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"Fourth and Long Gone"

by Pepper Rodgers
Bittersweet comic novel about college football and more specifically, college football recruiting. Written by a former head coach of Kansas, UCLA and other large University football teams. Purchase

"One Day in the Life of a Born Again Loser and Other Stories"

by Helen Norris
Theron Estes, upon returning home from a 90-day stint in jail, is dismayed to find his two young daughters home alone and a cryptic note from his wife: "I had enuff its your turn." Thus begins the title story of Helen Norris's new collection, a funny yet pathos-filled tale of Theron's bizarre attempt to secure Christmas dinner for his girls. Purchase

"The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion"

by Fannie Flagg (2012 winner of the Harper Lee Award)
A perfect combination of comedy, mystery, wisdom, and charm. Fabulous, fun-loving, spanning decades, generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is Fannie Flagg, the bestselling “born storyteller” (The New York Times Book Review), at her irresistible best. Purchase

"“Pickett’s Charge"

by Charles McNair
A comedy, a tragedy. Threadgill Pickett, veteran of the Civil War, breaks out from an Alabama old folks home and starts a quest northward to kill the last living Union Soldier—this to avenge his twin brother, who was needlessly killed by Union soldiers, outside of any conflict. On his journey, Threadgill encounters two brothers building a time machine, a trio of Ku Kluxers, a man collecting raccoons that turn out to be rabid, a wannabe country singer, and a truck-driving woman to make men stand in awe. He also encounters a Utopian society of blacks and whites who share family, food, love, and grief. Purchase