Description: With the comic unpredictability of a Wes Anderson movie and the inventive sharpness of a John Irving novel, author Brock Clarke introduces readers to an ordinary man who is about to embark on an absurdly extraordinary adventure.
After his mother, a theologian and bestselling author, dies in a fiery explosion, forty-nine-year-old Calvin Bledsoe’s heretofore uninspired life is upended. A stranger shows up at the funeral, claiming to be Calvin’s aunt Beatrice, and insists that Calvin accompany her on a trip to Europe, immediately.
As he and Beatrice traverse the continent, it quickly becomes apparent that his aunt’s clandestine behavior is leading him into danger. Facing a comic menagerie of antiquities thieves, secret agents, religious fanatics, and an ex-wife who’s stalking him, Calvin begins to suspect there might be some meaning behind the madness. Maybe he’s not the person he thought he was? But there’s little time for soul-searching, as Calvin first has to figure out why he has been kidnapped, why his aunt disappeared, and who the hell burned down his house. Powered by pitch-perfect dialogue, lovable characters, and surprising optimism, WHO ARE YOU, CALVIN BLEDSOE? is a modern-day Travels with My Aunt, a novel about grabbing life, and holding on—wherever it may take you.
“A wild ride of a book... in which anything and everything can happen, and mostly does... Bursts with all the meaty stuff of real life.” —Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Description: “There is more life packed on each page of ORDINARY GIRLS than some lives hold in a lifetime.”—Julia Alvarez
ORDINARY GIRLS is a fierce, beautiful, and unflinching memoir from a wildly talented debut author. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Jaquira Díaz found herself caught between extremes: as her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was surrounded by the love of her friends; as she longed for a family and home, she found instead a life upended by violence. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page of ORDINARY GIRLS vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz triumphantly maps a way out of despair toward love and hope to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be.
With a story reminiscent of Tara Westover’s Educated, Roxane Gay’s Hunger, and Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries, Jaquira Díaz delivers a memoir that reads as electrically as a novel.
“Jaquira Díaz writes about ordinary girls living extraordinary lives."—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street
“A memoir of breath and rhythm and blood-red struggle, a book for everyone who has ever felt homesick inside their own skin”—Karen Russell, author of Orange World
“Jaquira Díaz is an unstoppable force. Her writing is alive with power. I stand in awe of what she brings us. The future is here.”—Luís Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels
Description: Middle-grade Historical Fiction set in Santa Fe, NM during WWII. ——- Having fled the dreadful blitz in London and landed in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico, Beatrice Agatha Sims has learned to appreciate a radically different culture and landscape. Her world is rocked again with news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. First she must contend with losing her American host, the sensible “Clem” - a public health nurse called to Washington to train other nurses. Then the 13-year-old girl must draw on her own experience of being a stranger in a strange land to battle local fears and prejudice when a Japanese Internment Camp is constructed on the edge of town. And will Beatrice have the ‘gumption’ required to face the challenges the war is bringing to everyone?
A stand-alone novel and sequel to the very popular, award-winning TRUE BRIT: Beatrice, 1940 about an English girl fleeing the Blitz and landing in America, based on true accounts.
Description: A top NYPD detective is pulled out of retirement to take down a notorious drug dealer. But when cracking the case means involving his computer-whiz nephew, will he risk the only family he’s ever had? From the #1 bestselling author of Sleepers and The Wolf. . . .
As one of the NYPD’s most trusted “tin badges”—retired detectives brought in to solve cases that are beyond the reach of the everyday force—Tank Rizzo has faced off against some of the city’s toughest criminals without breaking a sweat. To tackle a case involving a dangerous kingpin known as Gonzo, Tank turns to his best friend and ex-partner, Pearl; a former mobster living out a seemingly quiet retirement as the owner of Tank’s favorite Italian restaurant; and a team of expert misfits he would trust with his life. But Gonzo will stop at nothing to defend the empire he's built, and won't hesitate to make it personal.
Then Tank gets a call telling him that his brother and sister-in-law, estranged from him for many years, have been killed in a horrific car accident. Tank is the only family left for his orphaned teenage nephew, Chris, although he knows his lifestyle is ill-suited to win him father of the year.
Chris moves in with Tank, and the two circle each other warily. It’s only when Chris reveals an interest in true crime and a genius-level skill with computers that they begin to bond. Chris’s skills may be exactly what Tank’s team needs to take Gonzo down—but getting him involved could put his life at risk.
Description: "Larry Brown wrote the way the best singers sing: with honesty, grit, and the kind of raw emotion that stabs you right in the heart. He was a singular American treasure." —Tim McGraw
A career-spanning collection, TINY LOVE brings together for the first time the stories of Larry Brown’s previous collections along with those never before gathered.
The self-taught Brown has long had a cult following, and this collection comes with an intimate and heartfelt appreciation by novelist Jonathan Miles. We see Brown's early forays into genre fiction and the horror story, then develop his fictional gaze closer to home, on the people and landscapes of Lafayette County, Mississippi. And what’s astonishing here is the odyssey these stories chart: Brown’s self-education as a writer and the incredible artistic journey he navigated from “Plant Growin’ Problems” to “A Roadside Resurrection.”
This is the whole of Larry Brown, the arc laid bare, both an amazing story collection and the fullest portrait we’ll see of one of the South’s most singular artists.
“Larry Brown wrote stories that captured both the beauty and the brokenness of life. He never blinked at life’s darkness, but drew you into it with his characters." —Tim McGraw
Description: Boost the performance of your GM LS-Series engine by learning about supercharger and turbocharger systems, how to select the right parts, installation, tuning, and much more.This revised edition of How to Supercharge & Turbocharge GM LS-Series Engines is the only book on the market dedicated specifically to forced induction for LS-Series engines, and it will help you gain a solid understanding of how supercharger and turbocharger systems work so you can select the best system for your budget, engine, and application. The attributes of Roots-type and centrifugal-type superchargers as well as turbochargers are extensively discussed to establish a solid base of knowledge. Benefits and drawbacks of each system are explained as well as the impact of systems on the vehicle. Also covered in detail are the installation challenges, necessary tools, and the time required to do the job. Once the system has been installed, the book covers tuning, maintenance, and how to avoid detonation so the engine stays healthy. Cathedral, square, and D-shaped port design heads are explained in terms of performance, as well as strength and reliability of the rotating assembly, block, and other components. Finally, author Barry Kluczyk explains how to adjust the electronic management system to accommodate a supercharger or turbocharger. This book provides exceptional guidance on the wide range of systems and kits available for arguably the most popular modern V-8 on the market today.If you want to dramatically increase the power of your GM LS-Series engine using forced induction, look no further than the pages of this detailed volume.
Description: “Dovey Johnson Roundtree set a new path for women and proved that the vision and perseverance of a single individual can turn the tides of history.”—Michelle Obama
In MIGHTY JUSTICE, trailblazing African American civil rights attorney Dovey Johnson Roundtree recounts her inspiring life story that speaks urgently to our racially troubled times.
From the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, to the segregated courtrooms of the nation’s capital; from the male stronghold of the army where she broke gender and color barriers to the pulpits of churches where women had waited for years for the right to minister—in all these places, Dovey Johnson Roundtree sought justice.
At a time when African American attorneys had to leave the courthouses to use the bathroom, Roundtree took on Washington’s white legal establishment and prevailed, winning a 1955 landmark bus desegregation case that would help to dismantle the practice of “separate but equal” and shatter Jim Crow laws. Later, she led the vanguard of women ordained to the ministry in the AME Church in 1961, merging her law practice with her ministry to fight for families and children being destroyed by urban violence.
Dovey Roundtree passed away in 2018 at the age of 104. Though her achievements were significant and influential, she remains largely unknown to the public. MIGHTY JUSTICE corrects the historical record.
"Roundtree never gave up on America."—Liza Mundy, New York Times bestselling author of Code Girls
Description: “Richard Louv has done it again. A remarkable book that will help everyone break away from their fixed gaze at the screens that dominate our lives and remember instead that we are animals in a world of animals.” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter
Richard Louv’s landmark book, Last Child in the Woods, inspired an international movement to connect children and nature. Now Louv redefines the future of human-animal coexistence. Our Wild Calling explores these powerful and mysterious bonds and how they can transform our mental, physical, and spiritual lives, serve as an antidote to the growing epidemic of human loneliness, and help us tap into the empathy required to preserve life on Earth. Louv interviews researchers, theologians, wildlife experts, indigenous healers, psychologists, and others to show how people are communicating with animals in ancient and new ways; how dogs can teach children ethical behavior; how animal-assisted therapy may yet transform the mental health field; and what role the human-animal relationship plays in our spiritual health. He reports on wildlife relocation and on how the growing populations of wild species in urban areas are blurring the lines between domestic and wild animals.
Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures—not out of fear, but out of love. Transformative and inspiring, this book points us toward what we all long for in the age of technology: real connection.
Description: The incredible true story of a Polish resistance fighter’s infiltration of Auschwitz to sabotage the camp from within, and his death-defying attempt to warn the Allies about the Nazis’ plans for a “Final Solution” before it was too late.
“Superbly written and breathtakingly researched, The Volunteer smuggles us into Auschwitz and shows us—as if watching a movie—the story of a Polish agent who infiltrated the infamous camp, organized a rebellion, and then snuck back out. We are squarely confronted with the other human truth: ordinary people will happily risk their lives to help others. Fairweather has dug up a story of incalculable value and delivered it to us in the most compelling prose I have read in a long time.” —Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of The Perfect Storm
To uncover the fate of the thousands being interred at a mysterious Nazi camp on the border of the Reich, a thirty-nine-year-old Polish resistance fighter named Witold Pilecki volunteered for an audacious mission: assume a fake identity, intentionally get captured and sent to the new camp, and then report back to the underground on what had happened to his compatriots there. But gathering information was not his only task: he was to execute an attack from inside—where the Germans would least expect it.
