Intelligent Investors’ Contrarian Walk

Dean McLellan

Xlibris, 175 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462875115
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Assuming you still have money in these sour economic times, what are you to do with it? Veteran financial services professional Dean McLellan says you need to free yourself from “stuck and limiting thoughts you might have” and gain the wisdom and confidence in a stock market that cries for a descriptor stronger than “roller […]

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Three Days to Die

John Avery

Apticon Books, 224 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9780983696308
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Three Days to Die is a relentlessly paced page turner with a screenwriter’s visual sense and shoot-’em-up gore more typical of a videogame aesthetic than YA fiction. With taut, action-packed chapters and crisp dialogue, John Avery’s thriller keeps things moving at breath-taking speed. He has created a sort of “boy fantasyland” where nasty stepfathers are […]

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The Heart is for Believeing

Rouzier Dorce

Xlibris, 42 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781462886371
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

The Heart is for Believing is a vibrantly illustrated picture book celebrating the native intelligence of all children. Author Rouzier Dorce, an education administrator originally from Haiti and now living in Georgia, makes the case that educators should always listen to children with open and curious hearts. When teachers and caregivers take the time and […]

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Theater of the Blind: Cataracts of Misperception

Jaeson Brunette

Xlibris, 137 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462870288
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

People’s prejudices, actions and inactions and how they impact others are the focus of this book of 13 interlocking short stories dealing with issues ranging from racism to differing religious beliefs, politics, the death penalty and even violent rape. The first story opens in Reilly Penitentiary where Warden Summers and inmate Stephen McCaulsey face off […]

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There’s No Place Like Home

Jean Studebaker

Xlibris, 163 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462892501
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Flip to nearly any page in Jean Studebaker’s memoir There’s No Place Like Home and you’ll find an elaborate slice of life on a Kansas farm. Studebaker not only shares the smallest peculiarities of farming, but she conveys them in a way that magnifies their rugged beauty. Her tale renders back-breaking labor and unpredictable weather […]

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A Little Consideration

Richard Ehrlich

AuthorHouse, 220 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781463443894
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Over the past 20 years, Richard Ehrlich has kept track of life’s smallest moments, following Ralph Waldo Emerson’s philosophy that the meaning of life can be found by giving “a little consideration” to the things that take place around us every day. Borrowing that phrase for his title, Ehrlich has compiled personal essays that reveal […]

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Waiting for Zoe

James R Ament

Hugo House Publishers, 355 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781936449057
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

In retired executive James R. Ament’s novel, Waiting for Zoe, a naive young student and a grieving retiree make parallel journeys of self-discovery in the wake of great loves, deeper tragedies, and the shadow of violence. Unfortunately, the startling, often over-the-top catastrophes that pepper the novel detract from its more subtle emotional narratives.

We first […]

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Mississippi Flyway

Nel M. Rand

iUniverse, 286 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781583482841
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Nel Rand’s debut novel is a picaresque tale that takes the reader down the Mississippi River and through the haunted past of its main character, Ellie. Ellie is recovering from divorce when her estranged father, Tiny Moon, a 300-pound gambler and eating contest champion, re-enters her life. Despite her efforts to remember her deep-seated anger […]

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The Senators Daughter

Jessie Sutherland

Xlibris, 320 pages, (paperback) 13.99 UK, 9781456870591
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Near the end of Jessie Sutherland’s historical romance novel, The Senators (sic) Daughter +/- 320 AD, the tension is palpable. Lovely Cyriaca, the niece of Emperor Constantine, has been kidnapped, separated from her husband Joshua, and sold into slavery. As Germanic tribes ravage villages, Joshua searches frantically for his pregnant wife. He is fearless, a […]

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Passage Rites

Michael W. Crabtree

iUniverse, 188 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781450251198
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Michael Crabtree first put this story to paper in 1980. He then locked it away for three decades; his wife and children knew only fragments. Passage Rites, he says, is his way of telling the full story of how his life was shaped by events that occurred over a few short weeks in late 1978 […]

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