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Angst and Evolution
F.X. Jozwik & J. M. Gist
Abzar Pub USA
c/o Andmar Press
PO Box 217, Mills, WY 82644
Evolution is much more than biological change. "Angst and Evolution" looks at the philosophical
themes of evolution. Seeking insight from many sources, it is an enlightening look at how
humanity has changed over the years, and how angst has played a factor in this evolution. Being
one of the few creatures that feels guilt, the guilt of simple things people don't even realize may
create angst. An intriguing dissection of the human mind discussing the very purpose and
meaning of humanity, "Angst and Evolution" is sure to give the reader much to think about.
542 W. 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
9781556437564, $24.95, www.cosm.com
The product of human creativity, Art has much power associated with it. "Art Psalms" is author
Alex Grey's intellectual dissection of this abstract concept, and draws upon many of his sources.
His primary intent is to inspire his readers to improve their craft greatly. With much spiritual
insight and pondering on mysticism, Grey brings readers a storm of poetry, art, and essays, sure
to give readers much to think on. "Art Psalms" is fascinating, well worth the read.
Power from within Bushido
Anthony Martin von Sager
Cloud Dancer Production
18533 Roscoe Blvd, #272, Northridge, CA 91324
9780615261720, $24.95, www.getfit4yourlife.com
It takes a special type of person to embrace such a physical sport in spite of such handicaps.
"Power from Within Bushido" is the story of Anthony Martin von Sager, a man who studied the
martial arts in spite of being born with severe cerebral palsy. A story of the sheer power of the
will, Anthony's story should serve as quite the inspiration out there that no matter what, a dream
can be chased and with enough sheer effort, it can some day be obtained, as Anthony soon
became a Sensei himself. "Power from Within Bushido" is a fascinating read, and a very strong
consideration for other physically disabled people.
The Fiction Shelf
Angie L. Jennings
3108 PS Business Center, Woodridge, VA 22192
9780981622156, $12.95, www.bookdesigners.com
The harshest thing of all is life. "Twist" is the story of Sharin Downs, a woman who quit her job,
has no real friends, and is quickly losing both the love and lust of her boyfriend. As she attends
therapy, she reveals her thoughts and feelings, and it's soon explained why her life has been on
such a downward spiral over the past few years. "Twist" is a very human story of life and
relationships, a fine recommendation for literary fiction readers.
The Bells of Moses Henry
Birch Brook Press
PO Box 81, Delhi, NY 13753
Virginia is a state with a long and diverse history and has produced some diverse characters as
well. "The Bells of Moses Henry" is a novel filled with such intriguing, realistically human
characters. Set in the University of Virginia, the story plays out with an utterly fascinating and
entertaining writing style. For fans of literary fiction or just those searching for a look into the
soul of Virginia, "The Bells of Moses Henry" is a top pick.
Prodigal in the City
Louis N. Jones
PO Box 41493, Washington, DC 20018-0893
9780965662543, $16.25, www.conquestpublishers.com
Faith often leaves people, but that doesn't prevent it from coming back. "Prodigal in the City"
follows James Whitaker as he comes home to Washington D.C. after a long absence. But he soon
finds himself the target of ghosts from his past, and it seems his only hope for salvation is a
megachurch that has formed in his home city. A story of faith and how it can rescue even the
most hopeless of cases, "Prodigal in the City" is quite the choice for those in search of Christian
Amalie in Orbit
Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer
The Wessex Collective
PO Box 1088, Nederland, CO 80466-1088
Some people take tragedy as life destroying, some take it to reinvent themselves. "Amalie in
Orbit" follows Amalie Price as she finds herself widowed at forty. Forced to join the mainstream
workforce, her adventures in this avenue are by no means boring as she deals with conflicts with
her children and an array of entertaining and excellent characters throughout. "Amalie in Orbit"
is a fine pick for fiction fans looking for a laugh, executing its intent well.
The Five Lost Days
7035 Meade Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
9780980235524, $24.95, www.pearhouse.com
One life can hold many secrets that may benefit the world. However, one life is also very fragile.
"The Five Lost Days" follows aspiring documentarian Michael Burns as he goes on the search for
the last curandero, a traditional healer of the Mayan culture. This individual, with his knowledge
of the plants and flora of his home region, may be key to unlocking their medicinal properties.
However, violent civil wars and many other events may snuff this knowledge out from the world
for good. "The Five Lost Days" is an intriguing novel of adventure, sure to please fans of the
Fly Little Bird, Fly!
Donna Nordmark Aviles
120 Dantes Drive, Hockessin, DE 19707
In search of a place to belong, some will travel thousands of miles. "Fly Little Bird, Fly!" tells the
story of Oliver and Edward, two orphans with no place to go. Riding a train from New York City
to the Midwest, the two embark on an adventure in search of a family to love and to love them. A
moving story of the determination of children, "Fly Little Bird, Fly!" is a fine novel for young
readers, sure to please. Also of recommended is the book's sequel, "Beyond the Orphan Train"
(1932852948, $10.00), continuing the story of Oliver and Edward.
A & N Publishing
3150 South Street, NW, Suite 2F, Washington, DC 20007
9780982073544, $21.95, www.AandNpublishing.com
The smallest and most useless of trinkets can mean the world. "Elijah's Coin: A Lesson for Life"
is the story of a man named Tom whose life was on the fast road to nowhere. When he meets a
man called Elijah, his life turns around and he's given a small coin. Inspired by his meeting, he
wants to find Elijah much more, and finds that his savior has quite the legacy - for both helping
people and elusion. A story of gratitude and sometimes the problem of looking too closely,
"Elijah's Coin" is a fine novel of humanity, a strong choice indeed.
