The Happiness Journal: Your daily inspirational sips toward reaching happiness

Viet Hung

Viet Hung, 196 pages, (paperback) $6.99, 9781692384937
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

Viet Hung offers an appealing collection of blog posts in The Happiness Journal: Your daily Inspirational sips toward reaching happiness. They are presented with humility and a disclaimer about the author’s translation of the text from Vietnamese to “very simple English.”

Hung’s goal is “to inspire everyone to have a positive, well-rounded, peaceful, meaningful, fulfilled, […]

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Presidential Spirit: The True Story of an Airman Who Soared Above His Circumstances and the Woman Who Was the Wind Beneath His Wings

Gina S. Scheff

iUniverse, 168 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781532086700
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

Presidential Spirit is Gina S. Scheff’s remembrance of her late husband, David, who served in the Air Force for 24 years and rose to become the head of maintenance for Air Force One.

Readers hoping for stories about David’s duties and anecdotes from his days with the presidential detail may be disappointed; the author doesn’t […]

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Somewhere in the Bronx

PJ Entwistle

iUniverse, 244 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532096402
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

PJ Entwistle’s young adult novel Somewhere in the Bronx follows a young girl coming of age against the tumultuous background of 1968.

Toddy Bethany shares a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx with her divorced mother, Polly; younger brother, Kevin; and Kevin’s dog, Buck. Like most teenagers, the 13-year-old chafes at the bonds of childhood without […]

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A Hard Day at the Orifice: Reminiscences of an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Dr. John M. Miller

Xlibris, 378 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781796009736
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

By his estimate, Dr. John Miller delivered between 15,000 and 17,000 babies during his career. In addition, he was a noted educator and hospital administrator in his native Australia and around the world. “Medicine is worthwhile; to me, everything else is stamp collecting,” he writes in his memoir.

A Hard Day at the Orifice—the wink-and-a-nudge […]

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True Blue

Maurice Stoppi

Xlibris, 200 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781796099867
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

In True Blue, author Maurice Stoppi explores the meaning of love in a relationship where the couple seems to have little in common.

Ruth Barnett and John Egmont fall in love while stationed at Gatow Airfield after WWII. John is a decorated Royal Air Force flight officer assigned to airlift supplies to East Berlin during […]

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Breathless Sleep…no more: A compelling case study

Paul Rodriguez

, 132 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9780994169402
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

Sleep apnea, the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep, affects more than 100 million individuals worldwide, notes author Paul Rodriguez. In Breathless Sleep…no more, he shares his personal struggle with the condition and his discovery of the Buteyko Breathing Method, a technique that improved his apnea.

Rodriguez knows from experience how disturbed sleep can physically […]

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Supraconscious: The Genius within You: How to Experience Your Infinite Potential and Master Ultimate Performances Every Single Moment on Stage and in Life

Maria Olon Tsaroucha

iUniverse, 202 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532084836
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

Maria Olon Tsaroucha’s performing arts book, Supraconscious, was about to be published in English when the coronavirus hit. Thus, she added a note: “How different, how miraculous, would this world be if we were all to become part of the minority of the enlightened?”

It’s uncertain how much more “enlightened” we’ll be when the COVID-19 […]

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Maldene II: Mysteries Of Olde

Mark Anthony Tierno

Vault of Knowledge, 663 pages, (ebook) $4.50, 9780985942564
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

Mark Anthony Tierno’s two-part, first installment of his epic fantasy series ran more than 1,000 pages. The latest installment, Maldene II: Mysteries of Olde, is “bigger than the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy,” he notes, as it seeks to expand the characters, action and magic of the first book while forwarding an ambitious storyline.

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Making B.S. Boss Moves: The Four R’s To Achieve Success

Dr. Lisa Lewis Ellis

NavPress, 166 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781735526508
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

In Making B.S. Boss Moves, Dr. Lisa Lewis Ellis helps readers evaluate their thoughts and make adjustments to achieve “whole-life success” in the four R’s: Religion, Relationships, Resources and Revenue.

Ellis knows a thing or two about conquering negative thinking, which she believes keeps us from achieving success. In 2019, doctors diagnosed her with cancer, […]

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Self-Consciousness: Human Brain as Data Processor

Masakazu Shoji

iUniverse, 576 pages, (paperback) $28.99, 9781532093906
(Reviewed: October, 2020)

Can one explore self-consciousness, analyze the human brain, and determine that the brain functions exactly as a well-architected computer system? Mazakazu Shoji answers with a resounding “yes” in Self-Consciousness: Human Brain as Data Processor.

This weighty tome is a summary of Shoji’s previous works, in which he explored self-consciousness, utilizing his degrees in electronics and […]

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