OOF: An Online Outrage Fiesta for the ages

Strobe Witherspoon

Marginal Books, 276 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9780578889856
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

OOF: An Online Outrage Fiesta for the ages is an ambitious satirical novel aimed at the disinformation and conspiracy theories that dominate our present historical moment. OOF tugs at the threads that connect American cynicism with radical extremism and weaves a character-rich tapestry of insight.

The story centers on its purported author, Strobe Witherspoon, a […]

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The Vulnerable Man: Reclaim your life. Master your emotions. Break your patterns.

Thomas Anderson

Trignite, 238 pages, , 9789151909387
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

Although Thomas Anderson had a good job, family and friends, he felt something was missing. He describes his mission to reorder his life in The Vulnerable Man.

This self-help book, Anderson writes, aims to share his path and help readers live a fuller life. He discusses excerpts from his diaries from 2014 to 2018, then […]

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Hurry Walter, There is a Possum in the Hen House: What a Mess Down on the Farm

Cricket Webb

iUniverse, 130 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532095610
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

In her cover notes, author Cricket Webb writes that it’s time for a humorous book about real people and their funny (and true) stories. To that end, she has penned this collection of 125 tales about four generations of her rural Missouri family.

All families have funny stories about each other. Webb’s family, though, seems […]

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Daddy, This Is It: Being-with My Dying Dad

Julie Saeger Nierenberg

CreateWrite Enterprises, 99 pages, (paperback) $12.97, 9780991920792
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

It’s not often that we think of the death of a loved one – or our own mortality – as something to celebrate. But in this memoir about her father’s death, Julie Saeger Nierenberg offers lessons about the end of life that everyone can learn from.

Armin Louis Saeger, Jr. died of cancer […]

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Thinking Tools: Navigating a 3-Year PhD Journey

Rahinah Ibrahim

Partridge, 172 pages, (paperback) $14.83, 9781543757712
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

Rahinah Ibrahim, a professor of architecture at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), shares a unique blueprint to help students obtain a Ph.D. in three years by using this clear, rigorous guide to hone their critical thinking skills.

Her innovation is the EAGLE table, a research design framework that requires students to think through key research decisions […]

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Bear Troubles

Ozzie Morrow Jr.

AuthorHouse, 92 pages, (paperback) $30.49, 9781434341785
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

In the picture book Bear Troubles!, a talking bear enters the life of a young boy—and won’t leave.

A two-part tale, Bear Troubles! first presents the story of Jase, who is delighted to get a bear-shaped sponge in a cereal box. The toy is supposed to be placed in water, but Jase loses track of […]

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Code Name Excalibur

Jonathan Wright

Xlibris, 318 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781664126169
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

The first volume of a trilogy, this fictional story based on the author’s life chronicles its protagonist’s journey from childhood to his early 20s, when he is on the verge of becoming a spy.

The narrator’s name is Jonathan Wright, like the author’s. The story begins with Wright’s early childhood and high school challenges. But […]

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Iron Butterfly: The Mezzogiorno Trilogy, Book One

Andrew Eustace Anselmi

Level Best Books, 317 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781953789020
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

The first in Andrew Eustace Anselmi’s trilogy, Iron Butterfly recounts a dark chapter in an Italian American family’s history. It begins with Edward Bennett, a college student who visits his mother’s forgotten village in Sicily, starting the process of discovering why his mother refuses to speak of her childhood.

The novel is mostly […]

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Hope that Heals: Reflections on a Life Journey

Betty Jane Clem

Xlibris, 110 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781664138674
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

Betty Jane Clem’s Hope That Heals: Reflections on a Life Journey is a chronological poetic expedition through the author’s life, from age 9 to the present, when she is in her 70s.

Many of the poems contemplate the grace and transience of the natural world. The lovely “The Blue Heron” begins: “Strutting across a meadow/ […]

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Through a Forest of Stars

David C. Jeffrey

Sylvanus Books, 430 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9780998674247
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

Revolving around the discovery of an uninhabited, Earth-like world—and the looming war that ensues between competing planetary governments to possess it—David C. Jeffrey’s stellar debut novel is grand-scale science fiction adventure with a thematically profound Gaiaist bent.

Set in a near future where Earth is “a world barely alive after centuries of human abuse” and […]

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