Alumni Authors Bookshelf

Fiction 

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Hellmouth

Meredith Anthony, A&S '70

Welcome to hell. By turns very dark and unexpectedly funny,  HELLMOUTH chronicles a woman's determination to discover the truth. She won't give up, even though the cost of knowing might be her husband's life. Or her own.

ISBN: 9781524672898

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Above Average

Amitabha Bagchi, Engr '02

Arindam Chatterjee floats from the middle-class security of his home in East Delhi to the fiercely competitive world of the Indian Institute of Technology and onwards to the East Coast of the US. On his journey he begins to realize that his life is a confused tangle of ambitions and aspirations, some attainable, some not and some hanging tantalizingly in between. 

ISBN: 8172236530

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This Place

Amitabha Bagchi, Engr '02

Jeevan Sharma, former taxi driver, lives a quiet life on 26th street just south of the Homewood campus. Then two things happen to throw his life into disarray: the sudden arrival of Sunita, a young woman who has walked away from a cheating husband, and the decision by the City of Baltimore to demolish his block.

ISBN: B00GZK374U

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Murder and the Muse

Alexei Bayer, SAIS '82

Third book in a crime series set in Moscow in the '60s. Olga Khokhlova, Picasso's first wife, comes to Moscow and, despite being chaperoned by KGB Chief Yuri Andropov, is robbed at the fancy Metropole Hotel. Murders follow.

ISBN: 1880100495

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Comrades in Health: U.S. Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home

Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Timothy H. Holtz, Wendy Johnson, Vicente Navarro

Politically engaged and socially committed U.S. health professionals have long worked in solidarity with progressive movements around the world. This volume offers an impressive array of historical and vivid, first-person accounts by famed and lesser-known health leftists who have participated in struggles for health and social justice, internationally and domestically.

ISBN: 9780813561202

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Drinking Closer to Home

Jessica Anya Blau, A&S '95

"Reminiscent of Jeannette Wall's The Glass Castle, Jessica Anya Blau's sophomore effort is a raging success." -New Your Journal of Books 

ISBN: 0061984027

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The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals

Rae Bryant, A&S '11

In this visceral collection of stories by Rae Bryant, we explore the wits, moralities, edges and sometimes broken realities of lovers and friends, life and death, and the mundane tragedies in a normal day. From detachable women to cow tipping, kingfishers to drive-thru sex, Bryant pushes the boundaries and creates for her readers the amusing, the heartbreaking and the magically bizarre conditions of woman and man.

ISBN: 978-0615496962

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Ghosts of Bergen County

Dana Cann, A&S '02

A couple confronts grief amid addictions and the company of a mysterious girl. With ghosts both literal and figurative, the novel delicately weaves loss, recovery, and forgiveness. Set on the cusp of the financial crisis, Ghosts of Bergen County is a literary mystery with eerie elements of the supernatural.

ISBN: 1941040276

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Geosynchron

David Louis Edelman, A&S '93

David Louis Edelman's business science fiction saga that began with Infoquake and MultiReal comes to a stunning conclusion with Geosynchron, the last book of the Jump 225 trilogy.

ISBN: 1591027926

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Infoquake

David Louis Edelman, A&S '93

Infoquake, the debut novel by David Louis Edelman, takes speculative fiction into alien territory: the corporate boardroom of the far future. It's a stunning trip through the trenches of a technological war fought with product demos, press releases, and sales pitches.

ISBN: 1591024420

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MultiReal

David Louis Edelman, A&S '93

David Louis Edelman's debut novel Infoquake was called — the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge — and hailed as the best science fiction debut of 2006. The story continues with MultiReal, the stunning second book in the Jump 225 trilogy.

ISBN: 1591026474

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The Case of the Hidden Dentures

William Edmonston, A&S '52

John Braemhor discovers a set of dentures behind a medicine cabinet which leads him to an international corporate operation smuggling Chinese workers into the U.S. and a mystery that involves secret codes, murder, and attempted assassinations, all cloaked in deeply troubling psychological relationships. 

