Diamond’s Fate

Angie Singleton

Xlibris, 296 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456888770
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

This intriguing novel relates the hardships and joys in the life of Diamond Pearl Hope, a biracial reporter living in Florida. Born to a white father and African-American mother, Diamond moves to her grandmother’s home after her mother’s death. Her aunts and cousins, also living with her, frequently torment her over her light skin and […]

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Oskaloosa Moon

Gary Sutton

CreateSpace, 304 pages, (paperback) $14.22, 9780975962534
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

The nameless hero of Gary Sutton’s melodramatic novel is a striving outcast everyone in the little town of Oskaloosa, Iowa (a real place, by the way, southeast of Des Moines) just calls “Moon.” The bastard offspring of a round-heeled peroxide blonde and an Irish-Catholic handyman, he’s also cursed with a caved-in head shaped like a […]

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Pioneer Journey: A Family History Comes to Life

Alice Mergel Alme

Jadestone Press, 285 pages, paperback $15.95, 9780983604808
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Clearly a labor of love and family pride, Alme’s novel about her great-grandparents, immigrants who settled in Minnesota during the mid-1800s, captures many of the historical events and the social culture of the times.

Courageous and accustomed to hard work, both the German Mergels, her paternal ancestors, and the English-Irish Baileys, her maternal side, endured […]

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My 9 Photo Stories of the Paranormal

Karin Stewart

Xlibris, 84 pages, (paperback) $32.49, 9781456898069
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Karin Stewart has written an entertaining and intimate book about her experiences photographing the paranormal in My 9 Photo Stories of the Paranormal. Her slim book is a compilation of stories explaining the situations in which each photograph was taken and the accompanying shots, which often contain orbs or other odd distortions that she believes […]

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Southern Families

Michael V.C. Alexander

Xlibris, 259 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462887934
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

This novel describes what happens during a quiet decade in a small Southern town. Lucy Summerlin, poor and unmarried, works for the richest family in Perquimmons City, North Carolina. She is ordered about by the odious Mrs. Merritt, made to clean and tutor the woman’s obnoxious children. She eats meager meals in the servants’ quarters […]

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To Cast the First Spell

John A. Buttrick

Xlibris, 205 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781425791988
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

To Cast the First Spell is a fantasy adventure set in a realm ruled by hierarchal guilds of Aakacarns: “Melody wielders” who can create powerful magic through music. It follows a young man with extraordinary latent magical abilities and his struggle to find his place in a world on the edge of an ultimate war […]

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Democracy on Trial

Dr. Richard Lasso

Xlibris, 382 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450066853
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

After receiving a law degree in his native Panama, studying at the London School of Economics and settling in the United States as a political refugee because of persecution by a dictator back home, Ricardo Lasso furthered his already extensive education–as an autodidact.

Fascinated by the divergent evolution of government philosophies in the three countries […]

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Modern Approach to Classroom Discipline and Management

Edwin Earl Felix

Xlibris, NULL pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456824303
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

This work looks at a crucial and contentious aspect of education: how good educators can minimize disruptive behavior in the classroom.

To address this issue, Felix compiles an encyclopedic reference of modern research on classroom management. He touches on the student-teacher relationship, the school-student relationship, as well as the school-parent connection. According to Felix, the […]

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The Improbable Advocate

A.T. Cullen

Xlibris, 303 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781462851157
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Today’s courtroom thrillers are dominated by two lawyers – John Grisham and Scott Turow. They’ve defined the genre so well that writers without law degrees won’t even try to compete.

So Australian barrister A.T. Cullen at least has the background to play the game with The Improbable Advocate. Readers can assume Cullen has nailed the […]

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The Bosses Club: The Conspiracy that Caused the Johnstown Flood, Destroying the Iron and Steel Capital of America

Richard A. Gregory

Xlibris, 399 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456860271
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

We’re all connected to history, but we’re not all as connected to the evolution of the iron and steel industry — and the most infamous location where that occurred — as is Richard A. Gregory. Descended from ironworkers, Gregory has used his ancestors as the main characters in his book, in order to depict this […]

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