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Who Walk in Darkness

by Chandler Brossard

Considered by many to be the first Beat novel, this underground classic follows a clique of young bohemians from dive bar to dance hall in 1940s New York Recently fired from his job and not yet ready to find a new one, aspiring author Blake Williams begins his evenings at the Sporting Club Bar in Greenwich Village, where he knows he will find Henry Porter. An ambitious and manipulative writer rumored to be "passing" for white, Henry has a cold-hearted charisma that is both irresistible and infuriating to his friends. While sipping beers delivered by the bar's surly Italian waiter, Henry and Blake discuss their plans for the night: a trip uptown to dance to the strains of a Puerto Rican orchestra, perhaps, or a prize fight at Madison Square Garden, or maybe a party in a dim and crowded apartment on Prince Street, reefer smoke clouding the air. The possibilities are endless--until the money runs out. Originally published in 1952, Who Walk in Darkness was one of the most controversial novels of midcentury America. Its cast of hip young men and women--from the unforgettable antihero Henry Porter to Harry Lee, a talented but heavy-drinking novelist going through a period of grave self-doubt--were based on well-known figures of the era. Their existential crises are portrayed with an honesty that shocked the publishing establishment and helped give rise to one of the most significant literary movements in American history. As relevant today as it was more than half a century ago, Who Walk in Darkness is the masterwork of an author far ahead of his time and a captivating character study whose influence can be felt in novels as wide-ranging as Jack Kerouac's On the Road and Philip Roth's The Human Stain.

The Avion My Uncle Flew

by Cyrus Fisher Richard Floethe

Spending the summer in a dull French village is not what Johnny had in mind . . . but soon he's hot on the trail of a Nazi spy!<P><P> When twelve-and-a-half-year-old Johnny Littlehorn's dad returns from the front lines and announces they're spending the summer in France, Johnny is appalled. He doesn't understand why they're going to France when they could stay home at their Wyoming ranch instead. But that's before he discovers an old German pistol hidden in a loaf of bread.<P> When Johnny arrives, he finds the village of Saint-Chamant anything but boring. With the help of his new friends Suzanne and Charles, Johnny follows a winding trail that leads to a fugitive spy and a stolen fortune. Before long, he's learning French, helping his oncle Paul build a real airplane, and unraveling an evil Nazi plot!<P> A Newbery Honor Book

Turn Signal

by Howard Owen

No one thought Jack Stone of Speakeasy, Virginia, was the kind of man who would try to solve his problems with a .38. But here he is, on a train to New York, armed and dangerously determined that somebody is going to read his damn novel. Jack once had dreams of bigger things, but here he is, a long-distance trucker with a shaky home life and one last chance to be special. All that the New York editor needs is a little persuasion.

The Rail

by Howard Owen

Before he let his life fall apart, James "Neil" Beauchamp was special. He lived and flourished in the world of privilege, adored and accommodated. Then, before he truly learned to appreciate it, the one talent that lifted him from a small life in a small town was gone. The only thing worse than spending your life earthbound, Neil would learn, is landing hard and knowing you'll never fly again. Born in Penns Castle, in the castle itself, he was a prince of sorts. But when his mother left the castle with him in tow, he lost everything, even his name. He seemed destined for a life as a shopkeeper's barely tolerated stepson. That's when baseball presented itself and saved him. For what Neil could do was hit. Through some combination of reflexes, vision, and coordination, the lean and supple Virginia Rail turned the game of his childhood into the driving force of his life. Before he was through, he would win batting championships and be elected to the Hall of Fame. Yet before his talent failed, he already was failing those closest to him. His wife and son suffered from being outside his field of vision too much of the time. Then, with his career over well before his 40th birthday, everything collapsed. The final crash, with his half-sister Blanchard beside him in the car, the crash that sent him to prison, was seen by most who knew him as the inevitable landing at the end of a very long fall. On the day he was paroled, he was met at the prison gates by his son David, the last person Neil expected to see, and returned to the castle from which he was banished as a child and to Blanchard, a woman of tenuous mental balance. Neil is looking for some way to make amends. And his son, who will learn things about Neil he never would have guessed, still wants to salvage something out of their mutual wreckage.

