Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty: Finding Beauty in Mystery, Reclaiming Truth from the Myth of Certainty

Neil Hanson

High Prairie Press, 122 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9780982639108
(Reviewed: November, 2010)

In a stream-of-consciousness memoir taking the form of an open letter to his deceased father, Hanson explores and explains a profound spiritual connection to something larger than himself (i.e. God), which he was unable to comprehend fully until he sat at the dying man’s hospital bedside.

Recalling an out-of-body/near-death experience while unconscious during a high-school […]

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Carnal Weapon

Peter Hoffman

Dog Ear Publishing, 294 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781608440597
(Reviewed: October, 2010)

Move the cable show Mad Men from Madison Avenue to Wall Street, throw in a pinch of Mickey Spillane and slather in Harold Robbins. The result is Carnal Weapon from first-time novelist Hoffman, who commits the neophyte sin of melding genres (spy yarn, ’50s morality play) without adequate finesse.

Set in the Eisenhower ’50s, protagonist […]

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What They Could Not Forget: Holocaust Memoirs of Leo and Wyera Ringel

Nancy Ringel as told to Jenni Hadden

Publishing for the Generations, 108 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9780615196626
(Reviewed: October, 2010)

Over many years, author Ringel elicited her parents’ reluctantly told stories of wartime-era persecution. The culmination is this slim and moving, albeit scattershot narrative. Ringel’s mother Wyera was born in Poland and raised Protestant but was persecuted…

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Good to Go: A Guide to Preparing for the End of Life

Jo Myers

Good to Go Publishing, 208 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9780979817809
(Reviewed: October, 2010)

Having seen more than her fair share of death through the passing of her mother, father, elderly neighbor, and various other relatives, author Myers learned the right way to approach the end of life‚Äďand the wrong way. In a book that’s part self-help guide and part memoir, colorful first-person stories of Myers’ friends and family […]

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Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers

Doug Koktavy

Brothers Press, 312 pages, hardcover, $24.95, 9780982126004
(Reviewed: October, 2010)

In this deeply sentimental tribute to his beloved Labrador retrievers, Colorado resident Koktavy tells his story of caring for companion animals during their final journeys in life. Beezer was diagnosed with kidney disease at age nine and died within nine months. His brother Boomer was crippled with bone cancer two years later and also died. […]

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