Always begin with “Once Upon a Time,” and finish with “The End.”

“I’ll never forget all the impromptu stories my father told me at bedtime,” says Nicole Sprinkle. “When my daughter was a toddler, I tried to keep this tradition alive in our house.

At first, I felt nervous. How was I going to make up something interesting and fun on the fly? My dad revealed a few helpful tips—passed down from his own father—and they never fail me.”

I wish I had nothing to say on the matter of loss, but I do. Because one day I encouraged my two kids to go out and play in the rain, and only one came home. . . .

On an ordinary September day, twelve-year-old Jack is swept away in a freak neighborhood flood. His parents and younger sister are left to wrestle with the awful questions: How could God let this happen? And, Can we ever be happy again? They each fall into the abyss of grief in different ways. And in the days and months to come, they each find their faltering way toward peace. Watch the book trailer to learn more about this heartbreaking, inspiring memoir.

Adam Carolla takes us back and reveals all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.

Organized by the myriad “dumps” Adam Carolla called home as a child to the flophouse apartments he rented in his twenties, up to the homes he personally renovated after achieving success in Hollywood, the anecdotes here follow Adam’s journey and the hilarious pitfalls along the way.

Dive into this excerpt and see why Jimmy Kimmel says, “Adam Carolla is a genius. And no, I’m not kidding.”

“The fact is, I’m in the process of panicking in front of Dan Briggs.”

So begins What Comes After Crazy, the funny/sad novel by Sandi Kahn Shelton.

Having grown up as the daughter of Madame Lucille, “Fortune Teller to the Stars,” traveling from town to town, wondering which of the many men her mother brought home would become her next stepfather, Maz Lombard just wants a nice, quiet life. But now her soon-to-be ex-husband wants her back, her daughter thinks he’s inherited the “seeing” gene, and everything gets crazy….

Don’t usually read sci-fi/fantasy? Robert Jackson Bennett, author of City of Stairs, thinks you’ll like this one.

“When people discuss David Mitchell,” says Bennett, “They often immediately go to Cloud Atlas, easily his most popular book.

But his first novel, Ghostwritten, is a delightful, brilliant sci-fi/fantasy romp that may not only be the stronger work, but also serves as an excellent dip into the sci-fi realm for readers who might not be accustomed to the genre.”

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