Harry & Ruth

by Howard Owen

Don't torture yourself, Ruth Crowder Flood has always told Harry Stein. Don't let your life be ruined by what might have been. But he can't help it. And, in truth, neither can she. In the one short moment that was theirs, Ruth had too much pride and Harry didn't have enough courage. In the instant that defined the rest of their lives, they both hesitated and were lost, condemned to wander in a wilderness of their own making. In Harry & Ruth, Howard Owen's fifth novel, two unlikely lovers learn just how much their lives can be defined by one bad decision. They will be seasoned by wars both foreign and domestic, by Washington and state politics, by an Olympic swimmer they've both failed in different ways, by business and financial success--and by two haunted and disastrous marriages. Through it all, Harry and Ruth endure--on paper. They begin writing in the fall of 1942 and never stop. Now it's the fall of 1995, hurricane season again. Ruth Crowder Flood is 70 years old, the matriarch of a damaged, secret-hoarding family. Harry Stein is dying, and he wants to tie up a plenitude of loose ends. All that remains is for some of the famous Crowder family reserve to melt away, so that a disaffected daughter might understand everything, even the mystery of what happened to Henry Flood.

Fat Lightning

by Howard Owen

A visionary who dreams about eating kindling wood called "fat lightning" and sees Christ on the Cross in his barn forms an unlikely league with his nephew's frustrated wife in a small Southern town.

Rock of Ages

by Howard Owen

In Rock of Ages, Howard Owen returns to the terrain of Scots County, North Carolina, site of his best-selling novel Littlejohn. Littlejohn McCain has been dead 11 years. In that time, his daughter has divorced one husband and buried another. Georgia has reclaimed her original name and believes she is starting to settle comfortably into the last and quietest third of her life. But then she starts seeing her dead father--not just in dreams, but also in her Montclair University classroom. Her son Justin is already down in North Carolina with his pregnant girlfriend, helping prepare what's left of Littlejohn's farm for sale. On the verge of a breakdown, Georgia joins them. As a girl, Georgia couldn't wait to get away from the farm and her moribund hometown. She's back now, but only long enough to sell the former and bid a final, less-than-fond farewell to the latter. Or so she thinks. When her cousin Jenny dies neglected and under mysterious circumstances, Georgia is forced to deal with a major dose of baby-boomer guilt. She's always told herself that she could live with the knowledge that she would never truly "do right" by her older relatives, but now she's not so sure. The "peace that passes understanding" about which the members of her father's old church sing seems far beyond her reach. Georgia, with grandmotherhood and a ghost hovering, tries to discover what really happened to Jenny and partially redeem herself. In the process, she will find two things she never expected in the middle of the dead-calm boredom of East Geddie--requited, taboo-flouting lust and a murder mystery.

Walking Dunes

by Sandra Scofield

The sandhills stretch across the West Texas plains for 60 miles. As much as ten miles wide in places, they are a gleaming, sugary whiteness. The winds keep a trickle of sand moving on their peaks; in high winds the sand shifts so fast they say the dunes walk. So, too, can a handsome young man's intellect and sensibility belie his unreliable character; so, too, can his sense of identity shift as he is buffeted by the storm of circumstance a single fateful year brings. Eighteen year old David Puckett is torn between his desire for and his fear of intimacy--between his yearning for two very different definitions of success. Artistry and passion are embodied in one girl, the avoidance of intimacy and the path to power in another. His story is set in the late 1950s, an era that has become mythologized as an age of carefree innocence and conservative consensus. Walking Dunes gives us another glimpse of life as it lay on the lip of the '60s, life as beset by poverty, violence, and misery as it was buoyed by rock and roll, television, and the explosion of the suburbs. There is, too, in David's story the poignancy of a failed family, the sweet awkwardness of young love, the fierceness of early ambition, the bitterness of loss. The lives of teenagers, so often perceived as trivial and commonplace, surprise and ultimately shock the reader, as a boy sets the course on which he will become a man.

