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Wilderness Spa

by Mari Carlson

In the visionary novel "Wilderness Spa", a group of disparate individuals leans on, and learns, wilderness survival strategies after a natural disaster. In Jim Halverson’s adventure novel "Wilderness Spa", an unconventional group is... Read More

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The Book of Otto and Liam

by Mari Carlson

In his heartwrenching novel "The Book of Otto and Liam", Paul Griner traces the hard-fought healing of a school shooting victim’s father. The story is told through short snippets and vignettes. It starts on an anniversary of the event,... Read More

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Tuesday Night Requiem

by Mari Carlson

"Tuesday Night Requiem" is a polarized modern-day Western novella with a tender twist in which a nurse battles to die with dignity. In L. S. Collison’s contemporary Western novella "Tuesday Night Requiem", renegade health workers... Read More

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The Man

by Mari Carlson

"The Man" is a robust biography that pays tribute to Alfred M. Best, the founder of a credit rating business. Put together by the company he founded, Alfred M. Best’s biography "The Man" reveals him in the context of his family and... Read More

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Paradise Earth

by Mari Carlson

"Paradise Earth" is a provocative literary novel that highlights the complex relationship between violence and compassion. In Amy Barker’s existential novel "Paradise Earth", a trio faces demons on a Tasmanian peninsula that’s known... Read More

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The Red Kitchen

by Mari Carlson

"The Red Kitchen" is an inspirational memoir about finding a way out of family drama. Through her memoir "The Red Kitchen", Barbara Clarke opens up key moments in her life to find healing. On the surface, Clarke’s family was an average... Read More

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Elemental Natures

by Mari Carlson

Inviting meditation, the poems of "Elemental Natures" are disturbing and enlightening as they address contemporary American cacophonies. Lance Lee’s retrospective collection of poems, art, and an essay, "Elemental Natures", addresses... Read More

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