The Candy Shop by Kiki Swinson Requirements: ePUB Reader, 753 Kb Overview: Having no regards for people, their property, or even her own life, Faith Simmons has done everything from selling off her life’s fortune, to selling her body, to stealing — all because of her sweet addiction fo the Candy Shop. Looking back ten years ago, who would have ever thought that this well-respected — and very well-paid — thirty-five-year-old assistant principal for a performing arts school, would trade in her husband and her daughter, a two-story brick home in a gated community, and a fully-equipped Jaguar for a body riddled with track marks and a substance that gave her a better feling than sex. But when that candy, as she knows it, finally runs out, Faith resorts to the "desperate times, calls for desperate measures" solution, which will have her playing Russian roulette with the Angel of Death. And sooner than later, these episodes will catch up with her so that she will be forced to make some life-altering choices–but will it be too late? Genre: Fiction Urban Fantasy
Prima Donna by Keisha Ervin Cat Eyez Requirements: ePUB Reader, 182 Kb Overview: Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Keisha Ervin is a prolific writer and devoted mother. Her success has drawn much deserved attention to herself and her hometown. She is the author of the National Best-Sellers Chyna Black, Me & My Boyfriend, Mina’s Joint and Hold U Down, as well as the novel Torn and the short story After the Storm, featured in the Street Love anthology. Genre: General Fiction
Prima Donna: On the outside, McKinley appears to have it all—a fly crib, a closet full of clothes, money to blow and a man who is every woman’s wet dream. However, lonely nights and broken promises are her reality. The only thing McKinley wants more than the air she breathes is Jamil. But Jamil’s harboring a secret that’s destined to destroy everything and push McKinley into another man’s arms.
The Way It Is: In the streets, where thuggin’ and criminal activity are the norm, Derrick Bellamy chooses to hustle coke in his quest to get his family out of the hood. To assist Derrick, his girlfriend decides to introduce him to Fat Jerome, a big timer in the drug game. But when she reveals a dark encounter she previously underwent with Fat Jerome, Derrick becomes furious and contemplates the unthinkable. Follow Derrick, his girlfriend, Fat Jerome, Capone and Night-Night as they wreak havoc on unsuspecting individuals throughout the hood. Once they get started, no one’s able to stop their efforts to accomplish what they desire. Like it or not, that’s The Way It Is with them.
House of Cards by Sudha Murty Requirements: 334 kb, ePUB reader Overview: House of Cards is the story of Mridula, a bright young woman with enormous enthusiasm for life who hails from a Karnataka village. A chance meeting with Sanjay, a talented but impoverished doctor, leads to love—and the couple marry and settle in Bangalore. The more Mridula sees of the world, the more she realizes how selfish and materialistic people can be. But she does not take the ups and downs of life to heart, and lives each day with positive energy. Trouble brews when Sanjay quits his government job and starts an immensely successful private practice. With affluence comes the neverending ambition for more, and the inevitable slide into corrupt practices. For a long time, Mridula has no idea that Sanjay has sold his soul; when the truth hits her, she has no recourse but to walk out on him. But can she really find a space of her own? This intricately woven novel explores human relationships in telling detail, and holds up a mirror to our society with candour and with conviction. Genre: Contemporary Fiction > India
In the Presence of Absence and A River Dies of Thirst by Mahmoud Darwish Requirements: ePUB reader, 4 MB Overview: Mahmoud Darwish was a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet.In his work, Palestine became a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile. He has been described as incarnating and reflecting "the tradition of the political poet in Islam, the man of action whose action is poetry".
A River Dies of Thirst “There are two maps of Palestine that the politicians will never manage to forfeit: the one kept in the memories of Palestinian refugees, and that which is drawn by Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry.”—Anton Shammas
This remarkable collection of Mahmoud Darwish’s poems and prose meditations is both lyrical and philosophical, questioning and wise, full of irony and protest and play. “Every beautiful poem is an act of resistance.” As always, Darwish’s musings on unrest and loss dwell on love and humanity; myth and dream are inseparable from truth. “Truth is plain as day.” Throughout the book, Darwish returns frequently to his ongoing and often lighthearted conversation with death.
In the Presence of Absence One of the most transcendent poets of his generation, Darwish composed this remarkable elegy at the apex of his creativity, but with the full knowledge that his death was imminent. Thinking it might be his final work, he summoned all his poetic genius to create a luminous work that defies categorization. In stunning language, Darwish’s self-elegy inhabits a rare space where opposites bleed and blend into each other. Prose and poetry, life and death, home and exile are all sung by the poet and his other. On the threshold of im/mortality, the poet looks back at his own existence, intertwined with that of his people. Through these lyrical meditations on love, longing, Palestine, history, friendship, family, and the ongoing conversation between life and death, the poet bids himself and his readers a poignant farewell.
