Literature/Good Reading

"Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary." - Boris Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago.

We take good reading seriously. In addition to pure entertainment and just-fun stories, we’re proud also to bring you some of the finest writing being published today, and from time to time uncover an all-but-lost masterpiece. If you love language, a unique turn of phrase, a theme that speaks to the human condition – joy, tragedy, or wonder – you will want to peruse our virtual bookshelf where no books are priced higher than $3.99.
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First GonzoThe First Gonzo Journalist
by Shirrel Rhoades, $3.99 eboook paperback, $14.95
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is considered to be the first gonzo journalist. Butthere were writers doing first person stories long before 1970. Shirrel Rhoades, for instance. Here is a collection of some of the features stories that earned him that little-known place in literary history. Buy and/or Read More >>>


 Hemingway MonologuesThe Hemingway Monologues: An Epic Drama of Love, Genius and Eternity
Part Three: Death in the Afternoon

by Brian Gordon Sinclair, $3.99 ebook, $9.95 paperback
With The Hemingway Monologues Brian Gordon Sinclair gives us an intimate insight into the circumstances that shaped the famed author’s life and inspired him in his writing. Buy and/or Read More >>>


50 Not A Love StoryNot A Love Story
by Jerome Grapel, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
This powerful debut novel is, primarily, a look at human love-lust and how it can manifest itself. But it is also a detailed description of how a lovely place turns into what is now generically called a "tourist trap," as well as a book with a worldview that is a pivotal part of its discourse. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Shadow of a SoldierShadow of a Soldier
Army Tales From an Unpublished Diary & Other Orphan Stories,

by William R. Burkett, Jr. $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
While serving as a husky young MP in Europe, noted sci-fi author Bill Burkett kept a diary of his misadventures, encounters, romances, and sightseeing. Later, he turned these scribblings into what he calls Brautigans. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Babes In Adland Babes In Adland
by Monica De Vargas, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Babes in Adland is a pithy, perky, ball-busting roman à clef of life in an ‘80s-something advertising agency, told from the female POV. TOM (The Office Mom), along with a receptionist known as The Sphinx, and a host of Babes, share the unvarnished side of females in the world of (M)AD MEN.
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Bad Elements Bad Elements
By Gary Alexander $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Gary Alexander does it again, another experimental novel that will tickle your intellect while it plucks at your emotions. Using the periodical table as its framework, this story unfolds element by element.
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The Lost Patrol The Lost Patrol Cold Death in Paradise
by John Holt $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Can men overcome their darkest nature and most compelling fears, even if it ultimately leads to their deaths? The Arctic north of Canada is the setting for The Lost Patrol where four men, led by Royal Northwest Mounted Police, attempt to deliver mail to the district office. Buy and/or Read More >>>


More Than Two More Than Two - A novel
by James Esposito, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
It explores the relationship between fact and fiction, and between memory and imagination. It can be read as a parody or as an authentic narrative, depending upon the reader’s starting point. It invites the reader into self-reflection as a form of confession. It a fascinating mind game. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Life Love SexLife, Love & Sex of the Newly Single Adult
by Justin Maxwell, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
When Brian Demers finds himself widowed, he’s completely at loose ends. He winds up in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. From there he goes north again where he helps restore an abandoned lighthouse, and meets the Keeper’s Girl. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Where Paradise LayWhere Paradise Lay (Examinations of Paradise #1)
by John Holt, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Natalie and the valley’s derelicts live in a wilderness paradise, but a gold mining company is about to savage a local mountain known as Jane’s Hill. Can they stop it? Painter Bob is stirring up local folk, saying they should bomb the mine. My God, what if they did? Buy and/or Read More >>>


Not Quite NovellaNot Quite Novellas
edited by Edward Squires, $2.99 ebook, $9.95 paperback
Here we have collected 10 of our favorite short stories by AAeB authors – a touch saucy, offering insights into the human heart, always well told. An entertaining blend of storytelling selected by short story aficionado Edward Squires.
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Father's DayFather’s Day
by Gary Alexander, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Like father, like son. Whomever coined that one had never heard of Joe and Stanley Buckley. Joe is a ne'er-do-well fugitive who tends bar in Belize. All he knows of the son he hasn't seen in years is that "he likes computers," the understatement of the year. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Blood of Our ChildrenBlood of Our Children,
by Paul Wolfe, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
As the young man known as Angel and his ragtag group of strays and castaways battle the streets, the pushers, in the basements, alleys and deserted parks of New York, Anneke stands beside them. Even as it all spirals out of control to a breakneck conclusion. Not for the faint of heart. Buy and/or Read More >>>


