Coming of Age/Religious Fiction – The Chosen Few

The Chosen FewThe Chosen Few
By Michael John Sheehan
Published: March 2017
ISBN: 978-0998500409
ASIN: B0724Z1MBW
Pages: 296
Genre: Coming of age, Catholic fiction, Religious fiction
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Every boarding school has its secrets…

Jack Hayes hopes to have a memorable senior year at St. Paul’s Catholic high school seminary despite past conflicts with Father Webb, the tyrannical Dean of Students. Late one night, Jack and his best friend encounter a mysterious old priest who provides cryptic clues that help them uncover long-kept secrets about the school and its dictatorial Dean. Their discoveries – often made while breaking the rules – lead to catastrophic events that threaten the seminary’s very existence.

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Literary Fiction/Humor – Cities of the Common Man

Cities of the Common ManCities of the Common Man
By Ben Hasskamp
Published: June 2017
ASIN: B071JZMZJ5
Pages: 452
Genre: Literary Fiction – Humor
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The week before his 30th birthday, once-renowned New York chef Billy MacPherson learns his restaurant is bankrupt, he’s been evicted from his apartment, and his estranged father has dropped dead. Against his better judgment, Billy agrees to return to Oregon to face the family and friends he callously left behind.

During the reading of his father’s will, Billy’s extended family is left hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate money, while Billy’s only bequeathment is his father’s beloved 1985 Back To The Future-replica DeLorean. With no restaurant, no money, no prospects, and only a DeLorean to his name, Billy sets off on a journey down the Pacific coast meeting up with distant friends from college, ancient rivals from culinary school, and old flames who still flicker in his heart. All while fighting the terrible—yet, inevitable—prospect of turning 30.

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Southern Fiction – Tobacco Sun

Tobacco SunTobacco Sun
By Lorna Hollifield
Publisher: Pen Name Publishing
Release Date: June 13, 2017
ASIN: B06XP2F21L
Pages: 223
Genre: Southern Fiction
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The year is 1947. The war is over, Jackie Robinson has just integrated baseball, and Frank Sinatra breezes in over the fuzzy airwaves. A sense of relief is finally sweeping the nation…everywhere except Tobaccoville, North Carolina.

Beyond the rural fields that are pregnant with decades of secrets, a mysterious Hollywood pin-up is jailed for murder while her facially birthmarked half-sister may hold the answers as to why.

The two girls, estranged for years, share a haunting past, a shell-shocked love interest, and maybe even a cruel destiny. Through mountains of lies, the truth that inevitably comes pouring out of the tobacco leaves will come to light. Will this light reveal the path to the siblings’ foreordained destruction, or their long-awaited deliverance? Will they realize they each hold the power to set the other free before it’s too late?

A story of heritage, hurt, and somehow, hope; Tobacco Sun keeps you on the edge of your seat while you find yourself rooting for redemption.

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YA/Coming of Age – Five Wishes

Five WishesFive Wishes
By Mollie Moon
Publisher: Suka Press
Published: January 2017
ISBN: 978-0692819616
ASIN: B01NCYA0DK
Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Coming of Age
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Maria Elena wants nothing more than to get a good education and have a great career. But living in a poverty-stricken barrio in Honduras does not hold such promises. When she meets Lolita, an adventurous young woman with connections, Maria Elena’s hope for a better life becomes more tangible.

She and Lolita make a pact to escape to L.A. together, but to do so, they must put their lives in the hands of Tío, a drug lord and human trafficker. Despite her misgivings, Maria Elena goes along, only to end up in a foreign country—scared, hungry and alone.

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Coming of Age – Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody

Goodbye, Rudy KazoodyGoodbye, Rudy Kazoody
By A.A. Freda
Publisher: Friesen Press
Published: September 2016
ISBN: 978-1460292433
ASIN: B01M1SFHNA
Genre: Coming of Age
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Who is the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, and what, if anything, did he have to do with the events that occurred to a group of teenagers during one fateful summer in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood in the early 1960s?

Growing up is difficult enough. But when you’re a recent immigrant arriving in a country that is going through its own coming-of-age process, fueled by rock ‘n’ roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, free love, the pill, LSD, and the Cold War, it’s downright confusing, and for some—lethal.

With the various upheavals shaking America to its core, Joey, whose family emigrated to the Bronx from Italy’s Apennine Mountains, struggles to retain his innocent, optimistic outlook on life as he and the other young teenagers on Arthur Avenue—virtually all of whom also come from immigrant, working-class families—try to find their place in this new order.

From the euphoria of first love to the despair of dashed dreams and betrayal, Joey emerges from the summer sadder but wiser in this romantic, mysterious, and nostalgic tale. Behind it all lurks the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, an enigma that Joey feels he must solve or else remain forever just outside the inner circle of life and love.

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YA/NA – Full of Wonderment: a novel

full-of-wondermentFull of Wonderment: a novel
By Josh Greenfield
Publisher: Lulu
Published: August 2016
ISBN: 978-1365125102
ASIN: B01IDQT41S
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult
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Jordan Fineman’s second year of college has almost done him in.  His solution is to head off for a summer of work and adventure in Alaska.  All the while mental illness is setting in.  A summer to remember.  A tale to grow on.

This novel is a quick read, told in a conversational first person voice, that is quick to see the humor of the circumstances.  In the end it has something positive to say about the most stigmatized, most human of conditions, mental illness.

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