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R.P. BenDedek

What's in the Book Basket this Week?
By R.P. BenDedek
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:17:38 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publicity material, one or two book titles worthy of attention but which are not currently being reviewed or whose authors have not provided us with an article to publish.

We can't do a book review for every book, but we do assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" service in which we invite authors to give us something to publish in which their promotional details can be included.

Articles published this week (Saturday 30th November - Saturday 7th December) include:

  1. Ladies... Be a Goal Digger NOT a Gold Digger By Sherrie Campbell Ph.D. author of Loving Yourself : The Mastery of Being Your Own Person
  2. I had to write a book By Larry Blacketer author of Musings of a Lifetime Bible Teacher
  3. Why Your Teenager Doesn't Respect You - And what you can do to fix it by By Michael Wright author of 'Death of a Green Soldier'
  4. Excerpts from 'Insula - Island of Hope' (Latvian refugees in Germany WWII) Editors - John and Ventis Plume
  5. A short story by Michael Wright: Lost in Teen - Part 1 Author of 'Death of a Green Soldier'
  6. How to Share the Spirit of the Holidays When You Have Lost Someone Dear By Victoria D. Schmidt author of "Finding Solitary Contentment: Ways to Handle Grief and Embrace a New Life"
  7. How Many Psychopaths Do You Know? Far More Than You Think By Douglas E. Richards author of 'The Cure'
  8. Are You a Push Over? By Sherrie Campbell, PhD author of Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person
  9. 5 Ways to Battle Seasonal Anxiety By Dr. Eudene Harry Author of Anxiety 101: The Holistic Approach to Managing Your Anxiety and Taking Back Your Life
  10. Engaging Outraged Stakeholders by Bill Shireman is the President and CEO of Future 500.
  11. Helping Children Face Life's Realities about A.D.Erving Author of "The Dream Ten" Series of Children's books.
  12. 10,000 book donation goal for Youth Exploration Society co-founders about "Gannon and Wyatt" Adventure Travel Stories

Book Reviews Published this week include:

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.

M. Stevens-David Review of Books by Rabbi Kenneth Ian Segel

As a writer of stories for children myself, I thoroughly enjoyed reading another writer's work. I found the story 'The Amazing Sparkey' about a family's dog, to be both charming and well-illustrated. Again, I found the story charmingly written with a lesson in giving and kindness and beautifully illustrated also. I would recommend this to others as well. Thank you Rabbi Segel for allowing me to read it.

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.

And now without further ado let's proceed to look at the publicity material for three books that are all connected by the theme of 'history'.

R.P. BenDedek

"What's in the book basket this week?"

The History of Southern California - and - The History of Jerusalem

No. 1
Folk History of the San Gabriel and Inland Valley:

The Settlement Years 1542-1878
by Paul McClure, PhD

Hollywood, Los Angeles, Catalina Island, San Gabriel, San Dimas, and the list goes on. There are so many cities in Southern California that have captured international fame that it can be hard to keep track of them. But what was Hollywood before it was Tinseltown? Who occupied the beaches and islands of Southern California before it was a Mecca for sun-tanned surfers? How did Southern California become Southern California?

Here to answer these questions is the new book, Folk History of the San Gabriel and Inland Valley: The Settlement Years 1542-1878 by Paul McClure, PhD. Filled with rich history, photos, illustrations, anecdotes, cartoons, and even poems, the history of Southern California is brought to light. Featuring rarely explored information on the original Native Americans, the impact of the Spanish missions, the role of the Mexican rancheros, and so much more, McClure's Folk History weaves together these strands into a compelling narrative about the origins of Southern California. The end result is a fantastic resource for teachers, students, and anyone that wants to know more about the history of Southern California.

The book endeavors to set the record straight on California's humble beginnings, including:

  • The pioneers of the Discovery, Mission, Rancho, Statehood, and Valley Eras
  • California's first illegal aliens--Europeans, Spanish specifically--who were expelled by the Mexican government
  • Intrigue and murder as fortune-hunting Americans married into the Mexican rancho families.
  • Bogus American rancho surveys that shrunk the formerly Mexican ranchos
  • Creation of towns, schools, industries, and institutions that shaped the region

Paul McClure grew up in Chula Vista, California, then moved to the Los Angeles area to attend school and never left. He has a B.S. in business from California Western University, a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California, and was a RAND Fellow in Policy Analysis. He has written Country Dance Etiquette and Pablo Stories: A Slice of the Country Western Dance Era as well as more than 100 articles on Southern California history and Country Western culture and dance. McClure is a board member of the San Dimas Historical Society, and a member of both the San Dimas and Los Angeles Corrals of Westerners. He currently lives with his wife Willa in the hills of the former Rancho San Jose.

Folk History of the San Gabriel and Inland Valleys: The Settlement Years 1542-1878 is available on and www.Barnes&

Jerusalem's Brothers

By Ronald Hera
Walking in the footsteps of the early Christians
(Historical fiction)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Living in a world with smartphones, Wi-Fi and Google glasses, people today might not think they have much in common with those who lived in the first century.

However, "Jerusalem's Brothers," a historical novel by Ronald Hera, shows that people today really do have commonalities with their ancestors from this time period.

"Many people in the world today face the same struggles that my characters faced by living poor and in an occupied country," Hera said. "We all have to deal with conflicts when trying to make a living and raise a family at the same time."

Hera enjoys researching Biblical events for his novels to discover what life was like in the past. He chose to focus on these early Christians because they inspired him with their perseverance and steadfast beliefs.

"Believers were bold, strong and resourceful in the first century. Their actions have given us the faith we now hold dear today," Hera said.

About the author

Ronald Hera is the Director of Development for Ghana Christian Mission. He has traveled throughout the world and enjoys writing and researching Biblical events for his novels, which include both Jerusalem's Brothers and Bethlehem's Brothers, the first book in The Brothers series.

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Jerusalem's Brothers
By Ronald Hera
ISBN: 978-1-4918-0372-1
Softcover retail price: $15.95
Hardcover retail price: $25.50
E-book price: $3.99

A Little American History

No. 3

Four Score and Even More by LaVera Edick

At 88 years old, LaVera Edick has plenty of life experience to share, but it's more than her own life she's sharing. In Edick's new book, "Four Score and More," the author tells her ancestors' stories as well.

Edick leads readers through her family's legacy through a historical lens. Well-known events like the 1937 opening of the Golden Gate Bridge and the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor are shown in a new perspective with help from Edick's family stories, memories and personal illustrations.

"It is important to learn about our ancestors so that we may better understand and leave a legacy for our family," Edick said.

"Four Score and More"
By LaVera Edick
ISBN (softcover): ISBN 978-1-4669-7396-1
ISBN (hardcover): ISBN 978-1-4669-7398-5
Available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Trafford Publishing

About the author

LaVera Edick was born in 1925 and grew up in a Quaker farming community in Nebraska during the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl days and World War II. She now lives in Bismarck, North Dakota, where she enjoys creating art. LaVera is grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 22. This is her first book.

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