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Volume 8, Number 12 December 2009 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Interior Design Shelf Sports Shelf
Military Shelf Biography Shelf Photography Shelf
Science Shelf Computer Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Psychology Shelf Poetry Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Fiction Shelf Business Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Art Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Education Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Philosophy Shelf Political Science Shelf
Economics Shelf Parenting Shelf Literary Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Nautical Shelf American History Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Jefferson's Dream
John Perrault
17-A Old Milford Road, Brookline, NH 03033
9780980167276, $16.95,

Music can convey the message of history just as well as any text can. "Jefferson's Dream: The Ballad of the Declaration of Independence" is a collection of lyrics and music focusing on the stories of eight great Americans, the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, and of course, the titular Thomas Jefferson. With plenty of songs celebrating these remarkable individuals, it's a must for any acoustic guitarist who wants to spread patriotism. Enhanced by a bonus CD, "Jefferson's Dream" is a fine collection that should not be overlooked.

A New Theology
Sheila Bender
Imago Press
3710 East Edison, Tucson, AZ 85716-2912
9781935437048, $14.00,

Intensely personal while addressing a universal experience, poet and essayist Sheila Bender has written "A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief", a 202-page compendium of commentary laced with poetry and the death of her twenty-five year old son Seth Bender. Her coping skills in dealing with this family tragedy was to utilize poetry as a way of overcoming grief and finding meaning amidst the pain. Deftly written, inspired and inspiring, "A New Theology" is especially recommended reading for anyone suffering from the loss of a loved one and a welcome addition to community library collections everywhere.

33: Understanding Change & the Change in Understanding
Richard Saul Wurman
Greenway Communications
25 Technology Parkway So., Suite 101, Norcross, GA 30092
9780981898988 $22.00

Some messages are worth delivering, and some are worth delivering in very unique ways. "33: Understanding Change & The Change in Understanding" discusses, through the adventures of the Commissioner of Curiosity and Imagination as he gives advice as he tries to figure out where the world went wrong in the past 33 years. Designed as an episode log of a 33-episode TV series, Richard Saul Wurman does well in presenting ideas and gives readers a very unique read. "33: Understanding Change & The Change in Understanding" is a must read for those who find themselves ever more curious about the universe.

The Thinking Man's Guide to Women
J. Stephen Carr
Argus Enterprises, Inc.
9001 Ridge Hill Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
9780984134281, $21.95,

Let's face fact of gender distinction -- the average male simply thinks differently than the average female. This is true regardless of age, social class, or educational achievement. That's why Stephen Carr's "The Thinking Man's Guide to Women", a 270-page compendium of cogent observation, trenchant, humorous insights, and a great deal of real-world wit and practical wisdom tackles these differences of perception, thought, intention, and expression. Recommended reading under the general notion of 'know the enemy', "The Thinking Man's Guide to Women" is recommended for men trying to figure out their girlfriends, spouses, and female family members, and to women having to deal with the men in the lives and a seemingly chronic condition of male mental incompetence to communicate properly.

here's your free gift - send $10 for shipping
Robert S. Swiatek
Swiatek Press
71 Georgian Lane, #3, Buffalo, NY 14221
0981784348, $12.50,

Human beings are capable of magnificent nonsense. This is clearly attested to in Robert S. Swiatek's "here's your free gift - send $10 for shipping", a 172-page compendium of wit and wisdom (and the lack of both) that is laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end. Anecdotal illustrations along with commentary make for reading that is sometimes inspired and sometimes bewildering -- but always immensely entertaining. Think first-class stand-up observational comedy condensed onto the pages of a thoroughly 'reader friendly' book, and you have "here's your free gift - send $10 for shipping"!

Kung Fu Kitty
Lauri Bortz, author
Marianne Nowottny, illustrator
Abaton Book Company
100 Gifford Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07304
9780981655000 $15.00, 106 p.,

Kung Fu Kitty is a charming and enthralling novella with an included DVD adaptation. The adventure is loosely based on the Biblical book of Exodus: in land far and away, the race of monkeys has enslaved the race of cats. The oppressed cats suffer terribly, and though the appear to be in the strong position, they are also harmed by their society's over-dependence on their feline slaves. Into this world, the will of the river god brings two girls together as friends: Wu Zhua, a brave kitten, and Shuang Wei, the two-tailed monkey princess destined to succeed to the throne (since her brother's arrogance and uncouth behavior leave him unfit to rule). Together, these two are destined to help their respective societies change for the better. Shaung Wei must teach the monkeys independence, while Wu Zhua learns the strength that comes with martial arts (kung fu) and shares that strength, preparing the cats to leave the monkey kingdom and find their own destiny. Simple black-and-white illustrations pepper this captivating storybook, which is sure to appeal not only to children but also cat lovers (and monkey fans) of all ages.

A Walk for Sunshine, third edition
Jeff Alt
Dreams Shared Publications
PO Box 18188, Cincinnati, Ohio 45218
KSB Promotions (publicity)
55 Honey Creek, NE, Ada, MI 49301
9780967948232 $15.95

There are many good reasons to embark on long hikes. Now it an expanded and updated third edition, "A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail" tells the story of the many thousand miles of hiking through the Appalachian trail in the name of charity, in which he rose over a hundred thousand dollars. With more information on his legendary adventure, "A Walk for Sunshine" is a fascinating and intriguing life adventure that is worth multiple reads over.

The Interior Design Shelf

Kelly Wearstler
American Modern Books
PO Box 412402, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Myrick Marketing & Media LLC (publicity)
455 Sam Ridley Parkway West, PMB 248, Smyrna, TN 3716
9781934429358 $49.95

Hue is an incredibly dazzling coffee table book featuring stunning, full-color, full-page photography of the interior design creations of Kelly Wearstler. Brilliant and eclectic, these scenes leave an unforgettable impression on the mind and senses without being jarring. A glimpse of diverse home decor with original modern flair, Hue is the union of beauty, practicality, and boldness. Highly recommended, especially as a source of inspiration for interior designers or anyone interested in fundamentally transforming their own living space.

The Sports Shelf

San Diego's Finest Athletes: Five Exceptional Lives
Joey Seymour
Sunbelt Publications
PO Box 191126, San Diego, CA 92159-1126
9780916251994 $17.95

Author Joey Seymour has worked in professional sports franchises including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Newport Beach Breakers of WorldTeam Tennis, and much more. He brings his knowledge and love of the sports world to San Diego's Finest Athletes: Five Exceptional Lives, a biographical portrait of five figures who may deserve greater acclaim than the small reference pools of popular culture has afforded them: Maureen Connolly (tennis player), Charlie Powell (boxer), Greg Louganis (diver), Tiffany Chin (figure skater), and Adrian Gonzalez (baseball player). A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this captivating and inspirational portrait of exceptional and dedicated individuals.

The Military Shelf

Lessons from the Vietnam War
Leonard M. Scruggs
Warren Publishing, Inc.
17039 Kenton Drive, Suite 101-B, Cornelius, NC 28031
9781886057951 $24.95

Decorated Vietnam veteran Leonard M. Scruggs presents Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You, a scathing indictments of how the U.S. government and politicians mishandled the Vietnam War, ultimately leading to America's defeat and abandonment of South Vietnam, with lessons America needs to remember when facing its current costly and protracted wars. Scruggs includes some of his own personal experiences as an Air Force flying officer, but the heart of Lessons from the Vietnam War examines the big picture of how America hamstrung its own fighting force and ultimately failed to capitalize on its victories. From President LBJ's refusal raise taxes to support the military effort (notoriously trying to have "both guns and butter"), to a warning that insufficient air power is just as costly if not more so than the expense of building bomber planes, to the crucial importance of ending wars as quickly as possible rather than let them drag out and become increasingly unpopular, to a sharp criticism of the anti-Vietnam War movement in America, Lessons from the Vietnam War is a step-by-step critique of America's mistakes revealing what the nation's government might have done differently to win. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the author's contention that America virtually tossed away victory in Vietnam, Lessons from the Vietnam War remains a respectful and thoughtful study offering invaluable lessons for the modern day.

The Biography Shelf

My Father's Love
Sharon Doubiago
Wild Ocean Press
361 Howth Street, San Franscisco, CA 94112
9780984130405, $20.00,

Having survived hell as a girl, she expresses herself through verse. "My Father's Love: Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl" tells the story of Sharon Doubiago, as she reflects on the harshness of her past life. A childhood of sexual abuse where everyday was a new test of torment, she lives through her past once more for the reader to give a glimpse of how some people deal with trauma. "My Father's Love" is an interesting and very recommended read that should not be ignored.

Second Chance
Kip Moore
Second Chance Publishing
5587 Dunraven Lane, Golden, CO 80403
9780984167357, $17.95,

Threats on your child's life is the most taxing thing that could happen to a parent. "Second Chance: The Story of a Father's Faith, a Mother's Strength, and a Child's Will to Live" is a memoir of the Moore family as they faced the near death experience of their youngest. Warning families about food safety, being aware of potential threats, and how to cope with the unimaginable horror of the uncertainty of life, "Second Chance" is a must read for any parent who worries about their children and their diet.

