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What's in the book basket this week? Facts and Fantasy
By R.P. BenDedek
Jan 12, 2014 - 12:20:26 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 book titles worthy of attention but which are probably not currently being reviewed by our reviewers and whose authors have not provided us with any other material to publish.

We can't do book reviews 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 Jan 5 to Sat Jan 11)

  1. Relationships in 2014: Ours Is A Society That Could Use A Hug by Robert E Hall author of "This Land of Strangers"
  2. Control Freak Part 2 by Michael Wright author of "Death of a Green Soldier"
  3. Do you want a good husband or a playboy? by Hellen Chen author of 'Hellen Chen's Love Seminar'
  4. Redefining Family in a Global Society by Madeleine Carroll author of "The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery"
  5. The Science Behind Successful New Year's Resolutions by Dr. Tasha Eurich author of "Bankable Leadership"
  6. Latvian Story of 'Fleeing From The Soviets' from the authors of 'Insula - Island of Hope'
  7. 8 Guaranteed Ways to Emotionally F-Up Your Kids by Dr. Sherrie Campbell author of Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person
  8. Messiah or the AntiChrist by Michael Wright author of "Death of a Green Soldier"

Book Reviews Published this week:

Milt Gross Book Review: "The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery" by Madeleine Carroll
Jan 5, 2014

The story is a good juvenile. Frank and his mother move to a ranch, while Frank's father is in the armed forces in Germany. The boy has to learn to ride and do ranch chores, which he does. The mystery is that cattle are dying, and Frank takes it upon himself to become the sleuth who solves the mystery. Despite too many comments that folks in the small town resent outsiders, hey, say it once -- Frank and friend follow some clues, get themselves kidnapped by the bad guys, but free themselves when left alone by the bad guys who had tied them to chairs.

M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Promise Fulfilled" by Theresa Bryant
Jan 8, 2014

It's a story about a woman, who, after having been brought up in a very loving family, upon the accidental demise of her parents, finds that she has been an adopted child. Upon being told of her adoption, she dissolves into a total breakdown that carries on throughout the whole story.

R.P. BenDedek

Book Basket Publicity Material

No. 1

The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East
by Caroline Glick

Caroline Glick is a prolific writer whose political articles are published in a variety of newspapers, and even here (under the Women in Green Mantle) at Magic City Morning Star. This is her second book, the first being: "Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad."

According to a site review of The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, the book is:

A manifesto that exposes the flaws in the two-state policy of the United States toward Israel and the Palestinians and offers a direct and powerful call for Israeli sovereignty in the region. The reigning consensus in elite and academic circles is that the United States must seek to resolve the Palestinians' conflict with Israel by implementing the so-called two-state solution. Establishing a Palestinian state, so the thinking goes, would be a panacea for all the region's ills.

About the Author:

Caroline Glick (born 1969) is an American-born Israeli journalist, newspaper editor, and writer. She writes for Makor Rishon and is the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. She is also the Senior Fellow for Middle East Affairs of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy. She was born in Chicago and grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood, and graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She immigrated to Israel in 1991 and joined the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). (Source Wikipedia)

The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum (March 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385348061
ISBN-13: 978-0385348065
Prices: $11 and $19

No. 2

Comes A Soldier's Whisper by Jenny La Sala

A Collection of Wartime Letters with Reflection and Hope for the Future.

Readers will embark on a heartwarming, poignant and inspirational journey in this collection of literary works written by the author's father, a young 101st Airborne paratrooper between 1943-1945. Comes a Soldier's Whisper is filled with resilient hope that will touch your heart and soul.

Jenny La Sala is proud to present and share Comes A Soldier's Whisper as a legacy to her family and a gift to all readers.

This collection of letters, written by a young 101st Airborne paratrooper to his sweetheart from 1943-1945, is so personal and matter-of-fact that I almost forgot that David Clinton Tharp was only one of millions of heroes made by World War II. Reading his letters all at once, several things become immediately apparent. Most obvious is his lack of enthusiasm in writing about the war itself, which was due to the U.S. Army's orders for confidentiality.......Compliments of Palmetto Review

A soldier thinks of important things to keep him going in battle:

His Fellow Soldiers
His Family
The Letters

The Letters are one of the best things we can do, until our soldiers return home again. As time goes by, hopefully a soldier's letters will be preserved and find a home, as our father's letters have found a final resting place in this book. Read More

No. 3

Avalon Bay, a Jewelry Hunter Thriller
by Ronald von Freymann

Avalon Bay: A Jewelry Hunter Thriller is a mystery thriller set in the legendary town of Avalon on the idyllic island of Catalina.

