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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • How To Have A Habit

    by S. Todd Stolp
    Cabot heads out to go fishing, but calamity strikes when he loses his fishing pole and gets bored. He begins to pick up one crazy habit after another from the other creatures, a victim of all manner of peer pressure. As the story unfolds, readers will ask themselves, “Is there any such thing as a “good habit,” if it is something we do without thinking?” Finally, a withered snake even teaches him to smoke cigarettes! He keeps it up, even after a disgusted frog tries to tell him about the dangers... more
  • Stroll

    by Todd Stolp
    A collection of illustrated whimsical poetry resulting from ruminations during 36 years of fatherhood and patient encounters. Intended for older children, the topics span biology, zoology, medicine, mental health and social commentary, seasoned with a fair amount of humor.
  • The Germ Patrol: All About Shots for Tots...... and Big Kids, Too!

    by Todd Stolp
    When Trudy tries to hide in her tree house to avoid her appointment to get vaccinated, her sprightly Grandmother finds her and explains the importance of vaccines. Then Super Nurse parachutes into her hideout and takes Trudy on a tour to explain how vaccines work inside her body. The immune system is the law enforcement (AKA the Germ Patrol), germs are the bad guys, and the vaccines are wanted-posters that tell the Germ Patrol what the bad guys look like. In the end, the whole town turns out to ... more
  • What's In A Doctor's Bag

    by Todd Stolp
    Take the fear out of going to the doctor. The 9" X 11", 35 page book is full-color & shaped like a doctor's bag with a carrying handle. The story is about a child who is left alone in a doctor's office & who accidentally knocks over the doctor's black bag. The instruments fall on the floor & turn into characters... including Otis the Otoscope, Lubba Dubba, & Ms. Kneeknocker, Woody, Tempo, & Mr. B.P. Cuff. These creatures give away their secrets & demystify medicine. The cold, sterile instruments... more
  • Sentencing Silence

    by Kathleen Cecilia Nesbitt
    Sentencing Silence weaves poetry and prose to tell the stories of three personae of one woman struggling to reclaim her identity after escaping intimate partner violence and navigating the crippling, lifelong effects of incest. Set in 1980s Chicago, June is a young housewife determined to create the safe home she never had by replicating the dollhouse fantasies into which she escaped as a child. While denying the escalating memories of her past and patterns she is doomed to repeat, she submer... more
  • The Ride

    by Nancy Demme
    In 1952, El Paso, Diego Ramirez torches the barn where his abusive stepfather is working. Believing he has killed him, he flees the ranch, taking with him his mother's paltry life savings, dimes and nickels, and hitchhikes through Texas accepting rides from anyone who offers, a bigoted truck driver, a woman who only gives rides to children of crippled spirit, a salesman who feeds Diego's dreams of success, and a lonely widow, who takes him in only to let him go. It is through these drivers and... more
  • The Moonstoners

    by Barbara J. Dzikowski

    Set in the crucible of the stunning 1960s when the quest for love as the supreme panacea was stilled by assassins’ bullets, this is the story of two families whose journey mirrors the times—the volatile Trudeaus, who flee their Louisiana home in the aftermath of a heinous murder, sparked by a secret that will shadow them for the rest of their lives—and the staid Ziemnys, living in the cloistered Polish-American neighborhood of a rugged Indiana steel town, threatened... more

  • "Eagles' Leap: A 9/11 Poem, A 9/11 Libretto, A 9/11 Opera"

    by Craig Gardner Walker

    "Eagles' Leap" uses its three forms to grapple with the murderous destruction of September 11, 2001 from the points of view of pastoral characters facing choices before and after the attacks. The beautiful, often romanticized writing supported by mythology and symbology examines human hopes, beliefs, strengths, and vulnerabilities as the principals look for and question their life directions in dialogue-driven action, often with ... more

  • Jurassic Julie: Living in the Modern World, Book Two: Family

    by Tiberius St. Judge
    Jurassic Julie goes home with the Darwinsteins but it can be scary for a little feathered-dinosaur in a new place with new faces. How will she handle her strange new world?
  • Stained Glass

    by Gerred Lee
    Lionel Elijah Buckner Jr. is comfortable if not completely satisfied with a life consumed by unapologetic self-indulgence. But then out of the blue, he receives a call which ever so subtly alters his path. And despite his best initial efforts to keep himself isolated from the stagnant Mississippi muck of his past, a succession of inexplicable coincidences eventually entangle him the lives of the narrow-minded simpletons he'd thought he'd left behind. Along the way, he is reacquainted with a fath... more
  • Pacific Sail

    by Alan E. (Al) Strunk
    Action, romance and the suffering of first love’s bite set on the historic stage of high seas and tempestuous shores. It is 1848: There are rumors of gold in the Californias. Pacific Sail shoves off with a farm boy’s voyage in search of his future, sailing around Cape Horn through storm and doldrum. More adventure ensues – a sailor’s shanghai from San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, a brave woman’s flight from starvation in Ireland, a freedom fighters pursuit of a slave ship, an Aboriginal encounter ... more
  • Nadja on Nadja

    by tsipi keller
    The setting for Nadja on Nadja, is New York City—its neighborhoods, its streets, its people—where “humanity, as if spellbound, is approaching the end of the millennium.” Working for a living, Nadja, a girl-woman in her thirties, doesn’t delude herself. Corporations, she knows, are dictatorships comprised of many low-level tyrants; she must either subjugate herself, or suffer the consequences.
  • Monticello: A Borscht Belt Catskills Tale

    by Elliot Udell
    A young girl spending her summer at her grandparents resort in, Catskills goes missing during a hotel magic show mess up. The book is about how her brother and his "nerdy" friends go about trying to find her. The book has underlying themes. It is about the Catskill resort at its heyday right before the famous Woodstock Festival took place. Readers will feel they are on a magic carpet ride back into that ere where there were 600 country hotels and 10,000 bungalows and one million people ... more
  • A Rural Coincidence

    by Debjeet Mukherjee
    Are village folks really that simple? What happens when rural people start gambling on drugs? Can a small girl from a village break the existing social stigma and become ‘modern’? Are love stories restricted to urban areas? Do genetics play a role in shaping decisions related to mischief? To what length can a father go to get his daughter the more important things in life? Can fulfillment come without education? Read this riveting short story of twists and turns in a village depicting the life o... more
  • Lilac in Winter

    by Susan Pogorzelski
    Lilac Sophia Carpenter is sixteen years old. She’s going to be sixteen years old for the rest of her life. Confined to her bed as her health declines, Lilac lives her life in daydreams, imagining her love story to her former best friend, Nathan Emery. But Lilac and Nathan haven’t talked since that fateful night—the night of her sister’s wedding, when her health worsened and his life unraveled and the already-fractured pieces of their friendship became irreparable. With the comfort of her ... more
  • 5th&Hope

    by Nathaniel Sewell
    It has been decades since Bobby last saw his mother. Now, his sister calls, and he knows before she even speaks”"the old woman is finally dead. He’d expected to feel nothing; but death, Bobby knows, has a funny way of surprising you. Now, after all these years, he leaves California’s sunny cliffsides behind and heads back to the blue mountains of Kentucky, where his buried memories lie hidden among the dogwoods. When Bobby’s wife Rebecca first finds his grandfather’s diaries in the dusty room... more

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