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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • My Canvas Bag

    by Lucs Kinkaid

    Mark’s parents drink too much and often forget him. He struggles to deal with the harsh reality of his family life. Mark escapes the chaos of his home by spending time alone in nearby woods. He has hidden a canvas bag close to his house.  It contains items necessary for staying in the woods.

    Mark gets older and can’t control his anger.  He makes some bad decisions. Mark then works hard to overcome his mistakes.  He refuses to give up on himself.

    After di... more

  • Melody the Unicorn and the Beauty Within

    by Subani Maheshwari
    Melody wants to fit in with her rainbow-colored friends. When her attempts to add color to her plain mane fail, Melody's friends reveal a secret. They love something about her that has nothing to do with how she looks. This is a heartwarming story of friendship, self-love, accepting diversity and embracing our uniqueness. Filled with bright illustrations, this light-hearted picture book for ages 5 to 9 will inspire young readers to be proud of who they are, gain confidence and find their inner b... more
  • Knock on the Soul

    by kuldeep sharma
    He trampled the thorny path and sailed his family to a rosy future but lost his soul somewhere along the way. Nambardaar, a self-made billionaire, uses his power and money to control whoever or whatever comes in his way. He owns thousands of acres of farmland and several businesses but wants more for his future generations. To fulfill his aspirations, he decides to place his older brother into politics and endorses his farm worker Gangu for the presidency of his village. His plan goes exactly t... more
  • Tholly

    by Kuldeep Sharma
    Tholly, a 100-page coming-of-age novella set in the 80s of India, shows the decisive influence of unfortunate circumstances on Tholly, when the fourteen-year-old boy takes his father to the city’s government hospital for treatment. He gets through the hardships of life and witnesses greed, corruption, pain, poverty, negligence, social disparity, and communal differences. Money is the only thing that can save me from all of these, the son of a humble farmer realizes. I was born poor, but I won't... more
  • Visions of Johanna

    by Peter Sarno

    Johanna, an artist, and Matt, a music critic, couldn't be more different, but by a simple twist of fate, she plucks him from a crowd at a Dylan concert. What follows is a heady and intense relationship buffeted by the usual suspects that gently rocked the '80s. Matt's lessons in art—as well as life—at the hands of Johanna, drive the novel into pockets of feminism and quiet revolution. All of this is tempered by deeply held traumatic secrets.

    A meditation on art a... more

  • How Tinsel Came To Be

    by Rico Lamoureux
    In the spirit of A Visit from St. Nicolas ('Twas the Night Before Christmas) comes How Tinsel Came To Be. An imaginative tale of a young boy who sets out to make the beloved Christmas tree even more special.
  • What Do You Do? When the Life of a Loved One Has Come to an End

    by Everly Cade
    How do you explain the loss of a loved one to a child? When his little brother passes away, young Crane goes on a journey in search of ways to cope with his loss. The answers he finds are sure to comfort anyone who believes that our loved ones live on. We know that we are never truly alone, memories of loved ones are treasures we own.
  • Hold Up the Head of Holofernes

    by Carol Bonomo Albright
    Hold Up the Head of Holofernes, the debut novel by Carol Bonomo Albright, is a riveting story of three women who experienced similar horrific assaults on their bodies, and one who wants to help victims like them through legislative means. Taking place in three different eras, each of the women taps into her power to heal herself through her own ingenuity and creativity. Historical figure Renaissance artist Artemisia Gentileschi, lived in the 1600s in Rome. Her paintings of women displayed the... more
  • Jaded Choyce

    by SHAYNUH SLOANE
    Chloe Choyce is a 30-year-old urban professional who has a plan to start a better life for her and her family, starting with her career. As she transitions from one agency to another, her journey to reach her professional goals begins. With ambition and hopes to make a change at a new organization, she carries hope and passion for her new government career. Things come to a head when Chloe realizes that her work environment is not what it seems to be. As she learns along the way, challenges a... more
  • Argo and Me

    by Chandra Ghosh Ippen and Erich Ippen Jr.
    Argo and Me is a heartwarming story about a puppy and a child who have each had multiple homes and tough times. Together, with the help of family, they figure out what scares them, they learn that they are lovable, and they find safety and home. Families and therapists will find that the book helps start important conversations about times when children may have felt scared, how this may affect them, and ways that grown-ups can help them feel safe and loved. The book may be especially hel... more
  • Screenwriter

    by Rafael Lima
    Living large in Los Angeles a screenwriter chews his way up the Hollywood food chain. Punching out his latest film he begins an involuntary downward spiral into depression and delusion. As he tries to out-run his demons with Xanax and a lap-top, his relentless quest for purity leads him through the soul-less world of the major studios, finally bringing him to a reckoning point where he is forced to acknowledge loss and possibly recover his better instincts.
  • Homo Novus

    by Gerard Cabrera
    It’s Holy Week 1987, and Fr. Linus Fitzgerald has just learned he has AIDS. Orlando Rosario, the Puerto Rican boy he seduced at fourteen, is now a man sitting by his bed, and studying for the priesthood. In alternating chapters, Linus and Orlando reflect on their desires and dreams, secrets and sins, hopes and faith, and the paths that brought them together. As the narrative progresses, each character reflects on their lives and how their histories have become inextricably bound together by thei... more
  • C5/C6 Incomplete: The Life of William Delaroux

    by Karen Schuitema
    This graphic novel is a fictional memoir inspired by a true story. It chronicles the life of William Delaroux and his continuous struggle to make the best of difficult circumstances. The book starts with Bill's memories of being a latchkey kid of a dysfunctional single mother. It then follows him as he joins the U.S. Army at the end of the Vietnam era, finding structure and support for the first time, only for that journey to be interrupted by the onset of schizophrenic hallucinations. He is... more
  • Ripley's Missing Locket

    by Connie Herrick
    Ripley is a tiny, feisty, funny, calico kitty and she’s lost her new shiny locket! Join her unique family and friends – two search and rescue dogs, an upside-down goldfish, twin raccoons, a red-tailed squirrel, 3 baby possums, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees – as they all search for her missing locket. A wonderful book for elementary school readers, filled with vibrant watercolor illustrations and engaging, funny animal adventures. Welcome to Ripley’s Missing Locket, book 2 in the Rip... more
  • The Lapone Sisters

    by Barry Wilker

     

    In the summer of 1976, three exceptionally different sisters begin walking their individual paths. Schmellda, the eldest daughter, launches into her personal tale of family and self-discovery. Setting out on her own for the first time in her life, she remains a frumpy self-appointed mother hen to her younger sisters. 

    Sorina is her stunning and stuttering middle sibling venturing out slowly in search of her dreams. The youngest, Esmeralda, is an outspoken, non-filtered, sharp-to... more

  • Overturned

    by Annette Raynor
    The year is 2021 and abortion is illegal in the United States when a young unidentified female is found dead from an alleged “termination” in an abandoned tenement. The girl is identified as the daughter of a conservative right wing Senator which sets the opening premise in Overturned. Overturned takes an extremely controversial issue and wraps it in fiction allowing characters to voice their opinions within the safety and confines of the writers imagination. The novel attempts to answer the que... more
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