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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Gates on the Way to the Great Upstairs

    by Laura Levin

    Evan Tauber believes he’s responsible for the death of his father. Now, after keeping this painful secret to himself for a year, Evan sees a possible path to his redemption: he can join his dad in the afterlife to apologize.

  • The Dining Car

    by Eric Peterson
    Fresh from a public humiliation and in search of his true calling, former college football star Jack Marshall enlists as bartender on flamboyant food and wine writer Horace Button's vintage private railroad car, making a whistle-stop tour of America's gastronomic hotspots. Decked out in a white jacket, learning to mix perfect cocktails, young Jack is immersed in a style of living—and dining—he’d assumed was extinct. Striving to appease the eccentric, finicky Horace and his enigmatic personal che... more
  • Grandpa Larry's Not-So-Ordinary Dairy

    by Lacey Lexvold
    Grandpa Larry’s Dairy farm is anything but ordinary. Once the cow’s chores are done, they slip through a magical portal to a land where they can play and have fun all day. What is it like on the other side of the portal? Follow the cows through a typical day at Grandpa Larry’s Dairy and find out!
  • Snail's Dangerous Journey

    by Gemma Mallorey
    There's not much around for Snail to eat. Rather than starve he sets off with three slugs to find the sweet and tasty hosta plants. Beer traps, slug pellets and nematodes are just some of the dangers they encounter on their perilous journey. Read this tale of gastropod adventure to find out which of them makes it to the juicy end.
  • The Lonely Balloon

    by Gemma Mallorey
    The balloon soars high in the sky. Large, beautiful and rather lonely. He tries hard to make friends but, being so high up, he appears aloof and distant. Something has got to give, and in a little time it does! Discover how Balloon ends up happier, if somewhat changed.
  • Elephant Walk (The Brigandshaw Chronicles Book 2)

    by Heather Stretch
    After completing his Oxford University degree, Harry Brigandshaw spends the summer at Purbeck Manor in the heart of the Dorset countryside and home to his friend Robert St Clair. Whilst there, Harry meets Lucinda, Robert’s sister, who falls in love with him but he doesn’t reciprocate her love. During a day out shooting, Harry receives a telegram from Africa and he must return home immediately. Together, Harry and Robert set sail for Rhodesia. The years pass and 1914 approaches with England d... more
  • Bend with the Wind: A Novel

    by Heather Stretch
    There’s an old Chinese proverb: ‘When the wind blows, the reeds must bend’ And so it is that Merry Hall, the family seat of the Beaumont family, has stood as a symbol of wealth and power for centuries, and dates back to William the Conqueror. Despite war and struggle it has always maintained a male heir; when the direct line disappeared a cousin from India had taken over. The Hall had gone into decline but the new male heir, Sir Thomas Beaumont, was determined to return the Hall to its fo... more
  • Vultures in the Wind

    by Heather Stretch
    In a peaceful African coastal village, two boys are born on the same day. Their idyllic, brief childhood together is short lived ending in hardship and heartbreak. Finding themselves alone in the world, both boys struggle to self-educate. Against the odds, Matthew Gray builds a global business empire and Luke Mbeki travels to England, in self-imposed exile, entangling himself in the anti-apartheid movement. With their paths crossing intermittently, it is only when Nelson Mandela is relea... more
  • Cry of the Fish Eagle

    by Heather Stretch
    Rupert Pengelly first hears the haunting lament of a fish eagle when stationed for six months in southern Africa during World War Two. It is also during those six months that Rupert is on a quest to look for Sasa, the orphaned daughter of his friend Rigby having promised Rigby to care for Sasa if anything did happen to him. To complicate the quest, Sasa's eccentric grandfather, Kobus Loubser, has taken the young orphan into the bush prospecting for emeralds. Rupert’s search is dashed and he r... more
  • Echoes from the Past (The Brigandshaw Chronicles Book 1)

    by Heather Stretch
    Exiled… his sweetheart lost… one man will risk everything! The year is 1887. Sebastian Brigandshaw is stolen away from his lover, Emily, an impoverished Baronet’s daughter, and forced across the sea in order to allow his older brother to take Emily’s hand instead. Cast into the wild and unknown colonies of Southern Africa, Sebastian becomes one of the first white elephant hunters in the land of the Zulu King, Lobengula. There he will see the bloodiest faces of man as loyalty and friendship ar... more
  • Test of a Champion

    by Ann Deiterich
    In this “Seabiscuit Meets Charlotte’s Web” action-packed novel, a young filly sets out to prove she’s as good as the colts on horse racing’s biggest stage, but she has to beat her lifelong rival and overcome unexpected obstacles, so she can save the farm from financial ruin for her friends and prove that anything is possible. Given the name Indefatigable, she struggles with her identity – both with a tongue-twisting name and a gender that's less respected in racing circles. Too often, she hears... more
  • Scripts: Sketches and Tales of Urban Mississippi

    by C Liegh McInnis
    Scripts: Sketches and Tales of Urban Mississippi addresses the lingering issues of Afro-Mississippi struggles while contextualizing present-day issues in the frame of history. The opening story, "Transition," is the tale of a family's flight from rural Mississippi to Jackson, Mississippi. The following story, "Poni's Trail," takes the reader to New York City, back to rural Mississippi and finally Jackson, Mississippi. Along the way, you meet engaging characters with anger and confusion. The re... more
  • An Affair with Beauty - The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy: The Magic of Youth

    by James Philip Head
    Fame, fortune, and beautiful models--Howard Chandler Christy had them all. Christy was the most famous American painter of the Jazz Age, a time when an elite brotherhood of New York artists dominated the publishing world. Christy had eclipsed all of them with his ''Christy Girl,'' an idealized woman who redefined beauty, influenced fashion, and inspired generations of women. The Magic of Youth is the first book in An Affair with Beauty -- The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy, a biographical... more
  • Intriguing Women

    by Lakshmi Raj Sharma
    The stories in Intriguing Women have international and Indian settings. We visit Europe, we travel to Afghanistan and we celebrate the rich variety of the Indian continent. These are women who may seem superficially normal, but might not be, and women who strive for normality at all costs. Sharma also raises questions; can a woman reconcile herself to terrorism? How do we react to a woman who kills several of her husbands? Definitions of femininity are examined and magnified through the prism of... more
  • Smiling Deep

    by Robb Thomson
    general poetry
  • The Gnomes in the Trees

    by C.L. Collyer
    At Jacky Foster s eighth birthday party, he is surprised when a statue of a gnome suddenly comes alive. The gnome asks Jacky to help his family who live in a faraway place called Gnomia. Jacky and his dog Sparky go off to help. When he returns home he discovers that the gnome statue suddenly runs off into the woods. But is it all just fanciful dreaming, or did his discovery really happen? Only Jacky Foster knows for certain. The Gnomes in the Trees picture book is highly suitable for childre... more