American Junkie
Tom Hansen
Emergency Press
154 W. 27th Street, #5W, New York, NY 10001
9780975362365, $15.00,

What drives those who spend their lives in the criminal underworld of drugs? "American Junkie" is a memoir of a man who has spent most of career and made his life in strange and unfortunate world. Saying that it isn't as bad as people make it out to be, Tom Hansen offers a very different perspective. "American Junkie" is a strong choice for anyone trying to gain a greater understanding of America's drug culture.

La bell' America
Anthony M. Graziano
Leapfrog Press
PO Box 2110, Teaticket, MA 02536
9781935248019 $17.95 774-392-4384

La bell' America From La Rivoluzione to the Great Depression: An Italian Immigrant Family Remembered is a blend of world history and family memoir, following how one Italian-American family was pushed out of their native country by political unrest and searched for their dreams in America - despite poverty, prejudice, and the Great Depression. An epic journey spanning generations in the 19th and 20th centuries, La bell' America reveals both the light and dark side of adapting to American culture, and offers a wealth of perspective and pragmatic thoughts concerning the evolution of modern history. An excellent and thought-provoking read from cover to cover.

I Knew It Then
Susan Diodati
Lady Press
16964 Columbia River Drive, Sonora, CA 95370-9111
1889409537, $16.95

The death of one's mother can send one across the globe in search for answers. "I Knew It Then" is the memoir of Susan Diodati as she reflects on the time after her mother passed away and the journeys she took across the world through Italy to Arizona and more. With many spiritual elements, "I Knew It Then" may uplift many a reader who have unanswered questions of their own.

Creating a Life
Corbin Lewars
Catalyst Book press
2941 Kelly Street, Livermore CA 94551
9780980208153, $16.00,

The journey from woman to mother is surely something to behold. "Creating a Life: The Memoir of a Writer and Mom in the Making" is Corbin Lewars' story of her pregnancy and what it taught her and how it brought about her own career. An excellent writer on the topic of motherhood, Corbin Lewars makes "Creating a Life" quite the fascinating read.

From Beer to Maternity
Maggie Lamond Simone
Brodman Publishing
c/o Smith Publicity
1930 E. Marlton Pike, Suite I-46, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
9780615289922, $14.95,

Maturity brings very somber viewpoints. "From Beer to Maternity" is a memoir from Beer to Maternity reflecting on her own coming of age which took about three decades into her life to really come about. When she stopped drinking, Maggie Lamond Simone came to realizations, and in sly and witty manner, offers this real life look at adulthood. "From Beer to Maternity" is something not to be overlooked.

From Riches to Happiness
Judy Joseph Hamlin
Sunriver Publishing
21 Sunriver, Irvine, CA 92614
9780615310367, $11.95,

It's been said a million times but the wisdom never seems to stick - money can't buy happiness. "From Riches to Happiness: A Semi-Autobiography by an Enlightened Orange County Woman" is Judy Joseph Hamlin as she tells her story of abandoning a picture perfect life in the pursuit of true, non-material happiness. Encouraging women not to choose the path of their lives on the finances of their man, "From Riches to Happiness" is a motivating read that will help many women considering or who have already divorced.

Pinch Me
Beth Rowles Scott
Granville Island Publishing
212-1656 Duranleau, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4
9781894694742, $17.95,

Canada and Africa are two radically different places, and living in both makes for a unique read. "Pinch Me: A Long Walk From the Prairies" is a memoir of unique change of scenery for author Beth Rowles Scott, telling her story of growing up in Saskatchewan and finding her adult life in Africa. A vivid picture of culture shock and the lessons learned, "Pinch Me" is a read well worth considering.

Surviving the Angel of Death
Eva Mozes Kor & Lisa Rojany Buccieri
Tanglewood Publishing
PO Box 3009, Terre Haute, IN 47403
9781933718286, $14.95,

In World War II, there is only one man who could be argued to be more evil than Adolph Hitler -- a Nazi medical doctor who exploiting concentration camp victims in hideous medical experimentation. "Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz" is a memoir reflecting on Eva Mozes Kor and how she and her sister had to struggle for their very lives under the sadistic experiments of Josef Mengele, a man who gained the not-so-flattering title of Angel of Death. A testament to the resilience of a child, "Surviving the Angel of Death" is a fine addition to any Holocaust collection.

Memoirs of the Bathtub Psychic
Bethanne Elion
Langdon Street Press
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781934938317, $16.95,

When you're relaxed, your mind roams free. "Memoirs of the Bathtub Psychic" is a unique memoir of how woman came to hold that her own psychic abilities came from a strong relationship with her dogs. A unusual blend of the metaphysical, pet love, and coming to terms with who one is, "Memoirs of the Bathtub Psychic" is a top pick for people who love their pets and are curious about the world of psychics.

On the Mission in Missouri & Fifty Years Ago
Raymond J. Boland
Lens & Pen
4067 S. Franklin, Springfield, MO 65807
9780967392554, $24.95,

A first hand source is perhaps the best way to learn history. "On the Mission in Missouri & Fifty Years Ago" is a two pack of memoirs reprinted for modern readers from John Joseph Hogan, an esteemed priest and writer of the nineteenth century. Covering the founding of a mission in Missouri, and his memoir of his lifetime, both offering intriguing perspectives of being an Irish Catholic in nineteenth century America. "On the Mission in Missouri & Fifty Years Ago" is a fine read that shouldn't be ignored for history collections.

No One Ever Told Me...
Charlotte E. Avery
Mythinkos Mommy
5765-F Burke Center Parkway, Number 163, Burke, VA 22015
9780981994109, $15.95,

Motherhood is truly a wonderful thing that many don't truly understand until they experience it. "No One Ever Told Me...: Witty, Practical, & Spiritual Truths About Motherhood" is a collection of thoughts and wisdom on the journey of motherhood, as Charlotte E. Avery shares what she has learned throughout her pregnancy, the facts and knowledge that are not always talked about. "No One Ever Told Me..." is well worth considering for any expectant mother.

Gloria's Miracle
Jerry Brewer
San Juan Publishing
PO Box 923, Woodinville, WA 98072
9780970739971, $21.95,

The determination of the human spirit is unstoppable. "Gloria's Miracle: A Young Girl, A Deadly Disease, and an Enduring Lesson About the Power of faith" is the story of a seven year old girl facing a terminal cancer diagnosis, but enduring through her steadfast faith in God and the support of her family. The author witnessed this story and found that he had a renewed faith himself, and hopes that Gloria's story will inspire others to find their faith as well. Touching and poignant, "Gloria's Miracle" is not a story to be ignored.

The Photography Shelf

John Brown Photo Chronology
Jean Libby
Allies for Freedom Publishers
1222 Fulton Street, Palo Alto, California 94301
9780977363872 $45.00

John Brown Photo Chronology: Catalog of the Exhibition at Harpers Ferry 2009 is a compendium of historic black-and-white photographs and images of John Brown (1800-1859), the notorious abolitionist who led an anti-slavery revolt in Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The text goes into detail on the origin of each black-and-white image, as well as offering the reader a grounding in the Brown's dramatic and historic rebellion. An excellent addition to Virginia history collections, and easily the next best thing to visiting the exhibition at Harpers Ferry in person!

The Science Shelf

The Complementary Nature of Reality
Peter Barab
Open Way Press
4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd., #142, Portland, OR 97214-5246
9780982263709 $28.50

The Complementary Nature of Reality is an in-depth examination of an ongoing conundrum in science - is there a unified model that brings together the many different modern theories concerning the different forces of nature? And if so, what is it? Author Peter Barab postulates that the key to this quandary lies in the physics thesis introduced years ago by quantum theory pioneer Niels Bohr, called complementarity. The Complementary Nature of Reality suggests that complementarity is a central organizing principle of nature itself, and therein lies a model of nature's principle interacting mechanisms. A solid blend of scientific hypothesis and philosophy, The Complementary Nature of Reality is a thought-provoking exploratory treatise.

The Computer Shelf

No Stress Tech Guide To Contact And Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Using ACT! 2010
Dr. Indera Murphy
Tolana Publishing
PO Box 719, Teaneck, NJ 07666
9781935208099 $39.95

No Stress Tech Guide To Contact And Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Using ACT! 2010 is a step-by-step walkthrough for computer programmers of all skill and experience levels seeking to learn ACT! 2010. From basic principles, to time-saving tips, chapters cover all aspects of ACT! contacts, the ACT! word processor, ways to customize ACT!, database maintenance and security, and much more. Black-and-white screenshots on almost every page meticulously illustrate the points, techniques, and recommendations in this solid primer, reference, and resource. Highly recommended.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Actions Mightier Than Boastings
Dot Radius Kasik & Ann Aalgaard
Back Channel Press
c/o Write Worthy
441 Richards Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801
9781934582152, $15.00,

A ladies group or auxiliary is a standard element of every Protestant church. "Actions Mightier Than Boastings" by Dot Radius Kasik (which was written with the assistance of Ann Aalgaard) is 146-page compendium of anecdotal history telling the story of the Lutheran Ladies Aid in Rural Iowa-Minnesota from 1930 through 1959. Their activities ranged from congregational and community fund raising, to janitorial services for the church house, to home and hospital visits for the house-bound and the ill, to cooking for pot luck dinners, church picnics, and holiday celebrations, and more. This was an era that predated the rise of the mega-churches and housewives entering into the labor force of financial necessity in support of their families. Highly recommended for personal and community library collections, "Actions Mightier Than Boastings" is a simply wonderful read and an important contribution to our understanding of a bygone era.

