Book Reviews

How to Make Successful Students in One Year: A Model for the World

Nicholas Aggor

AuthorHouse, 517 pages, (paperback) $26.95, 9781491825990
(Reviewed: October, 2014)

Industrial engineer and creator of an instructional math book series (plus a multiplication table chant audio) aimed at parents of middle-school-aged kids, Nicholas Aggor now steps up to condemn failing school standards and offer a...

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I am Charlotte

Charlotte Gober Czekala

Trafford, 180 pages, (paperback) $12.10, 9781466963382
(Reviewed: October, 2014)

Born in the August heat of New Orleans in 1938, Charlotte Gober Czekala was raised on good ol’ Americana: hot fudge sundaes at the corner drugstore, evening radio dramas like Amos ‘n’ Andy, and catching lightning bugs in mason jars....

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Reviewer's ChoiceManito

Kate Kilmer-Jackson

Trafford, 806 pages, (paperback) $29.10, 9781490730639
(Reviewed: October, 2014)

In Kate Kilmer-Jackson’s engrossing debut, a vengeful spirit plagues an Illinois mansion over the course of three centuries.

Called “Manito” by Native Americans, the spirit is conjured in 1750 by a powerful female shaman. In the...

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The Truth About Firearms and Concealed Carry

Daniel R. Engel

Trafford, 259 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781490734569
(Reviewed: October, 2014)

The author of this well-researched, oversized (8 ¼ x 11) compendium on self-defense firearms pinpoints his target audience this way: Are you “certain of your ability to KILL (or be KILLED)?” If you answer in the affirmative and are “going to...

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Reviewer's ChoiceWaldo Emerson, My Grandfather, and Me

Eugene X. Perticone

iUniverse, 313 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781491729670
(Reviewed: October, 2014)

In this gentle, carefully written novel, a wise grandfather introduces a forest-roaming, apple pie-eating 12-year-old boy to the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, awakening in him a spirit of inquiry and the beginnings of his own quest for...

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