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The feminine spirit of the West comes alive in early twentieth century Montana.

Copper Sky
by Milana Marsenich
(Fiction) 

Set in the Copper Camp of Butte, Montana in 1917, Copper Sky tells the story of two women with opposite lives. Kaly Shane, mired in prostitution, struggles to
find a safe home for her unborn child. Marika Lailich, a Slavic immigrant, dodges a pre-ar-ranged marriage to become a doctor. As their paths cross, and they become unlikely friends, neither woman knows the family secret that ties them together. 

"Copper Sky is a riveting story of darkness and redemption, rising from the ashes of two fiery tragedies in Butte, Montana. Marsenich creates two heroines whose great losses lead them ever closer to truth. And as their stories unfold, the Butte of one hundred years ago startles to full and undeniable life." -- Phil Condon, author of Clay CenterMontana Surround, and Nine Ten Again 



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Beneath the Same Heaven
by Anne Marie Ruff

A story of love and terrorism...

Beneath the Same Heaven is a love story of an American woman and a Pakistani-born Muslim man, who seem to have bridged the divide between Western and Islamic world views. But when the husband's


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Wings of a Flying Tiger
by Iris Yang

World War Two. Japanese occupied China. One cousin's courage, and another's determination to help a wounded American pilot.

In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him, 

 the America npilot’s odds of survival are slim. 

Jasmine Bai, an art student who had been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American.

With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered.

Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.


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father is killed by a US drone attack near the Afghan border, their cross-cultural family descends into conflicting ideas of loyalty, justice, identity, revenge, and terrorism. With candor, beauty, and unusual insight, their story reveals both how decent people can justify horrific acts, and the emotional power required to heal.
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War Cries
by Kery Arquette
(Poetry / Social Conscience) 

As long as I reside in their minds and hearts, I will never truly be gone.

The devastation caused by World War II is described by historians in terms of military strategies and battles, the toll on economics, and 
the numbers of dead. But only the stories of those whose lives were changed or lost, can convey the true horror of the war. These were people very much like ourselves—men, women, children, siblings, poets, soldiers, students, professionals, laborers, givers, takers, jokers, dancers, lovers, dreamers, cowards and brave.  

Like all of us, they want to be heard. They want to be understood. Most of all…they want to be remembered.

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Will of a Tiger
by Iris Yang
Author of Wings of a Flying Tiger

Sworn brothers—one American, one Chinese—captured, imprisoned, tortured. Survival is just the beginning of the battle...

In 1942, Birch Bai, a Chinese pilot, and Danny Hardy, a downed American pilot, become sworn brothers and best friends'





In the summer of 1945, both airmen’s planes go down in Yunnan Province of China during one of many daring missions. They are captured, imprisoned, and tortured by the Japanese for information about the atomic bomb. Just days before the end of WWII, Danny makes an irrevocable decision to save Birch's life.

For Birch, surviving the war is only the beginning of the battle. He must deal with the dreadful reality in China—the civil war, the separation of the country, the death of one friend in the Communist-controlled Mainland and another under the Nationalist government, and his wrongful imprisonment in Taiwan. 

From Chungking to Yunnan, and from Taiwan to San Francisco, the sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger takes readers along on an epic journey.

America Reunited:
A Relational Solution to Bridging the Political, Social and Personal Chasm Dividing our Nation
by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, ED.D, Ph.D

​Each year, more and more Americans adopt extreme views to the right or to the left. America Reunited attempts to provide first-care for the current and serious conflicts that ail us as a society: racism, sexism, immigration, poverty, increases in suicide, and 

alcoholism and overdoses, as well as address the reasons for the political misinformation that is prevalent every day through news sources and social media sites.

​Dr. Ciaramicoli's interviews with laymen, clinicians and clergy, and data from current research conclude, that learned prejudices can be redirected to give way to genuine empathy and inclusion over exclusion.               

Mr. Wizard
by Jeff Wallach

Two brothers. One mother. One big question.

Two days before her death, Jenny Elliot suggests to her fifty-year-old son Phillip that, being half-Irish, he should be more careful about his drinking. Phillip, along with his brother Spencer, has grown up believing they were the fully Jewish-





American offspring of Jenny and her late husband who died in the Vietnam War. Was his mother uttering some dementia-inspired fantasy, or was her true character shining through in her last moments to leave the brothers a clue to their real heritage? After her death, Philip decides to take a DNA test.

