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1969: Once Upon a Time in Montreal
This is a personal look, through the lens of a camera, at 1969 Montreal.      As a young man, the author became almost obsessed with photographing people, places and events around …
The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
Among the consequences of the Wealth Gap in America seems to be the establishment of two different sets of laws, one for the rich and one for everyone else. This book gives the details.   The …
A Shoeleather History of the Wobblies
In the early 20th century, the Industrial Workers of the World, or "Wobblies," attempted to organize a working-class movement that crossed racial and ethnic lines. This book looks at one part …
Vic: Never Give Up
This is the third in a series of novels about your average female resident of the early 20th century who isn't really so average.      Victoria Custer's "day job" …
Shadow on the Sun
This present-day techno-thriller is about the intersection of government, big business and a possible nuclear apocalypse.      A well-known dissident Iranian scientist tells the US …
Vyrkarion: The Talisman of Anor
Last of a trilogy, this fantasy tale takes place on a planet with nine different races. For the humans, an ever-present threat is of being enslaved by a race of shape-changing lizard people. There's …
The Perpetual Motion Club
This novel is set in a near-future high school. It is similar to, and very different from, today's high school.      Northawken High School is full of the usual high school cliques. …
reviewed clockwork heart. June 30
clockwork heart
This fantasy/romance tale takes place in a very stratified society.      Taya is an icarus, a courier (with metal wings) who can move freely between the social classes in the city …
Red Sky Radio
Red Sky Radio, Matt Howarth, 2011, ISBN 9780615520698      Set in the far future, this book is about a group of freelancers who harvest gases from a Jovian planet.      …
reviewed Lockdown. May 14
Lockdown
This novel is about a man who did a considerate thing, and is paying for it, big time.      The good thing that Samuel Rochez did was to keep a bomb from exploding, that would have …
What If? Jeremy Shuttle Adventures, Book 1
This YA novel is about a young boy who suddenly acquires a unique ability.      Jeremy Shuttle is your average middle school student. He loves asking questions in class, he deals with …
Will There Be Donuts?
Meetings are the bane of modern-day business. Is there any way to make them not so long, boring and unproductive?      First of all, exchange the donuts and soda for something much …
How to Fight Presidents
Did you know that a number of former American Presidents would fit in quite well in a Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger action film? Imagine that they now want to beat you to a pulp. What do you do?   …
reviewed Remembering Love. February 22
Remembering Love
This is a tale about a woman returning to her birthplace after many years, love and family secrets.      Holly returns to Pitcairn Island after spending much of her life in a New Zealand …
Pilgrims to Patriots: A Grandfather Tells the Story
There are many ways to tell the early history of America (some of them work better than others). In this book, a grandfather tells the story to his grandchildren.      Over the course …
reviewed Internal Security. February 05
Internal Security
America is rocked by another terrorist attack. Has Islamic terrorism again come to America?      A large truck bomb explodes at a Daytona Beach hotel during Spring Break. The casualty …
Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture
Everyone has heard of Big Data; huge amounts of information, usually involving computers or the Internet. Is there a cultural or historical equivalent of Big Data?      Yes, and it …
SOS: Stop Only Sugar Diet
SOS: Stop Only Sugar Diet, James A. Surrell, MD, 2010, ISBN 9780982560181      This book is all about a very easy weight loss program. It consists of only two rules.      …
Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career
Based on Fortune Magazine's "40 Under 40" column, this book gives short profiles of some of the biggest names in American business, and how they got there.      Of course, …
reviewed Lifelong Sobriety. December 27, 2013
Lifelong Sobriety
Why are some people able to permanently give up drugs or alcohol, and start to turn their lives around, and some people just can't do it? Are those people destined to be alcoholics or junkies forever?   …
reviewed Lifelong Sobriety. December 27, 2013
Lifelong Sobriety
Why are some people able to permanently give up drugs or alcohol, and start to turn their lives around, and some people just can't do it? Are those people destined to be alcoholics or junkies forever?   …
