• Read An Excerpt From Africa Memoir By Mark G. Wentling

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    Africa Memoir tells the incredible lifetime story of Mark G. Wentling, a boy from Kansas who grew up to travel, work, and visit all 54 African countries. Derived from over a half century spent working and living on the African continent, Wentling devotes a chapter to each country describing his firsthand experiences, eye-opening impressions, and

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  • Read An Excerpt: From Timbuktu To Duck And Cover By Lewis Lucke

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    From Timbuktu To Duck And Cover: Improbable Tales from a Career in Foreign Service documents US Ambassador Lewis Lucke’s thirty-year career abroad. Below is an exclusive excerpt from the memoir. Prologue While spending thirty years overseas in the US Foreign Service, and living in eleven countries and working in many more, I accumulated many stories

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  • Read An Excerpt From Heaven And Other Zip Codes By Mathieu Cailler

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    Heaven and Other Zip Codes by Mathieu Cailler follows the complicated relationships between a lonely, thirty-something-year-old mother Searcy, her awkward preadolescent son Theo, cheating husband and disingenuous stepfather Hoit, and young, painter-turned-tutor Emerson. Below is an exclusive excerpt from the contemporary novel.   September   Searcy waited in the foyer. It was ten minutes before

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  • Read An Excerpt From Undaunted Optimist By Chris Rodell

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    “Rodell writes about America the way Sinatra sings about New York, unflinching about the gritty realities, but with abiding affection and relentless positivity about the future.”—Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Below is an excerpt from Undaunted Optimist: Essays on Life, Laughter and Cheerful Perseverance by Chris Rodell. Preface I remember the 1993 day I became a

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  • Read An Excerpt From The Sugar Maple Grove By John E. Espy

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    The Sugar Maple Grove by John E. Espy is an epic Southern Gothic about race, poverty, religion, and barbarism, and those brave enough to dare to see a different society. Below is an exclusive excerpt from the novel. Part One Van Lear, Kentucky   Chapter 1   And then, there was Flem. Flem Lemaster’d had

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  • Read An Excerpt From Pretty Chrysanthemum And Other Stories By Nancy Lane

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    The sixteen contemporary and historical stories in Pretty Chrysanthemum and Other Stories by Nancy Lane remind readers how family is at the core of human experience and how relationships, especially those between parent and child, rely on the power of love to overcome challenges. Below is an exclusive excerpt from the short story collection. The

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