The name of the camp was Auschwitz.
Over the next two and half years, Pilecki forged an underground army within Auschwitz that sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi informants and officers, and gathered evidence of terrifying abuse and mass murder. But as he pieced together the horrifying truth that the camp was to become the epicenter of Nazi plans to exterminate Europe’s Jews, Pilecki realized he would have to risk his men, his life, and his family to warn the West before all was lost. To do so, meant attempting the impossible—an escape from Auschwitz itself.
Completely erased from the historical record by Poland’s post-war Communist government, Pilecki remains almost unknown to the world. Now, with exclusive access to previously hidden diaries, family and camp survivor accounts, and recently declassified files, Jack Fairweather offers an unflinching portrayal of survival, revenge and betrayal in mankind’s darkest hour. And in uncovering the tragic outcome of Pilecki’s mission, he reveals that its ultimate defeat originated not in Auschwitz or Berlin, but in London and Washington.
Description: The Book of Questions meets What If? in this profound, provocative, and addictively engaging book of medical cases that asks, "What would you do?"
“An original, compelling, and provocative exploration of ethical issues in our society, with thoughtful and balanced commentary. I have not seen anything like it.” —Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams
Bedside Dilemmas brings the most challenging and unsettling ethics controversies from contemporary science and medicine to the proverbial water cooler. Drawing upon the author’s two decades of teaching medical ethics at America’s top universities and medical schools and his work as a practicing psychiatrist, this innovative book asks readers, when faced with complex, unsettling scenarios readers, What would you do? Is it ethical for an insured woman to pose as her uninsured twin in order to obtain lifesaving medical attention for her? A couple wants to conceive a deaf baby, which is now possible via medical technology, but should this be allowed? A young man wants to donate a kidney to his father, but a tissue match reveals that he is actually not the biological son. Should this information be revealed to either father or son? A mentally disabled man says no to a medical procedure that could save the life of his brother. Should he be forced?
Some cases are pulled from today’s headlines, others are loosely based on cases reported in professional journals. A few (identities disguised) come from the author’s own clinical encounters. Every scenario is followed by a brief reflection of how various modern thought leaders (ethicists, philosophers, courts, political commentators, research scientists, and medical professionals) have addressed the underlying issues.
In a society where much of the public views many hot-button ethical issues in stark, black-and-white terms, the scenarios in Bedside Dilemmas are designed to defy easy answers and to stimulate thought. Profound, provocative, and addictive, it’s impossible to read just one.
Description: Mimi Bull grew up secure in the love of family, friends, and neighbors, never questioning the unusual circumstances that caused her to be adopted by two women in the late 1930s. It was years before she learned the secret truth: that one of the women was her grandmother, the other her biological mother, and that the story of her adoption had been concocted not only to shield her mother’s reputation, but to hide the fact that her father was the gregarious young parish priest everyone adored. It has only been very recently that the Catholic Church has begun to acknowledge the existence of other children of priests, and Bull writes candidly of the emotional toll that this policy of secrecy and denial took on her—“I should like to have lived a life with my loving parents, knowing who we all were, knowing my father’s family from the beginning, and without the forty years of depression that compromised me and those I loved.”
Description: Krista Galloway has a good reason to dislike the holiday season, but when her new job as city manager forces her to plan the town's over-the-top Christmas celebration, she and her daughter may find a new home—and some Christmas spirit—in the process.
Description: This richly researched collection of linked short stories transports readers to the midway of a carnival traveling through the Jim Crow South where we meet the carnival owners, a carousel operator, the geek, dancing girls, several performers displayed as oddities and the African American laborers charged with tending them. The final story crosses the ocean, underscoring the the power and mystery of unexpected connections. Lyrical descriptions of the physical environs and the emotional landscape of each character function like a funhouse mirror, providing just enough distance and distortion to see ourselves more clearly. The sharply striated world of a century ago aptly reflects the tensions, divisions, and perennial shared yearning for redemption and belonging that mark us as human.
Description: Investigator Gabe Chavez and Dive Team Captain Anissa Bell have a complicated history. But when Anissa's fractured past collides with Gabe's investigation of a shooting, they must work together to catch the murderer before someone else dies.
Description: Based on true events, this compelling survival story by award-winning novelist Jane Kirkpatrick is full of grit and endurance. Beset by storms, bad timing, and desperate decisions, 8 women, 17 children, and one man must outlast winter in the middle of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1844.
Description: A reclusive bookstore owner hoped she’d permanently buried her family’s sensational past with a new name. But when the novels she once shared with an old crush begin appearing in the mail, it’s clear her true identity is about to be revealed, threatening the new life she has painstakingly built.
Description: Small-town realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents—unfortunately, selling houses isn’t one of them. When a developer sets his sights on the historic homes in Heritage, Hannah turns to her best friend Luke for help. Will Luke risk his future and confront his past to help her succeed?
Description: Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples’ resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism.
Going beyond the story of America as a country “discovered” by a few brave men in the “New World,” Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity.
The original academic text is fully adapted by renowned curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers to include discussion topics, archival images, original maps, recommendations for further reading, and other materials to encourage students, teachers, and general readers to think critically about their own place in history.
Description: Joy Road is a memoir by Julie Evans, a change-of-life baby who spent much of her Midwestern childhood nurturing her alcoholic mother and her chronically ill father. Both parents died while she was still a teen. She takes readers on a tumultuous ride from the 1970s to the 2000s as she struggles to find herself, developing addictions to sex, drugs, alcohol and nicotine. In the end it’s her experiences as a wildlife rehabilitator, and the wise counsel of a country pastor, that rescue her and usher her into a life of service. Julie’s compelling story is set in colorful locales, including Minneapolis, Phoenix, Key West, New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco, New York City and, finally, upstate New York. Peopled with a memorable cast of characters, her saga is by turns shocking, humorous and inspiring. Today Julie lives on Joy Road in Woodstock, New York. She is a healed healer, writer and motivational speaker with a thriving massage practice.
Description: Our Baby Was Born Premature is a uniquely conceived memoir rendered in “super-tweets.” Begun by the comedian-cum-author as a way to work out the complex and anxious feelings that an expecting parent goes through, Alexander offers up fresh insights into the perils and joys of parenthood, ranging from amusing to hilarious to keenly observant to chaotically reflective. It’s page after page of belly laughs for new parents, soon-to-be-parents, and never-wanna-be parents alike.
"The way I see it, reading this book is way more enjoyable than having a kid. So, the choice is yours." - Mike Gandolfi, actor and Emmy-award winning author
Description: A critical exploration of the core ideas of the alt-right—necessary reading for all who seek to counter its appeal and expansion.
From a loose movement that lurked in the shadows in the early 2000s, the alt-right has achieved a level of visibility that has allowed it to expand significantly through America’s cultural, political, and digital landscapes. Yet it is also mercurial and shape-shifting, encompassing a spectrum of ideas and believers that resonate with white supremacy, right-wing nationalism, and anti-feminism. The alt-right offers a big and porous tent to those who subscribe to varying forms of race- and gender-based exclusion and endorse white identity politics.
To understand the contemporary moment, historian Alexandra Minna Stern knew she needed to get under—to excavate—the alt-right memes and tropes that had erupted online. In Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate, she does just that, applying the tools of the scholar to explore the alt-right’s central texts, narratives, constructs, and insider language. She explains the key ideas and strategies of metapolitics and “red-pilling,” reveals why the tag line for their most prominent publisher is “books against time,” looks closely at the paramount fantasy of the white nirvana, the ethnostate, and reveals how gender essentialism unveils the similarities between the alt-right and the alt-light. Lastly, she takes stock of the alt-right’s concerted attempts to normalize the movement, by casting off the vestiges of neo-Nazism and 20th-century white power movements and seeking respectability.
Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate shows us the underlying concepts and constructs that guide the alt-right and provides a tool for all who wish to combat its overlapping forms of racism, xenophobia, transphobia, and deep-seated anti-egalitarianism.
Description: A trail of a murder leads Domenic Jejeune across a vast continent…
Newly estranged from his girlfriend, Lindy Hey, Inspector Domenic Jejeune returns to Southern Ontario, where he receives news that his brother, Damian, has gone missing in Wood Buffalo National Park while conducting research on Whooping Cranes. Domenic immediately heads out to try to find him.
Back in the U.K., Jejeune's plan to protect Lindy has failed, and she has been kidnapped by his old foe, Ray Hayes. Jejeune's trusty sergeant, Danny Maik, tracks down Lindy, but there is far more to the situation than he anticipated. With Lindy in imminent danger, Maik is forced into a desperate rescue attempt.
Will either of them survive? And if so, can they find their way back to each other?
Come along on an aviation journey with Alis! This spunky female guide will take you through an ABC of planes featuring gorgeous cut-paper art.
An A to Z of planes past and present, this book has stunning cut-paper art and a cute-as-a-button guide named Alis. Named for Dr. Alis Kennedy, likely one of the first Indigenous women to obtain a commercial pilot licence in Canada, Alis will take you on an aviation tour from the Avro Arrow to the Zeppelin and everything in between.
Meticulously researched and uniquely crafted, this is a one-of-a-kind book that will delight aviation fans big and little.
Description: Ancient, rich, and strange, these magical and eerie tales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation.
A handsome, cocky young man is swept up by a dark horseman and cast into a life-or-death adventure. A pair of green children emerge from a remote hollow and struggle to adapt to a strange new land. A dauntless farm girl finds that her fearlessness earns her a surprising reward. Dark but often funny, lyrical yet earthy, the folktales presented here have influenced our landscape and culture. This definitive collection of forty-eight stories, retold by master storyteller and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland, opens a doorway to a lost world and shows the enduring power of language and imagination.