Abraham's Bay & Other Stories
PO Box 11233, Takoma Park, MD 20913
9781928755128, $23.95, www.dryadpress.com
With a long history of exotic culture, strange mysteries, brutal history, it's no mystery why the
Caribbean is the perfect place for adventure to grow. "Abraham's Bay & Other Stories" is a
collection of short stories from Jack Greer set in the south Atlantic as the characters he creates
choose the sea in order to find peace in their lives. Giving them unique and entertaining stories,
Greer makes a fine collection of short fiction, making "Abraham's Bay & Other Stories" a top
pick for those seeking fiction with an oceanic focus.
6241 Thornhill Drive, Oakland, CA 94611
9781439204870, $15.95, www.janstites.com
The problems life throws at you may just be the solution. "Edgewise" follows Simone, a deeply
troubled woman. When she breaks down, she fines herself in a mental institution which has
gained the charming nickname of 'Oakhell'. As she fines herself in conflict with Satch, she is
throw into a series of events where she must face her own problems, Satch, and perhaps Satch's
problems as well. "Edgewise" is a story of humanity and how strength can come from many
sources, even those we supposedly hate.
Winter in the Bunkhouse
Seven Cross Lazy L Productions
PO Box 308, Big Piney, WY 83113
9780981764900, $22.95, www.7cross.marincuc.com
When tragedy strikes, the worst cure possible is an old tormentor. "Winter in the Bunkhouse"
follows widow Kate Webster as she deals with the tragedy of losing her husband and child.
Fleeing from the tragedy, she finds herself stranded on an old ranch, only to find Jake McClary as
its owner. Jake and Kate don't have the most fond of memories of each other by any stretch, but
Kate must cope. "Winter in the Bunkhouse" is a story of dealing with the past, and turning over
Cause and Conscience
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, Suite 629, North Hollywood, CA 91602
9781584360049, $16.95, www.milfordhaven.com
When so many people are crammed so closely together, drama begins to play out. "Cause and
Conscience" is another novel in the Milford-Haven series from esteemed writer Mara Purl.
Centered around the age old conflict of developer and environmentalist, a vast and different cast
of characters collide in a small town where they cannot escape one another. "Cause and
Conscience" is a people story for those who love people stories - highly recommended.
577 Mulberry Street, Suite 1520, Macon, GA 31201
159998993X, $12.00, www.samhainpublishing.com
When you're not looking, you just might miss exactly what you're looking for. "Gold Dust"
follows Sarah Delany, disgusted with her marriage and going the only way she can - westward.
John Lawton wants to make his fortune, and really wants little to do with any damsel in distress.
But both of them never bother to consider that there may be something more to their chance
meeting. An original romance set in the times of the California Gold Rush, "Gold Dust" is a fine
novel sure to entertain and excite.
Look at Me Now
Thomas J. Hubschman
PO Box 63, Salem, NY 12865
9780966987768, $21.95, www.savvypress.com
Starting again is terribly difficult when the demons of the past continue to haunt. "Look at Me
Now" follows Diedre Davis as she finds herself finally free of her husband for twenty years, and
despite being middle aged, looks at her life as just beginning. If only though, the tragedies of her
past, a cruel mother, and her strained relationship with her son weren't holding her back...A novel
of gaining strength as an independent woman, "Look at Me Now" is inspiring and entertaining,
Temple of the Two Jaguars
Merlin & Assoc Publisher
963 Quail Run Quay, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
9780981468402, $15.00, www.templeofthetwojaguars.com
Who says archeology is boring? "Temple of the Two Jaguars" is an adventure novel following
Ryan and Allison as he follows an expedition into Mexico to find a possible Mayan equivalent to
the Rosetta Stone. However, Ryan and Allison's scholarly endeavor has quite a few opponents
with those who are out for greed, and it seems the Mayans may still have something to say on the
matter... "Temple of Two Jaguars" is a fast paced, exciting read, sure to please.
The Canaan Creed
Hope Springs Media
PO Box 11, 988 Sulphur Spring Road, Prospect, VA 23960-0011
9781935375005, $14.95, www.hopespringsmedia.com
When one of one's own pack is downed, people travel great distances to set things right. "The
Canaan Creed" follows wolf biologist Anna O'Neil, who must return to Maine to investigate the
death of her father while she was far away. The emergence of a strange document sets her search
upside down. Author L.P. Hoffman crafts an engaging mystery that will keep readers turning the
pages. As such, "The Canaan Creed" is fine reading and highly recommended.
James Alexander Protzman
PO Box 1154, Crawfordville, FL 32326-1154
9780979270079, $12.00, www.kitsunebooks.com
Jesus shows up in the strangest of places for some. "Jesus Swept" is an entertaining story filled
with enthralling characters ranging from stereotypical hippies, would be messiahs, and even
Jesus himself. Spiritual, philosophical, witty, entertaining, yet respectful, "Jesus Swept" takes the
world of Christianity and turns it upside down in the most entertaining way possible.
The Energy Caper
William Scott Morrison
PO Box 2503, Petaluma, CA 94953
9780929150260, $19.95, www.energycaper.com
Even when everything goes right, something goes wrong. "The Energy Caper: Or Nixon in the
Sky with Diamonds" is an alternative reality fiction diving into a world where less tragic
assassinations occur, Vietnam never happened, and Nixon was not a crook. Out for fame and
legacy, Richard Nixon is out to free America from oil dependence, but the solution to the
problem is not simple, and has him butting heads with congress to get anything done. Humorous
with a spin on the method to convey its methods, "The Energy Caper" is unique, intriguing, and
Pretty Inside Out!
