The Garden Angel

A Novel

The Garden Angel

Set in a Southern, city-swallowed town, The Garden Angel tells the story of two women and their unlikey friendship. Cutter Johanson is plucky and eccentric, nostalgic about her family's once glorious past. She has her hands full warding off potential buyers from the dilapidated homestead she is determined to keep. Though the neighborhood has changed, even grown shabby, Father Bob's Home for Retarded Men across the street has become a sort of extended family for Cutter. And her two jobs keep her busy: she has the "dead beat" writing obituaries for the Sans Souci Citizen and waits tables at the nearby Pancake Palace. Cutter's home is like another character, elegiac, full of secrets, providing her with a refuge from the modern world outside her neighborhood. That is, until Cutter's sister, Ginnie, pregnant with her married lover's child, brings trouble home. Elizabeth Byers rarely ventures outside the brick ranch she shares with her husband, Daniel, a professor at Palmetto University. Agoraphobic and stricken with panic attacks, she fills her days gardening and writing her dissertation on Emily Dickinson. But one day, an anonymous call brings disturbing news that propels her into action. Elizabeth summons her courage to leave her house and drive into neighboring San Souci, and the disturbing sad events that follow lead her to forge a friendship with Cutter, a stranger who reaches out to help. By the closing pages, Cutter is losing her house and Elizabeth is losing her husband. The two women pull together to come up with a solution--and find sanctuary from their troubles.

Nightmare in the Limbo of Halloween

Nightmare in the Limbo of Halloween

After more than eight years of writing, the author’s first book (Nightmare in the Limbo of Halloween) was finished. He believes that this book is the essence of eight years of thinking of a teacher who desires the best for all the people in the world. Every sentence and every scene in the story has a special purpose, and the major theme of the story is the worth of life, truth, belief in God, and trust in God.

Closed Doors

A Memoir lesson learned

Closed Doors

Mona grew up in Brooklyn, New York, with five siblings. Mona loved her siblings and her mom. She did not know that her mom suffered with an illness that would tear their family apart. Mona later lived with a father and new siblings she barely knew. Mona learned that her father was abusive and had a serious drug problem. Mona and her sister Emma went through hell before they were free. Mona would have to learn to teach herself about life and family hardships. Mona would see many of her dreams closed by doors that opened to more pain. Mona experienced life, love, pain, loss, and spirituality before she at last recognized her purpose.

It'll All Come out in the Wash

Growing up Colored in Jim Crow's South

It'll All Come out in the Wash

ITLL ALL COME OUT IN THE WASH is a vivid account of a tenderfoot Negro girls negative experiences while coming of age under Jim Crow laws. Deeply depressed by what she perceived to be a national disaffection for Negro children, debilitating physical and emotional symptoms asserted themselves in the authors early childhood and continued unabated into maturity. In an effort to manage her frequent bouts with depression, she would eventually seek mental health therapy as an adult. A book of many genres, this memoir is chock-full of nostalgia, situational humor, melancholy, loving family portraits, short stories, and philosophical musings on the pernicious effects of racial insensitivity. 2010 Semi Finalist Library of Virginia People's Choice Award

Let the Tornado Come

A Memoir

Let the Tornado Come

Hailed as a “clear-eyed book written with poetry and compassion” by The Boston Globe, Let the Tornado Come is the “lyrical debut memoir” (Kirkus Reviews) of a runaway child, the woman she became, and the horse that set her free. When Rita Zoey Chin was eleven years old, she began running away from home. Her parents’ violence and neglect drove her onto the streets in search of a better life, but what she found instead was a dangerous world of drugs and predatory men—as well as the occasional kindness of strangers. As she hits bottom and then learns to forge a new life for herself, all of her dreams of freedom and beauty pivot on a single, precious memory: a herd of horses running along a roadside fence. A few years later, Rita—now a prizewinning poet and wife of a successful neurosurgeon—appears to have triumphed over her harrowing childhood, until she is struck with a series of debilitating panic attacks that threaten her comfortable new life. Ultimately, it is the memory of those hoofbeats, and the chance arrival of a spirited, endearing horse named Claret who has a difficult history himself, that will finally save her. “A near euphoric ode to the human spirit” (Huffington Post), Let the Tornado Come is about pulling yourself up out of the dark and discovering that the greatest escape lies not in running from, but turning towards, those things that frighten you the most; it is “luminous…A haunting yet hopeful saga that shows how trauma and fear can transform themselves into enduring strength” (Publishers Weekly).

The Hidden World

The Hidden World

The breathtaking climax to Paul Park's lyrical and mesmerizing series. "Park...should be knighted."--Entertainment Weekly The Hidden World is the concluding volume in Paul Park's remarkable tale of Roumania, a world that is both more real and yet also more mysterious and magical than our own. After finding out that she is the lost princess of Roumania and the mythical White Tyger, Miranda's fate is still uncertain. The ghosts of her enemies cluster about her, the insane spirit of the Baroness takes possession of her body for a time, and demons released by her mother are abroad. And through it all her heart calls out to Peter, away with the army, whom she has come to love, and her best friend Andromeda, sworn to help her and protect her. There are no easy answers; it all looks impossible. Any hope may lie in the hidden world of spirits, where death is but an inconvenience. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

A Life in Shadow

Aimé Bonpland in Southern South America, 1817–1858

A Life in Shadow

French naturalist and medical doctor Aimé Bonpland (1773–1858) was one of the most important scientific explorers of South America in the early nineteenth century. From 1799 to 1804, he worked alongside Alexander von Humboldt as the latter carried out his celebrated research in northern South America, but he later returned to conduct his own research farther south. A Life in Shadow accounts for the entire span of Bonpland's remarkable and diverse career in South America—in Argentina, Paraguay (where he was imprisoned for nearly a decade), Uruguay, and southernmost Brazil—based on extensive archival material. The study reconnects Bonpland's divided records in Europe and South America and delves into his studies of rural resources in interior regions of South America, including experimental cultivation techniques. This is a fascinating account of a man—a doctor, farmer, rancher, scientific explorer, and political conspirator—who interacted in many revealing ways with the evolving societies and institutions of South America.

Chaplaincy: Being God's Presence in Closed Communities

A Free Methodist History 1935-2010

Chaplaincy: Being God's Presence in Closed Communities

This book takes us beyond the usual writings about religious ministry. Itinvites us iinto closed communities, some more closed than others, and allows us to observe the day-to-day crisis ministries in whichthe chaplains areengaged. We visit battlefields, prisons, hospitals, hospice settings, college campuses, veterans' centers, and retirement facilities. The writer draws some interesting conclusions about the uniqueness of the chaplaincy and what the greater church can learn from this growing model.