Logdog

Michael P. Johnson

Xlibris, 37 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781465356581
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Michael P. Johnson’s cartoon-ready character LOGDOG is 100% heart, and this illustrated picture book devoted to him seems intended to launch the franchise with a hearty, action-packed creation story.

Billy and Kyle are the grandsons of Grandma and Grandpa Tuttle. Every summer, the boys visit their grandparents on a farm in the country where they […]

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Alexander and the Ring of Destiny

Denise Pryce

Trafford, 72 pages, (paperback) $24.99, 9781425188870
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In this children’s story, a young boy named Alexander meets Peter, a talking rabbit who has been sent by the Queen to find him. She believes Alexander is the only one who can help her.

Peter brings Alexander to a fairytale kingdom, where the Queen explains that a villain has taken a ring that will […]

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The Judgment Against Imperialism, Fascism and Racism Against Caliphate and Islam

Khondakar Golam Mowla

AuthorHouse, 748 pages, (paperback) $36.49, 9781438910956
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Khondakar Golam Mowla was born in West Bengal in 1946. Although he currently lives in the United States, his passion remains the Middle East and Orient. His book’s back cover makes that clear: “This book is all about Caliphate and Islam which was destroyed in 1914 through first illegal invasion of Iraq and Caliphate was […]

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The Opiate Cure

Robert T. Cochran Jr., MD

Xlibris, 257 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465391483
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Many people associate opiates with drug addiction. Author Robert T. Cochran, Jr., however, proposes in The Opiate Cure that this class of drugs is something of a miracle cure for numerous pain disorders and bipolar psychiatric problems. Under FDA guidelines, Cochran has used opiates to treat hundreds of patients with chronic pain. What surprised him […]

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Memories of My Experiences As An Artillery Soldier During World War II

Byrd Leroy Lewis

Xlibris, 339 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781436359184
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

War memoirs usually tell of battles won or lost, of hardships endured, of intense moments of heroism and panic, of suffering and raw humor and, of course, of death. Not so much here, for although Byrd Leroy Lewis’ recollections of fighting across Europe during World War II contain all these elements, none predominate. Instead, he […]

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The Simple Life?

Rosie Drum

Xlibris, 254 pages, (paperback) $9.99 UK, 9781462892952
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In The Simple Life, Rosie Drum writes about her life in Scotland, the highlight of which is a tossup between appearing on the BBC’s The Weakest Link and having the Queen of England smile at her during a garden party.

Despite growing up in the 1960s, Drum was far removed from Beatles mania, man’s first […]

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Letters My Mother Never Read: An Abandoned Child’s Journey…The Whole Story

Jerri Diane Sueck

Xlibris, 341 pages, (paperback) $19.54, 9781425752897
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In this extraordinary and moving memoir, Jerri Diane Sueck recounts the 1964 death of her mother in a fire when Sueck, the second of five children, was 8 years old. With their father gone, the children enter the “shuffle madness” of the foster care system, desperately aching for a family to adopt them.

Remarkably, the […]

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Full Circle

Nicola

AuthorHouse, 48 pages, (paperback) $17.49, 9781449056841
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Nicola’s memoir opens near Christmas with her discovery of a problem with her breast. She soon is diagnosed with grade three cancer. Having just begun a job as nanny to a young family in England, she is concerned about telling them her troubles. But the couple rises to the occasion, taking good care of her […]

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Sharon’s Poems of Life, Love and Liberty

Sharon Wiegand

Trafford, 144 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781426992865
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Poetry is often written out of the common experiences many of us share: marriage and work, faith and fear, love and sorrow. Sharon Wiegand’s poetry collection is concerned with just these things – bittersweet memories of her mother and abusive father, of one bad marriage and another enduring marriage, of children and grandchildren, of debilitating […]

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Flying Hung-Over

Brian Oard

Xlibris, 49 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781465371942
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Brian Oard’s rambling, stream-of-consciousness story, Flying Hung-Over, takes readers along for the ride as he empties his head of all passing thoughts during a trip from New York City to Wichita, Kan. Written without indentation, apparently for effect, Oard is perhaps channeling Dennis Miller or Denis Leary. Unfortunately, his work lacks their wit or style, […]

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