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The Ball at the Circus

Jennifer Corcoran and Jennifer M. Perkins , illustrated by Laraib Irshad

Willard Beach Publishing, 31 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9798988161202
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

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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Embracing Bewilderment: A Reluctant Entrepreneur’s Journey: An Unconventional European Summer Twisting into a Mind-Bending Excursion Through Southeast Asia

Cory Mortensen

White Condor Publishing, 303 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781735498195
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

Embracing Bewilderment is the third installment of Cory Mortensen’s irreverent travel memoir, continuing where The Buddha and the Bee and UNLOST left off.

Cory Mortensen is an adventurous traveler, and in this book he starts in Iceland for his jaunt through 13 different European countries. Then he heads to Asia, where he travels back and […]

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The Young Samaritan

J. Schuyler Sprowles

Book Baby, 255 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9798350931105
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

This story—based on a little-known character in the Bible’s book of Mark who is following Jesus at the time he is arrested—focuses on a fictional Samaritan character named Joshua.

Young Joshua is forced to leave his home when his evil stepfather threatens his life. He ends up staying with an unfamiliar uncle who lives “just […]

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Near the Danube Bridge

Catherine Allen-Walters

Archway Publishing, 332 pages, (paperback) $24.99, 9781665750516
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

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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The Marriage Gift

Stephen Evans

Time Being Media, 156 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781953725400
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

Stephen Evans’ novella, written in the style of a play, follows Paula and James as they search for the perfect wedding gift.

The couple receives a wedding invitation from a mysterious “Cousin Angela,” to whom neither of them recalls being related. After some argument, they decide to attend the event anyway. Then comes the debate […]

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We’re Overdosed

Barry I. Gold

Central Park South Publishing, 246 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781956452204
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

Barry I. Gold examines the causes of the opioid crises and suggests resolutions in his book, We’re Overdosed, taking aim at Big Pharma, but also citing society’s attitude in general— a view that often sees the addicted as pariahs rather than patients requiring care.

Part scientific study, part sociological analysis, this work delves into the […]

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Fake Out

Felicia Farber

Pyramid Press, 322 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9780996470865
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

In Fake Out, two high school seniors find that maintaining a trusting relationship is a challenge when deep-fake photos and a video of one of them circulate on social media.

Blair Evans is in love with David Woods and ready to start a full physical relationship, but their planned first time together is interrupted by […]

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Journey of Awakening and Higher Consciousness

Jane Kim Yu

Absolute Author Publishing House, 235 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9781649539113
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

A pharmacist and spiritual seeker describes her path to enlightenment in this movingly told self-help book.

As a child, author Jane Kim Yu suffered greatly from a rare sun allergy that caused her skin to bloat, harden, and scale, rendering her immobile every summer. In the worst of her pain, her prayers “to live and […]

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Settlement House Girl: Growing Up in the 1950s at North East Neighborhood House, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Caroline Scheaffer Arnold

Caroline Arnold, 220 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9798864903285
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

From 1948 to 1966, Caroline Scheaffer Arnold’s father served as director of the North East Neighborhood House (NENH), a settlement house offering a social center for students and the surrounding community. Here, Arnold recalls those years, encompassing the students, employees, and her friends, while also exploring NENH’s impact on her adult life.

Arnold’s family lived […]

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Pathway to Glory

Edmund Schiavoni

Edmund Schiavoni Publishing, 321 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781961507944
(Reviewed: April, 2024)

In Edmund Schiavoni’s novel Pathway To Glory, a discontented executive striving for money falls far from grace until a stranger’s guidance offers redemption.

Accountant Paul Stevens is tired of struggling to make ends meet. Approaching 40, he’s disillusioned with the philosophy of getting ahead through hard work. With a recent inheritance —and after overhearing a […]

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