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Volume 8, Number 9 September 2009 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Fiction Shelf Biography Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Poetry Shelf
Political Science Shelf Business Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Psychology Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Art Shelf
Parenting Shelf Criminology Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Jobs/Careers Shelf Travel Shelf Education Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Computer Shelf American History Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Philosophy Shelf Native American Shelf
Sports Shelf Photography Shelf Journalism Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Friends for Life
Jennifer MackInday & Patti Donahue
Sandy Island Press
PO Box 7021, Bloomington, IN 47407-7021
9780982448304, $15.95,

Something in common unites many, but when war is involved, that union is even stronger. "Friends for Life: Strangers Brought Together by the War in Iraq" tells the story of Patti and Jenn, who were united by their sons and brothers going to war. Having little else in common, the two women developed a bond through it all, and they give readers a positive message. "Friends for Life" is something to be considered by all relatives of military people.

Spiritual Survival For Law Enforcement
Cary A. Friedman
Compass Books
PO Box 3091, Linden, NJ 07036
0976196611, $19.95,

On a daily basis, law enforcement officers see the worst that people can do. They are also 'first responders' in times of natural disaster or man-made calamity. Such routine exposure to extraordinary horrifics can and do wear down the emotional and spiritual well being of the men and women who are pledge serve and protect. The suicide rate among law enforcement officers is formidable, as are the rates of alcoholism and divorce. All too often good men and women simply 'burn out' and leave the profession no longer able to cope with the human tragedy and abuse that they are eye-witness to. That's why "Spiritual Survival For Law Enforcement" by Cary A. Friedman is so timely and so critically important. Here in just 90-pages are pack a wealth of spiritual exercises, tools, and insights that the reader can readily employ to develop and preserve inner peace and spiritual clarity so necessary to be able to continue to function in law enforcement. Simply stated, "Spiritual Survival For Law Enforcement" should be a part of every community library collection and read carefully by every law enforcement officer -- and their families.

Welcome To The Company
Eileen McVety
Inkwater Press
c/o MM Book Publicity
2817 West End Avenue, Suite 126-274, Nashville, TN 37203
9781592993956, $9.95,

Anyone who has ever been an office drone, adrift in the cubicle world of the corporation, subjected to Human Resources training sessions and manuals, will truly appreciate the wit and wisdom displayed by Eileen McVety in "Welcome To The Company", a perfect satire of an Employee Handbook. Of special note is the identification of six subtle signs that you are about to be 'downsized', creating effective sick day excuses, surviving mindless meetings, and so much more that is endemic and epidemic within the corporate culture. "Welcome To The Company" is a rollicking good read that wraps genuine insights with a wicked good humor.

The Fiction Shelf

People In The Curtains
M. T. Graves
Featherwood Publishing
10331 Springcrest Lane, South Jordan, UT 84095
B002JQJERS, $13.00,

After Aaron Monroe survives a potentially lethal illness he discovers that the experience has created within him a new and unusual ability -- he can now see into the next world and communicate with its inhabitants. Some of them seem friendly, others decidedly hostile. A fantasy/mystery, "People In The Curtains" is a thoroughly entertaining and original story that will quickly engage the reader's total and rapt attention as the mystery and the fantasy unroll. M. T. Graves has a decided gift for imaginative storytelling and "People In The Curtains" is a highly rewarding and recommended read for young adults.

Last Passage To Santiago
John F. Rooney
Senneff House Publishers
PO Box 11601, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33339
9780975275658, $14.95,

"Last Passage To Santiago" is a riveting novel of rapidly paced high adventure played out against a South American backdrop ranging from Argentina and Uruguay, to Chile and the Falkland islands. Stephie Ably-Ranier was an analyst for the National Security Agency and married to a philandering husband. Apparently she is a target to some rather unpleasant characters. Still, there is the unexpected emergence of passion introduced amidst her faltering marriage. Author John F. Rooney has a positive knack as a gifted and original storyteller. "Last Passage To Santiago" is a highly recommended novel that will leave the reader looking eagerly toward Rooney's next literary effort.

Spare Parts
Edward C. Jones III
Author House
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
9781438967332, $22.80,

What if the human body were no more than an assortment of spare parts? "Spare Parts" is a mix of Frankenstein and Sci-Fi, portraying an America where the United States government has developed technology to copy minds over to other bodies of others. Told in an assortment of five shorter stories, "Spare Parts" explores the potential and consequences of such technologies. "Spare Parts" is an entertaining and thought provoking read.

Open the Door, Richard
Richard Palombi
Stone Publishing
3851 Cottonwood Dr., Danville, CA 94506
1600761267, $9.95,

Family - just because one has to love them doesn't mean one has to like them. "Open the Door, Richard" is about Richard and his family, of which he has few fond memories. Brainiac jocks, brothers who'll backstab him, and a sister who sends mixed messages - Richard has very little to look forward to from any of them, if he ever returns home for Christmas dinner. "Open the Door, Richard" is a fun dysfunctional adventure.

I Apologize
Bradley Booth
Affluent Publishing
1285 Avenue of the Americas, 35th FL, New York, NY 10019
9780982211199, $29.95,

Regret can cause untold torment. "I Apologize" is the story of Tony Richardson and his regret over the loss of his fiancee, which tears himself apart with guilt. Blaming his own fear and indecisiveness for his loss, he's faced with new problems which threaten to rob him of his second chance at happiness. "I Apologize" is a psychological novel that will please many a reader with its modern relevance.

Certain Cure
Jennifer Valoppi
Murray Hill Press, LLC
10800 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 820, Miami, FL 33161
9780980168204 $16.95

A cure for cancer is an ultimate good, right? "Certain Cure: Where Science Meets Religion" is the story of a new treatment which is promoted as a guaranteed cure for cancer, and could save the life of a woman. But when a physician is murdered with no clues, signs appear that make people question their faith, and medical professionals are ruthlessly jockeying for career advancement, the benevolence of a cancer cure may not be so benevolent. "Certain Cure" is an intriguing and entertaining read of medical and religious worlds intertwining.

The Other Half of My Soul
Bahia Abrams
Grateful Steps, Inc.
1091 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, North Carolina
9780978954833 $24.00

True love completes a person, balancing them with the traits they are missing in their life. "The Other Half of My Soul" is not a traditional love story. One half of this puzzle is a Syrian Muslim, brought up to despise the Jews. The other is an affluent Jewish woman who has dreams of traveling abroad. Love seemed unlikely, yet it bloomed, making "The Other Half of My Soul" an intriguing and motivational story of romance while defying society.

Something Hidden: Stories
Elaine Margolis
The Peppertree Press
1269 First Street, Suite 7, Sarasota, Florida 34236
9780982300275 $13.95

Devotee to the world of fiction Elaine Margolis comes to readers with "Something Hidden". An anthology of short stories, her work discusses a wide range of topics, touching on many aspects of modern culture and what humanity needs to belong and feel loved. "Something Hidden" is a treasure trove for those who delight in having their fiction in bite sized morsels.

