March 22, 2023

The Miseducation of Obi Ifeanyi

Chinedu Achebe’s The Miseducation of Obi Ifeanyi is a character-driven novel revolving around a Nigerian-American couple and their relatives and friends. Amid typical marriage struggles, both personal and long-hidden family secrets surface to bring a new dynamic to these relationships.

Obi is a young attorney living in Houston with his wife Nkechi and their toddler. […]


March 14, 2023

The Caregiver: The Greatest Achievement of my Career and in Life

In this brief narrative, Troy Donahue Jackson shares the responsibilities, challenges and sacrifices he faces as caregiver for his chronically ill, 81-year-old mother Gloria, who suffers from heart failure, COPD, diabetes and immobility issues.

Jackson gave up his corporate job in 2020 to care for his ailing mother. He details the ER visits, special diet, […]


February 21, 2023

My Life In Colors: Embrace the Rainbow

Roberto Jimenez’s memoir traces his journey to gain self-confidence and acceptance as a gay man.

Jimenez, a 48-year-old psychotherapist, was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up Catholic. His family led a comfortable life, but he didn’t fit in easily. “I was often punished at school for acting ‘too feminine,’” he writes. By eighth […]


February 14, 2023

Contemptible: A surgeon’s battle for justice against insurance giant Cigna and a biased federal bench

In Contemptible, John B. Hackert, MD describes his complicated civil court case against Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company.

The case was apparently initiated in 2018 and arose from Hackert’s transition from a primary “colorectal surgeon…to assisting only.” On that point, Hackert notes only that his reason for the career change has “the makings of […]


February 7, 2023

Morbid Thoughts and The Domino Effect: Passing Thoughts During Cancer

Perry Muse’s memoir Morbid Thoughts and the Domino Effect shares the details of his challenging battle with cancer.

Veteran and executive Muse was enjoying his empty-nest life with his current wife Nila when he received a devastating diagnosis of prostate cancer. His memoir follows his ups and downs while seeking a nearly unending battery of […]


January 24, 2023

Closer (than you think)

Poet s.c.hays contends that great similarities exist between two of his favorite books—F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Mary Godwin Shelley’s Frankenstein—and their authors and spouses. His play chronicles the writers’ respective struggles in their marital relationships more than a century apart, as they attempt to finish their novels.

The book starts on a […]


January 17, 2023

Dark Blood Awakens

Michelle Corbier’s Dark Blood Awakens is an inventive paranormal urban fantasy, the first in the Mwindaji series.

Protagonist Makeda Crawford, 23, and her family live in Black Ridge, North Carolina. Her two brothers help Dad in the family furniture trade, Makeda is a nurse, and Mom is a teacher. However, they are also mwindaji — […]


December 28, 2022

Pray in Combat When Your Mind is Off: Be Prayed Up

In this slim memoir, Martin Latigue recalls his military service in Vietnam, particularly one brutal battle in the Ia Drang Valley, later memorialized in the acclaimed book, We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.

The narrative begins with a gripping chapter about the death of the narrator’s brother, Wedges, killed while babysitting his niece in the company […]


December 6, 2022

Brave New Mars

Allen “Somerset” Meece’s Brave New Mars is a powerful science fiction novel with dystopian elements. Set in the 2084 Martian frontier culture, it’s about rebelling against the oppressive “corpocracy” that governs the planet Mars.

In 2084, a single corporation has purchased Mars. This corporation agrees to manage the financial and legal elements of the government. […]