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Tales of the Siren: A StarbucksMelody

By Melody Overton

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TALES OF THE SIREN follows the travails of Overton, who harbors an obsession for all things Starbucks. This is a world in which baristas are likened to green-aproned “superheroes,” time is measured in steaming cups of joe, and seasons noted by rotating coffee releases.

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When the Shoe Fits

By Mary T. Wagner

Rating:  star star star star star 

Like many other middle-aged women, Wagner endures a failed marriage, years of raising children, injuries from an accident, and a second career that started in her 40s. The essays recount many relatable experiences, such as traveling adventures, mid-life dating, and household struggles with clutter and cooking.

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Tales of a Jailhouse Librarian

By Marybeth Zeman

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A librarian interacts with, attempts to help, and ponders the fate of young men in jail.

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Straight Lines

By Gregory Sachett

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Crutching through record amounts of snow and ice with a broken leg would be a last-resort act of survival for most people. For Gregory Sacchet, however, the opening scene of his memoir is quickly revealed as an act of pitiful, misguided desperation.

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Awakening to the Dance

By Georganne Spruce

Rating:  star star star star star 

In her intimate memoir, AWAKENING TO THE DANCE, author Georganne Spruce’s journey will resonate deeply with women who are conflicted between their innate need to be independent, and society’s antiquated belief that one cannot have a fulfilling career and a successful family life at the same time.

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Memoirs of a Circus Clown

By David Figlioli

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t is a rare person who has not, at some point in their life, wanted to run off and join the circus. It is a much rarer person who actually does, especially when they are forty years old.

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Breakfast with the Dirt Cult

By Samuel Finlay

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Tom Walton is a 25 year old team leader at the US Army base in Ft. Drum, New York. He has already been to Bosnia to police the peace-keeping process and soon receives orders to go to Afghanistan to do “real infantry stuff”. Eventually months of combat and the accompanying PTSD stand between them as Tom finally faces his own demons.

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A Kick-Ass Fairy

By Linda Zercoe

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A woman battles a troubled childhood, early widowhood, and multiple bouts with cancer to find herself still going strong in her fifties.

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Inside/Outside

By Jenny Hayworth

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INSIDE/OUTSIDE tells the story of intergenerational abuse and loss in the author’s family. Hayworth find inspiration from her grandmother, in a dream, to write her family’s story in order to make sense of her life and family’s history and to try to future abuse.

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Border Crossings

By Charles Novacek

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The wisdom that the countries of east-central Europe lost World War II twice – first by Nazi domination, then by falling into sphere of Soviet influence after the war – applied brutally to Czechoslovakia, as the late author Charles Novacek makes clear in his memoir,

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Heaven’s Child

By Caroline Flohr

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nothing can even describe the emotional trauma of a parent who has to bear – and live through – the agony of a child’s death, a vibrant sixteen-year old, to a freak accident. Yet, Flohr has written a sensitive memoir that makes catharsis possible in the quest to understand her loss without turning death into a tear jerker.

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Borrowed Bibles

By Jim Good

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BORROWED BIBLES is a memoir about growing up in the United States during and immediately after World War II.