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How the Deer Moon Hungers: A Coming of Age Novelby Susan Wingate
ON PRE-SALE NOW! Nominated for the 2020 National Book Award. Winner of Best Fiction in the 2020 Pacific Book Award. ''In Susan Wingate's novel How the Deer Moon Hungers, the hidden horrors of juvenile detention facilities are exposed. ―Foreword Reviews. - 5-Star Review ''For those who enjoyed reading books like Where the Crawdads Sing and My Sister's Keeper.'' MACKENZIE FRASER witnesses a drunk driver mow down her seven-year-old sister and her mother blames her. Then she ends up in juvie on a trumped-up drug charge. Now she's in the fight of her life...on the inside! And she's losing. Coming of Age fiction at its best! Special order price for July 15 release.)
Leo Tolstoy's 20 Greatest Short Stories Annotatedby Andrew Barger
''Anna Karenina'' along with ''War and Peace'' solidified Tolstoy as one of the greatest writers in modern history. Few, however, have read his wonderful short stories. Now, in one collection, are the 20 greatest short stories of Leo Tolstoy, which give a snapshot of Russia and its people in the late nineteenth century. A fine introduction is given by the award-winning editor, Andrew Barger. Annotations are included of difficult Russian terms. There is also a Tolstoy biography at the start of the book with photos of Tolstoy's relatives. The classic stories include: A Candle, After the Dance, Albert, Alyosha the Pot, An Old Acquaintance, Does a Man Need Much Land?, If You Neglect the Fire You Don't Put It Out, Khodinka: An Incident of the Coronation of Nicholas II, Lucerne, Memoirs of a Lunatic, My Dream, Recollections of a Scorer, and The Empty Drum.
Among the Brandedby Linda Smolkin
While attending Valor of the ’40s, art director Stephanie Britain stumbles upon a flea market selling letters from the war. She buys a handful, hoping they’ll inspire the redesign for a client’s website. She’s drawn by the lost art of penmanship, but soon discovers a treasure nestled inside declarations of love from homesick soldiers. Stephanie enlists a coworker to translate one and realizes it’s not a love letter after all. When a shocking discovery about a client causes Stephanie to question her principles, she’s forced to make a difficult decision—one that could give her peace of mind, yet ruin her career in the process.
Guesthouse for Ganeshaby Judith Teitelman
In 1923, seventeen-year-old Esther Grünspan arrives in Köln “with a hardened heart as her sole luggage.” Thus begins a twenty-two-year journey, woven against the backdrops of the European Holocaust and the Hindu Kali Yuga (the “Age of Darkness”), in search of a place of sanctuary. Throughout her travails, using cunning and shrewdness, Esther relies on her masterful tailoring skills to help mask her Jewish heritage, navigate war-torn Europe, and emigrate to India. Esther’s traveling companion and the novel’s narrator is Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God worshiped by millions for his abilities to destroy obstacles and bestow wishes. Impressed by Esther’s relentless determination, born of her deep―though unconscious―understanding of the meaning and purpose of love, Ganesha, with compassion, insight, and poetry, highlights her story as he recognizes it is all of our stories.
The Pugilist Poets of Veniceby Jon Sindell
''A rollicking, big-hearted tale, full of laughter, bravery and unflinching humanity.'' ~ Emily Kiernan, The Great Divide. A Boomer, an Xer, and a Millennial walk into a book and ask: ''Are friends really 'the family we choose for ourselves?' And how cool is cool, really?'' Meet Hammerhead Hirsch, a charismatic middle-aged boho known in the 60s as The Pugilist Poet for his Golden Gloves boxing crown and Beat poetry chops. Thirty years later Head has become a first-time father, and his joy is immense—until the mom bolts. Can Head last fifteen rounds as a single dad with a paltry income, biting demons, and a ''ball-and-chain'' kid? The tale is told by a worshipful youth who accompanies Head and his son on a turbulent yet often hilarious ten-year ride. ''Prose that zings, swings and frequently sings.'' ~ Tracy DeBrincat ''Funny, relatable and engrossing.''
Sanders' Starfish: The Complete Series (John Sanders Series)by Tara Allred
This complete series includes SANDERS' STARFISH and UNAUTHORED LETTERS. There are bonus features included! Dr. John Sanders is about to begin his career as a clinical psychologist. Full of optimism, he believes he can make a difference and is eager to provide hope to a group the world has deemed hopeless. Yet in John's quest to offer those in his care a second chance, he embarks on his own journey of self-discovery. In his search, clear answers become scrambled confusion while the unimaginable truth is trapped in a complex web. The JOHN SANDERS SERIES is an inspiring tale of a woman’s troubled past, a doctor's quest to protect her, and their fight against a mysterious foe. It’s a story of trust strained by illness, love tried by lies, and promises terrorized by illusive danger.
