Be A Winning Coach

Robin Clarkson

Trafford, 168 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781426908248
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

With its title and a cover depicting a man wearing a headset and holding a clipboard, Robin Clarkson’s Be a Winning Coach suggests it will cover a variety of sports. The book’s focus is actually is somewhat narrower. The majority of its specific instruction most closely relates to field hockey, though there is some crossover […]

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Eve’s Trial

Albert James

Trafford, 641 pages, (paperback) $24.77, 9781426959431
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

This mammoth science fiction novel revolving around a duo of heroic females is ultimately thinly veiled social commentary regarding the historic — and future — oppression of women. Writes author Albert James: “If they weren’t being sacrificed to some insane god or being pitched into volcanoes, oceans, lion pits, dog pits, or crocodile pits, then […]

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Has Anyone Seen Puff?: A Billy and Jake Adventure

Sheri Wolfinger

Trafford, 14 pages, (paperback) $11.59, 9781466913776
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Sheri Wolfinger’s new picture book Has Anyone Seen Puff? follows the adventures of two mischievous puppies named Billy and Jake. The pups live with their mother, Tippy, on a farm owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kokomo. Tippy lived a rough life as a stray before the Kokomos found her, and she tries to instill in […]

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On The Cutting Edge: Redemption

Jody Isaackson

Trafford, 136 pages, (paperback) $12.87, 9781426937873
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In J.J. Luepke’s novel, On the Cutting Edge: Redemption, Cassandra Coven is sleeping her way to the top at Sanderson & Sons Agency when the talented new girl -–young, competent Josie Buchanan – arrives on the job. Threatened by Josie, Cass begins taking credit for Josie’s ideas and trumps up reasons to reprimand her. Worried […]

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Poetically Correct: Banned By the Free Press

Ciera Louise

Trafford, 172 pages, (paperback) $13.96, 9781426973895
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

The questioning spirit of the poems in Poetically Correct: Banned by The Free Press makes for a reflective read. Arranged “in the chronological order of my life,” beginning in December 2003 and ending in April, 2011, the organization of these relatively short, mostly one-page poems provides forward momentum for the reader.

Acknowledging C.S. Lewis and […]

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The Aspen Account

Bryan Devore

Bryan Devore, 409 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9780985241308
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

When Michael Chapman’s friend and co-worker Kurt Matthews is killed on the ski slopes, Michael’s employer, Cooley and White, a big league Denver accounting firm, thrusts him into the middle of Kurt’s work for X-Tronic, a major software corporation. What Michael doesn’t know is that his boss at Cooley and White handpicked him for the […]

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UFO: Angels and the Mayan Calendar

Gerardo Santos

Trafford, 181 pages, (paperback) $14.77, 9781426993633
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In his UFO: Angels and the Mayan Calendar, Gerardo Santos mixes the mythologies of Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia and others with quotations from the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation plus interpretations of the Mayan calendar to come up with hypotheses concerning the creation of the human race, UFO phenomena and the end of life […]

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My Cat

Barbara Peer Lutz

Xlibris, 23 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781462845125
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Author Barbara Peer Lutz wrote the text for My Cat when she was a young child in elementary school, and her new picture book possesses the gentle charm of its naive beginnings. With ink and watercolor illustrations by Dennis G. Lutz, this is a simple and sweet tale for the youngest of cat lovers, starring […]

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And The Money Went Over The Railing: How a Dutch Survivor from WWII Found a Future in the U.S.

James Vanderpol

Trafford, 211 pages, (paperback) $20.79, 9781426923401
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

James Vanderpol, considered an “undesirable Jew,” was one of untold thousands in the Netherlands whose lives were impacted during the Nazi occupation in World War II. For nearly five years, the teenager fought to avoid capture and death, hiding in the chimney of a Christian family’s home during the many raids and surviving near war’s […]

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I Can Always Sleep Tomorrow: Real Life Stories of Love and Larceny, Adventure and Awakening

Everett Elting

Trafford, 123 pages, (paperback) $17, 9781412007597
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

This slim collection — a memoir, though the author notes that some names have been changed and the ending of one story is fictionalized — details the author’s travels around the world, both as a father and working executive, and later, in retirement. The nine stories are well told, well written and professionally edited, making […]

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