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The Ghost Mothby Leslie Garland
The Ghost Moth; a tragic tale of the Spirit versus the Flesh. Is it possible that a five hundred year old story of a young monk and his lover could impact on a family in the present day? As Joe reads an old folk tale and is drawn into a world of religious fanatics, witches, angels and she-devils, this unlikely possibility gradually becomes increasingly probable. A story about the desires of the sexes and the doctrines of religion, with hints at the supernatural and beautiful and atmospheric imagery, this controversial, adult, speculative, spiritual and philosophical tale will intrigue, entertain and keep you guessing in equal measure up until the last page. (Warning to sensitive readers; the story is an adult one and so deals with adult themes. It contains what some might find to be controversial views on both religion and sex, as well as mild sex scenes.)
Hope for Us Yetby Jennifer Lane
When Rambsolt's town manager quits, the village is hurled into chaos. Poor and isolated, their best chance for survival is to merge with another town, losing their identity and raising taxes in the process. Adelle, daughter of the town's last great leader, knows just what it takes to do the job, but she also knows the cost. Potholes and broken town clocks are the least of their worries. Between petty squabbles and a ruthless bully, her father suffered until the job killed him. Running for office would mean upending her flower shop, where she enjoys a quiet, drama-free life. It would mean facing old grudges and her father's old enemy. But if something isn't done she'll lose more than just her home and her shop. She could lose the entire town.
Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retoldby Andrew Rowen
After 525 years, the traditional literature recounting the history of Columbus’s epic voyage and first encounters with Native Americans remains Eurocentric, focused principally—whether pro- or anti-Columbus—on Columbus and the European perspective. A historical novel, Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold now dramatizes these events from a bicultural perspective, fictionalizing the beliefs, thoughts, and actions of the Native Americans who met Columbus side by side with those of Columbus and other Europeans, all based on a close reading of Columbus’s Journal, other primary sources, and anthropological studies.
Fall Of The Flamingo Circusby Kate Rigby
What can you do when you are 7 years old, born into deprivation and squalor, with countless brothers and sisters and a violent drunk for a father, but you have a marvelous imagination, a way with words and a book of blank pages? You can write.
The Women's Centerby Michele Fitzpatrick
Four unlikely friends. An aged Chicago mansion. A 20 year old promise. What could go wrong?
The Silver Baron's Wifeby Donna Baier Stein
The Silver Baron's Wife traces the rags-to-riches-to-rags life of Baby Doe Tabor (Lizzie). After her second husband's death, she moved to a one-room shack at the Matchless Mine in Leadville. She lived the last 35 years of her life there, writing down thousands of her dreams and noting visitations of spirits on her calendar.
Gobbledyby Lis Anna-Langston
Winner of the 2020 NYC Big Book Award. New holiday release! The Wonder Years meets A Christmas Story meets E.T. in this magical novel with dialogue that snaps, crackles, and pops and a narrative that skips, jumps, and hops from one delightful surprise after the other. Yet beneath the magic and fun there is an undercurrent of sorrow and loss each character is trying to move through, for this will be the first Kissmas without Dexter and D-man’s beloved mother. How these characters--and their furry little alien sidekick--navigate this strange and complicated time in their lives will amaze and inspire you. Young adults and old adults alike will love the adventures that await inside these pages.
The Boy and the Lakeby Adam Pelzman
A teenage boy discovers his beloved neighbor's dead body floating in the lake. A tight-knit community is torn apart. In 1960s New Jersey the American dream unravels.
The Money Treeby Helen Yeomans
Growing money means keeping secrets, and Jane worries about the kids. Daffy wants to give seedlings to the poor, even though her dad says they’re too delicate. 12-year-old Mike wants to franchise them. Learning the feds may be on to them, the family must pull together to prevent the Secret Service —or their neighbors—from burning their trees.
The One Apartby Justine Avery
Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he's lived before. Tres is about to be born... with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body. He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he's too afraid to ask: why am I? In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth. Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.
The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBrideby Joe Siple
With all his family and friends gone, one-hundred-year-old Murray McBride is looking for a reason to live. He finds it in Jason Cashman, a ten-year-old boy with a terminal heart defect and a list of five things he wants to do before he dies. Together, they race against the limited time each has left, ticking off wishes one by one. But when tragedy strikes, their worlds are turned upside-down, and an unexpected gift is the only thing that can make Jason's final wish come true.
Sorrowby Tiffanie DeBartolo
From Tiffanie DeBartolo, author of God Shaped Hole, How to Kill a Rock Star, and Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story, comes Sorrow, a poignant story about friendship and love, art and music, and how these pursuits can save us from ourselves.
Ouchby Pug Grumble
Sylvester's got a bit of a thing for pain. In the silliest of ways, he enjoys it. He likes splinters and stubbed toes, pizza burns and ice cream headaches. He’s dating the perfect girl in Felicia, a sadistic siren who torments any who wander within reach. The kinda girl who sharpens doorknobs and electrifies jukeboxes. But when Felicia goes to jail, Sylvester can’t help but run into Natalie, a colossal klutz who topples into everything. The kinda girl who twists her ankle on the toilet and gets injured by plastic reindeer. It's the start of something fun, at least until Felicia gets out of prison.
Fly Away Homeby Dave Cenker
While the past may feel like it has an unyielding stranglehold on our path through life, there is always hope. Follow alongside Claire Perkins on a journey filled with discovery, hope, and love. It's never too late to come home.
