The Seven Year Dress: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

Publication Date: May 16, 2016

 

The Seven Year Dress: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin The Seven Year Dress: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin, is the story of Helen Stein. Helen is a teenager ripped from her family and sent to Auschwitz and lives its horrors but also finds a kindness and selflessness in humanity that helped her survive against the odds.… Continue reading

His Name was Ben: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

Publication Date: September 21, 2014

 

This review is dedicated to Allison Ridgeway Doan, the wife of one of my husband’s childhood friends and a lovely person, who lost her battle with cancer yesterday. Check out her memoir released not long before her death, Bruised and Beautiful.

His Name was Ben: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

In His Name was Ben: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin, Sara Phillips’ life changed when she received a cancer diagnosis. Life was over until she met Ben and everything changed yet again.    Continue reading His Name was Ben: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

To Live Out Loud: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

 

To Live Out Loud: A Novel by Paulette MahurinTo Live Out Loud: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin takes place in 1894 Captain Richard Dreyfus, a French Artillery Officer was convicted of treason for passing military secrets to the Germans. Dreyfus was sent to Devil’s Island in French Guiana to live out his sentence. When a few years later evidence that Dreyfus was innocent was discovered, the French military did everything they could to suppress the information. French journalist, Emile Zola, ran with the story of the gross injustice in the periodical J’Accuse and became a target of those looking to keep the story under wraps and Dreyfus incarcerated. To Live Out Loud is the story of this historic case and Zola’s coverage of it and the ultimate pursuit of justice at all costs.    Continue reading To Live Out Loud: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

Interview with author Paulette Mahurin

Interview with Paulette Mahurin—author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

 

PM_The PersecutionPaulette is my first author interview. I asked her questions that I thought potential readers would find interesting and those who had read would want to know without spoiling the novel for those who wish to read. She was friendly, encouraging and lightening fast with her response.

I’d like to thank Paulette for making this such a nice experience. I hope you find the interview fun and informative and if you haven’t read Paulette’s book are convinced to pick it up after you witness how delicately she treats the errors in my questions. Lesson one for Rabid Reader: Mark and go back to what you’d like answered. Enjoy.

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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin

Publication Date: July 1, 2012

 

PM_The PersecutionIn The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin, Mildred Dunlap is a generous and loving soul, but in the eyes of the townsfolk, already has one strike against her—in the tradition of her father before her, she doesn’t go to church. When news of Oscar Wilde’s conviction in England hits little Red River Pass, Nevada, she discovers that she might have something else to fear. Edra, known to all as Mildred’s cousin, is actually her life partner. With the townsfolk calling for Wilde’s blood, what will happen if they find out about her? She has a plan to ward off the busybodies but can she pull it off or, in the end, will everything be made worse?

 

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Rabid Reader’s Book List for Human Rights Day 2017

This year again, Rabid Reader’s Reviews presents a list of books dealing with human rights. In light of the events, human rights violations have increased and become a pressing issue worldwide.

 

To Live Out Loud: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

Review quotes:

“There’s an electricity of fear and suspicion in the people. It was believed that Dreyfus would be a traitor because he was a Jew.”

“To Live Out Loud is an outstanding work of historical fiction and a must-read for everyone, especially those interested in the history of human rights violations.” 

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Rabid Reader’s Book List for Human Rights Day 2016

If you are looking for books dealing with human rights, check out those that have been reviewed on this homepage. Our main post with an overview of books and movies were reviewed for human rights day 2016 will be published later. At the moment, enjoy the Rabid Reader’s Book List for Human Rights Day 2016 and make sure to visit this site later.

 

Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden & Leroy Phillips

Genre: nonfiction, human rights, political science, African-American studies

In 1906, a white woman was brutally raped in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ed Johnson, a black man, was working at his restaurant job when the attack happened but was arrested and charged with the crime. When his lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution and that stay was granted, local folks, led by officials, took the law into their own hands. In a history-changing move, the lynch mob faced federal legal repercussions. Ed  Johnson cleared of the rape charges 100 years later. You can read the review of a “Contempt of Court” here.

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42 Books to Love for Towel Day 2013

 

 

Towel_Day_2013Is this not a Hamlet kind of day? Check out list of 42 Books to love for Towel Day!

Towel Day is the International celebration of Douglas Adams and his work. From radio writer to novelist to screenwriter to observational  Adams’s work has been read and admired by people from all walks of life. For more features developed for and information about Towel Day click here.

 

 

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Rabid Reader’s Reviews – Best Reads 2012

Rabid Reader’s Reviews – Best Reads 2012

2012 was a great year for me. I started my book review blog in February and have since met a number of wonderful people and reviewed 97 novels. Some of the novels were great and some…well, I’ve never met a book I regret reading because as a side benefit of age, I can always forget with time. High lighted in this post are the seven best Indie books that I’ve read this year.

 

Best Indie Novels of 2012
(in no particular order)

American Goddesses by Gary Henry

Two women are chosen for a program that gives them superpowers. Gary Henry’s American Goddesses gives the new superheroes a super-baddie who causes problems for the women in an unexpected way. The twists and turns in this story were astoundingly clever as were the ways in which Henry addresses the problems that arise in their daily life as a result.

Henry is working on the second book in this series.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”1480107336″ locale=”us”]Sedition: A Political Thriller[/easyazon-link] by Tom Abrahams

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1480107336″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41lMXpTTG1L._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]The President dies unexpectedly shortly after the Vice President’s demise. A tough, smart, female Speaker of the House is poised to take the main seat while the not yet sworn in, replacement, Vice President challenges her right. On the other side, an anarchist group sees this as their perfect opportunity to make their move (based on a real 1820 British plot). With an author who has spent many years as a political reporter, you can expect and get the best of the best political thriller.

In a Silva-esque move, Abrahams’s website gives us a look into the real places highlighted in [easyazon-link asin=”1480107336″ locale=”us”]Sedition: A Political Thriller[/easyazon-link].

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B009RAZ9AA” locale=”us”]Creator Class (The Creator Class Series)[/easyazon-link] by K.M. Breakey

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B009RAZ9AA” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51i6K1dGHgL._SL160_.jpg” width=”100″]This book just squeaked in under the 2012 wire but would have certainly been on the 2013 list.

Shawn Lowe is a P-class 18-year-old who knows that there’s more out there than he can see. The Laws of Earthism that must be obeyed aren’t for him. Why can he only compete in the gaming rooms? Why can’t someone be recognized as the best at something? His Nana knows and she tries to tell him but talking about Pre-Great Transformation events is strictly prohibited. Up in C-class, unknown to Shawn, a 14-year-old girl watches. When she believes that Shawn will be terminated for blasphemous speech, she tries to warn and his friends in high places see this as a perfect chance to bring him to their world. Going to C-class may save Shawn’s life but the cost to him personally is great. [easyazon-link asin=”B009RAZ9AA” locale=”us”]Creator Class (The Creator Class Series)[/easyazon-link] is thought-provoking and poignant.

Action packed and entertaining, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series which is due out in 2013.

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