Title: Thorns of Chester Street
Author: Shawn Alex Nemeth
At seven years old, Shawn Nemeth walks into the little, white church in his hometown all alone, desperately yearning for the love so lacking at home and finding it in a relationship with God. From a very young age, he’s known that he’s gay, which he’s been taught is a sin. This, combined with years of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his stepfather, family members, and other bullies as a child, leaves Shawn confused and insecure despite eventually becoming an ordained pastor and chosen to lead a nationally-acclaimed worship band.
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Book Title: Sunny Days
Author: Jesse Byrd
Children’s literature has changed significantly since the days of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales or nursery rhyme picture books from Mother Goose. Many authors have found a way to increase children’s awareness of current issues in an appropriate manner, ensuring that the books are not only educational and readable but relevant as well.
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Title: The Beasts of Electra Drive
Author: Rohan Quine
Genre: Literary Fiction/Magical Realism/Horror
Aptly titled, The Beasts of Electra Drive tells the story of a video game designer’s revenge on the “Dreary Ones,” the corporate leaders at Bang Dead Games, the company where he worked until recently.
They’re about to release a new, glamorous social media software, Ain’t They Freaky!, designed to fuel the tabloid-style view of the world—cutting others down to build oneself up—and Jaymi Peek feels that something is wrong. Despite owning an opulent house on Electra Drive and two nearby rental properties, something is missing…and then he has an epiphany.
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Title: The Long Body that Connects Us All
Author: Rich Marcello
The Long Body that Connects Us All by Rich Marcello is a large collection of poetry divided between three parts. The entire collection of poetry seems to look back on the past and all the changes one experiences over the course of their life. Marcello uses the three parts to separate the poems by overt themes. Yet, despite the division, the reader can be carried smoothly through the entire collection.
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Title: Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated
Author: Tom Starita
Genre: Literary Fiction/Humor/Satire
This story is one of not-coming-of-age, the opposite of the classic Bildungsroman plot. Instead of Lucas James accepting responsibility, this is the irreverent, somewhat crass, and humorously self-absorbed story of a young man who won’t grow up, even when circumstances try to force him to change his ways.
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Title: No One Can Escape The 4 Laws
Author: Eloy Rodrigo Colombo
Written in an encouraging and forthright manner, No One Can Escape The 4 Laws shares where wealth comes from and how one can create more of it in broad terms that will be applicable to a variety of situations and careers.
Making money is all about creating rarities—objects or services that are useful to someone, are finite in number or amount, and can belong to someone. This is the first law of economics, according to the author, while the second is that every rarity has a price.
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Title: That Brant County Sound!: The Ballad of Jim Allison and Thunderbird Recording
Author: Tom Ryerson
Genre: Arts & Entertainment, Biography
This sizable volume contains the story of Jim Allison, a local Canadian country musician back in the 1960s and 1970s, and it shares how he influenced the careers and music industry of Brant County.
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Title: A Boy Like You and Me
Author: Eva Maria Schwarz-Pretner
Illustrated by: Fatima Aldarmaki
Genre: Children’s picture book
A young ordinary boy–“like you and me”–learns that he has the extraordinary ability to wish for things that come true! He wishes for a neck as long as a giraffe so he can see past the tall woman sitting in front of him at the movie theater and asks for wings like a butterfly so he can fly to the park more quickly than the bus will take him there. But with his improved abilities, will he truly be content with who he is?
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Book title: The Necklace
Author: Lewis Horwitz
It is a common misconception that if you want to write a book, you have to come up with a fantastical plot which involves complex twists and turns, a dashing hero, and a spunky heroine and maybe a villainous character or two. But quite often it’s not about that at all. Writing is simply an external manifestation of your need to tell a story. It doesn’t have to be intricate; it just needs to be real. In this book, Lewis Horowitz does exactly that: he narrates two parallel stories of family, loss, and most of all, the transformative powers of true love.
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Title: The Simple and Easy Manager: What Managers Need to Know Before They Need to Know It
Author: Ned Parks
This is a short, entertaining read for professionals of all walks of life, whether one is a manager of a company or handles just one’s own “life.” The author uses the fictional story of Quentin Spalding to illustrate a variety of management principles, from discussions of how to make meetings work to creating a welcoming work environment.
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