Books

Lilli Chernofsky

Nina Vida

Europe is in flames, Nazis are at the gates of the city, and the Chernofsky family's only chance for escape rests firmly on the slim shoulders of seventeen-year-old Lilli.

Lilli Chernofsky provides a portal to history, a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in tragic circumstances. The mystery of who people really are, what they will do in adversity—survive honorably or by betraying others—is at the novel’s heart, but it is young Lilli’s startling metamorphosis from sheltered teen to unwavering heroine that is its cri de coeur.


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Laika

Kate Kort

Laika desperately wishes for a new life. At fourteen, she’s hardened and independent, living on the streets of Southern California. She’s finally free of her volatile home but yearns for true stability.

Laika brings to light the often-shrouded world of paranoid schizophrenia. It also examines the socially stigmatized issues of homelessness, addiction, and PTSD, in the hopes of fostering greater awareness and compassion.


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Beulah's House of Prayer

Cynthia A. Graham

In 1934 the tiny town of Barmy, Oklahoma, is in desperate need of a miracle. A stunning Depression-era literary novel with a touch of magical realism, Beulah's House of Prayer captivates until the very end.


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We Dare Not Whisper

Jan Netolicky

Based in rural Wisconsin, We Dare Not Whisper explores the toxic legacy of a self-destructive family. With hauntingly beautiful prose, Jan Netolicky illuminates the suffering of individuals with bipolar disorder and the unthinkable challenges facing those closest to them.


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Glass

Kate Kort

Set in Cleveland in the late 1980s, Glass tests traditional ideas of interpersonal responsibility and what it means to struggle with mental illness.


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Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit

Susan Swartwout

Southern gothic loves its poetic hells and grotesqueries in both freak shows and everyday life. In these poems, such strange fruit becomes a mirror to our own hearts' hidden desires.


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