In the not distant future, Erik Hanssen, an Ojibwe-Norwegian CEO of a high tech company, keeps a routine doctor’s appointment. Without warning, Erik finds himself on a mini-bus headed for a government-run euthanasia center—the fate of older, chronically ill citizens. The US health care system has collapsed under the weight of a last ditch war against global terrorism. With less than a week until Erik’s scheduled death, his daughter, cardiologist Meredith Hanssen, desperately seeks a way to save his life. Her journey takes her from the Northern Ontario wilderness to a military hospital in Chicago where organs are harvested from healthy enemy insurgents to save essential personnel. While Meredith races against time, Erik is on his own journey—a mysterious encounter with his departed Ojibwe grandfather. Memory, tradition, love and obligation—all serve as lures, drawing Erik to a final and surprising resolution.
In the thrilling conclusion to the Wall Street Journal bestselling Kingfountain Series, a conflicted champion must navigate a treacherous world to secure the peace.
A devastating disaster has left the Forbidden Court in ashes, its fountains destroyed, and its magic at risk. It was destined as the site of Trynne Kiskaddon’s coronation as empress. Now, all Trynne can imagine is the roar of flames, the cries of Gahalatine’s people, and the smell of cinders in a city gone dark. Tragic as the threat to Kingfountain is, it’s nowhere near as foul as the treachery posed by Morwenna. Saboteur, conspirator, and full-blood sister of the king, she is prepared to set forth a wave of destruction that will eliminate everything that stands between her and possession of the throne.
But Trynne has her weapons, too—her magic, her resilience, her skills at intrigue, and especially, Fallon. The man who once swore his allegiance to Morwenna now stands by Trynne’s side as they venture into the unknown to protect those they love, reunite with a family scattered by diabolical forces, and safeguard a kingdom…as well as the destiny the Fountain has for each of them.
After twenty years of riding the rails, Alphonse has earned a reputation for being a kindhearted soul always ready to help. When he helps the Sadlers, a young couple seeking a better life in small-town 1950s Indiana, he doesn’t intend to stay. But stay he does, keeping a close eye on the Sadlers and their two young sons, and an even closer eye on the town’s new priest, Father Brennon.
On the surface, Brennon seems perfect for the job, but Alphonse crossed paths with him years earlier in the railyard jungle, and he knows better. Brennon doesn’t recognize Alphonse, but Alphonse has never forgotten Brennon . . . or his crimes. So when Brennon assigns the Sadlers’ son, Francis, who is now thirteen, the thankless task of cleaning and maintaining the church’s bell tower, work that often continues into the night, Alphonse immediately grows suspicious. Soon, he discovers that his worst fears have come to pass, and he races to find a way to protect Francis and reveal the truth to the Sadler family.
Elise Brighton's beloved aunt, Cassie Bienville, died at the hands of those who had been entrusted to care for her in her declining years; not through simple negligence but through fraud and outright homicide. The evidence was brutally damning, yet the perpetrators were cleared of criminal charges in a miscarriage of justice that resounded with fury throughout the Louisiana Delta. The Grayson family's stately plantation house was only a facade for their horrific treatment of loved ones who resided there, unable to defend themselves, and yet the court allowed the killers to go free. Will Cassie ever receive the justice she and the other victims deserve?
Fred L. Funk has crafted a chilling story that has its roots in true headlines of predators exploiting the most vulnerable members of society.
Anna Kagen seems to have it all: She's young, beautiful, and married to a wealthy, prominent man.
But within the walls of her San Francisco mansion, she spends her time dodging her husband's barbs and hunting down potential friends for her son, Jack, a 10-year-old on the autistic spectrum.
That old life suddenly seems idyllic when, on a school field trip, she makes the small error in judgment that sets in motion a chain of events that leads to another boy's death. Suddenly Jack is a suspect, her husband's career is in jeopardy, and Anna has to choose between loyalty to her son ... and what may be her one chance at happiness.
Julia Burch is a typical fifty-year-old tired of her typical life. But that changes when she answers a mysterious phone call that takes her back thirty years. A series of inexplicable events leaves Julia searching for answers—and forces her to face the source of her unhappiness. But this is only the beginning; there are others who desperately need the vibrant faith and message of love Julia has rediscovered. Prisoners of the past, they have lost hope for anything better and, for some, time is running out. What follows is a journey that crosses social status, racial lines, and even time itself to unite a group of people called to an adventure that will surpass anything they could have imagined.
