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A Perfect Blindness

W. Lance Hunt

iUniverse, 424 pages, (paperback) $23.95, 9781532010125
(Reviewed: September, 2017)

This vivid look at Chicago’s delusion-driven electro-industrial music scene in the late 1980s showcases W. Lance Hunt’s gift for capturing the era’s often foolish dreams and grungy realities, right down to the would-be rock stars’ diet of Triscuits and Cheez Whiz, their fragile egos and the inanity of the photographers, groupies and hangers-on inhabiting […]

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Love Ledgers: Confessions of a Plain Jane Accountant

Connie Lukey

Trimatrix, 450 pages, (paperback) $10.42, 9781775096511
(Reviewed: August, 2017)

In this entertaining chick-lit confessional, Connie Lukey chronicles a year in the life of a young Canadian woman determined to find love and happiness by her 40th birthday.

Jane Parker has just turned 39. Smart and practical, she surrenders an intended fashion career to become a CPA, because no one’s ever heard of “a […]

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English-Haitian Creole Bilingual Dictionary

Albert Valdman, Marvin D. Moody, and Thomas E. Davies

iUniverse, 1,103 pages, (paperback) $39.95, 9781532016011
(Reviewed: August, 2017)

Haiti has the worst life expectancy in the Western Hemisphere. Two out of three people there live on less than $2 per day. An earthquake in 2010 killed some 300,000 people and cleanup is still going on. What does this have to do with a dictionary?

Simple. Creating a new and comprehensive dictionary […]

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What Your Local Department Store Doesn’t Want You To Know

Basheerah Simon

LitFire Publishing, 54 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9781635244151
(Reviewed: August, 2017)

The title of this book—What Your Local Department Store Doesn’t Want You to Know—portends a mystery and the promise of something intriguing or new. A few pages into Basheerah Simon’s book, however, and more baffling mysteries begin to surface: Who is the author, what was her purpose in writing this brief book, and what […]

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Ordainment Betrayal

Dennis Quiles

iUniverse, 199 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781532011719
(Reviewed: August, 2017)

Ordainment Betrayal, by Dennis Quiles, is a fast-paced, melodramatic, thriller.

Private investigator Jack Steele is drawn into a fight against human traffickers when his fiancé dies defending a boy fleeing his captors. This Albanian criminal ring, known as The Outfit, serves extremely wealthy and depraved clients, which include a Catholic priest who abuses […]

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Mary Fan

Snowy Wings Publishing, 360 pages, (hardcover) $17.99, 9781946202277
(Reviewed: August, 2017)

Although partially nodding to Brave New World, Logan’s Run and The Hunger Games trilogy, the science-fiction dystopian YA novel Starswept is its own blazingly unique creation. Prolific author Mary Fan (12 books published to date) spins a riveting tale against a backdrop of intergalactic human trafficking, brainwashing, corporate greed, freedom fighters, and the backstabbing […]

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Our Fragile Dreams: Selected Poems (2004-2017)

Johnny Perrem

Xlibris, 94 pages, (paperback) $23.38, 9781543485585
(Reviewed: August, 2017)

Our Fragile Dreams: Selected Poems (2004-2017) chronicles important moments in the life of author Johnny Perrem. With topics ranging from the birth of his grandchildren, the loss of his siblings, and his own inevitable death, Perrem’s book is a deeply personal memoir cast in poetry.

While many of the themes in Perrem’s poetry […]

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Willowgate Park

Frederick G. Giel

Xlibris, 290 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781503530218
(Reviewed: August, 2017)

Frederick G. Giel’s Willowgate Park, set in a small town in Pennsylvania in the mid-20th century, follows a young man whose life is marked by tragedy at a very young age.

Readers meet 5-year-old Eddie Brooks as he waits for the social worker to retrieve him from the foster family who has decided […]

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The Shadow Walker

Rabbi Yehuda Fine

Archway Publishing, 303 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781480833562
(Reviewed: August, 2017)

For years, Rabbi Yehuda Fine worked with youth on the streets of New York, a calling recounted in his memoir Times Square Rabbi. Here, he taps into that experience for a brutal novel about sex trafficking.

Taking a cue from noir influences, such as crime novelist Andrew Vachss, Fine constructs a believable and […]

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Louise Langford

Xlibris, 169 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781503591349
(Reviewed: August, 2017)

Louise Langford was a lonely widow in Montana when she saw a church bulletin ad in the spring of 1994: “You, Too, Can Be a Missionary.” That August, just shy of 62, having never left the U.S. or seen an ocean, she flew to Honduras to teach second grade, an adventure she thought would […]

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