Category Archives: Book Reviews

Outside Myself by Kristen Witucki: A Stunning Portrayal of Blindness Reviewed by Donna W. Hill

When you hear that someone is “having trouble adjusting to blindness,” you may be tempted to think that they need to accept the “fact” that they simply cannot do a laundry list of essential human activities. Can you set that … Continue reading

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Indie Authors, Contests & Consternations: Win or Lose – You Can’t Do Either Without Entering

Winning a writing contest, no matter how small, seems to be a necessity for the modern author. Even if you aren’t qualified for the Pulitzer, there are more and more contests for indie authors. I’ve never won a contest, whether … Continue reading

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My Father’s Blood: Superb Author’s Uplifting & Powerful Battles with Diabetes & Fresh Look at American Indian Experience

If you aren’t familiar with author Amy Krout-Horn, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. I gave My Father’s Blood five stars on Amazon, because there weren’t ten. Amy’s Lakota ancestry – Native American – and the type 1 diabetes … Continue reading

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Book Review: Helen Kobek’s Everyday Cruelty: How to Deal With its Effects without Denial, Bitterness or Despair

Everyday Cruelty: How to Deal With its Effects without Denial, Bitterness or Despair (first published in 2014) is finally available through Audible! Brilliant and timely, it is a masterpiece of observation, research and writing. Kobek has hit one out of … Continue reading

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Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples: a Book Review

Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples My rating: 5 of 5 stars Afghanistan is a land of war and poverty in which there are rarely any happy endings. How can you tell its story with honesty, sensitivity and … Continue reading

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Friendships in the Dark by Phyllis Campbell – a Book Review

Friendships in the Dark, Vol. 1 by Phyllis Campbell My rating: 5 of 5 stars When you read the subtitle of Friendships in the Dark, what do you think you’ll be getting? Stories about great people? Great animals? If so, … Continue reading

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Book Review – Being Legally Blind by Justin Oldham

Being Legally Blind: Observations for Parents of Visually Impaired Children by Justin Oldham My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sooner or later, all parents, despite the joys of bringing a new life into being and the hopes for a wonderful … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich My rating: 5 of 5 stars I had no intention of reviewing all of the Stephanie Plum books. I don’t have time to review most of the non-Plum books I read or read all of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs

The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs by The New Yorker My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ever since humans started throwing scraps to the adventurous wolves beyond the firelight, dogs have been inspiring us and drawing forth from us … Continue reading

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Book Review One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich My rating: 5 of 5 stars OK, once again I am woefully late to the party. Scribner published this first novel in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series in June 1994. To date, there … Continue reading

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