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  • Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston: (Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation)

    by Virginia Arthur

    How many Buddhist monks fit into a 1970 Buick Electra 225 convertible?


    It's 1990 and just another typical summer day in Mapletown, Indiana until Uncle Phat, The Reptile (or Uncle Mike, as he used to be called), wanders into the garage and gives his puberty-stricken 15 year old nephew, Galen Calcoun, only about an hour to pack. The four of them, a squinting Uncle Phat, his beloved Ruby--a 1970 ruby red white-top convertible Buick Electra 225, Galen, and "the three b... more

  • Birdbrain: Go Ahead. Love Your Planet. Just Not Too Much

    by Virginia Arthur

    Comedic-drama eco-fiction set in the 1970's/early '80's, at the dawn of America's environmental consciousness. Pretty Ellowyn Kelsey is a redneck girl living the pretty redneck life in rural Michigan. This includes waiting for her roofer husband to come around...Her self-imposed lobotomy ends when she shows up at the wrong time for a church picnic, meeting a bunch of birders instead. Watching a mating pair of bluebirds lovingly tending to one another causes something in her to... more

  • Whizzy Willow's First Day at School

    by Billie Rayatt
    Whizzy Willow’s First Day at School: Leaf the iPad Alone! New Book Gets Kids Reading, Learning & Laughing Uncontreelably! Whizzy Willow’s First Day at School’ is a charming and beautiful book for young children, teaching them about everyone’s unique qualities, tree names, their times tables and even sentence starters – all through a story inspired by trees. From Whizzy Willow himself to Mr. Oak, the book’s unique cast of characters will have young readers laughing, learning and always looking... more
  • Where the Heart Lives (A Bella the Brave Chapter Book)

    by Laura Iodice
    WHAT’S A LOST DOG TO DO? Bella, a scrawny seven-pound pup, roams the streets down south just trying to survive. She’s lost, she’s hungry and she’s scared! After wandering far from her puppy mill, she begins the journey of a lifetime. First, though, she has to pass THREE tests. Can she do it? PARKVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL, A DANGER ZONE? Jenna Mancini also faces tests. The high stakes kind! And what’s worse, her middle school is turning into a danger zone! There’s Elijah Johnson’s hacking cough... more
  • The Release

    by Edward Arruns Mulhorn
    The river is life. It gives life and it takes away. It courses through the heart of the valley, nourishing the earth and sustaining the creatures around it. Polson lives for the river. But he takes it for granted, and betrays the trust of those closest to him. He’s pursued by tormentors and by his own demons, and abandons the world that he knows. As the river dries up in the heat of the summer, Polson looks for a way to return, sensing that only within the river can he ever hope for redemp... more
  • Mirrors of Life

    by Neal Owens
    An African-American woman guides her children to avoid the pitfalls of their hardship environment and leap over the systematic roadblocks that confine many to juvenile delinquency. This true-to-life tale of faith and perseverance leads to intrigue when her spiritually inclined and ambitious son, Derrick, attempts to build a civic-minded conglomerate that undercuts the retail and gas prices set by the powers that be.
  • North Pole Patrol

    by J.C. Deelstra
    What would you do to take Christmas away from someone who doesn’t deserve it? Kyle Sterling has this sort of problem, because of the school bully Dirk Donovan. Kyle’s adventure begins when he tries to stop Dirk's Christmas and accidentally gets delivered to the North Pole. There he strikes a deal with Santa and the Head Elves to take away Dirk’s gifts at the price of spending two weeks helping out at the North Pole. What would you do to give Christmas to someone who deserves it, but may not ... more
  • Another Kind of Laughter: Selected Poems | 1969 - 2019

