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Breaking the Silence

Riisa Renee

Seraphina Press

212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401

9780984196579, $14.95, www.seraphinapress.com

Everyone faces harsh reality, and it's important to remember one is not alone. "Breaking the Silence" is a collection of wisdom from Riisa Renee as she reflects on her own experiences in relationships and in life, and hoping her stories will help inspire others to be prepared for the cruelty of life. "Breaking the Silence" is an excellent read, very highly recommended.

The Simple Game

Thomas Foley

A Caballo Press of Ann Arbor Book

24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, PO Box 415, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0445

9780982476659, $21.47, www.caballopress.com

The pressure on the jockey is one of the most underplayed burdens in professional sports. "The Simple Game: An Irish Jockey's Memoir" is a memoir of how Thomas Foley's dreams of racing horses were soon corrupted. Focusing on the pressures a jockey faces, one were weight is a curse and being as light as possible is treasured as a boon, Foley faced an eating disorder and fell into addictions, and lost his family. A cautionary tale to watch what you're willing to sacrifice for success, "The Simple Game" is quite the read, very highly recommended.

Arctic Gardens

Harvard Ayers

Arctic Gardens

346 Fieldstream Drive, Boone, NC 28607

9780984394715, $21.95, www.arcticgardens.org

The future of their land lies in the hands of politicians, businessmen, and economists. "Arctic Gardens: Voices from an Abundant Land" looks at the people on the land in question in Alaska and Northern Canada whose homeland is being targeted potential oil drilling. Providing a unique perspective with their own words and plenty of history as an anthropologist, a professor and a businessman provide this intriguing analysis of the issue. "Arctic Gardens" is an excellent read with plenty to consider.

The Still Position

Barbara Blatner

New York Quarterly

PO Box 2015, Old Chelsea, New York, NY 10113

9781935520238, $14.95, www.nyquarterly.org

The loss of a mother is a life changing experience. "The Still Position" is a collection of poetry from Barbara Blatner focusing primarily on the loss of her mother, but discusses other topics profoundly as well. "The Still Position" is a fascinating read, and deftly written. "Dying As Trickery": "The dirty rat"/Tom says. "She's really/gonna do it."

Citizen Spy

Robert W. Morgan

Title Town Publishing

PO Box 12093, Green Bay, WI 54307

9780982720608, $14.95...

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