A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath acranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship. Read a sample.

A Pleasure and A Calling

A Pleasure and A Calling by Phil Hogan

A real estate agent who keeps the keys to people's homes in order to spy on them finds his normal routine of prying into strangers' private things interrupted when a dead body is discovered in a neighbor's garden. Read a sample.

Above the Waterfall

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

Enduring the mistakes and tragedies that have shapedtheir lives in contemporary Appalachia, a sheriff on the brink of retirement and a haunted park ranger confront violent forces when an elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout stream. Read a sample.

After the War is Over

After the War is Over: A Novel by Jennifer Robson

After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boarding house. Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life.

All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

Book Jacket for The All Girl Filling Station's Last ReunionAll Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life. Read a sample.

Almost Famous Women

Almost Famous Women by Meagan Mayhew Bergman

This collection of short stories depicts the forgotten lives of women who almost achieved fame and notoriety, including Lord Byron's illegitimate daughter, Oscar Wilde's niece, and Edna St. Vincent Milay's sister. Read a sample.