Dipping Down From Deep Within My Soul

Roberta R. Blango

Trafford, 215 pages, (paperback) $15.86, 9781466919549
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

There’s a lot of living packed into the pages of Roberta R. Blango’s Dipping Down from Deep Within My Soul. The strength in these poems is in the raw hurt that seems to tear apart the relationships at the heart of the poems.

Blango has a keen, sympathetic eye for the many things that can […]

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Little Jimmy Brown: The Ophan Boy

James Brown

AuthorHouse, 210 pages, (paperback) $22.50, 9781434395672
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Little Jimmy Brown: The Orphan Boy, James Brown’s memoir of growing up in a Nebraska orphanage in the 1940s and early `50s, the author begins with the story of his single mother who falls for a sailor and becomes pregnant. Before her beau learns of her condition, he ships off to war and disappears […]

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An American in Vienna

Chip Wagar

iUniverse, 404 pages, (paperback) $22.95, 9781450267663
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In sending his protagonist, fledgling Ohio journalist Andy Bishop, to Austria in June, 1914, author Chip Wagar provides the impetus for this solidly written, assiduously researched and vividly detailed novel.

Andy is hoping to research the trail of an ancestor who emigrated to America early in the 18th century. There, he finds a thrilling connection […]

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A Breath Before Sunrise

Jamie Horwath

AuthorHouse, 73 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781468531787
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Jamie Horwath’s short novel is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humankind has been forced underground because of the proliferation of nebulous “binary cell mutations.”

Revolving around three characters — Bear, Bird, and Fox — all of whom were born and raised in a subterranean society that is described as “militaristic” and “patriarchal, the storyline […]

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The Things I Learned After Being Kicked Out of Church

Darla Melancon

AuthorHouse, 160 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781452064970
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

After her son was sexually molested by a fellow churchgoer at a Charismatic Community Church, Darla Hannah Melancon and her family sought guidance and solace from the church pastors. Instead, they were discouraged from talking about the situation — even to the police. They were blamed for letting it happen, told to just forgive and […]

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Southern Winds A’ Changing

Elizabeth Carroll Foster

iUniverse, 290 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9780595483846
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Beautifully written in descriptive, graceful prose, Elizabeth Carroll Foster’s Southern Winds A’ Changing follows Allise, a young, intellectually curious, outspoken Philadelphia Quaker from her arrival in Deer Point, Arkansas, in 1929 to her death in 1972, a convulsive span of Southern history.

She is immediately confounded by the many contradictions of the South. Initially charmed […]

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Women From Venus

Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow Publishing, 185 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781300007128
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Women From Venus, Ed Brodow serves up a collection of four wry tales, featuring characters that find themselves in unfortunate predicaments with outcomes that are life changing.

In the title story, a novella, psychotherapist Robert Elgar attempts to discredit a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist who published a bestseller purported to be an in-depth study […]

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Passions of a Youth

Bill O'Sullivan

Trafford, 259 pages, (paperback) $23.00, 9781412000734
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

The sailors’ adage of having “a girl in every port” clearly applies to author Bill O’Sullivan’s character, William McCann, a British teen who shares his many romantic escapades while serving in the Royal Indian Navy in the 1940s and later while working for a cruise ship. The title page indicates that the book is a […]

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Unifying Force of Hinduism

Haripada Adhikary

AuthorHouse, 288 pages, (paperback) $19.76, 9781468503920
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Unifying Force of Hinduism, Dr. Haripada Adhikary, who has studied Hinduism for over 40 years, presents the history and contributions of the Harekrsna (Hare Krishna) movement.

Adhikary traces the history of the Hindu religion back to its early years in India and to its most ancient writings in the form of the Rigveda, a […]

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Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Igbo Traditional Agriculture

Francis OC. Nwonwu

AuthorHouse, 400 pages, (paperback) $21.93, 9781452097183
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Recounting his childhood as one of the Igbo people of Southeast Nigeria, author Francis O.C. Nwonwu writes in detail about the traditional agricultural production in that area in “olden days.” Many of the new generation, he notes, have abandoned traditional practices in farming in favor of modern technology and urban living. Therefore, he believes that […]

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