Fiction

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Joyce Hinnefeld’s outstanding novel, Stranger Here Below, centers around the lives of two young women, Maze, a white girl from Appalachia and her black roommate at Berea College, Mary Eliz

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A fitting book to read this dystopian and perilous autumn of 2010, The Witch of Hebron has the required elements of Halloween, harvest, and societal collapse.

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Every time Max Collins delivers a new crime thriller, I buckle up in my favorite chair, pour myself a cup of coffee, and prepare myself for an exhilarating ride.

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“Mario’s case was my personal salvation . . .”

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“On the one hand, there was the logic of the law, the science of criminology, the processes of adjudication. On the other, there was pain, murderous rage, death.”

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“The heart asks pleasure first, and then excuse from pain.”
—Emily Dickinson

“God, if He was anything, was the answer to the mystery of why you got sick. . . .”
—Joshua Ferris

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Todd Johnson’s debut novel is not to be missed. This tale of five ordinary southern women will touch the reader’s heart. Set in a nursing home in rural Johnston County, N.

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Having majored in Business Administration while in college, I know just how dry and boring subjects like Economics and Financing can be, which is why finding a modern day pulp thriller set in World

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The search for the truth can often be elusive. The truth itself can be devastating.

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The relationship of siblings is an ever complicated and constantly evolving process. It can hold a family together like glue or even tear it apart leaving a huge gaping hole.

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Reading with a writer’s eye, I’ve always been an admirer of first-person, present-tense narrative.

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“Tracing our steps from the beginning / Until they vanished into the air / Trying to understand how our lives had led us there.”
—Jackson Browne

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All set in the space of a day, The Infinities tells a tale of the Godleys as they gather at Arden, the family home, at the sick bed of Adam, the husband and father.

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Lexie Sinclair’s mundane life during the early 1950s is about to take off like a rocket.

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As Mma Ramotswe and her friend sat together having red bush tea, “She closed her eyes.

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“History is a nightmare from which I’m trying to awake.”

                                                             —James Joyce

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The Blue House Dog is a picture book that tells the tale of a boy and a dog.

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In a gritty and yet honest portrayal of teenage life, the truth is not always what we might wish for or want to acknowledge.

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 “It sometimes seemed to him that there was an invisible hand behind it all, and it wasn’t a beneficent hand. Evil in the world . .

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Grace remembers her attack. She remembers the wolves as they tore her from the swing in her yard into the barren woods that cold winter day.

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 Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc., February 2010  The little mouse living at a campground was very hungry, but waited until everyone went to sleep before he could look for food.

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 It may not be the most eloquent way to say it, but this book is sure as hell good. As the main character (Ellie Cooper) might exclaim, “God damn right I’ll keep playing.

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Redemption Falls is part two of Joseph O’Connor’s Irish American trilogy. It is a fictional post-Civil War tale set in the west, most likely Montana.

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Maggie Pouncey is bringing back language, slow and careful language. It’s the type of language that began to disappear in the 1960s.

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