Poetic Stories from theYin and Yang of Life

Angellia Moore

Trafford, 136 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781426967115
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In Poetic Stories from the Yin and Yang of Life, Angellia Moore doesn’t shy away from including cues from her training as a sixth-grade teacher as she explores her creative side. Individually, the poems explore themes of perception, doubt, confidence, freedom and, as her title indicates, basic issues of balance. Collectively, they share a tone […]

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The Sea and the Hills: The Life of Hussain Najadi

Hussain Najadi

Xlibris, 285 pages, (paperback) $29.99, 9781469180939
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Observers of international finance and Middle Eastern intrigue will be fascinated by this timely self-portrait of the dynamic –-and controversial – Bahraini investment banker who, in the 1970s, began urging Arabs to divert their petrodollars into the emergent economic powerhouse of Asia. Founder of the Arab Malaysian Banking Group (current assets: $16 billion), Hussain Najadi […]

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Never Good Enough…UNTIL NOW

Sharon Gardiner

Xlibris, 229 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781469161204
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Never Good Enough… UNTIL NOW, by Sharon Gardiner, is a heart-wrenching story of the author’s arduous process toward liberation from her mostly harrowing past. While her history has sweet spots, her abusive childhood created decades of difficulty. Despite her many challenges, Gardiner became a caring nurse and then, perhaps surprisingly, a police officer. When the […]

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Intimate Expression

Dennis J. Dodt

Trafford, 72 pages, (paperback) $11.25, 9781466911918
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Both Oliver Twist and author Dennis J. Dodt share bleak upbringings in which few, if any, adults can be trusted. But unlike Dickens’ classic novel, Dodt’s Intimate Expression is a true story of poverty, abandonment, addiction, anger, and sexual abuse. The author eventually finds redemption through hard-won self-awareness and spiritual awakening, but readers will find […]

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The Lost Valley

Leonardo Deangelo

AuthorHouse, 88 pages, (paperback) $13.66, 9781467890137
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Starring Sam and his much-loved companion Spot the dog, Leonardo Deangelo’s fast-paced adventure novel for young boys takes young readers on an intense journey through time and into a world of menacing dinosaurs, evil wizards and time travelers.

When Sam wakes up one Saturday morning, he’s in the mood for adventure. Luckily, he owns an […]

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A Riddle in Stone Deciphered

Joseph Turbeville

Trafford, 116 pages, (paperback) $27.89, 9781425186395
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

This slim volume gathers a collection of articles by Joseph Turbeville relating to the dimensions of the Great Pyramid and its relationship to many historical mathematical numbers and/or functions. Turbeville has developed a computation process called “Glimmer Tables,” and in many of his articles included here, he ties together these two subjects. The book’s purpose […]

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Hiphopetry

Rolando Condry

Xlibris, 61 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781465369109
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

It’s difficult to discern exactly how “hiphopetry” differs from run-of-the-mill poetry or run-of-the-mill hip-hop. The portmanteau serves as the title of a new collection of free-form verses by Rolando Condry, writings that lack the formal structures of poetry in its most academic sense and the rhyme schemes of the best hip-hop. Instead, Condry writes in […]

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Surviving Mental Illness: My Story

Linda Naomi Katz

Outskirts Press, 117 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781432783990
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Linda Naomi Katz was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 24, but she suspects her mental illness began in her teen years when she struggled with anxiety, nervousness and excessive sadness. This memoir relates her personal journey, covering the various drugs she was given to keep her moods under control, the many jobs she tried […]

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The Reagan Revolution and the Developing Countries (1980-1990) A Seminal Decade For Predicting The World Economic Future

Lawrence Feiner

iUniverse, 353 pages, (paperback) $23.94, 9781462061891
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Lawrence Feiner and Richard Melson, both former principals of the Cambridge Forecast Group, have written a sharp challenge to prevailing economic thought. The authors argue that despite the chaos that seems to have enveloped the world economy since the end of the Cold War (as typified in the writings of Francis Fukuyama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and […]

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Aussie Yarns

John McAulay

Xlibris, 307 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781462846122
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In this collection of Australian-based tales, writer John McAulay takes the novel approach of following his short works of fiction with an explanation of their inspiration, and a poem on the same theme. Sometimes this three-prong approach results in added insight; other times, it can feel preachy and unnecessary. But as a whole, this is […]

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