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Volume 8, Number 10 October 2009 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Fiction Shelf
Poetry Shelf American History Shelf Biography Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Automotive Shelf Art Shelf Business Shelf
Criminology Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Political Science Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Military Shelf Economics Shelf Science Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Education Shelf Computer Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Sports Shelf Woodworking Shelf
Travel Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Literary Shelf
Judicial Studies Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf Marital Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Parenting Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
Music Shelf Psychology Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Flood Legends
Charles Martin
PO Box 726, Green Forest, AR 72638
9780890515532, $12.99,

The flood of Noah is the flood of many other men. "Flood Legends: Global Clues of a Common Event" investigates the seemingly common coincidence of stories of a great flood in many disconnected societies throughout the ancient world. All six of the populated continents have a flood legend of some sort, and Charles Martin looks deeper to find the bigger historical significance of this shared trait. "Flood Legends: Global Clues of a Common Event" is of wonder to any with a love for ancient history and mythology's roots.

Possible Futures
Jude Treder-Wolff
Lifestage Publications
496 Smithtown Bypass, Suite 202, Smithtown, NY 11787
Phenix & Phenix (publicity)
2100 Kramer Lane, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78758
9780979990502, $11.95,

The creative mind never stops thinking. "Possible Futures: Creative Thinking for the Speed of Life" is a guide for the creative person to help them stay creative in a world that seems out to crush it. Written by a woman with many unique and fresh ideas on maintaining creativity and the creative thought processes, "Possible Futures" is a fine read for any creative person.

Bloom Where You Are Planted
Stevie Wilberding and Beau Wilberding
As told to Meg Bertini
DreamTime Publishing
6860 Gulfport Avenue, South Suite 950, South Pasadena, FL 33707
9781601660176 $14.95

Travel can be an exhilarating experience, but it isn't entirely necessary. "Bloom Where You Are Planted" is a combination inspirational manual and memoir. Stevie Wilberding and Beau Wilberding reflect on their livs as world travelers. They hope to inspire people to appreciate their lives and appreciate their families, regardless of whether they spend their time at home or journeying around the world. "Bloom Where You Are Planted" is a fun and uplifting read that has much to be enjoyed.

Beyond Seduction: Loving Without Limits
Lisa Pankau
Visions to Press Inc.
c/o Perceptive Marketing (publicity)
12436 FM 1960 West, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77065
9780982276907 $16.85,

There's more to a good relationship than lust and stability. "Beyond Seduction: Loving Without Limits" is a guide for those who have old relationships but are uncertain how to keep that fire alive as the years roll on. Encouraging couples to take an approach where love is not a dead concept yet is wise to the cruelties of the world, author Lisa Pankau draws upon her own experience and there is much for couples to learn from. "Beyond Seduction" is something that every long term couple should consider.

Exceeding Expectations
General Bill Loone
Enso Books
Box 230603, Montgomery, AL 36123-0603
0982018517, $17.99,

Leadership is the ability to persuade others to a point of view, an action, a perspective, a goal. It is associated with charisma. While some seem 'born' to leadership and possess leadership qualities with a seemingly inherent and automatic ease, for most of us it must be classified as a learned skill brought out by cogent example, clear instruction, and constant practice. That's why "Exceeding Expectations: Reflections On Leadership" by General Bill Loone, who draws upon his forty years of experience and expertise on the subject of leadership, is such an important read. "Exceeding Expectations" clearly demonstrates through a wealth of 'real world, real life' examples why true and enduring leadership is that which inspires others to perform their very best at whatever task or difficulty they encounter. Very highly recommended reading, especially for anyone in a position of authority and responsibility.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

There Was a Crooked Man
Edward Morris
Mercury Retrograde Press
227 Sandy Springs Place, Suite D374, Atlanta, GA 30328
9780981988207, $7.95,

If time travel existed, no doubt would there be people who used it as a playground of evil. "There Was a Crooked Man" is a novel that tackles this concept as said crooked man delves into the past for his own methods, but the law is not too far behind. A traditional tale of cops and robbers with a science fiction twist, "There Was a Crooked Man" is a highly entertaining and simple read.

Torrie and the Dragonslayers
K.V. Johansen
Sybertooth Inc.
59 Salem Street, Sackville, NB E4L 4J6, Canada
9780981024400, $9.95

Heroism is never easy. "Torrie and the Dragonslayers" is a fantasy adventure following Torrie and their companions as they must track down the legendary sword Wormbane to save their kingdoms from the rampages of evil dragons. But faced with said dragons, insane sorcerers, and so much more, heroics may be harder than can believe. "Torrie and the Dragonslayers" is a simple and entertaining fantasy, sure to please.

Sharkey and the Parallel Universe
Timothy A. Bramlett
Azuria Books
PO Box 535, Clyde, NC 28721
9780979644429, $14.95

Just as the explorers risked their lives setting off into the unknown centuries ago, centuries in the future they will do it once more. "Sharkey and the Parallel Universe" tells the story of one Sharkey, one of the pioneers who will embark on taking mankind into new universes outside their own. But everything they meet won't be so accepting of curious interlopers. "Sharkey and the Parallel Universe" is a fun read for science fiction fans.

Veil of Whispers
Dana M. Baird
Sam's Dot Publishing
PO Box 782, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0782
9780981969633, $17.95,

Cause and effect are the principles of everything, including the flow of history. "Veil of Whispers" is the second entry in 'The Spell Keeper Legends' series telling the tale of the land of Tevious. A conflicted land on the brink of another civil war, the nation is challenged with cults, ominous prophecies, and memories of the past all threaten the stability they all fought so hard to obtain. "Veil of Whispers" is a fantasy of wide scope that'll entertain many readers of traditional fantasies with its own approaches.

Stones of Time
Erin Durante
Leucrota Press
PO Box 647, Poway, CA 92074
9780982471319, $11.95,

Circumstance brings many strange bedfellows. "Stones of Time" is the second book in the Damewood Trilogy, a series following one Princess Nadia, a royal who only wants the best for her kingdom at any cost. In this case, that cost may be working with the demons, the ancient enemies of her people. An intriguing tale of the difficulty of forgiveness, "Stones of Time" is a strongly recommended read that'll please many a fantasy reader.

Robyn Rolison-Hanna
Arctic Wolf
c/o Smith Publicity (publicity)
1930 E. Marlton Pike, Suite I-46, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
9780981747231 $13.95

Friendship is sometimes the only way to survive. "Mink" is the story of a young mink noble called Zeto who must is captured by a humans and seems destined to become a fur coat or scarf of some sort. But through the power of friendship, Zeto might be able to overcome the obstacles that stand between him and escape, and learn something much more in the process. "Mink" is a fine story that younger readers will relish.

The Choir Boats
Daniel A. Rabuzzi
ChiZine Publications
67 Alameda Avenue, Toronto, ON M6C 3W4
9780980941074 $18.95

Guilt is a hard thing to kill. "The Choir Boats: Volume One of Longing for Yount" is the story of one Barbabas McDoon, a merchant with a heavy soul. When forgiveness knocks on his door, he leaps to take it, but forgiveness has come in the farm of an emissary from the world of Yount. He must go to Yount, use the key given to him to open the prison. But the task, of course, sounds much easier said than done as there are those who want the prison to remain closed. "The Choir Boats" is fun fantasy that blends many elements into a read that is endlessly entertaining.

A Guide to Fantasy Literature
Philip Martin
Crickhollow Books
3147 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
9781933987040, $16.95,

Fantasy is perhaps one of the oldest genres of literature. "A Guide to Fantasy Literature: Thoughts on Stories of Wonder & Enchantment" is a scholarly analysis of the fantasy genre as a whole. Outlining the various sub-genres within the genre, discussing the similarities between more modern fantasies such as Harry Potter and more epic fantasies such as Lord of the Rings. The characters, settings, and such are under scrutiny in this intriguing and fascinating discussion of modern fantasy. "A Guide to Fantasy Literature" is a must for literary collections or those fascinated with the fantasy genre as a whole.

Captain Future
Edmond Hamilton
Haffner Press
5005 Crooks Road, Suite 35, Royal Oak, MI 48073-1239
9781893887350, $40.00,

Edmond Hamilton (1926-1977) was a pioneer of American science fiction who began his writing career during the 'Golden Age' of pulp magazines. He sold his first story, 'The Monster-God of Mamorth" to Weird Tales magazine in 1926 and became a prolific contributor to the science fiction pulp magazines of the 30s and 40s. He was writing and getting published through the 1960s, even as the popularity of science fiction action/adventure tales of the kind he specialized in was fading. Now under the deft and expert editorship of Stephen Haffner, Haffner Press is bringing out deluxe editions comprising all of the Edmond Hamilton stories, beginning with "Captain Future", a quintessential science fiction hero who, along with his three companions (a sentient robot, a synthetic android, and a disembodied brain kept alive in a serum-case) protected the solar system against all manner of villains and menaces. Captain Future was such a popular character that it became the title of one of the many science fiction pulp magazines of the day. Now all those wonderful science fiction adventures of yesteryear are available in a single 776-page volume. Also very highly recommended for dedicated science fiction fans and made available by Haffner Press is a collection of Edmond Hamilton stories originally published in the pages of Weird Tales magazine (along with two that were published in Amazing Stories Quarterly and one printed in Science Wonder Quarterly): "The Collected Edmond Hamilton: Volume One: The Metal Giants And Others" (9781893887312, $40.00) and "The Collected Edmond Hamilton: Volume Two: The Star-Stealers: The Complete Tales of the Interstellar Patrol" (9781893887336, $40.00).

A Mage of None Magic
A. Christopher Drown
Tyrannosaurus Press
5486 Fairway Drive, Zachary, LA 70791
9780971881976, $12.50,

He wanted a lesson in magic. He got that and more than he ever bargained for. "A Mage of None Magic: The Heart of the Sisters" follows the story of apprentice magician Niel as he finds himself right in the middle of the Heart of the Sisters Legend of his world, the root of all magic and what may be the root of its apocalypse. "A Mage of None Magic" is a fine new fantasy series with many fresh and unique concepts which will enchant and delight many fans of the genre.

The Fiction Shelf

All the Flowers
Tom Milton
Nepperhan Press
PO Box 1448, Yonkers, NY 10702
Smith Publicity (publicity)
1930 E. Marlton Pike, Suite I-46, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
9780979457937, $12.95,

The opposition to the Vietnam war only grew stronger as the years rolled on. "All the Flowers" is a novel of one Teri Ryan, a girl fearful for her brother's safety in so much so that her life begins to develop around it. Falling in love with a pianist, Teri and Andre find themselves driven apart from their families as their opposition to the Vietnam war grows more radical, perhaps even to the point of treason against their own country. "All the Flowers" is a story of the growing loss of innocence through the years of the Vietnam war, a fascinating read all the way through.

The Creepy Girl and Other Stories
Janet Mitchell
Starcherone Books
PO Box 303, Buffalo, NY 14201
9780978881177 $18.00

Stories ask many questions of readers as they entertain them. "The Creepy Girl and Other Stories" is a variety of short stories from Janet Mitchell, her first collection of short stories. The topics are all of what really matters to a small town girl, as the tone ranges from light to fable-like. "The Creepy Girl and Other Stories" is a fine collection and a choice pick for those seeking work from new writers.

Guy Smith
G3 Media
Silicon Strategies Marketing (publicity)
630 Taylor Avenue, Alameda, California 94501
9781439237434 $8.99

The most frightening thing about the afterlife is not that everyone is wrong, but that everyone is right. "Afterlife" is a novel of the afterlife as one man finds himself dead in an automobile accident. Fearful for his pregnant wife in a coma, he is faced with seemingly more problems in death than he was in life. A humorous exploration of the afterlife, "Afterlife" is a choice pick for those looking for an entertaining and satirical read.

Milkweed: A Novel
Deahn Berrini
Somerset Hall Press
416 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 612, Boston, Massachusetts 02215
9781935244011 $17.95 1-617-236-5126

It can be hard to shun the past to embark on one's future. "Milkweed" is the story of Cassandra Leahy, a young woman with her life in front of her. It's 1971, and her boyfriend is returning home form the Vietnam War. But it's been a year, and people have changed. Cassandra is driven between her own desires and what she thinks is the right thing to do. "Milkweed" is a fine story of tradition, compassion, and its clash with one's own ambitions.

