September 19, 2022

Blue Fire

A medical doctor finds his career derailed by the Vietnam War and an intense love affair in R.J. Mikelionis’ debut, Blue Fire.

As a medical student, John Cameron questions some of the practices he sees. As an intern, he fights hard for his patients but is demoralized by the tragedies he encounters. Overall, he finds […]

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September 19, 2022

Fairies and Dragons

A young dragon just learning to fly discovers the land of fairies in Nancy Benson’s picture book Fairies and Dragons.

Hunter, a dragon sent out by his father to practice flying, finds himself tired and stranded in territory he doesn’t recognize. Luckily, Hunter meets a group of fairies, including young Sylvie, who comfort Hunter and […]

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September 19, 2022

On Creation and the Origins of Life: An Exploration of Intelligent Design

In this essay collection, Bob Yari contends that species changes thought to be engendered by evolution are far too complex to have been brought about simply by natural selection.

Yari begins with a caveat: We can’t know for certain if there’s a god or even what reality is. Thus, he notes, his idea can only […]

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September 12, 2022

Too Young to Be Old: How to Stay Vibrant, Visible, and Forever in Blue Jeans

In her fascinating memoir, women’s clothing designer Diane Gilman (with Jan Tuckwood) recounts her extraordinary path to success and fame in the fashion world, and offers insights on how to “rock your life at every age.”

Gilman recounts how, when she was four, her father began sexually abusing her and later traded this abuse for […]

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September 12, 2022

Sparrows of Senegambia: A Memoir

Charles Sampson’s memoir is a highly compelling story of six generations of his high-achieving African-American family, told in the context of historic events like the Civil Rights Movement and the Great Migration.

An accomplished professor emeritus in the field of urban and public affairs Sampson weaves academic research, genealogy, and oral tradition from his Laurel, […]

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September 12, 2022

The Soul of an Arsonist

Arsonists are driven to start fires for many reasons. Some do it for monetary gain, some for vengeance. Others want to be gallant heroes, and still others may be suffering from psychological or emotional issues. As Austin McCawley focuses on the motivations of his antagonist in The Soul of An Arsonist, his story will forever […]

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September 12, 2022

Soul Baptism

In Soul Baptism, retired FBI agent Lucian J. Gandolfo focuses his investigative expertise on the Bible. In this in-depth exploration of the Christian Trinity, Gandolfo examines whether this sacred act of baptism is a “one-time salvation experience of spiritual regeneration, or a subsequent-to-salvation spiritual endowment of empowerment.” Essentially, what does it mean to be “born […]

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September 12, 2022

Commentaries on the Book of Wisdom

In this allegory about love, inner peace, and abundance, an emotionally exhausted protagonist gets a second chance to find the treasure he believes hides in an attic.

When Great Aunt Prudence dies, her great-nephew is invited to clean out her attic. As a 10-year-old, he discovered a locked sea chest there that belonged to Prudence’s […]

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September 5, 2022

The Madman

Steven T. Stevenson’s dystopian novel (which, according to the Preface, can be read as either the first of a two-book series or the second of a three-book series) follows an everyman through a cruel and absurd technocratic bureaucracy.

Protagonist Steven grows up in an orphanage. When he reaches age 30, the government sends him to […]

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