The brothers set off on a genetic treasure hunt in search of who they really are—and what that might mean. Are they purely products of their genetics; or were they formed more completely by their social interactions and upbringing? Are they merely victims of randomness; or are they some combination of those factors? And who, exactly, is Mr. Wizard? 

​Pilgrimage to Paris:
The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There
by Jayne R. Boisvert

An easy-to-use guide devoted to Paris, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There includes travel tips, main attractions, free (and nearly free) things to do, shopping, museums, churches, cafes, restaurants, as well as short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans who spent time living la belle vie in the French capit

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The Soulful Leader: Success with Authenticity, Integrity and Empathy
by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D. with Jim Crystal

The Soulful Leader provides poignant and practical examples of Dr. Ciaramicoli's ground-breaking AIE (authenticity, integrity and empathy) leadership platform for leaders in all industries to help them successfully optimize the potential of employees.



How to Collect Great Art on a Shoestring
David L. Gersh

A how-to guide for new and experienced collectors, How to Collect Great Art on a Shoestring explores the unique opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind works for $2000 or $3000 by hundreds of mostly forgotten yet startlingly good artists who are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Met, among many other museums. 
Chechnya: The Inside Story
From Independence to War
by Mairbek Vatchagaev

In Chechnya: The Inside Story historian and former advisor to the president of Chechnya, Mairbek Vatchagaev chronicles the dramatic events that took place in Chechnya during the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Engaged on one side of the Russian-Chechen conflict, he presents what he witnessed, how he 
​AIE leadership produces an environment where staff members grow to respect each other while producing on the highest possible level.

Dr. Ciaramicoli has developed this approach during 35 years of consulting with and counseling leaders in business, education, politics, and on athletic teams. His pioneering approach offers new promise to a society struggling with fear and doubt about those in powerful positions. 

Foreword by Brian Kelly, 
Notre Dame football coach

became involved, how the struggle with Russia and the internal Chechen rivalries evolved, and how it impacted his family, his friends, his acquaintances, and the Chechen people.

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The Bar Jonah Trilogy 
by John E. Espy, Ph.D.

Culled from hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with Bar Jonah, dozens of others who either knew or were involved with him, Montana State investigators and prosecutors, and Zach Ramsay’s mother, Espy retells Bar Jonah’s entire life—from the time before he was conceived to after his death—and those who were harmed by him in unparalleled detail and scope.



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A Parasite in the Mind (Book Two of the Bar Jonah Trilogy)
by John E. Espy, Ph.D.

Considered an expert in the area of psychopathic behavior, Dr. Espy has interviewed more than 30 serial murderers throughout the world including Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Eddie Gein.

But when he was assigned to be the lead evaluator for Montana State Prison inmate Nathaneal Bar Jonah, an already once convicted.
​There Is No Body (Book Three of the Bar Jonah Trilogy)
by John E. Espy, Ph.D.

Weighing over 375 pounds, Bar Jonah worked as a short order cook at Hardy’s, carried a stun gun, impersonated police officers, told masterful lies, wrote unbreakable codes, cooked and shared with friends strange-tasting chili and spaghetti sauces, and was thought by Montana State detectives to have murdered and cannibalized at least one victim, 10-year-old Zach Ramsay.


Africa Memoir, Vol.1,2 & 3
by Mark G. Wentling

Visit all 54 African countries with an adventurous American guide who has spent over half a century on the continent.

Africa Memoir tells the incredible lifetime story of Mark G. Wentling, a boy from Kansas who grew up to travel, work, and visit all 54 African countries. 
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Derived from over a half century spent working and living on the African continent, Wentling devotes a chapter to each country describing his firsthand experiences, eye-opening impressions, and views on future prospects.

Original and authoritative, this one-of-a-kind, three-volume work deserves a special place on the bookshelves of anyone interested in Africa.
A veteran and avid collector, Gersh offers pro tips on how, what, and which artists to look for while providing unique insights, an invaluable perspective, and a dash of humor into the world of collecting great art.

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If Ignorance is Bliss, We Should All Be Ecstatic
by Fred Leavitt

​If Ignorance is Bliss... explores the limitations of knowledge and argues that neither reasoning nor direct observation can be trusted. 

