Recovery

Jerome M. Nathan

Xlibris, 98 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781477102657
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

Recovery is a slim novel with a subtle yet weighty message. The narrator is Victor Best, a 68-year-old psychotherapist in West Los Angeles who has practiced for 30 years. A year earlier, his wife, Martha, died of cancer and Victor can’t seem to stop grieving. Nevertheless, Victor continues doing what he always did–seeing patients and […]

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40+ Love

Mi Sook Park Westman

Xlibris, 157 pages, (paperback) 13.99 UK, 9781469179773
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

There’s an inspiring life story at the heart of the poems in Mi Sook Park Westman’s book, 40+ Love.

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Westman studied English, moved to Sweden where she earned an economics degree and began a career with IKEA where she has worked for 18 years. Along the way, there has […]

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The Journey of Women After 40

Liana Kallierou-Xylas

AuthorHouse, 241 pages, (paperback) $18.79, 9781456793814
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

First published in Greece in 2004, this thoroughly researched book draws on the work of numerous, largely American, authorities on women’s issues, from Natalie Angier to Carol Gilligan to Christiane Northrop. The result is a comprehensive report on what women can expect to experience, physically, psychologically, sexually, socially, and cognitively throughout middle age and into […]

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To All My Children: This is My Father’s World

James R. Mills

Trafford, 171 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781426959141
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

How wonderful would it be if every man and woman left an inheritance of wisdom for future generations? Following a serious surgery on his neck, author James R. Mills did just that by writing down what he considered his most important life lessons. In his sermonette-memoir, This Is My Father’s World, he shares his Christian […]

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Tom

Christie Moore

AuthorHouse, 209 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781467880725
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

In this well-meaning war novel, Christie Moore aims to honor her late grandfather: “He was a postman, he went to war and was gassed,” she writes in the simple epilogue to Tom. A back-cover photo shows a slender young man wearing army woolens, boots, cap and haversack, standing stiffly before a pale military tent, a […]

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Two Weeks in Vieques: A Lifetime of Memories

Marie Suzanne Dillon

iUniverse, 154 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781450244404
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

When sisters take a two-week vacation to the Caribbean, they find themselves in what appears to be paradise — until they become victims of not one, but two crimes. This true tale of those two weeks makes for a quick and mostly fun read, one part memoir, one part travelogue, with a dash of mystery […]

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The Meadowford Mysteries: Book One – After the Garden Party & MIschief in Meadowford

Sheila Wright

AuthorHouse, 87 pages, (paperback) $15.18, 9781468586015
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

Author Sheila Wright has cooked up a perfect pair of “cosy” mysteries set in rural Suffolk, England in the 1920’s. Each has its own murder, but the characters and setting overlap.

In “After the Garden Party,” a body discovered in a coal chute turns out to belong to a man who nearly everyone in town […]

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Faraway Bridges: The Experiences of a Wandering Engineer

Trevor Barry

Trafford, 140 pages, (paperback) $17.00, 9781412024307
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

It is a tradition for the Englishman stationed abroad to bring as much of his country with him as possible, a custom that works even for those who may not be English but have fallen into the country’s orbit.

Author Trevor Barry, an Irish civil engineer, joined the British Colonial Service in 1949, spending the […]

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The Death of Eternity

Adamu Usman

AuthorHouse, 372 pages, (paperback) $20.74, 9781466942530
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

Adamu Kyuka Usman, a Nigerian lawyer who doubles as a novelist, takes on a crucial and timely subject–the despoliation of the West African environment by European corporate greed. Set in a lawless fictional nation he calls Cockde, Usman’s story pits the operators of the evil Chinaka Oil Refinery against the powerless villagers of Nunsa community, […]

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Diary of a Big Girl: Live Life Large

Rebecca Moreno Cuevas

iUniverse, 219 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781475934052
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

In this contemporary first-person novel about a California Latina, the author explores the pain of being different. When she was born, Madison was two-feet long and weighed in at 12 pounds. Her parents dressed her in toddler-sized clothes to bring her home from the hospital. In elementary school, she was mercilessly bullied because of her […]

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