The Mortician's Road TripThe Mortician's Road Trip
by James D. Loy $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn't. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband's skull being used as a candlestand by a skinhead. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Bone Island MaggieBone Island Maggie
by Peg Gregory, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
"Bone Island Maggie is as classic a Key West character as you are likely to meet either in a book or strolling Duval Street. Her smile may be toothless, but her bite certainly isn't as she doggedly tracks down the brutal killer of an old friend. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Circle City Slam7 Voices (Volume One)
by the North Fork Writers Group, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
In this notable anthology you will find more than two-dozen stories and reflections.The seven voices in this volume are Teresa Taylor, Gene Rackovitch, David Porteous, Kit Storjohann, Joyce DeCordova, Jean Schweibish, and Susan Rosenstreich. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Hemingway MonologuesThe Hemingway Monologues: An Epic Drama of Love, Genius and Eternity Part Two: The Lost Generation
by Brian Gordon Sinclair, $3.99 ebook, $9.95 paperback
With The Hemingway Monologues Brian Gordon Sinclair gives us an intimate insight into the circumstances that shaped the famed author’s life and inspired him in his writing. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Snake Handler's DaughterThe Snake Handler's Daughter Tales of Sex & Intrigue In Amity, Kentucky
by P. A. Lassiter, $3.99 ebook, $18.95 paperback
At 66 years old, Martha Browne, daughter of a snake handling preacher gone missing, is desperate to find love. Her latest prospect, 43-year-old Arthur Endicott, the new priest at her adopted Episcopal Church, shows great promise, though unbeknownst to her, he's been banished to Amity . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>


The Typing RoomThe Typing Room
by Monica De Vargas $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
The ad read: “Need Help? Bills due? Tired of ducking the Landlord? Come One Come All to The Typing Room! We pay good, honest Money for your Story of Desperation and Despair.” It led to a room with a coin-operated typewriter where you could pour out your troubles . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>


The Illustration of Tommy T.The Illustration of Tommy T. & Other Short Stories
by G.J. Cook, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
When he's not making music, Blues Hall of Famer Jersey Slim (A/K/A George Cook) writes short stories, songs, and poetry. This imaginative collection of 8 short stories take you inside a very special world where you'll follow Tommy T. as he seeks to cover his body in tattoo . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>


Book of Facts: a novelA Book of Facts: a novel
by G.R. Alexander,, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
This book started as a dream and wound up as a strange "novel" told A to Z. Not your typical storytelling approach, but one that will tickle your intellect and give you an assortment of facts that fashion an unusual fiction. It resembles a Farmer's Almanac or World Almanac. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Like A Rolling StoneLike A Rolling Stone
by Mark Howell, $3.95 ebook, $14.95 paperback.
This is "the mad misadventures of two English lads crossing America as the Rolling Stones." The pair of rapscallions in this delightful novel find that posing as famous rockers is an aphrodisiac to midwestern girls during their cross-country journey . . . until facts of their impersonation catch up with them.Buy and/or Read More >>>


Les MiserableLes Miserables, by Victor Hugo
$1.99 ebook
After seeing Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables – the new movie musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic tale of the French Revolution – you’ll want to read the original story for yourself. And here’s a 5-volume ebook edition that’s very affordable, costing less than $2. Buy and/or Read More >>>


How the Mighty Have FallenHow the Mighty Have Fallen
by Justin Maxwell, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback.
When Jimmy and Emily hit rock bottom, losing everything, they took her uncle up on his offer of his 34-foot, 1963 Hatteras. It was a chance to start over. Little did they know the danger that lay ahead, and the cache of diamonds that might very well be their ultimate undoing. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Almost HavanaAlmost Havana
by Fred and Chris Belland, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
This is like two books in one, two collections of short stories by two brothers writing independently of each other, but with a common thread. Here you will find stories about people and events in Florida and the Caribbean -- so close to Cuba they call it Almost Havana. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Postcards from Atlantic CityPostcards from Atlantic City
by Paul Wolfe, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Steeped in the bizarre character and characters of Atlantic City, Postcards from Atlantic City us a stylish tour de force. It is a tale of two eras, linked by a forgotten tunnel in a Grand Hotel. Chance, crime, beauty, and beauty pageants in a kingdom by the sea.Buy and/or Read More >>>


