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Here you’ll find books by writers that have read for our various communities all over the country. This page is updated monthly, featuring the writers that will or have read that month.




The Parlor Girl’s Guide by Steve McCondichie

A hard-edged country girl enlists the living and the dead to guide her past family tragedy and forge her escape from a secluded Southern brothel. After her father’s murder and mother’s abonnement, a merciless landowner forces Molly Lingo to work in a rural Alabama hunting lodge that doubles as an exclusive whorehouse. Molly, the feisty tough teenage daughter of a hand-to-mouth tobacco farmer, employs a mysterious specter and a troubled gambler, “Cotton” Arnold, to assist her in breaking away from the unrelenting grip of the sharecropper culture. Set at the beginning of the Jazz Age’s promising sweep across America, Molly’s story depicts both the shocking brutality of the landlord class and a young woman’s determination not to be treated as a second-class citizen. This energetic historical fiction offers supernatural thrills and the poignant transformation of a metaphysical coming-of-age tale.


Not All Migrate by Krystyna Byers

A GRITTY AND DARK TALE OF REVENGE A tortured husband's grief stalks him like a friendly attacker. After his beautiful wife and young children die in a horrific car accident, Mark Hansberg risks all he has and more to solve the riddle of his family’s sudden death. When his journey leads him down a treacherous path, he must decide how far is too far to travel for a dubious chance at redemption. This contemporary urban tale masterfully blends literary fiction and thriller, and ultimately will leave you needing a hug from someone or something.

“A glorious hell-ride through some of the darkest literary territory and with some of the wildest characters since the weird imaginings of William S. Burroughs. Strap in and put your helmet on—once you start this novel, you won’t want to stop.” — PINCKNEY BENEDICT, author of Dogs of God


The Skin Artist by George Hovis

The morning Bill Becker awakes to find the butterfly tattoo bleeding on his chest, his upwardly mobile life begins its downward spiral. Exiled from a corporate career and from the failed marriage he left behind in a gated Charlotte community, Bill becomes obsessed with a tattooed dancer named Lucy, who is running from a trauma buried deep in her own past. Lucy and Bill wrap themselves in new skins of ink, wrought by the same artist, a shaman who convinces them that every design will alter their future. Ultimately, both Bill and Lucy must leave the city and return to the Carolina countryside to confront the skins they have shed many years ago.


Continental Breakfast by Danny Caine

"Danny Caine's Continental Breakfast portrays suburban life in the Midwest with humor, pathos, and tender care. Populating chain restaurants, deserted shopping malls, and family Passover dinners, the characters of the poems narrate an experience that, while familiar to many, doesn't often make it into the pages of poetry collections. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll raise your can of Bud Lite." -- Megan Kaminski, Author of Deep City


Light There Is To Find by Heather Rounds

It takes the eruption of a benign tumor in her fallopian tubes, a surgical procedure and the news that she can’t conceive, to get Sara thinking about change. An aimless thirty-something artist, the sting of the incision on her abdomen hasn’t even subsided when she decides to break up with her unstable boyfriend, Eric. With little forethought or planning, she buys a ticket to Armenia, a place she knows little about. Her goal: to visit the small town of Gyumri and complete a painting of a building she knows from a photograph on the wall in an Armenian bakery. Her other goal: to run from everyone and everything she knows, even if just for a week or so.


Mary Oliver by Adam Tedesco

Poetry. "Tedesco's MARY OLIVER is a document of recovery. The beloved Pulitzer prize-winning poet of his title is less a character and more a muse offering solace to those afflicted by their own humanity. These poems give us 'a sense of what made us us.'"--Paul Legault