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2019-12-20Dec 20, 2019

The Trumpet Lesson intertwines the activities of a lost dog, an eccentric friend, a bi-racial trumpet player, a street kid and the Jehovah's Witnesses. All the action is perceived by a chipped statue of a jaguar who often passes judgment on the proceedings.
 There is a dash of magical realism here and there, a style that can only be properly implemented on Latin American soil. Consider that plaster jaguar who seems to be not only omniscient but discriminating and checks out all the protagonist's deeds in this thoroughly engrossing novel. 

 

2019-11-23Nov 23, 2019

The motif in the memoir Hippie Chick by author Ilene English is most plausibly her journey into self, finding her worth and finding her place in the universe. Now a psychotherapist living on the Sonoma coast with practices in Sebastopol and Petaluma, she was born, the youngest of six, into a Jewish family in New Jersey. Her mother was always very ill and her father was distant. 

2019-10-22Oct 22, 2019

These two books by doctors could not be more disparate. Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert by Erica M. Elliot is a memoir of a woman in search of herself and her life's purpose. The second, Nefertiti's Secret by noted local plastic surgeon, Stanley Jacobs, is a quickie memoir, an adventure, a history, a mystery, a treatise on the physiology of the skin and ultimately an infomercial. Both books are brief and to the point, no romantic meanderings. Doctors are busy people. 

2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019

Pat Nolan's new release - Volume II of So Much, a collection of his poems from 1990-2010 The first volume covered the previous twenty years. Nolan is working with   “the mass and mess of my accumulated writing”  which once filled boxes and cabinets before being electronically compacted to his computer. He calls the  process “the Schumpeterian creative destruction (elsewhere defined as the dismantling of long-standing practices in order to make way for innovation) of the past thirty years.” Over forty years ago, Nolan settled in a neighborhood close to the Russian River, almost an island. Peace prevails -  “out of the mist duck call rises from the shrouded river”...  

2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019

'Not Tonight' By Sarah Van Mantgem - Poem Inspired while laying in bed, trying to sleep through the wind and fear, during red flag warnings and power outages ... October 10, 2019

2019-10-15Oct 15, 2019

A new captivating nature photo book titled "Beyond the View" will be available in November. The book is collaboration by photographer Tracy Rose, and his father and writer Fred Rose. It is a dual dialog of photographs and poetic reflections that delve into the solace that nature brings. Tracy's nature photos have been shown at the Green Music Center, River Front Art Galley, and local art festivals. His father, Fred Rose, worked as a freelance writer in the early 1970s, providing feature articles for regional publications and several national magazines.

 

2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019

Some writers just have the knack. It's not just intelligence or talent. Some very profound authors are interminably dull. Eldonna Edwards is the type of scribe who draws one in. In Clover Blue, Her characters become flesh and blood.

 

2019-08-21Aug 21, 2019

Dr. Edward Abramson's book It's Not Just Baby Fat! is a gentle directive with specific guidelines for steering kids in the right direction. Abramson was a fat kid so he knows the bullying and the cruelty that some overweight people must endure. Society has attached certain negative stereotypes to heavy set people in that they are weak-willed, lazy, unattractive. He cites studies that indicate obesity is established before age eleven. 

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