America: An Exceptional Nation

Donald L. Gilleland

Black Rose Writing, 262 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781612965536
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

Donald L. Gilleland sets out in his book to explain how America is an “extraordinarily exceptional nation” and one of a handful “that can offer real hope for our world in the 21st century.”

Gilleland’s well researched catalog of America’s strengths includes opportunity, diversity, world leadership, the Constitution, agricultural productivity, military strength and generosity. Why […]

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The Map of Healing: The Beginnings

Gabi Badaluta

URLink Print and Media, 266 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781643675107
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

In The Map of Healing, clinical psychologist Gabi Badaluta offers an ambitious work integrating many therapeutic schools focused on the intersection of emotions, trauma, medicine, and ancestry. The author is especially a proponent of Recall Therapy, founded by Gilbert Renaud, that brings many of these therapies into one practice.

Central to this outlook is the […]

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The Happy Atom Story

Irene P. Reisinger

Archway Publishing, 112 pages, (paperback) $32.95, 9781480865402
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

Irene P. Reisinger aims to make learning chemistry fun and memorable in this fantasy tale of an inquisitive young boy’s adventures in Periodic Table Land.

Reisinger stumbled upon a new method for successfully teaching chemistry concepts to middle schoolers through storytelling. Her 18 years of classroom experience fine-tuned the method, resulting in a four-book series.

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How to Win Nature and Enjoy Good Life: Baby Steps to Follow Mother Nature

Prabhash Karan

Xlibris, 642 pages, (paperback) $25.99, 9781984566881
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

Prabhash Karan’s hefty volume, How to Win Nature and Enjoy Good Life, is a compendium of his thought on myriad subjects, largely focused on relationships and nutrition.

The book begins with a Preface that offers a reverent ode to Mother Nature, noting: “She is my life, she is my universe. From birth to death, Mother […]

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Stars, Stripes and Corporate Logos

Donald L. Gilleland

Black Rose Writing, 204 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781684330430
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

In his prosaic portrait of a life well lived, Donald L. Gilleland presents a youth-to-retirement timeline crediting his successes to optimism, a strong work ethic, faith in God and a good marriage. From humble beginnings in small-town Illinois to a 40-year career in public relations for the military and private defense industry, Gilleland chronicles a […]

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The Bond

Pavla Melecka

iUniverse, 226 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532064951
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

Pavla Melecka’s debut novel is a unique blend of equestrian fiction and paranormal fantasy that chronicles the life of Silvia Milescu, a Romanian-born au-pair who, after landing a job in California, gets an opportunity to embrace her love of horses and horseback riding.

Silvia’s new position as a domestic assistant lands her in the sprawling […]

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Duet of Angels

Irina Reiches

Lulu, 218 pages, (paperback) $11.82, 9781483493459
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

In the turmoil besetting Poland during WWII, a baby girl is thrust into the hands of a gentile stranger for safekeeping. Raised with a Communist education, the girl later is startled to learn she is Jewish and struggles to move forward in Irina Reiches’ engaging, multilayered historical novel Duet of Angels.

The story […]

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And then I met Elvis…

Doug Bari

Amazon, 256 pages, (paperback) $7.99, 9781985693456
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

In And then I met Elvis, Doug Bari presents the gritty coming-of-age story of Tim, a 13-year-old living with his alcoholic mother in a trailer park in Glen Cove, New York, in 1969.

From the first page, Bari illustrates in uncompromising terms the challenges Tim faces in life. Of his mother, he says, “I always […]

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How to T.O.R.T.U.R.E. Your Boss: A Practical Result-Oriented Approach to Working Well with Your Boss

Jimmy Low

Partridge, 120 pages, (paperback) $13.77, 9781543749311
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

Jimmy Low’s book offers readers advice on one of the most difficult issues in the business world: how to deal with bosses.

According to jacket copy, management consultant Low based this book on his experiences in the corporate worlds of Hong Kong and Singapore from 1981 to 1993. They must have been dreadful, because in […]

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Is God Worth a Dime?: Giving Doesn’t Get Easier than This

Sandra Kay Cooper

iUniverse, 108 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532063534
(Reviewed: August, 2019)

Sandra Kay Cooper’s Is God Worth a Dime? addresses the biblical practice of tithing (giving 10% of your income) to God’s kingdom work, more specifically to the local church. Cooper feels that many Christians either don’t fully understand the benefits of tithing or simply reject God’s command to give.

In her short handbook, Cooper includes […]

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