The King's Last Song
Geoff Ryman
Small Beer Press
150 Pleasant Street #306, Easthampton, MA 01027
9781931520560 $16.00

Archaeology can be a dangerous business. "The King's Last Song" is the story of an Khmer Rouge member and a young boy as irregular circumstances put them on a quest to rescue an archeologist and his most treasured find - a book written by one of the most celebrated Kings of Cambodian kings, King Jayavarman VII. Unusual friendships form in this story that combines modern adventure with history. "The King's Last Song" is a fine and recommended read, sure to please many a reader.

Red Tape
Christopher Fahy
Limerock Books
15 Mechanic Street, Thomaston ME 04861
9780974658940 $14.00

They say there are not that many jobs available for Liberal Arts majors, but this is ridiculous. "Red Tape" is story of one Henry Island, a man who has a Ph.D in Urban Legendry. An unusual thing to gain a mastery in, he journeys the country for the one job that all of his hard work will give him, all while fleeing the Student Loan Sharks nipping at his bud. Along his journey, he finds his major has more applicable use than he would have ever hoped for. A hilarious modern adventure, "Red Tape" is a strong pick for fiction readers just looking for a good laugh, and a story that they just may relate to.

Woman in the Tower
Richard Lance Williams
Dalton Publishing
PO Box 242, Austin, Texas 78767
9780981744353 $19.95

There are things that happen that only make people think of their purpose. "Woman in the Tower" follows a man, tired of his life and everything it throws at him, finds inspiration in a lost tower. First time he sees a tower, there is only an unmarked manuscript, the second, a woman waits there. Both things only leave the man to think of why they are there, but should he be instead thinking of what they are saying? "Woman in the Tower" is a treat for the mind, highly recommended.

Kingdom of Simplicity
Holly Payne
180 Harbor Drive, Suite 204B, Suasalito, CA 94965
9780982279779, $16.95,

The Amish life is a harsh one, but a simple one, and there is a certain joy in simplicity. "Kingdom of Simplicity" is a novel of the Amish life. Eli, a young Amish man still grappling with the tragedy that struck his family when he was nine years old, embarks on the Amish tradition of rumspringa, the tradition where young Amish adults are unleashed on the world to experience it for themselves. Looking for a place to belong to, Eli finds that friendship can do much to heal wounds. Written in response to her own tragedies, "Kingdom of Simplicity" is an intriguing read all the way through.

The Mosquito Tapes
Chris Holmes
Highland Press Publishing
PO Box 2292, High Springs, FL 32655
9780982361511, $12.25,

Betrayals by the ones you love the most are the ones that hurt the most. "The Mosquito Tapes" is a blend of science, crime, dead bodies, and romance into an entertaining story. Jack Youngblood is a man whose spent more nights with cold corpses than warm women recently, but when a new detective shows up in his precinct, things change. But all is not as simple as can be for Jack. "The Mosquito Tapes" is a fine read that'll keep readers riveted til the very end.

Jasmine Dogs
J. W. Winslow
Fresh Art
PO Box 2864, Carmel, CA 93921
Brickman Marketing (publicity)
395 Del Monte Center #250, Monterey, CA 93940
9780578015361, $19.95,

Home is sometimes hard to leave. "Jasmine Dogs: Mystic Adventures in Big Sur" is the story of how one author who hit the big time misses her small time and the world of 'Big Sur'. Split between her two lives, Dyanna can't seem to make up her mind. J. W. Winslow offers the first volume of the series telling quite the story, making "Jasmine Dogs" a fine choice.

Dancing on Water
Maryanne Raphael
Writers World
3363 Tyler St. #215, Carlsbad, CA 92008
9781442140851, $7.99

Some people, when they learn they don't have much time left, choose to sulk. Others try to cram in as much as they can, while they can. "Dancing on Water" is the story of one terminal patient who rebels against her diagnosis and dedicates her remaining life to helping others like her live their lives. "Dancing on Water" is a charming and inspirational read from storied author Maryanne Raphael.

The Manhattan Prophet
Jake Packard
Bascom Hill Publishing Group
212 N 3rd Avenue, Suite 570, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781935098058, $17.95,

When the world is near its end, one man tries to lead it back to the spiritual. "The Manhattan Prophet" is a story set in a post-Apocalyptic New York City as one Salem Jones tries to spread a faithful message. Everyone is out to interview this new prophet, but there are those who disagree with this mans message as war roars on through the streets of New York. "The Manhattan Prophet" is a fun and entertaining post-apocalyptic read.

Andie Ryan
Lenox Road Publishing
331 West 57th Street, #216, New York, NY 10019
9781935365051, $15.95,

Some of the richest people in the world didn't gain their wealth through honest means. "Shakedown" is a story of corporate intrigue following a public relations executive for a financial company. When he discovers his company's corruption which dips its hands in the blood of murder, the executive is driven between maintaining his own quality of life and doing what's right. "Shakedown" will strike a chord with readers, inspired by some of the current chaos at Wall Street. Highly recommended.

Blackbird Rising
Gary Earl Ross
Full Court Press
c/o FCPress
PO Box 342, Buffalo, NY 14223
9780981707044 $15.00

During a time where everyone thought little of them, they did what was still viewed as almost impossible. "Blackbird Rising" is a story of two black gentlemen making their notch into society when the president visits Buffalo's world fair at the turn of the twentieth century. They take to the sky and put an awesome display, earning their own moment of fame. "Blackbird Rising" is a fine novel aimed at African American audiences, about making the most of one's skills even if society doesn't expect it.

The Tuareg: Blue Man of the Sahara
George DiGuido
ViviSphere Publishing
675 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
9781587761577 $22.95 1-800-724-1100

The 'noble' savage may be less savage than the people calling him that. "The Taureg: Blue Man of the Sahara" is a piece of Historical fiction following a Virginian woman and a French aristocrat as they find themselves in the desert meeting with the Taureg of the Desert, who are commonly referred to as the 'blue men'. An entertaining and intriguing piece of historical fiction outlining a lesser known early nineteenth century tribe, "The Taureg" is a top pick for fiction collections.

My Name is Tom
Sheila Farrell Murray
Aventine Press
1023 4th Ave #204, San Diego, CA 92101
1593304501, $15.50,

Single motherhood used to be simply unheard of. "Hi! My Name is Tom" is the story of Lorna, a woman who becomes pregnant when unmarried in the years following World War II. During this time, it would be extreme shame to be a single mother, but Lorna still has a chance at happiness when Tom appears in her life. "Hi! My Name is Tom" is a charming story, sure to please many a reader.

Girl with Skirt of Stars
Jennifer Kitchell
Pronghorn Press
PO Box 707, Greybull, WY 82426
9781932636567 $19.95

Forward thinking people have much to face when dealing with tradition. "Girl with Skirt of Stars" tells the story of Lilli Chischilly and her conflict with her Navajo heritage and her legal career. Faced with the demands of her tribe and working with a major candidate for President of the United States, Lilli's life only seems to get more complicated when murder enters in the equation. "Girl with Skirt of Stars" is a riveting read and a top pick.

Monstrous Affections
David Nickle
ChiZine Publications
67 Alameda Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6C 3W4
9780981297835 $18.95

Love is a wonderful thing. Love is a terrible thing. "Monstrous Affections" is a novel exploring the negative side of love and the things it makes people do. Following a bride-to-be, a father, and a homeless woman as they tell their stories of love and its pitfalls and its treasures, David Nickle presents an original and intriguing tale. "Monstrous Affections" is a fine addition to any literary fiction collection.

City of Refuge
Valerie Farber
Inkwell Enterprises
c/o Smith Publicity
1930 E. Marlton Pike, Suite I-46, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
9780981605807 $17.95

Exile was almost as bad as death in ancient times. "City of Refuge: A Biblical Novel of the Ancient Past" is a novel set in Ancient Israel following two well meaning individuals who face exile for their actions. Bat-Sachar flees her oppressive father and stumbles upon paganism, and Tzuriel studies Iron-working, a forbidden art at the time. Their stories show the darker side of the early Israeli nation, and Valerie Farber uses it to craft a highly entertaining story. "City of Refuge" is a top pick for historical fiction fans.

Gate to Nowhere
Leanna Sain
Twilight Times Books
PO Box 3340, Kingsport, TN 37664
9781933353012 $16.95

There is no better source than actually being there, but that's a bit too closer to the truth than some would want. "Gate to Nowhere" is the story of one Emma Franklin as she finds her inherited farm in MacKinlay, North Carolina has a portal to the past behind it. Through this portal, she will soon find how the town got its namesake and so much more. "Gate to Nowhere" is a fascinating read of suspense and fantasy, highly recommended.

Ten Years
Andrea Coleman
National Writers Press
17011 Lincoln Avenue, #421, Parker, CO 80134
9780881001464, $24.99,

A decade is quite the age gap to overcome. "Ten Years" is a romance novel following one Deborah Dayne, a model who has not had the best of luck recently. When she finds an old portrait of hers at an art show, she sees that the artist is ten years her junior...and that mutual love soon blooms. A novel of generational gaps and romance, "Ten Years" is a fascinating and enticing read for romance lovers.

Porcupines and China Dolls
Robert Arthur Alexie
Theytus Books
PO Box 2890, Oroville, WA 98844
9781894778725, $22.95,

Minor escapes are just that, and they will never solve anything. "Porcupines and China Dolls" tells the story of James and Jake, best friends who share a common dark secret. Wasting their lives away living the iconic slacker lifestyle of sex and long nights at the bars. But when another friend puts a bullet in his brain, they are forced to face what has been troubling them for so long- abuse at the school they attended. "Porcupines and China Dolls" is a touching story of facing the past and overcoming it.

Ghost Words
Adina Pelle
Curva Peligrosa
1500A East College Way #554, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
0975431463, $19.95,

Some things once said cannot be taken back. "Ghost Words: And Other Echoes" is a collection of short stories from Adina Pelle. Almost flash fiction, she presents her stories, which sometimes carry narrative over multiple tales, in very short bite-sized morsels that easy to digest and enjoy. Fine, fun, and thought provoking reading, "Ghost Words" is a treasure trove of unique tales and will do well to please any short story reader who wants something different.

Without a Sword
Arianna Snow
Golden Horse Ltd.
PO Box 1002, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-1002
9780977230853, $13.99,

War on the horizon, the personal battle which Rahzvon is of far more importance. "Without a Sword" tells the story of Rahzvon and his crew as he tries to set things right so that he may finally wed Sophia. A man called Kosdrev and a ill-tempered monarch sit in his way, Rahzvon has his work cut out for him, and it doesn't help that the first great war the world has ever known is not even a year away. "Without a Sword" is another entry into the Lochmoor Glen series, and does the series justice. Also from Arianna Snow and Golden Horse, "Seeking Hiram" (9780977230853, $13.99) another entry into Snow's series.

Hugh Fox
All Things That Matter Press
333 Oxford Road, E. Lansing, MI 48823
9780984098460, $16.00,

Stories need inspiration and Hugh Fox has a lot of inspiration to draw from. "Revoir" is a collection of short stories from this man as he discusses many subjects and gives readers a fine glimpse into his mind through fiction. The stories wide and varied, he discusses many subjects while entertaining the reader making "Revoir" a read to be considered.

Dreams and Swords
Katherine V. Forrest
Bywater Books
PO Box 3671, Ann Arbor, MI 48106
9781932859379, $13.95,

A good story can do far more than simply entertain. "Dreams and Swords" is the story of homicide detective Kate Delafield under the pen of Katherine V. Forrest. An acclaimed lesbian fiction writer, included is her work of 'O Captain, My Captain' giving this mystery added value. Drawing from many elements, "Dreams and Swords" is a vital addition to any library collection focusing on gay and lesbian fiction.

Oil Dusk: A Peak Oil Story
John M. Cape & Laura Buckner
Singing Bowl Publications
20415 Perryoak Drive, Humble, Texas 77346
9780978789305 $15.00

How do you survive when everything you've known and loved seems to go up in smoke? "Oil Dusk: A Peak Oil Story" tells the story of how a Suburban family deals with this catastrophic situation where oil supplies begin to dry up and the United States falls into chaos. An intriguing tale of family in a world where you fight to survive, "Oil Dusk" is an entertaining and possibly prophetic read of a world that could possibly be.

