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The Road to Normal By Craig Fowler
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It's Spring Break 1976. Gerald Ford is in the White House, Barry Manilow is writing the songs that make the whole world sing and a guy named Steve Jobs is about to form Apple Computer Inc. out of his... More > garage. Deep in the heart of the south, four college freshmen are heading back home and about to catch a curve in the road. Stuck on the highway and forced to abandon their 1968 Chevy Malibu, these four teenagers must make it back to the Land of Lincoln the only way they can: with their thumbs up as cars go by. In this coming-of-age tale, find out how these four friends are forced to put their trust in one another and total strangers, very possibly risking life and limb in each desperate situation on the road to Normal.< Less
Save Us a Seat By Fletcher McHale
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In the small country town of Bon Dieu Falls, Louisiana, Carrigan Whitfield leads a life many would love to have. But this young wife of the much-sought-after and wealthy Jack Whitfield feels uneasy... More > in her marriage. Things have gotten complicated during the last two years, and Carrigan wonders if they still love each other. They seem more like strangers who share a residence. Her days revolve around having fun with her lifelong best friends, the two anchors in her life, Ella Rae Weeks and Laine Landry, playing sandlot softball and juggling an affair … or two. Laine is constantly trying to save Carrigan from self-destruction. But on an idyllic summer day, a shocking and unexpected discovery turns Carrigan’s “perfect” life into a tumultuous storm and transforms a girl into a woman. As the journey comes to an end, Carrigan discovers hope can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places. Save Us a Seat provides a glimpse into both the joys and challenges of... More > friendship.< Less
THE MAHABHARATA By Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
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The ancient epic of India originally written in Sanskrit and attributed to the sage Vyasa is here brought to life by the matchless and inimitable translation by Kisari Mohan Ganguli.
Taste of Old Wine By C.A. Lindsay
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In this sequel to LILY AMONG THORNS, Dr. Candice Harris, daughter of an international corporate mogul and his Boston socialite wife, confronts both corporate and political fraud through a story that... More > touches numerous human emotions. After losing her defense engineering job, she becomes a European reporter for the Harris newspaper and penetrates the international political machine. Using a false identity, she interviews heads of state, kings and queens, exposing herself to deceitful corporate control that dominates U.S. politicians and the world economy. Because of threats to her life, she is forced to return home where she is a witness in a trial that exposes American corruption that she discovered in Europe. Conflicts arise between Candice and the District Attorney who attacks her credibility. Rumors are then spread about an affair between her and a U.S. Ambassador who had financial dealings with a corrupt company.< Less
No More the Bugle Calls By Tony Lamke
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NO MORE THE BUGLE CALLS is a story about a young couple who were married the same month the American Civil War broke out, April, 1861. James Allen and Jemimah Phillips Allen were expecting their... More > first child and James was working on a house in South Webster, Ohio that they planned to move into before the baby’s birth. However as the news of the war grew worse, James began to feel pressure to join the Union army. In 1862 he enlisted and their lives changed forever. As a member of the Ohio 91st Volunteer Infantry, James was first a soldier but he also began to tend to the wounded on the battlefield and work with a surgeon who became his close friend. Moving with the 91st through West Virginia and into Virginia, James was captured at Lynchburg in 1864 and was sent to Andersonville prison in Georgia where he died. The story follows the actual travels of James and the 91st infantry as well as his wife's life in Southern Ohio.< Less
THE MAHABHARATA By KRISHNA DWAIPAYANA VYASA
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The ancient epic of India originally written in Sanskrit and attributed to the sage Vyasa is here brought to life by the matchless and inimitable translation by Kisari Mohan Ganguli.