Description: Orphaned at fifteen in 1883, Ezekiel Harrington is forced from his home in remote Nebraska into the hands of strangers in Philadelphia. They steal what little he has, and demand he live with them. He flees their injustice; only his drive and stubborn tenacity keep him from starving.
After desolate years, a collective of striving artists befriends him. Among the artists is Robert Henri, on his way to becoming influential in the art world.
A crude Bohemian woman of incredible talent joins the group. Ezekiel immediately dislikes her rough ways. As he bumbles his way into turn-of-the century Philadelphia and to Paris of the Belle Epoque, his feelings for the unacceptable woman change and thrust him on an intense and unexpected course.
In COME THE MORNING, Jeannie Burt spins a story of love and longing, betrayal, loneliness, and hard truth. Her story delivers a lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time.
Description: Recommended for ages 3-7. A young girl sees the world differently in this beautiful picture book celebration of math.
Everyone has a passion. For some, it's music. For others, it's art. For our heroine, it's math. When she looks around the world, she sees math in all the beautiful things: the concentric circles a stone makes in a lake, the curve of a slide, the geometric shapes in the playground. Others don't understand her passion, but she doesn't mind. There are infinite ways to see the world. And through math is one of them.
This book is a gorgeous ode to something vital but rarely celebrated. In the eyes of this little girl, math takes its place alongside painting, drawing and song as a way to ponder the beauty of the world.
Description: When Naomi, a fourteen-year-old white girl, is placed with a black foster care family, her life takes some dramatic twists and turns.
This isn’t my home. Haven’t had a proper home since . . . This is just somewhere I’ll be resting my bones for a week and maybe a bit. This time next year you’ll forget who I am. I haven’t got a diddly where I’ll be by then. But I’m used to it.
New from the UK-based best-selling black British author and winner of the Guardian Children’s Book Award, Home Girl is the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the foster care system. It is a wholly modern story which sheds a much-needed light on what can be an unsettling life—and the consequences that follow when children are treated like pawns on a family chessboard.
Home Girl is fast-paced and funny, tender, tragic, and full of courage—just like Naomi. It is Alex Wheatle’s most moving and personal novel to date.
Description: A golden retriever narrates a hilarious, heart-tugging tale of a dog and his humans as he tries to keep his family together while everything around them falls apart.
Ever since Cosmo became a big brother to Max ten years ago, he’s known what his job was: to protect his boy and make him happy. Through many good years marked by tennis balls and pilfered turkey, torn-up toilet paper and fragrant goose poop, Cosmo has doggedly kept his vow. Until recently, his biggest problems were the evil tutu-wearing sheepdog he met on Halloween and the arthritis in his own joints. But now, with Dad-scented blankets appearing on the couch and arguing voices getting louder, Cosmo senses a tougher challenge ahead. When Max gets a crazy idea to teach them both a dance routine for a contest, how can Cosmo refuse, stiff hips or no? Max wants to remind his folks of all the great times they’ve had together dancing — and make them forget about the “d” word that’s making them all cry. Told in the open, optimistic, unintentionally humorous voice of a golden retriever, I, Cosmo will grab readers from the first page — and remind them that love and loyalty transcend whatever life throws your way.
Description: Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances...
Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique to fend off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy.
James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie—like Princess Grace—must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.
Description: In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories.
In this big universe full of many moons, I have traveled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I love my grandma.
While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Mina Javaherbin’s words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader. Soft, colorful, and full of intricate patterns, Lindsey Yankey’s illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home, and the adoration between Mina and her grandma is evident on every page.
Description: An exciting new direction for acclaimed author Elizabeth Eulberg, PAST PERFECT LIFE is a tense and tender read about secrets and lies, reality and identity, and the ways we put ourselves back together when everything is broken.
Small-town Wisconsin high school senior Allison Smith loves her life the way it is—spending quality time with her widowed father and her tight-knit circle of friends, including best friend Marian and maybe-more-than-friends Neil. Sure she is stressed out about college applications . . . who wouldn't be? In a few short months, everything's going to change, big time.
But when Ally files her applications, they send up a red flag . . . because she's not Allison Smith. And Ally's—make that Amanda's—ordinary life is suddenly blown apart. Was everything before a lie? Who will she be after? And what will she do as now comes crashing down around her?
Perfect for fans of FAR FROM THE TREE, this is the story of one teen's search for herself amid the confusion of a shattered past and a future far from all she planned.
The third book in a Dahl-esque middle-grade series by award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding.
The plucky Fitzgerald-Trout siblings (who live on a tropical island where the grown-ups are useless but the kids can drive) are back! After losing the boat that had become their home, oldest Fitzgerald-Trout, Kim, has put finding a home back on her to-do list. When her sixth-grade history assignment offers a clue about the ruins of a volcanic house built by an explorer on Mount Muldoon, she and her siblings set out to find it.
Description: A grand baronial house on Loch Ness, a quirky small-town bookseller, and a single mom looking for a fresh start all come together in this witty and warm-hearted novel by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan.
Description: When Ben receives a mysterious invitation to an odd museum, he’s swept into a peculiar world of forgotten secrets and wild magic in this illustrated novel.
The invitation to the Gee Museum was delivered by bees. It wasn’t addressed to anyone, but Ben knows that it was meant for him. Why else would the images on the postcard have stirred up memories of his father, who was lost at sea long ago? Ben makes his way to the old dilapidated building to find a host of curious talking animals awaiting his arrival. They are certain he is the only one who can save the museum. But Ben and the animals in the Gee collection will have to outwit a devious rival museum owner and a greedy land developer. With a bit of luck, some strange magic, and a little help from his mom, Ben might succeed in ensuring the future of the museum — and finding the answers about his father that he’s been searching for his whole life. Helen Cooper’s first novel brims with mystery and hope, and her lovely illustrations bring the wonders of the Gee Museum to life.
Description: Mary's baby has arrived, and she can't contain her joy! As Joseph sleeps, she examines her newborn's tiny mouth, his wild hair, his little hands. Yet what's most wondrous is that this child is not just Mary's own but a gift that God has shared with everyone.
Poetic text by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson and striking images by Lisa Aisato reveal the intimacy of that unforgettable night long ago, when the mother of Jesus was the first to welcome him into a world he would change forever.
Description: Harry Black is lost between the world of war and the land of myth in this illustrated novel that transports the tale of Orpheus to World War II–era London.
Brothers Marcus and Julian Sedgwick team up to pen this haunting tale of another pair of brothers, caught between life and death in World War II. Harry Black, a conscientious objector, artist, and firefighter battling the blazes of German bombing in London in 1944, wakes in the hospital to news that his soldier brother, Ellis, has been killed. In the delirium of his wounded state, Harry’s mind begins to blur the distinctions between the reality of war-torn London, the fiction of his unpublished sci-fi novel, and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Driven by visions of Ellis still alive and a sense of poetic inevitability, Harry sets off on a search for his brother that will lead him deep into the city’s Underworld. With otherworldly paintings by Alexis Deacon depicting Harry’s surreal descent further into the depths of hell, this eerily beautiful blend of prose, verse, and illustration delves into love, loyalty, and the unbreakable bonds of brotherhood as it builds to a fierce indictment of mechanized warfare.
Description: When two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world, they don’t expect the robots to come alive. But life may be a bit more magical than they thought.
Nine-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a secret science club, and discovers that her robots are alive. Penny Rose hardly remembers how lonely she used to feel. But then a fateful misstep forces her to choose between the best friend she’s always hoped for and the club she’s always dreamed of, and in the end it may be her beloved little robots that pay the price. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book from Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all its own.
Description: A viral video reveals a teen’s dark family history, leaving him to reckon with his heritage, legacy, and identity in this fiery, conversation-starting novel.
Eran Sharon knows nothing of his father except that he left when Eran was a baby. Now a senior in high school and living with his protective but tight-lipped mother, Eran is a passionate young man deeply interested in social justice and equality. When he learns that the Houston police have launched a program to increase traffic stops, Eran organizes a peaceful protest. But a heated moment at the protest goes viral, and a reporter connects the Sharon family to a tragedy fifteen years earlier — and asks if Eran is anything like his father, a supposed terrorist. Soon enough, Eran is wondering the same thing, especially when the people he’s gone to school and temple with for years start to look at him differently. Timely, powerful, and full of nuance, Rafi Mittlefehldt’s sophomore novel confronts the prejudices, fears, and strengths of family and community, striking right to the heart of what makes us who we are.
A clever, comical re-imagining of the classic "first day of school" story, with a circus twist!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages! It's the most amazing day on earth: the first day of school! It can be a daunting prospect, but don't worry - your big brother can show you the ropes. Join a nervous boy and his enthusiastic older brother as they navigate the highs and lows of a first day at school . . . except this school is a big top, and the teacher is named Miss Stupendous, and the cafeteria can be a zoo, literally! It turns out, school isn't so scary when you can let off steam during recess (on a steam train) and walk on stilts to all of your classes. With a bit of help from family and some new friends, you'll make it to the top of the class in no time! This charming take on school readiness will delight new school-goers and take a bit of the fear out of those first-day jitters.
Description: Space may be the "final frontier"—but how do we learn about it, look deeper into it, and live in it? The infographics in this book will rocket you through a universe of powerful telescopes, distant probes, and high-speed spacecraft. Get ready to buzz by comets, land on alien planets, peer into the universe's past, and go where no one (except a handful of rovers and space probes) has gone before! We live in a complicated cosmos, but this book breaks down the complex, the confusing, and the downright kooky to reveal the fascinating details and hidden wonders that are out of this world.
