Among the offerings here: novels about bioterrorism, California in the 1980s, a messy divorce, a woman who receives a face transplant, and a murder set in the world of classical music. In nonfiction: books about golden retrievers, flying horses, and a (Playboy) bunny. In children’s: a picture book about a chipmunk family, a garden of verses, and a wartime romance about an older brother lost in Iraq.
Antiques & Collectibles
Flying Horses: The Golden Age of American Carousel Art.
Peter J. Malia. The Connecticut Press. $75 hardcover (200p), ISBN 978-0-9825468-2-6
A signed, numbered, and limited collector’s edition of this critically acclaimed, fully documented, and lavishly illustrated history of American carousel figures and their artisans during the art’s golden age, 1870–1930.
Denise Logan’s Amazing Art Projects for Children.
Denise M Logan. Dynamic Art Projects. $26.95 paper (120p), ISBN 978-0-9836662-3-3
An art instructional book of unusual economical projects for children, teachers, and parents includes more than 500 full-color step-by-step illustrations, patterns, and student work.
Autobiography & Biography
Beauty in Bent Grass: A Memoir.
Ruth Ada Clark. Vantage Press. $14.95 paper (118p), ISBN 978-0-533-16384-7
A compelling biography of the author’s deceased son who was a classic hemophiliac, this book is also instructive as it offers readers valuable information about inheritable diseases and retroviruses.
How to Improve Your Goose Hunting.
Matt Walsh. Vantage Press. $12.95 paper (100p), ISBN 978-0-533-16378-6
This work combines elements of autobiography, land management, ethics, natural history, and meteorology with a cogent analysis of what it means to stalk the wild goose.
Gang Member: Another Side of Democracy.
P.J. Brown. Vantage Press. $13.95 paper (162p), ISBN 978-0-533-16240-6
In this riveting account of the author’s life, P.J. Brown reveals how he agreed to work for a local gang at a time of desperation, until the day he realized “a clear conscience is the only way” and turned his focus to martial arts as a career.
Brooklyn’s Two-Story Mountain.
Albert S. Marcantonio Sr. Vantage Press. $24.95 hardcover (792p), ISBN 978-0-533-16391-5
This true-life story begins with a Brooklyn neighborhood account of two exceedingly close hometown friends, the author and Greg Scarpa, who was the most notable informant in the history of the FBI.
Eden Was on a Hollywood Hill.
Earl Barret. CreateSpace. $14.80 paper (442p), ISBN 978-1-4505-7616-1
A Romanian chauffeur and a Hungarian-American waitress pursue the American dream, ending up in Hollywood, where their tap-dancing, violin-playing son finally becomes a TV comedy writer, and author of this family tale.
Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals.
Dane Batty. Nish Publishing Co. $15.95 paper (218p), ISBN 978-0-615-26845-3
Leslie Ibsen Rogge, number seven on the FBI’s most wanted list, robbed more than 30 banks without firing a shot. His nephew recounts his story based on interviews and letters.
A Rose for My Mother.
Nancy Lee Canfield. iUniverse. $21.95 paper (286p), ISBN 978-1-4502-3123-7
Canfield chronicles her difficult childhood, which included going in and out of an orphanage and five foster homes, all before the age of 13.
Norma Jean’s Sun.
Kris Courtney. Kris Courtney. $17.95 paper (290p), ISBN 978-0-578-02059-4
This “touching story, full of hope” tells of a young man who believes he was mistakenly born as a man and of his journeys through drug and alcohol addiction as well as years of surgical interventions.
The Sixties: An American Family in Europe
Ada Feyerick. Academia Books. $25 hardcover (152p), ISBN 978-0-9653159-9-9
America as seen from Zurich and Paris during the tumultuous 1960s, as the author’s family adapts to foreign cultures and views American events through the eyes of the countries where she and her family lived. International political cartoons contribute to the living history.
No Longer Silent.
Tammy Gagnon. Tammy Gagnon. $14.95 paper (223p), ISBN 978-0-578-06895-4
It only takes one step to change your future. The author recounts her horrific childhood, fleeing home at 14 and forced to survive on her own as she comes to terms with the truths of her violent history and betrayal.
David Karmi. D.K. Montague. $20 paper (280p), ISBN 978-0-615-41295-5
“Some people have a knack for survival, for getting out of jams.” Karmi is one of those, and he faces the ultimate test as a young teen in Nazi-occupied Europe as he and his family are deported to Auschwitz.
The Angel on My Shoulder: My Life with an American Pit Bull Terrier.
Jolene Mercadante. iUniverse. $19.99 paper (216p), ISBN 978-1-4620-2761-3
A librarian and her pit bull, a truly beautiful soul, rescue each other.
Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way.
Tricia Pimental. CreateSpace. $9.95 paper (180p), ISBN 978-0-615-37570-0
A young woman seeking sexual freedom and spiritual enlightenment enters the world of Playboy, drugs, mysticism, and Hollywood before finding ultimate peace.
