Richard Nixon: California’s Native Son
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by Paul Carter Potomac Books book review by Mihir Shah “We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don’t, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.” When one thinks of President Richard Nixon, the Watergate scandal is usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, in this biography, award-winning author Paul Carter works relentlessly to bring the true essence of Richard Nixon to the forefront, a feat which he performs masterfully and with grace and simplicity. Audiences will gain exposure to Nixon’s humble roots in rural Whittier, California, and Yor ..read more
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Prejudice, Racism, and Tribalism: A Primer for White People
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6d ago
by Anthony M. D’Agostino, MD Page Publishing book review by Kate Robinson “The reader should clearly understand that a divided citizenry is essential for the preservation of great fortunes.” D’Agostino, a psychiatric and behavioral health expert, offers his personal and professional opinions about the differences between racism, prejudice, and tribalism in his book. He clearly explains in the introduction that he is neither a sociologist nor a scholar of racism, nor has he spent years researching and writing about this issue. His interest stems from his viewpoint as a mental health professiona ..read more
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Beyond the Bukubuk Tree: A World War II Novel of Love and Loss
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1w ago
by Loretta Goldberg MadeGlobal Publishing book review by Kate Robinson “Life… was a mystery, often full of malice.” Like most gay men of the early to mid-twentieth century, Dr. Jake Friedman’s homosexuality is explained away as an embarrassing “tendency.” Thrilled to discover a woman with whom he can share intimacy, he proposes marriage early on, intending to fulfill his promise after the war. Jake feels drawn to volunteer after a tragic auto accident that kills a coworker and as a response to the fascist genocide in Europe and the Japanese invasion of the Pacific region that cast shadows acro ..read more
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Water Music: A Cape Cod Story
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2w ago
by Marcia Peck Sea Crow Press book review by Kate Robinson “Tides filled and emptied our small world and I tried to figure out who belonged to whom.” In the summer of 1956, eleven-year-old (soon to be twelve) Lily Grainger describes her family’s annual summer vacation at their undeveloped property on the shore of a salt pond on Cape Cod. As this coming-of-age novel progresses, it mirrors the Beaufort scale of wind velocities that mark each chapter heading with increasing speeds and potential damages, an apt reminder of the increasing tension in Lily’s parents’ marriage and the marriage of her ..read more
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Oscar and Otto: Troll Tales and Other Stories from Grandma’s Cottage
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3w ago
by Betty Cetas Windy Sea Publishing book review by Mark Heisey “…Otto was very heavy from all the worms he’d been eating. With a final tug, Otto pulled Oscar into the lake. And again Otto swam away, laughing.” From the outset, Oscar and Otto are destined for confrontation. Oscar loves to fish, while Otto loves to trick fishermen. One day, Oscar’s fishing takes a turn. He keeps putting worms on the line, getting a nibble, but hooking no fish. He soon runs out of worms. While sitting in wonder in his boat, Otto approaches, thanks Oscar for all the worms, then splashes him and laughs as he swims ..read more
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A Journey in Grief
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3w ago
by Diane Davies Oculus Literary book review by Nicole Yurcaba “I woke up this morning thinking about my full day ahead with anticipation of a good day. Little did I know how this day would end, turning my whole world upside down and inside out.” In this intimate book, Davies shares a deeply personal story about reckoning with death, grief, and life after losing a loved one. The author recounts her story of losing her husband in daily journal entries. These entries help readers understand the process of acceptance that happens after someone dies. They also learn about how the support of one’s f ..read more
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The Butcher on Colfax
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1M ago
by J.T. Tierney Curtiss Street Press book review by Kate Robinson “Sitting on opposite sides of the court room, Maggie Quinn and Alice Kelly wept.” Four young Irish immigrants seek their fortunes in Denver, Colorado, filled with enthusiasm and dreams for their new futures. Emmett Kelly, the titular butcher, has meat-packinghouse experience in Chicago and longs to open his own butcher shop or grocery store. He may be considered the lead protagonist because the novel opens and closes with his predicaments, but the story is truly not Kelly’s alone. He becomes acquainted with Thomas Quinn on the t ..read more
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Trust and Confidence: Inside the Battle between the Secret Service and Ken Starr
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1M ago
by Jim Lichtman Scribbler’s Ink Press book review by Mihir Shah “‘What [Starr] did was over the top,’ Merletti said. He did not use good judgment. He went way beyond the parameters of common sense.’” The names Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky will forever be intertwined for all the wrong reasons. With the end of the twentieth century nearing, the world’s eyes were seemingly on the sitting president’s extramarital affair. While this topic will undoubtedly be covered in the history books for generations to come, Lichtman’s research, which includes speaking to many of the chief players, has resul ..read more
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Unsettled States
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1M ago
by Tom Casey Heresy Press book review by Philip Zozzaro “Like it or not, there is a relationship between a killer and a cop, and it is personal.” Detective Gerard Mallory has reached out to Dr. Caroline Singer for professional help for a troubled man named Bradley Davis. Davis has been caught peeping into the house of a local citizen, and Mallory believes therapy will aid Davis in overcoming his problem. Davis is a single young man who works as a librarian but is viewed as a disappointment to his oppressive mother. Davis acts out by engaging in voyeurism. Davis is interested in a woman named G ..read more
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The Making, Rising and the Future of the SpeakingMan
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1M ago
by Dan M. Mrejeru Creative Book Writers book review by Mihir Shah “It was this metamorphose of the virtual static into virtual dynamic that created the modern brain” What makes us, us? From a scientific perspective, Mrejeru brings together a comprehensive and full-scale anthropological examination of mankind’s evolution. Through a compilation of his many articles on the topic, the author probes deeper into how a combination of nature and nurture, from brain changes to the advent of fire and climate cooling, contributed to shaping humanity in its various phases. The scope of Mrejeru’s work is d ..read more
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