PO Box 1057, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-7057
9780981825625, $12.95, www.rycjbookpage.com
It takes all types to move the world, and RYCJ tells a tale of many of these types. "Pretty Inside
Out!" is a collection of short stories of people in the workplace, from grumblers to doers, to
scheming, to the joyful, she tells a very varied collection of stories, sure to give those who work
in offices themselves much to relate to. "Pretty Inside Out!" is unique and frank, highly
The Eyes Have It
Mill City Press
212 N 3rd Avenue, Ste 570, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781934248447, $18.00, www.madelynlorber.com
The value of one's birth when complicated by extraterrestrial overtones is something that is hotly debated. "The Eyes Have It" follows a woman as she seeks to find out her origins. Prejudice against such types are strong in her place of origin, and the thought of being a human/alien hybrid is devastating. Laced with mystery, social messages, and an excellent story, "The Eyes Have It" is an excellent read.
PO Box 221, Fiddletown, CA 95629
9780981931951, $17.95, www.gabypress.com
A familiar set of eyes are sometimes needed when viewing something so unfamiliar. "Rankin
Inlet" follows a white woman who comes to serve an Inuit village as a nurse and midwife, far
from her hometown. Through her eyes, we view a society that's different from our own, yet much
the same as well. Intriguing and well researched, "Rankin Inlet" is as educational as it is
PO Box 1002, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-1002
9780977230846, $13.99, www.ariannaghnovels.com
Dreams are to be treasured as they are pursued, and mourned when they are lost. "Blessed Petals"
is a novel of dreams and how some succeed while others are shattered. Lochmoor Glen is swept
up in spring and romance spills out all over the place, as some people are turned very happy and
others are devastated. A compelling human drama unfolds, making "Blessed Petals" a very
solidly recommended read all the way through.
Reflections of the Heart
Tamora R. Walls
PO Box A3363, Chicago, IL 60690
9781607027997, $9.95, www.reflectionsheart.com
Some things don't have the most obvious of ends. "Reflections of the Heart" is a unique
experiment of fiction from Tamora R. Walls. Telling a story of deep and tough family secrets,
Walls forgoes the end in encouragement for readers to compose their own finale to the saga.
Unique, and excellently executed, "Reflections of the Heart" is solid and a top pick for those who
like to put their own spin on a story.
Jane Kennedy Sutton
9101 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 105-112, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Ascot Media Group (publicity)
1120 Nasa Road 1, Suite 220, Nassau Bay, TX 77058
9781595071934, $26.99, www.archebooks.com
The wild and unexpected can be ever the savior when one is in despair of the mundane. "The
Ride" is the story of a housewife who has sunk into a deep depression from her everyday life and
her marriage to an egomaniacal husband who seems to forget she exists. But luckily for her,
money is on her side, as is her Knight in a shining red convertible. A thrill ride of a romance,
"The Ride" is exciting reading, sure to please.
Go East Young Man
Sleeping Dog Press
190 West Shore Road, South Hero, VT 05486
When considering good places to graze, one doesn't look at the urban grasslands of New York
City. "Go East, Young Man" is a novel of modern ranchers of the Henry family, faced with ruin
from falling beef prices. Hoping to move their operation to more fertile and successful lands,
they choose New York City as a destination, believing its field to be ripe and taking its
metaphorical title as a 'giant meat market' literally. "Go East, Young Man" is an entertaining and
hilarious story, sure to keep readers glued to the pages.
Out of Time
Michael McCarty & Connie Concoran Wilson
c/o Quad Cities Learning, Inc.
2127 3rd St. 8, East Moline, IL 61244
Time traveling rock stars, as ridiculous as it sounds, may be the one hope for the Earth. "Out of
Time" follows Dante Benedick, a rock icon, as he comes to term that his ultimate destiny may
not be on the stage with thousands of groupies waiting backstage. He seems to be the only one
able to save mankind from destroying itself before it's too late, and he must do so, or there will be
no fans to come back to. "Out of Time" is a unique and fascinating dive into science fiction,
The Hindenburg Letter
Roger L. Conlee
Pale Horse Books
706 Monumental Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23185
9780971036277, $14.95, www.palehorsebooks.com
Is the lust for revenge strong enough to go through the regime of Nazi Germany to claim it? "The
Hindenburg Letter" follows a tale where one may be prepared to do just that. Roger L. Conlee is
an experienced writer of thrillers with a focus on World War II, a subject he knows well. He
places his knowledge alongside his fiction for an entertaining romp. "The Hindenburg Letter" is a
delightful and exciting read all the way through.
The Money/Finance Shelf
Investor's Guide to the United Kingdom, revised edition
525 South 4th Street, Suite 241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
9781846730689, $143.00, www.globalmarketbriefings.com
There's money to be had in jolly old England, if you play your cards right. "Investor's Guide to
the United Kingdom: A Guide to Investment Opportunities and Business Practice" is a fully
revised edition of the guide dedicated to smart investing in the British Isles. The United Kingdom
has many factors that facilitate good business sense there, and has been open for quite some time
to foreign investment, from no matter the source. Many minds converge on the subject, each
offering their own take and view on wise business with the UK, and dealing the few impediments
one would face in a UK based business. "Investor's Guide to the United Kingdom" is an absolute
must to any community library collection dedicated to foreign investment or business.
The Biography Shelf
Gray & Company
1588 E. 40th St., Cleveland, OH 44103
9781598510522, $19.95, www.grayco.com
A long career in television often results in countless entertaining stories. "Big Chuck!: My
Favorite Stories from 47 Years on Cleveland TV" is the story of Cleveland television icon Buck
Schodowski as he places out a book of his countless stories of his never-boring life throughout
his time on the "Ghoulardi" show. He discusses the characters of the show, and what went on
behind the scenes, like how he once almost challenged for the undisputed heavyweight boxing
championship of the world. "Big Chuck!" is a vivid picture of an honest man in the insane world
of television, highly recommended.
