Reality(TM) 2048: Watching Big Mother

Derek Cressman

Poplar Leaf Press, 325 pages, (paperback) $19.84, 9781733956703
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

After two critically acclaimed nonfiction releases (The Recall’s Broken Promise and When Money Talks: The High Price of “Free” Speech and the Selling of Democracy), voting rights advocate and former California Secretary of State candidate Derek Cressman’s first novel gives readers a glimpse into the near future. Reality™ 2048: Watching Big Mother is an […]

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All the Broken People

Amy Rivers

Compathy Press, 312 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9780578425313
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

Amy Rivers’ All the Broken People is a suspense novel set in the mountains of Georgia, revolving around domestic violence.

Alice Bennett, a magazine writer, heads to Georgia to care for her mother-in-law, Mae, who is convalescing after a fall. Once there, Alice finds that the town she once thought idyllic is hiding […]

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On the Occasion of a Wedding: Eclectic Love Poems

Ollie Bowen

Ollie Bowen, 113 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781733835800
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

As the title of this collection indicates, Ollie Bowen’s poems belong to the tradition of occasional poetry, written (per the dedication) for “Kristi and Matthew—who are receiving this book as a wedding gift instead of something more practical off their registry.”

The slim, lovingly produced volume contains predominantly free-verse, lineated love poetry, and […]

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Can’t Forget the Motor City

Joseph Nicks

Blue Jay Ink, 74 pages, (paperback) $15.00, 9780997125726
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

Joseph Nicks’ poetry collection Can’t Forget the Motor City… ruminates on the speaker’s past choices and mistakes, places he’s traveled and lived, and his enduring love for his birth city, Detroit, Michigan, to which the book’s title refers.  Consisting of lyric, free-verse poems, the book is bracketed by a prose prologue and a map […]

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In His Own Image

Lewis Brown

Xlibris, 108 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781524531409
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

Lewis Brown’s novel In His Own Image tells the story of a baby boomer teaching at a small Georgia college. The man’s rift with his religious upbringing makes an impression on his star student, who shares his conservative Christian background.

The story is recounted by a narrator living in the nursing home with […]

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The Justice Quotient

Philip Altman

Xlibris, 188 pages, (paperback) $20.17, 9781543492545
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

The Justice Quotient: The Final Outpost concludes Philip Altman’s grand-scale science fiction trilogy (preceded by 2056: Meltdown and The Alien Veil) — a saga concerning an alien invasion that explores the consequences of corruption in the judicial systems of both humankind and alien worlds.

In 2086, the populations of planets in the solar system are […]

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The Problem of God and Other Poems

Paul Leary

Xlibris, 124 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781984565235
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

Paul Leary’s collection, The Problem of God and Other Poems, touches on myriad topics, including family, friendship, nature, and patriotism.

The book is divided into two sections. Part I includes narrative and lyric meditations on the above topics and more; Part II recounts major battles of the American Civil War in narrative verse. The poet […]

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Time’s Up: Shining a Light on Darkness

Aletheia Rose

Xlibris, 160 pages, (paperback) $20.17, 9781543492781
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

Those who have been abused – physically, sexually, mentally, financially – at any stage of life will benefit from the author’s story and frank examination of the causes of abuse and possible remedies.

Aletheia Rose has a history of trauma that began when, at age seven, she was sexually abused by a neighbor. In her […]

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Infant Inspiration: Insights that Encourage Serenity & Awe

Amy Collins

iUniverse, 122 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532065477
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

In this inspirational work for new mothers, Amy Collins explores the lessons babies teach their moms.

When her daughters were infants, Collins journaled about life from a unique perspective: She recorded what she learned from the baby! In this brief book, she presents her findings in bite-sized chapters to help other moms find […]

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A Glossary of Life: Deeper Meaning Behind Our Common Words

Manny Garcia

Manny Garcia, 156 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781732013599
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

Often, authors of motivational books fall into one of two habits: sounding like overly exuberant Pollyannas or relying heavily on religious views that can overpower some readers. Happily, A Glossary of Life: Deeper Meaning Behind Our Common Words avoids these traps while serving as a powerful calming tool that encourages us to think about […]

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