The Lawmaker
Rick Ward
Spring Morning Publishing
2753 Broadway, Suite 392, New York, NY 10025
9780982356401, $12.95,

Politics is no place for the idealistic. "The Lawmaker" follows aspiring benevolent state senator Wayne Lott as he tries to establish himself in politics but finds it is a much dirtier place than he expects, as he enters a world of bribes and lobbyists. A riveting novel of suspense and intrigue about an honest man breaking the world of politics, "The Lawmaker" will keep readers glued to the page.

Changing Planes
Laurie J. Brenner
WildWind Enterprises
PO Box 1794, Diamond Springs, CA 95619
9781438232997, $11.95

What would you do differently? is a question so often asked of people. "Changing Planes: A Metaphysical Fiction" is an exploration of many metaphysical concepts through fiction. Author Laurie J. Brenner uses her story to offer many profound ideas and will give readers much entertainment with their enlightenment. "Changing Planes" is a top pick for the spiritual fiction reader.

This Way Madness Comes
Robert Alan
Cycad Press
PO Box 10407, Panama City, FL 32404
9780981796246, $16.95,

Peace all around the world seems like such a noble goal - but there are so many people out there who are not so noble. "This Way Madness Comes" is the story of a soviet scientist by the name of Alexi Truskov who discovers research which could usher in a new age of peace and prosperity to the world. An exciting story of political intrigue set in the cold war, "This Way Madness Comes" is a treat for any military thriller reader, highly recommended.

Blackbird, Farewell
Robert Greer
Frog Books
2526 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
9781583942505, $25.95,

One's millions won't protect one from past transgressions. "Blackbird, Farewell" is the story of Shandell 'Blackbird' Bird, his meteoric rise to millions of dollars and superstardom, and his sudden violent death mid-Basketball Court. It's up to Damion Madrid, a rookie detective, and his mentor CJ Floyd to find out what exactly happened to Damion's friend, who's responsible, and what was Bird up to to provoke it. "Blackbird, Farewell" is an intriguing mystery and a top pick for those seeking a fresh mystery series.

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country
Allan Richard Shickman
Earthshaker Books
PO Box 300184, St. Louis, MO 63130
9780979035715, $9.95,

Mankind has struggled since its very birth. "Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country" is a prehistoric adventure novel in which Zan and his brother are trying to survive in a cruel and unrelentingly hazardous world. When his brother, Dael is torn apart from his own mind, it just may be the final thing leading to their mutual downfall. "Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country" is a fun read, recommended.

Receive Me Falling
Erika Robuck
Elysian Fields Press
c/o Kelley & Hall
5 Briar Lane, Marblehead, MA 01945
9780982229804, $14.95

Truth always seems to show up at the worst possible time. "Receive Me Falling" is the story of Meghan, a woman who faces inheritance of her father's land, only to find it was acquired by not so honest means and herself in serious legal trouble, as well as paranormal trouble as the history of her father's estate appears to hassle her. Telling both the story of Meghan and the tragedy of her ghosts, "Receive me Falling" is an intriguing blend of historical fiction and the secrets of one's family coming out.

The Life and Times of Tucker Pitts
Douglas Forde Simms
James A. Rock & Company Publishers
900 South Irby Street, #508, Florence, SC 29501
9781596636958, $14.95,

Rock music is a staple of modern culture, but what if you grew up as it was emerging? "The Life and Times of Tucker Pitts 1957-1963" tells the story of a young man growing up during the birth of Rock'n'Roll, dealing with the music that revolutionized society and altered the course of youth for generations to come. Placed within the book are interviews with the pioneers of the genre of the late 50s, offering further insight to the era. "The Life and Times of Tucket Pitts 1957-1963" is a story that is sure to educate readers on the history of rock.

Green Eyes in the Amazon
P. J. Fischer
Minted Prose
PO Box 1324, New York, NY 10008
9780974428727, $18.99,

Heresy is still heresy, even when you're right. "Green Eyes in the Amazon" is the story of biologist Steven Sumpter, a man who has made many great leaps in biology. But there are those who still hold faith as entirely too sacred, leaving Dr. Sumpter fearing for his life and the lives of his family, as they are forced to flee to most remote parts of the world. "Green Eyes in the Amazon" is an intriguing suspense novel that explores the conflict of science and religion.

Mindi Meltz
Hidden Door Press
PO Box 833, Mountain Home, NC 28758
9780980177398, $14.00

There is a certain beauty about the natural world, and this beauty attracts romance. "Beauty" is a unique and original novel focusing on nature and the romantic. Using nature and its elements as the characters, author Mindi Meltz has a very original story here, unlike any other. For nature lovers who are also fiction lovers, "Beauty" is a choice pick.

The Biography Shelf

Turbulence Before Takeoff
Flint Whitlock
Cable Publishing
14090 E. Keinenen Rd., Brule, WI 54820
9781934980668, $24.95,

Marlon DeWitt Green did for African-Americans in aviation what Rosa Parks did with respect to bus travel. He was a former U.S. Air Force pilot who pioneered and litigated the right for African-American pilots to fly commercial aircraft. It took a long and expensive court battle against racist airline hiring policies that was to finish with a unanimous landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on April 22, 1963 that enabled Marlon DeWitt Green and all who came after him to be able to pilot commercial aircraft as their civilian career. "Turbulence Before Takeoff: The Life & Times of Aviation Pioneer Marlon Dewitt Green" is the life story of this remarkable man and his accomplishments resisting racism and discrimination against the background of the civil rights movement, political assassinations, and the difference that the right man in the right place at the right time can make in the history of a nation. "Turbulence Before Takeoff" is deftly written and highly recommended addition to community and academic library 20th Century American Biography, Aviation History, and Black Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

I Am Everyone I Meet
James P. White
Tabloid Books
PO Box 272, 1223 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
0916092356, $12.95

One doesn't have to look to fiction for an array of original characters; one can just go through life. "I Am Everyone I Meet: Random Encounters on the Streets of Los Angeles" is a collection of short stories of the simple encounters that everyone has. Author James P. White has put his mind to a most humorous and thought provoking work. "I Am Everyone I Meet" is an intriguing exploration of human nature as whole that will engage the reader's total attention from beginning to end.

Blackspanic College
H. B. Koplowitz
Dome Publications
1304 N. Highland Ave., #204, Hollywood, CA 90038
9780979139314, $19.95,

"Blackspanic College" is the memoir of one H.B. Koplowitz and his time serving as a teacher in a predominantly black and Hispanic lower class community in Los Angeles. Koplowitz learns valuable lessons himself, and he hopes his students did as well. "Blackspanic College" is a humorous and inspiring story of the racial divide closing, highly recommended.

