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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Chocolate for the Poor

    by David Beasley
    In the Berkshires village of Windsor, Mass. in 1805, Ephraim Wheeler, an unemployed laborer, takes his 13-year old daughter Betsy into the woods and rapes her. When his wife returns from work ami learns of the rape, she calls Justice Walker for help. The Justice with a posse picks up Wheeler and turns him over to the Sheriff at Lenox where he is kept in gaol. Wheeler's fate depends upon the perceptions of his guilt by the various political factions, ind the reactions of his family, friends and ... more
  • Spiral

    by David Richard Beasley
    The decline of a prominent family owing to alcoholism and impoverishment in Hamilton Canada in the early 1850s leads to threats of suicide in 1873 when a young girl is denied her inheritance. The story is set against problems imperiling the city such as crime, cholera, financial collapse and legal malfeasance. The courage and reliability of another member of the family help rescue its reputation and contribute to the restoration of the city’s prosperity. Figures from the city’s past walk its s... more
  • Feathers, Shades, Shadows & a few Raindrops

    by Mandar Naik
    Feathers, Shades, Shadows & a few Raindrops is a poetry collection. Words... they flow through us and scatter all over the sky, like shimmering stars. And when they are touched by emotions, they come down leisurely like feathers, change their shades, some disguise in shadows like lingering past and some drizzle down with the raindrops. I have managed to collect a few of them.
  • Pebbles in the water: Short stories by Mandar Naik

    by Mandar Naik
    'Pebbles in the water' is a collection of short stories, basically based out in India . These stories basically speak about interrelationship and its complexities, today's world and the insecurities they borne.
  • Sarah's Journey

    by David Beasley
    Sarah Kinney, the daughter of her owner and of a mulatto slave living in West Virginia, marries Henry Lewis, who is thought to be free. When her owner dies and her husband captured as a runaway slave, she and her two children are abused by her new owner. She has three more children by her owners and escapes with them through Ohio to Upper Canada in 1820. She and her children in this free from slavery colony interact with white settlers and escaped slaves are threatened by bounty hunters but thri... more
  • The Summer of Robert Byron

    by Steven Arnett
    It’s fall 1966, and Robert Byron has returned to his home town of Blue Spring in Michigan after serving in Vietnam. Everyone there tries to welcome him home, but he’s unsocial and ends up alienating almost everyone. He pretty much keeps to himself through the winter, until the money he’d saved up in Vietnam runs outs, and he has to go back to work. He meets Jean Summers, a teacher at Blue Spring High School who’d just started her teaching career the previous fall herself, when Robert is hired by... more
  • Defective

    by Susan Sofayov
    University of Pittsburgh law student, Maggie Hovis, battles an enemy she cannot escape—her own brain. Her family calls her a drama queen. Her fiancé, Sam, moves out after she throws a shoe at his head. Maggie knows there is only one way to get him back—control her moods. So she takes the step most of her family is against: therapy. After a diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder, Maggie begins to investigate her family tree—which is plagued by mental illness and hidden relatives—and develops empathy... more
  • Until the Iris Bloom

    by Tina Olton

     

    Tidy Bourbon is a ninety-two-year-old who, despite cognitive challenges, is hoping to live out her remaining days as the independent woman she has always been. Unfortunately, there are those who would like nothing more than to thwart that goal. First, there’s her tenant and sometime care provider, who is arrested and thrown in jail, leaving Tidy improvising to fill the financial and social void left behind. Next, a social worker appears and attempts to get Tidy to move to a... more

  • The Kiddush Ladies

    by Susan Sofayov
    Life-long Jewish friends Naomi, Miriam, and Becky are approaching middle-age gracefully and are content—despite a few hot flashes and mood swings—until life tosses each woman a crisis… When Becky, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, learns of her only son’s engagement to a non-Jew, she rallies against the marriage and becomes obsessed with finding him a Jewish bride. Naomi—whose husband left her for a man, crushing her small amount of self-confidence—is stuck with a dead-end job and a big... more
  • OMG, The Things I Learned In College

    by Bob Roth
    Welcome to college life.  Scott and Jackie use their campus radio show to talk about every aspect of life during the college years.  Doug, Scott’s longtime friend narrates this story, one that every current, future and past student will appreciate. Although humorous stories and events punctuate each chapter, that does not mean that more serious and even ugly topics and events are not covered. College life is clearly a mixture of experiences that can sometimes sting. Topics include: Campus ... more
  • Palmettos & Mimosas: Mistress of the Master

    by Ann Williams
    Fate introduced them when Vaughn purchased Bessie, to be his sisters’ birthday baby doll. Neither the planters’ son nor the slave child that crawled from the cage and clung bravely to him could have known their love was preordained. Bessie was an outsider as she grew up in the Highwater mansion. She became an outcast amongst the slaves, once banished to the quarters. Vaughn inherits the Highwater Plantations along with a family legacy of leadership. He realizes at this time that his love for Bes... more
  • Nighttime Stories for Rescued Dogs

    by Patricia Lawler Kenet
    Short funny stories you can read to your dog
  • The Adventures of Sigi-A Day on Safari

    by Candace Carson
    This is the 7th book in "The Adventures of Sigi" series. A Day on Safari is an introduction to he magnificent animals in Africa. Sigi meets them in his quest to retrieve his favorite hat from the monkey thief and has exciting adventures along the way.
  • Keno Deane and the Trouble with Teensie

    by Phoenix Hocking
    Keno Deane's new neighbor, Teensie Henderson, is in big, big trouble. Keno is sworn to secrecy, but soon discovers that a secret can tear apart your whole world, especially when you're just twelve years old. The year is 1959, a time when a promise made was a promise kept. But will keeping Teensie's secret destroy an entire family?
  • More Like a River: Short Stories

    by Phoenix Hocking

    Life is more like a river than a road. It twists and turns and takes us places we sometimes ought not to go. But sometimes, the waters of our lives fetch us up on a sandbar, where we can rest for the next step in our journey.

    More Like A River is a collection of short stories, written and perfected over the years. Twenty-five stories await you, some of which are: December Blessing, a story in which a woman is led to a derelict tenement by a strange child; Kansas, 1939, a dust bowl story... more

  • Becoming Grace

    by Phoenix Hocking
    The year is 1960. Unmarried, pregnant girls only have one choice - to be sent to a maternity home to have the baby, and give it up for adoption. Such is the case for thirteen-year-old Minerva Henderson. Forced by the nuns to change her name to Grace, life at St. Margaret's Maternity Home is unbearable. But when Grace runs away, hitching a ride with two young boys, has she jumped from the frying pan into the fire?

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