reviewed Courvalian: The Resistance. December 25, 2013
Courvalian: The Resistance
(Reviewed by Paul Lappen - Kindle Book Review)      First of a series, this novel is about three brothers who are thrust into a very strange world.      Charles, …
reviewed Courvalian: The Resistance. December 25, 2013
Courvalian: The Resistance
(Reviewed by Paul Lappen - Kindle Book Review)      First of a series, this novel is about three brothers who are thrust into a very strange world.      Charles, …
reviewed The Great Cholesterol Myth. December 21, 2013
The Great Cholesterol Myth
"High cholesterol and saturated fat are the major causes of heart disease." That statement has been a medical article of faith for many years. According to the authors of this book, it is also …
reviewed The Great Cholesterol Myth. December 21, 2013
The Great Cholesterol Myth
"High cholesterol and saturated fat are the major causes of heart disease." That statement has been a medical article of faith for many years. According to the authors of this book, it is also …
reviewed Monster Loyalty. December 01, 2013
Monster Loyalty
Lady Gaga is one of the most popular pop stars in the world. Her strategy for getting, and keeping, extremely loyal fans is incredibly successful (with 33 million followers on Twitter, she must be doing …
reviewed Monster Loyalty. December 01, 2013
Monster Loyalty
Lady Gaga is one of the most popular pop stars in the world. Her strategy for getting, and keeping, extremely loyal fans is incredibly successful (with 33 million followers on Twitter, she must be doing …
What God Really Wants You to Know
For hundreds of years, mankind has used religion as a source of division and a justification for war (our God is better than your God). This book looks at the very deep similarities between the world's …
reviewed Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. November 24, 2013
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
It is getting increasingly hard for companies, big and small, to tell their story in this noisy, chaotic, social media world. This book attempts to make that task a little easier.      …
reviewed Eat Move Sleep. November 23, 2013
Eat Move Sleep
In his 20's, the author was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition. It shuts off his body's tumor-fighting capabilities, and makes it very easy for him to get cancer. While adjusting to a life …
Section 51 (Project Solstice)
First of a series, this science fiction/paranormal novel is about Ava Frost, part of a set of triplets. She has always had a strong empathic connection with her brother, Ian, until the day that he "disappears." …
reviewed Unions for Beginners. November 17, 2013
The forty-hour work week, pensions and safe working conditions became part of the American employment landscape because employers felt that it was the proper thing to do, right? No, those things came …
The Skinny on Networking: Maximizing the Power of
The Skinny On Networking: Maximizing the Power of Numbers, Jim Randel, 2010, ISBN 9780984441815      This is another in a series of simple, but not simplistic, books that teach a "large" …
The Solution Revolution by Eggers et al.
Government, by itself, can no longer fix all of society's problems. Perhaps it is time for a partnership between government, business and new organizations that that are shrinking the gap between …
reviewed Thinking in New Boxes. October 31, 2013
Your company makes buggy whips. It has always made buggy whips. Sales have been flat for the past several quarters. As CEO, what, if anything, are you going to do about it?      First …
the diet dropout's guide to natural weight loss
After trying every diet known to man, you keep getting frustrated when the weight does not stay off for very long. Perhaps it is time to change your attitudes toward food. That is what this book is all …
reviewed Milligan and Murphy. October 21, 2013
Milligan and Murphy
This is the story of a pair of half-brothers in contemporary Ireland. Milligan and Murphy were born to the same mother. Their first names were both John, so they became known by their surnames; hence, …
This young adult novel is about a person's physical and emotional journey.      Xander has lived a life of wealth and privilege. It has taken him a long time to realize that people …
Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA
As shown in the title, the author, a CIA veteran, doesn't believe that the Agency needs fixing or "tweaking." He strongly believes that it needs to be torn down and totally rebuilt. During …
reviewed The One Percenters. October 08, 2013
This is about a man who finds his purpose in life, but not through any of the usual ways.      Edward is your average married man. He is now on the receiving end of the wrong kind …
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