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R.P. BenDedek

What's in the book basket this week?" A mixed bag of books
By R.P. BenDedek
Dec 29, 2013 - 12:20:05 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, one or two books titles worthy of attention but which are not currently being reviewed by our reviewers and whose authors have not provided us with any other material 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 at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun Dec 22 to Sat Dec 28)

Lost in Teen: A short story Part 3 By Michael Wright author of Death of a Green Soldier

Photograph of the Week: S.S. Ernie Pyle by John and Ventis Plume authors of "Insula - Island of Hope"

Book Reviews Published this week include:

Milt Gross Book Review: "The Heritage of the Desert" by Zane Grey

The Heritage of the Desert, typical of his books was all accurate western in that he detailed extensively scenes from the West and filled those scenes with adventure and, in this case, romance. Although no humor took place in this story, it was a comedy because of its happy ending -- hero gets heroine in marriage and a happy ending with her relatives being on board.

R.P. BenDedek


Breast Cancer: The Unplanned Journey
By Beverly Stacy Dittmer

In addition, she includes a personal touch to her 222 page manuscript describing many relationships and human interest stories about life with her husband, her family, her friends, her personal activities, and travels. The reader follows Beverly as she relates her cancer journey one step at a time-the good times and the bad. Site Review by Mary Ann Noonan (The Review is extensive and worth reading)

About Author:

I was born during World War II to common folks in a large extended family working in a booming oil field. I was the middle child with a loving and happy life. I received a good education in my little hometown of McCamey, Texas. I left the desert area of my childhood never to return. I went to North Texas State University in Denton, Texas and obtained two degrees. My first husband and I started our family of four while I worked at many teaching, farming, and other jobs dealing with the public. My first marriage of 22 years fell apart, and I married my present husband 25 years ago. He had three children, and we melded our families. I worked professionally in industry, traveled, and continued to experience the world. Our children grew up, went off to college, and walked their own roads. The grandchildren came, and I enjoyed every one of them. Then right in the middle of my happy life, I got Cancer. But I lived to continue life and was able to build again. I now have 19 grandchildren to love and watch grow to make their on ways. Life is very good again.

Breast Cancer: The Unplanned Journey
By Beverly Stacy Dittmer
Self-publisher Xlibris
223 Pages
E-Book $9.99
Soft Cover $19.99
Hard Cover $29.99

No. 2

'Ni__er Who?" by Promise Dixon

Whether it ends with "er" or "gga", Promise Dixon argues that it is time for change and the end of the 'n-word', in both its forms, in his new book, 'Ni--er Who?'

This mini-book is about the first time I heard the N-WORD, and how it impacted my life. I believe the N-WORD is one of the most controversial words in the world today. This word has been discussed in every area of our society and has seeped into the fabric of our lives. It produces destruction to anyone in its path. This mini-book was written to INSPIRE the reader to be, and do something different. Things are continuing to change all around us. I believe change has come as I shine the light on this subject. This mini-book, NI--ER WHO?, is a must read!

Reviews listed on the Amazon Page all state that the book is quick to read, insightful and awesome. The Ni--er Who booklet is part of a planned series. Dixon will be releasing a song called "The Celebration" about a people and a nation that refuse to use the word again, which will be available for free download in the near future. Dixon recounts that the first person to call him "nigga" was not a hateful peer, but was, in fact, his father. While his mother urged his father to stop calling the children of the Dixon clan "niggas", she could not stop the word from being heard by her children. Dixon recalls, "...the word "NIGGA" penetrated my mind, body, and soul... I added the word 'NIGGA' to my vocabulary, and I started calling my brothers, sisters, friends, and foes 'NIGGA'!"

Promise Dixon

  • Growing up as the tenth of fourteen children in the Commanche Apartments Projects on the north side of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dixon's life had many twists and turns. Despite facing many adversities, Dixon now speaks in churches, hosts forums, blogs, performs, writes, and hosts the "Provoking Thought" series of seminars, which he does with "truth, hope, and justice" on his lips. He hopes that others will be inspired, encouraged, and changed forever by his work, and that, together, they will bring about true change.

No. 3

"The 4th of May" by Paul Galy OAM

In 1948, Australia opened its doors to immigrants displaced by World War II. More than 118,800 migrated to the country looking for a fresh start and Paul Galy was a small boy among that number. This book has already sold 40,000 copies in Australia.

On his deathbed, Gabi releases Paul from a blood oath they made as children to never tell their terrible secrets about growing up in post-WW2 communist hungary. Paul's grief for Gabi becomes a grief for his childhood, his family tree and the struggle of his community. See the video on this page.

Paul Galy OAM is a successful pedorthist and orthortist trained in the tradition of making orthotics, calipers and prosthetic's for people with misshapen feet. Paul is arguably the most skilled shoe designer and manufacturer in his specialised field in Australia.

After much troubled thought Paul decided to write "The 4th of May" a true-life story of his terrible secrets and the struggles of growing up in communist Hungary in the aftermath of a traumatic racial war that was against Paul's religion, his family, his identity and his personal freedom.

"The 4th of May" is a family and community history. At the heart of the book is Paul's survival of the mindless State Control, Secret Police and the emotional and physical child abuse that became part of such a society. Read More.

The 4th of May: The Memories of Paul Galy Oam
ISBN-13: 9781483648989
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 7/19/2013
Pages: 292
Barnes and Noble sell the hardcover for $28 and the Ebook for $8

No 4

"Blood on the Risers"

by Michael O'Shea

Vietnam Vet, Michael O'Shea believes that movies such as "Apocalypse Now" and "Platoon" trivialize the service of the United States Armed Forces.

His pseudo-memoir "Blood on the Risers" dispels wartime myths by providing an authentic look at what it was like to serve in the Vietnam War. The book details O'Shea's military history as well as his belief that a 'loss of innocence' and 'altered moral principles' are inevitable for all service men and women.

"Blood on the Risers" answers many of the questions of 'what was it really like over there'," O'Shea said. "It provides a blunt and factual portrayal of Vietnamese culture and corruption as well as insight into the lives of American soldiers, including trite inter-service rivalries during the war." PRWEB Press Release

About the Author

In 1966, Michael O'Shea left college and enlisted as a paratrooper in the United States Army. He worked his way up the ranks and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry in 1967. Upon his return from service, O'Shea worked for P&G and eventually opened his own medical distributorship in Dallas.

Published: 9/11/2013
Dust Jacket Hardcover
Pages: 500
Print Type:B/W
Authorhouse is selling:
Hardcover $36
Softcover $27
Ebook $4

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