Dancing With Nature

Peter Beamish

Trafford, 308 pages, (paperback) $18.70, 9781426963056
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Peter Beamish’s Dancing With Nature makes an adventure out of explaining new theories in human-animal communications. The narrative begins aboard the vessel Ceres, with Beamish and five others departing their home in Trinity, Newfoundland to travel along the island’s east coast to Labrador. The motley crew of scientists, naturalists, one teenager, and a photographer set […]

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The Long Road to Paris

Ed and Janet Howle

Xlibris, 330 pages, paperback $15.95, 9781456818586
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Claiming to have invented a groundbreaking clean automobile engine, Dietrich Otto contracts Ed Talbot’s startup company to test the invention in an around-the-world car rally from New York to Paris. (The rally includes un-timed days to transport the cars overseas.) When one of Ed’s business partners is murdered, Ed winds up driving the car — […]

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E-mails to My Grandchildren

David Nagle (Grandpadavid)

iUniverse, 364 pages, (paperback) $20.95, 9781462022021
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Though physically distant from his grandchildren during their formative years, David Nagle wanted to share the wisdom he had acquired in his decades of living. So he mentored them through a series of e-mails during their teens and early 20s as “grandpadavid.” This book compiles his personal musings, as well as his practical advice for […]

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OH, The Lovely Words I Have Heard

Elmer S. Binion

Xlibris, 24 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462851379
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

In this short book of poems, Elmer S. Binion celebrates love, faith and God. A devoted family man, Binion worked for years as a mechanic on the electric trolley and diesel buses in Dayton, Ohio until his retirement in 1991. His poetry is rooted in simple devotion, and his verses attempt to capture the spiritual […]

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Oskaloosa Moon

Gary Sutton

CreateSpace, 304 pages, (paperback) $14.22, 9780975962534
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

The nameless hero of Gary Sutton’s melodramatic novel is a striving outcast everyone in the little town of Oskaloosa, Iowa (a real place, by the way, southeast of Des Moines) just calls “Moon.” The bastard offspring of a round-heeled peroxide blonde and an Irish-Catholic handyman, he’s also cursed with a caved-in head shaped like a […]

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Pioneer Journey: A Family History Comes to Life

Alice Mergel Alme

Jadestone Press, 285 pages, paperback $15.95, 9780983604808
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Clearly a labor of love and family pride, Alme’s novel about her great-grandparents, immigrants who settled in Minnesota during the mid-1800s, captures many of the historical events and the social culture of the times.

Courageous and accustomed to hard work, both the German Mergels, her paternal ancestors, and the English-Irish Baileys, her maternal side, endured […]

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My 9 Photo Stories of the Paranormal

Karin Stewart

Xlibris, 84 pages, (paperback) $32.49, 9781456898069
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Karin Stewart has written an entertaining and intimate book about her experiences photographing the paranormal in My 9 Photo Stories of the Paranormal. Her slim book is a compilation of stories explaining the situations in which each photograph was taken and the accompanying shots, which often contain orbs or other odd distortions that she believes […]

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Southern Families

Michael V.C. Alexander

Xlibris, 259 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462887934
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

This novel describes what happens during a quiet decade in a small Southern town. Lucy Summerlin, poor and unmarried, works for the richest family in Perquimmons City, North Carolina. She is ordered about by the odious Mrs. Merritt, made to clean and tutor the woman’s obnoxious children. She eats meager meals in the servants’ quarters […]

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To Cast the First Spell

John A. Buttrick

Xlibris, 205 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781425791988
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

To Cast the First Spell is a fantasy adventure set in a realm ruled by hierarchal guilds of Aakacarns: “Melody wielders” who can create powerful magic through music. It follows a young man with extraordinary latent magical abilities and his struggle to find his place in a world on the edge of an ultimate war […]

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Democracy on Trial

Dr. Richard Lasso

Xlibris, 382 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450066853
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

After receiving a law degree in his native Panama, studying at the London School of Economics and settling in the United States as a political refugee because of persecution by a dictator back home, Ricardo Lasso furthered his already extensive education–as an autodidact.

Fascinated by the divergent evolution of government philosophies in the three countries […]

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