The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards
Steven J. Lawson
400 Technology Park, Lake Mary, FL 32746
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is a sermon that rings strongly today, hundreds of years
later. "The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards" is a biographical look at the man behind
that fiery sermon. Argued by some to be one of America's best Christian speakers, the book is a
wide scope of his life of a man who began writing in the name of God as a teenager. "The
Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards" is a must for those who want to know about the man
behind the words and the strong faith of some people.
Editions & Impressions
Nicholas A. Basbanes
Fine Books Press
4905 Pine Cone Drive, #2, Durham, NC 27707
Gulotta Communications (publicity)
341 Lexington Street, Newton, MA 02466
9780979949104, $27.95, www.finesbooksmagazine.com
There's more adventure to books than the stories within them. "Editions & Impressions: Twenty
Years on the Book Beat" is a memoir of Nicholas A. Basbanes, a journalist on the literary world
of books. Filled with essays, stories, and anecdotes, Basbanes has more than enough to keep even
the less informed of the book industry in line. "Editions & Impressions" is filled with lost castle
libraries, book thieves, and more, making for an intriguing read about the deceptively exciting
world of books.
110 Jones Point Road, Brooksville, MN 04617
Publishing Works Inc. (publicity)
60 Winter Street, Exeter, NH 03833
9780964601888, $16.95, www.publishingworks.com
Some stories can tell you so much more about the world than one would think. "Cracked
Marbles: Life's Lessons for a Maine Surgeon" is a collection of memoirs from Tom Palmer as he
draws upon the stories of his life serving as a small town surgeon in the state of Maine.
Encouraging readers, especially readers entering to medical field, to never forget the human
touch in this world of increasing technology, "Cracked Marbles" is as enlightening as it is
PO Box 9432, South Burlington, VT 05403
Dealing with the scum of the earth is no walk in the park. "Vermont C.O.: The Truth of Attrition"
is the memoir of a man who has served as a correctional officer in the Vermont prison system.
Frank and blunt, Mason tells his story which reveals the harsh realities that is working for a
system filled with the worst of humanity. Showing exactly why the turnover rate for his
profession is so high, "Vermont C.O." delves into the prison system and shows readers a vivid
Dancing with the Enemy
628 Canyon Rim Dr., Dripping Springs, TX 78620
0981852513, $19.99, www.getumotivated.com
Cancer in the modern age is not a diagnosis that means death. "Dancing with the Enemy: Letting
the Good Outweigh the Bad" is a memoir recording Meg Brown's battle with cancer, and how
through an upbeat attitude and an indomitable spirit, she overcame her ailment and reclaimed her
life. Witty, poignant, and awe-inspiring, Meg's tale is just the remedy some will need for their
own struggles. "Dancing with the Enemy" is a fine entry into collections dealing with cancer and its
PO Box 4851, Valley Village, CA 91617-0851
9780982034569, $14.95, www.trincopublishing.com
One of the largest cities in the world, and millions try to flock there annually. But if they all
jumped off a bridge, would you follow? L.A. Nuts: A Collection of the Cult-Hit Columns" is a
collection of writings from Joe Dungan who seeks to prove the insanity of Los Angelans and
encourage people to stay far, far away from the incessant madness and be glad they don't live in a
town where irrationality is law. "L.A. Nuts" is hilarious, enlightening, and will make readers
reconsider a trip to Hollywood.
Bascom Hill Publishing Group
212 N 3rd Avenue, Suite 570, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781935098119, $19.95, www.bascomhillpublishing.com
Love is a good thing, but too much of a good thing can be toxic. "Poisoned Love" is the
reflections of Melanie Caine as she comes to realization of the mistakes she made as her love
made her mentally ill and made her commit a crime that she now seriously regrets years later.
Poignant and frank about her shortcomings as a person, she reveals that love may not always be
the best motivation to do things in one's life. "Poisoned Love" is intriguing reading on the dark side
of deep affection.
Bringing Back the Magic
Margaret T. Wright
13835 N Tatum Boulevard, #9-609, Phoenix, AZ 85032
9780982119808, $17.95, www.maggiewright.net
Animals can be a great shoulder to cry on when humanity is so cruel. "Bringing Back the Magic"
is one woman reflecting on how she became who she is today. Margaret T. Wright lost her
mother at a very young age, and to cope, she found comfort in an African Grey Parrot and today
is an expert on the species. Encouraging those who are struck by tragedy to look to their
feathered or furry friends, "Bringing Back the Magic" is fine and helpful reading.
Community Miracles Center
2269 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
9780982041901, $17.95, www.miracles-course.org
What is a miracle, after all? "After Enlightenment: 16 Articles About a Course in Miracles" is a
series of writings from the 'Irreverent Reverend', Tony Ponticello. The articles tackle a wide
range of subjects from sex to politics, to his more direct area of expertise, religion. Discussing 'A
Course in Miracles' well, "After Enlightenment" is entertaining and educational reading, sure to
do just both for many a reader.
The Business Shelf
Not Another Pretty Binder!
Robert A. Simpkins
22 Amherst Road, Amherst, MA 01002
9781599961392, $29.95, www.hrdpress.com
There are some things that immediately associated with the status quo. "Not Another Pretty
Binder!: Strategic Planning That Actually Works" is a guide to business planning and breaking
the cliches so many companies ultimately fall into. Hoping to infuse business leaders with fresh
ideas with realistic goals and expectations, as well as dealing with failure realistically and most
importantly, avoiding pretty binders, "Not Another Pretty Binder!" is a solid addition to any
business collection looking to succeed.
