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Best Reviewed Books of the Month

THE WINTER SISTERS By Tim Westover

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: A spellbinding blend of historical fiction and magic realism, THE WINTER SISTERS mixes science with superstition in this enchanting, lush novel.

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CATALYST By Ian Kent

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

IR Verdict: Ian Kent’s CATALYST–part mystery part crime–is a fast-paced, action-packed story with focused storytelling that will enthrall thriller fans and general readers alike.

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LOST IN CARMEL By Terri Lee

Genre: Romance

IR Verdict: Terri Lee takes interesting turns in the rich love story at the heart of LOST IN CARMEL, making the journey almost as exhilarating as a carefree year on the Positano coast.

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THE LITTER By Jonathan Maas

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal

IR Verdict: THE LITTER is a spare, beautifully written and thought provoking page-turner that tackles topical issues via an unusual and imaginative storyline.

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MANAGING BUBBIEBy Russel Lazega

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: It is no small feat to include humor in a book that deals with the trials of a young Jewish woman who escaped the Nazi’s, but Russel Lazega’s MANAGING BUBBIE manages to do so, proving that life is an inevitable combination of tragedy and comedy. The production of the audio book is a treat with voices that will resonate with listeners.

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COUNT IT ALL JOY By Mitchell Allen

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: With COUNT IT ALL JOY, Mitchell Allen unfurls a subtle, poignant and engaging look at one young man’s life in a small-town, amidst the unsatisfying search for belonging and meaning in the modern world.

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VICES/VIRTUES By Beatrice DeSoprontu

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: VICES/VIRTUES is a beautifully written, strikingly moving, thoughtful look at the interacting lives and diverse backgrounds of women in an unconventional profession.

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INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE By Susan Kraus

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Author Susan Kraus does her homework in INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE, weaving a compelling story about the insidious nature of sexual assault on college campuses and the ways in which society supports a culture of victim apathy and abuse. With authority and storytelling finesse, the book brings into question long-held beliefs about what constitutes sex crimes and how the justice system addresses them in ways that not only fail victims, but that enable perpetrators to repeat their offenses.

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DON’T JUST MANAGE–LEAD! By Arthur F. Coombs III

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: Readers looking for the equivalent of coffee and a friendly chat with a proven business leader in order to learn what qualities he considers most important to develop in a leadership role, will find a valuable resource in DON’T JUST MANAGE–LEAD!

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SECTION ROADS By Mike Murphey

Genre: Popular Fiction

IR Verdict: SECTION ROADS is a funny and fast read that will keep readers guessing until the surprising twists and turns of its clever conclusion.

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ZERO PERCENTERS By Scott T. Grusky

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: Humanity’s never ending struggle towards balance is explored with a contemporary computer-age twist in Scott T. Grusky’s fine science fiction novel ZERO PERCENTERS.

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THE EYE THAT NEVER SLEEPS By Clifford Browder

Genre: Mystery

IR Verdict: THE EYE THAT NEVER SLEEPS might not keep readers up at night with its criminal thrills, but anyone who wants a lovingly composed picture of Victorian New York with an old school caper at its core will be more than satisfied.

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THREE TERRIBLE TALES By Margaret F. Chen

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: Margaret Chen’s language is simple and she is particularly gifted at characterizing creepiness in THREE TERRIBLE TALES, which masterfully encapsulates the loneliness of her protagonists, while exploring their sanity in three intriguing and eerie stories.

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SAILING BLUE WATER MYSTIQUE SOLO By H Downing Lane

Genres: Action/Adventure, Memoir

IR Verdict: In SAILING BLUE WATER MYSTIQUE SOLO, H. Downing Lane’s personal insights and observations of both the self and the blue world around him create an engrossing tale that readers will find hard to put down.

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UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL By Robert C. Bogison

Genres: History, Biography

IR Verdict: Intense wartime scenes are teamed with moments of tender comradery in UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL, an epic Vietnam memoir that relays author Robert C. Bogison’s  raw journey through the jungles of Vietnam.

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HOPE DANCING By Leslie Baer Dinkel

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: HOPE DANCING: Finding purpose and a place to serve among the Maya is a thorough, sometimes harrowing, always thought-provoking memoir about Leslie Baer Dinkel’s adventures in helping to bring ‘a hand up’ rather than ‘hand out’ relief where it is needed. Even by the last page, readers will not want this story to end.

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THE GIRL WHO SAID GOODBYE By Heather Allen

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: Succinct chapters that interweave personal anecdotes, Cambodian cultural history, and the indoctrination of the Khmer Rouge all serve to create a page-turning memoir of emotional and historical breadth–and ultimately, compassion and forgiveness–in Heather Allen’s memoir, THE GIRL WHO SAID GOODBYE.

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A PLACE UNCHANGED By George Sanchez

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Despite infrequent glitches, A PLACE UNCHANGED snares the reader’s attention, builds suspense, and pays off (pun there) promissory notes vital to a contemporary mystery—plus it’s funny.

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FOURTH TRAIT By Benjamin A. Bryan

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: FOURTH TRAIT is a vigorous, engaging, and interestingly complex science fiction novel, with lively characters and a thoughtful, well-designed plot.

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THE CONSCIOUS WHOLE By William T. Kenny

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: Gripping–especially for readers who have enjoyed the study of metaphysical subjects previously–the text of the well-researched THE CONSCIOUS WHOLE by William T. Kenny is well worth, not just a read, but also time set aside for some serious esoteric pondering.

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SHRAPNEL IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY By Carol Es

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: Carol Es really did encounter shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley—familial, psychological, job-related, and other—but she has lived to tell about it in this well-paced, captivating memoir, a transcendent story about how fostering one’s own creativity affords resilience and the means for survival.

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ALARIC THAIN’S HISTORY OF THE 21st CENTURY By Alaric Thain

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: ALARIC THAIN’S HISTORY OF THE 21st CENTURY is an intriguing, clearly-written, and thoughtful look at our world from the perspective of a happier future, without many of our current struggles.

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