What It Might Feel Like to Hope, the third collection from award-winning author Dorene O’Brien, is a masterful and eclectic mix of stories that consider the infinitely powerful, and equally naïve and damning force that is human hope. A couple tries to come to terms with one another as they travel west in the uncomfortable twilight of their youth; a mortician and an idealistic novelist spar about the true nature of death; an aspiring author hopes to impress Tom Hanks with zombies; a tarot reader deals out the future of Detroit. Showcasing her diverse talents, O’Brien offers a panoply of characters and settings that dwell beyond the borders of certainty, in a place where all that has been left to them is an inkling of possibility upon which they must place all their hopes. These stories offer a variety of tones, forms, and themes in which O’Brien displays an amazing range and control of her craft, all while exploring the essential nature of humanity with nuance, empathy, and at times a touch of skepticism.More info →
Invincible Summers follows Claudia Goodwin through eleven summers, from the age of six through twenty-three, as she adjusts with varying degrees of success to what it means to be a daughter, a sister, friend, and lover in a world of loss, betrayal and bad judgment. Set in a middle class suburb outside of Detroit in the 1960s and 1970s, the novel show's Claudia's pursuit to find a purpose as she struggles with feelings of rootlessness in a world torn apart by assassinations, riots, and the Vietnam War. It is a coming-of-age story of one woman's journey through the guilt and responsibility she feels for her father's death, her mother's career-altering disfiguration, and her brother's downslide into drugs and alcohol. Invincible Summers weaves a tale about grief and forgiveness and the indelible heartbreak of all the things left unsaid.More info →
Even the beauty of Northern Michigan can’t put a smile on the face of Emily Kincaid’s perpetually cranky friend Deputy Dolly Wakowski, and when someone tries to destroy the only family Dolly has ever had, her crankiness turns lethal, even as the crime threatens to overwhelm her.More info →
Escaping the city, and her coed-chasing ex-husband, part-time journalist and full-time failed mystery writer Emily Kincaid has moved into a cozy cabin nestled in the woods of northern Michigan. Emily spends her days writing for the local newspaper and crafting her latest forgettable novel.More info →
Springtime in northern Michigan: a picture-perfect scene. Until struggling mystery writer Emily Kincaid gets a visit from her foul-weather friend Deputy Dolly, who frantically demands Emily's help. Sandy Lake's receding waters have revealed a bullet-pierced skull, along with a keepsake that could mean serious trouble for a man Dolly once loved.More info →
While an end-of-the-world revivalist group shakes up Leetsville, Emily Kincaid is deep in the northern Michigan woods researching her latest story for the local paper. But her walk gets cut short when she comes upon an eerily motionless woman propped against a tree . . .More info →
In The Colored Car, Jean Alicia Elster, author of the award-winning Who's Jim Hines?, follows another member of the Ford family coming of age in Depression-era Detroit. In the hot summer of 1937, twelve-year-old Patsy takes care of her three younger sisters and helps her mother put up fresh fruits and vegetables in the family's summer kitchen, adjacent to the wood yard that her father, Douglas Ford, owns. Times are tough, and Patsy's mother, May Ford, helps neighborhood families by sharing the food that she preserves.More info →
Who's Jim Hines? is a story based on real events about Douglas Ford Jr., a twelve-year-old African American boy growing up in Detroit in the 1930s. Doug's father owns the Douglas Ford Wood Company, and Doug usually helps his dad around the scrap wood yard located in the side lot next to their house.More info →
Inspired by Foster's first trip to Poland in 1996 and her Polish-American heritage, Amber Necklace from Gdansk explores Polish immigrants' experiences with assimilation in the US, those immigrants' children's attitudes toward their ethnicity, and how these attitudes have been colored by America's typically disinterested view toward Eastern Europe- the other Europe that only recently began to emerge from history's shadow.More info →
In this book of personal vignettes, the author discovers hopeful spiritual lessons hidden in difficult situations.
Cindy shares how the spiritual lessons she learned freed her to focus again on her own goals instead of the difficult behavior of others.More info →
Being a homebody, Nancy never would have spent a year in Italy had it not been for her husband’s wanderlust.