Whether answering the telephone, turning on the TV, talking with friends, or munching on an apple, we expect things to happen predictably. These expectations, paired with radi-


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Nothing we think we know – NOTHING – is likely to be correct. If Ignorance is Bliss, We Should All Be Ecstatic by Fred Leavitt explores the limitations of knowledge and argues that neither reasoning nor direct observation can be trusted. Below is an exclusive excerpt from the book.
These 5 must-read books about women in the American Civil War feature strong, unforgettable women during one of the nation’s most studied and written about episodes in U.S. history.

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Paris and Parisians
(Travel)
by Jayne R. Boisvert

Following up on her popular first book on the City of Light, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There, Jayne R. Boisvert offers a bit of a different look on the city of her passion, Paris and Parisians: The Cheapo Snob Explores the City and Its Famous French Residents.  

Postcards from the Borderlands
by David H. Mould

Exploring the meaning of borders in our world...

What are borders? Are they simply political and geographical, marked by posts, walls and fences, or should we think of them more broadly? Consider the borders within countries, determined by race, ethnicity, or caste. Borders may be physical and economic, and even perceptual—the borders of our minds. 

In Postcards from the Borderlands, historian and journalist David Mould rambles through a dozen countries in Asia, Southern Africa and Eastern Europe by car, bus, train, shared taxi and ferry, exploring what borders mean to their peoples.
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The Whisper of a Distant God
by David L. Gersh

The untold story of the Angel of Santa Fe and the Gettysburg of the West. 

This is the story, based on historical events, of the little known War of New Mexico, of Henry Sibley, who commanded the Texas Mounted Volunteers, Edward R. S. Canby, the Union commander, and his wife Louisa, the Angel of Santa Fe. It explores the desperate struggle at the Battle of Glorieta Pass, called the Gettysburg of the West, and the men who fought on both sides. It examines the tragedies of war and the passion and compassion of those men and women who played a part.  

Through letters, diaries, newspaper articles and both first and third person exposition and dialogue, this deeply-researched historical fiction tells of those who heard The Whisper of a Distant God.


Mind Fields
by Thomas Garlinghouse

The ghosts of the past haunt us all...


In the early 1950s, the People's Republic of China invaded and annexed Tibet, forever altering the country's political and social landscape. For mystery writer Taylor Hamilton and his wife, Kate, these events seem part of a remote, forgotten past. Having fled San Francisco for the quiet of a small, coastal town, all Taylor wants to do is surf and write mysteries.


But for Taylor's neighbor, an old man named Havelock Rowland, the invasion of Tibet—and its bloody aftermath—are forever emblazoned on his psyche. Reclusive and secretive, Havelock is a retired physicist who lives alone with an immense black dog and harbors a complicated and painful personal history.


Gradually but inexorably, Taylor is drawn into Havelock's world of Tibetan metaphysics, and soon the past clashes with the present as strange events emerge to overtake the picturesque coastal town. A dangerous animal and a mysterious young man begin to threaten the area's inhabitants.


From the Chinese takeover of Tibet in the early 1950s to present-day San Francisco, Big Sur, and Northern California, Mind Fields is a story of adventure, loss, mysticism, and ultimately, the importance of friendship and connection.

Open Books will Publish Mind Fields in Spring 2021

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Introspective, unapologetic, and brave, Natasha’s Not My Name is rooted in a desire to share in heartache and success with other girls on a journey of self-discovery. It is inspirational reading for all women. The author Isabella Grosso talks to Book Glow about her memoir.
From Tea to Coffee: The Journey of an "Educated Youth"
by Cheng Wang

Following Mao's call to the young during the Cultural Revolution, Cheng Wang, a so-called "Educated Youth", boarded a train destined for a secluded village in Inner Mongolia for the compulsory period of re-education. For the next three grueling years in rural exile, he pondered how his once-privileged family had been
cal skepticism, exemplify cognitive dissonance at the highest level. 
Nevergreen: A Novel
by Andrew Pessin

A smart, fast, funny, and incisive portrait of today's liberal arts college scene, cancel culture—and more.

