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Tom Donovan Returns
Buffalo New York
Ex cop Tom Donovan is struggling with the events of his recent past, both physically and mentally, when an event from twenty two years ago captures his attention. Hank “Lights Out” Loughran, Tom’s trainer when he was an aspiring boxer, tells Tom that his father’s death, declared an accident over twenty years ago, wasn’t all that it appeared to be. Tom sets off on a private mission to uncover the truth. His investigation will have him come head to head with his paternal grandfather Hugh, the octogenarian bar owner, bookmaker and unofficial neighborhood boss, the FBI and members of the Irish American social club where Tom Sr. Was last seen alive. None of whom seem to want the truth to come out.
Just as he starts his inquiry a would-be drug kingpin who Tom crossed paths with reappears. He has a score to settle before he can reestablish his business and Donovan’s name is on top of his list.
13 Tales of the Macabre
by Michael S. Albert
Restless Nights: 13 Tales of the Macabre is a single author collection of thirteen stories of dark suspense and horror by author Dr. Michael Albert, a pathologist from Orchard Park, N.Y. The stories are a grim reflection of the fundamental fears and anxieties that are hidden but never vanquished from the human psyche. The author will travel with you into the mind of a brutal serial killer as well as guide you through an autopsy carried out alone by a pathologist in the dead of night. You will experience the terror of a family isolated in a remote farmhouse during a severe thunderstorm as an axe murderer lurks in their neck of the woods. Experience the fear as a group of young boys break into a funeral home late one night in order to see a “real dead body.” The author is a master of unexpected endings and twisted plots. The stories cover the gamut from animated corpses to a black ops military mission gone wrong and an insurance scam which leads to tragedy. One tale includes a visit to an asylum which houses a particularly nasty serial killer. The Party deals with the morally challenging ideas of euthanasia and suicide in a dying cancer patient. For a genre that often lapses into formula, this collection is as refreshing as it is unsettling.
My Hyacinth Mountain
by Antonino Monti
Let me lead you down the path,
so that I may have a laugh.
Because life isn’t so bold,
when your heart is cold.
Wisdom crowds the dark mind,
so you never know what you’ll find...
I’m beside the fountain,
do you understand my Hyacinth Mountain?
by Marjorie Norris
Slanted Windows is the story of a young farm woman, Laura, caught up in her life as a city office worker several years after the end of World War II. It is also the story of her finding herself through friendship with a more worldly, outgoing friend, Patricia. In this poetic narrative, a quiet young woman learns to put muscle into a workforce that is much like herself: innocent, unconscious, disenfranchised. She begins to learn the beauty of nature and culture, social justice and the arts, and to comprehend how these can create an inclusive textile in which to live a life.
New Story of the Month
by S. Wilson
Sharks Don't Eat Peanut Butter
by Mark Privateer
illustrated by Jennifer Dunlap
Sharks Don't Eat Peanut Butter takes you an your child on an educational adventure from A-Z.
Explore fascinating and unique facts about animals that make their homes in or near water
and other maladies of English
“My wife’s brother was born with a congenial heart murmur.”
“Humans differ from other animals because we have disposable thumbs.”
“That guy is always talking out of the side of his neck.”
Have you ever heard someone say something just wrong enough that you sort of understand them, yet you have to think about what you heard? Most people know what they mean to say but sometimes what comes out isn’t exactly correct. Other times, things sound so wrong, you can’t help but wonder what they were trying to say. Most of the words make sense but sometimes people mangle one or two of them and end up conveying something completely different.
Here then, for your amusement, is a collection of linguistic wrongdoings. Some are self-explanatory. Some deserve comment, which I’ve happily supplied. Couple these with some interesting pictures and you’ve got,
“Post Mortem Depression”
The Boundless Open Sea:
Essays at the Intersection of
Zen and Critical Theory
by Dr. Bradley Kaye
For the last forty years critical theories in Europe have been positing critiques of Western society without
fully embracing Buddhist traditions. In Dr. Kaye's opinion that is a terrible mistake, and he attempts a fusion
between eastern and western social critique by focusing on concepts such as nothingness (Sunyata), instant
enlightenment (Satori and Nirvana), bio-power, space-time, and nihilism. The entire purpose of the book
is to see if Buddhism and Critical Theory can create pathways out of actual oppressions due to
'clinging of mind' which Buddhism says is the cause of suffering (Dukkha).