What’s for Lunch?: A Cooking Guide for Parents

Theodora Floros

Xlibris, 108 pages, (paperback) $47.49, 9781462899869
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

Theodora Floros owns a Montreal catering company and runs a high school kitchen. While her cookbook title is a bit of a misnomer – the recipes are actually geared for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with dishes such as “Cornish game hen with BBQ sauce” and “Pork with chickpeas” (the author capitalizes only the first word […]

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Cuauhtémoc: Descent of the Sun Priests

D L Davies

Xlibris, 296 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453540633
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

Cuauhtemoc: Descent of the Sun Priests continues d l davies’ young adult/adult fantasy series set in 16th century South America just as Europeans would have begun their efforts to plunder the Mayan Empire. In the first book, Cuauhtemoc: Descending Eagle, davies concentrated primarily on establishing characters and setting. In this sequel, the author begins changing […]

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“Sir, Is This Where I Catch The Cellitoons?”

Dan Celli

Xlibris, 143 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456894412
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

Each page of San Francisco native Dan Celli’s Sir, Is This Where I Catch the Cellitoons? contains a single-panel cartoon, often an illustration of a pun or a literalism. For example:

– A blind woman says to the blind man sitting across the table from her, “Glenn, I don’t think we should see each other […]

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The Happiest Woman

Edmund Raynor

Xlibris, 73 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781456894825
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

Author Edmund Raynor wants to tell men how to earn the trust of their wives and how to love and be loved by them, including sexually. The payoff: the man with a happy wife has a happier life himself. Raynor believes he can offer advice because as an airline pilot for many years, he talked […]

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A Trip Thru Hell (Nam)

Joe W. Harrison

Xlibris, 98 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781456875480
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

Though Joe W. Harrison left the war in Viet Nam in April of 1968, it has never left him. The 67-year-old author, who currently serves as associate pastor at a cowboy church in Texas, has penned this memoir as a tribute to his fellow soldiers, living and dead.

His story begins when he decides to […]

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Be Not Afraid

K.R. Morrison

Xlibris, 221 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462852215
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

Although categorized as horror, K.R. Morrison’s debut novel is more appropriately described as an amalgam of vampire-powered dark fantasy and faith-based supernatural suspense — i.e.: Christian horror. While Morrison’s novel does little to expand or re-imagine the vampire mythos in any way, the sheer intimacy of the narrative is what powers this redemptive tale.

Lydia […]

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Dead Cat Alley

James Chatfield

Xlibris, 319 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456883850
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

In the year 2025, newspaper editor Justin Wright takes on the establishment to find justice when a homeless woman is murdered and one of his young reporters is assaulted. The crime takes place in a Sacramento alley, the famous Dead Cat Alley, known for its public arts project: ceramic rooftop cats with over-sized eerie eyes. […]

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Life is a Game

Ambrose Murtagh

Xlibris, 179 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450054867
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

When lifelong New Yorker Ambrose P. Murtagh sat down at age 91 to write a memoir, he wisely concentrated on his turbulent youth and early adulthood. The disjointed anecdotes collected here cry out for a good editor and more reflection by the author, but the raw material of Murtagh’s early life is compelling.

Born in […]

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Secrets to Emotional Wealth

Simon Casey

Xlibris, 177 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456876876
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

In Secrets to Emotional Wealth, a psychotherapist certified in treating addiction and eating disorders and in offering biofeedback and forensic mental health delivers an olio of introductions and approaches to treatments that help facilitate better mental health, personal growth and empowerment.

Known as “Dr. Emo” on Twitter, Simon Casey is the creator of Emotional Mastery, […]

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8-Track Flashbacks

Tom Alt

Windy City Publishers, 128 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9781935766124
(Reviewed: July, 2011)

Those oldies stations that proclaim their music “the soundtrack of your life” are just shoveling the usual radio hype. But for Tom Alt, the music of his youth, the music of the tumultuous ’60s, is not only on his ipod, but in his soul. It formed him just as much as family, friends or teachers.

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