May 28, 2015
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Literary Fiction

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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?

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The Damnable Legacy Of A Minister’s Wife

By G. Elizabeth Kretchmer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Although Beth was the minister’s wife, she wasn’t much of a believer, so when she died of cancer she wasn’t sure what the afterlife would entail. Instead of slipping into nothingness or a picturesque heaven, Beth ends up in limbo.

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The Former Hero

By Jeffrey Allen Mays

Rating:  star star star star star 

The abduction of a little girl kick starts a noir-infused ride through a city ruled by villains. Before the tale’s completion, an impotent hero, a single mother, a Harley-riding loner, and a rundown detective will all face demons inside and out.

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The Vineyard

By Michael Hurley

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE VINEYARD starts with contemplations of suicide and to whom a suicide is truly beneficial.

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The Gertrude Threshold

By Christopher Brooks

Rating:  star star star star star 

In the future, scientist Stan Gertrude discovers the Sun is expanding so rapidly that its heat will consume the Earth within a few generations. After years of ineffective action, the Warming forces all underground, where the survivors can await the Gertrude Threshold, the day humanity will meet complete destruction.