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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Breach of Sanity

Patricia Neary

Xlibris, 352 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469152851
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

River’s Edge Mental Health Institute in Victoria, British Columbia, is the principal setting for the suspense thriller Breach of Sanity. Brilliant Dr. James Blake is hiding some secrets. One is a mysterious vaccine he has designed from a deadly pathogenic bacterium with the hope it will earn him praise in the scientific world. Blake also […]

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Lore of the Ghost Ship

Cristina Montalva

Xlibris, 71 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462877843
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

In this engaging story based on folktales and traditional life on the Chilean Archipelago of Chiloe, a 14-year-old boy is missing his mother. She vanished one night, and Pancho believes she was taken by the Ghost Ship, Camahueto.

Pancho has been hearing tales of the Ghost Ship from his uncle: the captain driven insane by […]

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Vampires Curse

David Taylor

AuthorHouse, 232 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781468541472
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

David D. Taylor’s Vampires Curse is a fusion of urban fantasy and crime fiction revolving around Thomas Garrett, a man who has just found out that his beloved girlfriend has been murdered by what appears to be a vampire-obsessed serial killer; her body is drained of blood and there are two puncture wounds on her […]

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The Sea Turtle’s Back

Walter Bazley

iUniverse, 221 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781450274586
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Born in England, Walter Bazley served in the Royal Navy during World War II, retiring in 1946 as a lieutenant in the branch’s Volunteer Reserve. Although seafaring would never again dominate Bazley’s life–he served the United Kingdom in Uganda, managed property in West Australia, and ended up in Ottawa as a public servant–time on ships […]

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