Schwinn Black Phantom

Sue Perkins

Trafford, 167 pages, (paperback) $14.23, 9781466921313
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Sue Perkins’ Schwinn Black Phantom is an entertaining, if meandering and at times confusing, novel of friendship, comedy and adventure. Perkins has crafted a memorable protagonist in Warren Hearst, a feisty, unapologetic man who looks at his life with both absurdity and compassion — a mix that readers will find surprisingly compelling.

The narrative alternates […]

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Forget Me Not

Christina D. Kennedy

Trafford, 298 pages, (paperback) $18.70, 9781426973413
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

The economic downturn has brought a concomitant rise in escapist romance fiction. The popular novels of this genre, sometimes dubbed “housewife fiction,” feature strong, overbearing males and women who can’t help but love them.

Forget Me Not, by Christina D. Kennedy, is an uneasy representative of this style. Although the author dedicates a good portion […]

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Farley’s Quest

Kristina A. Larson

Xlibris, 291 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450053532
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Kristina A. Larson’s novel follows the adventures of a loyal pet rat named Farley. Farley is born in a pet store and slated to become snake food along with his littermates. But two humans decide to bring him home to live with their own pet rat family. When problems arise between Farley and one of […]

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Tell It Again

Larry Caylor

Xlibris, 147 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477129005
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

A former pastor in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church for 40 years, Larry Caylor presents general observations on his life and career through this collection of poetry, musings, and children’s stories. Specifically, he reflects on secular and religious holidays, people he’s met or observed, processes of nature, various forms of love, and […]

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An Invitation to Think and Feel Differently in the New Millennium

Harry J. Bury

Trafford, 333 pages, (paperback) $20.33, 9781426942655
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Harry J. Bury is professor emeritus of Organizational Behavior, an American Catholic priest, world traveler, and lifelong social and political activist whose pacifism compelled him to protest the Vietnam War by chaining himself to the American embassy gate in Saigon. It also led to his 2005 arrest for acting as a human shield between Israeli […]

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Thistles in the Corn

Anne Armstrong

AuthorHouse, 420 pages, (paperback) $24.34, 9781468503364
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In 1835 England, ten-year-old orphan Will Smythe is taken from the Poor House and sent to work at Stower Farm. As he grows into young adulthood, he is all but adopted by the elderly farmer and his wife. Years pass and Will unexpectedly fails to inherit the farm. Thrown out to survive, he and his […]

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Rabbiting on Nowingi

Heather Traeger

Trafford, 22 pages, (paperback) $14.93, 9781426995095
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Rabbiting on Nowingi is Heather Traeger’s nostalgic celebration of her loving family and a unique way of life in the Australian bush. Bold, graphic illustrations by Peg DuVal bring the story to life.

More impressionistic than linear, Rabbiting on Nowingi feels like a warm and happy collection of memories. From the rabbits hiding so as […]

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The Grayling: Hidden Truths: Poems by Martin Freier

Cheryl Freier

AuthorHouse, 134 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781468524079
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

How can poetry be written and love enjoyed in the midst of oppression and death? Readers will confront this mystery of the human experience in The Grayling by Cheryl Freier, a novel about family survival set in a terrible moment of history: the Holocaust, which took the lives of 6 million Jews.

Joseph Freier’s family […]

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The Covenant and the Dar Es Salaam: The Betrayal and the Renewal of Islam’s World Order

Munawar Sabir

Trafford, 491 pages, (paperback) $55.00, 9781425116651
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In The Covenant and the Dar Es Salaam (Dar Es Salaam translates to “The Abode of Peace”), Munawar Sabir, a medical doctor and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, examines the nature of covenant in the Qur’an while offering a report card of sorts on how well Islam around the world […]

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Tour of Duty

Jan D. Hendrix

iUniverse, 343 pages, (paperback) $20.95, 9781475924534
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Jan D. Hendrix’s new novel traces the course of a love affair between an American, Jewish soldier and a German, Catholic student.

As the Korean War rages half a world away, 19-year-old Corporal Mark Bergner finds himself stationed in Germany. On a trip to Frankfurt, Mark meets an attractive young woman working in a camera […]

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