November 29, 2022

Adoration and Pilgrimage: James Dean and Fairmount

Anthropologist James F. Hopgood draws on the tools of his trade for this study of James Dean fans, asking why a movie star who completed only three films before dying at age 24 in 1955 has drawn and retained such a loyal following.

Hopgood places the bulk of his attention on the town of Fairmount, […]


October 25, 2022

He Chose the Glory: The Life and Legacy of Obed-Edom

Louis McCall challenges Christian readers to forsake all and follow Jesus, through this brief retelling of the biblical account of the Ark of the Covenant and the clan who swore to protect it.

When it comes to great characters of the Bible, Obed-Edom probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind. Yet, McCall uses […]


October 20, 2022

A Portion of Malice: Ages of Malice, Book I

Lloyd Jeffries’ first installment in his Ages of Malice saga is a fusion of arcane thriller and apocalyptic fiction that follows a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist as he becomes entangled in a potentially world-ending conflict between immortals.

Although Emery Merrick has won two Pulitzer Prizes, his personal life is in shambles. After drug and alcohol abuse […]


September 26, 2022

To Venus and Back: One Man’s Quest to Rediscover Love

Turner Grant’s To Venus and Back is a memoir exploring a middle-aged man’s dating experience in the search for love.

With the heart of a country boy, Grant is a Harvard-educated, well-travelled architect who once ran for Congress and was versatile in the Washington D.C. world. After losing his wife of 20 years and finding […]


September 26, 2022

You Are Your Healer: The Ultimate Guide to Heal Your Past, Transform Your Life and Awaken to Your True Self

With the goal of helping others achieve inner peace, spiritual teacher and coach Yol Swan offers her eponymous Swan Method of insight into the wiles of the controlling ego, as well as ongoing, disciplined, creative and meditative activities to free readers “from the bondage of [their] limiting beliefs and mental fluctuations.”

Swan uses “the yoga […]


September 21, 2022

The Ranting of an Uneducated Reactionary

In The Ranting of an Uneducated Reactionary, Oscar Phillips—who notes that he became a “conservative” who “then began moving to the right” and describes himself as “one of America’s pre-eminent anti-socialists” — writes about the ills of liberalism.

Phillips is a libertarian who favors laissez-faire capitalism. “The three Cs (the Constitution, Capitalism and Christianity),” he […]


September 5, 2022

Hell Spring

In Isaac Thorne’s horror novel Hell Spring, a demon preys on citizens trapped in a store in the aftermath of a flood.

As the story begins, a hound of hell escapes Hades and somehow ends up in 1955 rural Tennessee during a 100-year flood. The demon dog is a psychic vampire; instead of drinking blood, […]


August 1, 2022

Earning It

E..F. Dodd’s romance novel, Earning It, features a woman forced to spend a week in the Caribbean with her ex-boyfriend on a group honeymoon.

As a PR executive, Regan “Rae” Murphy is an expert at dealing with other people’s problems, but not her own—particularly when, at her best friend Kesler’s wedding, Rae discovers that her […]


July 11, 2022

Library Lin’s Curated Collection of Superlative Nonfiction

This impressive book—a veritable portable public library—offers an amazing wealth of nonfiction reading recommendations on virtually every subject.

Librarian Linda Maxie scoured best-of and award lists to find her selections, which include biographies and memoirs as well as some canonical literature. She organizes the list by the Dewey Decimal Classification system, which offers the benefit […]