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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Fixer

    by Sally Vedros
    Diego is a software developer and solver of life problems. After graduating from Stanford, he sets out to build the ultimate life hack app that could forever change the way we live. Diego’s bold vision inspires his friends to join him, but as they build their startup, real life bites back, and each must make tough choices to commit to his or her own ambitions. The five friends navigate the booming tech culture of post-millennium San Francisco as they search for their unique place within it. Die... more
  • Spartanburg

    by Richard Fleming
    In 1913 Spartanburg, South Carolina, a black man hovers in the county jail, arrested for a horrendous crime against a white woman, and aware of a howling mob outside the jailhouse walls, determined to lynch him. Basically true, this novel tells the story of a brave sheriff, denied help by the city mayor and the state governor, fighting to protect his prisoner from the mob with the help of a few deputies. Even if he succeeds, what chance is there for justice for a black man in a white man's cou... more
  • Parallel Lives A Love Story

    by Martha Alderson
    Set in the San Francisco Bay Area beginning in 1955 and ending in 1971, Parallel Lives A Love Story portrays the personal awakening of a mute girl born into wealth and an edgy, underprivileged boy. Maja Hawthorne and Billy Wayman Wolfe each separately and in parallel, fights against social expectations, their private longings, and ultimately who they are for who they will become. Their circumstances pull them together. Their flaws spin them apart. Maja begins invisible, misinformed and silen... more
  • Waldwick

    by Kenneth Linde
    Achievement! Everyone wants it, no one knows how to get it. Yet beneath the belly of the dream lie four critical components …opportunity, ability, desire and dedication. Oppression! The curtailment or elimination of opportunity that eradicate dreams and obliterate the chance to achieve. “Waldwick” is the story of oppression and what people are willing to do, simply to be given the opportunity. Imagine sacrificing your values, morals and dignity simply for one chance at life. What happens... more
  • The Warrior Rabbi

    by David R. Gross
    Samuel Ha-Levi ibn Nagrela known as Ha Nagid, was the Prime Minister of the Taifa (City/State) of Grenada. He served two Caliphs and also occupied the position of General-in-Chief of Grenada’s armies. He was born in 993 in Cordoba and died in office at the age of 63. He also served as the acknowledged Head Rabbi of Andalusia. As a General he never lost a war. He wrote and published books on Jewish law and poetry in both Arabic and Hebrew, using the students of his Yeshiva to make copies. The eve... more
  • The People of Ostrich Mountain

    by Ndirangu Githaiga
    As the 1950s Mau Mau war breaks out in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, Wambũi, a fourteen-year-old girl leaves her besieged village to join a prestigious boarding school a half day’s journey away by train. There, she becomes aware of her extraordinary mathematical abilities discovered by her teacher, Eileen Atwood. Initially, Wambũi views Eileen’s attentions with suspicion and hostility, but over time, the two grow close and form a lifelong friendship. Unfortunately for Wambũi, the mid-twentieth c... more
  • A Chaplain's Battle

    by michael jaques

    In his new book, A Chaplain's Battle, Army chaplain Michael D. Jaques confronts the sense of powerlessness often experienced by those called to the chaplaincy. A chaplain stands with people in the most challenging moments of their life, helping them to find the strength to navigate what are often life and death struggles.

    Relying on the Apostle Paul's paradoxical idea of strength through weakness ("But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for... more

  • Gaka the Duckling goes for a Walk

    by Martina Tončić
    A story about a curious duckling that goes to explore the world outside the lake on which she lives, despite the warnings of her parents that she could get lost. At the end, she really does get lost… (The story has a happy ending.) An edifying fable whose intention is to teach children to listen to the advice and warnings of their parents, because parents know much more than their children do about the world and the dangers children could encounter there.
  • Who STOLE Jenny Rae's World?

    by Cameile Graham
    A kid gives her account of the early days of a pandemic, how her world changed and what she hoped to happen.
  • Small White

    by Antonina Novarese
    This charming and gentle story follows a small white butterfly as she tries to escape the dangers of rain, wind, and voracious predators looking to catch her. How many surprises can an ordinary, rainy summer day bring? Will the little hero come home safely? Will she meet a friend to comfort and help her? This beautifully illustrated picture book, featuring simple yet touching text and likable animal characters, is perfect for very young readers, ages 2 to 4 years old.
  • Mirrors of Life Part 2: The Fight for Political Power

    by Neal Owens
    Set in today's political climate, Derrick learns that political power is needed to ensure the sustainability of his corporation and prevent the blockage of future projects. Erich Hornsby, the Neo-Nazi chairman of the business powers, plots Derrick's murder and manipulates the voters to elect his puppet, John Donaldson, president. In full control of the White House, Hornsby attempts to raise the Fourth Reich.
  • Believe

    by Julie Mathison
    A quirky, heartfelt middle-grade novel about grief and the resilience of the human spirit. Full of humor and wonder, Believe explores the power and limits of the imagination – and how love both breaks and heals our hearts. Eleven-year-old Melanie knows she's special. She's never been bored. She understands the secret language of old houses and makes jewels out of broken glass. Her imagination can do anything -- except make friends. It's 1980, and life as a fifth grader at Buckminster Experime... more
  • Ethan's Healthy Mind Express: A Children's First Mental Health Primer

    by Erik Bean

    Ethan’s Healthy Mind Express was created to take readers on a rhyming journey to promote better mental health and embrace Atypical (neurodiverse) socialization and inclusion needs. It also provides tips to avoid areas of the Internet leading to isolation or danger and contains 19 handcrafted brilliant paper illustrations. Selected for presentation at the 2021 Literacy & Language Summer Institute: National Council of Teachers of English. Available at tinyurl.com/mentalhealthtrainbook. Le... more

  • Ijeoma: A Mother's Journey to Save Her Daughters

    by Richard Sacks
    It's 1986 in Achi, Nigeria. Eighteen-year-old Ijeoma is forced to undergo the brutal act of tribal cutting as a condition marriage to a superstitious and abusive man. Despite her husband's threats, she vows the same will never happen to her daughters. Desperate to prevent their sexual mutilation, Ijeoma escapes to New York, where she is ultimately arrested and detained while she awaits a deportation hearing that could send her and her daughters back to Africa and to her husband. Ijeoma is the... more
  • The Red Virgin

    by Clark McCann
    Probing the World War II death of a legendary French philosopher, a jaded Hollywood screenwriter discovers she might still be alive, on the run, and in grave danger. The Red Virgin is the epic story of one woman's heroism and the universal human quest for meaning.
  • A CHILD LEFT BEHIND

    by Phil Hutcheon

    "When a young woman discovers an abandoned infant, she enlists the assistance of her four roommates to help care for the child in the winning novel, A Child Left Behind by Phil Hutcheon. Nineteen-year-old Mexican immigrant Alicia is working hard at a local diner to pay her way through college. With the meager earnings she's making, she barely has enough money to pay her bills, stay in college, and still send some cash back home to her family in Mexico. Determined to make it through m... more

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