly recommended.

Self-Study Bible Course
Derek Prince
Derek Prince Ministries
PO Box 19501, Charlotte, NC 28219-9501
Whitaker House
1030 Hunt Valley Circle, New Kensington, PA 15068
088368750X, $17.99,

A dedicated faith will study on its own. "Self-Study Bible Course" is a guide for those who want to study the Bible on their own terms and find their own thoughts and opinions on God's work to grow closer to it. Insightful and educational, Derek Prince's guide will help would-be students get started with plenty of lessons and activities. "Self-Study Bible Course" is a must for those who want to understand the Bible more closely.

The Self-Help Shelf

The Lost Secrets of Fame & Fortune
Baltasar Gracian Morales
Mega Niche Media
8721 Santa Monica Blvd., #431, Los Angeles, CA 90069
9781604870114, $12.95

The pursuit of happiness is often the pursuit of wealth. "The Lost Secrets of Fame & Fortune: How to Get & Keep Everything You Desire" is a guide for those pursuing a life of fame and fortune and how to acquire such things. With simple wisdom broken down into quick, easily digestible chunks, Baltasar Gracian Morales gives readers a solid compendium of knowledge and leaves readers wiser having read the book. "The Lost Secrets of Fame & Fortune" is a must for any fortune seeker.

Voices of Change
Kathy Lynn
Gatsby Publishing
201 Delaronde Street, New Orleans, LA 70114
9780982407912, $15.00,

Good wisdom changes someone's life for the better. "Voices of Change: 2 Minute-Inspirational Stories on Life's Lessons Learned" is a collection of short, inspirational stories that seek to encourage readers to use the many lessons life throws at them to renew and revise their life's plans so that they can be better prepared for all of life's challenges. Simple and uplifting, "Voices of Change" is a solid addition to any self-help collection.

Armchair Travel to Heal the Planet
Kathy Bornino
1183 Shannon Lane, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Aventine Press
750 State St., #319, San Diego, CA 92101
9781593306359, $18.95

You don't need to get down on your hands and knees and plant a tree to make a positive change in the world. "Armchair Travel to Heal the Planet: Using Intentional Imagery to Support Conflict Resolution and Healing" is a guide for having a positive impact on the planet as well as one's own self. Imagery is a powerful tool as is understanding other cultures. Understanding promotes compassion and forms much of the root of Kathy Bornino's message. "Armchair Travel to Heal the Planet" is a choice and highly recommended pick for inspirational collections.

The Criminology Shelf

Mr. Rhode Island
Marc J. Seifer
Polyphase Press
10 Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606
9781931261050, $28.99

When you're busy trying to make your fortune, being a suspect in a murder case can prove to be quite the distraction. "Mr. Rhode Island" tells the story of Stephen Rosati, a former bodybuilder trying to make his way as a real estate and fitness club mogul. But when he's accused of murdering a drug lord in Florida, his life spirals out of control as Marc J. Seifer details his story in this real-life courtroom drama. "Mr. Rhode Island" is a choice pick for community library Criminology Studies collections and the supplemental reading lists for those seeking a true to life legal tale.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

How to Get Fired!
Jeff Havens
Big Pow! Enterprises
5554 Shamrock Lane, Madison, WI 53711
9780984302208, $14.95,

It's easy to tell someone what to do. It's even easier to show them what not to do. "How to Get Fired: The New Employee's Guide to Perpetual Unemployment" is a guide to slacking off, being completely unproductive and unhireable. Through Jeff Haven's sage advice, one will struggle to get hired and find it hard to keep a job for any stable period of time. "How to Get Fired" is an ideal cautionary guide to the many ways to lose one's job.

Body Work
Kayse Gehret
Soulstice Media
512 Johnson Street Suite A, Sausalito, CA 94965
9780615330761, $16.95

Massage therapy can prove to be a very useful and lucrative career. "Body Work: Careers in Massage Therapy" is a career guide for those who are considering a career in massage therapy. With tips on evaluating if it's truly the right career path, finding a school for training, the lucrative nature of privately owned operations, and dealing with clients, "Body Work" is everything a would be or starting therapist needs to know about their potential career.

Life After College
Hundreds of Heads
#230, 2221 Peachtree Road, Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30309
The Cadence Group (publicity)
103 Remsen Street, Cohoes, NY 12047
9781933512907, $16.95,

What to do the moment you get out of college is the question asked by many a fresh graduate. "Life After College: The New Graduate's Guide" is an advice manual for finding that first job that those years of education were meant to prepare you for. Finding that first home to live alone, graduate school, dealing with having no money, finding love after the ease of college, and more, "Life After College" is chock full and packed cover to cover with information and is a very highly recommended read.

