by John Irby
(WiDo Publishing, $15.95)
Retired middle school language teacher Irby has employed his skills to produce an engaging fantasy in which a colony of talking hawks get together with a South Dakota ranch family for everyone’s benefit. When among themselves, the hawks are urbane and civilized and sound a lot like the animals in E. B. White’s classic, “Charlotte’s Web.” Their English is a little on the Lone Ranger/Tonto side but all in all this is an enjoyable, heartwarming tale.
“Talking to Strangers: The Struggle
to Rebuild Iraq’s Foreign Ministry,”
by Ghassan Muhsin Hussein and David Dunford
(Southwestern College Academic Press, $18.95)
Two foreign service veterans, Hussein an Iraqi (now living in exile in Bahrain) and Dunford an American (retired in Tucson), worked together in Iraq in 2003 after that country’s fall to international forces led by the United States. In the book’s preface they write, “The three month period from mid-March to mid-June 2003, the primary focus of this book, will be remembered as a tipping point … the decisions made during that period resulted in perhaps the biggest foreign policy debacle in U.S. history….” The book needs an index.
“Justice for Dallas: A Marko Novak Mystery”
by Mark Rusin and Priscilla Barton
(Loop O Press, $12.95, Kindle $2.99)
Oracle resident Barton has collaborated with former Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms special agent Rusin to produce a nice police procedural mystery. The crime perps are known to the readers from the outset but there is detail about the world of motorcycle gangs to keep your interest. Dallas, you learn quickly, is a little girl who was found with her throat slit.
“Just a Little Miracle”
by D.J. Irwin
(Self published, $7.49)
A romance for middleagers , as two attractive people, each of whom was resigned to live the rest of his/her life in solitary bliss, get together.
“Wrath of Jacob”
by Melvin Dill
Jacob Canoe is proud of his Osage forebears. In this leisurely account, readers are introduced to several generations of his family. Jacob himself must deal with a stalking sociopath with whom he finally comes to terms.
“Let Your Money Work Harder For You”
by Jim Gentile
(Xlibris LLC, $29.99 hardcover; $19.99 paper)
If this helpful book doesn’t do any more than set you straight on the pitfalls of reverse mortgages, it will be worth its sticker price. Gentile also goes into the intricate workings of car buying, car leasing versus buying, time shares, as well as investing your savings.
False Beliefs and
of the Human Mind”
by Ajit Varki and
(Twelve, $27 hardcover, $12.99, eBook, $24.98, audio)
Varki is a physician scientist who has taken a paper written by the late Danny Brower, an insect geneticist at the University of Arizona, and expanded it into a book. The question is why, as life emerged from the primordial soup, some forms got stuck on the evolutionary scale, like cockroaches, and others, like humans, continued evolving. How humans became humans with all the pluses and minuses that denotes, or, to oversimplify, why elephants don’t write poetry. Although from time to time, if you believe what you read in the newspaper, they do paint.
“Tuning Into Mom: Understanding America’s Most Powerful Consumer”
by Michal Clements and Teri Lucie Thompson
(Purdue University Press, $29.95)
A gathering of data to show how women are influenced to spend money — primarily on their families.
“Therapy With Tough Clients: Exploring the Use of Indirect and Unconscious Thoughts”
by George Gafner
(Crown House Publishing, $24.95)
Gafner spent 30 years as a therapist at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In this well-written book, prepared primarily for fellow therapists but certainly accessible to all, he details the various methods he has used successfully to help clients, many with all but impenetrable hangups. The accounts of hypnosis are particularly interesting. Intended to be used as a ready resource, however, Gafner is going to have to provide a better index.