Literature & Fiction

March 29, 2019

Jane Doe

"Jane Doe" by Kay Bruin

Abandonment, abuse, neglect, and murder. These are the words used to describe the life that this 17-year-old girl is trying to escape. After attempting to end her life, in an unfamiliar place, she is admitted to a psychiatric hospital under the name Jane Doe. She must learn to trust Dr. Lance, as she reveals the truth about who she is. Most people will say that you can’t run from your past. For this 17-year-old girl, running seems like the only answer. She struggles to speak of the events that led her to the bridge where she attempted to end her life. After refusing to give her name, the police take her to a nearby hospital where she is admitted under the name Jane Doe. Her fate rests in the hands of one doctor, who is determined to earn her trust and help her overcome what she is so obviously running from. This story is filled with every emotion. A rough upbringing is relatable, but it’s easy for one person to forget just how bad things can get. This story depicts the struggle and hope for escape both physically and mentally.

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March 22, 2019

The Reign of the Kingfisher

"The Reign of the Kingfisher" by T.J. Martinson

| Website | Twitter | Somewhere in Chicago, a roomful of people have been taken hostage. The hostages will be killed one by one, the masked gunman says on-screen, unless the police will admit that they faked the death of the legendary superhero called the Kingfisher and helped him to give up his defense of the city thirty years ago. Retired reporter Marcus Waters made his name as a journalist covering the enigmatic superhero’s five years of cleaning up Chicago’s streets. Then the Kingfisher died, Chicago resumed its violent turmoil, and Marcus slid back into obscurity. But did the Kingfisher really die? And who would take hostages connected to the Kingfisher's past attempts to clean up the streets? With the help of disgraced police officer Lucinda Tillman and a young hacktivist named Wren, Marcus will explore the city's violence, corruption, and chaos to figure out if the vigilante hero died tragically, or gave up hope and abandoned the city―and for the hostages, the clock is ticking.

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March 20, 2019

My Crazy (Sick) Love

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"My Crazy (Sick) Love: A delightful laugh-out-loud romantic comedy" by Drica Pinotti

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amanda Loeb is a single, intelligent New York City attorney coming up on the eve of her thirtieth birthday. With a stable job, circle of supportive friends, and close relationships with her mother and sister one detail sets Amanda apart from others – she is a hypochondriac. Her medicine cabinet is home to a stock of medications sourced from an actively managed A-Z list of the best doctors in NYC. When Amanda meets Brian Marshall, a handsome and charismatic restaurant owner, her heart beats in undiagnosable somersaults. As their relationship develops Amanda learns the intricacies and complications love brings may be the cure-all ‘pill’ she needs to free herself from the affliction - for the rest of her life.

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March 7, 2019

The Big Crunch

"The Big Crunch" by Michael Thompson

A mysterious device called the weißgerät transports down-and-out Dick Klaxon to another world, governed by (seemingly?) benevolent A.I., where he is given the chance to live out a more fulfilling life; only, he can’t seem to remember his old life, and a cast of increasingly absurd characters serve to distract him from . . . what was he supposed to do again? Mysteries arise; Allusions to Japanese pop-culture abound; identities implode.

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