Feathers and Furs

Beulah Andrews-Greyling

Xlibris, 116 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781465301987
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

For as long as Beulah Andrews-Greyling can remember, pets have been valued members of her family. In Feathers & Furs, the South African author shares her memories of those animals, stretching back to her early childhood.

She begins with a chapter on Tiekie, a talking budgie she describes as “the most remarkable pet we ever […]

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Get Organized with the Polished Woman

Angie Massengill

Xlibris, 159 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456841843
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

This little book provides 200+ money-saving household hints and suggestions for organizing your life, including tips and strategies for time management, clutter control, home repair, kitchen and laundry short-cuts, beauty advice, and a simple personal filing system. It is a miscellany of information, some useful and some less so, put together in a disjointed (albeit […]

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Selling is Joy

Stanley Bird Snyder

Trafford, 83 pages, (paperback) $11.38, 9781426993398
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Part memoir, part sales handbook and part motivational tool, this slim, scattered tome provides little to anchor it to any genre.

Stanley Bird Snyder’s Selling is Joy is divided up into numerous brief chapters (no table of contents is included) covering a time period from his first job in sales at the Ward Leonard Electric […]

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Another Side of the Campus?

Jon Kasey

Xlibris, 206 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781456810375
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

When author Jon Kasey left Lagos in Nigeria for university in Germany, the 27-year-old expected only to be fully absorbed in his studies toward a degree in communication technology. Instead, while holed up in the library of the Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf, his life was upended by a flirtatious “designer blonde.” After rejecting her […]

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Basic Sausage Making

Kevin Severns

Xlibris, 53 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781441582577
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Kevin Severns’ book on sausage-making couldn’t be timelier. This neat little primer taps into two hot restaurant trends: the farm-to-table craze and the popular appetizer platters of Italian cured and preserved meats known as salumi. Both trends embrace the use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients in a finished dish. Sausage-making fits the bill nicely.

Severns […]

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One Odd Girl

April Smart

Xlibris, 125 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781456834418
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Like the proverbial roadside collision, April Smart’s slide into depression resulted in a wreckage that’s hard to ignore. One Odd Girl is a detail-driven account of her battle in depression’s “combat zone.” Written as a series of 10 letters to “My dear friend,” the South Africa-born wife and mother adopts an intimate, conversational style that […]

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Project “New Jerusalem”

Geoff Thomas

AuthorHouse, 104 pages, (paperback) $13.66, 9781467007399
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In Geoff Thomas’ slim novel, robots have taken over Earth, and the last few human survivors are running out of resources. All military personnel, they embark on a risky plan to reach the Moon and Mars colonies, despite the complete loss of communication between the planets.

Meanwhile, the robots are planning the final annihilation, and […]

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Saving the Kids: A Grandmother’s Story

Rebecca Diamond

iUniverse, 116 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781450200493
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Author Rebecca Diamond spent most of 2008 fighting her drug-addicted daughter Tracey and her abusive son-in-law for custody of her two grandchildren, then 4 and 7. When she told her gynecologist her story, the doctor, like others, told Diamond she ought to write a book. So Diamond used her journal entries to create this record […]

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The Bishop Meets Butch Cassidy: Recollections of Scottie Abner

As Told Through Ralph Reynolds

Trafford, 158 pages, (paperback) $11.44, 9781426995194
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Ralph Reynolds’ The Bishop Meets Butch Cassidy has an attention-grabbing title, given the mention of the famed outlaw. And, indeed, Cassidy takes a star turn or two in this slim novel. But the real story revolves around Scottie Abner and his friendship with Clem Grace, a young cowboy — and explosives expert — looking to […]

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Eden

Eve Langford

AuthorHouse, 296 pages, (paperback) $15.49, 9781449019525
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Eden: The Buried Treasure is an ambitious book looking to shed light on the story of Adam and Eve through the lens of modern feminist theology. Tracing the tale’s origins back to the Epic of Gilgamesh–written, by some approximations, 400 years before the Old Testament story–author Eve Wood-Langford argues that the Eden myth has been […]

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