Adjustments: A Novel by Will Willingham

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #6 Book Summary: By turns thoughtful and hilarious (even, inexplicably, both at the same time), this deeply Midwestern book quietly unfolds a vision for how to navigate in a world where we can’t always resolve things. It begins with an old man’s call to the insurance company to get a minor house repair covered. Once the adjuster shows up, a journey both tender and tough is set in motion. These men need each other in ways it will take time to discover. To complicate matters, the adjuster also needs (and is needed by) his aged landlady…

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Aye-Aye Gets Lucky – Endangered & Misunderstood Book 1 by Terri Tatchell

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #5 Book Summary: Join endangered and misunderstood AYE-AYE on his quest to win back the hearts of the people of Madagascar after his mischievous pranks get him banned from his favorite village and labeled bad luck. Luckily for AYE-AYE, he meets a new friend who shows him first-hand how unpleasant being scared can feel. Armed with a little empathy and compassion, it doesn’t take AYE-AYE long to figure out that being kind and helpful is the best way to turn his luck around forever. On the surface “Aye-Aye Gets Lucky” is about a misunderstood lemur finding…

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Heart to Beat by Brian Lima MD

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #4 Book Summary: Success is not reserved for the smartest or most talented—it’s earned by those who want it the most. Heart conquers all and the triumphant always go all in, never settling for anything less than their best effort. As a leading heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Brian Lima’s life story is a testament to that mantra. He’s living proof that slow and steady still wins the race, and that the American Dream is alive and well. He persevered through countless challenges growing up in a Cuban immigrant family and defied the odds every step of…

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Rosa by Barbara de la Cuesta

Book Summary “There were little sins and big sins, and if you committed too many little sins you were more likely to go on to the big ones. Some sins you did in your mind and then, sometimes, you went on to let yourself fall into them.” Darkly witty and compulsively readable, Barbara de la Cuesta’s novella lets us into the private life and secret thoughts of Rosa, an undocumented home health aide grappling with menopause and her unruly body, unexpected romance, grown children who alternately worry her and fill her with pride, and how life is confronting her with…

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Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #2   Book Summary: Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma. So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already…

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The Baseball by James Flerlage

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #1 Know a baseball or sports fan in your life? The Baseball by James Flerlage might be the prefect gift. Book Summary: Landon Myers is a retired pediatric oncologist who spends his days diagnosing the ills of his young grandchildren’s stuffed animals while scheming up new ways to spend time with the older ones. When his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Lucy discovers an old Major League Baseball while cleaning his cellar, he faces the difficult task of exposing a family secret that has lain dormant for the past forty years. Over a long lunch with Lucy, Landon reveals…

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Graham Brown Questions for Max Davine

1. Which book (or other media) would you say is your largest influence? That’s really a difficult question because I’m constantly finding new influences in books I’m reading. I usually default to something like the Count of Monte Cristo or something but… that’s a tough question. 2. What part of the book was the most difficult to write? Understanding Mary enough to step into her skin was extremely difficult. Plus having to work her internal dialogue into a clipped prose that works for readers. It was a huge challenge. I’ve never done so many rewrites, other than Off The Map.…

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Perfect and Forgiven by Zach Maldonado

Book Summary: What do you do when you feel unworthy? How do you find freedom from shame, guilt, and sin? We’ve boiled down the message of Christianity to being imperfect people who have been forgiven. But what if the message isn’t just about what Christ has done for us–forgiving our sins so we can go to heaven one day–but also about what He has done to us? Life is filled with shame, guilt, sin, and hurt. These things have convinced us that we’re flawed, we’re not enough, and that something is uniquely wrong with who we are. And quite honestly,…

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I AM Manifesto by SB Hilarion

Book Summary: A book of 366 mantras or affirmations to raise and encourage the self-esteem and self-belief of children (plus adults), told through the eyes of young siblings Hao Finley Lee and Sabine Yi Lee. Written in the form of a journal and calendar, there is a mantra for each day of the month. For each mantra that Hao and Sabine want to focus on for their own personal growth, they share that with other fellow “philomaths” or knowledge-seekers through an illustration that describes for them that mantra. For them it’s to: SAY it. BELIEVE it. BECOME it. MANIFEST it.…

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Possessed: From Darkness to Light by Cordelia Lee

Book Summary: Cordelia Lee has experienced something few in the Western world have even witnessed: exorcism. Demonic possession brought her to a Taoist shaman who could drive out her tormentors, but only temporarily. Cordelia’s problems were multifaceted: a troubled childhood, molests, rape attempt, black magic, anorexia, unfulfilled maternal instinct, failing marriage, and depression. Given the severity of her experiences and the return of the evil spirits, Cordelia had to dedicate her life to healing if she was ever to recover. She had earlier experienced an unexpected kundalini awakening; it awakened her to the spiritual realm and the unseen energies that…

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