Prime Meridian
Linda Emma
Alexandra Michael Publishing
15115 Highway 36, Deadwood, Oregon, 97430
9780982051863, $17.00

If you're not careful, you may very well become what you hate most. "Prime Meridian" is the story of one Jenna, a widow and single mother. Her life feeling empty since the death of her husband, her life has become stagnant and seemingly meaningless. When a new man emerges, her life may just change, and the memory of her husband won't be so disgraced. "Prime Meridian" is a well written and entertaining work of literary fiction and romance, highly recommended.

The Repossession
David Wren
Wolf Pirate Publishing and Editing
4801 SW 164 Terrace, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331
9780982234303, $17.00,

Some things are simply not for the mind of a boy to comprehend. "The Repossession" is the story of Joel, a boy burdened with a mind that has glimpses of wisdom and enlightenment far beyond his understanding. But the cruelty of the world weighs upon the boy; he is forced to confront his own mind and the world that brought this dilemma to him. A unique exploration of the mind and questioning maturity, "The Repossession " is a fascinating read.

Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows
Rudi Unterthiner
Chronicler Publishing
Jones Beach, RR 1 Evansburg, Alberta, Canada T0E 0T0
9780980953411 $24.95

An absorbing novel written in the style of a memoir, "Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows" tells the story of one Paul Reiter, a Hollywood cosmetic surgeon. When a native tribe of Mexico needs his skills as a doctor, Paul learns there's more to life than making stars look pretty. He is caught between the forces of his life that push him to work for wealthy Hollywood, and his true calling to help the Indians of Mexico's Baja. Ultimately his Indian wife is the one who shows him insights into the connections between a person's face and their soul. "Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows" draws heavily upon the author's own experience to craft a vivid and unforgettable story. "Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows" is highly recommended for community library fiction collections and personal reading lists for anyone seeking to enjoy a superbly scripted novel.

I Can See Heaven
Susan E. Briggs
Ex Machina Press
PO Box 11180, Glendale, CA 91226
9780977276332 $13.99

Chemistry is weird, everything works fine until a strange new element is added. "I Can See Heaven" tells the story of a simple farm, its families, and its farm hands. When Delilah comes to their farm looking for her son, the Dobson's family life just may change forever. As a comet draws closer, their story seems to come to a boiling point the closer the comet comes to streaking across Earth's sky. "I Can See Heaven" is a fine read that many will relate to and be moved by.

Liquid Soul
Matthew Carter
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
9781432729950, $13.95,

Certain addictions drive people to do things that are condemnable. "Liquid Soul" is the story of a man who calls himself an agent of the crimson exchange, who can live and experience the lives of others, but only if they die by his hands. The experiences are addictive, and the man, who has nothing else to strive for, only finds the killings continue. "Liquid Soul" is an intriguing journey into experience and memory, highly recommended.

Border Ambush
Melody Groves
LaFrontera Publishing
2710 Thomes Ave., Suite 181, Cheyenne, WY 82001
9780978563462, $19.95,

The old west was as gritty as the sand that covered much of it. "Border Ambush" tells the story of James Colton, a man charged with a murder of a sheriff. On the run, James must expose the motives of the real killers, as this particular sheriff didn't revere the law as much as he should. With his brother Trace, they have to clear James is name and find some semblance of justice. "Border Ambush" is a real treat of a western, sure to keep the reader turning page after page.

Holiday in Hell
Trisha Smith
Asteroid Publishing
PO Box 3 Richmond Hill, ON Canada L4C 4X9
9780973137965, $16.95,

You can get away with almost anything in the right place. "Holiday In Hell" is the true story of a holiday gone horribly wrong. When a Canadian couple visits Cuba, their relationship goes sour when the man beats the woman to an inch of her very life. But Canadian law won't do anything due it being outside of Canada. One woman must walk a long road to justice and to change a law for some semblance of closure for her attack. "Holiday in Hell" is an intriguing story, which although true, is presented in a novel-styled format.

Elsa Morante
Open Letter
Lattimore Hall 411, PO Box 270082, Rochester, NY 14627
9781934824153, $14.95,

The bond between a mother and son is like no other. "Aracoeli" is the story of Manuel, a man who seems to have nothing to live for. In his mid-life crisis, he returns to his mother's hometown to try to piece together her life to gain some semblance of closure about a bond that was lost. Hoping to get his own life back on track by understanding his mother's, "Aracoeli" is deftly translated from the original Italian by William Weaver, an excellent read for those seeking world fiction.

Falling Into the Sun
Charrie Hazard
Spoonbill Cove Press
PO Box 561, Safety Harbor, FL 34695-0561
Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists (publicity)
2100 Kramer Lane, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78758
9780981541020 $14.95

How can you solve someone else's problems when you have so many of your own? "Falling into the Sun" tells the story of Kate Nardek, and her son. When finding a neighbor dead by his own hands, she fears for her own son, seeing much of her neighbor in her son. But in seeking psychological help for her son, Kate finds that she isn't as mentally healthy as she thought she was either. A novel of facing one's own demons and bonding to help others fight theirs, "Falling into the Sun" is an moving read that many readers will find relation to.

W. Schoellkopf
Arbor Books
244 Madison Avenue, #254, New York, NY 10016-2819
9780981865850 $18.00

When you have little in common, that little is all you have to unite. "Rainbows" is the story of a dysfunctional family. As their family falls apart, all they have to stay together is their discussion of art and its finer nuances, but does this discussion between them hold greater weight than a simple discussion of art? A fine metaphor using art for family problems, "Rainbows" is a piece of fiction that art lovers will especially love, but is still of interest to general literary fiction readers.

The Poetry Shelf

The Songbird in My Heart
Mark Steven Rhoads
Belle Vista
8899 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
9780615273624, $24.99,

Nature basks a simple simplicity all its own. "The Songbird in my Heart: The Magnificence of Being" is a unique blend of poetry, nature photography, and inspiration. Blending philosophical prose, simple nature poetry, and full color photography, Mark Steven Rhoads produces a read that'll delight readers on multiple fronts, pleasing their eyes along with their mind. "The Songbird in My Heart" is well worth considering for its simple and original approach. "Have You Ever Wondered?" Why we observe just/One day a week?/There may come a time/when you have the time/for more, and if you do/you will wonder/Why you didn't all along.

Wings of Wonder
Peter Romeo
ODCS Publication House
PO Box 82, Malden, MA 02148
9780982447697, $14.95

Experienced poet and veteran traveler of the world Peter Romeo gives readers the reflections of his experience in "Wings of Wonder and Other Poems". He presents his memories here in a fine and intriguing way. "Wings of Wonder and Other Poems" is of interest to any seeking a variety that is experienced as it is intriguing. "Hollow Pillars": Treading water/on a whirling ocean,//I float against/a wall of reflection.//Searching for answers/to unvoiced questions,//I trespass upon/childhood conclusions.

Beads for the Messiah's Bride
Yakov Azriel
Time Being Books
10411 Clayton Road, Suites 201-203, Saint Louis, MO, 63131
9781568091280, $15.95,

The Old Testament has done much to inspire generations, and Yakov Azriel uses one particular chapter as his sole inspiration. "Beads for the Messiah's Bride: Poems on Leviticus" is a compilation of poems drawing their inspiration from the book of Leviticus, one of the key books in the Torah as a religious Jewish man in Yakov Azriel does well pondering on it. Of interest to both poetry fans and biblical philosophers, "Beads for the Messiah's Bride" is a strong read through and through.

Enter Chrysanthemum
Fiona Tinwei Lam
Caitlin Press
8100 Alderwood Road, Halfmoon Bay V0N 1Y1
9781894759328, $16.95,

A large body of published work behind her, Fiona Tinwei Lam brings readers "Enter Chrysanthemum". A dedicated work of a loving single mother, her poetry brings bit of the soul of the modern woman who faces her own challenges in life. Poignant and touching, "Enter Chrysanthemum" is a top pick and something to be enjoyed by poetry readers. "Poem": Like a small padded tree, you stood/with one hand outstretched, a red-mittened beacon/The first scout whisked past. Soon, a flurry/perched on branches around us. At last,/a daring one hovered, darted to your palm/to snatch a seed, then fled./ We both breathed again./you crying out softly-/Here without seeds or words, I stand/before the fluttering world,/beckoning.

God of Missed Connections
Elizabeth Bachinsky
Nightwood Editions
PO Box 1779, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0
9780889712263, $17.95,

Miscommunication can lead to missing something that could have been magical. "God of Missed Connections" is the third collection of poetry from Elizabeth Bachinsky, an award winning and widely published poet. Her acclaim is not unfounded as readers will soon find out and enjoy reading "God of Missed Connections". "An Uprooted Tree": Surma, Cossack bugle, carved from birch.//Trembita, signal giver, wrapped in birch.//Husla, strung plank, carved from birch.//Tsymbaly, struck with sticks, carved from birch.

Last Call at the Tin Palace
Paul Pines
Marsh Hawk Press
PO Box 206, East Rockaway, NY 11518
9780978555573 $15.00

Memoir through poetry is the goal of poet Paul Pines. "Last Call at the Tin Palace" is his reflections on The Tin Palace, a well known Jazz club that Pines operated for quite some time. The club once hosted the likes of Kurt Vonnegut, and Pines tells many stories through fine verse. "Last Call at the Tin Palace" is well worth the read for poetry fans, especially those with an interest in the 70s Jazz scene. "Meditation": There must be an end/to this palaver/before and after sex//this nodding/acquaintance of love and isolation//Madman Cocaine/stitch up my mind/with the tears/in things that never speak//make my heart/a place/where all my friends/with swollen feet are dancing/without shoes...

Underlife and Portico
Michael Lynch
Aforementioned Productions
70 Commerical St., 1R, Boston, MA 02109
9780982374108 $7.00

The small victories in life are what makes it all worthwhile. "Underlife and Portico" is a work of poetry from Michael Lynch, with a special focus on these the small triumphs and that one encounters in life. A professor of English, he executes his verse well, making "Underlife and Portico" quite the read. "O! Her Cursive Eyebrows": Were the yellow lights/all bees and violins:/honey stomach, blushed/blessing of royal jelly,/coronal nectars, slant/slab of belly,/navel pit and urgent/cleft? Was the scrolled gate/her catback arch: pupils/blown wide as want,/dire smile (these illegible/lips) and O! Her eyebrows cued/earthward - divine descent/into hummocked/landscapes moving?

Toucans in the Arctic
Scott Coffel
Etruscan Press
Wilkes University
84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
9780979745072 $17.95

True mastery comes from taking bits and pieces from everything. "Toucans in the Arctic" is an anthology of poetry from Scott Coffel trying to embrace various disciplines of poetry and providing readers with a sampling of quite the mastery. "Toucans in the Arctic" is quite the blend and many poetry fans will find something to enjoy within. "From the Visions of William Blake": In the parking lot of the Food Giant/I kneel beside my sleeping infant, his features/appropriated by nature from the visions of William Blake,/the veined eyelids nearly transparent, palpitating with residual brightness.

Rock Candy
Jenifer Rae Vernon
West End Press
PO Box 27334, Albuquerque, NM 87125
9780981669366 $12.95

Those who heed the call of poetry are just like anyone else and share many of the same problems. "Rock Candy" is the work of Jenifer Rae Vernon as she reflects on her strange life filled with unusual characters she doesn't understand, and her struggles to just survive, which means her poetry is simply a reflection of what everyone faces. "Rock Candy" is a treasure that many will enjoy. "Dog Fight": We, small kids circling/in flannels and tough-skins//gray rocks pelting, dog bodies and dirt/dust cloud, fight, spun halo in white light//kicking, fur and blood and flesh, out of butch and chopper's grip/our little fist heart, thumps one/like a rabbit on a bass drum.

Under What Stars
Ryan J. Davidson
Ampersand Books
5040 10th Ave S., Gulfport, 33707
9780984102518 $10.00

Poetry is simply another medium of story telling. "Under What Stars" is a collection of poetry from Ryan J. Davidson taking a unique approach to the book of poetry by focusing on telling a story through his writing and developing characters and personalities on par with anything out of a novel. "Under What Stars" is a fine read for those looking for a fresh take on poetic form. "Burgeon": Burgeon is not/contrary to the reasoning/that might lead you to believe this to be so,/a portmanteau/for a pigeon/which is a burden;/it is when something/begins to grow.