1835 NE Miami Gardens Drive, Suite 151, North Miami Beach, FL 33179
9780971557833, $37.00, www.advantageleadership.com
The Founding Fathers are called ahead of their time for a reason, as much of their ideas and
concepts still hold very well today. "Conventional Wisdom: How Today's Leaders Plan, Perform,
and Progress Like the Founding Fathers" takes a look at how the wisdom of America's greatest
leaders hasn't changed all that much in two hundred years. Showing how the economic policies
of Madison, the leadership qualities of Washington, the diplomacy of Franklin are all key
features in today's business, "Conventional Wisdom" takes a unique approach to explaining a
successful business of today.
Big Leadership Ideas
Paul B. Thornton
90 Fairway Dr., Chicopee, MA 01020
9780981841854, $14.95, www.foremostpress.com
Leading a company to major profits and leading them to a sports championship are not all that
different. "Big Leadership Ideas: From the Locker Room to the Boardroom" is a guide for
business leaders who want to transform their athletics field experience into business room
leadership. With advice on evaluating one's status, realizing what can be done, and how to
choose wisely and execute wisely, "Big Leadership Ideas" is a must for those who want to think
big, but want to avoid being delusional.
The Legend of Svet's
1 Market St., #3600, San Francisco, CA 94105
Modern doesn't mean the turn of the twentieth century. "The Legend of Svet's: Where
Advertising Was Lost, Then Found" takes a tale of fiction and spins it into an educational and
vital lesson about the world of marketing. Calling for a revitalization of today's marketing
techniques instead of following the ancient techniques that have been waning for quite some
time, Jay Miller tells a story that blends business insight and fiction well, making "The Legend of
Svet's" an essential read for advertising students - and one they won't dread.
No Stress Tech Guide To ACT! 2009
Indera E. Murphy
PO Box 719, Teaneck, NJ 07666
9781935208075, $43.95, www.tolana.com
ACT! is a 'Contact and Customer Relationship Management' (CRM) database software package
designed for use by individual and companies. In "No Stress Tech Guide To ACT! 2009", author,
educator, and IT professional Indera E. Murphy draws upon her more than twenty years of
experience and expertise to create a thoroughly 'user friendly' manual offering step-by-step
instructions on using ACT! to create and edit contact, company and group records. Readers will
also learn how to run and customize reports, create and use dashboards, import and export data,
schedule activities, use task lists and calendars, customize toolbars and menus, as well as report
templates. Of special note is the chapter dedicated to database maintenance and security.
Profusely illustrated throughout, "No Stress Tech Guide To ACT! 2009" is an ideal and
recommend instruction guide for anyone seeking to organize and maintain their contact and
customer information, or who seek to demonstrate functionality of software to clients while
gathering specifications for a proposed project. Whether as a classroom textbook and curriculum
supplemental reference, or as an individualized personal study guide, "No Stress Tech Guide To
ACT! 2009" is highly recommended reading.
501 Ideas for Your Compliance and Ethics Program
Joseph E. Murphy
Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
6500 Barrie Road, Suite 250, Minneapolis, MN 55435
9780979221033, $60.00, www.corporatecompliance.org
Ethics are invaluable, but some abandon them when things start to go sour. "501 Ideas for Your
Compliance and Ethics Program: Letters from 30 Years of Practice" is a collection of concepts
and ideas that many a business can use to enhance the company's ethics and compliance
programs. Joseph Murphy has infused loads of his wisdom into this manual, with each group of
tips organized into easy to access sections, with advice on everything from hiring practice to
discipline due to the ethics of corporate gifts. "501 Ideas for Your Compliance and Ethics
Program" is a must for corporations who don't want poor ethics to be their downfall.
The Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Memory in Our Bones
H. Elizabeth Burke
EarthSong Foundation Press
4 Lyford Dr., #N, Tiburon, CA 94920
9780615204505, $21.95, www.healingorigins.com
Some memories are like bones - hardened, resilient, and never changing. "Memory in Our Bones:
Exploring the Mysteries of Mind, Body, and Spirit" is an exploration of the human spirit and the
memories that are so heavily ingrained in it and how they impact our lives so heavily. Drawing
from many spiritual traditions, Burke hopes to enlighten readers to realize who they truly are.
From there, they can grow. "Memory In Our Bones" is philosophical and intriguing reading on
the world of the human spirit, highly recommended.
Awake Spirit Publishing
2124 Awihi Pl #303, Kihei, HI 96753
9780980091236, $22.95, www.awakespiritpublishing.com
A free spirit is one without ego. "Free Spirit: A Guide to Enlightened Being" is a spirituality
guide encouraging readers to free themselves from their oppressive ego to truly become a free
spirit. With writing that is frank and blunt, as well as witty and amusing, author Sundance Burke
discusses emotions and the human spirit well, and as well as why he is no longer Donald the
Third. "Free Spirit" is intriguing spiritual reading, highly recommended.
The Poetry Shelf
Alan L. Boegehold, translator
PO Box 118, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842
9781604190052, $18.00, www.axiospress.com
A good translation can mean the difference between art and Engrish. "Cavafy: 166 Poems" is a
new translation of the historical Greek poet Cavafy's important work in the field of poetry. Alan
Boegehold serves as the translator and through deft research and ideas, he adapts Cavafy's work
to modern English while doing his best to retain his original Greek language style. A strong
choice for those who seek well-translated classical poetry, "Cavafy" is a top pick. "In the Same
Place": What's around: house, bars, and neighborhood/I look at and walk in year on year,/in joy
and in grief I brought you into being/with so much incident, with so many troubles,/for me you
have turned wholly into physical/sensation.
