Generations: 1891-1940 Living on the Islands of Boston Harbor

Laura Thibodeau Jones

AuthorHouse, 242 pages, (paperback) $56.26, 9781463438777
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

Laura Thibodeau Jones grew up among lobstermen and fishermen in North Weymouth, Massachusetts. One of the first in her family to make a living outside the trade, she appreciates the beauty of the area and the sacrifices that made her life there possible, and has pieced together a family history dating back to 1891.

The […]

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Thailand Transformed: 1950-2012 — Is Thailand the Test Case?

Culver S. Ladd

AuthorHouse, 197 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781468547375
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

It is safe to say that Thailand and its history are largely unknown to the general reader. Yet it is also accurate to say that a nation so strategically located in Southeast Asia bears closer scrutiny. Culver S. Ladd’s book Thailand Transformed: 1950-2012 offers an opportunity to shed light on the 51st largest country in […]

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How Childhood Hardship Prepared Me for Life

Chagai Chol Lual

Trafford, 171 pages, (paperback) $25.98, 9781426901478
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

A refugee from Sudan, Chagai Chol Lual was just a teen when civil war in his country forced him to flee on foot to Ethiopia. How Childhood Hardship Prepared Me for Life is his memoir of his early years.

In a hodgepodge of recollections, he shares stories of his childhood in Sudan, where his widowed […]

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The Sounds of Death

A.A. Pecora

Trafford, 274 pages, (paperback) $14.66, 9781466944282
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

It’s easy to tell that first-time novelist A.A. Pecora, a retired doctor, is a fan of classic detective fiction. In The Sounds of Death, his protagonist, former cop-turned-private-eye Cody Thomas, is quick to notice the smallest details of a crime scene, a la Sherlock Holmes. Thomas isn’t as hardboiled an investigator as the Continental Op […]

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The Climbing Tree

Dolores Richardson

Trafford, 180 pages, (paperback) $11.63, 9781466941526
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

With its combination of Southern Gothic melodrama and profound teen anxiety, this well-written tale of a brave, bright girl’s struggle to fend off terrible domestic violence and safeguard an abused baby provides fine reading for young adults. Author Dolores Richardson may be relatively unknown, but she belongs in the company of top adolescent genre writers […]

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Dare to Dream

Yvonne Whittal

Trafford, 392 pages, (paperback) $21.55, 9781466933019
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

Yvonne Whittal’s romance novel, Dare to Dream, begins with a flashback to tragedy. Five years ago, Jenna Reeves’ husband, Clive, died in her arms from a gunshot wound. The horrific images of that day still haunt Jenna in her nightmares.

In the years after Clive’s death, Jenna has relocated to Cape Town and become a […]

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Time for Adventure

Barclay Cox

Trafford, 49 pages, (paperback) $10.16, 9781466939479
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

In this slender science fiction story, ten-year-old Zy is curious about the unusual house that simply appears in his neighborhood one day when he returns home from school. Even more mysterious, it is making an odd humming sound that no one else seems to hear. He goes to investigate and finds a trapdoor in the […]

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Wingnut:Operation Payback

Lindsay Baker

Trafford, 189 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781426956607
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

Wingnut: Operation Payback is the middle-grade story of two boys: the unnamed narrator, aged 10 and “Wingnut”, the strange boy with big ears who lives down the street. Though they are strangers at first, the two boys become fast friends, engaging in the types of rollicking mischief that only young boys can accomplish. From a […]

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A Dishwasher’s Diary

Rev. Dr. Richard E. Kuykendall

Trafford, 563 pages, (paperback) $22.77, 9781466946170
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

A Dishwasher’s Diary is a contemporary, fictionalized diary of a failed minister turned dishwasher.

Rev. Joshua Thornbee knew he had no faith in Christianity before he left the seminary, but he nonetheless served as a minister for 30 years. After members of his congregation told him his sermons lacked depth, and that they believed he […]

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The Glass Birds

Lynn Brightman Horn

Xlibris, 220 pages, (paperback) $18.69, 9781413431834
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

In Lynne Brightman Horn’s novel, Diane Kramer is a recently divorced school teacher who looks for a new challenge by becoming a personal assistant to Hollywood star Janit Gold. Diane moves into Janit’s Hollywood mansion, where the two immediately strike up a friendship that goes well beyond a working relationship.

Diane, an aspiring screenplay writer, […]

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