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Stitches

release date: Jul 17, 2012
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Stitches
A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Best Book of the Year An Amazon.com Top Ten Best Book of 2009 A Washington Post Book World’s Ten Best Book of the Year A California Literary Review Best Book of 2009 An L.A. Times Top 25 Non-Fiction Book of 2009 An NPR Best Book of the Year, Best Memoir With this stunning graphic memoir, David Small takes readers on an unforgettable journey into the dark heart of his tumultuous childhood in 1950s Detroit, in a coming-of-age tale like no other. At the age of fourteen, David awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover his throat had been slashed and one of his vocal chords removed, leaving him a virtual mute. No one had told him that he had cancer and was expected to die. The resulting silence was in keeping with the atmosphere of secrecy and repressed frustration that pervaded the Small household and revealed itself in the slamming of cupboard doors, the thumping of a punching bag, the beating of a drum. Believing that they were doing their best, David’s parents did just the reverse. David’s mother held the family emotionally hostage with her furious withdrawals, even as she kept her emotions hidden — including from herself. His father, rarely present, was a radiologist, and although David grew up looking at X-rays and drawing on X-ray paper, it would be years before he discovered the shocking consequences of his father’s faith in science. A work of great bravery and humanity, Stitches is a gripping and ultimately redemptive story of a man’s struggle to understand the past and reclaim his voice.

Imogene's Antlers

release date: Nov 27, 2013
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Imogene's Antlers
This whimsical story of a little girl who wakes one morning to discover she has grown antlers has delighted children since it was first published 15 years ago. The perfect Christmas present for any kid looking forward to a visit from Santa's reindeer--or any reader looking for some year-long fun! The family doctor, the school principal, and even Imogene's know-it-all brother, Norman, fail to resolve her dilemma. Imogene, the cook, and the kitchen maid, however, make the best of things, finding unusual uses for Imogene's new horns. Meanwhile, the problem appears to be solved when Imogene awakes the next morning antler-free.But the family (and the reader) are in for a surprise when Imogene comes down to breakfast. . . .

The River in Winter

release date: Aug 01, 2001
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The River in Winter
The River in Winter is the story of seventeen-year-old Joe Weatherfield’s attempt to find love, mercy, and redemption in a world charged with the moral wreckage of family decisions made long before he was born. His search carries him from Massachusetts to Florida and finally to Dunnocks Head, Maine, where he rediscovers his long-estranged grandfather and quickly becomes involved in a kidnapping, a murder, and a long-buried scandal — all of which leads him to the hard irredeemable lesson that the innocent are often as guilty as the damned.

Imogene Comes Back!

release date: Sep 15, 2020
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Imogene Comes Back!
Thirty-five "years after Imogene woke up with antlers, she's back! ... She woke up the next day and they were gone, but were replaced by something just as curious. Now Imogene has found she has a new curious feature every day. Some are helpful, some are sweet, some are downright strange. But all of them upset her poor mother who just can't handle how improper it all is. Yet even as Imogene discovers something new every day, she always remains Imogene at heart"--Publisher marketing.

The Wandering Beloved

release date: Sep 11, 2015
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The Wandering Beloved
Wanna know what the problem is? It’s God. Deep down inside, in that quiet place in our heart and soul, the problem is we don’t know if he is real. I was betrayed by the church, hurt by the leaders and the ones I looked up too, and embarassed about how “Christians” behave. So I walked away. For more than a decade I left it all behind, I didn’t need God. I equated all the hurt and bitterness the church had caused me with God. But that’s not God. After a decade focused on my career, my wealth, my happiness, my desires, I found myself on a wild adventure with God. Through the army, coaching professional hockey in Europe, helping victims of war in Burma, and a long walk in Spain, I slowly began to see the true nature and character of God. He wasn’t into rules and religion, he didn’t want me to memorize the Bible and follow all the traditions, he just wanted my heart. Through my struggle with depression I learned that God is real, not because of some warm fuzzy feeling I had one time, but I actually mathematically concluded that God is real. Want to meet the real Jesus? Want to know if God is really real? Come on an adventure with me.

The Wandering Leader

release date: Feb 14, 2014
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The Wandering Leader
Leadership isn’t about being perfect; it’s about getting things done. In The Wandering Leader, author David Small, an ice hockey coach who has traveled the world, presents his views about being a leader and a man by growing the most important part of your leadership persona—yourself. The Wandering Leader seeks to help you determine how to dream, give you a road map to accomplish your dreams, and supply the courage to keep taking steps forward once that road map has been blown out the window. To guide you in unleashing the great promise inside of you and make you an amazing leader, it discusses seven different areas of your life: career, finances, social, physical, spiritual, intellectual, and family. But most importantly, it focuses on you and what you have to offer. The Wandering Leader is not a typical book on leadership. Using personal examples from a wide range of people—such as military officers, construction workers, and economics specialists—it shows that you can be a leader in many areas of your life—in friendships, business, and family. It’s not about your job or role; it’s about your character and heart, helping you to pick yourself up after you’ve been kicked in the teeth. “Deeply motivated by your astute truth, I have conquered some of my most difficult obstacles and have you to thank.” —Mitch Labreche, helicopter pilot, former BCHL Player

Almost Famous

release date: Apr 01, 2000
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Almost Famous
Almost Famous takes its place among the relatively few adult novels about professional baseball...The narrative is tough and unsentimental, the dialogue crisp and right-sounding...a dramatic and moving story. —Chicago Sun-TimesElegantly crafted, Small's first novel is a stunning debut.Saturday Review

Home After Dark: A Novel

release date: Sep 11, 2018
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Home After Dark: A Novel
Winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year David Small’s long-awaited graphic novel is a savage portrayal of male adolescence gone awry like no other work of recent fiction or film. Wildly kaleidoscopic and furiously cinematic, Home After Dark is a literary tour-de-force that renders the brutality of adolescence in the so-called nostalgic 1950s, evoking such classics as The Lord of the Flies. Thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt, abandoned by his mother, follows his father to sun-splashed California in search of a dream. Suddenly forced to fend for himself, Russell struggles to survive in Marshfield, a dilapidated town haunted by a sadistic animal killer and a ring of malicious boys who bully Russell for being “queer.” Rescued from his booze-swilling father by Wen and Jian Mah, a Chinese immigrant couple who long for a child, Russell betrays their generosity by running away with their restaurant’s proceeds. Told almost entirely through thousands of spliced images, once again “employ[ing] angled shots and silent montages worthy of Alfred Hitchcock” (Washington Post, on Stitches), Home After Dark becomes a new form of literature in this shocking graphic interpretation of cinema verité.

Methods in the Mediterranean

release date: Jul 17, 2018
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Methods in the Mediterranean
Archaeologists and historians address particular issues of the correlation of archaeology and texts, treating important issues such as linking survey and ancient documents, the contextual independence of historical and archaeological evidence, and the classical site as text itself.

Alone

release date: Jan 01, 1991
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Alone
Exploring the fragile web of family relationships, this chronicle of Earl Dimes, who loses everything familiar in his life--especially his son--in one act of infidelity, reveals him as he awakens to the emptiness of his emotionally guarded existence
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