Zen Brush, Tao Words

Gene Lavon Porter, MA

Trafford, 79 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781426962097
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

One of the classics of world literature, the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, has, since the sixth century B.C., influenced and inspired millions. Its 81 spare, lyrical chapters offer a metaphorical roadmap to living in harmony with the universe.

Gene Lavon Porter’s Zen Brush, Tao Words presents a new take on this canonical work. […]

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So You Want to Be a Leader?: Advice and Counsel to Young Leaders

Col. James H. Benson. Sr. USMC (Ret.)

Trafford, 147 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781425116286
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

What does it take to be a leader? Why do some people succeed, while others, despite intellect, credentials or experience, do not? Are leaders born or made?

These and many more questions are raised–and answered—by Col. James H. Benson’s compendium of advice, comprised of quotes and stories from sources that include the classics, history, philosophy, […]

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The Chenango Kid: A Memoir of the Fifties

Roger K. Miller

AuthorHouse, 217 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781468553307
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Born in 1941, Roger K. Miller grew up in Binghamton, New York. Long after he departed, he became a newspaper reporter and editor. Used to putting words on paper, Miller has now written a memoir looking at how he became the man he became by exploring his life through high school graduation. Perhaps to give […]

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Saving Godzilla and the Other Dinosaurs

Eve Hunt

Xlibris, 24 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462845231
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Eve Hunt’s new illustrated children’s book tells the entertaining story of Edward and his rambunctious collection of best friends. Together, the boys bury Edward’s favorite collection of toy dinosaurs in a construction site, culminating in mysterious, magical results.

Edward lives in a house with his Mom, Dad, twin sister Elizabeth and his dog Brazier. His […]

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The Soldier’s Oath

Christopher Lewis

iUniverse, 205 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781469744773
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Christopher Lewis recently served in the U.S. military, and the young author has used that experience to animate his first novel. It fairly bursts with Lewis’s memories of boot camp (“This is the sorriest pile of crap I have seen in my life,” an army trainer shouts at his clumsy recruits); the bonds of brotherhood […]

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The Ghostly Whisper

Brenda Britton

Xlibris, 239 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469166674
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

The Ghostly Whisper bolts from the gate with murder, a suspicious spectral presence and a hint of dark deeds.

Set in 1816 England, 18-year-old Laura’s family is mysteriously slain. A letter left by her beloved brother hints that he and their father were investigating illegal smuggling occurring on the estate and directs her to marry […]

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And the Stars Were Shining

José Miguel Roig

Xlibris, 132 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781456813239
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

This romantic novel details the relationship between a young Japanese officer and an older Spanish-Filipino woman during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. The exotic setting adds an interesting element to the slim story; these are not the usual characters found in most World War II stories written in English. Although the focus is almost […]

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Dragons and Dreams and Other Stories

David Frankel

AuthorHouse, 182 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781467870603
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

The author of this collection of three short stories takes myths and folk tales as his inspiration, and this influence is particularly evident in not only the magical elements but in the story-within-a-story structure of each tale. In “Dragons and Dreams,” a fishing expedition becomes a dragon encounter; “Tales from the Safid Kuh” follows the […]

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Understanding the Secrets to Career Advancement: Through the Eyes of an HR Director

David DiMartile

iUniverse, 117 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781469795102
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

In his book, Understanding the Secrets to Career Advancement, David DiMartile, who spent 37 years in the auto industry and specializes in human resources, offers a road map of how to achieve leadership positions in business. Plenty of others have covered this topic. But DiMartile takes the reader to school with lots of basic, solid […]

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The Spirit Sherpa

Marc Littman

Amazon, 169 pages, (ebook) $2.99, 9781470056902
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

When mean-spirited, sexist, and selfish Manus dies in a car accident — a collision with an ice cream truck that Manus’s own hostility and impatience caused — he is quite surprised by his “after life.” He finds himself in a casino being accosted by a woman who appears to be his grandmother, Oma. She reveals […]

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