Description: DISASTERAMA! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977–1997, is the true story of Alvin Orloff who, as a shy kid from the suburbs of San Francisco, stumbled into the wild, eclectic crowd of Crazy Club Kids, Punk Rock Nutters, Goofy Goofballs, Fashion Victims, Disco Dollies, Happy Hustlers, and Dizzy Twinks of post-Stonewall American queer culture of the late 1970s, only to see the “subterranean lavender twilit shadow world of the gay ghetto” ravished by AIDS.
Orloff recalls the delirious adventures of his youth—from San Francisco to Los Angeles to New York—where insane nights, deep friendships with the creatives of the underground, and thrilling bi-coastal living led to a free-spirited life of art, manic performance, high camp antics, and exotic sexual encounters. Orloff looks past the politics of AIDS to the people on the ground, friends of his who did not survive AIDS’ wrath—the boys in black leather jackets and cackling queens in tacky frocks—remembering them not as victims, but as people who loved life, loved fun, and who were a part of the insane jigsaw of Orloff’s community. In DISASTERAMA!, Orloff tells their story: the true tale of how a bunch of pathologically flippant kids floundered through a deadly disaster.
DISASTERAMA! includes more than 60 rare photos of the underground counterculture, club flyers, drag queens, and queer icons of the era.
Description: Faced with budget challenges, many districts cannot afford to hire an outside consultant to conduct a formal evaluation of their gifted programs. Districts may wish to conduct their own in-house program evaluation. The second edition of Gifted Program Evaluation: A Handbook for Administrators and Coordinators is designed to assist administrators in designing, conducting, and reporting on an evaluation of their gifted programs. Written with the busy administrator in mind, this handbook includes an overview of evaluating programs to ensure that (1) the program structure is based on best practice, (2) students are achieving at levels commensurate with their abilities, and (3) the program develops skills that gifted students will need to be meaningful contributors in society, including higher level thinking, communication, and affective skills. The book provides all of the tools to assist evaluators, including an in-depth description of how to conduct a program evaluation, the mechanics of collecting and analyzing a variety of different data sources, and how to organize, write, and share the findings. It also features reproducibles, including interview and survey question banks, classroom observation tools, professional development forms, and program element checklists.
Description: A riveting account of life as a closeted professional athlete from gay NFL player O’Callaghan, against the backdrop of depression, opioid addiction, and the threat of suicide.
Ryan O’Callaghan’s plan was always to play football and then, when his career was over, kill himself. Growing up in a politically conservative corner of California, the not-so-subtle messages he heard as a young man from his family and from TV and film routinely equated being gay with disease and death. Letting people in on the darkest secret he kept buried inside was not an option, and it never would be. Better death with a secret than life as a gay man.
As a big kid toppling opponents in high school, Ryan never envisioned just how far his football career would take him. He was recruited by the University of California, Berkeley, where he spent five seasons, playing alongside his friend Aaron Rodgers and eventually winning the Morris Trophy. Then it was on to the NFL for stints with the almost-undefeated New England Patriots—where he was tasked with keeping MVP QB Tom Brady on his feet—and the often-defeated Kansas City Chiefs.
Bubbling under the surface of Ryan’s entire NFL career was a collision course between his secret sexuality and his hidden drug use. When the league caught him smoking pot, he turned to NFL-sanctioned prescription painkillers that quickly sent his life into a tailspin. As injuries mounted and his daily intake of opioids reached a near-lethal level, he wrote his suicide note to his parents and plotted his death.
Yet someone had been watching. A member of the Chiefs organization stepped in, recognizing the signs of drug addiction. Ryan reluctantly sought psychological help, and it was there that he revealed his lifelong secret for the very first time. Nearing the twilight of his career, Ryan faced the ultimate decision: end it all, or find out if his family and football friends could ever accept a gay man in their lives.
Description: "An ideal guidebook to facing the inevitable." —Foreword Reviews
After her brother died unexpectedly and her mother moved into a dementia-care facility, spiritual travel writer and Episcopal deacon Lori Erickson felt called to a new quest: to face death head on, with the eye of a tourist and the heart of a pastor. Blending memoir, spirituality, and travel, Near the Exit examines how cultures confront and have confronted death, from Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and Mayan temples, to a Colorado cremation pyre and Day of the Dead celebrations, to Maori settlements and tourist-destination graveyards. Erickson reflects on mortality—the ways we avoid it, the ways we cope with it, and the ways life is made more precious by accepting it—in places as far away as New Zealand and as close as the nursing home up the street. Throughout her personal journey and her travels, Erickson helps us to see that one of the most life-affirming things we can do is to invite death along for the ride.
Description: The bestselling author of All the Shah’s Men and The Brothers tells the astonishing story of the man who oversaw the CIA’s secret drug and mind-control experiments of the 1950s and ’60s.
The visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the CIA’s master magician and gentlehearted torturer—the agency’s “poisoner in chief.” As head of the MK-ULTRA mind control project, he directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents. He made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace—including some intended for Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders. He paid prostitutes to lure clients to CIA-run bordellos, where they were secretly dosed with mind-altering drugs. His experiments spread LSD across the United States, making him a hidden godfather of the 1960s counterculture. For years he was the chief supplier of spy tools used by CIA officers around the world.
Stephen Kinzer, author of groundbreaking books about U.S. clandestine operations, draws on new documentary research and original interviews to bring to life one of the most powerful unknown Americans of the twentieth century. Gottlieb’s reckless experiments on “expendable” human subjects destroyed many lives, yet he considered himself deeply spiritual. He lived in a remote cabin without running water, meditated, and rose before dawn to milk his goats.
During his twenty-two years at the CIA, Gottlieb worked in the deepest secrecy. Only since his death has it become possible to piece together his astonishing career at the intersection of extreme science and covert action. Poisoner in Chief reveals him as a clandestine conjurer on an epic scale.
Description: The penultimate installment in the bestselling French graphic memoir series—hailed as “exquisitely illustrated” and “irresistible”—covering the years of Riad Sattouf’s adolescence, from 1987-1992.
In the fourth volume of The Arab of the Future, little Riad has grown into a teenager. In the previous books, his childhood was complicated by the pull of his two cultures—French and Syrian—and his parents’ deteriorating relationship. Now his father, Adbel-Razak, has left to take a job in Saudi Arabia, and after making a pilgrimage to Mecca, turns increasingly towards religion. But after following him from place to place and living for years under the harsh conditions of his impoverished village, Riad’s mother Clementine has had enough. Refusing to live in a country where women have no rights, she returns with her children to live in France with her own mother… until Abdel-Razak shows up unexpectedly to drag the family on yet another journey.
As the series builds to a climax, we see Riad struggle with problems both universal (bullies at school) and specific (his mother’s sudden illness, the judgment of his religious relatives). And as Abdel-Razak returns again to the same fantastical dreams he pursued in previous books, we see him become more and more unhinged, until ultimately he crosses the line from idealism to fanaticism, leading to a dramatic breaking point.
Full of the same gripping storytelling and lush visual style for which Sattouf’s previous works have won numerous awards, The Arab of the Future 4 continues the saga of the Sattouf family and their peripatetic life in France and the Middle East.
Description: From the “master of historical narrative” (Financial Times), a dazzling, richly detailed, panoramic work—the first to document the genesis of a continent-wide European culture.
The nineteenth century in Europe was a time of unprecedented artistic achievement. It was also the first age of cultural globalization—an epoch when mass communications and high-speed rail travel brought Europe together, overcoming the barriers of nationalism and facilitating the development of a truly European canon of artistic, musical, and literary works. By 1900, the same books were being read across the continent, the same paintings reproduced, the same music played in homes and heard in concert halls, the same operas performed in all the major theatres.
Drawing from a wealth of documents, letters, and other archival materials, acclaimed historian Orlando Figes examines the interplay of money and art that made this unification possible. At the center of the book is a poignant love triangle: the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev; the Spanish prima donna Pauline Viardot, with whom Turgenev had a long and intimate relationship; and her husband Louis Viardot, an art critic, theater manager, and republican activist. Together, Turgenev and the Viardots acted as a kind of European cultural exchange—they either knew or crossed paths with Delacroix, Berlioz, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, the Schumanns, Hugo, Flaubert, Dickens, and Dostoyevsky, among many other towering figures.
As Figes observes, nearly all of civilization’s great advances have come during periods of heightened cosmopolitanism—when people, ideas, and artistic creations circulate freely between nations. Vivid and insightful, The Europeans shows how such cosmopolitan ferment shaped artistic traditions that came to dominate world culture.
Description: Most “diet books” make it sound so easy: do this, do that, lose weight, keep it off, have a fabulous life. The end. But we all know that fitness isn’t some story with a tidy ending. It’s a journey where the toughest step is the first and the destination seems to be a club where only the genetically blessed, athletically gifted and ferociously disciplined get to be lifetime members.
If only there was a way for the rest of us to make the journey to health and happiness— to that elusive place where fitness actually “fits in” to our busy schedules and doesn’t require spending 12 weeks pretending to be someone we’re not.
There is. It’s called THE WAY IN by Andrea Marcellus.
But be warned. This method is only for people who want to: • Lose weight for good without eliminating any of the foods you truly enjoy. (Yes, you read that right.) • Develop a strong, lean physique without working out like it’s the Olympic trials. • Learn how to be your own personal coach rather than your most dedicated critic. • Make friends with food again.And the mirror. (Again, yes,you read that right.)
Marcellus — a fitness expert and life strategist with more than 20 years’ experience —brings a holistic approach to the challenges of losing weight and becoming healthier. The opposite of a one-size-fits-all plan, her 5 Life Strategies guide you to determine a course of action that’s right for you. The result: an outside that matches the strong, capable person you know you are on the inside. (And maybe you’ll also start your own club!)