Weaving the Light
Mary Ruth Donnelly
Cherry Pie Press
PO Box 155, Glen Carbon, IL 62034-2905
9780974846866, $10.00, www.cherrypiepress.blogspot.com
Another entry into the fine Midwest Women Poets series, "Weaving the Light" brings readers the
work of Mary Ruth Donnelly. Drawing upon the natural world, both human and not, Donnelly
draws upon the human experience and reflects upon it as a woman and poet. "Weaving the Light"
is a strong pick for those looking for women's poetry with a Midwestern flavor. "Something
Fine": about the morning,/ the mild wind,/ Queen Anne's Lace drift in the meadow/ below the
wooden porch/ and beyond the cropped yard and garden./Across the draw, the pasture's/gray
waiting, damp, quiet,/turns gold suddenly,/not at all startled/by the sun as it rises/ above the
Feelings We Don't Reveal
16964 Columbia River Drive, Sonora, CA 95370-9111
Life is not a straight line. "Feelings We Don't Reveal: Faith vs. Hate" is an anthology of poetry
from Elizabeth Castillo, a woman who has made writing her hobby and passion for much of her
life, touching into music and prose, blending them both together well in poetry. "Feelings We
Don't Reveal" is intriguing and enlightening verse, recommended. "My Spirit is Prisoner": My
spirit is prisoner/prisoner of my own misery/A misery that is caused by me/I often lose my
will/And cry over what's been spilled/I can't take the frustration anymore/I'm losing my own
war/My eyes are parched/My throat is sealed/Help me Lord I've lost my Will/My spirit is
suffering/It needs love and sincere understanding/It can't take the walls that seclude me/the iron
bars are killing me/Lord set me free/Let me breathe/Let my spirit feel free again/As the love
carried in children.
Fields of Memory
Robert W. Wood
5050 Poplar Ave, Ste 1510, Memphis, TN 38157
Robert Wood deserves high marks for his novel Goodbye Vietnam in the past, and he translates
his expertise to poetry well with "Fields of Memory". Personal and moving, Wood remembers a
bit of rhyme to his work, setting it out from the rest of the free verse poetry on the market.
Touching on the many elements of the human experience, "Fields of Memory" is something
executed well - a sight to enjoy. "More": How can I love you more?/More than more itself/Each
day brings new distance/Between what I loved,/And what I loved before.
Like Li-Po Laughing at the Lonely Moon
Pecan Grove Press
Box AL, 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228
Author Chuck Taylor brings his experiences to test with "Like Li-Po Laughing at the Lonely
Moon". Another anthology of poetry from the man, this volume focuses on a marriage of eastern
and western philosophy as he discusses them with solid and blunt verse. "Like Li-Po Laughing at
the Lonely Moon" is a unique read to enjoy for poetry fans. "Haiku 2": Small girl gathering/off
the green lawn a bouquet/of peacock feathers.
As If the Sky Were Open
Browser Books Publishing
2195 Filmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Bob Scher is no stranger to the world of poetry with five previous volumes under his belt. "As If the Sky Were Open" is the latest volume of poetry, touching on a far range of subjects in tones ranging from whimsical to poignant. Written by a poet to enjoy, "As if the Sky Were Open" is an entrancing round of poems indeed. "Surely Everyone Knows This": Kumquat people in the field/never stop and seldom yield./All persimmon people know/to yield where kumquat people go.
Marcia S. Ivans
PO Box 387, New Vernon, NJ 07976
9780974518572, $13.00, www.arseya.com
Decades of life, and all that's really changed is the breed of her dog. "Over Easy" is a collection
of poems from a poet with decades of experience in the field, Marcia S. Ivans. As her second
anthology of poetry, she has wrote as a part of her healing process and her verse speaks right
from her heart. "Over Easy" is inspiring, and highly recommended. "The Small Smile": From
beyond your usually stoic face/A Smile curls onto your lips/the Glimmer of satisfaction/At the
serenity I have found/After many years of revealing myself/To finally reach the discovery of my
truth/and be able to smile too.
The International Studies Shelf
Eric S. Margolis
Six Adelaide Street East, Tenth Floor, Toronto, ON Canada M5C 1H6
9781554700875, $32.95, www.keyporter.com
The Middle East has long been in conflict with its Western neighbors, but how does this conflict
end? "American Raj: Liberation or Domination?" is a scholarly look at this long standing conflict
and what it may take to finally achieve peace between these two powerful entities. Being bluntly
honest and frank, Eric Margolis does not sugar coat any of his ideals behind political correctness,
and plainly states why the West is hated in the Muslim world, the inner turmoil of the Middle
east and how it fuels the fires of hate, and much more. "American Raj" is enthralling, a grade-A
choice for those who want to best understand the centuries of hate.
The Self-Help Shelf
PO Box 1752, Boca Raton, FL 33429
Is aging more of a mental thing than anything else? "Aging: How Old Would You Be If You
Didn't Know How Old You Were?" asks the title question and tries to find how much age really
matters. With many poignant thoughts and ideas on aging and a scholarly and thoughtful
dissection of age in today's society, Klein delivers much nourishment for the mind. "Aging" is a
must for anyone who thinks getting old doesn't mean you have to act like it.
How to Win a Pitch
Persuasive Speaker Press
3500 Piedmont Road, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30305
Maryglenn McCombs (publicity)
2817 West End Avenue, Suite 126-274, Nashville, TN 37203
9780978577612, $16.95, www.speechworks.net
Pitching an idea is a competition - you're competing against anyone else who thinks their idea or
product is brilliant. "How to Win a Pitch: The Five Fundamentals That Will Distinguish You
from the Competition" is a guide for those who have to often pitch their ideas for their business
to their clients. Selling is more than having a good product or idea, it's a show and presenting
oneself as well. Inspiring one's target is the aim, and "How to Win a Pitch" is a fine choice for
those who want to pitch themselves in a more appealing way.
