May 28th, 2018

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Weekly Book Review

Well, another week or so gone by and time for another book review.  Once again I am posting reviews from the files of Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers.  This time I'm posting reviews for three books... all have but one review, and most of them are fairly short.  And we are back into the normal order or alphabetical sequence of things.  (I posted the last one a bit out of order as I had just finished reading the book and had just written my review of it.)

wishing everyone a Peaceful and Reverent Memorial Day!

Ghostly Reunion

by Larry Danek

Reviewed by Sue Eller

The Nomadic Ghost returns to take care of some unfinished business from his time as Robbin Simms, and finds himself in the Boise River, swimming desperately for shore.

In this second installment of the Nomadic Ghost series, Danek and his ghost deal with the challenges of a resident mind that is insecure and has some mental issues. The ghost persona must strengthen the body it occupies in order to finish the work begun in the last body as it struggles to find out just what that work had been.

Not your usual ghost story, Ghostly Reunion is more a tale of the living than the dead, as the main character jumps from consciousness to consciousness, and body to body, to right some of society’s wrongs and bring together people who need each other.

The Gluten Free Gourmand

By Sue Eller
Reviewed by Kate Poitevin

         This little cook book is full of easy to make recipes for those of us who can’t have wheat. Ms. Eller has taken old favorite comfort food and adapted the recipes for us. She even gives us a basic mix to make them easier and faster.
         My favorite so far is the waffles. They are so wonderfully crispy they hold up under the onslaught of syrup and I make extra to use as sandwich bread. The holes are great for holding in the peanut butter and jelly and they don’t get soggy by lunchtime. 
         Many of the recipes are naturally gluten free and make this a one-book resource for your whole meal to satisfy all members of the family.

Growing Up Alaska

By Niki Breeser Tschirgi

Reviewed by D. Andrew McChesney

         During her first grade year, Niki and her family moved to Tok, Alaska.  Her Dad worked with the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the position in Alaska fulfilled a lifelong dream.  Niki soon adapted to the uniqueness of life in a small remote town in Alaska.  The cold long dark winters, the brilliant short summers, and the distances travelled to connect with others became normal.  She and her family resided there until she was nearly ready to graduate from high school.  Once again they followed her Dad as he moved on to another desired position, this one back in the Lower Forty-Eight.
         This slender volume is Niki’s recounting of the time spent in Alaska, starting with the trip north.  Besides describing the realities of live in such a rugged and cold place, she vividly describes the people, the animals, and the bonds that made her experience unique and memorable.  It allows the reader to sample a small portion of what life was (is) like in Alaska, and perhaps causes a desire to partake of it themselves.
         Born and raised in Alaska until beginning the first grade, this reviewer has a special interest in this book.  It points out what life may have been like during his school years, had he and his folks stayed.  Much of what Niki describes brings back ancient, half-buried memories or provides a sense of familiarity and understanding.  Reading this also reinforces the idea that once someone experiences Alaska, it will always be a part of them.