You Can See More From Up Hereby Mark Guerin
In 2004, when middle-aged Walker Maguire is called to the deathbed of his estranged father, his thoughts return to 1974. He'd worked that summer at the auto factory where his dad, an unhappily retired Air Force colonel, was employed as plant physician. Witness to a bloody fight falsely blamed on a Mexican immigrant, Walker kept quiet, fearing his white co-workers and tyrannical father. Lies snowball into betrayals, leading to a life-long rift between father and son that can only be mended by the past coming back to life and revealing its long-held secrets. You Can See More From Up Here is a coming-of-age tale about the illusion of privilege and the power of the past to inform and possibly heal the present.
A Christmas Carol: Annotated for Dickens Enthusiasts and Students Alikeby Jon Sindell
A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens' beloved Christmas masterpiece and one of the greatest works of wisdom literature the world has ever known. This special edition of A Christmas Carol contains 172 annotations that illuminate the text like a link-boy's torch guiding a coach-and-four through the London fog. Among the annotations are 31 questions and activities to engage students and improve their writing by challenging them to pattern language after that of the immortal prose master. It is said of a character in the tale: ''He knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.'' Let us discover the fount of that knowledge together.
Shorter of Breathby Ken Eckert
Leisure suits. 8-Tracks. An annoyingly ethical cocktail-loving alien. Social justice radicals. Time-traveling terrorist music critics out to stop Starship. Just like Jane Austen used to write! Why couldn’t Alan be cool like people in the ‘70s? After breaking up with his girlfriend Sheila and unsatisfyingly teaching English in Korea, he befriends an alien grad student, Coff, who lets him time-travel to swingin’ 1967 England to live out his retro-boogie fantasy. But now 70 years old in Edmonton, Canada, Alan takes a chance in meeting Sheila again to confess his past, causing problems that Coff will need more than Fleetwood Mac and fuzzy dice to fix.
The Dream Merchantsby Harold Robbins
Johnny plots his way to the top while Peter works to stake his fortune on the movie business. Beautiful starlet Dulcie Warren is willing to use her sexuality and to play dirty to get to the top, if that’s what it takes. When the lives of these three ambitious, determined characters collide, they have the potential to build a dream—or shatter one.
Ang Takby Helen Yeomans
Ang Tak (“Little Tiger”) is the story of Anglo-Asian Tony Pinasa and his caddie Kat at the Masters golf tournament. At loggerheads the first day, they draw together and battle his temper and her grief at the loss of her husband. Impoverished Nepal, where Tony’s Sherpa father was a national hero, watches intently as they fight to make the weekend.
Her Perfect Lifeby Rebecca Taylor
Do we ever really know the ones we love? Reclusive Clare Collins crafts her novels like she crafts her life: perfectly. So the world is stunned when the famous author is found dead on a beach from a self-inflicted gunshot—the morning after her latest book hits the shelves. Her sister, Eileen, is at a loss. Clare led a charmed life: success, mansions, money... Why would she throw it all away? But while reading through her sister's latest—and greatest—novel, Eileen discovers a clue that unravels the fiction and reveals the painful truth. Suddenly, the life that Eileen had envied doesn't seem so sparkling... Her Perfect Life is a page-turning debut that reminds us that no matter the success, everyone has secrets. And some are more devastating than others.
Both Sides of My Skinby Elizabeth Trach
Motherhood doesn’t always look like the sentiments on a greeting card. This collection of four short stories explores the reality of pregnancy and motherhood, from the uncertainty of waiting for pregnancy test results to the strange feeling of not being in control of your own body during pregnancy, labor, and the sometimes suffocating routines of parenting young children. The stories take an unflinching look at the changes motherhood brings, and also challenge our ideas of what it means to be the protagonist and what stories are worth telling.
The Pystead Groupby James Pryor
By 2052 citizens of the USA live in fear of dishonest government and extremists. Seeking escape, Philip Russell, a young cognitive scientist, takes a job with The Pystead Group, a high-tech company located in the West Indies. He falls in love with an artist working for the company and is quickly drawn into its secrets, becoming part of its illegal, brain-scanning security program. On the streets of Nevis, he survives deadly encounters with the company’s enemies through resourceful use of Pystead’s drones. When Pystead is forced off Nevis, its recruits learn the huge pontoons supporting its facilities at sea actually are self-sufficient ships. The novel blends speculative science, philosophy, and art in an adventure that unfolds organically. Enter the hearts and minds of Philip and his friends as they encounter romance amid the disruptive politics and technologies of their era.
Almighty: A Short Tale of Omnipotent Proportionsby Justine Avery
When a staunch atheist is introduced to the Lord Almighty in the most casual—and childish—way, it's not the end of the world. It's a Tuesday.
The Fall of Jack Edgertonby Robert C Lee
SUCCESS; INFIDELITY: DETERIORATION; DESTRUCTION. An exciting new novel about one man's success as a General Manager of a typical US family department store, his deterioration, infidelity, and resulting consequences that lead to his tragic destruction. This is an emotionally descriptive story of a hard-working, well-respected business and loved family man and his demise into a psychologically complex unwinding of his life. An ill-fated love story with a touch of mystery and an unexpected twisted ending will appeal to all readers who look for well-developed characters and a storyline, that will take them for a literary roller-coaster ride.
Unfortunately Humanby Ryan Haynes
A young standup comedian struggles to stay alive on the harsh streets of Hollywood while his body is deteriorating... An entire story written as it's happening, Unfortunately Human is a fast-paced survival story told with short brutally honest journal entries, a wild journey filled with madness, despair, love, sex, and heartbreak.