More Than Allies

by Sandra Scofield

Maggie came to scenic little Lupine, Oregon, to live as a foster child in the Jarrett home. Thirteen years later, she's a legitimate member of the family, living in the back yard cottage with two children. Her husband, Mo, has moved on to Texas in search of opportunity. He wants Maggie and their children to follow, but she is mired in indecision. Her baby's a handful and her 9-year-old son, Jay-Jay, is in such trouble at school they want to put him in the "anger group." She seeks comfort and advice from her friends, but her problems and theirs don't seem to be occurring in the same universe. Even Polly, then foster-mother, now mother-in-law, seems to be slipping away. She's talking about taking in an infant with special needs. Where does that leave Maggie and her kids? Nearby, Dulce Quirarte lives a separate life, the last person with whom Maggie would think she has anything in common. Dulce cleans houses, makes beds in a motel, and dreams. Cut off in all ways from her family and her culture, she gives in to the magic of Spanish only in her sleep. Her real life is a matter of survival. Her son Gus--a classmate of Jay's--is fast becoming a complicated person all his own. He wants to know why he's a Mexican who doesn't speak Spanish and never sees any family but his mother. Besides, his father Gustavo has been paroled to his parents' dairy farm in Texas, and he wants a family, or at least his son. Querida, he writes: I ask you with humility and love, be open. Doesn't he know how closed she's had to be to live an independent life? But then, isn't her most vivid dream of him? As spring unfolds into summer, marriage, motherhood, and friendship are all reconsidered. Below the surface of a quaint, hip town, real lives are led, and two women transcend the boundaries of class and culture to forge an alliance that will enrich both their lives.

Beyond Deserving

by Sandra Scofield

Gully Fisher's twin sons will soon be 45, and are the push and pull of their clan. Michael is almost too good; immune to consternation, he is the family rock, while Fish is the family maverick, acting out what the others cannot bring themselves to do. Michael's wife, Ursula, spends her days rearranging the lives of failed families, and craves a deeper intimacy with her taciturn husband and her two children. Katie, still seduced by Fish's tales of Vietnam and jail, has a new job and a boyfriend, and thinks of breaking away. The elder Fishers, celebrating 50 years of marriage, teeter on the line between suppressed anger and fierce loyalty. When Katie and Fish's 9-year-old daughter, Rebecca, appears from Texas (where she is being raised by Katie's mother), she lurches across this landscape and the entire family is beset by a summer of little squalls. By the fall, a few secrets are out, and they're all better for it. This is a novel full of the telling: poignant details that illustrate the fabric of domestic life, allowing the reader a shock of recognition. It is often funny, sometimes sad, always wise. All the Fishers are emotionally complex characters who reveal fresh insights into human nature and relationships. At a time when groups are springing up all over the country in order to provide instant intimacy and support for people lost in their selfhood and history, this is a novel demonstrating that love can be messy, silly, painful, and utterly idiosyncratic--that marriage and family can be uniquely defined. The Fishers are such a family, loving because they are bound, because they have the habit, and because the larger world can't understand them. They love more than they know how to say, and they love beyond deserving.

The Chesapeake Diaries Series 5-Book Bundle

by Mariah Stewart

In the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy, the stories in the Chesapeake Diaries series combine captivating contemporary romance with the heartwarming power of healing and redemption. Once you settle into the charming small-town rhythms of St. Dennis, Maryland, you'll never want to leave. And now, you won't have to, with the first five novels in this beloved series from New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart collected in one eBook bundle: COMING HOME HOME AGAIN ALMOST HOME HOMETOWN GIRL HOME FOR THE SUMMER Along the way, you'll meet Steffie Wyler, the proud owner of the One Scoop or Two ice cream parlor who is still searching for her happily ever after, Brooke Madison Bowers, the local pageant star who falls to pieces when her husband is killed while serving in Iraq, and Dallas MacGregor, the award-winning actress who seeks refuge in St. Dennis after her Hollywood dream turns into a tabloid nightmare. The Chesapeake Diaries series brings together these unforgettable characters, and many more, in Mariah Stewart's enchanting tales of love, compassion, and second chances. Praise for The Chesapeake Diaries "An engrossing story with poignant, relatable themes like grief, forgiveness, friendship, and rebirth . . . a heartwarming read."--USA Today, on Hometown Girl "Delightfully warm and touching . . . The town and townspeople of St. Dennis, Maryland, come vividly to life under Stewart's skillful hands."--RT Book Reviews, on Home Again "Sweet, tender, and overflowing with small-town flavor."--Library Journal, on Almost Home

