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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Rosey Raises Roses

    by Leah Escott

    Rosey, a five-year-old headstrong little girl, is determined not to end up employed in a flower related profession as has been role modelled for her by several generations of matriarchs. As Rosey matures, in her desperate avoidance of flower-related endeavors, Rosey acquires knowledge, worldliness, love, and finally, self-awareness, from an unexpected encounter. 

    All the names are flower related, making the story funny and equally appreciated by children and adults.

  • Tattle Tales: Essays and Stories Along the Way

    by Abbe Rolnick
    Abbe Rolnick—teller of tales, celebrant of life, world traveler—offers visions from the heart in this collection of short stories and essays. Explorations of whimsy and wisdom take the reader from the basement of a young girl learning about the Holocaust via a repairman, to a literal and psychological deep dive in the Caribbean, to the humble truths of a dung beetle in Africa, and all points in between. The author’s keen perception and compassion light the way.
  • A Glass of Crazy

    by Tina Laningham

    In A GLASS OF CRAZY, Abby uses snarky humor to guide the reader on her journey into the depths of alcoholism and the not so easy road back. Those who like the hit drama series, The Fosters, won't want to miss A Glass of Crazy.

  • Charlie's Chalk Stick

    by Renee Wendinger
    One day Charlie, a hobo, hopped off the two o'clock train. After forming a friendship with an injured dog at a hobo village, Charlie meets a group of children at a lemonade stand. Through the use of his chalk stick, Charlie teaches the children a new language - the hobo language. Will the children judge Charlie by his appearance? Or will they have a change of heart? Deftly written by Renee Wendinger and charmingly illustrated by Sharon Grey, "Charlie's Chalk Stick" is a delightfully engaging chi... more
  • In the Springtime Everything is New All Over Again: A Dark Humor Short Story

    by Esmerelda Q. Jones
    Pathos! Characters! Metafiction! Poor Carl just has no luck! And neither does Edwina or little Oscar, but that's okay, because the Tuesday Book Club ladies just love it when bad things happen to hapless Carl, because it makes them feel better about their own lives. Will Carl get his life together? Will Edwina find purpose in life? Will little Oscar get the special shoes he needs? FIND OUT INSIDE.
  • The Strangest Love

    by Melanie Calhoun
    Victoria has a secret! Secluding secrets is her priority, while sleeping with the enemy is inescapable, until she meets Chuck, the newfound love of her life. Chuck senses day by day something is troubling Victoria. Instead of confronting Victoria, he convinces her to confess everything to God. As Victoria grows in her faith, the more hell she begins to face. Victoria learns she is not the only one concealing secrets. When secrets are revealed, murder becomes an unfortunate, nonnegotiable option.... more
  • Keep·er: Sydney Keane Series: The Beginning

    by Laryl Dixon
    Sydney’s life seemed placed in a storybook setting in East Texas: a beautiful mother, ruggedly handsome father, picturesque home, and good family name. But bad choices are soon made leaving Sydney vulnerable to the people around her and to the terrible things that can happen in this world. Sydney’s teen years are marked by the reckless decisions that so often plague young victims of abuse, and she enters adulthood determined to leave her difficult past behind. But when a shocking revelation bri... more
  • We Hold These Truths

    by David S. Mitchell

    In his timely debut novel, David S. Mitchell grants the reader unprecedented access to the provocative world of code-switching African-American Ivy Leaguers and the dark underbelly of Southern race politics as seen through the eyes of Al Carpenter. Al, an erudite and incorrigible law student, struggles to square the hopeful outcome of President Obama's 2008 election with the prospect that many Americans don't actually want the change they clamored for. 

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  • Spillworthy

    by Johanna Harness
    A Spillworthy is an idea so good, it has to be shared and ten-year-old Ulysses Finch doesn't let being homeless get in his way. He scrawls his best thoughts on pizza boxes, releases them into the wild, and relishes every response. After moving to Idaho, Ulysses finds Gem Rost's journal and dives into reading it. She must be a kindred spirit! Or is she?
  • Common Sense Revisited

    by Ronald Feller
    A pamphlet of dialogues on issues of the day.
  • Backwards Into the Future

    by Bronwyn Elsmore
    Everyone knows you can’t go back. Everyone except Mary apparently, because here she is – back in her old hometown. That’s because of Kui, and Ana. One of them is pushing her, the other is holding back, and between the two there’s much to be resolved. The plum tree and the manuka have gone, but a lemon tree thrives. The mystery of the Marakihau may never be solved, but if Ana returns some things from the past can be recovered. Can’t they?
  • Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette (The Suffragette Nation) (Volume 1)

    by L. Davis Munro
    A fascinating glimpse into often-overlooked aspects of women’s history, Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette follows a young typewriter girl as she struggles to survive on her own in 1913 London. Emmy’s wages are far from sufficient to feed and clothe her properly, so when she’s offered a better-paying job with Scotland Yard she doesn’t hesitate to accept—even though it means spying on the seemingly harmless Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). She soon meets Edith, a wealthy suffragette... more
  • Lost Birds

    by Birute Putrius
    Spanning forty years and two continents, Lost Birds weaves a tale of Irene Matas and her friends, who arrive as children in Chicago after the Second World War and begin to puzzle out what it means to be American. These interconnected stories follow the residents on Talman Street who fled the Soviet takeover of their country. While the parents, sick with nostalgia and grief for their lost homeland, cling to their old ways, their conflicted children are torn between allegiance to their parents an... more
  • Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories

    by BS Murthy
    Stories Varied delve into the possibilities of woman’s life in the man’s world. While Ilaa’s Ire takes one back to woman’s life and times in the Vedic age, ‘200’ Qualms depicts her predicament when torn between trust and duty. If “?” addresses woman’s marital stress in an alien land, Cupid’s Clue is about her acting on a rebound in the native place. Even as Autumn Love enables a woman to discover the void late in life, A Touchy Affair renders her amenable to her man’s other woman well in time. J... more
  • Thank You for the Shoes

    by RaffaelaMarie Rizzo
    Based on a true story, THANK YOU FOR THE SHOES, the story of an extraordinary ordinary man, it reads like literary historical fiction. Spanning 80 years, it follows a 13-year-old fatherless Italian youth’s remarkable and psychologically challenging journey into manhood as he embarks on a solo journey to find his father’s grave, a man he never knew. We come to understand the circumstances faced by the boy’s father and millions of others who were part of a 30-year migration to the Americas in the... more
  • Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God

    by C. L. Wells
    Fourteen-year-old Krystal finds herself flailing when her parents separate. Withdrawing from her family and friends, she begins cutting. No one knows. At her new school, she makes one single friend, Em, who invites her to volunteer at the local homeless shelter. There, Krystal discovers fellow misfits, including Brandon, a boy from her school. How can Krystal start a new life when the scars of her old one will never fully heal?

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