Life Can Be Positively Different: A Positive Approach to Fulfilling Relationships

Virginia Colin

Trafford Publishing, 102 pages, (paperback) $17.37, 9781412076777
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Reinvention and resolution are the bread and butter of all self-help books. As the calendar turns, either at the start of a new year or as a birthday approaches, readers clamor for advice in shedding pesky pounds, habits or relationships. But what if this time the goal is simply to be happier?

Helping people swap […]

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Speed Trap

Mark Alan Stowent

Xlibris, 129 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465341365
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Speed Trap is a novel based on the author’s experiences as a police officer in a large U.S. city. It is billed as a series of “war stories” from the front lines of police work. The unnamed protagonist, presumably a loosely fictionalized version of the author, tells readers he will skip over the “detail stuff […]

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Passage

John Schissler, Jr.

Xlibris, 293 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441538185
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In 1945 when he was not yet two years old, author John Schissler, Jr. and his family began a desperate journey from their farming village in Yugoslavia (now Croatia) to escape the ethnic animosities against ancestral Germans in a Slavic corner of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Their search for a safe haven took them through […]

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Success: Utter Common Sense

Roy Ashworth

AuthorHouse, 204 pages, (paperback) $20.22, 9781456784539
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Though retired, Roy Ashworth remains a busy business consultant traveling between homes in England, France and Malaysia. In his new book directed at those who seek direction to advance in the business world, he offers his formula for “SUCCESS,” an acronym for “Scope,” “Ultimate Aim,” “Circumstances and Context,” “Concerns and Issues,” “Essential Question,” “Strategic Solutions” […]

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Consult I Ching with Ease

Eugene "eez" Nelson

Xlibris, 83 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462845422
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

The I Ching (pronounced ee-jing) is one of mankind’s oldest written documents, believed to date back more than 3,000 years in China and originally considered to be a “Heavenly Book.” Because it began as symbols and has often been re-interpreted over the centuries, Westerners frequently find its concepts confusing, especially if they don’t study it […]

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Logdog

Michael P. Johnson

Xlibris, 37 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781465356581
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Michael P. Johnson’s cartoon-ready character LOGDOG is 100% heart, and this illustrated picture book devoted to him seems intended to launch the franchise with a hearty, action-packed creation story.

Billy and Kyle are the grandsons of Grandma and Grandpa Tuttle. Every summer, the boys visit their grandparents on a farm in the country where they […]

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Alexander and the Ring of Destiny

Denise Pryce

Trafford, 72 pages, (paperback) $24.99, 9781425188870
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In this children’s story, a young boy named Alexander meets Peter, a talking rabbit who has been sent by the Queen to find him. She believes Alexander is the only one who can help her.

Peter brings Alexander to a fairytale kingdom, where the Queen explains that a villain has taken a ring that will […]

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The Judgment Against Imperialism, Fascism and Racism Against Caliphate and Islam

Khondakar Golam Mowla

AuthorHouse, 748 pages, (paperback) $36.49, 9781438910956
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Khondakar Golam Mowla was born in West Bengal in 1946. Although he currently lives in the United States, his passion remains the Middle East and Orient. His book’s back cover makes that clear: “This book is all about Caliphate and Islam which was destroyed in 1914 through first illegal invasion of Iraq and Caliphate was […]

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The Opiate Cure

Robert T. Cochran Jr., MD

Xlibris, 257 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465391483
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Many people associate opiates with drug addiction. Author Robert T. Cochran, Jr., however, proposes in The Opiate Cure that this class of drugs is something of a miracle cure for numerous pain disorders and bipolar psychiatric problems. Under FDA guidelines, Cochran has used opiates to treat hundreds of patients with chronic pain. What surprised him […]

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The Princeton Experience

H.S. MacAyeal

Xlibris, 450 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781465369192
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

It takes place 60 years ago, but this richly-stocked story, which appears to be a thinly-veiled memoir about the author’s college experience, betrays no hint of the haziness of detail often wrought by time.

Through his protagonist Harry Douglas, the author reconstitutes, in minute particulars, late-night theological arguments conducted by 20-year-olds during the Truman Administration. […]

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