The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry (1998) Requirements: MOBI / ePUB reader , 1.3, 1.7 Mb Overview: Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the finest book to come out of Europe this year’, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is acclaimed Irish playwright Sebastian Barry’s lyrical tale of a fugitive everyman. For Eneas McNulty, a happy, innocent childhood in County Sligo in the early 1900s gives way to an Ireland wracked by violence and conflict. Unable to find work in the depressed times after World War I, Eneas joins the British-led police force, the Royal Irish Constabulary—a decision that alters the course of his life. Branded a traitor by Irish nationalists and pursued by IRA hitmen, Eneas is forced to flee his homeland, his family, and Viv, the woman he loves. His wandering terminates on the Isle of Dogs, a haven for sailors, where a lifetime of loss is redeemed by a final act of generosity. The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is the story of a lost man and a compelling saga that illuminates Ireland’s complex history. Genre: General Fiction
Sparrow Nights by David Gilmour Requirements: .MOBI reader, 468KB Overview: When Emma leaves Darius Halloway with nothing but an empty closet, he slowly begins plotting his revenge. An exhilarating novel of erotic and psychotic extremes from one of Canada’s best novelists. Genre: General Fiction
26a by Diana Evans Requirements: .PDF reader, 917KB Overview: The attic room at 26a Waifer Avenue in the lower-middle-class London neighborhood of Neasden is a sanctuary for identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter. It is a private universe where fantasy reigns as well as an escape from the sadness and danger that inhabit the floors below. Here the girls share nectarines and forge their identities — planning glorious success as the Famous Flapjack Twins — well removed from their Nigerian mother, Ida, who, devastated by homesickness, speaks to the spirits of the family she left behind on another continent. On occasion Georgia and Bessi’s older sister, Bel, and younger sister, Kemy, are admitted into their broad, bright and fanciful realm, but never their English father, who nightly bathes the wounds of his own upbringing in far too much drink.
But innocence lasts for only so long — and dreams, no matter how vivid and powerful, cannot slow the relentless incursions of the real world. Bel’s transition into womanhood brings a very grown-up problem into the house that cannot be pretended away. Kemy’s entire existence is redefined overnight by seductive pop-star glitter. And a terrible secret begins to threaten the twins’ utopia, setting them on divergent paths toward heartrending resolutions in a world of separateness and solitude.
A work of bold, lyrical beauty, telling detail and compelling characterization — at once cheerful and thoughtful, playful and profound — and written in a unique prose style that metamorphoses brilliantly with the passage of time, 26a will surely be one of the most-talked-about novels of this year and many years to come, and its remarkable author, Diana Evans, welcomed gratefully into the highest order of literary achievement Genre: General Fiction
You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2,772 KB Overview: In his first novel, Dave Eggers has written a moving and hilarious tale of two friends who fly around the world trying to give away a lot of money and free themselves from a profound loss. It reminds us once again what an important, necessary talent Dave Eggers is. Genre: General Fiction
Bitch series by Deja King (Books 1 & 5) Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.5 Mb Overview: National Bestselling Author, Joy Deja King, also known as the Literary Sweetheart, is taking her writing skills and delving into the world of Hip-Hop. With a strong passion for music and with over 100k views in just 1 month on YouTube for her latest videoI’m The Bomb, her fans are sticking by her side no matter what she does. Genre: Fiction Urban Fantasy
Bitch: Precious Cummings came from nothing but was determined to have it all. Using her most deadly weapons – undeniable beauty, body and street savvy brains, Precious sets out to change the cards that she’d been dealt. After meeting Nico Carter, a man who can help her achieve her goals, virtually overnight she is on her way. Precious quickly transforms from Project Chick to Hood Queen and is determined to hold on to her position even if it means crossing the man who made it possible. Set on revenge, Precious gambles it all in her quest to gain everything. Just when she believes the dice have rolled in her favor, Precious has to answer for the web of deceit that she has set in motion.
Last Bitch Standing: In the final installment of the Bitch Series, Precious Cummings only has one agenda and that is to destroy her most conniving enemy yet, Maya. Precious has no doubt that she can get the job done, the only problem is locating her nemesis who has disappeared with her husband, Supreme and daughter, Aaliyah.
Sedition by Katharine Grant Requirements: ePUB, MOBI Reader, 653 kb Overview: The setting of Sedition by Katharine Grant: London, 1794.
The problem: Four nouveau riche fathers with five marriageable daughters.
The plan: The young women will learn to play the piano, give a concert for young Englishmen who have titles but no fortunes, and will marry very well indeed.
The complications: The lascivious (and French) piano teacher; the piano maker’s jealous (and musically gifted) daughter; the one of these marriageable daughters with a mating plan of her own.
While it might be a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a title and no money must be in want of a fortune, what does a sexually awakened young woman want? In her wickedly alluring romp through the late-Georgian London, Italian piano making, and tightly-fitted Polonaise gowns, Katharine Grant has written a startling and provocative debut.