Epics of a Man

Freddie McSears, Jr.

Trafford, 63 pages, (paperback) $18, 9781426903779
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

In Epics of a Man, Freddie McSears, Jr. sets out to celebrate the birth of his son, Joshua, with inspiration and encouragement that he hopes will guide this young life through the challenges that surely await him. McSears’ goal is emphatic: “As your father I will do everything I can to empower, motivate, encourage and […]

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Where the Dead Talk

Ken Davis

Night Blue Woods Publishing, 257 pages, (paperback) $16, 9780983688716
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

It’s a formula common in some of the most compelling horror stories of the past 50 years: a narrative that pits a ragtag team of survivors against a horde of bloodthirsty monsters.

Ken Davis takes cues from countless modern zombie stories in his novel Where the Dead Talk, an eerie tale featuring an innovative twist […]

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Five Generations on Lake Beulah

Peter A. Sonderegger

Xlibris, 227 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441574336
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Who wouldn’t want a Lake Beulah to love? As described by author Peter A. Sonderegger, it’s a summer home dream, providing long, lazy days of boating, neighbors who become fast friends, and a place to cast for fish from the shade of a willow tree. Such idyllic scenes – and the fates of several families […]

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The Potentate of Walking Horse

Gary Lendennie

Xlibris, 261 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781469144313
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

This thoroughly engaging tall tale is populated by cattle-rustlers, gamblers, codgers, Indians – and aliens. Ostensibly the reminiscences of the “author’s” great-great grandfather, the book recounts the adventures (or more accurately, mis-adventures) of Rufus T. Breckenridge III, beginning in 1890, when he was 25 years old and driving mules in Reno, Nevada.

Mysteries pile up […]

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The Unworthy

The Blue Collar Economist

Xlibris, 51 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781469146942
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The Unworthy is a concise history of how our country’s current situation arose and a manifesto of what the author believes it will take to expand opportunity, reduce the deficit, improve healthcare, eradicate poverty, reduce political corruption and reestablish the value of work over privilege. If that sounds like a tall order, it is, yet […]

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Writings from the Spirit

Peter LeBuhn

Trafford, 90 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9781426950667
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

An infectious exuberance and generosity of heart is on display in Writings From the Spirit, by Peter Benjamin LeBuhn. Ardent, bold and passionate, the poems fall into two broad categories: devotional pieces expressing the poet’s love of God, and love poems that are by turns yearning and pensive or earthy and sensuous.

At his best, […]

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A Life Worth Dreaming About

Nicholas Dettman

AuthorHouse, 221 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781468543001
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

A Life Worth Dreaming About is a valiant effort by author Nicholas Dettman to update A Christmas Carol for modern times. Carl, our present-day Scrooge, loves money beyond all else. He’s selfish, mean-spirited and misogynistic. But what worked for Charles Dickens doesn’t work as well here.

In Dettmann’s prologue, the reader meets happy, suburban, 52-year-old […]

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Germans Are Funny, Too! Stories Of My Cuckoo Kraut Family

Barbara Steingas

Gone Fishin' Enterprises, 207 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9780975579787
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Barbara Steingas wants us to know that her relatives were and are a pretty entertaining bunch, going against the stereotype of the humorless German.

And there are a few funny stories in her book. There’s a scene, for example, in which Steingas’ mother comes into her bedroom for the mother-daughter birds-and-the-bees talk. Moved to tears […]

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Gynecology: Three Minimally Invasive Procedures You Need to Know About

Maurice Leibman M.D., MSc, FACOG, FACS

Xlibris, 74 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781469165363
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Medical procedures often become a necessity to control pain and discomfort as a woman ages, and past techniques have involved incisions and a long, uncomfortable recovery time. Today, newer techniques are effective, easier and much less invasive, says Maurice Leibman, M.D., in his slim book explaining some minimally invasive procedures that provide permanent birth control […]

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What Is Love?

Myung Sook Jang

Trafford, 109 pages, (paperback) $13.57, 9781412088923
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The title says it all in this heartfelt personal story from Myung Sook Jang, a Korean woman in her 60s reflecting back on her earlier years. She describes the first 20 years of her married life as those of dutiful sacrifice, caring not only for her husband and three children, but working laboriously for her […]

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