The Narcoleptic Yard
Charity Ketz
Black Lawrence Press
8405 Bay Parkway, C8, Brooklyn, NY 11214
9781934703489, $16.00,

A Ph.D in English literature, Charity Ketz puts her mastery to good use in "The Narcoleptic Yard". Simplicity and its truths are her goal, as she places forward excellent and entertaining verse. For those seeking work from new poets, Charity Ketz's "The Narcoleptic Yard" is surely a top pick. "Become Machine": site of so many successive/failures/can't you stop/without breaking down?/can't you shut up yet?/If your body were a temple,/someone else's temple,/if a machine were a temple,/then what?/Sell it. Sell everything./Let it/sell.

The Dark Honey
Ellie Schoenfeld
Clover Valley Press
6286 Homestead Rd., Duluth, MN 55804-9621
9780979488351, $14.95,

Her third collection, "The Dark Honey" is another fine compilation of poetry from Ellie Schoenfeld. A poet in love with her craft, her work is one of a veteran as this book is packed with fine and entertaining verse. As such, "The Dark Honey" is a top pick for poetry collections. "Ars Poetica": One thing I really love about poems/is that they never interrupt/and tune you out/mid-sentence,/mid-thought,/mid soul-wrenching revelation/to answer their cell phones.

The Awakened One Poetics
Joseph S. Spence Sr.
Rochak Publishing
4/2 B LIG Govindpur Colony, Allahabad - 211044, India
9788190381246, $14.99,

The haiku is perhaps the most succinct and versatile of all the diverse forms of poetic expression. Inc "The Awakened One Poetics", Joseph S. Spencer Sr. has compiled more than 150 of his carefully crafted haikus -- and presents each of them in parallel linguistic presentations (vertically arranged on the page) that can include English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, and/or Chinese. The result is simply fascinating. Enhanced with twenty thematically appropriate illustrations and very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections, "The Awakened One Poetics" is novel, thoughtful, and thought-provoking.

Fort Red Border
Kiki Petrosino
Sarabande Books
2234 Dundee Road, Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205
9781932511741 $14.95 1-800-283-3572

Poems are naturally dialogues, and knowing the target gives them extra meaning and subtext. "Fort Red Border" is a collection of poetry from Kiki Petrosino, taking a unique path in the body of her work. Posing a conversation between the poet and icon Robert Redford, she presents intriguing stories and verse that have a flavor all their own. "Fort Red Border" is a fine and original book of poetry, highly recommended. "Virginia": Beneath a tender flitch of skin, the grease/ants make & traffic./O brown fliskmahoy/of speed./O limit case./Why linger/at this roadside?/Why stretch your bloody ankles/into the sun's mouth?/Here, the redstern filaree/spins her basal rosette - your broken hands/catch down in tangles. But don't you smell the wild/bergamo? The tarnished wheel of knapweed/at your crown? How the dirt is rasping/O my trackside love, my age--

Tsim Tsum
Sabrina Orah Mark
Saturnalia Books
105 Woodside Rd., Ardmore, PA 19003
9780981859125, $14.00,

No one said poetry had to have structure. "Tsim Tsum" is Sabrina Orah Mark's take on the world of approach telling her stories through a unique blend of verse and prose, following the story of Beatrice and Walter B., an anthropomorphic manatee. Truly original and creative story telling, "Tsim Tsum" is of interest both to poetry readers and short fiction readers looking for something off the beaten path.

Night Sweat
Nathan Leslie
Hamilton Stone Editions
PO Box 43, Maplewood, NJ 07040
9780980178623, $12.95,

Established fiction author Nathan Leslie comes to readers with his first foray into verse, "Night Sweat". A story teller by nature, it rings true through his verse giving readers a glimpse into the common aspects of life that readers so often experience. "Night Sweat" is an expertly crafted book of work, a fine addition to any collection. "The Portrait": The stain of light from/the thick, entrenched hole/reveals a woman in a sable,/pearls and earrings to her neck,/hair black as her husband/standing stiff next to her.//Their picture is aslant,/strung up on thick thread,/yet the tattered bristles at the/window deny them the moment,/curling the shopworn into redundancy.

Vengeful Hymns
Marc J. Sheehan
The Ashland Poetry Press
401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805
9780912592671, $15.95,

Award winning and experienced poet Marc J. Sheehan brings readers another fine volume in "Vengeful Hymns". Pouring out the thoughts of his curious and clever mind, he presents his own unique collection of verse making for a solid and entertaining read. "Vengeful Hymns" is a solid addition to any poetry collection. "Losing the Farm": Forty years and more away from it now,/the animals grow smaller and smaller,//until even the stallion's great droppings/are tinier than those of fleas I comb//out of the coat of my adopted tom./And now that it can't be divided any finer,//mothers cup hands against windows, hoping/to see their feral children lope home.

Out of the Welter
Arthur Madson
Fireweed Press
638 Gately Ter., Madison, WI 53711
9781878660237, $13.00

Simple honesty about one's life is often the best approach. "Out of the Welter" is a collection of poems from Arthur Madson, reflecting on his life. From childhood fun and games to the tragedy of losing both his parents in the same day, he uses poetry to tell stories which are profoundly human. "Out of the Welter" is a fine collection not to be missed. "The Next Degree": Each alumni news another classmate/has slipped over the page's edge, undertaken/the last assignment.//Winter's snows pile higher, longer,/too many beds are newly single,/and thaws are briefer.//Clemmie and I await the spring,/subscribe to mags, read the stories,/fend vicissitude.//We study the books,/sit up nights,/all-night sessions, cramming for/the last exam.

Something to Exchange
Celia Gilbert
BlazeVOX Books
303 Bedford Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
9781935402343, $16.00,

A fourth volume can be just as good as the previous three. "Something to Exchange" is a collection of poetry from Celia Gilbert, a woman who has developed quite the reputation for her work. Her experience shines through with fine and magnificent prose, making "Something to Exchange" a simple treasure of hard work and creativity. "Smile": Like a fledgling, mouth open, you wait./Like a blind kitten nuzzling for the teat,/you suck from the spoon,/into the warm hole, everything, scent and substance./Juice, how it runs down over your cracked lips/and sometimes crumbs catch/at the mouth's corners.

The American History Shelf

Kelleys Island
Leslie Korenko
The Wine Press
PO Box 525, Kelleys Island, OH 43438-0525
9780981961217, $24.99,

A work that combines academic quality research with a narrative gift for storytelling, "Kelleys Island: The courageous, poignant & often quirky lives of island pioneers 1810-1861" by Leslie Korenko is a true tour-de-force history of Kelleys Island, Lake Erie, Ohio. Drawing upon pioneer letters, diary entries, and official documents covering the period of 1810 to 1861, the story of the island begins with its purchase by the Kelley Brothers. It became home to not only pioneers seeking to establish their families, but a haven for rogues, scoundrels, squatters, and a known pirate. Many island citizens fought on the Union side in the civil war by enlisting with the 101st Ohio and the 3rd Ohio Cavalry. A fascinating read that is as informed and informative as it is engaging and entertaining, "Kelleys Island" is a highly recommended and impressive regional history that could well serve as a template for similar local histories for other parts of the country.

The Incident That Could Have Killed Pittsburgh
Robert H. Johns, author
Robert E. Cole, editor
Closson Press
257 Delilah St., Apollo, PA 15613-1933
9781558564954 $19.95

The Incident That Could Have Killed Pittsburgh is the true story of an investigation into the crash of Air Force B-25, the "missing bomber" that vanished in the Monogahela River near Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle on January 31, 1956. Subsequent to the plane's crash, it literally disappeared; some witnesses claim it was secretly recovered the night it went down. What really happened remains a mystery that author Robert H. Johns dedicated himself to solving. The Incident That Could Have Killed Pittsburgh relates his investigation into the crash - why did it happen? Why did the Air Force and local officials hide the story of what happened from the public? Could there have been something aboard the plane that endangered all of Pittsburgh? Robert E. Cole has painstakingly edited Johns' original manuscript into an enthralling read of real-life conspiracy and coverup. Highly recommended.

The Biography Shelf

In Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby
Mark Morrison-Reed
Skinner House Books
25 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
9781558965416 $18.00

Fifty years ago, electing a mixed race President would have been unheard of. "In Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby" is the memoir of a man growing up in a time where America wasn't so tolerant, but the movements against these intolerances began to pick up steam. Mark Morrison-Reed was a man who embraced both philosophies of free love and the Black power movement in a way to better understand the woes of both races. A charming story of a man making his own place in a world that didn't originally want him, "In Between" serves as a fine addition to any collection focusing on race.

Luna's Life
Luna Kaufman
ComteQ Publishing
101 North Washington Avenue, Suite 2B, Margate, NJ 08402
Caros Books (publicity)
16 Pinecrest Dr., Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
9781935232032, $19.95,

In an age of historical revisionism and holocaust deniers, it is critically important that the personal stories of those who experienced it first hand to leave behind for future generations their struggles to survive and to combat the anti-Semitism that horrific tragedy. That's why "Luna's Life" is not only an extraordinary read as a riveting biography, but an enduring example of human endurance and ultimate triumph over human cruelty. Luna Kaufman and her mother were the only holocaust survivors out their extended family. That's what makes her personal story of forgiveness and reconciliation so remarkable and so memorable. "Luna's Life" is very highly recommended reading and appropriate for community library collections.

Chain Bridge to the Golden Gate
Peter A. Karpaty
Newvoices Inc.
16964 Columbia River Drive, Sonora, CA 95370
9781889409511 $17.95

"Chain Bridge to the Golden Gate" is the reflections of Hungarian immigrant Peter A. Karpaty. Fleeing Hungary during its revolution in the 1950s, he tells his story of moving across the country and becoming a successful businessman and pilot. "Chain Bridge to the Golden Gate" is a remarkable story of a remarkable man.

Odyssey of a Practical Visionary
Belden Paulson
Thistlefield Books
W7118 County Rd. U, Plymouth, WI 53073
Ron Sonntag Public Relations Inc. (publicity)
9406 N. 107th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53224
9780981690612, $24.95,

In order for anything to get done, you first need thoughts and ideas to lay out the ground work. "Odyssey of a Practical Visionary" is the life story of one Belden Paulson who has spent much of his life working on projects to better our world. When others failed to come up with workable ideas, Paulson came up with ideas that have helped places everywhere from Naples to inner city poverty in Wisconsin. "Odyssey of a Practical Visionary" is an inspiration of how man can help so much.

The Impossible Dream
Anthony Reynolds
Jawbone Press
1700 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781906002251 $19.95

One of the biggest acts of popular music in the 60s, The Walker Brothers star has greatly faded. "The Impossible Dream: The Story of Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers" tells the story of this trio of brothers who took America by storm throughout the 1960s and became one of the earliest teen idols. A complete and comprehensive biography of the group, all of their work is covered in much depth, as author Anthony Reynolds offers the history behind each song and album with much detail. "The Impossible Dream" is an absolute must for anyone nostalgic for the heyday of the Walker Trio or any who simply want to understand one of the obsessions of the 60s.

Stay For Lunch
Anne Goodwin
Pleasurable Pause Press, LLC
1730 White Ave., Beloit, WI 53511
Smith Publicity
1930 Marlton Pike, Suite I-46, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
9780981649900 $14.95

Age is no barrier for friendship. "Stay for Lunch" is the reflections of Anne Goodwin and her friendship with a woman called Francina. With over five decades age difference, there seemed to be little in common. But Anne, the younger of the two, reflects profoundly on her time with her elderly friend and through her writing, imparts on some of the wisdom she gained. "Stay for Lunch" is a charming and moving read, a top and highly recommended pick.

The Arsenic Lobster
Peter Grandbois
42 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
9781933132723, $16.00,

Fencing has never been the pastime of the United States. "The Arsenic Lobster" tells the story of a young man who tells his own story of Americana, growing up in a family which encouraged him to become a musician and to take up fencing. Critical of current American society, Peter Grandbois comes at readers with a unique sort of memoir that'll entertain as well thought-provoke. "The Arsenic Lobster" is a worthwhile read, highly recommended.

