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Authors Without a “Name” Must Self-publish

If my name were Lady Gaga, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Oprah Winfrey, or Lady Gaga, my novel The Cameron Womenwould have been published with one phone call to a New York publisher.  If I committed mass murder, same thing. Even if I just ran naked in front of the White...

The Parisian and The Palestinians

I picked The Parisianby Isabella Hammad off the East Grand Rapids Library’s “New” shelf for a specific reason. The jacket made it clear this was a novel about “a pivotal period in Palestinian history.”  I should have been intimidated by the six long lists of...

How to Fight the Opioid Epidemic? Meet FAN.

Talk about “It takes a village,” how about an entire community!  In 2007 after two opioid deaths in two weeks—30 deaths over the year—the people in the small town of Fraser on the east side of Michigan were scared and angry. That’s when Christ United Methodist Church...

Why the DSM Uses a Name from Ovid 2000 Years Ago

For the first time I can remember, some form of mental illness has been regular front-page news. First, the brain disease of addiction that killed 80,000 Americans last year from opioid overdoses. Then the obscene charge that it’s the mentally ill, not the right-wing...

The Patriots, A Gentleman in Moscow, and Solzhenitsyn

The book cover for The Patriots by Sana Krasikov describes this novel as a “Dr. Zhivago for our times.” I would have called it, “The return of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn. Pasternak’s love story about Zhivago and Lara has moments of beauty...