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Secrets of The Bending Grove By N. Maria Kwami
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SHIKA AMENYO, a sensitive, inhibited woman from a respectable family, discovers that her cousin, SEFA GAMELI, has been keeping a terrible secret that is killing him. She embarks with him on a journey... More > that is replete with shocking family scandals, betrayal and deep loss, but also restitution. Shika's friends — MIYO, a fragile, unreachable soul, and SWEETIE, a shrewd spitfire on a mission — buttress her with much-needed support. The resilience of these three women comes from mastering the survival traits of the grove. They are bound by painful secrets from childhood that drive their relationships with the men in their lives: a pragmatist whose generosity will touch many women; a traitor hiding behind a priest's collar; an ambitious man living a lie in order to secure his career; and a green-eyed wanderer who must allow himself to be tamed if he is to obtain the one thing he desires from this foreign land.< Less
With Love from Poland By Linda Lee Keenan
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In 1920, Cracow was a prosperous textile town brimming with life. It was the year that the beautiful fair-haired Helena Pawlowski met the brash young Jan Jasinski quite by accident. From that... More > moment on, their lives were intertwined. Their strong bond became the backbone of an underground movement to save their family and friends from capture by the Nazis. September 1939 was the beginning of the Second World War; it hit Poland first and it hit hard. Hitler swiftly set up his General Government in Cracow's beloved Wawel Castle. What ensues is a human drama of adventure and intrigue, peppered with humor, emotion and surprising twists of fate; all against the backdrop of proud Polish culture and tradition.< Less
The Outhouse By David W. Gordon
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As if growing up in the midst of the Great Depression isn't difficult enough, Paul Miller is dealing with a terrifying family secret. As the pressures of the Depression mount, Paul can no longer... More > ignore the evidence piling up around him. The choices he makes will set him on a collision course with his family and with history. The Outhouse is a Depression Era coming of age story with a horrifying twist. The novel takes readers along for a thrilling three generation mystery, exploring how far a man would go to protect the people he loves.< Less
Big Momma Didn't Tell Me! By Darlene Greene
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Big Momma Didn't Tell Me is a cautionary tale about life, love and relationships. A legacy that was passed down to her daughters and granddaughters, perpetuated a cycle of "blind... More > obedience. This book is a time capsule that spans more than five decades. It chronicles the story of Ella Mae King (Big Momma) and the trials and tribulations of the women in one southern family who never understood what love really was. A story about a family legacy of giving in to your man no matter the consequences, that is handed down to the young women, generation after generation-- like fine china and cherished heirlooms. It's a legacy of control . . . of abuse and death. Big Momma Didn't Tell Me will make you laugh; sometimes it will make you cry. In the end, it is my hope that ultimately it will make you think-- about your choices, about love, and about relationship safety. Because "what you DON'T know CAN hurt you!"< Less
Water and Fire By Gregory Dupree
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A Cushite (African) warrior leaves Egypt Land to journey to the Holy City - Jerusalem. Once in Jerusalem, he hopes to erase his past sins by sacrificing in the Holy Temple. However, Jerusalem is in... More > turmoil and chaos since the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. After the Cushite warrior witnesses the stoning of Stephen in an execution pit, he becomes convinced of a greater reward than that from mere animal sacrifice. He becomes involved with the followers of Jesus and later receives baptism with water at the Mediterranean Sea. Then he travels on toward Mount Sinai to gain the fire of Holy Spirit. Yet the many obstacles in his path steer him off course and back to a worldly life. Consequently, a tragedy occurs that takes him to the edge of his sanity.< Less
Aimless By W. Livingston Roberts
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This book is a 10th grade writing project about a World War II British soldier during the North African Campaign. It chronicles the story of seventeen year old orphan Alan Bird, and his quest to... More > become something more than just ordinary.< Less
The Shoemaker’s Daughter: A Novel By Helen Martin Block
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In 1939 Aron is a soldier in the Polish Army. Captured by the Germans his valued skills as a shoemaker protect him until his true identity is revealed. Shipped back for slave labor and certain death,... More > fate reunites him with Gitel, the woman he has long pursued. Midst escalating violence they marry, and soon Gitel has a child. Their decision to hide with the girl jeopardizes the safety of others and the choice they are forced to make turns into tragedy. The Shoemaker’s Daughter is a sensuous groundbreaking story of two poor Jews whose passion and bravado help them elude the Nazi net of terror. But even after being hidden by honorable Poles and the liberation there is still no safety. Now they must chance a dangerous escape to freedom. Gitel carries a precious secret that may derail everything they have fought for …… and time is not on their side.< Less
Mulligan By J.S. Edwards
