Feb 13, 2016
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Literary Fiction

TRAINEE
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The dangers of being a doppleganger in: THE TRAINEE

By A.F. Knott

Rating:  star star star star star 

Rodney Pepper is a strange man. Painfully awkward, heartbreakingly naïve, and prone to archaic monologues, he is adrift in college until a series of coincidences bring him to New Orleans.

MECCA
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Danger and intrigue when an American woman moves to Saudi Arabia and befriends a Saudi woman in: EAST OF MECCA

By Sheila Flaherty

Rating:  star star star star star 

An American woman living in Saudi Arabia faces the hardships, anxiety and betrayals of life in a theocratic dictatorship.

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Life in the New York projects filled with grit, violence and hopeless in: BOSS

By Jennifer Paige

Rating:  star star star star star 

Violence, rivalry and ambition threaten to destroy numerous lives in the New York projects.

WARREN
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An alcoholic drug addict gets more than he bargains for when he impersonates a P.I. in: WARREN LANE

By Andrew Diamond

Rating:  star star star star star 

An alcoholic ne’er-do-well poses as a private detective on a whim, but may be in over his head.

MOON
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Indifference and love, past and present, and east and west collide in: TWO TALES OF THE MOON

By Jennifer Sun

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Will Donovan needs advice about selling his business to a larger company with potential ties to China, he makes use of his sister’s friendship with Lu Li, an investment banker, and they both must make peace with their pasts and decide which path their futures will take.

FRUIT
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An intriguing look at delicious secrets in: BOWL OF FRUIT (1907)

By Panayotis Cacoyannis

Rating:  star star star star star 

BOWL OF FRUIT (1907) is a magically original story about two strangers and enticing secrets.

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Raw human emotions are bared when lives intersect at a strip club in: GRIND

By J A Carter Winward

Rating:  star star star star star 

A group of disparate individuals find solace, frustration, challenge and connection at a strip club.

Immortality
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A road trip across America leads to self-discovery in: THE PRESENT IMMORTALITY

By Roof Alexander

Rating:  star star star star star 

A chronicle of a relationship, life on the road, what it means to be alive.

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A heroine’s musical abilities set against the slums of India in: AMINA: THE SILENT ONE

By Fiza Pathan

Rating:  star star star star star 

A strong heroine uses her musical talents to escape a life filled with pain in India’s sordid slums.

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The seemingly imaginary country described in the book is curiously familiar to the publisher reading the manuscript in: THE PROBLEM WITH UNCLE TEDDY’S MEMOIR

By Ed Charlton

Rating:  star star star star star 

A publisher and a nephew discuss the strange revelations made by Uncle Teddy’s memoir of growing up in a mysterious land.

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Addiction, abuse and young adulthood in: BLUE SKY

By D. Bryant Simmons

Rating:  star star star star star 

Three young women must struggle with adolescence and young adulthood after surviving the childhood trauma of their family’s breakdown and reformation.

Intensive
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Transformation over twenty years in: INTENSIVE THERAPY: A NOVEL

By Jeffrey Deitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

INTENSIVE THERAPY: A NOVEL follows the relationship of a doctor and his patient from their first therapy sessions in the 1980s, then shifts to 20 years later to demonstrate how that therapy has transformed and affected them both.

Hiatus
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Hiatus

By Belangela G. Tarazona

Rating:  star star star star star 

Read with a box of tissues handy: HIATUS will make you ugly-cry. This beautiful ode to late-in-life love is lyrical, captivating, and heart-wrenching.

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A road trip forces a lonely loser to choose direction in: Finding Flipper Frank

By Patrick M. Garry

Rating:  star star star star star 

FINDING FLIPPER FRANK centers around 38-year-old, troubled, lonely loser Walt Honerman, who decides to drive on an adventure with two passengers: an elderly man named Izzy with a big personality and a young woman, Moira, who wants to break Walt out of his shell.

HighRoad
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High Road: Chasing the Yellow Jersey

By David Chauner

Rating:  star star star star star 

It was a relationship that started innocently enough; pretty, yet mysterious, young woman meets wealthy heir and college playboy. But amid strange circumstances, she ends up dead, and the entire nation chooses up sides as to whether or not Kurt Dufour is the man to blame.

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Ere àwòrán

By Michael Jay Nusbaum

Rating:  star star star star star 

A well-researched tale of an African slave and two abolitionists during the American Civil War. Ere àwòrán means “little statue,” referring to the carved figurine that Osumaka, gives to his young son Bwana as a reminder that his father is always with him even when off on a hunt.

Pianist
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Pianist in a Bordello

By Mike C. Erickson

Rating:  star star star star star 

PIANIST IN A BORDELLO is a novel about a liberal Democratic politician with the rather unlikely name of Richard Milhouse Nixon Youngblood. Since he is running for congress in Northern California, he has written an autobiography to address some of the questionable activities of his past.

BOAR
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The Literature Preferred by Wild Boar

By Alice Eckles

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a post-apocalyptic world, former reality TV writer Deb and her husband Charles create a new life that is both rugged and quasi-mystical, thanks to a local and character-filled wild boar.

HeShe
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A man journeys into his sexuality to save his soul in: He & She

By Wayne Clark

Rating:  star star star star star 

A man of meager ambition and accomplishment experiences a midlife crisis that launches him into the world of S&M.

Smallest
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Your Smallest Bones

By Sean Taylor

Rating:  star star star star star 

With humor, discomfort, numbness, and heartbreak, Taylor builds wondrous structures and then tears them down around you.

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Armor of Glass

By R. M. A. Spears

Rating:  star star star star star 

A jaded marine recounts his troubled love life as he rides a commuter train toward an unknown future.

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A man, damaged and lost, finds his humanity in: Henry’s Re-Entry

By Welcome Cole

Rating:  star star star star star 

A wry, self-loathing nihilist reconnects with humanity.

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The Woman in the Movie Star Dress

By Praveen Asthana

Rating:  star star star star star 

Genevieve Nightcloud, shopgirl at the Hollywood Clothing Store, believes in a theory of transference: “that clothing might carry something of the spirit of the owner” and that when old clothes are worn by new people, the chi of the original owner is transferred onto the new wearer.

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Water Lessons

By Chadwick Wall

Rating:  star star star star star 

A displaced Louisiana man seeks a new home and career in New England – but is he really meant to leave his roots behind forever?