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Higher and Friendly Powers
9781736075067, $19.99, PB, 216pp
Synopsis: An expansive alternative for those who have struggled with the "higher power" of AA's 12-step program, with the
publication of "Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering", Peg O'Connor offers a sense of human
decency, moral ideals, and even a better version of oneself.
In "Higher and Friendly Powers", O'Connor addresses an audience much like herself: those in recovery who have struggled
with the Christian-centric God at the heart of Alcoholics Anonymous. She brings our attention to a little-known fact: the
term "higher power," a touchstone in the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, was coined by William James,
philosopher, psychologist, and intellectual giant of the early 20th century. By acting as our personal field guide through the
world of William James, Peg shows that "higher power" as James conceived it is far more expansive than we might
"Higher and Friendly Powers" combines Peg's deep personal wisdom with James's adventurous intellect -- and has the
power to transform the way we live.
Critique: Of special appeal and relevance to readers having to deal with substance abuse, alcohol addiction, and the kinds of
physical and mental health issues that arise from those afflictions, "Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction
and Suffering" is unreservedly recommended as an addition to personal Self-Help/Self-Improvement reading lists, as well as
professional, community, college, and university library Alcohol Recovery and Substance Abuse Recovery collections.
Editorial Note: Peg O'Connor, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota,
specializing in moral philosophy, feminist philosophy, and addiction studies. She is also the author of "Life on the Rocks:
Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery" (Central Recovery Press, 2016), and is herself a recovering alcoholic who
maintains that philosophy has helped her to stay sober. Peg is regularly published in trade journals and writes a column,
Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken, for Psychology Today, which has nearly two million total views online, with select
columns appearing in the print publication.
The Business Shelf
From the Ground Up
Pie House Publishing
9798985682205, $29.99, HC, 208pp
Synopsis: You're one of the firm's go-to people for fixing problems and making clients happy. But you question if you want
to take on the tough work of being a leader at the same time as being a doer: the heavier workload, managing performance
of other people, the longer hours and stress. Do you really want to take the more challenging path to make a difference in
your life and the firm?
Based on twenty-five years of successfully coaching emerging leaders, Leo MacLeod has developed and now published
"From the Ground Up: Stories and Lessons from Architects and Engineers Who Learned to Be Leaders", a simple-to-follow
program to help you get there -- the place where you are respected as a professional, influence others to do their best work,
and maintain sanity.
"From the Ground Up" reveals how to: Organize your day for success; Distinguish between important tasks and urgent
tasks; Manage emails and meeting so they don't take over your day; Delegate tasks and manage interruptions; Negotiate new
demands on your time; Mentor your team so they don't feel overmanaged; Advocate for what's important to you at the office
and in your life.
Comprised of lessons learned and stories from those who have come before you, "From the Ground Up" is an effective DIY
guidebook to stepping into your new role as a business manager or corporate executive without leaving yourself
Critique: Exceptionally well written and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "From the Ground Up:
Stories and Lessons from Architects and Engineers Who Learned to Be Leaders" will have a very special and relevant
appeal to anyone engaged in Business Mentoring & Coaching. While especially and unreservedly recommended for
personal, professional, community, corporate, college, and university library Human Resources & Personnel Management
and Business Management collections and supplemental curriculum syllabus, it should be noted for MBA students,
academia, business professionals, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "From the Ground
Up" is also available in a paperback edition (9798985682212, $19.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).
Editorial Note: As owner of Training. Coaching. Pie., Leo MacLeod has guided thousands of new leaders in the AEC
industry. A national expert on leadership development and succession planning, he regularly presents for the American
Council of Engineering Companies and helped develop the Oregon chapter's popular leadership program. He has an
informative website at https://leomacleod.com
Adapt or Die
Thomas H. Douglas, author
9798985811926, $19.99, HC, 276pp
Synopsis: What if small businesses could save the world?
With the publication of "Adapt or Die: How to Create Innovation, Solve People Puzzles, and Win in Business" Thomas H.
