An Eye for a Tooth

G. Planedin

Trafford, 102 pages, (paperback) $14.09, 9781412063746
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

At the end of this story collection, the author notes that while “these stories are nothing but a pack of lies,” some of the events “could take place and maybe they should.” The back of the book notes that the author’s “dissatisfaction with the Judicial System…is reflected in these stories.”

No surprise, then, that these […]

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Call Me Sonja

Arthur E. Hedstrom

iUniverse, 202 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781469760988
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Arthur E. Hedstrom’s novel tells the story of a beautiful Russian princess named Sonja who is caught up in an international romance. But the most intriguing character may just be the author himself. A short cover biography says Hedstrom was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and died there in 1946 at the age of 77. How […]

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Tankman in America

Robert Merrill

Trafford, 216 pages, (paperback) $20.00, 9781425104900
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

This intriguing, if uneven, novel tells the story of a woman’s journey to activism and quest for justice.

When Ellen reads in the paper about recent Chinese refugees being housed in the nearby York, Pennsylvania, county prison awaiting deportation, she is compelled to join vigils protesting the government’s treatment of these people. Eventually, she writes […]

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Coaching by Values

Simon L. Dolan

iUniverse, 222 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781462038800
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Coaching by Values is a management development book that outlines how leaders can more effectively and authentically impact their people and guide their development – as well as their own – by engaging in coaching tactics that are led by an awareness of values. Dolan’s thesis is that when individuals understand what motivates them (“what […]

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Enlist: Veteran’s Histories

Melvin F. Cruthers

Trafford, 302 pages, (paperback) $25, 9781412061384
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Author Melvin F. Cruthers tells readers of Enlist that his purpose is to convince high school students to consider a stint in the military. A World War II veteran who lost his right leg above the knee in battle, Cruthers tries to accomplish this by presenting the stories of 31 veterans representing all branches of […]

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Immortal Touch

Ethan Peasley

iUniverse, 170 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781462073566
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In this addition to the always-expanding vampire category, author Ethan Peasley’s narrator is not the romantic creature populating much of the genre. Instead, Asael was turned into a “dark parasite” during the Roman Empire. He has decided to write his memoir, which ends in the 21st century.

Soon after he becomes a vampire, Asael rankles […]

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Planting Love

Connie Hunt

Trafford, 37 pages, (paperback) $8.10, 9781466909670
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

With Planting Love: A Tale of Love and Growing, Connie Hunt offers a beautiful, spare story about love’s power to heal. Perfectly illustrated with restrained charm by Charlo Nocete, this small treasure is heartfelt and wise.

Freddie the Ficus was raised by a gentle nurseryman at the Rent-a-Plant Company and is now ready for his […]

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Morton’s Fork

Dale Coy, M.D.

Windy City Publishers, 276 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781935766193
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In Morton’s Fork, physician/author Dale Coy starts out by weaving plot lines that combine elements of both medical and legal thrillers. Ultimately, they wrap up as a political and social treatise on a subject close to the author’s heart.

Dr. Roger Hartley is an internist of several decades who has always practiced with the well […]

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The Lord is Love

Nizza Ohovwore

Xlibris, 452 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781425771522
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

For thousands of years mystics and prophets have sought to find God in the mightiest of creations, as well as in the smallest of things. In The Lord is Love, author Nizza Ohovwore follows in this long tradition.

Ohovwore’s collection of over 300 poems offers themes and ideas that run the gamut, from the sacred […]

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Hiphopetry

Rolando Condry

Xlibris, 61 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781465369109
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

It’s difficult to discern exactly how “hiphopetry” differs from run-of-the-mill poetry or run-of-the-mill hip-hop. The portmanteau serves as the title of a new collection of free-form verses by Rolando Condry, writings that lack the formal structures of poetry in its most academic sense and the rhyme schemes of the best hip-hop. Instead, Condry writes in […]

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