Letters My Mother Never Read: An Abandoned Child’s Journey…The Whole Story

Jerri Diane Sueck

Xlibris, 341 pages, (paperback) $19.54, 9781425752897
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In this extraordinary and moving memoir, Jerri Diane Sueck recounts the 1964 death of her mother in a fire when Sueck, the second of five children, was 8 years old. With their father gone, the children enter the “shuffle madness” of the foster care system, desperately aching for a family to adopt them.

Remarkably, the […]

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Full Circle

Nicola

AuthorHouse, 48 pages, (paperback) $17.49, 9781449056841
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Nicola’s memoir opens near Christmas with her discovery of a problem with her breast. She soon is diagnosed with grade three cancer. Having just begun a job as nanny to a young family in England, she is concerned about telling them her troubles. But the couple rises to the occasion, taking good care of her […]

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Sharon’s Poems of Life, Love and Liberty

Sharon Wiegand

Trafford, 144 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781426992865
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Poetry is often written out of the common experiences many of us share: marriage and work, faith and fear, love and sorrow. Sharon Wiegand’s poetry collection is concerned with just these things – bittersweet memories of her mother and abusive father, of one bad marriage and another enduring marriage, of children and grandchildren, of debilitating […]

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Flying Hung-Over

Brian Oard

Xlibris, 49 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781465371942
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Brian Oard’s rambling, stream-of-consciousness story, Flying Hung-Over, takes readers along for the ride as he empties his head of all passing thoughts during a trip from New York City to Wichita, Kan. Written without indentation, apparently for effect, Oard is perhaps channeling Dennis Miller or Denis Leary. Unfortunately, his work lacks their wit or style, […]

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Dancing on the Edge of an Endangered Planet

John Mattson

Farm Boy Publishing Company, 169 pages, (ebook) $3.95, 9780964539990
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In Dancing on the Edge of an Endangered Planet, John Mattson spins a series of exciting tales about a lifetime spent adventuring in some of the worlds most beautiful and remote places.

Mattson has ridden rodeo broncs, been a downhill ski racer, trekked Amazon jungles, climbed peaks in Peru, kayaked hair-raising whitewater runs and scaled […]

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Amatimas–I Am Time

Richard Herbert

Trafford, 192 pages, (paperback) $15.00, 9781426938634
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Without dramatic license, literature wouldn’t be very interesting. Most readers aren’t keen to dedicate themselves to a story that emulates the monotony of everyday life. The question is how far to push that license; at what point does the story become so implausible that readers check out entirely?

In the sci-fi/fantasy novel Amatimas–I Am Time, […]

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Fate Worse Than Death: Grace Better Than Life

David Holsworth

Xlibris, 82 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781465377937
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

David Holsworth’s adventures as a mountaineer take him into perilous places, from the frozen waterfalls of the Canadian Rockies to the highest peak in North Africa. Despite many dangers, he fears only one thing: becoming disabled as a result of a climbing accident. But 30 years later, he finds himself in a wheelchair due to […]

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Memoirs of a Texas Cowboy

James Robinson

Xlibris, 53 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781450020008
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

For nearly 40 years, James Robinson worked as a cowboy and rancher in the southern Texas Panhandle. From the age of six–when he received his first, brand-new riding saddle and helped his father gather cattle for one of the largest ranches in the county–Robinson knew that all he ever wanted to be was a cowboy. […]

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Words to Warm Your Heart

Roger L. Stevens

Xlibris, 193 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453588062
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

Not every poem in Roger L. Stevens’ new collection is a winner. But when he hits a home run in Words to Warm Your Heart, he knocks it out of the park.

Stevens has a way with words, that is–but not because he’s a great poet. Instead, this one-time backslider with “countless sins” is a […]

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Voyage in Destiny: Part Five

Francesco Alessandrini

AuthorHouse, 124 pages, (paperback) $33.70, 9781456786731
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

In Voyage in Destiny, author Francesco Alessandrini offers a discussion of crop circles that combines science with spirituality.

An Italian civil engineer and university professor who specializes in geotechnical subjects, Alessandrini believes his five-book series is part of his destiny. The books–only two have been published–are the result of his discussions between 2006 and 2009 […]

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