ISBN: 9781434327765

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The Strange Case of Mr. Nobody

William Edmonston, A&S '52

John Braemhor solves the murder of a headless, handless body near Hadrian's wall, but not before the bloody trail leads him to Nova Scotia and an international smuggling operation. 

ISBN: 1892059010

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The Sin Collector

Shelley Fairweather-Vega, A&S '00 and Daria Desombre

By turns very dark and In this book translated by Shelley Fairweather-Vega, a serial killer stalks the streets of Moscow, tracked by two detectives who must unravel his dark obsession with Russian theology and history.

ISBN: 9781542047203

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Victor in the Rubble

Alex Finley, SAIS '96

A satire of the CIA and the War on Terror.

ISBN: 9780997251005

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Cromwell's Folly

Regina Fite, A&S '88

A head in a dumpster and a pinky finger with an emerald/diamond ring attached is all Detective Sam Lagarde of the WV State Police has to go by. Doggedly following lead after lead, Lagarde stumbles upon five women who all have one thing in commonn: Ben Cromwell.

ISBN: 9781626943377

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They Shall Be Remembered

John Freeze, McCoy College '65

Historical Fiction novel that follows the lives of three families from the Chesapeake Bay region. They befriend and serve famous people from the War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, and World War One. Lincoln, Grant, Lee, Tubman, Douglass, Mitchell, and Rickenbacker are brought alive.. 

ISBN: 9780595531103

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Millie - A Cautionary Tale of America's Longest War

Nelson Goodman, Med '54

From my experience practicing internal medicine in Maryland for forty years  and serving as Chairman of the Med Chi Committee on drugs, I have written a polemic against the failed drug war in the form of a novel.

ISBN: 1493554212

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Somewhat Close to Normal

Ebonye Gussine, A&S '07

A 9/11 novel about living life after loss

ISBN: 9780989986205

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The Color of My Soul

Melanie Hatter, A&S '09

Washington Writers? Publishing House 2011 Fiction Prize winner, The Color of My Soul takes the reader on a journey through race and culture, family loyalty and selfhood through a young woman's discovery of a secret about her father.

ISBN: 9780931846984

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How High Up is Heaven

Ben Herman, A&S '50

Stories about East Baltimore and the rest of the world.

ISBN: B000RZH9KM

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Red Trolley Days

Ben Herman, A&S '50

Stories about Baltimore and beyond.

ISBN: B004BHZ2ME

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The Rhapsody in Blue of Mickey Klein

Ben Herman, A&S '50

The growing up of a boy with the wildest imagination ever encountered in twentieth century America is the story Ben Herman tells, in this endearing novel.

ISBN: 9780916144685

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Sunday after Sunday after Sunday

Ben Herman, A&S '50

A collection of East Baltimore stories.

ISBN: B002EYGDE2

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Chasing Antigone

Stephen Hirst, SAIS '66

A killing in Asia and a bombing in Ohio come together years later when a professor crosses paths with an evasive beautician who vanishes just before an assault team storms the professor?s house looking for her. The professor traces the woman to Arizona, where he lands in the middle of something far bigger and more sinister than he could ever have imagined.

ISBN: 9781301959525

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Lauren Greasewater's War

Stephen Hirst, SAIS '66

A ruined shelter, a Native American woman and the force of the US government: the gunpowder that ignite Lauren Greasewater?s War. The story traces a woman?s quest from the streets of New York to the canyons of the Southwest finding her way back to her birthplace to reinvent herself as Lauren Greasewater. Caught between two worlds, she turns a cultural misunderstanding into an armed conflict.

ISBN: 9781301766079

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China Jewel

Thomas Hollyday, '64 '68

Media around the world cover an inspiring and beautiful ocean race as international tall ships once again sail the ancient tea trade route to China. Yet, beneath the bright sails hide evil and treachery as the competitors sabotage and even murder each other to win the billion dollar prize

ISBN: 9780985475307

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Terror Flower

Thomas Hollyday, '64 '68

When a visiting African author begins to agitate for violent change and a bomb explodes in River Sunday because of her testimony before the United Nations, the search for answers becomes more urgent. Tench races against time to prevent the terror from escalating, with only the wisp of a clue, "Black-Eyed Susan", to guide him through the darkness.

