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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • The Dusty Train's Sweet Surprise

    by Subhash Kommuru
    Why is Goti, the shiny red bus, teasing poor Vivek, the dusty coal train? Day after day, Goti’s unkind words poke fun at Vivek. Finally, Vivek has a chance to get even with Goti. What will he do? Will he show Goti how it feels to be hurt or will Vivek surprise him with kindness? This heartwarming book teaches the importance of returning good even when others wrong us. Kids will also learn a bit about the Sankrant festival.
  • Express Exec: A Novel Approach to Outrunning the Pace of Change

    by Gary Brose
    The pace of change is escalating and running your business so that it remains relevant and you keep pace with that change is exceedingly difficult. Walk in the shoes of Andrea Lane, an interim VP at a struggling company faced with having to make massive change in a very short period of time. Listen in on her conversations with management and employees alike as she attempts to gain trust and move her organization forward during fast-paced and troubling times.
  • Independence Blues

    by W. B. Garvey

    Independence Blues is the story of two journeys.  The novel follows the hopeful striving of Emerson and Madeline Gardner who travel from Jamaica to the United States in 1946, landing first in New Orleans, where Emerson attends university after giving up his successful pharmacy business in Kingston, then on to New York, Canada and eventually to Los Angeles where they settle after color prejudice forces Emerson to give up their dream of his becoming a doctor.... more

  • A Short Joy for Alma Hedman

    by Frances Webb

    Two cultures, embodied in Alma, a troubled ex-nun, and Carmelo, a newly arrived young man from Puerto Rico, hit head-on in this 80's era story about language and obsession.

    A Short Joy for Alma Hedman begins as Alma leaves her convent for an uncertain outside world. She brings with her a handmade cross, made out of her convent napkin ring, which she wears around her neck. Based on her experience teaching English as a nun, she gets a job teaching ESL at the city co... more

  • LaLa Feels Blah-La: LaLa's World Book One

    by Tela Kayne
    Welcome to LaLa's World: Where kids learn how to be the change! In "LaLa Feels Blah-La," a young girl and her stuffed bear wake up feeling blah for no apparent reason. LaLa's mom teaches her to be mindful of her feelings and turn her mood around with the flip of a coin. Perfect for young readers, LaLa Feels Blah-La, teaches children to be more mindful of their feelings and manage their mood swings.
  • The Kidnapped: Collection of Stories

    by Lisa Diane Kastner
    Dwight Wilson researched for more than a dozen years to ensure this brilliant historic fiction collection portrays the very nuanced history of African Americans in the United States. These stories span initial capture of Dwight's ancestors to those who broke the laws in the name of truth, humanity, and kindness.
  • smasher by g.i.miller

    by g.i.miller
    The story is told by a 15 year old Latino who gets sent to a camp for juvenile offenders near L.A. He was sentenced to six months for stealing a BMW. He stole it so that he could get a free operation, a tumor removed, at the county hospital. He expected to get three months. Once in camp he battles a tough love probation officer. The theme is based on section 602 of the Welfare and Institutional code which basically states that when a minor gets sent to camp his parents lose custody. And t... more
  • Schmuck the Buck: Santa's Jewish Reindeer

    by EXO Books

    Larry was just your regular caribou, who was cruelly excluded from his crew.  He and his kin happened to be the sole Jewish reindeer in the North Pole.  Larry was bullied and treated the worst way, until his plan saved one Christmas Day. 


    A contemporary satirical take on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Schmuck the Buck introduces Larry, a young Jewish reindeer.  He overcomes his awkward and sometimes painful youth to save Christmas.  His tale of acceptance and inclusion is sure ... more

  • Children of the Revolution

    by Joanne Zienty

     A girl.

     A gun.


             When her farming community is consumed in the ruthless jaws of a corporate monster, 16-year-old Merit finds herself face to face with a different kind of beast, one possessing a human form but a mind bent on one thing and one thing alone: her destruction. Then a chance encounter with a legend turns her mad dash for survival into an odyssey of revenge as she sets out to hunt down ... more

  • Craig's List Chronicles: byte-size tales

    by Kim Masson

    CL>new york> allnyc> wanted> love/life/job Help! Single gal seeks normal guy for movie dates & make out sessions

    Before there was Tinder and Match, there was Craigslist.

    Native New Yorker Kelly Brixi knows everything about big city living. She's got a semi-decent job and an affordable pad. On paper, her life almost looks put together. Ask her about finding love in NYC…well, she'll tell you that's a different story.

    She&rsq... more

  • Far Tune: Autumn (Volume 1)

    by Terry Eisele
    Far Tune, the coming-of-age story of Fartun Hashi, a young Somali refugee girl, living in Columbus, Ohio, recounts a teenage girl’s adjustment to a new culture and a new school and the alienation, loneliness, and eventual triumph over adversity that she experiences. Fartun Hashi has known many homes—Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya; London, England; and now Columbus, Ohio. From a young age, she has been forced to learn how to deal with traumas that people much older struggle to overcome. What she re... more
  • The Tides of Cecil Cove

    by Shannon O'Barr Sausville
    Julie and Siobhan were best friends growing up on the shores of the Chesapeake until a tragic boating accident shattered their adolescence. Thirty years later, they find themselves living next door to each other back on Cecil Cove where it all started.....
  • A Jar of Clay: Part 1: Made In Nigeria

    by Tade Oyebode
    Dejó, a young university dropout sleeping rough and moving with a shady crowd, suddenly acquired a moral compass when he dramatically converted to Christianity. While Dejó was keen to live up to his new morals, his environment and his profound fear of poverty raised serious conflicts. How will Dejó resolve these conflicts and what will be the consequences for his newly acquired lofty ideals and ethics? The backdrop of A Jar of Clay, Part 1: Made In Nigeria was South Western Nigeria during the... more
  • My Twin Sister And Me

    by Emiliya Ahmadova
    Glue on the windowsill and toothpaste in the shoes. Who did the deed? Twelve-year-old Cub Scout twins Julieta and Rafaela have to deal with their older sister’s ugly tricks, which get them into trouble. At school, Julieta is being mocked for the freckles on her face and her crooked teeth. Forgetting her own plight, however, she stands up to a bully, Claudius, in order to protect her friend Montano from being persecuted. Out of kindness she agrees to go to the movie with Montano. Due to situa... more
  • Goldminecity and Apartheid

    by helmut schonwalder

    All those Sepp tales are stories about war, refugees, money, sex, religion, apartheid, food and very common issues, such as habits of the job and activities, addiction, enslavement and finally a spiritual awakening. 

    When Sepp gets fired after more than 10 years at the same workplace he is very disappointed, and has trouble dealing with being severely depressed. Unable to admit that over the years he had become enslaved to certain habits, including sex and alcohol. When confronted by ma... more