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  1. Nights at the Dream Cafe

    Nights at the Dream Cafe

    $10.95

    The Dream Café, a popular neighborhood restaurant, is a welcoming haven for all kinds of people. The owner feels that the café’s exceptional nighttime goings-on should be preserved, so he asks Tom Gibbs, a young writer, to be its official scribe. Spanning the calendar year before the United States’ involvement in World War II, the novel is comprised of a series of chronological stories—narrated by Tom Gibbs—each describing events at the café on a single night.

    John Mahoney, himself a young man during the time period evoked, brings vitality and veracity to the novel’s mood and content. Anyone wishing to relive—or discover—the pre-WWII era will enjoy reading Nights at the Dream Café.


    “With Nights at the Dream Cafe, Baby-Boomers and younger readers are introduced to a world they have never known. Mahoney paints a vivid, heart-warming portrait of a place almost ethereal in nature, and transports us back to a calmer, more communal time in America.” — David Sutor, Writer/Publisher

    Nights at the Dream Café is the loveliest—and most lovingly written—book I have ever read. It is a celebration of human riches: kindness, humility, forgiveness and optimism.”— Michael Burke, ChicagoWriter, ww.ChicagoWriter.blogspot.com Learn More Add to Wishlist

  2. Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart

    Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart

    $16.00

    In this wildly imaginative debut collection, whimsical fairy tales of princesses and farm girls turn dark, and dark tales of mistreated sideshow freaks turn whimsical. An itinerant marionette falls prey to a lusty mesmerist. An alcoholic camp counselor is haunted by her dead best friend. A juvenile delinquent languishes in a boot camp run by authoritarian grandmas. Be they human monsters or reluctant moth-girls, the outcasts that populate these eleven compelling stories all long for escape, community, acceptance, and self-discovery.

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  3. Dark Side of the Loon

    Dark Side of the Loon

    $15.95

    Dark emotions and even darker thoughts seep from these murky depths, harvested by writers whose stories take us down in flames, up in smoke, and leave us helplessly entranced by the haunting call of the loon.

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  4. Head of the Lakes

    Head of the Lakes

    $19.95

    Hardscrabble tales of working-class Polish Americans from the east side of Superior, Wisconsin, the blue-collar community from its boom days in the post-World War II era to its decline and near disappearance in recent times.

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  5. Cooked to Death: More Tales of Crime and Cookery, Volume II

    Cooked to Death: More Tales of Crime and Cookery, Volume II

    $17.95

    An anthology of food-related crime stories and mysteries.

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  6. Quantum Physics and My Dog Bob

    Quantum Physics and My Dog Bob

    $16.00

    A father, sick of speaking, takes a lifelong vow of silence. A literature PhD candidate falls prey to her psycho poet roommate. A dog pining for steak spontaneously combusts. From the author of The Call and Puzzling Through the News, Pat Rushin’s latest collection fuses the familiar and the uncanny. Each darkly funny story is like a parallel universe where everyday characters find themselves in a reality slightly askew from the one we know.

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  7. We Can't Help It If We're From Florida

    We Can't Help It If We're From Florida

    $24.00

    Florida is more than just fodder for hard-boiled crime novels and zany farces. This anthology of new stories and essays challenges a star-studded line up of current and former Floridians to write about the state through a literary lens, though not without the requisite weirdness. The Florida within this book contains: lightning, oil spills, road rage, a lizard tied to a balloon, swimmers, sleepwalkers, characters that love Florida, characters that hate Florida, and at least three sinkholes.

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  8. Cooked to Death

    Cooked to Death

    $16.95

    In this collection of short stories, our widely shared passion for food and eating is whipped into a murderous froth as each story revolves around some aspect of food: its origin, preparation, consumption, or convenience as a murder weapon.

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  9. The Hidden of Things

    The Hidden of Things

    $14.95

    Young men and women in Jerusalem, London, and New York seek identity, spiritual clarity, and that nice Jewish girl or boy.

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  10. Lady in the Moon

    Lady in the Moon

    $16.00

    Callandra Mae Lindstrom, a once feisty girl, grown into a promising young woman, approaches her middle years altered by an abusive marriage, which she will learn how to survive by reflecting on the lives of others.

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