Literary

A Death That Changes Many Young Lives

January 25, 2013
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1983. Newborn MTV. Cabbage Patch Kids. President Reagan. A U.S. – Soviet Cold War that threatens to go “hot” at any moment. Against this backdrop three teenagers begin a year of painful change and turmoil after the sudden loss of one of their closest friends, in Kevin Sharp‘s book “After Dakota.” Dakota meant different things to Cameron, Bryce, and Claire. When she disappears in a plane crash, they each have to face their own mortality,…

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She Was Lost, Now is Found. And Now Her Real Trouble Begins.

September 19, 2012
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When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked — not as much by her circumstances as by the fact Sophie is actually the almost-legendary Callidora, a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib and canonized in “missing” posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might look like now. Authorities soon…

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Sordid Past Haunts Supermodel

September 13, 2012
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Lime Prince is a green-eyed international supermodel of mixed Jamaican-Ethiopian heritage who lands the cover of Vogue, taking the New York fashion world by storm. But her sordid, violent past comes back to haunt her. Lime traces back to her painful coming of age in England and America while trying to break into modeling. As a child, Lime is abused and abandoned by her Ethiopian mother and forced to live with her Ethiopian grandparents, but…

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Unexpected Relationships Transform Two Lives

August 27, 2012
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Henry Melken is a widower. His daughter Chandra was just 13 when her mother, Ava, died. That was 16 years ago, and Henry and Chandra are stuck, as Lovelyn Bettison‘s novel “Flying Lessons” opens. Now haunted by the past, they sleepwalk through life – until unexpected relationships shake up their perceptions of reality. Henry’s new friendship with a neighbor blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, and Chandra starts to see possibilities she’s…

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The Open, Terrifying Road After College

August 16, 2012
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Remember life-right-after-college? That feeling of “Now what?” hanging over you? Frustrated young newspaper journalist Pete Rattigan is caught up in the uncertainty of the post-graduate “real world” when we first meet him, in the debut novel by Damon Ferrell Marbut called “Awake in the Mad World.” Then one night, one seemingly minor encounter sparks a philosophical journey which leads Pete to discover that, in the most beautiful or even cruel moments of life, the power…

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Can a Life Not Lived Yet Save The One She Has Now?

July 26, 2012
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Do you believe in past lives? Would you believe, if you were somebody’s past life? What echoes would you leave in their soul? Could they be the answers you need right now? We meet a woman named Carol, in the Roz Morris book “My Memories of a Future Life.” Carol is a gifted musician who needs nothing more than her piano – and certainly doesn’t believe she’s lived before. But when an injury forces her…

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