The Bible in Rhyme
Kyle Holt
Minor Planet Press
13844 Bradshaw St., Overland Park, KS 66221
9780984092000, $24.95,

A little poetical spin may be all that's needed to truly enjoy the Bible once more. "The Bible in Rhyme" remixes the Bible for readers to provide them with original spins on verse to help readers get into the words, which are the important part, not the outdated and dreary language. For anyone trying to inspire Bible study in young or disinterested readers, "The Bible in Rhyme" may just be what they need.

Do You Love Jehovah?
Shirley Cheng
Dance With Your Heart Publishing
PO Box 146, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
9780578000794, $22.97

When biology deals her a bad hand, some find strength elsewhere. "Do You Love Jehovah: God's Almighty Infinite Love & Wisdom to Propel You to Greatness" is a Christian inspirational guide encouraging readers to look towards God for the guidance and help in their lives, like Shirley Cheng, blind, deaf, and with several other medical problems, did to rise beyond all expectations of her. "Do You Love Jehovah?" is well worth considering for Christian readers.

Extraordinary News For Ordinary People
Heath Trampe
Tri-Pillar Publishing
9780981892313, $14.95,

Human history in general, and biblical history in particular, is replete with examples of how ordinary, commonplace men and women have been able, with the help of God, overcome extraordinary difficulties and achieve amazing and far reaching consequences as a result. That's the basic underlying message of Heath Trampe's "Extraordinary News For Ordinary People", a compilation of twelve biblical stories that have served as sources of inspiration for countless generations. Of special note is that each individual chapter is enhanced with biblical study questions, along with definitive answers, making this thoroughly 'reader friendly' and cogently written 214-page compendium an ideal and highly recommended text for individually directed as well as biblical study groups.

The Psychology Shelf

The Violent Person
Raymond B. Flannery
An American Mental Health Foundation Book
PO Box 3, Riverdale, NY 10471-0003
9781590561478, $30.00

Some people live on the edge, ready to lash out at the next person to wrong them. "The Violent Person: Professional Risk Management Strategies for Safety and Care" is a guide to facing off with these individuals in professional situations, especially in regards to those in the health care professions. Offered in plain, understandable language, Raymond B. Flannery gives readers advice for facing these stressful situations that come out of nowhere. "The Violent Person" is a recommended read for those who want to be prepared when some people get pushed too far.

Delivery From Darkness
Rabbi Baruch Finkelstein
Michael Finkelstein
Dorren Winter
Feldheim Publishers:
208 Airport Executive Park, Nanuet, N.Y. 10954
9781598262582, $19.99,

While for most women upon giving birth to a child it is a time of celebration and joy, for a great many new mothers that accomplishment is blighted by what has come to be identified in modern medicine as 'postpartum depression', and if unchecked can result in truly tragic consequences for both mother and child. That's why "Delivery from Darkness: A Jewish Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Postpartum Depression", the collective work of Rabbi Baruch Finkelstein, Michael Finkelstein, and Dorren Winter is such a valued 210-page compendium of information, guidance, and advice from a distinctively Jewish perspective. Thoroughly 'reader friendly', "Delivery From Darkness" is enhanced with a glossary of Hebrew terms and highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Health/Medicine collections.

The Poetry Shelf

Memorable Seasons
Georgia Jones
Ladybug Press
9781889409481, $13.95,

Poetry is a combination of words and ideas, feelings and images, rhythms and cadences. Some people seem to simply have a knack for putting together these elements and creating truly notably exceptional verse. Such is the case with "Memorable Seasons", (also available in a large print edition), a compilation of poetry by Georgia Jones whose highly recommended verse will induce always thoughtful and occasionally thought-provoking browsing pleasure from anyone who appreciates a well crafted poem. 'Love in the Future': How will I love Thee? Let me count the ways. / I will love thee to the length and breath of our prenuptial agreement. / I will love thee as thy HIV test comes and thy other family departs. / I will love thee near in a day to day way and for as far as cyberspace permits. // I will not promise to love thee after death or before thy facelift. / Nor can I say that in the future world love will have any value / Since it can't be quantified, digitized or made legal. / But I will love thee anyway -- for old times sake.

Dvorah Simon
Hanford Mead Publishers
PO Box 8051, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8051
9781592750115, $17.95,

Well read in the works of Hebrew poets and literature, Dvorah Simon brings readers a unique brand of poetry with "Mercy". Spiritual and profound work, her poetry is a treasure and is well worth considering for many readers. "Mercy" well worth the time for those who like blending religion with their poetry. "Knife": Your desire for me/is a knife in my belly./I watch in slow motion/as the slice is made./Blood wells; it answers/your demand./You step close,/and bring the taste of my passion/to your lips.

Give, Eat, and Live
Red Hen Press
PO Box 3537, Granada Hills, CA 91394
9781597090971, $17.95,

A culture's poetry is a vivid window into its soul. "Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avaiyar" is the work of a key figure in Tamil's twenty five hundred year history as Thomsas H. Pruiksma works to translate her work from the twelfth century to something to enlighten and inform twenty first century readers. "Give, Eat, and Live" is a treasure for world poetry collections, presenting the original Tamil side by side with the revised English.

Mynd Map
Gaye Gambell-Peterson
Agog Press
12039 Autumn Lakes Drive, Ste. G, St. Louis, MO 63043
9780615290492, $15.00

A picture is worth a thousand words, but a few words on top of that can make the message clearer. "Mynd Map" is a combination of collages and poetry from Gaye Gambell-Peterson who offers full-color collages she has created pared with a unique format of poetry. With much food for thought through her work, "Mynd Map" is quite the choice for those who enjoy blending poetry with art.

Shooting the Moon
Diane Klammer
Monkey Puzzle Press
3116 47th St., Boulder, CO 80301
9780980165050, $14.95,

Poetry has never been the exclusive domain of professional poets. "Shooting the Moon" is a fine collection of poetry from biologist, psychologist, and mother who provides many insights through her works as well as entertainment. A work of the heart, "Shooting the Moon" is well worth considering. "On the Bus": Don't push on the doors./They can break/Then nobody goes anywhere.//Americans remain in a hurry to pile up, collect what they have no time for./Then they sell, recycle, throw away, ands burn.//"Only when the doors of perception are cleansed/can they be seen as they truly are, infinite."//Don't push on the planet./It can break./Then nobody goes anywhere.

Diversion Press
PO Box 30277, Clarksville, TN 37040
9781935290025 $9.95

Competition brings out the best in people. "Meanderings: A Collection Poetic Verse" is the result of Diversion Press's poetry contest where the publisher encouraged poets to send in their best throughout the year of 2008. With many aspiring poets, their soul, desire, and love for poetry shines through to make for an intriguing read. "Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse" is a treasure trove. "Snow" by Stephanie Kajpust: A mysterious wind/blowing the snow like/Pollen in the summer/It drifts down/It has all the time in the world/Touching the ground/It turns to liquid/A snow globe has been shaken/The snow lets off as/The globe settles.

J. G. Woodward
Invincible Publishing
1107 North Howard Street, Akron, Ohio 44310-1331
9780984212903 $19.95

The power of metaphor is not one to be overlooked. "Allegories " is a collection of poetry from J. G. Woodward about surviving life and love and all of the emotions that stumble along with it. "Allegories" is an intriguing use of poetry, and is a top pick. "Hypocrisy": My head spins from your disdain/The love once so coveted, turns to loathing.//I bite down to control my retaliation,/keeping it at bay, lest I become like you.//That which you so despise, becomes your identity./Hypocrisy.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Long Night's Journey into Daybreak
Michael James Kacey
Anthracite Films
10736 Jefferson Blvd., #457, Culver City, CA 90230
9781448654437, $12.99

Making a full length feature film is quite the challenging endeavor. "Long Night's Journey into Daybreak: 10 Things you need to Know Before You Make Your First Feature Film" is an advice guide for those who are aspiring to be filmmakers. With much to inspire readers to roll with the punches as they pursue their dreams, the practical and motivational wisdom blends together well. "Long Night's Journey into Daybreak" is a fine pick for any aspiring filmmaker.

