“The Cass Street Kid ... a Journal Remembered” by Hughlett L. Morris
Morris, a retired speech pathology professor, has published several novels set in the Civil War South and now turns his attention to his own life. In a touching prologue, he writes that the project has been hampered by the fact that “I now have no one with whom to validate.” Still, he remembers well and his success is a tribute to his enterprise and determination. He started out fatherless in a small rural Tennessee community and wound up on the faculty at the University of Iowa.
“Sports Krazy: Oddballs, Eccentrics and Zanies” by Mike and Milo Borich
The Borich brothers — Milo is a rehabilitation specialist for the visually impaired in Tucson and Mike teaches journalism at Missouri State University — pursue their fascination with more than a couple dozen of sports’ best-remembered athletes. They begin with pitching ace Dizzy Dean, following him through a post-baseball career that included a stint running a service station. Entertaining and informative.
“Love Match: 50 Questions to Find Your Mate” by Steve Brass
After he was surprised by the sudden end of what he had thought was a good relationship, Brass put together this five-point checklist for validating romantic prospects: chemistry, cash, communication, caring and commitment. He enlisted the help of a woman who was also seeking a relationship. After about a year of refining and evaluating, Brass had a book and wife — his co-researcher.
“Understand Yourself, Understand Your Partner: The Essential Enneagram Guide to a Better Relationship” by Jennifer Schneider, M.D., Ph.D., and Ron Corn, M.S.W.
Dr. Schneider and Corn, a counselor, have put together another way of looking at relationships. In this hefty volume (550-plus pages) they define nine personality types and how they can interact.
“Parenting With Purpose,” by Robert W. Reasoner and Marilyn L. Lane
(Personhood Press, $14.95)
Longtime educators and parents, the authors subtitle their latest book: “Five keys for raising children with values and vision, a complete guide for parents, grandparents and caregivers.” Tested and practical, their suggestions require strong commitment.
“Joey’s Morning: The Legacy of a Therapy Horse” by Mary Ann Hutchison With Deb Wood.
A one-time rodeo horse, Sir Joey belonged to Wood and her husband and was stabled at Wood Haven Healing Center, their facility in Marana. His remarkable powers of relating to and healing humans will appeal to horse lovers. It may be a bit of a stretch for others. Joey succumbed to foot problems in 2011 and “crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.” This is Wood’s tribute to Sir Joey as told to Hutchison.
“A Favor Returned,” by Duke Southard
A woman whose mother died at her birth is endowed with metaphysical powers that defy understanding. But she has learned that for each miracle she accomplishes, there are consequences. When she saves a domineering race driver after a car crash, everything begins to change. These changes, and how they play out in the lives of several families, is the subject of this unusual novel.
“How Not to Be a Stupid Manager” by Thom K. Cope J.D.
Cope has spent more than 40 years practicing law — much of it in the field of employee relations. He gives examples from his years of experience, along with information on what employees and employers can do to protect their rights.
“The Ups and Downs of Miss Margaret Landings” by Patti R. Albaugh
(Rudi Press, $15)
Albaugh, a retired teacher, sets her poignant book about a young woman dealing with challenges, including an illegitimate child, in the 1950s. Returning home to a small Ohio town to care for her ailing mother, Landings struggles with her disappointing past and an uncertain future as she tries to build a new life.
“Sally Loves to Swim,” written and illustrated by Jody Mackey
Mackey says her goal is to inspire young people to exercise. Her heroine swims, runs and bikes — all with commitment and enthusiasm.