Encroachment By Josh Rittenberry
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A mild-mannered college football coach looking for an outlet to vent the infertility frustrations he and his wife share, begins to do so on an obscure blogging site. When a few cryptic and... More > disturbing comments are posted to the site, he begins to suspect the people nearest and dearest to him. What soon unfolds afterward is a thrilling twist of Hitchcockian Proportions.< Less
Have You Checked the Time Lately? By Heath Michaels
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A Hollywood Movie Star Discovers That The Biblical Predicted Rapture May Be Getting Ready To Occur! David De Mille, and his Hollywood friends enjoy living the good life of Celebrity, and the... More > Entertainment Industry. Some of their activities include, skydiving, motorcycles, and of course the Hollywood night life. After a chance encounter with a homeless man and some street thugs, David recalls a childhood memory which causes him to embark on a search for truth. This vision quest leads him to believe that the Bible’s Rapture may be getting ready to occur. A few scary surprises develop along the way as the story builds toward it’s “Dramatic Conclusion”! Note: There are supernatural occurrences in this story that are based on true life events. (This book contains a Bible verse in which Jesus may have been hinting, as to the identity of the antichrist.)< Less
You Are Not Asleep By Melody Sumner Carnahan
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Melody Sumner Carnahan has nine books in print, including two award-winning story collections, with dozens of short works published in national and international periodicals and anthologies,... More > including the City Lights Review, Five Fingers Review, Rampike, At a Distance (MIT), The Closets of Time (Mercury Press), and Permission to Speak (Teksteditions). Carnahan's first novel, Only A Messenger, is part of a five-book boxed set of "debut novels by seasoned writers," The Quadrants Series (Burning Books), which won a Bronze Medal from the IPPYs, Independent Publisher Book Awards 2013. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College where she began collaborating with composers and musicians to present her writing as intermedia works for installations, video, live performance (notably the widely praised “performance novels” of Laetitia Sonami), and on recordings from NonsuchElectra, Tellus, Mode Records, Frog Peak Music, et al. Visit her website (by googling her name) for more information.< Less
The Seventh Child of Nod By Eula Youngblood
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This fictional story borders on the Cinderlla theme about Esmeralda "Mera" Wilkins, a young, African-American female prodigy who developed special physical, intellectual and spiritual... More > powers. The twentieth century descendent of an eighth century BC prophetess named Huldah, Mera was commissioned by God to interpret the encapsulated scrolls written in the language of God and sealed up by King Josiah.< Less
WARD OF THE STATE By Milo Larsen
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Tom Packard has been repeatedly abandoned: first by his father; then when his mother is murdered; then when his grandfather denies him his birthright; then when his aunt, who took him in, dies; and... More > again when his grandfather denies him his birthright a second time; and finally by the state orphanage. The child welfare service takes charge of Tom and places him in the state reform school. When Tom protests, he is told, "When you are a ward of the state, the state makes decisions for you." Now Tom has to develop special attitudes to survive this situation.< Less
The Leaf House By Mary Vogt
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Growing up with my two girlfriends in the 1950's in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Post WWII era. When life was simple, a TV set was a luxury item, one car, one bathroom and the same two parents were the... More > norm.< Less
Pepromeno By Katherine Nora
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Cape Cod artist Owen Langbroek receives a letter from Greece, a lawyer notifying him that he has inherited a house on one of the islands. The house belonged to his father, a man who vanished when... More > Owen was small, never to be seen or heard from again. Owen travels to the island to see the house and there he finds a journal, an autobiographical account written by his father. As he becomes involved in the details of daily life among the island's Greek and ex-pat community, Owen reads the journal and begins to know his father. One of the main characters in the journal was the great love of his life. Another is still living on the island, a scam artist who involved his father in various illegal schemes and now challenges Owen's rightful ownership of the house. Eventually the two stories begin to knit together as Owen makes some startling discoveries that force him to step into his father’s shoes, confront their shared enemy and unravel the mystery of his desertion.< Less
The Wedding Plan: A Collection of Short Stories By Joy Simone
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The Wedding Plan is a collection of short stories highlighting relationships and marriage. Statistics about single black women and their odds of getting married sparked the creation of characters who... More > dispel the stereotypes. The stories of these couples cross color lines and class lines. The men and women in these stories are funny and spirited, resolute and torn. "Miss Independent," "Faithful" "Beauty," "The Flower Arrangement," "Worker's Comp," and "The Surprise" are included.< Less
Discovering the Soul of Your Story By Roger Rueff
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"Discovering the Soul of Your Story" sheds a bright new light on how to create and develop stories of any genre, type, form, or medium -- and exposes the hidden elements that make any story... More > great. Its far-reaching insights will help you understand stories from the inside out. And its practical, step-by-step methods will allow you to use that understanding to create stories that are consistently, fresh, alive, meaningful, believable, and moving. > Learn what motivates your characters and how it affects the story plot and theme. > Break writer's block and find out how to fix stories that are out of control or at a dead end. > Discover how to create new stories from even the most basic of story ideas. Whether you write for the page, stage, screen, or public performance, "Discovering the Soul of Your Story" will change the way you look at stories... forever.< Less
Daddy Doesn't Want To Dance Anymore By Christopher Bennett
