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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • A Curious Host

    by Nanette L. Avery
    In her latest work of realistic literary fiction, Nanette L. Avery introduces a “plain town,” set in Pre-internet America, a time when wires connected phones to the wall, and doctors made house calls. Our unlikely guide is a yellow dog, and he unwittingly leads the reader deeper into the lives of the town’s residents. Through a masterfully constructed narrative that explores the constructs of place and history, Avery introduces us to idiosyncratic townspeople and weaves a story as humorously... more
  • The Theory of Talking to Trees

    by Karl Dehmelt
    Stephen Christiansen's life has been defined by tragedy and achievement; after experiencing horrors in his youth, he's gone on to publish three novels and works as an editor at the prestigious Bessemer Press of Baltimore. He and his fiance, Phoebe Walker, seem to have an impeccable relationship in the 8th year of their engagement. Stephen's affluence, however, is shattered when he's shot trying to stop a robbery on the street. The stranger for whom he intervenes, Isaac Sellers, is a disenfranchi... more
  • Stone of Destiny

    by Mary L. Ball
    Taylor Harrison has given up on everything but her work. After becoming the youngest CEO of Mugful’s Beverage Company, she believes life is complete--until her grandmother asks her to oversee the renovations of the family home, in addition to searching for a missing heirloom. Her first contact with what she believes is an insignificant ring, lost for fifty years, sends her life spinning. Taylor experiences strange dreams. Unexpected feelings surface that she doesn't understand. Thoughts that... more
  • Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone

    by D. A. Brittain
    In 586 BC, Princess Teia, daughter of Judah's last king, begins a harrowing journey after she’s rescued by the prophet Jeremiah from the burning city of Jerusalem. They flee to Egypt, where amid Teia’s efforts to cope with devastating loss comes an unexpected awakening of her heart when she meets Eochaid, a foreign prince. The two young nobles fall in love, but are soon forced to part and follow their preordained destinies of ruling separate nations. Against the backdrop of daring escapes on ... more
  • Truth From the Bathroom: If she knew about this, she'd call it a diary and a waste of time.

    by Bob Whire
    Strainings from a whipped man who is trying to find his pants in the circus we call marriage. Scott has had enough. After fifteen years of a marriage rut he's ready to stand up and say, no more. He's been bullied, ignored, and pushed around by a domineering wife. Things are going to change. Sitting on his throne he will write a new declaration of regularity and marital relief. First he has to think things through. He needs privacy. He needs to talk it all out somehow, but not with his wife. ... more
  • Limerence: Be Careful What You Tell Yourself.

    by Shira Block
    Jackie Baker likes to pretend. She pretends she's happily married to her handsome, successful husband. She pretends she's the perfect mother to her two beautiful children. She even pretends that her secret job as a phone-sex operator is noble and fulfilling. But after years of pretending, Jackie's life is about to unravel. Her husband may be having an affair. Her mothering skills may be less than stellar, and her new client with the alluring voice is about to send her spiraling. As the lin... more
  • You Can't Ride This Train

    by Jane Mitchell
    On New Years Eve in 1965, four high school friends in small town Alabama find skeletal remains while looking for mistletoe. The story reverts to 1900 in DeKalb County, Alabama, where twelve year old Lillie Rose Frost and her family eke out a living as sharecroppers. They soon move to Milltown, Alabama, to work in White Cotton Mill. The story centers on Lillie Rose, a girl who works hard, sings beautifully--she began with Sacred Harp Singing in Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church in DeKalb County... more
  • Nqobile: The Story of Becoming

    by Mandhla Mgijima
    Troubled by feelings of racial inferiority, Nqobile, a Zimbabwean student in America fruitlessly searches for meaning in black consciousness ideas and religion, eventually finding spiritual transformation by looking within himself.
  • Clever Little Bird

    by Betty Hedstrand
    Clever Little Bird is about a moose and magpie who meet at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, AK and become friends. They face obstacles as they journey through Anchorage to the Chugach Mountains in search of moose's brother.
  • Hermann Finds Home

    by Nancy Lang-Feldman
    Hermann is an adorable tortoise who sets out to find his way back home. Along the way he makes new friends, conquers challenges, and explores the world around him. In the end, he finds not the home he was looking for, but one even more satisfying and rewarding.
  • Santosh the Little Elephant: A Tale of Friendship and Courage

    by Gilbert-Ian Rueda
    Santosh the little elephant has a problem. A BIG, HUMONGOUS problem. His family has to move. Not just to another neighborhood, but across the ocean to another continent. YES, ACROSS THE OCEAN! That though isn't the biggest problem he has. There is a SUPER-HUGE, GINOMOROUS problem on top of that. His dog, Cooper, isn't able to go with the family to their new home. What is Santosh to do? How can he convince his parents to let Cooper go with them? Santosh has an idea! He has a great ide... more
  • Soldier Boys: Tales of the Civil War

    by Jack Matthews
    Over the decades, author Jack Matthews collected memoirs and personal correspondence by actual U.S. Civil War soldiers. Eventually this interest led him to write a group of stories from the vantage point of teenage soldiers. Told in an accessible, humorous and even old-fashioned way, these stories have a philosophical bent and give readers a sense of how 19th century young Americans must have pondered their world.
  • Leviathan

    by Harrison Chase
    Adam Ferguson has managed to rise to the top of a society decaying from the inside. Most of the population lives in a state of willful ignorance and relative poverty, inundated daily with racism, pornography, violence, and drugs. With the State locked in a feud with a mysterious group of hackers, Party bureaucrat Adam has a chance to prove himself once and for all. But in a culture where truth extends no more than the length of a soundbite, the battle will rage over ever shifting ground… Set ... more
  • And Some Will Triumph: Stories of the Mentally Ill in a Correctional Setting and the Nurses Who Care for Them

    by Virginia Frusteri Sollars
    I was a psychiatric nurse for 36 years, over 26 years within the jail system. Though a work of fiction it is based on my professional experiences. Set at the fictional Raine Correctional Facility in the foothills of Orange County, Ca., this story follows Elizabeth, a psychiatric nurse who comes to California with her teenage daughter to work at the correctional facility. Elizabeth tells the stories of both the psychiatric inmates, as well as the nurses who are treating them. She finds herself ca... more
  • Me, Boo and the Goob

    by William Garner
    Seen through the eyes of an energetic ten year old boy, the 1960’s were a very exciting time in the Mid-South. Gifted with a fertile imagination, endless curiosity, and courage born of unshakable trust, three young boys fearlessly hunt soul snatching ghosts, capture bank robbers, avoid military school, survive storms and become unlikely best friends with one of America’s favorite sons. From the forbidden halls of an old mansion to a deadly struggle in a dark and dusty pasture on a hot Memphis ... more
  • Tractor

    by Ryan Uytdewilligen
    Set in Oklahoma in 1961, a small town teen named John gets a spur of the moment job driving an old tractor across Arkansas to Oklahoma for a crotchety old farmer. John is about to enter his senior year of high school and has doubts about his future and the kind of man he wants to be. Unbeknownst to him, this trip will be just what he needs to figure all that out. We follow John as he picks up the tractor in Arkansas, then makes his way across hot, crowded Southern highways, on which he exper... more