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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Spoilers: Essays That Might Ruin Your Favorite Hollywood Movies

    by Carlos Greaves
    Superman tries to apply for a Green Card but doesn't have the proper documentation from his home planet. The Little Mermaid writes a tell-all book about her struggle to fit in with her new siren-skeptical royal family. And an increasingly unhinged J. Edgar Hoover opens an FBI investigation into a counter-cultural rabble-rouser by the name of Forrest Gump. These are just a few of the scenarios explored in this raucous collection of essays from frequent New Yorker and McSweeney’s contributor Carlo... more
  • Abe's Place

    by NG Rippel
    Wannasea Island is a universe almost unto itself. A small independent island,45minutes from the mainland. Abe Stolz has spent the entire 70years of his life lost within the history of his family and the island. Abe knows that he should move forward but fears doing so will disconnect him from his wife and daughter, who were lost at sea 23 years before. Abe’s primary goal has become seeing that his granddaughter,Beth, the only surviving member of his immediate family, does not have her life consum... more
  • Living on the Dark Side of the Moon

    by Theodore Markus
    Jason was struck by fiery debris escaping the North Tower with his dad on 9/11. He was eight years old. Now in his twenties, Jason lives in the shadow of a disfigured face. He’s loved by many but has had no lovers. Then he meets Ling who has just moved to New York City to work for the National Braille Press. She is a beauty of Asian decent but blind since childhood, the result of a brain tumor. Ling is told of a possible surgery that would restore her sight. Jason is privately comforted by Ling’... more
  • Not-Yo-Cheeze

    by Amy Winfield

    No one ever said life was easy. Tone Provolone and Cheddar Chessman can attest to that. Their struggling shop – the Cheese-Ah-Breeze – is starved for customers and tormented by the stinking-rich Limburger, the big cheese of the town and their biggest rival. They seem destined for failure, until they encounter Vinnie Gouda, a young mouse looking to belong; Mrs. Asiago, a shabby old mouse with a heart of gold; Swiss Never Miss, a teen mouse with the perfect aim; and Fontina Dante, w... more

  • Super Short Stories

    by Mark C. Wallfisch
    Got a minute to be amused, entertained, or challenged? These 100 stories are super short. None is more than 300 words. You can read one in a flash. Some are funny. Some are poignant. All are short.
  • Santa's Magic Rocking Horse

    by Marlys Gadow
    One year, there are so many good children that Santa and the reindeer struggle to deliver all the presents and get back to the North Pole. Mrs, Claus packs a little magic to help Santa one Christmas eve.
  • Don't Be Mean to 13

    by Douglas Harris
    In this beautifully illustrated book, young readers meet Thirteen, who is feared and disliked by some people for no good reason. Don't Be Mean to 13 is a charming story with adorably drawn characters for pre-readers, while at the same time presenting the ancient historical roots of a popular superstition and introducing older children to evidence-based, critical thinking.
  • 978-1734805505

    by Megan Pighetti
    It is all work and no play when it comes to making a wish come true. And Suzie, a hard-working fairy, takes the matter with all seriousness. So, no kid's birthday wish will go in vain. Many things can go wrong during the nighttime mission. And if you think that fairy dust is all it takes, you are in for a surprise. Fairies have to do so much to make things happen. Good thing they love their job!
  • 978-1734805536

    by Megan Pighetti
    What happens when a Fairy-Tailed mission goes from bad to worse? When the children pretend to be sleeping, in order to catch the fairies, Suzie and her fairies-in-training must come up with a new plan. But when the fairies try to make their exit, one fairy has no place to turn when he is faced with a prowling cat. Will Suzie be able to save him in time?
  • Birthday Countdown

    by Megan Pighetti
    Begin your birthday countdown with this adorable children’s story about the magic of birthdays! It’s only three sleeps until Kyle’s big day! As he eagerly waits for the presents and birthday treats, he has one giant birthday wish – to be visited by the Birthday Fairy! Even though he doesn’t have his friend’s magical bracelet, he wishes with all his might. But will his birthday wish come true? Lovingly crafted as a fun children’s story that celebrates the joy and excitement of birthdays, th... more
  • A Birthday Fairy Tale: Holiday Birthday Blues Made Merry

    by Megan Pighetti
    Christmas and Hanukkah are over, and New Year’s is right around the corner. With so much on the calendar, no one has time for Reese’s birthday. Mom is busy. Dad is working. Her brother Charlie is no fun. December birthdays are the worst. It’s time for Reese to take charge and make sure she is celebrated on her birthday . . . with a little magical help, will all her wishes come true?
  • The Tooth Fairy Quits: Even fairies want to be happy.

    by Megan Pighetti
    Suzie loves spreading joy to children, but being a tooth fairy is no easy task. Annoyed with gross teeth and a scratchy tutu, Suzie turned in her tooth fairy wand. She QUITS the only job she’s ever known! While Suzie doesn’t miss her tutu, she misses spreading joy to children. When one child wishes for a Birthday Fairy, the other fairies don’t know what to do. Suzie flies into action with a new look for a new job.
  • Fifteen

    by Carolyn Doyle
    Fifteen, set in 1967 Bronx, NY, is a women's fiction drama about MARIA CAMPISI, 34, a youthful but frustrated Italian-American wife, married to stubborn LUIGI, 48. Family life is chaotic, especially with ANGELINA, 15, who is immersed in the music and culture of the times. Maria’s life changes when Luigi hires a handsome roofer and he falls for her. PASQUALE, 30, charms the whole family. It is only when Maria rejects him that he turns to a romance with Angelina. In the end, grumpy GRANDMA, 76, sh... more
  • Pancake the Cat

    by James Coleman
    In a world where bravery was measured by bacon bits, Pancake the cat, who adored pancakes, lived with Mr. and Mrs. Buttons. Feeding him pancakes made him look more like one, sparking laughter from neighbors. Despite his pancake-like appearance, Pancake longed to be a real hero. After a series of comical mishaps while trying to prove himself, he encountered a hungry black cat and her kittens. Helping them, Pancake discovered that true heroism came from within. His kindness transformed him from a ... more
  • The Peruvian Book of the Dead

    by Roger J. Florschutz
    “It’s been fifteen years since Brisdon vanished into thin air…” So begins a story that will take you from post-war Scotland to the art-world of London and New York, across the Peruvian countryside during the rise of Shining Path, and to a secluded Ontario summer resort during its darkest hours. The Peruvian Book of the Dead weaves four separate narratives into a single tale of mystery, love, and horror as it examines the effects of guilt and regret, secrets and lies, and shows us how the enigma ... more
  • Black Dove

    by Carrigan Richards
    Some people use drugs to escape pain. Some drown their sorrows in alcohol. Alisa cuts herself to FEEL. After her mom dies, sixteen-year-old Alisa moves with her father back to the small town in Alabama where she grew up. Alisa hopes the familiar setting will give her grieving dad a shot at sobriety and that she can refocus on the goal she's saved toward for years: attending culinary school. Alisa rekindles her friendship with her childhood friend, Sarah, and even though it's been years, she r... more