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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Fenian's Trace

    by Sean P. Mahoney
    FENIAN'S TRACE is the story of two young men raised as brothers in the west of Ireland during the early 1900s. Though they choose different paths when the rebellion comes, they both take a fancy to the spirited and alluring Maria upon her homecoming from America. It's told by a gruff old Limerick publican named Mr. Clancy, who refuses to let his gentle inebriation or any distractful facts trouble his tale. It's a story of secrets and sacrifice, fathers and sons, loyalty and love.
  • A Contrary Wind: a variation on Mansfield Park

    by Lona Manning

    Fanny Price, an intelligent but timid girl from a poor family, lives at Mansfield Park with her wealthy cousins. But the cruelty of her Aunt Norris, together with a broken heart, compel Fanny to run away and take a job as a governess. Far away from everything she ever knew and the man she secretly loves, will Fanny grow in strength and confidence? Will a new suitor help her to forget her past? Or will a reckless decision ruin her life and the lives of those she holds most dear? This variation... more

  • Looking for Clara

    by Simona Grossi
    Clara is turning twenty-seven when, after graduating from the top law school in the country, she lands at a prestigious law firm in Los Angeles. She grew up in the East Coast, and moving to the West Coast represented a big step in her life. But despite the time spent in the new place, she never truly settles in. She describes her life at the law firm as “intense.” “Long days, late nights, lost weekends. The time was slipping through my fingers like sand in an hourglass I had turned upside down t... more
  • Whisper In My Ear

    by John Henry Hardy

    It's the 1960s, and cultural and political unrest is sweeping across America. In the midst of this turmoil, three young Americans find themselves on a path that sends them to join the war effort in Vietnam; Dion Murphy, a handsome football player from Georgia; Cathy Addison, a pretty young nurse from Minnesota; and Norman Coddington, a young man from a wealthy but dysfunctional Boston family. While in Vietnam, all three, along with a beautiful young nurse from the Philippines, must confront e... more

  • The Daughters' Baggage

    by Diane Winger
    Every piece of baggage carries the tales of the lives it has touched. Aaliyah Johnson just wants to live a normal life – finish school, have a career, a family, a future. But when her father takes his own life after his return from the war in Afghanistan, she and her mother are plunged into poverty and a homeless struggle to survive. The unusual circumstances of her mother’s acquisition of a small, green suitcase seem to mark a turnaround in their luck as they begin to rebuild their lives.... more
  • The Abandoned Girl

    by Diane Winger
    After ten-year-old Robin’s mother abandons her, life is never the same. Rejected by her father and his new family, she is shipped off to be raised by relatives she knows solely by reputation, and the reality is even worse than the stories she’s heard. Her hopes for her future fade as they strip away her independence and strive to tame her wild spirit. Pregnant at sixteen, Katharine also knows what it’s like to be left behind. Lonely and lost, she seeks a path back to the simple dreams she onc... more
  • Cryogen, Mars: An Interplanetary Espionage and Murder Mystery

    by Kevin Owens
    Martian businessman Jutt Bristol is killed by accident while visiting the Martian polar ice processing town of Cryogen, leaving behind a top secret project to develop a new propulsion system for the military. Soon after his demise, two custom's officials are murdered, agents he had been paying to overlook a smuggling operation. Space freight pilot Blue Hieidelburn, transporting Jutt Bristol's cargo to Mars when the customs murders happen, is jailed on smuggling charges and suspicion of murder wh... more
  • Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs

    by Susan Schaefer Bernardo
    Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a beautiful picture book with a simple but powerful message: love lasts forever. Lyrical writing and delightful illustrations provide perfect bedtime reading for any child. The book is also ideal for supporting children through grief, separation anxiety, divorce, illness or other traumatic situations, by wrapping them in a warm and comforting emotional security blanket and opening a dialogue on the nature of love. Even when loved ones cannot be with us, we can feel their... more

  • Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting

    by Dan Gvozden
    Fresh out of art school and creatively unfulfilled, Molly is stuck in the suburbs with her parents and their cat, Pishi. When she is offered an opportunity to cat sit, she sees it as a way to get closer to her friends who live in the Los Angeles Arts District while fulfilling her dream of making a living as an artist.
  • The Money Ship

    by Joan Druett

    Money ships were wrecks of treasure-galleons belched up from the bottom of the sea after tremendous storms, yielding doubloons and all kinds of precious treasure ... gold bars and bullion, chests of brilliant gems.

    Oriental adventurer Captain Rochester spun an entrancing tale to Jerusha, seafaring daughter of Captain Michael Gardiner — a story of a money ship, hidden in the turquoise waters of the South China Sea, which was nothing less than the lost trove of the pirate H... more

  • Forbidden Places

    by Deanna Madden
    When anthropology graduate student Peter Hoenig receives permission to visit five Forbidden Places to observe traditional weddings, he meets 19-year-old Mele, who persuades him to marry her so she can leave her island. Together they travel to Forbidden Places in China, India, Afghanistan, and Kenya, witnessing sometimes shocking customs of the past while struggling to overcome their differences.
  • The Solitary Bee

    by Hannah Holborn
    Nineteen-year-old Epke Van Toorne’s childhood on her family’s idyllic organic apple orchard was darkened by tragedy that left her alone with a bitter grandmother. When illness forces the sale of the farm, Epke is swept into the alien landscape of the city. Her quest for answers about her family’s past leads to stunning revelations. It also brings Epke the younger brother her grandmother always denied existed. The boy and his friends expose Epke to two sides of environmental activism. She’s to... more
  • American Journey: The First Three Novels

    by John A. Heldt
    Meet a mysterious professor, step into a hidden chamber, and take the time-travel plunge! The opportunity awaits in the first three novels of John A. Heldt’s celebrated American Journey series. In SEPTEMBER SKY, a reporter and his estranged son find southern belles, lawlessness, and danger as they travel to Galveston, Texas, on the eve of its devastating 1900 hurricane. In MERCER STREET, a family of Chicago women, representing three generations, takes a sentimental journey to Princeton, Ne... more
  • The Falcon Confession

    by John V Norris

    This is a historical thriller of layered secrets, fickle love, and tests of mettle. The story follows Edith, an ostracized noblewoman, and Aidan, a timid monastic novice, as they strive to protect a mysterious book with a golden falcon on the cover from the conquering Normans.

    Chasing them is the rapacious Bishop Odo. He knows the book would ruin him if it ever came to light and will stop at nothing to destroy it.

    As their world crumbles and as Odo’s grip tightens, Edith and... more