Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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

The Compass Solution: A Guide to Winning Your Career

December 16th, 2017

Title: The Compass Solution: A Guide to Winning Your Career Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Tim Cole Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes Tim Cole, Founder and CEO of The Compass Alliance, says that his goal is writing this book is to help his readers by providing lessons that will help generate a sustainable and successful career. He points out early in the book that young adults setting out on a career path can expect to spend – at minimum – 100,000 hours building a career. Career-building, then, represents the greatest financial investment of anyone’s... Read More

The Buffer Zone Diet: It’s Not Just What You Eat, It’s When You Eat. Harness Your Hidden Fuel for a Slimmer and Healthier You

August 31st, 2017

Title: The Buffer Zone Diet Author: Fred Cuellar Reviewed by: Anne Holmes For the NABBW According to author Fred Cuellar, when we eat is as important as what we eat. If you’re one of those people who can say you’ve successfully dropped twenty pounds – only to gain it back, plus a few extra – there’s a good chance this book can be your solution – and your salvation. The information contained here is based on the author’s personal experience. Experience gained after he had a near-fatal stroke. He’s done a lot of personal research on diet and the diet... Read More

Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) and The Amazing Cast That Fixed it

May 18th, 2017

Title: Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It Author: Judith Wolf Mandell Reviewed by: Anne Holmes For the NABBW “Sammy’s Broken Leg” is an amazing book! Perfect gift for a grandchild who’s broken a bone – or is about to experience some other sort of potentially scary medical procedure. I recall my mother having to hold a wriggling, screaming four-year old – me – in her lap as my sister and I were being prepped for T&A surgery back in the mid-50s. No one could convince me they weren’t trying to kill me with the... Read More

Games of Make Believe Delivers Believability

May 6th, 2017

Title: Games of Make-Believe Author: Julie Ann Wambach Reviewed by: Anne Holmes For the NABBW Given the book’s title, it makes sense that it opens with a “once upon a time” fairy-tale format. Chapter One, “A Past So Grimm,” begins: “Once upon a time, in an old house, way out in the Utah desert there lived many children. The mother was nice to her own two daughters. They were her favorites and she treated them like princesses. The mother was nasty to the other youngsters because they were stepchildren. She made them do all the work, and they hated Horrible Hannah.” Stepmother... Read More

Europe: Chained by History: What Force Can Break the Chain?

March 16th, 2017

Title: Europe: Chained by History: What Force Can Break the Chain? (Available in both paperback and Kindle formats) Author: Larry J. Hilton Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes I didn’t enjoy learning about history until I was in high school, and took a course called Allied Arts, taught by a trio of teachers with areas of expertise in Literature, Music, History and Art. When they wove these threads (and with them, religion, politics and economics) into the fabric of their class, history suddenly began to make sense. I discovered that it’s actually a human story – not just a... Read More