How the Deer Moon Hungers: A Coming of Age Novelby Susan Wingate
ON PRE-SALE NOW! Nominated for the 2020 National Book Award. ''In Susan Wingate's novel How the Deer Moon Hungers, the hidden horrors of juvenile detention facilities are exposed. ―Foreword Reviews. - 5-Star Review ''For those who enjoyed reading books like Where the Crawdads Sing and My Sister's Keeper.'' MACKENZIE FRASER witnesses a drunk driver mow down her seven-year-old sister and her mother blames her. Then she ends up in juvie on a trumped-up drug charge. Now she's in the fight of her life...on the inside! And she's losing. Coming of Age fiction at its best! Special order price for July 15 release.)
January Riverby Bernard Jan
Five friends. One dog. One river carrying a secret. When one of their friends goes missing, everything comes crashing down for the small group of childhood friends in the small town of Greenfield. Ethan takes it hard. Then he loses his dog, his only consolation. Hoping to start anew, Ethan leaves Greenfield and moves to New York City. Far from the ghosts of his childhood and the river that gives and takes life. There he finds his one true love and builds a career as a bestselling author. But how long will Ethan’s happiness last as doubts creep back into him and shatter his reality? And will his reconciliation with the past come at too great a price? All rivers carry their secrets, but not every river keeps its secret forever.
Uri Full of Lightby Holly Sortland
Eighteen-year-old Hannah Hagen, an outgoing and rebellious gentile girl growing up in the shadow of her father's terminal illness, meets 17-year-old Uri Geller, a Modern Orthodox Jewish boy, in unlikely circumstances in the late 1990s. Their meeting brings Hannah out of an abusive relationship, and into a spiritual and religious transformation, and life in a community that gives her connection and meaning. Spanning three decades and two continents, Uri Full of Light is a story of conversion, redemption, and two inseparable lovers during the turmoil and aftermath of Israel's Second Intifada. At the height of the suicide bombings in Israel in the early 2000's, Uri and Hannah must navigate through the complexities of faith, death, and an unlikely turn of events. Their story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit in unthinkable tragedy, and the remarkable capacity to forgive.
Three Weeks In The Summerby Paul Marriner
A bitter-sweet coming of age story 1976 - Richard (16) has finished his exams and a long, hot summer beckons, but his crush on the new girl in town is unrequited. He leaves the stifling suburb to spend time in The New Forest with Dudek, his Czech uncle. Dudek is being cared for by Anika, a vivacious young Czech woman. Anika introduces him to village life and when he meets Jennifer, a girl his age, he finds his attentions torn between them. Teenage emotions and needs are laid bare as relationships with the two girls develop. The summer’s experiences intensify as forest fires threaten the village and Richard learns more of the events that led to his father’s death. As the summer break ends, Richard has been touched by love and death and understands more of his father’s history.
Funeral Poems: Death, Grief & Loss Poetry (Inspirational Poetry Book 1)by Michael Ashby
For the celebration of a life. 'I am not gone, While you remember with me ...' 137 modern and famous poems that will resonate with you. ''Life Goes On,'' ''My Mum,'' ''Bingo,'' ''The Golf Course In The Sky,'' ''Funeralissimo,'' ''Grandpa's Lost His Gr'' ... 'Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep ...' 'How much do I love thee ...'
Arnold Fallsby Charlie Suisman
Spend time in the funny, oddball village of Arnold Falls, where larger-than-life characters deal with the smallest of problems. Somehow, it all comes out right in the end. Arnold Falls is a novel that tips its hat to Armistead Maupin and P. G. Wodehouse, creating a world in which food, music, friendship, love, and tending your own garden are connected in surprising ways.
Unbearable Freedomby Andrew Maitand
The bland perfection of his life is slowly crushing James Albertazzi. Disillusioned with his job as a security analyst for his country's authoritarian government and his stagnating relationship, James also lives in the shadow of his elder brother David, his parents' favourite son and poster-boy for the militarised society which they live in. As James begins to sink into despair, he encounters a new colleague, Rachel, who opens his eyes to a different way of viewing the world. As his country becomes increasingly dangerous, James must overcome his fears and challenge the oppressive powers governing his life, as well as his own demons.
Burgby Billy Betts
Brian Whitecross had it all – a wife he’d loved since high school, a sprawling mansion with water views, a fast car he seldom had time to take above the low inner city speed limits, two booming businesses, although he couldn't talk about one of them. He’d been an incognito and very successful thief since he was a kid but he was about to lose control of everything as a childhood memory alters his life profoundly.
The Promise of Provence (Book 1 in the Love in Provence series)by Patricia Sands
Fifty, suddenly divorced and alone, can be an opportunity to begin something better than you ever dreamed. After a year of heartbreak, Katherine Price impulsively agrees to a home exchange in the south of France. Life often changes when we least expect it. Find your joie de vivre!
My Grandfather's Eyesby B.A. Spicer
Alex Crane loses her beloved grandfather when she is just four years old. As she grows, she shows a disturbing lack of empathy, becoming increasingly detached from her surroundings. When she marries, it is not for love. But her saving grace is that she cares deeply for her best friend, Lizzy. Later, when she accidentally discovers a piece of family history, Alex becomes obsessed with following a trail which she is convinced will explain the childhood memories that haunt her and re-define her place in the world.
