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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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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The Road to Epidauros

Jeanne Fuchs

AuthorHouse, 95 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781467031165
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

Jeanne Fuchs’ atmospheric diary chronicles a 1990 trip to Greece to see her friend Andreas Voutsinas’ production of Medea at the legendary open-air theater in Epidauros.

The two had met decades earlier in the States, where Voutsinas was a member of the Actors Studio and had a moderately successful career as an actor (most notably […]

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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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Prayer Prescribed

Anne Borik, D.O.

Xlibris, 113 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465363374
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

Prayer Prescribed begins by describing disconnect syndrome: people disconnected from themselves, others, their surroundings and even God. Author Anne Borik then provides a system she calls Sign Chi Do to connect body, mind, and soul with breathing, moving and music. The uniqueness of this program lies in the fact that it’s grounded in prayer and […]

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The Quiet Doorman

D.H. Crammond

AuthorHouse, 408 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781449069032
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

This British cat-and-mouse suspense tale pits Andy Gray, a doorman at a nightclub, against Detective Inspector James Campbell, a police officer on the hunt. Andy is a man on the way up, the favorite son of the nightclub owner Hal Rubins, who soon promotes him to partner. He has another line of work, however: he’s […]

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A Novel Cuisine

John Skotnes

Xlibris, 287 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781465351616
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

An ingenious title does not always foretell clever content; it happens, however, with John Skotnes’s A Novel Cuisine. This lighthearted romp set in Cape Town, South Africa, is witty and titillating, if initially frustrating – the latter because of the main character’s conflicting characteristics: Norman Frye is at once arrogant, sensitive, funny, vulnerable and acerbic.

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