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A young girl sheltered from everything, including her own name, by her unusual and distant mother wishes that their lives would change. But when that wish comes true, she loses everything that was... More > once familiar, leaving her regretting that she had ever made that wish at all. One day she overhears a stranger say that she needs a mulligan. She clings to the hope of what a mulligan means: a second chance. She sets out on a journey to find this mysterious mulligan, knowing only that once she finds one, whatever it is, it will reverse all the bad in her life. Along the way, she must battle the unanswered questions, anger, and confusion that overwhelm her. The only way out is to learn to trust and open her heart to the strangers who enter her life. But just as she begins to hope and trust again, Tori Galloway joins her in her foster home. Tori's arrival threatens to shatter the hope and happiness she has rebuilt and destroy her chances of ever finding a mulligan.< Less
A Second Dawn By alan w greenwood
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A Second Dawn is a coming of age story of a young farm girl and her domestic struggles and how the war affected her family set against the stage during WWII of the testing of the first atomic bomb at... More > the Trinity Site near Socorro, New Mexico.< Less
Both Eyes Open By Grant Miller
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One man’s adventure in a third world country to see the completed hospital he had been working on for the past several years. It includes the personal protection requirements taken to preserve... More > his life in an area where there had been several massacres. The relationship he forges with his protection detail make for an exciting journey into the jungle to participate in a reconnaissance mission to look for a bad man and his men who committed mass murder.< Less
Homesick Redux By Daniel Coshnear
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“Homesickness attacks the lungs first...” It is a loneliness. Daniel Coshnear takes difficult matters of the heart and weaves a beautiful nonlinear storyline through the life of Reggie, a... More > young husband and father, whose mother is dying. To put one’s finger on home and what causes homesickness, the sadness that causes us to long for someplace that will make everything better. Come to find out home is love. And “love is a two-stroke engine” of perfect compression and combustion with a great deal of exhaust and fumes in the mix. A delight to read.” —Raleigh Rand, author of Brightleaf: A Novel< Less
The Path of a Wanderer By Gizelle Panton
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A short novel containing short stories, essays, and poems written for my Writer's Craft class.
The Life and Times of Halycon Sage: The Last Book Ever Published By Karima Vargas Bushnell
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HALYCON SAGE, founder of the post-modernist minimalist neo-symbolist pseudo-realist school of literature, has voluntarily disappeared. The author is hoping to save the world, but has also run away... More > from the Mail Pile. HALYCON SAGE, whose origins, identity and whereabouts are all mysterious and who may be a Native American male, is about to meet some odd characters: petulant critic Basel Vasselschnauzer, confused genius Alexander Preisczech, a Gypsy, assorted gang members and secret agents, and a shadowy figure of evil. HALYCON SAGE has a faithful equine companion, No-Name Stupid (the original “Horse with No Name”). But even with Stupid’s dedicated assistance, can the great quest succeed? And will "Boo Radley Goes Hawaiian" ever be written?< Less
The Common Hours By Tina D. Stephens
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In Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 1888, the lumber industry is turning ordinary citizens into millionaires. John and Mary Richardson and their daughter, Sarah, live a privileged life on millionaire row.... More > It’s one week before Sarah’s fourteenth birthday when Mary is caught in an affair with the local minister. Change is happening and Sarah is powerless to stop it. Mary returns to a forgotten past where she hopes to find resolution. Sarah loses everything familiar to her when her father moves them to a small village in the north wilderness to escape the Williamsport gossip. It is a year that will change them in unexpected ways.< Less
Letters From Me, To No One By Patience Williams
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"Letters From Me, To No One" is a collection of drafts written by me at age nineteen, and to no one in particular. All of the profits from each book ($10.00) goes towards my tuition this... More > fall at Oxford University.< Less
The Final Battle of Gisli Sursson: A Picture Book / Lokabardagi Gísla Súrssonar: Myndasaga By William R. Short
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Gísla saga tells the Viking-age story of Gisli Sursson, a valiant man whose luck sometimes deserted him, and so ultimately, he was declared an outlaw. In his final battle, Gisli faced Eyjolf... More > and fourteen armed men. He fought them to his death, killing many of them and wounding all of them before he was overcome. This book tells the story of that battle in brilliant photographs, with text from the saga in both English translation and in the original Icelandic. The photos were taken where the battle took occurred, standing in the footsteps of the people who fought and died there over 1000 years ago.< Less
Beneath the Grid By B. Iver Bertelsen
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Christopher O’Brian, a disgruntled EPA staff attorney, is already plagued by nightmares and job insecurity when he learns that his chemist colleague, Ronnie Chapman, has been crushed by a... More > train. O’Brian, devastated by his friend’s death, has no idea that Chapman’s unfortunate accident was actually murder. O’Brian, immersed in the details of a global warming scientific breakthrough awaiting approval by the EPA, soon discovers that Chapman was about to reveal something huge. When another colleague is murdered, O’Brian and his coworker Sonja Voinovich band together with others to uncover Chapman’s secret and its connection to a powerful international conspiracy. Only time will tell if their actions will come too late to save thousands suffering from mysterious symptoms halfway across the world. In this environmental thriller, a government attorney and a group of misfits set out to unveil the truth and stay off the growing list of victims murdered while attempting to right a wrong.< Less
The Journey By George R. Le Beau
