February 27, 2024

The Diary of a Sugarbaby

The Diary of a Sugarbaby is a harrowing dystopian novel about a young queer man enduring sexual slavery.

Dime lives in a future U.S. where everyone between 18 to 34 is a Minor and sexual property of an Elder (people 35 and older). Forbidden to work, read, write, or listen to music, Minors only serve […]

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January 30, 2024

Elly Robin: Bird in a Gilded Cage

Volume Five of P.D. Quaver’s The Ordeals of Elly Robin series sets teenage piano protégé, Elly Robin, in 1915 Chicago, a city of haves and have nots.

Elly is a quirky, engaging character, a taciturn piano protégé and mechanical whiz-kid who struggles in social contexts but, when asked directly, can give clear and cogent explanations […]

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January 10, 2024

Staked: A Vampire’s Tale, Angel of Death Series, Book One

Kim Catanzarite’s Staked poses an intriguing question for readers of vampire fiction: What if the vampire in question was both angelic and monstrous simultaneously?

Staked’s vampire is Gregorie Babin, who approaches life (or afterlife) like a philosopher. “He didn’t sleep just like he didn’t breathe,” the author writes. “That’s why he feared he was dead. […]

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December 11, 2023

Six Quartets

As the title signals, music dominates Steven M. Greenberg’s novel Six Quartets.

In an interesting twist, the story’s structure echoes that of a musical composition, with the narrative divided into segments, each headed with the name of a Beethoven string quartet and subdivided with musical notations from that piece. For example, the first section is […]

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November 27, 2023

Cheerfulness

Garrison Keillor advocates adopting a positive outlook on life in his new book, Cheerfulness.

Now 80 and relocated from Minnesota to Manhattan, veteran writer and radio host Keillor reflects on his life through autobiographical anecdotes interspersed with limericks. He is nostalgic but intends “to be a cheerful old man and show the young that such […]

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October 17, 2023

Good Influence: How to Engage Influencers for Purpose and Profit

Paul M. Katz, the founder and CEO of social impact agency Entertain Impact, considers himself a cultural change agent, meaning that he builds marketing and awareness campaigns for charities and social justice needs using popular culture. In this clear, step-by-step guide, he lays out the strategies and guidelines around harnessing the power of influencers to […]

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October 17, 2023

The Love Tree: Journey to Everlasting

In The Love Tree: Journey to Everlasting, Elise Abiel provides a sweet, succinct guide to the Christian teachings that have provided assurance and comfort throughout her life.

Each chapter in the book addresses a different longing, like hope, security, faith, passion, justice, truth, belonging. Abiel includes brief outlines of her own life: growing up on […]

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October 3, 2023

Eudora Space Kid: Winter Storm Eudora

In Book Five of David Horn’s Eudora Space Kid series, third-grader Eudora’s recalculation of pi leads to trouble. And that’s just the start.

Eudora, a math, science and engineering whiz, lives on the spaceship Athena, part of the science and defense force for the Planetary Republic. One day, she decides to change the formula for […]

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August 29, 2023

Delaware from Railways to Freeways: First State, Second Phase

Following up his earlier Delaware Before the Railroads, Dave Tabler serves up a strong sequel with Delaware From Railways to Freeways, continuing his home state’s story, this time from the late 18th to the early 20th century.

Like its predecessor, the book largely consists of illustrations and photos, filled out with extensive endnotes. Per the […]

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August 15, 2023

When Being a Nurse Was Fun: Tales from My Life as a Nurse

When Being a Nurse Was Fun recounts Ann Watt’s 31-year critical care nursing career, with the aim of encouraging others to enter the field.

Before she moved to an off-hospital e-ICU telehealth position, Watt’s career was primarily spent in a cardiovascular thoracic (heart/lungs) unit. She details how the staff of nurses certified in Advanced Cardiac […]

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