    by John Field
    This collection of selected poems spans fifty years in the life of soul-searcher John Field, who offers readers snapshots from his 1940s Iowa boyhood, flashbacks from a nine-month stay at the Beat Hotel in Paris, hallucinatory memories of Chicago parties and meditations from his wine country garden. Wry, bittersweet and misleadingly simple, Field's thoughtful vignettes of love and misadventure are both accessible and inspiring.
  • 77th and Broadway: A Decade in a World of Crime

    by Richard Wills
    What if a small-time hustler finds his dream job, getting paid to keep crooks in business? That’s exactly what happens in 77th and Broadway: A Decade in a World of Crime when Richie Smooth is hired to help a struggling LA bail bondsman, who breaks all the rules, salvage his failing business. This crime noir pulp fiction is set in the mid 70’s through the mid 80’s in South Central Los Angeles prior to the advent of crack cocaine. The book interweaves 25 true-event crime stories into one roller co... more
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Book One of James Island Trilogy

    by Shawn Keller Cooper
    Betrayal, lost babies, and terrifying nightmares follow Jade Montgomery to James Island, North Carolina. Damaged and devastated by her third miscarriage and deteriorating marriage, she drives to the strip of sand north of Wilmington to end her life. Jade survives her suicide attempt and is befriended by Agnes, a mysterious older woman, who uses her own devastation and mystical Wiccan wisdom to help her discover motherhood doesn’t define womanhood. While still reeling from her breakdown, a forgot... more
  • Exit 8

    by John Bragg
    Construction of the nation’s massive Interstate Highway System is underway, heading north, tearing through the bucolic Connecticut River Valley. Unstoppable. In its path, sits the small Vermont hill farm that Roland Tuttle’s ancestors settled generations ago, where Roland has spent his entire life—caring for his animals, plowing with his team of horses, harvesting by hand, walking to town. Living in the past. Exit 8 tells the history of the Tuttle family and Roland's place in that history. It... more
  • Perfect iSland

    by Sanjay Perera
    Ben and Toni live in the island state of Singapore where truth is fiction and fiction is truth. Ben is a copywriter, and Toni is a bank officer active with an opposition party that intends to contest the upcoming general elections. But the leaders of The Party that dominates the state are attempting to cling onto power and enact Plan Charlie which calls for the cancellation of the elections. In doing so, they are guided by an influential figure who sits on the board of the global conglomerate Go... more
  • A Man Called Smith

    by Tanya E Williams
    A battle-scarred father. A disillusioned daughter. Can a grieving widower rebuild his splintered family to find peace at last? South Dakota, 1949. WWII veteran John Smith longs for the life he lost after the tragic death of his wife during childbirth. But in the desperation to provide for his two small children, he is manipulated into an unsuitable marriage by a young woman with a dark neurosis. Tormented by his own grief and the ravages of war, John is blind to his children’s turmoil and pai... more
  • In the Time of Leaving

    by Shana Ritter

    "Exile after exile has taught us to love things that are small. Things that can be concealed or carried, and to love words and stories most of all." 

    Spain, 1492, The Reconquest, the journey of Columbus, the Inquisition. Esther and her daughters Chava and Sarah are part of a prominent family with close ties to the royal court. But then the Inquisition gains force, the Edict of Expulsion is made law and Spain’s Jewish ordered to convert or face ... more

  • Waiting for the Messiah

    by Sheldon Greene
    Full of warmth, humor and the celebration of the extraordinary in the ordinary, it appeals to the faithful of all religions and iconoclasts alike. When the Bolton Jewish Community converts a disused retirement home to a boarding school and hires a Russian refugee to direct it and the retirees as staff, the small town of Bolton, Pennsylvania celebrates the change. But when the director admits a Palestinian boy, schedules Palestine National Day and a fundraiser for a Catholic homeless shelter,... more
  • Words That Soar

    by John Alexander
    While on a search for a fresh story to read, I never expected that the encounter with an old book from the bookshop owner would change my world. Join me on this adventure and discover how three special rules help me make sense of the powerful impact of words. Warning: This adventure may lead to a lifelong fascination with books.