Jenn, a retail jewelry marketer known as the Jewelry Hunter, inadvertently learns that a fundamental Islamic terrorist sleeper cell comprised, in part of American Caucasian women converts to Islam, plans to destroy two tourist ferries that service Catalina. Unable to convince local authorities, the FBI, or Homeland Security of the threat, she, her friend Tiffany, and her husband, Bill, resolve to thwart the terrorists on their own.

Jenn confronts and captures the cell's Saudi born cell leader when he attempts to initiate the plot from a commuter helicopter flying over the two ferries. This leaves the suicide bombers on each ferry to act on their own. Jenn must determine a way to prevent them from completing the plot before the ferries enter the Long Beach and Avalon harbours without alerting the terrorist that the plot has been discovered and their leader captured..Overview: Barnes and Nobel:

"My stories are about ordinary people that find themselves in extraordinary, unintended, terrorist situations. They find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time, and yet they rise to the occasion. I tell captivating stories with strong characters set in unique locations. I write stories the reader can relate to and characters that deal with situations that are unusual, yet could happen to anyone" Ronald von Freymann

Avalon Bay, a Jewelry Hunter Thriller, the first novel in the Jewelry Hunter Thriller series, is now available for purchase.
Price $18 and $4
ISBN-13: 9781477220191
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 8/24/2012
Pages: 352

No. 4

Clean Cuisine

by Ivy Larson & Andrew Larson, M.D.

In 1998, as a healthy woman in her early 20s, Ivy Larson thought something was wrong when she started experiencing a series of bizarre health problems including incontinence, muscle spasms, and numbness in her limbs. After months of shuttling from doctor to doctor with no answers, she was finally diagnosed as being in the early stages of MS. Her neurologist suggested three options: 1) begin one of the disease-modifying medications, 2) enter a study group for a trial drug or 3) revamp her diet.

She decided to go with the third option and turned to her friend Andy Larson for advice, who was in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania at the time. Andy was highly skeptical that dietary therapy could impact MS in any meaningful way. Nevertheless, he was open-minded and very impressed with the credentials of the University of Miami neurologist making the recommendation. With Andy's support and research -- which corroborated that an anti-inflammatory diet could help control MS symptoms -- Ivy overhauled her diet and learned as much about nutrition as possible. Shortly thereafter, Andy and Ivy, who had been friends since high school, became a couple and were married in 2000. Read More

Chapter 1...Laying the Foundation: Whole Foods Nutrition
Chapter 2...All Calories are Not Created Equal: The Case for Micronutrients
Chapter 3...Plant Power: The Anti-Aging and Anti-Inflammatory Miracle of Phytonutrients
Chapter 4... Clean Carbs: Maximum Nutritional Bang for Minimum Calorie Buck
Chapter 5...Clean Fats: Whole Plant and Marine Sources of Essential Fats & Some Good Oils Too
Chapter 6...Cleaning Up Your Protein Act: Do You Really Need All That Protein?

About the Authors

Andrew Larson, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S., is a board-certified general, laparoscopic, and bariatric surgeon, one of only a few hundred physicians in the world currently directing an internationally certified "Center of Excellence" program offering weight loss surgery. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Ivy Larson is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health Fitness Specialist, bestselling author, TV personality, recipe developer, and "Clean Cuisine" cooking instructor.

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 042525285X
ISBN-13: 978-0425252857
Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.5 x 9 inches


I Am Angelo: Sense of Direction

by Ekaterina Yuvasheva

Did you ever dream of being famous, doing mysterious things, or being a superhero? For Adrian Alexander Prince, an average teenager from Montana, these dreams become a stunning reality, when he is invited to attend a special school many miles away because he possesses the ability to change the world, known as the Talent.

To me, writing is a lot like acting. I try to "frame" a situation in my mind, figure out how I would feel if exposed to the circumstances my characters face -- and use that as a guide in writing. So, in essence, the biggest secret in this book is that every character's experiences and expressions (including some hobbies and likes/dislikes) are directly experienced in an attempt to make these wonderful people (and yes, I see my characters as individuals, not just "imaginary creatures") all the more authentic. Read More

About the Author

She was born in Rostov, Russia a few years before the fall of the Soviet Union. A bookish kid, she let her imagination run wild, which became an important part of understanding the world around her. At fifteen, her family moved to America where she graduated college, then Temple University Pharmacy school and become a Pharmacist. Many aspects of the story -- from her character's loneliness and opportunities at the School to his choice of a Healer career -- are drawn from experience.

I Am Angelo: Sense of Direction (being reviewed at Magic City)
470 pages
Published WestBowPress (4 Feb 2013)
English language
ISBN-10: 1449782159
ISBN-13: 978-1449782153
Weight: 685g

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