The Hemingway Monologues:The Hemingway Monologues: An Epic Drama of Love, Genius and Eternity Part One: Sunrise
by Brian Gordon Sinclair, $3.99 ebook, $9.95 paperback
The Hemingway Monologues reads like an intimate memoir. A fascinating blend of fact and fiction, the monologues reveal a tender, compassionate side of Hemingway . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>


Three Christmas Gifts Three Christmas Gifts A Trio of Holiday Short Stories
by William R. Burkett, Jr.,$2.99 ebook
Bill Burkett offers up three Christmas stories from three of his short story collections-"A Santa Claus Story", "Christmas in Nassau", and "L.A. Christmas" Buy and/or Read More >>>


Webley 45Webley .45 And Other Short Stories,
by R.K. Simpson, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
There is real diversity in the short stories that make up the Webley .45 collection. You may even find that one or two of these stories "will drift like phantom companions along the edges of your mind" long after you meet them in this captivating book. Buy and/or Read More >>>


EbolaEbola, a novel
by Dale Dapkins, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
EBOLA is a fast paced, medical fact-based vision of the deadly virus narrated by popular fictional sleuth, Golden Blackmon. EBOLA, a novel is written in the rare genre of immediate historical fiction Buy and/or Read More >>>


The Jazz BuyerThe Jazz Buyer
by Hal Howland, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
From Acrophobia to Oratorio to Public Sex, the themes found in Hal Howland's collection of short stories are eclectic. What do you do when your CIA dad disappears is the question posed in "Dad Fakes His Death and Goes West."
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Uncle Moe and the Martha Vineyard FrackersUncle Moe and the Martha's Vineyard Frackers
by James Loy, $3.99 ebook; $14.95 paperback
While living out his widower's retirement, Moe Thibault, is sent an obituary from Martha's Vineyard. Could this have been his long-lost brother? However, the appearance of energy prospectors intent on setting up a fracking operation offers a threat to the Vineyard. . . Buy and/or Read More >>>


The Gift HorseThe Gift Horse
by Leslie Silton, $3.99 ebook, $17.00 paperback
Maggie Malone is a first-class painter who just graduated from art school. But every time she gets a foot in the door in the gallery scene in New York City something goes wrong. She can’t figure out if this is normal or if she is actually being targeted by unseen forces. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Cities and WomenCities & Women
by Hal Howland, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
An amazing collection of short stories from Key West writer and musician Hal Howland, you will encounter several popular characters from Howland’s previous titles and introduces a world of unforgettable newcomers.
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Circus at the End of the WorldThe Circus at the End of the World
by Rosalind Brackenbury, Ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
Here is the mesmerizing story a boy's search for his mother, a woman's desire to explore the world, and a man's longing for love.
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Russias BestRussia's Best Short Stories (Illustrated)
edited by Thomas Seltzer, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
From Chekhov to Gorky, Pushkin to Dostoyevsky, Russian writers have long been celebrated for their excellent short fiction. Even Tolstoy, the author of War and Peace, one of the longest novels ever written, wrote short stories.
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Waiting for Something to HappenWaiting For Something To Happen And Other Short Stories
by Bill Lorraine, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
This amazing collection of short stories from Bill Lorraine has to be at the top of your reading list. From the title story to "The Playing Field," these stories will take you from the tree-shrouded streets of Key West to the hardwood hammocks in sight of the Oversees Highway. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Undying LoveUndying Love
by Ben Harrison, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
A true story of a passion that defied death. Count Carl von Cosel, a Key West doctor, scientist and romantic, took the body of Elena Milagro Hoyos from the cemetery and attempted to reanimate her by using electrical currents, wax and chemical solutions . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>


Newspaper GypsyNewspaper Gypsy
by William R. Burkett,Jr.
ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
The career of a newspaper journalist told as a series of short stories, each more fascinating than the one before. This saga of a reporter's career is real enough to be true. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Flappers and PhilosphersFlappers and Philosophers (Illustrated)
by F. Scott Fitzgerald ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
Another entry into the Absolutely Amazing eBooks series of Illustrated Classics, this nearly forgotten collection of Jazz Age short stories by Fitzgerald takes on a new life with over 100 colorful photographic illustrations. Buy and/or Read More >>>