The Shared Lives are the Ladino (Jewish) community that resides world wide that share their faith outwardly Christian/Catholic and privately in their home--Jewish. The Twin Sun represents the original Sun that appeared in our universe that imploded and gave life to our Sun and Milky Way. This original Sun was the Semano-heaven for the original star that was cryptically hidden that provided the impetus for these writings. Garcia writes a "fascinating overview of the Ladino community -- Jewish people that have had to hide their religious identity (The Great Veil of Concealment)-- and fit in with a heavily Catholic society in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico."
Contradictory relationships within troubled families are nothing new, but the award-winning psychological novel written by well-known journalist Diane B. Saxton elevates these relationships and the mysterious heirloom painting that both exposes and unites them to an art form.
Peregrine Island interweaves the stories of three generations of women, one valuable painting, the artist who created it, and those who would do anything to possess it – including kill.
Lush with sensory details, this psychologically complex mystery novel is set on a private island in the middle of Long Island Sound. It begins when the family’s lives are turned upside-down one summer by so-called art experts, who appear on the doorstep of their isolated home to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers along with two other paintings are discovered behind the painting in question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation and detectives are called into the case— but not by the family whose members grow increasingly antagonistic toward one another.
During the course of the inquiry and as the summer progresses, the family members discover new secrets about one another and new facts about their past. Above all, they learn that neither people nor paintings can be taken at face value.
When vacationing Chicago detectives Nick and Norm witness a tragic accident involving a famous entertainer, the local police chief asks for their help. The duo's investigation uncovers crime and corruption in paradise as they come face-to-face with a ruthless killer...As homegrown eccentrics, drag queens, and dwarves rush to their aid in this heart- pounding thriller!
Aaron Reece Caydon has repeated this mantra every day of his life from the age of four. He looks into the mirror and slowly turns his head to look at the scar running across the side of his face. A furrow begins to grow between his eye, an anger that takes his mind to a dark an unforgiving place.
He screams and slams his fist into his reflection, causing the mirror to fracture. Aaron closes his eyes and her face appears, the woman who has accomplished what no man had during his entire military or mercenary career. She made him realize that he had become careless. ''Damn you, Zaveen Keens!''
Aaron will find this female NSA agent; not even his old partner Bevan Benjamin will be able to hide her away from him forever. There are individuals who owe him some favors, some of them their very lives, and many are in high-ranking positions of the government. Aaron will demand all that is promised to him and more.
Aurella found out she’s a witch…just in time to start a witch hunt. Twelve years ago, the kingdom of Dovice was purged of magic. All the witches were killed in a massive witch hunt, and evidence of their existence was erased from history. So when Aurella discovers she’s a witch, she’s both confused and frightened. Despite the risk of revealing herself, Aurella uses her powers to protect her only friend from a dangerous situation and accidentally sets in motion another witch hunt, making her the key target. With few allies and an entire country against her, Aurella flees north in hopes of finding Rashtica, the alleged kingdom where her kind live in peace. But Aurella can’t run forever, and if she doesn’t learn to embrace her power, the witch hunt she brought about could be her bitter end.
KILLING TIME is about a thirty-five-year-old female preppy turned fifteen, a desert football star turned FBI agent, a mob-connected chorine turned informant, a gang of shit kickers, a set of country clubbers, the Hopi Indians, and a twenty-year effort to make East meet West. It is also about love, loss, reconciliation, and hope.
KILLING TIME offers something for everyone: drama, humor, love, sex, mystery, murder--and woven throughout, the soul of the novel, The Hopi Way of Life.
In Mrs. McClellan's eighth-grade homeroom, Bart Wagram sizes up potential teammates for the coming season through a mood as dark as the inside of his battered locker in the field house. For the second time, he flunked a grade - this time eighth. So his teammates from last year have moved on to high school, leaving Bart, a man-boy at age 15, to play with a bunch of 12- and 13-year-old kids who were in seventh grade last year.