At the Masthead
Jim Boan
Sweetgum Press
PO Box Drawer J, Warrensburg, MO 64093
9780972870832, $10.95

The newspaper seems to be dying at all levels of society. "At the Masthead: Fond Memories of Publishing a Weekly" is the recollections of a newspaper editor who ran his own small weekly newspaper for a small town in Stoddard County, Missouri. Offering a unique viewpoint of something that seems to be fading away, a fact that depresses Boan, "At the Masthead" is well worth the read to embrace this little piece of Americana that is so often overlooked.

A Hundred Camels
Gerald L. Miller & Shari Miller Wagner
126 Klingerman Road, Telford, PA 18969
9781931038546, $13.95,

The desire to help people trumps nationality, religion and anything else. "A Hundred Camels: A mission Doctor's Sojourn & Murder Trial in Somalia" tells the story of Gerald Miller, a physician who went to Somalia as a Mennonite Missionary and changed many lives there as well as the challenges he faced as an outsider, even facing a murder trial. A profound look at the gap of cultures and how they can be bridged, "A Hundred Camels" is a highly worthwhile read.

The Dollar-Table Hammer
Dale Clarence Peterson
East Pickerel Corners Press
49 Seahorse Lane, Christchurch, VA 23031
9781439213759, $12.95,

Rural should never be used a synonym of nothing happening. "The Dollar-Table Hammer" is a memoir from one Dale Clarence Peterson, a resident of New Hampshire who reflects on the strange eccentricities of small town life and the challenges they face, be they from nature or man made buildings starting to show their centuries of age. Entertaining and an enlightening look at life in the middle of nowhere, "The Dollar Table Hammer" is quite the treasure.

Psycho Russian Golddiggers
David E. Bloch
Privately Published
9780982435205, $18.95

If you have constant failure with American women, it may not be the wisest idea to look towards the Russkies. "Psycho Russian Golddiggers" is a memoir of one man recounting his tale with a Russian bride he met over the internet and the horror tale that unfolded afterwards. From the courtship to the birth of his daughter to the nasty divorce, he presents quite the cautionary tale to those looking for love - make sure they are after you, and not your money. "Psycho Russian Golddiggers" is a humorous and entertaining read through and through.

Silverstein & Me
Marv Gold
Red Hen Press
PO Box 3557, Granada Hills, CA 91394
9781597091510, $19.95,

Shel Silverstein has charmed many young readers with his quirky poetry and short stories. "Silverstein & Me" tells the story of the beloved poet and who he really was, because to much of the public eye, he was a recluse who avoided media attention and instead talked to the world through his work. Telling the story of his life that range from Playboy to children's books, "Silverstein & Me" is of recommended reading for anyone who wants to know the man behind the words.

All Screwed Up
Steve Fellner
Benu Press
PO Box 5330, Hopkins, MN 55343-9998
9780981516332 $16.95

Some sons hate their mothers, some have simple caring relationships. Steve Fellner has neither. "All Screwed Up" is the story of one Steve Fellner and his mother... who proves quite unmortherly at times. From strange requests of her family to the encouraging family thievery, Fellner delivers an offbeat story that reads like something off a sitcom, but is oddly true. "All Screwed Up" is something to be considered for those looking for something outside the typical motivational memoir.

Pajama School
Natalie Wickham
Sibro Publishing
1101 N. Briarwood Rd., Derby, KS 67037
9780982182802 $14.99

The homeschooler always faces questions from those who faced their education in other ways. "Pajama School: Stories from the Life of a Homeschool Graduate" is one woman's reflections on her homeschool education, speaking on her own past. Advocating a higher amount of homeschooling for America's youth, calling for a more godly educational experience. "Pajama School" is of interest to any Christian family who is considering homseschooling.

Watching Walter Cronkite
Austin Ken Kutscher, MD
Gordian Knot Books
9781884092800 $15.95

Walter Cronkite was the icon of a generation, but today's youths don't really know who he is or what he reported on. "Watching Walter Cronkite: Reflections on Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s" reflects on this bygone era, aimed at younger readers who do not know what it was like growing up in this era full of hippies, the Vietnam War, and Civil Rights issues. Trying to inspire the spirit of the era using his own life as a vehicle, Dr. Austin Ken Kutscher does well in his goal. "Watching Walter Cronkite" is a nostalgic and informative read of one of America's more tumultuous eras.

Fifty Years in 13 Days
Jackie Maher and Katie DeCosse
Wow! Publishing Group Inc.
2359 Cleveland Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
9781438254531 $12.95

It may have been the right choice at the time, but it doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. "Fifty Years in 13 Days: A Mother/Daughter Reunion" tells the story of one Jackie Maher and her reunion with her daughter after fifty years. Originally giving her daughter up for adoption to avoid the stigma of single motherhood in the 1950s, Maher reflects on her past and how she eventually chose to find her daughter and reconnect with what has empty inside of her all these years. "Fifty Years in 13 Days" is a fine and inspirational read that will make anyone appreciate their mother or daughter so much more.

To the Edge of Sanity
David E. Small
Pine Publishing
827 South Pine Street, York, PA 17403
9780982289006, $15.95

"To the Edge of Sanity" is a novel of young Robert, whose father comes out of the closet and the simple fact of his homosexuality wreaks havoc all through Robert's world. Drawn from the author's own experiences, he paints a picture of the very bombshell homosexuality used to be, and in some places, still is. "To the Edge of Sanity" is of strong interest to readers with an interest in gay rights and history.

Other Spaces, Other Times
Robert Silverberg
Nonstop Press
PO Box 981, Peck Slip Station, New York, NY 10272-0981
9781933065120, $29.95

Many dream of making their lives writing science fiction, but Robert Silverberg attained that dream. "Other Spaces, Other Times: A Life Spent in the Future" tells the story of successful science fiction novelist Robert Silverberg, as he tells the story of his career. A man who has been in love with creating worlds all of his life, his honestly and desire shine throughout the book. For those who are wanting to carve their own niche as a science fiction writer, "Other Spaces, Other Times" is a definite choice.

Noah John Rondeau's Adirondack Wilderness Days
William J. O'Hern
The Forager Press, LLC
23 Bridge St., Cleveland, NY 13042
9780974394381 $24.95

When Noah John Rondeau retreated to Cold River City to spend 1946 in solitude, he wrote his journal for the year entirely in code. The code was later broken by David Greene and shared with author William J. O'Hern; now, for the first time, Rondeau's journal has been published for the public to read in Noah John Rondeau's Adirondack Wilderness Days: A Year with the Hermit of Cold River Flow. In addition to Rondeau's daily reflections on daily life in wild country, Noah John Rondeau's Adirondack Wilderness Days is also filled with letters and memories of Rondeau's friends who visited his hermitage, as well as over 60 vintage black-and-white photographs. A fascinating snapshot of life in a hermitage of nature's wonder, Noah John Rondeau's Adirondack Wilderness Days is highly recommended.

The Self-Help Shelf

Aha! Moments: When Intellect & Intuition Collide
Dianna Amorde
Inspired Leap Press
2103 Hartford Road, Austin, TX 78703
9780981932606 $19.95

It seems so simple. Except when you're trying to figure it out. "Aha! Moments: When Intellect & Intuition Collide" is a guide for better blending one's natural intuition with the what they learn throughout life. Aha! Moments are shining moments of brilliance that Dianna Amorde states people should aim to experience more of, and she grants much advice to help readers help them flow more frequently. "Aha! Moments" is a top pick for readers who are constantly stuck on problems that they want to overcome more quickly.

Art of Recovery
Paul Stiles Randak
Eagle Heart Publishing
3434 East Bengal Blvd., Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
The Buzz (publicity)
435 Aspen Dr., Suite #11, Park City, UT 84098
9781448630417 $12.95

The road back from addiction is a rough one with a rough path. "Art of Recovery: Transforming Shame and Addiction Mythology" is a combination of memoir and self-help book from Paul Stiles Randak as he presents his own journey of recovery and hopes to inspire others to change through his own story. Explaining the transformational process one must face, "Art of Recovery" is a solid and highly recommended read, sure to give that helping hand where it's needed.

Emotional Bailout!
Cathy Holloway Hill
Chicago Spectrum Press
4824 Brownsboro Center, Louisville, Kentucky 40207
9781583742167 $17.95

A solid emotional state is a critically important aspect of dealing with any crisis. "Emotional Bailout!: Nine Principles for Rising When Your World is Falling" is a guide to maintaining one's composure and self when the world around one collapses. In today's world, there's no simple answer to success and this question leaves many people confused on what to do. "Emotional Bailout!" may be the support one needs to still attain success in this ever changing world.

Understanding Other People
Beverly D. Flaxington
ATA Press
20 Wagon Road, Walpole, MA 02081
9780615272290 $15.95

Humans are strange creatures that are difficult to understand, even if you are one. "Understanding Other People: The Five Secrets to Human Behavior" is a guide for people who want to better understand these peculiar individuals that they encounter every day. Drawing upon decades of experience, Beverly Flaxington encourages readers to take her advice and apply it where they can. From better empathy to avoiding mistakes, "Understanding Other People" is a truly valuable read.

Movie Yoga
Tav Sparks
Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 8051, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
9781592750207 $18.95

Even in the most mindless of summer blockbuster action movies, there is a spiritual lesson to be learned. "Movie Yoga: How Every Film Can Change Your Life" is an interesting approach to movies and spirituality. Tav Sparks encourages people to gauge movies, their reaction to it, and what they thought and felt about the movie in trying to understand one's true self. A fascinating way to look at modern film, "Movie Yoga" is a choice top of the line pick for the spiritualist who loves the movies.

Self Observation
Red Hawk
Hohm Press
PO Box 2501, Prescott, AZ 86302
9781890772925, $14.95,

There is no one better at evaluating yourself than you. "Self Observation: The Awakening of Conscience" is a metaphysical psychology book encouraging readers to learn about and know themselves more clearly to gain a better mastery for one's life. Suggesting that an 'awakening ' is possible, but in order to attain such a thing, knowing oneself is the most important thing. "Self Observation" is an interesting new approach to self-help and psychology, and is highly recommended.

EFT For Procrastination
Gloria Arenson, MFT
Energy Psychology Press
c/o Elite Books
PO Box 442, Fulton, CA 95439
9781604150421 $14.95

Procrastination is something everyone fights. "EFT For Procrastination" is another entry to the Emotional Freedom Techniques series this time focusing on procrastination and how to better cope with procrastination and to stop dreading it, get things done, and to not feel guilt about procrastination. "EFT For Procrastination" is a solid pick for those who have procrastination issues and want to get crap done.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Spiritual Lessons from Wall Street
Brandon Pope
Intermedia Publishing Group
PO Box 2825, Peoria, Arizona 85380
9780981968216 $14.99

Soulless corporate greed can still tell people much about themselves. "Spiritual Lessons from Wall Street: A Personal Journey of Financial Security, Emotional Bankruptcy, and Spiritual Uncertainty" is the reflections from Brandon Pope on the lessons he learned from Wall Street about the human soul and its relationship with God. A unique message from a unique source, "Spiritual Lessons from Wall Street" is a must for any Christian who doesn't want to let their economic desires get the best of them.

Pearls of Wisdom
Kialeen Potterton
Thorncrown Publishing
c/o Yorkshire Publishing Group
7707 East 111th Street South, Suite 104, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
0881443662 $16.99

Wisdom is something simple and profound, and can do much to change one's life. "Pearls of Wisdom: Words of Encouragement for a Brighter Tomorrow" is a collection of said wisdom from Kialeen Potterton. Christian in its base, her words will ring much of time with readers of any faith and will provide the pick me up that's so often avoided. "Pearls of Wisdom" is a simple and moving read, a treasure for those who love inspirational texts.

The Journey: Leaving Religion, Following Jesus
Ronnie McBrayer
Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc.
6316 Peake Road, Macon, Georgia 31210-3960
9781573125314 $17.00

Disgust with organized religion has become a common theme with many Christians. "The Journey: Leaving Religion, Following Jesus" is a Christian book focusing on the independent relationship with Christ, something that is so often lost through years of soulless church attendance. Encouraging much faith no matter what one does on Sunday mornings, "The Journey: Leaving Religion, Following Jesus" is a fresh and recommended take on personal religion, a grade A pick.

