Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "How Are You, Mother Earth?" by Gordon Hunter
I was amazed at what I didn't know about our beautiful planet and I kept rereading pages and reciting the science data to my very interested husband. Gordon Hunter is an award-winning professor of biology with forty-two years of experience in the sciences as a radar instructor in the US Air Force, a public school general science teacher, and a science teaching consultant for public school teachers.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:27:28 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "How Blue are the Ridges" by Ken Ollis
I was very excited to receive this book and looked forward to reading it. It is a very comprehensive tome detailing a family's close interaction with the whiskey "bootleg" industry and the "mafia" interaction in the south during the great depression in the United States.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:07:16 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "Wag the Dog (Bite the Bullet)", directed by Barry Levinson
At the beginning, not the biblical "in the beginning," is the sex scandal, which the White House crew knows needs a distraction since the President's reelection bid is two weeks away. The spinmaster is aided in the distraction plot by Hollywood producer Stanley Motss, played by Dustin Hoffman.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:05:36 AM
Introducing "What's in the book basket this Week?"
Each week I receive dozens of emails from publicists all interested in promoting the latest, brightest, smartest, funniest, most moving, most whatever it is that the publicist is selling. "What's in the book basket this week" is the title I shall from time to time use to bring to the attention of readers, one or two of what I consider to be 'the more interesting' books currently being publicized.
Nov 30, 2013 - 12:05:15 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Surviving the Warzone" by Richard Quarantello
The best of books is some other book, definitely not this one, in my opinion. The irony is the story itself is fairly interesting, if you're drawn to the slums and gang fights of part of New York City. The latter part of the book is about the author's military experience, which interested me because he wrote about the basic training. This brought to mind my own Air Force experience in basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
Nov 24, 2013 - 12:05:12 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Last Night in Twisted River," by John Irving
That becomes the tension through the tale, featuring an old guy who at the time of the "bear" whacking had been a middle-aged guy, who also was a constable in Twisted River. Through a number of accidental clues left for him, Carl tracks down the cook. In the middle of the night, he shoots and kills the cook, only to have the cook's son hear the disturbance and shoot and kill Carl.
Nov 17, 2013 - 12:05:38 AM
New book explores Army drug addiction
Former Soldier and teen counsellor, author Michael Wright uses own personal story of military service during the Cold War, and resultant drug addiction and redemption, as the basis for a novel which he hopes to turn into a series. After an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Michael Wright earned his master's degree in Secondary Counseling and worked with troubled teens for more than 20 years. The Author Michael Wright explained that in many ways this is his own story and in many other ways, the story of so many others. He explained that although the events and characters in the book are fictional, the novel is based on his own true story of military service.
Nov 16, 2013 - 12:32:07 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "Barton Fink" directed by Joel Coen
Another mystery not solved but probably not a coincidence is the photo of a beautiful woman in a bathing suit on a beach on Fink's hotel wall. He looks at it several times during the drama. At the very end, Fink is on a beach with the box -- the box's evil owner, if I remember (it's not just names I can't always remember) correctly having died in the hotel fire. Would I recommend it? Yup, because as strange as this dark comedy (does not have a tragic ending, which would have made it a tragedy) is, Marton Fink is a fascinating story.
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:50:15 AM
Photograph of the Week: Insula - Island of Hope
This photo was taken in 1948 of "Insula" and appeared in the excerpt from "Insula - Island of Hope" which was published today.
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:02:07 AM
The Great Anti-American Novel by Daniel Donatelli
Our nation is in trouble. More than ever before, we're a country divided by beliefs and teetering on the edge of an economic collapse. Our government has shut down, and then re-opened, only to threaten shutting down again. Money, religion, jobs, war, and greed have torn us apart at the seams where the stars and the stripes are supposed to meet.
Nov 5, 2013 - 4:58:28 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: The Anxious Traveler, by Rita Anya Nara
But Rita Anya Nara took a lot of other baggage with her on her travels, which were worldwide, and anxiety about this and that and other stuff became her bulkiest luggage. I don't know who Antareura Media is, probably an advertising company from what I learned searching for it online. This company published the book this year, 2013, and it carries on the back cover a price of $14.95 in the U.S.
