Let’s Celebrate, Let’s Read Issue 19

Issue 19: Layers of Longevity
(Recommended Reads)


Title: Mabel and the Queen of Dreams
Author(s): Henry L. Herz, Joshua Herz, Harrison Herz
Genre: Childrens
Available: Amazon


Little Mabel is an expert at not going to sleep. She knows all the best bedtime-avoiding excuses. “I’m thirsty.” “I need to use the bathroom.” “Will you tell me a story?” Luckily, Mom’s quiver of bedtime tales includes the story of the Fae Queen, who paints children’s dreams and can only visit when their eyes are closed. Inspired by Mercutio’s soliloquy in Romeo & Juliet, in which he details how the tiny fairy queen influences people’s dreams as she passes by in her flying chariot, the soothing story evokes images of an ant in a worn gray coat and a hazelnut-shell chariot with a roof of grasshopper wings. Told in lyrical language that adults will also appreciate, the story helps parents get their kids to sleep. For ages 0-6.

Title: Mystery Ball ’58
Author: Jeff Polman
Genre: Mystery (Baseball)
Available: Amazon


It’s 1958, the Giants have just moved to San Francisco, and Snappy Drake, ex-minor league pitcher turned Seals Stadium usher, has found a dead body in his grandstand section on Opening Day. With someone apparently out to frame him, Snappy probes deeper and deeper into the mystery, encountering shady local officials, a smart, fetching female reporter from L.A., and a cast of Bay Area characters who just may or may not be involved. As the pennant battles tighten, the race to stop a madman is running out of time…

Title: When the Show Fits … Essays of Love, Life, and Second Chances
Author: Mary T. Wagner
Genre: Essays
Available: Amazon

Abbreviated Blurb (for Full Blurb, visit Goodreads):

When a hard fall from a tall horse landed Wagner—then a freelance writer and a soccer mom with four young children—in a body cast for three months, she didn’t take it as a sign to ease back on the throttle. Instead, she changed careers, went to law school, took a job as a criminal prosecutor, and bought her first pair of spike heels. And THEN she started writing again. Wagner’s first three collections of her slice-of-life essays—“Running with Stilettos,” “Heck on Heels” and “Fabulous in Flats”—earned numerous national and regional awards, including an Indie Excellence Award and a silver IPPY. Both “Heck on Heels” and “Fabulous in Flats” were finalists in ForeWord Review’s BOTY Awards. Her legal experience has been similarly eclectic, ranging from handling speeding tickets to arguing cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court…sometimes in the same week!

In essays here ranging widely from “Turbo Dating—the Year in Review” to “Riding Pillion,” “The Limoncello Diaries” and “Angels in the Snow,” Wagner’s signature writing style combines humor, insight, and grace under pressure.

Title: The Diary of Harri Foxx
Author: Sue Lloyd
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Available: Amazon



Harri Foxx had everything she could wish for in her simple, yet perfect world.

Growing up in Manchester and settling with the love of her life was bliss.

However, life isn’t always kind, is it?

An untimely death and an ”unspeakable event’ tipped Harri over the edge.

Her mind is now a tangle of mental torture.

Outside just isn’t safe anymore.

It wasn’t always like that.

Can Harri find her way to freedom?

She wants to tell her story in the form of a Diary.

It’s honest, raw, and heartbreaking.

Prepare yourself.