Douglas (CEO of JMARK Business Solutions Inc.) examines the extreme challenges, shifts, demands, and vast
opportunities for today's American businesses.
Told through the story of one bold company (People First IT), "Adapt or Die" takes readers through the unparalleled
business system known as The Algorithm of Success that has the potential to inspire, ignite, and affect change for all aspects
of an organization.
Each individual chapter reveals more of the winning formula that all small and midsize businesses absolutely must have to
succeed. Through real examples, research, and practical tools, Adapt or Die unpacks exactly how to create innovation, solve
people puzzles, and win in business.
Not your average business management book, "Adapt of Die" is powerfully grounded in key insights, lessons, and the exact
strategies learned from Douglas's own experience of building JMARK to become one of the fastest-growing businesses in
America, hitting the Inc. Magazine list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies nine different times.
Inspiring, tactical, and deeply insightful, "Adapt or Die" is quite arguably the ultimate guide to embracing true leadership,
adapting through change, and succeeding in business that every small and midsize business leader and entrepreneur
Critique: Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Adapt or Die: How to Create Innovation, Solve
People Puzzles, and Win in Business" is exceptionally well written and an invaluably 'real world practical' instruction guide
that is a critically important, informative, and thought-provoking read for anyone engaged in any kind of small business
enterprise. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, and academic library
Entrepreneurship and Business Decision Making/Problem Solving collection and MBA supplemental curriculum MBA
studies syllabus, it should be noted for personal reading lists of MBA students, academia, business managers, and freelance
entrepreneurs that "Adapt or Die" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9798985811902, $19.99) and in a digital
book format (Kindle, $0.99).
Editorial Note: Thomas H. Douglas joined JMARK in 1997 after serving in the Navy, where he was recognized with
multiple awards. As a level-one engineer at JMARK, he worked his way up the ranks before purchasing the company in
2001. Tom had to make some hard decisions and downsize the company to only six people. Now, with over one hundred
employees, JMARK is a leader in its space, having hit Inc. Magazine's list of the top 5,000 Fastest Growing Private
Companies in America nine consecutive times. He is a trusted technology advisor to a global list of clients and often speaks
on topics such as culture, people puzzles, technology efficiencies, and cyber security. He also has a website at
The General Fiction Shelf
Beneath the Polish Moon
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781665714563, $35.95, HC, 270pp
Synopsis: It is 1960 as Luke Karpinski and his friend, Eugene, navigate life in a Polish neighborhood in Milwaukee. Every
day is an adventure for the boys. It never occurs to them that one day they will grow up and go their separate ways.
After Luke becomes a hardened undercover cop working in Miami, he nearly forgets his childhood friends. Although he
chose his career to make the world a better place, he realizes that life is never that simple. As Miami transforms into the
drug capitol of the world, Luke finds himself caught in a life and death struggle with fierce Colombian cartels.
Finally when life comes full circle and Luke is old and alone, he returns to Milwaukee. As his memories roar back, he
wonders why things changed. When he meets a black girl in front of his childhood home, Luke unsuccessfully tries to
explain his presence, just as he hears voices from the past calling his name. Is a door opening and, if so, to where?
Critique: Along with his deftly crafted narrative storytelling style, "Beneath the Polish Moon" showcases author Jake
Kaminski's genuine flair for originality and ability to create a truly memorable casts of characters. The result is an inherently
interesting, entertaining, and compulsive page turner of a novel. While "Beneath the Polish Moon" is especially and
unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading
lists that it is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781665714587, $17.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Jake Kaminski is a pseudonym. He is a highly decorated undercover cop, having worked as an undercover
agent and later supervising undercover operations in Miami, Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. His
team spent six years combating both the Medellin and Cali cartels. Following his police career, he spent fourteen years as a
senior adviser for the U.S. Department of Justice and the US Department of State, assigned to post-war countries in the
Balkans. He is also the author of "Shadow Wolves" (9781684566235, $35.95 HC; $21.95 PB; $2.99 Kindle, 344pp).