Nov 3, 2013 - 3:50:00 AM
Hellen Chen's Love Seminar: the Missing Love Manual that Makes Your Relationship Last
Her new book titled "Hellen Chen's Love Seminar: the Missing Love Manual that Makes Your Relationship Last" is released officially on Barnes and Noble yesterday. Within a short time, it has achieved number one bestseller in 7 categories:
Nov 1, 2013 - 12:07:53 AM
J. E. Hopkins' 'transition magic' in The Saffron Falcon
In The Saffron Falcon published by Unseen Worlds Publishing, 2013 is touted as a dark fantasy-thriller, which takes place in our world in the near future. Children can use Transition magic for one month as they approach puberty, but they must use certain ritual words and the magic must be unique. If it doesn't meet these requirements, the child doesn't make it to adulthood. Few children attempt to use their power because the danger is too great, and most who do use it, die.
Oct 29, 2013 - 2:06:24 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Gods of Newport," by John Jakes
This book, priced at $9.99 inside the cover, $2 or $14.68 hardback on Amazon.com, depending on which ad you read, and $9.99 for Kindle, is well worth the price. To travel back in history to a time of prosperity and shameful behavior of the very wealthy with great descriptions of Newport and the activity taking place, get your copy and read it.
Oct 27, 2013 - 12:05:17 AM
Photograph of the Day Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga Former President of Latvia
The authors have today provided me with quite a lot of material which I will begin to present next week for the benefit of our readers. In the meantime, to go with the photograph of the week, I have provided the biographical information about Dr. Vike who wrote the forward to the book.
Oct 27, 2013 - 12:02:15 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "Stand Up Guys", directed by Fisher Stevens
To our surprise, this was a really good movie, about three retired gangsters, one of whom has just been released from prison. It shows their somewhat outlandish adventures. Al Pacino does a typically outstanding job as the lead, and the others in the movie likewise perform well.
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:05:32 AM
U.S. Congress needs some Monastic Wisdom
In the face of government shutdown and unprecedented political dysfunction, PBS correspondent and Chicago Public Radio commentator Judith Valente suggests that how we got to this place has very little to do with politics and very much to do with habits of the mind and heart.
Oct 15, 2013 - 5:30:17 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Journey to Rainbow Island" by Christie Hsiao
According to her publicist, Christie Hsiao is originally from Taiwan (a nice little place in which I used to live). I thoroughly enjoyed reading Journey to Rainbow Island but you dear reader will have to wait until November 11th 2013. I was quite surprised to note that this is Christie Hsiao's first book, but then again given that she is CEO of a Media Group creating high quality film, television and digital media projects, I suppose it was to be expected.
Oct 13, 2013 - 12:25:40 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Breathe with Thee" by Terry Harris
I found "Breathe with Thee" to be absolutely beautiful, right from the cover of the book and on through the heartfelt poems. Mrs. Harris should be proud, indeed, of this publication and I am certain that not only her mother but her "Blessed Savior" are smiling down on her from above for having paid such wonderful homage to both of them. It is a lovely publication and I feel blessed that I have had the opportunity to read it.
Oct 13, 2013 - 12:15:06 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Colton's Pocket Dragon", (Book 1 and Book 2) by Rebecca Massey
These two "books" of Colton's Pocket Dragon are fairly good children's stories with interesting "child mind" characters engaged in "child mind" activities. But I'm not sure for what age children they're intended. (Colton, the lead character, is ten, the book states.) The format of the covers and books themselves suggest very young children, perhaps first graders or read-alouds for those younger than that. But the text, including the reading level of the words themselves and the length of the tales could be for slightly older kids, perhaps second- through third-graders. Colton's age would likely put him in fifth grade, too old for the text.
Oct 13, 2013 - 12:05:40 AM
Biblical teachings about the rapture
I sometimes wonder why people bother trying to work out when the end of the world will occur. Do you jump up and down for joy if you get it right? And what do you do when you get it wrong as so many before you have done? We receive a lot of publicity material here at Magic City Morning Star News and this week we received material related to a new book release on the Rapture. If you don't know what that is then you probably won't qualify to be in it unless you are Roman Catholic. That Baptismal Certificate opens all doors. Tongue in cheek aside, here is the publicity material for that book, should you be interested.
