Mari Keel Mystery Was A Pleasure — Finished a great book by Janice Welles called Personal Property.
It’s a Mari Keel mystery and looks to be the first book in a series.
Check it out here. It’s more than worth the $2.99 Kindle price.
Giordano Hosts Dan Crenshaw Tomorrow Night — Texas’ great congressman Dan Crenshaw will be guest of Philadelphia’s great talk show host Dom Giordano, 6:55 p.m., tomorrow June 11. Discussed will be Dan’s new book Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage
The discussion is free and can be found on the Facebook page Talkradio WPHT 1210.
Old friend Mary Hickey who writes under the name Lorna B. Marlowe has compiled from short stories she has written over the years a great and uplifting book called Nice Stories About Nice People.
One of the stories, the Christmas-themed The Littles Angels, will be popping up here within the next couple of days.
The book makes a great Christmas present and can be purchased at the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore.
Worried about it being a little late? Remember the 12 Days of Christmas starts Dec. 25. It doesn’t end then.
Hallelujah Anyway Is Merciful Read
By Kate Rainey
If you need a break from the polarized news and are searching for some mercy in your life,pick up a copy of Anne Lamott’s latest collection of essays “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy” (Riverhead Books, 192 pages, $20). This book shows us there is a quieter world, one that is full of wonder, appreciation and generosity. Life is not about getting and achieving more.
Ms. Lamott, who teaches Sunday School at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in California, questions if she even recognizes mercy anymore, “the divine and human; the messy, crippled, transforming, heartbreaking, lovely, devastating presence of mercy.” She believes she, and our world, are starving to death for it.
“Mercy is radical kindness. Mercy means offering or being offered aid in desperate straits. Mercy is not deserved. It involves absolving the unabsolvable, forgiving the unforgivable. Mercy brings us to the miracle of apology, given and accepted, to unashamed humility when we have erred or forgotten. Charge it to our heads and not our hearts, as the elders in black church have long said.”
The title of the book is derived from Candi Staton’s gospel song “Hallelujah Anyway.” In spite of our problems, personal or political, the lyrics say “you get down on your knees and pray . . . Praise Him till your situation turns around. You gotta lift up your voice and say: Hallelujah Anyway!”
As in Ms. Lamott’s nine other works of nonfiction, she is vulnerable, makes you laugh out loud and want to sit down and have a cup of coffee with her. What I learned, once again, from this easy read is lack of grace and mercy starts with me. When I do the inside work of being softer with myself, then I don’t have to “condemn others for being total sh__s, although they may be that. (Okay: are).”
Ms. Rainey is a resident of Middletown Township in Delaware County, Pa.
Stronger Together Amazon Reviews — Stronger Together, the political propaganda ghostwritten for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine is now on sale at Amazon for $4.99 Kindle and $9.59 paperback.
If one wants to waste money and promote evil buy it. If one wants free entertainment read the reviews. They are good and an attempt to censor them appears to have backfired.
By Robert S Lionel JR on September 23, 2016
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“Of Sound Mind” is a revision of “Sound of Mind” which had originally been published in France and then published by a small house in the U.S.
The new version from Medallion is much improved and worthy of a best seller list.
“Of Sound Mind” is a thoughtful, intelligent thriller. The protagonist, Richard Keene, is a haunted young man cursed/blessed with an ear condition that provides extremely sensitive hearing and an exceptional sense of balance. He overhears a murder in his Center City Philadelphia apartment building and the game is on.
The Philly flavor is rich which is another bonus for those living in the area.
“Of Sound Mind” can be favorably compared with Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels. Hopefully, this is the first in a series of Richard Keene novels.
It can be purchased on Amazon, and other online booksellers and we recommend it.
Of Sound Mind Looms — Of Sound Mind by local author and former County Press (Pa) sports editor Jim Waltzer is being promoted by Medallion Press. The book will be available in April.
It’s a revision of Jim’s thriller Sound of Mind which has already appeared in French and English.
It is set in Philadelphia and concerns audiometry technician Richard Keene who possesses abnormally acute powers of hearing which leads him into trouble.
It’s an excellent noir thriller and Keene is one of the most unique characters to appear in recent fiction.
Local author and former County Press (Pa) sports editor Jim Waltzer has revised his thriller Sound of Mind and has a new publisher, Medallion Press.
The books which has been published in French along with English is set in Philadelphia and is excellent.
The new title will be Of Sound Mind.
A movie deal had been in the works, although Jim says things are going slow on that front.
Call it a guilty pleasure but we got for Christmas a Star Trek book by best-selling Chester County author Greg Cox that was quite a pleasure.
The book, “Foul Deeds Will Rise,” involves the franchise’s original line up (Kirk, Spock, McCoy etc.)
The plot concerns the Federation via The Enterprise mediating a peace treaty between two warring planets and features Leonore Karidian –an old love and nemesis of Captain Kirk — as the wrinkle.
The story would have made an excellent episode in the original series. Kudos Greg Cox.