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Category: Mystery/Thriller

Deros: A Father Jake Austin Mystery
Coffeetown Press, 2018 ISBN: 9781603816199 304 pages

Review by Anita Lock / May 2019 Rising mystery author, John Vanek, spins a chilling tale in Deros, the first of the Father Jake Austin Mystery more…

Category: Historical Fiction

Fresh News Straight from Heaven
Evolved Publishing, 382 pg paperback; Jan 2018; $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-62253-507-1

Review by Jim Barnes / August 2018 Having grown up with the folklore offerings of Walt Disney, I was a big fan of the frontiersman, pirates and cowboys and more…

Category: True Crime

To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder
Little A (July 2018) $24.95; 338 pages ISBN 978-1-5420-4842-2

Review by Amy Shamroe / July 2018 We are in the midst of a True Crime resurgence. Fueled by podcasts like My Favorite Murder, documentaries like more…

Category: Psychological Thriller/Women's Fiction

A Matter of Chance
She Writes Press Paperback; $16.95 (April 2018) ISBN: 978-63152-369-4

Editors Note:  One of the biggest stories in the world of independent publishing over the past decade is She Writes Press. Launched in 2012, the fast-growing hybrid more…

Category: Cookbooks

Old Farm Country Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, and Memories
Wisconsin Historical Society Press Paperback; $26.95 224 pages, 43 photos, 7x9 ISBN: 978-0-87020-830-0

 Review by Jim Barnes The state of Wisconsin made news this past summer, searching for a new state slogan to replace more…

Category: Fiction

The Weight of Lies
Lake Union Publishing 2017; 380 page paperback ISBN: 147781843X

Just in time for summer, Emily Carpenter delivers everything needed for the perfect beach read. A book within a book, The Weight of Lies delivers a modern day thriller more…

Category: Memoir

Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters
She Writes Press Paperback; 312 pages; $16.95 ISBN-13: 978-1631528347 (2016)

  Review by Anita Lock  “I have my daughters. I have my passions. And, all things considered, more…

Category: Multicultural Fiction/Young Adult

The Gringo Champion
2017; 320 page paperback $ 17.00 ISBN: 9781609453657 Translated by Andrea Rosenberg

Review by Mari Carlson The Gringo Champion is a “wetback” who earns his title by beating all odds. After crossing the Rio Grande into more…

Category: Multicultural Fiction/Young Adult

The Breaking of a Wave
Europa Editions 2017, 432 page paperback; $18.00 ISBN: 9781609453879 Translated by Will Schutt

Review by Mari Carlson  In THE BREAKING OF A WAVE, Fabio Genovesi simulates a tsunami of interwoven tales that crash over more…

Category: Photography / Nature

Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America's National Parks
Cameron + Company, Petaluma, CA 456 page hardcover; $65.00 ISBN: 978-1-944903-00-8

 Review by Jim Barnes * * * * *Happy 100th Birthday to our National Parks!America has received a stunningly beautiful birthday gift more…

Category: Memoir / Disabilities

My Heart Can't Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome
Woodbine House, Bethesda, MD Page Count: 282 Price: $21.95 ISBN: 9781606132746

 Review by Karen Chutsky   * * * * *   Down syndrome is a subject matter most more…

Category: Memoir / Foreign Travel

Forbidden Fruit: Beijing 1980 (Deep Travel Series)
Van Dam Publishing ISBN-1-934395595 388 Page Softcover; $18.95

 Review by Karen Chutsky * * * * *  “Life only gains complete meaning by being engaged with the world beyond more…

Category: Memoir / Foreign Travel

A Room in Athens: A Memoir
Tatra Press LLC ISBN- 978-0-9898352-9-9 Softcover; 174 pgs; $15.00

 Review by Karen Chutsky * * * * * They say artists hover a bit outside of life; too obsessed with more…

Category: Young Adult / Adventure

Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot
CreateSpace ISBN: 978-1517398378 (October 2015) 186 pgs; $7.75

Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot is a thought-provoking book. Eighteen-year-old King Lance of New Camelot is working with his knights to make the world a better more…

Category: Biography/Journalism

Algerian Diary: Frank Kearns & The "Impossible Assignment" For CBS News
West Virginia University Press 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…