Description: WOMENTALITY: Thirteen Empowering Stories by Everyday Women Who Said Goodbye to the Workplace and Hello to Their Lives is a collection of powerful, personal essays from enterprising women around the world who came to the same realization: work shouldn’t have to be painful and demeaning. Armed with an internet connection and plenty of creativity and ingenuity, they prove that it is possible to redefine the 9-to-5 work paradigm and create a flourishing career that is flexible and fulfilling outside the corporate structure.
The thirteen women—from diverse countries such as Uganda, Venezuela, Poland, Palestine, and the Philippines—approach independent work in different ways, but are all motivated by the same impulses—to escape the drudgery of office life, to have control of their time, and to enjoy the freedom of working for themselves. Importantly, many discover that—outside of the office—it is possible to triumph over global pay disparities that favor men.
Edited by economic philosopher Erin Wildermuth, WOMENTALITY is not a book about people who do not work—on the contrary, these women work hard and their stories illustrate how technology helped them overcame challenges to achieve their goals—whether they sought freedom to travel, to spend more time with the family, escape demeaning office politics, or simply to control their career.
The essays in WOMENTALITY prove that a life of independence is not reserved for elite, American workers. It is possible for anyone. As the women who contributed to WOMENTALITY can attest: escaping the 9-to-5 life isn’t easy—it takes guts and persistence—but it’s absolutely worthwhile.
Description: Former NFL quarterback McPherson examines the roots of masculinity gone awry and how it promotes violence against women.
In You Throw Like a Girl, former Syracuse University quarterback and NFL veteran Don McPherson examines how the narrow definition of masculinity adversely impacts women and creates many “blind spots” that hinder the development of healthy men. Exploring the strict set of beliefs and behaviors that underpin our understanding of masculinity, he draws a path to the conclusion that we don’t raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women.
Using examples from his own life, including his storied football career, McPherson passionately argues that viewing violence against women as a “women’s issue” not just ignores men’s culpability but conflates the toxicity of men’s violence with masculinity. In You Throw Like a Girl, McPherson leads us beyond the blind spots and toward solutions, analyzing how we can engage men in a sustained dialogue, with a new set of terms that are inspirational and more accurately representative of the emotional wholeness of men.
Description: Father George Rapp’s Gedanken über die Bestimmung des Menschen besonders in Hinsicht der gegenwärtigen Zeit von der Harmonie Gesellschaft in Indiana 1824 (Thoughts on the Destiny of Man, Particularly with Reference to the Present Times; by the Harmony Society in Indiana A. D. 1824) is believed to be the first philosophical religious text produced in the state of Indiana.
Only seven copies of Rapp’s original German language treatise remain, and researchers have mainly relied on an 1824 English translation that contains cultural and linguistic errors. Author Silvia Rode seeks to aid scholars interested in American communalism, German immigration, United State religious history, and Indiana history by helping to reevaluate this important piece of regional religious history and make it more accessible to scholars and the public by tracing the genesis of Father Rapp’s Harmonist document and comparing a readable, standardized German transcription as well as an annotated, comparison of the 1824 English translation with a new modern translation.
Description: Part memoir, part prescriptive nonfiction, Awakened by Divorce: A Journey to Finding My Best Self combines personal narrative and practical advice to show how it is possible to find a place of acceptance and joy after losing a marriage. The word “divorce” itself has a negative connotation, and rightly so. It can be one of the most painful life-changing events in anyone’s life. An emotionally crippling event for many women, initially it was nothing less than devastating for me. However, it has been the most significant growth experience in my life. Awakened by Divorce is the story of how a woman comes out on the other side of pain much stronger and more beautiful.
Description: Circa 1850’s. Young pioneer Judah Pickens and his father graciously invite two itinerant prospectors to spend the night—a grave error of judgment. Judah’s parents are murdered, and he is left for dead. Judah awakens in a Maidu Indian village only to discover he has lost all memory of his past. Guided to a distant farm by Ishka, a young Maidu warrior, he meets the beautiful, but lonely Shannon Brennan. During his time on the farm, Judah is haunted by demons from his past, but he is determined to discover who they are and why he is being tormented by them. His quest for truth eventually leads him across California where he joins with an old friend. Together they embark on their common journey of retribution and deliverance.
Description: Children‛s imagination will flourish as they learn about community, compassion and collaboration — life-lesson stories with animal and human characters. Ages 6 - 10.
Contents: Henrietta the Gossiping Hen 3 Alphabet Dreams 13 The Mouse in the House 23 The Girl in the Mirror 33 So Many Buttons 41 A Stranger in the Park 49 The Little Red Mailbox 65 I Can Do This! 71 Ziggy, the Adventurous Little Spider 83 Nounou the Rabbit 91 Raccoon Rap 99 That’s My Book 109 Bushy the Imp Squirrel 117 The Smallest Paddle 129 The Tallest Sunflower 141 A Walk in the Wind 147 Blue Feather and the ‘Sabe’ 157 Grandma’s Alphabet Soup 167 Let it Snow! 175 The Pact 183
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When Benton dreams, people die…
Benton Bertrand is a banshee, cursed with the ability to sense death. Every time he sleeps, he becomes a trapped passenger within a murderer’s skin: able to hear, see, and feel every part of their kill. No matter how hard he tries, it always ends the same way – with death.
This collection contains all six books from Sara Clancy’s best-selling Banshee series:
Midnight Screams (Book 1): After ten years of constantly relocating, Benton’s family decides to settle in Fort Wayward, Alberta. But things change when he discovers why death follows him, why monsters draw close, and why he always wakes up screaming…
Whispering Graves (Book 2): Benton’s world unravels again when he encounters a new monster that kills by whispering its victim’s name. He needs to save the residents of Fort Wayward while preventing this evil from whispering him straight to his grave.
Shattered Dreams (Book 3): Benton travels to a sleep center, in a desperate attempt to organize his thoughts. But a violent storm of demonic forces forms, with its eyes set on Fort Wayward. Benton needs to warn the unsuspecting town before demons claim every single soul.
Rotting Souls (Book 4): Recovering from their last ordeal, Benton and Nicole discover that ghosts from their past are stalking a young girl. As they struggle to save the girl’s life, Nicole confronts her lack of remorse for having been responsible for the death of one of the vengeful spirits.
Weeping Moon (Book 5): Benton and Nicole travel to the Fort Wayward tribal festival to seek help regarding his terrifying abilities. They soon discover a monster that uses the cries of an infant to lure its victim. And amid this horror, another devastating nightmare looms.
Death Veil (Book 6): A vicious spirit attacks Benton’s family, and they flee to the Siksika reservation for protection. Here, they are forced to face the past to keep evil from permanently crossing over to the land of the living.
An unseen war reaches the far north of Canada. One extended family, relying on the matriarch’s instincts, flee ahead of the attack to seek refuge at a long-forgotten hunting lodge, hoping the deep isolation will protect them. A former military leader, seeing the impending anarchy as an opportunity to establish a realm of his own, consolidates survivors he deems useful and carves out an existence by looting and pillaging the remnants of civilization.
Years later, when a young man’s desperate desire to return home causes these two fledgling and disparate societies to collide, the outcome will determine which world order will reign.
Description: In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Jack Sullivan, former CEO and current stay-at-home dad, struggles to find an outlet for his frustrations with the unfair financial systems of corporate America. Meanwhile, Daisy, his precocious twelve-year-old daughter, has recently garnered a substantial following for her new blog, documenting surreptitious “social experiments” performed on her unaware family. When Daisy’s blogging activities are outed, Jack decides to leverage his daughter’s popularity with American youth to communicate the greed and hypocrisy inherent in the corporate professions of many parents. Inspired by her father’s rants, the popularity of Daisy’s blog soars, resulting in an unlikely sequence of events that ultimately has a very positive impact on way that people treat each other in American society.
Description: Lia needs to find out why her father jumped from the cliff onto the Devil’s Teeth rocks below. The only way to understand what happened is to go to the isolated weather-beaten island herself. However, there’s more to the island than cliffs and storms and history. It also has its close-knit people. Like Ed, a young man who’s troubled and almost ready to leave; Lia’s Uncle Harry and his secretive friends; heavily pregnant Becky and her worried parents Rose and Frank.
Everyone is either dreading the violent winter storms to come or, strangely, praying for them. And then there’s the Hall, the crumbling, brooding mansion that has held all of the island’s secrets for centuries. It’s out there, on the edge of the grey sea, and the coming storm will release all that it has hidden. Lia, Ed and the others are trapped on the island by the storm, fighting for more than their survival. They must fight to save their immortal souls.
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An exiled priest. A demonic knight. The war between heaven and hell has begun… Once the Chief Exorcist for the Vatican, Blake Rossi was thrown out of the church when an exorcism ritual went horribly wrong. And he’s been haunted by his failure ever since. Now Blake wallows in guilt, and drinks himself to sleep every night.
But the former priest knows there are people still plagued by evil. People who need his help. When an old friend offers a chance for redemption, Blake agrees and becomes a freelance exorcist.
After traveling to California to help a reclusive old woman banish an ancient demon, Blake discovers his new career may be more dangerous than he originally thought. Years ago, this demon—a powerful knight of hell—was trapped by the woman’s father. Now it roams free, gathering an army of demonic soldiers to claim its bloody retribution.
The forces of hell have been unleashed…
And an exorcist with a tortured past is the only thing standing between them and millions of innocent souls.
Description: This is Jason Holt’s first book of new poems in five years. Along with his usual penchants for wordplay and rhythm, for exploring the tensions between reality and possibility, intellect and emotion, hope and despair, Holt also (for the first time) titles his poems throughout—in ways that stress the context-sensitivity of our encounters with meaning in life as on the page.