ISBN: 9780974128788

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Why We Came to the City

Kristopher Jansma, A&S '03

A warm, funny, and heartfelt novel about a tight-knit group of twentysomethings in New York whose lives are upended by tragedy. From the widely acclaimed author of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards.

ISBN: 9780525426608

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How David Met Sarah

Anne Kelleher, A&S '81

A heartwarming look at what it means to be family through the eyes of a developmentally disabled young man.  20% of all proceeds are donated to the National Down Syndrome Society.

ISBN: 1467951935

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Red Sun in Morning

Richard Kemp, A&S '03

June 1944, America buzzes. On a sharecropper farm, a family struggles with the changing world. Cheating land owners, budding love, the claws of war, and a growing world vision changes the family: Six of them want off the farm, while one wants to stay. But at what cost?

ISBN: 9780615678269

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Exact Change: Short Fiction

Henry James Korn, A&S '68

Henry James Korn's first book Exact Change is a collection of short form fiction that was originally published by Assembling Press in 1974 with an original lithograph cover by photographer and print-maker Scott Hyde. It now finds a new life in digital form as an e-book where audiences can see several clear links from Korn's late 60's and early 70's literary experiments to the anticipated major themes, characters, and plot points in his 2016 debut novel Amerikan Krazy. Memorable stories include King Kong in the Kitchen, The Condemned of Altoona, and One Thing Perfectly Clear. It also contains one of his earliest modular experimental efforts The Pontoon Manifesto which was published separately in a variety of formats.

ISBN: 9781943912063

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Proceedings of the National Academy of the Avant Garde

Henry James Korn, A&S '68

From Henry James Korn, a leader in the experimental writing and small press community in Lower Manhattan during the 1970's, comes volume one, issue one of an imaginary academic journal that administers the coup de grace to the American reality consensus.  "I am amazed. Not only is Proceedings of the National Academy of the Avant Garde the only funny example of experimental fiction I have ever laid eyes on, it is the only example of experimental art in any form that I've seen in years that I thought was really good. Give us more, Mr. Korn and mark my words they won't be calling you experimental for long."  -P.J. O'Rourke

ISBN: 9781943912056

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The Appearance of a Hero: The Tom Mahoney Stories

Peter Levine, A&S '06

In this debut collection, author Peter Levine tells the story of the prom king after the prom. Tom Mahoney: good-looking, popular, seemingly uncomplicated, is starting to disappear from the lives of those who love him. Levine charts the life of a modern day hero, someone both extraordinary yet flawed.

ISBN: 9781250001221

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Gods and Heroes

Gerard Marconi, A&S '98

A novel of linked stories about coming of age in Baltimore during the 1960s, this unusual love story follows two young people as they search for someone to love and something to believe in.

ISBN: 9781614347125

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A Fatal Family Secret,The Morphosis.me Files Book #1

Samantha Marks, A&S '97, Peabody

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be? When an awkward teen becomes a shape-shifter and a target, surviving the school-year means defending herself against cyber-bullies, learning to control her new found powers, and hiding from the ancient secret society that kidnapped her mother.

ISBN: 9781943406012

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A Treacherous Social Game, The Morphosis.me Files Book #2

Samantha Marks, A&S '97, Peabody

Kayleigh delves deep into untapped magic to better control her morphing powers, still determined to find and free her mother. No amount of magic, however, can help her survive the social tightropes of high school life: dating, popularity contests, exchange students, and a surprise sports competition called the Gaelic Games.

ISBN: 9781943406050

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Girl in a Box

Sujata Massey, A&S '86

Japanese-American sleuth Rei Shimura takes a freelance gig with a Washington DC alphabet agency to work undercover in a Tokyo department store. It's a risky assignment that brings her into the world of economic espionage and hard-core fashion addiction.

ISBN: 97800607656

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Borrowing Time: A Latino Sexual Odyssey

Carlos T. Mock, A&S '76

A wonderful story of love and compassion, growth and resolution, mourning and acceptance and about family - the one you're born in and the one you make as you deal with an HIV diagnoses

ISBN: 9780915745777

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Historias

Carlos T. Mock, A&S '76

Historias is Carlos Mock's latest musings on his past seen through his imagination. A set of short stories ranging from childhood jokes to life and death situations.