The Man Who Came and Went
City Point Press
9781947951389, $23.99, 240pp
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Belutha Mariah, the storyteller in "The Man Who Came And Went", is the oldest of three kids
from three different fathers. Her life's goal is to keep her dysfunctional mom, Maybell, from procreating yet again and then
to leave the coffin-sized town of Hadley, Arizona the second she graduates high school.
Along comes the new grill cook at Maybell's Diner, Bill Bill, a mysterious drifter with the ability to mind-read orders. As
word spreads in Hadley and beyond, the curious and desperate pour into this small desert town to eat at Maybell's. Some
believing that Bill knows the secrets of the universe.
But Belutha figures he's probably nuts. However, his cooking starts to transform the lives of locals and visitors, and Belutha
finds her angry heart opening, as Bill begins to show her the porous boundary between this life and what comes after.
In a normal American town, something new and strange, and yet achingly familiar, begins to unfold.
Critique: A deftly crafted work of original fiction by an author with an established expertise in storytelling, "The Man Who
Came And Went" is an original, compelling, and entertaining novel that will have a very special appeal to fans of
metaphysical fiction, magic realism, and coming of age fantasies. While unreservedly recommended for community library
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Man Who Came And Went" by Joe Stillman is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).
Editorial Note: Joe Stillman co-wrote Shrek for Dreamworks which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best
Adapted Screenplay and the Annie and BAFTA Awards. His other produced features are Beavis & Butthead Do America,
Shrek 2, Gulliver's Travels, Planet 51 and Joseph King Of Dreams. In television, he was co-producer and writer on King of
the Hill, for which he received two Emmy Award(R) nominations. He was a writer and story editor for Nickelodeon's The
Adventures of Pete and Pete and a writer on MTV's Beavis and Butthead. More recently he worked on Nickelodeon's Sanjay
and Craig and Kirby Buckets for Disney. Other TV credits include Albert for Nickelodeon, The War Next Door for the USA
Network, Clueless, Doug and Danger and Eggs for Amazon.
And So We Dream
9781647044992, $15.99, PB, 408pp
Synopsis: Its 1970 and twelve-year-old Joey Roland is sent away to family friends while his parents try to work things out.
He's eager to leave sadness and secrets behind in Chicago and head downstate to the small town of Greenberry, where the
Vitale family awaits him. He thinks of their town as boyland -- a world of bike riding, fishing, and going barefoot. Though
initially shy of the beautiful teenage daughters (Anne, Vita, and Beth) they welcome him into their lives of adventure,
beauty, and dreams.
Joey especially bonds with the middle sister, Vita, and her all-or-nothing pursuit of an acting career. Joey's "there must be
more" merges with Vita's "I must make it happen" resulting in a magical summer where the town of Greenberrry becomes
the crucible for two desperate dreamers.
Critique: A brilliantly engaging, entertaining, and at times poignant coming-of-age story, "And So We Dream" is a
compelling read by author Linda Mahkovec showcasing her genuine flair as a novelist for the kind of literary experience
that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book is finished and set back upon the shelf. From the
author of the "Christmastime" series, "And So We Dream" is unreservedly recommended for community library
Contemporary General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "And So We Dream" is also
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).
Editorial Note: Linda Mahkovec has a PhD in English, specializing in Victorian literature. She has an informative website at
www.lindamahkovec.com, and can be followed on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Karen Lee Boren
9781736403365, $18.00, PB, 374pp
Synopsis: In the mid-1960s, sex is dangerous. Having sex can ruin your family, ruin your future, or worse. Early 1960s
Milwaukee, four best friends, Will, Kirstin, Leo, and Emelia, are growing up together, finding themselves and what it means
to be a budding adult. They do all the things teens do -- hang out at the pool, bike everywhere, and discover their
But this growing up thing is hard. On her 16th birthday Emelia receives stunning news from her aunts who raised her.
