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I have known Debra Gaynor since soon after she began what has become a major player in the book reviewing business. I have been proud to be one of her many, many reviewers. Her ethics, sense of humor, and good nature has enabled her to develop a reviewing business dependent on “volunteer”readers. Getting an award from her READERS FAVORITE has taken on increasing prestige. She herself reads hundreds of books yearly and she has competent opinions on books, authors, and what they write.Today we will be discussing whether children’s and young adults’ books have morphed into too explicit violence. I asked Deb to discuss this after I read an article written by a prominent librarian who makes the case for some kind of interventions to keep children, teens, young adults from exposure to what she believes are undermining our society’s moral behaviors.
LOOKING BACK AT THE LAST INNOCENT AGE
"It's the place you'll always call home. The place you run to --if only in your memories-- when you've lost your way and your compass can't find True North" --Craig Daliessio "Remembering America: Looking Back at the Last Innocent Age" is a wonderful, sentimental, humorous, and emotional journey that takes one last look at the childhood of the last of the Baby-Boomers and their little brothers and sisters. If you grew up in the 60's and 70's, you'll fall in love with every story. The images are sweet and reminiscent of a different time...and what most would say was a better time. Author Craig Daliessio chronicled these wonderful stories during his own time of turmoil and homelessness after losing his career in the collapse in 2008. The memories, and images and words became his refuge during the most difficult and desperate time in his life. In his own words-"The only stories that didn't make me laugh with their silliness, were the ones that made me cry with their poignant sweetness. It was such a great time and a great period in America. My neighbors were my family and my friends and I walked together into adulthood with a bond that my own daughter will never know. I set out to simply chronicle the past in an effort to get a new grip on the future. What I wound up doing was revisiting the best time of my life and an America I miss more each day." It's an engaging, wistful, wonderful voyage to a sweet place in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to have grown up in "The Last Innocent Ag
With European banks on the brink of insolvency, the CEO of the World Bank, tries desperately to negotiate a Chinese buyout to prevent an unstoppable run on European banks…and fails…
In London, World Bank analyst Myles Saldana is entrusted with a mysterious computer file just as commandos break in with guns blazing to prevent the data from leaking…
Saldana’s file could derail the last hope to contain Europe’s financial meltdown, except he doesn’t know who is pursuing him, or why they are so willing to kill…
…To ensure a bailout so toxic that the body count continues to rise, with Saldana caught in the cross hairs between an unthinkable salvation and certain global financial Armageddon… Show more Show less
INTO THE DARK: A two-hundred-mile labyrinth of dark storm drains serves as refuge for the delusional stalker who will go to any lengths to possess fragile, emotionally isolated Emilie Davis. To survive, Emilie will have to confront the secrets of her past she has kept locked away from everyone, including herself. Emilie is a master escape artist—she’s fled a manipulative mother and a controlling ex-husband. But it’s impossible to evade a stalker who uses a bank robbery as a ruse to kidnap her. He’s still out there, hiding in the Las Vegas tunnels and dodging police. Emilie’s life careens out of control as her assailant continues his pursuit. She has nowhere to turn but to Nathan Madigan, the hostage negotiator who worked the robbery. Nathan is haunted by his failure to protect a loved one fourteen years ago and has dedicated his life to saving others. Determined to catch the lunatic hunting Emilie, he finds himself losing his professional detachment. He fears history is about to repeat itself if he cannot protect Emilie from the Taker’s obsession.The police close in on the Taker’s identity. At the height of The Taker’s madness, his attempt to replace someone he’s lost will either kill them all or set them free.
Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder. As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.
Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, A LIFE BEGINS AND ANOTHER ENDS. IN A BLINK OF AN EYE, BRENT VENTURI FALLS INTO THE CHASM OF DESPAIR.
What do you do when everything is lost? When the person you loved is gone and all you have left is guilt? These are the questions that face Brent, the leader of the Phantom Squad and the latest in Noah’s line of descendants. His answer—go back to the beginning, back to where it all began—Mount Ararat.
THE LAST KNOWN RESTING PLACE OF NOAH’S ARK
What begins as a sabbatical of self-awareness turns into a mission of survival. His own, that of the squad and more importantly, that of the president of the United States. What man and nature takes away, only God can restore. The restoration of the Cornerstone.TO FIND THE BEGINNING,ONE MUST WALK THROUGH THE PAST AND BE WILLING TO STEP INTO THE FUTURE.
THE PRESIDENT'S MORTICIAN:
Largely unknown to history, John Liggett was one of the most macabre and gruesome figures of the 20th century.
A skilled undertaker and body reconstructionist, he was also a contract killer with furtive intelligence connections. Liggett's actions on November 22, 1963, speak to the sinister role he may have played in helping plotters cover up the true nature of President John F. Kennedy's murder. But Liggett's secret work is not done. One summer night young Conrad Con Reese, Jr., while peeping in his neighbor's window, witnesses the horrifying murder of Nancy Weirshellen. Nancy's husband, Ed, is wrongly convicted of the murder, and, though Con knows Ed is not the murderer, ashamed of his actions on that night, he does not come forward to tell his story to authorities. With the help of a journalist friend, Durrell Abbie Monroe, Con learns that Liggett has suspicious connections to the JFK assassination and was also Nancy Weirshellen's murderer.
Interwoven with riveting facts and enthralling historical fiction, The President's Mortician reveals the true nature of the plot to kill our nation s 35th president, and how that deed was covered up in the most diabolical and clever way imaginable.
THE LONE WOLF AGENDA:
With “The Lone Wolf Agenda,” Joseph Badal returns to the world of international espionage and military action thrillers and crafts a story that is as close to the real world of spies and soldiers as a reader can find. This fourth book in the Danforth Saga brings Bob Danforth out of retirement to hunt down lone wolf terrorists hell bent on destroying America’s oil infrastructure. Badal weaves just enough technology into his story to wow even the most a-technical reader.
“The Lone Wolf Agenda” pairs Danforth with his son Michael, a senior DELTA Force officer, as they combat an OPEC-supported terrorist group allied with a Mexican drug cartel. This story is an epic adventure that will chill readers as they discover that nothing, no matter how diabolical, is impossible.
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