A chance encounter—if it is by chance—gives J. the opportunity he’s been hoping for but never expected would present itself. A physician in a midlife funk, 
Riko Radojcic was born in poor post-war Yugoslavia but enjoyed a very happy and secure early childhood there. When he was twelve his father took a job with the UN World Health Organization and Riko spent his teen years in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania, observing the demise of the colonial Raj as well as some harsh Third World realities. He then completed high school in Swiss private schools -- a polar opposite of the Third World -- which gave him a peek into the lives of the one-percenters. He then moved to Manchester, UK, where he witnessed the bleak circumstances of the working class in the heart of industrial England. 

After working in the UK for several years, Riko immigrated to the US, settling in San Diego. There he enjoyed a rewarding and a very stimulating career in the semiconductor industry, working in a variety of technical, managerial and business development roles. His professional life exposed him not only to the amazing wonders of silicon chip technology, but also gave him an opportunity to travel internationally and to interact with smart and talented people from very diverse backgrounds. After 35 plus years in the world of high tech and engineering management, Riko is now devoting his full energies to writing as he tries to bring to life the magic of technology, the realities of the high-tech industry, and some of his diverse life experiences through storytelling.

Open Books will publish his third novel, Startupearly in 2022.

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Nevergreen by Andrew Pessin
obsessed with paintings of corpses and dissections, he is asked to speak about his subject of interest at the beautiful and secluded island campus of Nevergreen College. “Welcome to the asylum!” announces the woman who arranged the invitation and greets him at the dock, and his restless stomach seems an eerie harbinger of what is to come—an initially curious and ultimately terrifying overview of academentia. No one actually shows up for his lecture, but that doesn’t stop it from becoming the center of a firestorm of controversy—with potentially fatal consequences. 
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Postcards from the Borderlands 
by David H. Mould

Join David H. Mould for the second presentation in the Accidental Travel Writer series for the Storrs Library in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Tuesday, November 2 at 6:30 pm. This time David goes back to the time and places where he started writing about travel, history and culture--Central Asia from the mid-1990s. To register, click here.

caught in a political undertow, and how his own future might unfold.

From Tea to Coffee is a story of struggle and triumph during China’s modern-day cultural and political drama, and is a rare and personal account that showcases the Chinese national psyche. Like all political movements of the past, the Cultural Revolution was not the first of its kind, nor quite possibly the last, yet Cheng Wang, now at home in both America and in China, maintains an optimism that is rare in confronting today's social polarization between the East and the West

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Only Billionaires Can Play
by Fred Leavitt

When a group of extremely wealthy and very bored individuals develops a game in which they compete to secretly manipulate selected real life targets to perform crazy and demeaning behaviors, both the hero and heroine must conquer potentially life-threatening obstacles as they try to figure out whether they can trust each other, their friends, or the meanings of everyday events in their lives.

Only Billionaires Can Play is frighteningly plausible, and readers will find both its premise and its conclusion highly unsettling as they come to realize that they can never again be certain of anything.








Open Books author David L Gersh will discuss his new Civil War historical fiction novel in a vir-
tual event hosted by Chaucer's Books in Santa Barbara, California. All virtual events at Chaucer's are on the Zoom platform. Click here for more info. 
Join Open Books author Nancy Lane virtually at Josephine Community Library in November, and in-person at Eugene Public Library in December.
The Josephine Library presentation will be a Zoom presentation on Tuesday, November 9, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. PST.

To register, email info@josephinelibrary.org 
or call 541-476-0571.

Nancy  will also present an in-person author talk at the Eugene Public Library on Thursday, December 9, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Pacific Time. 

Nancy will talk about her short story collection, Pretty Chrysanthemum and Other Stories.
Micah Thorp
Micah L. Thorp is a physician and writer in Happy Valley, Oregon who lives with his wife, three teenage boys and an overly self-assured dog. He loves taking care of patients, participating in clinical research, and writing fiction and non-fiction stories. A lifelong Oregonian, he grew up in the shadow of the timber industry, a waning 1960’s counterculture and Ken Kesey.

Dr. Thorp's authored or coauthored research has been published in numerous medical journals and his literary works have appeared in Blind CornerCleaver Magazine and The Write Launch. His book, Handbook of Common Problems in Clinical Nephrology assists physicians with clinical decision making and helps others mitigate insomnia.  

Open Books will publish his debut novel, Uncle Joe's Museearly in 2022.

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Uncle Joe's Muse by Micah Thorp

A down-and-out band, a girl searching for her father, and Jerry’s guitar.

