Harold Hardscrabble by G.D. Dess

Story Summary Harold Hardscrabble, by G. D. Dess, captures the feelings of frustration and helplessness that many of us experience in our daily lives. These sentiments are embodied in the contemplative, quietly charming protagonist, Harold, who, like Walter Mitty, lives largely in his own world of thoughts and dreams. We follow Harold’s transformation from a dreamer to a man of action as he struggles to discover how to live a meaningful life in a materialistic world. Harold copes admirably with the many disasters and injustices that assail him on his life’s journey; but when he is finally overcome by circumstances…

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Gringo By Dan “Tito” Davis

Story Summary: Dan “Tito” Davis comes from a town in South Dakota that’s so small everyone knows their neighbor’s cat’s name. But once he got out, he made some noise. While at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, he started manufacturing White Crosses, aka speed, and soon had the Banditos Motorcycle Club distributing ten million pills a week. After serving a nickel, he got into the weed game, but just when he got going, he was set up by a childhood friend. Facing thirty years, Davis slipped into Mexico, not knowing a word of Spanish, which began a thirteen-year odyssey that…

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Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Story Summary: Unsung heroes and murderous villains, hidden forever in ancient shadows, now leap to life – blazing onto the pages of revelation. Gideon, a lowly woodcutter, is blessed by an angel to be the savior of all Israel. He does not know why or how and shrinks from this dangerous mission. The commandment to conquer the Midian Empire as one man seems all but impossible. But Gideon’s confidence grows as God guides his every step until he stands fearless and faithfully fulfills his destiny as, “A mighty man of valor.” The fierce warriors, burning towers and devastated cities contained…

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The Hunter: Awakening by Nicholas Arriaza

Story Sunnary: The Hunter: Awakening, is the first of a series of novels that will explore the nature of good and evil and the question of redemption: Is it available to those who have perpetrated great evil? Not long after the theft of a leather-bound book from a hidden hillside tomb in LA, a young hiker inadvertently awakens something fearsome that has been laid to rest some two hundred years ago. Soon after an emaciated, amnesiac man falls from a cliffside trail into the backyard of young, pregnant, neurosurgeon Melisa Castro. The young doctor feels compelled to help the “John…

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The Hunger Saint – Historical Fiction

The Hunger Saint is about Ntoni, a twelve-year-old boy forced to labor in Sicily’s sulfur mines to support his family after his father’s untimely death. These child laborers were called carusu or “mine-boy”, a labourer in a sulfur mine who worked next to a picuneri or pick-man, and carried raw ore from deep in the mine to the surface. For more information about the carusu check out wikipedia or this youtube video This was recent enough that there are still living people who lived in these conditions. Sure this is a fictionalize book, but the history is real https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/olivia-kate-cerrone/hunger-saint/ The…

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The Salad Oil King – New Book

So just had the Salad Oil King book cross my desk. Story about Alfonso Fravenese who grew up to a life of crime. Starting early, he worked his way from scamming kids in grade school to international scams during WWII. From the book: Alfonso “Fonso” Gravenese had the DNA of a natural born scam-artist. Deceit was his adrenaline. Money was just a way to keep score. He honed his formative business skills during grade school at St. Patrick’s off Hester Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy — “among his kind,” as he would say so many times in later life. He never…

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The Device Trial by Tom Breen

5 stars from the San Francisco Book Review http://sanfranciscobookreview.com/product/the-device-trial/ Finalist in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards Story Summary: New York attorney Brian Bradford was severely injured and hospitalized after the violent confrontation at the end of the first novel, The Complaint. Having not learned his lesson from the first litigation against ZeiiMed, he decides upon his return to work to commence a second lawsuit against the billion dollar health insurance company. He agreed to file the suit after meeting the elderly Martha Dudley and learning that she was dying from a defective hip replacement device manufactured by a…

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Sainsburys exits digital entertainment, hands over e-book business to Kobo

Once again, a bigretailer in the UK is pulling away from its ambitions to move into digital media. Supermarket giant Sainsburys is exitingthe digital entertainment business. As part of that process, it will be outsourcing its e-book operations to Kobo, the online bookseller and maker of e-readers, owned by Japans Rakuten. The digital entertainment business, which is marketed as Sainsburys Entertainment on Demand, also includes music, movies and TV shows and magazines, alongsidee-books. Ive contacted a customer support rep at Sainsburys Entertainment who has also confirmed that everything will be winding down across all platforms in the next few months.…

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Back to school: Design lessons from the world’s smartest education centers

(CNN)It’s easy to dismiss the way a school or university looks. As long as it’s functional, the more pressing educational concerns for parents are usually the curriculum, quality of teaching and exam results.   But the way educational buildings are designed — from classroom layout in elementary schools to shared, collective spaces on college campuses — can have a huge influence on learning.   So much so that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has a specific committee — the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education — established to research and share the world’s best learning center architecture. They have…

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These students painted their parking spots, and the results are a win for arts education.

A few weeks ago, Martha Caldera tweeted a photo of her parking spot at West Orange High School that went insanely viral because, well … just look at it. The only thing that’s going to motivate me to wake up for school tomorrow is pulling up in my parking spot pic.twitter.com/O88chiYyag Martha Caldera (@ayeitsmarthaaa) August 21, 2016 Martha loves the rapper Drake and is also often late to school, so she decided to paint a clever take on his album titled “If Youre Reading This It’s Too Late.” Obviously, lots of people empathized with her message, with more than 24,000…

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