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Buddha's Principle of Relativity

Don G. Athukorala

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Bloomington, IN 47403-5161

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9780646543154, $25.60, www.amazon.com

Buddhism is not a god-based theology like Christianity, Judaism, or Islam. Rather it is a spiritual philosophy that over the centuries has evolved into many different branches. Born into the Theravada Buddhist philosophy, Don G. Atukorala has written "Buddha's Principle of Relativity: Mind Body Stress", a 264-page compendium showcasing the "Buddha's Code of Practice', a way of achieving better health through an ancient teaching of the Buddha relatively neglected from more than fifteen hundred years. The underlying premise is that the psychology of the mind can and does have tremendous influence and affect upon the body. Enhanced with an extended bibliography and a comprehensive index, "Buddha's Principle of Relativity" is informed, informative, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and a seminal contribution to the growing body of Buddhist literature for western readers.

The Reality of the Virtual

Betsy Cheung

Pebbles Publications

9781478119647 $12.99 www.betsycheung.com

Set in near-future of 2018, The Reality of the Virtual is a dystopian science fiction novel telling of a world where "welfare" has been abolished-government has all but abandoned any responsibility to the poor, despite the scarcity of jobs and rising misery that explodes into riots. In this poorly balanced world, Hugh van Santen struggles to keep his newspaper in business; when he hires rookie journalist Sophie Chantal, her first assignment is to write about the bicentennial birthday of a revolutionary figure of ill repute. She draws upon the virtual technology of a genius to simulate and recreate this personage-but the program works too well, unleashing a potential menace that might just eradicate what little global stability is left. Things only heat up further when the CIA gets involved, in this edge-of-one's seat saga of the knife edge between the real and the virtual, as well as the devastating consequences when society willfully neglects its poor and dispossessed. Highly recommended.

Let Me Go when the Banter Stops

Linda Gromko

CreateSpace

100 Enterprise Way, Suite A200

Scotts Valley, CA 95066

9781470118181, $24.95, www.LindaGromicoMD.com

The struggles against a life-threatening illness are quite difficult, especially when you are a doctor, looking on, unable to do nothing. "Let Me Go When the Banter Stops: A Doctor's Fight for the Love of Her Life" is a memoir from Linda Gromko, a family physician of Seattle who recounts her romance with her midlife love Steve Williams. As Steve develops kidney failure, heart disease, among other problems, Linda feels powerless, but must do what she can to serve her husband. "Let me Go When the Banter Stops" is a must for memoir collections focusing on life's tragedies.

The Vampire Girl Next Door

Richard Arbib

Highgate Books

9780615572635, $14.95, www.thevampiregirinextdoor.com

A dream isn't all that far from a nightmare. "The Vampire Girl Next Door" is a novel following the arrival of the mysterious Sylvia in the vicinity of Mark, and the two begin to hit it off immediately. Despite all the warning signs that surround him, Mark may have to learn the hard way about Sylvia and her past she just won't speak up about. "The Vampire Girl Next Door" is a choice pick for one looking for a romance with a supernatural twist, highly recommended.

Spirituality

William Pillow

iUniverse

c/o Author House

1663 Liberty Dr. Suite #300

Bloomington, IN 47403

9781475928204, $15.95, www.iuniverse.com

What lies beyond the material? "Spirituality: Beyond Science and Religion" is a collection of metaphysical essays compiled by William Pillow, as he presents writings that seek to go beyond traditional science and ponder the nature of spirituality beyond it all. "Spirituality: Beyond Science and Religion" is worth considering for followers of metaphysical spirituality.

This Ain't No Self-Help Book

Jack Terry

CreateSpace

100 Enterprise Way, Suite A200

Scotts Valley, CA 95066

www.createspace.com

9781468176834, $9.95, www.amazon.com

What works for one of us won't work for all of us, but we can take note and find our own way. "This Ain't No Self-Help Book" is a memoir and against his own title, self-help book from Jack Terry as he shares his own journey to putting his life back together again so that readers can piece together the experiences they see to apply it to their own lives. "This Ain't No Self-Help Book" is a strongly recommended for motivational collections, highly recommended.

The First to Say No

Charles C. Anderson

Outskirts Press, Inc.

10940 South Parker Road, #515

Parker, CO 80134

9781432791018, $14.95, www.outskirtspress.com

People can only take so much before striking back in their own ways. "The First to Say No" is a novel following the oppression the female doctors of Parkview Hospital face with a local gang who has been tormenting them for some time. Focusing on Kate Taylor and Elita Romanov as they take their own strike against the gang, author Charles C. Anderson explores many other issues surrounding healthcare as well. "The First to Say No" is a strong pick for general fiction collections, highly recommended. Also recommended from author Charles C. Anderson in Fiction is "The Farm" (9781432790936, $25.95), following a deep government conspiracy that may push the world towards nuclear war.

Resurrected

Steve Trotter

Privately Published

9780987961501, $13.95, www.stevetrotter.com

It's hard to return to a world where one isn't suspecting death at every corner. "Resurrected" is a thriller following former covert ops agent Adam Wolf as he tries to blend back into normal life at the age of sixty. But even in retirement, grudges live on and Wolf finds himself a target, and realizes his golden years won't be spent playing Bingo after all. "Resurrected" is a fun and hard to put down thriller, very much recommended.

1803

Robert Burgett

Outskirts Press, Inc.

10940 South Parker Road, #515

Parker, CO 80134

9781432785871, $13.95, www.outskirtspress.com

American democracy began meeting its challenges very early on. "1803: Constitutional Intent for Electing The Presidency: How the Twelfth Amendment Failed to Anticipate the Rise of Competing National Parties" explores early politics and the place of the electoral college in early American politics, and the origin of the Twelfth amendment, including author Roget Burgett's own beliefs of what needs to be done to help the twelfth amendment. "1803" is a strong pick for political history collections, recommended.

In America with a Disability

Stanley Schmulewitz

iUniverse

1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200

Bloomington, IN 47403-5161

9781462053896, $16.95, www.iuniverse.com

With a disability, may doors seem closed, unless you force them open yourself "In America with a Disability: A Journey to Equality" is a memoir from Stanley Schmulewitz who reflects on his own personal journey to a higher standard of life, facing his disability and his pursuit through his career and the various levels of discrimination that he faced. "In America with a Disability" is worth considering for those seeking a tale of the differently abled conquering adversity.

John Burroughs Reviewer
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