Nieman’s worldwide travels and generally use
a key ingredient, special flavor combination,
or even a clever title to conjure up a particular
place. Nieman writes in a friendly style, with
amusing notes on each recipe. Many recipes
are his streamlined take on dishes that can be
found in other cookbooks, such as mango sal-sa for Chilean Sea Bass, or Chinese Chicken
Lettuce Cups. Generally, the recipes have few
ingredients and require minimal preparation.
Although the key ingredient of coffee in the
Colombian Coffee-Marinated Skirt Steak recipe is oddly missing, this is the only obvious
misstep. The cookbook is well suited for basic or midlevel cooks who don’t need detailed
explanations of cooking techniques. The illustrations are inviting, with their restful color
palette, and Nieman’s sense of humor adds to
the fun: Who could resist trying Bermuda Triangles or Jackson (Doughnut) Holes?
Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex
Issues in Your Child’s Learning,
Behavior or Attention.
Ed. by Robin E. McEvoy and others.
2017. 418p. L.E.A.R.N., paper, $29.95
Countless parenting books focus on specific
learning or social challenges, such as autism, but
few address the problem
of children who struggle
for several reasons. Here,
an applied physiologist, a
developmental neuropsy-chologist, and a freelance
writer and former trauma
specialist explore the big
picture of diagnosing
overlapping disorders. The book opens with
Marijke Jones’ story about her son C.J., who
was finally diagnosed as “twice exceptional,”
both gifted and learning disabled, with several processing disorders. For C.J., his mother
writes, “It was like having both the accelerator
Amazing Adventures with Dev: His
Voice, My Voice, Our Voice.
By Melody L. Boulton.
2016. 178p. Balboa, paper, $14.99 (9781504367639). 818.
Just out of college, six feet four, blond,
handsome, and popular Devon (“Dev”) died
unexpectedly from the rare interstitial lung
disease. Grief stricken, his
mother, Boulton, entered
“the darkest and most painful
aspect of my human reality.”
In this book, Boulton aims
to share her “Devon stories,” noting that she called
on Dev’s spirit for help. The
book covers Dev’s life, from
childhood to his after-death communications, which appear in many forms, including
rainbows; strange animal behavior; his voice
coming through to Boulton’s friends; and, finally, from a medium, who communicated
things only she and Dev would know. Boulton
also recounts the last day of Dev’s life, when she
placed her head next to his head on his pillow.
Suddenly, “It felt as if the top of my skull simply vanished and Devon’s mind began pouring
images into my mind . . . every frame was a
snapshot of Devon’s experiences.” Her central
message: the bereaved can open themselves
to communication from loved ones. Honest,
brave, and compelling, the story will enthrall
anyone open to the subject of spirit communications, especially those struggling with grief.
Art with a Recipe.
By John Nieman.
2016. 231p. illus. Xlibris, paper, $92.49
In this cookbook, the author combines his
still-life painting skills with his professional
culinary ability, illustrating each of his recipes
with a drawing. Recipes are loosely based on
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and the brake on all the time.” Blending the
depth of a medical reference book with the
conversational tone of a wise, caring friend,
Child Decoded delves into everything from nutritional imbalances and food allergies to math
and writing dysfunctions, dyslexia, speech and
language impediments, and more. The editors include a symptoms checklist that steers
parents to corresponding chapters, along with
a helpful primer on navigating the school
system. They also suggest solutions, from
therapies to medication. Parents struggling
with their children’s puzzling behavior are
sure to find many “Aha!” moments in this
Flatlander: Book One.
By Oliver Kranichfeld.
2017. 672p. illus. iUniverse, paper, $28.99
Kranichfeld’s shelf-bending novel is
an extraordinarily entertaining fusion of
speculative fiction, adventure fantasy, posta-pocalyptic fiction, and regional folklore.
The story is set in a near-future Vermont,
now a self-enclosed republic with its own
king. As it begins, an amnesiac man awakens next to a
river. When he is discovered
by King Henry Cyrus and
the king’s companions, he
is nicknamed Flatlander, a
derogatory term for anyone
who isn’t from Vermont. Although most of the populace
openly hates outsiders, the king offers the
pitiful man a chance: if Flatlander completes
10 quests, he will be rewarded with citizenship. Thus begins a series of epic—and, at
times, highly humorous—adventures that
include saving a moose named Pete and
killing a singing fish (named Fish) that has
its own cult. The diverse cast of characters
is brilliantly developed and authentic, the
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