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A Season in My Life

Richard Lawrence

Xlibris, 316 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781543479010
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

What opens as a romp of raucous softball buddies evolves into a tender epiphany on life’s meaning and purpose in this testosterone-heavy story.

Set in Alabama in the early 2000s, this “mostly true” book runs along in stream of conscious style as told by Ben, who is 40 and shares a highly sensual relationship with […]

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Faani (Perished)

A. Rose

iUniverse, 110 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532037122
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

In Faani, a wife’s medical crisis gives her time to reflect on what she really wants, and her marriage is threatened as a result.

The story opens with a crisis. As she arrives at work, pharmacist Rose loses feeling in her legs, then her upper body. Her husband, Yaar, comes to take her to the […]

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The Ghost of Crazy Horse

Dr. James Hawley

Xlibris, 172 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781543464429
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

Set in Wyoming under the shadow of the Black Hills, The Ghost of Crazy Horse focuses on the Wegners, a ranching family.

The family includes two parents, two sons, and two daughters. Patriarch Bruce is fascinated with myths of Crazy Horse, a murdered Indian chief whose bones were buried between the Wegners’ ranch and the […]

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Eyes in the Mirror: Everything Changed When He Met His Soul

Albert C. Moore

iUniverse, 270 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532036897
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

In this novel based on events in the author’s life, 39-year-old Zach Morgan’s life flashes before his eyes under the stress of having to make an unexpected life-or-death decision. On this trip into his past, he’s accompanied by his soul, an apparition named Domini.

As the book begins, Zach and his wife are shocked to […]

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A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan

Sylvia Ruth Gutmann

Epigraph Books, 297 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781944037949
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

In this heartfelt memoir, Sylvia Ruth Gutmann confronts her losses as a hidden child of the Holocaust to find her voice as an adult.

Three-year-old “Sylvie” doesn’t consciously remember why her mother left her behind as she was pushed onto a cattle car in Vichy France. Sylvia and her older sisters were then spirited away […]

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Full Circle: Love, Hope, and Healing Poems

Winifred Roemer-Sabajo

AuthorHouse, 96 pages, (paperback) $14.35, 9781546287964
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

The poetry in Winifred Roemer-Saabjo’s Full Circle reflects the poet-speaker’s concern for humankind and the natural world and offers glimpses of her experiences traveling around the world, among other topics.

The poems include lyric and narrative free-verse, arranged in five sections: “Ode to Humanity’s War,” “Life Awaits” “Wake Up in Love (After Dust),” “Transcendental Thoughts,” […]

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2056: Meltdown: The Lost Rule of Law

Philip Altman

Xlibris, 295 pages, (paperback) $20.17, 9781543488432
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

The message of this futuristic novel, according to its narrator, is to look into the future, “to point the way forward to reversing the downward spiral of insidious bribery, corruption, and loss of the concept of justice for all by imposing, by force if necessary, a single, federal-type of legal system across all countries,” supported […]

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Conch Shell Confessionals: A Millennial’s Memoir about Sex, Love, & Self-Discovery

Dax Marie

AuthorHouse, 197 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781546225560
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

Dax Marie chronicles her dating life from her high school years through her mid-20s in Conch Shell Confessionals.

After graphically depicting a sexual encounter in the first chapter, Marie confesses that the incident never occurred. Instead, she uses the fictional episode to introduce her struggles in the millennial dating world.

Born in 1992, Marie grows […]

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Eggplant Man

Margo De Leaver

Archway, 120 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9781480841635
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

Eggplant Man is a touching love story about two homeless people who meet in Harlem in the summer of 2005.

Ruby has been homeless for 20 years, surviving on what she finds in other people’s trash. She has a vivid scar on her face and a troubled past. When she encounters LeRoy, a nomadic musician, […]

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Finance Your Own Business: Get on the Financing Fast Track

Garrett Sutton, Esq. and Gerri Detweiler

Success DNA, 312 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781944194017
(Reviewed: May, 2018)

In Finance Your Own Business, corporate attorney Garrett Sutton and credit expert Gerri Detweiler present a thorough discussion of the nuts and bolts of financing a business.

Undercapitalization is one of the main causes of new business failures, as often the runway that new businesses require for a successful launch is longer and […]

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