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One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.

Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.

Three stars = Good; worth reading.

Four stars = Very good.

Five stars = Excellent; must-read.

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99 JOBS

By Joe Cottonwood

Rating: ★★★★★ 

99 JOBS: BLOOD, SWEAT AND HOUSES is a collection of essays, ostensibly on construction jobs taken by the author, that manage to cover topics ranging from geology to philosophy, art to politics to family life and love.

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Nose, Legs, Body

By Len Napolitano

Rating: ★★★★★ 

NOSE, LEGS, BODY is a book designed to help the interested layperson develop an appreciation for wine on a more sophisticated level.

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The Latecomer’s Fan Club

By Diane V. Mulligan

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Everyone’s a protagonist in this Boston-based tale of relationships between men and women.

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That Crazy Little Thing

By Kate Bracy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Melanie Davis is a divorced mother raising a typical rebellious teenage daughter, Jessie. Melanie describes herself as a fixer-upper, a loser in love, and resigns herself to an ordinary life. For pleasure, she secretly reads — and shares with others — her boss’ private emails of love and longing with only the “tiniest pang of guilt.”

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Word Up!

By Marcia Riefer Johnston

Rating: ★★★★★ 

While it seems the essence of stunted conversation littered with acronyms and smiley faces has taken a stranglehold on the English language;  never to be distracted with the need for complete sentences and proper spelling, there, amid old paperback books and Discman players, lies a hidden truth.  At some point, a person will be judged, […]

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Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu

By Ylleya Fields

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The whimsical nature of Princess Cupcake is a realistic picture of children at preschool age; all things are enticing, and everything is of interest.

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Out of the Rabbit Hole

By Sheri Bloom and Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD

Rating: ★★★★½ 

OUT OF THE RABBIT HOLE clearly explains what OCD is, how it damages a person’s life and well-being, and how it can be fought through cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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I, Paris

By Rick Garnett

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

To understand the significance of this novel, readers should first be familiar with the basics of Paris’s role in the Trojan War of Greek mythology. Paris has often been portrayed as “weak, almost effeminate,” as author Rick Garnett states in his introduction. In this novel, there’s an attempt to humanize him.

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By Blood

By Tracy E. Banghart

Rating: ★★★★★ 

This is a thoughtful, funny, intense work of young adult fiction that takes the reader on a journey through the streets of Oxford, exploring everything from the passion of summer romance to the mystic appeal of the ancient druids.

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Labor Pains

By C.A. Huggins

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

LABOR PAINS by C.A. Huggins appears to be aiming for an “Office Space”-like effect, but is ultimately goes on far too long without developing a compelling or particularly witty conceit.

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Beyond the Clearing

By Robin Mahle

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

To mourn their dead friend Diane, a group of three women go to pamper themselves at the incredibly swank and new-agey Serenity Resort. But Serenity Resort is a pretty suspicious place, and not just because of the 6 a.m. wake-up calls and the fact that they don’t serve alcohol.

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Bad Boyfriends

By Jeb Kinnison

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Jeb Kinnison applies attachment theory to relationships in order to advise the reader on how to find personality types that suit them well in a loving partnership.