Secrets Behind Closed Doors
David Ray
WinePress Publishing
1730 Railroad St. Enumclaw, WA 98022
9781606150016, $16.95,

What separates a good Christian from a bad one? Secrets Behind Closed Doors" is a Christian guide to the many of the issues that are faced daily and how a Christian should deal with these problems throughout their life. A wide range of subjects ranging from pornography to abortion, David Ray offers a ministers view on these subjects as he hopes to help readers face their problems head on and come out better having faced them. "Secrets Behind Closed Doors" is a choice addition to any Christian collection focusing on current issues.

The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian
Derek Maul
Upper Room Books
PO Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203-0003
9780835899925, $16.00, 1-800-972-0433

Do you find yourself falling in and out of faith? "The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian" is a mixture of memoir and spiritual book, as Derek Maul reflects on his own shift between an on again, off again Christian to a more driven faith that would consume his life wholly. Hoping to help other readers find their faith and rededicate themselves to God's plan, "The Unmaking of a Part Time Christian" is a must read for those who might have fallen out of touch with God.

What If You Could Skip the Cancer?
Katrina Bos
Ferne Press
c/o Nelson Publishing & Marketing
366 Welch Road, Northville, MI 48167
Purple Cow (publicity)
6339 E. Greenway Blvd., 102-278, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
9781933916392 $9.95

Cancer always proves to be an enigma as it affects some people more seriously than others. "What If You Could Skip the Cancer?" is a Christian health guide discussing cancer and what one can do to face it well. Encouraging faith in God's plan and other lessons to help readers, she draws upon her own wisdom and experience in dealing with cancer so it may be passed onto the reader. For any Christian pondering how to deal with cancer, "What if You Could Skip the Cancer" is a read worth consideration.

Songs of Grace
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Discipleship Resources
PO Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203-0003
9780881775693 $16.00

"Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor" is a collection of hymns. Each song has an explanation, history, lyrics, and tune for those lyrics to follow, drawing inspiration from more traditional religious music but offering its own twists. "Songs of Grace" is a treasure for those who enjoy religious music, and especially for churches looking for a new spice of songs for their congregation.

Susan Elaine Jenkins
Cladach Publishing
PO Box 336144, Greeley, CO 80633
9780981892900 $13.99

At some point any escape is a good escape. "Scandalon: Running from Shame & Finding God's Scandalous Love" is a unique sort of Christian inspirational memoir telling of Susan and her move from California to China. Her story is one of desperately wanting something new, only to find that being new doesn't protect her from her own emotional turmoil, only temporarily masks. But in China, she finds power in an unlikely source - God. "Scandalon" is an intriguing progression of one woman finding herself alongside her faith.

He Restores My Soul
Marcy Hawkins
Rehab 4 Sheep Publishing
PO Box 5217, Pleasanton, California 94566
9780982105504 $14.99

The best thing for combating an addiction is replacing it with another. "He Restores My Soul: A 12 Step Journey Through Psalm 23" tells the story of Marcy Hawkins as she combats her eating disorder and alcohol problems by replacing those addictions with an addiction to God. Relaying what she faced and how she began to pull herself out of her hole with God's help, "He Restores My Soul" is a top pick for those who think Jesus may be what they need to beat their own demons.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Indigo Awakening
Dr. Janine Talty, DO
Elite Books
PO Box 442, Fulton, CA 95439
9781600700637 $17.95

Some people stand out, and standing out isn't always the best thing. "Indigo Awakening: A Doctor's Memoir of Forging an Authentic Life in a Turbulent World" explores the concept of the indigo, people who take on the suffering of others and have a knack for wanting to help and heal. Outline the symptoms of what an indigo is, Janine Talty expresses her own experiences and hopes to inspire other indigos to do the best they can. "Indigo Awakening" is a fine addition to metaphysical and spirituality book collections.

Dance of Stones
Kenn Day
Dhyanna Press
2515 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211
9780979789502, $17.95,

What is the plight of the modern shaman? "Dance of Stones: A Shamanic Road Trip" is the story of self-professed Shaman Kenn Day, as he offers a log of his road trip to give readers a picture of what the modern Shaman faces in today's world. Those interested in modern Shamanism will find much explained within "Dance of Stones", making it a solidly recommended read.

The Science of Life After Death
Stephen Hawley Martin
The Oaklea Press
6912 Three Chopt Road, Suite B, Richmond, Virginia 23226
9781892538529 $16.95

Removing religion from the equation, is that all awaits our consciousness the blackness of nothing? "The Science of Life After Death" is a discussion of the potential for the after-life in the train of though of science. Offering research and ideas about potential scientific evidence that there is something after, Stephen Hawley Martin offers readers something else to think about when pondering the great beyond. "The Science of Life After Death" is of interest to any who ponder parapsychology or the metaphysical.

The Automotive Shelf

Auto Repair: The Customer's Crash Course
Richard K. Mundy
Oak Tree Press
140 E. Palmer Street, Taylorville, IL 62568
9781892343529 $14.95

Cars are fragile things, and if you can get through life without one ever breaking down, consider yourself exceptional. "Auto Repair: The Customer's Crash Course" is a guide for the layman who is going to inevitably have to deal with a car repair company some point in their lives. With tips on cutting through the superfluous words that auto-repair companies always use, Richard Mundy seeks to educate readers on what is the best way to get the most for one's money, and does well in execution. "Auto Repair" is a strong consideration to any driver.

The Art Shelf

The Drawing Breakthrough Kit, second edition
John Hastings
Draw 3 Lines Publishing
PO Box 1522, Hillsboro, OR 97123
9780974941844, $29.95,

The ability to draw images on paper with pencil, pen, or brush is a skill to be learned regardless of any native artistic talent that might otherwise be present in the person of the aspiring artist. That's why this newly expanded and updated second edition of John Hasting's "The Drawing Breakthrough Kit: is so invaluable an approach for the novice artist. The 'Hasting's Method' is to recreate a special drawing of simple objects, the you check the drawing utilizing see-through paper by placing the drawing over the original image. "The Drawing Breakthrough Kit" allows for increasing the size of the work with larger drawing grids and have fewer pre-drawn lines to trace. Ultimately the student artist will be able to graduate to the 10 pair of practice sheets where there are no grid squares and no pre-drawn lines to trace. Of special note is that with each individual practice session, it's possible to compare the drawings and thereby visually the improvements which is a terrific benefit to keeping up motivation and effort. Using "The Drawing Breakthrough Kit" the student will master the building-block lines while learning how to use them to draw other types of lines. Comprised of a sturdy 44-page Single-Ring-Bound Book with Instructions, Techniques, and Removable Reusable Practice Sheets - all printed on heavy card stock, a Pad with 200 Sheets of 4 and 1/2 by 6 inch Tracing Paper, 2 Black Felt-tipped Pens, and a Roll of Removable Tape, "The Drawing Breakthrough Kit" is especially recommended as an art classroom studies curriculum supplement and is particularly appropriate for individual or independent studies for anyone of any age seeking to master the art of drawing for themselves.

The Business Shelf

The Successful Home Business Guide
Will Limkemann
Doubleware Publications
PO Box 40344, Bay Village, OH 44140
9781887155052, $29.95,

The home business is what many people dream of. "The Successful Home Business Guide: Practical Advice for Starting and Operating a Productive and Profitable Home-Based Business" is an start up guide for home businesses which wan to establish themselves and maintain themselves through the rough first year where it is said so many new businesses fail. Marketing, scheduling, separating work and home life are all matters discussed. "The Successful Home Business Guide" is a strongly encouraged read for anyone just starting out their business.

Becoming Ethical
Alan Jenkins
Russell House Publishing
920 NE 58th Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213-3786
9781905541409, $34.50,

Turning a new page in life is a rough road. "Becoming Ethical: A Parallel, Political Journey with Men Who Have Abused" is a guide for those whose job it is to intervene in the cases of abusive men who have done their family and spouse wrong through abuse of many kinds. Author Alan Jenkins arms counselors with everything they need to help these men see the errors of their way and change for a better future. "Becoming Ethical" is a must read for family counselors for dealing with this grave issue.

William E. Perry
Dorset House
3143 Broadway, Suite 2B, New York, NY 10027
9780932633682, $21.95,

The group overall is most important, but do not discount the individual. "iTeam: Putting the "I" Back into Team" is a guide for businesses to lessen the emphasis on joint effort and encouraging employees to put more effort into their own work alone - in essence increasing many parts of the whole for a greater goal. It's more motivating to be the star than the supporting cast - and "iTeam" presents businesses a way to help their employees feel just like that.

How to Master the Art of Selling Financial Services
Tom Hopkins
Tom Hopkins International Inc.
0938636545 $24.99

The world of finance can be a difficult one, and so many are willing to pay someone else to deal with it. "How to Master the Art of Selling Financial Services" is a guide for those who want to sell their financial services, covering job titles such as accountant and stock broker. Marketing is the key to all business, and these services are no exceptions as Hopkins lays out the approaches one would take differently. "How to Master the Art of Selling Financial Services" would be a wise investment to anyone good with these sorts of numbers and is looking for better business.

Success Mapping
Arlene Johnson
Emerald Book Co.
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
Jane Wesman Public Relations (publicity)
322 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1702, New York, NY 10001
9781934572214, $21.95,

If you're waiting to find your fortune by happenstance, you're going to be waiting awhile. "Success Mapping: Achieve What You Want...Right Now!" is a guide for planning out your businesses' future so that it may finally achieve the successes readers are so often after. With tips on gaining focus, finding the strengths and weaknesses of one's company, and avoiding being your own worst enemy, Arlene Johnson provides readers with much sound advice. "Success Mapping" is a top pick for those who feel their business is lacking direction outside of nowhere.

It's All in the Delivery
Debi Brown
Clarity Advisory Services Inc.
5130 18th Sideroad, Schomberg, Ontario L0G 1T0, Canada
9780981209807 $18.95

Good leadership requires finesse or you're going to hurt someone without meaning to. "It's All in the Delivery: How to Move Mountains Without Crushing Villagers" is a guide to people-first leadership where one puts their employees first. Leading without considering one's employees can lead to a loss of enthusiasm and loyalty. Encouraging greater communication and teamwork, "It's All in the Delivery" is a treasure trove of ideas for business leaders.

18 Rules of Community Engagement
Angela Connor
20660 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 210, Cupertino, CA 95014
9781600051425 $19.95

More than ever, the internet connects businesses with consumers."18 Rules of Community Engagement: A Guide for Building Relationships and Connecting with Customers Online" is a guide for businesses whose strategy involves building online communities and author Angela Connor's advice for using that community wisely for a better business. Her steps are simple and straight to the point and does well in informing even the most technologically out of the loop readers. "18 Rules of Community Engagement" is a wise addition to any business library which embraces the internet as the future.

Frontline Profit Machine
Ziad Y. Khoury
Select Books
c/o Ruder Finn
1110 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022
9781590791868, $21.95,

You can turn any team into a winning team with the right leadership. "Frontline Profit Machine: The Blueprint for Exploding Profits with Your Existing Sales and Service Team" is a guide to increasing a company's profits without any radical human resources changes. Claiming a potential 100% increase in a business's profits, Ziad Y. Khoury does well in his approach to inspire business to drive themselves further. "Frontline Profit Machine" is worth considering for any business that could do better.

The Janus Principle
Joann Mills Laing & Don Mazzella
Brick Tower Press
1230 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10128
9781883283704, $14.95

It takes a different approach to market to small businesses versus the megacorporations. "The Janus Principle: Focusing Your Company on Selling to Small Business" is a guide to companies who want to expand their scope by catering to smaller businesses. Designed as a how to guide, Joann Mills Laing and Don Mazzella provide a solid guide on how to modify one's business for this customer base. "The Janus Principle" is a top pick for anyone looking to expand their business' customer base.

The Criminology Shelf

Dream Room
Chet Nicholson
Oakley Publishing Company
140 Broadway, 46th Floor, New York, NY 10005
9780981840024, $17.95,

Southern hospitality with a bit of northern hostility. "Dream Room: Tales of the Dixie Mafia" is Chet Nicholson telling the story of the mafia of the southern United States, operating out of the former states of the Confederacy. A unique take on organized crime in a region that usually isn't associated with it, "Dream Room" is an informative and intriguing read.