The Sophisticated Savage
Carla Seidl
Inner Hearth Books
163 Nassau Road, Huntington, NY 11743
9780578013343, $13.95

There are tribes in the Amazon jungle completely hostile to outsiders. "The Sophisticated Savage" tells the story of one woman who found love with a man whose heritage draws its lines back to one of these hostile, violent tribes. Investigating out of curiosity about her lover's family, Carla Seidl presents fascinating insights about the simplicity of life and happiness. "The Sophisticated Savage" is an intriguing read, highly recommended.

Living in the Rear View Mirror
Kim Vazquez
Mill City Press
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781934937846, $16.95,

The demons are always after you, but you don't have to give in. "Living in the Rear View Mirror: From Substance Abuse to a Life of Substance" are the reflections of author Kim Vazquez about how she gave into to alcohol and painkillers when her life became too difficult without them. Having found a spiritual rebirth, she shares her tale hoping to help others aspire to rise above their addictions. "Living in the Rear View Mirror" is a read well worth considering for those with their own battles with demons.

Let It Be
Ruthe Rosen
KARmedia LLC
PO Box 1360, Chino Hills, CA 91709
PR By the Book (publicity)
PO Box 6226, Round Rock, TX 78683
9780578006383, $22.95

There is no more devastating news than learning one's child has a serious illness. "Let It Be: My Daughter's Legacy" is a mother coming to terms with her daughter's death from brain cancer and her resolve to fight her cancer to the bitter end. An inspiring story meant to help mothers coping with the diseases that their children face, "Let It Be" is a memoir that is sure to give strength to many a parent and their child during dark times.

Accidental Felons
Daniel Horne
Fat Bellied Laughing Buddha
PO Box 50190, Mesa, AZ 85208-0010
9780982063408, $16.95,

Is there such a thing of being too obsessed with the law? "Accidental Felons: And Then They Came For Us..." is a criticism of two of the most controversial people in law today, Arizona's Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas. Their methods are viewed as cruel and extreme, and the two fail to see anything wrong with their approach to justice. Speaking out, Daniel Horne presents many examples of Arpaio and Thomas's acts and urges people to beware those who take the law too far. "Accidental Felons" is a riveting and frightening read of how the good guys might just be worse than the bad guys.

Stories of Clean Living, the Dutch-American Way
Jenn Miller
Jennerick Press
9780982448403, $15.00

Simple stories can sometimes be the best stories. "Stories of Clean Living, the Dutch-American Way" is a collection of charming and simple stories from Jenn Miller about Dutch America and growing up. Honest and charming, Miller's stories are meant to uplift, and do their job well. For that, "Stories of Clean Living, the Dutch-American" receives a recommendation.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Martin Sloane
Smart Shopper LLC
300 S.E. 5th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33432
9781442163997, $12.99

A penny saved is a penny earned, especially in these rough times. "Bogo! Buy 1, Get 1 Free!: Save $100 or More Each Month on Your Favorite Groceries" is a guide to maximizing coupon use and shedding dollars off one's grocery bill through coupons and other tips. Suggestions include keeping coupons organized, finding more coupons on sources such as the internet, and more. Author Martin Sloane is the penny pincher's friend with "Bogo!", a solid and recommended guide for those who know every bit counts.

The 2009-2011 Recession Survival Guide
Michael McDermott
The Oaklea Press
6912-B Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA 23226
9781892538512, $19.95,

Recession is not a death sentence. "The 2009-2011 Recession Survival Guide: 414 Actions Businesses Can Take to Weather the Storm and Boost Profits" is a guide to surviving and thriving in a contracting economy. Increasing cash flow, advertising, avoiding firings, and other topics are discussed within, as author Michael McDermott presents a solid and educational business volume. "The 2009-2011 Recession Survival Guide" is a must for businesses wanting to do their best during the worst of times.

Personal Finance Tips for You
Nocita Carter
WebLinks Publishing
PO Box 892125, Temecula, CA 92589-2125
9780982348505, $8.50,

There are lots of little tips and tricks one can do to keep their head above the water in finance. "Personal Finance Tips for You: Tips You Can Use to Help You with Your Personal Finances" is a compact guide to facing tough economic times, describing how to stay afloat when money is tight. Punctual bill payments, the hazards of credit cards, matrimony, unemployment, and so much more is covered, offering a solid guide for readers. "Personal Finance Tips for You" is a fine introduction to paying for one's life.

42 Rules for Saving Your House from Foreclosure
David Coleman & Craig Triance
Superstar Press
20660 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 210, Cupertino, CA 95014
9781607730385, $19.95,

All who live under a mortgage live in fear of foreclosure. "42 Rules for Saving Your House from Foreclosure" is a guide for those under a mortgage in these tough economic times where the banks are more foreclosure happy than ever. Outlining advice and strategies for dealing with banks who want nothing more than to get as much money as they can out of you and your home, authors David Coleman & Craig Triance bring the story of Coleman's fight against foreclosure, and Triance's expertise in Real Estate for a simple, understandable preparation guide. "42 Rules" is a worthwhile investment for those under the thumb of their banks.

Da Ultimate Hookup
Claudette McGowan
PO Box 34021, RPO Hollandview #7, Aurora, ON L4G 0G3
9780981211404, $14.95,

It's really hard to beat the price of free. "Da Ultimate Hookup: Free Things for All Canadians" is a guide for Canadians who are tight with their money but still want more for their nonexistent dollar. From everything for help with one's newborn child to getting out of one's internet bill, there's plenty of information about freebies. Many of the ideas presented are not exclusively for Canadians either, as a good deal apply to Americans or others. "Da Ultimate Hookup" is a top pick for those who can't get enough of free.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Finding My Way
May McGregor Bourret
Penfield Books
215 Brown Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
9781932043617, $14.95

The first year for a dog is the most important to its development. "Finding My Way" is the charming story of May, a Labrador retriever who joined a caring family. Written from the perspective of the dog, "Finding My Way" provides a charming story that readers will love and relish for hours. Enhanced with full color photos, "Finding My Way" is well worth the consideration.

Scaredy Dog!, revised edition
Ali Brown
Tanacacia Press
PO Box 36, Neffs, PA 18065
9780976641407, $19.95

A dog barking at you isn't doing so because it wants to hurt you, but rather because it fears you. Now in a newly revised edition, "Scaredy Dog! Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog" is a guide for pet owners who want to train their pets to be more well behaved. "Scaredy Dog!" is a fine read for any dog owner who is not entirely sure how to stop their dog's endless barking.

