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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • To Caress the Air: Augustus Herring and the Dawn of Flight, Book Two

    by C David Gierke
    To Caress the Air continues to track the progress of Augustus Herring as he prepares to fly his revolutionary powered aeroplane. Gus, still optimistic after a series of nagging technical setbacks, believes that the upcoming trials will be the “next great step” in unraveling the problems of manned, heavier-than-air flight. \tA series of tragic events pushed Herring to the brink of financial ruin. Moving his family back East, Gus helps to establish the Aero Club of America, where he met Glenn H. ... more
  • To Caress the Air: Augustus Herring and the Dawn of Flight, Book One

    by C David Gierke
    Most people accept the view that the Wright brothers invented the airplane. “Not so!” according to American aviation pioneer Augustus Moore Herring. “The aeroplane has a good many daddies.” Herring should know; he was there. To Caress the Air is a biographical novel based on Herring’s 22-year career in aeronautics. The story takes place in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and chronicles Herring’s aeronautical achievements, his ordeals, and his triumph over severe ... more
  • Thou Shalt Eat Dust: A Second Chance Love Story

    by Eliza D. Ankum
    Two separate couples worlds apart. One couple lives in a private gated community in Phoenix, Arizona while the other struggles for survival on Chicago’s turbulent South Side. However, both couples have their worlds torn apart by a malevolent but impartial killer, Cancer. Each couple suffers the death of a long time spouse. Their heartbreak is immeasurable. Elizabeth uses alcohol to cope with the death of her husband, drowning her sorrow and grief in bottle after bottle of vodka. While, acros... more
  • The Target Box

    by Ryan Scoville
    It’s the third week in August, which means I’m heading north for my annual road trip, my pilgrimage to Chicago. I got the red Mustang out of the garage and had her detailed. The windows are down, I’m driving fast, and my collection of mix tapes are blasting at full volume. I have one weekend, and it’s going to be an all-out bender. I’ll hit some of the usual highlights: catch a Cubs game, visit a museum, and maybe take in a bit of the Air and Water Show. I may catch up with old friends, but prob... more
  • Sepp: America and The West

    by Helmut Schonwalder
    Sepp’s Epic Perils & Pitfalls is a lengthy saga and goes the whole gamut of tales about war, refugees, money, sex, religion, apartheid, food and other very common issues, such as the many faces of addiction and a spiritual awakening. The story starts in Sudetenland and via Frankenland, Hamburg, Andalusia, South Africa and Kansas City, Sepp arrives in California. The Sepp books are about an ordinary kid. We get to know Sepp’s growing up, at times ill-advised, half-witted, developing equally both... more
  • Sparrow Beach

    by Shelby Raebeck
    A tale about the commercialization of Long Island's beautiful east end, and about one family's struggles to stay true, to the place and to each other.
  • The Suicide Gene

    by CJ Zahner
    She thought they were her siblings. By the time she realized they weren’t, one of them was dead. Doctor Emma Kerr had no right counseling them. Adopted and her birth records lost, she believed she was born a McKinney. Her face, intelligence, and depression resembled theirs. For years people mistook her for their sister. So she devised a plan. What begins as a scheme to counsel the McKinney family and determine if they are blood relatives, quickly causes Emma to wonder if she had truly done th... more
  • Zafira and the Birds

    by Eugenie Makrogiannis

    Zafira Panos is a spirited ten-year-old who dreams of a life full of mystery and intrigue. The cool part? She can actually PLAN her dream adventures—and this time she’s heading to ancient Greece! But things take a weird turn when Zafira inexplicably finds herself a thousand years earlier, inside strange hilltop citadels, where she has to fight hybrid racco-dragons, bizarre vine creatures, harpies, and homicidal kings. Things definitely aren’t going as planned and Zafira, alo... more

  • The Secret Laboratory: Gravity Gone!

    by Kristen Bottger
    Fourth graders Marie and Albert discover a secret laboratory at their school, Faraday Academy. They soon realize the lab is magical when they accidentally turn off the gravity! They learn not only how gravity works, but also a shocking secret about their school, all while trying to save their classmates from floating away!
  • When Leaves Fall: A Spiritual Novel

    by Andres Pelenur
    Cancer turned 38-year-old Dr. Laura McDermott’s life upside down until a chance encounter with a mysterious priest changed her life forever… When Dr. Laura McDermott is diagnosed with stage IV melanoma, her perfect world is plunged into chaos. Resting between treatments on a Boston city bench, she is overwhelmed by an unexpected peace that appears to be emanating from an old stone church behind her. Despite being a proud atheist, she’s unable to resist the pull to step inside, where she... more
  • The Hangry Toy Box

    by Stephanie DeWitt
    “The Hangry Toy Box” is a fictional short story about a dad-snoring-tummy-growling noise that the main character, Jake, cannot figure out what is making it or where it is coming from. On top of having to deal with that, he has to deal with his cousin, Tommy, who he does not get along with. Tommy is quite the bully to Jake. However, when they put their differences aside and come together, they are able to figure out that the noise is coming from Jake’s toy box. The toy box does not like it when k... more
  • Dragonfly on the Iron Curtain

    by Lana Pereyaslavska
    The inevitable yet sudden collapse of the Soviet Union shatters the familiar, established world order, breaking the smooth flow of time into totalitarian yesterday and democratic tomorrow. The year now is 1993. Fresh from college, a young woman struggles to make sense of this new alien reality. A true, heartfelt story of coming of age in post-Soviet Ukraine.
  • The Extraordinary Journey of J.J. Pips

    by J.J. Israel
    J.J. Pips, a young British bulldog, lives with his human family in the Victorian English countryside. One day, without warning, his life is turned upside down when his beloved brother, Arty, is dognapped by a press gang. Armed with nothing more than loyalty and determination, J.J. quickly sets off to rescue Arty on what will become the adventure of a lifetime.
  • Half the Child

    by William J. McGee
    HALF THE CHILD, a new novel by William J. McGee, tackles the rarely explored and volatile issues of child abduction and parental alienation—when one parent attempts to turn a child against the other parent. The story unfolds over four consecutive summers in the lives of Michael Mullen, a LaGuardia Airport air traffic controller, and his son Benjamin, who ages from 2½ to 5½. The novel chronicles the separation, divorce, custody battle—and heart-wrenching abduction—that threaten to tear apart fath... more
  • 978099988528

    by Simona Grossi
    Susan Blanc teaches psychology at a university in Los Angeles. She lives alone and suffers from insomnia. One night, at a nightclub, she meets Nick, a blogger who seemed to be “consumed by something, someone, or himself.” When they meet again the next day, Nick takes her to his apartment, and while browsing through Nick’s books looking for ideas for a story to post on Nick’s blog, Susan finds a “consumed notebook with a light blue cover.” Nick explains that it’s a journal someone lost on a bus, ... more
  • Dr. Brainchild & Radar

    by Cole W. Williams
    Join the fun as Dr. Brainchild and Radar discover how a little bit of creativity, some wacky inventions, and a whole lotta science can transform the ordinary into something EXTRA tasty! Boy, girl, wolf, or anything in-between--it doesn’t matter so long as YOU are there! Science is for everyone, so come along and enjoy the ride!