Crooked Fencesby C.J. Heigelmann
Crooked Fences is a fiercely honest story about a returning war veteran’s battle to overcome the debilitating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression while confronting the hatred instilled in him by his father while working in a low-income housing project.
The Pinecone Apothecaryby S.J. Amit
At the height of his success, Julian discovers he has been left without a job. The unrelenting pangs in his chest appear at an increasing frequency. Despite his attempts at recovering, the pain paralyzes him, and without knowing how and why, he crosses over to the Land of the Mosaic - which has no beginning or end - in a journey towards the pinecone apothecary who will prepare the remedy that can cure his pain. He finds himself in a wooden hut with two people he doesn’t know. Despite his fear, he agrees to go on a journey through the Land of the Mosaic alongside Kelemance, a man who promises to accompany Julian and guide him to the pinecone apothecary. But their travels turn out to be extremely challenging, both mentally and physically, taking them through threatening situations. Will they reach the destination?
A Poor Man's Supperby Jim Gulledge
A Poor Man's Supper is a ballad in prose set in the mountains of North Carolina. Vancie Keller is trying to survive on a failing farm when her life is forever changed by the arrival of two men, Josiah Buckland and Jagger Hill. One she will love, the other she will marry. Author Ruth Moose says of this novella, ''Pure poetry and a joy to the senses!''
Spencer's Bluesby Andy Greenhalgh
Jaded Londoner Spencer Leyton accepts an invitation to teach in Georgia, USA. When he falls in love with a colleague he finds that this small town has some very dark secrets. ''I am so far out of my depth here… I’m from Kettering for God’s sake.'' A dark comedy mingling a Romeo-and-Juliet love story with the blues music of the Deep South and the shadow of the white supremacy movement.
The Green Doorby Hazel Mattice
The year was 1985. Rosemarie Mattson was ten years old and her parents offered the next-door neighbors a place to stay. The country house, a summer home close to her grandparents, became a perilous place where adult supervision lacked. But then she met Victor Frank, an outsider, and a fateful kinship was formed. Years later, she’s grown up and leaves the past behind for a dream of owning her own bakery and a fairytale romance. The ink still fresh on the marriage certificate, Rosemarie’s husband’s mask comes off behind closed doors. Soon, she begins to forget things, questioning her reality. When her husband leaves her shortly after her bakery goes bankrupt, Rosemarie is forced to move back to the country house. Then Victor returns. Summer evenings bring back tender days gone by and a friend who is closer than a lover. But then the voices begin, whispering her darkest fear…
Passing Lincolnby Michael Rogers
When her great-grandson returns the five-dollar bill with her note that he can trust God, Dolores is ready to give up hope. She wants to believe God can reach him, but she doesn’t know how to help. Desperately, she puts her gift in the offering plate on Sunday morning and prays, ''God, if you’re really there, you can use my money to save one of those kids. I don’t want to be selfish. It doesn’t have to be my Little Chet. Whoever it is, God, I pray you use my gift to help them see Jesus.''
Escapement: An Exquisite Tale of Love and Passionby Kristen Wolf
Be transported into an intoxicating world of beauty and passion by this heart-wrenching and gorgeously-written gem. Set in the turbulent Romantic era and spun by the perceptive yet unusual housekeeper of a brilliant composer, the tale reveals the agonies and joy of artistry, love affairs, obsessions, and the gaping wounds wrought by secrets. Brimming with intrigue and unforgettable characters, ESCAPEMENT delivers a breathtaking tribute to the redemptive power of human creativity and the enduring light cast by our deepest desires.
Life is Bigby Kiki Denis
Alma-Jane, an impossibly curious 11-year-old girl who lives in NYC and the most genetically happy person alive, is about to die due to a rare mutation. Ayrton, Alma-Jane’s older brother and a math prodigy, declares war against Death, ''the destroyer of Life,'' and then suddenly takes off to Oxford, UK, to examine Albert Einstein’s brain. Meanwhile, Death and his younger brother, O.M. (Obituary Man), are overworked and in desperate need of a short vacation. At the heart of all this, a motley crew of ''Minor and Major Immortals'' mingle: Socrates, Alma-Jane’s dead grandfather. Dr. Harvey, a neuroscientist who conducts research on ''Pure Mighties,'' lab engineered mice that lack a fear gene. Sabina, Einstein’s Kunderian mistress. Alfred Butts, Sabina’s best friend and the inventor of the Scrabble board game. And Pablo Neruda, who builds bridges for a living and loves kite flying.
The Ruby of the Seaby Peggy Lampman
From the award-winning author of The Promise Kitchen comes a riveting new story of twin sisters caught in their mother's crosshairs on what to do about their disturbed younger sister. Lush with devastating secrets, lies, romance and psychological drama. ''You tell me about a family without a certain amount of dysfunction, and I'll tell you that family is lying.'' After aimlessly traveling the country for fifteen years, Linnea Chandler returns to her hometown of Key West, Florida keeping the genesis of a life-altering phobia to herself -- not a good idea, as she comes to find out. The 19th Century lighthouse that she, her parents and two sisters call home also has a troubled past, carrying the frightening myth that eerily mirrors the mystery of her younger sister today. Should Linnea run while she can?