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by Kristy BurmeisterEighteen-year-old Kristy has a stalker who sits three pews behind her every Sunday morning. She expects her beloved church family to rally around her, but her fundamentalist church council is dismissive. As her stalker’s erratic behavior escalates toward a promised Old Testament-style execution, and church members continue to shelter him, she must make a choice: risk being murdered or leave everything behind to build a new life—and faith—from scratch.
by Libby Weber
What kind of person decides to write a sonnet every day for a year? In Libby Weber's case, it was someone with too little free time who nonetheless wanted to create something new every day. The result of her year-long literary experiment is a verse memoir full of scintillating wordplay and keen observations, ranging from delightful nonsense to reflections on nature, death, love, and occasionally television. Sonnets remain a popular way to express powerful feelings and reflect on... more
by Krista Bennett-Bruns“Why God? Why does a child have to die when murderers and rapists and terrorists get to live? Why take a four-year-old who was innocent and full of pure love?” These are the questions that haunted author Krista Bennett-Bruns after the heartbreaking loss of her young son, Sutton. After Sutton’s death, Krista encountered a barrage of agonizing emotions: Intense grief and pain over being separated from her son too soon. Rage and disgust toward the first responders who had jeopardized Sutton’s ch... more
by Cathryn McIntyreAfter an encounter with her mentor, an eminent Thoreau scholar, eleven days after his death, in The Thoreau Whisperer, Cathryn McIntyre finds she must hone her psychic abilities, set her doubts aside and accept the role she was destined to play in a remarkable collaboration that allows the words of Henry David Thoreau to be heard once again in our time.
by Natalie AppletonOn the eve of Christmas and a proposal, Natalie Appleton discovers she doesn’t want to settle for sevens, and starts over. So, she abandons everything in Alberta for Bangkok. Along the way, with startling illumination, honesty and humor, Natalie unpacks the past that caused her to flee: cheating hearts, small-town suffocation, a tattered family and a genetic disposition to madness. In Bangkok, Natalie kills an albino gecko, crawls into bed with a lampseller and nearly calls off her quest when... more
by Linda WrightWeaving two different parts of her life, Linda Wright combines the care she received from her parents and the care she gave to them when they became elderly and frail. She was born with a rare bleeding disorder, so even the slightest bump created deep bruises on her body and a minor injury kept her out of school. The disorder limited her ability to grow up like a typical kid—riding bikes, climbing, and running. Despite the many hospitalizations for uncontrolled bleeding and infusions to clot her... more
by Walter SchenckWalter Schenck's Canadian adventure written in poetic free verse is a remarkable book. It is an epic exploration into man's souls in the context of history as few are capable of writing. I do not believe there exists anywhere a writer as versatile, as glorious brilliant as Mr. Schenck. It is quite ironic it took a Costa Rican to write such a magnificent work on Canada.
by Walter Schenck
WINNER 2017 Royal Palm Literary Gold Award - Biography Walter’s newest work is an extraordinarily and fabulously written biography from his Aunt Catherine’s point of view. It is a poignant tale about her memories of her childhood love for horses that she carried with her throughout her life. The story begins when she comes to terms with the nearness of her death. Through her flashbacks Catharine determines to pay a final tribute to the horses that meant everything to her. Walter c... more
by Margaret HendersonIn 1954 the author, aged 18, spent a year as an “au pair” in a French chateau. From there she went to East Berlin at the height of the Cold War to work for two years as a translator. During these two years she travelled to Moscow and across Siberia and Mongolia to China. In 1958 she spent seven months in South Sudan and from there she travelled to Aswan in Upper Egypt by paddle steamer on the Nile. In Aswan she was arrested, locked up for a few days and returned to Khartoum, Sudan. In 1959 she ... more
by Roablas Lumpkins
This book discusses a true story of the harsh reality of what goes on in poverty stricken neighborhoods and how it affects a childs innocence. See how a man who was once a young child makes it out of severe abuse, drugs and damaging guidance.
by Linda Nija NationsSince the inception of the journey detailed in this memoir, ever with its devastating beginning, my life has been filled with magic. Without a severe brain injury caused by a fall from my horse, I would never have slowed down, dealt with my spiritually dead marriage, or met animals in a way I never dreamed possible. This is a true story of learning to deal with great losses, to set them aside or go through them, to finally embrace the joy of being in the moment, where animals spend the bulk of t... more
by Angie K EllistonPhoenix Bound is an incredible book highlighting the resiliency of the human spirit of the children in addition to the incredible commitment of parents who have taken on the most damaged children in which traditional psychology would have failed them every time and the parents, themselves along with their own 'network' have found ways for positive change and rehabilitation on their 'Phoenix Bound Quest.' An unfettered detailed account of one family's adoption experience in America. This honest h... more
by Adam HourlutionWhat would you do if you were suddenly told you were going to be a mum or dad without any notice? How would you react? What thoughts would go through your head? You haven't prepared to be a parent, you've not made any arrangements and nobody in your family is aware. Now imagine that not even the mum-to-be knew that she had been hiding a little person inside her tummy the entire time. One day Adam, just your average, typical guy receives a call from his mother-in-law (to be !) summoning him... more
by Gabriela Turculetu“Memories from Communism” leads the reader through a different world, a world governed by communism embellished by people and scenery. The book presents a vicious form of communism seen through the eyes of an innocent child. Even so, the theme of the book still remains optimistic. The story begins in Romania during the dictatorship of Ceausescu. The subject of the book is captivating, sometimes peaceful; describing the scenery, but other times intensifies as it explains certain parts of histo... more
by Dima GhawiBreaking Vases powerfully and vividly captures the rich heritage of one woman’s Middle East, along with its brutal realities, which followed Dima Ghawi from her native Jordan to her adopted country, the United States. Brought up in a small, conservative Christian community in Amman, Dima learned to be quiet and subservient to her elders and to men. When she was just five, Dima’s beloved grandmother warned that a woman’s greatest responsibility was to preserve her image—one as fragile as a glass ... more
by Liz LeaIn twenty years Liz went from being a fun, vivacious girl to hang out with, to being in bed for months at a time from Manic Depression and Chronic Migraines. Along the way she had a lot of fun with friends until one day when she could not wake up, and found herself in the middle of a nervous breakdown when approaching thirty-years old. Learn about her relationships with her friends, and complicated family in this heartwarming and hilarious breakdown, of a real breakdown that turned out life chan... more