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This is a book composed to shed some light on the two worlds that are currently at war within the African American Conmmunity. A war that is wage between the highly educated and the less sophisicated... More > African American. Who's right or who's wrong is not the question, for both sides raises valid points in the defense to justify its existance. Instead the question is how can the two come together to ensure a possibility of survival as one. This is a compelling fictional story that takes its reader on a historical journey through the judical, educational, and political disparities that has played a profound impact in the destruction of the African American family. This story touches upon the importances of family structure no matter whether it's inside or outside of the home by emphazing the dire need of having both parents being actively involved during the crucial early stages of their childrens' development.< Less
The Port Jackson Paisans By Bill Dantini
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The Port Jackson Paisans is a story about family, albeit an off-the-wall, dysfunctional, and slightly dangerous one. Narrated in a funeral home by octogenarian Franky DeRossi, it recounts how a... More > bungling band of Italian-Americans stopped the Brooklyn mob from taking over their hometown in 1962. Gritty, poignant and woefully funny, it’s the enduring story of family and friendship and the ties that bind. The paisans are well-meaning Goombahs who bet their paychecks on the ponies, concoct doomed stratagems that never make a nickel, run numbers, and live life to the fullest. The Port Jackson Paisans is funny, joyous and irreverent – a window into the lives of a close-knit, small town Italian-American family.< Less
Powercut: A Play By Nicolette Bethel
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"Sometimes, darkness illuminates." From reviews of the original production: "Try the love-hate concept, as applied to siblings, tourism, prostitution, sexuality, religion even, with a... More > comedic touch appropriately placed from time to time, to ease the growing tension and suspense ... by the end of this powerful comedy-drama, the lights have come on, in more ways than one." - Marion Bethel & Deby Nash, The Bahama Journal, March 1990.< Less
Bioethics and Medical Issues in Literature By Mahala Yates Stripling
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Many of the bioethical and medical issues challenging society today have been anticipated and addressed in literature ranging from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Albert Camus’s The Plague, to... More > Margaret Edson's Wit. The ten works of fiction explored in this book stimulate lively dialogue on topics like bioterrorism, cloning, organ transplants, obesity and heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and civil and human rights. This interdisciplinary and multicultural approach introducing literature across the curricula helps students master medical and bioethical concepts brought about by advances in science and technology, bringing philosophy into the world of science.< Less
What Is the Sound of Smoke? A New Fiction Anthology By Richard Truhlar and Beverley Daurio, Editors
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What happens when twelve writers with powerfully different styles and sensibilities create new stories in answer to a single question? What Is the Sound of Smoke? collects twelve fascinating new... More > fictions, evoking unique worlds of emotion, character, love, humour, and intrigue... Blindness, myth, bullying, and the death of a parent are explored. Totalitarian murder, a chance meeting, and climate change... One man is obsessed with shoes; another confronts his past when he runs into a former lover at a downtown restaurant; a jazz musician finds the cost of true music may be life-changing; a woman relives an intense love affair with a man across time; an art aficionado discovers the real-life subject of a work of art she loves, outside the museum... Every story in this book offers an opened heart and a sharp, refreshing vision.< Less
Coup d'Etat Issue 2 By Waxley Grafton
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Our growing pains outgrown, Boston University Literary Society is excited to release the electrifying second issue of Boston University's newest literary magazine, Coup d'Etat. Edited entirely by... More > Boston University undergraduate students, our Summer 2014 issue features thought-provoking and beautifully written poetry and prose from 20 writers from across the nation.< Less
DWP Anthology By 2014
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An anthology of our three-week journey through the Denver Writing Project.
The Door to November By Zoey Apps
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A cast of colorful back-woods characters, good and bad, and spanning generations, are inextricably interwoven in this tale of twisted legacies involving scientific and psychological phenomena. As the... More > story unfolds, readers may find themselves re-examining the meaning of reality.< Less
Slide By Monica Zarazua
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This collection of short stories has at its heart different characters in search of a connection between themselves, others and the world around them. They must battle against the outside gaze cast... More > upon them by others (teachers, strangers, peers) who want to dictate the course of their lives. The cast of characters includes a boy who can be seen at the bottom of a tea cup, a young girl who runs away from home, and a woman whose feet have turned into plant roots because she has sat for so long staring wistfully out her window.< Less
Creole Demoiselle By Nancy Foshee
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In September 1794, Matthew Dalton arrives in New Orleans, a Spanish held colony, with the purpose of negotiating a treaty for American ships. On his first night in the city, Matthew becomes... More > hopelessly infatuated with the daughter of the second most powerful man in the colony. Through the next several months, he finds himself entangled with members of her family, and even though he rescues her from a burning house, Matthew, an American, is an outsider in Creole society. Elena Navarro, the object of his infatuation, is betrothed to Nicolas de Noyan, a Creole merchant with a sinister motive of his own. To protect her father and her family, she prepares to marry a man she fears even though she is intrigued by the handsome American. When she takes steps to protect someone she loves, her life is turned upside down, and she turns to Matthew to escape to his home in Philadelphia. But even there, the course of true love does not run smoothly. What will she do when confronted by obstacles from Matthew's past?< Less