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Best Reviewed Books of the Month

NO CAMERAS ALLOWED: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer By Julian David Stone

Genre: Photography

IR Verdict: A gorgeous coffee table book with a hint of memoir, NO CAMERAS ALLOWED: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer is the perfect evocation of 1980s rock-and-roll.

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SMUGGLER By Nicholas Fillmore*

Genre: True Crime

IR Verdict: From Provincetown to Chicago and Paris to Jakarta, SMUGGLER pulls off a seemingly impossible mix of visceral, emotional, and psychological realism—all without sacrificing the thrill of vicarious transgression or entertainment. Protagonist (and author) Nick Fillmore’s reflection and restrictive interactions never bore and—like the narrative—are rich with cutting insight.

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*IRDA Winner

 

A GLOSSARY OF LIFE By Manny Garcia

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: A GLOSSARY OF LIFE is a concise but meaningful volume that should be on the bookshelf of every wisdom seeker, cleric, and therapist.

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IF YOU TAME ME By Kathie Giorgio

Genre: Women’s Fiction

IR Verdict: IF YOU TAME ME is a timely and quirky tale that explores the politics of womanhood, aging, relationships, and loneliness against the backdrop of a burgeoning romance.

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AT DADDY’S HANDS: Courage Knows No Age By Jacob Paul Patchen

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: AT DADDY’S HANDS: Courage Knows No Age by Jacob Paul Patchen is a discerning, empathetic look at intergenerational child abuse, aimed at waking up readers from all walks of life.

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LET ‘ER ROLL: Tips and Stories to Improve Your Driving By Earl Randall

Genre: How-To

IR Verdict: LET ‘ER ROLL: Tips and Stories to Improve Your Driving is a thorough and comprehensive driver’s-ed book that will inform and entertain neophyte and seasoned drivers alike.

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TIGER BRAVO’S WAR By Rick St John*

Genre: History

IR Verdict: Vividly written and comprehensively detailed, TIGER BRAVO’S WAR teaches what political decisions and organized tyranny demand of men and women sent to defend us: heroic endurance, courage, comradeship and—tragically often—the ultimate sacrifice.

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*IRDA Winner

 

THREE YEARS IN ETHIOPIA: How a Civil War and Epidemics Led Me to my Daughter By Cornelia E Davis

Genre: Memoir

IR Approved: Equal parts engrossing and inspiring, Cornelia E. Davis delivers a memoir rich in adventure, culture, and immersive storytelling in THREE YEARS IN ETHIOPIA: How a Civil War and Epidemics Led Me to my Daughter.

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THE GIRL AND THE GARGOYLE By Pauline Gruber

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: THE GIRL AND THE GARGOYLE is a thoroughly enjoyable story in its own right, and a welcome second installment in the series that began with THE GIRL AND THE RAVEN.

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SHADOW CITY By Anna Mocikat

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: SHADOW CITY is full of adventure, thrills, and twists and turns. The characters are fully realized and the swift pace keeps the story moving along, so readers will likely find themselves turning pages in rapid succession.

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THE LOVELOCK By Eichin Chang-Lim*

Genre: New Adult

IR Verdict: Author Eichin Chang-Lim’s deep understanding of the human condition and the undue pressures oftentimes put upon it results in THE LOVELOCK, a thoroughly enjoyable saga of hope and destiny.

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*IRDA Winner

 

YOUR LION INSIDE: Tapping into the Power Within By Kimberly Faith*

Genre: Self Help

IR Verdict: Written with passion and sincerity, Kimberly Faith’s YOUR LION INSIDE: Tapping into the Power Within, is an interesting, useful and well-researched book for those wanting to overcome troublesome thoughts which may be stifling their full work potential.

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*IRDA Winner

ON WINGS OF A LION By Susan Wakeford Angard

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: Smartly penned by Susan Wakeford Angard and riddled with surprising characters and angular twists and turns, ON WINGS OF A LION is both an enticing narrative and a packed introduction to colliding worlds. Depth of character, in particular, stands out.

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THREE DAYS IN ASHFORD By Ty Tracey*

Genre: Horror

IR Verdict: THREE DAYS IN ASHFORD is an action-packed thriller that piles on the supernatural elements, and then weaves them into a well-paced mystery.

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*IRDA Winner

 

 

 

REECE’S VINTAGE TALES By N. Reece Ho-Sheffield

Genre: Children’s (Early to Intermediate)

IR Verdict: Filled with charming characters and beautiful illustrations, REECE’S VINTAGE TALES will delight children (and their parents!) with fast-paced stories that instill simple, yet important lessons about life.

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THE NARROW MAN By Kip Cassino

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: THE NARROW MAN is an exciting tale that will delight readers looking for suspense, action, and maybe a few nightmares (but they’ll be well-written, skillfully-plotted nightmares, at least).

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THE FRUIT OF LIES: A Chautauqua Murder Mystery By Deb Pines

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: THE FRUIT OF LIES, the latest entry in Deb Pines’ excellent murder mystery series, is yet another well-crafted, spine-tingling and suspenseful murder mystery that will satisfy fans and newcomers alike.

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LAKES OF MARS By Merritt Graves

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: Merritt Graves’ solid command of style, pacing, and science fiction-speak brings LAKES OF MARS to a satisfying conclusion, while the loose ends will leave readers eager for the next volume.

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HUNTED By Monique Gliozzi

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: HUNTED is an engrossing crime drama that’s enhanced by its luxurious locales.

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GRACE IN THE WINGS By Kari Bovee

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: GRACE IN THE WINGS  is a page-turning 1920s mystery set against the smoky and sometimes seedy world of the famous Ziegfeld Follies.

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RACING SHADOWS By James K Dill

Genre: Paranormal

IR Verdict: A fast-paced read surging with adrenaline, RACING SHADOWS offers an honest look at the losses and triumphs of a marathon runner through a fictional lens, told with heart and a genuine love for the sport.

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