The places left unfilled by M. C. Cauley (Book Review #837)

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The places left unfilled is a memoir written about Morgan and her life in pursuit of finding her father. As luck would have it, she befriends a neighbor; however, the connection does not bode well, and things only begin to shed some light when she meets a guy named Bill, who is a 45-year martial arts instructor.

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Rejecting Destiny by Dennis Scheel (Book Review #835)

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Rejecting destiny is a dark fantasy story. It is the third book of the series in the underworld’s series. The story begins with Denida and Nina grieving over their son’s murder. Both are in despair and deal with the issue differently. Denida has the power of the rind and has the Holy dagger that can kill gods. He makes a deal with Lucifer to go to Heaven and rescue Lucifer’s son in exchange for his own. Things don’t work out as he plans, so he is challenged on this quest to survive and deal with his loss.

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The Auctioneers by Florian Schneider (Book Review #836)

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The auctioneers is a fictional story about Anabel Medina, a Salvadoran immigrant and social worker in Los Angeles who, after having famously subdued a rampage shooter on a killing spree in Malibu, rises to become a popular international voice for peace and social equity.

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An interview with Elizabeth Kropf

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1.      What inspired you to write the poems in What Mothers Withhold?

The poems in “what mothers withhold” took about ten years to write and are largely based on my experiences with motherhood. Chronologically, the first poem is about an ultrasound of my first daughter. I write about other topics, but my poems about motherhood are my strongest work. Writing is a way to process emotions and as I shared these poems I found they resonated with many women.

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Hazard by Cosmin Onofrei (Book Review #833)

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Hazard is a self-help book written by a spiritual evolution teacher who wishes to voice the notion that there are different forces at play that affect every moment of your life.  According to the author, Hazard is the arbitrary force that points to each moment’s sheer randomness. What does that mean? It means that we are unaware of the future, and therefore we get blindsided by the events and moments that transpire, creating what we call our life.

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Prospects of a Woman by Wendy Voorsanger (Book Review #828)

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Prospects of a Woman is a historical novel about Elisabeth Parker. The story is set in 1849, and Elisabeth travels to California with her husband, Nate, to see her father. Things don’t turn out as planned as Elisabeth finds herself stranded by her father, and her husband has an identity crisis.

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Tales from an odd mind by Nom D. Plume (Book Review #838)

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Tales from an odd mind is a collection of short stories and poems written with various voices, characters, and situations.

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An Ambiguous Grief by Dominique Hunter (Book Review #827)

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An Ambiguous Greif is a beautiful memoir written about the loss of a Mother, her grief over her son Dylan’s death, and the story behind why it came to be this way. 

The focus is on Dylan, but the narrative and the story emphasize a mother’s triumph and desperation to save the only love she has. It is sad. It is educational, and it is hopeful, all at the same time.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The literature is written bravely. It is easy to follow, and from the start, it grabs your attention and touches your heart. I particularly enjoyed reading how truthful the author was about mental illness. The content is as straightforward as it can get, and the experience is raw. You can easily connect with the feelings and the situation.

You are guaranteed to know more about ADHD, OCD, and how important it is to take it seriously. The subject matter is complicated, and you can see the frustration, pain, and complexity of the notion at hand.

The conversations between Dominique and her son were so sweet. The love and understanding were there, but at the same time, you could easily see the strain it was putting on the relationship.

I recommend this memoir to people who want to know more about mental illness and can endure reading about Dominique’s hardship.

Written by Jeyran Main

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Adventure by Chicken bus by Janet LoSole (Book Review #826)

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Adventure by chicken is a travelogue written about a family who sold everything and went on a road trip through Central America between 2005- 2007. Janet and Lloyd have a plan, and they take their two children on what they call chicken busses, which were the ex-North American yellow school busses, on this uncomfortable yet humorous journey. Janet and Lloyd know their way and have experience; however, the additional, uncalculated part is traveling with children.

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