Seems they've been keeping a secret from her for her entire life, one that forces Emelia to re-evaluate everything she thought
she know about her family and herself, sending her on a journey of discovery with few tools and no idea what she might
find along the way.
Meanwhile, Leo is struggling with his abusive father, who leads a polka band, drinks too much, and cheats on Leo's mother.
Leo plays the guitar. He's good, too. But his father wants Leo to stay away from that so-called music of rock and roll. Their
relationship is complex: Leo both looks up to and hates his father for the control he has over his music and his life.
All that is hard enough, but then Leo and Emelia and their friends Will and Kirstin stumble across Sonya, someone they've
seen at school but don't really know, doing what to them is an inexplicable and horrifying act. What should they do? What
can they do? This begins a chain of actions that escalate and spiral out of their control.
In the end, "Secret Waltz" is a coming-of-age novel by Karen Lee Boren that asks, what does it mean to be a "good girl" or a
"good boy"? If you have a secret, do you get to still be "good"?
Critique: Deftly written, as entertaining as it is thought-provoking, "Secret Waltz" demonstrates author Karen Lee Broen's
genuine and impressive flair as a novelist for the kind of narrative driven storytelling that keeps and holds the reader's
fascinated attention from cover to cover. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library
Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted that "Secret Waltz" is also available for personal reading lists
in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: A Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rhode Island College, Karen Lee Boren's novel, "Girls in
Peril", was the premier publication for the Tin House New Voices series and a Barnes and Noble Discover selection. Her
novel, "Month of Fire", was a finalist for the New American Press book contest, and her story collection, "Mother Tongue"
was published by New Rivers Press in 2015. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the winner of the 2018
Wundor Editions Fiction Prize. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has been featured in WomenArts Journal, Santa Fe
Writer's Project, Flexible Persona, The Florida Review, New South, Hawai i Pacific Review, Epoch, Cream City Review,
The American Journal of Poetry, Crack the Spine, The Offbeat, Fourth Genre. Her travel essays appear in BookForum,
Gadling, Litro, Lonely Planet's anthology Rites of Passage: Backpacking 'Round Europe, and The Best of Lonely Planet's
The Historical Fiction Shelf
Jesus: The Novel
A. A. Coleman
Dorrance Publishing Company
585 Alpha Drive, Suite 103, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
9781637642924, $25.00, PB, 418pp
Synopsis: Based on the four biographies of Jesus as recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, "Jesus: The Novel" by A.
A. Coleman weaves all moments of the life and mission of Jesus into chronological order with the sounds, sights, and
voices of those around him.
As the reader follows the life of Jesus, considers his perspective, or imagines his thoughts as an infant, a boy, a son, and a
brother, there is a feeling of his loneliness in the wilderness, among the masses, despite his disciples, and being away from
the only one who truly understood him: his cousin, John the Baptizer.
Also dramatized is his pain upon losing Joseph, losing his family's respect when they decided he was out of his mind.
Walking with Jesus, as portrayed in "Jesus: The Novel", we, too, learn we can ultimately trust no human. In this journey
with God Incarnate, the reader will be able to relate with the humanity of Jesus and be stunned by his deity. Eventually, the
reader will learn that for every emotional place in which any of us find ourselves, Jesus has fought through and blazed the
trail before us. That ultimately, all we long for in our world-and cannot quite grasp -- Jesus through his life and mission
fully embodies and offers eternally.
Critique: Enhanced for the reader with a series of quotes from Francis Chan to John F. Kennedy, "Jesus: The Novel" utilized
the format of novelization to provide the reader with an inspiring, informative, and dramatic perspective on the life and
mission of Jesus Christ as based upon the New Testament gospel accounts. While highly recommended for community
library Historical Fiction and Religious Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Jesus: The
Novel" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: A. A. Coleman is a Christian woman who writes a blog, articles, family histories, and other books of less
The Literary Fiction Shelf
The Shawl of Midnight
Jacqueline St. Joan
Golden Antelope Press
9781952232718, $21.95, PB, 262pp
Synopsis: All the women in Nafeesa's family have been imprisoned, assassinated, scarred or exiled. Yes, every single one. Is
it any wonder, then, that the surviving men in her family have kept those disturbing facts from her? But now Nafeesa wants
to know the truth.
