Trauma Plan

Candace Calvert
Rated by
Lisa J.
Monday, Mar 23, 2015

Dr. Jack Travis is trouble with a capital “T”. He runs a free medical clinic for those who can’t afford medical care on the edges of an up and coming posh neighborhood in San Antonio. To support himself and the clinic, he works at several of the surrounding emergency rooms, including Grace Medical. Proximity to a gated community draw controversy to the clinic and Jack defends it and its patients vehemently against attempts to shut them down.

Simple Christmas Wish

Melody Carlson
Rated by
Bre H.
Thursday, Feb 26, 2015

In a phone call that changes her life, Rachel Milligan learns that the parents of her 7-year-old niece, Holly, have had a tragic accident while on vacation. Believing she is the only living guardian left to take care of the little girl, Rachel is shocked when Holly's custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant Amish aunt. Rachel complies with the court order and takes Holly to her new family. However, she hopes to convince Lydia to let the child stay with her.

Has Been

William Shatner
Rated by
Brian B.
Thursday, Feb 5, 2015

This album is a fantastic treat, the true definition of a "hidden gem." I'm not entirely sure why I first purchased this album on its release. Maybe because I was so into Ben Folds at the time and this album is produced by Folds. I had heard William Shatner's previous attempts at "singing" so I was not expecting much besides something to laugh at and listen to every once in awhile.

Two Kinds of Decay

Sarah Manguso
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015

Sarah battles a crazy disease, the kind of mysterious disease with no definitive end. It’s a disease that requires a central line (a catheter placed into a large vein in the neck), the kind of disease that attacks nerves and turns the body into a battleground.

Mine is the Night

Liz Curtis Higgs
Rated by
Margaret O.
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015

In 1746 Scotland, Elizabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law, Marjory Kerr, are labeled traitors to the crown. They’ve lost everything—their husbands and sons, their estate, titles, and fortunes. All that is left to them is to beg mercy and refuge from Marjory’s distant cousin, a woman who has lived her entire life with only the barest of resources. They must do what they can to survive and avoid being noticed by those who would turn them in to the authorities. Elizabeth chances employment as a dressmaker for the staff of Lord Jack Buchanan, a retired admiral of his majesty’s navy. He hears

My Dog An Unconditional Love Story

Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Sunday, Jan 4, 2015

My Dog is a sweet exploration of the relationship between man and dog. You will be delighted to see a spunky Isaac Mizrahi rave about his pooches, listen to Richard Gere’s brief philosophical tidbits about his dog and get a peek into the beautiful connections between dogs and their humans.

I really appreciated how the film gracefully skips from one interview to the next, constructing an exciting collage of poignant moments and revelations and giving ample opportunities to see my favorite people and their dogs.

Drawing of neighborhood with church in foreground, bridge in background

Mercy in the City

Kerry Weber
Rated by
Helen H.
Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014

I am by no means a religious person. But I do appreciate spirituality and love people who actively live their proclaimed faith. Having read a spiritual memoir or two that didn’t quite deliver, I approached Mercy in the City somewhat tentatively. It turned out to be as surprisingly wonderful as I was skeptical.

Magnificent Vibration

Rick Springfield
Rated by
Brian B.
Friday, Nov 14, 2014

"Why are we here? What is love? Is there a Loch Ness monster? Does God send text messages?" These four lines, and "Jessie's Girl," were about all I had to go on before cracking open Rick Springfield's debut fiction novel. It follows an early thirties, recently divorced, recovering slacker as he ponders his existence. It leads him on a quest that ends up with a 1-800 hotline to God, a recently "freed" nun, and a date with the Loch Ness monster.

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines vagabond as

1: moving from place to place without a fixed home : wandering

2a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a wanderer

b : leading an unsettled, irresponsible, or disreputable life

Home to Harmony

Philip Gulley
Rated by
Ellen W.
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014

Philip Gulley's Home to Harmony is the first book in the Harmony series in which Sam Gardner, Quaker Minister, has returned to his hometown of Harmony, Indiana to assume the pulpit. Gulley uses a folksy writing style to share the joys, frustrations, humor, and outrageous predicaments encountered in a small community church.