Contemporary Fiction – Sun Burn

Sun BurnSun Burn
By Arthur V. Campbell IV
Publisher: T. Plate Shift Publishing
ISBN: 978-0615573861
Pages: 184
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

he last psychedelic novel?

SUN BURN is an art novel involving graphic art from around the world interlaced with an amusing exercise in wit and dry humor involving Porsches, French-speaking aliens, a pipe organ, a Citroen, a master mechanic, lonely beat cop, and a society in which no one seems to do anything (except the bar tender). The book has no sex, no violence, and no bad language, though it does have some French language (translated in the ample footnotes ). 5.5 x 8.25 x 185-page paperback includes 180 art illustrations, including 3 by author.

The pump boy pumps gas at a station that only serves Porsche turbos evidently, and the mechanic obviously only works on other cars grudgingly. He is able to repair intergalactic devices, a skill that serves him well in this odd mix of 1950s science fiction and current literary pace. Great coffee table piece and conversation starter.

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Health/Medical – Transform Mind and Body with the Lap-Band

Transform Mind and Body with the Lap-BandTransform Mind and Body with the Lap-Band
By Lisa Gentile
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1456528003
Published: June 2012
Pages: 110
Genre:Bariatric Medical Nutrition

This book provides readers with insightful knowledge and understanding to bariatric Lap-Band treatment. Beyond nutritional guidance, emotional and physical aspect related to utilizing the Lap-Band as a true tool is obtained in the pages of this book. Gentile’s multidisciplinary, holistic approach to Lap-Band surgery will enlighten and inspire readers to take better control of their health by connecting mind, body and spirit.

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Memoir – The Long Escape

The Long EscapeThe Long Escape
By Jeff Noonan
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781466434264
Published: January 2012
Pages: 326
Genre: Memoir, Naval Adventure

Jeff Noonan was raised in the mountain country of Montana in a happy home…until his father turned to alcohol and became a violent abuser. In early adulthood, Jeff’s globetrotting in the military did nothing to extinguish the pain of that abuse, but through perseverance, hope, and an iron will, he transcended his abuser to create a successful and fulfilling life. An extraordinary tale of courage and horrific violence, this memoir is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and that through perseverance happiness can be achieved.

As a child, Jeff idolizes his father: a former boxer, park ranger, and congressional candidate. As the boy grows older, however, his father’s transformation into a full-blown alcoholic results in increasingly abusive behavior that involves, one by one, the horrific beating of his mother, himself, and his seven siblings. Life becomes a daily struggle, both physical and financial, for the boy and his family. After working as a laborer for several years, he is still in his teens when he joins the service to escape the abuse and provide an income to his family.

From Asian adventures and shipboard hijinks to killer typhoons and Hong Kong bar battles, he fights his way to acceptance in the rough and tumble world of a destroyer sailor. But you can never run from yourself. He is continually drawn back to Montana where his meetings with his father become predictably more violent until an epic confrontation where Jeff’s younger brothers emerge as his greatest allies. In the meantime, he is assigned to an entry-level position scrubbing Navy bathrooms. Through hard work and non-stop studying, he eventually becomes a Navy leader, supervising teams that work on experimental shipboard guided missile systems.

A sobering, visceral, and shockingly real portrait of domestic violence, the boy’s relentless drive for survival is nothing short of extraordinary. An uplifting journey to redemption and self-acceptance, The Long Escape sends an unforgettable message to the abused that there can be hope and love in their futures if they can find a way to escape.

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Suspense – Not My Mother’s Son

Not My Mother’s SonNot My Mothers Son
By R. K. Avery
Publisher: Brighton Publishing
ISBN: 978-1621830092
Published: November 2012
Pages: 216
Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Devious. Conniving. Deceitful. Insidious. David Miller thought he knew his mother. He thought kidnapping three children was the most appalling and horrendous thing any human being could do and she couldn’t possibly do anything more monstrous. He thought there was nothing else she could do or say that would surprise him. How wrong he was.