Spirit of the Badge
Ingird P. Dean
Topaz Heart Publishing
4836 N. Indian Lake Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686
9780982082409, $17.95, www.spiritof

They have been called professional heroes. "Spirit of the Badge: 60 True Police Stories of Divine Guidance, Miracles, & Intuition" is a collection of true stories and anecdotes about officers on the beat and the challenges they face in their days on the job. With a spiritual slant, it presents these officers as what they really are - human beings who are just trying to get through the day. "Spirit of the Badge" is worth considering for any who want to better understand the life of a police officer.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Being Good
Hsing Yun
Buddha's Light Publishing
3456 Glenmark Drive, Hacienda Hts, CA 91745
9781932293340, $15.95,

One doesn't need to be a Buddhist to be inspired by the principles. "Being Good: Buddhist Ethics for Everyday Life" is a guide to bringing more common and simple practices of Buddhism into everyday life. Discussing many aspects of one's life, he draws on spiritual guidance which can cover anything from simple speech to how one spends their money. "Being Good" is of interest to any spiritual of Buddhist reader.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Lights, Camera... You!
Rene Ashton
Abundant Media
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., #646, Studio City, CA 91604
143924135X, $18.77,

If you can sell something, you can make money. "Lights, Camera... You!: Make Money Doing TV Commercials in Los Angeles of Any Town, U.S.A." is a guide to breaking into the world of commercials, an avenue that doesn't require a Hollywood residence, or even acting dreams. Written by a veteran of many commercials who has turned her success into a storied film and television career, there is much to learn for any television aspirant. "Lights, Camera... You!" is a top pick for any who want a taste of show business in their lives.

The Political Science Shelf

Obama, Are You Listening?
Sam Lembo
E-BookTime, LLC
6598 Pumpkin Road, Montgomery, AL 36108
9781608620340, $14.95,

Hope was one of the campaign mottos of Barack Obama, and hope is what Sam Lembo seeks to maintain. "Obama, Are You Listening?" is the pleas of one man as he reflects on his own life in an open letter of sorts to current U.S. President Barack Obama. Poignant and touching, his story is filled with interest and does much to inspire readers. "Obama, Are You Listening?" is of consideration to many readers who want a fresh perspective on the president.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

'Follow Me, David!'
Jonathan Russell
Peter E. Randall Publisher LLC
Box 4726, Portsmouth NH 03802
9781931807616 $17.95

People grow attached to their canine friends because they appear to be so fascinating. 'Follow Me, David!' is Jonathan Russell reflecting on his time with his adopted greyhound, David. A story of owner and dog bonding well and the lessons man learns from close animal companionship, the story is sure to warm the hearts of many a pet owner. 'Follow Me, David!' is a must for those looking for touching stories of man's best friend.

Citizen Mitten
William Voedisch
East Wind Ink
14625 Old Guslander Trail, Marine-on-St. Croix, MN 55047
9780982380901, $14.95,

Pets can have personality as quirky as any person. "Citizen Mitten: My Life with a Cat My Family Says Was as Nutty as Me" is William Voedisch reflecting on his time with his beloved cat and reflecting on his unique personality which melded well with his own. A true treasure for any pet lover with many full-color photographs, "Citizen Mitten" is a pick to be considered for any empathetic cat lover.

My Secret Life as Peanut
Todd Friedman & Megan Andrews
Wild Icon Publishing Group
PO Box 250762, Plano, TX 75025-0762
9780979933530, $12.50,

The life of a cat is one filled with curiosity. "My Secret Life as Peanut" is charming little picture book for cat lovers following Sassy, who also goes by the name of peanut. An entertaining read which will delight cat owners, "My Secret Life as Peanut" receives a high recommendation.

Dear Sparkle
Sparkles the Designer Cat
Janiss Garza, editor
FitCat Enterprises, Inc.
PO Box 411461, Los Angeles, CA 90041
9780978918118 $12.59

Cats have problems of their own. "Dear Sparkle: Advice from One Cat to Another (No Humans!)" is a charming read for pet lovers from Janiss Garza writing under the guise of her cat, Sparkle. Sparkle answers messages from other cats about the problems cats so often face in their lives. "Dear Sparkle" is a top pick for those who love the feline race and love humorous and entertaining stories.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Kirtan! Chanting as a Spiritual Path
Linda Johnsen and Maggie Jacobus
Yes International Publishers
1317 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105-2602
9780936663432 $15.95

Music is arguably apart of mankind's innate spirituality. "Kirtan! : Chanting as a Spiritual Path" is a spiritual discussion of chanting and singing and its spiritual applications to Yoga. This singing can uplift spirits and do wonders for one's soul. Outlining how singing can tie in with Yoga, and goes in depth on its nature. "Kirtan!" is a must for those who are practitioners of Yoga but also love to sing.

Saleem Ahmed
Moving Pen Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 25155, Honolulu, HI 96825
9780971765535, 25.95,

Islam is perhaps one of the hottest topics since 9/11, but few actually know about it. "Islam: A Religion of Peace?" hopes to help readers better understand Islam and all of the controversies surrounding it. Debunking the myths that Islam is a religion of war which encourages Muslims to slaughter non-believers in a ritual to enter heaven, author Saleem Ahmed offers his interpretations of the holy book which he holds that pure Islam is far more peaceful - just people twist it the wrong way. "Islam: A Religion of Peace" is a solid read for anyone who wants to truly know Islam.

The Military Shelf

Faces of Combat PTSD & TBI
Eric Newhouse
Issues Press
39129 264th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA 98022
9781930461062, $18.00

There is nothing more stressful than fighting for one's life. "Faces of Combat PTSD & TBI: One Journalist's Crusade to Improve Treatment of Our Veterans" is an examination of today's issues facing our soldiers, the traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder that so many of them face, altering the courses of their lives and making them different people to their friends and family. These veterans need psychological aid, and Eric Newhouse places his arguments about the flaws of our current system. "Faces of Combat PTSD & TBI" sheds light on an urgent crisis facing our most patriotic of citizens.

The Economics Shelf

Debunking the Hyperinflation of Peter Schiff and the Gold Bugs
Richard Moheban
Mile Sands Press
3174 North Booth St., Milwaukee, WI 53212-2111
9781936069224, $17.95,

Is the hysteria of the falling value of the dollar justified? In "Debunking the Hyperinflation of Peter Schiff and the Gold Bugs", Richard Moheban argues that the recent economic paranoia is just what it is - paranoia. Placing his arguments in the book, he encourages readers to keep their trust in the dollar and to ignore the gold buying madness. Arguing with common sense, he offers simple economics anyone can understand. "Debunking the Hyperinflation of Peter Schiff and the Gold Bugs" is an intriguing argument, worthy of consideration.

The Science Shelf

Einstein, the Aether, & Variable Rest Mass
Jack Heighway
9781607257929, $20.00,

Einstein was a genius, but as time goes on, even a genius' work needs a little tuning. "Einstein, The Aether & Variable Rest Mass: Correcting Misunderstandings that have Made Relativity Seem Counterintuitive" is a science and mathematics discussion from Jack Heighway examining the consequences of misunderstandings on the part of Einstein and others that have persisted to the present day. A complex read, "Einstein, the Aether, & Variable Rest Mass" is recommended to those who know the science and seek a better understanding.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

PS Comics
Minty Lewis
Secret Acres
75-22 37th Avenue, #452, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
9780979960932, $11.00,

Critically acclaimed award winning comic series "PS Comics" is now available in a simple and easy to follow format. Following the adventures of anthropomorphic fruit and animals, the characters of PS Comics face the problems any other adult would face, as readers relate to the stories even if they don't share the same species or biological kingdom with said character. "PS Comics" is an endlessly entertaining read, and quite the treasure.

The Education Shelf

My Dog Bites the English Teacher
Marian Anders
Aviary Publishers
PO Box 46239, Raleigh, NC 26720
9780979488412, $14.95,

Grammar counts - it can be the difference between so many things, no matter how trivial they seem. "My Dog Bites the English Teacher: Practical Grammar Made Quick and Easy" is a book of simple tips and tricks one can use to improve their grammar abilities which can be the difference between letter grades, acceptance and rejection in many important avenues of life. High end grammar may be complicated, but Marian Anders shows readers that it isn't totally necessary - the majority of grammar can be easily handled. "My Dog Bites the English Teacher" is a strong choice for anyone grappling with the nuances of grammar.

The Workbook for Test Success
Ben Bernstein
Spark Avenue Publishing
PO Box 99373, Emeryville, CA 94662
9780981995908, $24.95,

Tests are more than a evaluation of one's knowledge. "The Workbook for Test Success: How to Be Calm, Confident, & Focused On Any Test" is a work from psychologist Ben Bernstien giving readers the advice they need to approach examinations more calmly, keep their cool, and do what they need to get better performance on test where freaking out so often leads to worse scores. "The Workbook for Test Success" is of high recommendation to any faced with major tests or educators who want to help their students succeed.

The Computer Shelf

Trade the Patterns
Ken "Woodie" Wood
W&A Publishing
PO Box 849, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
9781934354117 $54.95

Playing the market isn't sheer luck, it's all about reading and understanding the trends. "Trade the Patterns: The Revolutionary Way of Trading the CCI" is a guide for traders who want to gain a better understanding of the trends and patterns that the market seems to follow. Author Ken Wood offers the patterns he sees in markets, and seeks to teach readers how to find them as well. "Trade the Patterns: The Revolutionary Way of Trading the CCI" is well worth the read for any looking for a better way to trade on the stock market.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Dr. Walk's Power Dietstep
Fred A. Stutman, M.D.
Medical Manor Books
3501 Newberry Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154
9780934232227 $21.95

Fitness isn't a year from now thing; it can be a now thing. "Dr. Walk's Power Dietstep: Top 10 Weight Loss Secrets" is a guide for readers who want to gain better health through Dr. Fred A. Stutman, who calls himself Dr. Walk, one of his advocated methods of weight loss. Not just walking is discussed though, as he comes to readers with many solid tips to get their health back on track. "Dr. Walk's Power Dietstep" is of recommendation to any who want to start their trip to fitness.

Diana Hunter
Consumer Press
13326 Southwest 28th St., Suite 102, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33330
9781891264429 $21.95

A huge list of statistics...but what do they really mean? "FoodSmart: Understanding Nutrition in the 21st Century" is a guide to understanding food in the modern day, which can be ever more confusing with terms such as organics, genetic modifications, aspartame, Splenda, and all of these other confusing terms constantly tossed about. Defining many of these terms, outlining the pros and cons of many foods commonly eaten by America, and more, Diana Hunter provides a highly educational look at food today. "FoodSmart" is of interest to any who want to know what they're eating.

Free to Love Free to Heal
David Simon
Chopra Center Press
2013 Costa del Mar Road, Carsbad, CA 92009
JoAnne McCall (publicity)
8200 SW 184th Ave., Aloha, OR 97007
9780981964003, $22.95,

The power of the mind in relation to the body is huge. "Free to Love, Free To Heal: Heal Your Body By Healing Your Emotions" investigates the effects of forgiveness and positivity in the healing process. Holding grudges and being full of spite and hate can lead to anxiety, chronic pain, and more, and in order to combat these elements, one must open their mind and heart in order to focus on what's truly important - their health and their recovery. "Free to Love, Free to Heal" is of interest to any with an interest in new age medicine and techniques.

Happy to 102
Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC; James H. Johnson, PhD; & Lily Sarafan, MS
Home Care Press
148 Hawthorne Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
9780615281940 $24.98

What's the point of living a long life if you're miserable half of it? "Happy to 102: The Best Kept Secrets to a Long and Happy Life" is a guide to longevity while keeping the eyes on what's really important - staying healthy and active through it all. Many The three experts come together and discusses aging, the diseases that affect it, and how seniors can use their newfound long lives to be as happy as they were for the first half. "Happy to 102" is a pick for those who not only want to live long, but also want to live well.

The Sports Shelf

Fantasy Football Tips
Sam Hendricks
Extra Point Press
PO Box 206, Forest, VA 24551
9780982428665 $9.95

Fantasy football is a game of understanding the potential of players. "Fantasy Football Tips: 201 Ways to Win Through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets, and Better Drafting" is a guide for those who want to improve their planning and choices when dealing with the game of fantasy football. With advice on better understanding football, seeing who is going to have the better season, and more, Sam Hendricks will give readers a leg up on their competition. "Fantasy Football Tips" is a choice pick for those who love fantasy football.