With the help of her beloved dying grandfather, Kulraj Singh, she receives clues to her past, and in return she pledges to
bring his two daughters back to him before he dies.
From Pakistan, Nafeesa travels, first to Mumbai (where she meets her lesbian activist Aunt Faisah and Faisah's partner Lia)
and then to Kashmir. She's on a journey to adulthood -- to learn who she is, who her people are and what she is made of. In
the company of her heroic auntie, she travels the foothills of the Himalayas through a war zone, under a deadline, through
snow lion country, only to question if this Baji Ulaja is truly so heroic after all.
The Shawl of Midnight explores the depths of family relationships, how people change over time and distance, how we
might discover through our own pressures and actions what we are made of, and where home truly is.
Critique: An absorbing, inherently interesting, deftly crafted novel that will have a very special appeal and resonance with
women readers, "The Shawl of Midnight" showcases author Jacqueline St. Joan's genuine flair for originality, eloquence,
and the kind of memorable narrative storytelling style that fully engages the reader's rapt attention from first page to last.
While very highly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be
noted for personal reading lists that "The Shawl of Midnight" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Jacqueline St. Joan has worked as a lawyer, county judge, child advocate, domestic violence activist, and the
co-editor of an anthology on Women, Law, and Literature in the U.S., and founder of a feminist press. In the 1990s, she met
a Pakistani teacher who helped rescue women from honor killings. The meeting led to extensive travel in Pakistan, enduring
friendships, research and personal investigation, lobbying, political activism and fundraising. Her first novel, "My Sisters
Made of Light" is the prequel to "The Shawl of Midnight" and developed directly out of those experiences. A lifelong
feminist and longtime lawyer, she has done more than a hundred public and private readings and lectures all over the U.S.,
related to violence against women in Pakistan -- literature, law and honor crimes in particular. Those events led to sales and
donations of $25,000 sent to Pakistan for the construction of a shelter for women and children escaping abuse, which
opened in Punjab in 2016. She has also taught at the University of Colorado and Metropolitan University in Denver.
9781947976313, $30.00, 236pp
Synopsis: Mariana Sanchez Celis has traveled the world as a pianist trained at the Juilliard School of Music. But when her
mother has a stroke and her beloved uncle suddenly disappears, Mariana must put her life on hold to return to her home in
She soon discovers her town is no longer the place she remembers. Ayotlan's beaches, sea turtle colonies, and historic center
are decimated under decades of neglect and abuse. What part did her late father have in this? And could it be related to her
When Fernanda Lucero, a member of the indigenous Concaac people, convinces Mariana to join her sea turtle and
architectural conservation projects, the deepening love between Mariana and Fernanda threatens to put them both further in
harm's way. This, together with the web of secrets Mariana unravels, stands to radically transform her and her family's
"Arribada" by Estela Gonzalez is the story of a well-to-do woman pushed to confront her role in environmental and social
injustice. It is also the saga of a family faced with the realization that their comfortable position rests, beyond a strong work
ethic, on crimes against what they hold dearest: the natural world, their town, and their loved ones.
Critique: If ever there were a novel for our times it is Estela Gonzalez "Arribada". Deftly crafted, emotionally impacting,
truly memorable characters, and a reverberating theme of responsibility, "Arribada" showcases the author's genuine flair for
originality and effective narrative driven storyteller style. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community,
college, and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Arribada" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.99).