After Beatrice Miller, David’s serial-kidnapping mother, is sentenced to thirty years, David moves to Phoenix, Arizona; and with the help of a trust fund and an old friend, he starts the “Never Give Up” foundation, an organization dedicated to finding and returning exploited and missing children safely to their families. With all the wicked things his mother had done, David feels it is his unspoken duty to do something worthwhile.

Hesitant at first, but after reading his mother’s journal, David is determined to mend their dysfunctional relationship. Every time David visits Bea in prison, she seems deranged, insisting that people are trying to kill her. She ends each brief encounter with the chilling statement, “Remember David, things aren’t always what they seem.”

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Memoir – Noy of Nakohn Panome

Noy of Nakohn PanomeNoy of Nakohn Panome
By James Jouppi
ISBN: 9786162221248
Pages: 350
Genre: Memoir

Noy of Nakohn Panome is a Vietnam era memoir written by a former Peace Corps Community Development volunteer who was stationed in a military town in Thailand, seventy-five miles from Vietnam itself. Although it focuses on the day-to-day life of being a Community Development Department volunteer and the author’s relationships with volunteers, Thai villagers, government officials, and, of course, Thai bar girls, the book also makes mention of the larger Intelligence community controlling his Peace Corps life.

“It started after a year in-country when I submitted a report to the Peace Corps office in Bangkok,” Jouppi says. “At the time, there was no formalized contact between CD volunteers and the PC Thailand administration, and I thought that my technical advisor, at least, should know what was going on. After that, perhaps coincidentally, the CIA began to try to reign me in. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that there were more of them (CIA operatives) than there were of of us (PC volunteers) because they were all under cover. I never even knew who they were, and, from what I’ve read, they (the CIA) also had human assets. I didn’t know who they were either. There were also those who were going with the flow, and, as one volunteer told me after my tour was over, and after the operative in his province had been outed by the Thais, he was ‘staying happy by keeping other people happy’. At the time, the term CIA wasn’t even being used, and I’d believed, as a volunteer, that American Intelligence, whatever that entity was, really had our best interests in mind.

It was a bit like the Truman Show, and I felt a bit like Jim Carey. Everyone, including my girlfriend Noy, was just trying to make nice and wondering what was wrong with me that I couldn’t accept the niceness of my fantasy Peace Corps world more graciously; this after all my projects had been designated off-limits.”

The CD program Jouppi writes about is still in existence today although it’s gone through some evolution. While funding for their projects is still a challenge, the CD volunteers–unlike the volunteers in structured teaching programs–are still considered to be blank scrabble pieces who can help facilitate whatever is needed in rural settings.

To the consternation of current Peace Corps administrators, Jouppi, now forty years out of Peace Corps, still has his own ideas insofar as how the Thailand CD program should be structured. “The CD volunteers need to learn the language for a year at AUA (see algworld.com), and they need to intern with farmers for another year before they even think about projects,” Jouppi says. Yada, yada yada.

Noy of Nakohn Panome tells the volunteer story, as Jouppi experienced it, at a time when he didn’t know what was going on. He’s also written a longer memoir, entitled War of Hearts and Minds (also available from the author or online), which goes into his research more deeply.

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Children’s Picture Book – Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale

Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s TaleAmazing Matilda
By Bette A. Stevens
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1470187668
Published: July 2012
Pages: 34
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Want to inspire the kids in your life to meet challenges with patience and persistence?

AMAZING MATILDA will show you how. MATILDA becomes discouraged when she is unable to fly during the early stages as a larva. But, this Amazing Monarch never gives up on her dream. Unlike her meadowland friends, Matilda doesn’t want to leap onto ledges or bound across fields, she only wants to fly. At first, Matilda’s friends laugh at her because she doesn’t have wings. They wonder: How can a creature without wings ever hope to fly. While Matilda progresses through the various stages of her metamorphosis from egg to butterfly, her friends recall how they felt before they were able to do all of the things they had dreamed of doing and how hard they had to keep trying to do all of those things. Encouraged by her meadowland friends, MATILDA learns that if she tries hard enough and long enough, she can do anything that she really wants to do.

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