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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • 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

    This is a collection of the author’s short stories that deals with women's dilemmas in the Indian social milieu accompanied with unique denouements.

    While 'Ilaa's Ire' contrasts woman's lot of the day with her eminence in the Vedic Age, '201' Qualms" depicts her predicament, torn between personal loyalty and citizen's responsibility.

    As "?" addresses woman's marital stress in an alien land, 'Cupid's Clue' is abou... 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?
  • Moonful of Love

    by Magus Tor
    Orphaned as a small boy, Kell Mocking has made some bad choices in life and it’s finally time to make things right so he is journeying on foot to seek the redemption he so desperately needs. On the way, he takes a mysterious, suicidal girl under his wing and explains to her the sum of his parts, the mistakes he’s made and about beautiful, gentle Angelius, the only person he’s ever loved.
  • The Fajitas and Beer Convention

    by Roger Rodriguez
    The story begins with the passing of little Manolo's mother. She left instructions with their ranch hand, Salvador, to deliver Manolo to their only family in the northern part of Mexico. Along the way, Manolo and Salvador encounter great adventures including a sinister drunk, a deceiving carnival owner, a magician, and the beautiful Paloma. The adventure does not end in northern Mexico! When Manolo and Salvador accidentally enter the United States on a train, they find themselves walking the str... more
  • Jacob's Papers

    by Tom Foran Clark
    Meet Jake: human, husband, curator of relics, bearer of burdens, troublemaker, fool, father of two. As his daughter tells it, “I wished my father would change the world and fix every broken thing. But oh no, no, not him. “More than anything, he loved paper. Paper, paper, paper. Mountains of paper. He couldn’t get enough of it. He wrote on it—he wrote and wrote and wrote. He traveled some—he wrote about that. He walked a lot—he wrote about that. He worked in bookstores and wrote about that. He ... more