Bart's mood darkens further. He can't complain to anyone. His parents are divorced and his father, a preacher, is never at home anyway. He misses his mother desperately and hates his step-mother. And he has a hole in his heart the size of California.
On the same row of desks, a couple of seats in front of him sits Franklin Gibson. Bart despises Franklin Gibson. The son of a banker and an overly protective mother, Franklin played little league football as a kid. But by seventh grade he weighed too much to be on a little league team. So he played with the mill village kids last year. And he got his ass kicked every day. What Bart doesn't know is that Franklin has his own demons. He's fed up with the humiliating cracks about his weight, he's fed up with being accused of getting special treatment because of his family, and he's really sick of being afraid of Bart Wagram's abuse.
Throw Bart and Franklin onto the same team, then mix in the exhaustion of two-a-day practices in late summer. Stir in a dose of rivalry, a generous portion of surging testosterone and the chance for their team to go undefeated for the first time in a generation. Combine with vicious hits, foul mouths, and more dirty plays than you can count and you've got Life on the Line: Football Rage and Redemption, a story about hatred and revenge, of loss and longing, and, ultimately, redemption and love and new beginnings.
It's the summer of 1949, between junior high and senior high, and Sonny Madeski's big thing in life is baseball. Not for love of the game but for love of himself. He's after fame and glory. His batting average as an eighth grader was .753, so he needs a new challenge. His worst enemy, Tommy "the felon" Fallon, is delighted to supply that challenge. He dares Sonny to abandon his current team, the Loyal Angels, and go up to the Cardinals in the high school league. Sonny suspects that Tommy is up to no good, but it's a dare that no glory hound could refuse. How will Sonny react, though, after striking out six times in a row because the pitchers are all 17 and the ball is so fast he can't even see it? He'll give up, of course, and return to the Loyal Angels in shame and humiliation, just as Tommy knew he would. No he won't, not this boy. Instead, he'll reinvent himself as "the brat." That's what everybody will call him, and for good reason. He'll be truly obnoxious, even to his parents, his uncle, his religious advisor, his best friend, his girlfriend, and his teammates. But he'll also be getting on base and scoring, thanks to his foot speed, his bratty antics at the plate, and his capering on the base paths, all of which annoy and befuddle the opposing players. In other words, he'll set aside his dreams of heroism and home runs, and lower himself to "small ball" or "tiny ball," or just "brat ball." Is it possible to attain glory and fame without swinging the bat? Well, if you're Sonny "the brat" Madeski, it just might be.
Harken back to the Golden Age of Piracy, an exceedingly brief but highly memorable epoch. Launched at the beginning of the 1700's, this unforgettable twinkling in time spawned such notorious and celebrated reprobates as Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Black Bart to name but a few.
Glamorized and sensationalized by novels and the silver screen to an unrealistic and surreal level, these nautical hooligans have been cast in the roles of noble, gallant, misguided or misunderstood daredevils and protagonists. These erroneous portrayals could not be any further from the truth. In reality, pirates were notorious criminals and despicable cowards responsible for wonton acts of savagery, barbarity and bloodthirstiness.
Bilge Rat Pirate Adventurer paints a vastly different and much more realistic picture of the harsh and brutal world of pirates. Expunged are the orchestrated swashbuckling duels amongst rivals, the storied histrionics of saving damsels from unspeakable defilement, the Hollywood-created fantasy of innocents walking the plank to their eternal doom and the ridiculous folly of these fiends actually burying hard-fought booty on some deserted atoll. Rather, this unique and action-packed series depicts a realistic and genuine account of life amongst these sea vultures, while providing a highly powerful and entertaining reading experience.
The series centers on a young lad and his lifelong trials and tribulations. Orphaned as a youth, our hero is forced to flee his beloved homeland due to the evil machinations of a despicable bully. Highly educated by a cleric uncle and fluent in a slew of foreign languages, the youth is forced to quickly adapt to the rigorous and unmerciful life as a sailor. By fate's grace, the burgeoning tar has been gifted with a special ability to duplicate all manner of sounds and voices, which enables him to outwit contemptible adversaries and avoid mortal dangers throughout his travels.
