Saturday, April 21, 2012

SATURDAY BOOK REVIEW- The Philosophical Practitioner - by Larry Abrams & SPRING CLEANING BOOK GIVEAWAYS!


TITLE:             The Philosophical Practioner          

AUTHOR:        Larry Abrams

PUBLISHER: Telemachus Press, LLC

ISBN:                9781935670940

CATEGORY:     Fiction, Adult Contemporary

In Larry Abrams' debut novel, Eric is a philosophical practitioner, a career that no one seems to understand, but he attracts clients anyway.  Some are there out of curiosity, and some are there out of confusion, but they all need help.  As a philosophical practitioner, Eric does not psychoanalyze his clients, but helps them resolve their problems through reason and philosophy.  And they are clients, not patients, as he is forced to emphasize several times.  For someone who helps other people with their problems, Eric has a couple of his own.  The first is a long-running, off-and-on relationship with girlfriend Sheila, who lives in Hollywood and is a famous actress.   Their problem is based on their philosophical differences.  He is content living in New York City with a very modest income from his practice, while she craves fame and fortune and believes contentment can only be found in Hollywood.  This problem is relatively minor compared to the second problem.  Eric has a mystery woman stalking him, showing up unexpectedly at his office and threatening to kill him.  Not only does he not know her name, he does not know her motive.

This novel was categorized as Contemporary Fiction, but I think it could have been categorized as a Mystery as well.  It's not the traditional whodunit, but rather who's gonna do it.   It was different enough that it took determination to stick with the first chapter, but after that, I couldn't put it down.  I look forward to reading more from Mr. Abrams.  Of course, for me, the real mystery was never solved.  Just what is a philosophical practitioner, anyway?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Netgalley  <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”    



As a book blogger/reviewer, dedicated bibliophile, and just plain serious reader, I have way too many books around here.  Therefore, it is necessary to start clearing some of these bookshelves around here.  For the next few weeks, I will be doing a couple of book giveaways a week.  The giveaways will begin each Saturday and end on Friday midnight of that week.  Unless otherwise noted, these books are my VERY CAREFULLY read review copies.  So, technically, they are used, but you can hardly tell it.  Ask anyone in my family; I'm a nut regarding the way I read books.  I try not to open them too widely,or leave them splayed open, and I never!!! fold pages down.  Yes, I have issues, but it's going to pay off for some of you. : )


THIS THING OF OURS by Cammy Franzese          

This Thing of Ours by Cammy Franzese is a story of God's grace in a turbulent marriage. Camille Garcia was a naive, twenty-year old dancer when she met and fell in love with Michael Franzese on the set of Knights of the City, which he produced. She had no idea the man she would soon marry had ties to the Mafia. During the first decade of their marriage, he would be incarcerated more than once, for a total of eight years. It was in the dark times of their marriage that she fully learned how God's grace can sustain.  

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THE LAST CATO by Matilde Asensi

(From back cover)
" A masterful blend of Christian scholarship and thrilling adventure, The Last Cato is a novel about the race to find the secret location of the Vera Cruz, the True Cross on which Christ was crucified, and the ancient brotherhood sworn to protect it."
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whirlofwings said...

I love your Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls recipe!

Brooke Adametz said...

I am going to try your recipe for crab meat salad sometime this week!


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