Forever Home
Maura Furie
Wild Rose Press
5525 Bond Road, Deford, MI 48720
9780981482705, $17.95

Dogs, just like people, have emotions and reservations about where they call home. "Forever Home: A Guide to ReHoming the Rescued Dog" is a guide for pet owners in establishing that initial bond with their pet. With many tips and techniques with dealing with various problems and making one's pet feel at home, "Forever Home" is a top pick guide for making man's best friend your best friend.

Doggin' America
Doug Gelbert
Cruden Bay Books
PO Box 467 Montchanin, DE 19710
9780981534688, $19.95,

Your dog doesn't like being cooped up in a house all day either. "Doggin' America: 100 Ideas for Great Outdoor Vacations to Take With Your Dog" is a guide to hiking outdoors with one's dog when one is faced with countless restrictions that prohibit dogs. For people who view their dog as their best friend, these restrictions prove too restrictive, and author Doug Gelbert is here to help. Pointing out where outdoors vacationers can go to find dog friendly spots, "Doggin' America" is a top pick.

The Poetry Shelf

Moose for Breakfast
Nancy Owens Barnes
Rushing River Press
PO Box 95, Priest River, ID 83856
9780982390214, $11.95,

The simple beauty of the outdoors is so often lost on city folk. "Moose for Breakfast: Outdoor Poems and Essays" is the work of Nancy Owens Barnes, celebrating the great outdoors through entertaining and fine verse. For those with a like minded view and a taste for poetry, "Moose for Breakfast" is an enjoyable and recommended read.

Beloved on the Earth
Jim Perlman, et al.
Holy Cow! Press
PO Box 3170, Mount Royal Station, Duluth, MN 55803
9780977945894, $16.95,

The loss of one's family is one of the toughest things one will ever face. The collaborative project of Jim Perlman, Deborah Cooper, Mara Hart, and Pamela Mittlefehldt, "Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude" is a collection of poems from various well known poets as they reflect on the losses of their loved ones and the wide range of emotions they feel in remembering what they have done to their lives. Not just mourning, these poets express their gratitude for the positive impacts the eulogized have had in their lives. "Beloved on the Earth" is a moving compilation, highly recommended. "Pueblo Blessing" by Judith E. Prest: Hold onto what is good/Even if it is a handful of earth.//Hold onto what you believe/Even if it is a tree that stands by itself.//Hold onto what you must do/Even if it is a long way from here.//Hold onto life/Even if it seems easier to let go.//Hold onto my hand/Even if I have gone away from you.

Richard Carr
Gival Press
PO Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203
9781928589457, $15.00

Words can be sweet as honey, as poet Richard Carr demonstrates with "Honey". An award winning collection of sonnets, his work will charm and entertain for hours giving readers countless classic sonnets. "Honey" is a top pick for any fan of poetry, especially those who hold sonnets dear. Also from Richard Carr is "Street Portraits", (9780981693699, $16.00, Backwaters Press). A sample from "Street Portraits": "Sleek Trains Speeding": I am blind to God's presence in the room - tapping his fingers on the mantelpiece.//Frankie tells me he is here, but she is looking out the window,/her eyes like sleek trains/speeding back and forth across the bay.

The Political Science Shelf

The Long Slog
Stump Connolly
Dead Tree Press
2326 W. Medill, Chicago, IL 60647
9781879652002, $17.95,

You can say many things about the 2008 election, but you can't say it wasn't funny. "The Long Slog: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House" is filled with entertaining and hilarious stories about the campaign trail and how both sides may have not as taken it as seriously as it should have been. An entertaining way of reflecting on one of the more tumultuous presidential races of recent history, "The Long Slog" is highly recommended reading.

The Business Shelf

I'm on LinkedIn - Now What???, second edition
Jason Alba
20660 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 210, Cupertino, CA 95014
9781600051364, $19.95,

The internet is a powerful tool, but one must know how to use it to use it well. Now in a newly published second edition, "I'm on LinkedIn - Now What???" is a guide to the social networking site LinkedIn and how to maximize its use for business and more. A straightforward and practical guide for the many nuances of the social networking service, "I'm on LinkedIn - Now What???" is a solid addition to any business library.

Seating Matters
Paul O. Radde, Ph.D.
Thriving Publications
c/o The Thrival Institute
3873 Florentine Drive, Longmont, CO 80503
9780962587221 $35.00

Seating Matters: State of the Art Seating Arrangements is an essential guide for businesspeople who need to set up seating for presentations, and its information is invaluable for anyone who has to make arrangements for seating large meetings, panels, or classes, from PTAs to political organizations to college teachers. Chapters discuss basic principles for setting or troubleshooting a potential meeting room (such as "Face Each Chair Toward the Presentation, No Straight Rows, Curve the Rows" and "No Middle Aisle, Flare Aisles Off at 45 Degrees"), how to gain acceptance for the set-up of the presentation room, and much more. The goal of Seating Matters is to ultimately set up an arrangement that helps keep the participants comfortable, with sufficient room to take notes or grab a handkerchief (even if some of them may be broad-shouldered men or plus-sized individuals). The application of angles is particularly valuable, as it allows those seated on the edges a much clearer view of the meeting's presenter. Seating Matters treats its subject seriously, and is well worth extended study - highly recommended.

The Freedom Formula
Christine Kloser
Love Your Life Publishing
PO Box 2, Dallastown, PA 17313
9780979855443, $19.95,

You don't have to sell your soul to be a millionaire. "The Freedom Formula: How to Put Soul in Your Business and Money in Your Bank" is a guide for entrepreneurs who want to stay true to themselves when they do their business. If you hate yourself for doing what you do, is the money really worth it? With much motivation within to combat procrastination, and face the competition, "The Freedom Formula" is an intriguing and very much recommended read for businesspeople.

Sell with Confidence
Paul Vitale
Vital Communications
PO Box 2042, Little Rock, AK 72203
9780966617443, $17.00,

Confidence counts for more than many people will ever give it credit for. "Sell with Confidence: Unlock Your Potential" is an inspirational and marketing guide from author Paul Vitale. Covering subjects from the approach, advertising one's product in conversation, working with leads, and how to enjoy one's work, there is much to be learned here. "Sell with Confidence" is of recommendation for anyone who wants a boost of confidence whether they are marketing themselves or a product.

Water the Bamboo
Greg Bell
Three Star Publishing
PO Box 12650, Portland, OR 97212
9781935313335, $14.95,

When improvement comes, it can come in massive amount. "Water the Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals" is a guide to finding the patience and determination to nurture teams and individuals to become the best they can be. Author Greg Bell gives advice to get the best out of one's employees and preparing the business for a brighter future. "Water the Bamboo" is a top pick and very much recommended read for any patient business leader.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist
Robert Egby
Three Mile Point Publishing
PO Box 354, Chaumont, NY 13622
9780615291963, $16.95,

What separates a casual spiritualist from one who dedicates their life to spirituality? "The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist: The Journey Home" is a story for those who wish to pursue spirituality more seriously. Stating the book is not for casual spiritualists, author Robert Egby explains his ideas for this path in life clearly and plainly. The goal is to help readers better understand what they need to know to go down this complex path of 'infinite intelligence'. "The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist" is a worthwhile consideration for serious spiritual seekers.

