Tenth Grade Angst

By Bruce Ingram   This sequel to Ingram’s Ninth Grade Blues (2017) continues the story of four teens as they negotiate the roller-coaster ride of high school. Cars and jobs, dating and sports, reshape their lives, as they struggle to balance their needs for exploration with the boundaries set by their parents and teachers. Luke: a shy, hard-working boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Luke continues to come out of his shell with the friendly encouragement of Mia. His love for hunting, fishing, and all things nature-related keeps him sane and grounded, while ongoing problems with his dad worsen and require him to make some startling adjustments. Elly:  a bit overweight and a lot insecure in her freshman year, Elly joins her mom at the gym, sheds a few pounds and discovers she can set her cap for star football players. But is that always a good idea? A …

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Living the Locavore Lifestyle

By Bruce and Elaine Ingram Living Now Silver Award: Green Living Award-winning outdoor writer Bruce Ingram and his wife Elaine Ingram explain how they have enjoyed a healthy diet and lifestyle for many years by hunting, fishing, raising heritage chickens, growing fruits and vegetables, and foraging in the forests around their Southwest Virginia home. In a series of 25 explanatory chapters, the Ingrams show how to hunt, field-dress, and prepare wild game, ranging from deer to wild turkeys to squirrels and rabbits; how to catch bass, trout, and panfish; how to gather wild berries, nuts, and mushrooms; how to grow vegetables and fruits and protect them from other foragers such as deer; and how to raise heritage chickens and protect them, as well, from predators that could include opossums, foxes, and hawks. The book features dozens of tasty and healthful recipes. They include more than 20 ways to cook and …

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William A. Schiemann

Bill Schiemann is Principal and CEO of Metrus Group, specializing in strategic performance measurement, organizational alignment and talent optimization. Dr. Schiemann and his firm are known for their pioneering work in the creation of the People Equity (ACE) talent optimization framework, strategic performance metrics and balanced scorecards. He has consulted extensively with corporations on the development and implementation of business and people strategies; HR measurement; strategic employee surveys; internal value assessments; and creating high performance cultures. He also founded the Metrus Institute, which supports research and publications in the human capital arena. Bill is a thought leader in the human resources field, having authored scores of articles and multiple books on talent management, including The Rise of HR, co-edited with Dave Ulrich and Libby Sartain and sponsored by HRCI in 2015; Hidden Drivers of Success: Leveraging Employee Insights for Strategic Advantage, published by SHRM in 2013; The ACE Advantage: How …

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Charles McRaven

Charles McRaven is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (BA) and University of Mississippi (MA) and did additional work toward a PhD. Early in his career, he taught journalism, worked as an editor and publisher, and practiced public relations in Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas. In recent decades, he has been known best for his work in restoration of historic buildings, including in and around Charlottesville; the heritage craft workshops he conducts across the country; and a steady series of books on various pioneer skills that have become classics of their type– The Blacksmith’s Craft, Building With Stone, Stonework, Stone Primer, and The Classic Log House (all published by Storey Publishing). He and his wife, Linda, a former National Geographic picture editor, have lived for nearly 40 years in Albemarle County, where they raised their five children.

Only the Wild Goose Knows

By Susan Yaruta-Young Saturday, November 10, 1984. Max and Charles are off on a “guys’ getaway” with their stepfather, Fred. The trip takes them to Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It’s Veterans Day Weekend, and Fred has planned this trip around history to show the boys a few important sites from Colonial times and the Civil War era. Included in the “getaway package” is meeting old and new friends. And a very important reason for the trip is to find a new home for Miss Starry Eyes, a wild Canada goose who was rescued and raised by their grandparents. During the weekend, some plans will unfold as Fred hoped, but many new people, twists and turns, fill this Saturday-into-Sunday morning with unexpected adventures.  

Who’s Been Stealing Grandpa’s Fish?

By Susan Yaruta-Young The adventure begins at sunrise when a wide-awake Charles suggests to sleepy older brother Max: breakfast at their grandparents’ house might be a great fill-up. It’s only a dash away through the pony pasture. The spinning dish whirls, filled with breakfast goodies, while stories are told. Then Grandpa “caws” in a murder of crows. All is well until a troubling discovery is made. When Grandpa and the boys feed the fish their chow in the pond, they find that Grandpa’s pet trout is missing. Who could have done this? Max and Charles are on the case. And with the help of adults they make preparations for the end of the day. Follow the boys on nature adventures by swirling springs, dips in the cool stream, pony rides, watching salamanders slide, and flights through the air on a rope swing. There’s the bullfrog chorus, crayfish battle, yummy Greek …

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The Rifling

“A novel within a novel that’s well worth a read.” – Kirkus Reviews Adam Kyle, a valuable gunsmith for George Washington’s army in the Revolutionary War, loses his family to robber gang violence in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Grieving, he seeks to put the past behind him, forging a new life as a frontier blacksmith in Tennessee. Ten years after his traumatic loss, when he has long since renounced the creation of weaponry, he is induced to return to his original craft by a charismatic planter. John Cabell secretly commissions Adam to build the most powerful rifle of its time. Adam works overtime to fulfill his promise for the ambitious and scheming planter, even as the two men find themselves unexpected rivals for the favor of Constance Green, the high-spirited daughter of Judge Green. Increasingly, it is clear that no good can come from these bitter tensions. Mysterious killings cast a …

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Ninth Grade Blues

“For gritty content, readers should look elsewhere—no sex, drugs, or binge-drinking here. But these teens’ everyday interactions, doubts, and triumphs ring true, and readers should want to find out what happens to them next in Ingram’s upcoming second novel, Tenth Grade Angst.” – Kirkus Reviews   Ninth Grade Blues follows four teens through the adventures and misadventures, ups and downs of life in the first year of high school. They contend with classes and tests, worry about going out on dates, struggle with not being able to drive, and dread being called on by teachers they do not like. Interweaving first person stories are told by: Luke: a shy, hard working, poorly dressed boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Luke is mediocre at basketball, mediocre at baseball, and mediocre at school. But he has hidden talents in science–he is a budding fisherman, hunter, and naturalist– and he is …

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The Night Is Young

In sixteen remarkable stories, the award-winning author of Elizabeth’s Field and other books captures the flavor of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. While her characters are tied to the reality of the moment, their stories are about the secret life of the heart’s yearning. Barbara Lockhart is known for her ability to mine the rich ore of Eastern Shore history and culture. Her 2013 historical novel, Elizabeth’s Field, tells of the story of a free woman of African American and Indian descent and her struggle to hold onto a piece of land in the 1850s. It was recognized with a silver medal from the Independent Book Publishers Awards. Lockhart has also been the recipient of two Individual Artist Awards in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council for her short stories and Requiem for a Summer Cottage. A native of New York City, Barbara Lockhart lives on a nature preserve on the …

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Fulfilled!

by William A. Schiemann Fufilled! addresses the broad issue of life fulfillment—an enduring quality that includes both daily happiness and, more important, a long-term, sustainable sense of achieving all one can be. The author defines life fulfillment as achieving your dreams and creating a lifestyle that brings exceptional happiness and inner peace. This book addresses some of the key factors that enable you to have greater control and influence over your life—factors such as having a clear vision of the future, having a life path, being planful and resourceful, understanding your success drivers, managing today’s actions to get you to tomorrow, having a personal scorecard to track your progress, and employing lessons learned from others that enable you to bypass some of life’s cul-de-sacs. The author integrates the science of fulfillment and the art of fulfillment to create a comprehensive guide. In addition to offering a set of clear steps …

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