Nieman — Going to the Dogs

Going to the Dogs: Confessions of a Mobile Pet Groomer
by Jan Nieman

Going to the DogsWhen Jan Nieman decided to become a mobile pet groomer, little did she know what a wild ride she was in for. Over the next 21 years, she tussled with feisty pets, wrestled with stubborn vans, chased down AWOL dogs, and learned to cope with wayward employees. Grooming more than her share of dogs and cats, not to mention the occasional wolf, she encountered a host of memorable animals and owners, that often matched their pets in style, temperament and unconventionality. In her no-holds-barred, hilarious account, Nieman not only shares the high points of her adventures, as well as the occasional horror tails that are an inevitable part of a groomer’s career. Through it all, her love and passion for animals shines forth from every page.By the end, after plenty of laughs, you’ll know a good deal more about orphan pets, what goes on in the inner sanctum of mobile and brick-and-mortar grooming salons, and the joys and tribulations of owning a business that keeps you going to the dogs.

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The Time We Make in Passing
by Gary McLouth

The Time We Make in Passing

 

McLouth’s poetry, while sublimely personal, connects us to the most basic and essential of our shared histories, hopes and fears. The poems, confident, curious, humble or confiding, unmask his vulnerability and caring, which gifts us with feeling that someone or something is “whispering my name.”

This collection of works across decades of McLouth’s career showcase depths of insight, humanity, melancholy, and humor. [more]

McLouth — Do No Harm

Do No Harm by Gary McLouth

Do No Harm

Do No Harm creates an in-depth, thoughtful, and artistically arranged conversation between the voices of the father and son who serve as alternate narrators throughout the book. These nine stories compose a complex duet in which two voices mingle and separate, both delving into their shared pasts, both examining and reexamining their connections to other people, to the places that profoundly affect them, and – always — to the web of family that binds them.

Natural Causes and Other Stories
by Gary McLouth

Natural Causes

McLouth’s characters in Natural Causes turn vulnerable moments into acts of insight, love and the kind of heroism that passes for simple good work in a small town. These stories are linked by the intents and intuitions of people determined to do the right thing even as they are destined to endure the realities of circumstance. You could say they act out of strong faith in God and from deep commitments to family, community, and freedom, but don’t ask them to talk about it much.

 

Campbell — My Korean War Story

Korean War StoryMy Korean War Story: A Rage Within
By James Campbell

In December 1948, James Campbell, 15, joined the U.S. Army. On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. Campbell, stationed in Japan, was among the first U.S. soldiers to join the conflict. This book is a collection of stories about a young soldier’s experience in the war. His accounts run the gamut of emotions—anger, heartbreak, apprehension, comradery, even humor. Campbell lets you see and feel the horrors of war through the eyes of a boy becoming a man.

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10 Adventures and More in Lee and Collier Counties: Forida on Land and Water by Alice Oldford

Where can you enjoy an active outdoor experience in bustling Lee and Collier counties in Florida? Interested in learning some local history? How did the Monday Group, a bunch of ‘70s teenagers, influence development of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and Manatee Park. Who were the utopian Koreshans? Try a family outing at Everglades Wonder Gardens, formerly a roadside attraction in the heart of Bonita Springs. Experience Florida scrub at Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park. And there is water, water everywhere perfect for a leisurely paddle. Adventure right here in your own back yard.

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Batch — Star’s Journey

Star's JourneyStar’s Journey
by Lisa Batch

Star’s Journey is a positive story about a pony who is visually impaired but who overcomes his fears and gains many friends in the process. It teaches young children valuable lessons about being a friend, overcoming personal obstacles, and the importance of not giving up. Children will love the ability to participate by acting out movements and interacting with the reader.

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Hayton — Chasing Brenda

Chasing Brenda
by Pauline Hayton

Her sixtieth birthday, her self-centered husband, and the death of a friend have Brenda wondering what happened to her once adventurous spirit. Determined to get it back, she hotfoots it to a remote village in India. When family members give chase to persuade her to come home, life becomes hectic. Arriving in India, rebels promptly kidnap Brenda’s ditzy granddaughters. With the police no help and her dander up, Brenda turns into “Wonder Woman” on a mission, embarking on a hare-brained scheme to rescue “her girls.” Her showdown with the maniacal rebel leader has Brenda fearing for her life and the lives of her granddaughters. Calling him a moron doesn’t help. Against all odds, she outwits the rebels. Using implements hidden in her bra, Brenda escapes with the girls under cover of night. Traipsing through jungle, dodging rebels and bullets, and fleeing angry bears—no problem for the wild child in Brenda that was there all along. [more]

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