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Her Characters’ Plights Are Familiar to Those We All Deal With Wolff’s stories are not as morbid as the title might lead you to believe. Some of them are about real death, but some are about emotional death. And with some of these characters who died, there also comes rebirth, or life in others. Each[…]

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Murnane Reveals Himself in These Thoughtful Essay Lilacs is a collection of essays Murnane published over 20 years ago. In Lilacs Murnane reveals his interest in personal libraries and that he reads voraciously, keeping records of what he reads and when he reads them. He fondly mentions his father, who owned a racehorse, and notes[…]

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Prepare to Be Taken to New, Uncharted Places in Your Mind Courtney Craggett’s vivid imagination will take you to strange and unusual places, but there also is a thread of familiarity that runs through her stories. Kansas Before Oz and Statue provide an escape from reality into a world of fantasy, while Donation and Astromorphosis[…]

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Love Is the Thread That Holds This Family Together During Hard Times For the Malone family, 1946 was a year of ignorant bliss. World War II was over and Ed, the oldest of the three children, was coming home. Shannon, the middle child, and Eliza, the youngest (who had moved up a grade years earlier),[…]

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An Emotional, Yet Gratifying, Story of Perseverance, Love and Sacrifice My Name Is Hannah is a beautiful but heart-wrenching story of a Ukrainian Jewish family that was forced into hiding to avoid being victims of the Holocaust.  A fiction novel, Tara Lynn Masih’s saga is based on an all-too-real family and true events of the[…]

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A Dramatic Journey to the Past That Changes the Course of the Future Skyler Haines is a bitter teenager who suffers from depression as a result of feeling completely lost and like she doesn’t fit into the world in which she lives.  Who could blame her? Eight years earlier, her father, a pilot and drug[…]

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Jacob Appel Is a Master at Balancing Contrasts   In the eight short stories that make up Amazing Things Are Happening Here, Jacob M. Appel’s characters will entangle you in typical, relatable dilemmas, yet all of them very different. They struggle with contrasts such as right and wrong, good and evil, and life and death.[…]

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by Joan Schweighardt The Danger and Drama Will Keep You On the Edge of Your Seat Baxter and Jack were pushed to their physical and mental limits every day as dock workers in the shipyards of Hoboken, New Jersey. As sons of Irish immigrants who came seeking the American dream at the turn of the[…]

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by Maureen Joyce Connolly That Which Doesn’t Kill Them Just May Have Made Them Stronger Claire and Glen Rawlings are your typical couple and parents of typical girls, who together, make up a typical family. Claire is studying to become a doctor, while Glen is a teacher and a volunteer high school football coach. With[…]

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