Just One Tear

by K. L. Mahon

A novel in the form of the diary of a 13-year-old boy who witnesses the shooting death of his father. The book explores the boy’s wide range of emotions.

A Calendar of Wisdom

by Leo Tolstoy

This is the first-ever English-language edition of the book Leo Tolstoy considered to be his most important contribution to humanity, the work of his life's last years. Widely read in prerevolutionary Russia, banned and forgotten under Communism; and recently rediscovered to great excitement, A Calendar of Wisdom is a day-by-day guide that illuminates the path of a life worth living with a brightness undimmed by time. Unjustly censored for nearly a century, it deserves to be placed with the few books in our history that will never cease teaching us the essence of what is important in this world.

The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss

by Tanya Chernov

The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss by Tanya Chernov (2013) The first poetry anthology of its kind, this digital multimedia collection weaves together many solitary experiences to create a tapestry of inspiration, support, and hope. In honor of the author's father, the entire book is being offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.

Part poetry anthology, part field guide, part multimedia art collection, The Burden of Light offers its readers companionship through the darkest days. With work by artists who have confronted serious illness or grief in their own lives, the poems and artwork in these pages hold the power to touch the heart, stir the mind, and heal the spirit, each in its own way. These pieces illuminate the vital force of our humanity, while encouraging us to reach out to others in need. Editor Tanya Chernov, having lost her own father to colon cancer in 2001, has collected poems that take the pain and struggle of life’s most challenging moments out of the darkness and into the light. It is in that light where we might see a way back again—back to healing, to happiness, and to rejoining our community. From the enigma of death to the sweetness of friendship, these poems speak to life’s mysteries and consolations, and help us navigate our most trying times. Through lyrical verse, experimental forms, powerful imagery, and an innovative use of digital multimedia technology, this collection introduces new readers to contemporary poetry, while bringing many audiences back to verse with a reminder of its intellectual force and powers of emotional healing.

If Only

by Carole Geithner

This coming-of-age novel shines a realistic light on bereavement in adolescents. This is a moving and sometimes humorous story that has helped open difficult conversations in families, at schools, and among friends, about the often-avoided yet universal experience of loss.

Thirteen-year-old Corinna's world is turned upside down by the death of her mother. IF ONLY is the story of Corinna's first year struggling with her aching loss while having to navigate the more typical coming-of-age dilemmas, with all their awkward intensity. Corinna is strong but fragile, angry and sad, yet she is also full of life and attitude. She endures adults and peers who are clueless about how to deal with her loss, but she eventually finds a mix of supportive characters, including an aunt, a teacher, and the kids in the school's "death group." We learn her innermost fears and the secrets she discovers about her family. This heart-warming and humorous novel shines a light on the profound ways such a loss changes our lives.

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