The members of Uncle Joe’s Band have spent years playing any venue that will pay for their unintelligible metal band performances while their rock and roll lifestyle has left them with bad livers, multiple divorces, and living in a squalid house in Vallejo, California. 

Then one morning everything changes when an assertive twelve-year-old girl named Allison appears on their front porch and announces that she has been sent to stay with her father for the summer.  

Meanwhile, years ago, the band’s namesake and inspiration, Uncle Joe, takes a long strange trip as a vagabond hippie through the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s that includes brushes with Ken Kesey’s bus, Watergate, the Pet Rock, Iran Contra, and Jerry Garcia. 

Inspired by their experience with Allison and their budding paternal instincts, recollections of Uncle Joe, and a well-played Stratocaster with the initials “JG”, the members of Uncle Joe’s Band begin to play a new tune in a major key.

Open Books will publish Uncle Joe's Muse in January 2022.


Startup by Riko Radojcic

A high tech AI startup, the Russian mafia, and the downfall of a 'resident adult'

Professor Andrija Krstic is a bright man―some would say brilliant―with a stellar and secure career at one of the best universities in the country teaching electronic engineering and pursuing leading edge research in semiconductor technology. But when an opportunity for financing an Artificial Intelligence high-tech startup presents itself, he embraces the offer even though the seed money is offered by an odd and somewhat suspicious Armenian oligarch. 

It all seemed to be too good to be true, and the professor and his cofounders take the initial steps to grow their startup, which leads them into the parallel process of discovering the truth behind the roots of their benefactor’s wealth.

Kristic finds himself trying to balance two disparate worlds―that of a high-tech Silicon Valley startup racing toward the 21st century's technological future, and that of shady wealth rooted in the collapse of the Soviet empire.

The professor knows he must do the right thing for his company. His reputation and legacy depend on it, not to mention the livelihoods of others. And yet he must fend off the pressure from the Armenian oligarch who has probably told him far too much.

Open books will publish Startup in February 2022.
Everyone Here Is From Somewhere Else by Jeff Wallach

Mysteries—and comedy—abound in this stand-alone novel that also continues the stories of Phillip and Spencer Elliot first explored in the novel Mr. Wizard. The middle-aged brothers undertake a quest inspired by their dead mother to discover "wonderful things" – the phrase used by archaeologist Howard Carter in describing his first look into King Tut's tomb.

Jenny Elliot, the boys' mother, was a budding Egyptologist as a girl, and the brothers consider themes of permanence, change, and legacy as they follow a trail to find their true place in the world—place being key as the brothers consider whether where you live is as crucial to who you are as such other obvious factors as DNA and upbringing.
The action takes place in the 1950s – 1970s in New York as well as in present day New York, Ireland and Oregon, exploring the inner lives of characters—past and present—and concluding with events and connections that are as surprising as they are inevitable.

Open books will publish Everyone Here Is From Somewhere Else in March 2022.
Everyone Here Is From Somewhere Else
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Mark Wentling, author of Africa Memoir: 50 Years, 54 Countries, One American Life will speak via Zoom on November 18th to the Wichita branch of the World Trade Center on the topic 
"The Development of 
African Enterprise." 
Open Books author Mathieu Cailler joins authors Laura Warrell and N. West Moss in a virtual Facebook event, Writing From the Danger Zone, on November 6, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST. Don't miss it!
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Review: If Ignorance Is Bliss, We Should All Be Ecstatic by Fred Leavitt
—Eugene Kernes
"This book questions everything that you think you know. Being radically skeptical means having doubt in all beliefs, as the premise of fallibilism claims that there is no conclusively justifiable belief."
"A highly entertaining and engaging novel, it also offers a sober reminder about the realities of campuses across the country."
—Leslie Eastman
Nevergreen by Andrew Pessin
Nevergreen 
by 
Andrew 
Pessin
Congratulations to Ooen Books author Mathieu Cailler as winner of the best new novel in the category of Romance at 
 the Los Angeles Book Festival competition!
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The Devil in the Dust by John E. Espy

As miners in hard hats swing pick axes miles underground, the Devil comes calling disguised as a black dust. The dirty soot penetrates deep into the miners' lungs. The first sign is coughing up black phlegm. Then comes wheezing and pain in the chest, and the desperation of being unable to breathe. The Devil tightens its noose around the miners' throats as coal dust invades their chests like a marauding invader that has come to desecrate their lungs. Then, after years of suffering and torture, the Devil claims each victim. 