The couple didn’t go there to buy or restore a house or to heal a trauma from the past. As ordinary boomers, they simply wanted to experience “The Dream” – to live in Italy. They settled down in traditional Umbria, just east of Tuscany.More info →
When Ray Ingle asks his Uncle Thad if he can go to sea with him, he knows his parents won’t like it. But they’re not around, and anything is better than staying with mean old Uncle Slye! To Ray’s great surprise, Uncle Thad agrees to take him on, and soon Ray and his pet capuchin monkey Allie are helping out in the galley of The Newburyport Beauty.More info →
When David hears that his grandfather has sold his dairy farm and is coming to live with his family on Grosse Ile in Michigan, he is excited. When David used to visit Grandad's farm, Grandad showed him lots of wonderful things. Now it's David's turn, and there are so many things he wants to share with Grandad.More info →
LONESOME ROAD is a gripping story of the sudden disappearance of a child. The book explores the effect of family tragedy on a happy marriage. A chilling and compelling story. The reader is caught up from the beginning and follows the steady anguish in the heart of a mother who has lost here child. The narrative races along, like one of those Bluegrass Thoroughbreds in the setting of this marvelous novel (Bobbie Ann Mason).More info →
Tom Savage, Cabin boy, is lucky to survive the perilous voyage to Jamestown. As hostage for one of Powhatan's sons, he lives with the Pamunkeys, learning their skills-until the son dies, and Tom's in more danger than ever! ."history as fascinating drama, with Pocahontas, Capt. John Smith, and other characters of historical note playing key roles in a new light, for Mrs. Stiles' story is based on research and fact." "Chicago Daily Tribune"
."at the close of her book, [Stiles] gives a fascinating account of what became of some of the historical characters who appear in it." "Charleston News & Courier"More info →
What is “the shadow” in these stories? It’s what lurks in the dark, and it’s different for everyone.
• For Isabel, it’s the whisper from the basement that invites her to come on down.
• For second-grader Emma, it’s the tortured spirit that has haunted her family for generations.
• For Deacon William, it’s the damaged android that frightens visitors in the retreat house halls.
All ten short stories in this collection are about how the different characters deal with what they find in the dark. Two of these stories received recognition from Writer’s Digest and others won awards or were published.
Is it ever too late to leave the secrets that haunt you behind?
Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With two children in tow and a husband in jail, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held and the shattering truth about her family that derailed her life. She must learn to accept the violence of her beginning before she can be open to life, and a second chance at love.
"The first lines in Linda Nemec Foster's Ten Songs from Bulgaria, sing 'Small lives, small lives/we are trapped inside/small lives.' The paradox here is that Foster's poems reveal how large and rich the worlds are in which these small lives are lived. In line after line, we encounter the depths and reach of those who live outside the zones of everyday safety. Foster makes herself vulnerable to a world 'as tangible as fog' with her own penetrating observations...
and her poems reflect the haunting music of ode and elegy." Jack Ridl
Who is killing classical composers all over America? A serial killer is on the loose and Harry Grouch must find out why and catch the murderer. "Stradella's Revenge" is based on the real life conflicts of two 17th century Italian composers, Tomaso Albinoni and Alessandro Stradella and the lust for revenge inflicted on their 20th century descendants.More info →
When 6 hospital patients die mysteriously from Rapidly Progressive Dementia, Harry Grouch is hired to investigate the cause. Is it a biological accident involving a new and mysterious pathogen, or is it murder using a unique murder weapon, a nanobe: a tiny organism that may or may not be alive but, if living, would be the smallest form of life, 1/10 the size of the smallest known bacteria?More info →
"The Witch of Maple Park" is book 1 in the popular Harry Grouch mystery series. Based on the true story of an 1843 Ax murder on Staten Island, Harry is called upon to solve a contemporary crime that bears an uncanny resemblance to the historic event. It pits our favorite detective against a criminal justice system willing to do anything to get a conviction, even condemn an innocent suspect.More info →
In 2121 Moss Leder flees across Canada one heart-pounding step ahead of his enemies. Earth is in trouble. People kill for drinking water. Leder's innovative time booth holds the key to the planet's renewal. His enemies fear his scheme will destroy their black market water cartel and try to stop him. An epic battle in the ancient tunnel under the Detroit River determines his destiny, and Earth's.More info →
A baby with breast cancer? A disgruntled morgue attendant! A medical chief who self-destructs! Today's complex hospitals are places where life and death events occur around the clock, where love affairs happen, where ambition gets thwarted, and where greed and ego can motivate action—just like in other human activities. This is a collection of dramatic tales about hospital staff. And much moreMore info →
