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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Kate & Ruby

    by Emily Gallo
    Kate's retirement plans are put on hold when her old nemesis, Ruby, reappears and both their lives are turned upside down. Two stubborn, independent women discover that the lines between love and hate, and between past and future, are muddled and transitory.
  • The Columbarium

    by Emily Gallo
    Where can you find a cookie jar in the shape of a baseball filled with the ashes of an 84-year-old Chinese woman or a cardboard take-out carton with the remains of a 350-pound, agoraphobic pot-dealer? The Columbarium is the backdrop for peering into the eccentric lives of some of the dead, as well as of the people they left behind. When Jed takes a job fixing up the Columbarium, he is quickly thrust into the lives of strangers, both living and dead, and ultimately comes to terms with his past an... more
  • The Real Education of TJ Crowley

    by Grant Overstake

    What Lessons Did You Learn In the 7th Grade?

    Home-schooled in his whiteness, thirteen-year-old TJ Crowley thinks he knows everything about black people. Not that he’s experienced anything about them firsthand. Everything he knows about them and the ugly names he flings, he learned from his half-crazed mom. She flips out whenever she sees a black person. And lately, she’s been flipping out all the time.

    It’s the summer of 1968. The nation is divided and on edge ov... more

  • State of Love & Trust

    by Grace Ombry
    Diehard Pearl Jam fan Ellie returns from following the band’s 2006 U.S. tour with an unusual souvenir: another fan. Tall and tattooed Saint Wozniak, along with his dog Tremor Christ, soon move in. The snag? Her longtime boyfriend—who owns their home in Corktown—has no patience for Saint, his late-night hookups, or his out-of-control hound that’s on Animal Control’s most-wanted list. As Ellie and Saint bond over their mutual obsession with Pearl Jam, their friendship crosses the line. She find... more
  • Smokin' & Cryin'

    by Grace Ombry
    August 27, 1972. Robin Chelsea, teenage lead singer of Smoky Topaz, disappears into the Atlantic Ocean mere weeks before the group’s double album, Smokin’ & Cryin’, is released. Recorded over one blistering Savannah summer in the dungeon of an antebellum mansion, it’s threaded with candid snippets of the band members’ dirty secrets, bitter arguments, and deepest fears. In the wake of Robin’s disappearance, Smokin’ & Cryin’ flies off store shelves and dominates radio airwaves to become the ob... more
  • The Troubled Seminarian: A Young Man's Struggle with His Faith at the Time of the Protestant Reformation.

    by Neal Grey
    This is a narrative nonfiction account of a young man's crisis of faith during the turmoil of the Protestant Reformation. It prompts him to explore the foundations and doctrines of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Diligently researched, references to ecclesiastical tomes, doctrine, theological arguments, teachings, rituals and generalized incidents are historically factual.
  • Plum Rains on Happy House

    by Michael A. Greco
    In Japan, the little inn called Happy House welcomes its guests ... unless it’s rainy season. When the ‘plum rains’ arrive, trying times of volatility and decadence begin for everyone. Because the house awakens. The American in Room 1, however, is dead-set on turning the derelict Happy House into a prosperous English school. The house has others plans, and Room 1’s attempts are thwarted by a freakish creature that lives under the floorboards called ‘the Crat’. Happy House hosts a co... more
  • Moon Dogg

    by Michael A. Greco
    Small-time Arizona filmmaker Jerome Doggman has a plan: lure a desert-dwelling fundamentalist sect into one of his scathing exposes on religion. Things never go as planned. The Dogg is killed but comes back to life in the body of the subject of his expose, a fundamentalist teenage boy. Vehemently anti-religious in his previous existence, Dogg must now endure life as the object of his own contempt. To make things worse, he's smitten with the teenage boy's older sister, Florence, who cares... more
  • The Calendar

    by Rod Johnson
    In rural Texas in the 1950s, eight-year-old Toby Anderson faces an unimaginable loss. It's a matter of such brutality that it could irreparably damage the young life that has had to face evil at too early an age. Elderly Reverend Ezekiel Taylor feels the pain of the tragedy as intensely as the boy and desperately needs to be of help as much as Toby requires it. Fully aware that the child's own happiness and well-being might well hang in the balance, Taylor gives the boy a unique gift in the hope... more
  • The Cuckoo Colloquium

    by Michael A. Greco
    The princess. The liar. The thief. The bully. The wuss. Five troubled teens from all over the globe, plus their inexperienced driver and elderly chaperone, have unexpectedly been stranded in the exotic-bizarre rainforest world of Borneo. It was supposed to be a year-end leadership seminar. It was supposed to help them grow, their minds expanded by the stunning landscape and the exotic wildlife. In reality? Not even close. Lost and separated in an uncaring rain forest with flying snakes,... more
  • Arrows of Fire

    by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

    It’s November 1519, and Cortés has invaded Moctezoma’s empire, part of the Triple Alliance that rules one of the most advanced civilizations in history.

    In this story, Moctezoma orders his henchmen to kidnap a girl named Flower from her family and imprison her so she can learn to impersonate a warrior goddess and, unbeknown to her, ultimately be sacrificed to the God of War. Moctezoma becomes obsessed with the beautiful Flower and is torn between keeping her as a concubine or offering h... more

  • Robert's Rules

    by Kristi Garrett
  • The Karma Kaper

    by Noel Anenberg
    A naive twin is killed for his brother's sins then returns from Heaven as a Chihuahua who must collect good Karma for redemption.
  • Edward the little magic star and Claire

    by Chiara Sandri
    Claire is a friendly and happy girl. She's a first grader and a bit too perfectionist: she thinks that making mistakes means failing and she doesn't want to see her teacher's red corrections on her schoolwork, she's scared of them. So she begins to feel bad, till one day her belly starts to hurt so much. "What if the growling Red Xs Monster had just come to live in my belly?" thinks Claire all scared. That night, while Claire is asleep, a special friend comes to help her overcoming her fea... more
  • Tamarindo Dreams: A Collection of Barrio Poetry

    by Roberto A. Rocha
    It is a collection of 30 Tex-Mex poems of life, love, family, loss, and grief from the author's perspective growing up in South Texas, along the Mexico border.
  • Of Bitter Herbs and Sweet Confections

    by Susan Shalev
    Of Bitter Herbs and Sweet Confections is a fictionalized memoir, based on real-life experiences. The book presents the story of Tanya, a Jewish teenager, as it unfolds over a ten-year period from 1939 to 1949. Forced to flee their Polish hometown, Tanya and her family wander from place to place, trying to keep one step ahead of the Nazis, until they fall into the hands of the Russians and are exiled to Siberia. Having survived hard labor in the frozen north, Tanya's father relocates the family t... more

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