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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Fertile Soil: Stories of the California Dream

    by Mary Smathers
    In Fertile Soil: Stories of the California Dream, Mary Smathers presents the light and dark sides of contemporary California, the perseverance of its residents and the richness of its culture across a grand sweep of history. Smathers focuses on those who demonstrate tenacious resilience as they tackle adversity, accepting challenges they could more easily shirk. The characters you’ll meet in these pages include: •\tan elementary school principal who provides leadership for his impoverished Cen... more
  • A Weekend with Frances

    by Lois Jean Thomas
    On a weekend in October, the three Rafferty sisters gather at the home of their widowed mother in rural Brown County, Indiana. Each brings her own painful memories and her misgivings about the reunion. Although family members do not confide their fears and resentments in each other, being together creates a change within each of them. Some relationships are abandoned, while others are restored. Good fortune is lost, but hope is regained. The resulting shift in family life offers the possibility ... more
  • Jabulani

    by Jonathan Stotler
    Come along with Jabulani, a boy in Southern Africa, as he lives with purpose and loves with purpose. Jabulani learns how the little ways that he helps his family and friends can add up to big rewards, and that no matter how small you are, you can accomplish big things. In doing so, Jabulani shares his story across diverse cultural lines and at the same time introduces his culture from the Ndebele tribe of the Republic of South Africa to other children through this story of a week in his life.
  • Shelby Shoes

    by Sue Ellen Miner
    Shelby Shoes is the sweetest Golden Retriever with a very silly name. Meet Shelby Shoes and five of her doggie friends whose names might be just as silly, a little bit sillier, or maybe even the silliest. Children and adults alike will smile all the way through this charmingly clever and cheerfully creative book.
  • Shelby Shoes

    by Sue Ellen Miner
    Shelby Shoes is the sweetest Golden Retriever with a very silly name. Meet Shelby Shoes and five of her doggie friends whose names might be just as silly, a little bit sillier, or maybe even the silliest. Children and adults alike will smile all the way through this charmingly clever and cheerfully creative book.
  • The Making of Bhishma (abridged version of The Last Kaurava a novel)

    by Kamesh Ramakrishna
    Devavrata/Bhishma is on his deathbed -- he tells Yudhishthira the story of Hastinapura and how it was affected by the crisis. His father Shantanu had tried to address the crisis caused by the collapse of the Panchnad cities. The Kavi Sangha’s proposed social policies to control the growth of population were oppressive. Enforcing those policies led to the suicide of Devavrata’s mother Ganga. Later, his father fell in love with Satyavati and disinherited Devavrata so that Satyavati’s descendants w... more
  • The Last Kaurava a Novel

    by Kamesh Ramakrishna
    The Last Kaurava is a rendering of the Indian epic poem the Mahabharata -- like the original, it is a tale set within a tale of a bard and his scribe - Vaishampaayana and Bhargava. The meta-narrative of bard and scribe is set in 800 BCE and the tale within the tale, a re-imagined Mahabharata, is set around 2000 BCE. Devavrat, the Regent, is wounded in war and captured by Yudishthira, his grand-nephew and leader of the opposing faction. At the request of Yudhishthira, who enormously respects t... more
  • Daisy and the Pirates

    by J. T. Allen
    Eleven-year-old Daisy Tannenbaum, tomboy extraordinaire, doesn’t want to go back to school. So, when she ends up on an isolated island in the Indian Ocean after her family is accidentally kidnapped by Malay pirates, she’s totally psyched. For her, this is paradise. Her family, however, is utterly unprepared to cope with the primitive conditions on the island. Her parents are barely on speaking terms, her sister wants to crush Daisy’s skull with a rock, and a grad student Daisy’s dad may or may n... more
  • The Journey of Joseph Winter: A Christmas Fairy Tale

    by John Anthony

    Joseph Winter is a good and gentle man, but he carries with him the pain and regret of a childhood mistake.

    When a package mysteriously arrives on his doorstep, he is invited on a trek that defies logic. Traveling far from his quaint home in St. Paul, Minnesota, into the snowy landscapes of the Arctic, his inspirational journey takes him in search of the one man who may be able to help him find peace—Santa Claus.

    An old-fashioned Christmas tale in the style of the classic st... more

  • Medals & Memoirs: Wings

    by Scott Harding

    Even heroes need a hero sometimes. For one decorated World War II pilot, an unlikely hero saved his life then taught him how to live. Journey with them as they travel the country to provide closure to families of fallen heroes and open new adventures along the way. You will laugh and you will cry.

  • Paxon Chute: A Novel about Life and Other Funny Things in the Texas Hill Country

    by Keith Cartlidge
    Renewed rumors of a lost treasure have brought more tourists than usual to the historic Texas Hill Country town of Paxon Chute and overworked park ranger Edgar Rerd can’t keep them all in check. With a new baby and his wife’s income on hold, their debt rises as Edgar struggles to keep his head above water. Things look brighter when childhood friend and slick businessman Marlon Ezell returns home with a chrome-plated development that could pay off big for Edgar, but at what expense to Paxon Chute... more
  • Adjusting The Rear View

    by Hilari Cohen
    Full Synopsis for “Adjusting The Rear View” This is a story told in both the present day and in flashback. We meet our protagonists as grown women but are taken back and forth through time to how they met so that we can gain a full understanding of their relationship, and how much they value each other’s friendship. Tobey Springer shows up at her best friend Jillian Bowman’s house on an early spring morning in a frenzy. Jillian has been depressed since the suicide death of her husband ... more
  • Watch It Turn

    by Vidyut Kapur

    "The job of this world is to turn and you must learn to just watch it turn."
    Before Gautam Singh can hear and understand those words, he has to live awhole life. A life whose focus shifts from friendship and love tosuccess and ambition. A life which culminates in a spiritual quest,undertaken in the most unlikely place with the most unlikely teacher.

    Set in the backdrop of the rise of the Indian IT industry, "Watch It Turn"is a novel with ch... more

  • Sparks Fly

    by Kadian Thomas

    Calina Cabhair, a sixteen-year-old high school junior is trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. For her, deciding a path is no simple task. All that is pushed aside, however, when Calina accidentally falls through a portal that transports her to a land called Kollosnia. Calina is amazed by the new world, but she has little time to savor it, as she finds out she s just landed in the middle of a brewing war, with the monstrous Dark King ruling the land. Calina has no intenti... more

  • Sea of Troubles (a novel)

    by William Bateson Rue
    Set in the mid 1970s, Sea of Troubles is the coming of age story of CHRIS BROOKS. Chris is 13, the youngest child in his family. His father, JOHN BROOKS, has been wiped out financially and his parents have been forced to sell their palatial Fifth Avenue apartment (and much of their valuables) and move into a small, modestly appointed house in Derring Harbor, Long Island. His father is an alcoholic and his parents’ marriage is falling apart. His family’s one remaining finger-hold to old New ... more
  • One Broken Day

    by Melissa MacVicar
    After a notorious school shooting leaves her a shadow of the girl she once was, seventeen-year-old Lizzie Beringer moves to Nantucket Island. There, Lizzie vows to hide her identity as the shooter’s sister. All her efforts to fly under the radar, however, are complicated by her P.T.S.D. and the attention she receives from two competing boys. While fending off the not-so-subtle advances of popular athlete Michael Wickersham, she must also deal with her growing feelings for her shy lab partner Gag... more

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