Such is the fate of the coal miner. Not one, not two, but thousands of men suffer the fate of black lung disease. Lied to for a century by the coal companies, pursued by cowardly goons and unscrupulous doctors as the tragedy continues in the name of profit.

Three physicians dare to put their reputations, and at times their lives, on the line to expose the plight of the miners. Doctors Kitchen, McGarrity and McIntosh fight not only for miners' rights but also for their dignity. They try  to discover ways of diagnosing black lung disease that can't be dismissed or shamed by the coal companies or their physician cronies. The Devil in the Dust is a story about courage, not only of the physicians confronting the coal companies and their stooges, but the courage of the coal miners to persevere in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.  

Open books will publish The Devil in the Dust in April 2022.
Congratulations to OB author Milana Marsenich as a Sarton's Womens Book Award finalist for her novel, The Swan Keeper!
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A down-and-out band, a girl searching for her father, and Jerry’s guitar.

The members of Uncle Joe’s Band have spent years playing any venue that will pay for their unintelligible metal band performances while their rock and roll lifestyle has left them with bad livers, multiple divorces, and living in a squalid house in Vallejo, California. 

Then one morning everything changes when an assertive twelve-year-old girl named Allison appears on their front porch and announces that she has been sent to stay with her father for the summer.  

Meanwhile, years ago, the band’s namesake and inspiration, Uncle Joe, takes a long strange trip as a vagabond hippie through the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s that includes brushes with Ken Kesey’s bus, Watergate, the Pet Rock, Iran Contra, and Jerry Garcia. 

Inspired by their experience with Allison and their budding paternal instincts, recollections of Uncle Joe, and a well-played Stratocaster with the initials “JG”, the members of Uncle Joe’s Band begin to play a new tune in a major key.

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Uncle Joe's Muse by Micah Thorp

A down-and-out band, a girl searching for her father, and Jerry’s guitar.

The members of Uncle Joe’s Band have spent years playing any venue that will pay for their unintelligible metal band performances while their rock and roll lifestyle has left them with bad livers, multiple divorces, and living in a squalid house in Vallejo, California. 


Then one morning everything changes when an assertive twelve-year-old girl named Allison appears on their front porch and announces that she has been sent to stay with her father for the summer.

Meanwhile, years ago, the band’s namesake and inspiration, Uncle Joe, takes a long strange trip as a vagabond hippie through the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s that includes brushes with Ken Kesey’s bus, Watergate, the Pet Rock, Iran Contra, and Jerry Garcia.

Inspired by their experience with Allison and their budding paternal instincts, recollections of Uncle Joe, and a well-played Stratocaster with the initials “JG”, the members of Uncle Joe’s Band begin to play a new tune in a major key.


Startup by Riko Radojcic

A high tech AI startup, the Russian mafia, and the downfall of a 'resident adult'

Professor Andrija Krstic is a bright man―some would say brilliant―with a stellar and secure career at one of the best universities in the country teaching electronic engineering and pursuing leading edge research in semiconductor technology. But when 
an opportunity for financing an Artificial Intelligence high-tech startup presents itself, he embraces the offer even though the seed money is offered by an odd and somewhat suspicious Armenian oligarch.

It all seemed to be too good to be true, and the professor and his cofounders take the initial steps to grow their startup, which leads them into the parallel process of discovering the truth behind the roots of their benefactor’s wealth.

Kristic finds himself trying to balance two disparate worlds―that of a high-tech Silicon Valley startup racing toward the 21st century's technological future, and that of shady wealth rooted in the collapse of the Soviet empire.

The professor knows he must do the right thing for his company. His reputation and legacy depend on it, not to mention the livelihoods of others. And yet he must fend off the pressure from the Armenian oligarch who has probably told him far too much.




2018 
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Congratulations to OB author Anne Marie Ruff, winner of the 2018 Nautilus Award for fiction.
Congratulations to OB author 
Cheng Wang!
Finalist in Best Book Awards Multicultural nonfiction
Cheng Wang, now at home in both America and in China, maintains an optimism in confronting today's social polarization between the East and the West.