Fine On Action
Howard Fine & Chris Freeman
Havenhurst Books
c/o Lexicon PR
1901 Avenue of the Stars, 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067
9780982285329, $24.99,

For more than twenty-five years, Howard Fine has won respect within the movie industry as an innovative teacher of acting skills and as an film director. With the assistance of co-author Chris Freeman, Howard Fine has distilled his insights and innovations as one of Hollywood's most successful acting coaches and teachers in "Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft", a 218-page compendium of practical advice, thoughtful insight, and real-world-based observations for aspiring actors. Covering such a broad range of issues from playing in a cast with substandard actors, to memorizing lines, to dealing with flawed directors, to auditions, rehearsals, and cogent differences between acting on television, the films, or live stage productions, "Fine On Acting" is an essential manual for personal, professional, film school, and community library Theatre/Cinema/TV reference collections and supplemental reading lists, that will be of especial value for anyone aspiring to an acting career from local community theatre to big budge Hollywood extravaganzas, to television scripts, to Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

The Fiction Shelf

China's Exploding Powers
Gary Gee
Clandestine Publications
PO Box 4044, Hunsville, AL 35815
9780984078202, $19.95,

Espionage gets more extreme as time rolls on. "China's Exploding Powers: the Unmasking of China's Strategy to Take Over the United States" is a novel telling of a Chinese plot to overthrow the United States from within. Between this plot and success is Ken Livingston, who along with his associates must stand against this plot that involves world wide intrigue and nuclear weapons. "China's Exploding Powers" is a choice will entertain many a thriller fan.

Musical Chairs
Jen Knox
All Things That Matter Press
2502 Babcock Road, San Antonio, TX 78229
9780984259427, $16.99

One's family life impacts so much later on. "Musical Chairs" is the memoir of Jen Knox as she reflects on her unique lifestyle and the impact it had on her life. She has had ups and downs with her family and she tells her unusual and touching story, making "Musical Chairs" a very intriguing and recommended read that will entice many memoir readers.

Satan's Chamber
Molly Best Tinsley & Keretta Hubbard
Fuze Publishing
1350 Beverly Road, Suite 115-162, McLean, VA 22101
9780984141210, $27.95,

Some would worry when sent to an unusual location. Tory Pierce sees opportunity. "Satan's Chamber" tells the story of CIA Agent Tory Pierce as she takes her assignment to the chaotic Sudan as a chance to find out what happened to her father five years prior to the events. "Satan's Chamber" is a fine political thriller that will entertain many a reader.

Language Death Night Outside Poem: A Novel
Peter Waterhouse
Spectacular Diseases
c/o Small Pres Distribution
1341 Seventh St., Berkeley, CA 94710
9781886224995, $14.00,

When a poet turns to prose, you might get something special. "Language Death Night Outside Poem: A Novel" is a novel from Peter Waterhouse, but is in no way your traditional novel, borrowing heavily from his erratic poetry style. An interesting story deftly translated by Rosmarie Waldrop, "Language Death Night Outside Poem" is not something to be missed for those who love experimental fiction.

The Green World
Steven Rox
SR Press
1159 N Poinsettia Place, WH, CA 90046-5733
0977340651, $17.99,

It's hard to worry about new worlds when your own is in danger. "The Green World" is a children's fantasy following Grassie Green and her friends as they embark on a quest to find a key to the white world and save the flower country. A charming tale of adventure aimed at young girls, "The Green World" might be well worth the investment. Also highly recommended is "The Yellow World" (0977340637, $17.99), the second book in the series.

2012 Maya End Date
Edward Dayne Curry
Merlin & Assoc. Publishers
963 Quail Run Quay, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
9780981468426, $18.95,

As the date of December 21, 2012 approaches nearer and nearer, more and more attention is being given to its prophetic implications which first began with the revelations of Mayan prophecies associating it with the end of the Mayan calendar, and then reinforced as being of metaphysical importance by Hopi and Nostradamus prophecy, and even webot-based internet calculations. In "2012 Maya End Date: A New Beginning", author Edward Curry applies the prophetic 2012 end of the world as we know it metaphysical expectations to an imaginative action/adventure novel featuring such memorable and returning characters of Chief Ahau, first wife Elena, as well as their daughter Constanza, helio plane pilots Rick and Greg, a TV anchor, a Mayan fortune teller, and an ancient Maya spiritual leader. The sequel to "Temple Of The Two Jaguars", his latest 368-page novel, "2012 Maya End Date", once again documents Edward Curry's gift for superb storytelling backed up and enhanced by dedicated research to provide an extraordinary context for a truly phenomenal entertainment that leaves his appreciative readers looking forward to his next literary effort. Highly recommended reading -- especially for those with an interest in the developing prominence of the 2012 prophecies.

Targets of Deception
Jeffrey Stephens
1610 South Pine St., Cabot, AR 72023
9781935142126, $25.95

A good agent's work is never truly done. "Targets of Deception" is the story of Jordan Sandor, an ex-CIA agent who goes back into duty as he finds himself involved in a plot where one of America's own might have gone bad and is doing the enemy's bidding. An entertaining and intriguing spy thriller sure to give genre fans everything they ask for and more, "Targets of Deception" is one to look out for.

The Fairest Portion of the Globe
Frances Hunter
Blind Rabbit Press
PO Box 8136, Austin, TSX 78713-8136
9780977763603, $22.95,

The Louisiana Purchase was one of Thomas Jefferson's great moves...but not everyone was happy about it. "The Fairest Portion of the Globe" uses the backdrop of the chaotic time of the late eighteenth century, where France was torn apart by revolution, and America was only in infancy, One French revolutionary is not happy about the purchase, and seems to be intent on taking back Louisiana by any means necessary for France. To make matters worse for Jefferson, they may have found an ally in Kentucky... "The Fairest Portion of the Globe" is a fine work of historical fiction that makes for a highly exciting read.

Vigil in the Night
A. J. Cronin
A. J. Cornell Publications
18-74 Corporal Kennedy St., Bayside, NY 11360
9780972743969, $12.95,

Two apples from the same tree can be so different. "Vigil in the Night" tells the tale of two sister nurses. One altruistic and devoted, the other selfish. When Lucy the Selfish one causes a premature death, her sister takes the fall for her, which may destroy her career before it gets going. But her career may yet be saved, and some may learn that the purpose of doctors and nurses is to help people the best they can, not their own petty motives. "Vigil in the Night" is a fine and intriguing read and a mark of A. J. Cronin's quality. Also from A. J. Cronin is "The Valorous Years" (9780972743976, $12.95), another fine work from Cronin.

Sao Tome
Paul D. Cohn
Burns-Cole Publishers
PO Box 5275(MSU), Bozeman, MT 59717-5275
9780964587601, $14.00,

Evil really has little to hold it back. "Sao Tome" is a piece of historic fiction, using the little known piece of history of the Portuguese Monarchy going with the Catholic Church to kidnap Jewish children and force them to convert before sending them off to a plantation on Sao Tome Island off the coast of Africa. Marcel Saulo is the protagonist, telling a story of what many of these young Jews were faced with hundreds of years ago. "Sao Tome" is an intriguing and entertaining read, well worth considering.

Fire Gazer
Kevin Burton McGuire
Reminiscing Books
1070-1 Tunnel Rd., Suite 10 #326, Asheville, NC 28805
9780979396113, $11.95

Artists often find harsh critics, but a posthumous arson may be taking it too far. "Fire Gazer: Arson at a Wolfe House" is a novel as Ben Jennings tries to find out who is responsible for burning Thomas Wolfe's home, in a novel set in North Carolina and that uses the state's charm well. With the help of a drifter, Ben just may gain an understanding of what lies beneath. "Fire Gazer" is an entertaining and highly recommended read that should not be ignored.

Loco Lobo
Magnolia Belle
Black Wolf Books
6659 Dick Price Rd, Mansfield, TX 76063-5243
9780979962462, $17.95,

When everything is lost, it's hard to find something to continue on for. "Loco Lobo" is the story of a broken man in Joaquin Black Wolf. Shutting himself off from the world, he seems content to stew in his own self pity until lovely Isabel finds her way into his life. The fourth entry into the Black Wolf series, "Loco Lobo" is a must for fans of previous volumes.

The Ghost Trap
K. Stephens
Leapfrog Press
PO Box 2110, Teaticket, MA 02536
9780981514871, $15.95,

Appreciating what you've got is a skill that should not be overlooked. "The Ghost Trap" tells the story of a lobstering community and of Jamie Eugley in particular. Faced with family issues and trying to make the most of his career, K. Stephens makes a vivid and entertaining story out of a Maine lobstering community, making "The Ghost Trap" an entertaining and literary read.

Robin Lehman
Fogdog Press
PO Box 3510, Lawrence, KS 66046
9780984146901 $13.95

Terror isn't something exclusive to the Middle East. "Perseverance" is the story of Alaska and an energy crisis as an energy crisis and solution is discussed, but this peaceful discussion is marred by bombings and protests. Energy Secretary Ella Vargas and FBI Agent Regan Manning must the answers while avoiding those out to make sure their viewpoint is the right one, no matter what it takes. "Perseverance" is a riveting novel and is highly recommended.