The Woodworking Shelf

Guide to Restoring an Antique Spinning Wheel
Carson Cooper
Cooper Smith Publishing
PO Box 66554, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
9780981877211 $24.95

Doing it old school might sacrifice efficiency, but there's a certain soul to it that can't be replicated. "Guide to Restoring an Antique Spinning Wheel" is a no-nonsense guide for those who want to master the techniques of their ancestors to see what it was like, or just as a hobby of those who are in love with the bygone era. Giving readers everything they need to know, "Guide to Restoring an Antique Spinning Wheel" is an excellent, specialist's resource.

The Travel Shelf

Oahu Trailblazer
Jerry & Janine Sprout
Diamond Valley Company
89 Lower Manzanita, Markleeville, CA 96120
9780978637125, $16.95,

More than just a tropical paradise, Oahu has so much to offer the adventurous traveler. "Oahu Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Surf from Waikiki to the North Shore" is an activity guide for those planning or pondering a trip to the Hawaiian island of Oahu in the future. Covering countless outdoors adventures for one to experience, it provides many maps and black and white photographs for readers to help them embrace what Oahu has to offer. "Oahu Trailblazer" is simply a must for those with any interest in the fun-filled island.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Killer Career
Morgan Mandel
Choice One Publishing Co.
PO Box 1993, Arlington Heights, IL 60006-1993
Mary A. Gruner (publicity)
502 South Vail Ave., Arlington Hts, IL 60005
9780981991603, $13.95

Success can carry an untold cost. "Killer Career" is the story of aspiring writer Julie McGuire as she finds that her career is taking off through the guidance of one Tyler Jensen. But there seems to be more to the matter as Dade Donovan, Julie's best friend, seems to be sniffing around and finding something not so kosher about Tyler. "Killer Career" is a unique blend of suspense and romance, highly recommended.

The Mystery of the Moonlight Murder
Roderick Benns
Fireside Publishing House
121 Guthrie Cr., Whitby, ON L1P 1A6
9780981243306, $12.95,

When the life of a friend is on the line, some people push themselves further. "The Mystery of the Moonlight Murder" tells the story of three friends as they try to find the honest truth about the fate of one of their fathers. A man is shot in the field in the middle of the night, by only the light of a full moon, and this makes a great basis for this early twentieth century set mystery. A riveting read that'll keep readers glued to the page, "The Mystery of the Moonlight Murder" is a top pick.

Late Justice
Robert Roberge
RJR Press
c/o Robert Roberge Jr.
233 Shawsheen Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887-2294
9781934632772, $14.00,

The pursuit of justice will drive many to give up everything. "Late Justice" follows Jeff Tribe, an ex-con who was convicted of murdering his fiance. Out of prison, Tribe seeks to find out the one who was truly responsible, but he finds that vigilantism is a challenge in itself as there are those who stand in his way of earning closure for his lost love. "Late Justice" is an enticing mystery of setting things right, sure to keep the pages turning.

Too Rich & Too Thin
Barbara DeShong
Echelon Press
9735 Country Meadows Lane 1-D, Laurel, MD 20723
9781590806418 $16.99

The route to the truth loves to present itself in the most unorthodox of ways. "Too Rich & Too Thin: Not an Autobiography" is a delve into the career of one Jessica LaFarve. A psychiatrist by trade, but her latest client brings her closer to finding who is responsible for her husband's death. Another murder has occurred, one of a client of her husbands. Despite not being a detective, nothing stops Jessica from getting involved and finding out what really happened all those years ago. A fun and quirky mystery, "Too Rich & Too Thin" is a solid and highly recommended read for mystery lovers of any sort.

When Angels Fail to Fly
John Schlarbaum
Scanner Publishing
5060 Tecumseh Road East, Suite 1106, Windor, Ontario N8T 1C1, Canada
9780973849837, $19.95,

Life can only be good for so long. "When Angels Fail to Fly" is another entry into the Steve Cassidy mystery series as he adopts a new case in which he finds himself under close scrutiny of everyone around him, including the authorities. An entertaining mystery which draws on the elements of humor, romance, and hard-boiled investigation, "When Angels Fail to Fly" is a mystery that'll keep readers reading.

The Kult
Shaun Jeffrey
Leucrota Press
PO Box 647, Poway, CA 92074
9780980033984, $9.95,

Loyalty is a virtue, until it's applied the wrong way. "The Kult" follows just one case. Prosper Snow is lead to believe his friends need his help, but soon finds himself entwined in a series of murders. A police officer himself, he finds that he can't ever turn to the authorities for help, or risk being labeled a crooked cop and arrested for murder. "The Kult" is an intriguing mystery from cover to cover.

Tahoe Night
Todd Borg
Thriller Press
PO Box 551110, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96155
9781931296175, $16.95,

Nevada detective Owen McKenna once again finds himself involved with a complicated crime in "Tahoe Night", the seventh in the popular series by mystery/suspense author Todd Borg. This time there was a care accident that resulted in the death of successful television talk show host Leah Printer's husband -- and which left her with a badly scarred face and the end of her career. But was it an accident? Leah's father thinks she's being stalked. Then her father is murdered. McKenna, in trying to protect Leah, uncovers a conspiracy that seems to be inspired by the old Beowulf poem and the monster Grendel. Then there is an art forgery of old-master paintings mixed up in it all. From beginning to end, "Tahoe Night" is another page-turner of a mystery with more twists and turns that roller coaster ride. It will thoroughly entertain Owen McKenna fans, and admirably serve to motivate anyone new to this award-winning mystery series to seek out the earlier six titles that include "Tahoe Deathfall" (9781931296113, $16.95); "Tahoe Blowup" (9781931296120, $16.95); "Tahoe Ice Grave" (9781931296137, $16.95); "Tahoe Killshot" (9781931296144, $16.95); "Tahoe Silence" (9781931296151, $16.95); and "Tahoe Avalanche" (9781931296168, $16.95).

Gloria Mallette
Gemini Press
PO Box 488, Bartonsville, PA 18321
9780967878935 $15.00

Two faced may not be a strong enough term for some people. "Sassy" is the story of one Sassy Davenport, the woman who may have just met the man of her dreams. But when Norris, the man she has become smitten with, has some of his coworkers turn up dead, Sassy suddenly isn't so sure of Norris, thinking he may not be as genuine as she thinks. "Sassy" is a fine combination of romance and mystery, sure to entertain and delight many general fiction readers.

Deadly Design
Marion Moore Hill
Pemberley Press
PO Box 1027, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
9781935421009 $17.95

Occasionally a love of history has a chance of making you history. "Deadly Design" is a story of murder in Archaeology. Millie Kirchner visits Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest as a chance to embrace her hobby and get away. But the getaway turns bad as someone at a neighboring dig turns up dead. Her search for history turns into a search for justice. "Deadly Design" is a riveting read blending archeology and suspense, highly recommended.

The Literary Shelf

South Africa
Isabel Balseiro & Tobias Hect
Whereabouts Press
1111 8th Street, Suite D, Berkeley, CA 94710-1455
9781883513221, $14.95,

South Africa is truly an enigma to many Americans. "South Africa: A Traveler's Literary Companion" is a look at the strong literary culture that inhabits South Africa, granting western readers a vivid picture of a culture unlike anywhere else in the world. Its people have their own unique spirit, a sort of blend of the European and traditional African philosophies. "South Africa" is a must for any collection focusing on world literature.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Trial Prep for Paralegals
Michael L. Coyne & Ursala Furi-Perry
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
361 Centennial Parkway, Suite 220, Louisville, CO 80027
9781601560841, $35.00,

The future of people's lives hang in the balance during trials. "Trial Prep for Paralegals" is a guide for those who are faced with the challenge of defending their client but are not that experienced with trials themselves. With plenty of examples from two experienced lawyers who have faced many trials, they offer sound advice for preparing oneself and their client for the arduous task of defending oneself in the court of law. "Trial Prep for Paralegals" is a must for any rookie lawyer who may have to go to trial.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Got Sun? Go Solar, expanded second edition
Rex A. Ewing & Doug Pratt
PixyJack Press
PO Box 149, Masonville, CO 80541
9780977372461, $20.00,

It's naturally abundant and should be good for several billion years. "Got Sun? Go Solar: Harness Nature's Free Energy to Heat and Power Your Grid-Tied Home" is an expanded second edition speaking on the viability of solar energy for one's home to reduce power bills and help the environment. Outlining the start up costs of solar panels, the legal difficulties, and other concerns, anyone pondering the usefulness of solar will have their questions answered. "Got Sun?" is a fine addition to any environmental studies collection.

The Marital Shelf

Before You Say I Do Again
Benjamin H. Berkley
Frederick Fell Publishers
2131 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 305, Hollywood, FL 33020
9780883911730, $14.95,

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. "Before You Say I Do Again: A Buyer's Beware Guide to Remarriage" is aimed at those who may be taking the dive into marriage the second time and want to be legally prepared this time around. Written from an attorney's perspective, he offers much advice people should know the second time around to see if you're truly ready to do it again. "Before You Say I Do Again" is a solid and highly recommended read that'll educate and make many people reconsider.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Crisis Investing and Entrepreneuring
William L. Seavey
Crisis Response Publishing
PO Box 1681, Cambria, CA 93428
9780615204444 $17.95

Positive thinking lets you make the best of even a bad situation. "Crisis Investing and Entrepreneuring: 10 Innovative Strategies to Help You Achieve Financial Success and Solvency in a Down Economy" is a guide to successful business planning during a down period. Home based businesses, opportunities that emerge in down times, facing one's own possible debts, and playing the stock market when it seems unwise are all discussed and given sage advice. "Crisis Investing and Entrepreneuring" is a vital read for anyone who doesn't think a bad economic period is the end of the world.

The Parenting Shelf

Raising Brandon
Amalia Starr
Mountain Star Publishing
PO Box 1357, Sierra Madre, CA 91025
9780982137703, $16.95,

Children with autism are not doomed to dependence. "Raising Brandon: Creating a Path to Independence for Your Adult 'Kid' With Autism & Special Needs" is a story from a mother of an austistic individual who has been living on his own for over a decade in spite of his autism. Aimed at parents of autistic children, Amalia Starr hopes to inspire parents to arm their children with everything they need to help their children become more independent for a better future for themselves and their parents. "Raising Brandon" is a very highly recommended read for parents of autistic children who want them to become all that they can be.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

No Limits
Sara Morgan
Custom Solutions
5559 Hilltop Circle, Saint Francisville, LA
9780615299327, $12.95,

No one wants to be a corporate wage slave their entire life. "No Limits: How I escaped the Clutches of Corporate America to Live the Self-Employed Life of My Dreams" serves as a guide for striking out on one's own to make their own way in life away from the corporate oppression that so often destroys souls. Tips on starting finances, the right mental mind-set for self-employment and more are all discussed. "No Limits" makes for solid and highly recommended reading for the potentially self-employed.

The Music Shelf

The Savvy Musician
David Cutler
Helius Press
11632 Frankstown Road, #124, Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Atlas Books (distribution)
30 Amberwood Parkway, Ashland, OH 44805
9780982307502 $19.99

Doing what you want is hard when that want is playing music. "The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, & Making a Difference" is a guide to the aspiring musician who wants to make their living doing what they love. A strange blend of music and marketing book, David Cutler encourages musicians to learn how sell themselves and adapt technology to their approaches, to get themselves out there with a recognizable brand. An honest book about making it in the music industry, "The Savvy Musician" is a read that can't be missed by music lovers.

The Psychology Shelf

Towards a General Theory of Social Psychology
Wendy Treynor, Ph.D.
Euphoria Press
107 W. Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
9780982302873 $57.95

No one is a perfect saint. "Towards a General Theory of Social Psychology: Understanding Human Cruelty, Human Misery, and Perhaps a Remedy" is a psychological treatise from Wendy Treynor who tries to answer the question of why people so often turn cruel, when in general they are usually helpful, good people. Discussing peer pressure and its effects, which could explain the mindset of a soldier committing an atrocity due to orders from above, Treynor presents many intriguing ideas about the human mind and how most people tend to behave. "Towards a General Theory of Social Psychology" is a highly intriguing and entertaining read, sure to give both psychology students and non-specialist general readers much to think about.

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