Karen Coiffi-Ventrice

Reviewer Karen Coiffi-Ventrice: Karen is a published author and freelance writer. She co-moderates a children’s writing critique group, and created and manages a Yahoo authors’ marketing group. Karen is also on the team of DKV Writing 4 U and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illlustrators (SCBWI).

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Author: Wayne D. Liebhard, M.D.
Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing
ISBN: 10: 1-935098-20-9
ISBN: 13: 978-1-935098-20-1

Elephants in The Exam Room is a powerful book. The author, Dr. Wayne Liebhard, picks apart the American health care system and shows why we are in a health care crisis and what needs to be done about it

Authors: Ivan Misner, Ph.D., David Alexander & Brian Hilliard
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
ISBN: 10-1-59918-356-0
ISBN: 13: 978-59918-356-5

It seems in today’s high tech world, a great deal of promotion and networking is geared toward online readers and businesses. But, the world does not begin and end with the internet—we tend to forget about the original form of networking which if face-to-face

Author: Dr. Kathleen Albertson, L. Ac. PhD, Holistic Nutrition
Printed and Distributed by: Vervante.com
ISBN: 978-1-61623-651-9

I found Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women’s Health interesting and informative. I’m not sure if I would recommend it as a self-help book, but I would certainly recommend it as a useful tool to learn about acupuncture and TCM and its benefits to women’s health issues.


Author: Rosalyn S. Schnall
Publisher: Goldenring Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-578-00563-8

Anyone who works in, or has worked in the Public School System will love When Teachers Talk. While I am not a teacher myself, I have a number of family members and friends who are. This book tells it like it is. It reflects the whispers and thoughts of thousands of teachers across the country

Author: Sally O. Lee
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
ISBN: 1-4392-61114-8:  ISBN: 9781439261149

Stop It is a children’s picture book focusing on the topic of bullying

Author: Elaina Redmond
Illustrator: Scott Stewart
Publisher: Spencer Publishing
ISBN: 978-09815515-0-0

Author: Mary Jo Nickum
Publisher: Chalet Publishers, LLC
ISBN: 978-098408365-7

Nickum has managed to provide a very informative and engaging book that handles a complex subject matter very well with easy to understand content. I highly recommend Mom’s Story – A Child Learns About MS.

Author: Hitoshi Nakagawa
Publisher: One Peace Books, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9785084-4-9

The World’s Easiest Astronomy Book is a must have for anyone whose imagination is peaked by the universe

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price
Publisher: Word-Wise Publishing
ISBN: 1-4392-3035-8:    ISBN-13: 978-1439230350

Author: Kelly Moran
Illustrator: Lyn Lorbeske
ISBN-10: 0557094984: ISBN-13: 978-0557094981
Publisher: Lulu.com

The Tiny Caterpillar provides an important message about the differences between us all. I read The Tiny Caterpillar to my 3-year-old grandson and he enjoyed it. He listened attentively and was concerned about the tiny caterpillar. He also enjoyed the illustrations. This is the reaction an author wants from a young child. However, there were some drawbacks.

Author: Wendy Treynor, Ph.D.
Publisher: Euphoria Press
ISBN: 978-0-9823028-7-3

As the title states, this is a book theorizing about the socialization process. It encompasses what causes conflict (resulting in guilt, shame, humiliation, and other emotions) and what may be a solution to the conflict. The promo to this book suggests that it is a scientific text and also a self-help resource. I have to say, though, it is primarily a scientific text including a section that provides “formal proof” in the form of scientific formulas.

Author: Diane Hart Sandin
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-4327-2835-9

Ability to Sleep on Toilet Required is a get down and dirty book about being a paraplegic. The author, Sandin, has been paraplegic for over 30 years due to a car accident in 1975; she conveys some of the annoying and funny sides of this condition as well as her thoughts on others’ behavior. While telling her story Sandin is engaging at times, funny at times, abrasive at times, and vulnerable at times.

Author: Paul Nowak
Publisher: Eternal Revolution
ISBN: 0-9772234-9-3

The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut is a 64 page book intended for middle grade children

Authors: Dr. Tomi Bryan and Dr. Jerry White
Publisher: R2 Media Group Publications
ISBN: 978-0-9824587-0-9

In the self-help arena of books, this one holds its own. While I don’t agree with everything the authors reveal in the book, on a whole, I think it is a worthwhile read

Author: Dr. George Cromack, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4327-3365-0

Dr. George Cromack draws from his background as a chiropractor, acupuncturist, nutritionist, live food advocate, yoga instructor, and in exercise physiology to bring you this book of practical tips for radiant health.

Author: Susan Abel Lieberman, PH.D.
Publisher: bright sky press
ISBN: 978-1933979410

The Mother-in-Law’s Manual is a wonderfully insightful and at times humorous advice manual for dealing with not only in-laws, but also other family members

Author: Lucy Nolan
Illustrator: Connie McLennan
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
Age Level: 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-934359-96-9 (hardcover): ISBN: 978-1-607180-41-8 (pbk.)

As the title of this book implies, with ingenuity and an obvious love of the sea, Ms. Nolan took some wonderful old standard nursery rhymes and wove them into sea and coastline themed poems. Within these rhymes, Ms. Nolan introduces bits of nautical history and information. Instead of Jack and Jill, it’s Jack and June who go up a dune. Sing a Song of Sixpense includes a trawler crew, first mate, captain, and deckhand.

Author: Suzanne Slade
Illustrator; Joan Waites
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-934359-93-8 (hardcover): ISBN: 978-1-607180-38-8 (pbk.)

Highly recommended!

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