The Discoverer
Jan Kjerstad, author
Barbara Haveland, translator
Open Letter
University of Rochester, Box 270082, Rochester, NY 14627
9781934824122 $17.95

Sometimes the one person who is the center of your life is not yourself. "The Discoverer" is the third novel of a trilogy of Jonas Wergeland, a man just leaving prison for the death of his wife. On a ship with his daughter, he starts to ponder the meaning of his life. A touching and poignant novel from remarkable Norwegian author Jan Kjerstad, deftly translated by Barbara Haveland, "The Discoverer" is a solid piece of world literature, highly recommended.

Strange Misfortunes
J.R. Singh
Llumina Press
7915 W. McNab Road, Tamarac, FL 33321
9781605943466 $10.95

With a wide array of influence, J. R. Singh brings readers a collection of short fiction with "Strange Misfortunes". Drawing on his own study of spirituality and mythology, he brings his experience as a writer to the table for a fun and intriguing read. Fiction that will teach readers a thing or two, "Strange Misfortunes" is strongly recommended read.

Heads Deacon, Tails Devil
P. J. McCalla
Elevator Group Publishing
PO Box 207, Paoli, PA 19301
9780981971995, $15.95

Hypocrisy is always most vicious to those near the hypocrite. "Heads Deacon, Tails Devil" tells the story of a small town, who have come to adore Robert Grant, a religious leader. But Grant hides a much more demonic interior than he shows his town and congregation, but even when you try your best, you can't hide your dark side forever. "Heads Deacon, Tails Devil" is a curious and highly recommended story not to be missed.

Samira Armin Hodges
Hungry Goat Press
PO Box 80641, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
9780982081235, $16.95,

Life tends to throw multiple curve balls in a row. "Milestones: Can You Keep a Secret?" is the story of Faye and her time at Camp Milestone following her near death experience. While she does find romance, she finds more mystery about the strange camp than anything else, and these mysteries might make her next brush with death not so near. "Milestones" is an intriguing read, and a top pick.

Resurrection House
James Chambers
Dark Regions Press
PO Box 1264, Colusa, CA 95932,
9781888993691, $14.95,

Old legends can frightening prove true. "Resurrection House" is an entry in Dark Regions Press New Voices of Horror line, offering the work of James Chambers. The legend of Mooncat Jack seems to be just a story, but there's always some truth to every story. "Resurrection House" is a joy for any horror novel fan.

Cow Across America
Dale Neal
310 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
9780981519234, $21.95,

Some lessons just have to be learned for yourself. "Cow Across America" is the story of growing up in mid twentieth century America. Dwight Martin grows up under the mentoring of his Grandfather and his stories, but as he grows up, he finds he doesn't believe it. Through harsh reality, it learns much along the way himself. "Cow Across America" is a fine and entertaining read that shouldn't be ignored.

One Last Dance
Mardo Williams
PO Box 2408, New York, NY 10108-2408
9780964924147, $22.95,

Love knows nothing about age. "One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love" is a story of love in the twilight years as a near-octogenarian and a near nonagenarian meet and find that love happens even when spring has long passed. But accepting it never comes easily, and Morgan and Dixie must overcome their inner conflicts as well as outer conflicts to truly realize their love. "One Last Dance" is an inspiring read of senior love from someone who knows it.

Grisha the Scrivener
Barbara Baer
Ghost Road Press
Denver, Colorado
9780982504307, $15.95,

Opinions are things to be controlled. "Grisha the Scrivener" tells the story of one Georgian Gregory Gregorvich Samidze and his exile to the Soviet Union from his home land. Over the span of three decades, his story tells the one of a man who faces scrutiny of all those around him while keeping in touch with himself. "Grisha the Scrivener" is a top pick for literary fiction collections.

The Wind Thief
Martha Engber
Alondra Press
3486 Golden State Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95051
9780981452340, $10.95,

Some people have something about them that begs them to be followed. "The Wind Thief" tells the story of young Ajay, an Indian boy who finds himself following girl who claims to talk to the winds who has saved him from death. But even when the debt is repaid, Ajay may be following this girl to the apocalypse and back. "The Wind Thief" is an original and entertaining novel, highly recommended.

Steven Dedelton
Asylett Press
3616 Devils Three Jump Road, Little Plymouth, VA 23091
9781934337561, $15.85,

Double crossing, triple crossing, quadruple crossings are not things that were unheard of in the espionage time of the Cold War. "Crossroads" is a story of cold war espionage as Tallman distrusts the newest defector to the agency, former soviet spy Mikhail. When new technology is on the line, it becomes harder and harder to know who to really trust. "Crossroads" is a fascinating and entertaining story of cold war espionage, highly recommended.

Herodotus and the Road to History
Jeanne Bendick
Bethlehem Books
10194 Garfield Street South, Bathgate, ND 58216
9781932350203, $13.95,

History was not a quickly accepted concept. "Herodotus and the Road to History" is a fictionalized account of the travels of Jeanne Bendick, detailing the story of Herodotus, the man who is often referred to as the father of history. Facing criticism in his day, Jeanne Bendick does well in presenting a thorough story of the man and his travel with many charming, simple illustrations. "Herodotus and the Road to History" is a fine pick for younger readers with an interest in history.

There Are No Words
Mary Calhoun Brown
Lucky Press
PO Box 754, Athens, OH 45701
9780977640028, $9.95,

The most terrifying future is a future you cannot change. "There Are No Words" tells the story of a mute girl who finds herself with a voice, but sent back decades ago. With the knowledge of a train wreck that will kill one of her grandfather's friends, Jaxon MacKenzie finds herself in a time before said accident. But a twelve year old girl can't do much to stop a government train...can she? "There Are No Words" is a charming story of determination and friendship, highly recommended.

Screwing the Pooch
J. B. Bergstad
Woodside Publishing Group
106 Lady Banks Road, Aiken, SC 29803
9780615284064, $14.95

Fate has a strange way of playing its hand. "Screwing the Pooch" is a collection of short stories from J. B. Bergstrad, featuring many creative tales about a wide variety of people, but every bit offbeat as the last. Not to be read by the squeamish, Bergstrad's tales are nonetheless entertaining, making "Screwing the Pooch" a top pick for short fiction fans with a love of black humor.

Texas Panic!
Harry Haines
Mayhaven Publishing
PO Box 557, PO Box 557, Mahomet, IL 61853
9781932278606, $26.95,

People love their beef and the threat of anything wrong with it could cost billions of dollars. "Texas Panic" tells the tale of Mad Cow Disease hitting American and how one veterinary doctor by the name of James Robert Masterson is faced with the first possible case of Mad Cow Disease in Texas history. Prophetic, entertaining, and intriguing, "Texas Panic" is a top pick for speculative fiction fans who want to know what could be.

Symptoms of a Broken Heart
Cory Cramer
Damnation Books, LLC
PO Box 3931, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
9781615720323, $8.29,

Magic is something to be used sparingly. "Symptoms of a Broken Heart" tells the story of Lisa and Susan, or more importantly, Lisa and her guilt over Susan's death. Choosing black magic to help her cope and keep her sister's death a secret, Lisa soon finds that letting the truth ring out isn't the worst thing that can happen. "Symptoms of a Broken Heart" is fine and entertaining reading for teenage readers.

That Demon Life
Lowell Mick White
Gival Press
PO Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203
9781928589471, $20.00,

Sometimes a chaotic life just leads to even more chaos. "That Demon Life" tells the story of Linda Smallwood, who loses her job as a criminal defense attorney after a long frustrating line of cases with the scum of the earth. She finds love again with her ex, but the problem is that he's married now and on top of that, it just gets more and more complicated. "That Demon Life" is a fun read that some may find themselves relating to.

Life as a Sandwich
Eric Peterson
Huckleberry House
PO Box 460928, Escondido, CA 92046-0928
9780982486047, $15.95,

Pressure from all sides makes people do strange things. "Life as a Sandwich" follows Eric Peterson, a member of the sandwich generation, a term applied to those who care for elderly parents as well as their own children. Eric, unable to take the financial pressure, goes to make the gamble of a life time in his own business. "Life as a Sandwich" is an entertaining story appealing to the minds of many Americans.

Good Harbor Bay
Barry Marsh
Crofton Creek Press
2303 Gregg Road SW, South Boardman, MI 49680
9780976726814, $14.95,

Antiquated knowledge isn't useless knowledge. "Good Harbor Bay" tells Josh Ogden's story of being uprooted from his city life to go live in the frozen northern wilderness with his father and grandfather. Repulsed by his surroundings at first, he soon begins to learn many things, and the ultimate test of his knowledge may have lives on the line. "Good Harbor Bay" is an entertaining and riveting read, not to be missed.

The Business Shelf

Stop Bullying at Work
Teresa A. Daniel
Society for Human Resource Management
1800 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
9781586441357 $17.95,

Intimidated employees are not happy employees. "Stop Bullying at Work: Strategies and Tools for HR and Legal Professionals" is a discussion of corporate bullying and the impacts it has on workers as a whole. Stating that bullying has countless effects that are detrimental to a company as a whole, ranging from lost productivity, absence issues, and medical concerns, Teresa A. Daniel states a clear case to encourage management intervention. "Stop Bullying at Work" makes for a clear and concise case for better treatment of employees.