Oct 9, 2013 - 6:18:41 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Ticket to Ride" by Don Hussey
The story itself was interesting, but it was similar to many stories from many young mens' past. I did not see the "how to succeed" emphasized in most of it. One narrative which was different than that most men could tell was of a terrible accident, which severely damaged the author's hands while he was working in a plant. I did understand that his healing and activities following that accident contained the theme of the book.
Oct 6, 2013 - 12:05:43 AM
When Fathers can't be there
I recently received a publicity email for Patrick McKnight's book "Daddy Loves You" and requested an 'E-copy' of it which I have commenced to read. My life is extremely busy but I am determined to read this book because the issue of 'Paternal' relationships with children is close to my heart given the almost psychotic need for women's groups to grind men into the dust. Today though I just wish to draw attention to the book and will do so by providing readers with the publicity material.
Sep 22, 2013 - 12:27:05 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Excellence Killed the Church" by Dr. Shawn M. Greener
I didn't find anything in the text to be related to "Excellence Killed the Church," or "How Mediocrity is Destroying America." Of course, Dolores says that sometimes I read too fast or that my eyes are lamely tripping along over a page. I may have missed the relationships to which I just referred. The book is a reasonably good repetition of some principles of success and avoidance of failure whether in business or the church. Credit is due there.
Sep 22, 2013 - 12:25:09 AM
Growing up Golem
In the tradition of Portnoy's Complaint and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, Donna Minkowitz's Growing Up Golem is an incisive, often funny memoir about growing up inspired by the Jewish legend of the golem. The author's mother told Minkowitz and her sisters as children that she could do kabbalistic magic, and growing up, Minkowitz believed it. Her mother, a compulsively creative and unusually powerful figure, exerted even more sway over Minkowitz and her sisters than mothers typically do over their children, so it is the "magical realist" premise of the book that instead of giving birth to her, her mother actually created Minkowitz as her own personal golem, an animated servant made of clay.
Sep 21, 2013 - 12:15:41 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey
Pearl Zane Grey was born January 31, 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio. His birth name may have originated from newspaper descriptions of Queen Victoria's mourning clothes as 'pearl gray'. He was the fourth of five children born to Alice 'Allie' Josephine Zane, whose English Quaker immigrant ancestor Robert Zane came to America in 1673, and her husband, Lewis M. Gray, a dentist. His family changed the spelling of their last name to "Grey" after his birth.
Sep 15, 2013 - 12:05:30 AM
The Truth Behind the Neutrogena Story
It was announced this week that next month Crestview Publications will release a book about a name and company with which most of us are familiar. The book is about 'Neutrogena'. "Unfair Competition--Murder By Gunshot" will be released on October 1, 2013. The author is Los Angeles veteran lawyer Christopher Norgaard who was involved in the decades-long battle between the Belgian company founded by the inventor of the Neutrogena soap, Laboratoires Ed. Fromont Neutrogena International Corporation ("LEF") and the U.S. company that started as Natone Company and became Neutrogena Corporation.
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:35:27 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "Hemingway & Gellhorn", directed by Philip Kaufman
From this movie, I would say Ernest Hemingway was not a nice person. But his books were extremely popular. To be honest, I have never fully read one of his books, although I've poked at one or two. The movie showed him as rude, often angry, drinking a lot, hanging out with what looked to be a tough crowd.
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:28:17 AM
Coping with Death: Love Doesn't Die
Angela Brent-Harris lost her father to colon cancer and she subsequently chose to focus on his life rather than his death and as a result of that experience, she has written a book titled: "Love Doesn't Die" - but the learning process she underwent started prior to her father's death. I asked my Dad during his last days, "Daddy, how will I know that you're with me when you are gone?" My Dad replied, "I will be with you in your dreams."
Sep 5, 2013 - 5:48:29 AM
How to cope with grief
Elizabeth Berrien is the co-founder of the non-profit The Respite: A Centre for Grief & Hope and founder of the organization Soul Widows for widows age 60 and under. At 27 years of age she lost both her baby and her husband, a Special Forces soldier. Through her organization "Soul Widows" Elizabeth Berrien is helping other widows on their path from loss to hope.