Fish FoodFish Food (a novel about life, death, and commas)
by James D. Loy, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
Michael Uxem is a grammar-obsessed, hearing-impaired evolutionary biologist who shares his home on Martha's Vineyard with three cats, an irascible parrot, and a tankful of red-bellied piranhas (his wife left him years ago for an Andersen Windows salesman). Buy and/or Read More >>>


The Heat The Heat, by Bill Lorraine, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
The unique, colorful island of Key West plays an important part in this story. The town's physical beauty and population of creative people help shape and define the three main characters -- Felix, Jamie, and the woman they both love, Rachael. Getting to know this triangle will give you a spectacular sense of what it's like to live and work in Key West. Buy and/or Read More >>>


The Pea-Green Boat The Pea-Green Boat and other unsettling stories
by William R. Burkett,Jr. ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
Ever read a story that made the hairs on your arms stand up? Well, get ready for a few unexpected chills as you read this new collection of short stories from the pen of William R. Burkett, Jr. Each of these stories are slightly off-center, just enough to be . . . unsettling. Buy and/or Read More >>>


RRobert Frost Contest The 2013 Robert Frost International Poetry & Haiku Contest
by The Studios of Key West, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
For the first time, the annual winners and selected entries have been collected into one volume, available both as an ebook and paperback edition. Here are more than 150 wonderful poems and haikus by some of today’s most talented poets
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Mary Shelley's Forbidden Dreams Mary Shelley's Forbidden Dreams (Illustrated Edition),
edited by Hollis George, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
You probably know about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley writing Frankenstein following a night of ghost stories in a seaside mansion in Switzerland. But did you know she wrote a number of other dream-like novels, short stories, and plays.
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Come Back Moo Border Crossing by John Leslie,
ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
Border Crossing is a picaresque coming-of-age story of a Texas boy's pursuit of manhood. Del Ray Gunn must cope with events that will have a profound impact on his future, including his father's death, his mother's reappearance in his life, and 9/11. READ MORE > >


Charlie Jones Charlie Jones by Ben Harrison,
ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
From California to Corpus Christi, Texas, and México, this fast paced generational novel follows the different characters as they navigate parenting, sex, art and money. Often funny and at times emotional, this is a racy and entertaining ride through their lives. READ MORE > > >
Snowing A Little In Paris Snowing A Little in Paris, And Other Cold War Stories
by William R. Burkett,Jr.,
ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
Another masterful collection of short fiction. Here are impressionistic stories about military days in Europe and budding love in the City of Lights.
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A Paris Chapbook A Paris Chapbook,
by Brewster Chamberlin,
ebook $2.99, paperback $14.95
An intellectually stimulating collection of other people's opinions, comments, and critiques of Paris. Chamberlin describes these snippets as . . .
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After August After August,
by William R. Burkett,Jr.,
ebook $2.99, paperback $14.95
The time was 1959. Walter was a cook at Dawson’s Famous Seafood Restaurant supporting his tubercular wife in an inland sanatorium and their daughter . . .
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Mean Grey Old Morning Mean Grey Old Morning,
by William R. Burkett,Jr.,
ebook $2.99, paperback $14.95
"Immolation of someone else's diary was not how I had planned to start my day – it was a mean grey old morning, but I didn't know then that was what to call it. . ."
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Shorts of all Sorts Shorts of All Sorts,
by Brewster Chamberlin,
ebook $2.99, paperback $14.95
A unique collection of short stories, poems, and plays by the author of Love's Poison and Other Poems . . .
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Maddie's Gone Maddie’s Gone & Other Key West Stories,
by John L. Guerra,
ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
A lost dog is the framework for this collection of stories about Key West, JFK, and lost dreams.
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Sex Salvage and Secrets Sex, Salvage & Secrets,
by Reef Perkins,
ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
Reef Perkins has led a colorful life – combat veteran, smuggler, and salvager. He tells all in this funny and fascinating memoir.
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The Venice Stories The Venice Stories,
by Randolph W.B. Becker,
ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
These mesmerizing short stories offer a dozen glimpses into the experience of Venice, its people and its surprises, written during the author's sabbatical stay in Cannaregio. READ MORE > > >