Professionalism in the Real World
Lisa Penland & Melissa H. Weresh
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
361 Centennial Parkway, Suite 220, Louisville, CO 80027
9781601560575, $25.00,

Professionalism is more likely to get you a job than a whole wall-full of degrees. "Professionalism in the Real World: Lessons for the Effective Advocate" is a guide to the importance of professionalism and its applications in everyday business life, in particular applied to the world of law and legal ethics. With much in the way of ethics, "Professionalism in the Real World" is a must for any lawyer just starting to apply their craft.

Topless Prophet
Alan Markovitz
AM Productions
c/o Emerald Book Company
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9780984085507, $24.95

Bold business moves are needed in any field of commerce -- even in the adult entertainment industry. "Topless Prophet: The True Story of America's Most Successful Gentleman's Club Entrepreneur" tells the story of Markovitz and his realization of his goal to becoming one of the most powerful adult entertainment entrepreneurs in America. Starting with a small bar in Michigan, he's created his own empire of topless bars. "Topless Prophet" is an intriguing memoir combining fascinating business sense with the curiosity of erotic dancing.

A Leadership Vacuum
Chuck Ballard
VBW Publishing
PO Box 9949, College Station, TX 77842
9781602644229, $12.95,

Change can prove difficult to manage, so many companies try to put a cap on it before it begins. "A Leadership Vacuum: Why American Business Keeps Trying to Suck Employees Out the Equation" discusses the recent trend of businesses emphasizing management over leadership. But Chuck Ballard says this will only lead to stagnation, and calls for businesses to emphasize leadership once more. "A Leadership Vacuum" is his call for a revitalizing of American business, highly recommended.

The Essential Guide to Mystery Shopping
20660 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 210, Cupertino, CA 95014
9781600051302, $19.95,

What is a mystery shopper and how do people make careers out of shopping. "The Essential Guide to Mystery Shopping" is a guide to breaking into the world of mystery shopping, where one shops at locations and reviews stores online or for other publications. Giving a run down on getting started, "The Essential Guide to Mystery Shopping" is a must for any woman who wants to break into their dream job.

A Tale of Business Failure
John D. Davis
Danbury Publishing Company
c/o Morris Publishing
3212 East Highway 30, Kearney, NE 68847
9780982421703, $18.99,

It's only a failure if one learns nothing from it. "A Tale of Business Failure: A Successful Entrepreneur's Story of a Deal That Went Bad" is not your normal inspirational business tale. A personal story of one man's business ventures gone wrong when he's made so many right decisions, his story is one that is intriguing as it serves as a warning to other aspiring entrepreneurs of what to beware. "A Tale of Business Failure" is well worth considering for any who want to be prepared for the worse for their business.

Me, Myself, & Inc.
Sherre DeMao
Green Castle
137 Cross Center Rd #239, Denver, NC 28037
9780984105106, $22.95,

Life and business are two things constantly in conflict with one another. "Me, Myself, & Inc.: A Synergized World, An Energized Business Living Your Ultimate Life" is a guide to synergizing one's business and personal lives. Filled with advice to help people find a healthy medium that promotes success in both aspects, "Me, Myself, & Inc." is a must for anyone who thinks they have too much to juggle in their lives.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Kabbalah for Inner Peace
Gerald Epstein
Acmi Press
351 East 84th Street, #10D, New York, NY 10028
Meryl Zegarek Public Relations (publicity)
255 West 108 Street, Suite 9D1, New York, NY 10025
9781883148089, $20.00,

Jewish mysticism has much to teach those of other faiths. "Kabbalah for Inner Peace: Imagery and Insights to Guide You Through Your Day" is a guide for readers to help them find their own place in the world through use of the book of Jewish mysticism. Applying the wisdom of the Kabbalah to every day life to enhance one's life for a brighter and happier existence. "Kabbalah for Inner Peace" is a top pick for spirituality readers that should not be overlooked.

The Self-Help Shelf

Just One More Day
Beverlee Buller Keck
Kindred Productions
1310 Taylor Avenue, Winnipeg, MB Canada R3M 3Z6
9781894791212 $19.95

Anxiety and depression can be crippling things. "Just One More Day: Meditations for Those Who Struggle with Anxiety and Depression" draws from scripture to help those who are fighting their own problems day by day to make them rise up and overcome it. With much understanding and wisdom, and encouraging readers to give their own thoughts, "Just One More Day" is uplifting and highly recommended.

The Dog Ate My Planner
Pat Snyder
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781935097266, $14.95,

A Perfect plan is something that simply does not exist. "The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips From an Overbooked Life" is an inspirational guide for those who try their hardest to stay by their schedules but ultimately always find themselves falling to circumstance. With plenty of advice for dealing with the nonstop wrenches in one's schedule, "The Dog Ate My Planner" offers plenty of sage wisdom for readers.

Simply Fantastic
Lesley Voth
Simply Fantastic Books
22155 Wildwood Pk Rd, Apt 1423, Richmond, TX 77469
9781439248874, $13.99,

Much peace of mind comes when you actually have money left over when the week is out. "Simply Fantastic : Living Better on Less" is a guide for readers to cut their costs and have a better life in spite of penny pinching. With countless tips and guides to researching more, Lesley Voth gives advice on what to change in one's life to lead to a better life on many levels. "Simply Fantastic" is strongly recommended for those in tough financial times.

When I'm 64: Planning For the Best of Your Life
Marvin Tolkin & Howard Massey
Tributary Press
132 East 35th Street, Suite 8C, New York, NY 10016
Gulotta Communications (publicity)
341 Lexington Street, Newton, MA 02466
9780982456606, $14.95,

There's no reason to ever let age slow you down. "When I'm 64: Planning for the Best of Your Life" discusses how one should spend their retirement years, and hopes to push seniors to treat the last few decades as something the previous half dozen have worthily lead up to. Covering health, using one's time, and more, "When I'm 64: Planning for the Best of Your Life" is a top pick for any fast approaching that next chapter.

Van V. Heffner
H & A Publishing Company
4820 Alpine Place, Suite F203, Las Vegas, NV 89107
0964961024, $18.95

Love is more complex than simple romance of familial love. "Harmony" is an inspirational book that encourages readers to find inner harmony through understanding the importance of love for everything around oneself, and that love will help readers embrace the other positive aspects they live their lives in search of. "Harmony" offers much wisdom, and is quite the pick for those who seeking a more uplifting outlook on life.

You Are the Reason
Jonathan Craig
Borderline Publishing
305 N. Steelhead Way, Boise, ID 83704
9780984190225, $9.95,

A deadline makes anyone work faster, even at life. "You Are the Reason: A Survivor's Guide to Ultimate Strength" is an inspirational memoir from Jonathan Craig as tells his story of how HIV changed his life and made him live for the moment, and he had a blast of a time since that decision. Aimed at others with diseases that may end up in premature death, "You Are the Reason" is a collection that brings much light and motivation to those who may have otherwise been devastated, recommended.

How Coffee Saved My Life
Ellie Roscher
Chalice Press
1221 Locust Street, Suite 670, St. Louis, MO 63103
9780827214569, $16.99,

Failure and accidents have many positive bonuses if you take them right. "How Coffee Saved My Life: And Other Stories of Stumbling to Grace" is an inspirational memoir from Ellie Roscher drawing on her own experiences and what she has learned through her own bumblings through the world and offers much wisdom. "How Coffee Saved My Life" is proof that poignancy and sage advice can come from any age.

Versie L. Walker
New Look Publishing
PO Box 1111, New York, NY 12533
9780982427132, $19.95,

Good sales skills can be applied to countless professions. "Success: How I Ended Up Here!" is an inspirational guide from Versie Walker, encouraging people to sharpen their sales skills to achieve greater levels of success in their lives. Mr. Walker offers no shortage of solid advice on how to carry oneself. "Success: How I Ended Up Here!" is a top pick for any looking for tips on reaching that next goal in life.

Secrets Girls Keep
Carrie Silver-Stock
HCI Teens
3201 S. W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
9780757313691, $14.95,

Getting something off your shoulders makes the world so much lighter. "Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide(& Why) and How to Break the Stress of Silence" is a self help guide for young girls who want to overcome the weight of the secrets they keep from the world. Teenage girls face so much pressure from sources around them, Carrie Silver-Stock gives readers a good assortment of advice for dating, the internet, and many more subjects. "Secret Girls Keep" is a strongly recommended read for any girl burdened with the complexity of their world.