Life Before Death
Ian Leitch
Grace Acres Press
PO Box 22, Larkspur, CO 80118
9781602650077, $14.95

There is more to life than death. "Life Before Death: A Restored, Regenerated, and Renewed Life" is a guide for Christians to embracing the word of Christ and daily life as the most important aspect of Christianity, rather than the fear of death and Hell. Explaining how Christ represents the best of mankind and God, and how to fight man's darker side, "Life Before Death" is an inspirational religious manual than many Christians will find immediately relevant.

The Cross
Arthur Blessitt
1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
B&B Media Group (publicity)
109 South Main Street, Corsicana, TX 75110
9781934068670, $17.99,

Some people are far more driven by their spirituality than others. "The Cross" is a chronicle of the mission embarked on by author Arthur Blessitt. Over the span of four decades, he sought to carry a large wooden cross across the planet, visiting every country in the world along with his cross. With no shortage of stories from his travels, his remarkable narrative is utterly fascinating to read, regardless of one's religious views.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Victory Over ADHD
Deborah Merlin
Healthy Living Publications
PO Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
9781570672347 $12.95

ADHD is not something that has to plague a young child, and one doesn't need to resort to drugs to combat it. "Victory Over ADHD: A Holistic Approach for Helping Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" is a guide for parents dealing with ADHD. Chapter after chapter discusses causes and solutions to common problems, making "Victory Over ADHD" a solid choice for those who want to help their child with ADHD.

Stretching in the Office
Bob Anderson
PO Box 279, Bolinas, CA 94924
0936070293, $11.95,

Sitting for 8 hours straight is not the way the human body was designed. "Stretching in the Office" is a guide for those who find themselves stuck in cubicles for much of their lives and end up feeling more than a little cramped. With advice to combat soreness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more, "Stretching in the Office" is a must for any cubicle slave who needs to remember they have legs.

A Never Event
Evelyn V. McKnight & Travis T. Bennington
Arbor Books Inc.
19 Spear Rd., Suite 301, Ramsey, NJ 07446
9780980058284, $16.95, www.honoreform.rog

It does little to bolsters one's faith in healthcare when truly horrible tragedies occur. "A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History" discusses the tragedy surrounding a Fremont, Nebraska cancer clinic. During chemotherapy treatments, many patients were accidentally exposed to this deadly virus with a high mortality rate. Chronicling what led to the accident, and the aftermath, "A Never Event" serves as a warning to other medical institutions to watch what they do carefully. "A Never Event" is a worthwhile read for any medical professional or administrator.

The Gluten Effect
Dr. Vikki Petersen & Dr. Richard Petersen
True Health Publishing
1309 South Mary Ave., Ste. 100, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
9780982271100, $16.95,

Wheat is suppose to be healthy, right? "The Gluten Effect: How 'Innocent' Wheat is Ruining Your Health" discusses the potential cause of many health problems - gluten, a protein found in many bread products, in particular rye and wheat. Explaining how to lower and possibly eliminate gluten from one's lifestyle, Dr. Vikki & Dr. Richard Petersen offer much in the way of tips and advice. "The Gluten Effect" is a top pick and recommended read for anyone who may find themselves gluten-intolerant.

A Return to Healing
Len Saputo
Origin Press
PO Box 151117, San Rafael, CA 94915
9781579830526, $21.95,

Something has got to change about American health care, and many people just don't know what. "A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine" is a discussion of the current health care crisis and how to go about finding a solution. With some unique and cutting edge ideas, author Len Saputo offers readers much food for thought in what is really important in medicine, and what could cut costs and lead to healthier America. Another fresh and original perspective on the health care debate, "A Return to Healing" is a fine and recommended read.

The Strategic Pricing of Pharmaceuticals
E.M. Kolassa
The Pondhouse Press
1200 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 200, Oxford, MS 38655
9780982371503, $60.00,

Why do drugs cost the amount they do? "The Strategic Pricing of Pharmaceuticals" discusses the pricing methods for the modern pharmaceutical industry and their strategies for pricing their products. There is a balance between profit, need, insurance company costs, and so many other factors that it is not a simple matter of comparing cost to produce the product and adding a small mark up for one's effort. Evaluating all the factors, "The Strategic Pricing of Pharmaceuticals" is important reading for any pharmaceutical manager or administrator.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Surprised by Death
George Lankford
Butler Cenrer Books
c/o Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
9781935106081, $14.95

Some killings baffle detectives due to no discernable motive. "Surprised by Death" follows the story of a fictional cold case out of old Arkansas in the 1840s. The random slaying of a young man leaves the town confused as the killer fails to be caught. Even a century and a half later, the story still holds strong as there are those who would still look for answers. "Surprised by Death" is an intriguing mystery that offers a glimpse of early nineteenth century Southern America.

The Dead Husband
R. J. Brown
Big River Press
PO Box 371, Clallam Bay, WA 98326-0371
9780979874475, $14.95,

Corpses have the most annoying habit of ruining one's day. "The Dead Husband" is a mystery from R.J. Brown, and her mystery solving protagonist of choice, Sally Coullier. Finding a corpse at the bottom of a garden, she seeks to get to the bottom of the endeavor, in spite of other things she would prefer to do. "The Dead Husband" is a humorous and highly entertaining fast-paced mystery, recommended.

Laurel Dewey
The Story Plant
PO Box 4331, Stamford, CT 06907
9780981608754, $24.95,

A follow up to author Laurel Dewey's previously acclaimed novel, "Redemption" follows the continuing adventures of Jane Perry as she tries to make ends meet, taking a job from a new age hippie woman whose beliefs and sanity seem questionable at best. A story filled with a compelling plot and characters, "Redemption" is another fine offering from Dewey, recommended.

The Social Issues Shelf

How to Maximize FEMA Funding After a Natural Disaster
Veronica T. White
DEW Enterprises of Orleans
1527 Simon Bolivar Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
9780982339206, $35.00

The mishandling of hurricane Katrina has become the butt of many jokes. "How to Maximize FEMA Funding After a Natural Disaster"is a guide aimed at those in power, concerning how to avoid making such mistakes in the future. Author and city official of New Orleans Veronica White offers much advice so that history does not repeat itself. "How to Maximize FEMA Funding After a Natural Disaster" is a strongly recommended read for those who have the power but want to direct it the right way.