Editorial Note: Estela Gonzalez holds an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in Latin American literature. As a binational
and bilingual writer, she tells stories in English and Spanish about race, class, gender, and environmental justice. Growing
up in Mexico, Estela regularly visited her family in Mazatlan, where decades-long intensive development has led to the
demise of beaches and sea turtle colonies. Her research and support of fishermen protecting sea turtles in the Sea of Cortes
deepen her reflections on environmental justice, race relations, and sexuality. Her work is featured in the Barcelona Review,
Best of Solstice Literary Magazine, Feminine Rising, Flash Frontier, Flyway Magazine, Latino Book Review, La Colmena,
Luvina, and the Revista Mexicana de Literatura Contemporanea, and Under the Volcano. Arribada was a 2019 finalist for
Feminist Press's Louise Meriwether Award.
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
James Rutter Publishing
9781739635916, $7.47 (Amazon), PB, 159pp
Synopsis: July 2020, Simon Whitby was looking forward to his business re-opening after 3 months of lockdown. But no
sooner had he welcomed his customers back in, thieves struck and virtually wiped out the business overnight. With his
finances collapsing and little support from the police or insurance, Simon is forced to take matters into his own hands and
deliver his own form of retribution on the person he believes was behind it. But Simon's carefully constructed trap doesn't
go as smoothly as he had planned.
Seen through Simon's eyes and that of his partner Georgia, "Rat Trap" is a fast-paced revenge drama that re-traces the
dramatic twists and turns of a perilous and desperate plan to recover his business, his life and his self-respect.
Critique: Although a work of fiction and all the more impressive considering that it is the author's debut as a novelist, "Rat
Trap" is based upon and Inspired by James Rutter's own true crime experience and showcases his impressive flair as a
novelist with a full mastery of the art of crafting a gritty suspense thriller of a read from first page to last. While highly
recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Rat
Trap" is also available in a digital format (Kindle, $2.99).
Bond of Brothers: Danger Close
Robert J. Saniscalchi
9798525127210, $11.99, PB, 280pp
Synopsis: Now in a newly expanded second edition, "Bond of Brothers: Danger Close" by novelist Robert Saniscalchi is an
impressively entertaining and original military thriller about American men and women in uniform with a compelling story
that ranges from boots on the ground to fighter jet pilots in the air.
A victory over ISIS and the control of norther Iraq and much more is a stake. Readers will find out what happens in the
action-packed story that comprises "Bond of Brothers: Danger Close" which is set in the ever-volatile Middle East.
With a nightmare about to unfold in Iran, the world is on edge. From the office of the President to the sands of Iraq, and
Iran, "Bond of Brothers: Danger Close" showcases the men and women who fight for our freedom with everyone involved
in an action-packed, military thriller of a novel.
Critique: While a work of expertly crafted action/adventure fiction, "Bond of Brothers: Danger Close" accurately reflects the
spirit and ethos the men and women of today's American military services working and fighting abroad today. While
especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Military Fiction collections, it should be
noted for personal reading lists that "Bond of Brothers: Danger Close" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Robert J Saniscalchi, is the author of four earlier published novels: "My Life for Her"; "Bullets and
Bandages"; "Freedom's Light"; "Butterfly Lake". Robert is grateful for the positive feedback on his writing because he feels
that it helps keeps him motivated as a novelist. He maintains an informative website at
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
The Songs of Fate
K. W. Hall
9798442489613, $25.00, HC, 423pp
Synopsis: Charlie, a widowed doctoral student, has been struggling with dark dreams of a gray-eyed warrior. For the past
three years she's felt a power growing inside her, the strange sparks of light are painful -- but brutally intoxicating.
After being attacked by an unknown creature while hiking, Charlie is aided by a friendly stranger, Logan. But Logan is not
who he pretends to be... and nothing will be the same again, including Charle herself. Because when she discovers her dark
dreams are not just fantasies, but linked to missing men in San Diego, she delves into a world beyond her own with a very
Critique: Some authors just seem to have an innate gift for originality and an inherent flair for narrative driven storytelling.
With the publication of "The Songs of Fate", novelist K. W. Hall has demonstrated herself to be one of those impressively
talented storytellers. With a very special appear to those who enjoy a blending of fantasy and romance, "The Songs of Fate"
is an especially recommended addition to community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections. It should be noted for
personal reading lists that "The Songs of Fate" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9798442488869, $17.99) and
in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.99).
