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The Grand Merengue By Avrel Seale
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An afterlife comedy. When a traveling businessman takes his own life, he expects an escape from the pain of his daily existence. At the very least, he doesn't expect to have to work. But when he... More > checks in to The Grand Merengue, the only afterlife destination there is, he doesn't find angels or demons, but an odd assortment of very familiar characters, all working on what needs to be fixed in their own lives. An Arab terrorist and a Jewish militant forced to room together. A porn addict, a shop-aholic, and a junkie all rubbing elbows with some of the most famous figures of history, and all trying to gain favor with The Management and be upgraded from the bare-bones ground floor rooms to the penthouse suite. In the tradition of "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life," Seale creates a light-hearted, cinematic vision of the great beyond for a new generation, with an economy of words but wealth of spiritual implications. 120 pp.< Less
Staggering: Life and Death on the Texas Frontier at Staggers Point By Avrel Seale
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In 1829, recent arrivals from Ireland began moving to a patch of wilderness near the Brazos River in Mexican Texas. They came seeking freedom and fortune. What they found was malaria, war, the... More > constant threat of gruesome Indian massacres, wolves, panthers — and an abiding happiness that has kept many descendants there to this day. At Staggers Point, near modern-day Bryan, Texas, they collided and coexisted with four other cultures: Americans, American Indians, Mexicans, and enslaved African Americans. These families bore witness to the greatest political upheavals of nineteenth century America, and their lives spanned the full range of human experience — from scratching out a living on a primitive frontier; to fleeing and fighting bands of Comanches and other American Indians, the Mexican army, and common criminals; to the joys and sorrows of raising children beyond the reach of civilization. Though they were common pioneers, to us their experiences, their feats, and their very survival are staggering.< Less