Provide for the Common Defence
Christopher Hatley
Strategic Planning
406 Fall Cedar Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76108
9780981721408, $25.95

Could the war America most needs to pay attention to be getting the least? "Provide for the Common Defence: Border Defence" is by Texan politician and military man Christopher Hatley. Hatley offers his ideas and solutions to what he believes is the biggest threat to America today - the lack of defense on our southern border with Mexico. Claiming the problem is not with the Mexican military or state, but rather its criminals who thrive on drug trade and bring disease with them, Hatley has intriguing suggestions. "Provide for the Common Defence" is well worth the read for those who want to better understand a serious problem in today's America.

The Psychology Shelf

How Do Men Think?
Apandisis Publishing
105 Madison Avenue, Suite 3A, New York, NY 10016
Sullivan & Partners (publicity)
9781412752725, $12.95

Many questions go unanswered, but there are those who still want those answers. "How Do Men Think? 150 Questions We Aren't Afraid to Answer" discusses countless urban legends and other curiosities, from their origins to just how much truth is within each. Intriguing, fascinating, and occasionally just plain funny, "How Do Men Think?" is of strong interest to many a reader.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Spiritual Maturity
Bruce Baker
Grace Acres Press
PO Box 22, Larkspur, CO 80118
9781602650244, $19.95,

Maturity takes years to achieve, but spiritual maturity could take longer or be quicker - it depends on the individual. "Spiritual Maturity: The Road to Wonderland" is a guide to and discussion of spirituality from one Bruce Baker, focusing on the road towards spiritual maturity. Encouraging readers to find within themselves the path to discovering what they truly believe, Baker provides a solid road map spiritual contentment, commenting on the obstacles one may encounter on the way. "Spiritual Maturity: The Road to Wonderland" is a worthwhile read for those who have lost track of their destination.

Fire in Your Bones
E. Glenn Wagner
Life Bridge Books
PO Box 49428, Charlotte, NC 28277
Veritas Communications (publicity)
PO Box 2075, Canon City, CO 81215
9780979319211, $12.95

A little fire is all it takes for a raging life to get going. "Fire in Your Bones: Ignite Your Life With Power" is a faith-based guide to inspiring one through life. Encouraging spirituality and the quest for meaning, author E. Glenn Wagner takes quite the motivational approach. "Fire in Your Bones" is a solid and highly recommended read for those who want more out of their life, both in accomplishment and spirituality.

Not Just a One Night Stand
John Flowers and Karen Vannoy
Discipleship Resources
PO Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203-0003
9780881775570, $14.00,

Churches often run soup kitchens to feed the homeless. "Not Just a One Night Stand: Ministry with the Homeless" is the story of a church that ran one of these kitchens and more on top of it. Homeless people are still people, and authors John Flowers and Karen Vannoy speak of the people who are so commonly ignored by the general public. Spiritual and with much inspiration, "Not Just a One Night Stand" is well worth the read for those seeking stories of people's innate goodness, or want to be motivated to do more for their own society.

Biblical Freedom from Religious Oppression
K. Scott Schaeffer
Albireo Publishing
PO Box 7, Audubon, NJ 08106
9780981931517, $14.95,

Christianity seems to have a lot of rules, but are these rules very Christian in the first place? "Biblical Freedom from Religious Oppression: Featuring the Every-Verse Method" offers a controversial view of Christian rules - which author K. Scott Schaeffer holds are not quite so Christian, since Jesus himself rebelled against the rules of the society he lived in. Hoping to free peoples live's from restrictions that may be for no reason, "Biblical Freedom from Religious Oppression" is an intriguing and fascinating read that may change some reader's lives for the better.

Amazing Grace
Donna M. Watford
Jade Enterprises
PO Box 106211, Conyers, GA 30013
9780979699863, $15.00,

Faith is simply a powerful thing. "Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us" presents author Donna Watford's story of how her faith carried her through a dark time in her life and allowed her to move on after the devastating loss of her mother. Hoping to inspire faith and bringing light to Jesus' greatest gift, "Amazing Grace" is worth the read for those going through a rough time themselves.

Stories from Mary's Touch
Cheri Lomonte
Divine Impressions
PO Box 341991, Austin, TX 78734
9780976716402, $14.95,

One radio broadcast can change the lives of so many. "Stories from Mary's Touch: Real Life Accounts from the Mary's Touch Radio Program" is a collection of stories from those who were moved by the 'Mary's Touch' radio program and how their lives were forever changed for the better by the messages of God, Jesus, and the Virgin Mother Mary. An inspiring read for any Christian, "Stories from Mary's Touch" is a collection to be treasured.

The Art Shelf

Arts for Change
Beverly Naidus
New Village Press
PO Box 3049, Oakland, CA 94609
9780981559308, $14.95,

Art can be a powerful thing, saying much with little or no words. "Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame" is an exploration of art and its place in campaigning for change in today's society. Discussing art and its applications to countless issues, and how people have empowered themselves through it, "Arts for Change" is a look at arts, politics, and culture as a whole through modern America. "Arts for Change" is an intriguing read, especially recommended for those who transmit messages through their art.

The Parenting Shelf

Children of Dreams
Lorilyn Roberts
VBW Publishing
PO Box 9949, College Station, TX 77842
9781602643864, $13.95

A dream is a terrible thing to lose. "Children of Dreams" is the memoir of Lorilyn Roberts, reflecting on her adoption of two children from foreign countries. A Christian woman, Roberts has taken the charge for Christians to make the world a better place through adoption seriously, and shares her story, as well stories of her children, through these volumes. "Children of Dreams" is a very much recommended read for Christians considering adoption.

The Criminology Shelf

The Butterfly Garden
Chip St. Clair
Heal Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
9780757306952, $15.95,

Chip St. Clair was out more than a father; he was out an identity. "The Butterfly Garden" tells the unique story of Chip St. Clair. Raised by an abusive man, he finds out that his father is a fugitive child killer and helps brings him to justice - and further realizes that the man isn't even his father. Chip's story is quite the unique one, and "The Butterfly Garden" is a fascinating and worthwhile read.

NYPD Blue Lies
Charles Castro
Arbor Books
244 Madison Avenue, #254, New York, NY 10016
9780980058260, $15.95

Who polices the police when they break the law? "NYPD Blue Lies: The Shocking True Story of Racism, Corruption, Cover-Ups and Murder in the NYPD" is the true life story of author Charles Castro, as he reflects on his time as an officer of the NYPD. Highly critical of the way the department was managed, and especially critical of famed mayor Rudy Giuliani, Castro pulls no punches, lays out everything he has seen, and offers his very strong opinion. "NYPD Blue Lies" will incite and shock readers, and that shock is what Castro hopes will lead to better policies and a better police department.

