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Volume 16, Number 12 December 2021 Home | BW Index

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Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Autism Shelf
General Fiction Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

American Tax Trivia
Mike Kowis, Esq.
Lecture PRO Publishing
9781732863040, $9.99 Paper, $2.99 Kindle

Anyone who thinks they know the facts about the American tax system and its history should welcome the opportunity to test them with American Tax Trivia: The Ultimate Quiz on U.S. Taxation. It's also a self-admitted (says the author) "silly book" that is designed to be fun for a wide audience - not just tax professionals or accountants. The tax trivia knowledge being tested is wide and ranges from who authored particular quotes about taxation and the practice to tax regulations. History buffs will be satisfied to know that the collection embraces past history (not just present-day events and regulations); while the whimsical rating of test results includes fun categories that range from "Dunce" to "You Got Mad Skills" and "Tax Master!" No tax stone is left unturned, here, from IRS tax codes to audit processes, tax forms, and the intersection between politics and taxation. More than just a pairing of trivia questions with serious tax matters, American Tax Trivia offers a wide audience the opportunity to test their knowledge and obtain a laugh in the process. Who said that taxes and accounting are dull? Someone who hasn't read American Tax Trivia, which is the perfect gift for the numbers-oriented professional, or for a room full of businesspeople who can bond over tax matters.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

How to Write & Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit, second edition
Robert W. Bly with Fred Gleeck
Quill Driver Books
9781610359900, $18.95

How to Write & Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit: Your Guide to Writing and Publishing Books, e-books, Articles, Special Reports, Audios, Videos, Membership Sites, and Other How-To Content provides a new second edition of a how-to guide that's been updated for the modern online content market, including podcasts and YouTube channels. This update represents a significant addition of topics and social media approaches and analysis that sets this edition apart from anything else on the market and makes it a top examination of opportunities in various fields that writers can enter. The whole writer's marketing process receives a thorough coverage in a how-to guide that can't be beat.

The Autism Shelf

Autistic Logistics, second edition
Kate C. Wilde
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
P.O. Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960
9781787757493, $19.95

Autistic Logistics: A Parent's Guide to Tackling Bedtime, Toilet Training, Meltdowns, Hitting, and Other Everyday Challenges appears in its second updated edition to offer parents step-by-step advice on how to handle an autistic child more effectively. It will make the perfect gift for new parents and is based on the author's decades of experience and the latest autism research. This combination of practical applications proven to work and pointers for parents of kids on the spectrum provides specific strategies and insights for major common problems, from handling tantrums to toilet training, sleep issues, and redirecting an autistic child's intense energy.

The General Fiction Shelf

The Downsizing of Hudson Foster
Harlin Hailey
Independently Published
9781530066339, $9.95

The Downsizing of Hudson Foster opens with the protagonist and narrator being downsized from his job, but moves into growth processes as Hudson confesses that "I guess that's what my story's all about, really. Searching for a job and finding something much more." His efforts to offer "advice for the new millennium" results in a wild ride as he gains employment from his demanding, perfectionist father, tackles corporate greed, and reconsiders his resilience, abilities, and his place in the world. Readers meet his best friend from college, Bill Gardner, who also has thumbed his nose at the corporate cushy life to become a success in a way his achievement-oriented family can't understand. Insights stem from a blend of Hudson's approaches to employment and the attitudes of employers offering jobs, mixing wry humor with social and business inspections. The result is an engrossing journey that readers will want to take with Hudson, offering insights on work, interpersonal relationships, and social development which go beyond the business world to probe life values and the definition of opportunity. Novel readers who enjoyed Catcher in the Rye and other stories of growth and transformation will find The Downsizing of Hudson Foster an intriguing series of lessons about tradition, employment, and "trying to put a positive spin on all of the idiotic things" life throws at young people.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Going Interstellar
Les Johnson & Jack McDevitt, editors
Baen Books
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781982125615, $16.00

Going Interstellar gathers facts and fiction about starships and features such notable authors as Ben Bova, Michael Bishop, and Mike Resnick. Sci-fi readers who want a specific, closer examination of the science behind interstellar propulsion and speculations about its possibilities will find this a fine blend of speculation and achievement. From Ben Bova's introductory "A Country for Old Men" which explores a beautiful universe experienced by interstellar travelers to Dr. Gregory Matloff's scientific examination "Antimatter Starships," which explores antimatter history and projected use, this blend of fiction and nonfiction will delight readers interested in the science and nature of interstellar exploration. The diverse approaches and considerations excel in unexpected contrasts of vision.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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