ISBN: 9781499582642

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Mosaic Virus

Carlos T. Mock, A&S '76

A plausible tale of intrigue involving a man made killer virus

ISBN: 9780915745791

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Papi Chulo:  A Legend, A Novel, and the Puerto Rican Identity

Carlos T. Mock, A&S '76

The story of a country as seen through the eyes and lives of three strong women of several generations

ISBN: 9780979645709

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Vietnam: The Other Side, Challenging All Odds

Duong Nguyen, SPH '83

By taking his life experiences, Duong Nguyen has created a spell binding story that is historically informative, inspirational in the extraordinary determination and courage manifest by characters and humbling as we consider the lives of those who have taken on the most difficult of life's challenges and finished their journey at the top of the mountain.

ISBN: 9781508607038

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The Mayan Clue

Phyllis Ringler, A&S '72

Phyllis Ringler has published a mystery novel, The Mayan Clue, on Amazon.com.

ISBN: 1523205974

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The Last Resident: The Love Story of a
British Official and an Indian Princess

Shahzad A Rizivi, SAIS '79

British diplomat Nigel loves India and Muslim culture, but not his spoiled wife Pamela. He has fallen in love with the married princess of the Muslim princely state where he serves. When Pamela is murdered, Nigel is the prime suspect; only the state's brilliant Jewish prime minister can exonerate him.

ISBN: 9781604818260

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Haywire

Thaddeus Rutkowski, A&S '77

A novel in flash fictions. A finalist in the fiction category of the Asian American Literary Awards and winner of the Members' Choice Award, 2013.

ISBN:  9780984213313

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Roughhouse

Thaddeus Rutkowski, A&S '77

"In-your-face punk realism with touches of the surreal and subversive black humor." - Publishers Weekly

ISBN: 1885030266

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Tetched: A Novel in Fractals

Thaddeus Rutkowski, A&S '77

Written in an edgy, minimalist style, Tetched presents a darkly comic picture of difficult mixed-race family life, quirky sexuality and urban dislocation.

ISBN: 1933016167

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Violent Outbursts

Thaddeus Rutkowski, A&S '77

A collection of 86 flash fictions drawn from the author's life--first as a child in rural America and later as an adult in a big city. Some of the pieces are realistic, others are more dreamlike or imagistic.

ISBN: 978-1-941550-58-8

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St. Bart's Way

Patricia Schultheis, '73, '06

St. Bart's Way is an award-winning collection of short stories about the families living on a fictional street in Baltimore.

ISBN: 9781941551097

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Away With the Fishes

Stephanie Siciarz, A&S '07

With ner new novel, Away with the Fishes, award-winning author Stephanie Siciarz gives us a "witty companion to her debut novel [Left at the Mango Tree]...with snappy dialogue, well-timed plot twists and Siciarz's lyrical sentences. ...Beautiful language, delightful storytelling and a fully imagined world make this return trip to Oh worth the ride." (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 0989686329

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Mr. Dickens and His Carol

Samantha Silva, SAIS Bologna '82, '83

With the wit of Shakespeare in Love and the evergreen heart of A Christmas Carol, Silva playfully reimagines the creation of the second most beloved Christmas story in the world.

ISBN: 978-1-250-15404-0

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Emerald's Eyes

Talitha Simeona-Stewart, SOE '07

Take a glimpse through Emerald's Eyes as she journeys down the long, dark road filled with twists and turns, navigating through paths of multi-generational incest, molestation, murder, sibling rivalry, greed, and jealousy.

ISBN: 9781366209535

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Heartsick

Caitlin Sinead, A&S '11

Quinn is used to shrugging off smitten men. But when a mysterious epidemic sweeps across her college campus and an infected friend is murdered, Quinn must work with the local cops even if the lead detective just so happens to be one of those aforementioned smitten men.