Project Fatherhood

by Jorja Leap

A group of former gang members come together to help one another answer the question "How can I be a good father when I've never had one?" In 2010, former gang leader turned community activist Big Mike Cummings asked UCLA gang expert Jorja Leap to co-lead a group of men struggling to be better fathers in Watts, South Los Angeles. These men, black and brown, from late adolescence to middle-age, most formerly incarcerated, work to build their identities as fathers, connect with their children, and heal their community. Project Fatherhood follows the lives of the men, who meet each week as they struggle with the pain of their own losses, the chronic pressures of poverty and unemployment, and the unquenchable desire to do better and provide more for the next generation. Through immersion into the lived experiences of those working to overcome their circumstances, Leap provides not only dramatic stories of fathers trying to do the right thing but a larger sociological portrait of how institutional injustices become manifest in the lives of ordinary people. The group's development over time demonstrates real-life movement toward solutions as the men find support in each other and in their shared goal of healing their families and keeping their children out of the "cradle-to-prison pipeline."

Saving the Original Sinner

by Karl W. Giberson

A scientist and former evangelical argues that holding onto a belief in a literal, historical Adam has forced many Christians to reject science and become intellectually isolated from the modern world. Beginning in the seventeenth century, discoveries in anthropology, geology, paleontology, biblical studies, and linguistics cast doubt on the familiar account of the biblical Adam and his fall into sin, the central component in the West's understanding of its origins. Christians responded by creatively reconstructing the creation story, letting Adam "evolve" to accommodate his changing context. But further advances both in science and biblical studies eventually made it all but impossible to reconcile a first couple with a modern, scientific understanding of the past or with an informed reading of ancient biblical texts. Many Christians rejected the offensive scholarship, veering onto a path that would place them increasingly at odds with contemporary scholarship in many fields. In Saving the Original Sinner, Giberson tells the story of the evolution of the idea of Adam and explores how, over the centuries, we have created Adam in our own image to explain and justify our behavior. Giberson shows how the narrative of the Fall has influenced Western ideas about sexuality, gender, and race, and he argues that ongoing attempts to preserve the biblical story of creation in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary is contributing to the intellectual isolation of many Christians, particularly evangelicals--even as they continue to wield significant political power in the United States.

The Story of Us

by Dani Atkins

For fans of David Nicholls's One Day and Liane Moriarty's What Alice Forgot, here's a page-turning novel about a young woman who is torn between two men, and who must determine where--and with whom--her future lies. Emma is just days from marrying her childhood sweetheart, Richard. But what should be the happiest time of Emma's life takes a turn for the worse when, on the night of her bachelorette party, tragedy strikes. Thanks to some quick thinking from a stranger, Emma is pulled free from a totaled car before it goes up in flames. But another passenger is not so lucky. The wedding is postponed as family and friends deal with their shock and grief. But soon, secrets come to light that have Emma questioning her relationships--and her engagement. Making matters more complicated is the emotional connection she feels with Jack, the mysterious man who saved her life. It's a crisis no bridal magazine has ever covered: What do you do when, on the eve of your wedding, you find yourself in love with two men? Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Darwin's Watch

by Terry Pratchett Ian Stewart Jack Cohen

When Charles Darwin writes the wrong book and reverses the progress of science, Unseen University's wizards must once again save Roundworld (Earth, that is) from an apocalyptic end. Ever since a wizardly experiment inadvertently brought about the creation of Roundworld, the wizard scholars of Unseen University have done their best to put things on the right course. In Darwin's Watch they may face their greatest challenge yet: A man called Darwin has written a bestselling book called The Theology of the Species, and his theory of scientific design has been witlessly embraced by Victorian society. As a result, scientific progress has slowed to a crawl, and the wizards must find a way to change history back to the way it should have been. DARWIN'S WATCH EXPLORES THE REVERBERATIONS of major scientific advances on our planet and our culture, the dangers of obscurantism, and the theory of evolution as you have never seen it before. This brilliant addition to Pratchett's beloved Discworld series illustrates with great wit and wisdom how the laws of our universe truly are stranger than fiction.

