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The Legacy of HarlemLIVE: Youth Empowerment Through Journalism and Experiential Learning

Rich Calton and The HarlemLIVE Alumni

HarlemLIVE Publishing, 430 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781733471381
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

Rich Calton, a teacher and the founder of HarlemLIVE, shares the inspiration behind and lessons learned from spearheading a youth-led journalism organization that left a lasting impact.

HarlemLIVE thrived from 1996 to 2011. Organized by Calton to foster creativity, teach skills, and cultivate confidence, HarlemLIVE was an Internet-based periodical that involved young people reporting on […]

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Do Good While Doing Well: Invest for Change, Reap Financial Rewards, and Increase Your Happiness

Marcia Dawood

Amplify Publishing, 210 pages, (hardcover) $28.00, 9798891381247
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

In this feel-good guide to “doing good” and getting rich, Marcia Dawood, who serves on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee, explains the ins and outs of “angel investing.”

Unlike traditional investing in stocks and bonds, angel investing, she explains, is putting “money, time, or expertise” into early-stage companies with […]

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Staplewood Park

Michelle Grahame

AuthorHouse, 274 pages, (paperback) $15.85, 9781728375496
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

A blend of mystery and romance, Michelle Grahame’s historical novel, Staplewood Park, follows the romantic journey between a widow and lord as they work to uncover the identity of a man found injured on the side of the road.

During a break from school, Nicholas, son of Lord Charles Hargreaves, loses control of his horse-drawn […]

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The Kings’ Assassin

Ed Cannon

Xlibris, 454 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781984511683
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

Ed Cannon fuses equal parts magic, murder mystery and thriller in this sprawling tale combining old-fashioned whodunit tension with the complex worldbuilding of the best epic fantasy.

Prince Sillik returns to Illicia—the city that has ruled “the known world” for centuries— after being gone seven years, only to find his father, King Saldor, murdered and […]

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In Extremis

Matt Duggan

ManVsFilm, 476 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781733794343
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

In Extremis—the second novel in Matt Duggan’s “The Rosy Dream” trilogy—spotlights the 1990s Los Angeles misadventures of Jack Darmody, an aspiring writer determined to forge an artistic legacy.

When Jack was seven years old, his parents died in a car accident, and the night is seared into his memory. Now it’s 2008, and Jack is […]

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Bc Charles

3rd Coast Books, pages, ,
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

Starfall is a young adult, science fiction tale centered on a mysterious event and its troubling aftermath.

On October 6, 1995, the Anne Falls Gazette reported that witnesses saw “a fireball streaking across the sky” the previous night. The onlookers claimed it crashed into the Kingland Forest outside of Anne Falls, though, later, rumors circulated […]

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Stepping Stones for the Heart: Awakening with Jesus

Ann Paulson

2020 Literary Group LLC, 170 pages, (paperback) $10.00, 9781961250383
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

In October 1999, Ann Paulson began receiving messages from angels, spiritual beings, and Jesus—whom she calls Jeshua— in a concentrated four-month span. “I suspect that you will need an open-mind as you hear my story,” she writes, unashamedly admitting to her own three-year struggle “to completely accept [this development], digest it, or even begin to […]

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Higher Love: a psychedelic travel memoir of heartbreak and healing

Anne Kiehl Friedman

Boldspark, 257 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9798990392311
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

Anne Kiehl Friedman’s memoir effectively wields vulnerability and honesty to vividly document an unconventional journey of self-healing.

At 27, Friedman was beginning to think she’d never find true love. But in 2011, her online dating efforts led her to successful business owner David. After a first date surpassing her expectations, Friedman’s tentative attraction blossomed into […]

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François: A Memoir

Kyle Thomas Smith

StreetLegal Press, 168 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781662947551
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

In this memoir, author Kyle Thomas Smith uses his brief experience with François, a charming, French documentary filmmaker, as a jumping-off point to explore many topics, including his childhood and emotionally abusive family, education and literary aspirations, work and rambling career path, and discovery of self-help books.

François is an insightful narrative of associations and […]

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The Strophes of Job

Ted Morrissey

Twelve Winters Press, 196 pages, (hardcover) $35.00, 9798989108640
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

Ted Morrissey’s novel is a prequel to his award-winning Crowsong for the Stricken. Set in a 1900s’ Midwestern village, two women struggle to give birth while their families fight a violent winter storm to summon the region’s only midwife, herself tainted by a string of stillbirths. Spiraling from this catalyst, Morrissey expertly layers perspectives while […]

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