June 11, 2024

Bomber Boys: WWII Flight Jacket Art

John Slemp’s beautifully crafted, fascinating coffee-table book highlights the leather bomber jackets worn by aviators during WWII.

Featuring stunningly crisp photographs (color and black-and-white) and an artful layout, the book is divided into sections offering the jackets’ history, profiles of men who wore them accompanied by contemporary photographic portraits, the garment’s fashion influence through the […]

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May 28, 2024

Meditations at Midnight

Meditations at Midnight is a small but impactful book of poetry and prose from an award-winning author of nonfiction, contemplating the ways in which the spiritual intersects with the mundane.

Gary Jansen’s chapbook-sized collection is divided into five parts whose titles are freighted with meaning, and which peer through thick layers of emotion with a […]

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May 28, 2024

Not From Here: The Song of America

Immigrating to modern-day America is the theme of Leah Lax’s vivid, sensitively framed collection of interviews first collected years earlier as the basis for her libretto to Houston Grand Opera’s 2007 production The Refuge.

From conversations with 123 Houstonians, Lax shares six full-length accounts (offering short, pithy quotations from others in between), prefaced by descriptions […]

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May 14, 2024

Nabukko

K.R. Gadeken’s immersive genre-bending novel, Nabukko, is set on a bizarre planet with inhabitants who do not remember how they got there.

Eff Sharp finds herself alone on an unknown planet with barely any recollection of her past. After surviving for months, she encounters a group of people similarly stranded on the planet. At first, […]

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April 30, 2024

The Ball at the Circus

In Jennifer Corcoran and Jennifer M. Perkins’ picture book, The Ball at the Circus, a ringmaster and a group of daring circus animals stand atop each other to create a whimsical, wobbly tower.

The fun starts with a single, colorful, striped circus ball. “This is the ball at the circus,” reads the text. On the […]

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April 24, 2024

Near the Danube Bridge

Catherine Allen-Walters and Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo joined forces, as author and researcher respectively, to tell the story of Lentulo’s family in Yugoslavia over the course of the 20th century. The result is a fascinating, heartfelt work of personal history.

Both Lentulo’s father, Kalman Hartig, and mother, Hermina nee Kirchner, belonged to the Danube Swabians, an […]

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April 16, 2024

The Shift

Dual timelines 125 years apart set up this short but inventive science fiction novel as two women, one a single mother, the other a university professor, strive to protect their children in a world changed by the Shift.

Beth, a freelance fact-checker living in Lincoln, Ohio in 2019, decides on her 40th birthday to become […]

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April 9, 2024

The Contentment Dividend: Meditations for Realizing Your True Self

In The Contentment Dividend, Michael Goddart offers 49 insightful short essays on the benefits of finding a unique, ongoing way of quieting the mind’s chatter and accessing the higher self.

In a short Author’s Note at the beginning, Goddart extends a friendly invitation to “engage with the thrilling meaning of life…and your call to inner […]

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April 2, 2024

Brilliant Emotions: Great Agony, Great Promise – True Stories from a Buddhist Psychotherapist

In Brilliant Emotions, therapist Paul Cashman shares how he treats his patients’ emotional suffering with a combination of Western psychotherapy and ancient Buddhist wisdom.

Over Cashman’s years as a psychotherapist, addiction counselor, and lecturer, he translated a Tibetan Buddhist practice called the Four Karmas into a Four-Step Practice to help others learn how to find […]

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