The Self-Help Shelf

The Cure for Alcoholism
Roy Eskapa
6440 N. Central Expressway, Suite 503, Dallas, TX 75206
9781933771557, $14.95,

Author Roy Eskapa suggests that moderation is the best way to handle alcohol - both when doing it right and when trying to end one's dependence. "The Cure for Alcoholism: Drink Your Way Sober Without Willpower, Abstinence, or Discomfort" is a detailing of the Sinclair Method, a gradual method of quitting alcohol dependence by slowly lowering one's consumption in order to reprogram the brain's dependence on the drink. "The Cure for Alcoholism" is a worthwhile read for anyone who has tried everything else for their drinking problem.

What A Body Knows
Kimerer L. LaMothe
O Books
c/o Vital Arts
1317 County Route, Granville, NY 12832
9781846941887, $24.95,

Do our bodies know better than we do? "What a Body Knows: Finding Wisdom in Desire" is a guide for readers for gaining a greater grasp of what their bodies want and how to interpret them better. There is great value in gaining an understanding of the body's instinctual wisdom, which so often goes ignored for so many reasons. Hunger, lust, boredom are all signals used by the body, and author Kimerer LaMothe hopes to educate readers on interpreting those signals more correctly. "What a Body Knows" is a choice pick for self-help and philosophy collections.

Something You Forgot... Along the Way
Kentetsu Takamori
Ichimannendo Publishing
19750 S. Vermont Ave., Suite 200, Torrence, CA 90502
9780979047114, $11.95,

Simple wisdom is the best wisdom. "Something You Forgot... Along the Way: Stories of Wisdom and Learning" is a collection of short, poignant stories and fables filled with simple messages. Designed to motivate and inspire, the stories carry much in philosophy and are heavily Buddhist inspired. "Something You Forgot... Along the Way" is a very much recommended read for those who seek a more meaningful existence.

The Power of a Broken-Open Heart
Julie Interrante
Compassionate Arts Publishing
PO Box 35466, Albuquerque, NM 87176
Blessingway Authors Services (publicity)
134 East Lupita Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
9780984095605, $15.00

When nothing is left to lose, the greatest wisdom can appear. "The Power of a Broken-Open Heart: Life-Affirming Wisdom from the Dying" is a collection of stories and anecdotes on the vulnerability of mankind from those who are at the fringe of their mortality. The dying offer much insight in life on what is really important and author Julie Interrante hopes to present it here so the living can fully realize it. "The Power of a Broken-Open Heart" is a read to be very much considered by those trying to better understand their own lives.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Blueprint Your Future
Susan Bosscawen
Butterfly Publishing
5909 Haraby Ct., Dallas, TX 75248
9780615273914, $16.95,

Wandering aimlessly never gets you anywhere, but far too many play their careers out like that. "Blueprint Your Future: Creating Powerful Personal and Career Results Through Alignment and Action" is a guide to planning one's career with intelligence so one can reach solid long-term goals. With advice on clearly defining goals, picking opportunities, and more, author Susan Bosscawen transmits her expertise well through this manual. "Blueprint Your Future" is a top pick for those planning their destinies.

The Travel Shelf

Walk the Land
Judith Galblum Pex
Cladach Publishing
PO Box 336144, Greley, CO 80633
9780975961957, $14.99,

There is more to Israel than just Jerusalem. " Walk the Land: A Journey on Foot Through Israel" is the travelogue of one middle-aged couple as they make their journey through the land of Israel, exploring its natural beauty and wonders. Author Judith Galblum Pex relays her unique spiritual journey with her husband in a way that gives a glimpse of an Israel much less seen. "Walk the Land" is a very enjoyable read for those who want a greater understanding of Israel.

Along the River that Flows Uphill
Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt
Haus Publishing
70 Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9AH
9781906598327 $19.95

Along the River that Flows Uphill From the Orinoco to the Amazon is a travelogue of a journey along the Amazon river, unique among rivers in that it joins two separate river systems - the Oroinco and the Amazon - seemingly by flowing up and over the watershed that separates them. Former journalist Richard Starks and travel writer and editor Miriam Murcutt relate their adventure along the mysterious Amazon in vivid detail, including a brush with a tribe of Yanomami Indians and a potentially dangerous confrontation with FARC guerillas. Their reflections of the sights, wonders, and wistful beauties of a little-traveled path make for an unforgettably vivid travelogue. Along the River that Flows Uphill is a treat highly recommended especially for armchair travelers.

Athens Apartment
N.A. Diaman
Persona Press
2950 Van Ness Avenue #4, San Francisco, CA 94109-1036
9780931906114, $16.95,

Across the globe, it's a whole other world. "Athens Apartment" is the travel memoir of N.A. Diaman as he reflects on his inheritance of an apartment in Athens and the culture shock he experienced living there. Offering a vivid picture of the people and culture through outsider's eyes, Diaman gives an honest account of Athens. "Athens Apartment" is well worth the read for those curious about modern Greece and its people. Also from Diaman and Persona press is 'Paris Dreams' (9780931906060, $14.95) reflecting on the author's time in Paris.

Seven Perfect Days
Bill and Celia Ginnodo
Pride Publications
4 N. Wilshire Lane, Arlington Hts., IL 60004
9780965658744, $13.95,

There's more in Arizona than just desert to enjoy and experience. "Seven Perfect Days in Arizona: A Guided Driving Tour" is a guide to experiencing Arizona's sights and scenery from the comfort of one's own car during a trip through the state. With itineraries, notable attractions, where to eat and sleep, and much more, "Seven Perfect Days in Arizona" is a perfect companion to anyone planning a trip through the state.

The Education Shelf

Return to the Little Red Schoolhouse
Denise M. Turgeon
Turren Publishing
1127 W. Woodlawn, #4, San Antonio, TX 78201
9780982195550, $14.95,

There is a personal touch that used to be in the classroom that has long passed. "Return to the Little Red Schoolhouse" is about returning personalization to the classroom. Saying that education is not something that can be forced into a factory-esque approach but instead needs to be handled on a child to child basis, author Denise Turgeon presents her ideas for a better educational future for America's children. "Return to the Little Red Schoolhouse" is well worth the read for those who think the answers of tomorrow's education lie in yesterday's education.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Nostradamus The Jew
Grant Edwards
Vector Associates
12819 S.E. 38th Street, Suite 115, Bellevue, WA 98006
9780930808099, $16.95,

Author Grant Edwards thinks Nostradamus was a genius - just not in the way most people think. "Nostradamus The Jew: Revealer of Lost History - Not Prophecy" explores Edwards' claim that the famed prophet was not in fact a prophet at all, but instead discussing past events in history that were not of the known public opinion. From biblical times forward, Edwards provides his own interpretations of the man's work, and makes captivating arguments. "Nostradamus The Jew" is worth considering for any who want another take on the so called Prophet.