This raw recruit is sea-seasoned by a host of highly memorable, charismatic and fascinating rascals and rogues. At the same time, our hero is tormented and bedeviled by an abundance of malignant, malicious and lethal enemies. Only his well-honed quick thinking and cunning can keep him out of harms way.
The star-crossed adventurer is eventually captured and forced into a life of piracy by a mangy and noxious band of sea wolves. Caught up in a world of nautical psychopaths, miscreants and scalawags, the series paints a realistic account of everyday life aboard a pirate ship, along with documenting a myriad of insidious and malevolent depredations wrought by these sea devils.
This refreshing and novel series also introduces an appalling pirate scourge--The Black Tarantula. This pirate demon is nothing more than evil personified. He is a lethal threat to all humanity as he treats his numerous victims with utmost malice, torment and hideous annihilation. This diabolical archfiend takes a particular interest in our young hero and spends considerable effort persecuting and vexing his well being and livelihood.
Chocked full of rollicking and captivating sea tales and sailor's yarns, this novel and exciting series is a must read for every pirate aficionado!
Tuckahoe’s “Golden Boy” Chris Cameron had his future all mapped out. He was the big fish in the small pond as a star athlete and academic standout. Off to the University of Texas to play football, he was on track to make his Italian-American mother and Irish father proud.
His two blood brothers chose different paths. Soon after high school, Sal Esposito and Tony Albanese were swept into the life of organized crime. Imposing figures, the pair assisted with strong-armed activities for their capo. Away from that life, Cameron periodically returned to his neighborhood roots to assist his blood brothers in retribution and risk his promising future to avenge violent threats to his lifelong bond.
Filled with suspense and character twists, Cameron’s Quest is set in the 1980s and relives a time when an Italian-American family’s Sunday dinner table was the only setting needed for therapy sessions, interrogations, judgment, and jury for any punishment. This novel reminisces about the Mets’ championship season, Reagonomics, John Gotti’s underworld reign, and the pop culture of the time.
David Paige, a young detective from Charleston, S.C., is about to embark on an investigation of a lifetime. After an unexpected tragedy shatters his perfect world, he also discovers that his mother had been keeping a life-long secret from him, revealing that he is not who he believed he was. With no family member to turn to, David has to rely on his detective skills and a mysterious item left to him from his mother…a crimson-colored key. The search for the truth takes David to New York City, where he runs head on into lies, deception and murder, all in an attempt to cover up a string of dreadful crimes. Then if this is not enough to deal with, he falls for the daughter of a prominent man, both sharing an unexplainable attraction, which complicates his life even further. It isn’t until a near-death experience, and the help of his mother through several frightening nightmares, that the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together. The Crimson Key ultimately unveils many secrets, surprising many people including David, which opens his eyes and heart as well.
Fearless. That’s how Delilah MacClare described herself before she was stripped her of her courage. Now, she’s traveled three thousand miles from her West Virginia home to the village of Chatfield in rural England. She spends her days alone reading romance novels in a pub until the morning Cameron Burke presumes to share her booth. An English actor with a Hollywood reputation, Cameron Burke has a list of ex-lovers as long as his thirty-year filmography. Had they met in one of Cameron’s blockbuster films, Delilah would have swooned and stuttered in his presence. He would have fallen in love with her at once. But this is no movie. Instead, what follows is a standoff over rights to the corner booth and, ultimately, a relationship that forces them both to confront all that lies beneath their facades. Perhaps, together, they’ll learn it is never too late to shape a different future. Will Delilah rediscover her fearlessness? Can Cameron become more than the sum of his tabloid exploits?
James Andrews finally appears to be catching a break. After years of searching for Genghis Khan's tomb, he unearths a bone during a dig on Burkhan Khaldun, Mongolia's holy mountain. After tests suggest the bone belongs to Genghis Khan, Andrews and his colleague Abbey Conrad follow the strands of the bone's DNA back through time and begin to unlock the secrets of thirteenth century Eurasia.
Mongolia is in the midst of turmoil. As the world's superpowers vie for control of it's vast resources and open lands, Andrews's quest takes center stage. Past and present collide, revealing ancient truths along with a web of deception that tears Andrews's life apart and pushes the world to the brink of war.
