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Best Reviewed Books of the Month

MY UGANDAN HILL By C. H. Colman

Genre: Children’s (Early to intermediate readers)

IR Verdict: From being cared for by traditional ayahs (nanny/nursemaids) to life-threatening encounters with musota snakes, as seen through young C.H. Colman’s eyes, the reminiscences of MY UGANDAN HILL come wonderfully to life. Readers of all ages, parents, teachers, take note: supported by judicious use of Luganda and Swahili terms, native concepts, and introductions to African wildlife, this is a perfect tale for pleasure reading and education.

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SKIN IN THE GAME By Kelly Mendenhall

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: Using her extensive collection of body art to tell the stories of her life, SKIN IN THE GAME, author Kelly J. Mendenhall inks her personal experiences into reader’s consciousness and illustrates the poignant reasons people turn to tattooing for self-expression.

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A VIAL UPON THE SUN By James + Craig Codlin

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: As silly as it is entertaining, A VIAL UPON THE SUN by James and Craig Codlin is a fast-paced conspiracy thriller that will make for a fun summer read.

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COMPANION IN GRIEF By Trevy Thomas

Genre: Self-Help

IR Verdict: With crisp, sometimes truly lovely prose, Trevy Thomas gives readers quick daily morsels, often from explicitly described experiences. There are blind spots at times, but from the quotidian to the imaginative, any reader will find ways to find healing on their own terms.

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THE NEON GOD By Ben D’Alessio

Genre: New Adult

IR Verdict: Witty, inspired and playful, THE NEON GOD is an original, offbeat read and perfect for readers interested in learning more about New Orleans’ one-of-a-kind heritage.

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DEATH IN PARAĺSO By Jack Polo

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Jack Polo’s detective novel DEATH IN PARAĺSO, is a thoroughly satisfying, balanced, well-told detective story with strong characterizations, snappy dialogue and a plot that is tight, intricate, and clever.

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A NARRATIVE IN FLUX By Cori H. Spenzich

Genre: Horror

IR Verdict: Esoteric without being inaccessible, A NARRATIVE IN FLUX provides readers with thoughtful thrills in a smoothly written and intriguingly surreal book.

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THE HUNTER’S GAMBIT (Book 1 of the Archanium Codex) By Nicholas McIntire

Genre: Fantasy

IR Verdict: THE HUNTER’S GAMBIT will thoroughly satisfy those readers who enjoy a well-written fantasy novel with classic fantasy tropes cleverly rewoven into a new, creative and engaging tale.

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THE LANGUAGE OF PAIN By Trevor Campbell

Genre: Health

IR Verdict: While of course any chronic pain sufferer should consult with their own physician first and foremost,  THE LANGUAGE OF PAIN can offer some outside guidance for the development of a pain management program tailored to the patient’s needs, that may help with both initial motivation and eventual success.

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GOD CREATES A SNAKE By Charles Peterson

Genre: Kid’s Picture Book

IR Verdict: Charles Peterson uses the line between expectations and reality to craft GOD CREATES A SNAKE, a clever, humorous and well-paced picture book about the conversation between Snake and God during a creation day appointment.

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ETERNAL SHADOW By Trevor B Williams

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: Fans of the hard science fiction of Andy Weir (The Martian) and Isaac Asimov—of epic tales and strong female lead characters—will have their eyes glued to the pages of ETERNAL SHADOW, waiting for the Big Bang and wondering where on earth (or above it) inventive author Trevor Williams will take them.

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NEVER STOP DANCING By John Robinette, Robert Jacoby

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: A container for mourning the loss of a beloved spouse, the memoir NEVER STOP DANCING by John Robinette and Robert Jacoby explores genuine friendship between two men as one supports the other on a wide-ranging journey from grief to transformation.

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WHERE THEY GRAZE WITHOUT FLOWERS By R. Joseph

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: In the lyrical WHERE THEY GRAZE WITHOUT FLOWERS, flawed characters traverse decades, searching for the always elusive meaning of life. The book delivers great delights and deep truths and beauty comes in light rays and silent ripples. And all around is water.

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NAKED (IN ITALY) By M.E. Evans

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: NAKED (IN ITALY) in an engaging memoir about family trauma, artistic exploration and romance in a foreign country and author M.E. Evans’ voice is wry, rebellious and vulnerable, giving readers an exotic, exuberant front row seat to her wild graduate school adventures abroad.

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SCOURGED SOULS By Keith Niles Corman

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: SCOURGED SOULS depicts the horrors of war vividly, and Keith N. Corman effectively uses language to paint pictures of sorrow that demonstrate the sense of loss for the civilians as well as for the soldiers.

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SUBTERRANEAN LIVING By John Caperton

Genre: Short Stories

IR Verdict: Eloquent and well-paced, John Caperton’s SUBTERRANEAN LIVING expertly deals with loneliness, sexuality, coming-of-age, and life realizations that take on an arresting and engaging tone in the author’s simple but vivid prose, creating vulnerable human moments that are deeply felt without being overly sentimental.

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GATED By J.D. Ventura

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: A taut, suspenseful thriller, GATED grips readers from its opening pages all the way to its shocking conclusion.

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