The Computer Shelf

The Free Loader Directory
Clay Cavanaugh
C2 Limited
PO Box 9055, Surprise, AZ 85374
9780982200018, $14.99,

Why pay hundreds for Adobe Photoshop when you can find a free, completely legal alternative that is just as good? "The FreeLoader Directory: The Definitive Guide to the World of Open Source & Freeware Applications" is a guide to the world of freeware and how one can find a free or open source alternative to almost every application for one's computer - even some applications one will never find in the retail market. "The FreeLoader Directory" is a cheap techie's best friend.

The American History Shelf

Sex Scandal America
David Rosen
The Key Publishing House
c/o Planned Television Arts
1110 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022
9780978252687, $35.95,

Politicians are human and have all of the same human flaws. "Sex Scandal America: Politics & the Ritual of Public Shaming" goes over the history of the United States and its flawed politicians from even before the United States existed, with the not-so-pure Puritans. Over the years, sex scandles have changed from cause to hang someone to merely fodder for the likes of Jay Leno. "Sex Scandal America" is a spicy look about how scandals and American culture have changed over the years.

Undaunted Heart
Suzy Barile
Eno Publishers
PO Box 158, Hillsborough, NC 27278
9780982077115, $16.95,

Love cares not for political divisions. "Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle & A Yankee General" tells the story of a Southern princess and her marriage to a Union General, something that during the era of a division between the United States was akin to heresy. Using Ella Swain's letters and other primary sources, author Suzy Barile tells a more complete story of one of the more controversial stories of the end of the 1860s. "Undaunted Heart" is half romance story, half analysis of North-South relations following the civil war, highly recommended.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Rise of the Ancients Annuna
J.C. De La Torre
DLT Atlantis Publishing
4016 Langdrum Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
9780978527235, $9.99,

The fate of humanity lies in the hands of bickering old Gods. "Rise of the Ancients Annuna" tells the story of Dan Ryan as he works with Prometheus to find the origin of mankind and the seal the safety of its future. Faced with the challenge of the Greek Pantheon, he must overcome legendary odds. "Rise of the Ancients Annuna" is a fine adventure of mythology and a welcome addition to the 'Rise of the Ancients' series.

Earth is Not Alone
John Knapp II
Ephemeron Press
c/o Veritas Communications
PO Box 2075, Canon City, CO 81215
9780912290317, $25.00,

When what people know is challenged, the world may devolve into chaos. "Earth is Not Alone: The Emryss Chronicles" is a science fiction story about the Earth in dire straits, as what everyone on the planet has assumed to be true may very well herald the end of humanity. This impending apocalypse is viewed people on a mountain in Appalachia. "Earth is Not Alone" is an endlessly fascinating and fast paced novel, recommended.

The Darkly Glamorous Menace
Ivan Demitrius Kafallo
Wexford & Barrow Book
4145 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
1879593963, $30.00

Male and female as opposites have so often been the basis of fiction, and Ivan author Demitrius Kafallo brings his own spin to the table in "The Darkly Glamorous Menace". With the focus of this polarity being the overlying theme of the novel, an intriguing fantasy tale emerges full of subtle humor, eroticism, and passion. This not a fantasy meant for younger readers! For those looking for deep meaning along with a heaping helping of spice, "The Darkly Glamorous Menace" may be just the right novel.

The Philosophy Shelf

Hugh Carroll
Mango Bay Press
PO Box 7180, Hilo, HI 96720
9780615253831, $10.95,

What has humanity learned? "Knowledge: Rational Philosophy and Natural Boundaries" is a discussion of modern human knowledge and how it has been gained and lost through the years. Author Hugh Carroll seeks to exercise the mind of the reader through various profound questions about the way of human thought and how we seek knowledge. By no means an easy-reader, "Knowledge" is certainly a read for those pondering the greater course of human events.

The Native American Shelf

Oklahoma's Carlisle Indian School Immortals
Tom Benjey
Tuxedo Press
546 E Springville Rd, Carlisle PA 17015
9780977448685 $24.99

The first volume of a series on Native American athletes, Oklahoma's Carlisle Indian School Immortals is the in-depth story of the dedicated sports players of Carlisle Indian School. Black-and-white photographs illustrate this enjoyable chronicle, accessible to readers of all backgrounds, and especially recommended for any sports player (Native American or not) seeking inspiration along the path of athletic achievement. Individual chapters focus primarily on the stories of well over a dozen young men and women who earned virtual immortality through their athletic accomplishments for their school - a couple of beginning chapters also tell about Carlisle Indians who turned pro, and explore the dynamics of all-Indian teams. An excellent contribution to sports or Native American studies shelves, especially recommended for college libraries.

The Sports Shelf

My Impossible Dream
Chuck Randall
as told to Barbara Kindness
RMB Publishing
Book Publishers Network
PO Box 2256, Bothell, WA 98041
9781887542685 $15.95

My Impossible Dream is the true-life story of Hall of Fame basketball coach and inventor of the slam-dunk rim, Chuck Randall. Though Randall was scammed out of the royalties for his enormously popular invention, the true legacy of his lifetime is his dedication to coaching. His no smoking, no drinking policy among his players reflected his unswerving principles - at a price, since because of this policy he knew he would be unable to coach outside of a high school or college team. My Impossible Dream is the story of a man who lived to do what he loved, and leaves no regrets, having seen his "impossible dream" come true not just once, but again and again. A touching yet lively memoir packed with exciting basketball coaching and gameplay anecdotes, My Impossible Dream is especially recommended for true fans of the sport.

The Photography Shelf

When Coal Was Queen
Jay Luke, compiler
Tribute Books
PO Box 95, Archbald, PA 18403
9780982256527 $19.95

When Coal Was Queen is an assembly of black-and-white photographs revealing the history of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, also known as "Jewel of the Mid Valley" and "The Queen City". The brief text paragraphs guide the reader through notable events of the city's past, including glimpses of some famous residents and visitors who have passed through during the course of the years. A captivating photographic documentary, When Coal Was Queen offers brings the life and times of a bustling city to the reader's fingertips. Highly recommended.

The Journalism Shelf

Freelancing in Paradise
John and Pegge Hlavacek
Hlucky Books
c/o Concierge Publishing
13518 L. Street, Omaha, NE 68137
9780981903477 $19.95

The fifth in a series of memoirs written by John and Pegge Hlavacek, Freelancing in Paradise is the real-life story of two American reporters who dared to cover social upheaval in the Caribbean from 1958 to 1963. They interviewed politicians and other celebrities who visited Jamaica, and supported their family with freelance writing and photography services to print, radio, and television news. Organized into entries by date, Freelancing in Paradise is an evocative and memorable snapshot of ordinary people working hard to cover extraordinary events, people, and times. Highly recommended.

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
phone: 1-608-835-7937

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