Part historic fiction, part archaeological mystery, and part political thriller, The Baljuna Covenant tells stories of a poor boy's rise to the heights of world power, of two friends and unimagined betrayal, and of a secret kept for over half a millennia. Most of all it tells the story of a promise between Genghis Khan and his people, a promise kept until this day.
Captain Sheppard McCloud is unexpectedly called to Washington in May of 1942 while his ship, the battle cruiser Argonne is in dry dock undergoing repairs from the Battle of Cape Vilan. At a luncheon with President Roosevelt and the new head of the OSS, he is informed of his next mission--this time unsupported, in a race against General Rommel's panzers to save the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. Intrigue, spies, the 'Maquis', plots by both the Italians and his nemesis from Sheppard of the Argonne German Admiral Schroder, make a thrilling page turner that readers will find hard to put down.
"Lying to Children is perfect for fans of Tom Perrota, Jonathan Tropper and Nora Ephron. It ll have you experiencing happiness, laughter, sadness, heartache, and every emotion in between." -Redbook
A fictional father writes letters to his college-aged daughter and son remembering events, large and small, from their family s past in the poignant and hilarious Lying to Children. This collection of sometimes outrageous, sometimes sad, often heartwarming interconnected vignettes features a delightful confessional celebration of family life told in stories from a dad's unique perspective. Centered around the untruths parents regularly tell their kids in an effort to protect (or silence) them--from "Daddy Loves his Job" to "There's a Jolly Fat Man who Brings You Presents (Assembly Required)"--Lying to Children is an unforgettable familial history filled with laughter, tears, and life lessons, and brimming over with a somewhat-less-than-perfect suburban dad's unwavering love.
Fiction book for girls and boys 8-13 years of age, about a pretty and kind-hearted girl, Emma, who lives in a castle with her rich father Baron Geoffrey during the Middle Ages in the early 14th century. Emma and a brave young peasant named Thomas have many adventures together riding their horses. There is mystery and suspense due to thieves trying to steal Emma's and her father's jewels and a siege in her uncle's castle. They are also searching for Emma's missing cousin Helen and trying to get back beloved eight-year-old serveant Amma back from a mean uncle. Experience jousting tournaments, town fairs, holiday celebrations, hunting, feasts, thrilling suprises and fulfilling Emma's dreams.
There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York's father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond.
Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys?from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks?all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves, and not to settle in love or life.
Makes the perfect graduation gift for high school or college graduates and a great suggestion for book clubs. Book club discussion questions included. Recommended for graduation presents, spring break book, summer reading and beach reading.
Professor Dave Gordon is about to experience the weirdest, most unpredictably stressful three weeks of his teaching career. As a well-respected clinical psychologist at the height of his profession, he's ready to prod at a few boundaries in the name of science and learning. He's challenged himself to find ways of inspiring creativity and emotional sensitivity in his students.
Excited by what he considers a brilliant idea, he decides to use examples of infamous sex scandals involving prominent political figures to illustrate novel principles of psychotherapy. He wants his advanced graduate students to hear new approaches to treating shame and guilt, and to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of compassion and forgiveness.
As each student's own issues come to the surface--and serious complaints are raised against him--his plan begins to unravel. Dave attempts to deal with the fallout, but is forced to face the implications of his own resistance to change. As he becomes increasingly unhinged and ever more anxious to understand the unexpected price of his intellectual hubris, he has some big questions to face. Where did he go wrong? Have his concerns for gender equality been misjudged? Can he ever forgive himself? What's next?
"a party that's not to be missed." -Kirkus Reviews
On a visit to an old friend's B&B in Vermont, Sadie Putnam has an unexpected encounter with a man she once knew. What she had hoped to be a restoring country weekend turns instead into a conflict that brings to the fore the past she wanted to forget. Her fellow guests seem to have more clarity on other people's problems than their own, and what began as a simple house party becomes a series of revealing and transfiguring encounters.
Gripping, suspenseful, and unflinching, Tiger Pelt is a story of rebirth from the rubble of a savage time and a ravaged place: Korea during the Japanese occupation followed by the Korean War. A farm boy embarks on a quest that propels him on an odyssey spanning the Korean peninsula and crossing the Pacific. In a parallel life, a beautiful young girl is kidnapped and forced to work as a comfort woman for the Japanese military. During a raging monsoon, the two souls will collide in a near-death encounter that will alter the course of their lives.
Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue --the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy --in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her--Callum and Judah Forsythe--must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.
Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister--and understand her own heart--in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?
When ten-year-old Genevieve Donovan's Nannie dies mysteriously in the Lowcountry river she's loved and lived near all her life, Genny and her family are heartbroken. In 1960s South Carolina, new industry is encroaching on old country, and Genny fears her grandmother may have gotten in the way of so-called progress. Even Daduh, Nannie's dearest friend and longtime housekeeper, doesn't know what to make of Nannie's death. Was it an accident, or did the drunkard son of a local businessman play a role? What's more, ever since Nannie passed, Genny has been hearing and seeing things she's not sure she can share with anyone except her mother, whose own grief is making it harder and harder to get through to her.
Seeking answers, longing for guidance, and unsure if Mama will ever be the same again, Genny gingerly forges a path out of childhood and into adolescence. As Genny struggles to understand justice, healing, and a world in which Nannie is gone but still present, The Truthful Story traces a family's difficult journey through the pain of loss and the survival of love.
This first novel tells the story of Alice and Tucker, the young stewards of Jasper Spring. Tucker's family has lived on the ranch for generations, and the two look forward to filling the homestead with children of their own. After two miscarriages, their hope of a family is fading quickly and they feel farther apart than ever before. The only living thing that either one of them feels truly connected with is their border collie, Tommie, a dog with an uncanny sense of their needs.
Enter Ray -- an ill dressed 11-year-old boy sorely neglected by his single mother. Ray stumbles across the gorgeous and isolated valley while out on an aimless spin with his dilapidated bicycle. When Tommie finds Ray, the boy is transfixed by the beautiful dog, and the collie's natural instinct to herd spurs him to drive the boy into Tucker and Alice's empty arms. The couple develops affection for the forsaken boy, and he feels truly at home for the first time in his young life. As their relationship deepens, shocking twists and turns are presented by the boy's peripheral mother--with one that leads to catastrophe. The the close trio is drawn into battle to preserve the land they love. Additional outside forces loom (drought and development). Though they have the help of two horses and a heroic dog, the struggle is intense and not without loss.
Jasper Spring is a heartwarming tale of a couple that experiences trials that would test any marriage, and the boy and dog that bring them back together again. A series of dramatic events renders Alice and Tucker's characters in a nuanced and sympathetic manner, with their plight moving the most hard hearted reader.
The author's experience in training border collies inspired his description of Tommie, Tucker and Alice's loyal and beloved companion.
Beloved 'Town of Chelm' Returns in World's First Definitive Encyclopedia of Chelm Stories!
After enjoying decades of acclaim in the pages of the acclaimed weekly newspaper, THE JEWISH PRESS, the lovable, side-splitting tales from the legendary town of Chelm have been collected in the world's first encyclopedia of Chelm stories. This new treasury of Jewish wit and whimsy brims with over 150 stories straight out of the fabled town of Chelm - the place where solving life's practical problems was never a straightforward affair, but rather a rollicking journey into the inane.
The world's first 408-page definitive encyclopedia of Chelm stories re-acquaints readers with the unforgettable characters that everyone's come to know and love, including, 'The Wise Sage of Chelm,' and fumbling 'Shepsil.' The simple-minded, 'Mottel the Tailor," and riotous, "Berel the Terrible." In all, original writer and creator, Arnold Fine's, recipe for simple and clean Jewish humor still delivers, and with so many stories gathered together in one book, 'The Silly World of Chelm,' is guaranteed to provide hours of fun and enjoyment for the whole family. In the new 8x10 large-format book, with a uniquely decorated padded cover, you'll read about the, 'Green-Eyed Monster,' and 'The Adventures of Kunkle and Munkle.' You'll enjoy the hilarious tale of 'The Mayor's Shoes,' and learn about the formation of the 'Worriers of Chelm,' plus dozens and dozens of more popular tales.
