Book Periscope: What’s New in Self-Published and Small Press Books
A column from avid reader Elizabeth Hughes
Note to Self by Alison Nancye
Note to Self by Alison Nancye is a fictional book, but also inspirational. Ms. Nancye had me hooked from the very first paragraph. Her writing is such that it is very hard to put the book down. I think that we all have a little bit of her main character Beth in us. She leaves a job that makes her unhappy and follows her heart to Peru, a country she has never been to, for the adventure of her life. I also loved the “Note to Self” at the end of each chapter. There are inspirational parts throughout the book. I highly recommend this book. This book is definitely my cup of tea.
Available for purchase from New Jersey’s Turn the Page Publishing, http://www.turnthepagepublishing.com/authors/author-alison-nancye
The Photo Traveler by Arthur Gonzalez
The Photo Traveler grabbed me in the first page. I absolutely love this book. It is written very well and the story flows along to capture the interest of the reader. I love the idea of being able to travel through photos! How unique that would be…how interesting it would be. Mr. Gonzalez you have made a fan of me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone young or older. This book is definitely my cup of tea!!
The Photo Traveler is available online here: http://www.amazon.com/Photo-Traveler/dp/0988891646/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369081138&sr=1-1&keywords=gonzalez+photo+traveler
Impossibly Glamorous by Charles Ayres
Impossibly Glamorous is a memoir by Charles Ayres. The book is very humorous and serious. It is about him realizing that he is gay and growing up in Kansas City. How he became interested in the Japanese culture and learned to speak Japanese. He keeps you reading and interested by his excellent writing. I couldn’t put the book down. I am highly recommending this book. It is definitely my cup of tea!
Impossibly Glamorous can be purchased here: http://www.impossiblyglamorous.com
Voluptua by Jason Martin
Voluptua is about university professor of French literature, Ellen Metran. She has a very vivid dream about going through the Amazon rain forest in Peru. She meets up with Hugo Coffey who comes to hear a lecture. He has been to the Amazon rainforest many times and has worked with Shamans in the past. He meets Ellen and learns of her desire to go there. He introduces her to a substance called ayahuasca which is smoked and brings her to a higher consciousness.She experiences being in different planes and places as if she is really there. The ritual can let the spirits in from other worlds also.
Mr. Martin captures the reader’s interest with this unique book about Shamanism. According to Mr. Martin’s bio, he has been involved in shamanism for over 20 years. What an interesting person Mr. Martin must be! This book is a very good read. Voluptua keeps the reader’s interest with the flow of the story, I highly recommend the book Voluptua. It is definitely ‘my cup of tea’!!
Voluptua is available online here: http://www.amazon.com/Voluptua-A-Novel-Jason-Martin/dp/1938501160/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369340322&sr=8-1&keywords=voluptua+martin
Human Heart and Mind by Tri Sumarti Soetarman
Human Heart and Mind by Tri Sumarti Soetarman is a wonderful collection of poems that she has written from her heart. Some poems are very deep and thoughtful, some are humorous, some are sad and some are even educational. My personal favorites are ‘Give Me God’ which I found very inspirational. ‘Baby Haiku’ is sweet and sad at the same time. I feel as though it is a tribute to the ones who pass so young, as my son did so many years ago. ‘Future Fear’ is a very encouraging poem,especially the last verse. ‘Alzheimers’ and ‘Dementia’ are both sad, but the reader learns a lot about these devastating diseases. ‘Caregiver’ is another poem that is very informational and lets the reader take a look at how hard but rewarding caregiving can be. I have met Tri and she is a very sweet and kind lady. I highly recommend her book of poetry. It will make you smile, laugh and maybe even cry. This book is definitely ‘my cup of tea’!
This book may be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Human-Heart-Mind-Sumarti-Soetarman/dp/1456054198
Sugar Zone by Mary Mackey
This collection of poems are very unique, written in both English and Portuguese. The poems flow along and you can ponder on each one. They are deep and thoughtful. I highly recommend Sugar Zone. It is definitely ‘my cup of tea’!
Sugar Zone may be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Zone-Mary-Mackey/dp/0984635319
Immersion by Mary Mackey
Immersion by Mary Mackey is different than books I have read previously. The writing style is very unique. The story is very good and captures the interest of the reader. I highly recommend Immersion by Mary Mackey. It is definitely ‘my cup of tea’!
Immersion was one of the first Western eco-feminist novels, and has recently been re-released. You may purchase it here: http://www.amazon.com/Immersion-ebook/dp/B0081TDMF2/
Susan K. Maciak’s ‘What Are People Skills Anyway?’
Susan K. Maciak’s book ‘What Are People Skills Anyway?’, is a great book for learning how to communicate and get along with others much better. I truly believe everyone should not just read this book, but memorize it and incorporate the suggestions into their daily interactions with others. The book also has fantastic suggestions for someone who will be interviewing for employment. She also has great suggestions for becoming a better employee, especially if you want to be promoted, land a job or even just have a better marriage and family life. I think that this book should be read by everyone. Thank you Ms. Maciak for a truly great book!! I highly recommend this book be read by all. It is most definitely ‘my cup of tea’!
This book is available here: http://www.amazon.com/What-Are-People-Skills-Anyway/dp/1469161494 and the author is also an entrepreneur managing Cameo Career, a consulting firm.