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    A book of Arab proverbs that gives readers a peek into the Arab world.

    A look at the monetary crisis

    Review of Theft is Legal: Gain Perspective from 13 Economic Stories and Concepts

    When I saw the title of this book, it was one I had to read. Yes, I lived through this time in history but wanted to know much more about what happened before, during and after November 22, 1963.

    Even though I was quite familiar with some of the facts of the assassination of President Lincoln, I did not know much about what all transpired beforehand.

    "Burning for Freedom" by Anurupa Cinar tells the life story of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (May 28, 1883-February 26, 1966). Savarkar, a Brahmin Hindu, was a key freedom fighter who helped liberate India from being under British Rule. He is responsible for creating a secret revolutionary society known as Abhinav Bharat whose influence spread throughout India. Savarkar’s efforts caused him to be imprisoned by the British for many years at the brutal Cellular Jail. During his time spent there Savarkar was treated inhumanely, like many of the other political prisoners who were also imprisoned there. Refusing to be beaten down and give up on India gaining her freedom, Savarkar could not be defeated. He felt that while India was under the rule of the British Empire, his people were enslaved because they had no constitution or rights with which they could be protected.

    Against the backdrop of his most haunting, high-profile murder and child abuse cases, a veteran prosecutor goes beyond an insider's reflection to shine a light on the humanlike qualities personified in the U.S. criminal justice system and what this means for our future. "The Humanity of Justice," by Burke Strunsky is a procedural true-crime book told through the eyes and heart of a veteran criminal prosecutor who cares about the people he meets and their life-altering circumstances. Burke E. Strunsky, a senior deputy district attorney in southern California, takes the reader inside the courtroom for some of the most haunting criminal cases in the state as well as the nation, including: a highly respected church leader who brutally murders his wife for the insurance money while their baby sleeps peacefully in another room; a twisted father who sexually molests his daughter's own friends at her slumber parties; a former police chief who drowns his wife of thirty years in their backyard spa; and a young man who sadistically tortures and kills a helpless three-year-old boy, yet manages to dodge the death penalty.

    Thorns On Roses

    Mystery/Thriller

    Dr. Robin Kelly, author of such award-winning books as The Human Antenna, provides readers with a new perspective on human existence through the revelation in his new book, "The Human Hologram," that we live in a holographic universe. Evidence to support this theory is discussed in detail, but in an easy-to-follow manner; Kelly breaks his theories down into the Ten Guiding Principles of the Human Hologram. His conclusion is that humans themselves must be holographic, which means people can play an active role by connecting with a unifying field of consciousness to co-create their future and their environment. Unlike many authors who write metaphysical books sprinkled lightly with some scientific jargon, Dr. Kelly is well-experienced in the medical and scientific fields, with a knack to explain difficult theories and provide sufficient evidence to support them so the lay reader can easily follow his argument. Drawing upon holographic, fractal, and quantum science, and Eastern and Western philosophies, Kelly demonstrates that although humans are a small part of the universe, even the smallest part has access to the whole.

    "The Picture of Music," by author Lesley Anne Sears teaches children and adults how to read music without naming notes. The reader is taught how to see music as a picture that is paralleled by the piano keyboard. The student is asked to have either an acoustic piano or a keyboard available while progressing through the book for this reason. The book is spiral bound, resting comfortably on the music stand. Great care was taken to ensure that this introduction to reading music be completely non-threatening and light, while remaining theoretically sound, without gimmicks. For this reason, the book is appropriate for three audiences: The parent who seeks to reveal the delightful world of reading music to his or her child; the adult who is determined to learn how to read music; and the adult who may have been previously traumatized by harsh music teaching methods as a child, but still longs for personal expression through music.

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