Alice and Jack Hike the Grand Canyon

Amy Graves and Pam Schweitzer

OpalAve Publishing, 48 pages, (hardcover) $24.99, 9781736310601
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

Two children prepare for, and later complete, a challenging hike at one of the wonders of the natural world in the children’s picture book Alice and Jack Hike the Grand Canyon.

Alice, a girl who enjoys family trips with her parents and younger brother, narrates the story of their vacation to Grand Canyon National Park […]

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Hey, White Man, How Much Longer? Hey, Black Man, Awake!

Francis Hinga Lahai

iUniverse, 174 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781663230683
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

Civil engineer Francis Hinga Lahai outlines the causes of and ways to combat cultural and economic racism in this overview.

Lahai, who was born in Sierra Leone and studied in the UK and China, draws on his world traveling experience to predict an end to white supremacism, in part due to changing global demographics. The […]

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Women Wise: The Essential Guide to Financial and Lifestyle Decisions as We Age

Eleanor Blayney and Marjorie L. Fox

Amplify Publishing, 280 pages, (hardcover) $30.00, 9781645431640
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

“Getting old is not for sissies and certainly not for those who have lost their sense of humor,” warn Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professionals Eleanor Blayney and Marjorie L. Fox in this upbeat, reassuring guide to women’s golden-year financial planning.

The two met while working across the street from each other at competing Virginia firms […]

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Beyond the Saga of Rocket Science: Avoiding Armageddon

Walter Sierra

Xlibris, 346 pages, (paperback)$32.95, 9781499013306
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

While some are familiar with the space race from the perspective of U.S. involvement, many may not have compared what was happening simultaneously in Soviet advancement. Walter Sierra does just that in volume two of his “Beyond the Saga of Rocket Science” series subtitled Avoiding Armageddon.

Sierra pulls back the Iron Curtain to look at […]

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It’s Alive!

Julian David Stone

Greenleaf Book Group, 232 pages, (hardcover) $22.95, 9781626349315
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

Julian David Stone takes readers behind the scenes with this winning fictional retelling of the filming of the 1931 classic Frankenstein.

It’s days before Universal Pictures’ newest movie, Frankenstein, begins shooting, and the role of the Monster is still uncertain. Since it was Junior Laemmle— with his progressive and cutthroat thinking— who insisted the company […]

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Flight Feathers

Gwendolyn Morgan

Wayfarer Books, 112 pages, (paperback) $18.99, 9781956368123
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

Gwendolyn Morgan’s poetry collection, Flight Feathers, juxtaposes man’s destructive actions against the wonders of nature, while intertwining stories of dying and its attendant grief.

Morgan was Washington State’s Clark County Poet Laureate from 2018-2020. She’s also an artist and has worked in interfaith spiritual care in medical settings, tending to the sacred art of dying.

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Pandemic: How Deadly Will It Get?

Dieter Gartelmann

Xlibris, 496 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781664104846
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

In this story, an indigenous man from South Andaman Island monitors the U.S. as its citizens and politicians react to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scientist Argus E is a “defacto” health advisor for the South Andaman Island and surrounding islands. As the pandemic worsens, elders in his homeland worry about conditions in the U.S. and ask […]

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The Orloj of Venice: The Orloj Series: Vol. 2

Erasmus Cromwell-Smith II

Erasmus Press, 224 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781736996867
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

In The Orloj of Venice, the second in Erasmus Cromwell-Smith II’s imaginative young adult series, a beloved teacher captivates his university students, and others listening to his lectures telecast around the world, with the magical, cathartic events of his past and the life lessons they imparted.

This time, the professor reveals adventures that occurred when […]

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Aeturnum: Evolving Elizah, Book 2

C.J. Hall

Ingram Spark, 350 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781735053738
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

C.J. Hall’s science fiction space drama follows Evolving Elizah: Initiatum, picking up where that one ended.

The story centers on Elizah “Liz” Goeff and her brother, Jackson Goeff. A devastated Earth is desperate for food supplies that the cylindrical space stations/spaceships Green Grow 2 and 3 provide. But Earth has broken into ruthless factions that […]

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Love and Other Monsters in the Dark: Short Stories

K.B. Jensen

Crimson Cloud Media, 185 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9798985335002
(Reviewed: May, 2022)

Twists and surprises abound in this wry collection of flash fiction from novelist K.B. Jensen.

Themes of destruction and deliverance work in tandem in these very short pieces. In the opening story, a vacationer excavates a skeleton from the walls of a villa and knits it into a woman, “[m]issing a tooth, far from perfect, […]

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