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Stories to Read While Driving

Stories to Read While Driving - CoverNewIf the cabbage man doesn’t arrive soon, another meal will slip by and the king will still be allowed to exude foul breath from his lips. While the pastry chef and the royal food taster plot in the kitchen, the butcher keeps a close eye on their plans. And don’t forget the sausage-lipped prime minister…he’s got a secret buried in that mustache, no doubt about that.

Thus is the thrilling quagmire of regicide and culinary espionage of Kill the King. Listen on for this darkly comic tale and eight others, if you dare.  Read more…

Changing Michael

CHANGING MICHAEL by Jeff Schilling

CHANGING MICHAEL by Jeff Schilling

Changing Michael is an absorbing exploration into the head of one of the most fascinating high school characters since Holden Caulfield. A story of coolness, mischief, and the struggle for identity in an unpredictable world, Jeff Schilling s remarkably insightful debut presents a story and a narrative voice readers will remember for a very long time to come.  Read more…

 

 

The Incurables

THE INCURABLES by Mark Brazaitis

THE INCURABLES by Mark Brazaitis

In his latest collection of literary fiction, Mark Brazaitis evokes with sympathy, insight, and humor the lives of characters in a small Ohio town. The ten short stories of The Incurables limn the mental landscape of people facing conditions they believe are insolvable, from the oppressive horrors of mental illness to the beguiling and baffling complexities of romantic and familial love.  Read more…

 

 

First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley

FIRST SON by Keith Koeneman

FIRST SON by Keith Koeneman

In First Son, Keith Koeneman chronicles the sometimes Shakespearean, sometimes Machiavellian life of an American political legend. Making deft use of unprecedented access to key players in the Daley administration, as well as Chicago’s business and cultural leaders, Koeneman draws on more than one hundred interviews to tell an up-close, insider story of political triumph and personal evolution. With Koeneman as our guide, we follow young Daley from his beginnings as an average Bridgeport kid thought to lack his father’s talent and charisma to his unlikely transformation into an iron-fisted leader.  Read more…

A Romance on Three Legs

AROTL CoverGlenn Gould was famous for his obsessions: the scarves, sweaters and fingerless gloves that he wore even on the hottest summer days; his deep fear of germs and illness; the odd wooden “pygmy” chair that he carried with him wherever he performed; and his sudden withdrawal from the public stage at the peak of his career. But perhaps Gould’s greatest obsession of all was for a particular piano, a Steinway concert grand known as CD318 (C, meaning for the use of Steinway Concert Artists only, and D, denoting it as the largest that Steinway built). A Romance on Three Legs is the story of Gould’s love for this piano, from the first moment of discovery, in a Toronto dept. store, to the tragic moment when the piano was dropped and seriously damaged while being transported from a concert overseas.  Read more…

A World of Talent and Other Stories

A WORLD OF TALENT AND OTHER STORIES by Philip K. DickIn a 1977 speech, Phillip K. Dick said “A novelist carries with him constantly what most women carry in large purses: much that is useless, a few absolutely essential items, and then, for good measure, a great number of things that fall in between. But the novelist does not transport them physically because his trove of possessions is mental. Now and then he adds a new and entirely useless idea; now and then he reluctantly cleans out the trash — the obviously worthless ideas — and with a few sentimental tears sheds them. Once in a great while, however, he happens by chance onto a thoroughly stunning idea new to him that he hopes will turn out to be new to everyone else.  Read more…

Saving Ben: A Father’s Story of Autism

SAVING BEN: A FATHER'S STORY OF AUTISM by Dan E. Burns

Each year thousands of children are diagnosed with autism, a devastating neurological disorder that profoundly affects a person’s language and social development. Saving Ben is the story of one family coping with autism, told from the viewpoint of a father struggling to understand his son’s strange behavior and rescue him from a downward spiral. Read more…

Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

WBLOOD ON THE MOON: THE ASSASSINATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Edward Steers, Jr.inner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York’s Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong.  Read more…

 

Upon the Dull Earth and Other Stories

When an interviewer asked Phillip K. Dick “What is the most important quality for a writer to have?” he replied “A sense of indignation… A writer writes because it’s his response to the world. It’s a natural process, like respiration…   Read more…

 

 

The Little Black Bag and Other Stories

THE LITTLE BLACK BAG AND OTHER STORIES by C.M. KornbluthAlthough C.M. Kornbluth died an untimely death at age 34, in his short career he managed to write dozens of short stories and a number of novels, often collaborating with other writers. The five stories in this collection are all his own, and show a writer at the height of his powers.  Read more…

 

Downloading Midnight and  Other Stories

DOWNLOADING MIDNIGHT AND OTHER STORIES by William Browning SpencerFifteen years ago, when an interviewer for The Austin American-Statesman asked what it takes to be a writer, William Browning Spencer said, ‘You have to be willing to ruin the rest of your life.’  Mr. Spencer notes that the willingness is more important than the actual result, and that his life is not in ruins. But he does believe that risk-taking is part of the process, not only for the author but for his characters. This is certainly the case for the characters in this collection of stories.  Read more…