Sandy Powers. Authorhouse. $21.95 hardcover (140p), ISBN 978-1-4567-2956-1
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One woman’s involvement with the clashing ideologies of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s is the centerpiece of this narrative set against the backdrop of a steel town in Ohio.
I’ve Always Loved You: A Story of WWII in the Pacific.
Ann Seymour. Firefall Media. $25 hardcover (260p), ISBN 978-0-915090-68-6
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“Ann has written a poignant tribute to her father, a WWII hero, taking us from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day with emotion and historical accuracy.” —Adm. Robert Foley, former commander-in-chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet
I’m Not Crazy, Just Bipolar.
Wendy K. Williamson. AuthorHouse. $16.95 paper (300p), ISBN 978-1-4520-6851-0
Buckle in for the roller-coaster ride of bipolar disorder. Laugh, cry, and everything in between, but walk away with hope and tips for wellness.
Body, Mind & Spirit
Working on Purpose.
Kent Holland. Ardent Publication. $14.95 paper (145p), ISBN 978-0-9723158-6-9
Succinctly discusses the importance of taking a deeper look at what is meaningful to us, and setting written goals and managing time wisely for success and satisfaction. Written exercises make this book a practical and powerful life tool.
Paranormal Pooch: A True Story of the Dog Who Healed One Family
Olga Horvat. $14.99 paper (192p), ISBN 978-0-9834993-1-2
An eye-opening story about one family’s four-month sojourn into the dark and unknown side of the canine world. It’s like something out of the Twilight Zone or a Stephen King thriller, only this is real.
Snowflake from the Hand of God: A Book of Uncommon Prayer.
Cathy Cash Spellman. The Wild Harp & Co. $18.99 paper (162p), ISBN 978-1-4635-5263-3
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Reaches into the hearts of those who are suffering the many assaults of life’s journey, with the honesty, compassion and wisdom of shared experience.
Fabulous in Flats: Putting My Best Foot Forward!
Mary T. Wagner. iUniverse. $14.95 paper (172p), ISBN 978-1-4620-1531-3
In the third in her series of collections of essays from the heart, the author finally admits that high heels just aren’t the footwear for every occasion...especially when power tools are involved.
Life Is Good, All Is Well: Everything Is Vibration.
Wendy Ann Zellea. HappyAwareness. $14.95 paper (164p), ISBN 978-1-60910-559-4
Letting go of the denser energies of lower vibrations and holding more light, allowing us to evolve in the process of conscious human evolution.
Business & Economics
Your Customized Budget: A Manual.
Patricia F. Charney. $7.99 paper (54p), ISBN 1-893652-03-3
With this unique plan, average Americans, claims the author, can find the peace of financial security that they think is only possible by winning the lottery.
What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants.
Laurie Lewis. Outskirts Press. $23.95 paper (175p), ISBN 978-1-4327-6764-8
A how-to guide on freelance pricing, including types of rates, record keeping, negotiations, contracts, post-job assessment, and the only two rules of pricing for freelancers.
The Sleeping Giant: The Awakening of the Self-Employed Entrepreneur.
Ken McElroy. Kylekade Press. $24.95 hardcover (192p), ISBN 978-0-9829108-0-1
Twenty entrepreneurs share their inspiring stories of how they found success through self-employment; their stories show the reader how to live a life of freedom and passion.
Brenda Davis-Worrles. Vantage Press. $7.95 paper (24p), ISBN 978-0-533-15793-8
A colt wanders away from his barn, and disobeying his mother’s rules leads him into danger. Yet like Daniel in the lion’s den, he finds safety in God.
Oliver and the Spinning Cats.
Tanya Kasim. Vantage Press. $8.95 paper (34p), ISBN 978-0-533-16381-6
A charming tale that celebrates the joy and good fun a new friendship can offer, and how such alliances can bloom between the most unlikely pals.
Science Boy and Luke the Lab Dog: Meet Jimmy Junk.
Chassidy F. Lucas, Ph.D. Vantage Press. $14.95 paper (42p), ISBN 978-0-533-15747-1
An imaginative tale full of important life lessons, this phantasmagorical adventure teaches readers about clean water, the benefits of taking vitamins, and the importance of being kind to others.
Blooming Buddies, in the Garden: A Blooming Book of Verse.
Wendy Peterson. Pixie Land. $16.95 hardcover (16p), ISBN 978-0-9825819-0-2
Portraying a garden filled with colorful flower friends, vibrant watercolors are paired with charming short verses speaking to love, friendship, and kindness.
Henry! You’re Late Again!
Mary Evanson Bleckwehl. Beaver’s Pond Press. $16.95 hardcover (32p), ISBN 978-1-59298-357-5
The big bad wolf of a school secretary awaits Henry’s late school arrival—again. Will he be eaten alive? Hilarious and edgy illustrations mirror Henry’s daily dilemma.
Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the
Kathy M. Miller. Celtic Sunrise. $19.95 hardcover (40p), ISBN 978-0-9840893-1-4
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The second in a series relates fun-filled facts as well as an entertaining story along with more than 80 photographs of squirrels exploring a garden.
