Issue 1 – January 2006

Top Ten List
Most Pretentious Journalists of 2005 by J. F. Miglio
Notable Books of 2005
Where Three Roads Meet: Novellas by John Barth
The Next Attack by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon
Thin Ice by Mark Bowen
The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia by Christopher I. Beckwith
All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated by Nell Bernstein
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
5 Days That Shook the World: Seattle and Beyond by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
Veronica by Mary Gaitskill
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
The Truth, With Jokes by Al Franken
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
Fooled Again by Mark Crispin Miller
Camus and Sartre by Ronald Aronson
Book of the Year 2005 (Nonfiction)
Bush on the Couch  By Justin A. Frank, M.D.
Book of the Year 2005 (Fiction)
Clearing Customs  By Martha Egan
Books of the Year 2004 (Nonfiction)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
The War on Freedom  By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed
Crossing the Rubicon  By Michael Ruppert
Books of the Year 2004 (Fiction)
Candle in a Dark Time  By Virginia Stuart
My Life: A Story By Jesus Christ  By Christopher Miller
The Others at Monticello  By Esther Franklin
Recommended Reads
Hollywood and Sunset  By Luke Salisbury
Axiom: The Second American Civil War  By T. Edward Allen
Wealth Odyssey  By Larry R. Frank Sr., MBA, CFP
Paloma  By Linda A. Lavid
September and Other Stories  By Julie Ann Dawson
The Little Book of He and She  By Wade Stevenson
Military State: Society on The Verge of Collapse  By Kevin Warren
Extradition Between Canada and the United States  By Gary Botting
Club Fascistland  By Kevin Brink Nielsen
Offshore  By Don Corace
A Reason for Living  By Laurent Grenier
Puget Sound  By C.C. Long
The Empire Menaced: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Dearth Nadir  By Sean Miller

Recommended Reads

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Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury
www.shamblinggate.com
(Fiction)
Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.

Axiom: The Second
American Civil War

By T. Edward Allen
www.axiom-thenovel.com
(Fiction)
Dystopian tale about one man and his family who are caught in the middle of chaos as the world economy collapses and America is brought to the brink of World War III.

Wealth Odyssey
By Larry R. Frank Sr., MBA, CFP


www.wealthodyssey.com
(Nonfiction)
A practical, no-nonsense guide for individuals who want to develop a personal definition of wealth and create an effective strategy for long-term financial success.

Paloma
By Linda A. Lavid


www.lindalavid.com
(Fiction)
Fast-paced romantic suspense novel about a woman with three identities who is being pursued by an assassin.

September and Other Stories
By Julie Ann Dawson


www.bardsandsages.com
(Fiction)
Unique collection of horror stories, spooky role-playing, and dark fantasy.…Read Reviews

The Little Book of He and She
By Wade Stevenson


www.booksurge.com
(Fiction)
Part poetry, part romance, part self-help, this short but passionate book describes the profound sense of being in love.…Read Reviews

Military State: Society on
The Verge of Collapse

By Kevin Warren


www.wethepeople.la
(Fiction)
Frightening, dystopian tale about American patriots who fight against a ruthless military dictatorship in a post-apocalyptic world.

Extradition Between Canada
and the United States

By Gary Botting

www.transnationalpubs.com
(Nonfiction)
A detailed and valuable examination of the tumultuous relationship between the United States and Canada regarding their extradition systems, histories, issues, conflicts, and controversies.

Club Fascistland
By Kevin Brink Nielsen


www.authorhouse.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative, modern day version of the Wizard of Oz told from a progressive viewpoint, featuring a young man in search of a true home who gets help from an idiot savant, a humanoid/robotic mercenary, and a truck driver.

Offshore
By Don Corace


www.emeraldink.com
(Fiction)
&nbspFast-paced thriller about a corporate raider who will stop at nothing to exact revenge and destroy a Houston oil family dynasty.

A Reason for Living
By Laurent Grenier


http://laurentgrenier.com/ARFL.html

laurentgrenier@rogers.com
(Nonfiction)
Inspirational true story about an athletic man who pursues wisdom and happiness after he is left disabled from a diving accident.…Read Reviews

Puget Sound
By C.C. Long


www.pleasureboatstudio.com
(Fiction)
A unique and bizarre collection of 15 short stories that involves cows falling from the sky, whales exploding, and boys becoming sasquatches in the watery landscape of the Pacific Northwest known as Puget Sound.

The Empire Menaced:
The Unauthorized Autobiography of Dearth Nadir

By Sean Miller
dearthnadir@yahoo.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative parody of the Star Wars saga told through the eyes of Darth Vader.…Read Reviews

 

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,”

click here.

 

Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.

 

Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Acqweb: Book acquisition site for librarians
• Books-in-Print.com: Registry of electronic publications
• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data
• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Published.com: Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Business.com: Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Independent Publishers Bestsellers Hall of Fame: Title says it all
• Book Sense.com: Family of bookseller Web sites
• Nospine.com: Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group
• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

Top Ten List: Most
Pretentious Journalists
of 2005…
J.F. Miglio

Notable Books 2005

Where Three Roads
Meet: Novellas

By John Barth
(Fiction)
Latest tales from the master
of metafiction.

Read Review

The Next Attack
By Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon
(Nonfiction)
The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting
It Right

Read Review

Thin Ice
By Mark Bowen
(Nonfiction)
Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountains
Read Review

The Tibetan Empire
in Central Asia

By Christopher I. Beckwith
(Nonfiction)
A History of the Struggle for Great Power among Tibetans, Turks, Arabs, and Chinese during the Early Middle Ages
Read Review

All Alone in the
World: Children of
the Incarcerated

By Nell Bernstein
(Nonfiction)
Read Review

Kafka on the Shore
By Haruki Murakami
(Fiction)
A young boy’s Kafkaesque journey of self discovery.

1491: New
Revelations of the
Americas before Columbus

By Charles C. Mann
(Nonfiction)
Read Review

5 Days That Shook
the World: Seattle
and Beyond

By Alexander Cockburn and
Jeffrey St. Clair

(Nonfiction)
Read Review

Veronica
By Mary Gaitskill
(Fiction)
“Rumination on the relationship between beauty and cruelty.”
Read Review

The DaVinci Code
By Dan Brown
(Fiction)
Still going strong, the controversial murder mystery takes the reader on a circuitous journey in search of the
Holy Grail.

Read Review

The Truth, With Jokes
By Al Franken
(Nonfiction)
Big Al takes on the Bush Crime Family and the usual gang of right-wing desperadoes.
Read Review

Rights of Man
By Thomas Paine
(Nonfiction)
Classic must read for all Americans interested in individual liberties.
Read Review

Fooled Again
By Mark Crispin Miller
(Nonfiction)
How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We
Stop Them)

Read Review

Camus and Sartre
By Ronald Aronson
(Nonfiction)
The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel That Ended It
Read Review

 

Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Buzzflash.com: Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• Greg Palast.com: One-man army of investigative journalism.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays
• Mother Jones.com: Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• TvNewsLies.org: A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the 2005
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.


noelle.murrain@harpercollins.com
A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the 2005
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan


www.papalotepress.com
A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.

 

Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


www.michaelparenti.org/Caesar.html
Pulitzer-prize nominated author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the 2004
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed


www.progressivepress.com
Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the 2004
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert


www.fromthewilderness.com
Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.

 

Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


www.redhummingbirdpress.com
Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the 2004
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller


www.mylifebyjesuschrist.com
Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin


www.xlibris.com
franklin80@comcast.net
Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

 

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,”

click here.

 

Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.

 

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