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Best Reviewed Books for February

MASTURBATION MONDAY by Jupiter’s Slut

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: MASTURBATION MONDAY is a touching story – in more ways than one – of self-growth and self-love through sexual exploration and personal vulnerability.

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SILENT SPRING – DEADLY AUTUMN OF THE VIETNAM WAR by Patrick Hogan

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: SILENT SPRING – DEADLY AUTUMN OF THE VIETNAM WAR is an important book and a shocking reminder that, even many decades later, the war in Southeast Asia hasn’t ended for thousands of soldiers who developed extremely serious illnesses from toxic chemicals sprayed across the countryside, in secret, by their own government. 

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THE PRINCESS OF BAKER STREET by Mia Kerick

Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQ

IR Verdict: Author Mia Kerick deftly creates a realistic, loveable, and memorable cast of characters in THE PRINCESS OF BAKER STREET, a sweet and straightforward LGBTQ+ YA novel, filled with beautiful moments of hope, love, and acceptance as a transgender teen struggles to survive middle school.

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THE 19TH BLADESMAN by S.J. Hartland

Genre: Fantasy

IR Verdict: THE 19TH BLADESMAN is a gripping and thoroughly enjoyable first book in what will hopefully be a grand epic high fantasy series in the best tradition.

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CHUG AND THUG RIDE TRIKE by Gemal Seede, Illustrated by David Macedo

Genre: Children’s (Early to Intermediate Readers)

IR Verdict: CHUG AND THUG RIDE TRIKE is a lovely children’s tale, written by Gemal Seede and beautifully illustrated by David Macedo, about the importance of following ones own heart and being true to yourself.

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ALL THE BROKEN PEOPLE by Amy Rivers

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: ALL THE BROKEN PEOPLE is a powerfully, emotionally-evocative story, simultaneously brutally honest and lovingly hopeful, heart-breaking and life-affirming.

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FROM DREAM TO DELIVERY by Don L. Daglow

Genres: Business, Self-Help, How-To

IR Verdict: Rather than making big claims about how much a person can earn by making a tactical end-run around the corporate system, author Don L. Daglow teaches organization of thought and sequencing of specific goals, including the micro-steps between often conveniently ignored in similar books.

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IN THE SHADOW OF WAR by Patrick M. Garry

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: An enchanting love story on many levels, IN THE SHADOW OF WAR also boasts strong characters, dialogue, pacing, and setting, as well as its valuable perspective on America’s chilly response to returning Vietnam War vets.

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THE GREEN SOLDIER by J. Edward Gore

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: J. Edward Gore’s THE GREEN SOLDIER, a richly told and moving story of Johnny Gore is an excellent addition to historical fiction about the Civil War and to the wider body of literature about the experience of war itself.

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REMARKABLY INTACT by Celia Belt

Genres: Biography, Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: REMARKABLY INTACT is an inspiring and positive story of one woman not only surviving, but learning to thrive despite everything life could throw at her.

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PARENTECTOMY by Christine Giancarlo

Genre: Parenting (Child Care/Family)

IR Verdict: PARENTECTOMY is a detailed look at the painful problem of parental alienation through the eyes of those affected, and offers some thoughtful ideas about how to protect children’s right to have a relationship with loving, competent parents.

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DEADBREAK by Jorge Sanchez

Genre: Popular Fiction

IR Verdict: Jorge Sanchez takes a familiar formula (dad with a missing kid must fight his way through zombies to save his daughter) and brings it to a new level using light-hearted wit, whirlwind action, and a carefully-crafted, nuanced depiction of what life would be like in a country ravaged by disease and peril.

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THE HAPPINESS PLAYLIST by Mark Mallman

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: THE HAPPINESS PLAYLIST by Mark Mallman is a moving, entertaining, and well-written reflection on the art of living, music, grief, and joy. 

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ACROSS THE RIVER by Richard Snodgrass

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: For readers looking for complex characters set against the dramatic backdrop of the Civil War, Richard Snodgrass’s ACROSS THE RIVER is a beautiful historical novel that proves history is created and changed by individuals, not just events.

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