Popular Fiction

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AUNT SOOKIE & ME, teaching us to find the beauty in life’s peculiarities

Rating: 4.5
It’s 1968 in the deep South. After the death of her grandmother, Poppy Wainwright boards a Greyhound bus to start a new life with her crotchety old Aunt Sookie in Savannah, Georgia.
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CITY OF ANGELS

Rating: 3
An orphaned young man must deal with government bureaucracy and an accusation of murder in order to become a champion boxer.
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THE RED FIELD

Rating: 4
THE RED FIELD is the story of a descendant of female witches who wants out of her familial duties of casting spells designed to protect her region and heal its inhabitants in the 1920s South.
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THE BOOK OF MOON

Rating: 5
George Crowder merges the Book of Job, J. D. Salinger, and Woody Allen into an effective tale about an adolescent trying to make sense of life and death amidst the setting of a crumbling world and the scary rite of passage that is puberty.
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THE BEST OF FAMILIES

Rating: 5
Author Harry Groome soars in this tale of the privileged clinging to their social positions long past their shelf life, and how one of them seeks to escape his wealthy upbringing via combat.
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Plunge into a deep and bracing tale with BLACK WATER

Rating: 4.7
Joseph Caspar is a disappointed writer, living with his wife Noelle in a city with air so dirty it can kill. Then an old college friend offers him a project he can’t turn down.
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BIG DREAMS, a drama full of heart-tugging surprises

Rating: 3.8
Teenager Lily Davis is an anomaly in Britain’s era of free love and drugs: she refuses to have sex until she can begin birth control.
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MEMORIES OF A HOME: ELM STREET

Rating: 4
MEMORIES OF A HOME is a charming time-capsule treatment of Americana in the mid-1960s.
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Approaching Twi-Night

Rating: 3.5
A once-promising young baseball player begins to imagine a life outside of the diamond while reconciling his relationships with his father and his colleagues.
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Armor of Glass

Rating: 4
A jaded marine recounts his troubled love life as he rides a commuter train toward an unknown future.
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A Lifetime Last Night

Rating: 2
Richard Dunham wakes up in an ICU, only to find that everyone is calling him “Michael Riordan.” The name is among the few things he remembers; the mystery deepens when a stranger appears with an unbelievable explanation.
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Twisted

Rating: 3.5
Hand-cuffed, ball-gagged and wearing nothing but a motorcycle helmet – not your typical introduction, but it’s how readers first meet Julia, a young Ukrainian woman whose ambitions for a better life land her in an illogical place: the seedy world of the sex trade industry.
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A Table on Kilimanjaro

Rating: 3
A TABLE ON KILIMANJARO is a story that tries to showcase both adventure and the drama, though sometimes the latter slightly at the expense of the former, but it always remains a good read.
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Orange Groves

Rating: 4
ORANGE GROVES is a story of murder and secrets in a small Southern town (fittingly named “Bedlam”) in Florida
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Taking Stock

Rating: 4
A young man battles mental illness and drug addiction while working for a dysfunctional grocery store.
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Saving Superman

Rating: 5
SAVING SUPERMAN is a poignant tale about a young boy and a man in the woods who become unlikely friends and heroes, helping one another through their traumas.
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Smart Mouth

Rating: 4.5
As twenty-something Addy begins her new adventures at school, she discovers that her students might be just as overwhelmed and confused by school and their imperfect home lives as she is.
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Dancing on Rocks

Rating: 5
When Georgie Haydock requests a four-month leave of absence to take care of her mom who is injured in a motorcycle accident, little does she know returning to her hometown of Chimney Rock, North Carolina would set off a sequence of events that will force her to face her fears once and for all.
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Becoming Shamus

Rating: 3
BECOMING SHAMUS is the autobiography of a black Labrador named Shamus, from his adoption by a new family (including the wise older dog Lela) to his own welcoming of a new puppy to the family after Lela's death.
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Battleground State

Rating: 3
The story of one campaign organizer's hopeless and mad quest, and how she manages to regain faith in American politics, and in herself.
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Winter Nova

Rating: 3
A fantasy adventure of giants, swordplay, magic, and debate that has Empires battling for beautiful, far away cities.
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Robin's Blue

Rating: 3
Gorgeous Robin runs during the pre-AIDS, post-sexual revolution, empty inside. She runs away from an abusive father, an older “good girl” sister, and an often mentioned but mostly unseen evil stepmother. She runs away from an ill-conceived marriage. She runs through drugs (mostly cocaine); men, young and old; and friends, both innocent and not so innocent.
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Glory Hole

Rating: 3.5
Judd Parker, a man at his best in the pilot seat of an airplane, finds most of his life as a difficult to maneuver through as a landing a commercial jet on a fog-shrouded landing strip.