The Lost Book: A Book of Mazes

Tim and Justin Grotrian

Trafford, 60 pages, (paperback) $10.82, 9781425151737
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

The Lost Book: A Book of Mazes is an interactive activity book inspired by a love of German folklore and mystery. Authors Tim and Justin Grotrian have channeled a dark and forbidding environment reminiscent of the world of Edgar Allen Poe and turned it into a challenging and playful interactive game book.

Loosely linked tales […]

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The Political Primer

Mark E. Glogowski, Ph.D.

Trafford, 261 pages, (hardcover) $27.89, 9781466905726
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Politicians want to confuse you and often manipulate you into voting for candidates who do not share your values. But knowing which party best reflects your outlook — and committing to that party — gives you the best shot at living in a society structured to your liking, argues author Mark E. Glogowski. How to […]

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Stewart Sinclair, Private Eye

Elizabeth Greenwood

AuthorHouse, 276 pages, (paperback) $16.77, 9781456788490
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

When the pompous and erudite British detective Stewart Sinclair finds himself in need of an assistant, he hires an archaeology student, Sebastian Barnard, who during a gap year from his studies, is working as a female impersonator – a geisha specifically – entertaining sailors in a rundown London club. Together, the pair attempts to unmask […]

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American Haiku

Roger Madon

AuthorHouse, 367 pages, (paperback) $23.95, 9781468541564
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Born in 1936, Roger Madon is a long-time New York City labor lawyer with a wife of 42 years, two children, Peace Corps service, a love for the United States of America and lots of opinions, mostly about politics. He shares those opinions through a blog, radio commentary and, now, a book collecting more than […]

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Two Plus Ten

Barbara Etheridge

9781456885335, 164 pages, (paperback) $19.99, Xlibris
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Two Plus Ten is a memoir of growing up on a farm in rural North Carolina. Briefly spanning the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, it recalls a more innocent time when kids splashed in the river to cool off in the summertime — even when they didn’t know how to swim.

The “two plus ten” refers […]

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…But They Call Me Sonny

Pamela Clark

Trafford, 708 pages, (paperback) $37.55, 9781426924378
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

In Pamela Clark’s 700-plus page family saga, she chases two linked mysteries–the hard-bitten life stories of her father and her grandfather.

The Sonny of the title, it turns out, is Clark’s father, one Stallo Vinton Kuhlman, an Iowa-born child of the Depression who left home in murky circumstances at age 14, traveled the country as […]

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A Time to Cry

Paul Kloschinsky

Trafford, 133 pages, (paperback) $14.76, 9781412099288
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

In A Time to Cry, poet Paul Kloschinsky confronts readers with a bare, harrowing account of his mental breakdowns and struggles to regain a normal life. As such, it is not, and is not meant to be, an easy read.

Writing what is at once poetry and therapy is nothing new. Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, […]

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When God Opens a Door…Run Through It

Tommy Watson

Trafford, 218 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781426916076
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

When it comes to creating a high-profile ministry, Pastor Tommy Watson can hold his own with the most famous TV evangelists. He pastored a Florida church with its own TV show, and he was the longtime chaplain for the NFL’s Miami Dophins. But in his aptly named memoir When God Opens a Door … Run […]

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Quincy Moves to the Desert

Camille Matthews

Pathfinder Equine Publications, 40 pages, (hardcover) $15.95, 9780981924014
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Quincy, the sweet and lovable red horse, is back with a big adventure in Quincy Moves to the Desert. This second picture book in a series by author Camille Matthews is beautifully Illustrated with oil paintings by Michelle Black. The first, Quincy Finds A New Home, published in 2009, was well received, winning several honors, […]

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The Enemy is Within!

Patrick G. Cox

Xlibris, 351 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781453575512
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

A deeply considered and undeniably compelling science fiction adventure, Patrick G. Cox’s action-packed sequel to his 2006 debut novel Out of Time continues the story of a trio of young seamen who are transported from the 19th century 400 years into the future.

In the first book, a time-space anomaly takes 16-year-old midshipman Henry Nelson-Heron, […]

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