Aug 31, 2013 - 12:07:58 AM
A Gift to Teach Children to Believe in Themselves
The Legend of the Ranger is a multimedia experience, one that includes an audiobook, a plush Ranger toy, and a song, "Dream and Believe," outlining Ranger's story. The track was produced by Paul Busdiecker, and features a string quartet from the Nashville Symphony, Busdiecker's own instrumentals, and angelic vocals courtesy of Mary Allen. All profits from this project will go to support the Antonia J. Giallourakis Endowed Fund in Art Therapy for Children with Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Aug 30, 2013 - 5:15:39 AM
What to do about school kids food allergies.
Jan Hanson, founder of Educating for Food Allergies (EFFA) and author of the new book "Food Allergies: A Recipe for Success at School", has been working in the area of food allergy management for over 20 years and has consulted hundreds upon hundreds of families, educators, nurses, and other school personnel on the dangers of food allergies in our schools and what we can do to make sure our children are safe.
Aug 28, 2013 - 3:12:18 AM
Voter apathy in the United States
Data from the Statistical Abstract of the United States indicates that only 37 percent of eligible residents participated in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Congressional elections. Additionally, voter participation in federal elections from 1932 through 2010 was an average of 17 percent lower in non- presidential election years than in presidential election years. Have you ever wondered if this decrease in voter turnout has affected the quality of our leadership and our country?
Aug 27, 2013 - 4:50:27 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: 'Lincoln's Wrath' by Jeffrey Manber and Neil Dahlstrom
The "Acknowledgements" of the book in part states, "This book is the culmination of more than fifteen years or research, and included the assistance or many historians, archivists, librarians, and scholars in both at the United States and England." The shocking apparently true story took place in 1861 through 1863 and focuses on the Jeffersonian, a West Chester, PA weekly that dared to oppose Lincoln's views and expressed some support for the views of the seceding South, one view being that the South should be permitted to secede from the Union.
Aug 25, 2013 - 12:35:43 AM
Chip R. Bell's book about Principles of Innovative Service
A highly sought-after keynote speaker, Chip Bell is the author such bestselling and award winning books as "Wired and Dangerous "(co-authored with John Patterson), "Take Their Breath Away" (also with John Patterson), "Managers as Mentors" (with Marshall Goldsmith) and "Managing Knock Your Socks Off Service" (with Ron Zemke). Chip was a highly decorated infantry unit commander in Vietnam with the elite 82nd Airborne.
Aug 22, 2013 - 12:05:53 AM
Here's a book all Americans WILL want to read
In Jim Kouri's August 20, 2013 report "Best-selling authors pen blueprint for impeachment of President Obama (Video)" he writes about "Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office" by Aaron Klein & Brenda Elliott.
Aug 21, 2013 - 12:02:38 AM
Don Hussey's "Ticket to Ride, the Promise of America"
Too often we become distracted, perhaps even obsessed, by what we do not have or cannot, for one reason or another, achieve. These disappointments often lead to cynicism, pessimism, and even depression, clouding our vision of the future. Everyone rides the rails of disappointment in life at some point. But the true, "can do" American spirit and belief in unlimited individual ability empower people to regain control of their lives and find success and happiness.
Aug 18, 2013 - 12:13:14 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "Cold Creek Manor" starring Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone
The DVD container of Cold Creek Manor describes it as "a living nightmare." Dolores and I described it to each other as "a great spoof on horror flics." The most exciting part was my seeing what Dolores chose for our evening snack. Next on the list of excitement was Tom, our tom cat, when he climbed onto my lap for his evening snooze through a dumb movie and digging his claws into my legs as he snoozed.
Aug 18, 2013 - 12:05:49 AM
The Reflecting Man: Volume One By D.K.R. Boyd
"My name is De'ath." So begins the psychological thriller The Reflecting Man: Volume One by critically acclaimed author D.K.R. Boyd. Set in Canada, America, France, Germany, and England, before and during World War II, The Reflecting Man follows the unbelievable story of an unreliable narrator, Kurtis De'ath. The protagonist's talents lead him into the innermost circles of Hitler's Third Reich and Churchill's British government.
Aug 15, 2013 - 2:43:25 PM
Mediocrity is destroying America
As all of the U.S. watches Detroit crumble we are left wondering "who is next?", Detroit exemplifies the rapidly deteriorating education system; the almost complete collapse of many American industries; and the glaring shortcomings of our government. How can this level of collapse be prevented? And what can we do as individuals to bring our hometowns and country as a whole back to their former glory?
Aug 13, 2013 - 7:53:12 AM