Suspended Sentence: A Memoir

Janice Morgan

She Writes Press, 320 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781631526442
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

Partly a look at the criminal justice system, partly a personal journal, Janice Morgan’s absorbing Suspended Sentence reveals her turmoil after her son’s arrest on drug and gun charges.

Years before her son’s mugshot ran in a Kentucky newspaper, Morgan knew Dylan was troubled. As a child, he was often inconsolable: “[H]e could get hard-core […]

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The Meaning of Life: A guide to finding your life’s purpose

Nathanael Garrett Novosel

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, 360 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781948220019
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

In this volume, professional researcher and executive advisor Nathanael Garrett Novosel offers seekers looking for a good reason to get up every morning a fresh, encouraging way to figure out the meaning of life: “[T]he only solution,” he writes, “is to start by understanding how life works—how to think about life, not how to live […]

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The Latecomers

Rich Marcello

Moonshine Cove Publishing, 294 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781945181757
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

In Rich Marcello’s novel, The Latecomers, Charlie and Maggie Latecomer grapple with growing older, building community and decoding a manuscript that could change the fortunes of humankind.

At 55 and 60, respectively, Maggie and Charlie have both been recently let go from lucrative jobs. Maggie’s second career as an artist keeps her busy, but Charlie […]

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Sunset Sanitarium

Allison Price

Trafford, 195 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781466910393
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

Allison Price’s memoir, Sunset Sanitarium chronicles a youth scarred by a violent and abusive father.

Price and her nine siblings were frequent victims of their father’s physical and verbal abuse and their mother’s passive acquiescence. The author vividly recalls an incident when her father mercilessly kicked her brother, who cowered in a corner, as her […]

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Come Climb Toward God

Marianna W. Albritton

Readers Magnet, 34 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9781951775292
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

In this slim volume, the author’s “desire and prayer for you . . . is that you will be able to understand the calls [divine interventions] of God in your life, and . . . find the answer to unknown hunger in your soul.” The book’s seven chapters —Salvation, Lordship, Service, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Rest, and […]

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Mapping of Space Through Bharatanatyam Sequences

Nrithya Vilasini Smt. Ramya Shankaran

Xlibris, 86 pages, (paperback) $51.99, 9781796052343
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

In Mapping of Space Though Bharatanatyam Sequences, Ramya Shankaran explores the relationship between Bharatanatyam, an ancient form of Indian dance, to space and architecture. Shankaran also touches briefly on the history of the Bharatanatyam.

The Bharatanatyam, Shankaran indicates, may be “comprehended as a sequence of stances which is interconnected with the movements, instead of simple […]

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Food in the Flowers: How Pollinators Help Feed Us All

Polly W. Cheney, illustrated by Kim G. Overton

Sip, Pick and Pack, 32 pages, (paperback) $10.00, 9781792310539
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

Polly W. Cheney presents a wonderful guide to the crucial role of bees in the process of pollination with her children’s picture book Food in the Flowers: How Pollinators Help Feed Us All!

Pollination is critical in the modern food chain, for both humans and animals, and this book explains the process, in […]

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Hurricane Dog: A Tale of Betrayal, Redemption and Change

Sunny Weber

Pups and Purrs Press, 228 pages, (paperback) $15.00, 9780996661263
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

This inventively told novel for young readers relates the story of Gator, a pit bull mix, and his fellow dog-companion Magnolia, who struggle to overcome unexpected obstacles and a sense of betrayal.

Told from Gator’s perspective, the story recounts how Gator and his young owner Gavin discover a secret puppy mill and meet Magnolia, a […]

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The New Zealand Dream


Xlibris, 186 pages, (paperback) $20.69, 9781543495966
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

In this no-holds-barred memoir, Shiela recounts her troubled childhood and adolescence in New Zealand during the 1980s and ‘90s.

After an evocative introduction foreshadowing recent personal growth after heart-wrenching familial loss, the prose reverts to a chronological, almost stream-of-consciousness narrative, detailing her earliest memories of a strict religious upbringing in her family’s beachside flat in […]

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13 Billion To One

Randy Rush

Rantanna Media, 283 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781999252403
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

Randy Rush’s life was turned upside-down when he won $50 million, tax free, in Canada’s Lotto Max drawing. In this memoir, he details the sky-high euphoria and suffocating misery that followed, the lessons he learned about people, and how he finally found peace and satisfaction.

Rush’s journey began on a frigid January day […]

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