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Category: Biography/Journalism

Algerian Diary: Frank Kearns & The “Impossible Assignment” For CBS News
West Virginia University Press http://wvupressonline.com/node/611 ISBN-978-1-933202-62-4 (March 2016) 208 pgs; $19.99

Gerald Davis' book provides a wealth of scattered pieces of the puzzle that made up the 1950’s French-Algerian War (or Non-War), as well as a look at the state of more…


Category: Photography

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American War Correspondent Killed in Action
Wisconsin Historical Society Press http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whspress ISBN-978-0-87020-718-1 Hardcover $25; 166 pages

While reverently holding the weighty collection of photographs in John Garofolo’s book, Dickey more…


Category: Young Adult / Sci-Fi

The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair
McSweeney's McMullens http://sstaylorbooks.com/ Hardcover: $22.00 ISBN: 978-1940450209 320 pages

In her exhilarating sequel to The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon, S.S.Taylor dares readers to discover The Secret of King more…


Category: Young Adult / Sci-Fi

The Doomsday Kids Book 4: Amy’s Gift
K Squared Books http://thedoomsdaykids.com/wp/ Kindle Edition: $3.99 ISBN: B00SQ5353K 285 pages

Amy used to have it all. She was pretty, popular, and had the perfect boyfriend, until a nuclear bomb struck Washington D.C. and her world went up in flames. Amy’s more…


Category: Young Adult / Sci-Fi / Mystery

Behind the Fun Zone
Lambert Hill http://www.ageofamy.com/book4.html Paperback: $9.95 ISBN: 978-0983760467 216 pages

Nearly everyone in Amy Dawson's world has upgraded to the next level of technology: hands-free implants called Jimmies in Bruce Edwards' Behind the Fun Zone. A more…


Category: Young Adult / Fantasy

Spelled
Black Hill Press http://katestclair.com/ Paperback: $12.00 ISBN: 978-0615962023 168 pages

In Spelled, the first novella of her series featuring the Sayers siblings, Kate St. Clair introduces Georgia, a girl with a dark secret and forgotten past. History has more…


Category: Young Adult Non-Fiction / Historical

Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller
Wisconsin Historical Society Press http://www.wisconsinhistory.org Paperback: $12.95 ISBN: 978-0-87020-701-3 123 pages, 65 b&w images, 2 maps, 7 x 9

  Reviewer:  Karen J. McWilliams Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller is an interesting, more…


Category: Short Story Fiction

A Room of Rain
Vandalia Press, Morgantown, WV http://wvupressonline.com/node/554

 Review by Genevieve Shifke Ali Comprised of twelve standalone short stories, Gary Fincke’s A Room of Rain examines individuals at more…


Category: Creative Non-Fiction

Inside New England
Bauhan Publishing, Peterborough, NH 03458 http://www.bauhanpublishing.com/inside-new-england/

 Review by Mary Claire Mahaney Never having lived in New England—although I’ve vacationed there, supported a son in more…


Category: Essay/Creative Non-Fiction

World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down
Bauhan Publishing, Peterborough, NH 03458 http://www.bauhanpublishing.com/world-enough-and-time/

 Review by Mary Claire Mahaney Every day the orange tabbies that we adopted as kittens three years ago show me the meaning of time. more…


Category: Contemporary Fiction

The Psalms of Israel Jones
Vandalia Press, a division of West Virginia University Press www.wvupress.com

Reviewed by Jim Barnes, Editor, IndependentPublisher.com"I confess my pride. I scream inside: You'd better love this man who's given you not just his more…


Category: Short Story Fiction / Artists

Happy Again at Last: Life in the Art World
Shanti Arts Publishing; Brunswick, ME; www.shantiarts.com; 234 page paperback; $23.95 (January 2013) ISBN: 978-0-9885897-0-4

 Review by Mary Claire Mahaney -It turned out to be a gift from the grave, Happy Again at Last: Life in the Art World, by Robert McGowan. I more…


Category: Biography / Environment

Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet
Lyons Press/Globe Pequot Press; Guilford, CT; www.globepequot.com; 372 page hardcover; $29.95 (April 2013) ISBN: 978-0-7627-8443-1

Reviewed by Jim Barnes, Editor, IndependentPublisher.com "As a septuagenarian, I believe that responsible grandparents care about what kind of world more…


Category: Memoir / Cookbook

Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen
She Writes Press, Berkeley, CA; www.Tasting-Home.com; 311 page paperback; $16.95 (March 2013) ISBN: 9781938314032

This is a baby-boomer's dream: a book full of anecdotes about coming of age in during the sexual revolution of the sixties -- with recipes! So many of us old hippies have more…


Category: Autobiography / Memoir

Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska
University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA; www.washington.edu/uwpress; 270 page Hardcover; $26.95 (Sept 2012) ISBN 978-0295991979

Review by Jennifer Huffman  A teenage boy’s transformation to a young man is challenging enough, but just imagine doing it in only seven weeks. In his more…


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