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Writ in Water: A novel of John Keats

James Sulzer

Fuze Publishing, 175 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781733034425
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

James Sulzer’s Writ in Water is a poetic, surreal narrative that inhabits the interstitial space between fiction and biography. It follows John Keats—the English Romantic poet—as he struggles with his career while falling in love and coping with his brother’s death.

The year is 1821 and Keats has died from tuberculosis at only 25. However, […]

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The Queen’s Dog: An Empire at Twilight Novel

N.L. Holmes

WayBack Press, 418 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781734986877
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

Nothing short of a towering masterwork of historical fiction, The Queen’s Dog is the third installment of Holmes’ Empire at Twilight saga, a series of standalone novels set in and around the Hittite empire in the 13th century BCE. It chronicles the story of Naheshi, a lowly eunuch slave who becomes entangled in a conspiracy […]

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Cookie Boyle

Bespoken Word Press, 314 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781777353407
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

Cookie Boyle has written a smart, funny, and heartfelt novel that captures the unexpected adventures in the life of a book.

In this tale, the aforementioned Book is a character unto itself. The story within the Book’s pages, The Serendipity of Snow, explores the life of a young girl growing up in Minnesota in the […]

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Clean Sweep

E. B. Lee

Little Brown Dog Press, 362 pages, (paperback) $17.50, 9781736456019
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

Clean Sweep brings the plight of the homeless to light through the eyes of Carli Morris, who initially volunteers with a church organization and later joins an outreach program. Thus begins her evolution from a passerby who ignores street people in need to an active participant involved in generating change.

Carli is recruited for the […]

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Perpetual Conflict: A Journey of Art and Redemption

Victoria R. Wolf

Wolf Design and Marketing, 298 pages, (paperback) $38.95, 9781737010609
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

In Perpetual Conflict: A Journey of Art and Redemption, a graphic designer chronicles in raw detail the intense emotions stirred up when she begins to paint.

After her gluten-free business closed, Wolf took up painting to help her “mourn and move on,” but found her creative efforts triggered old wounds. An anxious perfectionist who insists […]

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Granduncle Bertie

William Peace

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(Reviewed: May, 2021)

Granduncle Bertie tells the life story of Englishman Albert Smithson, known as Bertie, and his family.

Bertie’s grandniece Sarah, who illustrates children’s books that Bertie writes, has been asked to co-write Bertie’s memoirs. Over the course of weeks, they meet to reminisce. Bertie speaks about reluctantly becoming the family patriarch, finding a meaningful job after […]

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Sun Wolf

David C. Jeffrey

Sylvanus Books, 404 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9780998674223
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

The second installment in David C. Jeffrey’s Space Unbound saga (after 2020’s Through a Forest of Stars) continues the grand-scale science fiction narrative revolving around humankind’s discovery of voidoids, strange portals that connect star systems.

Set in 2217, the story begins with Aiden Macallan, commander of the Sun Wolf, returning from the Earth-like planet of […]

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South Korea: The Price of Efficiency and Success

John Gonzalez and Young Lee

John Gonzalez, Young Lee, 442 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781674232157
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

South Korea is a nice place to visit, but it can be a tough country to live in, according to this in-depth study of the East Asian economic powerhouse.

Written in Dr. John Gonzalez’s voice rather than that of his South Korean co-author Young Lee, the book takes an outsider’s perspective, appreciative but also critical, […]

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Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction: Breaking the Curse of Intergenerational Trauma as a Black Man in America

Reggie D. Ford

Ella Wenthom Books, 279 pages, (hardcover) $25.99, 9781736596302
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

In this memoir, author Reggie D. Ford uses his life experiences to poignantly illustrate the challenges a black person faces in America.

As a child, Ford suffered many traumas: poverty, an unstable family, untimely deaths of people close to him, neighborhood violence, abandonment and rejection. He came to understand that it took a toll: His […]

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Bird Gotta Land: The Education of a Young Psychologist

Gerald S. Drose

Lead Balloon Publishing, 402 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9780578849300
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

In his novel’s introduction, psychotherapist Gerald S. Drose explains that he wrote the book “as a view behind the curtain of psychotherapy” and recalls hearing a renowned psychotherapist opine that: “Techniques are what you use until the therapist shows up.” Bird Gotta Land, he notes, “is about a therapist learning to show up.”

That’s an […]

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