The Most Dangerous Game and Other Stories

THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME AND OTHER STORIESAt first glance, ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ by Richard Connell, ‘Paul’s Case’ by Willa Cather, and ‘The Beast in the Jungle’ by Henry James have very little in common.  In ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ Sanger Rainsford, an accomplished big game hunter, is marooned on a remote island that is inhabited by another big game hunter, General Zaroff, who has found a very twisted way to add thrills to his hunting parties.  Read more…

Buffalito Destiny

BUFFALITO DESTINY by Lawrence M. SchoenA former stage hypnotist, the Amazing Conroy really just wants to have a good meal.  He’s now the wealthy CEO of a company that leases buffalo dogs, alien creatures capable of biting into and devouring nearly anything.  When he attempts to implement a solution for cleaning up massive industrial waste sites, Conroy becomes targeted by ecological terrorists who resent the use of alien technology (living or otherwise) to heal the Earth.  But kidnapping and the destruction of his corporate headquarters are the least of Conroy’s problems.  Read More…

Second Variety and Other Stories

SECOND VARIETY AND OTHER STORIES by Philip K. DickWhen asked by an interviewer ‘Why is there Science Fiction?’ Phillip K. Dick responded ‘There is SF because the human brain craves sensory and intellectual stimulation before anything else, and the eccentric view provides unlimited stimulation, the eccentric view and the invented world… The function of SF psychologically is to cut the reader loose from the actual world that he inhabits…’  And cut us loose he does.  But never disappoints.  This collection of five stories from early in his career casts a spotlight on Dick’s incredible imagination.  Read More…

The Time Traders

The Time Traders by Andre NortonTo anyone who glanced casually inside the detention room the young man sitting there did not seem very formidable…unless one was observant enough to note those light-gray eyes and catch a chilling, measuring expression showing now and then for an instant in their depths.’  The young man in question, Ross Murdock, is about to embark upon the adventure of his life.  Read more…

 

The Figure in the Carpet and Other Stories

The Figure in the Carpet and Other Stories by Henry JamesMystery stories – not exactly the genre you’d typically associate with Henry James.  The three stories in this collection, however, explore the mysteries of the human psyche and the human heart.  ‘A Light Man’ is a surprisingly modern story that examines the relationships between three men, one old and very rich, two young and very poor.  Read more…

 

Gilgamesh The King

Gilgamesh The King by Robert SilverbergWe’re used to hearing about the latest tell-all memoir from one of today’s sports figures, political insiders, or celebrity wannabes.  But what if we discovered that one of history’s greatest heroes had written his life story?  That’s the premise behind this amazing novel.   Read more…

 

A Light Man

Originally published in 1869, this surprisingly modern story explores the relationships between three men, one old and very rich, two young and very poor.  After returning from a prolonged period in Europe, Maximus Austin joins his friend Theodore Lisle at the luxurious estate of Frederick Sloane, who has hired Theodore as his secretary.    Read more…

 

Collected Chekhov:  Five Tales of Childhood

Ah, childhood.  A time of blissful innocence, “sweet pears and cakes.”  Not so fast.  As Chekhov realistically observes, children are exposed to a wide range of experiences and emotions.  Usually by adults, who long ago forgot what it was like to be a child.  Read more…

 

 

Collected Chekhov:  Five Tales of Men and Women

And they lived happily ever after.  Or did they?  In this collection of stories, Chekhov focuses his powers of observation on the complex relationships between men and women.  Why do we couple in the first place?  Is it for love, security, comfort, a sense of obligation?  And then what?  Read more…

 

Collected Chekhov:   Twelve Tales from Life’s Passing Parade

From the sublime to the ridiculous, Anton Chekhov saw it all.  And he wrote about it as only a master storyteller can, capturing not only the nuances of human behavior, but also the motivations behind the behavior.  Often, too, he found universal truths along the way.  These stories cover a variety of themes, both comic and tragic, as his characters encounter religion, government bureaucracy, and each other.  Read more…

The Defenders and Other Stories

The Defenders and Other Stories by Philip K. Dick AudiobookIn a 1978 interview, Philip K. Dick said ‘I’ve always had this funny feeling about reality. It just seems very feeble to me sometimes. It doesn’t seem to have the substantiality that it’s suppose to have.’  Fortunately for us, Dick translated his feelings about reality into some of the greatest science fiction writing of all time.  This collection features five stories from early in his career, when he found his voice as a writer.  Read more…

The Madonna of the Future

What does it mean to be an artist?  In this classic tale, a young American tourist meets an odd character in Florence.  Mr. Theobald clearly knows art, and he claims to be an artist, but no one has seen his work.  As Mr. Theobald begins to reveal more and more of his life to his new friend, the mystery only deepens.  He claims to have worked for years on his life’s masterpiece, a modern version of the Madonna and Child.  But what’s really going on?  Read more…

Two For a Cent

“I have never been able to forgive the rich for being rich, and it has colored my entire life and works.”  Fitzgerald wrote these words to a friend in 1938, and they are echoed in this early tale.  Two men meet by accident at an abandoned house, each seeking something they left behind.  One man is fabulously successful, having escaped the small, stifling Southern town to build fame and fortune in the North.  Read more…

When the World Was Young

Just how evolved are we?  Are we as civilized as we appear to others?  Jack London’s stories often depict heroic figures at odds with the forces of nature.  In this story, those forces are internal rather than external.  James Ward, a wealthy San Francisco businessman by day, becomes something quite different by night.  Read more…