Title: The Caretaker
Author: Carol Schoenig
The Caretaker by Carol Schoenig tells the story of Phae as she tries to make her own life after an abusive marriage and many years as a single-parent. She decides to go to Spain to work as a caretaker for an estate. There, she meets Finn and the two start a romance.
This book is much more than a simple, straight-forward romance story. Phae is older than your typical love-interest (aged 64). Both she and Finn have loved and lost before (he is also a widower). Their love is complicated by family matters. Schoenig goes against the old trope of parental interference and instead it is Phae’s children who try to stand between her and Finn.
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Author: Anthony Knott
Genre: Fiction, Southern Gothic, Crime
This novel reads somewhat like a memoir or a snapshot of the past. The summer in Tennessee enters as almost another character to the story of young Rodney, a boy tottering on the brink of puberty. He’s interested in everything and regularly writes down what he hears, but he struggles to know what to do after witnessing a series of disturbing events committed by an older, local boy adept at violence and threats.
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Title: Real Raw Hope
Author: Rio McKee
Real Raw Hope is a book of poetry inspired by Rio McKee’s history of trauma and journey towards recovery. McKee shares in the Introduction that she survived an active shooting on her college campus. The trauma of this event prompted her to unlock a larger and deeper history of trauma. The poetry gives voice to the events and pains McKee had silently held secret for so long. This process contributed to McKee’s healing, and she hopes sharing her work will help others feel less alone in their own pains.
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Title: Choose: Snakes or Ladders
Author: Sally Forest
Genre: Literary Fiction
This rich, sensually-driven literary novel takes readers back to the 1950s, when women were just starting to enter the work-force alongside men on a more regular basis. The story follows Mitty Bedford, a typist who recently graduated with her certificate and has landed a job in the real world. Living on her own for the first time, she embarks on a journey of self-exploration in life, love, and her own sexuality.
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Title: William Shatner: A Transformed Man
Author: Dennis William Hauck
This quote-rich biography presents a balanced view of William Shatner as a person, an actor, a husband and father, and a visionary. It features his work with Star Trek and his various cast mates without neglecting his other facets and relationships, and it is designed to be readable and interesting even for non-Trekkies (in fact, Trekkies might be disappointed by the generalized summaries of the movies and the lack of trivia about the show).
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Title: Deserving Good: Getting to Know Your Real Self and Live a More Fulfilling Life
Author: Leora Zairi
This short self-help work by Leora Zairi provides gentle guidance towards self-awareness and transforming one’s life for the good. Focused primarily on knowing one’s self—one’s desires, needs, and emotional wants and making choices based on loving oneself—the author speaks from her own experience in an insightful way without being pedantic or overly technical.
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