Friday, April 27, 2018
Categories of Reviews

In ‘Isosceles’ Day’ Young Readers Share a Day in the Life of a Happily Rescued Dog

April 23rd, 2018

Title: Isosceles’ Day   Available in hard cover, paperback and Kindle formats Author: Kevin J. Meehan Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes What a fun book, both for young readers – and those who enjoy hearing someone read them a story! Author Kevin J. Meehan, whose “day job” is as  an integrative health care practitioner with expertise in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, lives his life according to a favorite quote: “With the eyes of a child, we learn how to see!” He has clearly used this philosophy when writing and illustrating his book. Each page... Read More

Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You

March 16th, 2018

Title: Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You Available in: Kindle and Paperback Author: Ann LeFevre, PhD, LCSW, CMT Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes Every time I start to write this review, I hear a song in the back of my brain: Firework, by Katy Perry. You know, the one with that great, very insistent and upbeat music, that’s almost stressful — and the  lyrics that begin like this: “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag Drifting thought the wind Wanting to start again Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin Like a house of cards One blow from caving in Do you ever feel... Read More

Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with a Traumatic Death

February 13th, 2018

Title: Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with a Traumatic Death  Available in large print paperback format Author: Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes   Today’s world is not as safe as the one we grew up in, in the 50s and 60s. Back then, we did not read about school shootings on a regular basis, for example. Yet even as we are only seven weeks into this year (2018) as I write — and we’re we collectively reeling from 17 deaths in Parkland, Florida — news reports tell us there have already been 8 school shootings that resulted... Read More

Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children

February 5th, 2018

Title: Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children Available in large print paperback format Author: Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., Illustrated by Polona Lovsin Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes When our daughter was five and our son two, my former husband and I had to explain to them that we were divorcing. The term “conscious uncoupling” hadn’t been invented yet, but we did everything possible to separate ourselves from the marriage with as little angst as possible, precisely because we didn’t want to cause trauma and pain for our children. I’m not sure... Read More

Baby Boomer Women: How to Form a Lasting Relationship With Them

January 19th, 2018

Title: Baby Boomer Women: How to Form a Lasting Relationship With Them Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Jay Ferry Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes It’s official: Fully one-third of us Baby Boomers are single. Using US census data covering nearly four decades, researchers from Bowling Green State University’s Center for Family and Demographic Research have determined that the percentage of unmarried Baby Boomers rose from 22- to 34-percent between 1980 and 2009. Also, say I-Fen Lin and Susan Brown, the researchers involved with this work, more Baby... Read More

Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple

January 16th, 2018

Title: Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Peter Likins Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes   I am a huge fan of the cozy mystery genre. When I’m not reading and reviewing books on behalf of the NABBW, I’m always deep into a cozy of my choice. So I was delighted to be invited to dig into Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple, by Peter Likins, which is described as a “whimsical murder mystery novel.” (In other words, a “cozy.”) If you’re not familiar with the genre, think Jessica Fletcher.... Read More

Curse of the Coloring Book: A Novel Inspired by a True Story

January 6th, 2018

Title: Curse of the Coloring Book: A Novel Inspired by a True Story  Available in paperback Author: Howard L. Hibbard Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes Anyone who came of age during the era of the Vietnam War will resonate with this book. Curse of the Coloring Book tells the story of Herald Lloyd who, in the Fall of 1967 recklessly quits college to join the Army.  Once signed up, he mocks the war and his decision to sign up, with the purchase of a GI Joe Coloring Book and half-gallon of whiskey. Then, with his induction papers in his pocket, and along with a set of crayons stolen... Read More

Mink Eyes

January 4th, 2018

Title: Mink Eyes Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Max McBride Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes The time is the mid-80’s. October 1986, to be precise. As the book opens, we meet Peter O’Keefe – described to the reader as being taller than 6 feet, and a physically scarred and emotionally battered, divorced, Vietnam vet – and his daughter Kelly. It’s just after 5 A.M., as O’Keefe, who lives in the lower level apartment of a Victorian house, in a regentrifying neighborhood, wakes up, climbs out of bed, dresses and begins his usual,... Read More

The Bankruptcy Alternative: Close Your Business Your Way, Without Bankruptcy. Save Time, Save Money, Save Your Sanity!

January 3rd, 2018

Title: The Bankruptcy Alternative: Close Your Business Your Way, Without Bankruptcy. Save Time, Save Money, Save Your Sanity! Available from Amazon in hardcover, paperback and Kindle formats Author: Bruce Bowler Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes This is the fascinating – and almost incredible – personal story of Bruce Bowler, a serial entrepreneur who, faced to the fact that his business must close, decides to do a self-managed liquidation instead of filing for bankruptcy. It’s a story full of uncertainty and angst, but equally brimming with hope and resilience. Bowler... Read More

All Hands On Pet! Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets

January 2nd, 2018

Title: All Hands On Pet! Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Susan E. Davis, PT Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes Author Susan E. Davis is a licensed physical therapist with over 40 years’ clinical experience. Perhaps uniquely, she has transitioned her professional practice from humans to animals. Since 2008, Davis has owned and operated Joycare Onsite, LLC, providing Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation services exclusively to multiple animal species. Her work may be performed in the pet’s home,... Read More