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Hippie Chick, Coming of Age in the ’60s
A teenage girl finds her mother dead in the bathroom. To save her from living alone with a difficult father, her sister sends her a ticket to leave New Jersey. Landing in San Francisco, she is thrust into a lifestyle way beyond what she is ready for, and that challenges all previous notions of how one behaves. It is 1963, and we are brought along as she becomes immersed in the unfolding of the sixties during the earliest days of sexual freedom, psychedelics, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. A deeply personal story of one young woman’s journey.
By Author Ilene English
The Kiminee Dream
Odd things happen in Kiminee, Illinois. Lilacs bloom in winter. Gravel glows golden on occasion. Pigs play kick the can. So when Carly Mae Foley learns to read at age two and masters multiplication at age three, the town’s quirky, tight-knit denizens take it in stride and embrace her with pride. But when a terrible twister tears through, Carly Mae is maimed, dashing hopes for her future. Her father is swept away and assumed dead. And her mother slinks off after creeping, naked, with her lover from the remains of a ruined home. It’s up to Carly Mae’s grandmother and a devoted, one-eared dog to hold what’s left of the family together. But not everyone is rooting for them, and when an appalling crime occurs, long-held animosities boil over. Will the good folks of Kiminee pull closer together now—or be torn apart?
Influenced by folklore and magical realism, The Kiminee Dream is a lyrical story with characters equally charmed and challenged while living where the ordinary and miraculous coexist seamlessly. It is also a multi-generational Midwest tale about a family torn apart by tragedy and secrets, and how they come together again to heal. If you like depth as well as whimsy, arresting twists, and details that rouse your senses, you’ll love what is both an eloquent exploration of acceptance and a tender tribute to the people of Illinois.
by Author Laura McHale Holland
God, Destiny, and a Glass of Wine
God, Destiny, and a Glass of Wine is a self-help book based on bizarre, personal experiences and offering life-changing opportunies.
by Author Linda Mason Crawford
Wayland is the story of a perfect life interrupted by a chance encounter with pure evil. Eva and Andrew Nettles are a couple who found each other in the unlikeliest of circumstances and married in mid-life, now living a blissful country life with their adopted daughter—until one day a hobo happens by. Buddy Newman cannot believe his good fortune: this family has everything he needs, including the most beautiful little girl he’s ever seen or dreamed of. Newman sets his plan in motion to charm and deceive the family and possess the object of his desires. Can they see through his elaborate deceit in time to save their daughter?
by Author Rita S. Quillen
Bells for Eli
In the 1960-s and 70’s small-town Green Branch, SC, two first cousins, Eli and Delia, grow up across the street from each other in a relationship illustrating the extraordinary depths of tenderness and friendship in Susan Beckham Zurenda’s debut novel, Bells for Eli. After a life-altering childhood accident compromises Eli physically and makes him the target of bullying, Delia becomes his great defender. Later, in adolescence, the outer appearance of Eli’s accident gone, the cousins’ relationship grows into one with deeper, more complicated feelings. Though Eli dates every girl in town and eventually falls in love, Delia is never far away. At every turn he assumes the role of her protector. His wounds of the heart from childhood never leave, however, and are the catalyst for decisions that bring this novel to a staggering conclusion, and Delia discovers a shocking family secret that reveals truths about Eli she has never known.
by Author Susan Beckham Zurenda
Into The Deep Woods
Molly detests being stuck at home with her overly critical mother. Nothing pleases that woman! As usual, her father is working long hours, and her brothers are away on a camping trip. As she attempts to pass the lonely hours…and stay out of her mother’s way, her attention is captured by a haunting melody coming from the massive forest that surrounds the family’s vacation house. Under the spell of the alluring notes, she follows the music and becomes hopelessly lost. What she finds in the forest is beyond her wildest imagination, as if she\’s walking around in a captivating dream, and home quickly becomes a distant memory. Molly never anticipated the journey that would begin when she stepped…Into The Deep Woods.
Into The Deep Woods is the first book in the Deep Woods Trilogy, a story that spans three generations of women who visit an ancient, hidden world and discover incredible secrets about themselves along the way.
by Author Nila D. Bond
The Queen of Paris: a novel on Coco Chanel
The Queen of Paris: a novel on Coco Chanel. Legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel is revered for her sophisticated style–the iconic little black dress and famed for her intoxicating perfume Chanel No. 5. Yet behind the public persona is a complicated woman of intrigue, shadowed by mysterious rumors. The Queen of Paris vividly portrays the shocking hidden life of Chanel during the four years of Nazi occupation in Paris in the midst of WWII–as discovered in recently unearthed wartime files.
by Author Pamela Binnings Ewen
The Silver Baron’s Wife
FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: In this eloquent novel, Stein portrays the independent, eccentric, and resilient woman known as Baby Doe, a legendary figure from Colorado’s silver boom. Elizabeth “Lizzie” McCourt Doe is a renowned beauty who moved from Wisconsin to Colorado in the 1870s so that her husband, Harvey Doe, could work in the silver mine that they partially owned. Confronted with his addictions and womanizing, Lizzie divorces Harvey. He heads home to Wisconsin, but she stays in Colorado out of shame and embarrassment. What later begins as an affair with Horace Tabor, a married silver magnate 30 years her senior, eventually turns into a loving marriage with two daughters. Though they are tremendously wealthy, the couple is shunned socially, and a financial crisis soon wipes out their fortune. As Lizzie’s problems mount, she becomes reclusive, living alone in a cabin with her visions–holy images and complex dreams from her past, revealed to readers in a lyrical, meditative voice. Stein\’s blend of love story, scandal, and mystical experience is satisfying and entertaining.
by Author Donna Baier Stein
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