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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Galahad's Fool

    by Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller
    A year after the death of his co-creator and soul mate Lainie, a grizzled puppeteer struggles to build a solo show. But what Albert Fisher intends as a lightweight spoof turns sharply personal, and he labors to birth a raw myth of love and loss. His aging, pot-bellied Sir Galahad launches a second mad quest for the Holy Grail. To follow him, his lady secretly changes guises with their frail, androgynous Fool. As his play evolves, Albert finds kinship with Galahad’s despair and dogged vision, a... more
  • Giants in the Clouds

    by Maria Muscarella
    A poetic journey through a child's dreamworld, Giants in the Clouds takes its reader on a nighttime adventure in which friendly giants climb down from great castles in the sky to romp and roam the farmlands and get up to all manner of mischievous tricks while the rest of the house sleeps peacefully in their beds.
  • A Well-Respected Man: a novel

    by David W. Berner
    Chicago professor Martin Gregory is the author of a critically acclaimed novel of love and longing, a cult favorite among women. The book brings him unexpected status and prestige, but also unwelcome fame. A love affair with one of his students derails his career and breaks his heart. Coming to terms with a life knocked off balance, Martin retreats to a quiet English village, only to be confronted at his flat by a mystery woman with an unexpected message and an implausible request, one that c... more
  • Can You See Us Now?

    by Cheryl Benton
    Three best friends rebel against unsolicited AARP cards, hot flashes, bosses, becoming invisible, and the perceptions of what’s old. Suzy, Trish, and Madge, best friends since their early twenties, seemed to have it all. Beautiful, smart, and successful, they'd made it to the top in the most demanding city of them all, New York. Then they turned 50 and found that the world which once was their oyster started closing up faster than a New York minute. Bartenders ignore them, bosses marginaliz... more
  • The Sapphire Song

    by Todd Erick Pedersen
    The time and the place are universal. Metaxaeus, a youthful yet visionary sculptor, will embark on an odyssey in which he will at last meet face to face with Akasha, a talented storyteller from a distant township. Set in a simple landscape of mountains and rivers, The Sapphire Song is a meditation on the possibilities of love, when seen in the light of the spirit. Underscoring a fidelity to the sacred dimension of life, that so often reveals itself to us in the inmost presence of our dreams, and... more
  • The Helicopter Pilot - A Novel

    by Darcy Hoover

    Far removed from the nine to five existence of normal folk, nomads of the modern age scour the hinterlands and remote corners of our globe in a never-ending quest for resources.  Modern day explorers, these hard men endure months away from loved ones, exposed to foreign cultures and exotic dangers, all to scrape out a life, and perhaps find a little adventure.
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    An established career in the First World grows stagnant, an opportunity presents itself, and a timid man ventures ... more

  • Ray Vs the Meaning of Life

    by Michael F. Stewart

    Grandma’s Last Will and Testament names Ray to inherit the trailer park. It’s a million-dollar estate with one hitch: to prove he’s not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. (She left the answer in an envelope.) If he fails, the camp goes to his estranged family. How does anyone find the meaning of life while running a park full of misfit miners, would-be truck racers, and one demanding little girl? There’s a bear too. A grizzly. Maybe that’ll ... more

  • Run or Die

    by Beth Howlett
    A young boy photographs a murder then runs for his life to escape the murderer. Ten years later the murderer is running for President of the United States and wants to find the photos before anyone can bring them to light.
  • Lucia's Renaissance

    by C.L.R. Peterson
    Heresy is fatal in late Renaissance Italy, so only a suicidal zealot would so much as whisper the name of Martin Luther. But after Luther’s ideas ignite a young girl’s faith, she must choose--abandon her beliefs or risk her life in the turbulent world of late sixteenth-century Italy. Twelve-year-old Lucia discovers a dog-eared book by Martin Luther in her father's desk drawer. At once, she remembers her priest's diatribe against Luther. Curiosity drives her to examine the arch-heretic's ideas... more
  • Brahmahatya: Sanskrit for 'the act of killing a Brahmin'

    by Rajiv Mittal
    A story of revenge and redemption and deeds shaped by forces that humans believe they have defined through mythology and scriptures but still struggle to understand. A woman employee of a retirement home is shocked to discover that a new resident is in fact the son impersonating his father. The son is seeking revenge. She, by her past actions, is unwittingly complicit in his being there and now tries to thwart his peculiar plans. A senile woman-resident and an enigmatic founder offer him sage ad... more
  • One More Foxtrot: a tale of second chances

    by Joyce Hicks
    The year after octogenarian Betty Miles' exit from senior living as told in Hicks' Escape from Assisted Living, she's staying in Chicago. Her daughter Sharon D'Angelo is busy with Sharon's Desserts, her new shop in Elkhart, Indiana, funded by a legacy from her father. This equanimity between Betty and Sharon may be short-lived after a stranger makes an astonishing claim. Will mother and daughter work through this mystery together? Of course not. They have protected each other from upsetting trut... more
  • They Called Me Margaret

    by Florence Osmund
    Cozy mystery writer Margaret Manning thinks her husband may be mimicking the behavior of some of the shadier characters in her books, even though he claims to have never read any of them. When several pieces of her jewelry go missing, she wonders if he’s responsible for it or if she’s losing her mind. When her world becomes complicated with health issues and the unsettling actions of friends and family, her dream of opening a bookstore for indie authors begins to crumble…along with the promise f... more
  • Thin Places

    by Tabitha Vohn
    Through self-examination and spirituality, as well as portraits of loved ones, fictional heroines, and lost souls, Thin Places chronicles the journey through one of the poet's most painful experiences of loss, grief, the search for introspection, and the slow road to healing.
  • Escape from Assisted Living

    by Joyce Hicks

    "Coming-of-age fiction for the older crowd . . .a sensitive story of intergenerational stresses"--Kirkus Reviews. From the landmarks of Chicago to the wrong side of the law, Betty Miles' escape from assisted living and her daughter's quest to bring her home will test everyone's assumptions about old age, family, and the kindness of secrets. 

    Sharon D'Angelo thought it was a solid plan to move her mother into a senior care facility, but after just three wee... more

  • Status Rises

    by Vincent Robert Annunziato

    The game too dangerous to stop playing returns in this intense sequel to the original "Status The Game."

    Since Status shut down last year, life has just about returned to normal for the town of Madison. Bob Brookes and his former students have struggled to move on, but Status has other ideas. Odd things pop up around town. Old symbols, people who look out of place and a new version of the game threaten the fragile peace of Madison. Amongst it all somewhere, somehow, someo... more

  • Mad Mischief, A Novel

    by Susan St. John

    Mad Mischief is the haunting tale of Sarah – a woman struggling on a life-altering African safari with the self-absorbed behavior of her husband and their erratic safari guide, the unscrupulous actions of a Nairobi shopkeeper, and the enigmatic behavior of a world-renowned photographer who inexplicably appears when she is in desperate need of a guardian angel. Her very consciousness altered by an adverse reaction to anti-malarial medication, Sarah barely maintains her g... more

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