ISBN: 9781426899607

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Choke Creek

Lauren Small, A&S '86

Based on the Sand Creek Massacre, Choke Creek delivers a gripping portrait of families haunted by the past. Evie Glauber's search for the truth leads her to uncover acts of ruthless brutality. The past, she learns, cannot be changed, but with courage and compassion, the future might yet be redeemed.

ISBN: 9780615220116

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Alexander's Odyssey

Steven Southard, Engr '02

Alexander the Great might well be on his way to conquering the world, but when he decides to explore underwater in a glass-windowed barrel, he enrages Poseidon.  Will the ocean deity defeat Alexander and prevent future deep-sea exploration by mortals, or can a single clever Macedonian outwit a god?

ISBN: 9781452453927

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Leonardo's Lion Illustrator

Steven Southard, Engr '02

In 1515, Leonardo da Vinci built a mechanical lion, an amazing clockwork creation. Decades later, a boy discovers the lion and embarks on a quest that leads him in search of Leonardo's greatest secrets of all, hidden mysteries that could affect the future of all humanity.

ISBN: 9781619500082

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The Sea-Wagon of Yantai

Steven Southard, Engr '02

Around 200 B.C. in China, a young man of war and and old man of peace clash over the use and future of the world?s first submarine. 

ISBN: 9781926704098

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Within Victorian Mists

Steven Southard, Engr '02

If the fog of time had lifted a little differently on the 19th century, and you could mix a hauty Englishman tinkerer, a plucky American steam engine repair-woman, laser holograms, brass goggles, giant dirigibles, and ornithopters, you might just get one madcap steampunk romance.

ISBN: 9781452450933

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The Wind-Sphere Ship

Steven Southard, Engr '02

Heron of Alexandria invented the steam engine in the 1st Century, A.D.  With a little persuasion, he could have used this engine to propel a ship.  If his steam-ship could beat a man-rowed galley, could Heron make the Industrial Revolution happen 1700 years early?  Let the race begin!

ISBN: 9781452479873

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Sympathetic People

Donna Baier Stein, A&S '90

Both the beauty and frailty of human connections are seen in the thirteen stories collected in Sympathetic People. Here are women and men struggling to find love, meaning, happiness in marriage, adulterous affairs, art, meditation, and even the passage from life to death.

ISBN: 0985849584

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Bulfinch

Hannah Sternberg, A&S '09

A JHU history student's imagination is so powerful that the knight from the book she's reading pops out of her head and into real life!

ISBN: 9780692207291

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A Wedding in Provence

Ellen Sussman, A&S '78

Ellen Sussman, nationally bestselling author of French Lessons, delivers a feast for the senses in A Wedding in Provence. A moving novel of love, forgiveness, and trust, set among the beaches and vineyards of southern France.

ISBN: 9780345548955

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47 Minutes on Christmas Eve

William Van Doren, A&S '70

"A magical tale of redemption." -The Hook, Charlottesville, Va. "A gift that will endure." -Lynchburg Ledger. "Part Alice in Wonderland, part It's a Wonderful Life."? -Virginia Living. "Take time to savor its powerful message: 'tis, indeed, the gift to be simple." -John de Graaf

ISBN: 9781452479873

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Perfection Unleashed

Amelia Waters, A&S '97

In this multiple award-winning novel, Danyael Sabre's hard-won normal life is shattered when Galahad, the perfect human being, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful; the second is headed for open war, with Danyael--a reluctant but powerful alpha empath--trapped at its heart.

ISBN: 1469980355

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The Twenty-Year Death

Ariel S. Winter, A&S '02

A breathtaking novel written in the form of three separate crime novels, each set in a different decade and penned in the style of a different mystery grand master. Stephen King calls The Twenty-Year Death, "Bold, innovative, and thrilling," and James Frey says it's "One hell of a debut."

ISBN: 9780857685810

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Oil in the Wok

YuMin Ye, A&S '08

Amber Yang is going to medical school, but not if teen pop sensation Brooke Fulton has a say in it. Should Amber go "the Chinese way" or become the singer she's always dreamed of? Or will she become another failed attempt like her dad?

ISBN: 9781936688036

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