Jason Holt lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with his wife Megan and their cats Ruby and Jasper. He is a philosopher and Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Acadia University. He is the author of over a dozen literary and academic books, and his essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Recent poetry books include Inversed (2014) and Up Against Beyond: Selected Poems, 1994-2017 (2017), also published by Anaphora.
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The dead know what scares you… Scare Street is proud to present a collection of best-selling horror author Ron Ripley’s most blood-curdling ghost stories. Four delightfully diabolical tales have been summoned from beyond the grave, and are certain to make your skin crawl.
This collection includes:
Boylan House - A small New England town is horrified when it discovers an old house has developed an appetite for the blood of children.
Blood Contract - The residents of the town of Thorne suffer a terrible price, when they break a supernatural contract with their ancient protectors.
Hungry Ghosts - A troubled psychiatric patient discovers that a secluded cemetery holds the key to stopping a murderous legion of the dead.
Sherman’s Collection - The sudden death of a wealthy and mysterious occultist leaves a library of haunted books in the care of his surprised heir.
Haunted houses, vengeful spirits, ancient curses—everything you crave in a classic ghost story lurks within this ghastly collection. And as you devour one terrifying story after another, pay no attention to the chill in the air.
It just may be the icy presence of the dead, standing over your shoulder…
Description: Life on Mars takes a satirical look at evolution vs. Intelligent Design — a sort of feint by anti-evolutionists to get creationism into the classroom by assiduously avoiding the mention of God. Instead, reference is made to a “higher” or “superior” intelligence. The novel’s conceit is this: what if the Intelligent Design folks are right and the evolutionists are wrong?
What if a higher intelligence did indeed get the ball of creation rolling, only the intelligence wasn’t God but an alien race (“The Spong”) that had seeded earth as a botanical garden eons ago, only to return to find it contaminated with humans?
In preparation for a “Treatment” to correct their error, the Spong assign a human to act as earth’s final biographer to provide them with proof of why humans just have to go.
Description: It was inevitable that the new king would be very different from his father. What no one could foresee was where his penchant for action would lead. It was equally inevitable that Alfred’s brother, John, would do something outrageous. What no one would have predicted is just how far he would exceed the bounds of royal decorum.
At a time when the world is changing faster than anyone expected, Alfred must try to create a role for himself that lives up to his grandfather’s vision of his destiny. And Ralf is still out there, knowing that his plan for Alfred’s death has failed and that vengeance for his father has yet to be achieved.
Description: Guardian angels were created to protect the human race, but Kendi was never one to simply bow down to authority. Where’s the fun in that? He enjoys being the Guardian gone rogue until he learns that rebellion comes with a price. In Reborn, Kendi begins his journey of reconciliation, hoping to find redemption for his past. He is challenged by a beautiful young woman who shatters every preconceived notion that he has had about the human race, but can he learn to love or will it be the lake of fire?
Description: Five years into the Federal Witness Security Program, former trucking executive, Bob Deighton, lives a quiet life as Bob Day, senior maintenance man at the Belle Rive Lodge and Club, North Florida’s four diamond oceanfront resort hotel, until the day he saves three lives, becomes a local hero and his low profile disappears. Bob’s past is about to catch up with him.
Description: Dozens of men, women, and children were turning up dead in the dark thickets and steep mountain passes of southern France. Survivors talked of a strange beast that never passed up prey and left the countryside barren. In his three years on the chase, Gustav Mackensen never gave up. But as time went on and the death toll climbed, he began to wonder whether this Beast was more than tooth and claw. What he found was far more dangerous.
One of history’s most enduring mysteries—what was the Beast of Gevaudan?
Description: It was the night HE tried to go home...but got caught in THEIR drama... It's Halloween. Nick Roesch, a towering figure of evil and stupidity, escapes from the upstate New York mental hospital he's been committed to for the past five years. Planning to return to his childhood home, where he brutally murdered his babysitter's boyfriend, his plans are halted when he crosses paths with an even more terrifying beast—two high school friends with some serious beef. Caught in a battle of loyalty that has been brewing for ten years of their friendship, the two girls, Kathleen Strife and Betsy Coleman, force the feud into a savage showdown, pitting the escaped monster against each other. Who will survive this epic deathmatch, and it is totally wrong to fall in love with the murderous lunatic who just tried to kill your ex-best friend with a machete?
Description: Please note: This collection has sexual explicit scenes. Copies will be provided in epub, mobi and PDF format with our newsletter service.
Blurb: Charles Baudelaire, Rasputin, Anna Karenina, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Ophelia, Fyodor Dostoevsky, George Sand, Frederic Chopin, Vincent Van Gogh, Antonin Artaud, Maria Izquierdo, James Joyce, Federico Garcia Lorka, Salvador Dali.
Can Rasputin find redemption through the sins of others? What awaits Anna Karenina on the other side? Does passion still flow through the veins of the lovers from Verona? Can Hamlet and Ophelia escape their fate? Is Van Gogh’s loneliness a blessing or a curse? And can Dali dispel Lorca’s fear.
Eli Gilić deftly weaves fact and fiction to bring some of the world’s great writers, literary characters, artists and composers to life as they reach the heights of passion and the depths of despair in this mesmerising erotic short story collection.
Description: In 2004, masked thieves stole Edvard Munch's "The Scream" from an Oslo museum. STEALING THE SCREAM is a literary leaning, humor-laced art-heist/crime novel that re-imagines the event, offering a tantalizing account of what happened through fictional characters, ratcheting up the tension to a electric climax, and ending with a satisfying if unexpected denouement to the art-world mystery.
“Theodore Carter’s ingenious reinvention of the actual theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream is a compelling and provocative exploration of the seductive power of art, the arrogance of wealth, the danger of misplaced loyalty, and the relationships between a work of art and its audience,” says Eric Kraft, author of Reservations Recommended.
Description: Fourteen captivating short stories offer insights into the lives of Syrian brides-to-be and married women. With warmth and humor, the stories reveal the oppression found in Syrian society, and raises issues such as domestic violence. 5.25" x 8" 172 pages.
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Can you handle this chilling feast of fear...? A romantic getaway turns to a horrific ordeal when evil falls from the stars. A terrified young woman is stalked by a grim specter in the form of man’s best friend. A beleaguered wage slave discovers that playing with toys at work can have deadly consequences…
Scare Street’s team of horror authors brings you twelve delightedly macabre morsels of terror in this new, spine-tingling collection. Indulge yourself in a delicious feast of chilling nightmares and dark fantasies.
Each tale will leave you craving another taste of fear. But beware. You may think you have an appetite for darkness…
But the things that lurk in the shadows have an appetite for you, as well.
Description: After Gabriel Draven smuggles home the Stone of the Seven Realms, his fear of facing consequences launches him and his oddball family on a rollicking run for their lives across the world they only thought they knew. As his journey takes him out of his realm and into another, Gabriel discovers that the deepest mystery lies at the heart of his own family, and he must do whatever it takes to find his way back home.
Strong and unapologetic, full of vivid, well-timed simile and lilting rhythm, bright with humor, at times bursting into a depth of pure simplistic beauty, The Book Of Secrets looks beyond the typical medieval swords-and-sorcery and, instead, introduces mystical creatures, absurd new worlds, and, at its heart, a hymn of praise to the complicated bond of siblinghood.
Description: Belinda is a forty-year-old woman living in central Indiana where she and her husband are raising two adorable children. They have a modest home in the suburbs outside the small farming community of Tipton. Her husband Sheldon is an engineer, Belinda is the consummate New Age homemaker. No one, not even her own husband, would ever suspect she was anything but the perfect suburban housewife. Only there's a twist: Belinda is also a consummate con artist; and for years it was believed back in Denver, Colorado that she witnessed a murder sanctioned by the local mafia. That is only partially correct; however, now both the DEA as well as the Omerta crime family have tracked her down. The government wants information - the mob intends on keeping her silent. We all have a past. Unfortunately, Belinda's has finally caught up with her.
Description: THE EMERALD DRESS is set in Dublin in 1719. Vivienne invites the reader to Jonathan Swift’s Dublin, where ABIGAIL HARTON accepts a commission to design and embroider an emerald silk damask for weaver HUGH GAVIN, setting off a chain of events that will change her life forever. To support her family, Abigail will risk everything and when the girl who commissioned the emerald dress is forbidden to wear it, Abigail is unexpectedly required to attend Rathfarnham Castle. But will she wear the dress there and what fate lies in store for her and her family if she does?
When Lucy Young travels to present-day Dublin to search for her ancestors, she contacts Professor Patrick Ralley of Trinity College Dublin and together they uncover the secret of The Emerald Dress.
Description: Falk is a young boy who lost his mother to an unknown illness some time ago. Since her untimely death, Falk is forced to lead a sad, miserable life with his father and stepmother until tragedy strikes again. With his father now dead, Falk faces the fact that his stepmother could not be bothered with him and plots to abandon him on the outskirts of the village during a violent snow storm. As Falk fails to find his way back home, he is lured to an unknown forest by the sound of a choir of deceased children calling him from the other side. He follows the calling and takes shelter in the mysterious forest. Now safe from the storm, Falk falls fast asleep under a giant fire tree holding a soft-glowing glimmer in his hands. Although this moment will forever change his life, it will take him a decade to find out exactly why.
Description: Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.
When William D. Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for his newborn child.
He is thankful when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street and takes over from his frazzled housekeeper Mrs McHugh.
Mrs McHugh confides in her bedridden friend Betty, who has a bird’s-eye view of all the happenings on Laurence Street, that the Nanny is not all she seems. Betty begins her own investigation into the mysterious woman.
When the bodies of twin babies are discovered buried in a back garden, by a family who have moved from their tenement home into a country cottage, a police investigation begins.
But it is Betty who holds the key to discovering who the Nanny really is … and the reason she came to 43 Laurence Street.