"The brilliantly conceived, eccentric scenarios have, for decades, left readers of all ages in stitches with helpless laughter, all the while leaving them scratching their heads in wonderment," explains Zalman Goldstein, author of other children's titles such as, 'The Sultan's Trap' and the popular 'Uncle Yossi's Big Book of Stories' series. "Being able to provide good, kosher humor for everyone is a privilege that is difficult to pass up. In this regard, 'The Silly World of Chelm,' really delivers!"
While Sydney, Australia prepares for the 2000 Olympics with its brash Down Under flair, the neurotic psychologist, Dr. Peter Pinowski, attends a transformational retreat in the Blue Mountains. He hopes to "Find the Way Home," as the seminar's brochure promises. Instead, he hurtles headlong into his own personal Olympics when he takes the road less traveled and gets lost in the Australian bush. Terrified, he hears the eerie laughter of a kookaburra, which, according to Aboriginal tradition, wakes humans from their dreams. The laughing bird calls him to confront his personal demons, face his alcoholic father, and treat wacky clients in a counseling program, more psycho than therapy. All this, while establishing a relationship with Celeste, a massage therapist who desires Peter as well as the local rugby team. Can Peter stand tall like a champion and find the way home, or will the kookaburra have the last laugh?
This lyrically written novel gives you Frazier Pickett III--the “slumbering man.” He has taken up looking over the top of fake reading glasses. His dirty little secret: he’s desperately myopic, actually preferring not to clearly see what’s going on. Having penned three unpublished manuscripts, the slumbering man hasn’t written anything in over four years, nor has he been to a street protest to push back against endless warring, climate change, economic injustice, or just name any number of movements of which he used to be on the front lines. Margaret, his wife, tunes him out as much over his worsening condition as her angst in not being able to find the courage to pen the novel she dreams of writing. In need of muses, while Margaret distantly awaits him to be hers, the slumbering man falls for the beautiful French contemporary artist Anastasie Moreau. Letters To Alice also tells the story of Katya Ivashov, Boris Pasternak’s young writing protégé, who inspires Pasternak to get his manuscript for Doctor Zhivago smuggled out of Russia for publication in the West, risking their lives. What does this have to do with ending Frazier’s slumber or perpetuating it and, what’s more, who is Alice?
"A tale brimming over with secrets, betrayals and redemption. Burdick keeps readers riveted."
-RT Book Reviews (4 Stars HOT)
"Moving, surprising, and thought-provoking."
-The Emerald City Book Review
"Burdick brings the sights and sounds of the Paris of the Impressionists to life."
-Historical Novel Society
“A provocative tale of family secrets, betrayal, and the renewal of self-discovery.”
-Heather Webb, author of Rodin's Lover
"Girl in the Afternoon is a love story, a mystery, a tragedy, and a moving study of the human capacity to contain both reckless error and surprising redemption.”
-Carrie Brown, author of The Stargazer's Sister
Born into a wealthy Parisian family at the center of Belle Epoque society, 18-year-old Aimée Savaray dreams of becoming a respected painter in the male-dominated art world; and secretly, she also dreams of being loved by Henri, the boy her parents took in as a child and raised alongside her.
But when Henri inexplicably disappears, in the midst of the Franco-Prussian war, the Savarays’ privileged lives begin to unravel. Heartbroken, Aimée tries to find him, but Henri doesn’t want to be found and only one member of the family knows why.
As Aimée seeks refuge in the art world, mentored by the Impressionist Édouard Manet, she unwittingly finds her way back to Henri. With so many years gone by and secrets buried, their eventual reunion unmasks the lies that once held the family together, but now threaten to tear them apart.
A rich and opulent saga, Girl in the Afternoon brings the Impressionists to life in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.
George Haddad is a deeply conflicted man. A doyen of Washington’s high society, he is also a life-long member of a terrorist organization. George resolves his inner conflict when he discloses secret information to Tessa Barnard, a young television reporter, who soon finds herself treading a treacherous path of intrigue and deception involving murder, abductions, and brutal assaults. Someone is determined to silence her. Is it foreign terrorists, or does the danger emanate from somewhere much closer to home? Meanwhile, George Haddad himself becomes the object of the boundless cruelty of his organization’s star assassin, and he has to make a fateful decision that could cost him his life. He knows the odds are heavily stacked against him. A tightly written and intricately plotted novel, with many twists and unanticipated revelations, The Paymaster is hard to put down.