The Art Shelf

Peter J. Larocque & Peter Buckland, authors
James Wilson, photographer
New Brunswick Museum
1 Market Square, Saint Johns, New Brunswick, Canada E2L 4Z6
9780919326620 $30.00

A portrait is so much more than just a picture of a person. "Portraits: New Brunswick Painters" discusses many artists of the province with countless samples of their work. With photos of th artists, their histories and influences, and many other things in the way of information. For any fan of modern art and in particular Canadian pieces, "Portraits: New Brunswick Painters" is a collection that should not be missed and as an ideal coffee table volume.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Managing Infertility
Carol Fulwiler Jones
Fraser Davis Press
2801 Buford Hwy., Suite 225, Atlanta, GA 30329
9780578025957, $19.95,

To produce life is one of the gifts that eludes millions of Americans. "Hopeful Heart, Peaceful Mind: Managing Infertility" takes a spiritual and self-help approach to the treatment of infertility. The tips range from everything from supporting one's partner, finding medical help, finding support groups, to taking it to the next level in the bed room. "Hopeful Heart, Peaceful Mind" contains some of the advice those battling infertility need.

Fixing You
Rick Olderman
Boone Publishing, LLC
2555 W. 36th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
9780982193716, $11.99,

Aches and pains just make life unpleasant to live. "Fixing You: Neck Pains & Headaches" is a collection of tips and advice for sufferers of chronic pain who want to overcome their nagging pain. With plenty of advice on treating the cause rather than the symptoms, physical therapist Rick Olderman comes to readers with much advice and wisdom for health, making "Fixing You" a collection that should not be ignored.

Smoking: 201 Reasons To Quit
Muriel L. Crawford
Dillon & Parker Publishing
PO Box 504, Walnut Creek, CA 94597-0504
9780981959009, $19.95,

The reasons to continue are few, but the reasons to quit are many. "Smoking: 201 Reasons to Quit" is a motivational quitting guide giving smokers a huge list of reasons to help them fight their addiction. With reasons ranging from the scientific to health related to even the merely cosmetic aspects, "Smoking: 201 Reasons to Quit" is a top pick for those who need motivation to kick the habit.

Hell-th Scare
Marilyn Ivy Zerbey
Sound Enterprises Publishing
970 Cornwallis Dr., West Chester, PA 19380
9780935565126, $11.95,

Amid the current health care debate, it's important to listen to opinions from those in the thick of it. "Hell-th Scare: A Stark Look at Healthcare In Nursing Homes and Hospitals" tells the story of Marilyn Ivy Zerbey, as she shares her tale of working as a registered nurse for a decade and a half, and pulls no punches about her criticisms of the profession with particular regard to the elderly and late life care. "Hell-th Scare" is an intriguing and worthwhile read, highly recommended.

Doctor's Orders
Kent Sasse
360 Publishing
3495 Lakeside Drive, Suite 205, Reno, NV 89509
9781934727225, $14.95,

Losing Weight is never an easy task. "Doctor's Orders: 101 Medically Proven Tips for Losing Weight" is a collection of simple advice for readers to help them in their long and tough battle of getting into the healthy weight they have let themselves fall into. With tips on planning one's diet and exercise, with plenty of tips to keep one going, "Doctor's Orders" is a fine reference to have at hand when one is trying to get into shape.

Change Your Smile, fourth edition
Ronald E. Goldstein
Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc.
4350 Chandler Drive, Hanover Park, IL 60133
9780867154665, $29.50,

First impressions are invaluable. "Change Your Smile: Discover How a New Smile Can Transform Your Life" is the fourth edition of Ronald E. Goldstein's advocation of the power of a good smile. With simple tips that don't necessarily require expensive dental work, a good smile is much easier to obtain than one would think. Answering countless questions about good dental hygiene and its benefits, "Change Your Smile" is a top pick for anyone who wants their pearly whites to shine.

Coping with the Emotional Impact of Cancer
Neil A. Fiore
Bay Tree Publishing
PO Box 70236, Richmond, CA 94807-0236
9780980175837, $18.95,

Cancer is a life changing thing to face and try to overcome. "Coping with the Emotional Impact of Cancer: Become an Active Patient and Take Charge of Your Treatment" is a guide for those facing cancer and want to fight it off the best that they can through a positive attitude and not letting it beat you on a psychological front. "Coping with the Emotional Impact of Cancer" is a fine and solidly recommended read for those who want to equip themselves and their loved ones with the tools to face the worst.

The Neck Pain Handbook
Grant Cooper & Alex Visco
DiaMedica Publishing
150 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065
9780979356483, $14.95,

The metaphorical phrase 'pain in the neck' is used when some people don't know what they're talking about. "The Neck Pain Handbook: Your Guide to Understanding and Treating Neck Pain" is a guide for those who suffer from chronic neck pain and are considering all of the treatment options possible for their constant annoyance through life. Discussing how to prevent it, how to modify how one lives to prevent more discomfort, exercises, and when to consider more serious procedures, DiaMedica delivers another complete and comprehensive guide. "The Neck Pain Handbook" should be highly considered for those who can't take their neck's agony any longer.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

John Desjarlais
c/o Sophia Institute Press
PO Box 5284, Manchester, NH 03108
9781933184562, $14.95,

The divine can be the perfect scapegoat. "Bleeder: A Miracle? Or Bloody Murder?" is the story of the death of a stigmatic priest. But it isn't the will of god that seems to be the problem, and a professor named Reed Stubblefield finds himself the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Faced with a killer clever enough to work apparent miracles, "Bleeder" is a truly entertaining mystery, highly recommended.

Twenty Five Years Ago Today
Stacy Juba
Mainly Murder Press
PO Box 290586, Wethersfield, CT 06109-0586
9780615290119, $14.95,

Some secrets are best left covered. "Twenty Five Years Ago Today" follows Kris Langley as she tries to advance her career by looking deeper into a long forgotten case. But she soon finds that maybe it was unsolved for a reason, as beneath the surface the case is not what it seems. Even submerged for decades, those behind the case show why it has remained unsolved. "Twenty Five Years Ago Today" is an intriguing mystery that should not be overlooked.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

My Dreams Come True
Ioan Dirina
Jones Harvest Publishing
5400 East State Road 45, Bloomington, IN 47408
9781603882132, $12.50,

There is more to God than the Bible. "My Dreams Come True: A Journal of my Paranormal Experiences" is a spiritual memoir from Ioan Dirina is her reflections on the nature of the universe as she presents them in this volume for much spiritual and thoughtful consideration for her readers. A fascinating and riveting read, "My Dreams Come True" is a top pick for spiritual and metaphysical readers.

Pause Now
Lyla Yastion
Hamilton Books
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9780761842835, $24.95,

A brief stop to think can do wonders. "Pause Now: Handbook for A Spiritual Revolution" is a spirituality book that encourages readers to find time in life to stop and become more aware of everything around them. Discussing the power of the pause and the comfort and peace it can bring to one's life, "Pause Now" is a strong pick for spirituality collections.

Healing and the Creative Response
Cay Randell-May
Brooks Goldmann Publishing
7970 E. Camelback Rd., 710, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9780976870067, $19.95,

Exercising your mind may be the most important aspect in restoring your body and soul. "Healing and the Creative Response" discusses the relationship between creativity and healing, and how they affect the creator and those around him or her. Working through the pain, whatever that may be is what Cay Randell-May suggests, and this advice makes "Healing and the Creative Response" is a strong recommendation for creative people.

The Education Shelf

The Great Grammar Book
Marsha Sramek
Arch Press
9095 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77024
9780984115709, $18.95,

Good grammar makes for a good first impression. "The Great Grammar Book: Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition" is a guide to mastering the many subtle nuances of grammar that so often elude people and make them appear stupider than they really are. With plenty of advice and tips, anyone looking to fine tune their grammar skills should strongly consider "The Great Grammar Book" for an entertaining way to add polish to their written word.

The Social Issues Shelf

Systems Out of Balance
Kirk D. Sinclair
Mill City Publishing
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781934937914, $25.95,

Why has America seemingly fell apart? "Systems Out of Balance: How Misinformation Hurts the Middle Class" discusses the fall of the American dream and where its destruction's blame lies on. Misinformation from the media and other sources is the blame agues Kirk D. Sinclair, as he provides many intriguing facts and options. "Systems Out of Balance" is a worthwhile consideration for anyone concerned with middle America, highly recommended.

Vision Works
Peter Hesse
Solidarity in Partnership
c/o Abby Kraus PR
1036 N Dearborn, #802, Chicago, IL 60610
9783981165029, $TBA

Development of a nation is the best way to improve the life of its people. "Vision Works: From Vision to Action, From Haiti to One World in Diversity" is part memoir and part book discussing the social issues that the people of Haiti have faced in recent years. Peter Hesse has worked with Haitians for the past few decades and describes his efforts. Discussing the obstacles for a better Haiti of tomorrow while remaining hopeful for the future, Hesse gives readers a solid overview of the current status of Haiti. "Vision Works" is a read that shouldn't be missed by those curious about the development of third world countries.

The Philosophy Shelf

Paul Brunton
Epigraph Books
5801 NYS rte 414, Hector, NY 14841
9780982525548, $12.50,

Truth is something everyone searches for, "Advaita: The Truth of Non-Duality" discusses non-duality, the art of no separation in thought and idea. Love for everyone, even those who don't love you is what the work of Paul Brunton has been translated to in the modern day as discussing. With countless intriguing philosophical ideas, "Advaita: The Truth of Non-Duality" is something that will give readers a lot think about.

