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Driving the Section Line

Driving the Section Line

Sarh K. Lenz

Sarah K. Lenz’s touching memoir recalls a journey with her father along the rural back roads of central Nebraska, visiting the significant landmarks of his life in what he called his “nostalgia tour.” He reflects on his life as a failed farmer, and she remembers flashes of alcohol-fueled abuse. But an unexpected detour turns out to be the catalyst for a surprising moment of redemption.

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Hawkesmoor: A Novel of Vampire and Faerie

Hawkesmoor: A Novel of Vampire and Faerie

Anne Merino

Hawkesmoor is a paranormal mystery. British vampire Robin Dashwood has been hiding from his past in New York City. He’s poured himself into his work as a history professor at NYU. Since his painful transition into a vampire, he has avoided the place of his 18th-century human birth, Hawkesmoor Castle, in Yorkshire, England. However, a twist of fate returns Robin to Hawkesmoor Castle to uncover what he suspects was an 18th century murder, and to pursue the beautiful woman who has captured his heart. This excerpt features the first two exciting chapters of the novel, followed by an interview with the author.

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Hideaway Lounge

Hideaway Lounge

William Torphy

This is the story of Margaret and Bernie’s long marriage, told through a series of nostalgic flashbacks to Hollywood of the 1950s. As they near the end of their long lives, the couple hatches a surprising plan, and one fateful night they return to the Sunset Inn, where they first met sixty years earlier.

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Bar Kafka

Bar Kafka

Francis Duffy

“Bar Kafka” is the gripping story of Joe Nickerson’s adventures after serving in Vietnam. We travel with him from Vietnam to Japan, and after he arrives home, from Los Angeles to New Jersey. Captivated by a stalwart, seductive, and enigmatic woman, he ultimately returns to Japan… which leads to a most unexpected encounter.

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Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Anna Prawdzik Hull

Hector, a young man from Albuquerque, is one semester away from getting a degree from the University of New Mexico. His mother, who was recently deported from the U.S., is sick and needs urgent care in Oaxaca, Mexico. To help her, Hector gets a job working for a secretive character, a man named Johnny G, whose dangerous side business — if you can call it that — opens Hector’s eyes, and his heart.

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Summer of the River Bottom Dragon

Summer of the River Bottom Dragon

Jennifer O’Neill Pickering

This eloquent and poignant short story, about redemption and forgiveness, begins when a horseshoe-shaped belt buckle tumbles out of an old photo album into Sarah’s lap. She recalls that there was nothing lucky about that particular keepsake, and relives the momentous events of one particular summer that she called “the summer of the river bottom dragon.”

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MacFarland’s Unreasonable Expectations

MacFarland’s Unreasonable Expectations

Sean Murray

What do a box-car riding, washed up sax player, a Tijuana cop, a Scandinavian diplomat, a gorgeous high diver, and a race horse ready for the glue factory, have in common? They all turn up in Sean Murray’s highly entertaining short story.

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I Have Her Memories Now

I Have Her Memories Now

Carrie Grinstead

This is a short story about a medical miracle, a childhood obsession, and a first hearbreak. The main character develops a dark and destructive obsession with a classmate. She also experiences the first real dreams for her future, and her first crushing disappointment.

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Under Overhead Lights

Under Overhead Lights

Tim Jones

We all make choices, and then must live with the consequences. In this story, Chase reluctantly returns to the mid-sized, middle-class mid-western town he grew up in, and had left as quickly as he could. In a moment of nostalgia during a visit home, he tours the town and reconnects with two people he had nearly forgotten.The impact of an old judgment becomes visible in the overhead light of experience and maturity.

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Everything I Need to Know I’m Still Learning from Mary Richards

Everything I Need to Know I’m Still Learning from Mary Richards

Eileen Cunniffe

Both a memoir and a love letter to Mary Tyler Moore and her best-remembered role. This story begins with an episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show where author Eileen Cunniffe’s real life mirrored Mary Richards’ television life, involving what might now be called “fake news.”

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