Description: A witchy good girl hiding secrets from her family…
Cami yearns for a regular, ho hum, average life. Or at least as normal as she can get in a family of witches. But she can’t tell her sisters about her violent ex. Or that she broke the first rule of magic to “harm none.” Yet, when her youngest sister asks for help unraveling the death of a 1930’s star abused by loved ones, Cami can’t refuse.
A reformed bad boy who doesn’t know his family’s hidden secrets…
Sam lives for his restaurant and the intrigue of digging into Hollywood history. He avoids the entanglements of relationships since even his own parents didn’t want him. But when the enchanting Cami needs his help to crack an unsolved mystery, he can’t resist. The closer they come to finding the killer, the more they crave each other. But someone is determined to stop them.
Can they solve the mystery before history repeats itself?
Description: When ex-cop Lee Carter becomes the chief suspect in a murder investigation, Richmond Detective Sergeant Locklear finds himself in a race against time to prove his friend innocent.
Impeded by corruption within his own precinct and forced to strike out alone, Locklear and his steadfast trooper, Jo Mendoza, find themselves lured into the shadowy underworld of international artefact smuggling, implicating high ranking army personal, academics and internationally protected diplomats and the staunch secret organisation determined to rescue the relics from their hands.
When his leads bring him to the South Dakota town of his birth, Locklear’s allegiances are soon tested as the Native-American comes face to face with two sides of a family he did not know existed.
As the margin between right and wrong becomes blurred, Locklear makes a shocking discovery and is forced to decide between his heritage and the law he has devoted his life to upholding. But which side is right? Who is telling the truth and who can he really trust?
Description: After tragedy disrupts her life, Willa escapes her grief by venturing into fantasy. But she soon wakes Baku, a creature whose sole purpose is to devour the threads that tie dreams to reality. With the beast in pursuit and her new friends, Benny and Hadley, helping her, Willa is thrust into adventure. To overcome Baku, she has to find the only person who ever faced the monster and survived, a reclusive old woman who lives high in the mountains. This coming-of-age story contains moments of comedy, but it ultimately deals with overcoming fear and loss. Willa is about a young girl returning to the United States after having lived her whole life on military bases overseas. It is a discovery of a home she has never seen, and the realization that she can build the world she wants to live in.
Description: The story continues in Book Two of the Bar Jonah Trilogy.
Considered an expert in the area of psychopathic behavior, Dr. Espy has interviewed more than 30 serial murderers throughout the world including Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Eddie Gein.
But when he was assigned to be the lead evaluator for Montana State Prison inmate Nathaneal Bar Jonah, an already once convicted serial child molester and attempted murderer in Massachusetts, Espy encountered a parasitic personality beyond imagination: a modern-day Cronos, the Greek mythological figure who devoured his children.
Weighing over 375 pounds, Bar Jonah worked as a short order cook at Hardy’s, carried a stun gun, impersonated police officers, told masterful lies, wrote unbreakable codes, cooked and shared with friends strange-tasting chili and spaghetti sauces, and was thought by Montana State detectives to have murdered and cannibalized at least one victim, 10-year-old Zach Ramsay.
Culled from hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with Bar Jonah, dozens of others who either knew or were involved with him, Montana State investigators and prosecutors, and Zach Ramsay’s mother, Espy retells Bar Jonah’s entire life—from the time before he was conceived to after his death—and those who were harmed by him in unparalleled detail and scope.
Description: A collection of seven of Dr. Pandey’s essays on contemporary fiction and poetry, written between 2014 and 2019. They either developed out of his Doctorate of Philosophy dissertation or cover subjects that fascinate him. The topics explored include: Evolutions in Magical Realism in America and India, the Problem of Voice in some of Sylvia Plath’s Poems, the Post-Modern Hero as conceived by Michael Ondaatje and Gautam Malkani, the Masculine World of The Kite Runner, Narrative Skills in Londonstani, the Post-Truth World in relation to Culture and Language, and the Biographical and Autobiographical in poems by Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. These essays are intended to assist college students with furthering their understanding of literature. They might also interest a general reader of literary texts.
Dr. Abhimanyu Pandey is teaching as a Guest Faculty in the Department of English & MEL at the University of Allahabad. He got his doctoral degree in Contemporary Multicultural Fiction in June 2018. He has worked and published on Multiculturalism, Contemporary Literary Theories, Gender, Shakespeare, Tagore, Kamala Markandaya, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Ondaatje, Gautam Malkani, Khaled Hosseini, Robin Gregory and others. His varied scholarly articles have been published in national and international journals.
Description: Our Baby Was Born Premature is a uniquely conceived memoir rendered in “super-tweets.” Begun by the comedian-cum-author as a way to work out the complex and anxious feelings that an expecting parent goes through, Alexander offers up fresh insights into the perils and joys of parenthood, ranging from amusing to hilarious to keenly observant to chaotically reflective. It’s page after page of belly laughs for new parents, soon-to-be-parents, and never-wanna-be parents alike.
"They say don't meet your heroes. I've decided to make Paul's son my hero so I won't feel obliged to meet him. That kid is trouble!" says actor and Emmy-award winning writer Mike Gandolphi. "The way I see it, reading this book is way more enjoyable than having a kid. So, the choice is yours."
Description: At the dawn of the 20thcentury, the social unrest in Paterson, New Jersey was palpable. Thousands of Dutch and Italian immigrants flocked to the city, hoping for a job in Paterson’s famous silk mills. The burgeoning population ushered women into the workplace, grew suffragist sympathies, and produced an anarchist movement. In this charged environment, Jennie Bosschieter, a 17-year-old Dutch immigrant and mill worker, was murdered. Sorrow turned to shock when four wealthy, influential citizens were accused of killing her. The resulting criminal trial held the city – and eventually the nation – transfixed.
Description: Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history re-imaginings of (roughly) the WWI and WWII eras: tales with the grit of roaring bombers and rumbling tanks, of 'We Can Do It' and old time gangsters, or with the glamour of flappers and Hollywood starlets, smoky jazz and speakeasies. The stories in this volume add fairy tales to the mix, transporting classic tales to this rich historical setting. Two young women defy the devil with the power of friendship. The pilot of a talking plane discovers a woman who transforms into a swan every night and is pulled into a much more personal conflict than the war he’s already fighting. A pair of twins with special powers find themselves in Eva Braun’s custody and wrapped up in a nefarious plan. A team of female special agents must destroy a secret weapon–the spindle–before it can be deployed. Retellings of The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Monkey King, Swan Lake, Pinocchio and more are all showcased alongside some original fairy tale-like stories.
Table of Contents:
“Circles and Salt” by Sara Cleto “Salvage” by A.A. Medina “The Loch” by Zannier Alejandra “Evening Chorus” by Lizz Donnelly “To Go West” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh “Bonne Chance Confidential” by Jack Bates “늑대 - The Neugdae” by Juliet Harper “The Rescue of Tresses Malone” by Alena Van Arendonk “Daughters of Earth and Air” by Robert E. Vardeman “Easy as Eating Pie” by Amanda C. Davis “Accidents are Not Possible” by Sarah Van Goethem “A Princess, a Spy, and a Dwarf Walked into a Bar Full of Nazis” by Patrick Bollivar “Steel Dragons of a Luminous Sky” by Brian Trent “Ramps and Rocket” by Alicia K Anderson “As The Spindle Burns” by Nellie K. Neves “Make This Water No Deeper” by Blake Jessop “One Hundred Years” by Jennifer R. Donohue “Things Forgotten on the Cliffs of Avevig” by Wendy Nikel
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Description: THE WICKED TREE is a middle grade dark fantasy that will appeal to fans of Jonathan Auxier’s THE NIGHT GARDENER and Mary Downing Hahn’s TOOK.
Deep in the woods, a gnarled tree grows. . .
Tavorian Kreet and his mom move in with his great-grandmother. Once there, Tav is forbidden to go into the woods behind the house. But like most eleven-year-olds, he just can't resist.
After exploring the forbidden woods, Tav dreams about a supernatural tree. Soon, the dreams change from pleasant to dark and menacing. On a dare, Tav ventures farther into the woods with his new friend, Harper. There, they meet a mysterious, mute boy named Edward who lives in a decrepit cabin nearby. Unable to speak, Edward scrawls "Wicked Tree" on the ground.
Tav must be brave. If he’d been four years ago, he could have saved his dad from the fire that took their home. Now Tav is determined to help Edward. He enlists Harper, and together they search the estate for clues to Edward’s identity and how to help him.
With Harper's help, Tav pieces together the Kreet family history and discovers an ancient curse. Determined to save his friends and family, Tav must go into the heart of the woods, find the Wicked Tree, and confront a most evil magic.
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Description: As thousands of undead travel south, seeking the epicenter of an earthquake, Acheron residents struggle to survive on limited ammo, both inside and outside the gates. Those inside maintain hope that their leader will return from Memphis, while Ethan and others, scattered far and wide, seek the safety of Acheron, fending off the undead and vengeful Bowlin brothers, escaping radical fanatics and collapsed buildings.
Despite their valiant fight, supplies are growing harder to come by, and as they encounter more and more undead moving south, they face the reality that not even Ethan has enough bullets.
Description: Does revenge have an expiration date?
Broken hearted and bullet-ridden, agent Caria Milosc returns to work after the attack that nearly toppled the Trinity intelligence organization. As she digs deeper into her new mission, she uncovers secrets about her boss, leaving her with a moral dilemma—show mercy or taste revenge.
How long can one man cheat fate?
After a favor that nearly cost him his life, mercenary Ivan Skavinsk reunites with an underworld group he had infiltrated. Deep in the jungles of Bolivia he finds he may have pushed his vigilantism to the brink.
A gritty story of modern espionage and the complexities of the human spirit.