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In 1964, when Rick Fountaine is fifteen, his mother dies of a heart attack. This event sets him on a dark path of retribution upon the bullies of the world, starting with the Levines, the family who... More > humiliated his mother when she worked for them years ago. Through careful planning, he exacts his revenge—and the Levines pay with their lives.That business done, Rick moves to Chicago to start a new life, complete with a fake ID, but he soon learns there is no shortage of bullies in the world. His resolution to never back down from a fight lands him in one confrontation after another, and his ruthlessness and aggression ensures that he always comes out on top. Each encounter has its own challenges and consequences, forcing him further west to California. When he replaces his lost ID, he soon finds himself drafted at the age of sixteen. Military training reveals extraordinary skills and intelligence that he never knew he possessed.< Less
Slum: a Novel (New Edition with Study Guide) By Dan Carroll
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SLUM is not the typical boy-meets-girl love story. Their situation is impossible. Robert is a sophisticated president of an organization in New York. Julianna is a former stripper living in a slum... More > on a Caribbean island. Besides, Robert already has a girlfriend; he is not looking for someone else, especially not a married ex-stripper from the far-away Cienaga slum! But, as fate would have it, a six-year-old child, Alba, is the force which brings them together into a rebellious and passionate entanglement which transforms both of them into a deep passion for life itself. An intoxicating love story? A tale of hope for a dying child? A philosophical drama on morality? Reviewers have said SLUM has it all.< Less
NIGHT PEOPLE and Other Tales of Working New York By John Pietaro
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NIGHT PEOPLE and Other Tales of Working New York - Preface is by noted historian Paul Buhle. NIGHT PEOPLE is a collection unashamed to be called ‘contemporary proletarian literature’. The... More > energy and emotions within these stories are of the people, the workers who make the City run. But this book’s scope also reaches into the asphalt itself and the mountains above--heralding the heartbeat of the land mass beneath us, acting as both oracle and protagonist. Night People speaks of those who labor on or who struggle with joblessness, those who strive toward artistic goals or advocate for others, those who face challenges of conscience and those who are simply of the streets. It brings to life the people who provide the soundtrack, the color, the breadth: those who thrive and those who perish in New York’s wake. Here is a love song to reality, mourning the anguish and championing the everyday. --Author John Pietaro is a writer and musician. By day, he works in the Labor Movement in NYC.< Less
A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens
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A Christmas Carol is a story of redemption, hope, and charity. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable miser, despises Christmas. At the height of his coldness, Scrooge is visited in the night by the spirits... More > of Christmas past, present and future. His life is changed forever and he vows that he will live as if everyday was Christmas. This version has been adapted for middle school and high school literature classes.< Less
You Down With OPD? By Marcus Curry
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Scooter and Bugz are two teenage boys from the inner-city of what could be any metropolis in the US. These teenagers are granted the opportunity to meet their idol: a rapper by the name of Talent.... More > Talent grew up in the same neighborhood as the two youngsters, and he has come to give back to his community. Before he leaves, he instills in the two teens the principle of O.P.D. Talent tells them that in order to achieve success and escape their negative surroundings, they need to learn what O.P.D. is and how to apply it. He gives them each a monetary gift and tells them to be wise and responsible with what he gives them. On their journey, the boys learn the meaning of loyalty, love, and perseverance. Both young men discover that success isn't an easy road and that every true hero must embark on such a journey. True success is more than a notion; it requires Organization, Planning and Discipline.< Less
The Year the War Came Home By Richard W. Paterson
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Max is about to be drafted into the Vietnam War when, over his objection, his overbearing father hires radical Francie to assist Max in the family business. Her strong desire to be part of the family... More > puts off Max, but he and Francie fall in love. His growing opposition to the war eliminates any possibility he will submit to the draft. When the pressure mounts, he and Francie contend with ways to make peace, love, and music--and arrive at very different solutions.< Less
Twenty Tales By Clayton Jennings
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What if you were visited by an angel? What if that angel told you twenty tales that would inevitably change your life? There are angels all around us, watching as our lives unfold one story at a... More > time. claytonjennings.com< Less
Willow Trees in Warfare By Clayton Jennings
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I will die tomorrow. I am barely over twenty years of age, and yet when the sun rolls over the horizon tomorrow, I will take my final steps towards eternity’s abyss. I am not an old man dying... More > in my bed, nor am I a screaming soldier about to be killed as I run into battle. Instead, I am me, a simple kid from the Midwest who has lived through things that many will never experience in a lifetime of existence. I’m writing this right now as a weary traveler ready for the sleep of paradise. I have made my peace, and I have readied myself for that long trip home. If you have read this, I plead with you to pay no attention to me, instead look at yourself. Hug your kids, hold your loved ones, take a look around and soak it in, because the unexpected is just around the corner. claytonjennings.com< Less