Three Wings Press
410 Fieldstone Drive, Bozeman, MT 59715
9780981603308, $14.95, www.threewingspress.com
Often overlooked by self-help books is the natural paradoxes of live, the duality of the human
experience, and the necessity for balance for true contentment. In "Honor Yourself: The Inner Art
Of Giving And Receiving", author Patricia Spadaro underscores one of the key paradoxes (and
sources of stress) in our daily lives -- properly and successfully balancing what others need from
us with what we need from ourselves, between giving and receiving, between self-sacrifice and
self-interest, the boundaries of our generosity. A compendium of insight, advice, and practicality
within the context of modern life, "Honor Yourself" is highly recommended for personal
self-help, self-improvement reading lists as being especially 'user friendly' and 'real world'
oriented for establishing and maintaining mentally, physically, and spiritually appropriate
balances between the needs of others and the needs of oneself.
Brain Wave Vibration
c/o Yorwerth Associates
410 Fieldstone Drive, Bozeman, MT 59715
9781935127000, $14.00, www.amazon.com
Health and medical traditions of both the East and the West, going back hundreds and even
thousands of years, have one universal commonality -- the belief that human health depends upon
a proper balance of mind and body. As the founder of Dahn Yoga, the author of more than thirty
books, and president of the Korea Institute of Brain Science and the International Brain
Education Association, Ilchi Lee brings a particularly knowledgeable expertise and experience to
"Brain Wave Vibration" in which he lays out a powerful, easy-to-follow method to help
non-specialist general readers to bring their minds and bodies back into balance as a means of
achieving health, happiness, and personal peace. Readers are provided with particularly 'user
friendly' instructions on stimulating natural healing abilities, managing stress, acquiring physical
vitality, enhancing creative potential, and becoming in touch with their 'highest self'. With the
addition of several appendices, an extended bibliography, resource list, and a comprehensive
index, "Brain Wave Vibration" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to
personal self-help/self-improvement reading lists and community library reference
Jon R. Rentfrow
205 Allen Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525
9780981828107, $14.95, www.zajanpublishing.com
What is home? It's a loaded question. "...Experiencing Home...: A Guide to Finding Joy in Your
Home" is a guide to help readers answer that question for themselves. Hoping to help readers
look at their own home, as it is now, and find what they enjoy there and how to better embrace
their time there as a place of rest and joy, author Jon Rentfrow applies anecdotes and personal
questions towards the readers on each room of the house. "...Experiencing Home..." is a fine pick
me up for those who have wondered what home really is.
The Skinny on Willpower
265 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06880
9780981893532, $12.95, www.jimrandel.com
Self-discipline is an invaluable trait, but so many lack it. "The Skinny on Willpower: How to
Develop Self-Discipline" is a guide to building will power and self-discipline in oneself in a
quick and compact, easy to read guide to help readers embrace the power of will in their lives.
"The Skinny on Willpower" is a must for anyone who wants the best tool in getting anything
done in one's life to be themselves.
The Photography Shelf
9782884791045, $22.95, www.avabooks.ch
The quality of a photograph of a person can be varied so much for the same subject matter.
"Portraits" is a photography guide laid out as a question and answer manual to best lay out the
varying importance of certain elements when dealing with the incredibly fine art of portraits via
photographs. From the set up before the photograph is taken to what must be done in the dark
room, Duncan Evans applies his expertise well, making "Portraits" a must for rookie
photographers or experienced ones looking for new techniques.
Francesca Sorrenti, editor
9781904563921, $49.95, www.amazon.com
Paris is more than just a city of lights, architecture and art. It is also a diverse community of
people and places that are ideal subjects for the photographer's lens. Expertly edited by Francesca
Sorrenti, "Stalking Paris" is a compilation of work by the documentary photographer Jarret
Schecter and provides a series of photographic images that range from the blurred to the crisp,
occasionally rising to the level of fine art. A fascinating photography study, "Stalking Paris" is
especially recommended to students of photography in general, and of Parisian imagery in
The Education Shelf
The More We Get Together
Rosey RaeNate Productions
c/o Progressive Book Marketing
PO Box 1271, Gaylord, MI 49734
9781935356004, $19.95, www.amazon.com
The education of a child is as much a matter of building motivating relationships as it is
academic content. "The More We Get Together: Nurturing Relationships Through Music, Play,
Books And Art" by Gari Stein is focused on helping parents and teachers to build those kinds of
relationships with their children that will foster both a love of learning as well as the acquisition
of specific and education related skill sets. Divided into two major sections, "The More We Get
Together" covers the research underlying the conceptual value of human interaction as a vital
element in the learning process and then goes on to survey education activities that incorporate
music and playing, books and art appropriate to both a home and a classroom setting. Enhanced
with an accompany 'Travel CD' and an extensive resource listing of books and websites, "The
More We Get Together" is a highly 'user friendly' and enthusiastically recommended addition to
personal, professional, school and community library Parenting and Curriculum Supplement Educational Resources reference collections.
The Literary Shelf
c/o Small Press Distrubution
1341 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
One place over thirty years can reveal so much. "Brief Nudity" tells the story of Thomas Farber's
cottage in Berkeley, California. Telling the story in the tradition of literary nonfiction, Farber
delivers true stories that read very much like fiction, but focuses on the human nature's effort to
keep the line between fiction and nonfiction blurred as no one seems to want to tell the whole
truth. "Brief Nudity" is a fine read and well offer readers much to think about.
