The Summer of 1957

Secrets Left in the Basement
By Judith E. Powell

The Summer of 1957 by Judith E. Powell is a work of fiction that reads like a memoir. It uses as its core plot device the molestation of eight-year-old Penelope Evans by the grandfather of her childhood friend Elizabeth Werner. In 1993, Penelope is unhappily...

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The Essence of Nathan Biddle

By J. William Lewis

The Essence of Nathan Biddle: A Novel by J. William Lewis is an engrossing coming-of-age story with an interesting protagonist. It has been a year since Nathan Biddle died, and life hasn’t been easy for young Kit Biddle, his cousin, who thinks the death was...

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Imelda's Secret

By Liza Gino

Imelda’s Secret by Liza Gino is a story of buried pain and suffering by the young women who were raped repeatedly by the Japanese invaders during WWII all over Asia. Euphemistically referred to as “comfort women”, these young Asian girls from China, Korea, the Philippines,...

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Burying the Newspaper Man

By Curtis Ippolito

In Burying the Newspaper Man by Curtis Ippolito we meet Marcus Kemp, an ordinary police officer in San Diego, California. There is nothing special about him or his life - until he finds a body hidden in a stolen car. Not just any dead...

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The Farmer's Daughter

A Regency Romance (The Hampshire Stories Series)
By Joe Giampaolo

The Farmer's Daughter by Joe Giampaolo follows young Charlotte Tobin who, after enduring a long five-year stint at Mrs. Brown's boarding school, returns home with newly learned behavior of how to act properly. Charlotte is the daughter of farmer Jacob Tobin, a rapidly aging man...

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The Color of Greed

Erebus Tales, Book II
By Norman Westhoff

The Color of Greed is book two in the Erebus Tales by Norman Westhoff, a tale filled with adventure. Keltyn SparrowHawk is a geologist left behind by her mates. After surviving a bullet wound, she has found a home among the tribe that has accepted...

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As the Pizza Burns

By Nick Powers

As the Pizza Burns by Nick Powers is a story told from the perspective of Tony, yet another unhappy employee of Pizza Corp, a nationwide chain of fast-food takeaway and delivery conglomerate. We meet several of his fellow workers, none of whom want to be...

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Blue Mask, Red Hat

By Lisa Creech Saleh

Up to this point, I’ve avoided COVID-related fiction as it has felt a bit too close for comfort. These are, as the now popular word describes, unprecedented times. And America knows this only too well. But relying on snippets of news once an evening, I...

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Where Irises Never Grow

By Paulette Mahurin

Where Irises Never Grow by Paulette Mahurin is a historical fiction novel set during World War II in France. When Monica finds two names on a slip of paper inside a French version of Aesop’s Fables while working on her dissertation, she embarks on a...

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Wunderland

By Scarlett Se Leva

Wunderland by Scarlett Se Leva is your standard “poor girl-rich boy” fall in love against the odds and spend their lives fighting their families’ rejection of the idea. Simone, it seems, has known Ryan Mulligan her entire life and has loved him for most of...

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