Read these lighthearted verse adventures out loud on Halloween, around the campfire, or anytime just for fun. A Werewolf stalks New York in "Police Story." "Gorfagog" is a thirty-ton monster frog. "Why the Willow Weeps" explains the mythological origins of the weeping willow. "Higby Hyscorer," is off to the moon again. And in "Halloween Golf," a skull is found in the bunker at the 14th hole. EnjoyMore info →
Poetry designed to be read out loud to kids from pre-school ages and up. Even Adults enjoy the rhyme and rhythm of these poems which honor the spirit and style of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic work, "A Child's Garden of Verses.”More info →
Nancy Owen Nelson's engrossing memoir is about her search for her mysterious grandmother, Nannie B., who died while giving birth to the author's mother in 1905. She was subsequently erased from the family memory, her death a too painful memory for Nancy's grandfather, successful Alabama businessman Robert Chandler. However, that erasure had a significant impact not only on the author's mother, but also on the author. Nancy Owen Nelson’s search resulted in raising more questions about herself, even as it answered questions about her mysterious grandmother. Nonetheless, in the end her journey toward discovery was one of startling self-awareness and connection.More info →
People are either straight, gay, or bi, right? Well, not exactly. Sexual orientation and sexual behavior are not so simple. This book explains some of the complexities -- for example, why some straight men seek sex with men -- in an easy-to-read story-based format. Even if you're not concerned about your partner's orientation, this book will intrigue you and tell you some things you don't now know.More info →
“A richly-imagined tale of the struggle between the persistence of goodness and the corruption of power within the heart of a single youth—an absorbing follow-up to Blood Seed, the first book in the series.” ---Debra Doyle, PhD, co-author of Knight's Wyrd, winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy AwardMore info →
A small group of resistors races against a deadly poison to save the lives of twin brothers, the only ones with the power to challenge a vicious despot’s rising malice. In a journey of risk, heartbreak and courage, a divided community learns what it takes to be forged into one.More info →
Essence Lafontaine and Grace Woodson don't know each other, but soon Hurricane Katrina will force them together. Evacuated to Houston from New Orleans, Essence finds herself in the posh world of St. Catherine's Academy. She and her little sister, Chardonnai stay with the Woodson family as they fight bullying and racism in their new community. Buoyed by the lessons they learn from reading To Kill a Mockingbird, Essence and Grace leave old ties behind to forge a new friendship of healing and renewal.More info →
From sunrise to sunset, season to season, we do not know what hardship will fall upon our path. It is by faith and grace we do not stumble. And when we do, it is by faith and grace we rise again.
SO BEGINS the Mahari love story, at once a keen and fertile legend of a noble people who live by the Maker’s truth, mercy, loving-kindness, forgiveness, and resilience.More info →
What were you doing on Sunday night? For many Americans, starting in the 1950s, the answer was: watching Walt Disney's TV show. Richard Rothrock's comprehensive history of that show, in its many forms, will take you back to long-ago Sunday nights spent together with family...and Walt Disney. Rothrock combines meticulous backstories and episode synopses with insight into how Walt's TV show shaped American culture and how it shaped his own childhood and adolescence, gently exposing him to the wide, wonderful world outside his rural town—a world not just of Disney, but of nature, technology, history, foreign cultures, and even romance.More info →
Fifteen-year-old Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by the tips of her fingers. She’s enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadorian mountaintop, Cara’s nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt, and she's sent to live with her grandparents in Detroit. Cara's story is about love and loss, the transformative power of nature, and discovering that home can be far from where you started.
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A delightful memoir about the rustic woodland near Brighton, Michigan that became a summer haven for five generations of Ukrainian immigrants. Rich with stories, imagery, poetry, legends and personal anecdotes, it is the universal story of displaced people separated from their ancestral land who search for a stability, community and home.
Includes 40 drawings by Luba Kytasty (author's sister) of Dibrova landmarks and critters.
Available from the author's website: http://dibrovadiary.comMore info →
"This novel sees a secluded tribe thrive on forgiveness and a dedication to building emotional bridges...
An engaging and instructive adventure that emphasizes humans' collective ability to rise above life's challenges."
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