Colleges That Pay You Back

by Princeton Review

YOU NEED A GREAT RETURN ON YOUR COLLEGE INVESTMENT. College costs more than ever these days. That's why we at The Princeton Review have worked to expand our wildly popular "Best Value Colleges" list into this comprehensive guidebook! Inside, you'll find detailed profiles of the 200 best-value schools and learn what it takes to get into them.Great Education at a Great Price* 200 schools that offer average grants of over $22,600--plus 9 tuition-free schools* Top-value picks based on 40+ data points, including academics, cost of attendance, financial aid, and post-grad salary figuresUnique Ranking Lists* Lists of the top 20 schools with the Best Alumni Network, Best Career Placement, Top Financial Aid, and more* Unique return-on-education rating for each school, with the Top 50 ranked by rating* Lists of the highest-paying majors and great schools that offer themValuable Career Information from PayScale.com* Starting and mid-career salary information for graduates of each school* Job satisfaction ratings from college alumni--and whether they would recommendtheir alma materWith the 2015 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back, you'll get everything you need to find a school with quality academics, reasonable tuition, and great financial aid. Remember: No one knows colleges like The Princeton Review!

Spellstorm

by Ed Greenwood

Rumors race around Cormyr regarding the mythical Lost Spell, a powerful enchantment designed centuries ago by the presumed dead god of spells--a spell long thought lost to the ages. Found by some magic-less merchant, rumor has it the Lost Spell is to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. It is a powerful lure, and archwizards of every stripe descend upon the merchant, only to be trapped with him inside his manor by a vicious spellstorm--escape impossible, and their magic useless with the interference from the storm. Moreover--they find themselves faced with the infamous Elminster of Shadowdale, who claims he's just there to decide who gets the Lost Spell, but who clearly has an agenda of his own. But before Elimster can put whatever plan he has in motion, archwizards start dying.

Finding Audrey

by Sophie Kinsella

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain. An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey's daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother's gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she's never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed

by Ross Patterson

At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed is a side-splitting satire that perfectly parodies romance novels and western dramas. Our hero, Saint James Street James is a tall, extremely muscular, 32-year-old man whose attributes and possessions include a mind stronger than Socrates on acid, a magnificent horse he loves more than anything in the world, a package so large that it requires a signature, a beautiful, passionate wife with a rack so perfect it belongs on a billiard table, a ton of children, and his own personal gold mine. His life, set in 1849 against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush, is one long parade of amazing sex, dynamite montages, whiskey, and explosive gunfights. The kinds of things men could do when men were actually men. He is the richest man in town--equal parts loved and feared by all. But when the Schläger Brothers come to town, so too comes the end of the good times. St. James is forced to defend everything that matters to him (including, but not limited to: prostitutes, his horse, money, and drugs. Oh, and his wife and children too, sort of). God help anyone who stands in his way.

Rush Revere y los peregrinos valientes

by Rush Limbaugh

¿Así que crees que la historia es aburrida? Un hombre llamado Rush Revere está por cambiar tu opinión, ¡más de lo que te imaginas! Prepárate para la clase de historia más emocionante de todos los tiempos con Rush Revere y los peregrinos valientes.¡Conoce al gran amigo de Rush Limbaugh: Rush Revere! Está bien, está bien, mi nombre en realidad es Rusty--pero mis amigos me llaman Rush--. Rush Revere. Porque siempre he sido el fan número uno del tipo colonial más cool de todos los tiempos, Paul Revere. ¡Qué estrella de rock! Tanto quiso proteger al joven Estados Unidos que cabalgó por aquellas calles adoquinadas y disparejas gritando: "¡Vienen los británicos!". Arriba de un caballo. A todo pulmón. El viento soplando, una lluvia torrencial... Bueno, te lo puedes imaginar. Pero, ¿qué tal si pudieses ver la imagen real, volviendo atrás en el tiempo y observando con tus propios ojos cómo se creó nuestro gran país? ¿Conociendo la gente que lo hizo posible --personas como tú y yo? ¡Agárrate de tu sombrero triangular puntiagudo porque lo puedes hacer --conmigo, Rush Revere, un aparentemente normal maestro sustituto de historia, como tu guía turístico a través del tiempo! "¿Cómo?" preguntas. Bueno, hay un portal. Y un caballo. Mi caballo que habla llamado Libertad. Y, pues, confía en mí, lograré que lleguemos allí. Comenzaremos acompañando a una barcada de familias valientes viajando en el Mayflower en 1620. ¿Aburrido? No lo creo. El año 1620 fue bastante fenomenal, y experimentarás exactamente lo que ellos hicieron en esa difícil y peligrosa travesía por el océano. Juntos, les haremos a los peregrinos todas nuestras preguntas, descubriremos cómo viven y los acompañaremos durante el primer Día de Acción de Gracias, y mucho más. ¡Así que ensilla tu caballo y cabalguemos! Nuestra nación excepcional está esperando ser descubierta de nuevo por excepcionales patriotas jóvenes, ¡como tú!

