Best Reviewed Books of October

A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE by Samuel Bigglesworth

Genre: Short Stories

IR Verdict: In a must-read, in-your-face collection of spine-tingling short stories rife with metaphor, author Samuel Bigglesworth approaches the taboo subject of death and the triumph of the human spirit with humor, brutal honesty and compassion.

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THE WINNER MAKER by Jeff Bond

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Jeff Bond’s THE WINNER MAKER is a fun, well-crafted, well-paced, top-notch debut thriller and a meditation on the nature of winning.

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WRONGFUL DEATH by RD Meyer

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal

IR Verdict: WRONGFUL DEATH is an enjoyable twist on the ghost story. Even if it doesn’t haunt the reader long after reading, it’s a fun and entertaining story with a good sense of humor and a generous dash of originality.

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PURPOSE: The Extraordinary Benefits of Focusing on What Matters Most by Ben Renshaw

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: With simple advice that cuts through the weeds of the workday, Ben Renshaw outlines concisely and clearly the steps to find personal meaning. He put PURPOSE into the world as part of his personal purpose. Readers who grab the book and follow his advice might find their purpose, too.

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DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN by Larry Brill

Genre: Popular Fiction

IR Verdict: DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN, Larry Brill’s romantic comedy, hits all the right notes in this literary ode to first love, second chances, and high school humor.

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BAKING SUBSTITUTIONS: The A-Z of Common, Unique, and Hard-to-Find Ingredients by Jean B. MacLeod

Genre: Food + Cooking

IR Verdict: BAKING SUBSTITUTIONS is an invaluable resource, providing helpful information for novices and experienced bakers alike.

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BEAUTIFUL MINDS by Jackie Goldman

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: Jackie Goldman’s collection of powerful biographies shines a light on six creative New Yorkers who have followed their artistic and altruistic visions to live fulfilling lives and bring joy to others.

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BEYOND CONFUSION by Doretta Wildes

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: Murder mystery and family drama brilliantly blend in Doretta Wildes’s richly told tale. BEYOND CONFUSION quilts with the fabric of Pat Conroy and Agatha Christie to create an original literary tapestry. 

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REFLECTIONS AND REMINISCENCES by John Safer

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict:

REFLECTIONS AND REMINISCENCES is often funny, sometimes disturbing, and always interesting, in its scope of personal history against events of often historical significance.

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WINCHELL PRICE MASTER PAINTER by Kevin Robert Turner

Genre: Biography

IR Verdict: Kevin Robert Turner’s exposition on Canadian artist Winchell Price is a compelling look at the unconventional painter’s life, told with honesty and compassion, by someone who knew Price and his work intimately.

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CONSULTING DRUCKER: Principles and Lessons from the World’s Leading Management Consultant by William Cohen

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: CONSULTING DRUCKER is a crisp, richly detailed read about Peter Drucker, one of the great business thinkers of our time.

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THYLACINE DREAMS by Jonathan Maas

Genres: Science Fiction, Short Stories

IR Verdict: THYLACINE DREAMS is a thoughtful and intriguing set of short stories, which have far more substance to them than apparent from their size. 

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DAISY’S RUN by Scott Baron

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: For fans of science fiction, DAISY’S RUN will deliver an intriguing escape into a distant dystopian future that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

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ATLAS OF MEN by David Sklar

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: Driven by a seamless movement between past and present, ATLAS OF MEN delivers a powerful story that is as unique as it is unsettling. As manifest in the technical nature of the storytelling, Sklar trusts in the intelligence of his reader and in doing so challenges those readers to immerse themselves in new realms of science and pseudoscience.

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AND THEN I MET ELVIS… by Doug Bari

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: Although valuable and compelling for its portrait of child neglect softened by teen friendship, this promising debut novel would profit from stronger involvement of its likable, responsible adult characters.

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A GREAT MOVE by Katia Vlachos

Genre: How-To

IR Verdict: Get A GREAT MOVE if there’s a big move coming soon – or find it even if there are no plans to pull up stakes. This great and helpful guide just might inspire a life-changing adventure.

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MOTORBIKES AND CAMELS by Nejoud Al-Yagout

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: Author Nejoud Al-Yagout has managed to capture a glimpse into a world not often seen in popular culture in MOTORBIKES AND CAMELS, a well-crafted, intimate look at modern Arab society.

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APOCALYPSE CHOW: A Remix of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness by David Julian Wightman

Genre: Humor

IR Verdict: Clever and entertaining, APOCALYPSE CHOW uses the structure of Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and visuals from the Coppola film “Apocalypse Now” to satirize the restaurant industry.

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SQUELCHED by Terry Beard

Genre: Self Help

IR Verdict: Transcending hardship towards a life of la joie de vivre, author Terry Beard takes readers on a self-empowerment journey a bit reminiscent of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” in SQUELCHED: SUCCEEDING IN BUSINESS AND LIFE BY FINDING YOUR VOICE.

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RE-IMAGINING GOVERNMENT by Christopher Wilson

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: RE-IMAGINING GOVERNMENT provides a solid view of why people have soured on their leaders and points the way toward how democracy might work better in the future.

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