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MY NEW FRIEND, GRIEF

IR VERDICT: As author Anna Hodges Oginsky goes through the Kubler–Ross steps of grieving after the sudden death of her beloved father, she writes about her personal approaches to finding meaning and relief.  By looking...

EXPECTING SUNSHINE

IR VERDICT: EXPECTING SUNSHINE is one mother’s heart-wrenching journey through the grieving process and fear of conceiving again after the loss of her second child. Visceral and replete with raw emotion and intense imagery, Chute’s...

THE BOOK OF MOON

IR VERDICT: In the excellent THE BOOK OF MOON, author George Crowder merges the Book of Job, J. D. Salinger, and Woody Allen into an effective tale about an adolescent trying to make sense of...

ELECTION 2064

IR VERDICT: You might well have had enough of elections for one lifetime, but don’t let that deter you from ELECTION 2064 by Scott McDermott. This lively political thriller interweaves the devious dealings of twenty-first...

FEDERAL PRISON HANDBOOK

IR VERDICT: In spite of its “how-to” nature, Christopher Zoukis’ FEDERAL PRISON HANDBOOK makes mighty compelling reading, even for those who aren’t entering prison or have a loved one who is.

SPACE FANDANGO: BACKSTABBER’S BLUES

IR VERDICT: Henry Mosquera’s SPACE FANDANGO: BACKSTABBER’S BLUES is a wild and raucous pulpy adventure, a fusing of Firefly‘s space opera and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s self-aware humor. As this motley crew of assassins, thieves,...

PLAINS TO THE PACIFIC

IR VERDICT:PLAINS TO THE PACIFIC is well-written and gripping time capsule account of a lost world. Slothower has a literary style 嘉盛 comparable to Hemingway’s.  There is a barely a wasted word in this invaluable...

BLACK WATER

IR VERDICT: BLACK WATER is a haunting story beautifully told. Set in a near future of environmental catastrophe and ethnic strife, it is at once an urgent warning and an intimate meditation on memory, grief,...

VOID IF DETACHED

IR VERDICT: VOID IF DETACHED is a thoughtful and intelligent guide to Christian (and other) religious ideas through the eyes of an educated, kindly minister and his loving, but questioning, daughter.

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