Description: Upturned Earth is set in Namaqualand, the copper mining district of the Cape Colony, during the winter of 1886.
William Hull arrives at the town to take up the position of magistrate, a position that no one else wanted to accept because of the bleak and depressing locale. He finds that the town is run by the Cape Copper Mining Company and the despotic mine superintendent, Townsend. Meanwhile, Molefi Noki, a Xhosa mining labourer, is intent on finding his brother who was sent to jail for drunkenness and has yet to be released.
Set against the background of a diverse community, made up of white immigrants, indigenous people and descendants of Dutch men and native women, we are given insight into the daily life of a mining town and the exploitation of workers, harsh working conditions and deep-seated corruption that began with the start of commercial mining in South Africa in the 1850s and which continue until now.
While Upturned Earth is a novel about the past, its concerns are very much founded in the present.
Description: A stunning tale of epic fantasy squeezed within the covers of a novella. Madis Defranthea’s brother presents her with a challenge. If she wants to join his gang, she and her team have to steal a magical belt that’s locked to the waist of a bride, on her wedding night, in a fortified castle, on a rock in the middle of the sea.
Madis takes him up on it. But when she discovers just how much her brother didn’t know, the job proves even more hazardous than she bargained for...
Featuring magic, automata, snobbery, small gods, large fish, a useful corpse and an unnervingly intelligent horse.
In A Hazardous Engagement the author of Babylon Steel and Shanghai Sparrow delivers a thrilling tale of cunning and ingenuity that entertains royally from first page to last.
Description: A volume of twenty-six stories from disparate places that represent some of the best SF published anywhere in 2018; dreamlike glimpses of pristine worlds that will destroy us before we destroy them; stories of work-based friendships, mistrust and isolation; of alienation and othering; stories of slavery given an acceptable face through beautiful voice and the ever-present need to keep fighting injustice; stories of bodily choice being made a crime; stories of rebellions we thought we’d already had but need to have again. We have another end to childhood. And we have the murder of story itself, involving an AI…
Full contents: Introduction by Donna Scott Providence – Alastair Reynolds Talking to Ghosts at the Edge of the World – Lavie Tidhar The Miracle Lambs of Minane – Finbarr O'Reilly Territory Blank – Aliya Whiteley Throw Caution – Tim Major Golgotha – Dave Hutchinson Salvation – Dave Bradley Waterbirds – G.V. Anderson Buddy System – Mike Morgan Do No Harm – Anna Ibbotson A Change of Heart – Hannah Tougher Birnam Platoon – Natalia Theodoridou Good – Sunyi Dean Hard Times in Nuovo Genova – Chris Barnham The Escape Hatch – Matthew de Abaitua P.Q. – James Warner The Purpose of the Dodo is to be Extinct – Malcolm Devlin Cat and Mouse – David Tallerman Before They Left – Colin Greenland Harry's Shiver – Esme Carpenter The Whisperer – J.K. Fulton Death of the Grapevine – Teika Marija Smits Rainsticks – Matt Thompson The Veilonaut's Dream – Henry Szabranski Doomed Youth – Fiona Moore F Sharp 4 – Tim Pieraccini
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Set in the far future, Ration is an unflinching take on the ways society can both thrive and go wrong as pressure to survive builds.
All the girls who live in the Apartments are forced to weigh their own hunger against the lives of the others living in the building. When Cynthia is wrongly accused of ordering an "A" ration, she punished by the other girls. Eventually, she is forced to leave the Apartments along with Ms. Glennoc, one of the former managers who has tormented and abused her for years. Together, they encounter a world of even more scarcity, but one filled with politics and intrigue. Cynthia struggles to return to the Apartments and help the girls who are still there.
Forced to reconcile her role in the destruction of these girls with the greater needs of society to find any sustainable source of calories, Ms. Tuttle makes one bad decision after another while she grapples with a mother who is growing more and more impatient with her mistakes.
Ration is a dark and forceful book, written in a surprisingly nuanced and accessible way. It combines the darkness and despair of The Road and The Handmaid's Tale, but has notes of charm like Lauren Oliver's Replica.
Description: In Ruins of the Mind, Jason P. Statlander examines friendship, love, family, tragedy, and American culture in this collection of twelve short stories spanning suspense, science fiction, mystery, and more.
His poignant words touch on—and make us question—what it means to be human, the ups and downs that connect and affect us all, and how family is the rock that will get us through.
Highlighted stories include: Feathers in the Wind: Jake boards an airplane for a fateful flight while traveling home to make his daughter’s birthday.
The Ter’roc: Fourteen-year-old Heidi seeks adventure and makes the discovery of a lifetime when she follows her curiosity through a storm drain.
Surviving the Messengers: Ashley and her father Chris are dealing with the loss of her mother and need to find the strength to battle a fantastical foe.
In the Shadows of a Moment: Five-year-old Frankie sets off for a birthday party on a rainy day with his father Howard, and the ensuing day leads to a shocking discovery.
Downward Spiral: In this moving commentary on the American economy, Dominic loses his job and his family, sending his life into a tailspin.
Springtime Roses: Rose goes to a routine doctor’s appointment and receives shocking news that changes her and her family’s life.
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Snow Over Utopia is a genre bending short novel of apocalyptic fantasy, sci-fi psychedelia, and doom metal.
In an age of savage science powered by black-mass, and thrown away bio-matter leaked into an underground sea lit by the heart of the great tree, a girl named Eden loses her rare blue eyes. Escaping her fanatical and sadistic slave masters with her eyes in a jar, she runs away with a murderer named Miner. After fleeing for their lives deep within the forest, they are found by the Librarian and his daughter Delilah, and sheltered in their mountain-top sanctuary. But she cannot stop there. If Eden wants to restore her eyes, then she must go on through time and space in a necrotronic stream generated by the living computer program called Witch Mother.
While mutantoid priests in underground bunkers monitor transmissions from the great tree, Eden and Miner must face the horrors of the factories and the coliseum run by the Robot Queen in the city of Utopia. Can they make the ultimate sacrifice and complete their mission? Or will they fail in Snow Over Utopia?
Description: A stunning tale of epic fantasy squeezed within the covers of a novella. In the heart of the Great Forest, nothing is as it should be. Sir Vladisal and her Knights of Boska are lost and far from home. The son of their Duchess has been kidnapped, spirited away to a nameless place within these dark and endless woodlands. Vladisal is his only hope, but an evil has come to the Great Forest, an evil that is corrupting the trees with demons born from ancient magic.
If Vladisal is to save her Duchess’ son, if he and the women of Boska are to live through the horrors of the Great Forest, then she must place her trust in Abildan the assassin. But Abildan hails from an age-old enemy, and she once served the very evil they all must fight to survive.
In The Bone Shaker, the author of The Relic Guild delivers his most potent tale yet; a powerful story of valour, betrayal, dark magic, blood and death, but also of hope.
Description: A group of teenagers with superhero powers must battle against a race of lizards ravaging the galaxy in book one of the new young adult science fiction/fantasy series Warriors Legacy.
When war is rekindled on planet Rhybannon, sixteen-year-old Ezmer is forced from his home. Now he and his group of newly acquired friends are on the run, caught up in an age-old war with the Daigatons.
When they find eight magical necklaces that once belonged to great warriors who protected the universe, they soon discover that the necklaces are more than they appear.
Will this new team of heroes be able to use their newfound powers to end the war and save their universe?
Description: "A wonderful how-to guide for parents and teachers. These techniques will help to bring balance and tranquility in an over-stimulated world. I highly recommend!" —Dr. Kimberley Taylor, DDiv., MSc, CCH, CMRM and founder of The Clearing Place
Author and meditation tutor Shelley Wilson takes you on a magical journey to a calm and happy place that you and your child will love.
Children of all ages can learn and enjoy the benefits of meditation, and this book is recommended for ages 5 up.
Designed to help access creative abilities through relaxation and imagination, these stories help develop the necessary tools needed at a young age for lifelong healthy habits of managing stress and anxiety while also improving learning skills.
Meditation for Children is a simple way to introduce children to mindfulness through guided visualization. Includes a handy reference guide and instructions.
Description: In a town full of homicidal inanimate objects, controlled by a mind marauding maniac with a penchant for pickling brains, young Joe Brown is about to learn the hard way that what's between his gunk ridden ears, could be the key to saving the world and time itself...or not.
Joe Brown thought he was living an ordinary teenage life, in an ordinary town, wearing some very ordinary secondhand underwear...until something terribly stereotypical and cliché happened that would change his life and underpants forever. Follow poor, naive Joe as he embarks on an epic mindbending, time-travelling quest full of confusing villains, poorly constructed characters, science fiction that only a Flat Earther would believe, and every inappropriate joke you’ve ever thought of but couldn't say out loud at your Grandmother’s funeral. Prepare your brains-butthole for a bad case of mental diarrhea as you delve into a book so depraved and moronic, it requires you to sign a legal waiver extinguishing your rights to procreate after you've finished reading it. Don't say I didn't warn you...
Explore all of the murder, madness and mayhem in Ancient Rome during the reign of the mad emperor, Caligula.
In this book about Rome’s most infamous emperor, expert author, Stephen Dando-Collins’ chronicles all the palace intrigues and murders that led to Caligula becoming emperor, and details the horrors of his manic reign and the murderous consequences brought about at the hand of his sister Agrippina the Younger, his uncle Claudius and his nephew Nero.
Skillfully researched, Dando-Collins puts the jigsaw pieces together to form an accurate picture of Caligula’s life and influences. Dando-Collins’ precise and thorough examination of the emperor’s life puts Caligula’s paranoid reign into perspective, examining the betrayals and deaths he experienced prior to his time in power and the onset of a near-fatal illness believed to have affected his mental-health.