The Realist

By Jack Hemphill

The Realist by Jack Hemphill is a historical fiction novel about a young biracial man yearning to be an artist during the Great Depression. Leon Hawkins grew up in an orphanage with the comfort of a slightly older sister, Edith. From the time he could...

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The Last Train

Detective Hiroshi, Volume 1
By Michael Pronko

A Tokyo Mystery is the first book in the series The Last Train: Detective Hiroshi, Volume 1 by Michael Pronko. Detective Hiroshi Shimizu belongs to the homicide department but is a specialist in white-collar crimes, thanks to his English fluency and ability to...

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The Cardiff Giant

By Larry Lockridge

In the extraordinary novel The Cardiff Giant by Larry Lockridge, Jack Thrasher, a journalist for Discovery Channel, arrives in Cooperstown, New York, to investigate the disappearance of the Cardiff Giant. Following the discovery of the Cardiff Giant in 1869, its home had been a shallow...

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The Shade Under the Mango Tree

By Evy Journey

The Shade Under the Mango Tree by Evy Journey is a cultural work of art. It follows Luna and Lucien with different backgrounds and family ties, but who come together out of fate. Lucien finds Luna’s moleskin journal in a coffee shop. His interest is...

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The Aloha Spirit

a novel
By Linda A. Ulleseit

The Aloha Spirit by Linda A. Ulleseit begins in 1922, with a heartbreaking opening line stating that seven-year-old Dolores is deemed useless by her father. He never said it to her directly, but this is what has been running through his mind. This is because...

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The Place Beyond Her Dreams

By Oby Aligwekwe

The Place Beyond Her Dreams is a young adult romance novel written by Oby Aligwekwe. Ona lives in the picturesque hillside town of Ntebe with her grandparents. For years, Ntebe had constant boundary clashes with the town of Ide. When Ona turns ten, a boy...

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The People of Ostrich Mountain

By Ndirangu Githaiga

An intense historical novel that spans decades, The People of Ostrich Mountain by Ndirangu Githaiga chronicles the life of a Kenyan family that begins in 1952. A 14-year-old girl named Wambui Karanja, who lives in the small village of Kiandutu, is witness to the oppressive...

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The Book of Agnes

A novel about the extraordinary life of an extra ordinary mother
By Michael Pedretti

The preface to The Book of Agnes by Michael Pedretti reminds us that we are all descended from the same gene pool and may be related to every other living person on the planet. This book divided into Water, Earth, Fire, and Air. Air is...

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The First Shadows of Morning

By Timothy Noble

The First Shadows of Morning by Timothy Noble is primarily the story of Alex, a young executive who has been sent from his company in England to Ukraine to fix a company that they own and is in trouble. When Alex arrives, he is surprised...

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The Wall

By David Pereda

The Bertrams and the Jimenezes were two families that lived in El Salvador. While the Bertrams operated a thriving restaurant, Domingo Jimenez operated a repair shop. Both families had dreamed of moving to America, but they were doing okay in El Salvador until the maras...

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