The Political Science Shelf

The American Evolution
Matt Harrison
Prometheus Institute Press
1420 North Lake Shore Drive #9A, Chicago IL 60610 USA
9780615282046, $14.00,

When faced with a whole slew of problems, it's not the best time to be changing, but changes will be happening anyway. "The American Evolution: How America Can Adapt to the Political Economic, And Social Challenges of the 21st Century" discusses America and the challenges it faces as it changes whether it wants to or not. Questioning America's capabilities and what lawmakers can do to help the process, "The American Evolution" is an intriguing and recommended read for those curious about the country's future.

Larry Klayman
New Chapter Publisher
1765 Ringling Blvd., Suite 300, Sarasota, FL, 34236
9780979201226, $26.95

Some people simply choose not to mince words. "Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment" is the rants and raves of Larry Klayman as he reflects on how he became to be the judicial watdog he is. Attacking everyone from Sean Hannity to Bill Clinton, Larry Klayman pulls no punches in his plainly stated hatred of how our system is and what needs to be done to change it. "Whores" is fascinating, thought-provoking, and highly recommended political reading.

Don't Start the Revolution Without Me
Jesse Ventura
Skyhorse Publishing
555 Eighth Avenue, Suite 903, New York, NY 10018
9781602397163, $14.95,

A pro wrestler serving as governor of Minnesota had varying degrees of success depending on who you ask, but there is no question that Jesse Ventura's story is one worth reading. "Don't Start the Revolution Without Me" is a combination political science book and memoir, as Jesse Ventura reflects on his time serving in office and what he has learned during that time and in the years following. Very opinionated and intriguing thoughts, he shares his ideas on everything from Barack Obama to the chaos of the current economy. "Don't Start the Revolution Without Me" is a read well worth considering for those looking for a true alternate opinion.

The Economics Shelf

Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt
Thomas C. Scott
Platform Press
47 West Oakland Avenue, Doylestown, PA 18901
9780982411711, $14.95,

Disaster breeds wisdom. "Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt: What Surviving an Airline Crash Taught Me About Retirement Planning" is Thomas C. Scott's analysis of how many people misuse their financial resources and plan poorly for their retirement - and the resulting disaster that looms ahead. Suggesting that poor financial planning is analogous to the bad judgment that caused his plane crash, he provides a strong case to support his allegory. "Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt" is a strong pick for those who are unsure of the stability of their retirement plan.

We're All Screwed!
Stephen A. Boyko
W&A Publishing
PO Box 849, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
9781934354124, $28.95,

Too many rules can ruin anything. "We're All Screwed!: How Toxic Regulation Will Crush the Free Market System" discusses a more creative approach to managing America's current financial woes. Saying that the key to wise government intervention in the economy is not more regulation, but making it so that the governmental impact on the economy treads lightly but still has a profound impact where it counts. "We're All Screwed!" is wise and intriguing thoughts on modern economics, making for a fine and highly recommended read, well worth the investment.

The Parenting Shelf

Unleashing the Power of Parental Love
Gary M. Unruh
Lighthouse Love Productions
1277 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
9780982420447, $17.95,

The approval and love of one's parents is what drives so many children. "Unleashing the Power of Parental Love: 4 Steps to Raising Joyful & Self-Confident Kids" is a guide for parents that gives them the most simple and profound advice they can have in raising happy children - the power of letting them know they are loved. If only it was that simple, and Gary M. Unruh provides many tips on dealing with sibling rivalry, back talk, bad parental habits, and more. "Unleashing the Power of Parental Love" is a top pick that should not be ignored by over whelmed parents.

How to Stop Hating Your Ex...
Rene Ashton
Abundant Media
40 Laurel Canyon Boulevard #646, Studio City, CA 91604
9781439259214, $15.77,

Few things tear a child apart on the inside more than their parents' messy divorce on the outside. "How to Stop Hating Your Ex...: So You Can Co-Parent in Peace" is a guide for parents who have turned to divorce yet want to continue to be the best parents they can to their children in spite of their problems with the other parent. Enlightened and honest, Rene Ashton draws on her own experience and offers readers many ideas. "How to Stop Hating Your Ex..." is a top pick for recent divorcees.

You Might Need a Jacket
Earl Austin
Priority Books Publications
PO Box 2535, Florissant, MO 63033
9780981991313, $14.95,

Occasionally the parents get more into the sports than the kids. "You Might Need a Jacket: Hilarious Stories of Wacky Sports Parents" tells the story of the parents who go too far into the deep end in pushing their child to become the next big thing in sports. From parents who are blissfully ignorant but encouraging to those who are devastated by a loss more than the kid, "You Might Need a Jacket" is well worth it for any parent who wants a laugh at what may be themselves.

The Santa Story Revisited
Arita Trahan
Downstream Enterprises
10815 Hesby Street, Suite 103, North Hollywood, CA 91601
9780982532805, $16.95,

Of course Santa isn't real, but that doesn't mean there can't be a lesson learned from it. "The Santa Story Revisited: How to Give Your Children a Santa They Will Never Outgrow" is a parenting guide that gives parents an intriguing way of introducing their children to the cultural phenomena and mythology of old Saint Nicolas. Many intriguing ideas are presented, making "The Santa Story Revisited" a solid and highly recommended pick that is worth considering for any parent who wants to keep the magic alive.

The Literary Shelf

The Divine Farce
Michael S. A. Graziano
Leapfrog Press
PO Box 2110, Teaticket, MA 02536
9781935248040, $10.95,

Hell has something in store for everyone. "The Divine Farce" is a original take on hell and the afterlife from Michael S. A. Graziano, as he tells the story of three particular damned and how their afterlives play out after their eternal assignment. A uniquely human story that proves humorous as well as thoughtful, "The Divine Farce" is a solid and very highly recommended read.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Fire Stone
Riley Carney
Book Light Press
5994 S. Holly St. #118, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
9780984130702, $20.95,

Don't discount many because they may happen to be the savior of us all. "The Fire Stone" is the first entry in Riley Carney's 'The Reign of Elements' telling the tales of the land of Mundaria. Following a boy from the backwoods of the land and his adventures in searching for the fire stone, "The Fire Stone" is a treasure for genre fans that should not be overlooked.

The Eternal Messiah
W. R. Pursche & Michael Gabriele
Varzara House
10477 Warland Road Warshall, VA 20115
9780975379363, $23.95,

Who said Jesus was only the savior of earth? "The Eternal Messiah: Jesus of K'Turia" tells the story of a man named Jesus, who happens to be leading a new religious revolution on a planet light years away from earth. An Earthling, Treb Captain Win, sees this event and is left with many questions, but soon finds that the galaxy itself may be in the balance with this new Jesus. "The Eternal Messiah" is an intriguing blend of theology and science fiction, highly recommended.

The Nautical Shelf

Saving Sailing
Nicholas D. Hayes
Crickhollow Books
3147 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
9781933987071, $22.00,

Recreational sailing has been on a down turn in recent years...why? "Saving Sailing: The Story of Choices, Families, Time Commitments, and How we Can Create a Better Future" uses Sailing as a model to discuss the fall of free time in America as a whole, Nicholas D. Hayes encourages readers to value free time as a source of family time and how more involved activities as a family lead to a greater unity. "Saving Sailing" is preaches the value of leisure and family, highly recommended.

The American History Shelf

Extra! Extra!
Renee Wendinger
Legendary Publications
PO Box 482, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
9780615297552, $34.95,

Fending for oneself as a child is a rough endeavor. "Extra! Extra!: The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York" tells the story of the fate of many children in the early twentieth century, and how the Children's Aid Society sought to help these young people through their early lives. From helping them find homes in rural America through the famous Orphan trains, to giving the newsboys of New York places to stay, the Children's Aid Society engaged in remarkable work. "Extra! Extra!" is a fascinating survey of the history of child welfare in the United States.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Beneath the Pyramids
Andrew Collns
4th Dimension Press
215th 67th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-2061
9780876045718, $18.95

The Egyptian pyramids are to this day filled with mystery. "Beneath the Pyramids: Egypt's Greatest Secret Uncovered" discusses these Egyptian ruins through the eyes of Andrew Collins, as he recalls his own personal journeys through the pyramids, telling his story of discovering hidden passages in the structures himself. Endlessly fascinating, "Beneath the Pyramids" is a top pick and very highly recommended read for students of Egyptian metaphysical lore and history.

Gateway to the Heavens
KL French
YGB Publishing
c/o Smith Publicity
1930 E. Marlton, Suite I-46, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
9780955725609, $25.00,

Some of the truths of life are much more simple than one thinks. "Gateway to the Heavens: How Simple Shapes Mold Reality and the Fabric of Your Being" discusses geometry and the nature of the universe. Stating that shapes have more meaning than meets the eye, KL French explores this concept thoroughly in what is sure to be a highly entertaining and intriguing read for metaphysical readers. "Gateway to the Heavens" is a worthy addition to any collection catering to those readers.

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