Alva Sachs. Three Wishes Publishing. $12.95 hardcover (32p), ISBN 978-0-9796380-2-2
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Julie is turning five, celebrating with all her friends and getting ready for school. But school is not ready for her. What could this be?
Food Allergy and Gluten-Free Weight Loss: Control Your Body Chemistry, Reduce Inflammation and Improve Your Health.
Nicolette M. Dumke. Adapt Books. $23.95 paper (302p), ISBN 978-1-887624-19-0
Those with food allergies and on gluten-free diets often gain weight. This approach to weight loss is based on how our bodies control fat.
Me, Myself, and I.
Virginia Johnson. Trafford Publishing. $14 paper (24p), ISBN 1-4120-9201-9
A pleasantly plump little girl is made fun of at school yet grows to accept herself.
The Best Little Grammar Book Ever!: 101 Ways to Impress with Your Writing and Speaking.
Arlene Miller. bigwords101. $11.95 paper (132p), ISBN 978-0-9843316-0-4
An easy-to-use grammar reference highlights the most common grammar and writing mistakes. This user-friendly guide includes a grammar refresher, quizzes, and many examples. Intended for ages 12–adult.
Multiply & Divide with Sticks & Steps: Teach This Easy Method in Just 5 Minutes.
Maureen Stearns. Enrichment Books. $14.95 paper (96p), ISBN 978-0-9726908-5-0
Quality-Books.com; Amazon; BN.com
Step-by-step instructions show what multiplication is, instead of just having students memorize the times tables. A valuable resource for parents and educators.
So You Want to Go to College.
Richard LaDoyt Pinkerton, Ph.D. Vantage Press. $15.95 paper (108p), ISBN 978-0-533-16346-5
In this authoritative yet accessible guidebook for high school students, parents, and guidance counselors, Dr. Pinkerton addresses the seminal question: “Are you ready, able, and willing to go to college?”
Family & Relationships
Talking Time: Language Enrichment Activities: Birth to Three.
Jeanette W. Stickel. CreateSpace. $12.99 (94p), ISBN 978-1-4635-5819-2
A speech therapist for 30 years creates activities to engage and encourage learning in children from birth to three years of age.
Out of Tune Piano Blues.
James Boyk. Performance Recordings. $19.95 trade paper (224p), ISBN 978-0-615-41841-4
A mystery novel that explores a concert musician's inner and outer life. Set at a rural university, a pianist encounters humorous characters, tragedy, passion--and a crime only a musician could solve.
Theater, Stories and Scenes of a Forgotten People.
Mariano Morillo. Vantage Press. $11.95 paper (80p), ISBN 978-0-533-15930-7
An anthology of five short stories, two plays, and a monologue for the theater features a diverse array of thought-provoking work focusing on the human condition and those the author regards as “forgotten.”
An Uprising of Angels.
Marc D. Baldwin. Baldwin Book Publishing. $13.95 paper (314p), ISBN 978-1-4609-7078-2
Examines race relations, crime, and a middle-class neighborhood during the Rodney King riots in 1992 Los Angeles.
Leona Bodie. WRB Books. $19.95 paper (480p), ISBN 978-0-9844198-1-4
Amazon; B&N; www.leonabodie.com
Rico Salazar sets up a transnational crime headquarters in the Bahamas, but then he runs afoul of Madeleine Nesbit as a sea of deception and lies engulfs the characters.
Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution.
Walter M. Brasch. Greeley & Stone. $29.95 hardcover (320p), ISBN 978-0-942991-19-2
A story of the counterculture and America from 1964 to the first Gulf War, as seen by a “flower child” and the reporter who covers her story for three decades.
A Song in My Heart.
Roma Calatayud-Stocks. Beaver’s Pond Press. $34.95 hardcover (376p), ISBN 978-1-59298-395-7
Alejandra Stanford is born in 1902 in Minneapolis. As a young pianist and budding composer, she resolves to become an orchestral conductor despite society’s obstacles, in this first of a trilogy. Includes CD with original songs and music.
Jack Cohen. Elders of Zion Press. $16.25 paper (259p), ISBN 978-1-4495-6824-5
An autobiographical novel of a poor Jewish boy from the East End of London; he attends Cambridge University, faces anti-Semitism, and confronts a terrible family secret that underlies his striving to succeed.
Mack Dunstan’s Inferno.
Paul Collins. iUuniverse. $12.95 paper (148p), ISBN 978-1-4620-3276-1
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Inspired by Michael Moore’s challenge to Charlton Heston in Bowling for Columbine, this story tells of a movie star who supports gun owner rights, who dies and meets many victims of his pro-gun policy. The Heston estate forbade the use of Heston’s name and image.
The Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh.
Steven S. Drachman. Chickadee Prince Books. $14 paper (214p), ISBN 978-0-578-08590-6
This western fantasy relates the adventures of Watt O’Hugh III—Civil War vet, orphan of New York’s slums, dime novel hero of the Old West, and time traveler.