The Social Issues Shelf
A Love Letter to Black People
2700 Baselton Highway, Suite 10-390, Dacula, GA 30019-3207
9780979567650, $24.99, www.bamstrong.com
The black community has always been a vital part of American culture, but the black community
be on the way to destroying itself? "A Love Letter to Black People: Audaciously Hopeful
Thoughts on Race and Success" is one man's pleas to the black community to turn themselves
around and uses examples of successful black people, with the key look at the recent Presidential
success of Barack Obama. Also discussing challenges to his urges, such as the 'whitening' of
blacks, "A Love Letter to Black People" is an intriguing piece on the issue of race in America
today, dearly recommended to many a reader.
PO Box 390034, Cambridge, MA 02139
9780981571645, $26.95, www.axroide.com
Mom, baseball, and apple pie - but what is America really about? "National Lies: The Truth
About American Values" looks at the American people and what they really stand for, and how
while Americans mean well, their ideas may not be what is best for the country. Topics discussed
include everything ranging from the Founding Fathers and the challenges they faced from Day 1,
black and white thinking, how some wars started from American idealism, and more. "National
Lies" is an interesting look into the American psyche, and offers much food for thought.
The World History Shelf
The Incredible Walk
Judi Olga Cahorn
Beach Lloyd Publishers
PO Box 2183, Southeastern, PA 19399-2183
9780979277887, $19.95, www.beachlloyd.com
The will to survive can drive humans to do just about everything. "The Incredible Walk: The
True Story of My Parents' Escape from Nazi-Occupied France" is the story of a young Jewish
couple under threats from the Nazi regime during World War II. The author's parents fearing
what could happen to them, lead themselves to look westward as they attempted to cross the
rough Pyrenees mountain range into Spain. A story of how running away is not always
cowardice, but bravery, "The Incredible Walk" is a riveting read of the determination to
The Criminology Shelf
Woman Into Wolf
The Midnight Reader
9781597122894, $12.95, www.themidnightreader.com
Sometimes the skill of finding the truth is a curse rather than a gift. "Woman Into Wolf" follows
Persey Royall as she find herself in another disturbing mystery. Author Aallyn draws from her
own traumatic experiences, bring readers a solemn, yet still exciting and adventurous thriller that
is going to pull readers through a thrill ride. "Woman Into Wolf" is unique and highly
The Philosophy Shelf
The God Virus
Darrel W. Ray
15699 Kansas Avenue, Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Religion is often argued as both a bane and boon of society. "The God Virus: How Religion
Infects Our Lives and Culture" is a discussion of how all religions, ranging from the huge ones
like Christianity and Islam, to lesser known ones such as Sikhism and Shinto, have greatly
impacted humanity in all of its aspects. A dissection of religion as something that spreads very
quickly throughout all branches of society (hence its analogy to a virus), "The God Virus" does
not full out attack religion, nor endorse it. "The God Virus" is an incredibly intriguing and
fascinating read, highly recommended for those who want to understand the nature of God and
In the Beginning, There Was... Me
PO Box 2645, Valley Center, CA 92082
9781934613009, $29.95, www.zepperstudios.com
What's really the difference between a prophet and a ranting madman? "In the Beginning, There Was... Me: God's Official Autobiography" are the reflections of Samson Soledad as he waxes philosophical on the many unanswered questions of life. Drawing upon his inspiration one day to process his thoughts to paper, Soledad offers readers a fresh insight to the many things of the world, saying that thought is an inspiration from God. As such he speaks on everything, from the divine to the mundane. "In the Beginning, There Was... Me" is a fine and entertaining religious pick.
Nanci L. Danison
A.P. Lee & Co. Publishers
PO Box 340292, Columbus, OH 43234
9781934482025, $15.95, www.backwardsbooks.com
Forward thinking is fine in all, but one can find many answers just by looking back. "Backwards
Guidebook" is a second in a series called 'Backwards'. Asking many of life's questions, ranging
from God to the meaning of life, Danison and company keep it secular while waxing
philosophical in ways that will tax the mind, but leave it better from the exercise. A strong choice
for those looking for answers about life, the universe, and everything, "Backwards Guidebook" is
a definite purchase for those who have read the first and enjoyed it.
The Metaphysical Studies Shelf
The History of Atlantis
Adventures Unlimited Press
PO Box 74, Kempton, IL 60946
0932813283, $16.95, www.wexclub.com
The myth and legend of Atlantis has captivated readers for ages. "The History of Atlantis" is a
reprint of one of the earliest books on the subject, originally printed in 1926. Seeking he basis of
the mythology from countless sources such as Egyptian history, Aztec records, and more. For
anyone with an even a mild fascination with Atlantis, "The History Atlantis" gives readers a good
deal to enjoy within it and then some with its wide scope.
The Military Shelf
The Tracks of the Fox
Indiana Creative Arts
5814 Beachwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219
0966620836, $15.00, www.defourneaux.com
Knowledge is power, and without knowledge, one is powerless. Now in a newly revised edition,
"The Tracks of the Fox: Uncovering Secrets of Wartime Covert Operations" is a military memoir
of men's times as covert operatives during World War II. Rene Defourneax has collecting many
stories of secret operations through the many theatres of the war, and he tells the stories deftly,
reeling one in like they were told by the men themselves. "The Tracks of the Fox" is a must for
any military reader, as is Defourneaux's other military memoir collection of "The Raven Dropped
His Chese: A Story of the WWII French Resistance" (9780966620856, $15.00) telling the story
of the French who didn't surrender.
Prisoner of War in Germany
443 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
9780747806851, $12.95, www.shirebooks.co.uk
Germany is not known for its hospitality during World War II. "Prisoners of War in Germany" is
a look at prisoners of war who were captured during World War II, as the result of many bloody
conflicts along the German border. This is the story of these American and British soldiers who
lived their lives being forced in hard labor by their enemies, hoping their allies would eventually
come to their aid. Illustrated with full color photos, and cartoons from the time, "Prisoners of
War in Germany" is a vivid picture of the lives these men faced, highly recommended.
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