The Elusive Hold and Other Poems

Larry Odegaard

Trafford, 202 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781412083560
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Larry Odegaard’s voice in The Elusive Hold and Other Poems is passionate and his poet’s eye painterly, as in the title poem, which begins: “Night washes the twilight’s leave-taking / in darker hues / with a restless, brooding brush. / The way grows entangled” and in “The Connection,” in which he makes effective use of […]

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Journey Through Life with Irene Riot

Irene Riot

Xlibris, 74 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781469165301
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In this brief book, physician and mother Irene Riot shares poems, photographs, and stories that explore timeless themes of love, heartbreak, and resilience.

Journey Through Life has eleven sections; most of the poetry sections have four poems each, while the story section includes seven short prose pieces. The majority of poems are shorter than one […]

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Wedding Day

Lee Won-Ro; translated by Taejung Kim Welsh

Xlibris, 172 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781469165974
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Lee Won-Ro is a physician from Seoul, Korea. According to the book jacket, he has enjoyed an illustrious career as a cardiologist, professor, hospital chancellor, author of medical texts, and university president. Wedding Day is a translated compilation of poems from nine of Lee’s poetry books published from 1992 to 2011.

Though the poems span […]

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Our Concrete Angels

Kathy Brown Ballard

Trafford, 335 pages, (paperback) $22.95, 9781412063616
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In her memoir Our Concrete Angels, Kathy Brown Ballard recalls the countless abuses she and her siblings were forced to endure while being raised in a house of perversion. At a very young age, the children were taught by their mentally unstable father that women were put on earth by God to serve men. In […]

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The Necklace: Book 1

Robert Valverde

Xlibris, 490 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781465350039
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

This ambitious historical romance set in Japan and Rhode Island during the turn of the 19th century is a melodramatic tale of culture clash and love betrayed.

When, in 1890, 21-year-old Roderick Christian Stone, a devout Catholic, comes to Kyoto to negotiate establishing a mill factory, he becomes infatuated with 14- year-old Ichimitsu, who is […]

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Kaleidoscope View of a Mad, Mad, World

Martin Olson (as told to Peter Mars)

AuthorHouse, 215 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781410772664
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Retired New England building contractor Martin Olson says he is no pessimist, but cries of anguish dominate this 2003 political tract. Governments, he writes with raw passion, are motivated only by greed and hatred. He provides 20th-century sketches of Japan, Germany, Italy, the U.S., the USSR, and Iraq, among others, to support his thesis: “In […]

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Knowledge Management: A Challenge for Higher Education

Paul Adams and Corina Schmelkes

Trafford, 192 pages, (paperback) $19.64, 9781425149314
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

KStarting with the underlying premise that higher education is in dire need of reform, Paul Adams and Corina Schmelkes explore the potential of applying knowledge management (KM) to publicly administered higher education systems. Primarily focusing on the higher education system in Mexico, the authors attempt to elaborate on how KM would benefit areas such as […]

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The End of Religion, The Beginning of Self

Bruno Curfs, M.Sc.

Xlibris, 675 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781465337054
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Unlike such languages as Italian, French, German, or English, whose primary function is informational, Hebrew has always been venerated as sacred – the living, breathing, and mysterious voice of God. In The End of Religion, The Beginning of Self, author Bruno Curfs seeks to explore the profound and enigmatic nature of the Hebrew alphabet in […]

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The World’s Top Ten Worst Men for Women Guide

Tamara Neal

Trafford, 92 pages, (paperback) $11.38, 9781426958793
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Bad boyfriends beware. Tamara R. Neal, author of The World’s Top Ten Worst Men for Women Guide, is on your case. Neal, who was told 20 years ago by a psychic that she would one day write a book to help women, has aimed to fulfill the prophecy by alerting sisters to the top ten […]

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Mostly Happy: A Stay-at-Home Mom’s Journey Through Divorce

Elif Ekin

iUniverse, 242 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781469783161
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

For Elif Ekin, divorce isn’t so much an ending as a long, fitful journey, beset with soaring expectations, false starts and painful encounters. In meticulous, journal-style detail, she shares the bad, the good, and the yet-to-be in Mostly Happy: A Stay-At-Home Mom’s Journey Through Divorce.

Ekin began the process to end her 10-year marriage in […]

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