The Virtue of Money: How Money Contributes to Peace, Happiness, and Goodness

Daniel Arthur Nelson

iUniverse, 38 pages, (paperback) $9.95, 9781475927405
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Daniel Arthur Nelson comes from a blue-collar background where adequate earnings apparently became an everyday concern. He says he labored multiple years in a foundry for low wages before managing to obtain a college degree in computer science from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

Nelson’s book (actually a mid-length essay) argues that earning enough money […]

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Clinch River Justice

Alfred Patrick

Xlibris, 303 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477116869
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

In the novel Clinch River Justice, the year is 1942 and newly minted deputy Charley Scott is called to the scene of a suspicious death along Clinch River near the small town of Creedy in the Appalachians. Crime is a rarity in the predominantly rural community, but a sudden rash of mysterious deaths has the […]

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Vastation

Lewis E. Birdseye

Xlibris, 312 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477107881
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Eighteen-year-old Josh Donaldson reluctantly goes along with his father’s manic plan for a father-son bonding experience in this dystopian coming-of-age novel.

When Josh follows his dad into the forests of Oregon, he figures the worst that can happen is that he has to listen to the older man’s constant philosophizing on subjects ranging from the […]

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Ring of Deceit

Carole W. Holden

iUniverse, 241 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781450226905
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Drug money. The words conjure images of cocaine caches and the millions of dollars they bring to illegal drug smugglers. But what if the drugs in question were perfectly legal? From Nigeria to New Jersey, something suspicious is going on in the high-stakes world of prescription drugs in Carole W. Holden’s fourth novel.

Ring of […]

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Valentine’s Journey

Pauline Jacqueline Adams

Xlibris, 24 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781477109847
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Pauline Jacqueline Adams has written and illustrated a loving chronicle of her cherished Havanese puppy’s first year of life. Valentine (so named because he was a Valentine’s Day gift from Pauline’s husband Pappap) has white fur with black detail on his face. He is a perfect little bundle of happiness.

Every detail of Valentine’s first […]

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Are You in a Pickle? Lessons Learned Along the Way: Students’ Performance and Achievement Gaps

Patricia L. Pickles, Ph.D

AuthorHouse, 191 pages, (paperback) $21.35, 9781456796594
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Not every school can be a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, or can it? Patricia L. Pickles, an award winning educational expert and acclaimed speaker, believes that even schools facing serious socio-economic challenges can succeed, even during the current educational crisis.

Pickles, a former principal and superintendent in Illinois and Texas, suggests ways to close […]

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The Pedal on the Right

N. M. Corcoran

Trafford, 76 pages, (paperback) $8.88, 9781426963735
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

N.M. Corcoran describes The Pedal on the Right, a slight collection of essays and poems, as no Chicken Soup for the Soul, but rather “hearty meat and potatoes for every inch of you — physical, emotional, and spiritual.” And, indeed, she covers a great deal of ground, from light-hearted musings on the weather to the […]

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The Peacock of Half-Way Tree: A Caribbean Fable

Carolyn Richardson Durham

Trafford, 40 pages, (paperback) $22, 9781412019125
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

In Carolyn Richardson Durham’s charming picture book, Mr. Peacock is a proud bird who lives on a plantation in Half-Way Tree village on St. Kitts Island. He struts around the plantation coercing the other animals to compliment him. When they agree that he is magnificent, Mr. Peacock responds with comments like, “If I were as […]

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On the Hole

Jeff Bacot

Outskirts Press, 252 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781432790837
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

In Jeff Bacot’s engaging novel, Jay and Nick are 40-something golf buddies with wildly different lifestyles. Jay, who carries a few too many pounds, is the hard-partying vice president of SinTex Records. Nick, a physically fit husband and father of two, is a driven junior partner in a Fort Worth law firm. Nick takes every […]

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Kangaroo Court

Johnny Rhondo and David Murray M.D.

Trafford, 276 pages, (paperback) $20.22, 9781553693264
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

Kangaroo Court, presented as fiction based on factual occurrences, is a thinly veiled account of Dr. David Murray’s own difficult experience in the 1980s.

After working for years as a hospital pathologist, Dr. George Hill marries and decides to start a medical practice far from chaotic Los Angeles in a small northern California location called […]

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