The Poetry Shelf
Kathie Trujillo Nye
c/o Dorrance Publishing Company
9781638674511, $9.00, PB, 32pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Earth Rejoicing", Kathie Trujillo Nye demonstrates and documents her genuine flair for
articulating in simple poetic terms common, everyday situations that her readers will relate to with respect to their own
encounters with nature and diverse life experiences. With so much turmoil on the earth, this impressive collection of
original poetry clearly showcases the emotional and cognitive role of life's memories in our variable and uncertain
Critique: The poems comprising "Earth Rejoicing" are deftly crafted with a buoyant and vivid imagery that is truly
memorable. Indeed, "Earth Rejoicing" features the kind of poetry that will linger in the mind and memory long after this
little volume is finished and set back upon the shelf. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal,
community, college, and university library Contemporary American Poetry collections, it should be noted that "Earth
Rejoicing" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.00).
The Biography Shelf
Sister in a Brotherhood
9798985688108, $16.00, PB, 214pp
Synopsis: A groundbreaking female firefighter, Cindie Schooner-Ball lived for the thrill of riding backwards on a fire truck,
code 3 with lights flashing, sirens wailing, heading toward an ominous cloud of black smoke. "Sister in a Brotherhood:
Stories from My Life as a Female Firefighter" is her captivating memoir in which she vividly describes these
high-adrenaline experiences and the stunned look on people's faces when she climbed off the truck and they realized she
was a woman.
Hired in 1987 by a large urban Fire-Rescue Department in South Florida, Cindie rose through the ranks as a firefighter,
driver-engineer, paramedic, and lieutenant. She retired as a captain after 28 years on the force. Throughout her career, she
was often asked how she managed to thrive in this male-dominated profession, so she decided to write "Sister in a
Brotherhood" to share her story of perseverance, grit, and commanding respect.
Through the stirring tales Cindie shares about grueling training, hard-as-nails leaders, and calls that ran the gamut from
traumatic to humorous, you'll understand why firefighting is a calling and passion. She shares memorable moments working
and living with people who are dedicated to helping others in crisis. Anyone who is fascinated by the work of first
responders or who wants to serve will be enthralled, informed, and inspired by "Sister in a Brotherhood".
Critique: An inherently fascinating and candid memoir, "Sister in a Brotherhood: Stories from My Life as a Female
Firefighter" by Cindie Schooner-Ball is a true life autobiographical account that reads with all the dramatic flair of a finely
honed novel. As informative as it is inspirational, "Sister in a Brotherhood: Stories from My Life as a Female Firefighter" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary American
Biography collections. With a special appeal for anyone with an interest in firefighting, it should be noted for personal
reading lists that "Sister in a Brotherhood: Stories from My Life as a Female Firefighter" is also available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Cindie Schooner-Ball began her 28-year career as a first responder with the fire service and as a paramedic
in the mid-80s. To succeed as both a firefighter and a woman in a mostly male workplace required perseverance, grit, and
the ability to command respect. When she finally achieved the rank of captain, she was the only woman at the induction
ceremony. Now retired, she loves speaking to people about the important work of first responders.
Diana Cannon Ragsdale
Legacy Launch Pad Publishing
9781956955231, $30.95, HC, 408pp
Synopsis: Diana Cannon-Ragsdale was born into a Mormon dynasty. Her father Ted Cannon was a local celebrity in Salt
Lake City, and her family's ancestors were contemporaries of Brigham Young -- and they had many dark secrets to
Growing up at the mercy of her mother's depression and father's undiagnosed schizophrenia, Diana and her five siblings
were left to fend for themselves as their mom and dad rotated in and out of psychiatric hospitals and police custody.
Finally, in 1966, Diana's mother left her family and the Mormon Church to start a new relationship with a woman, sending
Diana's father into a tailspin.
