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Best Reviewed Books of the Month

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WHEN WILL IT STOP HURTING? By Glenn Cameron

Genre: Self-Help

IR Verdict: A powerful personal account of one man’s mourning process, WHEN WILL IT STOP HURTING? offers hope to those who have lost loved ones and feel trapped in a forest of grief.

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THE MUSEUM OF BULLSHIT By Brad Rau

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: THE MUSEUM OF BULLSHIT is a thoroughly entertaining story about an unlikely pair of individuals who seek out Bigfoot and realize they’re really on a journey of self-discovery.

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CELESTINA’S BURNINGS By Annemarie Schiavi Pedersen

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: Sprinkled with authentic-sounding Italian and warmed by such relationships as Celestina shares with her nonna, Signora Simona DiCapria, CELESTINA’S BURNINGS by Annemarie Schiavi Pedersen is a grand historical adventure worth savoring.

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CARLOTTI By David Dalrymple

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: CARLOTTI is an impressive and readable debut novel that gives fans of conspiracy crime fiction something to think about—and a lot to read.

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TORC THE CAT SAVES THE BUNNY By NONA

Genre: Children’s (Early to intermediate readers)

IR Verdict: TORC THE CAT SAVES THE BUNNY enchants from the get-go with a story and illustrations brimming with energy, charm and a worthwhile moral that will warm the hearts of both toddlers and parents.

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: Our Life Journey with Autism By Carol Basile

Genre: Parenting

IR Verdict: There are many memoirs written by parents of autistic children, but AGAINST ALL ODDS, Carol Basile’s tale of a determined single mother rising to meet her autistic son’s educational and behavioral challenges at time when few services were available, is both unique and uplifting.

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MOLLS LIKE IT HOT By Darren Dash

Genre: Crime Fiction

IR Verdict: Darren Dash’s thrilling crime novel MOLLS LIKE IT HOT has a great deal of charm. The writing is a clever, its characters colorful, and its humor natural, giving the reader a wide opening to be captured by its story.

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO LAWRENCE By Craig Leener

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: ALL ROADS LEAD TO LAWRENCE provides a fascinating look at human consciousness in a unique coming-of-age tale about loss, friendship, love, and resilience.

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WESTCOAST LEGACY By Ian Kent

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: WESTCOAST LEGACY is a page-turner of a story with a keen sense of history that takes familiar storylines and turns them into a fresh, thrilling narrative.

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FINE, THANKS: Stories from the Cancerland Jungle By Mary Dunnewold

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: Despite its dark subject matter, Mary Dunnewold’s FINE, THANKS: Stories from the Cancerland Jungle is an eloquent, poignant, life-affirming and surprisingly witty memoir well worth reader’s time.

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HEARTBREAK: The Lenka Trilogy Part 1 By John Righten

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: John Righten’s excellently drawn lead characters and spot-on tone make HEARTBREAK, part one of THE LENKA TRILOGY, instantly absorbing and does what every good series starter must–hooks the reader quickly, making them eager to know what comes next.

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SOUTHERN CONVERT By Amelia S. Hussain

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: At a time when people feel more divided than ever, Amelia S. Hussain’s SOUTHERN CONVERT is a bridge that connects people and corrects assumptions– all while telling an engaging and engrossing story.

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GOOD INTENTIONS By Dan Saber

Genre: Satire

IR Verdict: GOOD INTENTIONS is a wry, political and biblical satire that smartly and thoroughly explores the consequences that technology has had and will continue to have on humanity.

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IS IT ABOUT THAT BOY? By Jeremy Gavins

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: In the memoir, IS IT ABOUT THAT BOY? THE SHOCKING TRAUMA OF AVERSION THERAPY, author Jeremy Gavins gives an unflinching, first-hand account of shock treatment as a ‘cure’ for homosexuality in a story that both troubles and inspires, plumbing the depths of human despair and soaring to the heights of spiritual triumph.

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IN HIS BROTHER’S PLACE By M. Lee Lederhos

Genre: Romance

IR Verdict: M. Lee Lederhos is an excellent storyteller and IN HIS BROTHER’S PLACE is eloquent and elegant where it might otherwise have been trite and cliched.

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THE GREAT GAME: The Story of How the Oil Wars Began By Togrul Bagirov

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: In THE GREAT GAME: The Story of How the Oil Wars Began, author Togrul Bagirov vividly describes how the Russian oil business became the world’s biggest under the leadership of Emmanual Nobel in a historical fiction tale that resonates with reality.

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SHADOW TAG By L.E. Fraser

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: L.E. Fraser’s SHADOW TAG is a suspenseful, thoughtful mystery with complex characters and carefully-designed plot twists that will keep readers on their toes until the conclusion.

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GNARLYS OF THE NORTH WOODS By Mary Cuffe Perez

Genre: Children’s (Early to intermediate readers)

IR Verdict:

GNARLYS OF THE NORTH WOODS, categorized as a children’s book, will capture the imagination of multi-generational readers interested in the natural world, lively characters and clever observations. Masterful writing and detailed illustrations enliven this captivating adventure in the forest.
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LONG DIVISION By Sara B. Fraser

Genre: Women’s Fiction

IR Verdict: LONG DIVISION is a novel whose fluid narration and rich imagery carries a story that is deeply personal to its characters but universal in its themes.

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BURNING CANDLES By Sue Star + Bill Beatty

Genre: Romance

IR Verdict: BURNING CANDLES is a story that simmers, building intrigue and suspense with prose as lush as its tropical setting.

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POLARITY By Virginia Ford

Genres: Erotica, Romance

IR Verdict: Sarah Jane’s story might be fictional, but Virginia Ford’s knowledge is not. POLARITY’s witty, emotionally-driven prose and its insights into the kinky side of modern dating culture make it the perfect story for any reader that has ever wondered what it would feel like to explore the “secret garden” that is BDSM.

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A WOMAN TO BLAME By Vincent Panettiere

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Vincent Panettiere’s A WOMAN TO BLAME is an excellently written potboiler and detective novel featuring a tough-guy detective and a string of crimes with a most unusual origin.

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