Nonfiction

MIMSY Cum Laude

Don Blossom (MindStir Media LLC)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

MIMSY Cum Laude by Don Blossom offers a poignant exploration of love, loss, and the lingering mysteries of the past. Blossom's debut memoir examines his obsessive quest to unravel the enigmatic life of his college sweetheart, Marilyn “Mimsy” Cosic, who passed away decades earlier. The narrative opens with Blossom’s near-death experience during heart surgery in 2020, he has a vision of Mimsy, sparking a strong desire to uncover the truths about her tumultuous life. Blossom vividly recounts their whirlwind romance during their college years, char...

SIMPIN' AIN'T EASY: TWELVE STEPS TO EMBRACING COMMON SENSE AND REJECTING STUPIDITY

Vincent Gervasi (Enzo Vasi Publications)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Simpin' Ain't Easy: Embracing Common Sense and Rejecting Stupidity by Vincent Gervasi is a compelling memoir that takes readers on a transformative journey from a life entrenched in addiction, unhealthy relationships, and a revolving door of recovery programs to one founded on the principles of Stoicism. Gervasi lifts the veil to show readers the darkness in which he has wallowed, revealing his brokenness, and the path towards healing. He talks about the stupid choices he has made and how blindsided him and led to the regrettable choices. The n...

Poorly Wrapped Gifts: Rising and Thriving After Infidelity

Sujata Patel (self-published)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Poorly Wrapped Gifts: Rising and Thriving After Infidelity by Sujata Patel is a raw and authentic exploration of the author’s profound emotional journey after discovering her partner's infidelity —an experience that many struggle to handle. Patel, drawing from personal experiences, creates an intimate narrative that resonates with anyone who has faced the devastation of betrayal. The book goes beyond the clinical resources available, providing a practical and deeply personal approach to healing. The introduction sets a powerful tone, acknowledg...

Raising Badass Kids: The Savvy Parents' Guide to Predator-Proofing Tweens & Teens

CJ Scarlet (Hybrid Global Publishing)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

Raising Badass Kids by CJ Scarlet is a bold and indispensable guide for parents navigating the treacherous waters of raising teenagers in today's digital environment. Scarlet, an award-winning author and experienced advocate, addresses the pressing issue of child safety with wit, humor, and a wealth of valuable information. The book is organized into four parts, each dealing with critical aspects of protecting teens from potential dangers. Scarlet begins by exploring how toxic people groom kids, offering a comprehensive understanding of the var...

Hospitals Have No Chimneys

Paul Liewer and Greg Martin (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Hospitals Have No Chimneys: Thirty Years as a Hospital Santa is a heartwarming memoir that is as timely as it is inspiring, a memoir that follows Paul Liewer’s transformative journey as he assumes the role of Santa Claus, spreading joy and laughter in the quiet confines of hospital rooms. Co-authored by Greg Martin, the book narrates Paul's remarkable mission, spanning three decades and 16,000 patients, capturing the highs and lows of this extraordinary odyssey. The narrative unfolds with a poignant question: “Can a smile truly brighten the dar...

A Place of Love & Light: A Journey Back to Compassion, Authenticity, & Making a Positive Contributio...

Ellen Edmondson (SelfPublishing.com)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

A Place of Love & Light: A Journey Towards Compassion, Genuine Existence, and Making a Positive Impact on the World by Ellen Edmondson is a deeply moving and spiritually empowering book that presents readers with an opportunity to reclaim their inner being and rediscover their bond with the divine. By sharing a series of uplifting anecdotes, poetry, and prose, Edmondson guides readers on a transformative expedition of self-exploration, kindness, and living in alignment with one’s true essence. The book commences with a compelling opening th...

A Theology for the Rest of Us

Arthur Yavelberg (MSI Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

A Theology for the Rest of Us by Arthur Yavelberg is a thought-provoking exploration of spirituality that seeks to provide answers to profound questions about existence, purpose, and the nature of the divine. Yavelberg draws from Eastern and Western religious traditions, as well as scientific achievements and literary insights, to create an accessible framework for readers to develop their own spiritual understanding. The book encourages individuals to embrace the responsibility of seeking their own answers to life’s deepest questions, echoing...

Beyond Knowledge: How Technology Is Driving an Age of Conssciousness

William Halal (Foresight Books)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Beyond Knowledge: How Technology Is Driving an Age of Consciousness by William Halal is not just a book; it's a profound exploration of the evolution of human thought and society. In a world marked by uncertainty, misinformation, and looming global challenges, Halal's work serves as a guiding light, illuminating the path toward a brighter future. The book raises crucial questions and provides surprising answers for readers. Halal, drawing on his extensive experience as a former aerospace engineer, professor, and founder of TechCast, presents a...

Conscious Parenting: Using the Parental Awareness Threshold

Robert A Saul, MD (Robert Saul)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Conscious Parenting: Using the Parental Awareness Threshold by Robert A. Saul, MD, is an invaluable guide for parents navigating the complexities of raising children in today's society. In the digital age where distractions are manifold and when cultural changes are a constant, Dr. Saul, drawing on a lifetime of work with children and parents, offers a concise yet comprehensive framework for conscious parenting, providing readers with practical tools to understand their interactions with their children and optimize positive outcomes. This book...

Scriptless: A Memoir

Carol McMillan (Sidekick Press)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

Scriptless: A Memoir by Carol McMillan is a profound journey through the tumultuous late sixties in San Francisco, offering readers a unique perspective on personal growth, societal shifts, and the search for meaning. McMillan's candid memoir details her exploration of identity against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world, providing a compelling narrative that stands out for its unwavering honesty and transformative insights. The memoir is not merely a recollection of personal experiences but an introspective revelation of a young woman's a...

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