With the publication of "Loose Cannons: A Memoir of Mania and Mayhem in a Mormon Family", Diana traces her
rebellious 1970s girlhood-amidst her father's multiple suicide attempts and remarriage to her mother's sister. As she and her
siblings barreled into adulthoods they weren't ready for, they tried to rely on each other while reproducing broken
relationships of their own.
Eventually, after several divorces and while raising three children of her own, Diana reconnected with her estranged mother
and inherited a lifetime's worth of her journals. After decades spent searching for answers, her mother's writing about
swingers' parties, sexual abuse, ancient wounds and broken attempts at happiness -- reframing everything Diana thought she
knew about her family and herself.
"Loose Cannons" is a harrowing and hilarious saga of a memoir spanning more than 60 years of multigenerational trauma
and dysfunction-and the spiritual power it took to overcome it all.
Critique: Candid, informative, thought-provoking, compelling, fascinating, "Loose Cannons: A Memoir of Mania and
Mayhem in a Mormon Family" will have a very special appeal to readers with an interest in Mormonism, Child Abuse, and
overcoming family trauma. While highly recommended for community library Contemporary American Biography
collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Loose Cannons: A Memoir of Mania and Mayhem in a
Mormon Family" is also available in a paperback edition (9781956955217, $17.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Diana Cannon-Ragsdale is an author, retired physical therapist and mental health advocate for survivors of
abusive and dysfunctional families. Diana attended Utah State University on a dance scholarship and later graduated from
the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences. In retirement, she has dedicated herself to travel and
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
The Paranormal Christian
Richard D. Lewis
9781735626444, $19.99, PB, 406pp
Synopsis: Can a Christian be possessed? Do God's angels and Satan's demons dwell unseen among us, engaged in spiritual
warfare? Are ghosts and spirit manifestations real? How about aliens and UFOs?
If you believe in the Bible, you already have faith in the unseen. Unusual experiences are a testimony of sacred Scripture
and the gateway to understanding the power of God in your life. Just like in biblical times, mysterious forces are still at
work today. The paranormal world isn't merely scary hauntings and occult legends.
With the publication of "The Paranormal Christian: Bridging the Gap Between Unusual Experiences and the Biblical
Worldview", journalist Richard D. Lewis explores his own true spiritual journey and real stories of others to correlate
supernatural phenomena and the biblical worldview-without compromising either.
"The Paranormal Christian: Bridging the Gap Between Unusual Experiences and the Biblical Worldview" includes: How to
trust your intuition and consciously tune into The Voice every day; A mystical examination of the Bible and the history of
paranormal and psychic phenomena and prophecy within Christianity; A guide to discerning between the presence of
positive and negative entities; True stories of hauntings, spiritual healing and miracles performed by the Holy Spirit; How to
protect yourself against the horror of The Swarming - even in your most vulnerable state.
You can believe in the Holy Bible as the word of God orchestrated by divine intention and trust the wisdom of the
supernatural worldview of the Bible writers and the fact that the mystical never left us. It's time to bring paranormal back
into the light where it belongs. If you are searching out real answers for the Christian church and community, you will find
them in the pages of "The Paranormal Christian: Bridging the Gap Between Unusual Experiences and the Biblical
Critique: Of special appeal to readers with an interest in metaphysical Christianity, prophecies, angels and demons, science
and religion, "The Paranormal Christian: Bridging the Gap Between Unusual Experiences and the Biblical Worldview" is a
unique and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, seminary, and academic library Paranormal Christianity
collections. It should be noted that "The Paranormal Christian: Bridging the Gap Between Unusual Experiences and the
Biblical Worldview" is also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.00).
Editorial Note: Richard D. Lewis is an author, journalist, and veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he began his career in
broadcasting. Creator of the award-winning Pentagon Channel TV news magazine Air Force Space Today, he has won
multiple Telly and Thomas Jefferson Awards. In 2003, Richard became a certified spiritual counselor by the California
Board of Hypnotherapy. He is also a communicant member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in good standing.
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