Leonard’s Goose Family

Patricia Hillman-Weiss

Trafford, 12 pages, (paperback) $12.68, 9781466917118
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Patricia Hillman-Weiss has written and illustrated a warm-hearted picture book for children about a family of Canadian geese and a thoughtful loader operator named Leonard who gains their trust.

We meet the family as the mother goose and her mate are searching for the perfect place to build a new nest. At first, the neighborhood […]

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Our Story: Nihahane’

Della Toadlena

Trafford, 124 pages, (paperback) $12.33, 9781426934612
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Our Story: Nihahané by Della Toadlena is a memoir following the life of a Navajo woman who grew up on a reservation and attended a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school. The book begins with the history of Toadlena’s people and ends with her present-day life as a grandmother and retired college professor.

The author […]

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Has Jack the Ripper Told You Chaps What His Real Name Was

Alan Downey

Trafford, 56 pages, (paperback) $17.00, 9781426900938
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

During the 1880s, quite a few London prostitutes became murder victims. It appeared that a serial killer committed at least six of the murders. But if such a serial killer indeed existed, he never did prison time for the crimes associated with his name.

When Allan Downey published his thin book in 2010 about the […]

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Lilith’s Awakening

Viktoria Ballavoski

iUniverse, 192 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781462061815
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Lilith’s Awakening is a short novel that attempts to blend together elements of paranormal fantasy, mystery, horror, and Jewish mythology.

Viktoria Nelson is a medium who frequently helps local police with unsolved cases. But little does she know that a Turkish coffee reading she does for a troubled young woman will entangle her and her […]

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“America” Because I Have Loved You, I Have Made You Rich!

Efren Gamboa

AuthorHouse, 144 pages, (paperback) $20.68, 9781463401481
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

In America Because I Have Loved You I Have Made You Rich!, author Efren M. Gamboa sets out to “tell the story of the chosen children of God; to reveal the continuation of the history of [the Israelites]. To explain the blessings and curses to the nations that received and housed this great family.” He […]

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The Brazen Serpent Chronicles–Dragon Kiln

R. Dennis Baird

Author House, 201 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781463424299
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

R. Dennis Baird’s third release in his Brazen Serpent Chronicles (after Talon of Light and The Caduceus) is a fantasy set in the world of Aelandra, a magic-filled realm in the midst of an epic — albeit cliché-ridden — battle between the forces of light and darkness.

A spiritual schism between dragons has led to […]

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The Calorie Conspiracy

George Schauf, M.A., M.D.

Xlibris, 156 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450019040
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

For a small book, there’s a wealth of information packed in here. Author George Schauf has a specific weight loss plan that resembles the Atkins and diabetic Exchange Diets, albeit with some crucial differences (cinnamon rolls for breakfast!), and the plan is laid out in detail here. Schauf’s theory is that many obese people are […]

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Change of…Luck

Ken Saik

Xlibris, 51 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781456847265
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Ken Saik’s novel, Change of…Luck, introduces readers to Jerry, a nice guy looking to impress his girlfriend on a dinner date. When the check comes, he’s caught short; his wallet is missing. Panicked and at loose ends, a stranger comes to his rescue with a $100 bill on the simple condition that Jerry return it.


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Anger is OKAY Violence is NOT

Julie K. Federico

Tate Publishing, 28 pages, (paperback) $8.99, 9781618622273
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Anger is OKAY, Violence is NOT, written by Julie Federico and illustrated by Glori Alexander, is a thoughtful, much-needed addition to pre-school teachers’ and social workers’ libraries. With vibrant, TV-cartoon-like illustrations and simple, direct text appropriate for even the youngest children, this picture book explores the complexity and vitality of anger, and when it is […]

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Matrix for Assassination

Richard Gilbride

Trafford, 398 pages, (paperback) $34.95, 9781426913907
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

With the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination approaching, the events of Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas will again be in the media spotlight. And no recounting of Kennedy’s death can ignore the questions that linger a half-century later.

Richard Gilbride, a former chemist and graphics designer who was a Boston fourth-grader on the day […]

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