The Mathematics Shelf

101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math
Marc Zev, Kevin B. Segal, & Nathan Levy
Science, Naturally!
627 A Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
9780967802039, $9.95,

Living a life without math would prove highly difficult. "101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math" is a series of word problems and answers designed to help readers apply them to the real world in many an instance you can't avoid working numbers. Time zones, music and mathematics, basic shopping math, the staff of Science, Naturally! proves that math isn't something only for nerds, it's something everyone can, and will use. "101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math" is a read that will serve well in any children's trivia or mathematics collection.

The Photography Shelf

Unexpected Journeys
Michele Hermansen
Unexpected Journeys LLC
c/o BRIO Publishing Made Simple
12 South Sixth Street, Suite 1250, Minneapolis, MN 55402
9780615354767, $19.95,

Something so far and alien to your normal life can teach you much of the world. "Unexpected Journeys: The Extraordinary Capacity of Every Day People" is a memoir and photography collection from Michele Hermansen, as she reflects on her trip into Tanzania and what she learned through her trip, originally alongside Fortune 500 company executives. These photos and stories give insight into the life of the people of Tanzania, making for a fascinating read. "Unexpected Journeys" is a fine addition to any photography collection focusing on the world as a whole.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Go Long
Mike Tosaw
W&A Publishing
PO Box 849, Cedar Falls, IA 90613
9781934354131, $32.95,

Fortune comes to the patient. "Go Long: New Options Strategies for Buy & Hold Investors" is a guide to those who have money and patience and want to turn it into something more. Mike Tosaw argues that it's possible to make a solid portfolio through a long term stock that offers the holder many options, and he explains how holding onto a stock in the face of risk can prove to be a brilliant strategy. "Go Long" is a choice and highly recommended pick that shouldn't be missed by the patient investor.

Squeezing Every Dime Out of Every Dollar
Susan Russell
Susan Russell Images & Publications
PO Box 1673, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
9780578042534, $10.95

You have to make the most out of what you got, and that includes limited funds. "Squeezing Every Dime Out of Every Dollar: How to Make Your Limited Dollars Work Harder, Smarter and Go Further" is an advice guide from Susan Russell who gives readers a few simple proverbs to help them stretch their money to as far as they can possibly take it. Deeming what's necessary, avoiding being a total tightwad, and more, "Squeezing Every Dime Out of Every Dollar" is insightful and useful reading, well worth the investment.

The Literary Studies Shelf

One Hundred Great French Books
Lance Donaldson-Evans
240 West 35th Street, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001
9781933346229, $15.95,

France has been a great cultural center through all of its existence. "One Hundred Great French Books" is a guide to a collection of the greatest works of French literature. From the oral traditions of the Song of Roland, stating that God will not allow a death of solider of Charlemagne be unavenged, to more popular works such as the Hunchback of Notre Dame, "One Hundred Great French Books" is a treasure trove of information about the best of French literature, a fine addition to literary studies collections.

Destiny Unfulfilled
Jim Adam
Gragthor Terrazin
108 Fifth Street, Huntersville, NC 28078
9780984352517, $15.00

Although the "Harry Potter" series is massively popular, popularity does not excuse its faults. "Destiny Unfulfilled: A Critique of the Harry Potter Series" analyzes the Harry Potter series with a scrutinizing eye, providing much insights into the flaws of the series, stating that some literary problems lie within the books, as Jim Adam exposes them and offers tips to other blossoming writers who may take the Potter books as influence. "Destiny Unfulfilled" is a top pick for literary criticism collections.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Provincial Justice
Gerry Hernbrode
Imago Press
3710 East Edison, Tucson, AZ 85716-2912
9781935437161, $15.00,

A former nun, Kate Mahoney is an inner city elementary school principle whose students live in a community of pervasive crime. She dreams one night that her former (and long deceased) Mother Provincial appears and directs Kate to solve a murder -- in her first grade classroom which results in the arrest of her first grade teacher, Elijah Stewart. As more murders take place, and her own life is threatened, she turns to her School Resource Officer, Theo Buloski, to protect her students. The result is a riveting novel of mystery and suspense written by a master storyteller, Gerry Hernbrode, whose own life experiences as a nun, public school teacher, and inner city principle enables her to write with such expertise. "Provincial Justice" is a terrific read from beginning to end and will prove a welcome and popular addition to personal reading lists and community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

Island of Betrayal
Alan Moss
Gauthier Publications, Inc.
PO Box 806241, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
9780982081242 $25.95

No good deed goes unpunished. "Island of Betrayal" tells the story of Michael Bloom, an economist who was in charge of helping American Samoa's economy. Only he finds his meddling isn't appreciated and soon finds him in a web of corruption trying to find out who's on his side and who would rather he vanish off the face of the earth. "Island of Betrayal" is an exciting thriller, that will entertain for hours.

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

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