The Stolen Kiss (Nancy Drew Files #111)

by Carolyn Keene

A painter's passion leads Nancy, the girl detective, to a brush with danger. Michael Jared is one of America's hottest young artists, and his new painting, First Kiss, has everyone talking - especially the police when it vanishes from display.

That Thing You Do With Your Mouth

by David Shields Samantha Matthews

In That Thing You Do With Your Mouth, actress and voice-over artist Samantha Matthews offers-in the form of an extended monologue, prompted and arranged by New York Times bestselling author (and Matthews's cousin once removed) David Shields-a vivid investigation of her startling sexual history. From her abuse at the hands of a family member to her present-day life in Barcelona, where she briefly moonlighted as a dubber of Italian pornography into English, Matthews reveals herself to be a darkly funny, deeply contemporary woman with a keen awareness of how her body has been routinely hijacked, and how she has been "formatted" by her early trauma. Her story is a study of her uneasy relationships with female desire, her tormentors, and her lovers-with whom she seeks out both the infliction and receipt of harm. This book is an attempt, sometimes self-thwarted, to break down barriers: sexual and emotional for Matthews, literary for Shields.For them, the only response to the unspeakable is to speak, to do that thing you do with your mouth, as directly and honestly as possible. Their provocative performance refuses neat resolution or emotional pornography; it will have readers, from literary critics to Jezebel commentators, raving, raging, celebrating, talking.

The Spoiler

by Domenic Stansberry

Nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award in the year it was published, the reputation of this novel has only increased over the years, and it is now regarded by many as one of the best sports mysteries ever written, and one of the best books about baseball. It tells the story of Frank Lofton, an itinerant reporter obsessed with a minor league team in a Massachusetts mill town. The town is plagued by arson, and with the burning city as a backdrop, Lofton follows his obsession, leading him from the mysterious death of a struggling ballplayer, to the owner's beautiful mistress, into an underworld of corruption and deceit.

Manifesto for the Dead

by Domenic Stansberry

Manifesto for the Dead is a surreal noir that takes as its main character the master of noir, the late crime novelist Jim Thompson at the end of his career, suspecting he has been framed by a Hollywood producer for the murder of a young starlet. An intricate blend of biography, fiction, and suspense, this literary thriller offers a hair-raising portrait of one of crime fiction's most notorious true-life figures--and a brutal satire of the entertainment industry in the tradition of The Day of the Locust. As the novel opens, the aging writer is at the end of his string--a habitué of Hollywood bars and endless drinking sessions at the Musso & Frank Grill. Here he is approached by a small-time producer, Billy Miracle, with an offer to work on a project designed to resurrect the career of a fading screen star. Thompson accepts, and soon finds himself at the center of a lurid triangle, inadvertently following a trail that leads from a dead starlet--found strangled in the back of a Cadillac--to the doorstep of one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Set in the seamy back streets of Los Angeles, in 1972, Manifesto for the Dead tells the story of legendary crime writer Jim Thompson in his darkest hour. It is a book about desire and lust, about a writer struggling with illusion, disillusion and fate on the back lots of Hollywood. But the Manifesto is also a novel-within-a-novel, telling two stories that intertwine--one set in Hollywood, the other in Thompson's imagination--each rushing headlong into the other, into that area where fact and fiction are no longer distinguishable, and the darkness is inseparable from the light.

The Last Days of Il Duce

by Domenic Stansberry

Domenic Stansberry's award-winning novel tells the story of Niccolo Jones, a broken-down man plagued by his obsession with his brother Joe's ex-wife Marie. Set in the old Italian neighborhood of North Beach in San Francisco, the novel flashes back and forth between their childhood days in the 1950s and events thirty years later. The kids are adults now, and everything has changed. Nick's story begins when Joe is murdered, igniting in Nick an unquenchable desire for revenge. The crime also awakens Nick's memories of days gone by, particularly his own illicit feelings for Marie. But the price of passion is as costly now as it was for Nick thirty years ago--for The Last Days of Il Duce is as much about the secrets of the past as it is about the sins of the present.

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