Becoming my Best Self: My Shero Attributes

Shamena Maharaj

Tellwell, 28 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9780228811916
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

Becoming My Best Self: My Shero Attributes is a colorfully illustrated picture book that seeks to teach young readers the attributes that will make them good, caring people.

Written as a guide with short illustrative examples, this book presents 12 words people can embody to be better community members and become heroes or “sheroes” in […]

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Fear of Dying: The Diary of Albert Smithson

William Peace

, 166 pages, (paperback),
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

William Peace’s lyrical and inquisitive novel Fear of Dying: The Diary of Albert Smithson chronicles the last two decades of a modern Englishman’s life, as he questions his purpose in a rapidly changing society and searches for the meaning of life.

After his mother’s passing, Bertie Smithson (whose given name is Albert) decides to keep […]

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Every Last Drop: A Novel

Sarah Robinson

Books by Sarah Robinson, 440 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9780999546970
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

Sarah Robinson’s Every Last Drop is an emotionally charged novel surrounding a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer who refuses to let the illness take charge and ultimately wants the choice of how, where, and when she will take her final breath.

Tessa Falls, 28, is married to Kyle, the love of her life. She […]

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Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here?

Gerhard Maroscher

Proving Press, 344 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9780981607993
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

Gerhard Maroscher’s Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? is a compelling recollection of the turbulent WWII era, told through the experiences of one Romanian family.

Living in Romania during the start of the war, the Maroschers led a serene existence—until mid-1944 when Maroscher’s father, Gustav, was called up for training in preparation for combat […]

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Right Now is Worth It

Thomas Corrigan

iUniverse, 262 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532073557
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

Thomas Corrigan’s novel, Right Now Is Worth It, tracks the intertwining lives of four teens who attend the same suburban high school.

The novel is told from four different perspectives: impoverished Emma, whose sister just died and who lives with an abusive stepdad; Shaun, who is obsessed about his appearance and is crushing […]

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How to Be a Legendary Teacher

Adam Prociv

Balboa Press, 208 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781504317207
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

In this feel-good guide to great teaching, Adam Prociv, a seasoned pre-school and elementary educator from Australia, celebrates the power of positive thinking and the conviction that powerful teaching is “all just a matter of mindset.”

Great teachers, Prociv posits, connect their personal positive energy with students in order to tap their potential […]

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Imaginary Affairs

Robin Z. Arkus

Lulu, 212 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781684703722
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

In Robin Z. Arkus’ modern-day tale, Imaginary Affairs, an attractive middle-aged woman from America looks for love the third time around.

Divorced, widowed, and now living in London, Mallory Hill decides to celebrate her 50th birthday with a 10-day trip to Thailand. At Chiva Som Spa, she hopes to find inner harmony and re-evaluate her […]

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Radio Active

William O'Shaughnessy

Fordham University Press, 608 pages, (hardcover) $35.00, 9780823286706
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

William O’Shaughnessy, owner and talk show host at community radio station WVOX-AM, has played an oversized role in New York politics and society for more than 50 years. From his perch outside New York City, the distinguished O’Shaughnessy has regularly hosted political big-wigs like Nelson Rockefeller, hobnobbed with neighbors like Jonathan Bush (brother and […]

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Devastations in the Garden of Eden

Abisai Temba

AuthorHouse, 514 pages, (paperback) $27.32, 9781728380360
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

In Devastations in the Garden of Eden, Abisai Temba delivers a heartfelt wake-up call about the environmental devastation on and around Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

Temba, a development consultant and former civil servant in Tanzania, begins by briefly describing the area’s people, flora and fauna.  Next, he discusses how humanity has wreaked increasing havoc […]

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Essays on Agricultural Economy: Nonexperimental Writings on Agricultural Policy and Development Administration in Nigeria

G. B. Ayoola

Xlibris, 744 pages, (paperback) $27.59, 9781543401806
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

Nigeria’s economy is among the largest in Africa, with petroleum-related activities making up the lion’s share of its GDP and state revenues. However, most of its population is engaged in primarily subsistence agriculture. G.B. Ayoola addresses the agricultural sector in his compendium Essays on Agricultural Economy: Nonexperimental Writings on Agricultural Policy and Development Administration […]

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