ADULT FICTION

book jacket for Fives and Twenty-FivesFives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre

This debut novel explores the effects of war on a group of Marines returning from Iraq.  Much in the vein of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, the characters are fictional, but the personal and professional battles are real.  This is an inside look at what it means to be today’s soldier.

ADULT NONFICTION

book jacket for Healing a Friend or Loved One's Grieving Heart After a Cancer DiagnosisHealing a Friend or Loved One's Grieving Heart After a Cancer Diagnosis by Alan D. Wolfelt, PH.D. and Kirby J. Duvall, M.D.

Have you ever been at a loss for words or not know what to do when a relative or friend is diagnosed with cancer?  This little book provides 100 practical ideas for providing compassion, comfort and care in just those instances.  One of the writers is a cancer survivor, so you can be sure that these tidbits are helpful and appropriate.

 

TEEN FICTION

book jacket for The TerminalsThe Terminals by Royce Scott Buckingham

When college student Cameron Cody is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he is presented an opportunity to spend the last year of his life saving others.  He grabs the chance and lands in an isolated, secret destination with a group of other ill young people who train for various undercover missions.  However, all is not as it seems and as Cam’s comrades begin to fall, he decides to ask some hard questions.  This is definitely a recommended read.